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Topic: Surf in Kenya

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Surf in Kenya

« on: October 23 2006 07:10:00 »

Hi..just would like to know if Diani beach near Mombasa is a good spot for beginners and if there is any infrastructure (schools) to learn surf over there. I am thinking of going with 20 students in Kenya for a trip (safari and surf). Thank you very much. Andres Viret



RE: Surf in Kenya

« Reply #1 on: May 15 2007 14:05:00 »

We are headed to Monbassa and zanzibar and want to know about safe surfing as well. How did it work out for you?



RE: Surf in Kenya

« Reply #2 on: February 21 2009 10:02:00 »

Mombasa is not the best place to surf. But the very popular "south coast" i.e. diani and ukunda have some beautiful reef breaks... in the big wave season we even have barrel waves in some spots and consistent overhead waves along the whole reef!

The biggest wave season is June, July, - which is also the rainy season and the seas are extremely rough. It is also possible to surf shore break during these months but the waves are very dumpy (but good for first timers).

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RE: Surf in Kenya

« Reply #3 on: February 21 2009 10:02:00 »

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So other than that November and December would be the best time to surf at the “south coast” with over head waves on most days, calm sees and very sunny!!! There are some nice sand bars in some spots (miniature sandy islands) that pop up at the reef at low tide which is a good place to surf from (low tide being the best time to surf reefs other wise at high tide it is too deep for the swells to break into waves).

In order to get to the reef you might need to higher a boat – there are a lot of hand made-mango wood-local sail boats which can take you to the reef and back for a cheep price. Or you could paddle 100 – 300m according to the area of reef.

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RE: Surf in Kenya

« Reply #4 on: February 21 2009 10:02:00 »

There are numerous hotels on the south coast of Kenya (asks your tour operator) – I recommend “pinewood village”

All the other comments about diani and ukunda being extremely unsafe are absolute nonsense. Like any other country there are the occasional incidents but it is safe to walk where ever you want to in diani and ukunda, just be wary at night. Also I agree that Mombasa channel can be kind of sharky but in the south coast sharks are extremely rare – I kite surf on the reef all year round and I have never seen any sharks. But you might see dolphins if your lucky!!!

Hope this helps… Do some of your own research too. And please comment my write up even if it is just to say ‘good job’ (or not…) I would like to know if it helps...



RE: Surf in Kenya

« Reply #5 on: October 02 2009 06:10:00 »

Thanks for your posts. I am looking for good surf spots in Kenya. Keep sharing the info.



RE: Surf in Kenya

« Reply #6 on: November 24 2009 12:11:00 »

Hi! just wanted to thank you for the info. Just went to Mombasa and I'm going there again in a couple of weeks



RE: Surf in Kenya

« Reply #7 on: November 10 2010 10:11:00 »

Thanks, really useful. going out for xmas and now even more excited that I was earlier in the month. Any ideas how the surf is around Tiwi? and if I'm likely to find somewhere to hire a board?






« Reply #8 on: October 28 2013 09:10:00 »

Hi there all , well im going to kenya in the next 10 days and will be staying there for the next 3 months. So if there is any one that wants to show me how to surf that would be great. or if any one knows of a surf school n that. Just add me on facebook  A BUCK WALKER

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