Flights to Diani Beach, Kenya from the United States range from about 17h-32h. The precise length of your flight will depend on several factors, such as departure city, airline, and the number and length of your layovers. If you’re flying out from as far east as New York, your flight time will be shorter than from out west, as a departure from San Francisco, since New York is geographically more convenient to Diani Beach, and many only incur one stopover en route.
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights to Diani Beach from the United States. You can try to book flights that have the least number of stopovers by flying out of major international airports, particularly from the east coast to the Midwest, such as New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. These airports are most likely to service the airlines that regularly fly into Diani Beach, like Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Air, Turkish Airways, and Lufthansa. You can expect layovers in cities like Addis Ababa, and Nairobi, which is common to this route and depend on the airline.
When you fly to Diani Beach, Kenya, you’ll most likely fly into Moi International Airport in Mombasa, which is 26.5 miles north of Diani Beach. To reach downtown Diani Beach from the airport, you can take a taxi from the airport, which should cost about $50 and take just over an hour, depending on traffic. The taxi takes you through Mombasa Island, and you then have to Likoni ferry to the South Coast and Diani Beach. You can also follow the same route but for less money using Uber, which will cost about $40. If you’re feeling more extravagant than thrifty, you can also opt for a ride in a private taxi, which will cost about $80 and will have a journey time of about 75 minutes.
Diani Beach is consistently voted as the best beach in Africa, which is no surprise, considering its vast stretches of white sand and crystal-clear Indian Ocean waters. In addition to its beaches, there is plenty to do in Diani Beach. Stroll through its mystic Kaya Kinodo forest on a guided tour and discover gnarled trees, medicinal plants, and coral from another era. Glimpse the last traces of ancient Swahili people with a trip to Kongo Mosque, a 16th-century relic nestled along the beach with rows of baobab trees. If you love animals, stop by Colobus Conservation Centre, where you can see sweet black and white Colobus monkeys, an endangered native species that the center protects.
United States citizens traveling to Diani Beach, Kenya need a passport with at least six months of validity remaining from the date of their arrival. A visa is also required, which can be arranged online, prior to your arrival.