Crystal clear water sitting on boat at Diani Beach Kenya

Diani Beach Kitesurf Spot in Mombasa

Africa Kiteboard Spot in Kenya

Diani Beach is a very well known and highly regarded kite spot on the coast of Kenya, only 35km or so from Mombasa. For kitesurfing, Diani Beach offers a huge lagoon with warm, shallow, and flat water along with a reliable trade wind and 2 wind seasons. This is the right place to hang around and slow down with wide white sunny beaches, a tropical summer breeze, glittery blue water, and a wild touch of African authenticity. There are plenty of schools offering lessons here, and a variety of different spots to suit freestyle kiteboarding and wave riding too, so it welcomes beginners and pros alike.

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Diani Beach Kitesurfing wind conditions

The wind here comes in two distinct seasons, the Kusi blows from the South from April to September. It averages 25+ knots and drives some pretty decent swell with it, so you can charge the waves on the outside of the reef, or just cruise the lagoon and play in the various flat water spots. The Kaskazi wind blows from the North between December and March and tends to be a little bit lighter around 20 knots, making it more friendly for freestyle kitesurfers. The swell in this season also isn’t as large so it suits flat water kitesurfing much better.

  • body wear

    • board shorts
  • downwinder

    • Yes
  • ride type

    • freeride
    • freestyle
    • wakestyle
    • wave
  • skill level

    • beginner
    • intermediate
    • advanced
    • professional
  • spot type

    • lagoon
    • ocean
    • reef
  • starting area

    • sandy beach
  • water condition

    • choppy
    • flat water
    • medium wave
  • wind daytime

    • all day

Wind Stats for Diani Beach Kiteboarding

Around the Kiteboarding Spot Diani Beach

There’s a vibrant food and drink scene along the beach with plenty of little beach bars and restaurants, and you’ll find some of the freshest and best seafood here. There are plenty of places to choose from depending on your style and budget, and they have a mix of more European and African food. Besides this, Diani Beach also offers you fantastic nightlife with a wide variety of places to choose from, especially during peak seasons. 

On an off day you can go SUPing, snorkelling or scuba diving from Diani, and if you’re lucky (and at the right time of year) you might even see whale sharks and humpback whales. Of course there are also the usual African safari options, so if you want to see the big 5 this might be your chance.

  • camper parking

    • Not allowed, but possible
  • car parking

    • Nearby
  • emergency

    • A medical center
    • A rescue service
    • Kite repair
  • has restaurant

    • Yes
  • has toilet

    • Yes
  • has shower

    • Yes

How to get to Diani Beach and how to bring it about while you're there

The Moi International Airport in Mombasa is the landing place for all international travelers and from there, Diani Beach is around 35km. Your best bet is to book a taxi in advance to save money and hassle, but if you are up for haggling (and probably paying a bit more) you can find a taxi on arrival.

  • accommodation

    • at the spot
  • public transport

    • Poorly developed
  • rental cars

    • Recommended

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Wind Forecast for Diani Beach Kitesurfing


Diani Beach in Mombasa, Kenya, is an outstanding kitesurfing spot known for its vast lagoon, warm shallow waters, and flat terrain. It benefits from two different wind seasons and offers a variety of kitesurfing experiences including freestyle kiteboarding and wave riding. The location boasts a mix of wide sandy beaches, tropical climate, and a touch of African culture, making it an ideal spot for both beginners and professionals.