A Travel Price Comparison for Kenya Mombasa vs. Diani for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Mombasa or Diani?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Mombasa and Diani. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Mombasa or Diani?


Mombasa is a beautiful, large city on the eastern coast of Kenya, bordering the Indian Ocean. The city is famous for its stunning beaches, friendly locals, and diverse marine life. Mombasa experiences a tropical climate year round, meaning temperatures rarely drop below 70° Fahrenheit. The rainiest months of the year are April and May and the driest months are January and February. Temperatures tend to be more mild from May through October, usually in the 70's and 80's. Temperatures get much warmer from November through April, with daily averages reaching the high 90's.


Diani is a major beach resort town on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. It is located 30 kilometers south of Mombasa and the beach has been voted Africa’s leading beach destination several times. With a flawless, long stretch of white-sand beach hugged by lush forest and kissed by surfable waves, it’s no wonder Diani Beach is so popular. This resort town scores points with a diverse crowd: party people, families, honeymooners, backpackers and water-sports enthusiasts. But Diani also has some of the best accommodation in Kenya, from budget party hostels to funky kitesurfing lodges and intimate honeymoon spots. Most places are spread along the beach road, hidden behind a line of forest. When lazing in a hammock gets tiring, visit the coral mosques with their archways that overlook the open ocean, venture into the sacred forests where guides hug trees that speak in their ancestors' voices, or take in the monkey sanctuary – all are good ways to experience more of the coast than the considerable charms of sun and sand.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Kenya, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Kenya, The Best Adventure Tours to Kenya, and The Best Camping Tours in Kenya.

Which place is cheaper, Diani or Mombasa?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Mombasa is $65, while the average daily cost in Diani is $55. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Mombasa and Diani in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Mombasa $27
    Diani $24
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Mombasa $54
    Diani $48
Compare Hotels in Mombasa and Diani

Looking for a hotel in Mombasa or Diani? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Mombasa

Hotels in Diani

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Mombasa Hotel Prices and Diani Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Mombasa $18
    Diani $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mombasa

Also for Mombasa, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer: Mombasa SGR Train Station to Nyali/Bamburi: $37
  • Private Transfer from Mombasa Moi Airport (MBA) to Mombasa Port: $33
  • Private Transfer from Mombasa Cruise Port to Mombasa City Hotels: $33
  • Private Transfer from Mombasa City to Moi Airport Mombasa (MBA): $73
  • Private Transfer from Diani Beach Hotels to Moi Airport: $70
  • Private One-Way Mombasa Airport Transfer: $50
  • Private Luxury Transfer from Mombasa Port to Mombasa Moi Airport: $33
  • Private Departure Transfer in Mombasa: $80
  • Mombasa to Mombasa Airport (MBA) - Departure Private Transfer: $22
  • Mombasa Train Station Private Transfer to Kikambala/Vipingo: $59
  • Mombasa Town: Private Airport Transfer to Hotel and AirBnB: $40
  • Mombasa SGR Train Station Private transfer to Shanzu/Mtwapa: $51

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Diani

Also for Diani, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer: Mombasa SGR Train Station to Diani Hotels: $70
  • From Mombasa Airport: Diani transfer in a minivan (5 pax): $63

Is it cheaper to fly into Mombasa or Diani?

Prices for flights to both Diani and Mombasa change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Mombasa $24
    Diani $20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mombasa

For Mombasa, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Swahili Street Food Tour: $45
  • Special African Dinner: $46
  • Fort Jesus Mombasa Light and music Night Shows With Dinner.: $46
  • Dhow Cruise Tour And Dinner Or Lunch Tours.: $51
  • Experience Swahili Cuisine Cooking Class With a Local Host.: $80

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Mombasa $18
    Diani $15

Tours and Activities in Mombasa

For Mombasa, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Full Day Private Mombasa Tour: $170
  • Mombasa Getaway with Haller Park Tours: $130
  • The Best Of Mombasa Walking Tour: $207
  • 1 Day Malindi day Tour (minimum 2 Pax): $194
  • 1 Day Mombasa city Tour: $150
  • Aquatic experiences at the coastal of Mombasa-Nyali.: $90
  • City Tour with Ghalib: $70
  • Day Tour To Mombasa: $145
  • Day Tour to Tsavo East National Park from Mombasa: $219
  • Day tour to Tsavo east national park from Mombasa: $279
  • Dolphin tour and snorkeling in kisite marine park / wasini island: $70
  • Fort Jesus Museum Walking Tour in Mombasa: $30

Tours and Activities in Diani

For Diani, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 1 day Shimba Hills Tour: $185
  • 3 nights Vipingo Golf Safari & Flight Tour: $1,575
  • Day & Night Life Tour At Diani: $40
  • Diani Beach: 2-Hour Glass Bottom-Boat Cruise: $22
  • Diani Beach: Children's Homes Visit And Donation Tour.: $36
  • Diani Beach: Kaya Kinondo cultural and nature experience: $30
  • Diani Beach: Kongo River Sunset Experience in a canoe: $30
  • Diani Beach: Village tour on a bike with hotel pick-up: $57
  • Giriama Cultural Dance Show and Local Village Tour: $25
  • Sunset Canoe Tour along the River with Mangroves: $28
  • Duruma Traditional Wedding Demo, Village Tour and Dance Show: $49
  • Full Day Shimba hills tour with Shifoga nature trail: $120

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Mombasa $8.99
    Diani $9.04

Sample the Local Flavors in Diani

Also in Diani, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Diani,Mombasa Nightlife And Pub Crawling Guided Tour.: $43

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Mombasa and Diani, we can see that Mombasa is more expensive. And not only is Diani much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Diani would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Diani and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Mombasa would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Mombasa than you might in Diani.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Mombasa Expensive? and Is Diani Expensive?.