Affordable Beach Hostels in Diani, Kenya

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. There's plenty to do in the area, and these hostels provide an excellent base for exploring the area.

What are the best hostels at Diani Beach?

Dorm Bed from $13.75
Private Room from $12.44
Overall Rating: 78%
1400 K.F.I. Road, Diani
Diani Backpackers offers a beautiful green garden that surrounds the pool and pool-side bar available to guests. Room options include ensuite privates or dorms inside the house and some more social dorms built in the yard. A lounge area is available for relaxing, and meals are available at the property. Self-catering and laundry facilities are also available for guests convenience. Free Parking, Wi-Fi, linens, and towels are included with your stay.

Dorm Bed from $40.00
Private Room from $30.00
Diani Beach Road, Diani
Bidi Badu is located at the southern end of Diani Beach, 30km south of Mombasa, Kenya. Ukunda Airport is 10 minutes drive away. Local attractions include, snorkeling on the reef, Kaya Sacred Forrest, and Colobus Monkey Sanctuary just to name a few. Bidi Badu put great importance into sports and recreation as well as relaxation. Tennis court, beach volleyball, and beach tennis, kite surfing, dhow, and glass bottom boat trips are all available. Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest is 3.5 km away from the hostel, while Diani Beach Shopping Centre is 8km away. A beach bar and restaurant is located onsite providing tasty food including western, local, and seafood cuisine. If you are after a cold cocktail or freshly squeezed juice with an ocean view in a relaxed atmosphere, this is the place to be. There is a choice of rooms, pool/sea view rooms and standard rooms all include a private bathroom. Self-catering facilities and a swimming pool are also available. Only cash payments are accepted. Breakfast included is included as well as free Wi-Fi all over the compound. Airport and other transport can be arranged on request at extra cost. Free parking, linen, and towels are also included.

Private Room from $6.20
Overall Rating: 66%
Diani Beach Road, Diani
Stilts Backpackers Diani Beach offers beautiful eco-friendly tree houses and cottages set in the midst of 7 acres of tropical forest and just a short 300 meter walk from the stunning beach and central Diani. Set in amongst the tree tops, with a friendly atmosphere and famous good service it is a good place for a relaxing stay surrounded by local wildlife and beautiful forest. It has a relaxed atmosphere and consists of 5 tree houses and 3 cottages. Stilts is located in the center of Diani beach, within a 5-minute walk or drive to many banks, hospitals. super markets, restaurants, and bars. The Beach is 300 meters from Stilts. Access is through Forty Thrives Beach Bar, part of the business. Beds available in single, double, twin or triple with well-maintained communal toilet and shower block. Some rooms have ensuite bathroom. Mosquito nets and towels provided for free.
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