Diani Beach isn’t only for those wishing to relax. There are a variety of activities and water sports available to those seeking a more active holiday. Wind surfing and Kite surfing are available at the SurfLeo (Kiswahili for surf “today”) Water Sports Centre, located on-site within Almanara. Also offered are Scuba Diving and Snorkelling around the superb coral reef. Their are also trips to the sand islands just off the shore to a secluded sand cay where you can simply relax, or perhaps explore the coral reef and marine life below with a spot of snorkelling. If you prefer staying on board, you can indulge in some whale shark spotting, or jump on the Dolphin Dhow for lunch, engage in some snorkelling and perhaps even have a swim with the dolphins.
In association with Diani Marine (fully PADI certified) we offer a range of diving options. Pool trials & DSD's (Discover Scuba Diving) can be held if you're looking to just sample the underwater world. Bespoke courses are available from the comfort of your villa and can be completed at a your leisure with timing suited to your needs. With over 25 world class dive sites, including the Kisite National Marine Reserve, you are guaranteed to see a spectacle of stunning coral reefs and an enormous marine population. 2-4 dive half and full day trips can be organised.
If diving is not for you, then perhaps try a spot of snorkelling in waters just off the shore. There is lots to see and all the equipment you need is available at the SurfLeo water sports centre. Jump on board Almanara's Ngalawa (local sail boat) and head out to the sand islands that pop out of the turquoise waters at low tide.
Fishing and Boat Trips
Deep sea fishing trips can be organised. Head out to the famous Pemba Channel where Black Marlin and Sailfish are found in their numbers. Daily Dhow trips are also on offer, ranging from simple lunch and snorkelling trips, to dolphin and even whale shark spotting trips.
Kite & Windsurfing
Wind surfing and Kite surfing are available at the SurfLeo Water Sports Centre, located within the Almanara complex. Our top class IKO certified instructors are always looking sign up a new student, or simply assist you choosing your rental gear.
The conditions in Diani are ideal with two major winds providing good surf. The Kaskazi blows onshore from the North and is commonly known as the Baridi (Cold) in Kiswahili. It is the stronger of the 2 trade winds and blows steadily from around the 15th of December right to the end of February, blowing between 15 and 25 knots.
As we move into mid March the wind begins to turn more on shore and starts to bring rain from the sea right through April and May. The rainy season can cause the wind to shift cross onshore from the South bringing moments of incredibly strong winds.
The Kuzi - the second less strong of the trade winds - blows onshore from the South and is also known as the Monsoon and reaches a range of 10 to 22 knots. The advantage this wind has for more experienced riders is the aggressive down the line wave riding to be done on the reef. The Kuzi Blows from June to October and the best time of the season are in June and September.