If you are looking for a chilled out vacay destination, embark on exploring some of the beautiful islands in Kenya. The mention of islands sets most minds to envision the perfect romantic getaway.
Kenya is privileged to have several islands which are yet to be discovered, each with different sites and cultures. You can’t go wrong with whichever island you pick, as each of them offers memorable and unique experiences.
Wondering which islands these are? Stay tuned as we unveil five of the beautiful islands in Kenya.
1. Wasini Island
Wasini is a scenic tiny island that lies 3km off the Indian Ocean coast in southeast Kenya. Snorkelling between the corals and Kisite Mpunguti National Park are the main attractions to this beautiful island.
With a population of approximately 3000 people, the island is an ideal backpacker hideaway. Here you can bask away your worries without feeling intruded and enjoy the picturesque views as you let in the cool breeze.
Wasini is also best known for spotting dolphins as they play in the seawater and hump whales enjoying a swim. You will be in awe of the views of the exotic and magnificent coral reefs.
2. Crescent Island
Are you looking for an island to explore that’s not far from Nairobi? Well, why not take a quick drive to Naivasha and discover one of the most beautiful islands in Kenya.
Crescent Island is a game sanctuary with one of the most attracting parks and is often referred to as “Naivasha best kept secret”. It is home to a wide variety of birds and wild animals that are born and bred there.
The panoramic view of Mau escarpments, Mt. Longonot and Hell’s gate is breathtaking. If you fancy the wild, this is a catch, as they offer guided walks along the island. You, however, get to Crescent only via boat from the mainland, as it is surrounded by water.
The good thing about Crescent Island is, you get to experience nature away from the noisy crowds. You can plan to get here for your next picnic date.
3. Chale Island
Want to experience a luxurious getaway? Head over to Chale Island. The pristine white sand and blue water on the island is breathtaking! The island is privately owned and is located at the northern end of Msambweni Bay in Kwale County.
Chale Island is popular for its indigenous tropical vegetation and beautiful ancient mangroves. The magnificent coral reefs attract divers and snorkelers to visit the island. Also, the amazing Sands at Chale Island Resort offers exquisite cuisine and a top-notch experience. It would be one of the best honeymoon places in Kenya for newlyweds.
The beauty about Chale is, leisure walks are enjoyable as you will spot bush babies, beautiful butterflies and enjoy melodious songs from the different species of birds.
4. Rusinga Island
Do you find coastal islands too cliché? Welcome to Rusinga Island. Located on Lake Victoria’s eastern side, Homa Bay County, Rusinga boasts of its rich and authentic culture. Lake Victoria’s spectacular view – the second largest freshwater lake in the world is a major attraction on the island.
Rusinga is most popular for its rich traditions of the Suba and Luo people, who showcase their culture through the Rusinga Cultural Festival. The serene countryside atmosphere and the maize and millet farm landscapes offer a homely feel.
Budget for a trip to this beautiful island and enjoy delicious traditional meals as you delight in the magical sunsets.
5. Takawiri Island
The tall palm trees, turquoise blue water and white sandy beach of the magnificent Takawiri Island are a sight to behold. Located in Mbita, Homa Bay County, the island boasts of having one of Kenya’s best beaches. However, the beach is privately owned, and an entrance fee is charged.
Honestly, one would be pardoned for mistaking Takawiri is located along the Kenyan coastline.
If you yearn for a serene getaway from city life to calm your mind, this is an ideal destination. Enjoy watching various birds, sport fishing, or taking a guided boat ride and exploring the picturesque island.
The highlight of Takawiri is afternoon swims in the crystal clear water of Lake Victoria. Tag along with friends and family and make memories as you enjoy a sunset sail.
While there are many other beautiful islands in Kenya, these five top the bucket list, in my opinion. All in all, there are numerous destinations in Kenya to discover and explore.