People say Africa is addicting and now I understand why!
After my volunteer term was over, I took some time to tour around Kenya. I couldn’t go all the way over there (over 24 hours of travel time!) and leave without seeing the beauty that Kenya has to offer. And let me tell ya, it was beyond amazing!!
Since volunteer site was just north of Mombasa which is on the east coast of Kenya, my first tourist stop was Diani Beach (pronounced “dee-ah-ni” by the locals). I’m a beach gal at heart and there was no way I was going to miss out on some beach time!
Situated on the Indian Ocean, its crystal blue water and endless stretch of white sand made Diani one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen in my life. I stayed at the Sands at Nomad and I loved every second of it. It is a sister resort to the Sands at Chale Island, which was the resort I originally wanted to stay at but unfortunately, I went during their low season and Chale Island was closed until July. I guess it’s all the more reason to return to Kenya one day 😉 ! If any of you have stayed at the Sands at Chale Island, please comment and let me know, I’d love to hear about your experience.
An upside to visiting during the low season was that I pretty much had the entire resort and the beach to myself (minus the beach boys but hey, they made for interesting company), which meant a great photo op!
I mean, what’s a beach getaway without a maxi dress, right? This royal blue maxi matched the waters perfectly, while the fun floral print gave just the right amount of contrast.
Though I did not go on any excursions, I still made the most of my time at the beach. I checked out little “markets” on the beach including a cute kitenge (sarong) stand where I purchased a fun lime green number!
I also got to ride on my new camel buddy, Alibaba! You thought long walks on the beach were romantic? Try a camel ride! Haha well…maybe romantic isn’t quite the right word considering I was traveling solo but still, it was a cool experience. If you can’t tell from the picture below, I was secretly terrified at first but Alibaba was so chill. Then I actually walked HIM along the beach and I’d like to think that we actually became friends by the end of our short time together <3
There is something so soothing about being on the beach alone. It gave me a lot of time to relax, think, and reflect on my amazing volunteer experience, as well as life in general. It was nice to get away and be completely isolated for once. On one of the days, I did spend about half a day just sitting on the beach, crying, journal-ing, and crying some more… and I’m not gonna lie, it was refreshing. I’m so glad I took the time to have some Mina time on the beach, and not just any but this gorgeous Diani Beach of all beaches!
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