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... is the extreme southern end of the Kenyan Coast, running down to connect with the Tanzania Coast.

Shimoni is definitely one of our favourite sections of this southern coast, the mainland section may not be so very wonderful, but once out on a boat and sailing around the various offshore islands it can be very pleasant indeed. The area contains probably the best diving in the country, on a par with that around the busy Malindi area further north, but arguably more reliable year round.

The Shimoni area remains unusually free of mainstream tourist development, primarily because the waterfront is mainly comprised of mangrove forests rather than the usual white-sand beaches. The village of Shimoni itself is essentially a quiet backwater, but rather spoiled for us by the hordes of aggressive touts who work the bus loads of divers who are shipped in from the busy areas to the north.

Unfortunately there is a distinct lack of high quality accommodation in the area, not much that we can wholeheartedly recommend.

Funzi Keys ... is a reasonably upmarket lodge set on a remote peninsular about 15km to the north of the village.

Mwazaro Lodge ... is a similarly remote option, also out amongst the mangroves to the north of the village.

We tend to more often recommend staying at lodges in the Msambweni and Kinondo areas further to the north and coming down here for dive trips, being careful to avoid those touts.

If you are looking for a more remote beach location then you might like to take a look at the northern end of the Kenyan Coast, notably at Lamu Island, Manda Island, Kiwayu Island and Tana Delta, or further south on the islands of the Tanzania Coast.
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