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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 with little of interest other than the local "slave caves" and access to the aforementioned Kisite Marine Reserve.
Unfortunately there is no highly recommended accommodation in this area ...Shimoni Reef Lodge
... is modest place close to the main jetty in the village, the best option for divers planning repeated days out in the marine reserve.Mwazaro Lodge
... is a pleasant and relatively simple small facility set on a relatively remote beach around 7km to the north of the village.
We tend to more often recommend staying at lodges in the Msambweni
areas further to the north, from which it is easy enough to visit Shimoni on day trips for the diving and dolphin excursions.