Tiwi Beach Journals

Tiwi - A Truly Beautiful Beach

A November 2002 trip to Tiwi Beach by chloe_day

Sunrise Photo, Tiwi Beach, Kenya More Photos
Quote: Tiwi Beach is very isolated, and whilst this results in you not having easy access to shops and other places to visit, it also means that the few days you spend there will be unusually tranquil and serene.

Tiwi - A Truly Beautiful Beach

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Overview

Sunrise Photo, Tiwi Beach, Kenya
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As the name would suggest, Tiwi is just a beach, with a good mix of cheap and expensive places to stay offering fantastic views and one of the most beautiful beaches in Kenya right outside your door. The entire length of the perfect white sandy strip, sprinkled with sea shells is fringed with palm trees and the water is lovely and warm. During the three wonderful days I spent at Tiwi I think I saw no more than 15 other tourists. It's so much more pleasant than places like Diani with their big expensive hotels and nightclubs. There will always be somebody (in our case it was Hassan) around willing to arrange for you to go on a dolphin watching trip (haggle and you'll get it for a fract...Read More

Tiwi Villas

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Hotel

Tiwi Villas Photo, Tiwi Beach, Kenya
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Tiwi Villas is a sort of cross between a cottage complex and hotel. We rented a small, very basic cottage with two very large double beds (in two separate rooms) with mosquito nets and a bathroom with toilet, shower (water is a bit salty) and sink. We paid KSh1500 (£15 / $22.50) per night between us for the cottage and they let all six of us share,which was important on our budget (we'd been in Kenya for three months at this point and were travelling after finishing teaching placements). We were thrilled to be able to stay in such a gorgeous place for £2.50 each per night. When we walked out of the cottage door we had a view over the sparkling blue and turquoise water. The complex was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2003

Tiwi Villas
Tiwi Beach, South Beach
Kwale, Kenya
(0127) 51-265

Twiga Lodge

Hotel

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I didn't actually stay at Twiga Lodge but spent quite a lot of time in its bar and restaurant as it's very close to Tiwi Villas. Twiga is another budget option, but unlike Tiwi Villas you can camp there (for about £1.50 /$2.75 per night) and they have very basic hotel type rooms as well as some cottages, if I remember rightly. I'm told that there is a small, reasonably well stocked shop and I found that the restaurant served good food at a reasonable price. See dining entry for more information on eating here. As with Tiwi Villas, it's not the kind of place you'd take a family, but if your accustomed to budget accommodation it's fine. Twiga has also been plagued by thefts recently so be careful ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 11, 2003

Twiga Lodge
P.O. Box 96005
Tiwi Beach, Kenya
+254 721 577 614

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There are bar/restauransts at both Tiwi Villas and Twiga Lodge on Tiwi Beach. The former is very quiet and peaceful and the latter a little larger and more lively, but both serve nice basic meals (the fish is especially good), which are very good value. There's no problem with staying at one place and eating in the other. In fact, this is what we tended to do as it was a nice change of scenery. Tiwi Villas has a lovely view down the beach, as it perches atop the small cliff, whereas Twiga is actually on the beach. Anyway, the choice is yours.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 8, 2003

Tiwi Villas and Twiga Lodge
Tiwi Beach
Tiwi Beach, Kenya

Snorkelling

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Attraction

Snorkelling Photo, Tiwi Beach, Kenya
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If you're staying at Tiwi there's bound to be someone who'll offer to let you hire a snorkel and mask for a couple of hundred shillings. There's a nice rock pool nearby called the Map of Africa: funnily enough this is because it's roughly the shape of Africa. If you wanted to pass an hour or two you could ask someone to show/tell you how to get there and take your snorkeling stuff with you. Whilst we were staying at Tiwi Villas we befriended a guy called Hassan who helped us out with quite a few things. Hassan repeatedly tried to get us to go on a dolphin watching trip which he said cost £50 ($75). After he dropped the price (with a bit of haggling on our side) to £23 ($35) we decided to take hi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 11, 2003

Snorkelling
Tiwi Beach and Kisite Marine National Park
Tiwi Beach, Kenya

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Wakefield, United Kingdom