A November 2002 trip
to Tiwi Beach by chloe_day
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.
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 fraction of the price tourists at the big hotels pay), women from the village to braid your hair, or for you to hire snorkels and visit the Map of Africa - a nearby rock pool in the shape of the continent.
In short, Tiwi is a beautiful, unspoilt place where nothing much happens. If you want to relax, it's the place to be.
Most beds have mosi nets, but you'll need deet spray in the evening, and a torch is useful during the frequent power cuts. It's a good idea to take some snacks and things with you as there are no shops very nearby, so you have to depend on the restaurants. They do serve food all day, but if you're on a tight budget it's more economical to bring stuff along.
It's not advisable (as in most places) to walk alone at night. Unfortunately there has been a bit of a problem with people having money/travellers cheques stolen from their rooms. Don't let this put you off, but hide your money well, inside your rucksack or suitcase.
There are matatus which ply the main road route but taking one of these would mean quite a walk down the track.
It's quite a good idea, if you know when you want to leave (although once you're there you'll probably want to stay longer)to arrange for the taxi driver who dropped you off to pick you back up again as the beach and its accomodation is fairly isolated.
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 always quiet, and at any one time there were only about 10 other people staying there. It also has it's own small swimming pool surrounded by (not all that comfortable) wooden sunloungers, which is good if you don't like swimming in the sea.
Tiwi Villas has a little bar and serves food all day. The food is very reasonably priced, the lady in the office is very friendly and Edward (the barman) is helpful - once you get to know him. The frequent power cuts are more amusing than annoying, but a torch is very useful because there are no street lights for miles around.
The one downside to the beach and Tiwi Villas is that recently there has been a bit of a problem with thefts of money from rooms. Don't let this put you off, just make sure that you hide your moneybelt really well (in your rucksack or other luggage).
It's not the kind of place for families, but if you're on a tight budget you can't really beat it. This was one of my favourite places in Kenya - but watch out for the monkeys.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2003
Tiwi Beach, South Beach
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 with your money and travellers cheques.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 11, 2003
P.O. Box 96005
Tiwi Beach, Kenya
+254 721 577 614
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 8, 2003
Tiwi Villas and Twiga Lodge
Tiwi Beach, Kenya
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 him up on it. This £23 included transport to and from Kisite Marine National Park right from the beach, the dolphin watching trip, and traditional Swahili lunch on an island, which I think may have been Wasini Island. It did not include park fees (reduced with a student card), snorkel hire (£1/$1.50 for snorkel and mask and the same for flippers) or drinks in the restaurant during lunch. All the other people on the trip were staying in big hotels near Mombasa and we soon realised that our 'mates rates' were a LOT less than they'd paid for the trip. For this reason, Hassan asked us not to tell anyone how much we'd paid. This made me feel quite uncomfortable as a lot of people were being ripped off and seeing dolphins at all obviously can't be guaranteed.
Despite this we had a great time. The food was delicious and we did see some dolphins. You also get about 1 1/2 hours to snorkel on the coral reef which is really good. I saw lots of fish, including some cuttlefish. Taking bottled water, suncream, and a hat is something you must do because you're out in the sun all day.
Tiwi Beach and Kisite Marine National Park
Tiwi Beach, Kenya
Wakefield, United Kingdom