Diani Backpackers is located in Diani Beach, Kenya. The region is locally often referred to as ‘South Coast’ because of its geographical position south of the historical harbor town of Mombasa. From the gate of the hostel you are only minutes away from the walking onto bright white beach and dipping your feet in the warm water of the Indian Ocean. You can learn more about Diani by clicking here.(link to ‘Diani Beach’ page)
The un-official birth of Diani Backpackers took place many years ago when by chance a bunch of individual travelers met in a bar in Diani. Each of them had initially intended for their stay to be a short one but as is often the case in Diani, had fallen in love with the place. Looking for a way to be able stick around for a while, they joined forces and rented a house with a big garden and a pool. Word soon got out and people travelling through Diani started flocking to this house to chill, drink and crash on beds sofa’s, pool loungers etc. Not long after that a make-shift bar was built in the garden (which now serves as our Baobar Dorm) and the idea for the hostel you see today was born.
Since those early days we have evolved into an award winning, professionally run hostel with all the amenities the modern-day backpacker needs. We have built an amazing team that truly feels like family and who will make sure your stay will be unforgettable. There are many things we could tell you about us but one that we are especially proud of is that quite a few love stories originated at our very bar. We even get word every now and then of new generations born from those love stories and that just... awesome.
But even though we have evolved into a professional business, we have always managed to stick to our roots: To be that house with a pool and a bar where people from all corners of the world come together to chill, talk, drink and enjoy. But don’t take our word for it, come check it out for yourself and book your stay now!
Camel rides, motorbike rentals to cruise around, Scuba diving in the Indian Ocean, Dhow trips to Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Wasini island, Kite surfing, Safaris from our gate. There are countless activities for all budgets and you can book them all with us.
The proximity to Shimba hills national park allows us to take you to hidden places with the most dazzling views you can hope for when heading to Africa. With Mombasa being just a taxi (or matatu if you feel adventurous) ride away, you can experience the busy, noisy but amazing city where you can walk the old town markets and check out the many cultural monuments on the island.
Check out our extensive activities book that will be waiting for you upon arrival and all that Diani and surroundings have to offer will be revealed.
The nightlife is another story. Let’s not say that the options are infinite but there are quite a few places that welcome whoever is keen to head to the sunrise. But wherever the night takes you, it all of course starts our own bar! We can always suggest alternatives but in the end there’s no place like ‘home’. To put it in a nut shell: try a night out with us and we promise that missing your flight or ride the following day won’t be a downer!
Where about in Diani are you?
Coming into Diani from Ukunda take a Right at Ocean supermarket junction. Follow the road for about 6km until you see ‘KFI supermarket’ on your left. This is just after a speedbump and just before the tarmac road goes narrow. You’ll see our sign there on the road to the right. Follow this road for about 150m to find our gate on the right. You can’t miss it!
How do I get to Diani?
That depends on where you’re starting off from!
From Nairobi you can get here via road, rail or air.
Air: By far the quickest way to get here from Nairobi is to hop on one of the many flights that go from both Wilson Airport and Jomo Kenyatta airport straight to the Diani airstrip. Once landed you’ll be mere minutes away from our gate and a drink at the bar! Information about flights can be found on www.jambojet.com, www.silverstoneair.com and www.skywardexpress.co.ke
Road or Rail: There are many busses that can be booked locally in Nairobi that will take you on an ‘adventurous’ 10-12-hour drive to Mombasa through the night. Although this is of course an option, the new SGR train that opened in 2017 offers a much safer, quicker and in most cases cheaper alternative. The SGR takes you from Nairobi to Mombasa is just over 4 hours in the daytime through beautiful scenery and national parks. You can find more information about the SGR and book tickets here: www.metickets.krc.co.ke
From Mombasa you can either jump in a taxi and they’ll know where to take you. Alternatively, you can take a boda, tuk tuk or matatu to the Likoni ferry, cross by foot and do the same on the other side to Diani.
We can of course help you with your travel arrangements. Just give us a shout!
Do you offer airport/airstrip pickup service?
Yes, we can arrange a meet and greet pickup from Mombasa Airport or Diani Airstrip for you. Just let us know after you’ve booked your stay with us so we can advise you on the cost. Just provide us with flight details and we’ll make sure your ride will be waiting for you!
What is your booking and cancellation policy?
This depends on the channel that you booked through. Please check the respective booking site to find out. If you’ve booked directly via us, You can modify or cancel any booking free of charge up to 48 hours before arrival. After which point any changes or cancellation will be charged at 60% of the reservation price. In case of no shows, 80% of reservation price will be charged.
What is the average age of guests at Diani Backpackers and are certain age groups excluded?
We are proud to say that people from all age groups enjoy staying with us. The age group that is most heavily represented is 18-35 (is this correct? Amend id not) but we often welcome guests of more ‘senior’ ages that have an equally great time with us. Unfortunately, due to regulations we can’t allow children under the age of 16 to stay overnight. In the daytime they are most welcome though if accompanied by an adult.
Can I pay by credit/debit card at Diani Backpackers?
Yes you can. We accept all major credit and debit cards. The bank charges a fee of 4% when you pay by card though. We have no control over that so don’t hate us for it!
Can I pay cash and which currencies do you accept?
Yes you can pay Cash. We accept Kenya Shilling, Euro and Dollar. Our prices are in Kenya Shilling so we will work with a fair exchange rate if you pay with anything other than that.
Can I pay via Mpesa?
Yes you can.
Do you exchange money?
We most certainly do! We can exchange your Dollars or Euros against competitive exchange rates.
Can I run a tab for drinks at the bar and food and pay for everything in one go at the end of my stay?
That is indeed how we roll! Everything you consume during your stay will be added to your tab which you will pay for at the end of your stay.
Are there other money exchange offices in Diani?
Yes there are. Come see us at the reception and we’ll direct you to the best place.
Do the rates include breakfast or any other meals?
Our rates do not include breakfast or any other meals but the chefs in our kitchen can whip you up a mean meal of any kind against very friendly prices!
Where are your private rooms?
The private rooms are both inside the main house and throughout our beautiful garden. Inside the house the en-suite privates are decked out with a king size bed and all the other fancy stuff you need including air conditioning. The outside privates are cozy little cottages with Queen size beds, mossy net and fan. Check out the details of our private rooms here.
Where are your dorms?
The Dorms are both inside the main house and outside in the garden. We have a lot of choice, depending on how close you want to be to the action! Check out the options here. (add link to page)
Do you have a kitchen where I can prepare my own food?
Unfortunately we don’t, but the chefs in our kitchen are SUPERB and our prices are at a level that you’d be crazy to be slaving away in the kitchen yourself anyway!
Do you serve meals?
A. Absolutely. Our professional chefs can cook meals with fresh ingredients from local suppliers for any time of the day from our ever-changing menu against very friendly prices. We can guarantee you that you’ll find yourself hanging around for our food as opposed to heading out for dinner more often than not!
Do you cater to vegans?
Our menu indeed caters to vegetarians and vegans!
Do you cater to people with gluten or other food allergies?
To a certain extent. Please consult with the chefs on duty to discuss the possibilities
What are the opening hours of your bar?
Although we turn the music off at midnight (on weekends a bit later), our bar is staffed and stocked 24hrs of the day.
Do you have Internet/WIFI access?
Hell yes, we do! We are connected to the Safaricom high-speed fiber network that will be free for you to use throughout your stay with us!
Can I book Safaris, tours and adventure stuff with you?
You sure can! We have partners in all categories who cater to all budgets so just come see one of our staff when you’re with us or get in touch with us beforehand so we can get you booked up!
Can I leave my luggage with you if I’m going on overnight tours?
Yes you can. If it’s just for up to a few nights we’ll store your stuff safely against no additional cost.
Do you have a pool-and/or fuss ball table?
Common… what itself respecting hostel doesn’t??
Do you have parking facilities?
Yes, we have (limited) secure parking facilities on the compound.
Is there public transport in Diani?
Yes. The most common way of getting around Diani is by Boda Boda (motor bike taxi) or Tuk Tuk. Both are cheap, safe and plentiful available. Just walk onto the road and within seconds you be able to hop on or in one!
Is it safe to walk around outside of the hostel like to town or the beach?
Absolutely! In the daytime we encourage you to walk anywhere you like. At nighttime we advise to take a taxi, boda or tuk tuk from our gate which we can organize for you and will be there within minutes.
How far is the walk to the beach?
The beach is about 300m and one straight walk from our gate. Within minutes your feet will be touching the sand!
How close are the shops and restaurants?
Diani is basically an 8KM long road with all sorts or restaurants and shops scattered along it. We don’t really have a ‘town center’ where everything is concentrated. The nearest shops and restaurants are minutes away but there are others that are a bit further. But when you jump on the back of a boda or into a tuk tuk everything becomes minutes away!
Are there banks and ATM’s in Diani and how close is the nearest one?
We have a wide variety of banks in Diani and each of them comes equipped with an ATM. All of them take VISA and a few of the also take MAESTRO. The closest one is situated at Chandarana shopping center about 7 minutes by taxi/boda/tuk tuk from our gate.
What is there’s a medical emergency? Is there a doctor or hospital nearby and is my (travel) insurance any good there?
Diani has a great hospital that’s fully equipped for any type of medical emergency, minor or major. It has 24hr A&E and ICU units and ambulance service for transfer to their facilities if necessary. They accept all types of (travel) insurance. More information can be found on www.dianibeachhospital.com
Is there anything else I need to know?
Not that we can think of! But feel free to contact (link to contact page) us at any time if you have any questions!