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Review: Ocean Village

For our third trip to Diani (my favorite beach!), we stayed at Ocean Village. The resort recently changed management and was renovated. I have to say, they did a good job. The grounds were lovely. The beach side could have used some umbrellas for shade, but there were enough palm trees for us to manage. The pool area was also nice. There were no lounge chairs by the pool, which I found odd. But, maybe most people are like me and prefer to lounge on the beach anyway. Our room was really nice, with a big comfortable bed. Everything was is good shape. The bathroom was nice. No issues with that. We had a hot water problem (lack of) one day but it was quickly resolved. I liked that they had a hairdryer and that it was placed near a mirror. Sadly, the dryer wasn’t really strong enough. Also, the lighting in the room was a bit dim. It’s hard to see what you’re doing when you put on makeup to go out. Those are …

Review: Forty Thieves

The first two times we went to Diani, we did not make to to Ali Barbour’s Cave or to Forty Thieves. This time we made it. Actually, we went twice. First to watch the World Cup. Second time for lunch after kite surfing. We had initially thought it would be like the Cave, as in set in the cave itself. It’s not. It’s right on the beach and it’s very cute. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. There are screens for watching sports. There are plenty of tables and a nice bar area. The service is typical beach service, but not bad. A little slow but not terribly so. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The food was decent and the drinks menu was extensive. We initially thought we’d eat at Ali Barbour’s, but we heard from a lot of people that the quality of the food there has gone down. We skipped it this time. Maybe we’ll try it when we inevitably return for a Diani beach holiday. We’ll certainly go back …

Another Birthday in Diani

Back in February, we went to Diani Beach for my birthday. In July, we went back for J’s birthday. Why go back to the same place? For starters, Diani is the best beach in the whole world. And, we wanted to learn how to kite surf. When we went last time, there was no wind. This time, the wind was great! So we took some lessons and got to have a nice mix of action/adventure along with relaxing on the beach. How did we do? Pretty well I think. We have a bit more to do before we can go off on our own. But we made decent progress. J almost completed the intermediate level and I got into the intermediate level. I wound up stopping for a bit because the helmet you need to wear when you’re learning kept banging my helix piercing and really irritated it. Word to the wise: don’t wear a hoop (however small) when learning how to kite surf. (If you have a navel piercing you will need to remove …

Red Sea Egypt

Last year we did a trip to the Red Sea leaving from Port Sudan. This year we did the Red Sea again, but leaving from Marsa Alam in Egypt. We went again with AquaVentures from Watamu at the Kenyan coast. We did the St. John’s and South area. It was really nice diving. We saw very healthy reefs, an abundance of marine life, and some sharks. There were canyon, really canyons, of coral and tons of swim throughs. At Elphinstone, about 15 meters below me I saw five sharks go by and then, a minute later, another three. I could tell they were sharks, but it was murky and I couldn’t tell what kind. I was told that most likely they were hammerheads, as they are the only schooling sharks in the area. (This was too far away to capture on video.) Unfortunately, my camera housing flooded (not a total loss, the camera is still good) and so my photos and video are limited. I did get to use the GoPro…but I’m not a pro …