3 hours but a million miles away

If you want to escape the city to find an oasis of tranquility and beauty, Chale Island is a private island bliss. From Nairobi, Chale Island is just a short 3 hour hop away – including a one hour domestic flight from Nairobi to Ukunda, followed by a 30 – minute ride to Chale Island.

Also known as the ‘Eden of Kenya’, the island is nestled in nature, among colourful flora and fauna, including a teeming coral reef, resident colubus monkeys, rich bird life and a mangrove forest.

The resort boasts a private powder-white beach only accessible by the hotel guests.

In addition to all this natural beauty, Chale Island also offers a wide variety of activities to choose from:

  • try diving with Diving the Crab, the local dive center;
  • relax at the Spa, blended into the heart of the island and perfectly integrated with nature;
  • kayak or SUP through the mangrove forests.

With six different room types available, offering a spacious and comfortable stay, Chale Island is ‘3 hours but a million miles away’.

Location

Lying just four degrees south of the equator, Chale Island offers you a choice of worlds that no other island can equal.

Coral seas abundant with fish life, coastal forests and mangroves teaming with bird and insect life, snow white beaches offering safe warm bathing, and of course Kenya’s world famous safari parks.

The Island

Chale Island is a small romantic island situated 600 meters off the mainland. 10 km south of Diani, 1,2 km long and 0,8 km wide, with a general north/south orientation.

The Island is divided into two parts; resort and sacred forest or “kaya”.

The resort lies in 15 acres of indigenous ancient forest, with a stunning 10,000 square meter white sand bay which is protected by a vibrant coral reef.

With an explosion of colorful flora and fauna the island is truly magical and if that is not enough, also features a mystical inland tidal mangrove lake.

The Beach

Kenya’s beaches rank in the top ten worldwide and Chale Island’s coral sand bay counts as one of the best that Kenya has to offer.

The secluded bay is covered with snow-white powder fine coral sand and due to the remoteness of the Island is the only beach in Kenya that can truly be called private.

Due to the lack of seaweed pile-ups, turtles frequently lay eggs in the bay adding to the charm of this magical Island.

The Mangroves

Two thirds of Chale Island is an ancient mangrove forest, which boasts the tallest mangrove trees in East Africa.

Behind the island is the sweeping Gazi Bay which is the outlet of the seasonal Mkurimuji River. The combination of a shallow lagoon, a bay protected from waves and occasional fresh water makes Gazi an ideal mangrove bay.

Daily trips into the winding waterways are available either by motorboat or kayak.