Getting here

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.

From abroad, most major European and African airports offer direct flights to Nairobi. Once in Nairobi, internal air connections to Ukunda are available.

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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.