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14 KFI Road, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80400 Kenya
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More stylish and security conscious than the average backpackers, Diani Backpackers has dorms and privates in a lovely house. Come to party at the 24-hour bar and pool, chill out in the lush garden, or catch up on sleep in the baobab dorm, where beds wrap around the trunk of a tree. There's a volleyball court, great daily menu and lockers. Turn right after KFI supermarket.

Must be at least 18 years old

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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Canoeing
Airport transportation
Massage
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Snack bar
Poolside bar
Diving
Game room
Hiking
Snorkeling
Windsurfing
Billiards
Darts
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Nightclub / DJ
Car hire
Adults only
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Shops
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Swahili
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Daniel A wrote a review Mar 2020
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Was there for a week. The rooms are nice and very clean, the food is so tasty and the pool amazing!:) The atmosphere is like a hostel, but the facilities like a 5 star resort :)) would definitely go there again!!!
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from kilakitu, Owner at Diani Backpackers
Responded Mar 31, 2020
Hey Daniela, Thank you so much for your visit and for taking the time to review. It's the greatest help you can give us. :) We are looking forward to welcoming you again. Diani Backpackers team.
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Tobias wrote a review Mar 2020
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One of the hostels you get stuck in. Has pretty much the best vibe from all the hostels I've been to. Planned to stay a few days. Ended up staying 5 weeks which also made me learn kitesurfing as Kenya is a perfect spot for beginners. Staff is amazing and fun at the same time. Hope David is still around :P Anyways the place to be at the Kenyan coast if you're looking for a social place.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Justin Welch, General Manager at Diani Backpackers
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hey Tobias, Thanks for taking the time to write a review! We're really happy that your stay was so memorable. Hope to see you again soon!
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Muwanga Chard wrote a review Feb 2020
Kampala, Uganda71 contributions5 helpful votes
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This place is so neat and so organized. The prices for the dorms are so budget friendly and worth every penny. The staff is awesome and the place is close to the beach. It’s just a walk away from the beach.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from MichaelAischmann, General Manager at Diani Backpackers
Responded Feb 24, 2020
Thank you Richard for your visit and this great review. We greatly appreciate your support.
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Martin Y wrote a review Jan 2020
Valencia, Spain8 contributions
I stayed in the Jacuzzi room 4 nights (had booked 8) cause it turned to be a sauna room. At night the only way to keep a tolerable body temperature was by sweating, sweating a lot. The prices in Xmas are similar to an European hostel, the quality is anything but standard. You can get a bike for 10$ a day (around the corner for 5$), a little bunk bed for 35$ and the laundry.... well better don’t try that. Moreover, there is a camera recording 24h inside of the rooms, not sure what privacy law would apply here. I’ll try to give some advice for other solo travellers, who plan socialising in such hostels. You can also make new friends in some restaurants/bars on the beach’s first row: The Salty Squid, Badu, ........ use dating apps, do some water sports (next time I’ll try Quest) or just chat with anybody in the street!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Justin Welch, General Manager at Diani Backpackers
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Martin, I'm sorry if it was a little hot in your room. In the Kenyan summer and with the rooms fully occupied due to high season, it can get a bit warm. All of our rooms are equipped with fans, and our en-suite private rooms have A/C. Our dorm beds were $25 in high season, which is a 80% increase from our regular rates. I just wanted to state that because your price and the claim that we doubled rates is simply not true. Despite our raised rates in high season, we are still one of the cheapest and only budget options to stay at in Diani around the Xmas & NY time, or any other time. It standard for businesses to raise rates during the peak season, and we rely on this income to keep us afloat during the 3 months of the rainy season. We have CCTV cameras in all dorms & of course not in the private rooms. They are installed for your safety and the safety of your belongings. Most people value it very much. If you need your privacy, we have a wide range of private rooms available. There are many places in Diani to socialize. We put quiet an emphasis on our social areas and you can surely meet many people also directly in our hostel. We have the lovely pool, lounges, 24 hour bar, pool table, darts, beer pong table, games, books, and the list goes on. We have won the Tripadvisor, Hostelworld, and Lonely Planet recommendations year after year as the best place to stay to meet fellow travelers. I hope you'll come back and stay outside of the (2 week) high season and I'm sure you'll love your experience (and the price). Regards, Justin
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chaz wrote a review Jan 2020
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Super chilled vibes. Very sociable as everyone relaxes around the pool. Stayed here for 5nights and could easily have stayed longer (as most with more time do!) Staff are really helpful, food is good and decent value. Only possible downside is that there’s no kitchen to cook your own. The International dorm is more appealing than the Baobab dorm, as more spacious and light.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from MichaelAischmann, General Manager at Diani Backpackers
Responded Feb 9, 2020
Thank you so much for your visit & for taking the time to review. We appreciate your support. We can work on the light in the Baobar dorm. You can use our kitchen in coordination with our chefs at a small service charge. On the other hand, our meal prices are quite reasonable. So why not enjoy & let us do the work for you. :) Cheers & until next time...
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PRICE RANGE
$33 - $38 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
South Coast Backpackers
LOCATION
KenyaCoast ProvinceUkundaDiani Beach
NUMBER OF ROOMS
56
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Frequently Asked Questions about Diani Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Diani Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Diani Beach (4.5 miles), Colobus Conservation (4.8 miles), and Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest (3.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Diani Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Diani Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Diani Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Diani Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mi Lola Tapas & Wine Bar, Sails Beach Bar & Restaurant, and Tiki Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Diani Backpackers?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Diani Backpackers have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Diani Backpackers offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Diani Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Swahili.