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Fly to Ukunda or Mombasa for Diani holiday

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Fly to Ukunda or Mombasa for Diani holiday

Hi everyone

We are thinking of staying in Diani for about four days at a resort (probably half board) and are looking forward to just relaxing / chilling on the beach.

I have had a look at flights from Nairobi and am shocked at the price difference between the two desitations. I have checked KQ and Fly540 (flying to Mombasa) versus safarilink and airkenya (Ukunda) and the price difference between flying to Ukunda and Mombasa is staggering!! Now my question is - is it worth an extra $140 per person to fly to Ukunda? I am not familiar with the area at all, it doesn't look too far from MBO to Diani, but I understand that the only way to get to Diani is by ferry.... what is the amount of time added to the trip if flying to MBO?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Fly to Ukunda or Mombasa for Diani holiday

Flying to Ukunda is more convenient if you are staying on the South Coast. You will be within 5-30 min from just about any property you choose. Also getting to Wilson in Nairobi is easier than to JKIA at certain times of the day.

If you come to Mombasa it will take you upwards of 1h40-1h45 to get to Diani if there is no ferry queue. Ferry crossing itself is only a matter of a few minutes as the channel is narrow and is interesting if you have never done it before, queue is however unpredictable at times, also it will depend on the time you are flying in. There is a priority pass which allows us to jump the queue, but not many have it from what I see - we use ferry a few times a day and we know just about every pass holder!

Take into consideration your convenience and price of transfer, but flying into Mombasa is not the end of the world either.

Enjoy your trip whatever you decide to do!

Larissa

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3. Re: Fly to Ukunda or Mombasa for Diani holiday

Jonesj_12, I think we discussed it earlier sometime. Unless you know a particular car for sure, I do not know of any taxi which has a priority pass (actual pass rather than "an arrangement"). Priority pass is quite an expensive thing to have and we have to pay quarterly in advance. KFS are getting stricter now, priority pass holders have been and continue to complain to the management about non priority holders using priority lane, so this has been largely stopped.

Having said that, the situation at the ferry is not as awful as some people try to present it. Ok, queues happen and of course rush hour will always be busier than some other time of the day, but in general things improved quite a lot in the last 3 years since the new ferries arrived.

Take care :)

Larissa

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5. Re: Fly to Ukunda or Mombasa for Diani holiday

I found out yesterday that Mombasa Safari Air have a shuttle service from Mombasa Airport to Ukunda every morning at 0730 for US$30 per person. If you are on KQ 600 from NBO to MBA, it leaves NBO at 0600 and arrives at 0700, you can make it for the shuttle.

Does anyone know if the shuttle is reliable?

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