Funzi Keys Island, Kenya's Swahili Coastline and Beaches

Funzi Keys Island, Kenya's Swahili Coastline and Beaches 

 Funzi Keys consist of a couple of mangrove covered islands which are very remote at the tip of Kenya’s southern coast and can only be reached by boat or air. Here you can experience idyllic barefoot luxury amidist turquoise waters, slivers of white sand and dense tropical vegetation. Funzi's unique appeal is its seclusion, beautiful natural scenery; remote superb location surrounded by water the perfect place to escape from the outside world.

Funzi consists of four mangrove covered islands where Funzi Island is the main island and the only one with permanent inhabitants known as Funzi Keys. Funzi Keys is a tiny island on Kenya's south coast which is separated from the main Funzi Island by thick mangrove swamps and numerous inlets and small creeks into the mangroves provide for glassy calm waters, and brilliant opportunities for creek fishing and bird watching.

Funzi Island is known for its pristine beaches and as Kenya's best nesting and foraging site for a variety of sea turtles, such as green turtle, Chelonia mydas, hawksbill, Eretmochelys imbricata and leatherback, Dermochelys coriacea. These species are classified as either endangered or critically endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) but are found on Funzi due to a low degree of human disturbance on the natural sandy beaches. The island also plays host to an array of ecosystem types including undisturbed coastal wetlands, mangrove forests, swaying palms, sandy beaches, creeks, estuary and undisturbed lowland coastal mixed forests.

Popular excursions for visitors in Funzi are the crocodile safari in the nearby Ramisi River or to going on a cultural tour in the village and enjoy a traditionally cooked lunch. The best swimming experience in the area will undoubtedly be on the naturally formed sandbank just offshore from Funzi village. The best swimming experience in the area will undoubtedly be on the naturally formed sandbanks just offshore on the ocean around Funzi village providing a play ground for a few hours until the ocean rises and washes away all trace of visitors. Its fine sand ripples appear only during low tide and it stretches well over a kilometer in length.

The island is also close to the Pemba Channel - one of Kenya's best areas for deep-sea fishing areas.

The island is very remote and can only be reached by boat or air.

Arriving by air you see turquoise waters, slivers of white sand and dense tropical vegetation. Dhows sail on the sea and for miles and miles around there is only wilderness.

Rickety wooden paths lead you through the mangroves to the tiny island of Funzi Keys and once here, you will never want to leave.


 Why Visit Funzi Keys Island, Kenya's Swahili Coastline and Beaches.

  • The pristine sandy beaches at The Funzi Keys Island.
  • A nesting and foraging site for a variety of critically endangered sea turtles best seen at The Funzi Keys Island.
  • To see and experience the culture of the local people that has stood the test of time at The Funzi Keys Island.
  • The remoteness and seclusion of  The Funzi Keys Island makes it a perfect gateway.
  • The deep-sea opportunities available at The Funzi Keys Island being close to the Pemba Channel.
  • The wide array of coastal ecosystems found at Funzi Island.
  • The beautiful sandbanks formed just offshore from The Funzi Keys Island.
  • The superior accommodations available at The Funzi Keys Island.

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