Funzi Island, Kenya
At a Glance
Picnic lunches on a pristine desert island
Fantastic deep sea fishing in the Pemba Channel
Relax by the large swimming pool and watch the dhows sail past
Have a massage, pedicure or even a manicure
Sundowner Dhow cruises, the perfect way to end a day
To start planning your vacation to Funzi Keys
Tucked away on an unspoiled island in the Indian Ocean, yet only 15 minutes flying time South from Mombasa, Funzi Keys’ unique appeal is its seclusion and beautiful natural scenery. Surrounded by water and superbly located on a west-facing beach with glorious African sunsets, this remote and exclusive hideaway is the perfect place to escape from the outside world.
Funzi Keys is designed in the Swahili coastal style to make the most of the refreshing sea breezes. The heart of Funzi Keys is the informal thatched lounge and dining area where guests can relax at the dhow-shaped bar. The nine stone and thatched cottages (including two family cottages) are designed to blend into the beachfront setting. The bedrooms have a hand carved king-sized four-poster bed and are furnished with local wooden artifacts and colorful fabrics.
Water sports for the more active visitor include snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and water-skiing; deep-sea fishing and scuba diving can be arranged locally. Others may choose to explore the Ramisi River to glimpse brilliant kingfishers and rare tropical birds.
The accommodation at Funzi Keys consists of nine spacious sea front cottages set along the high-water line and eight sea view cottages, all constructed of stone and thatch with large netted windows open to the balmy sea breezes.
All the cottages are equipped with fans, safes and beach accessories. In front of each cottage is a private sitting area where guests can enjoy a drink and watch the sun set in total privacy. The beachfront cottages additionally have a Jacuzzi with dazzling sea views.
Although there are not specific childcare facilities, Funzi Keys welcomes children of all ages and will happily arrange babysitting and/or a nanny to assist in your childcare needs if parents would like some timeout. There are also two family cottages which accommodated families comfortably.
Funzi Keys has a beautiful 45m fresh water swimming pool together with a pool-side bar/restaurant which making it the perfect setting to do a few laps of the pool to be followed by a refreshing drink or bite to eat. If you feel like indulging in some pampering, it is possible to arrange to have a massage, manicure or pedicure during your stay.
There are many activities that guests can partake on during their stay, you can be as active or as relaxed as you want. Water sports for the more active visitor include snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and water-skiing; deep-sea fishing and scuba diving can be arranged locally. Others may choose to explore the Ramisi River to glimpse brilliant kingfishers and rare tropical birds, crocodiles and even dolphins! Alternatively, relax around the fresh-water pool or on the beach with a good book and soak up some sunshine.
Funzi Keys is an excellent base for deep-sea fishing and scuba diving in the Pemba Channel, which can be arranged and paid for locally.
Location & Directions
Funzi Island, Kenya
Funzi Keys is set on a private island in the Indian Ocean on the southern Kenyan coast. Funzi Island is situated to the east of Diani Beach.
When to go
Funzi Keys is closed from 25 April to 15 July.
The rainy season on the Kenyan Coast is generally May/June. So from July onward the weather is gradually getting hotter and dryer until March/April when it reaches the high 90's (over40 degrees C). Christmas/New Year is generally considered the peak season and the weather is lovely then with constant sunshine and gentle off shore breezes. If you want clear seas for diving then make your trip after August/Sept.