(September 20, 2013) Diani Beach
Relaxing day completely spent on Papillion Lagoon
Reef resort with all-inclusive.
Our only concern for this day will be when
switching between swimming pool and the beautiful beach of Diani.
We’re restful, so we’re early by the swimming pool. First
we take our breakfast, where I’ve got the chance of tasting my first
passion fruit, then we take towels and choose a couple of desk chairs
for the rest of the day.
We go for to the beach for a walk. The tide is low and it
means a large sand area which, curiously, is not ending at water but at
the reef which is making natural walls to the sea. I can see too the
boats in a tongue of sand just 300 or 400 meters from the shore. It was
not there yesterday and that was the island they meant when offering
snorkel. I’m glad of haven’t paid 7000 ksh by a trip we can do by
There are a few beach boys than yesterday afternoon, but
the ones here are still coming to us. We avoid them as we can as a
denial for their proposals are not affecting them. We walk passing the
next resort at South and open the sight for this endless white beach.
It looks fantastic.
We then come back to the swimming pool and spend the rest
of the morning there, switching between water and chair, until lunch
I only break this for going outside, back to the beach,
and directly to the warm sea water. I want to check how this reef is.
The beach boys walk to me but, at the moment I get in the water they
abort their walk. I’m glad of wearing the snorkel shoes as the reef is
mainly covered by urchins at this point. Later I can see an underwater
meadow. It looks like beautiful things can be seen deeper in the sea,
but I’m not going to the “island” and come back with my wife.
Sun takes really fast on this latitude and only with this
morning I’ve covered the white parts of my skin under my short sleeve
shirts. The white is not as black as the rest of the arm, but almost,
just something more reddish. Eva, who has always been whiter, is
In the afternoon we decide going to Diani shopping mall for our latest
souvenirs and getting cash from an ATM. It is about 5 Kms from the
hotel and we use a taxi, which takes us to there, wait for us and take
us back to the hotel by 1200 ksh.
The shops in the
mall are expensive, but there are two huts at the entrance full of
souvenirs. These huts looked smaller than they really are as, once
inside, we could check it is growing deeper. We choose some things from
there as giraffe figures, one hippo and a Maasai couple, and bargain
for the whole lot. I end paying 2500 ksh for everything, which can be a
good price if the Maasai couple is made in ebony as they state. We
still haven’t found out if they’re not.
As the hotel has no wifi I spend the time to the diner
in one of their computers with internet. They charge 600 ksh by hour.
As today is Friday there is a special BBQ diner buffet. We can eat our
meat under the color lights and with the relaxing live music. What else
could we ask for?!
It looks like this day have been quite relaxing, but
with all the burning, the walking and the swimming, we’re tired and go
early to the bed. This is reaching its end.