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The Diani Regatta and Cultural Festival

Bringing traditions, dancing and food to Diani Beach, home of the Mijikenda people. Enjoy a day at the seaside and celebrate the charming coastal history and the way of life of Africa’s best beach! We hope to see you there. Please check out the previous year’s event photos!


Our Heroes

The sponsors who made the 2023 event possible are shown in alphabetical order.  Special thanks go to Safari Beach Hotel who have hosted the event every year and Base Titanium whose generosity allowed us to host the first regatta in 2012 and who have supported us every year since. We would like to also thank Security Group (Mombasa) Kenya for providing us with a dedicated team and Coastal Guide for doing the events brochures and printing. Brands mentioned are shown on our ‘Get Involved’ page.



Great display of the South Coast Kenyan culture – delicious local food from Funzi and Wasini islands, traditional ceremonies and dancing and brilliant boatmanship on the racing ngalawas!

Isabelle Doreen Smith

Best sailing event in Kenya and fantastic mix of cultures.

Stan Kinsch

A unique annual event that’s not to be missed. Jane and I love the atmosphere: serious sailing competition, local dancers and Swahili food.

hip on the racing ngalawas!

Mike Bowen