The first thing to decide is - where? Given that you’ll be flying in, you can choose between different parts of the Kenya coast, Zanzibar, or perhaps Mauritius or the Seychelles. Each place has its distinctive ambience, history, watersport options and seasonal weather considerations so let’s take time to explore exactly what you’re looking for.
Although part of Tanzania, Zanzibar can be good choice for a family who want to get out and explore and it’s about as easy to reach from a safari location as the Kenya coast. This island is steeped in history and the alleyways and bazaars of the Old Stone Town can be reminiscent of an Indiana Jones filmset. Explore spice plantations and coastal reserves. Swim with dolphins.
Your family can enjoy snorkelling and diving among the coral gardens, sailing, windsurfing and lazing from a wide choice of places on Kenya’s long sandy Indian Ocean shoreline. Tell us if you want somewhere self-contained and remote, or maybe a quiet base from where you can wander along the shoreline in search of a beachfront restaurant or bar.
There is a world of difference between Mauritius and the Seychelles, though it’s only worth the extra flying time if you’re going to invest around a week in the ocean. Island hopping around the idyllic Seychelles by ferry, plane or yacht can be delightful. Or, if you hanker for the watersports, spas and world class service of a five star resort hotel head for Mauritius.