What you need to know while at The Blue

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Diani Blue

Airport collection

The nearest airstrip to Diani Blue is the Ukunda airstrip (five minutes drive) which is linked to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Wilson Airport, Nairobi and Mombasa International Airport. If you would like to be collected from the airstrip please notify us in advance.

Hire of cars

Cars can be hired to those with a valid international driving license. For further information please contact our guest relations officer.

Taxis

Taxis can be hired by the hour or the day. For further information please contact our guest relations officer.

Laundry

Diani Blue offers a laundry service. In general items will be returned within 24 hours. For prices and laundry sheet please consult your room steward

Emergency

0723644945 / 0720026177

Fire regulations

Fire evacuation routes are provided

Babysitting

Babysitters can be hired with advance notice.

Tipping

Since Diani Blue is run by a dedicated team, not all of whom are on front of house duty, we offer a communal tip box, which is located in the main entrance. Tipping is entirely at your discretion.

Currency

Currency can be exchanged at any of the many Forex bureau in operation along the Diani Beach strip.

Safe deposit boxes

Each room is provided with a lockable box for your valuables (in the wardrobe). Alternatively items can be stored in the hotel safe – for further information please contact guest relations.

Climate

Diani offers a daily average of 8 hours of sunshine, and the hot steamy climate is tempered by the monsoon winds: the south-easterly Kaskazi, which blows from April to October; and the north-easterly Kazi which blows from November to March.

Doctors and Dentists

The nearest doctor is at Diani Beach Hospital less than ten minutes by car. They also have a limited dentist service.
Malaria
This serious and potentially fatal disease is a risk in Kenya all year round, though normally not in areas of the country which are over 2600m. Because the disease is spread by the bite of the mosquito, it is essential to avoid being bitten whilst taking preventative measures against infection, in the form of prophylactic tablets.
Note: These must be taken for the prescribed time – before and after your visit to Kenya. You should consult your doctor to determine which is the best type for you.

However, since no anti-malarial drug is 100% effective, prevention is imperative, so wear light coloured clothing, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts in the evening, use effective mosquito repellents, anti-insect room sprays, sleep under a mosquito net or behind mosquito-proof window screens and avoid perfumes or aftershave.
Note: Malaria-carrying mosquitoes bite from dusk until 0630 hrs in the morning so you should be especially vigilant between these times.

Respect the Power of the Sun
For travellers from temperate countries, the greatest problem is the dramatic difference in climatic conditions. The sun’s rays are also a potent enemy, reflecting strongly off light-coloured habitats, penetrating haze and cloud and becoming more powerful at higher altitude.

How to Avoid Sunstroke or Sunburn
Protect yourself with clothing, hats and sunscreen (SPF 30-45) and remember that to ration your daily dosage of sun is your most effective form of protection.
On safari; stop frequently to rest, drink and eat before you need to and if you should suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, cool yourself with shade and/or cold water, take ample fluids and if necessary take Aspirin to lower your temperature and relieve headaches.

Visa
A valid passport, not expiring for at least six months, is required for entry into Kenya. A valid entry visa is also required and may be obtained in advance from the Kenyan Embassy or High Commission in your country of origin, or upon arrival in Kenya.

Health certification
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required ONLY if you are arriving in Kenya from an infected area.
Vaccinations
A number of vaccinations are recommended for visitors to Kenya (check with your doctor in advance).

HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS is a serious problem throughout Africa, and an estimated 7- 9 % of the Kenyan population is HIV positive.

Medical insurance
Travellers to Kenya are recommended to obtain medical insurance prior to arrival.

Personal Safety 
Because Kenyan society is less affluent than that of many countries in the developed world, ostentatious or careless displays of wealth or valuables may attract unwelcome attention. Valuable items such as large amounts of cash, and irreplaceable documents should be locked in the your hotel safe. Visitors are advised against walking at night, or in areas other than those recommended by their tourism representatives. Visitors are also advised to ignore the attentions of street children, or of any other persons who may approach them with unsolicited requests.

Hospitals and doctors
A broad selection of highly qualified doctors, surgeons, and dentists exist in both Nairobi and Mombasa. Most lodges and hotels offer resident medical staff and maintain radio or telephone contact with the Flying Doctor Service, which specializes in air evacuations and emergency treatment in East Africa. Temporary membership is available. For further information visit: emergency[a]flydoc.org

Travelling to Kenya
Numerous international carriers serve Kenya, and Nairobi is the hub of the East African region. Kenya has two international airports: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is half an hour’s drive from Nairobi’s city centre, and Mombasa’s Moi International Airport is even closer to the town centre. Most tourist hotels have minibuses to transport guests, and public buses serves both the Jomo Kenyatta and Moi airports. Taxis are readily available at both airports (officially regulated tariffs should be displayed).

Internal air travel
Frequent flights (both scheduled and charter) operate from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport and from Mombasa and Malindi to the main towns and national parks.

It is an offence to: smoke in a public place; deface a Kenyan banknote; urinate in public; sunbath topless; hire a prostitute; buy or take drugs; remove wildlife products from Kenya, export products made from elephant, rhino or sea turtle derivatives, or to remove coral. Swearing and blasphemy are inadvisable. Visitors are requested to stand when the Kenyan anthem is played, or the national flag raised or lowered. They are also advised that photographing the president without prior permission or any military installation is not permitted. Bond or bail can be granted at the police or magistrate’s discretion and all cases must be brought before a court.

Photography
It is considered courteous to ask people if you may take their picture before doing so, particularly in the more far-flung rural areas. A small (token) payment for the photograph may be expected, rather more as a form of polite appreciation than anything else.

Never invite trouble
It is always unwise to carry large amounts of money or wear valuable jewellery when travelling. It also pays to remember that calm, politeness and a measured attitude are invaluable assets in a crisis.

The Marine Wildlife Code
Check local weather/marine conditions before entering the Marine Park or Reserve.
Be aware that some marine life is dangerous – do not touch anything under water.
Do not damage or remove the coral; it is a living organism, which takes many years to form and also plays host to many rare and endangered species.
Do not stand on the coral or destroy it with your diving/snorkelling fins.
Do not remove any shells, starfish or any other sea flora or fauna, especially those deriving from turtles and whales.
Never dispose of litter on the beach or in the sea (plastic refuse, when ingested, causes the deaths of hundred of the Park’s turtles annually).
Avoid restaurants that serve undersized crabs and lobsters as this contributes to their rapid demise.
Support traditional coastal livelihoods and never give money to children on the beach or in the villages – this can encourage them to stay away from school.
Respect the cultural heritage of Kenya – never take pictures of the local people or their habitat without asking their permission, respect the cultural traditions of Kenya and always dress with decorum.
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