In Summary
  • Among the skydivers was Kenya Tourism Board chairman Jimi Kariuki, who was sky diving for the first time in Diani.

  • Being a first-time skydiver, the KTB boss was supported by an instructor.

  • For the better part of December, Kwale was in the limelight as 500 international skydivers from 37 countries took part in the Festival.

Diani seaside town in Kwale County was Tuesday put on the world map by a group of 34 local and international divers who leaped out of the sky at 12,000 feet, to the joy of spectators.

Among the skydivers was Kenya Tourism Board chairman Jimi Kariuki, who was sky diving for the first time in Diani.

Mr Kariuki took part in the adrenaline-charged sport as part of efforts by the agency to promote Diani, which despite boasting an award-winning beach is yet to recover from a tourism slump.

Being a first-time skydiver, the KTB boss was supported by an instructor.

500 SKYDIVERS

For the better part of last month, the county was in the limelight as 500 international skydivers from 37 countries took part in the Diani Beach Festival.

The skydivers included professionals and world champions from the United Kingdom, US, Germany, Spain, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, France, Qatar, Australia, China, Japan, Italy, South Africa, Hong Kong and Denmark.

The festival began on December 9, 2017 and ended on New Year’s Day.

According to the organisers, the festival was aimed at promoting Diani to overseas markets.

Activities such as skydiving, kite surfing, cycling, quad biking, deep sea fishing, fly boarding, scuba diving and yoga were in plenty.

VERY EXCITED

In an interview with Nation at Diani beach, Mr Kariuki said he was very excited to have skydived for the first time.

Page 1 of 2