About this Location
Lamu is a small town on Lamu Island which in turn is a part of the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya.The island, in Kenya’s far North coast, is a place of great natural beauty, with long deserted beaches outlined by rolling sand dunes and the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Tiny villages nuzzle among coconut and mango plantations. Having developed a culture drawn from many sources, away from the stunning white beaches, Lamu’s real attraction is the islands’ fascinating history, a long and exotic tale that draws the visitor back into the world of the 14th century. The town contains many fine examples of Swahili architecture and is marked on the World Heritage List as the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa.
Activities: Dhow Safari is a wonderful experience and a fantastic way to explore the area. Other activities include scuba diving, snorkeling, big game fishing, bird watching and donkey racing.
Getting Around: Lamu is best accessed by air. There are scheduled flights daily from Nairobi, Mombasa, Diani Beach and Malindi. The island is serviced by an airstrip on neighboring Manda Island. A dhow ferries passengers to either Lamu town or Shela. Private and commercial yachts also come to Lamu, often sheltering in the channel near Shela.