Lamu is the perfect place for a beach safari with a difference, a truly unique destination that lingers long in the hearts of all who visit.
The island, just of Kenya's far North coast, is a place of great natural beauty, with long deserted beaches framed by rolling sand dunes and the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
The real attraction here is the islands' fascinating history, a long and exotic tale that draws the visitor back into the world of the 14th century. Lamu has developed a culture drawn form many sources, and in the streets and markets of the old town, life continues unhurried and unchanged by outside influences.
The history of Lamu was born from the great trade routes of the East African Coast, and the sea remains an integral part of life on the island.
Boating- The waters of Lamu are plied by great numbers of traditional lateen sailed Dhows. These craft are an integral part of life on the island. A day spent at sea on a Dhow is a wonderful experience and a fantastic way to explore the area. The calm waters around Lamu make are perfect for sailing, and the neighbouring islands are well worth visiting for their small fishing villages, ancient ruins and deserted beaches. After a day on the water, you sail back to Lamu town as the setting sun turns the ocean to gold.
Longer Dhow safaris throughout the entire Archipelago can also be arranged. To see a full feature article on Dhow Safaris Click Here
Most hotels and guesthouses, as well as private Dhow captains, can organize a day cruising on a dhow.
SCUBA Diving and Snorkelling- Private dhow trips from Lamu often visit good snorkelling sites, and provide equipment.
There are a few good dive sites to be found around Lamu and the surrounding archipelago. Diving is relatively new to the area, so there is a great bounty of quality sites are waiting to be explored by the adventurous diver.
Fishing- Big game fishing can also be arranged from Manda Island, or by some hotels in Lamu in season (December- March). Kenya's main coastal game fish include Sailfish and Marlin, Kingfish, Wahoo, Horse Mackerel and others. A tag and release program ensures eco-friendly fishing. Bookings for these trips can be made through some hotels in Lamu.
Lamu is place where exploration brings plenty of reward, whether in the winding streets of the old town or on board a dhow on the open ocean.