Lamu Beach Travel - Lamu is
an island known for its long stretches of beaches. With the backdrop of
mango and coconut plantations, these beaches provide some soothing
atmosphere to the visitors.
Lamu Beach Travel
Lamu is a place like no other, a
peaceful tropical island where life is lived at it's own relaxed rhythm, but
a place whose history is as mysterious and fascinating as the winding
streets of it's medieval stone town.
The island itself is a beautiful place of rolling dunes and endless
beaches, where tiny villages nestle among coconut and mango plantations and
lateen sailed dhows ply the waters. But Lamu's real attraction is its Old
The town of Lamu began life as a 14th century Swahili settlement, but the
island has seen many visitors and influences, including Portuguese
explorers, Turkish traders and the Omani Arabs. All left their mark, but
Lamu developed its own particular culture, which has ultimately endured.
Lamu's narrow streets remain unchanged, and in the markets and squares
around the fort life moves at the same pace as it always has. There are no
vehicles on this island, and the donkey and the dhow remain the dominant
form of transport.
Getting There - Lamu Beach in KenyaLamu is best accessed
by air. There are scheduled flights daily from Nairobi and Malindi. The
island is serviced by an airstrip on neighbouring Manda Island. The strip
can also be used by private charters. A dhow ferries arriving passengers to
either Lamu town or Shela. Many yachts also come to Lamu, often sheltering
in the channel near Shela.
Getting Around - Lamu Beach, KenyaThere are no vehicles on
Lamu. The winding streets of the towns are best explored on foot. Shela
village and the beaches are also accessible by foot. Alternatively dhows
regularly carry paying passengers back and forth from Lamu town to Shela. It
is also possible to hire donkeys to ride around the island.