Trips and excursions are best booked directly with the local boat owners and guides in Lamu, for the simple reason that there are no fixed prices and these are best negotiated on the spot.

Activities include:

  • Wander around the narrow sandy lanes of Shela Village, it is safe at any time and the local people could not be more friendly or welcoming to visitors, please respect their customs by dressing modestly.
  • Donkey rides in the village or on the beach.
  • Explore the narrow streets of Lamu town and the 18th Century Old Stone Town, to see historic mosques and 18th Century houses, visit the Lamu museum and Old Fort, wander around the market and the town harbour, pop into the famous Carpentary shops making lovely carved wooden doors and furniture.
  • Take a boat across to Manda Island and explore the endless rock pools which come alive with marine life at low tide. Remember to wear a hat and plenty of sun screen.
  • Day trips by boat to ancient ruined settlements on nearby islands, or visit Matondoni Village, where dhow building is an ancient art. Visit Kipungani or Kizingo on the Southern tip of Lamu Island with a stop for lunch and a swim on the deserted beaches.
  • Dhow sailing around the islands in the traditional dhows used for centuries along this coast. Sunset dhow cruises can be combined with a spot of fishing and an evening beach barbeque on Manda Island.
  • Windsurfing or water skiing can be arranged with one of the local hotels
  • Deep sea fishing is also popular and can be booked in advance with the Peponi Hotel in Shela.