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Lamu Island’s Exquisite Beaches ~ Kenya

September 25, 2009

By Dian Hasan | September 24, 2009

Kipungani Beach

There’s more to Africa than Safaris, Souks and Stunning Pyramids. Just off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, along the eastern seabed of Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique sits a group of islands so serene, you’d swear you’re in the South Pacific.

A very different Africa, with her best-kept secret: the idyllic tropical island of Lamu. Long known by the a few travel cognoscenti as an ideal island escape, Lamu Island is now being discovered by the rest of the world. It’s the closest place to paradise, and you won’t have to venture all the way to South East Asia or South Pacific to enjoy tropical splendor. Here’s a peek into what this paradise has in store.

Lamu Beach

Traditional Dhow sail boat on Lamu Island, Kenya

Traditional Dhow sail boat on Lamu Island, Kenya

Lamu Island-KENYA

Africa's hidden tropical gem ~ Lamu Island, Kenya

View from Janna House, Lamu Island

LAMU BEACH

The closest beach is found in the northern part of Lamu town, 10 minutes walk from Hotel Jannat House (you can see if from our top terrace). Just walk out of the town by the coast, you will soon reach a white beach.

If you don’t want to stay there, keep walking for 5 minutes and you will get to a smaller beach surrounded by Mangrove trees.

Both beaches are almost empty. There are no restaurants.

Shela Beach

SHELA BEACH

The closest great beach is in Shela (a small village on Lamu island), it takes about 45 to walk there, or 15 minutes by Dhow.

Shela Beach is a long stretch of sandy beach and not crowded at all. It is partly protected against the open sea by Manda Island. There are several restaurants in the neighborhood.

Manda Bay on Manda Island

Manda Bay on Manda Island

Manda Beach

MANDA BEACH

On the neighboring Manda Island there are several beaches that are most often quite empty. You can go there by Dhow directly from Lamu city, it takes about 20 minutes with local dhow.

The beaches are situated in the Strait between Lamu and Manda Islands and protected against the open sea. There is only one restaurant on Manda Island, and at times you’ll come across locals selling Samosas.

Manda Toto Island

MANDA TOTO ISLAND

Outside Manda island there is small island called Manda Toto. On the beach between the two islands there is a fantastic exotic beach that normally are completely empty.

There are no buildings on the island. The shell-mixed sand will give you a Jacuzzi like feeling. It will take you about 1-1.5 hour by Dhow to go there. You will pass trough the straight between Manda and the mainland. You will need to bring your own food.

Kipungani Beach

KIPUNGANI

On the other side of Lamu island is also a beautiful beach. It is mostly quite empty. There are two camps close by called Kizingo and Kipungani that have fantastic restaurants. It will take you about 1-1.5 hour by Dhow to get there.

Lamu Island, Kenya

Lamu Island, Kenya

Lamu Island, Kenya

Lamu Island, Kenya

Surrounding islands, Lamu Island, Kenya

Surrounding islands, Lamu Island, Kenya

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