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Kenyan Coast, Beaches And Islands

Kenya’s beaches and islands form a somewhat mixed bunch. The majority of package tourists to Kenya visit Mombasa and the beaches around the city; we do not sell any hotels in this area.  South of Mombasa, however, are Diani and Tiwi beaches which, although also busy, do have a couple of good lodges.
However, in the other direction, north of Mombasa, The Kenya coast offers some of East Africas most idyllic tropical getaways.  Watamu has Hemingways, a good option for a beach break away from the chaos of Mombasa and there are some stunning private houses in the fishing villages of Kilfi, Watamu and Malindi. Even further north, Kenya's best beaches and islands are to be found around the Lamu Archipelago; a stunning and remote part of the Indian Ocean where empty pristine beaches stretch for miles and you can enjoy the laid back bare foot luxury that make Lamu such an attractive beach destination and the perfect compliment to a safari.   

Kenyan Coast, beaches and islands



Dating back to the 14th century, much like its cousin Zanzibar, Lamu was a trading post for the sultanate of Oman and was once one of the most important locations in East Africa for the slave, ivory and gold trades.  Today the island's towns and thriving fishing community offer a fascinating insight into the Swahili way of life and retain an enduring charm notwithstanding the recent influx of tourism.  Out of the towns, Lamu's real draw is its beaches, perfect for a spot of relaxation before or after a safari.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Lamu is a captivating island with a thriving fishing population and a scattering of well-appointed hotels. The blend of Arab and Swahili cultures creates a peaceful, laid-back environment that can overflow into what seems like classic Swahili chaos in the towns, which are mazes of winding alley ways, walked by donkeys and their masters. Some clients like to dip into one of the towns for a night or two to soak up the atmosphere, before spending the majority of their time on the beaches in Southern Lamu or the nearby islands of Manda and Kiwayu, linked by beautiful old sailing dhows.

Lamu: when to go


As for most of East Africa, April and May are best avoided due to the heavy rains. November brings the short rains, but these should not deter travellers, especially in the light of some fantastic special accommodation rates on offer at this time.
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