Lamu

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Lamu is the main town on Lamu Island, located in the Lamu Archipelago off the eastern coast of Kenya.

The islands are known for their relaxed pace of life, the quiet punctuated by the occasional braying of donkeys or the call to prayer from the many mosques on the island.

The area is known for “dhow sailing” – renting a local boat and sailing to islands and historic ruins, snorkeling, etc.

Lamu Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. The town is characterized by narrow streets and magnificent stone buildings with impressive curved doors, influenced by unique fusion of Swahili, Arabic, Persian, Indian and European building styles.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
 
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Sweet Banana House

Offering a barbecue and terrace, Sweet Banana House is located in Shela. Some units feature a seating area for your convenience. Some rooms have views of the sea or garden. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Average score from 45 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$90

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Jannat House

Offering an outdoor pool, garden and a restaurant, Jannat House is located in Lamu Old Town. It is situated a short walk away from the Waterfront and the Main Road. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Average score from 34 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$25

 
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Shella Royal House

Shella Royal House offers accommodation in Lamu. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Extras include slippers and free toiletries. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$80

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Subira House

This historical Arabian-style building is located in the UNESCO-listed town of Lamu. It is less than 300 metres from the seafront and 3 km from the white sandy beach. Average score from 32 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$50 - $145

 
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Stopover Guest House - Lamu town

Situated in Lamu in the Coast Region Region, 200 metres from Gallery Baraka, Stopover Guest House - Lamu town features a barbecue and terrace. Each room comes with a private bathroom fitted with a bath. Average score from 24 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$36

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Kizingo

Kizingo

Situated along the sandy Kizingo Beach on Lamu Island, Kizingo offers thatched-roof chalets with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Guests can go swimming with wild dolphins and help with turtle conservation. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$170

$1709.5
The Red Pepper House

The Red Pepper House

Overlooking the beach and surrounded by forest, The Red Pepper House is located on Lamu Island and offers private, secluded accommodation and spa facilities. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$295

$2958.9
Kijani Hotel

Kijani Hotel

Featuring a swimming pool and tropical gardens, Kijani Hotel is situated on the coast of Lamu Island, along the Indian Ocean. The décor comes with natural handmade furniture, lanterns and ornaments. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$109

 
$1098.2
Lamu Poolhouse

Lamu Poolhouse

Lamu Poolhouse offers accommodation in Lamu, 100 metres from Gallery Baraka and 200 metres from Lamu Fort Museum. Guests benefit from terrace and a year-round outdoor pool. Towels and bed linen are provided in this holiday home. Average score from 34 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$250

$2508.1
Sweet Banana House

Sweet Banana House

Offering a barbecue and terrace, Sweet Banana House is located in Shela. Some units feature a seating area for your convenience. Some rooms have views of the sea or garden. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Average score from 45 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$90

$907.9
Waridi House

Waridi House

Waridi House is located in Shela village along the Lamu archipelago, this house features an outdoor pool, garden and terrace. Free WiFi is available and the beach is a 5-minute walk away. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$216

$216-
Wazi Dubu House

Wazi Dubu House

Situated in Matondoni in the Coast Region Region, this detached villa is 11 km from Lamu. Guests benefit from terrace and a year-round outdoor pool. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. Towels and bed linen are offered in this villa. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$500

$500-
Forodhani House

Forodhani House

Located on Shela Beach overlooking the Indian Ocean, Forodhani House is situated in Lamu. With white-arched terraces, this spacious villa offers bright rooms and free Wi-Fi is available. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$500

$500-

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Cultural
Historic Landmarks
Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, retaining its traditional functions. The town is characterized by narrow streets and magnificent stone buildings with impressive curved doors, influenced by unique fusion of Swahili, Arabic, Persian, Indian and European building styles. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors.
Combination
Boat Tours

Dhow sailing

Dhows are traditional Arab sailing vessels with one or more lateen sails. Dhow sailing off of Lamu Island is perhaps most popular outdoor activity around Lamu. Trips range from short sunset cruises to full-day excursions, which combine historical ruins and snorkeling, to overnight excursions of different kinds, including exploring the Lamu archipelago. It is even possible, in luxury dhow, to sleep overnight onboard.

The best place to make arrangements is in Lamu Town, where dhows are an essential part of the economy.
Other Interests:
Natural
Beaches
Snorkeling

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