Quick Trip to Paradise

We know you’re not the kind of person who takes cruises, or wants every detail laid out for you when you travel.  But it makes sense to organize things – just a bit – particularly if your time on Lamu is limited.  Here are some options that will save you time, money, and hassle.  You can always add on, but it’s not a bad idea to start with one of our long weekends, or week-long archipelago tours.

Shela Village

Long Weekend

$600 for 2; $500 single
3 nights at one of our favorite hotels (breakfast included)
Half-day dhow trip
Lamu Town tour


Takwa Ruins
Sail on a traditional dhow to the Takwa Ruins on nearby Manda Island.  The ruins are the remains of a thriving 15th- and 16th-century Swahili trading town abandoned in the seventeenth century.   Think of history.  Eat lunch. 


WANT MORE SAILING? Day-long Sailing Trip includes snorkeling, fishing, and lunch; add $75 for 1-2 people.


Custom Trips
Traditional Medicine Tour
$100-$150 per person
Traditional medicine is alive and well on Lamu. Acupuncturists, naturopaths, and various practitioners of traditional and complementary medicine rave about this tour. Only available when Gabriel is on Lamu! Contact us in advance.  


Longer Trips: Navigating the Archipelago

Nature in the Archipelago

$800 total for 1-4 people; $1000 for 4-6.
A three-day sailing trip to Kiwayu, the archipelago’s most pristine island, inside the Kiunga marine reserve.  Your crew will catch and cook fresh fish, take you snorkeling, pitch your tent, and if you ask them, they will refrain from playing music and singing.  (But it will be hard.)   

Nature and a Soft Bed

$1000 per person
2 nights in Shela village, 2 nights at eco-lodge, 2 full days of sailing
Spend a full day sailing to the island of Kiwayu, where you will stay at Mike’s Place for two nights.  Enjoy the excellent food and well-stocked bar and library, and take advantage of opportunities to fish and kayak.  On the leisurely sail home, you will feel your heartbeat moving with the rhythmic Indian Ocean surf. 

Under the Sails of the Sultan

$2,500 for 4 people; other prices range depending on number of passengers
7-day dhow trip following the path of Omani traders in their peregrinations from Lamu Town to the ancient city of Shanga to the heavily defended fort at Siyu, making a stop at the island of Ndau.  At each stop, we will have local guides who provide information on local history and culture.  Trip ends on to the Kiunga biosphere reserve at Kiwayu, where we will spend the night at the famous hangout for foreign correspondents, Mike’s Place, an eco-lodge perched on a high bluff over a pure white coral beach. 
Available seasonally, December-March, August-November

Talk to us about custom trips.

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