The Lamu archipelago is at the top of this coastline. The
beaches are raw, untouched, wonderfully Kenyan idylls. Relaxing is
a given, but there are also brilliant activities on offer including
windsurfing, snorkelling, dhow sailing, water skiing, creek
fishing, and dinghy sailing. From a few of the beach lodges there
are also deep sea fishing boats available for hire.
Lamu Island, part of the Lamu archipelago, retains the magic of
a bygone era with donkeys instead of cars clogging the narrow
alleyways. African, Omani, Yemeni, Indian, Portuguese and British
influences have all left their mark on the ancient port town, which
is well worth exploring. In the evening put the world to rights
with a sundowner at the water's edge bar of Peponi's Hotel.
Separated from Lamu by a narrow channel is Manda Island. Manda
Bay Lodge is at the top of the island's peninsular and it has its
own 60 foot traditional sailing dhow - 'the Utamaduni' - from which
you can charter overnight trips exploring uninhabited islands of
Further south the Watamu region is considered one of the best
snorkelling and diving areas on the coast of East Africa and the
offshore coral formations of Watamu Bay, Blue Lagoon and Turtle Bay
are all protected as part of the Watamu Marine National Park. Other
activities available include fishing, windsurfing and sailing, and
we can recommend some lovely beachfront hotels and some lovely
Further south still, at the bottom of the Kenyan coastline, lies
the palm tree-lined white beach of Diani. Thanks to warm seas and
beautiful coral reefs it is also one of the best places to get
close to the richly diverse marine life of the southern Kenyan
coast. Snorkelling, diving and boat safaris are all possible, and
there are also some fantastic bars and restaurants to frequent.
As well as
boutique hotels and Robinson Crusoe style getaways, we also
work with a few handpicked private beach houses that work extremely
well for families or even couples wanting to get away from it all.
They come fully staffed, with large swimming pools, and are catered
for on a full board basis.