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Lamu Island, Kenya
Lamu Island, Kenya

Top Things to Do on Lamu Island, Kenya

Are you planning a trip to Lamu Island in Kenya? If so, check the best things to do in Lamu to make your trip more fun.

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Lamu Island has emerged as one of the most popular East African beach destinations for travelers worldwide.

Situated in the heart of the Kenyan coast, this amazing island doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. If you plan a holiday or vacation on this island to eliminate all stress, you’ve made the right decision.

However, you must know the best things to do on Lamu Island beforehand to make your trip hassle-free, organized, adventurous, and enjoyable. So, let’s get started.

Top 5 Activities to Do on Lamu Island, Kenya

1. Travel across Lamu Old City with a Local Resident

You’ll love spending time roaming across the streets of Lamu City, full of buildings with aesthetically appealing doors. Seeing the 17th-century buildings and houses will make you feel like experiencing history again.

You can visit the city’s Lamu Fort, built-in 1830. The fort will give more insight into the island’s history and how it got influenced by the Omanis, Portuguese, British, and Chinese. Swahili house and Lamu museum are some other famous attractions on this island.

2. Take a Cruise to Enjoy the Sunset

Lamu vacation is all about relaxation. So, one of the other best things to do in Lamu to relax is enjoying its sensational sunsets while holding a glass of wine on a cruise or a dhow (a unique sailboat).

If you’re lucky, you’ll see the sunset getting mixed with the full moon’s appearance on the horizon. You can find the dhows anywhere on the beach, and take a cruise as well.

3. Don’t Miss Manda Island and Shela Village

If you want to explore something touristy and less crowded, you can take a 15-minute boat ride from Lamu Town to visit Shela Village. You can get a bird’s-eye-view of the island if you walk on the dunes in Shela.

Manda Island is where all the palm-lined beaches are. Manda never fails to give you the best background scenic beauty for photographs. Some activities to do on Lamu’s Manda Bay include waterboarding and kayaking.

4. Enjoy Their Authentic Swahili Dishes

You can explore a wide range of culinary options at Lamu as the natives bring plates full dishes (Portuguese, Arabic, Indian).To enjoy their mouth-watering local Swahili food, indulge your taste buds in fresh seafood with coconut rice and local spices.

5. Visit Lamu during Any Festival

The plenty of festivals celebrated on the island hold the key to cultural attractions in Lamu. If possible, visit Lamu in August as the island lights up with a festive mood due to the Lamu Cultural Festival. From dhow competition and donkey race to traditional dancing, you’ll get to see them all.

Final Words

So, with all this knowledge about Lamu Island, make a foolproof plan for your next vacation on this underrated Kenyan island. Until then, keep exploring more about Lamu.

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