Manda Bay is a beautiful luxury lodge in an idyllic setting just 20 minutes boat ride away from the main Lamu Island.
We left our shoes on the beach when we arrived at the island and had no cause to put them back on until the day we left!
Fishing and water sports are their speciality, and the waterskiing and fly-fishing was a great experience.
The wonderful friendly hosts make you feel so welcome and part of the family, and the food is superb.
It's an amazing experience and well worth it for that bit of island paradise luxury.
Not a place you ever want to leave!
A truly unspoilt island in the Lamu archipelago. Relax on the white beaches, doze in a hammock or drink sundowners in the bar before a dinner of rock oysters and lobster. If that sounds too supine, you can take a walking safari over the sand dunes.
Sad to hear from one reader that Lamu is 'a tip'. It was a long time ago, but I spent ten weeks there (out of five months in Africa) in the winter of '88-'89 and it was incredible.
I rented a house called Daramani in the old town - located down a maze of alleys, with an incredible carved wooden door and steps up to a roof terrace with views of the town and the ocean. One of those places that you wouldn't know was there.
Daily walks to the beach at Shela and the terrace of the Peponi hotel were wonderful, evenings spent at Petley's bar in town, or one of the many restaurants. You got there by bus on a dirt road from Malindi - I hear they have paved it since - followed by a dhow trip across the channel, although there were very expensive flights to a nearby island which only weekend visitors really used. Getting there, which took most of a day from Mombasa, was half the fun.
I also spent an evening at another rented house called Dareni, which was one of the most beautiful places I saw there. Definitely check to see if either of these places are still available for rent - it's worth it if you are staying a while. However, if the town has become an eyesore that is very sad indeed.
We stayed at Kipungani, which is about a 40 minute boat ride from the airport at Lamu. It was wonderful there and you feel you are Robinson Crusoe. A great place to stay - if all you wanted to do was laze about, walk or swim/dive etc. Food excellent and lovely staff.
We went into Lamu town on a day trip, which I was so looking forward to but it was rather disappointing. Looks good from a distance, but considering it's a World Heritage site, it was like a tip. I've travelled quite a bit, China, Cambodia, Russia to name a few and the only place that was as bad was Phnom Pehn. Lamu has very narrow streets and no cars which is great and the main form of transport is donkeys.
People do not like having their photo taken which is rather disappointing and they let you know it! They are heavily into football especially Liverpool FC.
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