We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Best of Lamu Island Guide

Print this guide 
Lamu Island
The main town on the island of the same name just off Kenya's northeastern coast, tranquil Lamu was founded in the 14th century, making it the country's oldest living town and the best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. Lamu Museum (with its prized siwa horns) and the two-centuries-old Lamu Fort are two of the main attractions. The restored Swahili House Museum is small but quite interesting. About a 30-minute walk north of town, white sandy Shela Beach is one of the island's best.

All things to do » Things to do

Lamu Old Town
Lamu Old Town
Owner description: Distinctive architectural features in this old town center, such as enclosed courtyards and intricately carved doorways, exhibit the confluence of Arabic, Indian and European... more Owner description: Distinctive architectural features in this old town center, such as enclosed courtyards and intricately carved doorways, exhibit the confluence of Arabic, Indian and European cultures. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites
See nearby places to eat
Lamu Museum
Lamu Museum
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
Siyu Fort
Siyu Fort
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas

Additional nearby recommended attractions:

Takwa Ruins
Takwa Ruins(Manda Island)
Attraction type: Ancient Ruins

All places to eat » Places to eat

Peponi Hotel Restaurant
Peponi Hotel Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 18 Restaurants in Lamu Island
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Moonrise Restaurant
Moonrise Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 18 Restaurants in Lamu Island
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Lamu House Beach Club
Lamu House Beach Club
Ranked #3 of 18 Restaurants in Lamu Island
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Whispers Coffeeshop
Whispers Coffeeshop
Ranked #4 of 18 Restaurants in Lamu Island
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Olympic Resturant
Olympic Resturant
Ranked #5 of 18 Restaurants in Lamu Island
Cuisines: African
Dining options: Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Kizingoni Beach
Kizingoni Beach
$1 - $440
JamboHouse
JamboHouse
$17 - $25
Ranked #5 of 26 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
Show Prices
Mkoko House
Mkoko House
$65 (EUR 60)
Ranked #8 of 26 Lamu Island B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Subira House
Subira House
$85 - $94
Ranked #3 of 26 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
Show Prices
Fatuma's Tower
Fatuma's Tower
$101 - $121
Ranked #4 of 26 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
Show Prices
Baytil Ajaib
Baytil Ajaib
$98 - $196 (EUR 90 - 180)
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Lamu Island

All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

The Majlis Hotel
5.0 of 5
The Majlis Hotel
$385 - $421
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Lamu Island
Show Prices

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.