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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
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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 20 Restaurants in Lamu Island
Cuisines: Seafood, European
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Seafront Cafe
Seafront Cafe
Ranked #2 of 20 Restaurants in Lamu Island
Cuisines: African, Seafood
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Cash Only, Delivery, Digital Payments, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Majlis Restaurant Lamu
Majlis Restaurant Lamu
Ranked #3 of 20 Restaurants in Lamu Island
Price: $22 - $109
Cuisines: Italian, Japanese, Seafood, International
Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Whispers Coffeeshop
Whispers Coffeeshop
Ranked #4 of 20 Restaurants in Lamu Island
Cuisines: Cafe
Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Moonrise Restaurant
Moonrise Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 20 Restaurants in Lamu Island
Cuisines: Seafood, European, Mediterranean
Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

JamboHouse
JamboHouse
$14 - $22
Ranked #1 of 32 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
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Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

Jua House
Jua House
$53 - $71 (€49 - €65)
Ranked #1 of 5 Shela B&B and Inns
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Stopover Guest House
Stopover Guest House
$51 - $133
Ranked #8 of 32 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Banana House & Wellness Centre
Banana House & Wellness Centre
$88 - $129
Ranked #2 of 32 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
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Subira House
Subira House
$77 - $90
Ranked #4 of 32 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
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Fatuma's Tower
Fatuma's Tower
$87 - $125
Ranked #5 of 32 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

The Majlis Hotel
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The Majlis Hotel
$274 - $328
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Manda Island
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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.