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Dhow Trips

Local Dhows are great for trips around Lamu Island and the surrounding archipelago, in your trip you will find tiny villages, ancient ruins and luxurious and exclusive resorts, in one of the most memorable experiences, you will feel a great sense of history.

Traditional dhows have been cruising the enticing Lamu Archipelago for centuries; these ancient vessels are distinguished by their one or more lateen sails. Lamu is one of the places where this tradition is still strong.

Taking a dhow trip between the islands of Lamu archipelago and the mangrove islands is almost obligatory, a wonderful way to experience Lamu.

Sunset trips with the traditional dhows and their friendly crews are very popular, you will be pestered by offers of a dhow trip, you can choose between several beautiful sailing dhows, the price depend on where you want to go and how long, once the price is arranged, you can spend the day enjoying your trip.

Most trip meander around the channel between Lamu and Manda Island, usually the price includes fishing and snorkeling, make sure you take some hat and a sun block, the clothes and drinks you would need.

A popular destination from Lamu is Takwa Ruins, located on Manda Island, 30 minute motor boat ride from Lamu town and 3 hours round trip by sail dhow, it is a trip to reach there on the traditional dhow, it is an extremely relaxing and fun experience, a great way to spend part of your day. Trips are usually undertaken by mid afternoon. You may consider to stay overnight at Takwa Ruins, if want to explore the ruins properly, there is basic accommodation available.


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