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Lamu Island is renowned for its remoteness and tranquillity.

Little has changed in centuries, Lamu Island is renowned for its remoteness and tranquillity, its rich trading history and its distinctive Swahili culture, a unique blend of African, Indian and Arabian influences.

A peaceful tropical island where life unfolds at its own relaxed pace, Lamu is the perfect alternative to the usual safari trip to Kenya. With immaculate beaches, magnificent seascapes, scuba refuges and ancient ruins it offers the visitor an ideal island paradise. It is also a place whose history is as mysterious and fascinating as the winding streets of its medieval town.

Lamu Town is Kenya’s oldest living town and was initially a 14th century Swahili settlement. The island has seen many visitors and influences over the centuries, including Portuguese explorers, Turkish traders and the Omani Arabs, and all these influences have helped Lamu to develop its own unique culture.

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Manda Bay is situated on Manda Island in the Lamu Archipelago.

Stay at Manda Bay in Lamu Island

Manda Bay Island Resort is situated on Manda Island in the Lamu Archipelago, and is characterised by its tranquil white beaches and warm azure waters. The resort is surrounded by indigenous woodland, soft white sand and breathtaking coral gardens, providing one of the most relaxing African vacations imaginable.

The twelve cottages at Manda Bay are all in keeping with the local landscape and culture and are constructed from indigenous materials. All rooms are en-suite and have their own verandas overlooking the Indian Ocean.

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