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Latest News from Lamu

Lamu Island is a peaceful sanctuary. It only takes 4 hours to walk the whole way round it and has a tiny population. So, honestly, there's not many newsworthy stories to tell you about. But when something does happen, we like to share it! Particularly when it's good news...

Marine Conservation

January 2023

It's such great news that the turtle population in the Lamu archipelago has, thanks to the efforts of the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust, risen by 50% in recent times. Find out more about their work and the island community by watching this great video.

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UNESCO Lamu Old Town

December 2022

Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, retaining its traditional functions. Hence its attribution as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors.cultures. See UNESCO for more...

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Sand Dune Protection

November 2022

Lamu County Government will be providing greater protection for the treasured sand dunes and the coastal environment. Area Governor Issa Timamy says the sand dunes, a fascinating landscape which is also a major tourist attraction site, warrant proper protection, reports Kenya News.


Island Hopping

October 2021

You may enjoy a great article in Conde Nast Traveller titled Island-Hopping in Kenya's Lamu Archipelago, with the strap line: Covered in ninth-century ruins, sandy beaches, and boho boutique hotels, the islands blend Swahili, Arab, Chinese, and Indian cultures. Read article...

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2020 Yoga Festival

September 2019

After the success of last year's 6th Lamu Yoga Festival, we're pleased to let you know that the dates for the 7th Festival will be from 4-8 March 2020. Around 400 yogis attended in 2019, along with 30 teachers from all over the world, so next year's is bound to be a similar success. Find out more by visiting


Thank you Norway

August 2019

This is no ordinary cooker! It's an incredibly efficient waste incinerator that will help keep our gorgeous island clean in the most ecological way possible. So, a big thank you to our friends in Norway.

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Lamu Island Tourism

July 2019

There's been a noticeable up-tick in visitors to the Lamu archipelago in the last couple of years. It's still delightfully peaceful and laid-back, so we're not talking about vast throngs of tourists. Just a happy improvement in numbers that's great for the local economy. 

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Scuba Diving

June 2019

Diving from Lamu is best from November to March. There is only one specialist dive operator in Lamu who we can put you in touch with either before you arrive or during your stay. It's run by a very friendly Englishman and the diving is from a traditional dhow at sites around one and a half hours sailing time from the island.

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