Lamu Island…Leading Tourist Destinations In Kenya

This summer, enjoy a tropical holiday in Lamu, a part of the Lamu Archipelago of Kenya. It’s a peaceful island against the Indian Ocean coast. Lamu Town, the inhabited part of the Island, is built in coral stone and mangrove timber. Since the 19th Century, Lamu has hosted major Muslim religious festivals and hence has become a significant center for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures. Here, one could find a relaxed atmosphere as life of the people runs at its own pace.
Lamu Island is linked by boats. There are no roads on the Island; therefore, there are few motorized vehicles on the Island. Residents over here, move about on foot or by boat. For the transportation of goods and materials, donkeys are being used. As early as the 14th Century, Arab traders founded a port on the island of Lamu. Lamu is one of the leading tourist destinations in Kenya. Excellent examples of Swahili architectures are found in Lamu.
On the World Heritage list, the old city of Lamu has been referred to as the oldest settlements in East Africa. Several historical attractions have made Lamu, one of the leading tourist destinations of Kenya. Some of the best tourist attractions in Lamu are its museums, Swahili architectures, Lamu fort, Mnarani Mosque and Riyadha Mosque.
Lamu is the perfect place for the couples and honeymooners to begin their lives together. Its a gorgeous and relaxing place where on the beach holidays, one could have an outstanding view of the scenery, the rolling sand and weeping strands of the beaches. One can just explore its beauty and the surroundings. Also, the Lamu Archipelago offers some of the finest snorkeling and diving to explore the coral reefs in the Indian Ocean.
You can be a part of various activities such as snorkeling and scuba-diving. Diving provides an excellent way of exploring many superb sites that remains unexplored. The ocean plays a very important role in the livelihood of Lamu. Shela is the main village on the northern part of Lamu Island. It is about 2 miles from Lamu Town.Shela is a centre for tourism on the Island, with several guest houses featured by the Coast. Its also home to the most spectacular beaches on Lamu Island, which were unfortunately damaged during the tsunami in 2004. The most attractive part of Shela is its tremendous beauty and peaceful environment.

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