8 Day Lamu Island Luxury Beach Holiday

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Peponi Hotel, Lamu, Kenya

Our 8-Day Lamu Island Beach Holiday is a fly-in luxury beach holiday that can be done as an addition to a Kenya safari or independently. Starting in the ancient Arab town of Lamu, now a world heritage site, you will follow the steps of Sinbad the Sailor, walking narrow Arab streets, devoid of vehicles but populated by working donkeys and watching Arab dhows still plying their ancient routes.

Lamu town is a Unesco World Heritage site, this ancient town is Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited town, and was one of the original Swahili settlements that formed part of the trading seaports along coastal East Africa.  Lamu is majority Muslim, but tolerant of all other cultures and religions. 

Following a 2 night stay at Peponi Hotel in Lamu, (a small boutique hotel), you will be transferred on a 20-minute boat trip to Manda Island and the ‘barefoot luxury’ of Manda Bay Lodge. Manda Bay is a small privately owned boutique lodge located on the northern tip of Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago on Kenya’s coast.

Manda Bay is the perfect escape for families, honeymooners, and couples looking for the ultimate ‘no shoes, no news’ experience and is renowned for its wonderfully relaxed atmosphere with a variety of activities on offer. 

The lodge offers Robinson-Cruse-style individual cottages on miles of a private tropical beach, lapped by the Indian Ocean. Spend your days as you wish enjoying activities such as bottom fishing, trolling, fly fishing, deep sea fishing, boating activities such as waterskiing, banana rides and inflatable tube rides, and windsurfers. 

Visit snorkelling sites, go sailing, game drives to see animals such as greater Galago bushbaby, white-tailed mongoose, civet cat, porcupine, hyaena, genet cat, and occasionally leopard; we regularly see dik-dik, buffalo and bushbuck, dwarf mongoose, yellow baboons, and vervet monkeys.

Go bird watching or visit the Takwa Ruins to enjoy history – (a Swahili settlement called on the opposite side of Lamu town on Manda Island).

Summary Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya Arrival
Day 2: Half-day city tour of Nairobi. Transfer to Wilson Airport. Fly to Lamu & spend 2 nights at Peponi Hotel
Day 3: Lamu Island. Lamu Old town, walk around the narrow streets and enjoy the architecture. Overnight at Peponi Hotel
Day 4: Boat transfer to Manda Island. Overnight at Manda Bay Beach Hotel
Day 5: Lamu Island. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere with a variety of activities on offer. Overnight at Manda Bay Lodge
Day 6: Lamu Island. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere with a variety of activities on offer. Overnight at Manda Bay Lodge
Day 7: Lamu Island. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere with a variety of activities on offer. Overnight at Manda Bay Lodge
Day 8: Fly to Nairobi Wilson Airport & transfer to Nairobi International Airport for departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya Arrival

Touching down in Nairobi, we are whisked to the Norfolk Hotel, the legendary starting point for grand safaris since the days of the earliest explorers.

Overnight at the Norfolk Fairmont Hotel or similar

Meal Plan {Bed & Breakfast}

Day 2: Nairobi City Tour – Fly Lamu Island

The name alone conjures up images of dashing characters and romantic adventurers, and today we feel the intrigue that has seduced travellers for centuries.

Of interest will be a tour of author Karen Blixen’s home and a visit with endangered Rothschild giraffes on a half-day city tour of Nairobi. Transfer to Wilson Airport. Fly to Lamu Island for a 2-night stay at Peponi Hotel.

Overnight at Lamu Peponi Hotel

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 3: Lamu Island

Peponi is a small hotel on the exotic island of Lamu, in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya. Peponi is still run by the Korschen family, who opened the hotel in 1967 and which still retains much of the character and charm that it had then. Small and personal, it is the perfect rest after a safari or a hideaway holiday from modern life.

“Peponi is simple, fresh, cheerful and everything about it is totally original and genuine – no frozen foods here, nor frozen smiles.” Relax at the Hotel or explore the several optional activities such as:

Dhow Trips: the archipelago under sail in a traditional Lamu or Mozambique-style dhow. Visit the ruins at Takwa, raise a glass at sunset or dine under a full moon. Experience the spectacle or even help crew the biannual dhow race, held in August and on New Year’s Day.

Fishing Trips: Peponi’s deep sea fishing boat ‘Little Toot’ with its experienced crew and modern equipment offers some of the best sports fishing in East Africa. Ocean fishing with a hotel speedboat or hand-line fishing from a local dhow is also available.

Snorkelling: Lamu archipelago offers some of Kenya’s best Snorkeling waters, with favourable conditions between October and April. The reefs at Manda Toto and Kiniyka have an abundance of reef fish and live coral. After Snorkeling, guests can enjoy a picnic breakfast or lunch on the beach.

Water Sports: Peponi has water sports for all age groups and levels of experience. Competent instructors and a wide range of equipment to hire from wind surfers, sailing mirrors and Lasers, wakeboards, body boards, and water skis.

Kite surfing instructors are available but bring your own equipment. The nearby mangrove creek is ideal for water skiing at high tide. For the less energetic there are kayaks on the beach.

Overnight at Lamu Peponi Hotel

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Days 4, 5, 6, 7: Boat Transfer to Manda Island

Today you will be transferred by boat (30 min) to Manda Bay, Manda Island, an unspoiled, and idyllic island of the Lamu archipelago. Manda Bay is a small Boutique Lodge, located on the North Western tip of Manda Island, one of the many unspoiled, idyllic islands of the Lamu archipelago.

An exclusive resort, Manda Bay offers informal pampering and barefoot luxury. There’s something for everyone at Manda Bay. You can enjoy the comforts and the beautiful setting, in addition to the activities on offer which include relaxing by the water or indulging in a massage.

If you’re feeling energetic there are water sports such as deep sea fishing in search of the marlin and sailfish, windsurfing, water skiing, and scuba-diving to name a few, cultural visits, and dhow safaris. There’s also a games room overlooking the sea, complete with a pool table, darts, and table tennis the – activities are endless!

The cuisine at Manda Bay has a marine flavour, featuring freshly caught tuna, mangrove crab, and prawns. However, if seafood is not to your taste the staff will be happy to comply with individual needs, and meal times are designed to fit in with your requirements.

Overnight at Lamu Manda Bay Lodge

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 8: Fly to Nairobi – Depart

After lunch, you will be transferred by boat in time to catch the 16:00 Safarilink scheduled flight back to Wilson. A representative will then meet you and transfer you either for dinner before your international flight, or direct you to the international airport for your journey home.

Half day at Lamu Manda Bay Lodge

Meal Plan {Breakfast & Lunch}

8-Day Lamu Island Beach Holiday Prices

8-Day Lamu Island Beach Holiday Prices include:

Half Day Tour + Scheduled flights + Airport/ Airstrip transfers + Full Board Accommodation (All meals) + Manda Bay use of swimming pool + Exercise room + Laundry at Manda Bay Lodge + WIFI, Kayaks, Windsurfers and Sailboat + Membership of Flying Doctors and Non-motorized water sports at Manda Bay Lodge

Dates From

Dates To

Price Per Person

Price Per Child
3 to 12 Years

1st Jan 2023

31st Dec 2023 Request For Rates Request For Rates


* Children under 2yrs are free

8-Day Lamu Island Beach Holiday Prices Exclude:

* Gratuities
* Visa Fees
* Any drinks
* Boating excursions

*Laundry at Peponi
* Any items of a personal nature
* All statutory increases beyond our control
* International flights into and out of Nairobi
* All motorized water sports and deep-sea fishing (should be pre-booked) & snorkeling and fishing and water sports can be arranged through the lodge)

Manda Bay Hotel - Lamu Island

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