Matondoni Fishing Village Half-Day Tour in Lamu Island
Matondoni Village half-day trip Lamu Island offers an experience of the rich history of Lamu on a fascinating half-day tour of the vibrant town of Matondoni – a local fishing village and dhow building site. Matondoni is a small village located on the western side of Lamu Island about 35 minutes (8 km) on a speedboat) from Lamu Town and the closest airstrip is Manda Airstrip. The village is famous for traditional handicrafts such as weaving straw mats of palm leaves and making ropes of coconut. Most of the products sold in Lamu town and exported out are woven by the women in this small village.
Matondoni is also known for the building and repairing of shows. With the increasing use of speedboats, the production of dhows is starting to decrease. Now smaller dhows are created for fishing for smaller fish. There are several hundred people living in the village of Matondoni; the locals live in thatched huts and use mud for daily life.
Matondoni village Lamu Island day tour is a day excursion to one of the 3 villages located on Lamu Island called Matondoni. The other 2 villages are Shela and Kipungani. Matondoni, on the northwest mangrove shore of Lamu Island, is about 8 km from Lamu Town. The village has mud and thatched huts and a few hundred people.
The best place to see dhows being built is in the village of Matondoni. Matondoni is famous for making some of the finest Dhows in the world, but with the disappearance of the great dhows in the 60’s the only demand left was for the smaller fishing dhow and now they are being pushed aside for fiberglass speedboats.
Some day soon the dhows of East Africa may become a thing of the past. To visit Matondoni village, you may opt to use a donkey, dhow, speed boat, or walk (2 Hours). The village is famous for traditional handicrafts such as weaving.
Matondoni Village Lamu Island Day Tour Prices
Matondoni Village Lamu Island Day Tour Rates Include:
Type of Transportation: Dhow Sailing Boat + Visit to the dhow-making village of Matondoni + Round trip transport from Lamu Island to Matondoni village & Beach Walking, swimming, exploring Matondoni village, dhow sailing
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* This tour departs daily and also private departures are available
Matondoni Village Lamu Island Day Tour Rates Do Not Include:
* International Airfare
* Accommodation in Lamu
* Cost of obtaining passport and visas
* Gratuity for your professional driver-guide
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
* Personal expenses such as traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes, and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, and wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary