Lamu is a small paradise off the Kenyan coast. The laid-back atmosphere and feeling surrounding the place is incomparable to any other place.
Besides from being Kenya’s oldest living town, Lamu town is the most populated place on the island. Next comes Shela, a small settlement, and this is also where Baitil Aman is located.
Where Shela ends the beach begins. Here you will have no problem finding your own spot. You have eight kilometres of beach to choose from. In fact,very few people who decide to walk to the end of the beach make it.
You will find no cars on Lamu Island, they are not allowed and the streets are too narrow anyway. The main transportation is by dhow, a typical Lamu sailing boat. If you do not want to use the dhow you walk or take a ride with one of the many donkeys living on the island. From Lamu town to Shela you have a nice 30-minutes walk along the shoreline.
Lamu was one of the first Swahili settlements and later a part of the Omani empire. It was also one of the most important ports on the East African coast. Due to its location and small size the physical appearance and characteristics of Lamu appears to have changed very little during the last centuries. Taking a walk around Lamu town or Shela is like walking through a mace of incredible architecture and history.