Comfortable and large catamaran, 5 double cabins, 5 professional crew.
Jump on board and we sail in the channels between the islands and the land in the perfectly flat water of the beautiful blue Indian Ocean, fishing, listening to music and discovering places to anchor in wild lagoons near deserted islands. You will be living on the water in one of the most unspoiled and exclusive spots in the world.
Lamu and its charming archipelago are located north of the Kenyan coast and is still, surprisingly, unknown by mass tourism. It includes several islands and islets-some inhabited-where asphalt and cars are foreign, and the rhythms and occupations are still a legacy of ancestral traditions-marked by the phases of the moon and tides. The
islands, and reefs are surrounded by mangroves, forests and gorgeous white sand beaches, which are quite close to one another and not so far from the mainland. Upon traveling north, nature becomes increasingly wild and unpopulated, far away from globalization. You especially feel this when entering the spectacular marine reserve of Kiunga. Crossing into this perfect sanctuary, that is so serene, you tend to feel as if you are violating nature.
Day 1: Upon your arrival at the Manda Airport, you will find a member of the crew there to greet you and help you collect your luggage. The Catamaran will be moored at the pier in front of the airport ready to welcome you. Once on the boat itself, you will be given a review of the boat, and your accommodations onboard. After all passengers have arrived we will enjoy a delicious lunch on the boat. In the afternoon, feel free to explore the area. Manda offers tropical vegetation and swaying palms with a beautiful stretch of virgin beach. It has an exclusive atmosphere that is reinforced by the fact that the only access to it is by boat or air, offering seclusion and a total private ambience. Take a trip over to Lamu and discover the spectacular Shela Beach; for almost a century, it has been considered the final destination of almost every Kenyan safari. Walk the beach to the lovely Peponi Hotel. Take a seat at their legendary bar, enjoy an 'old Pal': one of the bars house cocktails, and take in the atmosphere. This cozy bar attracts writers, musicians, actors, scientists and travelers who love this simple and informal place, where everyone is at ease.
Day 2: We tour Lamu Island with stops in Lamu town and Kipungani.
The Swahili town of Lamu, which at high tide can be reached only by boat, is the oldest town in the south of Sahara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. Thanks to its
Isolation, it has changed very little over the centuries. Arab traders, Portuguese invaders and western travelers have all contributed to the fascinating history of this small, but thriving port, giving Lamu a wonderful sense of community and legendary hospitality. In Lamu there are no cars and motorbikes. The necessities are still carried on donkeys or traditional boats sailing the dhow. The streets are full of antique shops, all these things making the atmosphere of this place magical and rare. Stroll through its narrow, winding streets and gaze at the ancient palaces built with coral blocks, with their doors
decorated with fine engravings, it is a real step back in time. It's worth visiting the Museum Lamu, which houses Swahili artifacts and boosts an enchanting panorama from its terraces. Visit the market, with hand woven baskets filled with vegetables, spices and fragrant fruits, the Donkey Sanctuary, and the Fort of Lamu, which dates back to 1821, all are evidence of this rich and fascinating culture. We will also travel to Kipungani located in the southern tip of Lamu. Its beautiful beach, the small and welcoming Robinson Crusoe style 'lodge' and bar, give this part of Lamu a unique atmosphere, definitely worth a visit.
Day 3: As we sail to Pate Island, we navigate through magnificent channels,
Mangroves, and stop for swimming and snorkeling. Arriving in the small town of Bori, a charming and hospitable fishing village forgotten by time, we anchor and enjoy lunch on the boat. The people here live self-sufficiently and thrive thanks to the resources of the sea and land of this corner of paradise. The beaches are like white sugar, and the warm smiles of the people will be difficult to erase from your mind.
Day 4: We sail to Kiwaiuu , the pearl of this small archipelago. This long and narrow island, formed by a series of high dunes of white sand and coral rocks, is still so beautifully untouched it's a mystery that it has remained so unspoiled. The two
beautiful bays to the west and the fantastic beach on the Indian Ocean
to the east, seem to compete in beauty. There is an abundance of wild life on the island. The green hills are full of baboons, birds, and wild donkeys.
It is worth a visit for cocktails and dinner at the Monyra camp. While you are enjoying
this beautiful and panoramic restaurant under the stars, look for Myke Kennedy, the proprietor; he will charm you with his jokes, stories and infectious laughter.
We recommend a night at the camp for those who have always dreamed of experiencing what it would be like to live in a hut.
Day 5: Continuing our passage we sail a narrow channel to
Kiwayuu, located in the Kiunga Marine National Reserve. This small island, located on a choice strip of the Kenyan coast, is wild and beautiful. But unlike the bigger island of Lamu, the long arm of the tourist trade has barely touched it. Walking and relaxing on the endless beaches is just one way to spend the day. Other options include dhow sailing and picnics. Or if you are feeling adventurous, visit the exclusive resorts of Munira Island Camp, also known as Mike's Camp and/or Kiwayu Safari Village, and take a game drive into the bush right behind the properties, which are teeming with lions, giraffes, buffaloes and elephants. Both resorts are stunning and offer seclusion and privacy. So much so that for Prince William and Mick Jagger each place has become something of a hideout.
Day 6: Today we embark on our short journey to Kui Island, also in the Kiunga
National Park Reserve-absolutely the most beautiful anchorage of Kenya. Dotting this area of turquoise blue sea are hundreds of small, green islands with white beaches. Here among the many species of marine life, including the Manatee, which face risk of extinction, you can choose to take some of our equipment, and one of our tents and spend the night on one of the wild, uninhabited islands. Through Intersail you will be one of the privileged few who will have this experience sailing in Kiunga. Only the Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and others 'in the know' have this opportunity because it is not always accessible due to sea conditions and the tides. Here you will have the opportunity to scuba dive and snorkel among the many breathtaking coral reefs.
Day 7: We sail downwind in the open ocean to Lamu if conditions
permit. Upon arrival in Lamu, we enjoy our last lunch together and bid our farewell's.
Age range, type of group
We plan & organize yacht charter
by group, couple, families or for those wishing to travel alone, creating the most compatible onboard experience & amentities with and a professional, friendly & talented crew.
The cruises are planned only between like-minded people, so for istance, we don't mix families with singles or couples..
Policies & Restrictions
No pets, smoking strictly only on the top roof deck.
Rates & Availability
Almost all inclusive. Not included flights, land activities and airport transfers. (Alcoholics are not included).