Lamu is best accessed by air. There are scheduled flights daily from
Nairobi, Mombasa, Diani Beach and Malindi. The island is serviced by an
airstrip on neighbouring Manda Island. The strip can also be used by
A dhow ferries arriving passengers to either Lamu town or Shela. Many
yachts also come to Lamu, often sheltering in the channel near Shela.
There are no vehicles on Lamu Island.
The winding streets of the towns are
best explored on foot. Shela village and the beaches are also
accessible by foot. Alternatively dhows regularly carry paying
passengers back and forth from Lamu town to Shela.
To access the
surrounding islands of Manda, Pate or Siyu, either take an organized
Dhow Safari or for the adventurous traveller, just hitch a ride on a
passing dhow and explore. It is also possible to hire donkeys to ride
around the island.