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    Lamu Island Snorkeling, Scuba Diving & Kenya Beach Water Sports

    If you, like me, get bored on a beach, snorkeling is one of the joys of tropical countries. When there is great snorkelling, or diving, nearby, it can transform your Lamu holiday. Snorkelling is simple but thrilling - with just a mask and a snorkel tube (always available on location), snorkelling can show you some mind-blowing underwater displays, from colorful coral reefs to teeming schools of weird looking fish. It's also an activity ideally suited to introducing children to the wonders of the world, from fish to turtles. From eight upwards they become ever more confident. So when you take your holiday to Lamu, if, take a mask and snorkel. Or better still, choose one of the many ideal snorkelling holiday destinations in Kenya, and get more than just a tan. Lamu Island beckons, with unspoilt, palm-lined beaches and world-class diving or snorkelling adventures.

    Take on a Lamu beach holiday and experience for yourself a coastline fringed by extensive coral reefs, offering natural splendour and an underwater spectacle that is hard to match. Lamu Island is also an ideal destination to take your first scuba dive course. Lamu Island is surrounded by coral reefs, hidden in the sparkling blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Many are very beautiful and so great places for snorkeling and diving - but here we aim to highlight the best. The Indian Ocean off Africa's tropical coast has an incredible variety and quality of marine life. There are manta rays and whale sharks, five species of turtle, over 400 species of fish, endless tropical coral reefs and even the occasional shy dugong. However, if you're a keen diver or snorkeller, then choose carefully where you go. Several of our travel consultants are keen divers, and we'll always be happy to advice from our personal experience, Jerome nicknamed the tiger is a highly trained scuba diving professional with 43 individual specialty courses completed in both PADI and SSI. Originally from Norway, Jerome has opened 18 scuba diving schools in Kenya since he came in 1990. He’s trained countless Kenyans to become scuba diving professionals, many of them moving on to work all over the world. With over 6000 dives under his belt combined with his passion for marine biology, he has a profound knowledge about all things concerning our marine heritage. He resides in Lamu Island where he established the EAWST in 2005, together with his Kenya wife Esther, in order to create awareness about the whale shark and threats facing them. Through his underwater film production company, he inspires his viewers to become more active in marine conservation. His films have won several awards throughout the years. Jerome has also assisted the Kenya Navy in rescue and recovery missions.

    His expertise is frequently sought after in regards of missions involving scuba diving. In 2008 he assisted the Kenya Navy to recover a body that was trapped inside a helicopter in Africa’s highest lake (Lake Michelson 14600 ft) and lying at 21meters depth. He thereby broke the world record in high altitude diving by more than 1000 ft. He is also micro-light airplane pilot and a certified engineer. The Lamu Island is known for its miles of unspoiled natural beaches. However, there is no substitute for experiencing the magic of the island from underwater; there is a whole world to explore that you simply can't see from the shore. Coral reefs, caves, shipwrecks and multicolored fish and fauna are all waiting to be explored. It's no wonder that the Lamu Island is known as one of the best places to dive in the Indian Ocean region. With crystal clear waters and vibrantly colored marine life, you will never run out of things to discover. Diving the Lamu beach along the ocean currents is particularly interesting, as you can see many unique bays and reefs. If you want to explore this fascinating underwater world, the Lamu Island has many trips and tours that will provide you with an unforgettable view of the waters surrounding the Indian Ocean. The natural surroundings of Lamu islands are spectacular and offer a variety of activities to suit all tastes and to keep active all day long. Lamu’s rich history as a former sultanate marrying Arabic and African cultures can be admired though excursions and Boat Excursions trips during safari and beach holidays in Kenya. The Majlis is one of the best hotels in Lamu Kenya and offers a series full day and half day experiences which focus on wellness, Swahili culture, sports, arts & crafts as well as environmentally conscious excursions. Our guest relations staff and sports coordinator will be happy to provide more details and to organize tailor-made and Kenya holidays all inclusive as per your preferences. Many Beach tour companies in Lamu arrange for scuba divers to dive and explore Africa's most spectacular marine hotspots along the Kenya coast.

    Lamu Island Information

    When you have a chance to choose your holiday destination for your long holiday, what place do you want to choose? Actually, there are a lot of holiday’s destinations which can be your choice. Basically, you will look for place or venue where you can really enjoy the holiday. You will look for place which can provide you with refreshment, entertainments and etc. The easiest choice for the holiday destination can be a beach vacation; Lamu Island can only be reached by boat. There is an airstrip on Manda, opposite the harbor where regular daily flights arrive and depart to and from Malindi and Mombasa. The main form of transport between the other islands and along the coast is the traditional dhow. Boat trips can be arranged to Manda island (a short hop across the channel from Shela) or to Manda Toto on the other side of the mainland peninsula where there is good snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming. Peponi Hotel has wind surfers and sailing boats for hire and also offer water skiing (obviously hotel guests have priority on facilities and activities). In addition longer trips to Kiwayu Island or Pate Island can be organized or even a deep-sea fishing charter. A sundown sail in the mangrove channels is the perfect end to another lazy day. Lamu is of course a Muslim community but is welcoming to all visitors.

    If simple courtesy and respect are shown the people are never less than gracious, helpful and friendly. Keep your beachwear for the beach and cover it with a kikoy (Kenyan sarong) when walking in the village. Security in Lamu and Shela is very good and there is virtually no theft, but please keep valuables and cash out of temptation's way at your retreat or on your person. The lingua franca of East Africa is Swahili and covers Lamu too. Arabic is spoken by many as is English. Lamu has been a vacation destination for European tourists for almost half a century and with many of the houses being owned by Europeans there are a surprisingly high number of people who can converse in Italian, French and Spanish! Communication with the outside world from Lamu is hit and misses at times with local Cyber Cafés with reasonable rates to access Internet and e-mail services not always having good lines. However many hotels have better internet access and with most of the island and surrounding area having GSM coverage those visitors who cannot afford to be out of touch with their businesses will be able to send and receive email through their corporate networks on their cell phones. (If not then you probably aren’t that important and wont be missed anyway!) As a general rule, there is no problem to make international calls from Lamu. However, expect lack of signal inside the island and in some other places of the coast. The most inclement season to visit Lamu is the beginning of the northern summer, between May and July. This is the time of the Long Rains on the Kenyan coast . Because of this, some of our Retreats may be closed to the public and use this period to perform all the necessary annual maintenance. However the weather is still warm, the days often sunny between showers and the beaches even more deserted than usual. Some might think the nicest time to visit! The rest of the year, Lamu offers slight meteorological changes, all of them enchanting and subtle. Lamu's equatorial position makes for pretty much twelve hour days and nights most of the year and no great difference between summer and winter. July and August are probably the coolest months by Lamu standards with March and April being the hottest. The European winter (November to March) is a perfect time to escape to Lamu. The sea starts to clear at the end of October and usually by mid-November the kazkazi season settles on the archipelago the kazkazi blows from the northeast from late November to March, and again the first few weeks (typically mid November to mid December) bring rains, though these are patchier and lighter than the April-May rains. From December to March the temperature rises to 35-40 Celsius and humidity to 60-70%. The pace of life has changed a little since the first visitors came to Lamu a thousand years ago, but the beaches are still open and empty and the people as charming and welcoming as ever.

    There are no mandatory vaccinations for entry into Kenya, from the Europe, USA or Australasia however a yellow fever vaccination certificate may be requested if the traveler comes from areas where this illness is endemic, for example Rwanda or Congo. As well as for any other kind of trip, it is advisable to be vaccinated against the most common illnesses and you should seek the professional advice of your local travel advisory centre in good time before making your escape. Despite many local residents of Lamu claiming that there is no Malaria and that they never take prophylactics there is no rational reason why malaria would NOT be prevalent on the archipelago and indeed the local Ministry of Health representatives say that it is common. Whilst on holiday in Lamu taking a malaria prophylactic is always to be recommended (especially when traveling with kids) if only because if you are unlucky to contract the disease it is such a palaver to have it diagnosed and treated when you get home! Whilst all our retreats offer mosquito nets and regularly spray their premises there is no substitute for:- A good preventative regime of bathing kids at sundown, applying insect repellant and dressing them into light pajamas. Adults should also apply repellant at sundown time. Taking the prophylactic advised by your local travel advisory centre in good time to provide cover for the start of your Lamu trip. Note that Nairobi has world class hospitals and doctors who are pioneers in the research and treatment of Malaria and other tropical illnesses. Ensure that you have ample medical evacuation cover in your Travel Insurance and in the event that the Lamu Hospital cannot fix you up you can be in Nairobi within 2 hours. Also do no underestimate the power of the sun, which in this latitude can produce very serious burns. There is often a sea breeze in Lamu which deceives one into thinking it not as hot as it is. This combined with reflection from the water leads to frequent cases of sun-burn and dehydration even amongst hardened sun worshippers! It is advisable to drink bottled water at all times in Lamu unless the Retreat you are staying at has its own borehole and can vouch for the purity of the water. Carry bottled water with you on all your excursions and drink more than you think you need! Communication with the outside world from Lamu is hit and misses at times with local Cyber Cafés with reasonable rates to access Internet and e-mail services not always having good lines. However many Lamu hotels have better internet access and with most of the island and surrounding area having GSM coverage those visitors who cannot afford to be out of touch with their businesses will be able to send and receive email through their corporate networks on their cell phones. (If not then you probably aren’t that important and won’t be missed anyway!) As a general rule, there is no problem to make international calls from Lamu. However, expect lack of signal inside the island and in some other places of the coast.

    Lamu Island Snookering and Diving Information

    Welcome to the Home of Lamu Water Sports, We are Lamu Beach vacation experts, wholesalers of exotic & affordable holidays for snorkelers & scuba divers. We are pleased to offer you the largest & most info-rich website for dive vacations to Lamu Island including photos & graphics, find information dive resorts, live boards, snorkeling vacations, beach vacations, We are scuba diving vacation specialists with many years of trip-planning experience in Lamu Island. Our travel company was founded in 2005, then we were among the first wholesalers in the Kenya to launch a website for tropical island getaways -- to serve our busy professional clients better. We now operate the longest-running website for dive resorts & snorkeling vacations on the Internet. We're saddened to see many dive trip wholesalers hammered by this economy. But we're still sailing strong -- steady as she goes -- exploring & offering new tropical islands each year. We are a debt-free family firm with a fiscally responsible customer-centered business model.

    Our dive trips to Lamu are planned by experienced experts who share your passion for tropical vacations. So here's your data hub for hotel bargains, travel packages, private yacht charters, Lamu honeymoons, tropical holiday innovations, a personalized snorkeling tour or diving trips. Dive in, the world's a bash! Time to travel with panache -- If you need to reserve a beach lodging, dive tours, live- group charters, an overseas guide or any customized dive vacations, just give us a call. Our dive travel team will give you prompt, friendly service that is accurate & insightful. In the world of dive packages, we set the pace for vision & creativity. Our countless loyal repeat clients include corporate groups, high-rev professionals, adventuresome singles, couples from all walks of life, families with young kids or teens, retired travelers, environmental research expeditions, dive shops, private schools, scuba clubs & travel pros around the world. We're delighted that you stopped by! Ask your friends to "cruise & peruse" our website today, whenever they research new dive packages. There's an ideal tropical island out there -- just ripe for snorkeling vacations or scuba diving trips -- & just right for you.

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