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Lamu Kenya_ Lamu Tourist Activity - Sailing - Festival & Dhow Trips

Lamu Kenya_ Lamu Tourist Activity - Sailing - Festival & Dhow Trips

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stuck on sand banks, so you'll just have to be patient and wait until the wind picks up or the tide rises
stuck on sand banks, so you'll just have to be patient and wait until the wind picks up or the tide rises

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Lamu Kenya: Lamu Tourist Activity - Sailing - Festival & Dhow Trips
 Lamu tourist Activities and SportsDhow TripsTaking a dhow trip is almost obligatory and drifting through the mangroves is a wonderful way toexperience the islands. You'll be approached by touts and would be captains almost as soon as youarrive, but its worth shopping around to find a captain you like and a price you're happy with. Pricesvary depending on where you want to go and how long you go for; with a bit of bargaining you shouldpay around Kshs 500 per person in a group of four or five people. Groups of more than five aren'trecommended as the boats aren't very big.Solo travelers joining an existing group to make up numbers will often be offered a great price, on thecondition that they don't tell their fellow passengers how much they paid. As this generally means theothers paid the extortionate asking price of Kshs 1000 each, it probably shouldn't be encouraged!What ever you arrange, make sure you know exactly how much you'll be paying and what that willinclude, to avoid misunderstandings and overcharging. Don't hand over any money until the day ofdeparture except perhaps a small advance for food. On long trips, its best to organise your owndrinks. Make sure you take a hat and some sunscreen, as there is rarely any shade on the dhows.Most day trips meander around the channel between Lamu and Manda Islands, and the priceincludes fishing and snorkeling, although both can be disappointing as the fish tend to hide amongthe coral during the day. Lunch is usually served up on a beach on Manda Toto Island, which hasbetter snorkeling.For something abit more flashy, Peponi Hotel, at Shela, offers full-moon dhow cruises for Kshs 4500(minimum eight persons) including drinks, wine and a lobster dinner. Multi-day trips head out to pateor the still more remote island of Kiwayu. When it is properly up and running, Lamu Dhow will offerluxury trips with accommodation actually on board a massive vessel.Dhows without an outboard motor are entirely dependent on wind to get them anywhere, althoughpoling the boat is fairly common along narrow creeks and channels. It's common to get becalmed orstuck on sand banks, so you'll just have to be patient and wait until the wind picks up or the tide risesto move on. With this in mind, it's probably unwise to go on a long trip if you have a flight or otherappointment to meet. Likewise, dhows are dependent on the tide. You can't sail up creeks if the tideis out and there is not enough water to float the boat. This will be the main factor determiningdeparture and return times.Festivals & EventsThe mauled Festival celebrates the birth of the prophet Mohammed. Its date shifts according to theMuslim calendar and it will fall on 12 April 2006, and 20th March in 2007 and 2008. The festival hasbeen celebrated on the island for over 100 years and much singing, dancing and general jollity takesplace around this time. Among the interesting traditional dances are the goma or cane fighting danceand the quivering-sword dance, where sword-wielding dancer set up a chorus of vibrating steel.Organized events include swimming galas, poetry reading, calligraphy competitions, and donkey

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