Kipungani Beach
Kipungani Beach on the island of Lamu in the north of Kenya is a remote beach and can only be reached by a long walk or by water taxi. This has the advantage that it is very quiet here, as only a few people come to this beautiful, unspoilt sandy beach. At the rear of the beach are a few beach houses in front of the spacious dunes and there are only a few small hotel complexes where you can stay the night and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Kipungani Beach offers you the chance to spend relaxed days at the beach together with the option of excitement such as snorkelling and diving with dolphins and the beach is also one of the best insider hotspots in the world for kite-surfers.

Kipungani Beach – Remote sandy beach with a nice dune landscape

Kipungani Beach is a spacious sandy beach on Lamu Island in the north of Kenya. Kipungani means "fresh wind" and that is what you find here most of the year, which is actually rather pleasant because of the high temperatures near to the equator. The light sandy beach has been completely left to nature and borders Shela Beach. Although Kipungani Beach can be reached by walking along the water’s edge from the town of Lamu, it is a journey of over 12 kilometres. It is easier and quicker to take one of the speedboats which function as water taxis from Shela and Lamu town. At the rear of Kipungani Beach are a few beach houses, some of which are rented out as holiday homes, while others belong to small hotel complexes. One of these is situated in the dunes and here you will find an especially relaxed atmosphere, an open air restaurant with a bar which is very popular with hotel guests and with day-trippers.

Plenty relaxation, but action for those who want it at Kipungani Beach

At the small hotel complex in the dunes there are a number of water-sports on offer, namely windsurfing, water skiing, wakeboarding and kayaking and these are available to everybody, whether you are staying at the hotel or not. In addition, Kipungani Beach is an absolute insider tip among kite-surfers, but you do need to bring your own equipment. Shallow water and constant wind are ideal conditions, not only for beginners who can learn quickly here, but some of the internationally most successful kite- surfing professionals are full of praise for the excellent conditions at Kipungani Beach. Further highlights at this beach are snorkelling and diving excursions to the small island of Kinyiaki which is fantastic for watching dolphins. Nearby are also coral reefs with an especially colourful underwater world. Good swimmers can enjoy the easy access into the water at Kipungani Beach, but should watch out for currents. Those who enjoy beach walks can stroll to the other end of the beach where after a few kilometres through the mangroves you will reach the village of Kipungani where you can buy fresh sea food directly from the fishermen.

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Our rating
  • Relaxation
    8/10
  • Family
    5/10
  • Water sport
    4/10
  • Party
    1/10
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Kipungani Beach is suitable for
Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 8/10 points
Place 7 of 25
This beach is perfect for anybody looking for relaxation, but not wanting to do without amenities.
Family: 5/10 points
Place 14 of 25
Even though It is not ideal here, you will still see some families around.
Water sports: 4/10 points
Place 11 of 25
You can only occasionally spot some water-sport activities in the sea here.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 16 of 25
There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

Atmosphere at the beach
5/10
Ease
5/10
Beauty
9/10
Romance
6/10
Exclusivity
1/10
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Also available:
Dolphin Watching, Kayak, Snorkeling, Wake Board, Waterski
Restaurants, Bars & Water sport providers
Kizingo Bar & Restaurant Map icon
Kizingo Bar & Restaurant

Offer: Food, Sun-loungers, Drinks, Snacks, Music

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Low

www.kizingo.com
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Kizingo Watersports
Offer:
Dolphin Watching, Kayak, Snorkeling, Wake Board, Waterski

www.kizingo.com
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  • Kizingo Bar & Restaurant
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    Offer: Food, Sun-loungers, Drinks, Snacks, Music

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Normal

    Clientel: Low

    www.kizingo.com
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  • Jellyfish
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