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.