Shela Beach
Shela Beach is the most popular and longest beach on the island of Lamu in Kenya, although most holidaymakers only discover the 12 kilometres of this unspoilt, natural, light sandy beach by boat. You will find more people in the eastern part of the beach where there are nice white holiday homes and a hotel. Towards the west is a dune landscape where you will perhaps not see not many locals or jogging holidaymakers, but instead some cows now and then. The sunset is particularly beautiful at Shela beach.

Shela Beach – Long sandy beach on the edge of civilisation

Shela Beach is also known as Shella Beach and is on the island of Lamu in the north of Kenya. It is about two kilometres from Lamu town, the capital of Lamu. You can easily get to Shela Beach by walking along the water’s edge, or by using a boat hired from the locals as a water taxi. There are no proper roads or cars on Lamu and the only means of transport is by boat and donkey. Shela Beach is about 12 kilometres in length and is a sandy dream beach with dunes in the background and where you will only find buildings at either end. The rest of the beach has been completely left to nature.

Swimming, nice beach houses and delicious food at Shela Beach

The beach begins in the village of Shela at a pier which is mainly used by the locals when swimming. Children jump into the water, enjoy snorkelling and building rafts from old plastic to practise from an early age sailing and fishing which are the main sources of income for the locals here, together with tourism. The houses in the village behind Shela Beach are mainly used for holiday accommodation and are built in the same style as the houses of the locals, but more modern and luxurious. There is also one hotel to which the only restaurant at the beach belongs and which is popular with holidaymakers as well as locals, who come here for lunch or a few drinks at the bar in the evenings. Also on the hotel site is a shop where you can buy nice souvenirs and high quality regional clothing. In addition there is a water-sports supplier here offering windsurfing courses and kayaks for hire.

Shela Beach – Beautiful, natural, sandy beach with dunes in the background

From the terraces of the houses and from the beach you have a view opposite of the island of Manda whose beach, Manda Bay, runs parallel to Shela Beach and is only one kilometre away. On the water In between these beaches speedboats and Dhows, the traditional sailing boats of the fishermen in this region, can be seen at rest and in motion. If you go from the impressive white buildings at the eastern end of the beach towards the west, you will notice after a short time that there are no more buildings, the beach becomes wider and you have a great view of the nice dune landscape in the background. Here Shela Beach has been completely left to nature and its natural beauty becomes even more obvious and you will also find driftwood, a few stones and nice shells here. Thankfully, what you will rarely find here is any rubbish, which is unfortunately often part of the landscape nowadays on long, deserted beaches like this. However, Shela Beach is cleaned regularly by the locals and other volunteers, which is an important factor in making this a real dream beach.

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  • Relaxation
    8/10
  • Family
    5/10
  • Water sport
    5/10
  • Party
    1/10
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Shela 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 6 of 25
This beach is perfect for anybody looking for relaxation, but not wanting to do without amenities.
Family: 5/10 points
Place 12 of 25
Even though It is not ideal here, you will still see some families around.
Water sports: 5/10 points
Place 7 of 25
Wind and waves are not ideal here, but you can still have some fun in the sea.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 12 of 25
There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

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Peponi's Bar

Offer: Food, Drinks, Snacks, Music

Price level: Upscale

Exclusivity: High

Clientel: Normal

www.peponi-lamu.com
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Peponi Watersports
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Canoe, Windsurfing, Wake Board, Waterski, Dhow-Tours, Fishing

www.peponi-lamu.com
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Nawa Watersport
Offer:
Waterski, Wake Board, Tube Riding, Dhow-Tours, Sailing, Fishing

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  • Peponi's Bar
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    Offer: Food, Drinks, Snacks, Music

    Price level: Upscale

    Exclusivity: High

    Clientel: Normal

    www.peponi-lamu.com
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  • Peponi Watersports
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    Offer:
    Canoe, Windsurfing, Wake Board, Waterski, Dhow-Tours, Fishing

    www.peponi-lamu.com
  • Nawa Watersport
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    Offer:
    Waterski, Wake Board, Tube Riding, Dhow-Tours, Sailing, Fishing

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