Takwa Beach – Idyllic, remote natural bay on the island of Manda
Takwa Beach is on Manda Island, which is part of the Lamu archipelago in the north of Kenya. The long sandy beach with its dune landscape has been left to nature and there are no buildings at the beach. Takwa Beach got its name from the historical village of Takwa which was abandoned by its inhabitants in the 16th century to move to the neighbouring island of Lamu, because there was no longer any fresh water on Manda. Some of the buildings left are just ruins, while others have been restored and are now an open air museum. Takwa Beach can be best reached by boat, but because the beach faces the open sea, the water is at times too rough for boats to anchor at the beach. Alternatively they can approach the island from the other calmer side and you can get to the beach by walking through idyllic mangrove forests. If you only want to do some snorkelling here, then you can also anchor offshore from Takwa beach where there is a well preserved coral reef which is a good diving location.
Kitesurfing, surfing and walks along the beach at Takwa Beach
A major kitesurfing competition around the island takes place at Takwa Beach once a year in February or March, when the competitors camp at the beach. From May to July conditions for advanced surfers are often good. However, you cannot hire equipment here and there are no amenities or anything else on offer at Takwa Beach. However, you will find here a lot of peace and quiet, as well as plenty of space and you can enjoy long walks at the beach which you might occasionally have all to yourself, with the exception of some funny little crabs that run into their sand holes or into the sea as soon as you come near them. Sometimes you might even spot baby turtles making their way into the sea, after they have hatched from the eggs which the turtles lay at this beach. The only drawback at this beach is that it only gets cleaned two to three times a year and if you are unlucky you can find yourself among the rubbish which is lying around. Also, if you are swimming you should be aware of the strong currents which can quickly become dangerous.