Destination lamu

Destination: Shela  – Manda
Stay:             Msafini Hotel – Diamond Beach Village
Duration:      6 nights, 7 days.
Pax:               6 people minimum
Price:             From KSH 65,000 per person 
                                 USD 655 per person

The Brief

This trip is perfect for the wanderlust who would like to maximize on resources with a group of friends and/or family of 6. You will explore the archipelago in a week, in the quest for having a good experience 

Msafini Hotel is in the middle of Shela Village and conveniently positioned for access to the different amenities in the village. 

Situated facing the sunsets on the most pristine beach front of Manda island, Diamond Beach Village is a family owned eco lodge that’s perfect for total relaxation.

Upon your arrival at Manda Airstrip, you will be Picked up by a Kivulini Planners representative and directed to your awaiting boat to ferry you to Shela, where Msafini staff will lead you to the hotel. You will have the afternoon to soak in the pool and unwind, and in the evening, a sunset sail will put icing to the unwinding cake. You will sail away on the Shela – Manda channel as you watch the sunset and enjoy some Swahili snacks.

After breakfast you embark to the back side of Shela, to Mararani village where you will see the everyday life of the Giriama people, interact with them and dance along to their traditional melodies. You will then head back to the hotel to relax, have a swim and spend the rest of the day to your pleasure.

After a hearty breakfast, a representative from Kivulini Planners will be awaiting to take you to Lamu and explore the old town with our very knowledgeable guide. He will give you a brief of the history, take you to the iconic spots and give you a chance to do some shopping. The eventful morning and early afternoon will be slowed down with a delicious lunch at Umalila Café, and thereafter you will return to your hotel.

After breakfast you will check out from Msafini and transferred to Diamond Beach Village on Manda Island, across the channel, right opposite Shela Beach. You will have the rest of the day to relax on the beach, enjoying the views and later in the evening have a Swahili dinner on the beach.

Upon waking up, fresh fruit and breakfast will be served and immediately after we will grab our hats and sunscreen and head out for fishing, hoping for a big catch that will be barbecued for lunch on the boat by the crew and served with Chapatti and salad.

We can arrange for drinks at an extra cost.

Once you’re back at the hotel you have the option of taking a yoga class, and later in the evening indulge in the famous Diamond Pizza and Film Night, but without the film this time due to Covid-19.

This will be a day to relax, and enjoy what mother nature has to offer; Sun, Sea and Sand. 

After breakfast you will check out and transferred to the airport for your Nairobi flight.

The Properties

Where you will be accommodated

Msafini Hotel

The limestone, five-story Msafini Hotel combines modern architecture and traditional Swahili design for an authentic yet comfortable stay. The beautiful common spaces, including an open-air private pool and the rooftop with stunning views, offer plenty of options for relaxing into your setting. 

Their breezy and serene Mango Rooftop Restaurant boasts views of the entire village, the sand dunes, Manda Island and the sea. The restaurant specializes in Swahili cuisine, which features a variety of seafood, flavorful sauces, exotic spices, fresh vegetables and fruits. Common staples, such as rice and beans, are made with fresh coconut and stewed to perfection.


Msafini Hotel has fourteen spacious and well-ventilated en-suite rooms, each with a private balcony.


  • Wi-Fi
  • Swimming Pool 


  • Private Yoga classes

Diamond Beach Village

Right at the beach front, Diamond Beach Village offers back to basics barefoot luxury. This eco lodge runs off 100% solar power and depends on its rain water catchment to ensure consistent water supply. 

Their restaurant and beach bar serves exquisite modern food and amazing cocktails.

The library that has a collection of books by authors from all over the world is also stocked with board games you can enjoy as a group. This library also acts and yoga deck twice a week; Friday afternoons and Sunday mornings. 


Diamond has 6 Bandas, all en suite with a shower, toilet and sink. Each banda has a front porch, which is furnished with a tables and chairs so that you can relax in privacy, with the doubles having a swing bed for maximum relaxation. 


  • Beach walks
  • Nature walk at the back of Manda Island to Takwa Ruins or to the open sea
  • Bird watching
  • Private Yoga classes 


  • 1st August - 15th December 2020
    KSH 65,000
  • 16th December - 31st December 2020
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  • 1st August - 15th December 2020
    USD 655
  • 16th December - 31st December 2020
    Contact Us

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