Take a weekend excursion to Lamu Island! Close to Mombasa and within easy reach of Malindi, Lamu Island offers clear blue seas, marine parks, excellent water sports, and beautiful coral reefs. The Lamu archipelago is a cluster of low-lying desert islands that run 60 km parallel to the northern coastline of Kenya. Lamu was founded by the Arabs in the seventh century and traded for centuries thereafter in ivory, rhino horn, and slaves. Today, Lamu Island showcases traditional Swahili culture and some of the most pristine beaches in Africa.