Self-Guided Hourly Rental


Single $15 / Ksh1,350 per hour

Double $20 / Ksh2,250 per hour

Sand Dollar Guided Tours

Guides are trained in kayaking, first aid, safety procedures, navigation and carry VHF radios.



Full day - 8.30am to 4.30pm

Includes lunch, drinks, guide and equipment.
Depart from Shela Beach, paddle alongside the Lamu walkway, see Old Lamu from the water and learn about the architecture, culture and history. Cross over to Manda Island in your kayak, enter Takwa mangrove creek, pass coral rock excavators and arrive at Takwa Ruins. After a tour of the ruins enjoy a picnic lunch on Manda beach, relax, have a swim and look across at Lamu Island. In the cool of the afternoon set off back, passing Shella and returning to Talking Trees Beach (route may vary with tides, excludes museum fees).

Single $90 / Ksh8,000

Double $150 / Ksh13,000

Route may alternate to suit high tides. Excludes Takwa museum fees.



Half Day - 8.30am to 12pm

Includes mineral water, guide and equipment.
Depart from Shela Beach, and either (1) paddle alongside the Lamu walkway, see Old Lamu from the water and learn about the architecture, culture and history.(2) paddle alongside the Manda waterfront and into Takwa Creek, stop for a tour of the coral stone quarry. (3) Using the high tide, enter Takwa Creek and paddle through the mangrove channels to Takwa Ruins (excludes museum fees).

Single $70 / Ksh6,000

Double $100 / Ksh9,000

Sunset Paddle - 5pm to 7pm

Depart from Talking Trees Beach and take a leisurely paddle along the Lamu waterfront whilst the sun is setting.

Per Person $20 / Ksh1,800

Manda Toto and Takwa - 1 or 2 night camping trip

Includes meals, drinks, guide and all kayak and camping equipment.
Depart from Shela Beach, paddle past Lamu Town and circle around Manda Island through the Mkanda Channel. Enter Manda Bay and arrive at Manda Toto Island. Enjoy activities such as snorkelling, fishing and camping. As a separate tour or include it as an add on to Manda Toto, paddle up Takwa Creek during high tide. Visit Takwa Ruins and camp on Manda Island. Enjoy activities such as museum walks, swimming on the quiet north beach, and taking long beach walks (timing depends on tides, excludes museum fees).

Single $100 / Ksh9,000 per night

Double $160 / Ksh14,400 per night


Custom Guided Tours

Customise your own tour with the local knowledge and safety of our guides. Please enquire.



Please speak with your hotel office to make a booking or visit/call us directly. Sand Dollar is located at Talking Trees Beach; along the walkway, halfway between Lamu and Shella, (m) 0727-539639.