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Tusitiri Dhow, Lamu

Dhows are traditional wooden sailing boats originally built for carrying exotic spices and goods along the Indian Ocean trade routes.

Tusitiri Dhow was hand crafted in Lamu as a trading vessel over 50 years ago. She has since been meticulously restored and converted by her owners, and today she is a majestic and luxurious vessel offering dhow safaris in the Lamu archipelago in Kenya.

Tusitiri is ideal for families or a group of friends wanting a unique and private experience amongst the beautiful and historic islands of the north Kenyan coast.

The Tusitiri can be chartered on an exclusive basis for multi-night dhow safaris for up to 10 guests, taken for day trips (from 9.30am until 6.30pm) or sundowner excursions (from 4.30pm until 9.30pm) from Lamu Town.

Life on-board is relaxed and centered on Tusitiri’s broad deck, with sumptuous cushioned seating areas and a dining area arranged around the wooden mast. Meals are prepared in the open-air galley kitchen at the bow, and served in the shaded dining area. There are beautiful views over the ocean, quiet corners to relax, and the day-cabins below deck provide storage and changing facilities.

At night, brass lanterns light up the deck and comfortable white linen bedrolls are set up on deck after dinner. On Tusitiri, all the beds are star-beds!

A Tusitiri Dhow safari is an enchanting coastal experience, as action packed or blissfully relaxed as desired.


  • Sail on Tusitiri

  • Snorkel the coral reefs

  • Paddleboard in quiet lagoons and mangrove creeks

  • Deep-sea fishing and creek fishing

  • Water-ski and wake-board

  • Walk, relax and picnic on pristine beaches

  • Sundowner drinks on beaches or sand dunes

  • Explore the narrow streets and sites of Lamu and Shela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Additional Cost

Best arranged prior to arrival:

  • Scuba diving (very seasonal - by prior arrangement only)

  • Excursions to Kiwayu Marine Park

  • Cultural excursions to the ancient Takwa Ruins


Rates start from $4,140 per night for up to 6 people

Additional guests $690 per guest

Additional child $520 per child

Tusitiri Dhow: Vacations
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