Shela Village on Lamu Island is a tangle of narrow sandy lanes, tall stone houses, some smaller thatched dwellings, mosques, ruins and a spacious square fringed by a few market stalls, small shops and a telephone booth. Here in the cool evenings the elders gather to talk, while women come out to shop. Wandering through the village you might meet discreet women in bui-bui, young boys in gowns hurrying to the mosque, sleepy donkeys, weathered fishermen, the occasional beach boy or absorbed visitor and a collection of cats.
The beach starts a five minute walk from the village — seven miles of golden sands that are never crowded. A sea ideal for swimming, bodysurfing, diving, windsurfing, water skiing, fishing or boating.