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Getting there & away




The main bus companies operating between Mombasa, Malindi and Lamu are TSS, Falcon, Zam Zam, Khadi Star and Tawakal.

There are booking offices for all these companies on Kenyatta Rd, apart from Khadi Star, which has its office on the waterfront. The going rate to Mombasa is KSh400 to KSh500; most buses leave between 7am and 8am, so you’ll need to be at the jetty at 6.30am for the boat to the mainland. Book early as demand is heavy.

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Airkenya (633445; Baraka House, Kenyatta Rd) and Safarilink (Nairobi 020-600777) fly between Lamu and Nairobi’s Wilson Airport daily (US$145, 1¾ hours). Kenya Airways (633155; Casuarina House, Harambee Ave) has daily afternoon flights between Lamu and Nairobi’s Kenyatta International Airport (KSh10, 860, 2¼ hours). Mombasa Air Safari (Mombasa 041-433061) flies to Mombasa (US$90, 1¼ hours) via Malindi (US$21, 30 minutes).

Lamu’s airport is on Manda Island and the ferry across the channel to Lamu costs KSh100.

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