Cut by a dazzling white sandbar and stippled with rocks that are home to huge oysters, Kiwayu is a wonder. At the far northeast end of the archipelago, Kiwayu has a population of a couple of hundred people and is part of the Kiunga Marine National Reserve. Gloriously remote, it’s a long, narrow ridge of sand and baobab trees surrounded by reefs, with a long beach stretching down the eastern side of the island. Standing at the tallest point and surveying your surroundings at sunset will probably be one of the defining experiences of your time on the coast.
Three things draw travellers here: the glorious isolation, the striking scenery – from the rugged hilltop views to the baobab- and coconut-tree-studded beaches – and friendly, low-key local culture. For those who like to take it slow, the three-day dhow trip from Lamu, with dugong, sea turtle and dolphin sightings, is another highlight.