Welcome to Paté Island
As isolated from the modern world as Paté is, this was once the dominant island of the archipelago. ‘None who go to Paté returns; what returns is wailing’, goes one archipelago song. Whether this refers to military battles or the slave trade that was conducted through here is unknown, but the warning certainly doesn’t apply now – most people return from Paté with a peaceful smile.
You’re likely to experience great hospitality here – residents are either not used to tourists and consider them a happy novelty, or work in the tourism industry in Lamu and appreciate you making the effort to come all the way out here.