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Tusitiri Dhow


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

Tusitiri Dhow was handcrafted 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 9.30 am until 6.30 pm) or sundowner excursions (from 4.30 pm until 9.30 pm) from Lamu Town for up to 25 guests.


  • Full board accommodation
  • House wines and spirits, beers and soft drinks
  • Local boat transfers
  • Wi-Fi onboard (where signal is available)
  • Laundry (limited)
  • 2 hours per day on our speedboats (21ft 50hp and 23ft 85hp)
  • 1 hour per day on the Express (31ft 400hp deep sea fishing boat), which can be accumulated during your stay


(Advanced notice required for additional services.)
  • Activities and excursions
  • Babysitting and au pair
  • Butler and/or chef
  • Dry cleaning
  • Personal security
  • Personal shopping
  • Personal trainer
  • Spa and beauty treatments
  • Villa pre-stocking

  • Accommodates (max): 10

    Sleeping arrangements:
    The cushioned seating area is replaced with double, twin, or single-star bed beds at nights
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Shaded dining area
  • Cushioned lounging areas for relaxing
  • Alfresco galley kitchen at the bow
  • Comfortable white linen bedrolls prepared on deck after dinner
  • Warm water open air shower
  • Dressing room with storage, mirrors and two wash basins (below deck)
  • Dressing room with changing area, shelves and hanging space for each guest and two day beds (below deck)
  • Traditional dhow W.C. (accessed from deck) and one flushing yacht W.C. (below deck)
  • Complementary laundry service (limited)
  • Small library of topical reference books
  • WiFi onboard (where signal is available)
  • An open Yamaha 31 ft deep sea fishing boat with 2 x 200 HP outboard engines
  • A 21 ft Yamaha speedboat for water sports
  • A 21 ft Yamaha tender for transfers and short excursions
  • Wake-board, water-skis, snorkelling equipment
  • Kayaks (on request)
  • 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
  • Best arranged prior to arrival and incur an additional cost:
  • Scuba diving (very seasonal - by prior arrangement only)
  • Excursions to Kiwayu Marine Park
  • Cultural excursions to the ancient Takwa Ruins
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  • Check in: 14h00
  • Check out: 10h00
  • Maximum 10 guests
  • Non-smoking
  • Security deposit
  • Social events on request
  • All bookings subject to final approval by owner

Tusitiri Dhow



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