TUSITIRI DHOW -  Lamu Kenya.


Life on-board is relaxed and centered on Tusitiri’s broad deck, with sumptuous cushioned seating areas and a dining area arranged around the wooden mast. Meals are prepared in the open-air galley kitchen at the bow, and served in the shaded dining area. There are beautiful views over the ocean, quiet corners to relax, and the day-cabins below deck provide storage and changing facilities.

At night, brass lanterns light up the deck and comfortable white linen bedrolls are set up on deck after dinner. On Tusitiri, all the beds are star-beds!


  • 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)


Tusitiri Dhow is based in the pristine Lamu Archipelago – a rare gem in the Indian Ocean. Long white sandy beaches are fringed with palm and acacia trees; turquoise waters teeming with marine life are curved and shaped by mangrove forests.

Although tranquil and seemingly forgotten, the archipelago has welcomed travelers for over a thousand years and is steeped in history, with Lamu Town being the oldest living town in East Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



A Tusitiri Dhow safari is an enchanting coastal experience, as action packed or blissfully relaxed as desired.


  • 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



Tusitiri Dhow can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests overnight, and 25 guests for day excursions.


Tusitiri Dhow is booked on an exclusive use basis only – for one group of guests at a time. The Dhow is exclusively yours.


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.



Staff gratuities

Medical insurance, travel insurance and personal effects

Additional activities and extras


Tusitiri Dhow is managed by Mia and Kirsty Miji. The experienced crew includes eight Bajuni sailors, a chef and a waiter.


​As Tusitiri is a small and exclusive dhow, catering for all dietary requirements is possible. Food allergies and dietary requests should be arranged prior to arrival. Delicious, fresh seafood is sourced locally and prepared daily, and seafood is the main cuisine.


Tusitiri Dhow operates all year around with the exception of the rainy season from May – July, when Tusitiri is closed for maintenance. Tusitiri does not typically run safaris at this time, however, with adequate notice we are happy to discuss potential bookings in this season.

Being on the equator and at the coast, the weather is generally very warm, but usually with a refreshing sea breeze. The hottest months of the year in Lamu are November – February.


​Tusitiri has power from solar panels and a back-up generator. There is a power bank for charging electronic items.


tusitiri dhow evening sailing