Lamp on the background of the sea and the coastline of Lamu Island Kenya

Lamu Island Kitesurf Spot in Lamu

Africa Kiteboard Spot in Kenya

Lamu Island, situated off the coast of Kenya, is a true tropical paradise that has remained relatively untouched, offering a unique blend of rich culture, pristine beaches, and an idyllic setting for an unforgettable kitesurfing adventure. Far from the crowds, Lamu provides you with a serene kitesurfing spot where the azure Indian Ocean meets the warm African sun.

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Lamu Island Kitesurfing wind conditions

The kite spot in Lamu offers a fantastic blend of conditions suitable for both beginners and seasoned kitesurfers. The primary kite season is between December and April, when the Kaskazi winds blow consistently from the north at 15 to 25 knots. The spot features a mix of flat water near the shore, and choppier conditions as you move further out, offering an exciting ride for all levels. On the flip side, June to September sees the Kusi winds blowing in from the south-east, albeit less consistently and at lower speeds.

In Lamu Island, like many tropical locations, the wind often follows a diurnal pattern, influenced by thermal effects as well as prevailing wind patterns.

During the peak kitesurfing season (January to March), the winds, known as Kaskazi winds, are generally consistent throughout the day but often pick up in strength in the late morning or early afternoon as the land heats up and can last until sunset.

However, wind conditions can vary day by day and are influenced by a range of factors. It's always recommended to check the local wind forecast for the most accurate information. Local kitesurfing schools and rental shops can also provide advice on the best times to kitesurf based on daily conditions.

  • body wear

    • board shorts
  • downwinder

    • Yes
  • ride type

    • freeride
    • freestyle
    • hydrofoil
    • wakestyle
  • skill level

    • beginner
    • intermediate
    • advanced
    • professional
  • spot type

    • island
  • starting area

    • sandy beach
  • water condition

    • choppy
    • flat water
  • wind daytime

    • in the afternoon
    • midday

Wind Stats for Lamu Island Kiteboarding

Around the Kiteboarding Spot Lamu Island

Lamu's cultural richness, largely untouched by modernity, is one of its most charming aspects. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Lamu Town boasts beautiful Swahili architecture and a fascinating history dating back to the 14th century. When not kitesurfing, visitors can explore the old town, visit the Lamu Museum, or enjoy a dhow sailboat ride during sunset. For food enthusiasts, local Swahili cuisine, with its Arab, Indian, and European influences, is a must-try.

  • camper parking

    • Not allowed, but possible
  • car parking

    • Far away
  • emergency

    • A medical center
  • has restaurant

    • Yes
  • has toilet

    • No
  • has shower

    • No

How to get to Lamu Island and how to bring it about while you're there

Lamu Island is accessible via flight from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Manda Island, followed by a short boat ride. Locally, there are no cars on Lamu; transportation is mainly by donkeys or on foot, which adds to the island's charm. The kite spot can be reached by a short boat ride from Lamu town or Shela village.

  • accommodation

    • close
  • public transport

    • Not existing
  • rental cars

    • Not recommended


While Lamu is generally safe, it's always wise to take regular travel precautions. Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers kitesurfing. If you're a beginner, seek instructions from a certified kitesurfing school on the island. Also, it's essential to respect the local culture; Lamu is predominantly Muslim, so dressing modestly when not on the beach is advisable.

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Wind Forecast for Lamu Island Kitesurfing


The best time to visit Lamu Island depends on what you want from your trip. For kitesurfing, the most consistent wind season is between December and April. If you're interested in exploring the cultural heritage of the island in more comfortable temperatures, the cooler months of July to October might be preferable.