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Shela, The Coast

 
The scene of a great battle and massacre in the mid 18th century, Shela (also spelled Shella) is today a refuge for well-heeled tourists in the know. Situated on the northwest tip of Lamu Island, this tiny village with but a minaret is in the throws of a high-end tourist boom. The old houses, many of which have been bought by foreigners, are now extravagant holiday homes. And while many have been stylishly refurbished, there is only way to describe others, kitsch. But don't let the jet set deter you; the trek along the dirt lane from Lamu leads you right to the beach, an endless stretch of san... Read Mored that is accessible to everyone.
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Shela, The Coast

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Shela Women

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Playground of the rich and famous

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Submitted on 13 September 2007 by snowedunder from Monza, Italy

We got our first glimpse of Shela, a tiny hamlet at the tip of Lamu Island, and its whitewashed holiday homes on a boat trip from Lamu to Manda Beach. As the manager of our hotel pointed to the lavish dwellings and, oftentimes, kitsch monstrosities rattling off the names of their famous owners, I admit to wondering what's the fuss. After a few days I came to the following conclusion about Shela. It boasts exceptional views of both Manda Island and the Indian Ocean. Lamu's laidback atmosphere prevails. Shela is more intimate than Lamu town. Its proximity portends convenience. And the impact is much less harsh.

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