Welcome aboard the Tamarind Dhow of East Africa's ultimate eating experience. As soon as you step of the gangplank, you are met by a traditionally dressed waiter who shows you your table and serves you with a "Dawa" “the house cocktail made from vodka, lime, honey, sugar and crushed ice.

As the dhow leave gently his place the resident band starts to play and you quickly fall under the spell of the magical Tamarind atmosphere. With two sailings a day, you may choose lunch, shaded from the midday sun by a canvas awning, or a romantic candle-lit dinner under a star-filled sky

After a cruise round Tudor Creek with views of Mombasa's Old Town and Fort Jesus, your dhow moors in a sheltered bay at the head of the creek. Here, the fine aroma of grilled lobster and steak starts to fill the air as the chefs’ pulls out the charcoal grills and prepare a gourmet four-course meal. 

Some years later, "Nawalilkher" was joined by a second dhow, the "Babulkheri",just slightly smaller at 16 metres overall. The two dhows together can seat up to 135 guests in spacious comfort, making them ideal for an extra-special outing, wedding celebration or incentive dinner. 

The original Tamarind Dhow "Nawalilkher" was build in 1977 for trading. At 23 metres, she is the largest dhow on the coast. Purchased in 1986, she was converted for restaurant use by her original builder, Fundi Bini on Lamu Island, under the watchful eye of Mohammed Shalle, who is still her captain today.