Shella Village is an idyllic 14 km pristine beach denoted by the white-sandy beaches, dense mangrove forest and rich Swahili culture. The origin of the village is not clear, but according to the history it was settled by people from nearby Manda Island. In 1813 the famous "Battle of Shela" took place. This was an attempt by Pate Island, allied with the Mazrui clan from Oman, to subjugate Lamu. The attempt failed, and the defeat of Pate at Shela signaled the rise of Lamu as the leading power in the archipelago.