Somali piracy taints Kenya's tourism industry
10 October 2011 Last updated at 09:02 BST
In recent weeks, two western women have been kidnapped from the Kenyan coast and taken to Somalia.
Judith Tebbutt from the UK and Marie Dedieu from France are thought to be being held for ransom.
The attacks have damaged Kenya's tourism industry which makes up 10% of the country's foreign exchange earnings.
There are warnings that Somali pirates are about to become much more active as the monsoon season ends.
Will Ross reports from the island of Lamu.