Manda Bay, Manda Island

An idyllic and intimate boutique beach lodge set on the quiet and unspoilt northwestern tip of Manda Island, Manda Bay makes the perfect away-from-it-all retreat and is also known for its excellent ocean fishing and wealth of water sports.

“Nowhere is better for chilling out than palm-fringed Manda Bay- totally laid-back, it is more house party than hotel. Come here for a Robinson-Crusoe encounter – go barefoot all day, walk along bone-white sand beaches, lie by the infinity pool and watch the children try their hand at all sorts of watersports. Forget kids’ clubs – here is an island where your rug rats can run wild and free. Take a trip on the 60-foot dhow, go deep-sea fishing, snorkelling or water-skiing and – most popular – feed bush babies in the bar at night. There’s no aircon and no mod cons, just rough-and-tumble, back-to-basics rustic loveliness. The food is fresh from the sea, simple and delicious – watch your brood tuck into tuna sushi and mangrove crab.”

Tatler Magazine

Summary

  • Informal luxury, privacy and tranquility on a palm-fringed peninsula
  • Authentic, charming, owner-managed and hosted
  • Swimming pool and miles of empty white-sand beaches
  • Big-game fishing, reef fishing, salt-water fly fishing – and plenty of water sports
  • 22 spacious private bandas with ensuite bathrooms
  • From ksh 15,000 per adult guest per night on a full-board basis

Detailed Information

Accommodation and facilities

  • 11 beach front rooms
  • 5 sea view rooms
  • 6 garden rooms
  • All rooms have ensuite bathrooms
  • Infinity pool (filtered saltwater)
  • Private airstrip
  • Bar and dining room
  • Poolside lounge
  • Games room with table tennis, darts and pool
  • Reading/meeting room
  • Reasonable cell phone signal
  • Internet available
  • Laundry service

Activities and excursions include –

  • Deep sea fishing
  • Inshore fishing
  • Saltwater fly fishing
  • Dhow sailing aboard ‘Utamaduni’
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Waterskiing
  • Snorkelling
  • Banana & inflatable tube rides
  • Game drives
  • Archaeological site visits
  • Cultural tours of Lamu
  • Spa Treatments

Location

Surrounded by miles of soft white sand and coconut palms, Manda Bay sits in a sheltered position on the unspoilt north eastern tip of Manda Island. The lodge looks out across the deepwater channel that separates Manda and Pate islands from the Kenyan mainland and the Indian Ocean. Both the airport and Lamu Town are about 8 miles away by boat and the trip by speedboat takes less than 30 minutes via the narrow Mkanda Channel (‘the belt’).

Nearby Manda Toto Island (‘Baby Manda’) makes a lovely and gentle boat excursion and is an excellent place to swim, snorkel and picnic. It is also known for its beautiful birdlife and often attracts flocks of many thousands of northern Carmine Bee Easters. Manda Bay Lodge is at the forefront of local conservation and community initiatives and is committed to protecting the area’s environment, marine life and wildlife.

The land behind the lodge is dry bush country scattered with Doum Palms and Acacia and Baobab trees. Nocturnal animals predominate including mongoose, civet cat, porcupine, genet cat, dik dik and bushbuck. There is also a sizeable herd of buffalo and game drives are possible in Manda Bay’s convertible Range Rovers. Close to the lodge are the Manda Town Ruins – the sizeable remains of an ancient Swahili town dating back over 1000 years.

Visitor’s Book

“What a wonderful place – magical sunsets, the restless ocean at your doorstep, professional and friendly staff, delicious feasts from the sea, and a capable manager who puts guests at ease and provides for their every desire.”

Jessie, Utah USA

“Manda Bay is a relaxed dream – three steps from your bed and you are in the sea. There are lovely sandy beaches, palm trees, cold drinks and really friendly staff. You’ll eat really delicious and fresh locally-caught fish and crab. There is awesome deep sea and fly fishing, and the waterskiing and screamers are great fun for both children and adults.”

Luke, Yorkshire UK

“We had the privilege of spending a few nights at Manda Bay on the recommendation of some friends and boy were we glad – the place is literally paradise! The accommodation is so rustic and wonderful, the food sublime, the cocktails even better – and the staff (can we call the amazing family that run the place staff?) were a joy to spend time with. I cannot speak highly enough, nor urge you enough to go and experience it for yourself. We will definitely be returning!”

ELD, Dubai

Rates

Beachfront and Seaview Rooms
Standard Rate

  • $198 per adult sharing
  • $228 per adult – single occupancy
  • $150 per child sharing

Christmas & New Year

  • $380 per adult sharing
  • $410 per adult – single occupancy
  • $280 per child sharing

Garden Rooms
Standard Rate

  • $150 per adult sharing
  • $120 per child sharing

Christmas & New Year

  • $280 per adult sharing
  • $150 per child sharing

All rates are for full-board accommodation, excluding drinks from the bar.
Rates include return airport transfers, sailing, kayaking and laundry.
Child rates apply for 3-12 year-olds. Infants under 3 stay free.
Please ask for rates for fishing, motorised water sports, spa treatments and other activities and excursions.