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.