Manda Island, Kenya
Manda Bay is a stylish beach hideaway on an idyllic island within Kenya's Lamu Archipelago. Each of the 16 spacious Swahili thatched banda cottages is designed to maximize the sweeping views and catch the cool sea breezes.
At a Glance
Miles of unspoiled tropical palm-fringed sandy beach at your doorstep
Great for watersports; snorkeling, waterskiing and deep sea fishing
Sundowner cruises on the dhow
Enjoy superb cuisine
Access to Lamu Town - a UNESCO world Heritage Site
16 luxurious cottages flawlessly-designed and in keeping with local landscape
Definitely recommend a day fishing with Fuzz - it is incredibly exciting!Camilla Whitworth
The Dhow was brilliant, both for the day trip for lunch on the sand bank and for sundowners.Louisa Ross-Taylor
Manda Bay lies on the north western tip of Manda Island, in the Indian Ocean on the Kenyan coast. The lodge offers beautiful beach front accommodation, informal pampering and barefoot luxury. The bandas (cottages) are set in amongst coconut palms, acacia and tamarind trees overlooking the sandy beaches and bay. The spacious cottages are designed in keeping with the local landscape, with large wooden beds, luxurious mosquito nets and en-suite bathrooms. There are lovely swing beds in front of the bandas, just perfect to relax and watch the dhows sail past.
Manda is well known for its excellent cuisine, water sports and deep sea fishing for Marlin and Sailfish. Aside from watching the ebb and flow of the tides, Manda Bay is only a 20 minute boat ride to Lamu - the oldest Swahili town of Islamic Culture dating back to the 13th Century and a world Heritage Site. The Manda Settlement, the oldest Ruins recorded on the East African Coast, is situated within walking distance of the lodge and surrounded by 100 year old baobab trees. Bush buck and Cape Buffalo graze in the pastures on the Manda Estate next to the private airfield.
Manda offers scenic flights in light aircraft which fly low over areas on the main land across the bay. These areas are stunningly beautiful stretches of uninhabited land where large herds of Buffalo, Hartebeast, Zebra and Eland exist undisturbed. The bush country here is spotted with an occasional natural sweet water lake full of Hippo and attracts other rarer species like the lesser Kudu and Hirola Hartebeast.
There are twenty-two cottages with a choice of double or twin beds, surrounded by large flowing mosquito nets and cooled by overhead fans inside the nets. Eleven of these rooms are on the beachfront, and five are behind and above the first five beachfront rooms and there are 6 garden rooms at the back. The cottages are spacious and comfortable with their own bathrooms; they are specially sited to catch the cooling sea breezes and all have verandas. Each room has a small fridge to keep your drinks cool.
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There are 10 beach front rooms constructed from palm and thatch. Guests can choose from a King size bed, a regular double or two single beds. The rooms are en-suite with big ceiling fans and a lovely verandah overlooking the beach and Ocean beyond.
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There are 4 sea view rooms set back a bit from the beach, they are all double rooms and en-suite with large bathrooms and double basins.
There are 6 garden rooms which are comfortable but more simple and slightly smaller. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and private verandah.
There are two family rooms at Manda Bay, one with a beach front view and one with a seafront view. These have two bedrooms with a double bed and two singles.
Children of all ages are most welcome at Manda Bay. The coast of Kenya is a wonderful place for a family vacation with calm, safe waters, endless activities and plenty of cultural interaction. It is possible to tailor food requirements to children's tastes and arrange for earlier meal times if required.
Manda Bay has a stunning infinity pool surrounded with numerous lamu beds, loungers, and hammocks. Manda Bay is well known for its water sports center and has an extensive toy box with instructors to help show you how to use them all. One of the most popular activities is snorkeling to see the myriad of colored fish living in the coral right next to the lodge.
The main emphasis is on water based activities - there are numerous boats to sail, water skiing, donutting, wake boarding
Guests can be as active or as relaxed as they chose to be, but there is lots on offer at Manda Bay. From the water sports center you can water ski, wake board, kneed board, banana boat, sail, windsurf or take a snorkel to explore the coral reefs surrounding the bay.The fishing – both reef and deep sea – in the Lamu / Kiwayu waters is famous worldwide both for its variety and for the quantity of sport fish caught.
From Manda Bay's private airstrip you can take scenic flights across this stunning region.
Location & Directions
Manda Island, Kenya
Manda Bay is situated on the north western peninsular of Manda Island, one of the many unspoiled, idyllic islands within the Lamu archipelago. In the Indian Ocean on the north Kenyan coast, Manda Bay is only accessible by boat.
When to go
The coast is generally hot and humid, with average temperatures of 28°C, rising to about 35°C around March. June and July can be quite windy which is good for sailing. Long rains come late March to May and short rains in October and November. Christmas and New Year are generally considered the peak season and the weather is lovely then with constant sunshine and gentle off shore breezes. If you want clear seas for diving then make your trip after August and September.