Manda Bay

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.

Lamu, Lamu and the coast, Kenya
Manda Bay
  • 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

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.

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Definitely recommend a day fishing with Fuzz - it is incredibly exciting!

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Lamu, Lamu and the coast, 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.

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