Manda Bay, a jewel in Kenya's stunning coastline, is the perfect escape for families, honeymooners, and couples looking for the ultimate 'no shoes, no news' experience. The small boutique lodge located on the tip of an unspoilt, idyllic island in Lamu's archipelago where you kick off your shoes and enjoy simplistic beauty in palm thatched cottages and open living spaces.
RATES FOR TODAY
Sea facing rooms: $385 per adult | $280 per child
Garden rooms: $280 per adult | $160 per child
All rates are based two people sharing a room.
Book now to take advantage of our discounted rates for our ‘Super Summer Special’ during the months of July, August & September:
Enquire for Christmas and New Year rates
Christmas and New Year rates (21st December 2019 - 4th January 2020) are set at:
Sea facing rooms: $485 per adult | $380 per child
Garden rooms: $380 per adult | $260 per child
All rates are based two people sharing a room.
Our rates fluctuate seasonally; please check the Rates page to see more regarding rates for different seasons.
CHILDREN: Children under three years are free of charge. Children’s rates apply from 3-16 years old. It is also possible to add an extra bed to the room, at a fee. This is available for children up to the age of 11.
PARK FEES: The snorkeling payment includes a conservation fee that goes to the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust for preserving the marine life.
PAYMENT: All your extras and bar beverages will be put on a tab and must be settled prior to departure. We accept cash in Dollars, British Pounds, Kenya shillings, Euros. Other forms of payment: Mpesa, Visa and MasterCard.
INCLUDED: Full board accommodation, non-motorized activities, WiFi, and desalinated drinking water during meals, laundry.
EXCLUDED: All motorized boating, fishing, drinks and gratuities.
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LOCATION & CONTACT
HOW TO GET THERE: Either by private charter or commercial scheduled flight. Private charters can fly directly into the lodge airstrip. Private charters from Nairobi Wilson or direct from JKIA take two hours, as do flights from the Nanyuki region, Lewa or Borana. There are a number of commercial airlines that fly from Nairobi, Mombasa and Malindi into Lamu.
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+254 (0) 712 579 999
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+254 (0) 713 785 152
OWNED BY: Fuzz & Bimbi Dyer, Andy & Caragh Roberts
HOSTED BY: Shan Kennedy
AMBIENCE AND STYLE: A small boutique lodge located on the tip of an unspoiled, idyllic island where you kick off your shoes and enjoy simplistic beauty in palm thatched cottages and open living spaces.
CLIENTELE: Whilst Manda Bay is unpretentious and perfect for those looking for a quiet getaway, many of the world’s rich, famous and star studded have often spent may days enjoying this small haven. However, our constant are our families, couples and honeymooners who use Manda Bay as an escape from the real world for a couple of days of luxury.
X-FACTOR: Secluded location, safe waters, a completely empty beach, exceptional water sports, knowledge hosting by the owners, private airfield, and of course of famous deep sea fishing!
LOCATION: North-western tip of Manda Island, Lamu Archipelago.
MALARIA: Malaria is endemic on the Kenyan coast so there is an effective risk all year round, although being remote the risk is very low. With correct prophylactics, and sensible use of insect repellents, chances of catching malaria are minimal.
LANGUAGES: In Kenya, we speak Kiswahili, however English is spoken throughout the country and by everyone in Manda Bay.
CLIMATE: The weather in Lamu is normally hot, sunny and enjoyable. Just like in the rest of Kenya, Lamu experiences a rainy season in May and June, which means the water is not clear and is not good for activities. The best months for visiting Manda Bay are November - March when the weather is beautiful, and is also peak fishing season.
Manda Bay combines the ultimate bush and beach experience. Whilst miles of soft yellow sand and coconut palms surround the lodge itself, the bush behind the lodge is dry country scattered with doum palms, Acacia Tortilis and savannah-like scrub.
BIRDS: There are a large variety of water birds as well as dry country scrub species. A true spectacle are the flocks of northern carmine bee-eaters that seasonally roost on the mangrove islands adjacent to Manda Bay, making for incredible evening viewing.
MAMMALS: Nocturnal animals predominate including the greater Galago bushbaby, white tailed mongoose, civet cat, porcupine, genet cat, dik-dik, buffalo and bushbuck. Manda Bay also feeds and waters a herd of Cape buffalo that call the island home and can be visited at the water trough where they get fresh water each day.
BEACH: Miles of tropical beach accessible at low tide, completely empty and not populated by anyone other than a few local fishermen. Check out our ‘News’ page for more information on how Manda Bay beach won '‘best beach in the world award’ in 2018!
CULTURE: Manda Bay is within a 20-minute boat ride of the ancient Arab town of Lamu, which was established in 1370. It is now a World Heritage Site and is one of oldest continually inhabited towns in East Africa.
ACTIVITIES: Manda Bay is known for its excellent boating activities as well as some land based activities. Paddle boards and kayaks are available for use all day , whilst windsurfing and Laser Sailing are available for proficient sailors or accompanied by one of our staff. At an extra cost, waterskiing, banana rides and inflatable tube rides, line fishing, fly-fishing, bottom fishing and snorkelling are available - and provide hours of fun! A week long kite surfing course, instructed by a professional instructor, can be arranged at a fee. Around Manda Bay, there is a resident herd of Cape buffalo that you can visit if they are coming in for water in the evenings, as well as a visit to the Carmine bee- eaters or a sundown drink on the scrub covered sand dunes behind the lodge. We encourage guests to take a visit to Lamu town, Shela and the Takwa ruins to learn more about the area’s fascinating culture.
DEEP SEA FISHING: August/September are typically rough out at sea and quite challenging for those not used to big seas. The most popular fishing months are from November - April when the Sailfish and Striped, Black and Blue Marlin are migrating through our waters and the ocean calmer and weather fine and dry. Common species to catch other than the billfish are Dorado, Wahoo, Kingfish, Barracuda, Rainbow Runner and Yellow Fin Tuna.
To make a reservation for deep sea fishing, call the lodge: +254 (0) 713 785 152.
FACILITIES: Swimming pool, games room with darts, pool and table tennis, dining room, bar, lounge area , gym/yoga room.
SPA TREATMENTS: With prior notice, we can arrange a beauty therapist to come from Lamu to give massages, manicures and pedicure.
LUNCH RESERVATIONS: Lunch reservations are accepted from visitors from Lamu if the lodge is not full or booked exclusively and with prior booking. Lunch is a buffet-style set up of seafood or fish dishes with a variety of salads and vegetable dishes followed by a desert. There is no ‘a la carte’ menu option available.
To check availability for lunch and to make a reservation, please call the lodge: +254 (0) 713 785 152.
Manda Bay is committed to making a sustainable difference to the people in surrounding communities to protecting the environment, marine life and wildlife. We work towards this goal through a variety of projects:
Manda Bay is a member of the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust: working with the local community and other co-owners of the Lamu district to preserve the Manda Toto snorkeling site in the vicinity of Pate Island, significant for its marine biodiversity and distinct coral reef ecosystem hosting a variety of tropical fish species. Through educating local residents and the Beach Management Units, the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust encourages locals to preserve this site and make it a 'net free zone'. Manda Bay houses and feeds 2 rangers, supplies fuel and accommodates two volunteers to patrol and collect information daily to report on fishing movements.
Fuzz Dyer, co-owner of Manda Bay, works with the Northern Rangelands Trust, which is actively setting up conservancies and community projects within the Lamu Region to help locals find sustainable revenue streams.
Manda Bay also looks after a small herd of Cape buffalo who, without Manda Bay, who have perished due to the lack of water and food on the island. The buffalo, who rely totally on Manda Bay for the survival, can be visited in the evening as they wait for the water to arrive.
We had the most amazing time at Manda Bay - miles of beach to walk along, sparkling blue seas, a surfeit of fabulous food, and of course we loved the fishing. Such a caring and thoughtful team looking out for one's every need. We can't fault Manda Bay - and we'll be back!