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: $280 per adult | $180 per child
Garden rooms: $165 per adult | $110 per child
All rates are based two people sharing a room.
Enquire for Christmas and New Year rates
Christmas and New Year rates (21st December 2018 - 4th January 2019) are set at:
Sea facing rooms: $420 per adult | $195 per child
Garden rooms: $310 per adult | $144 per child
All rates are based two people sharing a room.
Our rates fluctuate seasonally; please check back for the best rates available!
CHILDREN: Children under 5 years are free of charge. Children’s rates apply from 5-12 years old. Children under 5 years old stay free of charge.
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, Internet facilities, and desalinated water during meals, laundry.
EXCLUDED: All motorized boating, fishing, drinks and gratuities.
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OWNED BY: Fuzz & Bimbi Dyer, Andy & Caragh Roberts
HOSTED BY: Fuzz Dyer.
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, Lords and Barons and celebrities have often spent may days enjoying this small haven as well as families and couples.
X-FACTOR: Secluded location, safe waters, no one else on the beach, exceptional water sports and hosting, private airfield, big game fishing, Salt-water fly-fishing.
LOCATION: Northwestern 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: All of the boatmen speak English and Kiswahili.
Manda Bay combines a 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.
MAMMALS: Nocturnal animals predominate including mongoose, civet cat, porcupine, genet cat, dik-dik, buffalo and bushbuck.
BEACH: Miles of tropical beach accessible at low tide, completely empty and not populated by anyone other than a few local fishermen.
CULTURE: Manda 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: Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, beach walks and drives through the Manda Ruins. Deep-sea fishing, waterskiing, banana rides and inflatable tube rides, line fishing, fly-fishing, bottom fishing and snorkelling. Boat excursions to Lamu town, Shela, and the Takwa ruins. A week-long kite surfing course, instructed by a professional instructor, can be arranged at a fee.
FACILITIES: Swimming pool, games room with table tennis, darts and pool table. Reading/meeting room.
SPA TREATMENTS: With prior notice, we can arrange someone to come to the lodge to give massages, manicures and pedicures.
We have a private airfield on the island. Private charters using up to a Cessna Grand Caravan are certified to use our airfield. (Max 11+ pilot)
COMMUNICATION & ELECTRICITY
Our power comes from a generator and solar invertors. All rooms have 24-hour lighting. There is a hairdryer in each room. We recommend guests bring converters and universal plug adaptors. Voltage: 220V. Outlet: Square 3-pin.
COMMUNICATION: Mobile phone service and mobile Internet service is available, though the signal is better in the bar and dining area that the bedrooms. Wireless Internet available upon request. If necessary, emails can be collected from the office.
Renowned for its excellent food, Manda Bay creates delicious gourmet cuisine, using the freshest ingredients possible including a large variety of hand-selected seafood. Breakfasts of fresh fruit, cereals and a choice of cooked breakfasts, homemade buffet-style lunches and 3-course dinners on the beach under the stars. Guests may eat alone or with a group as they wish. All food preferences and allergies are catered for with prior notice.
Manda Bay is open all year round.
KUSI: May-Oct: Predominantly the wetter season, with strong southeasterly winds, rougher seas and cooler temperatures (average temp 26-28oC).
KASKAZI: Nov-April: The dry season with warm northeasterly winds, calmer seas and clear water visibility (average temp 28-32oC). Generally the weather consists of hot days and warm nights, humid but with a breeze.
BY AIR: Daily scheduled flights operated by the following airlines: - Fly 540, Jambo Jet, Safarilink and Air Kenya. Flights from Nairobi to Lamu airstrip on Manda Island, a 20-minute boat ride from the lodge.
We have an airstrip at the lodge for private charter flights.
Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is a 2-hour flight on a private charter Mombasa’s Moi International Airport (MIA) is 1-hour 10 minutes in a private charter.
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 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 2 volunteers to patrol and collect information daily to report on fishing movements.
Manda supports The Northern Rangelands Trust, which is actively setting up conservancies and community projects within the Lamu Region. Since setting aside a conservation area behind the lodge ten years ago, a resident herd of buffalo have moved in and we feed and water this herd from the lodge water supply.
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!