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Manda Bay, Lamu Kenya

  • Manda Bay has 16 rooms - 11 beachfront and 6 Seaview rooms
  • Rates are FULL BOARD (accommodation and meals).
  • Flying package from Nairobi to Manda Airport in Lamu with boat transfers to the hotel

Manda Bay is a small privately owned boutique lodge located on the northern tip of Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago on Kenya’s coast. An unspoilt, secluded location where you  kick off your shoes and enjoy simplistic beauty in palm thatched cottages and open living spaces. There is no habitation nearby and no access except by boat or private charter to its own private airfield. 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.

Manda Bay is the perfect escape for families, honeymooners, and couples looking for the ultimate ‘no shoes, no news’ experience. Renowned for its wonderful atmosphere and variety of activities.

Package Inclusive of

  • Accommodation at Manda Bay, Lamu
  • Meal Plan : Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Return flights from JKIA <> Manda Airport, Lamu (Via East African Air)
  • Return boat transfer from Manda Airport <> Manda Bay, Lamu
  • Room Occupancy: 1 Double room
  • One shared dhow sundowner cruise with biting and fresh juice
  • A Turnup Chaperone

Day 1Fly from Nairobi to Lamu

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For many, Manda Bay is all about relaxation – sitting by the pool with a good book and a cocktail in hand, paddle boarding down the silent mangrove waterways, sleeping on the hammock outside each of the bedrooms, or walking down the beach at low tide, taking in the peace and quiet. Even taking a drive out to see the resident herd of buffalo in the infamous blue Range Rover has remained ever popular!

For others, it about the water sports.  Families and energetic young can exhaust themselves out on the motorboat. The water sports toy box is full with banana boats, screamers, two Laser sailboats, kayaks, water skis, wake boards and snorkelling equipment. Manda Bay is an ideal location to teach many of these activities to first-timers, as the sea surrounding the lodge is safe, calm and warm.  The bay is wonderful for kitesurfing – but you need to bring your own kite!

Of course, for many others, it’s a fishing Mecca – we have three dinghies, which are ideal for cast or fly fishing on the reefs and creeks (inshore/line fishing), as well as ‘Cheza’, the deep-sea fishing boat for those who want to head out to the deep sea to catch the big one! 

Some like to add a bit of culture into the mix and boat across to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lamu for the day or sail out on a local dhow for the day with a picnic lunch. 

And finally, there are those who want to enjoy the company of others – chat and drink and enjoys stories under the stars, dance the night away with friends and family and enjoy a great time. We are very relaxed and want our guests to feel free to let their hair down and have fun! Manda Bay has a large following of friends and repeat clients, often seeking a variety of different experiences; the good thing is we have something for everyone. 

ROOMS: All rooms are sea facing and look out over Manda Bay. They are large open rooms with thatch roofs, no glass with large mosquito nets and overhead fans. The ensuite bathroom has a twin basin, shower and toilet.

MEALS:  Breakfast is served in the dining room with a choice of fresh fruit, home made granola, cooked English breakfast, pancakes and toast, tea and coffee. Lunch is a ‘set’ menu of freshly caught fish or locally sourced seafood dishes with a variety of salads and vegetable dishes followed by a desert. Dinner is a set 3 course mean served outside under the stars ( weather permitting).

Due to Covid-19 social distancing we have reduced our capacity for outside business. Lunch reservations are only accepted with prior arrangement by the manager. 

There is no ‘a la carte’ menu option available.

FACILITIES: We have 16 seafaring rooms, a swimming pool and pool house, exercise room, bar, dining room and sitting room. WIFI in the Bar.

Day 2Lamu Island Vibes + dhow sundowner

Lamu Town on Lamu Island is Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited town, and was one of the original Swahili settlements along coastal East Africa. It is believed to have been established in 1370 and today the majority of Lamu’s population is Muslim.

Take a boat to Lamu Town and have an informative tour around this historical town with a knowledgeable guide. The town has no motorised vehicles, and all transportation and heavy work is done with the help of donkeys. As you walk around the narrow streets, take a look in some of the fascinating shops for some souvenirs to take home.

Day 3Go Fishing

The fishing season Starts in September and runs through until May. Manda Bay has its own fishing boat called Cheza which is a Lochin 33ft Sportfisher with twin 230hp engines. There is the option of a half day (6 hours) fishing or full day ( 10 hours) out on the ocean. Departure is at 6.30am. 

Children must be able to swim and over 5 years old and the maximum number of guests on the boat is six.

Rates : 1/2 day $600,


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