MANDA BAY  -  Lamu.

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. Located on the archipelago of islands that make up Manda, the lodge is a 30 minute boat ride from the stunning Swahili coastal town of Lamu. Quiet, untouched beaches surround the lodge, with only people in sight the local fisherman with their daily catch. The secluded location allows for a bay that is perfect for watersports, activities and swimming. But Manda Bay is more than just white sands and blue waters! Take a walk or drive behind the lodge for the ultimate sundowner experience, with cold beers waiting for you while the sun sets over the dunes. Catch a glimpse of some of Manda’s resident game, namely the herd of buffalo that Manda Bay provides food and water for during the long summer heat. Or maybe enjoy some of the watersports available to all Manda guests. A highlight in any trip is a day spent on ‘Cheza’, the Manda Bay fishing boat. Try for a deep sea catch, such as a yellow fin tuna or a sailfish - and then with the help of the crew, settle in to the freshest sashimi with soy sauce and wasabi you will ever try! Or perhaps, spend an afternoon snorkelling in the calm waters that surround the bay, try your hand at kite surfing or wind surfing, or take one of the Manda Bay boats out for a sail. The lodge interiors are simple, cool and quiet. Each of the boutique rooms is handmade with local palm thatch, allowing the noise of the sea to send you to sleep. The bar, set on the beachfront allows for stunning views over the Indian ocean, and our barman is ready and waiting to make you the classic Kenyan drink, a Dawa (or in English, a ‘medicine’!) Escape the mid-day sun in the lodge’s library or games room, where guests can spend hours reading, playing pool or relaxing.

At Manda Bay, activities available include:

  • Beach Drop Off

  • Bird Watching

  • Boating

  • Catch-and-release Fishing

  • Fine Dining

  • Fishing

  • Game Drives

  • Game Viewing

  • Gourmet Picnic

  • Kayaking

  • Kite Surfing

  • Massages

  • Sailing

  • Scenic Flights

  • Scuba Diving

  • Snorkeling

  • Walks (Guided)

  • Water Skiing

  • Windsurfing


Beach Front Rooms

Beach Front rooms, of which there are 11, are situated right on the sea front, and have stunning views across the Indian Ocean. Each room is an individual cottage, constructed with local materials in traditional coastal style, with palm thatch roofs and woven matting covering. 

Sea View Rooms

Five rooms are set back slightly from the beachfront, and have lovely views of the ocean. Each room has stunning sea view and are constructed with local materials in traditional coastal style, with palm thatch roofs and woven matting covering.

Garden Rooms

Our Garden Rooms, of which there are six, have been designed to accommodate guests on a cheaper rate - the rooms are simpler but very comfortable, and set back in the gardens of the resort.

Each room is constructed with local materials in traditional coastal style, with palm thatch roofs and woven matting covering.


Deep sea fishing

Experience the best Kenya has to offer in its seas - with a once in a lifetime experience! Go deep sea fishing on Manda Bay boat 'Cheza' and try to snag a fish as big as yourself! Fishing trips can last half day, full day or overnight.

Motorised watersport activities

Use the Manda Bay motorboat for water-based activities such as the screamer, water skiing, wake boarding, snorkeling or scenic tours to Lamu town (UNESCO World Heritage Site) or around the mangroves.

These activities are not included in your stay and can be paid for at the end of the stay.

Non-motorised activities

Manda bay also has a number of non-motorized activities available to guests, which are included in their stay.

These include use of the kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, windsurfing, the sailing boats (including a Laser and a Topper), use of the yoga room and work out room/gym, game room (including table tennis and darts).


While staying at Manda Bay, leave the white sandy beaches to explore the bushy lands behind the lodge. There are many animals on Manda island, include a resident herd of buffalo, which can be viewed from the Manda Bay safari car.

It is also possible to explore the Manda ruins that are on the island, which were lived in until the 18th century and now lie derelict and can make a great afternoon activity.

There is also an abundance of birdlife on the island which can be viewed both on the beach and in the bush behind the lodge.