MANDA BAY  Lamu Archipelago Kenya


Northwestern tip of Manda Island, Lamu Archipelago.


OWNED BY: Fuzz & Bimbi Dyer, Andy & Caragh Roberts
HOSTED BY: Fuzz & Bimbi Dyer, Andy & Caragh Roberts, Kerry Roberts
AMBIENCE & STYLE: A small boutique lodge located on the tip of an unspoiled, idyllic island where barefoot luxury meets chic simplicity.
CLIENTELE: Whilst Manda Bay is unpretentious and perfect for those looking for simple luxury combined with the exclusivity of a desert island. Popular amongst families, groups of friends and honeymooners.
X-FACTOR: Secluded location, exceptional water sports and hosting, private airfield, Buffalo viewing, Sundowners with Carmine bee eaters, big game fishing



The bedrooms are cottages constructed with local materials in the traditional coastal style, with palm thatch roofs and woven matting covering the floor. There are sixteen rooms facing the ocean (11 Beachfront rooms and 5 Sea View rooms). The bathrooms have twin basins, flushing loos and hot showers. There are seven rooms with king-size double beds and nine rooms that can be made into double or twin beds. The rooms along the seawall are booked on a first come first-served basis. All the rooms look out over the calm waters of Manda Bay, Pate Island and Manda Toto.

All children are allocated in Sea View rooms unless they pay adult-sharing rates. All of the rooms have direct access to the beach.

Six Garden Rooms are available on request at a reduced rate, however please note these rooms are set back from the ocean front, have no ocean view and are less luxurious than the rooms facing the ocean.

Exclusive use of the lodge is based on a minimum of 16 rooms booked.

Guide rooms: One guide room is available.

Total capacity: 42 guests (including children).


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. It is a jewel in the Kenyan coastline and sits on stunning beaches and clear waters.

Birds: There are a large variety of water birds and scrub bush birds.

Mammals: Nocturnal animals predominate including mongoose, civet cat, porcupine, genet cat, and the conservation area behind the lodge hosts a large number of 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 fisherman.

Culture: Manda is within a 20-minute boat ride of the ancient Arab town of Lamu which is believed to have been 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, scenic bird walks and drives, deep sea fishing, motorised water sports including water skiing, banana rides and tubing, line fishing, inshore fly fishing, bottom fishing; snorkelling, visits to Lamu, the Takwa ruins, Kiwayu and Kipungani.

Facilities: Swimming pool, games room with table tennis, darts and pool table. Upstairs reading/meeting room.

Spa treatments: With prior notice, we can arrange someone to come to the lodge to give massages, manicures and pedicures.

Private Charters & Transfers: We have a private airfield on the island. Private charters using unto a Cessna Grand Caravan are certified to use our airfield. (Max 11+ pilot)


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 Kiweni and coral reef 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 Bay supports The Northern Rangelands Trust which is actively setting up conservancies and community projects within the Lamu Region, under the directorship of Fuzz Dyer, owner of Manda Bay.

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.


Shower water comes from Manda Bay’s own wells and is slightly brackish. The lodge’s desalination plant processes and filters all water for drinking and cooking. Desalinated water is provided in the rooms and at meals. Bottled water is available from the Bar.


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. Please inform us of any dietary requirements prior to arrival.


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. Wireless internet available upon request. If necessary, emails can be collected from the office.


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 26-28°C). This time of year is great for sailing, but there is no snorkeling. Kaskazi: Nov-April: The dry season with warm northeasterly winds, calmer seas and clear water visibility (average temp 28-32°C). Generally the weather consists of hot days and warm nights; humid but with a breeze.


By Road: The road from Malindi ends at Mokowe (3-hour drive) and takes 30 minutes by boat to Manda Bay. By Air: Daily scheduled Fly 540, 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. Private charters & Transfers – Private charters for aircraft upto a Cessna Caravan are licenced to use our airfield. ( Max 11 + 1 pilot). Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is a 2-hour flight on a private charter and Mombasa’s Moi International Airport (MIA) is 1-hour 10 minutes in a private charter.


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.


All of the boatmen speak English and Kiswahili.


Children under 5 years are free of charge. Children’s rates apply from 5-10 years old.


The snorkelling payment includes a conservation fee that goes to the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust for preserving the marine life.


Manda Bay accepts cash, travellers’ cheques, Mpesa , Visa and MasterCard only.


Full board accommodation, non motorised activities, internet facilities, desalinated water during meals, laundry.


All motorised activities; gratuities and anything of a personal nature; all drinks ordered at the bar.




"We saw so many extraordinary things - not only stunning wildlife but met interesting locals and conservationists which made our trip exceptional."

Candice Trafford, USA May 29, 2016


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