Manda Bay is located on the northwestern tip of Manda Island, one of the many unspoilt, idyllic islands to be found in the romantic Lamu archipelago. It lies in calm inshore waters on a long sandy protected beach. With miles of soft white sand, fascinating creeks and small islets to explore it makes a perfect retreat for both family groups and honeymooners alike.
In keeping with the local landscape and artisans the accommodation consists of sixteen cottages constructed from local material. Some of the rooms are set right on the seafront and some are set in between and slightly behind the ocean rooms on higher ground; there is also a family cottage and all rooms have sea views. There is a central dining room and bar area featuring locally crafted Lamu furniture and overlooking the bay with a separate secluded lounge area perfect for unwinding over an ocean sundowner. Dinner is usually served under the stars with all guests dining together.
Having its own private, fully fitted sixty foot traditional dhow – Utamaduni – it’s possible by arrangement to organize longer two to three day cruises exploring the uninhabited islands of this fascinating archipelago.
With owners of Manda Bay living at the lodge, the personal attention to detail is excellent. Cuisine naturally features a marine flavour - freshly caught tuna, giant crab or lobster are the order of the day, but individual needs and flexible mealtimes are designed to fit in with guests requirements.
Exploring nearby mangrove creeks and long-left ruins, visiting the many islets or deep sea fishing for the elusive marlin or sailfish are just a few of the many explorations to be taken. There is an airstrip behind the lodge for those that prefer to charter a flight direct to the lodge.