Manda Bay


Manda Bay is a small five star boutique hotel, located on the North Western tip of Manda Island, in the Indian Ocean off the Kenyan coast. The island is surrounded by beautiful white beaches fringed with coconut trees and overlooking mangrove lined waterways. This exclusive resort, offers anglers the opportunity of targeting Sailfish, Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin and even Broadbill on fly. Over the last few seasons Manda Bay has proven to be the premier Sailfish and Striped Marlin destination on the East coast of Africa. Although billfish form the main attraction to this venue, other species like Giant Trevally, Largemouth Queenfish, Blacktip Trevally and King Mackerel can be targeted inshore. Oxeye Tarpon can also be targeted in the creek close to the lodge.

Manda Bays fleet consists of a 33 foot Lochin sport-fisher for offshore fishing, while smaller skiffs are used inshore. The lodge is personally hosted and the management takes every care to cater to your needs. The lodge comprises of a central dining room, a large lounge and bar area on the waterfront and close by, a fresh water swimming pool overlooking the creek and moorings. All the buildings are constructed with local materials in traditional coastal style, with palm thatch roofs and woven matting covering the floors. The 16 spacious chalets each have en-suite bathrooms, overhead fans and large walk-in mosquito nets. There is a choice of double or twin beds and each room has a small fridge to keep your drinks cool. The food at Manda embraces all the rich flavours not only of the sea but also the culture of both Swahili and European tastes. Not only is Manda Island idillac but the oldest ruins recorded on the East African coast is situated within walking distance of the lodge and surrounded by 100 year old baobab trees. Wildlife like Bushbuck and Cape Buffalo graze in the pastures on the Manda Estate next to the private airfield.

The fishing

The offshore fishery of Manda Bay is unquestionably the finest on Africas East coast. Striped, Black and Blue Marlin together with our prime target, Indo-Pacific Sailfish, as well as a host of other pelagic species abound in this pristine piece of ocean. The Sailfish season kicks off in October and runs through until April, with huge numbers of fly rod size Sailys arriving to feed in the food rich waters which surround Manda. The Striped Marlin along with their larger cousins, the Blue and Black Marlin follow later on in the year to join in on the banquet of baitfish which congregate in these waters. As far as other pelagics go, Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo are abundant throughout the year. There is also the chance to lock horns with the night feeding Broadbill Swordfish, which some might say is pound for pound the strongest fish that swims. All the offshore fishing is done aboard the 33 ft Lochin sport fishing boat, known as the Cheza or a 38 ft Catamaran called Shakina. The crews of both boats are simply world class, being more than proficient in raising all forms of billfish and other pelagics for fly anglers to cast at. We do offer Broadbill fishing which entails an all night session for those real billfish enthusiasts. Although it is the world-class fishing for Sailfish and Striped Marlin that makes Manda Bay unique, it also offers other exiting fishing opportunities for spin and fly fisherman. Giant Trevally, Largemouth Queenfish, King Mackerel, Blacktip Trevally, Bludger Trevally and various other inshore species add to the diversity. The back country with channels and mangroves further adds to the fisheries diversity. These mangrove systems, mud flats and channels are inhabited by good numbers of Oxeye Tarpon, a miniature replica of the Atlantic Tarpon. Although this species only grows up to 10 lbs, they are great fun to catch on a 6 or 7wt rod, displaying all the charismatic behaviour of their much larger cousins.



  • High Season (21 December 2009 – 4 January 2011)
  • Double Room – $1270
  • Single Room – $750
  • Child Rate – $450 (5yrs – 16 yrs)

Mid- Season (5 January 2010 – 30 April 2011)

  • Double Room – $1140
  • Single Room – $635
  • Child Rate – $440

Low Season (1 May 2011 – 30 June 2011)

  • Double Room – $860
  • Single Room – $470
  • Child Rate – $330

Fishing Charters 

  • Full day $900
  • 1/2 day $650Max Pax: 32


  • All Rates are Full board
  • Transfers
  • Wine & water during meals
  • Sundowner excursions
  • Unmotorised watersports
  • Laundry


  • Flights
  • Fishing
  • Motorised water sports
  • All drinks ordered from the bar
  • Snorkelling
  • Spa treatments
  • Archaeological site visits
  • Bird walks / drives
  • Snorkelling conservation fee
  • Guide fees for Lamu
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Gratuities & anything of a personal nature

Location: Manda Bay Island is situated in the Lamu archepeligo in the northern part of the Kenyan coast.

Getting there: 

  • There are 3 sheduled flights a day into Lamu main airport which is 20 minutes boat ride from the lodge:
  • Air Kenya – Sheduled flight everyday from Wilson Airport, Nairobi.
  • Safarilink – Sheduled flight everyday from Wilson Airport, Nairobi.
  • Fly 540 – Sheduled flight everyday from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
  • Manda Air Services can provide a private charter to our own landing strip on Manda Point in anything up to a Cessna Caravan. Private Charters using a King Air or larger aircraft must land on Lamus main strip and the lodge can collect you from there in a boat or with a smaller Cessna. The Manda Bay landing strip is 2 minutes car ride from the lodge.

Target Species: Sailfish, Striped Marlin, Black Marlin, Broadbill

Fishing Season: 
North Kenyas fishing season runs from September through to the end of April and is at its best from November to mid March when billfish are most prevalent. The best period for Broadbill is from August to May.

Cheza is a 33 ft British built fibreglass Lochin sport-fishing boat, built to withstand the North Sea elements. She is the ideal platform for all serious sport fishermen. Cheza is extremely well equipped with all the latest navigation, communication and safety equipment. Powered by twin 180Hp turbo diesel engines, she has a range of 1,000 miles and can take you to the fishing areas in comfort and safety. She has an excellent and well-trained three-man crew and a wide variety of fishing tackle to suit all anglers. Her tackle ranges from 130 pound rods to 10 weight fly rods and everything in between. Although we do have two fighting chairs, we favour stand up equipment. Cheza fully supports the tag and release system for all billfish in our waters.Shakina is a custom built 38 ft Catamaran fishing boat. She is fully rigged for Marlin fishing as well as for salt water fly fishing.The boat has the latest in electronic equipment and 2 very quiet 4 stroke petrol outboard motors. Captained by Ed Ghaui, Shakina has been on charters down to Southern Tanzania, Zanzibar and Mafia island.

Additional Activities: 

  • Dhow trips
  • Trips to ancient city of Lamu (World Heritage Site)
  • Water sports
  • Game and bird viewing
  • Scenic bush flights

Pre trip

Time Difference: GMT+2

Flight Times: 

  • South Africa Nairobi
  • London Nairobi
  • Nairobi Lamu

Visa Requirements:
Visas are not required if travelling on a South African passport. Everyone travelling to Kenya must have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of travel.

Medical & Health Requirements:
The area is a known Malaria zone. Although there are very few mosquitoes around we would still advise you to contact your physician before departure. We would also recommend that you obtain travel insurance.

Currency: Kenyan Shillings is used locally however all payment to the lodge is invoiced in US Dollars. Manda Bay accepts all major currencies and Mastercard and VISA.. We do not accept Diners Club, travellers Cheques or Amex. All credit cards carry a 5% surcharge.

Language: The official language is Kiswahili but all members of staff are fluent in English

Communications: Manda bay has cell phone coverage and Broadband Internet

Tackle and Kit:
Single-handed 12 to 15 wt saltwater outfits with matching billfish lines for offshore fishing. Single-handed 8wt saltwater out with matching tropical floating line for the mangroves. A comprehensive tackle and gear list along with an order form (should you wish to purchase your tackle through us) is issued after your booking has been confirmed. The guides in camp will also carry limited stock of suitable flies and other terminal tackle,