Manda Island is very popular for its rich history dating back to the 9th century when the ports of Takwa and Manda town were used to trade ivory and mangrove poles for ballast and Chinese ceramics. Manda Island is the largest island in the Lamu archipelago with an array of excellent cuisine, water sports and deep sea fishing for marlin and sailfish. You can also enjoy the view of the ebb and flow of the tides on the beach.
Manda Bay is also in close proximity to Lamu Town, which can be easily accessed by a 20-minute boat ride on the Mkanda channel.
Here you will find the oldest Swahili town that dates back to the early 13th Century, and it is also a world Heritage Site. Manda town ruins, which are located on the Northwest coast of Manda Island, owes its origins to trade with the Persian Gulf during 9th and 10th centuries. The Manda buildings were constructed with burnt square brick and stone and set with a lime mortar. These techniques are found only on islands and coastal areas of Kenya.
The ruins of Manda Settlement are said to be the oldest ruins recorded on the East African Coast, surrounded by 100-year-old baobab trees.
Manda Airport is the only airport in Lamu Archipelago. Popular domestic airlines flying to Lamu are Skyward Express, Fly 540 and Jambo Jet. You can take your flight to Manda Airport from Mombasa, Malindi and Nairobi's Wilson Airport.