Manda Toto – Remote island in paradise
Manda Toto is the small offshore island of Manda Island. Unsurprisingly, the name of this desert island in the Lamu archipelago means literally “Child of Manda”.
If you are looking for nature, dream beaches and complete solitude, you will not be disappointed on Manda Toto, as it is almost as idyllic as it can get here. As is the case on the main island of Manda, there is no fresh water on Manda Toto and here there is nothing but unspoilt nature, but that does of course mean that you have to bring your own food and drink.
You will find dream beaches in the north of Manda Toto on both sides of the small island. These are especially spacious at low tide when you might even be able to walk to the main island of Manda. Manda Bay can be reached by boat from Lamu, but the trip is not cheap because of the high petrol prices on the Lamu archipelago. However, the journey passes by mangrove forests which are the natural habitat for many different kinds of animals and well worth seeing.
Manda Toto – Snorkelling and undisturbed solitude
Apart from the boat crew who bring you to the small, paradise island of Manda Toto, you will not see anybody else here. Particularly at low tide you can go for long walks along the beach and enjoy the occasional dip in the lukewarm water.
The coral reef between Manda Bay and Manda Toto is the best snorkelling spot on the entire Lamu archipelago, but you should watch out for the occasional strong currents. There are numerous kinds of fish, sea turtles and dolphins to be found here. If you are very lucky, you might even see the impressive whale shark.
If you have had enough sun, sand and solitude, you should visit the old town of Lamu which can be reached in about 30 minutes by boat. The narrow alleyways and centuries-old buildings illustrate the commercial trading history of Eastern Arica and are therefore on the UNESCO World Heritage list.