Manda Toto
Manda Toto is a small, unspoilt, natural dream island just off Manda, which is one of the three main islands of the Lamu archipelago. The journey by boat to this desert island takes about 30 minutes and is not cheap. However, Manda Toto is one of the few islands left worldwide which are uninhabited, completely left to nature and very rarely visited. You should bring your own food and drink as well as your snorkelling equipment, because here you will find possibly the best spot for snorkelling on the Lamu archipelago. Not far from this dream island with its two fine, sandy beaches is the old town of Lamu, which is like an open-air museum illustrating the commercial history of Eastern Africa to adventurous beach holidaymakers.

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.

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Manda Toto is suitable for
Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 5/10 points
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Although it can get a little busy, you will find a nice spot here where you can relax.
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No facilites and completely unsuitable atmosphere - this beach is not for families.
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No wind and no waves here mean that this is definitely the wrong place for water-sports enthusiasts.
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There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

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