Manda Toto Snorkeling Excursion by Dhow
Lamu Island 1-Day Tour Manda Toto Reef Snorkeling Trip: Go snorkeling to Manda Toto – a small, unspoiled, 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 passes by mangrove forests which are the natural habitat for many different kinds of animals and are well worth seeing. Apart from the boat crew who bring you to the small, paradise island of Manda Toto, you will not see anybody else here. The water is super clear and the beach at Manda Toto is very clean and quiet.
The coral reef between Manda Bay and Manda Toto is the best snorkeling spot in the entire Lamu archipelago. There are numerous kinds of fish, sea turtles, and dolphins to be found here. The trip includes a day trip on a dhow with the captain, masks, snorkels, flippers, barbeque lunch, and drinks. Bring plenty of water, a hat, and sunscreen as the sun is super strong
The Manda Toto Reef Snorkeling Day tour is one of the best things to do while in Lamu – snorkeling and swimming with ‘Africa’s friendliest dolphins’ on the reefs of Manda Toto and Kinyika – the two famous reefs around Lamu.
Kiniyka Island is located 30 minutes southeast of Lamu and Manda Toto Island is located 40 minutes north of Manda Island. They are the two most highly recommended sites for Snorkeling. Manda Toto is a small, unspoiled, 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.
Apart from the boat crew who bring you to the small, paradise island of Manda Toto, you will not see anybody else here. The coral reef between Manda Bay and Manda Toto is the best snorkeling spot in 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. This is a half-day trip on the other side of the island with a stop-over in Manda Toto, a small island made up of sand off Manda Island.
Access to the other side of Manda Island is possible by navigating into a narrow mangrove channel on the west coast of the island. We will provide a speed boat or dhow with a captain and drinks. A barbecue lunch can also be arranged at your request.
Lamu Island 1 Day Tour Manda Toto Reef Snorkeling Trip Itinerary
0800 Hours: This day trip begins by heading to Manda Toto reef by motorboat for some snorkeling to see puffers, clownfish, the remaining coral, and if we are lucky a turtle. The sailing trip to reach the snorkeling spot lasts about two hours. You’ll stop along the way to fish and swim. The dhows are all Mozambican style, meaning they have daybeds and plenty of shade.
1230 Hours: Later we move on to the beach for a fish barbeque lunch. A picnic lunch is included on an isolated beach — fresh grilled fish with coconut rice.
1400 Hours: In the afternoon the trip heads to Gordon Reef for some more snorkeling before going back to Kijani. Most Captains prefer Manda Toto because the reef is within the Manda – Pate channel which makes the sea calm with just small waves.
To Kinyika the trip is long and relies on wind and water visibility. Also, you may opt to leave earlier than scheduled so that you can get to the reef during low tides. Snorkel on the coral reefs off Manda Toto island and discover an astounding array of exotic marine wildlife.
This trip is really only worth it if you visit when the water is clear enough — at the right time of year (January-March).
Lamu Island 1 Day Tour Manda Toto Reef Snorkeling Trip Prices
Lamu Island 1 Day Tour Manda Toto Reef Snorkeling Trip Rates Includes:
Lunch + Mineral water during tour + Professional English speaking guides + All entry fees, guide fee, service charge, and taxes & Pickup from your hotel in Lamu Island and drop-off to your hotel
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* Bring a hat and sunscreen as the sun is super strong
* This is a full-day activity: 0800 Hours to 1630 Hours
* Lunch and snorkeling equipment are included in the cost of the trip
* You are going to the open sea if this is the first time experience you might get seasick. Ask the Captain for help
* You may want to stretch and get some suntan. You could choose to use a speed boat. Kindly request the same
* You can also choose to bring your own snorkeling equipment or hire locally. We limit the number of people snorkeling to 5 because of space in the dhow
Lamu Island 1 Day Tour Manda Toto Reef Snorkeling Trip Rates Do Not Include:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers Insurance
* Communication charges
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)