Lamu -Manda (LAU) Airport Guide

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Manda (Lamu) Airport Guide

Manda or Lamu Airport, also known as by its IATA Code LAU and ICAO Code HKLU, is a small airport which services the Lamu Archipelago of Lamu County in Kenya.

Geographical Location – see map below

Manda Airport is located on the Manda Island which in turn is one of the islands of the Lamu Archipelago. It is in the Lamu County of Kenya which is on the western shores of the Indian Ocean, within the territorial waters of the Republic of Kenya.

Getting Here

  • Boat – This being a small island most hopping is done by dhow (a type of wind-sail driven boat).
  • Preferred Mode – Use the dhows they are a fun and inexpensive way of getting around Lamu.
  • Alternatives – You could opt to hire a self-drive car from mainland Mombasa some 7 hours way by road but the cost is too prohibitive.
  • Car Parking & Fees – There is no automated POS parking system hence parking is free.
  • Auxiliary Information
    • Flight From Hub

 There are at least 8 direct flights per week from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi Airport) to Manda (Lamu) Airport and      the flight time is 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Airlines Using As Hub

There are no airlines which use this airport as a hub.

As part of your safari package the tour company will organize your transport from the airport to your hotel.

Hotels & Transit Accommodation

There are several hotels from small to large 3-5 star hotels and some of them include; The Majlis hotel, Peponi and Kijani Hotels. Lamu Island is Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited town having been founded in the 14th century and is the oldest, best kept Swahili settlement in East Africa. TripIndigo has exceelent documentation on East Africa destinations.


  1. Wi-Fi – None
  2. ATM – None
  3. Forex  None
  4. Restaurants & Lounges – There are many, where you will be served hot and cold beverages.
  5. Toilets – Western styled.
  6. Disabled Facilities – There are wheelchairs and ramps suited for use by the disabled.

Quick Facts

  • GPS coordinates: Latitude (-2.252417, 020 15’ 08.70’’ S), Longitude (40.913097, 0400 54’   47.15”E)
  • Time Zone: UTC +3, GMT +3
  • Altitude- Elevation, 20 Feet, 6 Meters above Sea Level, MASL.
  • Operating Hours: The airport operates 24 hours a day.

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