Pemba is a remote island off the east coast of Africa, and probably as far away from civilisation you might ever find yourselves. If it’s serenity and close encounters with nature that you crave, the Manta Resort is the place for you. Switch off the noisy, polluted electronic world and enter a completely different one, not as a tourist, but as a guest with simple needs - sunshine, fresh air, natural food, a comfortable bed and friendly company.
The diving around Pemba Island is nothing else but breathtaking. The untouched coral reefs surrounding the entire island make Pemba one of the top dive sites in the world. This is the perfect place to start your dive adventure with one of the healthiest coral reefs in the Indian Ocean, a water temperature averaging at 26ºC and the best visibility of East Africa of 30-40 meters almost every day!
At low tide, a sandbank protrudes to offer a walk on the purest white coral sand - the perfect beach to relax on surrounded by azure blue waters.
The Underwater Room is the USP of this lodge. The room lies approximately 250m from the shore, about a 2 minute boat ride over the crystal clear waters of the Manta house reef. Go downstairs from the landing deck to a mystical underwater world and experience the magical feeling of lying on a soft double bed surrounded by panes of glass affording almost 360 degrees viewing while watching the shoals of reef fish and exquisite, often rarely seen individuals visiting your windows. By night, the underwater spotlights beneath each window around the room attract the shyer and more unusual species, for instance squid.
If you are more of a land-based person, you can choose instead to stay in a Garden Room or a Seafront Villa.
Most meals are served on the main verandah overlooking the ocean but move to the pool deck and beach for a change of scenery when possible. The team will treat you to a variety of fresh locally caught seafood as well as beef, chicken and vegetarian dishes, most of which have a distinct Pemba touch to them.
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All meals; all beverages (soft drinks, juices, mineral water, coffee/tea, cocktails, wines, beers and alcoholic drinks); one spa treatment per person per day; kayaks from the beach; a laundry service; the Environmental Impact Levy; and complimentary Wi-Fi (main lounge area) are included.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.
General Information For Guests
The Seafront Villas boast a spacious and private open-plan design, with a centered kingsize bed and large en-suite bathroom.
The Superior Garden Rooms boast a spacious and private open-plan design, with a 4 poster kingsize bed and large en-suite bathroom.
The Standard Garden Rooms are a compact, private open-plan design, with a 4 poster king size bed and open en-suite bathroom.
The Underwater Room has 3 levels. The landing deck, at sea level, has a lounge area and bathroom facility. A ladder leads up to the roof which has a lounging area. Downstairs, the bedroom is surrounded by panes of glass affording almost 360 degrees viewing to enable you to watch the shoals of fish.
Your journey will start by boarding a traditionally crafted wooden boat to take you out to the underwater room. The room lies approximately 250m from the shore, about a 2 minute boat ride over the crystal clear waters of the Manta house reef. On arrival at the room, along with your service fundi and boat captain, you will get shown the ins and outs of your private floating island.
You will then be left alone to enjoy your new surroundings. Once settled in, a light tropical lunch with cold drinks will be ready for you to enjoy at your leisure. A kayak, snorkel and fins will be provided. The underwater room lies in what is called the blue hole, which has some fantastic coral heads and an abundance of marine life. After having sundowners on your preferred deck, dinner will be served at a pre-arranged time decided by you and your fundi. After dinner you will be left to yourselves. Breakfast will be served at a pre-arranged time. Check out time from the room is at 11:00.
A mobile phone will be provided with the contact numbers required should you need assistance with anything. The underwater room security guard will be anchored to a buoy not far off from the room. The bathroom facilities include an open-air fresh water shower, a fully-functioning advanced marine toilet system that is eco-friendly, and a small hand-wash basin. A fully-stocked bar fridge is there for your convenience.
The main lodge has a library, pool, spa, bar, complimentary internet access, a restaurant (with communal dining) and mobile phone service.
Credit cards are accepted.
A laundry service is available (complimentary).
Your rate includes the Environmental Impact Levy - a per person per night cost, also payable for nights when guests do not pay accommodation fees due to any long stay specials. This levy is a contribution to the important work performed by the Kwanini Foundation towards the environment and communities of Pemba Island.