Pemba Island, off Zanzibar
If you like your beach stays to be remote and don’t mind luxury with a rustic edge to it, Manta Resort comes to mind. It also has a rather unique ‘wow’ factor, as you can stay for a night in an underwater room.
Manta is one of only two lodges we offer on the Indian ocean island of Pemba (Fundu Lagoon being the second). The high price suggests a top end property, but actually, whilst it’s luxurious in some ways, it’s actually quite simple, rustic and laid-back, and we like that.
There are very few visitors on Pemba, so the beautiful sandy beach by the resort is yours to enjoy. It really is a bit of a tropical beach paradise, and many guests simply come and chill out by the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, or by the pool. You’ll just have to tear yourself away long enough to enjoy your daily complimentary spa treatment.
However, if you fancy being a bit active, this is an area well-known for its superb diving, and even snorkelling can be great here.
The famous Underwater Room is the unique feature of the resort, and as long as you’re not daunted by the idea of sleeping under the sea, what a great one-night experience to add to your stay.
Times to Go
Open all year round. The most popular time to visit Pemba is in the dry season from July to September but most of the year is pleasant with warm temperatures and sunshine. During the short rains in November and December the downpours are followed by blue skies. The months of April and May are the long rains.
Manta Resort highlights
- Laid-back beach retreat on Pemba
- Unique underwater room
- Spectacular views in a remote location
- Coral reef diving, snorkelling and water sports
- Daily free spa treatment
Manta Resort location
- 18 rooms and villas
- Underwater room
- Open all year round
- Children aged 7+ are welcome
(12+ in underwater room)
- Swimming pool
- Beach bar
- Diving and water sports centre
- WiFi in central areas
- Local village school visits
- Low tide sandbank walks
- Coral reef diving (PADI courses available)
- Spice tours
- Historic architecture tours
- Traditional Ngalawa sunset cruises
- Ngezi Forest Reserve guided walks
- Catch & release deep sea fishing trips
- Kayak excursions into the mangroves
Manta Resort rooms
A spacious open plan layout with an internal relaxed seating area and a balcony offering sea views, a central king size four poster bed and a large en-suite bathroom – all cooled with a state-of-the-art Evening Breeze cooling system.
Standard Garden Room
A compact cottage with a four-poster king size bed and en-suite bathroom. There is a private sheltered veranda where you can relax and enjoy the garden.
The Underwater Room
This is special! A boat takes you from the beach to this three-storey floating structure which is anchored 250 metres from the shore. The sea level landing deck has a lounge area and bathroom including an open air freshwater shower. Take the ladder up to the sun deck with a comfortable lounging area for relaxing in the sun during the day or star gazing at night. The double bedroom is located underwater on the bottom level and windows all around the room allow breath taking panoramic views of the reef waters. By night, underwater spotlights attract the more unusual reef dwellers. A kayak, snorkel and fins are provided, and your service fund will serve meals at pre-arranged times. For a truly unique experience, include a night in this very unusual hotel room with a difference.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“The resort has strong links with a charity which has built a local school and an organic farm. They have also introduced a no-fishing zone around their house reef to preserve the coral, and work closely with Pecca to conserve the Pemba Channel.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.