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Manta Resort
Manta Resort
Manta Resort

Manta Resort: Information from the owner

General information

Type
Resort
No. of rooms
16

About this information

All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.

For Expert Africa's view, see our own full report on Manta Resort, which contains our own observations and views.


Last updated by Owner
29 Jul 2020
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Facilities at Manta Resort

Property facilities
24-hour Security, Bar, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Library, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Spa
Room facilities
Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Mosquito Nets, Shower, Smoking Rooms, Verandah
Activities on site
Beach Drop Off, Bird Watching, Boating, Catch-and-release Fishing, Cycling, Fine Dining, Fishing, Garden Tours, Kayaking, Massages, Natural History Tours, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Walks (Guided), Whale Watching, Wildlife Tours
Nearby activities
Beach, Catch-and-release Fishing, Cultural Tours, Deep Sea Fishing, Fishing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Wildlife Tours
Languages
English, Swahili

Room types at Manta Resort

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Seafront villa

The Seafront Villas boast a spacious and private open-plan design, with a centered king size bed and large en-suite bathroom.

The villas feature a perfect blend of traditional Pemban decor with contemporary comfort. In addition, our newly installed state of the art EveningBreeze cooling system provides comfort without noise or drafts. After selecting your preferred sleeping climate, cool clean air will gently circulate over the surface of your bed—carrying with it the promise of a good night’s sleep.

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Standard Garden Room

The Standard Garden Rooms is a compact, private open-plan design, with a four-posted king size bed and open en-suite bathroom.

Created from local materials and traditional Pemban decor with contemporary comfort. In addition a small balcony allows our guests a shady spot to relax in the garden.

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Superior Garden Room

The Superior Garden Rooms boast a spacious and private open-plan design, with a four-posted king size bed and large en-suite bathroom.

Created from local materials and traditional Pemban decor with contemporary comfort. In addition a large swahili baraza lounge provides the perfect place to relax in the peacefulness of the garden.

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The Underwater Room

THREE 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 – for sun worshipping by day and by night you can lie back in the starlight and wonder at the extraordinary clarity of the stars, planets and above all, the edge of our own galaxy – the wonderful Milky Way – all seen without any light pollution. Sleep under the stars to the soft murmuring of the sea.

THREE HUNDRED SIXTY DEGREES
Then downstairs – the magical feeling of lying on a soft double bed surrounded by panes of glass affording almost 360 degrees viewing – watching the shoals of reef fish and exquisite, often rarely seen individuals visiting your windows. Some have taken up residence around the room, which affords them some protection from predation. For instance, three bat fish and a trumpet fish called Nick who is always swimming around and seemingly looking in!

UNDERWATER SPOTLIGHTS
By night, the underwater spotlights beneath each window around the room attract the shyer and more unusual, for instance squid. Coral is already establishing itself on the anchoring lines and around the underwater structure. Octopus and even spanish dancers have been seen attaching themselves to the glass panes. The reef inhabitants can simply not resist attraction, which makes for exciting watching and a truly unique experience!

HOW IT WORKS
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 2min 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.

We will then leave you 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 we call 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. When arranging your meal times your dietary requirements and meal options can be discussed too. Check out time from the room is at 11:00.

FACILITIES
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. We will provide all necessary environmentally friendly, biodegradable shower products. A fully-stocked bar fridge is there for your convenience.

Activities at Manta Resort

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Diving

The diving around Pemba Island, Zanzibar is nothing else but breathtaking. The untouched coral reefs surrounding the entire island make Pemba one of the top dive sites in the world. Pemba, Tanzania 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!

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Lighthouse Walk

This walk takes approx 20 mins. You will be accompanied by your service-fundi. No charge except for a $5 dollar entrance if you wish to climb the lighthouse and get the tour by the operator in charge. All excursions are booked and paid for at the resort.

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Ngalawa Sunset Cruise

An Ngalawa is the traditional sailing vessel used by fishermen on the island. Leaving from the beach at

around 5:00 pm, you will cruise along the shoreline over the reefs enjoying the sunset, the thrill of the sail and a refreshment. $25 dollars per person booked at the resort and paid directly to the local fishing captain.

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Sandbank Excursion

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 excursion relies heavily on the tides, currents, and weather conditions and is not always possible. This will require some planning between you and the resort management, all excursions are booked and paid for at the resort. A cooler box of fruits and refreshments is brought along. This is a 15 minute boat ride from the resort on the most northern

point of Pemba Island. $35 per person with boat. $25 per person with Ngalawa.

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Spice Farm and Rainforest Tour

The Zanzibar islands are known as the ‘spice islands’, with 70% of the world’s cloves coming from Pemba. A visit to the spice farm will have you experiencing the true tastes and

smells of Pemba Island. This is followed by a walk through the Ngezi Rainforest for about 45 minutes. A protected reserve home to endemic bird species, vervet and black colobus monkeys, the forest ranger will also point out all the protected fauna and flora. Cost $60 per person. All excursions are booked and paid for at the resort.

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