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Introducing The Underwater Room 2013-11-08

Introducing The Manta Underwater Room

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“MAGIC beyond MAGIC”
Imagine yourself encapsulated within a turquoise blue bubble, watching shoals of reef fish swimming lazily by – sometimes in three or four layers of different species above the reef floor.

This is the heart-stopping experience that awaits you in the underwater room.
The floating structure, Swedish engineered, provides three levels, those above the water clad in local hardwood, and each an experience in itself.

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.

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 !

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!

For high res imagery & video, please e-mail us for an invitation to our Promo Bucket and for Packages & Prices please see the Manta Resort Website.


Spontaneous Whale Safari 2013-08-10

whale safari

We were able to get to about 30 meters from 3 large humpback whales who stayed with us for a few minutes, decided it was time to dive and then waved goodbye with their flutes. Humbling experience to be so close to these majestic creatures. Smiling faces all around !

Hammerhead Sharks spotted! 2013-08-01

Hammerhead sharks spotted by our divers off Njao Island, one of our favourite diving sites. Good news for all !

TRIPADVISOR 2012-11-26

Extract from our latest tripadvisor review… “the wonder of the Manta Resort is not in it’s fittings and fixtures but in it’s remoteness from the hustle and bustle of the western world and of course in it’s beautiful settings in the northeastern part of Pemba. It’s stunning white beach, lush tropical surroundings and impossibly emerald green/azure blue seas and not forgetting the underwater coral reef” … Thank you!!


Such exciting times ahead for The Manta Resort!!! Some big and ‘out-of-this-world’ (literally) changes coming up and we cannot wait for you all to see what we have in store for you!!!!


For those of you who have not yet heard of Manta’s ‘one-of-a-kind’ underwater room, watch this space!!!!!! A room with an underwater view? YES PLEASE!


“On our last evening, the three of us went on a sunset cruise on a ‘ngalawa’, a small boat carved out of mango tree. For the first hour we were surrounded by dolphins swimming right up to the boat and the last half an hour the sail was opened up for an exhilarating ride whilst we watched a stunning sunset- thank you Haji for such a magical experience. I could go on all day about the many wonders of this place but you must really experience it for yourself. We are very well travelled and have been fortunate enough to stay at some of the top hotels in the world, but The Manta Resort will always hold a special place in our hearts and we cannot wait to return again someday soon…” We are privileged to have such wonderful people visit us at Manta.

DOWN TO EARTH 2012-10-03

Pemba Island is a unique, wild landscape, exotic and beautiful. When on Pemba you are able to share in the beauty of ancient forests, undisturbed colonies of bats, families of bush-babies, clean, sandy beaches and calm, warm seas. At The Manta Resort we pride ourselves on our focus towards all that is especially and perfectly Pemba. We cater for those who find joy in the natural world. We don’t sell ‘bling’ but we do offer peace and authenticity.

Honeymoon Heaven 2012-10-01

The Manta Resort is an ideal honeymoon destination! Romance fills the air on Pemba Island, and our staff at Manta always take special care to ensure that honeymoon couples get to experience all that is romantic and all that is beautiful during their stay. From intimate beach dinners to stargazing and spa treatments, Manta covers it all for our newly weds!


Gearing up for a weekend of adventure, in sun and sea! On the cards we have snorkeling, diving, kayaking, forest exploring, village walking, lighthouse seeking, and good food eating!!! Just a typical Manta weekend!