Our resident little sugar thief seems to be constantly aware of where the coffee table is and ready to scurry down every evening for an after dinner snack. We managed to catch him in the act.
After years of working towards this with the local government, fishermen and PECCA, a great step in the right direction for conservation on Pemba Island has been taken! We finally managed to create the first no-catch zone on Pemba named Kwanini Conservation Area. Buoys just off the house reef creates a no take zone. This means that the area will be a protected area where no net fishing will damage the coral reefs. We have already seen big improvements; more and larger fish are spotted when snorkeling and diving the zone, new species are spotted, the large number of fish are driving predators closer to the shore which also allows fishermen to fish for these predators closer to the shore.
The theme for this years conference is TBD
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!
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Hammerhead sharks spotted by our divers off Njao Island, one of our favourite diving sites. Good news for all!
On the cards we have snorkeling, diving, kayaking, forest exploring, village walking, lighthouse seeking, and good food eating!!! Just a typical Manta weekend!
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!
“…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..”