The humpback whales have officially arrived to Manta, spotted from the deck over breakfast, mom and calf playing just off the house reef!!! #whalewatchingoverbreakfast #wishibroughtmycamera
Buoys mark of our newly installed conservation area
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 third annual Kwanini Conference will be held in October 2014
The theme for this years conference is TBD
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!