Mobile phones have changed everything, even in Pemba. Your mobile will work as long as it has a roaming facility and will work on the island in most parts, although there are areas that the signal will not reach. There is Wifi available in the main area of the resort.
The Manta Resort is connected to the Pemba electricity grid. The three pin UK style plugs are the norm.
Religion and Clothes
Islam is the main religion in both Pemba and Zanzibar, historically being influenced by the Arabian states. One of the considerations, in practical terms, means ladies need to dress sensibly, covering your shoulders and knees, when not on the beach, in the sea or in the resort. A simple wrap around does the job. All islanders are friendly and welcoming.
The weather on Pemba Island is predominately determined by the monsoon winds. These blow from the north east from December to April, and from the south west from May to September. The beginning of each new season brings rains. The heavy rains arrive between late April to early June. The light rains are in November but usually are brief showers between large stretches of sunshine. The hottest season is January and February but there is usually a refreshing sea breeze. Daytime temperatures usually vary between 26 and 32 degrees centigrade.
• Official languages of Zanzibar are Swahili and English
• Zanzibar is CET + 1 hours in summer & 2 hrs in winter
• an airport departure tax of 5,000 TSh. is charged on departure for local internal
flights. An aviation safety fee of 1,000 TSh is also charged.