Mystery and Magic on the Tanzania Coast

The Manta Resort 

By Jack Raplee

Sparsely populated and peppered with ancient ruins, cloves, and hidden lagoons, Pemba Island remains a largely undiscovered treasure, bathed in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The essential "virgin territory" of this island, a mere 31 miles off the Tanzania Coast, is at the heart of the Manta Resort's unique draw.

The resort is not expansive or flashy, though it certainly takes full advantage of Pemba Island's character, climate and location. Most guests stay in standard garden rooms or larger garden rooms more suited for groups of families. These rooms are charming and very much reflect an East Africa/Island character. A step up from the garden rooms are the Seafront Villas, with additional amenities including an ocean facing terrace providing spectacular ocean and sunset views.

Most noteworthy in the Manta Resort's accommodations is the Underwater Room. This Swedish-engineered, three level facade, is exclusive the Manta Resort, and provides a one-of-a-kind experience for guests. The landing deck is at sea level, and features a lounge and bathroom area. Here, guests can climb a short ladder to the roof for sunbathing or sleeping under the stars. Beneath the ocean surface is the bedroom area, with 360 degree views of underwater world around the room and the wide variety of sea life found in the Zanzibar Archipelago. With the most curious guests in mind, the room even includes underwater spotlights for night viewing.

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