The Manta Resort

Rediscover your sense of wonder and serenity at this ethical beachfront boutique

Nestled within a turquoise ocean floor anomaly dubbed “the blue hole,” Manta Resort’s celebrated Underwater Room affords an unparalleled opportunity to observe and form an intimate connection with Pemba Island’s unique sea life. But that’s not all this charming 13-room boutique has to offer. From locally-designed and traditional Pemban decor, to all-inclusive spa treatments, to time-stopping white sand beaches, Manta Resort provides no shortage of restorative amenities designed to help you relinquish your worries to the boundless tranquility of the sea.

 

More than just an idyllic getaway, Manta Resort is also a primary sponsor for the Kwanini Foundation, a local nonprofit which directs funds toward social and environmental initiatives such as the Kwanini Marine Protected Area and Mnarani Water Pipeline. With its outstanding commitment to community-based tourism, guests can rest assured that a stay at Manta Resort is an investment toward the collective flourishing of all residents of Pemba Island.

Highlights & Activities

Snorkel for conservation
Take advantage of the resort’s exclusive house reef within the Kwanini Conservation Area, completely undisturbed by outsiders and home to one of East Africa’s most diverse ecosystems. Set out before breakfast and experience the vast marine life and crystal clear tropical waters of Pemba Island. All revenues are donated to the local conservation committee and rangers, with options for both near reef and far reef snorkeling excursions.
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Kipipeo Spa at The Manta Resort
Unwind at the complimentary jungle spa
A truly all-inclusive experience, any stay at Manta Resort includes one complimentary treatment per guest per day at the resort’s luxurious Kipepeo Spa. Restore your aching muscles after a long day of rigorous excursions, and drift into the ultimate relaxation to the sounds of twittering jungle life and breaking ocean waves below.
Cruise at sunset on a traditional Ngalawa
An Ngalawa is a traditional outrigger sailing canoe used by the Swahili people in Zanzibar and the Tanzanian coast. Depart just before sundown on this exhilarating shoreline cruise, accompanied by local fishing captain Ali and a bottle of bubbly. All sailing fees paid directly to the captain.
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Experience pristine solitude on a private sandbank
A 10 minute boat ride from Manta Resort, off the northernmost point of Pemba Island, lies a hidden white coral sandbank that’s only accessible at low tide. Feel the surreal solitude of being surrounded by nothing but the azure open sea, taking along and leaving nothing behind except your footsteps on the sand. Subject to tides, currents and weather conditions.
Explore Pemba Island on an inland safari
Venture beyond the Manta Resort grounds for this expansive cultural excursion, where you’ll get to visit numerous points of interest including the ancient Ngezi rainforest, local spice farm and more. A whole day trip takes about 8 hours, but each safari is customizable according to each guests’s personal interest and time availability.
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Regenerative Impact

Manta Resort keeps their Kwanini — their why — at the heart of everything they do. From protecting marine life to investing in local infrastructure, Manta Resort’s community-grounded mission helps it foster strong social and environmental initiatives, and the collective flourishing for all of Pemba’s inhabitants. 

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Resort Location

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Perched atop the northern leftmost tip of the remote island of Pemba, with a population of fewer than 500,000, Manta Resort offers the perfect peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of mainland Tanzania and neighboring Unguja. Unplug from noise, pressure and pollution and find home in the simple comforts of nature at Manta Resort home to the Kwanini Foundation-run Marine Protected Area and all the unspoilt coral reefs, pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear ocean waters that comes with it.

Hotel Address

Pemba Island, Zanzibar

Closest Airport

Pemba Airport (PMA)

Travel Time From Airport

1.5 hours

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