The Manta Resort

The Manta Resort

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A precious Indian Ocean gem

Escape to the Manta Resort and relax at one of the Indian Ocean's best kept secrets.

Situated on an idyllic beach on beautiful Pemba Island, the Manta Resort offers privacy and romance, as well as adventure and water sports, on one of East Africa's finest island sanctuaries.

Within rustic thatched buildings, strung in a meandering line through lush green gardens, choose from elegantly decorated beach-front rooms and spacious villas which blend perfectly with their tropical surroundings.

Or, for the ultimate in unique luxury and seclusion, opt for the resort's spectacular three-storey suite which floats in the ocean, tethered 250 metres from the shore. From the submerged bedroom you can gaze out into crystal clear water at the abundant shoals of reef fish and coral heads; you'll also enjoy a fully-stocked bar fridge and sunbathing (or stargazing) on the upper deck – a truly memorable, one-in-a-lifetime retreat.

Head to Kipepeo Spa for a selection of massages and treatments which will transport you to your most blissed out state, with the tranquil sounds of palm fronds rustling and waves gently breaking as a backdrop. Embrace your new pace of life with a tangy Lemongrass Ginger Sling cocktail or frosty beer as the soft breeze cools your skin, before taking a romantic walk along the beach and enjoying a candlelit dinner.

  • Stay in the unique underwater suite
  • Dine on superb fresh food at the restaurant
  • Take a diving course at Dive 360 Pemba Dive Center
  • Soak up the peaceful seclusion of this remote resort
  • Enjoy deep sea fishing, snorkelling or kayaking

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

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  • 17 rooms
  • Transfer duration approximately 2 hours from Zanzibar Airport (flight & road transfer)

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Authentic
  • Barefoot style
  • Iconic

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive
Location Highlights

The Manta Resort

  • Approximately 2 hours from Zanzibar Airport (flight & road transfer)
497 Reviews 89% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 408
  • Very Good 58
  • Average 19
  • Poor 9
  • Terrible 3

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Jun 05, 2019

Exceptional place to visit

Vrilissia, Greece

Fantastic place, friendly people, clean rooms, nice view from the balcony, tasty food. Absolute experience the overnight stay in the underwater room which is berthed close to the beach and the hotel’s property. The ultimate place to relax and enjoy the African nature.
May 22, 2019


Maybe not the ultimate luxury resort for everyone, but for me and my family (wife and 12 year old son) it was the perfect place. It's mostly run by locals and the service is outstanding. My son got his Padi certificate with the excellent in-house diving instructor. I just hope I will be able to go back some day.
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The Manta Resort


Dive 360 Pemba Dive Center

Diving around Pemba Island is nothing short of spectacular, with untouched coral reefs surrounding the entire island. As one of the top dive sites in the world it is the perfect place to start your diving adventure. Expert dive instructors are available for any beginners wishing to take an interest in diving; Dive 360 is a payable-locally activity which can be arranged by the Manta Resort.

Kipepeo Spa

Qualified therapists welcome you to the Kipepeo Spa to enjoy daily treatments of your choice. One free treatment per day is included in your All Inclusive package so leave your worries behind and enjoy the wonderful spa.

Swimming Pool

Take a refreshing dip in the luxurious pool or soak up the sun, either in the open or under thatch, on the chaises. Enjoy a cooling drink from the bar.

The Manta Resort

Room Types

Standard Garden Room

These open plan makuti thatched rooms are situated in the gardens of the resort and feature a king-sized bed covered by mosquito net, an en suite open plan bathroom and a comfortable verandah to relax on.

Note: Garden Rooms are not air conditioned but come with a ceiling fan.

  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included

Superior Garden Room

Superior Garden Rooms are fully air conditioned and feature a four poster king-sized bed and private makuti thatch covered terrace. These rooms are interconnecting and therefore ideal for families.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included

Seafront Villa

The newly built, fully air conditioned seafront villas are both spacious and private, with king-sized bed and en suite bathroom. A secluded sun terrace is the perfect place to admire the spectacular ocean sunset.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included

Underwater Room

For a truly memorable and unique experience, opt to spend a night in Manta Resort's private floating island (for a supplement). Ideal for honeymooners or those that want a luxurious holiday experience, here you can recline in the under water bedroom situated four metres below the surface. Enjoy sunbathing and stargazing on the top deck, dine on the water deck and sleep surrounded by marine life in your double bedroom. The bathroom facilities include an open-air fresh water shower, a fully-functioning advanced marine toilet system that is eco-friendly, and a small hand-wash basin. In addition this spectacular accommodation option comes with environmentally friendly, biodegradable shower products and a fully-stocked bar fridge.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fridge
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
The Manta Resort

Food & Drink

On board dining

The Restaurant at Manta Resort

A variety of mouth-watering meals, including fresh locally-caught seafood, beef, chicken and vegetable dishes, some of which have a distinct Pemba touch. A well-stocked bar and snacks are also available throughout the day.

Beach Lounge

Listen to the breaking of the waves with your feet buried into warm sands, while the soft breeze cools your skin. This really does feel like one of the most chilled places on the planet. The bartenders specialise in sundowners and cocktails and will spoil you with refreshing drinks all day and night.

Board Basis Options

All Inclusive

All inclusive at the Manta Resort really is all inclusive – even your laundry is covered! Meals are served to guests at their table on the verandah. Each guest is entitled to a daily spa treatment at the Kipepeo Spa. Scuba diving and any excursions you may wish to take part in are payable locally. 

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