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Manta Resort in Zanzibar


Closed between 15 April 2010 and 15 June 2010

About Manta Resort

If you have been looking for that perfect vacation getaway and you enjoy the exotic activities of sea safaris, diving, fishing, or simply enjoying the pristine beaches of a warm climate, then its time for you to look into a vacation far from home.  Located on Pemba Island off of the eastern coast of Africa and part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, you will find the Manta Resort.  It is situated on the Ras Kigomasha peninsula north of the Ngezi Forest.  Visitors to the resort can reach it via Chake Chake Airport or Mkoani Port via road.  It is also accessible via boat, making it one of the most secluded resorts found in the Spice Islands of the Indian Ocean.

The trip to Manta Resort can take up to an hour and half in which guests will travel through native villages as well as pristine tropical and indigenous forests that are home to birds, monkeys, and bush babies that are not found anywhere else in the world, with the exception of the zoo.  You will drive on a dirt road that is little more than a track that includes scrub, crops, a neglected rubber plant, and enough barb wire to make you wonder what happened in this unique part of the world.  However, once you break into the open and see the lodge, you will be impressed with the beauty that suddenly surrounds you.  The beaches here are soft white sand and visitors have raved about the fantastic sunsets they have enjoyed with vacationing there with every day being a new and exciting experience.
Manta Resort is far off the beaten track and in an area of the island that seems to enjoy being deserted.  It was one of the first resorts to appear on Pemba and there are no developments within miles of the lodge.  It is not, however, a high scale facility.  It is very rustic and a bit rough around the edges, but the service and character of the lodge make up for what it could lack in amenities.  It is the perfect place for people who are looking for a relaxing but adventurous vacation.  

The lodge itself rests on a cliff-face that overlooks five kilometres of pristine beach at the northern tip of the island.  The lagoon views are absolutely breathtaking with turquoise water.  The Resort lodge itself is a main area that includes a  reception area, lounge bar, restaurant all with wireless internet fascilities The 5 star PADI/IDC  Oxegene Pemba dive centre associated with Manta Resort and beach bar is located on the beach front, and there is a place to enjoy relaxing in a hammock or on a sun bed while enjoying the ocean.

Rooms at Manta

The Manta Resort offers guests six large and spacious sea front villas that face the sea. The villas are equipped with air conditioning.  All of the cabins are very similar in design and contain a centred king size bed with a large en-suite bathroom complete with hot water.  There is a secluded sun terrace facing the ocean that is perfect for enjoying the gorgeous ocean sunsets.  

The lodge also includes four Garden Rooms that allow guests to see the sea between the unique and exotic foliage found on the grounds.  Two of the rooms have interconnecting doors, making them wonderful for large groups or visiting families.  Each has en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold showers, large king size four poster beds, and a ‘Barazza’ lounger that can be used as a third bed.  Additionally, the rooms are large enough to accommodate a fourth single bed.  All of them are air conditioned and have a private Makuti thatch covered terrace.

Finally, the Village Rooms are the ten new palm thatched cottages at the Manta Resort.  They include coral walls and are located in the resort’s beautiful garden with views of the sea.  They all contain an open room plan that is rustic and comfortable.  Each of them comes with a king size bed, an extra single bed if needed, an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold showers, and a furnished verandah.

All of the rooms at the resort are equipped with mosquito netting and rainforest showers.


All meals are taken at the Manta Resort as there are no restaurants in the area.  The verandah restaurant, bar and lounge is the heart of the main lodge and guests can enjoy their meal at a formal table setting or while relaxing out on one of the mangrove funzi lounge beds on the deck.  All of the food used to prepare the traditional fare is sourced locally and meals usually focus around the fresh catch of the day.  Guests with specific diet restrictions are asked to let the staff know about them well in advance of their arrival.

Breakfast is a full English style meal with fresh fruit, toast, jams, crepes, and juice and you can ask for it to be served in your room. Lunch will be enjoyed in the restaurant area or beach lounge. The lunch menu offers a variety of meats and seafood cooked to order as well as lighter fares. Dinner is served in the main restaurant or by the pool, or on the beach. The menu changes daily and offers a selection of two starters, two main courses and desert.  Meals are included in the charged rate per night.


Location:  Manta Resort is located on the Ras Kigomasha Peninsula of Pemba Island, which is part of the Zanzibar Archipelago off of the eastern shores of Africa.

General Facilities:
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Beach Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Television lounge
  • Game room
  • Library
  • PADI Diving Centre
  • Water sports centre
  • Outdoor games
  • Private beach
  • Kipepeo Spa
  • Wi-Fi Internet access
Room Facilities:
  • En-suite bathrooms with rainforest showers
  • Twin or double beds
  • King sized beds
  • Mosquito nets
  • Open plan construction
  • Ocean views
  • Interconnecting family rooms
  • Air conditioning in Sea Front Villa and Garden rooms
Manta Resort offers their guests diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing, swimming, walking island tours and a variety of games at the lodge for guests who wish to stay close by.  Safaris and other cultural tours on the mainland and other islands are also available.  Some of the most popular include but are not limited to: Ngezi Forest trip; island trip including the flying foxes reserve; fish market; world class diving; snorkeling; mangroves kayak trip; Pemba Alive – introduction to our community development programme; sandbank dinner; and a private island excursion with lunch.

  • Room service
  • Laundry service

  • The logistics and costs of running a lodge in such a remote area are huge, so you’ll need to have some understanding if things occasionally aren’t quite up to standard. This often contributes though to an amazing African experience.

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