The Manta Resort

A rare Indian Ocean gem

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

Situated within thatched buildings, a choice of elegantly decorated rooms and villas are available and blend perfectly with the tropical surroundings providing memorable holiday accomodation. For the ultimate in luxury opt for the underwater room which floats in the ocean, a once in a life time opportunity. Here you can admire the marine life, enjoy a fully stocked fridge and sunbathe on the upper deck. For meals, the hotel’s restaurant serves freshly prepared cuisine, handpicked by the team. Escape to the Manta Resort and relax at one of the Indian Ocean's best kept secrets.

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Hotel highlights

  • Rainforest tours and beach picnics
  • Superb food

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 17 rooms
  • Transfer duration: Approx. two hours from Zanzibar Airport (flight & road transfer)
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Floors have lift access: No

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Authentic
  • Barefoot style
  • Iconic

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

The Manta Resort

  • Approx. two hours from Zanzibar Airport (flight & road transfer)
499 Reviews 89% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 410
  • Very Good 58
  • Average 19
  • Poor 9
  • Terrible 3

What to Expect

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


Aug 15, 2019


The Manta Resort is paradise! During our 8 days at the resort we were overwhelmed by the beautiful beach, the exciting snorkeling and diving, the amazing sunsets, the fantastic food & drinks and the nice restaurant/beach bar area. As well as our nice garden bungalow. The night at the underwaterhotel was a unique experience! But most of all we will remember the friendly staff of The Manta Resort, especially our butler Ahmed ☺️. We will be back!! Greetings from the Västerås family
Jul 31, 2019

Paradise Found: Our favorite place on earth!!

There are not words adequate to describe the magic of this place. Our time here was far too short, but a much-needed time of refreshment and relaxation after safari. Manta excels in the small details, those thoughtful touches which cause this resort to far surpass any other I have stayed at. From the minute you enter Manta and are greeted with a chilled, spiced tea and a sea of smiles until your final dinner on a secluded beach; every moment is more spectacular than the last. Items which deserve special commendation are: 1_ Staff! They always greeted us by name, attended to our every need and were incredibly kind. We already miss the Manta family so much. They planned dinner on the beach, snorkeling that felt like magic underwater, and village visits. They taught us a local game called Bao, remembered our likes, dislikes and favorite drinks, and brought our laundry back quickly, freshly pressed and cleaned. 2) Food! Each meal was fresh, inventive, bursting with flavor and so delicious! They creatively prepared dishes that met all eating restrictions and we looked forward to mealtimes. 3) Rooms! Perfectly decorated, our room was such a restful haven and we LOVED the outdoor shower! Housekeeping kept it spotless at all times, always sneaking in to freshen up when we left and always gone before we returned. The bed was superbly comfortable and the amenities luxurious. Other Notes: - The underwater room is spectacular and absolutely worth an overnight to experience it's magic - The type of luxury you experience here is not gold-plated toliets, but incredible attention to detail, oneness with nature and a sanctuary of rest and quiet. If you are craving some quiet and relaxation, there is no better place than Manta. - Everyone gets their own service Fundi who attends to your needs, serves your meals, arranges excursions, etc. We found this experience amazing and loved our Fundi so much. - Every day you get a complimentary spa treatment. When we arrived, the manager had booked us a noon couples massage, which was perfect after a long journey. We cooled off with spiced tea and then relaxed to the sounds of the ocean waves just steps from the spa. This resort, with it's mission of "Kwanini" has touched our hearts in a way wholly unlike anywhere else we have stayed. We believe in this place, it’s people, in it’s mission and applaud the founders and leadership. Until next time! To sum it up, if you're on the fence, just book. You will not regret it, but if you miss the experience of staying at Manta, you won't find another like it. 10/10!!!!
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Dive 360 Pemba Dive Centre

Diving around Pemba Island is nothing but 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.Dive 360 is a payable locally activity which can be arranged by The Manta Resort.

Kipepeo Spa

Trained therapists welcome you to the Kipepeo Spa to enjoy daily treatments of your choice. One free spa treatment a day is included in your All Inclusive Package. Leave your everyday worries behind you and enjoy the wonderful spa.

Swimming Pool

Enjoy a dip in the luxurious pool or soak up the sun either in the open or under thatch on the chaises and enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar services. Expert dive instructors are available for any beginners wishing to take an interest in diving.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided in Public Areas

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Room Types

Superior Garden Room

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

Seafront Villa

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

  • Air Conditioning
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included

Standard Garden Room

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

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

  • 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 star gazing 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 advancedmarine toilet system that is eco-friendly, and a small hand-wash basin. In addition this spectacular accomodation option comes withenvironmentally friendly, biodegradable shower products and a fully-stocked bar fridge.

  • Fridge
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included
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Food & Drink

The Restaurant at Manta Resort

A variety of mouth-watering meals; serving up 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 served 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 sun-downers and cocktails and will continue spoil you with smooth, 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 included! Meals are served personally to guests at their table on the verandah. Also included is a daily spa treatment at the Kipepeo Spa. The only things not included are Scuba diving and any excursions you may wish to take part in.

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