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
  • Dive centre
  • Remote resort

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)
516 Reviews 89% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 426
  • Very Good 59
  • Average 19
  • Poor 9
  • Terrible 3

What to Expect

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


Feb 14, 2020

The Paradise of Africa


After a joyful ride on a smaller plane from Arusha and an exciting four wheel drive from the airport, we arrived at The Paradise. Friendly welcoming staff took care of us from the first minute and through our full stay. Excellent food, so nice staff and plenty of nice cocktails, beer and wine kept us 100% happy. To enjoy a quiet and beautiful white corall beach in full privacy. The corall reef is restored and now full of life, perfect for snorkling and scuba diving.
Feb 09, 2020

Beautiful resort with incredible snorkeling/diving and friendly staff!

Mexico City, Mexico

We stayed 3 nights at Manta and it was fantastic! The property is beautiful and well maintained, and all the staff were incredibly nice and helpful, including our fundi Haji! The meals were very impressive and the cocktails/beer/wine were also great. We ate and drank plenty! We stayed in a standard suite and enjoyed the accommodations. Our only complaint is that there are spaces between the walls and the roof, and also in the window slats, so that even when you close all the doors/windows you cannot prevent bugs from coming into the room. There are lots of mosquitos around in the morning and evening and it was tough to not have anywhere on the property where you could spend time without applying bug spray. The beach bar is lovely and we spent a lot of time here or lounging on recliners just below on the beach. The dive center on site was great and I went diving two days in a row -- the quality of the diving was incredible just a few minutes off the shoreline and the divemaster Patrick was friendly and helpful. My wife went snorkeling two days and loved the beautiful coral and fish as well as the snorkel guide who went with her and pointed out interesting fish to see. We also did a sunset boat tour on our last night and loved it. They paired us with a local fisherman from the nearby village who came over, picked us up, and walked us back to the village where we hopped on the boat. He was a great host and we had a lovely evening with him -- it was great to hear more about life in the local village and see how Manta supports the local community by directing business to it. On our last night Manta and our fundi helped arrange a candle lit, seafood dinner on the beach that was romantic and the perfect way to end our stay!
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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

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.

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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

The Manta Resort

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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