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The Manta Resort

Pemba Island

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Elevated and crafted along an idyllic island beach, The Manta Resort offers privacy, romance, adventure, and water sports on East Africa's finest island sanctuary.

Accommodation

Seafront Villas

Six newly built luxury sea front villas. These air- conditioned villas are spacious and private, with a centred king size bed and large en-suite bathroom. A secluded sun terrace faces a spectacular ocean sunset. All Inclusive.

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Superior Garden Rooms

Two pairs make up the four Superior Garden Rooms with views of the sea between the foliage. One of the two pairs has an interconnecting door which makes it an excellent choice for families or larger groups. The Superior Garden Rooms are air conditioned with a king size four oster bed and private makuti thatch covered terrace. The “Barazza” lounger can be used as a third bed, and a fourth single bed can be added on request. En-suite bathroom. All Inclusive.

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The Garden Rooms

The brand new cottages is an affordable accommadation. The are nicely set in the gardens with wooden floors, mosquito net covered king size beds, lamu floored en-suite bathrooms, and a makuti-thatched verandah – all with views overlooking the Pemba channel. All Inclusive.

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Restaurant

Our hand-picked team will spoil you with a mouth-watering variety of the largest, freshest locally caught fish and seafood you have ever seen. We serve most meals on the main building verandah and make sure the evening setting is romantic. For a lifetime experience ask for the 'Sandbank' dinner – we will take you to a wide sandbank off-shore that appears at low tide, there we will serve you a seafood platter and leave you to enjoy your own company completely alone. Perfect for honeymooners. Our well stocked bar serves drinks all day on the beach and throughout the resort. And you can sample our delicious fruit platter.

Diving

The diving round Pemba is nothing else but breathtaking. The untouched coral reef surrounding the entire island makes Pemba one of the top dive sites in the world.

All diving and snorkeling activities on The Manta Resort are carefully taken care of by Oxygène Pemba - an experienced group of PADI divers will make your experience under the surface enjoyable.

Oxygène Pemba is the first fully serviced five star PADI dive center on Pemba, providing multiple dive experiences and water sports, with the variety Pemba Island has become so famous for. The diving around Pemba is nothing else but breathtaking. The untouched coral reef surrounding the entire island makes Pemba one of the top dive sites in the world.

If you are a diver we highly recommend upgrading your accommodation to Dive All Inclusive, our all-you-can-dive supplement. This gives you unlimited access to diving and dive excursions for a 45 euro supplement per person per day.

Learn to dive

Pemba is the perfect place for start your diving adventure. With one of the most healthy coral reef in the Indian Ocean, a water temperature averaging at 26ºC, and the best visibility of East Africa of 30-40 meters almost every day! In combination with these great water conditions Oxygene Pemba Dive Center has everything you need, including a great training pool in two levels, professional dive instructors, and multilingual staff to help you feel free like a fish!

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Whale Song

The whale season starts in July and continues through to September, when the humpbacks move south through the Pemba channel towards Zanzibar and further southwards. They are seen as individual males, or a mother and a calf usually.

Humpbacks

The whale season starts in July and continues through to September, when the humpbacks move south through the Pemba channel towards Zanzibar and further southwards. They are seen as individual males, or a mother and a calf usually.

Sometimes they just come in close and remain there for a day or two. Many sightings have been done just off the lighthouse, only a few kilometers north of the resort as they breach in the late afternoons when the wind has been blowing. It is difficult to predict exactly when you can see them, but August and September are the critical months. We see them from the north Coast of Kenya (around Mombasa and south to Shimoni) and then in the Pemba channel and along the Pemba Coastline to Zanzibar.

Whale Sharks

Other whale sightings that are more reliable and with a longer season are Whale sharks. They arrive along the coast in November, and remain along Kenya's coast till end early March. January and February are very good. We see them sometimes every day, sometimes they disappear and return after a week, and are seen every other day. There are some specific locations where we see them most. What we suggest in this case, is that we organize a program that is open ended in locations. The key season is November till March.

The easiest way to guarantee a dive or snorkel with whale sharks is to cross the channel to the Funzi bay adjacent to Shimoni, in Kenyan waters. Since El Niño there has been a huge increase in the number of regular sightings in these waters, with not a week going by with none around. January, February remain the peak season. A visit can easily be arranged from The Manta Resort to Shimoni.

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Dolphins

There are plenty of dolphins spotted every day round Pemba. Dolphins need food, and they find an abundant source around the shallow depths along the shorelines and around the islands surrounding Pemba. The location is ideal for certain species that feed ideally in these locations. There are principally 5 species of dolphins seen.

• Indo pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa Chinensis)
• Spotted Dolphin (S.Attentuata)
• Common Dolphin (Delphinus Delphis)
• Spinner Dolphin (Stenella Longirostris)
• Indian Ocean Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops Aduncus)

Dolphins swim in small social groups known as pods. Size of pods range from as little as 3-5 to huge pods of 100 or more. In the Pemba channel there are pods of up to 400 spinner dolphins. Sometimes different species of dolphins join up and make a "super pod". Mothers with calves swim near the center of the pod. Indo pacific groups are even smaller, with 4/5 as an average size. Young males may form their own pod and may be joined by juvenile females. Sometimes adult males may wander off temporarily.