Known as ‘the green island’ in Arabic, Pemba Island was ruled over by two sultans many centuries ago. It was an important centre of trade, and along with two other islands, makes up the legendary Spice Islands just off the coast of Tanzania. Despite its auspicious beginnings, the island has kept daily life far from the fast lane and there is no better place to experience it but at The Manta Resort.
Pemba Island’s diverse and lush landscape varies from its hidden beaches and waterways to the forests, mangroves and swamps scattered across it. Pemba is known as the Clove Island and despite its small size and population (roughly 300,000 people), it produces approximately 70% of the globe’s cloves. Don’t be surprised to feel an air of enchantment around the island - visitors can often hear tales from eager locals about its long history practicing juju medicine and other sorts of wizardry.
Whether it’s the seafront villas where toes meet sand, or the garden rooms where the ocean can be glimpsed through the trees, guests will find comfort and relaxation in these rustic abodes. For a truly exclusive holiday in Pemba, guests can make their home in The Underwater Room, a floating paradise whose bedroom sits 4 metres below sea level, allowing its inhabitants to observe the prolific sea life of this remote island at their leisure. Highlights at Manta Resort include diving courses and rainforest walks, excursions by dhow at low tide for a picnic on a sandbank, and sunset cruises on a traditional island sailing vessel.
- Located on the fascinating and remote Pemba Island, offering a mix of Arabic and Swahili culture
- Accommodation in beach-front villas, garden rooms or the secluded, floating Underwater Room
- Manta Resort is run by locals who are always on hand with expert advice about the area
- Guests can obtain their scuba certificates, cruise by dhow to sandbanks or take in the sunset via a traditional sailing vessel