Podcast conversation with Matt Saus
The story of the Manta Resort is as unique as the location of its underwater villa. Matt shared how this resort came to be and the collaborations made with the local residents and government to make it happen. The Kwanini Foundation began to ensure Manta would be contributing to what the island needs to continue to thrive as a natural, cultural island paradise. It’s a remarkable partnership.
85% of the staff are local to Pemba Island, which in itself is a testament to the commitment Manta has to the community of this remote island.
I love matching travelers to the exact right destination for them. Part of that is sharing upfront knowledge and also setting proper expectations. This quote from Manta is a great start…
“Pemba is a remote island off the east coast of Africa, and probably as far away from civilization your clients might ever find themselves. If it’s serenity, close encounters with nature and a family of staff you crave, The Manta Resort is the place for you. Switch off the noisy, polluted electronic world and enter a completely different one, not as a tourist, but as a guest with simple needs: sunshine, fresh air, natural food, a comfortable bed and friendly company.”
The resort is made up of rooms and villas, with beautiful outdoor showers. And there is one very special underwater room. It is best to view the photos to understand what it’s like. Just know you can see fish swimming by and there has also been octopi crawling across the window.
- Snorkel from shore
- Scuba dive (they have a 5* PADI diver center)
- Visit a sandbank
- Go out on a Ngalawa boat sunset cruise
- Go fishing – deep sea to casual. Hand line off the dhow outside the conservation area.
- Take a rainforest tour
- Luxuriate in the spa
- Enjoy the culinary offerings – in the restaurant, at a beach dinner, next to the bonfire, or watching the sunset
Logistically it’s easiest to get here via non-stop flights from Tanga (mainland Tanzania) and Zanzibar.
Manta is great for honeymooners, scuba divers and those who love to be active in and on the water.
*Your exclusive gift when booked through Truvay Travel – venture out with a local for an authentic, hand-line fishing experience on a Ngalawa boat and bring your fresh catch back to be prepared for dinner.
More details: https://themantaresort.com