Cottar's 1920's Camp

Pemba Island has been separated from the mainland of Tanzania and Zanzibar for decades, leaving an untouched and pristine island of great beauty and fertility. The mosaic of forests, swamps, mangroves, hidden beaches and lagoons is scattered with the ruins of mosques and tombs mostly reclaimed by the forest. These eerie sites date back to Arab domination when Pemba Island was seized by the Sultan of Muscat (Oman) in the 17th century. Manta Resort is a treasured hideaway where you can feel the simplicity of a naturally evolved traditional Swahili island culture. You will become part of the Pembian family, the local staff, trained to translate their natural unspoiled kindness and happiness into helping you in all ways to enjoy the low-key modern comforts here. From the moment you arrive, your every conceivable activity and service during your stay will be fully Inclusive (with the exception of diving and outside tours). You will have your own service fundi, a member of staff assigned to assist you personally and even perhaps to take you to his village to meet the relatives.

Surrounded by lush vegetation, unspoiled coral reefs, this tranquil and exclusive resort features a spa and wellness center, restaurant and sun terrace. The accommodations range from makuti thatched Standard Garden Rooms, spacious seafront villas with a secluded sun terrace to a private floating island with underwater bedroom. Imagine yourself encapsulated within a turquoise blue bubble, watching shoals of reef fish swimming lazily by, sometimes in three or four layers of different species above the reef floor. This is the heart-stopping experience that awaits you in the unique underwater room. The floating structure provides three levels, those above the water clad in local hardwood, and each an experience in itself.

Most meals are served on the verandah overlooking the Indian Ocean. The cuisine consists of seafood, local and vegetarian dishes. Cocktails and drinks can be enjoyed at the bar.


At Manta Resort you will find a private beach area and an outdoor pool. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including diving, hiking and kayaking, village visits and traditional dhow sailing excursions. Some of the dive sites around Pemba are simply spectacular. The deep Pemba channel rises dramatically towards the island’s west coast in near vertical walls along many of the reefs. Diving in this region is characterized by exceptionally clear, blue water drop-off’s and vibrantly healthy shallow reefs. Hard and soft coral gardens support a proliferation of reef and pelagic fish and other marine life.

The resort can help you organize scheduled charter flights to Pemba Island. The resort is 25 miles from Pemba Airport in Chake-Chake. For the ultimate Tanzania experience Spend 8 days on safari in Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Northern Serengeti ending with a relaxing stay The Manta Resort.


Honeymoon Special
Free private sunset cruise with a bottle of bubbly
Free daily spa treatment (One per person)
Free private sandbank trip
Romantic beach dinner
Star gazing

Pemba Explorer Special
Stay 7 pay 5 or Stay 10 pay 7
50% discount on the following excursions:
Rainforest walk and birding safari,
Spice tour and rainforest walk,
Sandbank sailing excursion,
Local school visit,
Njao kayak safari

All specials cannot be combined with any other discounts and are for new reservations only.