Manta Underwater Room’ - 13 feet (four metres) under the
Africa’s first underwater resort by a small
group of Swedish and Tanzanian investors ,it is now owned by Genberg Art
UW Limited. Amazing Yes?
Guests of the Manta Underwater Room sleep in a glass-walled underwater chamber surrounded only by the sea while, above sea level, two additional levels are provided for leisure and recreation. The roof doubles as a sunbathing terrace during the day and a stargazing spot at night, and without any light pollution means would-be astronomers can enjoy exceptional night-time views.
Read about the investors story on how they started the resort belowTheir Story
In search of the perfect underwater environment we found ourselves on a remote island, asking ourselves whether it gets any better.
The conclusion, a more remote location with whiter coral sand and clearer waters would prove almost impossible to find.
How can such a beautiful place be so devoid of visitors? On an island with a population of 300,000 there are rarely more than a couple of dozen foreigners. It is as though the people of
have a secret that they refuse to share. Traveling in Pemba
is discovering untouched territory. Villagers are eager to talk to anyone who
passes and small children will give you their biggest and whites smiles as the
yell “bye-bye!” as you pass them by. You will be called over in markets by the
stallholders to sit you down to try their fruits, waiting paitiently for your
When the Western Colonial powers came to East Africa the British forced the Sultanates of Muscat and
separate and then administered the Spice Islands
in the name of the Sultan.
Historically the huge traditional trading vessels, or “dhows”, followed the monsoons down from the Arabian Peninsula to
Africa. Following the winds they transported cloves to India, textiles to the Arab countries and silver
and wood back to the Spice Islands of Unguja and Pemba.
The dhows have remained a constant emblem throughout the history of
Pemba. To this day the dhows sail from Wete
to Shimoni in Kenya and then
plough through to northern
when the winds become favourable. Mozambique
is elevated along an idyllic island beach on the northern most point of the island. Facing west to the sunset it offers privacy, romance, adventure, and water sports on one of
East Africa’s finest island sanctuaries.
Who they are
Christer and Jacky Abrahamsson, Hans Elis Johansson, Michael Wild and The Genberg Underwater Hotels company.
registered company was formed, Genberg Art UW Limited, owning the underwater
room and which in turn will be operated by The Manta Resort. Zanzibar