Manta resort Tanzania
Imagine being encapsulated in an azure bubble beneath the sea,
drifting in and out of sleep as colourful shoals of reef fish casually
swim by your window. The remarkable underwater room at
Tanzania’s Manta Resort is one of the most unique bedrooms in
the world, set 250m off the remote tropical island of Pemba.
The watertight chamber is located 4m underwater, making it
the closest you will ever come to life under the sea. More than
100 marine species call the protected blue hole site their home,
including rare Spanish dancer sea slugs, orbicular batfish,
octopus and nosy Nick, the island’s resident trumpetfish.
The submerged chamber has 360-degree panoramas of the
Indian Ocean with unobstructed views by day. At night,
spotlights under the windows illuminate the room, attracting all
kinds of fish to the porthole. At sea level, the structure is made
from local hardwood and cladding, featuring a simple lounge
space and bathroom. Climb the ladder up to the rooftop deck
and marvel at the smudges of coral, violet, turquoise and fiery
orange blending together as the sun sets over the mainland. If
you don’t want to go downstairs, you can even sleep under the
stars as the gentle sound of the sea and warm climes lulls you
into a deep slumber with unpolluted views of the solar system.
As you would expect, freshly caught seafood is excellent here.
Try the stuffed crab paired with wali wa nazi (rice in coconut
milk), best enjoyed with a cocktail or cold beer in hand and your
toes buried in the sand as you look out on to your island idyll. At
dusk, take a guided tour through the ancient Ngezi Forest
Reserve in search of the endemic Pemba flying fox.