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Dive Review of Manta Resort in
Africa/Pemba Island, Tanzania

Manta Resort: "Combo safari and dive trip to Tanzania", Jun, 2018,

by Derek Smith, ON, CA ( 1 report). Report 10344.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The good - lots of critters and small fish, mostly healthy corals although house reef badly damaged. Staff generally very helpful, dive guides very capable.

What we didn't know before we left home - the boats are very basic, just a bench on each side. Equipment was laid in the bottom of the boat, no rinse bucket or any accommodation for cameras. Each day the wind started to pick up early in the morning and by 9am the water was very rough making exit challenging all gear was removed in water and handed up to the crew.

The bad unfortunately what could be a great dive destination has been ruined by overfishing. Each day hundreds of boats went out and caught anything of any size. Many islanders were snorkeling from shore and spear fishing. There was a small conservation area right off the resort but the locals did not respect it. Did not see a single shark or ray or any large fish and only one very small turtle.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Indonesia, Philippines, Palau, Maldives, Australia, Caribbean
Closest Airport Pemba Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 82-°F / 28-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments No facilities on the boat, camera had to be left lying on a narrow bench or on the floor of the boat along with tanks, regs, etc in rough conditions
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