Our story

The Manta family - safeguarding the future of Pemba Island

In 2007, a group of like-minded people at the Manta Resort came together to build a tourism project. In all of us coming together to build this long-term vision, we quickly realised that it wasn’t just about Manta. We were interested in Pemba and its’ future. When we started asking why we had come to Pemba, we realised that we’re here for certain reasons; it’s still a truly tropical island, it’s remote, the culture is intact, the environment is not past the tipping point and there’s real hope, chance and opportunity to keep Pemba a genuinely natural place.

Community Involvement @ The Manta Resort Pemba Island
Community Involvement @ The Manta Resort Pemba Island
Ngezi Forrest @ The Manta Resort Pemba Island

Kwanini Foundation

Start of Kwanini foundation

What makes us different is that we are consciously, continuously, asking the question ‘why’ – Kwanini? From these beginnings, the Kwanini Foundation was born. We are focussed primarily on Pemba, and what the island needs to continue to thrive as a natural, cultural island paradise. 

Staff @ The Manta Resort Pemba Island

Since 2007

Many years of dedication

In the last ten years we have completed several projects alongside the community. Some have been exceptional successes, like the establishment of our Kwanini Marine Protected Area some five years ago, others have been more of a process, like our water project on nearby Njao island. We have learned a great deal in the past ten years, from both our successes and failures, and have been joined by a team of dedicated local and international experts who have voluntarily given their time to help re-launch the Foundation in 2018 as the organisation you see today.

In the future, we envisage the Kwanini Foundation with a large support base, all sharing the knowledge necessary to develop a sustainable future for Pemba and working to conserve the island as a real, sustainable destination.

People of Manta family

Meet our wonderful family

These are the people that come together to bring our long-term vision to life.

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  • Please note that our resort is fully inclusive. 
  • The Resort has a 3 night minimum stay policy.
Snorkeling
Sandbank Excursion
Fishing
Pemba Inland Excursion
Ngalawa Sunset Cruise
Diving
The Standard Garden Rooms
The Superior Garden Rooms
The Seafront Villas
The Seafront Family Villa
The Underwater Room
Diving
Diving
Ngalawa Sunset Cruise
Ngalawa Sunset Cruise
Pemba Inland Excursion
Pemba Inland Excursion
Fishing
Fishing
Sandbank Excursion
Sandbank Excursion
Snorkeling
Snorkeling
The Standard Garden Rooms
The Standard Garden Rooms
The Superior Garden Rooms
The Superior Garden Rooms
The Seafront Villas
The Seafront Villas
The Seafront Family Villa
The Seafront Family Villa
The Underwater Room
The Underwater Room