Africa’s First Underwater Hotel In Tanzania

Tanzania’s Pemba Island has become the first in Africa to put up an underwater hotel room.

An investor in Pemba Island is taking offering Swedish-designed leisure beneath the sea in a bid to cash in more millions from the rich.

Manta Resort has opened a plush hotel room beneath the Indian Ocean.

At the cost of $900 (TSh1, 485,000) per night, you can share your world with sea creatures including fish.

If your spouse comes along the cost rises to $1,500 (TSh2,475,000) per night, according to details gathered by The Citizen.

Manta, which operates a 16 bed-room resort, hopes to cash in undersea tourism, which is relatively new in Africa.

The facility has already become an important attraction to tourists, especially divers.

Designed by Genberg Underwater Hotels, the three-storey structure is built using building materials that allow it to float.

Located about 250 meters offshore, the room is submerged 13 feet below sea level.

The room also has plenty of windows to allow guests watch fish and other sea creatures swim by.

Above the water, two additional floors provide an airier atmosphere, including a terrace perfect for sunbathing by day and stargazing by night.

The bathroom and a lounge area are at sea level.

At night, spotlights under the windows attract and illuminate squid and octopus — a more reclusive crowd than the daytime sea life.

Can be raised

The entire hotel can also be raised above the water in event of an evacuation or for repairs – and should tourism go south, say to Dubai, it can be towed somewhere else.

The management was quoted saying six people have already slept in the room since it was opened on November 1.

Manta opened its doors in August 2008 with 16 rooms. The underwater room makes these 17.

Underwater rooms also exist in places such as the Maldives and Stockholm.

Pemba is renowned for being a great diving spot with a plethora of sea life to be found.

Tourism is the largest foreign exchange earner in Zanzibar and Pemba islands. Last year, some 168,223 tourists visited the two islands, a slight decline from 175,067 tourists who visited the islands in 2011.

The dip is attributed to the economic downturn and its effect on southern Europe, particularly the Italian market.

Zanzibar tourism receipts stood at $156 million in 2012, according to the Bank of Tanzania.

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