We arrived to the Manta Lodge in the evening so had no idea of how beautiful it would be when we woke up in the morning. The lodge sent a driver to retrieve us from the airport and they were very kind to get us so late. It took almost an hour at the customs line so be prepared for a potential wait. Just arrange with Kathy for your transportation to and from the airport. On our first night, after we met Kathy and Sean, we knew this was going to be an adventure. *tune in Indiana Jones theme song music*
The lodge is homey – a large comfortable bed, spacious room and walk in shower so it was easy to get cleaned up after a day of diving. All rooms are ocean view. The décor was tasteful and the atmosphere was like being with friends. They have a dining area and Moray Eel Bar. The food was great and the ladies worked hard to get things the way you liked it. If you need something, be sure to ask. You can walk out your room door and to the back is rainforest trails and to the front is the ocean. Sean owns most of the land around that area and intends on keeping it pristine and wild. We ate at the lodge for most of our meals but we went over to Charlottesville one night for dinner at Sharon’s which was delicious. Don’t bother with places along the main road as they are overpriced though try to get into Jemma’s if possible. Sean is very social so you will drink with him. He will tell you like it is, so don't be too sensitive.
We booked the trip with scuba diving in mind. We had our orientation in the morning and got to diving first thing. The drift diving is known as some of the best in the world; it was true to its reputation. Sean is a very accomplished diver so you are in good hands. I cannot speak enough praise about Sean’s crew. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Sean and Tian were great dive masters, and Fedor, Fedor was the best. He is your elevator back into the boat and a great dive master. Everything is big in Tobago. Amazing coral growth, the largest brain coral and carpet sponge in the world. Lots of turtles, huge sharks, and the stupidest damsel fish in the world. When you go, you want to do a night dive; octopus, lobsters, enormous crabs, and drift diving at night is an adventure.
We spent a week, diving all week and then seeing the island the last day. We hired Kenneth to be our guide. Kenneth is an absolute riot. Kenneth knows literally every person on that island, is knowledgeable about island information, and is a perfect guide. He took us to Argyle Falls, a hike in the rainforest (he is an expert bird caller!), and then to Englishman’s Bay to snorkel and have lunch. We took the circuitous route around the island and it was a splendid time. Just ask Kathy, she will take care of you.
If you're headed to Tobago, I highly recommend the Manta Lodge. You won’t be disappointed!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The cozy 22 room property may be small, but it still features a number of 'big' amenities - the Green Moray Bar & Restaurant, soft sand beach, full service dive shop, freshwater swimming pool, reading nook with a multi-lingual lending library, endless hiking trails and plenty of room to relax! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Manta Hotel Speyside