We stayed at Manta Lodge for a week; 11 dives with experienced divemasters and captain; all dive sites were within 10 minutes of the hotel. Silton, the captain, Arthur the divemaster and Kester, our guide, are experienced, patient and fun. Japanese Gardens, Bookends, Goat Island Dream, Coral Garden, Cathedral, Angel Reef and John Rock were among our dives. We arranged for Nitrox to be brought in from Scarborough. The dive shop is well organized and responsive to a range of diving skills.
Eddie Baynes, the chef at the Manta Lodge, is creative - we had excellent barracuda with a coconut sauce one night, and the fresh vegetables were delectable. The rooms are very comfortable. The other guests and staff made our visit memorable. The lodge is across the street from the beach, and within easy walking distance of Jemma's, a renowned restaurant. A morning field trip with a naturalist to the rain forest was well worth it. This is an ideal spot for travelers who wish a quiet, relaxing but well appointed holiday. We found the prices quite reasonable.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Manta Hotel Speyside