The hotel is basic (no spa or facials) but very clean and very efficiently run. Beds are comfortable and the linens are clean. I felt the rooms were generously sized and there was plenty of hot water. Food is more home-style than gourmet, but good. I had the room over the bar and had no trouble sleeping. After diving we swam in the pool, no problems or illnesses. The dive shop was well staffed, organized, and also efficiently run. The reefs are beyond beautiful and well worth the trip. Even though we did not see a Manta (we were there in the off season) the healthy reefs made it worth the time and money. I have no problem referring people to Manta Lodge if you are interested in a unique diving experience and just a good honest place to stay. The lodge is at the edge of the Rain Forest so there are many birds to be seen and enjoy while sitting on the open air veranda. I took an afternoon off from diving and enjoyed the peacefulness of the location. Please read on for an overview of the people you will meet at Manta Lodge.
Shaun, the owner but not always the boss, has this amazing ability to make you feel a part of his wonderful world through his amazing and never ending tales of his adventures in life. When it comes to scuba he is an unselfish teacher, if you are willing to listen. My Son and I enjoyed the stories and learned a lot. I was having trouble with the amount of weight I should use; Shaun watched me on a dive and made the corrective changes to my weights.
Swiss is just an all around great young man. Don’t let his age fool you. He has an extensive knowledge of scuba and Tobago and will gladly share all he knows. You know 5 minutes after meeting him his main goal is to make your stay in his home one you will remember forever. And he did. I am afraid of the dark and would not go on a night dive with the group. One on one with a dive master was the only way I would go. Swiss, on his day off, went with me so I could have the wonderful experience of a night dive. It worked, now I am hooked.
Jillian, Patsy, Clarissa and the young lady with the beautiful blue eyes made my son and I feel safe, secure, well fed, and treated like we were a welcomed member of their personal home. What outstanding ambassadors for Manta Lodge. Even though I do not remember all of their names, all of the staff made us feel like a part of the Manta Lodge family. Ms. Patsy has some great soup recipes. Watch out for Clarissa’s Monkey La La’s. They are very tasty.
Motley, Marvin, Kester, Arthur, and Siltan are my heroes. There was not a moment in time while underwater, on the boat or on land that I had an ounce of worry for my son's safety and well being. (I was traveling alone with my son) This was the first dive trip I have taken with my son that I could 100% relax and allow myself the luxury of immersing Myself in the beautiful color and marine life of the undersea world without having to be Mom first, Diver second. What a treat. These guys are professional, have an abundance of knowledge, patient and have very calm underwater personalities. Like Shaun and Swiss they are very willing to teach and introduce you to all that Tobago diving has to offer. They tirelessly found and pointed out coral and marine life to the group. The dive staffs are local Toboggans and have an intimate knowledge of their environment. This really makes a difference.
All of this said I found my experience at Mantal Lodge to be one I would re-create without hesitation.
- 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