My stay at the Manta Lodge was wondeful. My finance and I stayed for 5 nights and did six dives with the resident dive shop, Tobago Dive Experience, and we enjoyed every minute of it . Firstly the hotel is located just opposite the beach, all the rooms have a wonderful seaview, and off course some of the most beautiful dive sites are just a stones throw away (5-10mins by boat) . The hotel staff was courteous and dive staff of Tobago Dive Experience were just a joy to be around. Sean, Kester, Swiss, Arthur and off course Lappi, made everything from putting together the equipment to rolling off the boat fun, but dont let that fool you, they are also very professional and serious about safety. Sean is great especially for the less experienced diver or those wanting to get certified as he is an excellent teacher and can help guide you to mastering scuba. He has a wealth of knowledge (over 20 years diving experience in Tobago) and can identify everything that can swim, crawl or sway past him, and he also has a knack for pointing out things that you would have missed on a dive .
Speyside is a rather sleepy village, a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle. Although food choices are limited to just a few resturants, most within walking distance (Jemma's, Birdwatcher's, Speyside Inn Restaurant, Manta Lodge Restaurant and Blue Waters Inn Restaurant), the Manta Lodge Resturant is adequate, and pleasing after a long day of diving.
Despite the long winding drive from the airport ( about 1 1/2 hours ) Speyside is definitely the best place for diving in Tobago, with a lovely hotel and top class dive shop, a dive vacation there is definitely worth it.
- 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
- Manta Lodge Tobago/Speyside