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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Zanzibar Islands: Pemba Undersea Room to Boost Tourism

The Blue Hole

Zanzibar is preparing to open the first ever undersea room in the country which may attract more tourists to Pemba Island, where the room has been constructed.



Visiting the luxury room at Manta Resort Hotel, Makangale coastal village, Sunday, the Minister for Tourism, Mr Said Ali Mbarouk, said the construction of the room was important in attracting high class tourists.


"The room will be officially opened soon, before the 50th revolution anniversary day (January 12, 2014). Let any person who can afford to pay, go to rest in the room. It's about 2m/- per night," said Mbarouk.



According to the Manager of the Hotel, Mr Mathew Sausaka Babu, the room is about three metres below sea water surface with panoramic windows in all directions.



He said the seven-year study proved that area is suitable for underwater rooms. Mathew said $4,000 US dollars was paid to fishing community in the area to pave way for the hotel development and protecting the area.



Mr Mkubwa Said Ali, chairperson of the fishing community received the money, which they plan to buy fishing gears for deep sea fishing.


About 758m/- has been spent to construct the underwater room. The room is similar to the underwater room in a Swedish lake near Stockholm. The single room of the hotel lies 3m below the surface of Lake Malaren in Vasteras, Sweden and contains only twin beds and a table.

The underwater room in a Swedish lake near Stockholm (The Utter Inn)

taken from: http://allafrica.com/stories/201310151142.html [16.10.2013]

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