Manta is a city of Ecuador, in the Manabí Province. The city has existed since Pre-Spanish times. The city of Manta has grown in the last 50 years to about 201,000 residents. Its main trade and industry is tuna fishing. Other economic dealings include tourism and a chemical industry with products from cleaning supplies and margarines. Since 1999 Manta has been used as a military spot for U.S. Air forces in union with Ecuador's in tactical warfare against Colombian drug traffic cartels. They use surveillance flights as well as being used as a geological look out point for the U.S. for any air crafts heading from the Middle East and Asia.
The habit of water sports is very momentous in Manta. Water sports include surfing Manta was even the host for the 2004 Body boarding World Cup, others include scuba diving, water-ski, kite boarding and kite surfing.
Or go see the Casa Cultural Mama Cuchara movie theater and catch a movie, or a historical site like the Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia.