Blue Manta, built in 2015, is a 45m long steel-hulled liveaboard, cruising Komodo, Raja Ampat and beyond. This spacious motor vessel, purpose-built for divers, takes up to 20 guests in comfort on Indonesia diving tours around the very best sites. Blue Manta was conceived with single travellers in mind and many of the cabins can be used for single occupancy without a large supplement.
A lot of thought has gone into planning the construction of Blue Manta. There are brightly lit spaces with large picture windows on the main and upper deck. You can choose from the indoor and outdoor dining areas. Cabins and common areas are very comfortable and furnished to a high standard.
Some of the finer features of Blue Manta include 24 hour satellite Wi-Fi internet, in-cabin speakers for announcements, complimentary laundry service and both hot water showers and individual rinse tanks on the dive deck! Photographers will appreciate the large outdoor work table and more particularly the designated dry camera room catering to every photographer's needs! You can expect comfort and quality, space and stability in a bright relaxing environment on board the lovely Indonesian Blue Manta liveaboard.
Dive experience: Blue Manta recommend:: Raja Ampat and Komodo (intermediate to advanced). All other routes: standard open water.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, soft drinks, satellite email, land tours on Komodo safaris, transfers to the boat from the airport and hotels, dives (as detailed in the trips above), 5 experienced English-speaking dive guides, tanks, weights and weightbelts, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 50 per day), dive computer (US$ 12 per day), marine park and harbour fees (Raja Ampat - US$ 250, Komodo - US$ 200, Banda Sea - US$ 250, all per person per trip, payable in advance), travel and dive insurance. Fuel surcharge: from September 2022 all cruises will be liable for the following charges (paid in advance) - Banda Sea: US$ 200, Komodo/Raja Ampat/Sangalaki: US$ 150. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash - IDR, USD, EUR or SGD, or bank card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, 15 litre tank rental (US$ 12 per day - book in advance), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 20 per day), torch (US$ 12 per day), massage services and laundry service. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Raja Ampat: The Blue Manta liveaboard normally departs in the afternoon from Sorong or in West Papua. You can fly directly to Sorong from Jakarta, Ambon, Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado. From Bali there are convenient connections via Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado. We will help you arrange these domestic flights. There is a transfer service from the local airport to and from the boat. For charters using other departure ports we will assist you with information on how to get there. Komodo: Blue Manta diving tours depart from Labuan Bajo or sometimes Maumere in Flores. Both flights and hotel bookings can be arranged by the operator. There is a minibus transfer service from the airport to and from the boat. For tours using other departure ports we will assist you with information on how to get there. Ambon/Banda: Fly direct to Ambon from Jakarta (or from Sorong or Surabaya). Forgotten Islands: Fly direct to the port of Saumlaki (from Ambon connecting to Jakarta and Makassar). Alor & Flores: Fly direct to the port of Alor (direct from Bali), the port of Maumere (direct from Bali, or via Makassar from Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur.
Port departures are planned for 3 pm (or earlier if all the guests arrive beforehand), except Ambon (at 2 pm). For more information see our travel information section. We require that all guests bring a home Antigen Test Kit (ATK) and test themselves upon arrival to Indonesia or no later than 12 hours prior to boarding. Please keep the test result or photo of the result to show our cruise leader upon arrival. Upon arrival all crew and guests will have a further ATK test. Any positive results - the guest will be advised to return to a local resort or medical facility to isolate. All costs will be borne by the guest. We therefore strongly recommend that you do check your travel insurance covers for positive COVID-19 interrupting your travel plans.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 12 noon on the second last day of the tour, then the yacht returns to port during the late afternoon. Disembarkation is from 5 am til 12 noon. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 10% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 20% of the published price for their own cabin. 6 single occupancy cabins are available per cruise (2 per deck).
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 6 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise in a lower deck cabin free of charge (total 7 or more guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 16 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in lower deck cabins free of charge (total 18 guests). Pay for 19 guests and 3 additional persons can join free of charge (total 22 guests).
There are 14 guest cabins, averaging 20 sqm each, on board this liveaboard featuring a double bed, 2 twin beds or a double and a twin. Blue Manta's cabins have single divers in mind and many of the double cabins are expected to be for single occupancy. All cabins have ensuite bathrooms and air-conditioning. The upper deck has 4 doubles and 2 twins, the main deck has 2 twins and 2 twin/doubles and the lower deck has 4 twin cabins.
All the cabins have:
Windows on main and upper deck only
Bathroom with shower, hand basin, toilet, towels and toiletries
Shelves and wardrobe
Speakers for announcements
Space for luggage
Mains outlet 220 Volts, 24 hours per day - 3 square prong, British style sockets
Enriched air nitrox - 3 motorised dive dinghies - Dive deck & platform with individual rinse tanks - Air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD video & music - Indoor and open-air dining areas - 24 hour satellite WiFi internet - Indoor dry camera room - Large sundeck with chairs - Underwater cameras available for rent - Massage service - Water dispenser
Food on the Blue Manta liveaboard tours can be enjoyed either in air-conditioned comfort in the indoor dining area on the main deck or in the open-air dining area on the upper deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are the 3 main meals and consist of a blend of western and Asian cuisine. You can also have a light breakfast before the first dive, and afternoon snacks are also served to keep away any hunger, including freshly baked breads
Asian and international meals.
Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner with snacks in between.
Coffee, tea, drinking water, fruit, toast and biscuits are provided free of charge.
Wine and beers are available for purchase.
The dining service begins with dinner on the first evening of the liveaboard trip.
All special dietary requirements can be catered for - please send us advanced notice.
"The boat was very comfortable and stable, the staff were extremely friendly and the cruise director Cedric was an excellent leader, providing information timely and he managed to accommodate people's requests. All staff were always willing to help and the fact that there is only 1 guide per 4 divers is great for security.
DIve The World were quick, efficient and easy to use. Sheldon in particular was very friendly to respond." - Francisco Chong Luna, Mexico, 11 December 2022 ...
"Excellent. Hi level of service and boat facilities. " - Alexey Stakanov, Cyprus, 31 March 2020 ...
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