Launched in 2014, the Manta Mae is a 31m long Phinisi ironwood schooner. Its charm is a fusion of Indonesian traditions and modern comforts. With its twin masts, elegant bowsprit and 7-sail rigging, the it evokes the romance of a bygone age, when Bugis and Makassan seafarers plied the shallow waters of the ‘East Indies’ on traditional vessels laden with valuable spices. These days Manta Mae focusses on liveaboard diving trips for small groups of up to 10 guests to the best of Indonesia – Raja Ampat, Komodo and the Banda Sea.
The main deck is the main social hub. Here, guests enjoy al fresco dining and breezy siestas. The large sofas around the dining table can be converted to super-size sun pads to make full use of this breezy shaded area. There is an indoor saloon furnished with a bar and sofas as well as 2 dining tables. Here, you will find you everything you need for relaxation away from the sun: plasma TV, Hi-fi mixer Traktor4, Mac computer, Wi-fi, Play Station, a coﬀee corner, wine coolers, ice maker and fridge. An additional shower enclosure, beautifully lined with labradorite, is positioned by the steps for ease of use after swimming or diving.
Extending forward of the bridge, the upper deck is dedicated to lazing, sun-bathing and star-gazing, and hence furnished with over-sized sun-beds and hammocks.
Here guests will delight in the sheer pleasure of doing nothing or read a book, sleep, chat, contemplate the joys of living the Indonesian dive dream.
Guests are accommodated in cabins, ranging from a Master king-size cabin, to Deluxe doubles/twins, and a standard twin-share. All cabins have private bathrooms, and there is a free laundry service. Options are available for 3-share as well. There’s nothing like scuba diving to sharpen the appetite. Manta Mae’s Indonesian gourmet chef takes great pride in delivering a splendid fusion of Asian and Italian cuisine, sourcing the freshest ingredients from high-quality Indonesian suppliers, local markets and fishermen. 3 times a day he will create hearty meals, served family-style on the foredeck dining table. Gluten-free, vegetarian, kosher, and children’s food can all be catered for with with advance notice.
Manta Mae prides itself on its smiling and eﬃcient crew. The Cruise Director and Captain both speak English, as do most of the crew who will do everything possible to make your vacation the trip of a lifetime. The Cruise Director is an old hand in Indonesian waters and a highly experienced dive instructor. He draws on his deep knowledge of the Indonesian archipelago to design exciting itineraries and daily adventures to meet each guest’s wildest dreams. He leads a friendly, experienced and safety-conscious crew comprising Captain, First Officer, Engineers, Deckhands, Stewards and Cook. Other guest activities available on Manta Mae include fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboard, water skiing, and underwater scooters. So start planning your Indonesian dive vacation now with the Manta Mae.
Dive experience: Divers should have a minimum of 40 logged dives prior to the cruise start, have an advanced/level 2 star dive certification, and be at least 16 years old. Manta Mae recommends the use of a private dive guide at US$ 50 per day for any divers failing to meet these criteria.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from local airport/hotel, scheduled land tours, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max. 4 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weightbelts, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (incl dive computer: US$ 36 per day), port and park fees (Raja Ampat: US$ 200 per trip, Komodo: US$ 50 per day, Banda: US$ 150 per trip), diving insurance. There is a fuel surcharge of US$ 10 per night (payable onboard). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival in cash - IDR, USD, EUR.
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 5 per day), torch (US$ 8 per day), 15 litre tank (US$ 8 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Komodo: Manta Mae departs from Labuan Bajo. You can fly direct to Labuan Bajo (LBJ) from Bali or Jakarta. Some trips may use different ports and we will assist you with information on how to get to other departure ports. Raja Ampat: These safaris usually depart from Sorong. You can fly directly to Sorong (SOQ) from Jakarta, Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado. From Bali there are convenient connections via Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado.
Domestic flights can be arranged by the operator, if required.
The liveaboard provides return transfers from local hotels as well as the airport, usually 1 hour before cruise start. Boarding is usually any time before 12 noon port departure. The last dive of the trip will be at around 2 pm on the penultimate day. The phinisi returns to port around 10 am on the final day and guests disembark between 11 am - 12 noon. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For more information see our Indonesia travel information section.
Non-diver rate: None.
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 50% for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Third guest sharing in Deluxe cabin - 50% discount. See also whole boat charter rates below.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 3,500 per night for max. 8 guests, each additional guest: US$ 100 per night; max. 12 guests. 10% surcharge for December charters. Note: nitrox and dive gear rental are for free on full charters.
10 guests are usually accommodated in the 5 cabins of Manta Mae. The lower deck houses 4 cabins. Dita, the Master cabin, is the largest and has a king-size bed. Sophia and Brigette are the 2 Deluxe cabins, both of which has a queen-size bed and an elevated single bed. Charlize is a Deluxe cabin with twin bunk beds. On the main deck is Marylin, a smaller twin bunk bed cabin. All these cabins feature private bathrooms.
The cabins feature floors of fossilized wood, coral and shell mosaic panels, and statement Indonesian artefacts. The ensuite bathrooms are lined with labradorite cabochon from Madagascar and have vanity basins, WC and rain-shower.
All the cabins have:
Individual control air conditioning
Bathroom with hot water shower and toilet
Hand basin, toiletries and towels
Wi-fi and flat screen TV with individual entertainment system
Reading lights and LED lighting
Cabinet, mirror and writing desk
Round twin plug 220/110V mains outlet - 24 hours per day - adaptors available
Bedding of finest Egyptian cotton and space for luggage