White Manta Explorer Liveaboard, Indonesia - Bluewater Dive Travel

White Manta Explorer

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Interior view of the White Manta combined double-twin cabin
Interior view of the White Manta liveaboard combined double-twin cabin
Interior view of the White Manta's combined double-twin cabin
Interior view of the White Manta triple share cabin
Interior view of the White Manta liveaboard triple share cabin
Interior view of the White Manta liveaboard twin share cabin
Interior view of the White Manta twin share cabin
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The indoor dining area on the White Manta liveaboard
The indoor dining area aboard the White Manta liveaboard
Galley of the White Manta liveaboard
The salon aboard the White Manta
The White Manta liveaboard's camera room
Interior view of the camera room on the White Manta
Outdoor dining area on the White Manta liveaboard
Desserts on the White Manta liveaboard
A close-up of some desserts on the White Manta
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Destination: South East Asia region

Raja Ampat, Triton Bay, Halmahera, Banda Sea, Sulawesi and more (6 - 10 nights) | From $443++/night

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The White Manta Explorer (previously known as the New White Manta) is a stable, spacious and safe liveaboard. She is fully equipped to take you on a fascinating diving adventure in Indonesia.


Why You'll Like the White Manta

  • Maximum comfort & safety
  • Large & spacious dive deck
  • Dedicated camera room
  • 24-hour satellite WIFI 
  • Nitrox available


Dive Overview

The White Manta Explorer visits some of the most exotic, beautiful and remote diving destinations around South East Asia, notably Indonesia and Malaysia.

[See: Raja Ampat, Ambon & Banda Sea Dive Travel Guides]

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Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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White Manta explorer Accommodation Overview

The White Manta Explorer will take up to 24 guests depending on destination and if booked as a full charter. Guests are easily accommodated in 14 deluxe air-conditioned en-suite hotel style suites. Six of the staterooms can be available for single occupancy.

Guaranteed Single Occupancy is billed an additional 20% of the retail stateroom price (Maximum numbers vary by departure). 

Comfortable, roomy and beautifully designed, each cabin provides a home away from home even in the most exotic of locations.

  • Upper Deck - Staterooms 1 to 6
  • Each room has one queen and one twin bed, a window, air-conditioning, and a private ensuite bathroom. 
  • Main deck - Staterooms 7 to 10
  • Staterooms 7 and 8 have two twin beds, a window, air-conditioning, and a private ensuite bathroom. 

  • Staterooms 9 and 10 have three twin beds, a window, air-conditioning, and private ensuite bathroom (triple share is available upon request).
  • Lower deck Staterooms -  Staterooms 11 to 14
  • Staterooms 11 and 12  have two twin beds, portholes, air-conditioning, and private ensuite bathroom. 
  • Staterooms 13 and 14 have one queen and one twin bed, portholes, air-conditioning, and private ensuite bathroom. 

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Combined Double-Twin Cabins (L) & Twin Share Cabins (R)

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Ensuite Bathroom  

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General Facilities

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New White Manta's saloon & indoor dining area

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Camera room & outdoor dining area


White Manta Boat Features

  • Full stainless steel Kitchen
  • All indoor air-con
  • Saloon with 52” Plasma TV, DVD, and media server
  • Large indoor & outdoor dining areas
  • Sundeck with shaded area
  • Dedicated Camera Room
  • 24-hour satellite WIFI


White Manta Dive Facilities

  • Large & spacious Dive Deck
  • Compressors 3 x 250 liters
  • Nitrox system
  • Diving tanks yoke & Din
  • Nitrox clean air filter system
  • Rental equipment full set available
  • PADI Courses
  • 4 Chase boats


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Food & Drinks Aboard the White Manta

On the White Manta, you can start your day with freshly baked breads. With no less than 5 meals a day, you will be filled and satisfied with an extensive range of treats for your taste buds. Further snacks, tea and coffee, hot chocolate and drinking water are available all day. The large refrigerator is amply stocked with chilled drinks. Special dietary requests can be catered for with prior notice.

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White Manta Liveaboard Deck Plan

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Schedule & Rates

White Manta Explorer Schedule & Rates

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The actual rates are based in SGD & USD. The starting price indicated above may vary based on the current exchange rate.

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions]

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  • All nights’ accommodations aboard the vessel
  • Up to 4 dives daily (weather and itinerary permitting)
  • 3 meals daily (Western & Indonesian)
  • Snacks, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo
  • Towel, toiletries, cabin services
  • Use of 12L tanks
  • Weights and weight belts
  • All air fills
  • Round trip transfers from local airport or select hotels 



  • Park and port fees ($180-250 depending on the destination)
  • Nitrox
  • Fuel surcharge (where applicable)
  • Massage
  • Soft Drinks, Beer, Wine, Nespresso Coffee
  • 24 Hr Satellite Wifi Service: SGD30 / USD30

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Other Dates & Availability

For more information on other departure dates that are not listed above and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Destinations

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Raja Ampat or ‘Four Kings’ is a true divers paradise, a wonderland lost in time, incredible natural beauty dominates above and below the blue waters; steep jungle-covered limestone islands, stunning white-sand beaches, hidden lagoons, and dense mangrove forests combine to create over 9.8 million acres of National Park. Underwater more than 1000 types of reef fish, 540 types of corals, sharks, rays, turtles, dolphins, and even whales call the park their home. This is the holy grail of dive destinations, truly one of the most beautiful places in the world. We invite you to discover a diver’s heaven on earth.

Raja Ampat will immerse you in a diving paradise: rich & varied topography, with the world’s richest underwater bio-diversity and sheer abundance of marine life to keep you coming back for more. The huge variety of coral and fish life is reflected in the diversity of dive sites you will visit; Walls, slopes, caves, canyons, seamounts, muck diving, and distinctive signature sites like Blue Water Mangroves and The Passage combine to make Raja Ampat one of the most celebrated and desired dive destinations in the world. The stunning beauty of Raja Ampat's exotic & enchanting islands both above and below the water will leave you in no doubt that this is a true natural wonderland.

In 2024, White Manta Explorer will offer a few itineraries to Triton Bay (Papua Barat). This remote and well preserved area is acclaimed by many underwater photographers for its pristine reefs and rare critters. We will give you some further information as soon as our schedule will be finalized. 

  • Water Temp: 80-86F/27-30C. 
  • Air Temp: 80-89F/27-32C.
  • Visibility: 49-99FT/15-30M.
  • Experience Level: Intermediate to advanced.
  • Best Time to Dive: October to April (less rain & much less wind; perfect for diving).

Learn more about diving Raja Ampat 

 Raja Ampat Dive Sites

Raja Ampat Dive Sites

 A map of the Dampier Strait in Raja Ampat North A map of Misool and Raja Ampat South   

Find out more about Raja Ampat liveaboards.


Ambon, Banda & Forgotten Islands 

Embark upon once-in-a-lifetime voyages across the Banda Sea, visiting the famed ‘Spice Islands’ to discover diving Nirvana in the ‘Ring of Fire'. Each year, from September-December and also between April-May our liveaboard itineraries offer diving as it was meant to be enjoyed; away from the crowds, true exploration, and discovering dive sites that very few divers will get a chance to explore. Discover unique and spectacular scenery both above and below the waves where volcanic activity has created a remote island paradise, only accessible to divers via liveaboard. With our unmatched experience in this area, we can show you just what an incredible destination this is and take you to our ‘Hammerhead hot spots’ where at certain times of the year schools of more than 200 Hammerheads have been witnessed (mostly from September to December).

Besides the schools of Hammerhead sharks, you will find pristine coral reefs, a unique local seaman in Alor, tons of sea snakes in Manuk, and a visit to the spice island in Banda Neira. The remoteness of these islands along with the low levels of the human population have meant less fishing and pollution pressures resulting in a vibrant, natural, and healthy reef system. You can expect reefs bursting with life, huge sea fans and sponges, some monumental hard corals, and more fish than your mask can cope with, there is an extraordinary variety and volume of fish life, both in terms of large and small marine life.

Beyond providing some of the best diving in the region the islands also have had a long and fascinating history. Spices, foreign traders, colonial conflicts, wars and earthquakes have all featured heavily in their checkered past. Up until the middle of the 19th century, this was the only place on Earth where the spices nutmeg, and mace could be found and as a result, they were a crucial hub for the spice trade, for a taste of the historic atmosphere going ashore in Banda Neira and visiting the old colonial fort is a must.

  • Water Temp: Generally 80-84F/27-29C. However, Alor can have temps in low to mid 60’sF/20’sC
  • Air Temp: 71-87F/22-31C
  • Visibility: 66-99FT/20-30M.
  • Currents: Medium to strong
  • Experience level: Intermediate to advanced
  • Best Time to Dive: March, April, & mid-September to December

Watch the video below and see why Banda Sea is a diver's dream!


komodo national park

Discover some of Indonesia’s most biodiverse and healthy reef systems in UNESCO Komodo National Park; submerged pinnacles and stunning fringing coral reefs, Big Fish, adrenaline-pumping currents, sharks, mantas & dolphins in crystal clear waters provide a sensory overload for first-time visitors. Amazing macro discoveries such as pygmy seahorses, frogfish, and nudibranch galore provide secret delights for photography enthusiasts. Komodo really does have something for everyone, including stunning scenery above and below the waves and a walk on the wild side with the world's largest lizard, the infamous Komodo Dragon!

More than 1,000 species of tropical fish, 260 species of coral, and rare marine mammals such as the dugong live within Komodo National Park. Strong daily tidal flows combine with nutrient-rich water upwelling from the depths of the Indian Ocean to create ideal conditions for thousands of species of corals and tropical fish to flourish. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, divers travel from all over the globe to experience the spectacular biodiversity of more than 50 world-class dive sites ranging from challenging blue water current dives with a chance of glimpsing large pelagic species to discovering rare invertebrates on a ‘muck’ dive closer to shore.

Enjoy spectacular diving in the North, Central, and (weather permitting) Southern areas of this incredible National Park. In the Northern and Central areas of the park expect great visibility and warm (27-28C) water, big fish sightings are common and photographers will find wide-angle is the default setting. Highlight Dive Sites include Crystal & Castle Rock, Shotgun, Batu Bolong, and Makassar Reef (Mantas on the moon). In the South, the water temps are usually much cooler (21-25C) and the visibility can be less than perfect in these nutrient-rich waters. However dive sites such as Cannibal Rock, Secret Garden and Torpedo Alley provide sightings of the most diverse marine life in the park. Incredible Manta aggregations can also be seen in the South at Manta Alley. Prepare for strong currents and conditions suitable for advanced level divers throughout the itinerary. We recommend 30-50 minimum dives logged prior to your Komodo itinerary. Currents are usually strongest around the New and Full moon, you can easily check out the moon phase for your trip by visiting a website such as moonconnection.com.

  • Water temp: 27-28C (80-83F) in North & Central, 21-25C (70-77F) in South
  • Visibility: 15-40m (average 25m)
  • Recommended dives: 30-50 minimum dives logged prior to your Komodo itinerary


Sangalaki, Kakaban & Maratua (Derawan Islands)

Discover an untouched diving destination that offers everything you need for the ultimate liveaboard safari. Located off the East Coast of Kalimantan (The Indonesian portion of Borneo) the Islands of Sangalaki, Maratua, and Kakaban (also called the Derawan Archipelago) offer some of the most remote, uncrowded, and untouched diving spots visited by the White Manta Explorer. You be diving away from the crowds and the diving is spectacular with plenty of ‘Big Fish’ sightings possible throughout the area.

  • Sangalaki: Famous for large aggregations of Manta Rays who use the islands surrounding colorful reefs as a cleaning and breeding ground, in certain conditions Whale Sharks can also be spotted.
  • Kakaban: A stunning freshwater jellyfish lake fringed by virgin Mangrove forest, Sheer drop-offs, and walls that attract huge schools of Trevally and Barracuda along with the possibility of Hammerhead, Grey Reef, and Black Tip sharks.
  • Maratua: One of the most action-filled destinations in the region, The walls that surround this island provide some great big fish dives, massive schools of chevron barracudas, hunting trevallies, thresher sharks and much more!
  • Water Temp: 82-86F/28-30C. Air Temp: 82-86F/28-30C.
  • Visibility: 30-90FT/10-30M.
  • Experience Level: Intermediate to advanced.
  • Best Time to Dive: Year-round
  • What to See/Highlights? Pelagic; Manta, rays, hammerheads, manta rays, barracuda, jacks, tuna, & even the chance of Whale Shark! Reef; amazing soft corals, turtles, leopard & reef sharks, harlequin shrimps, pygmy seahorses, frogfish, ribbon eels, cuttlefish, nudis & usual reef fishes encountered in the Coral Triangle. 

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Sangalaki Dive Sites

The video below shows just a small slice of what you can look forward to at Sangalaki.


Halmahera & Molucca Sea

Located between Raja Ampat & Eastern Kalimantan the Molucca Sea & Halmahera region offers divers the opportunity to embark on some true world class diving. KM Raja Manta offers safaris that cross the Molucca Sea from Sorong to Manado as well as cruises departing and returning to Manado to the remote & largely unexplored Bangka & Sangihe islands. These trips will thrill even the most experienced of divers. Take this once in a life time opportunity to explore remote volcanic islands with uncrowded and rarely visited divesites, amazing scenery both above and below the water, pelagic action in stunning visibility and some of the world’s best muck diving for lovers of weird & wonderful critters, all within the heart of the coral triangle. 

With breath-taking scenery both above and below, these trips take in some of the most remote and exclusive destinations visited by the Manta fleet. Volcanos, flora, fauna, deserted beaches, mangroves, and exotic birds will provide an incredible back drop top side whilst below the waves is equally jaw dropping with underwater volcanic landscapes rich in nutrients & bio-diversity both large & small. From spectacular full-on adrenaline dives to long slow relaxed macro spotting dives, these are cruises that really do have something for everyone. 

  • Pulau Pisang: Steep reef slopes carpeted in multi coloured Dendrophylia soft corals and beautiful intact hard coral gardens in the shallows. Big schools of Dogtooth Tuna and Spanish Mackeral patrolling the slopes chasing the schools of Sleek Surgeonfish and Banner fish.
  • Halmahera: Located between Manado and Raja Ampat, Halmahera is Indonesia’s next world class scuba diving destination. Halmahera's pristine beauty, both above the water and below the water, is staggering, its remote location and lack of infrastructure have inhibited the growth of tourism and man made pollution pressures; discover an amazing group of islands with huge biodiversity, diverse, unspoiled and uncrowded dive sites. 
  • Pulau Ternate & Pulau Tidore: Stunning Volcanic islands good for fish life: tunas, GT ́s, larges schools of jacks, black snappers, barracudas. common encounters with white tips and black tips, massive schools of Black and Midnight Snappers, another highlight at the nearby Tifore sea mount is an immense school of Barracuda and Big Eye Jacks – some of the biggest our dive guides have ever encountered.
  • Lembeh & Bunaken: Probably two of the world’s most famous muck diving destinations, all manner of sought after critters and macro subjects can be found here, an underwater photographers dream! 
  • Pulau Para: Amazing pelagic action. Schooling muscly Big Eye, dense schools of red tooth trigger fish and fusiliers. Grey reef sharks can also spotted. fabulous night dives in Para too where stary night octopus, dwarf cuttlefish, slipper lobster and all kinds of nudibranch's can be found. 
  • Mahengetang: A huge volcano with plumes of smoke rising from its crater provides a dramatic backdrop to a nearby twin pinnacle close to Mahoro and Batu Jendela. Schooling eagle rays have been seen here as well as schooling surgeon fish, rainbow runners and immense schools of blue fin trevally A huge school of Barracuda often call this pinnacle home.
  • Pulau Bangka & Sanghie: an Indonesian diver’s paradise, white sand beaches nestled under shady trees lead to a crystal-clear turquoise lagoon. Bangka is a beautiful lush island and within one of Indonesia’s most famous dive areas. Pods of spinner dolphins in the bay, seahorses on shallow reefs the aquatic environment is healthy and blissfully free of crowds. The diving is fantastic and offers you the chance to spot unusual species – look out for eagle rays, dugongs, frogfish, scorpionfish, mandarin fish, pygmy seahorses and much more.

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Boat Specifications

  • Ensuite Cabin: 14
  • Total Guests: 22
  • Crew: 20
  • Length: 46m (150 feet)
  • Width: 10m (30ft)
  • Hull: Steel
  • Cruising Speed: 10knots
  • Engine: 2 x 450hp Cummins
  • Generator: 3 x Cummins Gensets
  • Compressor: 3 x 250 litres
  • Nitrox: 1 x Nitrox system
  • Dinghy: 4 x 5.8m dinghy with 60hp OBM
  • Watermakers: 2 x Watermakers 10 ton freshwater daily
  • Fresh water tank: 30,000 liters
  • Diesel tank: 45,000 liters
  • Range: 3000 nm


Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+10
  • Electricity: 220 volts, but 110 v adapters are available
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Payment Onboard: Cash (US Dollar, Euro, Singapore Dollar & relevant local currency) & Credit Card

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