White Manta Explorer

Destination: South East Asia region

Indonesia (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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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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New White Manta Indonesia diving Liveaboard New White Manta Indonesia diving Liveaboard

Combined Double-Twin Cabins

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Twin Share Cabins

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Triple Share Cabins - available on request only

 

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 10% (20% effective SEP21) 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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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.

 New White Manta Liveaboard's main deck cabin New White Manta Liveaboard's main deck cabin

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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 and Full Rates for 2019]

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Inclusions

  • 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 

 

Exclusions

  • 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 

Raja Ampat or ‘Four Kings’ is a true diver’s 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.

  • Water Temp: 27-30 degrees Celsius
  • Air Temp: 27-32 degrees Celsius
  • Visibility: 15-30 meters
  • Currents: Mild to strong
  • Level: Intermediate to advanced. We recommend divers have at least 30-50 dives prior to their visit.
  • Best Time to Dive: November to April (less rain & much less wind; perfect for diving)
  • What to See: Raja Ampat is all about diversity - not only diversity of species, but also of dive sites. There are some areas where soft corals and sea fans dominate, others with hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, drop offs, caves, black sand and white sand…and there are more species of fish life here anywhere else in the world. Here, all the levels of the food chain are well represented – from pygmy seahorses to top predators, from manta ray to nudibranch, Raja Ampat has it all! 

 Raja Ampat Dive Sites

Raja Ampat Dive Sites

 dampier strait raja ampat north misool raja ampat south  

 

Find out more about Raja Ampat liveaboards.

Ambon, Banda & Forgotten Islands 

In-between our Sangalaki and Raja Ampat seasons the White Manta embarks upon once in a lifetime voyages across the Banda sea, visiting the famed 'Spice Islands' to discover diving Nirvana in the 'Ring of Fire.'  This is diving as it was meant to be enjoyed, true exploration, away from the crowds, 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 'Hammer head hot spots'  where at certain times of the year (Sept-Nov) schools of more than 200 Hammerheads have been witnessed.

  • Water Temp: 27-29 degrees Celsius. Note: deep water thermoclines can reduce temps to as low as 25C
  • Air Temp: 22-31 degrees Celsius
  • Visibility: Best in April when you can expect clear waters with visibility ranging between 20-30 meters. During Sep-Nov visibility can reduce significantly.
  • Diver Level: Intermediate to advanced. We highly recommend divers have at least 50 logged dives prior to their trip.
  • Highlights: The remoteness of these islands along with the low levels of 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.


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

 

Sangalaki, Kakaban & Maratua (Derawan Islands)

Derawan archipelago in north east Kalimantan is one of the most remote areas of Indonesia. Here you can discover an untouched diving destination which offers everything you need for the ultimate dive safari. Located off the East Coast of Kalimantan (The Indonesian portion of Borneo) the Islands of Sangalaki, Maratua and Kakaban offer some of the most remote, uncrowded and untouched diving spots visited by the Manta fleet. Not only will you be diving away from the crowds but the diving is spectacular with plenty of ‘Big Fish’ sightings possible throughout the area.

  • Sangalaki: Good potential for manta rays who use the island's surrounding colourful reefs as a cleaning and breeding ground. A renowned turtle hatching site, every day hundreds of hatching sea turtles can be seen making their dash to the ocean from their nesting sites.
  • Kakaban & Kakaban Lake: Kakaban is famous for it’s stunning fresh water Jelly Fish lake fringed by virgin Mangrove forest. On the seaward side of the island sheer drop offs and walls attract Huge schools of Trevally and Barracuda along with the possibili.
  • Maratua: One of the most action filled destinations in the region, the walls that surround this island provide some great Big Fish dives, with massive schools of chevron barracuda, hunting trevally, thresher sharks and much much more! 
  • Water Temp: 28-30 degrees Celsius 
  • Air Temp: 28-30 degrees Celsius 
  • Visibility: 10-30 meters
  • Level: Intermediate to advanced
  • What to see / Highlights:  Plenty of pelagic action; manta rays, barracuda, jacks, tuna, a variety of reef sharks, even Leopard & Thresher sharks can be spotted here. Reef; amazing soft corals, turtles, harlequin shrimps, frogfish, ribbon eels, cuttlefish, nudis, & usual suspects. There is even a great chance to see Whale Sharks here. Whilst it is not guaranteed, dives searching for the whale sharks take place around fishing ‘Bagans” (floating fishing platforms) and are located away from any reefs in the open sea. It is a risk worth taking in our opinion, mostly they are there and, well, they are the biggest fish so very very popular!

dive map sangalaki

 

Sangalaki Dive Sites

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

 


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Other Information

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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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Call us today at 310-915-6677 or email us info@bluewaterdivetravel.com

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