Blue Manta Explorer

An experience of a lifetime awaits you onboard the magnificent Blue Manta Explorer. Stable, spacious and safe, the Blue Manta Explorer is fully equipped to take you on a fascinating diving adventure in the magical waters of Indonesia. 

The Blue Manta Explorer is possibly the largest purpose-built dive vessel in the region. Measuring 45m (148 ft) by 9m (29ft), this steel hull vessel will only take 18 guests. The 14 beautifully furnished en-suite cabins, each average 20sqm (200sf) in size, an open outdoor alfresco dining area, an indoor air-conditioned room for finer dining, speaks of the perfect onboard ambiance of a luxurious dive holiday.

There are 4 double bed cabins and two twin cabins on the upper deck plus 4 twin cabins are located on the main deck, towards the bow. The final 4 cabins are on the lower deck.

You will enjoy the large communal areas on this boat. There is a salon with a plasma TV, DVD and media server. There’s 24 hour satellite internet providing on board wifi available so you can easily stay in touch with family at home. On the upper deck is a is a sun deck with lounge chairs for sunbathing and a covered area for shade, perfect for relaxing in between dives. Up to 5 meals a day are served by the top notch chefs - dine alfresco in the outdoor dining area or in the indoor air-conditioned dining area. You will never go hungry. The dive deck is equipped with personal rinse tanks and a wide outdoor work table for underwater digital cameras. On the main deck you will find dedicated indoor camera room with plenty of space & charging stations. Full equipment rentals are available onboard, all scuba tanks have din or yoke fittings and there are larger tanks available for those requiring a little extra air. Enjoy a warm towel, hot drink and fresh fruit after every dive.

8 day/7 night Raja Ampat Sample Itinerary
(All schedules are subjected to changes according to weather, sea, & diving conditions)

Raja Ampat will immerse you in a diving paradise, 50,000 square Kilometers of islands & reefs, 580 kinds of coral, 1,397 species of fish including 23 endemics, this truly is the epicenter of marine biodiversity with the world’s richest collection of underwater flora & fauna. The sheer abundance of marine life, healthy colourful reefs, and diverse dive sites will leave even the most experienced divers wanting more! The stunning beauty of Raja Ampat's exotic & enchanting islands both above and below the water will leave you in no doubt that this truly is one of the worlds premier diving destinations.   

Day 1. (0-1 dives) 5pm; arrival from Jakarta, Ujungpandang, or Manado to Sorong.   Staff will meet you at Sorong Airport and transfer you to the awaiting Blue Manta. Once all guests are onboard you will receive a very warm welcome, briefing, dinner, then we set sail to Raja Ampat.  Possible Check dive at Red Light District (Lampu Merah) just outside Sorong if all arrive early. 

Day 2. (4 dives) Misool; Wayil area with its beautiful lagoon for boat tour and super dives.

Day 3. (3 dives) Misool; Fiabacet & Boo area.   Sail to overnight to Central & North Raja Ampat.

Day 4. (4 dives) Pianemu area; including famous Melissa’s Garden and stunning View Point hike.

Day 5. (4 dives) Manta ridge & Dampier Strait

Day 6. (4 dives) Kri area; including Big Fish, Cape Kri, Sardine Run, & excellent night dive.

Day 7. (2 dives) Misokon island; including Blue Magic & Yellow Fever then sail back to Sorong Port. Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.

Day 8.  (0 dives) 6am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport. Departure from Sorong to Manado/ Makassar/ Jakarta/ Denpasar.

Diving days: 6 days (22 dives)

Stability

The Blue Manta is built with thick steel designed to withstand the hardest sea conditions, offering the stability wooden boats cannot. The 9m width and weight of 550 ton add to the steadiness, ensures uninterrupted rests and relaxation.  The Blue Manta is a world class cruising hotel.

Reliability

Built for sea-worthiness, the Blue Manta operates on twin engines and is an ultimate dive vessel for long haul cruises and blue water crossing trips.  She is dependable for comfort, convenience and a stress-free dive holiday. 

Exclusivity

Blue Manta will take 18-22 guests depending if it full charter.  There are 14 beautifully furnished en-suite cabins, each average 20sqm (200sf) in size comprising of single cabins and twin/double cabins.

  • 6 cabins on upper deck with window

  • 4 cabins on main deck with window

  • 4 cabins on below deck with a port hole

Safety

We do not take risks or compromise on the safety and diving of our guests and crew.  In addition to twin engines, the Blue Manta is fitted with the following security and safety features:

  • All cabins are with speakers, fire and smoke alarms

  • All sound proof wall panel, indoor deck are made of fire retardant materials

  • Furuno Radar, GPS plotter, Echo Sounders, Auto pilot, AIS

  • SSB radio, VHF radio, SART, EPIRB

  • Standard Fire Fighting Equipment

  • 2 x 30 Life Rafts

  • Life Jackets in all cabins

  • 4 x tender boats

  • 2 x Anchor System (DC/AC)

  • First Aid & Oxygen Kit

  • Fire Extinguishers

  • Satellite Telephone & Wi-Fi

  • Night Watch Security

Personalised Service

The high crew and guest ratio ensures attentive, outstanding and personalised service.  With a total of 20 crew members working onboard, we are committed to your comfort and enjoyment.

  • 3 Captains/Deck Officers

  • 3 Engineers

  • 5 Dive guides

  • 3 Chefs

  • 1 Masseuses

  • 2 Hostesses

  • 1 Cruise Leader (Instructor)

  • 2 Dinghy Drivers/Deck Hands

Photographers Dream Boat

The Blue Manta is equipped with camera-friendly facilities, designed for the most avid underwater photographers.

  • Individual Rinse Tanks

  • Wide Outdoor Work Table

  • Indoor Dry Camera Room

  • Blow-dry Stations

  • Small dive groups (4 photographers : 1 guide)

Delectable Dining

Having good food should be one of the most important criteria when choosing a liveaboard.  On the Blue Manta you 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.

Wi-Fi at Sea

The Wi-Fi is connected via Satellite and with 24/7 Wi-Fi connection, you can be connected with your family and friends anytime, anywhere.

Specifications

   
Ensuite Cabin: 14
Total Guests:      18 -22
Crew:      20
Length:    45m (148ft)
Width:           9m (29ft)
Hull:        Steel
Cruising Speed:      8-10knots
Engine:           2 x 826hp Yanmar
Generator:   3 x Yanmar Gensets
Compressor:  3 x 250 litres
Nitrox:      1 x Nitrox system
Dinghy:         4 x 5.8m dinghy with 75hp OBM
Watermakers:  2 x Watermakers 20 ton freshwater daily
Fresh water tank : 20,000 litres
Diesel tank:   45,000 litres
Range :  3500 nm
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