MV Black Manta Diving Liveaboard Review

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MV Black Manta Diving dive boat review

White Manta fleet operate through Asia in many of the most desirable destinations. Her fleet includes this great vessel, MV Black Manta, which spends her time cruising up and down the wonderful islands and reefs of Raja Ampat and Komodo.

Komodo and Raja Ampat are widely known in the scuba diving community as offering some of the best diving on the planet. Komodo, home to the famous Komodo Dragon, and Raja Ampat – which translates as ‘Four Kings’ – and is an archipelago of approximately 1,500 islands in the West Papua province of Indonesia. Raja Ampat and Komodo offer the most prolific and diverse reefs and aquatic life on the planet. More than 1,200 fish species. 600 coral species and close to 700 mollusc species. Octopus, moray eels, cuttlefish, turtles, jackfish, dolphins, emperor angelfish, groupers, goatfish, sweetlips, scorpionfish, frogfish, pipefish and lionfish are all here. Other marine life includes invertebrates such as sea fans, sponges, soft corals, feather stars and an abundance of colourful, exquisite nudibranchs. Raja Ampat is a diver’s dream. The diving can be more challenging and it’s recommended divers have a few dives logged before visiting.

 

 

 The vessel itself was built originally in 2006 but has been through regular updates and evolutions to maintain her high standard. 32m in length and 7.2m in beam her obvious competitor is MV Ambai. Similar to her competitors, Black Manta has the complete range of safety and emergency equipment. Radar, radio, life vests, first aid, GPS, fire alarms and a crew trained in first aid are just some of the features. Twin 500hp motors make short work of transfers between islands and she has a freshwater maker onboard for showers and toilets.

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Cabins and Boat Layout

 

The Black Manta has 10 guests cabins.

 

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The first option is a standard twin cabin. This has twin single beds, air-conditioning and a single wash basin. The standard cabin doesn’t have an ensuite bathroom.

 

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Twin Cabin

mv black manta ensuite cabins 7&8 liveaboard review

Cabins 7 & 8

mv black manta ensuite cabins 3&4 liveaboard review

Cabins 3 & 4

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Ensuite lower deck cabin

 

The remaining cabins from #3 to #10 have either a twin single or double bed options, depending on your preference. Each cabin has air-conditioning and ensuite bathroom facilities.

 

Outside during the days you’ll find a camera room and charging stations for your gadgets, torches and cameras to ensure you’re ready to take some stunning shots in water.

 

The vessel has a comfortably (5m x 7m) sized lounge/salon area where you can sit in air-conditioned luxury, read, relax or watch a film on the entertainment system including huge plasma TV.

mv black manta indoor lounge salon area liveaboard review

Salon/Lounge

 

If you’re more of a sun-worshipper, take some time to relax outside and bronze yourself on the sundeck or outdoors relaxing area. Or, if you’re too excited to sit and chill, other activities are available – go snorkeling or perhaps have a massage.

 

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Dine outside if you prefer.

 

Food is a delight for your taste buds; a combination of local and western cuisine. And, with complimentary snacks, tea and coffee thoughout the day you’re unlikely to lose weight during your time on Black Manta!

 

 

Diving onboard Black Manta

 

All diving is conducted from the diving tenders to allow you the optimum drop point for each dive. 3 dive tenders or ‘chase boats’ accompany the main vessel and coordinate for diver pick-ups and drops.

 

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Dive Deck

 

Nitrox is available on board and highly recommended for repetitive diving. Alternatively, should you wish to further your diving education while onboard, courses are available with the instructors for a small supplement.

 

The vessel also boasts tech/rebreather support.

 

 

Itineraries

 

There are a choice of different itineraries; Raja Ampat or Komoda– depending on season. Choose your voyage carefully.

 

Expect to pay around EUR1,572 for a 6 day/5 night trip. This equates to EUR269/day, making her marginally competitive for the region. Please note that this does not include some extras such as port/marine park fees, equipment rental, alcoholic drinks and crew tips. Please contact us for further details.

Where does this liveaboard dive boat go?

Check out the fabulous places where this dive boat travels to.
Note: some destinations may not be listed below, please enquire for more details.

Komodo Island

Diving in Komodo is all about action! It is BIG fishes land! With wonderful coral, it is just incredible diving all year round.

Komodo Island Diving Review

Wakatobi

Wakatobi has some of the finest coral in the world, amazing biodiversity and one of the best places in the world for macro photography! On the right day, the visibility can be outstanding!

Wakatobi Diving Review

Raja Ampat

Richest Reef in the World, Amazing Biodiversity, Wonderful Coral, perfect place for underwater photography.

Raja Ampat Diving Review

Gili Islands, Lombok

Diving in Gili islands is great for swimming with Turtles! It can also be a great spot to take your next diving course as the dives here are relatively cheap.

Gili Islands, Lombok Diving Review

Lembeh Strait

Best Muck Diving in the World! One of the Best spot in the World for Macro Underwater Photography. Amazing Biodiversity!

Lembeh Strait Diving Review

Bunaken, Manado

Diving in Bunaken is just fantastic for wall Diving, Coral gardens, endless visibility, incredible biodiversity. Also staying on an isolated island is something really special to experience!

Bunaken, Manado Diving Review

Tulamben

One of the best Wreck Dives in the World!!! And the most easy for sure, 30m from the Shore and starts at 4m deep! Fantastic Marine life and great Coral!

Tulamben Diving Review

Pemutaran, Lovina

No current, Good visibility, unusual Marine Life and one of the BEST Diving sites around Bali for Muck Diving: Puri Jati (P.J.).

Pemutaran, Lovina Diving Review

Padang Bai

Night Diving, Underwater Macro Photography, Resident Whitetip Reef Sharks, Huge green Turtles, and crystal clear water! Also a great Snorkelling spot!

Padang Bai Diving Review

Menjangan Island

Menjangan Island is famous worldwide for Wall diving with small caverns to explore. The reef and Coral are also great. A very nice wooden wreck from the 19th century: Anker Wreck.

Menjangan Island Diving Review

Nusa Penida / Nusa Lembongan

One of the best spots in the world to see the rare Mola Mola and the graceful Manta Rays! Big fishes and action with lots of sharks. Very good Visibility and stunning Coral.

Nusa Penida / Nusa Lembongan Diving Review

Candidasa

It is all about action! Big pelagic fishes, hunting action in the current, and many Sharks! Regular seeing of Hammerhead Sharks and Mola Mola!

Candidasa Diving Review

Bali

Diving in Bali is incredible for BIG Fishes, Macro Diving, Drift Diving and Excellent Visibility!

Bali Diving Review

Indonesia

Diving in Indonesia will suit every diver's hopes and desires. In a land of opportunity, dive spots range from those suited to beginner divers wishing to learn in perfect easy conditions to unexplored dive sites with fierce currents for those more experienced divers looking for a challenge.

Indonesia Diving Review

Amed

Magnificent coral, no current, relaxed and easy diving, possibilities for night diving, good place for underwater macro photography, and a great snorkelling spot.

Amed Diving Review

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Dive spots reviews in Indonesia & Komodo Island & Raja Ampat

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Lighthouse is a great dive site! Located in the North of Komodo Island National Park not far from castle rock and crysta...
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One of the best dive sites in Bali for muck diving and macro photography! This shallow black sand bay is host to all sor...
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Tatawa Kecil is a small island and is a magical world class dive site for a drifting! Be careful the current there can b...
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Crystal Bay is a very good dive site in Bali but reserved to experienced divers as the current can be quite strong and d...
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This is one of the best dive sites in Komodo national park. It is the best place to dive with manta rays. From September...
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Ghost bay diving site in Amed is an artificial reef with bottles, wheels, etc. But it is a wonderful place for underwate...
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Gili Selang is a new dive site and the area is still under exploration. The North of Gili Selang is full of surprises bu...
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Raymond's point is a vertical wall with usually strong current, making it an ideal place for drift dives in Bunaken. The...
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The Blue Corner dive site in Nusa Penida is THE place to drift dive in Bali! The current can be very strong and for this...
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This is one of the best dive spot of Komodo Islands national park! Not to be missed! This seabanks is full of fish with ...

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