KM Black Manta Liveaboard Review

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The Black Manta is a 32 meter long steel haul vessel that can accommodate up to 20 guests. It has high quality cabins with hot water bathrooms.

KM Black Manta dive boat review

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Please note…

The Black Manta has been sold and is no longer operating with the White Manta Fleet. We will update upon newer information. 

Also, White Manta has re-flagged to Indonesia, apparently running the former Black Manta routes. 


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KM Black Manta has an indoor saloon as well as other spots for relaxation. This liveaboard operates and offers tours to Raja Ampat from November to April and Komodo in Indonesia. They serve Asian, Thai and western meals to guests and food is served buffet-style. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, hot chocolate, fruit, water, snacks and biscuits are provided free of charge. If you are a vegetarian, you can advise the crew in advance for your diet requirements or preference.

You can check the availability and prices for this boat here.

KM Black Manta yacht onboard facilities and services:

  • Enriched air nitrox
  • 2 motorised dive dinghies
  • 40m² dive deck & platform with rinse tanks
  • Air-conditioned saloon with plasma TV, DVD video & music
  • Dining area
  • Large sundeck with mattresses
  • Underwater cameras available for rent
  • Massage service
  • Water dispenser

KM Black Manta Boat Budget Range / Price: Starts at US$ 2,400 for a 6 nights tour.

Customer Review

“After my week on the Black Manta, I still couldn’t catch my breath. I just lived the most magical experience of my life. My friends ask about my favourite dive and all I can answer is “every single dive was my favourite!!!” Seriously, I could not name one site more than another, it was all different, all unique and fantastic in different ways. The marine life if stunning and so diversified. The reefs are… Impossible to describe. The ocean floor’s topography goes up and down and is beautifully challenging to navigate. The vessel is newly refurbished and very luxurious! It’s super study so even when the ocean goes crazy you won’t feel it so much. The sun deck is awesome! We could even jog on it! The food was above all expectations and the crew was very knowledgable and helpful!”

Kari

“The Black Manta boat is phenomenal. Our cruise and dives unfolded smoothly and nicely for our greatest pleasure. Safety was always super important. The staff does not hesitate to go out of their path to help you with anything. The diving sites offered in Raja Ampat were simply majestic and pristine. The equipment they provide is great and the boat itself is spacious and comfy. A hidden gem!”

Eugene

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

Raja Ampat

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

Raja Ampat Diving Review

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Dive spots reviews in 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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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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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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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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Batu bolong is a world class dive site! At the surface, we can just see a small rock with hole in it, but underwater it ...
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This dive site is maybe the most extreme of the Komodo National Park! It is a submerged pinnacle located southeast of La...
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Tatawa Besar dive site is an easy drift in shallow waters. It can be very rewarding with many manta rays in the rainy se...
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Pillaarsteen dive site is really interesting due to its unusual reefscape. However this dive site is actually affected b...
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End of the World dive site in Komodo Islands is a big wall of rocks with small caves and overhangs. The wall is going de...

3 liveaboard reviews for “KM Black Manta

  1. KM Black Manta offers a huge space for everyone, which I really love! Spending 6 nights on this astounding dive boat made my Rajah Ampat diving experience more exciting and adventurous, which I would never forget for the rest of my life! I’m already looking forward to the time when I could experience once again the quality service offered on board Black Manta, so I’m definitely going back next year!

    I had a great time hanging out with the cool and very knowledgeable dive director, Cedric and his friendly crew. Since it was my first time to dive in Raja Ampat, I was a bit excited and anxious regarding the water current. But I was pleased that he assured me that the current is still manageable so I don’t need to worry. He also shared plenty of information regarding the area and the beautiful dive sites and the numerous species that we could possibly spot along the way.

    Unlike in any other liveaboards that I’ve tried before, Cedric has a good leadership and coordination with his crew. He seemed to be comfortably in control at all times. Cedric was also enthusiastic to talk to the guests and answer our questions, shared his comments and suggestions which were very helpful. The crew members assisted the divers as well. After a tiring day of diving, the crew never fails to appear at the dive deck bringing some hot drinks and fresh towel. I would also like to commend the female crew for doing a great job on housekeeping duties! It’s always nice to be back in an orderly cabin with clean and crisp sheets.

    This is a boat where everything works and looks clean, fresh and inviting! Divers can also look forward to the spaciousness of the boat in general, the size of the cabins, and the tidy bathrooms. KM Black Manta also served palatable Thai and international food. You can choose to devour them either in the air-conditioned dining room or in the outdoors. I personally liked the homemade Manado chilli paste, which is really tasty! You can also grab some cookies and fruits as well as water, tea, sodas and coffee. They are all free! Overall, I had a very incredible liveaboard experience with KM Black Manta. Thank you for the fantastic dive, the skillful staff and the good memories!
    Anna

  2. Boat is big, food was generally great. Nice diving equipment. Dive sites are breathtaking. The crew does the minimum, I found they could have been more professional. Overall fantastic experience!

  3. Boat is big, food was generally great. Nice diving equipment. Dive sites are breathtaking. The crew does the minimum, I found they could have been more professional. Overall fantastic experience!

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