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Raja Manta

RAJA MANTA; COMFORTABLE CRUISING WITH GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY

MV Raja Manta is an impressive 37 meters vessel that made her first trip in 2011. Thanks to the steel hull and stabilizers, Raja Manta guarantees a comfortable journey, even in stormy weather. Our prices are low while service is outstanding. The English-speaking team of 19 experienced crew members is ready to give you the liveaboard experience of a lifetime. The duration of our cruises varies from 4 to 11 nights. The numerous itineraries include all the best diving spots of Indonesia.

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Included:VAT, Accommodation, Complimentary toiletries, Transfers/pickups from airport, Tanks, Weights, Belts, All meals, Towels Provided

Excluded: All flights & hotel stays, Marine park & harbour fees (Sangalaki; USD180, Raja Ampat; USD220, Raja-Banda; USD250, Raja-Lembeh; USD250, Banda Sea; USD200 (2017) USD250 (from 2018)), Dive & travel insurance, Massage US$25/ hour, soft drinks US$2, beer US$4, Nespresso coffee US$2, Diving gear subject to availability (only 3mm shorty wetsuits available / BCD, Regulator USD 12 per day per item)), dive computer and torch (USD 12 per day), 15L tank rental (USD 12 per tank), Nitrox refills (US$12 per refill).

ACCOMMODATION

We can accommodate 22 guests in 11 spacious cabins. All cabins have individual air conditioning and ample storage space for clothes and other belongings. On the upper deck are 2 deluxe cabins with a double bed and large windows for views, natural light and fresh air. The en-suite bathroom has a washbasin and hot water shower. On the main deck are 4 deluxe cabins with the same setup but with 2 single beds. The lower deck has 3 standard cabins with 2 single beds, shared bathrooms and portholes. Some of the cabins have bed bunks and can be used by 3 or 4 occupants.

COMFORT

The lounge is a cool area for relaxing between and after dives. Enjoy the library and multimedia entertainment on comfy sofas. This is also the place for dive briefings. The top deck has a large partly shaded sun deck. The masseuse on board is an expert in getting your diving muscles in shape.

CATERING

Raja Manta liveaboard provides 4 meals and intermezzo snacks. Continental and cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner. All are served as an appetizing buffet with delicious Indonesian, Thai and western food, indoor or outdoor. Alcoholic beverages are on sale. Special wishes concerning allergies or diets should be mentioned at the time of booking.

DIVING

Raja Manta liveaboard has a spacious dive deck with showers and fresh water rinse tanks. We manage a diving gear rental shop and nitrox is available at a charge. Our dive staff provides you with personal service concerning your equipment needs and dive preparation. An easily accessible tender will bring small groups of 4 with a skilled dive guide to the different sites. Each dive site we visit has its unique beauty and life forms. Sensational wreck diving and night diving are part of the possibilities we offer. Snorkelling safaris and land excursions are optional.

ITINERARIES

These are example itineraries to give you an indication of the liveaboard cruises. The final cruise might be different due to weather, sea conditions and/or guest experience. The final call is always with the boat manager and the captain of the liveaboard. This to ensure your safety as well as to give you a dive holiday never to forget.

Ambon
  • Departure Port: Ambon
  • Return Port: Sorong
  • Length: 10 Days / 9 Nights (Approximately 20 dives in total)

Day 1: Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour. During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.
Depending on arrival time, we can do check dive(s) in Ambon Bay or Nusa Laut. Sail to Banda Islands.

Day 2: 3 dives x 2 days Diving around Banda Island, With excellent visibility, fantastic coral coverage and tremendous numbers of fish along with potential Hammerhead sightings, plus a visit to one of the Spice Islands. Set in the heart of Indonesia in splendid isolation are the Banda Islands, which have a rich and important history. Nowadays liveaboard divers are discovering the high value of the life beneath its waters’ surface. They are blessed with some of the finest scuba diving in the country.
The remoteness of the islands in the wide open Banda Sea, and the low levels of human population, have meant less fishing pressures, and a vibrant, natural and healthy reef system.

Day 3 – 6: 3 dives x 3 days in Ring of Fire, Diving around Volcanic Islands and stunning seamounts in search of hammerheads & other pelagic superstars, Explore stunning drop-offs and unspoilt reefs. Hunt for sightings of Hammerhead sharks
Indonesia sits on the western edge of the Pacific Rim, a seismically active area known as the “Ring of Fire.” Deep water channels between the islands prevented the formation of ancient land bridges, effectively isolating Asia and Australia from each other. Many scientists now place the line between Borneo and Sulawesi to the east side of Sulawesi. Underwater, the depths of the Indian and Pacific Oceans meet and mingle, forming a series of distinct seas that separate the two giants. In the center of the archipelago, where Asia and Australia meet, is a geographic triangle with more marine species than anywhere else in the world.
The term “muck diving” was coined by divers who found that diving in areas not considered “pretty” by most divers exposed them to hundreds of types of critters they normally wouldn’t see.

Day 7:  West Seram, Pulau Koon full days diving. Wide angle diving with vibrant corals and a profusion of fish life. Sail to Misool.

Day 8 – 9:  3 -4 dives x 2 days Misool; Wayil, Fiabacet, & Boo area. Spend 2 days exploring the heart of marine biodiversity Raja Ampat, If you don’t enjoy your dives here, you may as well sell your equipment!
According to the Conservation International Rapid Assessment Bulletin and their more recent 2006 scientific surveys, the marine life diversity in West Papua is considerably greater than all other areas sampled in the coral triangle of Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. It is quite simply the cream of the crop in world diving!

Day 10:  Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.

Halmahera
  • Departure Port: Ternate
  • Return Port: Ambon
  • Length: 10 Days / 9 Nights (Approximately 20 dives in total)

Day 1: Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour. During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable. Possible Check dive at Ternate if all arrive early. Set sail to Pulau Tidore.

Day 2:  3-4 dives Pulau Tidore; amazing dive sites & macro diving. Sail overnight to Pulau Kusu.

Day 3 – 5: 3-4 dives Pulau Kusu & Palau Bacan
Shark point, reef sharks, schools of barracuda & jacks along a coral & sponge packed reef. 3 dives Pulau Obi & Pulau Gomumu, 3-4 dives Manipa Island. Sail to towards Ambon overnight.

Day 6:  3 dives Saparua & Nusa Laut with its pristine corals. Sail overnight to Banda Islands.

Day 7 – 9:  3-4 dives per 3 days in Banda Islands.
Diving around Banda Islands with excellent visibility, fantastic coral coverage and tremendous numbers of fish along with potential Hammerhead sightings.

Day 10:  2 dives in Critter dives in Ambon. Sail back to Ambon where you spend last night on board. Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment

Lembeh
  • Departure Port: Lembeh
  • Return Port: Manado
  • Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 20 dives in total)

Day 1: Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour. During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.

Day 2:  Pulau Biaro (2 dives) and Pulau Ruang (2 dives) with big fish and great biodiversity. Sail to Siau island.

Day 3 – 6: Palau Siau; volcanic wall dive and amazing night dive finished with impressive Karangetang volcano glowing red in the night sky. Sail to Mahagetang Island. Palau Mahagetang (2 dives) underwater volcano canyon & sea mound Pulau Para (2 dives) big fish on hard coral slope.
Pulau Nenung (3 dives); beautiful soft corals, amazing array of aquatic life, great chance of bigger visitors. Sail to Bangka Island.
Pulau Bangka. Spectacular mangroves and volcanic pinnacle dives, Sail back to Lembeh.

Day 7:  2 dives Lembeh. Best muck & Macro diving in the world!!
Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation

Day 8:  Unfortunately our trip has come to an end and we have to say goodbye, but we hope to see you again soon!

Misool
  • Departure Port: Sorong
  • Return Port: Lembeh
  • Length: 9 Days / 10 Nights (Approximately 20 dives in total)

Itinerary highlights
This route offers such a wealth of biodiversity starting with the spectacularly beautiful reefs around the South Raja Ampat area and travelling through the Misool to Halmahera area and on to the critter heaven of the Lembeh Straits. The cruise runs between Sorong Papua and Bitung in North Sulawesi.
We will dive 4 key areas: Raja Ampat, Halmahera, Tifore, and Lembeh. Get up close and personal with Mantas, Whalesharks and colourful critters

Day 1: Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour. During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable. Sample itinerary, order of dive areas visited may change driven by local regulation, e.g. Waisai area might be visited first, Possible Check dive at Green Light just outside Sorong if all arrive early.

Day 2:  4 dives in Raja Ampat; Misool; Fiabacet & Boo area, Boo Windows & Magic Mountain.

Day 3 – 6: 3 dives in Raja Ampat; Nempele, Exploring the West coast of Misool, a photography must with amazing mangroves in clear, shallow water. Sail to Pulau Pisang.
3 dives in Pulau Pisang, Healthy, species rich coral reefs, in aquarium like conditions. Sail to Halmahera.
4 dives in Pulau Bacan; shark point, reef sharks, schools of barracuda & jacks along a coral & sponge packed reef.
3-4 dives in Palau Kusu, Strong currents & amazing action in the Patintie Strait.

Day 7:  4 dives in Palau Tolimau & Goraichi, Manta cleaning station & fish packed reefs amongst pristine hard coral gardens.

Day 8:  3 dives in Pulau Tifore, Amazing dive site island in the Moluccan Sea equidistant from Goraichi & Lembeh, schools of jacks, snappers and massive school of barracuda.

Day 9 – 10:  Few days Critter dives in Lembeh Strait. 2 dives in the morning, Sail back to Bitung Port. Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.
Our trip has come to an end and we have to say goodbye, but we hope to see you again soon!

Raja Ampat
  • Departure Port: Sorong
  • Return Port: Ambon
  • Length: 9 Days / 10 Nights (Approximately 20 dives in total)

Itinerary highlights
We cross the Raja Ampat, tracing the perimeter of islands and we willfinish our cruise in the critter paradise of Ambon, Let our experienced crew show you these remote and almost untouched locations with wonderful reefs and stunning drop offs. A perfectly-equipped liveaboard that knows its way around the most diverse and impressive dive spots in the world. Swim with Mantas, Sharks, Whalesharks and Mola Mola
Have one of our knowledgable dives with pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, and critters that will never be seen anywhere else, Enjoy the best muck diving, high speed drift diving and night diving

Day 1: Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour. During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable. Depending on arrival time we can do check dive in Sorong bay.
After check dives, we sail over night to South Raja Ampat

Day 2 – 4:  3 – 4 dives x 3 days, Misool; Wayil, Fiabacet & Boo area. Then sail to Koon island.

Day 5: West Seram, Pulau Koon full days diving. Wide angle diving with vibrant corals and a profusion of fish life.

Day 6 – 8:  Ring of Fire; diving around Volcanic Islands and stunning seamounts in search of hammerheads, encounter many sea snakes, huge schools of fish, reef sharks, tunas, & other pelagic superstars. 3 dives for three days.

Day 9:  Diving around Banda Islands with excellent visibility, fantastic coral coverage and tremendous numbers of fish along with potential Hammerhead sightings, Plus a visit to one of the Spice Islands.

Day 10:  Muck dives in Ambon Bay or Nusa Laut. Sail back to Laha Bay, Ambon.

  • Year built:2011
  • Length:36 meters
  • Beam:7.5 meters
  • Cruising speed:9-10 knots
  • Engines:2 x Cummins 700HP
  • Max guests:20
  • Number of cabins:10
  • Number of bathrooms:10
  • Tenders:2 x 5.8m rubber dingy with 70 (HP) OBM
  • Water capacity:20’000 litres
  • Fuel capacity:15’000 litres
  • Freshwater maker:2 x 4’000 litres per day
  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Crew trained in first aid
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