Manta Mae

MANTA MAE LIVEABOARD; UNMATCHED WITHIN THE FLEET.

Manta Mae Liveaboard was launched in 2014 and is a modern replica of the native spice-trading vessel that enables you to experience the fabulous spirit of Indonesian culture and nature in an adventurous way.

The wooden schooner’s interior is ornately decorated with natural indigenous materials such as coral, shells, and fossil woods. The result is a breathtaking ambiance, unmatched within the fleet.

Its length of 30- and a beam of 7 meters caters to 9 guests on diving trips to astonishing Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat. These intimate trips may vary from 5 to 12 nights.

Accommodation

Manta Mae liveaboard offers a choice of 3 cabins with portholes for fresh air and daylight.

The large master cabin (18 sqm) has a king-size bed and an additional single bed. The two deluxe cabins (10 sqm) have a queen-size bed and one single bed.

All have en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, TV, and a safety box. The comfortable beds are made up of luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets. Daily housekeeping is part of the service.

Luxury Bunk Cabin

Luxury Bunk Cabin

Room size: 8 m²
Max. occupancy: 2
Beds: Bunk
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:
Deluxe Cabin

Deluxe Cabin

Room size: 10 m²
Max. occupancy: 2
Beds: Double + Bunk
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:
Master Cabin

Master Cabin

Room size: 23 m²
Max. occupancy: 2
Beds: Double + Single
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:

Comfort

Manta Mae’s cordial and professional staff consists of 6 Indonesian members and two western cruise directors. We speak English, French, and Indonesian.

Personal attention is guaranteed. The indoor lounge area is well-appointed with modern conveniences like aircon, audio/video entertainment, and computers.

Outside, Manta Mae liveaboard has a leisure and sun deck, perfect for enjoying the seascapes, sunbathing, relaxing, and alfresco dining. At a fee, we offer internet, massages and a launderette.

Catering

Three meals and two snacks are served during the day. According to your preference, you can enjoy meals either family-style or as plate service at the dining table. If an individual cabin books the cruise, we are usually served by a single plate.

Manta Mae kitchen staff prepares tasty dishes of local and western origin. Vegetarian alternatives are offered. Special dietary requests need to be notified at the time of booking.

There are various soft drinks, juices, teas, and coffees from the espresso machine in the Bar. Alcoholic beverages are available at a surcharge.

On every trip, Manta Mae organizes a beach BBQ on one of the many deserted tropical islands.

Diving

The dive deck is equipped with fresh water rinse tanks and warm water showers. The use of nitrox and diving gear is complimentary.

A zodiac brings divers and snorkelers to the most pristine dive sites with beautiful corals and marine life.

Manta Mae offers you the use of a water ski as well as kayaks. Land excursions of natural or cultural interest are optional.

SPECIFICATIONS

Year built: 2014

Length: 30 meters

Beam: 7 meters

Top speed: 9 knots

Cruising speed: 7 – 9 knots

Engines: Mitsubishi M/E type 8DC9 295 HP

Max guests: 9

Number of cabins: 3

Number of bathrooms: 4

Tenders: 1 RIB tender 5.2 MT with outboard 100 HP engine +1 RIB tender 4 MT with 25HP engine

Water capacity: 6000 liters

Fuel capacity: 6500 liters

NAVIGATION, COMMUNICATION, AND SAFETY FEATURES

 Radar

 GPS

 Radio VHF/DSC/SSB

 Emergency Rafts

 Life Vests

 Oxygen

 First Aid Kits

 Satellite & mobile phones

 Crew trained in first aid

Manta Mae liveaboard, a traditional crafted Indonesian spice trade vessel, provides guests with Indonesia's spirit on their dive trip.

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16 Sep 2021
CHARTER ONLY - Komodo (Labuan Bajo - Labuan Bajo)
Arrival: 16 Sep 2021
Departure: 23 Sep 2021
Days/nights: 8 Days / 7 Nights
CHARTER ONLY - Komodo (Labuan Bajo - Labuan Bajo)

This is a sample itinerary. Route and trip dates may be altered if approved by the vessel’s captain. Enquire to discuss your perfect charter.

Day 1: Sebayor Island

Mantamae staff will pick you up at Labuan Bajo airport in Flores and accompany you to immediate boarding and departure. During a light lunch, you will be briefed on Manta Mae and, depending on the time of your arrival, will also be briefed on the “check dive.” The small island of Sebayur offers excellent diving just a few miles from Labuan Bajo’s harbor. Sebayur Kecil and Mini Wall are perfect for warm-up dives, and you are likely to see bronze sweepers, lion-fish, eels, and possibly the resident ghost pipefish. The staggered tiers of the neighboring patch reef are home to many different species of nudibranchs, pipefish, sea fans, sponges, and even a few twin-spot lion-fish.

In addition to diving day-time, we’ll offer a night dive every day if conditions are favorable.

Day 2: Gili Lawa Laut

Two famous dive sites await you just north of Gili Lawa Laut Island. Crystal Rock and Castle Rock are both incredible locations, boasting the key elements for an impressive dive site: a wide variety of healthy corals covering the reef, plus tons of fish – both big and small and all sizes in between! There are two more exhilarating dives in this area, Cauldron, and Gili Lawalaut Lighthouse, along with good night dives on healthy hard coral reefs off the island of Gili Lawa Darat. Between the dives, there is a chance to visit Gili Lawa Laut Island and take a short trek to the top of the hill for a beautiful view over the Komodo-Flores channel.

Crystal Rock: The rock jutting out of the surrounding crystal clear waters explains how it got its name. But what is truly memorable here are the large schools of fusiliers and anthias flitting over the gorgeous soft corals and impressive table corals. You may also see at times large tuna, mackerel, and another fish schooling around a small mound to the northwest in the deep blue. A lone eagle ray is often spotted here cruising in the currents.

Castle Rock: Castle Rock is a submerged pinnacle situated a kilometer further north of Crystal Rock. Its exposed location means strong currents, but experienced divers will love the thrills to be had on this dive. The main action comes from watching the staggering amount of fish such as batfish, groupers, midnight snappers, and impressive schools of barracuda and surgeons whipping past. Of course, divers aren’t the only ones interested in the vast amount of fish here, which explains the giant trevally as well as whitetips, blacktips, and grey reef sharks hunting around for their next meal.

Light House: An excellent reef slope that offers a gentle drift dive with some interesting rock outcrops. Whitetip reef sharks are commonly found sleeping on the bottom; giant morays reside in the sweeping sponges. At the right time, aggregations of groupers and large sweetlips impress even the most experienced divers.

Day 3: Gili Lawa Darat

Not far From Gili Lawa Laut, we have the chance to hike up the hill of Gili Lawa Darat to enjoy the fabulous sunset vista looking over Komodo Island.  We also have an excellent choice of dive sites such as the Golden Passage, the Cauldron, and Coral Garden, where we can see manta, reef sharks, giant napoleon, giant trevally, dogi tuna, and turtle.

Cauldron: The channel between Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat forms a dive site with interesting topography. The dive starts with a drift along a sloping reef and sandy bottom.

The shallows are extremely rich in fish. Bumphead parrots are common and aggregate here to spawn every year around April. Sharks and schools of batfish also stay in the passage. Crocodile fish and lionfish hunt in the small schools of glassfish, and pygmies and frogfish live here and eagle rays and reef sharks. The dive site then shallows out with the ‘bull ring’ circle opening out and ending in a flat rock plateau and offers a chance to see manta rays.

The Golden Passage: This is a good site for snorkeling, though you are likely to see much damage caused by fish bombing and reef gleaning. The best spot is at the peninsula’s tip, where lots of fish congregate and turtles can be seen cruising the pretty coral reef. Inside the bay along the peninsula’s eastern shore is the start of a good dive site, especially when the current is running from east to west through the narrow strait between Gili Lawa Darat and Komodo island. Swimming towards the point at a depth of between 20 to 25m, we can see much small coral trout, large schools of anchovies, small tuna, and trevallies coming in to feed along the bottom of the drop-off. More and more fish come into sight closer to the point, with garden eels swaying in their hypnotic dance and whitetip reef shark sleeping on the sandy bottom.

Coral Garden: This is a relaxing afternoon dive, where you can spot manta, Bumphead parrots, and a lot of turtles swimming in a fantastic colorful coral garden.

Day 4: Makassar Strait

Following a light breakfast, you will dive at Batu Bolong (Hollow Rock), a world-class dive site in the North of the Komodo Strait. The dramatic underwater landscape with its great walls is home to an incredible variety of sea life and corals. Sharks, giant trevallies, unicorns, rainbow runners, turtles, barracudas, and napoleon wrasse are spotted here frequently. Later in the day, you will enjoy Tatawa Besar, a thrilling drift dive that starts from the northwestern tip of Tatawa and continues down the western side at a depth of 15 to 20 meters. The surrounding fish life is profuse, and you will see an endless field of stunning orange soft corals as you glide along. Swim past coral heads inhabited by schools of sweetlips and batfish and look out for turtles feeding on the reef. Mantas have been encountered here as well. At Makassar Strait, we can see mantas at their cleaning station. This is an exhilarating drift dive along the shallow flat bottom interspersed with patches of coral reef, where there’s a chance to see manta rays, turtles, eagle rays, and white tip and blacktip reef sharks. It’s also an excellent site for snorkeling.

Day 5: Tetawa Besar – Tetawa Kecil – Siaba Island 

After one more dive at Tatawa Besar, we’ll sail to Tatawa Kecil, where we’ll dive in a beautiful coral garden with fast currents, an unspoiled reef, and unsurpassed topography comprising boulders, walls, overhangs, and caves. This site is home to vast numbers of groupers, snappers, and trevallies.

The west side of this small rocky outcrop presents a fantastic underwater terrain with enormous rock slabs that have been worn down to form channels, canyons, caves, and swim-throughs. On the north plateau, crocodile fish lies on the scenic reef alongside a host of reef fish and schooling barracuda.

After the dive, we’ll cruise to Siaba Besar and moor offshore for the night. The white beach of Mauan is the perfect place for a sunset barbecue.

Day 6: Komodo Island – Pantai Merah – Batu Tiga

Pantai Merah or Pinky Beach is the most frequently visited site in the park. Snorkeling from the beach is excellent, and there is an incredible dive around a rock that breaks the surface but is completely covered at high tide. There is a great variety of tame fish life here and a good selection of critters, including leaf scorpionfish, blue-ribbon eels, crocodile fish, and nudibranchs.

This site is also suitable for night dives. Batu Tiga lies southeast of Tanjung Kuning in the Linta Strait. An excellent big fish dive and without doubt one of the most current-affected sites in Komodo, this dive is for more advanced and experienced divers. A rocky reef extends below the surface out towards Komodo; most of the coral growth here is stunted due to the strong prevailing currents. In the deeper water to the west and below the reef, giant boulders offer excellent habitat for grouper and other creatures. Large grouper, mantas, giant trevally, and other pelagics are frequently seen here.

Bonsai is a small rock northwest of Padar Island with a complex topography of reef walls, slopes, rich overhanging caves, and fantastic hard corals gardens in the shallows. It provides a great big fish dive with napoleon wrasse, white tip reefs, sharks, and schools of fusiliers, and giant trevallies with the right current conditions.

Day 7: Pulau Rinca

Today we’ll dive at Pulau Muana and Pulau Pengah before heading to Rinca to see the famous Komodo Dragons.

Pulau Pengah: Rich hard, and soft coral gardens cover almost every inch of the reef, home to vast schools of long-nosed emperors, turtles, angle fish, and scorpionfish. Sharks patrol in the depths, and jacks play on the edges of the currents.

We’ll arrive at one of Komodo’s main non-diving jumping points in the afternoon, Rinca Island. Here, we’ll hike for up to two and a half hours to see the legendary prehistoric lizard Komodo Dragons. Then, we’ll drop anchor at Bat Island, where thousands of flying foxes make their home in the mangrove forest. The sight of these magnificent bats taking off from the trees at sunset is truly amazing.

Day 8: Departure day

We’ll sail back to Sebayor Island, where we’ll enjoy yet another fantastic snorkeling site before reaching the harbor of Labuan Bajo.

Marine Life: Bumphead parrotfish, bamboo sharks, marble rays, nudibranchs, dusky sharks, jawfish, bubble coral shrimps, leaf fish, porcelain crabs, pygmy seahorses, schools of barracudas, trevally, and mackerel, white tips, black tips, grey reef sharks, turtles, octopus, frogfish, manta rays, dugong, banded pipefishes, mandarin fishes, Wonderpus, Indian WalkmanPlease note that while there is no minimum certification level or a number of dives required, divers with less than 50 dives who have not dived for one year will be required to take a scuba review onboard (underpayment as per price list). The same is required for divers with 51 up to 200 dives who have not dived for two years.

27 Sep 2021
CHARTER ONLY - Komodo (Labuan Bajo - Labuan Bajo)
Arrival: 27 Sep 2021
Departure: 05 Oct 2021
Days/nights: 9 Days / 8 Nights
CHARTER ONLY - Komodo (Labuan Bajo - Labuan Bajo)

This is a sample itinerary. Route and trip dates may be altered if approved by the vessel’s captain. Enquire to discuss your perfect charter.

Day 1: Sebayor Island

Mantamae staff will pick you up at Labuan Bajo airport in Flores and accompany you to immediate boarding and departure. During a light lunch, you will be briefed on Manta Mae and, depending on the time of your arrival, will also be briefed on the “check dive.” The small island of Sebayur offers excellent diving just a few miles from Labuan Bajo’s harbor. Sebayur Kecil and Mini Wall are perfect for warm-up dives, and you are likely to see bronze sweepers, lion-fish, eels, and possibly the resident ghost pipefish. The staggered tiers of the neighboring patch reef are home to many different species of nudibranchs, pipefish, sea fans, sponges, and even a few twin-spot lion-fish.

In addition to diving day-time, we’ll offer a night dive every day if conditions are favorable.

Day 2: Gili Lawa Laut

Two famous dive sites await you just north of Gili Lawa Laut Island. Crystal Rock and Castle Rock are both incredible locations, boasting the key elements for an impressive dive site: a wide variety of healthy corals covering the reef, plus tons of fish – both big and small and all sizes in between! There are two more exhilarating dives in this area, Cauldron, and Gili Lawalaut Lighthouse, along with good night dives on healthy hard coral reefs off the island of Gili Lawa Darat. Between the dives, there is a chance to visit Gili Lawa Laut Island and take a short trek to the top of the hill for a beautiful view over the Komodo-Flores channel.

Crystal Rock: The rock jutting out of the surrounding crystal clear waters explains how it got its name. But what is truly memorable here are the large schools of fusiliers and anthias flitting over the gorgeous soft corals and impressive table corals. You may also see at times large tuna, mackerel, and another fish schooling around a small mound to the northwest in the deep blue. A lone eagle ray is often spotted here cruising in the currents.

Castle Rock: Castle Rock is a submerged pinnacle situated a kilometer further north of Crystal Rock. Its exposed location means strong currents, but experienced divers will love the thrills to be had on this dive. The main action comes from watching the staggering amount of fish such as batfish, groupers, midnight snappers, and impressive schools of barracuda and surgeons whipping past. Of course, divers aren’t the only ones interested in the vast amount of fish here, which explains the giant trevally as well as whitetips, blacktips, and grey reef sharks hunting around for their next meal.

Light House: An excellent reef slope that offers a gentle drift dive with some interesting rock outcrops. Whitetip reef sharks are commonly found sleeping on the bottom; giant morays reside in the sweeping sponges. At the right time, aggregations of groupers and large sweetlips impress even the most experienced divers.

Day 3: Gili Lawa Darat

Not far From Gili Lawa Laut, we have the chance to hike up the hill of Gili Lawa Darat to enjoy the fabulous sunset vista looking over Komodo Island.  We also have an excellent choice of dive sites such as the Golden Passage, the Cauldron, and Coral Garden, where we can see manta, reef sharks, giant napoleon, giant trevally, dogi tuna, and turtle.

Cauldron: The channel between Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat forms a dive site with interesting topography. The dive starts with a drift along a sloping reef and sandy bottom.

The shallows are extremely rich in fish. Bumphead parrots are common and aggregate here to spawn every year around April. Sharks and schools of batfish also stay in the passage. Crocodile fish and lionfish hunt in the small schools of glassfish, and pygmies and frogfish live here and eagle rays and reef sharks. The dive site then shallows out with the ‘bull ring’ circle opening out and ending in a flat rock plateau and offers a chance to see manta rays.

The Golden Passage: This is a good site for snorkeling, though you are likely to see much damage caused by fish bombing and reef gleaning. The best spot is at the peninsula’s tip, where lots of fish congregate and turtles can be seen cruising the pretty coral reef. Inside the bay along the peninsula’s eastern shore is the start of a good dive site, especially when the current is running from east to west through the narrow strait between Gili Lawa Darat and Komodo island. Swimming towards the point at a depth of between 20 to 25m, we can see much small coral trout, large schools of anchovies, small tuna, and trevallies coming in to feed along the bottom of the drop-off. More and more fish come into sight closer to the point, with garden eels swaying in their hypnotic dance and whitetip reef shark sleeping on the sandy bottom.

Coral Garden: This is a relaxing afternoon dive, where you can spot manta, Bumphead parrots, and a lot of turtles swimming in a fantastic colorful coral garden.

Day 4: Makassar Strait

Following a light breakfast, you will dive at Batu Bolong (Hollow Rock), a world-class dive site in the North of the Komodo Strait. The dramatic underwater landscape with its great walls is home to an incredible variety of sea life and corals. Sharks, giant trevallies, unicorns, rainbow runners, turtles, barracudas, and napoleon wrasse are spotted here frequently. Later in the day, you will enjoy Tatawa Besar, a thrilling drift dive that starts from the northwestern tip of Tatawa and continues down the western side at a depth of 15 to 20 meters. The surrounding fish life is profuse, and you will see an endless field of stunning orange soft corals as you glide along. Swim past coral heads inhabited by schools of sweetlips and batfish and look out for turtles feeding on the reef. Mantas have been encountered here as well. At Makassar Strait, we can see mantas at their cleaning station. This is an exhilarating drift dive along the shallow flat bottom interspersed with patches of coral reef, where there’s a chance to see manta rays, turtles, eagle rays, and white tip and blacktip reef sharks. It’s also an excellent site for snorkeling.

Day 5: Tetawa Besar – Tetawa Kecil – Siaba Island 

After one more dive at Tatawa Besar, we’ll sail to Tatawa Kecil, where we’ll dive in a beautiful coral garden with fast currents, an unspoiled reef, and unsurpassed topography comprising boulders, walls, overhangs, and caves. This site is home to vast numbers of groupers, snappers, and trevallies.

The west side of this small rocky outcrop presents a fantastic underwater terrain with enormous rock slabs that have been worn down to form channels, canyons, caves, and swim-throughs. On the north plateau, crocodile fish lies on the scenic reef alongside a host of reef fish and schooling barracuda.

After the dive, we’ll cruise to Siaba Besar and moor offshore for the night. The white beach of Mauan is the perfect place for a sunset barbecue.

Day 6-7: Komodo Island – Pantai Merah – Batu Tiga

Pantai Merah or Pinky Beach is the most frequently visited site in the park. Snorkeling from the beach is excellent, and there is an incredible dive around a rock that breaks the surface but is completely covered at high tide. There is a great variety of tame fish life here and a good selection of critters, including leaf scorpionfish, blue-ribbon eels, crocodile fish, and nudibranchs.

This site is also suitable for night dives. Batu Tiga lies southeast of Tanjung Kuning in the Linta Strait. An excellent big fish dive and without doubt one of the most current-affected sites in Komodo, this dive is for more advanced and experienced divers. A rocky reef extends below the surface out towards Komodo; most of the coral growth here is stunted due to the strong prevailing currents. In the deeper water to the west and below the reef, giant boulders offer excellent habitat for grouper and other creatures. Large grouper, mantas, giant trevally, and other pelagics are frequently seen here.

Bonsai is a small rock northwest of Padar Island with a complex topography of reef walls, slopes, rich overhanging caves, and fantastic hard corals gardens in the shallows. It provides a great big fish dive with napoleon wrasse, white tip reefs, sharks, and schools of fusiliers, and giant trevallies with the right current conditions.

Day 8: Pulau Rinca

Today we’ll dive at Pulau Muana and Pulau Pengah before heading to Rinca to see the famous Komodo Dragons.

Pulau Pengah: Rich hard, and soft coral gardens cover almost every inch of the reef, home to vast schools of long-nosed emperors, turtles, angle fish, and scorpionfish. Sharks patrol in the depths, and jacks play on the edges of the currents.

We’ll arrive at one of Komodo’s main non-diving jumping points in the afternoon, Rinca Island. Here, we’ll hike for up to two and a half hours to see the legendary prehistoric lizard Komodo Dragons. Then, we’ll drop anchor at Bat Island, where thousands of flying foxes make their home in the mangrove forest. The sight of these magnificent bats taking off from the trees at sunset is truly amazing.

Day 9: Departure day

We’ll sail back to Sebayor Island, where we’ll enjoy yet another fantastic snorkeling site before reaching the harbor of Labuan Bajo.

Marine Life: Bumphead parrotfish, bamboo sharks, marble rays, nudibranchs, dusky sharks, jawfish, bubble coral shrimps, leaf fish, porcelain crabs, pygmy seahorses, schools of barracudas, trevally, and mackerel, white tips, black tips, grey reef sharks, turtles, octopus, frogfish, manta rays, dugong, banded pipefishes, mandarin fishes, Wonderpus, Indian WalkmanPlease note that while there is no minimum certification level or a number of dives required, divers with less than 50 dives who have not dived for one year will be required to take a scuba review onboard (underpayment as per price list). The same is required for divers with 51 up to 200 dives who have not dived for two years.

10 Oct 2021
CHARTER ONLY - Banda Sea (Ambon - Ambon)
Arrival: 10 Oct 2021
Departure: 20 Oct 2021
Days/nights: 11 Days / 10 Nights
CHARTER ONLY - Banda Sea (Ambon - Ambon)

Day 1. Ambon

Pick up at your hotel or Ambon airport by our crew for a short transfer to Teluhu Bay, where Mantamae awaits you. Once onboard, welcome drink in hand, you will be introduced to the rest of the crew, shown around, and immediately start to feel at home. We’ll have a check muck dive at Teluhu Bay. The Intensity of marine life here is unrivaled; critters benefit from the nutrient-rich currents pushing into this bay but are still protected by sheltered waters in the many small coves. This unique combination creates conditions that nourish an incredible ecosystem, making it one of the richest and most exciting places to dive. In the late afternoon, we’ll set sail for the Banda Islands.

Day 2. Banda Islands

The Banda area offers a good variety of dive sites. Volcanic rocks at Pulau Pisang create a deep swim-through that you can drift through and view the sponge-covered wall on the other side, perhaps spotting Moral eels at the top of the wall as well as schools of bump head parrotfish. We’ll also dive at the black sand of Batu Kapal in Banda’s harbor, a submerged pinnacle, breaking the surface of the water in the shape of a boat which offers muck diving with flying gurnards spreading their electric blue wings, sea moth, nudibranchs and the mandarin fish. Various types of fish are present in vast numbers, along with huge gorgonian fans and some truly monumental sponges. We’ll also have a wall dive at Tanjung Burung with a strong current.

Day 3. Pulau Hatta

Once known as Rozengain, Pulau Hatta is a stunning flying-saucer-shaped island of jungle-swathed limestone trimmed with white sand. It offers some of the finest underwater panoramas and is considered one of the world’s best-snorkeling sites. Long white beaches edged with swaying palms, unspoiled reefs, and superb diving at the Hatta Arch, Takat Hatta Reef, and Tj Buton make Hatta everyone’s favorite destination.

Day 4. Pulau Run 

Early morning we’ll sail to Pulau Run to dive at Tanjung Noret, Tanjun Lokon, and Pulau Nailaka, all great locations with white sandy slopes interspaced with large coral heads and healthy reefs. This region is full of unexplored dive sites, and the Banda Sea is the perfect location for the discovery of new underwater treasures. This tiny island has a fascinating history, too; in 1667, the English traded Run for New Amsterdam (now Manhattan), giving the Dutch full control of the Banda archipelago and the nutmeg trade.

Day 5. Pulau Ai

Very few divers witness Pulau Ai’s unspoiled reef’s true nature – a secret in the middle of the Banda Sea reached by live-aboard only. This area acts as an oasis for pelagics that cruise by these pristine hard coral reefs cloaked in clouds of fish – Napoleon wrasse, green and hawksbill turtle, tuna, rainbow runner, vast schools of barracuda mixing with schools of bannerfish, red tooth triggers, and fusiliers. Batu Payung, Umbrella Rock, is named for the many overhangs along the island walls, which divers can drift along and enjoy the thousands of tiny reef fish darting in and out of the cracks crevices. We’ll also have night dive at Mandarine City.

Day 6-7. Banda Island 

Back at Banda Neira, you will have the chance to explore the fabled islands’ historical and cultural legacies, the center of the former lucrative spice trade. Wandering through the town, you’ll observe the Dutch colonial architecture, which remains to this day, as well as Fort Belgica with its incredible views overlooking the bay. During the day, we’ll dive around the Lighthouse Reef, one of the Lava Flow sites under the volcano, and we’ll also have a night dive close to the harbor at Mandarine City.

Day 7-8. Pulau Suanggi

Early morning, we cruise towards the northern island of Banda Neira, Pulau Suanggi, stopping on the way to dive at Pulau Pisang Barat. At Pulau Suanggi, we’ll dive at Tanjung Selatan and Tanjung Utara, where it’s possible to see schooling o   hammerhead sharks. Late afternoon we’ll sail to Nusa Laut.

Day 8. Nusa Laut – Pulau Molana

Early morning, we arrive at the beautiful Ahmet Reef in Nusa Laut. The locals have introduced sustainable methods to protect their reefs, and their efforts have produced excellent results. We’ll dive at Nildesperandum and at Karang Duisburg, where white tips and reef sharks patrol the depths, playful turtles can be spotted, and In October and November, there’s the chance of diving with Hammerhead sharks.) We might choose to visit the fort and the waterfall here or sail to Pulau Molana for one more wall dive. The shallow wall breaks in places, and in the sandy slopes, ribbon eels, small pipefish, and moray eels can be found. Above the reef, turtles are seen feeding in the beautiful coral garden.

Day 9. Ambon – departure day

We’ll transfer you to your accommodation or to the airport to catch your next flight.

Marine Life: Snapper, bumphead, blunt head parrotfish, turtles, sharks, moray eels, dog-toothed tuna, fusiliers, jacks, Hammerhead, thresher, and silvertip sharks, mobula rays, whales, dolphins, and much more.

Please note that the itineraries are examples only; we reserve the right to change the itinerary or specific agreed services if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require us to do so.

23 Oct 2021
CHARTER ONLY - Banda Sea (Ambon - Ambon)
Arrival: 23 Oct 2021
Departure: 02 Nov 2021
Days/nights: 11 Days / 10 Nights
CHARTER ONLY - Banda Sea (Ambon - Ambon)

Day 1. Ambon

Pick up at your hotel or Ambon airport by our crew for a short transfer to Teluhu Bay, where Mantamae awaits you. Once onboard, welcome drink in hand, you will be introduced to the rest of the crew, shown around, and immediately start to feel at home. We’ll have a check muck dive at Teluhu Bay. The Intensity of marine life here is unrivaled; critters benefit from the nutrient-rich currents pushing into this bay but are still protected by sheltered waters in the many small coves. This unique combination creates conditions that nourish an incredible ecosystem, making it one of the richest and most exciting places to dive. In the late afternoon, we’ll set sail for the Banda Islands.

Day 2. Banda Islands

The Banda area offers a good variety of dive sites. Volcanic rocks at Pulau Pisang create a deep swim-through that you can drift through and view the sponge-covered wall on the other side, perhaps spotting Moral eels at the top of the wall as well as schools of bump head parrotfish. We’ll also dive at the black sand of Batu Kapal in Banda’s harbor, a submerged pinnacle, breaking the surface of the water in the shape of a boat which offers muck diving with flying gurnards spreading their electric blue wings, sea moth, nudibranchs and the mandarin fish. Various types of fish are present in vast numbers, along with huge gorgonian fans and some truly monumental sponges. We’ll also have a wall dive at Tanjung Burung with a strong current.

Day 3. Pulau Hatta

Once known as Rozengain, Pulau Hatta is a stunning flying-saucer-shaped island of jungle-swathed limestone trimmed with white sand. It offers some of the finest underwater panoramas and is considered one of the world’s best-snorkeling sites. Long white beaches edged with swaying palms, unspoiled reefs, and superb diving at the Hatta Arch, Takat Hatta Reef, and Tj Buton make Hatta everyone’s favorite destination.

Day 4. Pulau Run 

Early morning we’ll sail to Pulau Run to dive at Tanjung Noret, Tanjun Lokon, and Pulau Nailaka, all great locations with white sandy slopes interspaced with large coral heads and healthy reefs. This region is full of unexplored dive sites, and the Banda Sea is the perfect location for the discovery of new underwater treasures. This tiny island has a fascinating history, too; in 1667, the English traded Run for New Amsterdam (now Manhattan), giving the Dutch full control of the Banda archipelago and the nutmeg trade.

Day 5. Pulau Ai

Very few divers witness Pulau Ai’s unspoiled reef’s true nature – a secret in the middle of the Banda Sea reached by live-aboard only. This area acts as an oasis for pelagics that cruise by these pristine hard coral reefs cloaked in clouds of fish – Napoleon wrasse, green and hawksbill turtle, tuna, rainbow runner, vast schools of barracuda mixing with schools of bannerfish, red tooth triggers, and fusiliers. Batu Payung, Umbrella Rock, is named for the many overhangs along the island walls, which divers can drift along and enjoy the thousands of tiny reef fish darting in and out of the cracks crevices. We’ll also have night dive at Mandarine City.

Day 6-7. Banda Island 

Back at Banda Neira, you will have the chance to explore the fabled islands’ historical and cultural legacies, the center of the former lucrative spice trade. Wandering through the town, you’ll observe the Dutch colonial architecture, which remains to this day, as well as Fort Belgica with its incredible views overlooking the bay. During the day, we’ll dive around the Lighthouse Reef, one of the Lava Flow sites under the volcano, and we’ll also have a night dive close to the harbor at Mandarine City.

Day 7-8. Pulau Suanggi

Early morning, we cruise towards the northern island of Banda Neira, Pulau Suanggi, stopping on the way to dive at Pulau Pisang Barat. At Pulau Suanggi, we’ll dive at Tanjung Selatan and Tanjung Utara, where it’s possible to see schooling o   hammerhead sharks. Late afternoon we’ll sail to Nusa Laut.

Day 8. Nusa Laut – Pulau Molana

Early morning, we arrive at the beautiful Ahmet Reef in Nusa Laut. The locals have introduced sustainable methods to protect their reefs, and their efforts have produced excellent results. We’ll dive at Nildesperandum and at Karang Duisburg, where white tips and reef sharks patrol the depths, playful turtles can be spotted, and In October and November, there’s the chance of diving with Hammerhead sharks.) We might choose to visit the fort and the waterfall here or sail to Pulau Molana for one more wall dive. The shallow wall breaks in places, and in the sandy slopes, ribbon eels, small pipefish, and moray eels can be found. Above the reef, turtles are seen feeding in the beautiful coral garden.

Day 9. Ambon – departure day

We’ll transfer you to your accommodation or to the airport to catch your next flight.

Marine Life: Snapper, bumphead, blunt head parrotfish, turtles, sharks, moray eels, dog-toothed tuna, fusiliers, jacks, Hammerhead, thresher, and silvertip sharks, mobula rays, whales, dolphins, and much more.

Please note that the itineraries are examples only; we reserve the right to change the itinerary or specific agreed services if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require us to do so.

Included: VAT, Accommodation, Complimentary toiletries, Transfers/pickups from airport, Personal diving gear, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Divemaster services, All meals, Free Nitrox, Towels Provided, Transfers/pickups from a hotel, Snorkel Gear, Kayaks

Excluded: National Parks Entrance Fees – For Raja Ampat 100 USD. For Komodo avg 15 USD Per day per person, Fuel Surcharge (up to 5 hours navigation per day no extra fuel surcharge) based upon true costs. It changes based on cruise itinerary, Diving Courses, International and domestic flight tickets, Hotels and meals before and after the cruise, Alcoholic drinks and Wine, Travel insurance (mandatory ), DAN Insurance or similar, Souvenirs, Crew gratuities, WIFI satellite connection (60 USD per day / per person)

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