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Manta Mae

MANTA MAE; UNMATCHED WITHIN THE FLEET.

This modern replica of the native spice-trading vessel enables you to experience the fabulous Indonesian culture and nature in an adventurous way. The interior of the wooden schooner is ornately decorated with natural indigenous materials such as coral, shells and fossil woods. The result is a breathtaking ambience, unmatched within the fleet. With its length of 30- and a beam of 7 meters, it caters 9 guests on diving trips to astonishing Komodo and Raja Ampat. These intimate trips may vary from 5 to 12 nights.

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Included: VAT, Accommodation, Complimentary toiletries, Transfers/pickups from airport, Personal diving gear, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals, Free Nitrox, Towels Provided, Transfers/pickups from 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 proper 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)

ACCOMMODATION

We offer 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 2 deluxe cabins (10 sqm) have a queen- size bed and one single bed. All have en-suite bathrooms, AC, TV and a safe. The comfortable beds are made up with luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets. Daily housekeeping is part of the service.

COMFORT

Our cordial and professional staff consist of 6 Indonesian members and 2 western cruise directors. We speak English, French and Indonesian. Personal attention is guaranteed. The indoor lounge is well appointed with modern conveniences like aircon, audio/video entertainment and computers. Outside we have a leisure and sun deck, perfect for enjoying the seascapes, sunbathing, relaxing and outside dining. At a fee, we offer internet, massages and a launderette.

CATERING

3 meals and 2 snacks are served during the day. According to your preference meals can be enjoyed either family style or as plate service. If the cruise is booked by individual cabin we usually served by a single plate. Our kitchen prepares tasty dishes of local and western origin. Vegetarian alternatives are offered. Special dietary requests need to be notified at the time of booking. In the galley, we serve a variety of soft drinks, juices, teas and coffees from our espresso machine. Alcoholic drinks are available at a surcharge. Every trip we organise a beach BBQ on one of the many deserted 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. Diving courses are available. A zodiac brings you and your dive master to the most pristine diving spots around. Manta Mae offers you the use of a jet ski as well as kayaks. Land excursions of a natural or cultural interest 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.

Nusa Laut - Banda - Koon - Misool
  • Departure Port: Ambon
  • Return Port: Sorong
  • Length: 13 Days / 12 Nights (Approximately 33 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 30 minimum logged dives required.

Day 1:

  • Arrival at Ambon airport
  • Welcome to your home for the next days !!
  • Depending on the arrival time of our customer embarking strait for one of the best dive sites in the world
  • Please note: If possible one check dive will be scheduled

Day 2 – 11:

  • We offer 3-4 dives daily, including a night dive if possible. When crossing only 2 dives a day can be scheduled.

Day 12:

  • Last diving day, 2 dives max.

Day 13:

  • Arrival at Sorong for departure for your next destination.

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. Order of dive areas visited may change driven by local regulation. Marine Life: Snapper, bumphead, blunthead parrotfish, turtles, sharks, moray eels, dog-toothed tuna, fusiliers, jacks, Hammerhead, thresher and silvertip sharks, mobula rays, whales, dolphins and much more.

Raja Ampat
  • Departure Port: Sorong
  • Return Port: Sorong
  • Length: 10 Days / 9 Nights (Approximately 26 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Advanced Open Water – 50 minimum logged dives required.

Day 1 Pick up at the airport of Sorong from our English, French, Spanish and Italian speaking crew member. Short private transfer to the peer and embarking. As soon as all guests are on board and are holding their welcome drink the Mantamae is ready to leave the harbour. You will be introduced to the crew members and you will be shown around in order to start feeling at home on the Mantamae. Dinner will be served about 06.00 pm, so you may gather together with our other guests and enjoy the dinner, so after dinner, the captain and his crew will be very happy to set sail to your dream destination for about eight to nine hours while you enjoy your first night sleep on board Manta Mae. Day 2 – 12 We offer 3-4 dives daily, including a night dive if possible. When crossing only 2 dives a day can be scheduled. Day 13 Sorong. We organise the transfer back to the airport of Sorong and say goodbye to you! Raja Ampat has been described by many scientists as the richest place for Marine life on Earth. The biodiversity is just amazing with weird and rare underwater creatures everywhere you look. Many new species have been discovered over the last few years in the archipelago. Raja Ampat is like heaven for underwater photography with magnificent hard and soft coral, clear water and a teeming reef life. These islands are very rich in macro life with just about all of the kind of critters you can dream of! Raja Ampat is also great for big fish action with pelagic fishes everywhere such as the Giant Trevally or the Dogtooth Tuna. You can spot many Sharks too, mainly Blacktip and Whitetip reef Sharks but also the strange and beautiful Wobbegong Shark. Manta Rays are common too and there are amazing dive sites such as Manta Ridge and Manta Sandy to spot them! The very rare dugong has been spotted several times too. From the boat, it is not rare to see dolphins playing or a whale passing by. 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.

Raja Ampat - Misool
  • Departure Port: Sorong
  • Return Port: Sorong
  • Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 18 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 30 minimum logged dives required.

Day 1:

  • Arrival at Sorong airport ( DOMINIK OSOK AIRPORT )
  • Transfer to harbour Sorong ( Nusa Hamina )
  • Welcome to your home for the next days !!
  • Depending on the arrival time of our customer, embarking strait for one of the best dive sites in the world South East of Misool.
  • Please note: If possible one check dive on the way to Misool, if not one check dive at Misool, Daram

Day 2. Misool; Daram

  • The dive sites here are called, Andys Ultimate, Candy Store, Andiamo Overnight stay, close to Yilliet.

Day 3. Misool; Warakaraket.

  • We arrive early morning at one of the best dive sites in Raja Ampat “Magic Mountain”, after Magic Mountain, we will dive at Boo Windows and or Nudy Rock and or Whale rock. Overnight stay at Pulau Kalig.

Day 4. Misool; Wayil.

  • Early morning sail to Pulau Wayil. Here we can go to the beach snorkelling or diving at Neptunes Fan Sea. The dive sites are Four King, Barracuda, Dunia Kecil or Orange peel.

Day 5. Misool; Wayil and Warakaraket

  • This Day we will dive the sites we missed the days before, or dive one of the amazing sites in this area again, we still stay in area Warakaraket and Wayil.

Please Note: We are flexible in our itineraries; we do our briefings one day before so we will, and can discuss! Day 6. Misool: Wolbolol.

  • Early morning sail to area Wolbolol with the dive sites, potion number nine, no contest, and the plateau.

Day 7. Misool: Wagmab.

  • Early morning sail to Wagmab just for maybe 1 hour because this area is close to Wolbolo.
  • The Dive sites are Three Rocks, Razorback Rock or Goa Farondi. Later this day or between the morning and afternoon dives we will see the ancient paintings.
  • Sail back to Sorong.

Day 8. Departure day: Sorong

  • Arrival early morning In the Harbor of Sorong for departure to your next destination.

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. Order of dive areas visited may change driven by local regulation, an e.g. Waisai area might be visited first. Marine Life: At least 75 percent of all coral species can be found in Raja Ampat, divers can expect a range of topography from soft corals and sea fans, to hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, deep drop-offs, caves, black sand and white sand. Giant manta rays, sea turtles, sharks, cuttlefish, pipefish, various seahorse species and massive schools of reef fish are the norm, plus the delightful wobbegong sharks and epaulette sharks inhabit these waters too

Komodo
  • Departure Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Return Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Length: 6 Days / 5 Nights (Approximately 12 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

Day One – Labuan Bajo: Arrival & Boarding: A 1-hour flight from Denpasar, Bali and you will arrive in the small port town of Labuan Bajo, Flores. Manta Mae staff will pick you up at the airport for immediate boarding and departure. After snack/lunch we have the boat briefing and depending on the time of arrival, also the diving briefing and we will get ready for our check dive. Only a few miles from Labuan Bajo’s harbour, lies the small island of Sebayur with nice diving, Sebayur Kecil and Mini Wall, including bronze sweepers, lionfish, eels, and possibly the resident ghost pipefish which makes the perfect “warm-up dive”. The staggered tiers of the neighbouring patch reef are home to many different species of nudis, pipefish, sea fans, sponges and even a few twin-spot lionfish. During the night dive, we might see nurse sharks, nudis and crustaceans. Overnight here with the chance to island hiking. Day Two – Gili Lawa Laut: Two celebrated dive sites await you, just north of Gili Lawalaut Island. Crystal Rock and Castle Rock are both incredible locations, boasting the key elements for any 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.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 wonderful view over the Komodo-Flores channel. Crystal Rock – The rock jutting out of the surrounding crystal clear waters explains how this site 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. In the deep blue, you can also see at times large tuna, mackerel and other fish schooling around a small mound to the northwest. A lone eagle ray is often spotted here cruising in the currents. 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. Corals heads shelter crocodile fish and lionfish hunting in the small schools of glassfish. Pygmies and frogfish have been seen here as well eagle rays and reef sharks. The dive site then shallows out with the ‘bullring’ circle opening out and ending in a flat rock plateau. There is also a chance to see manta rays playing on the surface. Castle Rock – Castle Rock is a submerged pinnacle situated a kilometre further North of Crystal Rock. Its exposed location means strong currents but experienced divers will love the thrills to be had on this dive. In fact, the main action comes from watching the staggering amount of fish such as batfish, groupers, midnight snappers and impressive schools of fusiliers and surgeons whipping past. Of course, divers aren’t the only ones interested in the huge amount of fish here, which explains the giant trevallies as well as whitetips, blacktips and grey reef sharks hunting around for their next meal. Day 3 – Batu Bolong: Underwater this rock is covered in a huge amount of soft and hard corals and full of fish life. In the shallows watch anemonefishes and look out for turtles munching on the corals. Giant trevallies, white tip reef sharks, snappers and emperor fishes tend to congregate here. This site presents particularly good opportunities for both macro and wide-angle photography. Batu Bolong has one of the best shallow reefs for snorkelling. Makassar Reef (Manta Point) – This is an exhilarating drift dive along the shallow flat bottom interspersed with patches of coral reef teeming with life. There are chances to see manta rays, turtles, eagle rays and white tip and black tip reef sharks. Also, appreciate the snorkelling. We spend the night in this area. Pink Beach – Overnight in the most famous beach of the archipelago. Possibility to do night dive. Day 4 Komodo-Flores: Komodo trekking – Today is the day for wildlife on land. In the morning all dry and ready to experience the main feature of Komodo National Park: the famous Komodo varans aka Komodo Dragons. Wear comfortable clothes, would suggest wearing long pants and trekking shoes along with a hat to enjoy the trekking around the Rinca park with the ranger. You will see the dragons and other wildlife such as wild pigs, water buffalos, monkeys, snakes and many different species of birds. Wainilu – This sunset dive is situated off the north of Rinca Island. In the shallows, the hard coral reef is home to many different critters, including juvenile harlequin sweetlips and batfish. Away from the reef, the sandy slope is scattered with pulsing soft corals that hide demon stingers and starry night octopus, plus a moray eel that has not yet been classified by scientists and is only found here in Wainilo. We dive at 17.30 for the Mandarin Fisch and we spend the night at the anchor position Day 5 – Pulau Pengah: This dive site is located in the middle of the Komodo National Park, 12 nautical miles to the north and 12 nautical miles to the south. The translation of Batu = Rock, Tengah = Middle. With a slope to the east of the site and a coral garden to the west Batu Tangah is a beautiful site where we often get to see turtles, cuttlefish and juvenile white tip reef sharks that hide under the table corals among the hard coral garden. Napoleon wrasses and big groups of snapper swimming on the slope with all the colourful decoration of the soft coral make Batu Tengah a high-quality dive site. Rinca trekking – Today is the day for wildlife on land on the second island of the Park to see the dragons. The famous Komodo varans aka Komodo Dragons. Wear comfortable clothes, would suggest wearing long pants and trekking shoes along with a hat to enjoy the trekking around the Rinca park with the ranger. You will see the dragons and other wildlife such as wild pigs, water buffalos, monkeys, snakes and many different species of birds. Kalong Island – After trekking, we will serve a refreshing snack before heading to Kalong Island. As last night we will offer you the fantastic scenery of the flying foxes food catch. This natural emotional and incredible show will impress your eyes and leave you with a memorable end of the cruise. DAY 6: Wake up later and breakfast. On the way back to Labuan Bajo we will stop by the Mesah Village to experience the local life of the Bajo fishermen village. Since this is a Muslim village we recommend appropriate clothes for the women, long pants and a t-shirts are advised. Way back to Labuan Bajo and check out. (During the cruise, travelling between one site and another, do not exceed the 2.30 h / 3 hours) The above itinerary is a sample one. Based on weather, sea and currents conditions this itinerary may vary for the safety of the guests and boat. Also, KLM Mantamae Cruise Manager will decide based upon the level of the divers if the dive plan suits their level due to strong currents, especially in Gili Lawa Laut. It would be possible to discuss and add island hopping or hiking directly with the Cruise Managers. Marine Life: Bumphead parrot fish, 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 Walkman Please note whilst there is no minimum certification level or a number of dives required, divers with less than 50 dives who have not dived for 1 year we 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 2 years

Forgotten Islands - Ambon - Maumere
  • Departure Port: Ambon
  • Return Port: Maumere
  • Length: 13 Days / 12 Nights (Approximately 33 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 30 minimum logged dives required.

Day 1

  • Arrival at Ambon and transfer to the Manta Mae in the Harbor.

Day 2 – 3: Banda Neira

  • Arrival at Banda Neira early morning. The next day we will be spent around the Banda Islands, also known in the old days as the Spice Islands. Many of the dive sites around the Banda’s are walls. The Banda Islands are much more than diving. It is also a cultural and historical experience. Depending on arrival time we will spend the day also walking around the village of Banda Neira with a local guide, and visit the local museum and the Old Dutch fort.

Day 4: Pulau Ai

  • Cruise to Pulau Ai close to Banda, we land with the dingy on a white and pristine beautiful beach. Walk thru an Old Dutch nutmeg forests with huge and very old “Canary” trees, and beautiful beaches. Late afternoon/ evening sail to Pulau Manuk

Day 5: Pulau Manuk

  • An extinct volcano about 65 nm south of the Banda Islands is one of 2 places in Indonesia where there are huge aggregations of sea snakes, Chinese sea snakes and banded sea kraits. It is an incredible experience to dive surrounded on all sides by sea snakes. The island is surrounded by black sandy slopes with hard coral reefs, volcanic ridges covered in gorgonians with zillions of fusiliers and pelagic fishes such as Spanish mackerels and dogtooth tunas passing through.

Day 6 – 7: Pulau Serua/Pulau Nila

  • Beaching and diving at this pristine small volcanic island.
  • Pulau Nila / Dusburgh Approximately 26 nm northeast of the island of Nika in the Banda Sea, there is a submerged reef called Nil Desperandum, consisting mainly of walls and steep slopes going several thousand meters deep, with beautiful hard corals in the reef top. The reef is several miles long, and it can be dived and snorkelled all around. Napoleons, turtles and reef sharks are usual sightings in this reef.5 nm east of Nila there is an atoll called Dusborgh, with similar topography to Nil Desperandum, with crystal clear water is another great place to see pelagic fish, tunas, mackerels, jacks, rainbow runners.

Day 8: Damar

  • This day will be spend diving around the 3 small islands surrounding the island of Damar, Neus Leur, Terbang Utara, and Terbang Selatan.
  • White sandy beaches and completely covered by tropical forests, they contain some of the prettiest and healthiest reefs in the Banda Sea. Walls covered with massive barrel sponges and gorgonian sea fans. Reef tops full of soft corals and small tropical reef fishes.
  • Visibility up to 50 meters. Also, we could visit on the main island of Damar a small village and stretch our legs.

Note: We are flexible with our itineraries and will discuss every day. Day 9: Pulau Romang

  • At Romang and Nyata Islands we have gentle slopes with pristine hard corals that slip down into the deep blue of the Banda Sea. You will be able to see huge gorgonians in vivid orange, yellows and reds, carpets of soft corals and massive barrel sponges in all directions. If you manage to tear your gaze off of the life on this wonderful reef and train it into the blue you will often be rewarded by the sight of majestic napoleons, reef sharks or tuna. Many of the nearby dive spots show signs of volcanic activity on the seabed and are good spots for night dives.

Day 10: Wetar/Pulau Reong

  • Not many people can say that they have dived Wetar Island. It has several calm bays where interesting critters can be found as well as swift drift dives between Wetar and Reong that takes you past a spectacularly coloured wall.
  • The small island of Reong, which lies off the northwest coast of Wetar, presents a change of scenery as it is made of limestone. Reef sharks, barracuda and trevallies frequently visit these waters. Other delights can be found while diving the impressive walls and a site full of diverse marine life. Tanjung Nunukae on Wetar Island is generally characterised by shallows forming a plateau that narrows as it goes deeper until it drops off abruptly, forming a very nice wall swathed in gigantic sea fans, cup corals and impressive sponges. Divers have come across both mobula and manta rays here. Currents are generally moderate to strong.

Day 11: Kalahabi Bay and Pulau Pura ( Alore )

  • Today we will dive the southern part of Pulau Pura afternoon in the Kalahabi bay
  • Kalabahi Bay Mucky Mosque and Rocky Church are two of the great muck dives we will do inside Kalabahi Bay on Alor Island. The ‘holy grail of fish’ Rhinopias can be found here, with a chance to see both the weedy and paddle flap scorpionfish. Ghost pipefish, soft coral crabs, frogfish, various octopus including the wunderpus and mimic, snake eels, sea moths, sand divers and many other remarkable creatures. The only way you are likely to see stranger ones is if you do a night dive here when unimaginable ones begin foraging out of their holes.

Day 12: Pulau Komba

  • Pulau Komba is an active volcano in the Flores Sea. We will find walls and ridges all around the island with black sand slopes up to in the shallows.
  • Colourful walls with soft coral, sponges and lots of small reef fish along the walls and out in the blue doggies, mackerel, jacks, rays and turtles. Another highlight is the spectacular eruptions about every 20 minutes. Which are at night even more spectacular

Day 13: Departure day Maumere 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. Order of dive areas visited may change driven by local regulation.

  • Year built: 2014
  • Length: 30 mt
  • 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 litres
  • Fuel capacity:6500 litres
  • Radar
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Crew trained in first aid
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