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Blue Manta Explorer

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Blue Manta Explorer, 45-meter (148-foot) a steel-hulled vessel accommodates 18 guests in 14 spacious en-suite cabins. It took very little time after her launch for her to become a real favorite.


A word from Dom :  " Boasting a high crew to guest ratio, Blue Manta Explorer offers personalised service, super comfy accomodation & she's getting rave reviews. In fact, she's become so popular that it's not easy to find available spaces. She's a photographer's dream boat and is now part of the Explorer Ventures Fleet which has so successfully managed boats in Galapagos and the Maldives.  I'm a big fan of this lovely lady of the sea !"....   Dominick Macan

On board Blue Manta Explorer

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    sun deck
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    exterior lounge
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    exterior dining area
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    dining area
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    double stateroom
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    twin stateroom
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    dive deck
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    camera room

  • 4 upper deck DOUBLE cabins
    double bed & picture window
    2 upper deck TWIN cabins
    adjacent twin beds & window
    2 main deck DOUBLE/TWIN cabins
    double bed plus adjacent twin bed & window
    2 main deck twin cabins
    adjacent twin beds and window
    4 lower deck TWIN cabins
    adjacent twin beds & a porthole

    Each spacious cabin features individual air-conditioning and private bathroom in addition to speakers.

  • up to 4 dives per day 
    diving from tenders
    12 liter alu tanks (DIN & INT valves) 
    15 liter aluminum tanks (at extra cost)
    scuba gear rental available (tell us in advance)
    nitrox available
    water temperature: 80 - 86F, 27 - 30C
    3mm wetsuit recommended
    divers should be intermediate to advanced level

  • accommodation & diving
    meals, snacks & hot beverages
    compressed air, 12 liter tanks, weights & weight belts
    transfers from local airport or local hotel (Bali hotels excluded)

  • international & domestic airfare
    soft drinks, beers, wine & Nespresso coffee
    marine park & harbor fee (USD220-250/pax)
    onboard massage services
    scuba rental gear
    WIFI satellite internet connection
    crew gratuity
    laundry services
    possible fuel surcharge

Stable, super spacious with every amenity you desire

The size and steel construction of this vessel ensure stability and comfort on the long crossings in Indonesia. In spite of her extra size, however, she is designed to take only 18 divers in 14 roomy cabins (a maximum of 22 is possible upon request).   Her cabins are extremely generous in size - each averaging 20 square meters (200 square feet.)

For your relaxation hours, you can chill out on the huge top sun deck, which features lounge chairs for sunbathing as well as a covered area. Below that, on the top deck, you find an enormous al-fresco dining area on the aft deck.  Also on this deck are six of the large & beautiful cabins, all with picture windows.  Located on the main deck, is the indoor air-conditioned room for finer dining as well as the oversized salon, equipped with a large, flat screen plasma TV, DVD and media server entertainment system, plus comfy seating,  Four more cabins are situated in front of the salon. There is also an unusually large camera room just in front of the dive deck.  The final four cabins are located on the lower deck.

Meals are prepared by three top quality chefs and consist mainly of Indonesian and Western fare served buffet-style.  You'll enjoy a Nespresso coffee-making machine for your daily fix! On the Blue Manta Explorer you start your day with freshly baked breads and with no less than 5 meals a day, you will not go home hungry!

Amongst the crew, you'll find two masseuses and you'll enjoy a warm towel, hot drink and fresh fruit after every dive. The Wi-Fi is connected via Satellite with 24/7 connection.

Great Option for Photographers

Blue Manta Explorer has a spacious and well-appointed dive deck and is equipped with camera-friendly facilities, designed for the most avid underwater photographers:  individual rinse tanks, wide outdoor work table, indoor dry camera room & blow-dry stations.

Deck Plan ... Dive Map ... Technical Specifications

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Length overall: 148 ft (45 meters)
Beam:  29 ft (9 meters)
Main engines: 3 x Yanmar, 826 hp
Generators: 3 x Yanmar
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Fuel Capacity: 11,887 gallons (45,000 liters)
Safety Equipment: Life rafts (2), life rings/strobes, life vests/strobes, emergency position locator, flares, oxygen and first aid equipment
Air Systems: 3 electric Bauer compressors with nitrox membrane, producing 32% nitrox, bank storage
Tenders: Rigid hull inflatables (3), used for passenger transport and diver pickup
Accessories: Diving Equipment


The Blue Manta Explorer offers 3 main itineraries:

Raja Ampat, where the best time to dive is from October to April as there is less rain & little wind

Ambon, Banda Sea & Forgotten Islands, where the best time to dive is from March, April, & mid-September to December

Komodo, which is generally best from May to November.

Your cruise logistics


Raja Ampat trips start and finish in Sorong, West Papua. Blue Manta representatives will meet you at Sorong Airport (SOQ) and transport you to to the boat. It is easiest to fly to & from Sorong (SOQ) via Jakarta (CGK), Makassar (UPG Ujung Pandang), Bali (DPS, Denpasar) or Manado (MDC).   You'll leave port by 5pm the first day and the last dive ends by 12pm on the day before you leave the boat. Blue Manta Explorer sails back to Sorong where she spends her last night  After breakfast the final morning, the crew will transfer you to the airport.


There are several different embarkation & disembarkation points for the Banda Sea diving safaris. Some trips begin or end in Raja Ampat (Sorong) and others in Flores (Maumere). The most common access is from Ambon. Wherever your trip starts and finishes a representative will be there to collect you at the airport on the day of departure and transfer you to your departure airport at the end of your trip.  We'll provide all the details for the specific itinerary you've chosen.


Komodo schedules start & finish points alternate between Bima on Sumbawa & Labuan Bajo on Flores. You'll be met at the airport or your hotel for your free transfer to the boat and departure will be by 3:30 in the afternoon.  Last dive ends by 12pm on the day before you leave the boat, after which you may have a Komodo dragons visit  You'll sail back to port for late evening. After breakfast on the final morning, you'll be transferred to the airport. 


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