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White Manta Explorer

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The White Manta Explorer is a 152-foot (46-meter) yacht offering 14 spacious cabins for up to 22 guests. Her itineraries include the best of Ambon, Banda, Sangalaki and Raja Ampat.


A word from Dom :  " The White Manta's sister ship, Blue Manta Explorer, has been getting rave reviews since she launched and she's usually fully booked.  We're happy to welcome this new vessel into the fold of the Explorer Ventures fleet.  The stability and comfort of these big steel vessels is their great advantage ... then you add excellent crews and superb photo facilities ... and what more can you ask ? "....   Dominick Macan

Cabins ... diving overview ... what's included

  • 6 upper deck DOUBLE cabins

    1 double bed, 1 twin bed & picture window
    2 main deck TWIN cabins
    2 adjacent twin beds & picture window
    2 main deck TRIPLE/TWIN cabins
    3 adjacent twin beds & picture window 
    2 lower deck twin cabins
    2 adjacent twin beds & a port window
    2 lower deck DOUBLE cabins
    1 double bed, 1 twin bed & a port window

    Each spacious cabin features individual air-conditioning, ample storage & a private bathroom.

  • 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

On board White Manta Explorer

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    aerial view
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    sun deck
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    exterior dining
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    interior salon
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    interior dining
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    double stateroom
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    twin stateroom
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    triple stateroom
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    camera room
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    main deck bar

Deck Plan  ...  Map  ...  Technical Specifications

Itinerary map, deck & cabin layout, yacht specs, equipment & safety features for White Manta Explorer .... open



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Length overall: 152 ft (46 meters)

Beam: 33 ft (10 meters)

Main engines: 2x Cummins 450 hp

Generators: 3x Cummins

Cruising Speed: 10 knots

Range: 1,500nm

Accommodations: 22 passengers in 14 air-conditioned cabins situated over three decks with private bathrooms and showers. Up to 20 crew members.

Safety Equipment:
 Life rafts (3), life rings/strobes, life vests/strobes, emergency position locator, flares, oxygen and first aid equipment

All cabins are fitted with speakers, fire and smoke alarms
All sound proof wall panels are made of fire retardant materials
Furuno Radar, GPS plotter, Echo Sounders, Auto pilot, AIS
SSB radio, VHF radio, SART, EPIRB
Standard Fire Fighting Equipment
3 x 30(pax) Life Rafts
Life Jackets in all cabins
Fire Extinguishers
Satellite Telephone & Wi-Fi
Night Watch Security

Air Systems: 3 compressors with nitrox membrane, producing 32% nitrox, bank storage

 Rigid hull inflatables (4), used for passenger transport and diver pickup

 Diving Equipment

Steel-hull comfort & spacious surroundings

Stable, extremely roomy and very reliable in Indonesian waters, the White Manta is perfect for extended itineraries to the most exotic regions of Indonesia. Guests will sail in comfort throughout the fabled Coral Triangle, including itineraries in Ambon, Banda, Sangalaki and Raja Ampat.

The top sun deck offers an immense partially covered area for sunning and relaxing and watching the spectacular scenery drift by.  The upper deck features 6 spacious cabins behind the bridge with large picture windows and a covered outdoor dining area at the aft.

On the main deck, in addition to an four more big cabins with windows, you'll find the comfortable salon and indoor dining area.  The large indoor salon has a digital media center, sound system and widescreen Plasma TV for your entertainment.

The lower deck offers 4 more cabins ... to bring the total to 14.  The boat was designed to take up to 22 guests under normal circumstances, but groups and charters can request up to 32.  On regular cruises, some of the cabins are available for single travellers.

White Manta Explorer's dive deck is sizeable and comfortable. Diving is also conducted in small groups meaning attentive and personalized service. With a total of 20 crew members on board and a high crew to guest ratio, you can expect first-class service above and below the water.

Chef-prepared meals will feature a blend of Western and Asian cuisine and with no less than 5 gourmet meals a day, you will be satisfied with an extensive range of flavors to delight your taste buds.

Excellent Platform 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.  Special attention is given to photographers by doing everything possible to ensure small dive groups - 4 photographers with 1 guide - whenever possible.


The White Manta Explorer offers 3 main itineraries: a)  Raja Ampat, where the best time to dive is from October to April as there is less rain & little wind   b)  Ambon, Banda Sea & Forgotten Islands, where the best time to dive is from March, April, & mid-September to December   c) Sangalaki, Maratua & Kakaban itinerary, offering year round excellent diving.

Sample itineries & quick overview of each region visited by White Manta Explorer .... open


Please note also that these itineraries are examples only and will change depending on weather and logistics at the Captain's discretion.

Raja Ampat:

Day 1. (0-1 dives) 5pm, Sorong. Transfer from airport to White Manta Explorer, briefing, dinner, set sail to Raja Ampat. Possible check dive at Red Light district just outside Sorong if all arrive early.
Day 2. (4 dives) Penemu Island; Barracuda, Galaxy, Bridge, & night dive at Kima
Day 3. (4 dives) Fam; Melissa’s Garden, My Reef, Keruo channel, Way Pretty Shallow. Amazing landscapes and bays.
Day 4. (4 dives) Yangeffo Island; Citrus ridge, Mayhem ridge, Manta Sandy, & night dive. Reef, mangrove & manta cleaning station
Day 5. (4 dives) Dampier Strait; Sardine Reef, Cape Kri, Friwinbonda, & Sawok night dive. Big fish, sharks, tuna, jacks, barracuda, & more. Night dive looking for blue-ringed octopus and more critters.
Day 6. (2 dives) Blue Magic, Mioskon, Manta Cleaning Station and shallow reef to finish. Sail back to Sorong Port. Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.
Day 7. (0 dives) 6am. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport.

Ambon, Banda Sea, Forgotten Islands:

Diving days: 10 days (32 dives)
Day 1. (1-2 dives) Transfer from Ambon Airport to White Manta Explorer. Depending on arrival time there may be a check dive in Ambon Bay. After 1 - 2 critter dives, sail overnight to Banda Island.
Day 2. (3 dives) diving around Banda Island; Pulau Ai, Batu Kapal, Karang Hatta, Pulau Kerala.
Day 3-5. (3-4 dives x3 days) Ring of Fire. Hammerhead sharks hunt!
Day 6. (4 dives) - West Seram, Pulau Koon full days diving, then sail for Raja Ampat.
Day 7-9. (3-4 dives x3 days) South Raja Ampat islands; Missol, Kri, & Wai.
Day 10. (2 dives) Batanta; Happy Ending, & night dive. Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.
Day 11. (0 dives) 6am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport. Take your pre-booked flight from Sorong.

Sangalaki, Kakaban & Maratua:

Day 1. (0-2 dives) 5pm - Sail from pier to Derawan. Briefing and dinner and, if everyone arrives earlier, possibly time for a check dive & even night dive? (Cruise director’s decision)
Day 2. (4 dives) Diving around Sangalaki & Kakaban, looking for Manta Rays, Turtles & More
Day 3. (4 dives) Diving around Kakaban & visiting the stunning fresh water Jelly Fish Lake.
Day 4. (4 dives) Diving around Maratua Island, Big Fish and hunting Action, sightings of Thresher sharks possible
Day 5. (4 dives) Diving around Maratua Island Huge schools of Barracuda along the current swept walls.
Day 6. (2 dives) Diving around Sangalaki Island, then sail back to Tg Batu Port Sailing time 3 hours. Last night onboard White Manta Explorer in the harbor.
Day 7. 6am - 12pm - breakfast & farewells, then check

Your cruise logistics


Raja Ampat trips start and finish in Sorong, West Papua. Boat representatives will meet you at Sorong Airport (SOQ) and transport you to your liveaboard adventure. 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, so there's plenty of time for R&R while the Blue Manta Explorer sails back to Sorong where she spends her last night  After breakfast the final morning, it's time to transfer to the airport.


There are several different embarkation & disembarkation points for the Banda Sea diving safaris. While some trips that visit the region 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.


Embarkation and disembarkation for the Sangalaki itinerary are from Tg.Batu pier, Indonesia. 2 hour To/From Berau (BEJ). You'll be met at the airport or your hotel for your free transfer to the boat and departure will be by 6.00pm in the afternoon from Tg Batu Pier to Derawan island.  You will need to get a flight to Balikpapan International Airport (BPN), Kalimantan, Indonesia. Daily flights are available from Singapore or Jakarta by Silk air, Garuda or Lion Air.  We highly recommended overnighting in a hotel near Balikpapan Airport and taking one of the scheduled morning flights to Berau (BEJ) on trip departure day.

On the last day the yacht returns to Tg Batu Pier at 6am. After breakfast guests will be transferred to Berau (BEJ) Airport (transfer time 2 hours) in time for their check-in and flight.  Garuda and Lion Air have morning flights back to Balikpapan from Berau, which will allow you to meet connecting flights in the afternoon back to Jakarta or Singapore.

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