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Black Manta - Liveaboard


The MV Black Manta joins the elite selection of Liveaboards offering trips in Indonesia for scuba diving in Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat. Black Manta enjoys 9 Luxurious en-suite cabins, an extensive dive deck, huge lounge equipped with plasma T.V. & a full compliment of safety equipment. This vessel is state of the art. Luxury living provides the ultimate diving experience for the Komodo Islands in Indonesia, team this with a trip to Raja Ampat and you can't go far wrong. Black Manta along with its sister Liveaboard the White Manta are always first with their trip reports of Whale Sharks, it seems the captains are close buddies with our large friends of the sea!

Exceptional food awaits with a multitude of different tastes including Indonesian and Western favorites and the crew are always professional and personal to every customers needs and very knowledgeable of all diving areas. It's an awesome boat for the diver who demands comfort and class. One of the most requested Liveaboards for Indonesia with an exceptional level of service guarnteed.

Its a real pleasure for any level of diver to be on board the Black Manta. Services on board include a Nitrox membrane system, two experienced masseuses, Nespresso coffee-making machine, housekeeping and laundry, as well as personal sea-safe tracking devices. This boat really has it all. Agent Liveaboard verdict: Black Manta Liveaboard offers everything a diver would ever desire and the diving location choices they make are exceptional, big diving surprises in store on the Black Manta!

8 days / 7 Nights Dive Package Bali-Komodo-Labuan Bajo on MV Black Manta Liveaboard (18-20 dives)

Brief Itinerary
(schedules are subjected to changes according to weather and sea condition)
Day 1: Departure from Bali 
You can check in Black Manta anytime when you arrive Bali. Our staff will pick you from airport to Benoa Harbour, after safety briefing, We start sailing overnight at 5pm to Moyo, Sumbawa island.
Day 2: check dive at Angel Reef at Moyo Island. Here you see massive elephant ear and barrel sponges, schools of long fin banner fish and red tooth triggers. frogfish, nudibrancs, eels, surgeon fish, snapper, dog tooth tuna. 2 dive at Panjang Reef Then we cruise 2 hours to Satonda Island for night dive after watching a million bats fly at sunset.  Cruise overnight to Sangeang Island
Day 3:
(North Komodo)
2 dives at Sangeang Island for rare nudibrancs, pygmy seahorse and underwater hot springs that support this very unique marine life. Cruise to Gili Banta for exhilarating dives at Tanduk Rusa for big fish and amazing corals or GPS Point, famous for its sharks and pelagics. Then we enter the Komodo National Park and night dive at Gili Darat South Passage - sleeping turtles, colourful reef stonefish, Spanish dancers.
Day 4:
(North Komodo)
If the tide is right we hunt grey reef shark and dolphin at Cystal rock and Castle rock.. Dive 3 is a fast drift with pelagics and manta at Makassa reef.  These dive sites offer awesome soft corals and the chance for sharks, turtles, giant Maori wrasse, a 'fish soup" dive with a high chance of eagle rays too! Then we cruise south for fascinating night dive at Pink Beach near the entrance to the Komodo National Park
Day 5:
(South Komodo)
After an Early morning relocation we wake in the remote southern waters of Komodo National Park   . Highlights are the diving with Manta rays, and some of the world's richest reefs. 4 dives at Tanjung Loh Sera, Gaja Rock, Manta Alley, optional dust or night dive
Day 6:
(South Komodo)
Nusa Kode. This uninhabited island in the south of the park boasts some of the most spectacular dive sites in Komodo
4 dives at Canibal Rock, Yellow wall, Crynoid Point, Nusa Kode 
Day 7:
(South Komodo)
2 dives at Padar island one of our favorite regions in the park. Some stunning and diverse dive sites such as 3 sisters and Pillarsteen, Dragon walk, wash gear relax as we sail towards Labuan Bajo
Day 8: check out after breakfast, transfer to airport flight from Labuan Bajo to Bali.

5 days / 4 Nights Dive Package Komodo National Park on MV Black Manta Liveaboard (13 dives)

Brief Itinerary (schedules are subjected to changes according to weather and sea condition)
(staying 1 night hotel in Bali is highly recommended incase of flight delay) near Denpasar airport
Day 1:
(North Komodo) 
8-10 am - Domestic flight from Bali to Labuan Bajo is about 1 hour flight time. return flight 2 way is about US$120-250)
10.00am Arrive LB, register in National Park office to pay park fee about 800,000 Rp (about US$90)
Check in Black Manta, briefing follow by light lunch. 2 - 3 dives at Central Komodo (water Temp 26-28 degrees)
Day 2:
(North Komodo)
 4 dives at Crystal Rock, Castle rock, Manta alley (Makaser reef) , optional dust dive or night dive
Day 3:
(North Komodo)
dives at Batu Bolong, Tetawa Island
Day 4:
(South Komodo)
2 dives at Padar island one of our favorite regions in the park. Some stunning and diverse dive sites such as 3 sisters and Pillarsteen, Dragon walk
Day 5: check out after breakfast, transfer to airport flight from Labuan Bajo to Bali.

How to get to Labuan Bajo (Western Flores)
Merpati Air fly daily from Bali to Labuan Bajo. You can book http://www.merpati.co.id/ Return fare is about US$240. Flight time is about 50 mins. Departure time is between 8-10am. From Labuan Bajo airport to pier is about 15 mins.

9 days / 8 Nights Dive Package Raja Ampat Indonesia on MV Black Manta Liveaboard (28 dives)

Brief Itinerary
(schedules are subjected to changes according to weather and sea condition)
We highly recommend to arrive one night before trip departure incase of flight or luggage delay. Early arrival night accommodation onboard Black Manta is free before departure.
Day 1: Arrival from Jakarta, Ujungpandang, or Manado to Sorong. On arrival our staff will meet you at Sorong Airport to assist you and transfer to Black Manta.  Once all guests are onboard, greeted, a briefing, and we manage to fit in just 1 dive at Black Rock before we set sail to Raja Ampat.
Day 2: Penemu Island, 4 dives; Barracuda, Galaxy, Bridge, & sunset dive at Kima
Day 3: Kruo Island, 4 dives; Melissa's Garden East, Melissa's Garden North, Kruo Channel, Cape Kruo
Day 4: Yanggefo Island, 4 dives; Deep rock, Citrus ridge, Mayhem ridge, & Cape Gam
Day 5: Aerborek, 2 dives; Manta sandy. Dampier strait, 2 dives; Cross over & sunset dive at Friwinbonda. 
Day 6: Kri Island, 2 dives; Cape Kri. Mansuar Island, 2 dives; Cape Mansuar & sunset dive at Mansuar. 
Day 7: Dampier Strait, 4 dives; Chicken reef, Sleeping Barracuda, Sardine reef, & sunset dive at Mioskon Island; East Mioskon.
Day 8: Mioskon, 2 dives, Blue magic & Mioskon. Turtle Island, last & final dive, Going to Beach. Then head back to Sorong. 
Day 9: Departure from Sorong to Manado or Jakarta or Denpasar.

Before that Breakfast onboard then disembark, transfer to Sorong Airport for flight to Jakarta,  Denpasar, or Manado.

How to get to Sorong (West Papua)
It is easiest to fly through to Sorong via Jakarta or via Singapore. Merpati, Express Air and Lion Wings operate daily flights from Jakarta to Sorong (with stopovers in Ujung Pandang/Makassar and/or Manado), whereas Silk Air operates regularly from Singapore to Manado. Regular flights to and from Sorong by Airlines Merpati and Lion Wings.

9 days / 8 Nights Alor (East of Flores) exploration on MV Black Manta (27 dives)
Diving in Indonesia – departure point Singapore

Brief Itinerary
(schedules are subjected to changes according to weather and sea condition)
Day 1: Our staff will meet you in Maumere airport pick up to Black Manta
Depending on arrival time, we can do check dive in Maumere Bay., overnight at Wodong bay.
Day 2: 4 dives Maumere (Japanese wreck, Pulau Babi, Pangabatang, The Crack)
Day 3: 4 dives Lembata Island - Bacatan area
Day 4: 4 dives Pura Area
Day 5: 4 dives at Pantar / Alor area
Day 6: 4 dives at Buaya, Kumba, Alor Kecil
Day 7: 4 dives at Bacatan, Tanjung Gedang
Day 8: 2-3 dives Maumere outer reef
Day 9: check out after breakfast, transfer to airport.

How to get to Maumere:
Flights: From to Bali (Denpasar City code DPS), Purchase a round trip domestic flight from Bali to Maumere (City code MOF) by Merpati Air line. Flight time is about 90 mins ++. We recommend stay one night in Bali (depending on the domestic flight time) before and one night after incase of flight or baggage delay or cancel.
MV Black Manta Rates for Indonesia 2013-2014
Route Duration Price / Diver          
Komodo 6 Days/5 Nights $1,650 USD          
Makassar-Komodo 7 Days/6 Nights $1,850 USD          
Komodo - North South 7 Days/6 Nights $1,875 USD          
Komodo-Maumere 7 Days/6 Nights $1,850 USD          
Maumere-Alor-Banda-Ambon 10 Days/9 Nights $3,500 USD          
Banda Sea-Ring Of Fire 10 Days/9 Nights $3,500 USD          
Banda - Ring Of Fire- Raja Ampat 11 Days/10 Nights $3,850 USD          
Raja Ampat , Misool 10 Days/9 Nights $3,400 USD          
Raja Ampat , Misool 9 Days/8 Nights $3,150 USD          
Raja Ampat , Misool 8 Days/7 Nights $2,400 USD          
Raja Ampat , Misool 7 Days/6 Nights $3,500 USD          
Raja Ampat , Misool 6 Days/5 Nights $2,300 USD          
Raja Ampat, Banda, Ambon 9 Days/8 Nights $3,500 USD          
Ambon-Banda-Ring of Fire 11 Days/10 Nights $3,850 USD          

Komodo - Price includes; land transfer from hotel / airport from destination start from Labuan Bajo to boat, all nights’ accommodation on MV Black Manta, all meals; Western, Thai, Indonesian, snacks, fruits, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo, towel, toiletries, cabin services, tanks, weights, weight belt, 3 dive guides (1 Cruise Director/ Instructor, 2 Dive Master), 13 dives. Price excludes; all flights, hotels, marine park & harbour fee (US$90), dive insurance, massage services (US$25/ hour), soft drinks, alcohol, Nespresso coffee (US$2), diving gear, nitrox refill (US$12/ refill), 15L tank rental (US$12/ day)

Raja Ampat - Price includes; land transfer from hotel / airport from destination start from Sorong to boat, all nights’ accommodation on MV Black Manta, all meals; Western, Thai, Indonesian, snacks, fruits, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo, towel, toiletries, cabin services, tanks, weights, weight belt, 3 dive guides (1 Cruise Director/ Instructor, 2 Dive Master), minimum 14 dives. Price excludes; all flights, hotels, marine park & harbour fee (US$90), dive insurance, massage services (US$25/ hour), soft drinks, alcohol, Nespresso coffee (US$2), diving gear, nitrox refill (US$12/ refill), 15L tank rental (US$12/ day)

Fuel Surcharge - At this moment, there is no fuel surcharge. However, fuel surcharge may apply without prior notice at US$100-US$150 maximum per guest for the whole cruise

MV Black Manta Komodo 2013 Schedule
September 2013
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
05 Sep 10 Sep 6/5 Komodo/North South
12 Sep 16 Sep 5/4 Komodo/North South
18 Sep 24 Sep 7/6 Komodo/Maumere
26 Sep 05 Oct 10/9 Maumere/Alor/Banda/Ambon
October 2013
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
07 Oct 16 Oct 10/9 Banda Sea-Ring of Fire
18 Oct 28 Oct 11/10 Banda Sea-Ring of Fire-Raja Ampat
31 Oct 06 Nov 7/6 Raja Ampat-Misool

MV Black Manta Raja 2013/2014 Schedule
November 2013
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
08 Nov 14 Nov 7/6 Raja Ampat
16 Nov 24 Nov 9/8 Raja Ampat
26 Nov 02 Dec 7/6 Raja Ampat
December 2013
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
04 Dec 10 Dec 7/6 Raja Ampat
12 Dec 18 Dec 7/6 Raja Ampat
20 Dec 27 Dec 8/7 Raja Ampat
29 Dec 07 Jan 10/9 Raja Ampat
January 2014
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
09 Jan 15 Jan 7/6 Raja Ampat
17 Jan 23 Jan 7/6 Raja Ampat
25 Jan 03 Feb 10/9 Raja Ampat
February 2014
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
06 Feb 12 Feb 7/6 Raja Ampat
14 Feb 23 Feb 10/9 Raja Ampat
26 Feb 05 Mar 8/7 Raja Ampat
March 2014
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
07 Mar 15 Mar 9/8 Raja Ampat
17 Mar 24 Mar 8/7 Raja Ampat
26 Mar 01 Apr 7/6 Raja Ampat
April/May 2014
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
10 Apr 19 Apr 10/9 Raja Ampat-Banda-Ambon
23 Apr 02 May 10/9 Ambon-Banda-Alor-Maumere
May/June 2014
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
06 May 13 May 8/7 Komodo/North South
15 May 20 May 6/5 Komodo/North South
22 May 27 May 6/5 Komodo
29 May 03 June 6/5 Komodo/North South
June/july 2014
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
05 Jun 10 Jun 6/5 Komodo/North South
12 Jun 17 Jun 6/5 Komodo/North South
19 Jun 24 Jun 6/5 Komodo/North South
26 Jun 01 Jul 6/5 Komodo/North South
July/August 2014
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
03 Jul 08 Jul 6/5 Komodo/North South
10 Jul 15 Jul 6/5 Komodo/North South
17 Jul 22 Jul 6/5 Komodo/North South
24 Jul 29 Jul 6/5 Komodo/North South
31 Aug 05 Aug 6/5 Komodo/North South
August/September 2014
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
07 Aug 12 Aug 6/5 Komodo/North South
04 Aug 19 Aug 6/5 Komodo/North South
21 Aug 26 Aug 6/5 Komodo/North South
28 Aug 2 Sep 6/5 Komodo/North South
September 2014
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
04 Sep 09 Aug 6/5 Komodo/North South
11 Sep 16 Sep 6/5 Komodo/North South
18 Sep 23 Sep 6/5 Komodo/North South
25 Sep 30 Sep 6/5 Komodo/North South
October 2014
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
02 Oct 12 Oct 11/10 Maumere-Alor-Banda-Ambon
14 Oct 21 Oct 8/7 Ambon-Banda-Ring of fire
23 Oct 31 Oct 9/8 Ambon-Banda-Raja Ampat
November/ December 2014
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
02 Nov 7 Nov 6/5 Raja Ampat. misool
09 Nov 15 Nov 7/6 Raja Ampat. misool
17 Nov 24 Nov 8/7 Raja Ampat. misool
26 Nov 2 Dec 7/6 Raja Ampat. misool
December/January 2014/15
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
04 Dec 11 Dec 8/7 Raja Ampat. misool
13 Dec 19 Dec 7/6 Raja Ampat. misool
21 Dec 28 Dec 8/7 Raja Ampat. misool
30 Dec 06 Jan 8/7 Raja Ampat. misool
January/February2015
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
08 Jan 15 Jan 8/7 Raja Ampat. misool
17 Jan 24 Jan 8/7 Raja Ampat. misool
26 Jan 03 Feb 9/8 Raja Ampat. misool
February/March 2015
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
06 Feb 14 Feb 9/8 Raja Ampat. misool
25 Feb 03 March 7/6 Raja Ampat. misool
March 2015
Departs Return Days/Nights Route
14 Mar 21 Mar 8/7 Raja Ampat. misool
23 Mar 30 Mar 8/7 Raja Ampat. misool

Technical Specifications
  • Length: 32 m
  • Beam: 7 m
  • Engines: 2 x 500 hp Cummins engines
  • Speed: Cruising 9 knots, max 12 knots
  • Generators: 2 x Perkins generator sets 75KVA
  • Current: 220V & 110V electrical outlets
  • Navigation: Furuno Radar, GPS Plotter, Auto Pilot, 2 Sounders
  • Communication: SSB Radio, VHF Radio, Satellite Phone
  • Compressor: Coltrisub 580L/min, Bauer Mariner 250L/min, Nitrox and Trimix
  • Support: 2 x 4,2m Tenders with 40hp Yamaha outboards
  • Water: 30,000 l
  • Fuel: 15,000 l
  • Crew: 9 Boat Crew & max 4 Dive Crew

Cabin Types & Facilities
  • 4 private Twin/Double bed cabins with ensuite bathrooms
  • 2 private Twin bed cabins with ensuite bathrooms
  • 2 private Double bed cabins with ensuite bathrooms
  • 1 master cabin with Double bed & extra Twin beds with ensuite bathroom
  • Fresh hot water showers
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Audio and Video entertainment center
  • Outdoor and indoor dining
  • Delicious Cuisine
  • Free flow hot / cold beverages and snacks
  • Massage Service

Safety Facilities
  • Life Jackets in all cabins
  • 2 x 25 person Life Rafts
  • Oxygen carried at all times
  • Satellite phone
  • First Aid Kit

Diving Facilities
  • Spacious dive deck with freshwater showers
  • Nitrox and Trimix mixing Capabilities
  • Fresh water tanks for camera rinsing

Boat Layout


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