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Dive Review of White Manta/Blue Manta in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

White Manta/Blue Manta: "The Big Blue Manta", Feb, 2017,

by Christine Mistler, AZ, US ( 2 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 9493 has 4 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Sea of Cortez (San Carlos, La Paz), Hawaii, Little Cayman, Bonaire, Belize, Fiji, Cozumel, Honduras, Mozambique
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There via Singapore or Bali to Manado then Sorong. Allow 2-3 days travel time from U.S.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions small groups of 3 to 4 divers and leader. dives all generally about 1 hour, 60 ft average. four dives offered per day inc. daily dusk or night dive
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments I have a simple camera so I can't judge but it appeared the many photog's on boa ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Maybe it's because I've never done a liveaboard or been to Raja Ampat before, but the whole experience was, for me, the ultimate in diving.
I think what I'll remember the most about this trip were the otherworldly colors. Never had I seen such a striking array of pastels and jewel tones, in both the flora and the fauna. And, so many fish, so many shapes and sizes. Raja Ampat, I'm told, is famous for its very small creatures, which are weird and wonderful. My problem, with aging eyes, I just couldn't see very much of it! if your vision is lacking, I highly recommend an underwater magnifying glass. I really, really wish I had brought one along. Also, a reef hook, if you don't already have one, but I digress. Our dive guide was very good about finding and pointing out tiny stuff like the pea sized seahorses and pygmy squid but my favorite part was when he was trying to show me another microbe that I couldn't quite discern when I noticed hi ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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