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Dive Review of Blue Manta in
Indonesia/Banda Sea

Blue Manta: "Blue Manta from Ambon to the Forgotten Islands and back.", Nov, 2022,

by carol risdall, SD, US ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 12184.

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Wonderful visibility diving at one of the atolls Fun time at an island Cabbage Coral, Lava dive Beautiful soft corals, Manuk Sea snake above Vickli
Freckled Hawkfish Bumphead Parrotfish Brigade Tank stations towards stern of boat One of the numerous varieties of Butterfly Fish Healthy corals

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 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
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments This was a trip originally scheduled through Marin Dive Center California for November 2020 and was rebooked once travel to Indonesia opening up. I flew to Jakarta from Rapid City, South Dakota and spent 2 days touring Jakarta before taking off to Ambon on a Garuda midnight flight to land around 7AM in Ambon. I had a very pleasant stay at Spice Island Resort and dived with them for 3 days before getting onto the Blue Manta October 29. As we got on the ship we had to show a photo of the results of a home covid test taken within 12 hours of getting aboard. We were all negative. After we settled in, fire safety and emergency escape options were thoroughly explained by Egoi, our cruise director.

We had a group of 15 divers- 4 couples and 7 singles. There were 21 crew members including Egoi Benitez the cruise director who greeted us each morning on the intercom with soft music and a wakey wakey call, and PJ Widestrand the boat's videographer. There had been some last minute cancellations in our group which allowed all the singles to have their own rooms. As it were the cabins were a spacious with two beds, its own bathroom with shower and a desk and plenty of storage space.

Our check out dive was the Laha dive area in Ambon. It was a preview of some of the unpredictable currents experienced diving around the Indonsian Ring of Fire.. It was muck diving but fu ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Cozumel, Socorros, Cocos Island, St Lucia, Komodo, Raja Ampat, PNG, Fiji, Philippines, Palau, Hawaii, Texas Oil Rigs, Minnesota and South Dakota lakes, California coast, Florida springs, Solomons, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands, Key Largo
Closest Airport Ambon Getting There Jakarta to Ambon with stop over Makassar, Sulawesi. I flew Rapid City to Denver to Newark to Narita to Jakarta. Most of the in my group flew from California or Seattle to Singapore.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 78-88°F / 26-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute dives, monitor your depths, no decompression dives, 3 minute safety stops
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The camera room was roomy with at least 10 individual stations equipped with ample charging, a light and storage under counter. of each station. Only four of us used the camera room, in addition ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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