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Dive Review of Blue Manta in
Indonesia/Banda Sea

Blue Manta: "Excellent diving, but no hammerheads", Nov, 2022,

by Catherine May, ON, CA ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 12292 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 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 4 stars
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Comments Blue Manta Banda Sea 9 Day Liveaboard

The boat was definitely one of the best we have been on. Cabins were thoughtfully laid out including large open wall unit for luggage storage, clothing, laundry hamper, spacious bathroom with separate shower, queen & double bed, desk, lots of outlets for electronics, & hooks for hanging clothes. The rooms were virtually sound proof with heavy doors & had a smoke detector & life jackets. There was a separate spacious climate-controlled camera room with individual desks & outlets. Plenty of room for all. The crew looked after our gear, helping us remove it, & doing all the rinsing & hanging up. We just need to show up.

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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Komodo, Bali, Palau, Hawaii, Maldives, Caribbean, Mexico, USA, Canada
Closest Airport Ambon Getting There International flight to Jakarta, then domestic to Ambon. Need minimum of 3 hours between flights. Missed connection due to lengthy process of Visitor Visa, customs, picking up luggage, travel to different terminal, then checking back in

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 86-86°F / 30-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Had to ascend as a group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None 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
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By Lori Ann Krushefski in NY, US at Dec 05, 2022 17:28 EST  
HióIíve done that filthy mandarin fish dive, too, but got lucky and didnít get an infection. The entire time I was diving, I thought, ďDonít let water in your mask, donít let water in your maskÖĒ Iím interested in your prophylactic idea. Would it be rinsing with alcohol/vinegar ear brew, then using oflaxacin drops? Would you also throw a Cipro or two down for good measure?
By report author: Catherine May in ON, CA at Dec 06, 2022 02:56 EST  
Hey Lori Ann! So great to hear from you :) I was even wearing a hood :( I would rinse my ears thoroughly in a fresh water shower with soap & then instil Polysporin Ear Drops or any other antibiotic ear drop available. Since the infection was external, oral antibiotics would not have been necessary. There are also ear plugs that people use to help equalize & help prevent infection: www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0054MXWH2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 If I had only known! ~CM
By Lori Ann Krushefski in NY, US at Dec 06, 2022 22:30 EST  
Thanks a million, Catherine! Geez, when I first read the review I somehow didn't connect your name with you! Doh!
By Lori Ann Krushefski in NY, US at Dec 06, 2022 22:30 EST  
Thanks a million, Catherine! Geez, when I first read the review I somehow didn't connect your name with you! Doh!
By report author: Catherine May in ON, CA at Dec 07, 2022 13:21 EST  
Ha! And here I thought you were stalking me ;)
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