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Dive Review of Blue Manta in
Indonesia/Banda Sea

Blue Manta: "Think twice before booking a transpositioning charter!!!", May, 2017,

by Holly Bent, HI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 9610 has 6 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia (extensive), Maldives, Palau, Yap, PNG, Philippines, Fiji, Caribbean, Hawaii, Australia, Coral Sea, New Zealand, California, Central America, Micronesia, Mexico, Tahiti, Solomons, and more
Closest Airport Ambon Getting There Jakarta to Ambon

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Diving was limited to 60 minutes, unless our guide "gun" was super into the site, and a few times we did 70 to 80 minutes.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales > 2
Corals 4 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Photography set up: The camera room was adequate and conveniently located near the dive deck. It had its own AC unit so as long as guests and crew did not manipulate the setting of the temperature to ... 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 2 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 3 stars
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Comments I would rate the Blue Manta as a solid 3/5 on my personal liveaboard scale. I consider myself a Harsh critic, having worked as crew with the Aggressor fleet in the late 80s. I am specifically comparing this boat to other high end luxury liveaboards in Indonesia that I have been on (Wakatobi Pelagian, Arenui, Dewi Nusantara, and Damai).
This was a transpositioning cruise from Ambon to Maumere (following the islands that make up the ring of fire). I would not do this one again (the boat or the journey). It was a good thing I arrived in Ambon a week early and spent time diving with Dive into Ambon (see separate review), as the Blue Manta did not dive in the Ambon area at all.
The boat: it was chosen for its steel hull design, the boat would be traveling a distance of nearly a 1000 nautical miles. I booked this boat as I believed the blue manta would be a smoother ride than the traditional wooden pinisi boats most companies operate in these waters. The design of the Blue Manta, makes her top heavy with a strong rolling pitch. The vibration from the main engines, coupled with a cavitation made sleeping difficult in rough seas (which we had plenty of). This boat is only 2 years old and appear ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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