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Dive Review of Blue Manta in
Indonesia/Crossing from Sorong to Ambon

Blue Manta: "Blue Manta Liveaboard", Apr, 2017,

by Kelley McDaneld, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 9579.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Just returned from a great trip on the Blue Manta LOB. Boat is new and diving was excellent. Cruise director Cedric runs a very good operation, and we would definitely book again. This was a crossing trip from Sorong through Misool and the Banda Sea to Ambon. Misool was probably our favorite area--beautiful reef and the mantas at Magic Mountain were awesome. Food was the only negative--not that it was bad, but it could have been better. Breakfast and lunch were buffet and dinner was a la carte. Food was definitely a bit monotonous, especially dinner which was just outright bland, with salads unedible. Desserts were also flavorless. We expected better food for the quality and price of the liveaboard--also expected a few better wine choices other than Carlo Rossi, which was the only offering. Other than that we were impressed. Crew was safe and engaged, and dive masters were excellent.
Websites Blue Manta   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Grand Cayman, Bonaire, Roatan, Cozumel, Fiji, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp -84°F / -29°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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