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Dive Review of Blue Manta in
Indonesia

Blue Manta: "Blue Manta transition trip", Apr, 2017,

by L ALAN WILLIS, ON, CA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9918.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [None]The Blue Manta is a luxurious liveaboard with rooms the size of a four star hotel, and queen-size beds. On the other hand it lacks the picturesque tall ship allure of many of the Indonesian liveaboards.

This was a change of season transition trip from Sorong, down through Raja Ampat and the Misool area, into the Banda Sea, stopping at the Banda Islands, and ending at Ambon. It did not however include the famous Ambon muck diving sites. For that a stay at Maluku Divers Resort is recommended.

Plenty of variety on this trip--healthy corals especially around Misool, giant coastal and oceanic mantas at Magic Mountain, massive schools of snappers and batfish and jacks especially around the "Too many fish" divesite at the entrance from Raja Ampat to the Banda Sea, tons of olive banded sea snakes around Manuk in the Banda Sea...excellent guides and briefings.

Occasional strong current but only occasional. Good visibility (I find it hard to specify the distance). Diving is from zodiacs.

Websites Blue Manta   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Philippines, Egypt, Sudan, Bonaire, Roatan, Yap, Palau, other parts of Indonesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 27-29°C / 81-84°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]I don't remember about specific depth or time limits or diving profile, but it seemed to be accepted that we would stick with the guide. The diving wasn't very deep, nothing over 30m. Most dives were about an hour. Fairly standard approach.
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 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]Excellent camera room, plenty of rinsing facilities.
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