Liveaboard Review

Offering an exceptional diving adventure to world-class sites of archipelagic Indonesia, the luxurious 5-star liveaboard named Blue Manta gives its guests the chance to see the world’s most unspoiled coral reefs. Sailing the best diving destinations of the Indonesian waters, guests are treated to up-close encounters with a wide range of marine life including corals, pinnacles, manta rays, and the rare dugong. This 45 m x 9 m vessel sports 14 cabins capable of accommodating 22 guests.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Many people commended the experienced diving guide on executing a thorough briefing before each dive.
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    Several divers were pleased with the spacious room that were much bigger than other liveaboards.
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    Divers said that the Blue Manta had the best camera room they have seen so far.
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    Some people noted that they had USA style power receptacles.
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    Many divers said they would return as this was the best liveaboard they have experienced.
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Things we don't like:

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    A couple of people noted that was not much entertainment in the evening to keep themselves occupied.
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    Many people said that the corals were a bit lack luster in their appearance.
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Diving on the Blue Manta in Indonesia


Living up to being a luxurious liveaboard, Blue Manta’s cabins are all air-conditioned to make sure that guests have a comfortable stay during the cruise. The Lower Deck boasts of Deluxe Twin shared cabins which are beautifully furnished with twin beds and with port-hole windows. Both the Upper Deck and Main Deck showcase Deluxe Double cabins with double bed and single beds and with large window. All cabins have private bathrooms, hot showers, luggage storage, tables, power points, and individual climate controls.


There is no better way to enjoy a cruise better than by being served by the liveaboard crew who make sure that every moment of the sail is worthy of the money spent. The crew goes the extra mile to imbibe the services similar to that of fine hotels.

Guest divers and non-divers alike can enjoy the cabins or stay in the air-conditioned Main Lounge where large-screen TV and DVD player reside for movie watching or listening to music. For those who still want to connect to the online world and update family and friends with the wonderful sailing adventure, Wi-Fi is available 24/7 through satellite connection.

Alcoholic beverages are available for consumption at the bar where guests can hang-out with others and share some life stories or better yet their sailing experiences. The Sun Deck has cushioned lounge chair for recline as the vessel completes its course off the white beach islands. For those wanting some pampering, massage is available courtesy of the liveaboard’s two resident masseuses.


Food is truly exceptional at Blue Manta. There are three onboard chefs who assure that guests can feast on delectable dishes, not just thrice but five times a day. A usual day begins with serving freshly baked bread. Along the day, heavy meals are of Western, Indonesian, and Thai origins.
The food can be enjoyed through comfortable fine dining at the main Saloon. Yet, guests have the option to have them served at outdoor seatings to simultaneously gaze the amazing landscapes of the tropical islands and the azure waters.

As body fuel is a much-needed requirement for dives, the crew makes sure that snacks are well-served along with a selection of water, tea, coffee or soft drinks.


Roving the Raja Ampat, Komodo, and the Banda Sea, the steel-hulled Blue Manta gives diver guests not lower than 20 dive chances depending on the route chosen when onboard. Cruises usually last 7 to 11 days.

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