Liveaboard Review

The KM Raja Manta, formerly referred to as White Manta is a luxury liveaboard that takes divers on diving cruises to Raja Ampat, the Banda Sea and Sangalaki, as well as Lembeh Strait and the Ring of Fire. The boat designed by divers and for divers was built in 2011 and renovated in 2016 to suit divers’ needs. With thoughtfully decorated cabins, stylish finish, attention to details and space, the KM Raja Manta is every diver’s dream.

Our Overall Review

4

Things we like:

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    Many people liked the diversity and different landscapes in the coral reef.
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    Some people stated that the crew were professional and performed their duties very well.
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    The food was well prepared and the chef always had something prepared on returning from excursions.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThe dive master was not very informative.

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Diving on the KM Raja Manta in Indonesia

The KM Raja Manta, as opposed to other liveaboards, is modern and roomy, with teak interiors and allows divers to see Manta Rays, Whale Sharks and 20% of the world’s coral reef in Indonesia’s best dive sites, which include Raja Ampat, Banda Islands, Sulawesi, and Komodo. The liveaboard is 36 metres/118 feet long and caters for a maximum of 22 guests in 11 beautiful cabins. This unique boat carries 2x 450-liter L&W compressors. The boat also carries 24 tons of freshwater and two watermakers. With three large dinghies, rest assured for your safety when diving in strong currents.

Boat features

Located on the upper and main decks of the Raja Manta are eight en-suite cabins, while there are three standard cabins on the lower deck. There are five deluxe double cabins, two of which are on the upper deck and two on the main deck. There are four deluxe twin cabins on the main deck. All eight deluxe cabins have private bathrooms while the four standard cabins on the lower deck share bathrooms.

The cabins on the upper and main deck have large storage space for luggage with a camera table, a spacious toilet with hot and cold-water showers, and air-conditioning with individual control.

Guests can relax in between or after the dives at the spacious sun deck. They may also decide to cool off in the air-conditioned saloon, which has a large HDTV and DVD player.

The meals prepared by the boat’s chef are a mix of local and western cuisine and are served buffet style. Guests will enjoy as much as five meals daily to ensure they don’t get hungry after the dives. Fruits are served after each meal and extras such as snacks, tea, coffee is always available. Guests with special dietary requirements are also catered for.

With 19 crew members at your call, you are sure to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Diving is made in small groups of 4-5 divers and is supervised by a dive guide/instructor. With a spacious diving deck, there is enough space to store your diving gear. Nitrox is available for divers with EANx certification.

The KM Raja Manta takes the safety of its guests serious and is equipped with necessary safety equipment which includes first aid kits, life vests, emergency rafts, fire extinguishers, oxygen.

Best time to go

While diving is great all year round, the best time to go diving in the Komodo is between April and August. For Raja Ampat, diving conditions are best between October and the end of April.

Itinerary

The KM Raja Manta has a schedule, which consists of trips to different locations in Indonesia’s archipelago. The boat goes on trips for six days/6 nights to 11 days/11nights depending on the particular schedule. The Raja Manta goes to Sangalaki for 7days/6nights; the trip to Raja Ampat is for 8days/7nights, while the schedule for Ambon, Banda Islands and Ring of Fire are 9days/8nights.

Guests are picked from the airport or hotel and conveyed to the boat. They are then briefed and shown their cabins after which a light meal is provided. There are no dives on the arrival date.

There are three dives per day and two dives on the day before departure. No diving is done on the final day.

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