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KM Black Manta is a steel hull diving safari boat that accommodates up to 20 guests in space and comfort and has a high service level for a boat in its price range.

Length: 32 metres / 105 foot
Beam: 7 metres / 23 foot
Cruise: 10 knots
Divers: 20
Enriched air nitrox is available here
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West Papua liveaboard, the Black Manta, Indonesia

This is a Indonesian liveaboard with high quality cabins and is built with the diver in mind, as evidenced by the large dive deck which features nitrox and ample room for all guests to gear up. All cabins have en-suite hot water bathrooms and enjoy a daily maid service.

The indoor saloon and dining area are large, with air-conditioning and a high quality audio-visual entertainment system. Other relaxation spots include a shaded outdoor area to the rear of the saloon, an upper deck and an enormous sundeck where you can enjoy a relaxing massage.

The KM Black Manta operates as a Raja Ampat liveaboard from November to April. During the high season months from May to October in Komodo you can expect to see black mantas below the surface and above the waves as this boat takes in the best dive sites of this world famous national park.

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Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, land tours on Komodo safaris, transfers to the boat from the airport and hotels, dives (as detailed in the trips above), 4 experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 42 per day), dive computer (US$ 12 per day), Raja Ampat port and park fees (US$ 230) per person per trip, payable in advance. Komodo port and park fees (US$ 180) per person per trip, payable in advance, fuel surcharge (subject to changes, please check with us). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available) (US$ 5 per fill or US$ 10 per day), dive insurance, torches, massage services (US$ 25/per hr). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: Raja Ampat: The Black Manta liveaboard normally departs in the afternoon from Sorong in West Papua. You can fly directly to Sorong from Jakarta, Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado. From Bali there are convenient connections via Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado. We will help you arrange return domestic flights between Bali or Jakarta and Sorong. There is a transfer service from the local airport to and from the boat. For tours using other departure ports we will assist you with information on how to get there.
Komodo: KM Black Manta departs in the afternoon from Labuan Bajo or sometimes Maumere in Flores. Both flights and hotel booking can be arranged by the operator. There is a minibus transfer service from the airport to and from the boat.
For more information see our travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 12.00pm on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: 10% off the published price.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 90% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below. Equivalent to pay for 16 guests and 2 extra persons can join free of charge.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): Komodo - US$ 5,500, 5 nights - US$ 5,280. Komodo to Maumere - US$ 4,400. Raja Ampat - US$ 6,400. For alternative cruise prices, please check with us.


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
Black Manta has 9 double or twin cabins and one larger cabin with a double bed and twin bunk beds. All cabins have private en-suite bathrooms and the price per person is the same for each cabin. 3 twin cabins and 2 double cabins are on the main deck; the larger cabin and 4 doubles are on the lower deck. Main deck cabins have windows whilst lower deck cabins have portholes.

All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Seaview windows or portholes
  • Toilet, hot water shower and hand basin (Budget cabin has a basin only)
  • Daily cabinmaid service
  • Wardrobe and full-length mirror
  • Mains outlet 220 volts - 24 hours per day
  • Bedding and towels
  • Life jackets
No. of bathrooms / showers - 9 / 11 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The Black Manta's crew of 11 comprise:
  • 1 Tour leader
  • 3 Divemasters
  • 1 Captain
  • 2 Cooks
  • 1 Engineer
  • 3 Deck hands
Enriched air nitrox - 2 motorised dive dinghies - 40m² dive deck & platform with rinse tanks - Air-conditioned saloon with plasma TV, DVD video & music - Dining area - Internet (subject to available coverage) - Large sundeck with mattresses - Underwater cameras available for rent - Massage service - Water dispenser

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
  • Thai, Asian and Western meals.
  • Buffet style dining in the air-conditioned dining area or outdoors on the upper deck.
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks, hot chocolate, fruit, water, snacks and biscuits are provided free of charge.
  • Beers are available for purchase.
  • Vegetarian options available - please advise us of special dietary requirements in advance.
  • The dining service begins with dinner on the first evening of the liveaboard cruise.
  • Operator rates their dining as great.

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 2005, launched 2006
  • Size - 32m x 7m
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 10 knots
  • 2 x 500 HP Cummins engines
  • 2 x 75 KW generators
  • 2 x dive tank compressors (1 Coltrisub, 1 Bauer Mariner)
  • 12 litre aluminium tanks with international fittings. DIN adapters available
  • Enriched air nitrox system
  • Electricity 220V - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 30,000 litres
  • Watermaker also onboard
  • Fuel capacity - 15,000 litres
  • Environmental waste storage tank

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 2 life rafts (for 20 passengers each)
  • 2 x 4.2m 40 HP motorised dinghies
  • SSB, VHF and satellite radios
  • Global positioning system (GPS)
  • Autopilot
  • Radar
  • Sonic altimeter and echo sounder
  • Mobile telephone
  • Searchlight and horn
  • Advanced medic first aid box
  • This operator has not confirmed the presence, or quantity of, oxygen on their liveaboard
  • 30 x life jackets
  • Fire extinguishers throughout
  • Customer dive insurance not included - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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Customer reviews:

Customer rating - Excellent
"The service was excellent. The crew couldn't do enough to help you and make your trip enjoyable. They even forund time to mend a broken suitcase. Cedric, the Cruise Director is a gem." - , Australia, 27 November 2014 ...

Customer rating - Very good
"Cedric (the cruise director) and the crew knew their dive sites very well and we got to see a lot of fish life. Diving with this boat was a brilliant experience. The boat crew however aren't so professional. They are happy and smile a lot but do the minimum for you with regards to your dive equipment etc." - , Australia, 23 March 2012 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Our Ambon, Banda Islands and Raja Ampat trip on the Black Manta was phenomenal. Everything went flawlessly and the sites were fantastic. " - , Australia, 15 November 2011 ...

Customer rating - Very good
"The boat was really comfortable. There was loads of space, as there were only 6 clients on the trip. The food was nice, though there was one day that it was bad. The diving was good and all carried out with safety in mind. The quality of the rental equipment was very good, and the dive leaders really know their stuff and went to great lengths to point out stuff for us." - , Ireland, 12 October 2011 ...


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