The Manta Cruise is a 33 metre monohull motor yacht operating Maldives diving cruises, ranging from 6 to 13 nights in duration. This liveaboard is chartered year round by Team Abyss who have their own cruise leader on board to add more expertise and organisation to the expedition. Ideal for a private charter, the Manta Cruise can tailor its itinerary to your group's needs.
A maximum of 18 passengers can be comfortably accommodated in 9 cabins all with private en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. You can take it easy in the air-conditioned saloon and dining area, soak up the rays on the sun deck or relax in the novel front deck lounge area at the bow of the boat, taking in the view of the atoll chain. All diving on these Maldives cruises, which includes a nitrox option, is done from an accompanying custom-built dhoni boat that houses the compressors, maintaining the peace and quiet of the mothership.
Cruise route options include both the northern and southern atolls, and the longer 2 week tours are ideal for those who want to get an in-depth feel of diving in the Maldives. Manta Cruise trips are designed for experienced divers to have a great time so you should have a minimum of 50 dives and advanced open water certification. All liveaboard cruises start and end at Male Town, and you will be welcomed on arrival and waved goodbye at the airport as part of the Team Abyss service.
Special offers: For special discounted prices, check the yellow highlighted trips in the schedule above.
Notes: It is required for all divers to have logged at least 50 dives and have a minimum level of Advanced
Open Water Diver or equivalent. 100 dives minimum are advised for Extended South Trips. Divers with less experience will be able to join the trips but may have to sit out some dives if dive certifications are not sufficient for the dives planned.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, 2 sets of beach and shower towels per week, return transfers to the boat from Male Airport, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (6 divers per guide), tanks, tanks, weights and weight belts, Maldivian Bed Tax and GST, domestic flights (if relevant to the itinerary).
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (limited stock of BCD, regulator and dive computer, approx. US$ 17 per set per day). Green Tax (from 1 November 2015 onwards, approx. US$ 6 per person per night), possible Hanifaru bay entry fees approx. US$ 20 per person, fuel surcharge for Extended South/North Cruise of approx. US$ 120 per person, GST on all items and services purchased on board. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Mineral water, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (approx US$ 7 per 12L tank and US$ 9 per 14L tank), torches, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The Manta Cruise liveaboard departs from Male. On the last night of the cruise the boat is moored near Male. For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section. The last dive of the trip will end no later than 4:30 pm on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 10% discounts from published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Add 75% to published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter price below, equivalent to pay for 16 guests and receive 2 extra spaces free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): 7 nights - US$ 4,598, 9 nights - US$ 4,585. Peak Season 7 nights - US$ 4,929, 9 nights - US$ 4,923. For alternative trip prices, please check with us.
The Manta Cruise has 9 cabins, all with private en-suite bathrooms. There are 7 Standard cabins with double / twin beds and portholes on the lower deck, and 2 more spacious Deluxe Suites with double beds and large windows on the upper deck.
All the cabins have:
Air-conditioning and fans
Private bathrooms with hot water showers and hand basins
Nitrox - Motorised dhoni tender - 2 Fresh water showers on dive deck - Rinse tank with separate tank for cameras - Air-conditioned saloon and dining area with well-stocked bar - TV, DVD and music centre - Library with movies, magazines, novels, fish ID books and games - Internet (subject to location coverage) - 20mē Shaded open-air relaxation area - 60mē Sundeck with sun loungers - Open-air front deck lounge area - Water dispenser.
Mobula, the dhoni dive tender, is 18m long and built specially to Manta Cruise's requirements. It is fast, comfortable and well laid out. Specifications include 2 compressors, nitrox, showers, toilets, rooftop sundeck, crew cabins, GPS, sonar, fish finder and safety equipment.
Meals on board the Manta Cruise safaris are served buffet-style and are inspired by European, Asian and Sri Lankan recipes. Breakfast tends to be continental style with eggs and cereals. Lunch and dinner often feature grilled fish, chicken and salads. You can expect a range of fresh fruit and vegetables and meals served with delicious sauces and cooked with exotic spices.
The cook caters international, Thai, Italian, local cuisine and BBQ.
Meals are served buffet style in the saloon/dining area.
Main meals include pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between.
Snacks consist of biscuits, ice creams and bread/toast.
Tea, coffee and drinking water are complimentary.
Soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits are available for purchase onboard.
Special diets, including Halaal and vegetarian diets, are catered for with prior notice.