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Manta Cruise

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The Manta Cruise is a 33 metre monohull motor yacht operating Maldives diving cruises, ranging from 6 to 13 nights in duration. This boat 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 as a charter boat, the Manta Cruise can tailor its itinerary to your group's needs.

 *Special offer applies
Length: 33 metres / 109 foot
Beam: 9 metres / 30 foot
Cruise: 9 knots
Divers: 18
Enriched air nitrox is available hereInternet is available here
The Manta Cruise liveaboard offers you Maldives diving cruises

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 itinerary options include both the northern and southern atolls, and the longer 2 week cruises 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 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.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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Special discounted trips highlighted in yellow

October 2014
Dep: 19 Oct Ret: 25 Oct Maldives North & Central US$ 1,469
Dep: 26 Oct Ret: 2 Nov Maldives South & Male Atolls US$ 1,719
November 2014
Dep: 3 Nov Ret: 12 Nov Maldives North & Central US$ 2,312
Dep: 13 Nov Ret: 22 Nov Maldives North & Central US$ 2,312
Dep: 23 Nov Ret: 2 Dec Maldives North & Central US$ 2,075
December 2014
Dep: 3 Dec Ret: 12 Dec Maldives North & Central US$ 2,075
Dep: 13 Dec Ret: 20 Dec Maldives Central US$ 1,880
January 2015
Dep: 3 Jan Ret: 10 Jan Maldives North & Central US$ 1,800
Dep: 11 Jan Ret: 18 Jan Maldives Central US$ 1,843
Dep: 19 Jan Ret: 26 Jan Maldives Central US$ 1,843
Dep: 27 Jan Ret: 3 Feb Maldives Central US$ 1,843
February 2015
Dep: 16 Feb Ret: 28 Feb Maldives South & Male Atolls US$ 3,850
March 2015
Dep: 2 Mar Ret: 14 Mar Maldives South & Male Atolls US$ 3,850
Dep: 16 Mar Ret: 28 Mar Maldives South & Male Atolls US$ 3,850
Dep: 30 Mar Ret: 11 Apr Maldives South & Male Atolls US$ 3,850
April 2015
Dep: 12 Apr Ret: 19 Apr Maldives North & Central US$ 1,800
Dep: 20 Apr Ret: 27 Apr Maldives North & Central US$ 1,800
Dep: 28 Apr Ret: 5 May Maldives Central US$ 1,843

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More Trip Details....

Special offers: We have a fabulous discount available off the normal prices listed here. Have a look at our Manta Cruise special offers page for all the details. Offer expires: 12 Dec 2014

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, 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, safety marker device, Maldivian Bed Tax and GST, domestic flights (if relevant to the itinerary).

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory): None.

Optional extras: Mineral water, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available) (approx US$ 6 per 12L tank and US$ 8 per 15L tank), scuba equipment (limited stock of BCD, Regulator and dive computer, US$ 7.50 per piece per day), torches, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: Manta Cruise 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.

Non-diver rate: There is no discount for non-divers.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): No fixed policy. Please check with us.

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.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
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.

Wood panelled Standard double bed cabin aboard the Manta Cruise in the Maldives All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning and fans
  • Private bathrooms with hot water showers and hand basins
  • Portholes on lower deck, windows on upper deck
  • Bedding & towels provided
  • Cabinet, bedside tables, reading lights & mirror
  • Space for luggage
  • 24-hour, 220v electricity supply
  • 2-pin plugs - adaptors are available
  • Life jackets
No. of bathrooms / showers - 10 / 11 - hot water

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Crew, facilities, dive courses...
You can look forward to relaxing with your dive buddies in The Manta Cruise's open-air front deck lounge The 12 crew comprise:
  • 2 Cruise Leaders/Instructors
  • 2 Dive Instructors
  • Divemaster
  • 2 Captains
  • 2 Cooks
  • Engineer
  • Maid
  • Deck Hand
Nitrox - Motorised dhoni dive 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 motorised 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.

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Menu, cuisine type...
Meals on board the Manta Cruise 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 Manta Cruise cheerful and bright dining areaThe 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.
  • Catering begins at guest check-in.


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technical specifications...
  • Another view of The Manta Cruise heading out for yet another glorious Maldives diving cruiseBuilt in year 2006, refurbished 2010
  • Size - 33m x 9m
  • Weight - 96 tonnes
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 9 knots
  • 365 HP Daewoo engine
  • 2 x Kohler generators - 27 & 35 Kva
  • 2 x Bauer dive tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox system
  • 12 litre aluminium scuba tanks with international and DIN fittings
  • Electricity 220V - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 6,000 litres
  • Fresh water makers - 9,000 litres per day
  • Fuel capacity - 5,400 litres
  • Waste storage tanks

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navigation, safety features...
  • Manta Cruise and Mobula, the dive dhoni25 person capacity life raft
  • 1 x 18m motorised dhoni dive tender
  • Motorised dinghy
  • Icom radio
  • Garmin GPS and plotter
  • No radar
  • Depth sounder
  • Fishfinder
  • EPIRB signalling device
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Searchlight & horn
  • CCTV in engine room
  • Satellite and mobile telephones
  • MFA box and trained staff
  • Fire extinguishers throughout
  • Life jackets in cabins
  • This operator has not confirmed the presence, or quantity of, oxygen on their dive boat
  • Customer dive insurance NOT provided - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation
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layout plans...
The Manta Cruise deck plans
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