MV White Manta is a 36 metre longsteel-hulled motor yacht launched in April 2011 and designed to accommodate up to 24 divers on 4-night tours around the Similan Islands. This purpose-built Thailand liveaboard manages to be practical and spacious with a range of different cabins from Standard to King.
Described as being built by divers for divers, there is an enormous dive deck with plenty of space to gear up, even on a full boat. There is also a spacious and practical dive platform and nitrox is available. Guests tend to relax in the air-conditioned saloon which is comfortable and well-appointed, with full entertainment system. Sun lovers head for the expansive sun deck which has shaded and unshaded sections. You will dine in the open air dining section enjoying the ever changing views of the Andaman Sea, or in the saloon if you prefer.
Most of the cabins have ensuite bathrooms and are located on the middle or upper deck. They have large windows allowing for views and plenty of natural light. Only the standard cabins are on the lower deck have shared bathrooms. The combination of diving in Thailand on a luxurious, spacious liveaboard is a winner. For comfort and style when diving the Similans the experienced White Manta crew is now a great choice.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Phuket hotels in tourist areas (Kata, Karon, Patong), dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory): Scuba equipment (US$ 18 per day), dive computer, dive insurance, Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 12 per park, from 01 February 2015 US$ 15 per park, are payable upon embarkation. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (customers might provide their own where appropriate at no extra cost).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available) (US$ 11 per fill). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Thailand: Most White Manta trips depart in the evening from Tap Lamu, near Khao Lak. A minibus service from all hotels in Phuket or Phuket Airport to and from the boat is provided. For more information see our Thailand travel information section.
Sangalaki:White Manta departs from Tarakan, Indonesia; daily flights from
Option 1; fly to Jakarta (CGK) in morning and connect with Lion Air to Tarakan (TRK) same day
Option 2; fly to Balikpapan (BPN) and connect Sriwijaya Air or Lion Air to Tarakan (TRK) same day
NB. for flights via Jakarta; International flight arrive at Terminal 1, with Domestic flights from
Terminal 2. Taxi by transfer 10 minutes (around 50,000IRp) or if you have time Free Airport bus.
Non-diver rate: 20% 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 80% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 12 guests and receive 1 extra space in a standard cabin free of charge. Please also refer the the full charter prices below which are equivalent to pay for 24 guests and receive 2 extra spaces in a standard cabin free of charge.
There are a total of 12 cabins onboard the White Manta. There are 4 VIP cabins with king-size double bed, 2 on the upper deck and 2 on the main deck. Also on the main deck are 1 Deluxe cabin with queen-size bed and 3 Deluxe twin cabins. All these cabins have private bathrooms and seaview windows.Deluxe twin cabins are normally sold as 2 share but can be 3 or even 4 share. On the lower deck there are 4 Standard twin bed cabins with shared bathrooms and portholes.
All the cabins have:
Sea-view windows or portholes
Toilet and hot water shower (except standard cabins)
Hand basin and towels
3-pin UK style mains outlet 220 volts - 24 hours per day
Enriched air nitrox - 2 motorised dive dinghies - 55mē dive deck & 18mē platform with hot water showers, toilets and rinse tank - 100mē air-conditioned saloon and dining area with bar, TV, video and music - Movie library, fish books, games and diving magazines - Satellite telephone - 55mē upper deck shaded area - 92mē sundeck with sun chairs & mattresses - Water dispenser
Scuba certification courses available including PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue, EFR, specialties and Gas Blender.
Food on the White Manta is a serious business! Breakfast, lunch and dinner are the 3 main meals and consist of a blend of western and Thai cuisine. All meals are finished with a selection of tropical fruits. You can also have a light breakfast before the first dive, and afternoon snacks are also served to keep away any hunger.
Thai and international meals.
Buffet-style dining in the upper deck saloon - choose from 4 dishes per sitting.
Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner with snacks in between.
Coffee, tea, drinking water, fruit, toast and biscuits are provided free of charge.
Soft drinks, wine and beers are available for purchase.
The dining service begins with dinner on the first evening.
All special dietary requirements can be catered for - please send us advanced notice.
"All the staff on the White Manta were fantastic. The crew on the dive deck was on us like we were royalty - they lifted our tanks for us, clipped our fins on our feet when we were in the zodiacs heading for the dive sites, zipped up our wetsuits, handed us weight belts, etc etc etc. They were completely on top of everything. The minute we finished a dive, they were there grabbing weight belts, fins, BCs, helping us into the zodiac, and they had hot towels for us after every dive." - Deborah Fryer, USA ...
"The services we received were excellent. The dive staff and boat crew made the trip enjoyable for divers and non-divers, adults and kids." - Matt Gibbons, USA ...
"Staff are friendly, facilities are nice, service are excellent, food are delicious" - JS Jessie, China ...
"Fantastic boat, food, crew and diving set up. Can't fault anything." - Marie Hughes, Scotland ...
"We rented pieces of equipment (bcd, regulator, fins) which were in good shape. The White Manta staff was very friendly and efficient. The facilities were more than comfortable. The dive guides knew what they were doing, they knew the diving sites quite well." - Pierre Paquette ...