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MV White Manta

MV White Manta is a 36 metre long steel-hulled motor yacht launched in April 2011 and designed to accommodate up to 26 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.

Length: 33 metres / 109 foot
Beam: 8 metres / 25 foot
Cruise: 10 knots
Divers: 26 (36 for full charter)
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Described as being built by divers for scuba 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 trip is a winner. For comfort and style when diving the Similans the experienced White Manta crew is now a great choice.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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There are currently no future dates available.

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More Trip Details...

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, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 17 per day), dive computer, dive insurance, Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 14 per park. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available) (US$ 10 per fill). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: Thailand: Most White Manta liveaboard 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.

Pulau Tioman, Aur Island and Anambas Islands dive trips depart from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore. You must make your own way to the ferry terminal for boarding.

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.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 6,031.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are a total of 14 cabins onboard the White Manta liveaboard. There are 4 Deluxe 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 6 Standard twin bed cabins with shared bathrooms and portholes. 2 of the Standard cabins can be 4-share.

All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Sea-view windows or portholes
  • Toilet and hot water shower (except standard cabins)
  • Hand basin and towels
  • Reading lights
  • 3-pin UK style mains outlet 220 volts - 24 hours per day
  • Cabinet, shelves and mirror
  • Bedding
  • Space for luggage
  • Life jackets
No. of bathrooms / showers - 13 / 13 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 13 comprises:
  • Cruise leader
  • 4 divemasters / instructors
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • Engineer
  • Maid
  • 4 Deck hands
Enriched air nitrox - 2 motorised dinghies - 55m² dive deck & 18m² platform with hot water showers, toilets and rinse tank - 100m² air-conditioned saloon and dining area with bar, TV, video and music - Movie library, fish books, games and diving magazines - Satellite telephone - 55m² upper deck shaded area - 92m² sundeck with sun chairs & mattresses - Water dispenser

Scuba certification courses available including PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue, EFR, specialties and Gas Blender.

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
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 of the liveaboard trip.
  • All special dietary requirements can be catered for - please send us advanced notice.

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 2011
  • Size - 36m x 7.5m
  • Weight - 270 tonnes
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 10 knots
  • 2 x 700 HP Cummins engines
  • 3 x 100 KVa Cummins generators
  • 2 x L&W dive tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox gas blender
  • 12 & 15 litre aluminium scuba tanks with Int. & DIN fittings.
  • Electricity 220V - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 24,000 litres
  • Fresh watermaker - 4,000 litres per day
  • Fuel capacity - 15,000 litres
  • Waste storage tank

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 3 life rafts (for 20 passengers each)
  • 2 x 40 HP Yamaha dive dinghies
  • SSB, VHF and CB marine radios
  • Navman GPS
  • Furuno radar
  • Sounder
  • Navman plotter
  • Autopilot
  • Iridium satellite telephone
  • Mobile telephone
  • CCTV in engine room
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Searchlight and loudhailer
  • Emergency position indicating radio beacon
  • Medic first aid box
  • This operator has not confirmed the presence, or quantity of, oxygen on their liveaboard boat
  • Life jackets in each cabin
  • Fire alarms & extinguishers throughout
  • Customer dive insurance is not included - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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Customer reviews:

"We have enjoyed 4 great days on board of the White Manta with our dive instructor Michael, who made us feel save and comfortable at all times. The staff and crew have always been very friendly and helpful, offering a great service and creating a wonderful atmosphere.
The staff has always been well prepared and gave us more detailed information and safety instructions before every dive as we would have expected. Facilities and our cabin were clean and have been made up every day.
" - , Germany, 12 December 2014 ...

"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 guides knew what they were doing, they knew the diving sites quite well." - , Canada,13 March 2014 ...

"Fantastic boat, food, crew and diving set up. Can't fault anything." - , Scotland, 10 March 2014 ...

"Staff are friendly, facilities are nice, service are excellent, food are delicious" - , China, 15 January 2014 ...

"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." - , USA, 16 January 2013 ...

"The services we received were excellent. The dive staff and liveaboard crew made the trip enjoyable for divers and non-divers, adults and kids." - , USA, 3 April 2012 ...


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