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Raja Manta operates in the Raja Ampat and Komodo areas of Indonesia catering to 22 divers.
Previously know as White Manta, Raja Manta launched in April 2011 was refitted completly in May 2016 to become Raja Manta. She is a 37m long steel motor yacht, IMO certified, very stable, strong, and her twin 700hp Cummins engines makes her an ideal long range diving vessel. Raja Manta is a premier liveaboard boat designed by divers for divers. She boasts an enormous dive deckand spacious diving platform.
Guests can dine and relax in style in the large outdoor dining area whilst enjoying panoramic views of tropical islands in the glistening turquoise sea. The large indoor saloon has a comprehensive digital multi media centre, soundsystem and widescreen plasma TV for your entertainment. An expansive sun deckspans the length of the boat and incorporates loungers for those sun-worshippers. Alternatively, enjoy a soothing massage from the on-board masseuse.
The dining concept is one which allows you to enjoy panoramic views and beautiful weather whilst spoiling yourself on the sumptuous cuisine. They serve three plentiful meals a day prepared by the fantastic chef. A thoughtful blend of Western, and Asian cuisine awaits guests after every dive. Light breakfast and afternoon snacks complete the ensemble and a delightful array offresh tropical fruits accompanies every meal.
Further snacks, tea and coffee,hot chocolate and drinking water are available all day. The large refrigeratoris amply stocked with chilled drinks which can be purchased at reasonableprices. Any special dietary requests can be catered for with prior notice. The equally spacious saloon offers guests an indoor dining alternative. The air-conditioned saloon is a perfect place to chill out and watch a movie, read abook or magazine, or sit with your notebook computer and edit treasured moments of the dives. A dedicated charging area is available those with laptops,cameras, torches or DPV’s. The sundeck tops off the space at your disposal.
It’s a perfect place to catch a tan, enjoy a relaxing massage, or take a shortnap.
This vantage point is the perfect place to take in the serene beauty of the Indonesian Islands, star gaze the night sky, or take a plunge into the crystal clear water below.
Prices are per person in USD based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the length of the trip and the time of year and sometimes special offers are available.
What is included :
Air tanks, use of weightsbelt, all meals onboard, 2-way land transfer to the boat, dive guide, all nights on-board in a twin or double share cabin, tea,coffee, fruit, snack
Revel in a magestic array of superb natural attractions - unspoiled coral gardens, volcanic landscapes and unexplored turquoise cays. Straddling the equator, Indonesia is a tropical island paradise made up of 14,000 islands, many of which are noted as world-class diving destinations. The stunning natural wealth of this archipelago, even when considering itsindividual attractions, is enough to make most other travel spots green with envy.
If you are looking for an idyllic tropical setting with great diving right at your doorstep and unforgettable natural wonders, a trip to Indonesia is a must. Even though there is no way for this website to touch on all that Indonesia has to offer, here is a brief glimpse at some of the highlights
There is truly something for everyone. Indonesia can rightfully boast of landscapes consisting of palm-fringed tropical islands, heavenly white-sand beaches, majestic wildernesses, towering mountains, an impressive chain of volcanoes and the world’s best underwater spots.
For those with an itch to explore, you can search for the legendary “Komodo Dragon” on the island of the same name, explore the lush habitat of the “Bird of Paradise”, enjoy kayaking and bird watching in the coastal mangroves or trek through superb national parks. The Cenderawasih natural reserve offers both iridescent corals underwater and great trekking opportunities as parts of visits to fascinating traditional villages.
But if your idea of a holiday is pure relaxation, you can also just relish the wonderful warmth of the sun on the legendary beaches on Bali after a drift dive through exquisite coral gardens. Nusa Tengara and North Sulawesi are famed for their underwater landscapes and the breathtaking beauty of the remote Maluku Islands can be enjoyed from our beautiful sundeck.
And, of course, for those happiest in the underwater realm, you will not be disappointed! The uniqueness of West Papua, a largely ignored region which is home to the world’s highest and most species-rich island, will leave you with fantastic memories to last a lifetime. The reefs and beaches of the Togean Islands provide spectacular diving amidst a perfect tropical island setting. Komodo of course is considered the quintessential dive destination but you shouldn’t overlook the opportunity to discover the natural marine richness and the unusual rarity of places like the Raja Ampat Archipelago, which has been called a “Lost World”, a jewel both on land and at sea.
And this is only a brief glimpse at the country’s charms! Indonesia still has many areas waiting to be discovered. Come join us in our explorations of the hundreds of untouched islands surrounded by enchanting coral reefs that await you!
The marvelously rich culture of Indonesia boasts a unique and remarkable assortment of cultural traditions, vibrant arts and many individual ethnic groups. The rugged mountainous terrain and the fact that the country is made up of many islands, many of which remained isolated from each other, resulted in groups of people with distinct traditions and an extraordinarily diverse differentiation of languages and cultures across the archipelago.
The islanders did not in fact become “Indonesians” until 1945, when a line was drawn to incorporate the former Dutch East Indies, a group of islands bringing together an astonishingly varied collection of peoples.
Examples of this heterogeneous development can be seen in the fascinating temple complexes of Borobudur and Prambanam, or during a visit to Sumba, home to some of the most traditional cultures in East Indonesia, where you can see spectacular ikat and massive megalithic tombs. You can also visit centers of contemporary art and culture on Bali, or discover South Sulawesi and the area of Toraja, where elaborate funeral rites are a central part of their society. To experience a living example of Indonesia’s rich culture, visit the Minangkabau region of West Sumutra, known for its architecture, and where music and dance thrive. Is it any surprise then that “Unity in diversity” is Indonesia’s national motto - Photos of Raja Ampat diving - Komodo diving photos
Brief itinerary for Raja Ampat
Day 1. Arrival from Ujung pandang (Makassar) or Manado to Sorong. On arrival our staff will meet you at Sorong Airport to assist you and transfer to Black Manta. Once all guests are onboard, greeted, a briefing will commence as we set sail to Raja Ampat. Sorry, no diving today.
Day 2 - Day 8. Raja Ampat Diving - itineraries vary due to weather and currents
Day 9. Departure from Sorong to Manado or Jakarta or Denpasar. Before that Breakfast onboard then disembark, transfer to Sorong Airport for flight to Jakarta, Denpasar, or Manado.
Raja Ampat (or the Four Kings) is an archipelago consisting of the islands of Misoool, Salawati, Batanta, and Wiageo which are surrounded by over 1,500 small islands and cays. Formerly known as Irian Jaya, this area is now part of the newly named West Papua province of Indonesia and is located on the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula, on the island of New Guinea.
Put simply, Raja Ampat could quite possibly be the best diving in the world. It certainly is the world’s most bio diverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusc species than anywhere else on Earth. The variety of marine life can be staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, you may encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to don your snorkelling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales. Other highlights include the innumerable war wrecks, both ships and planes (with new wrecks being discovered constantly).
The reefs of Raja Ampat are just as varied as the marine life. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, sea mounts, mucky mangroves, lagoons and pinnacles. The reefs are in pristine condition with miles of perfect hard corals and many varied colourful species of soft corals. The diving is predominantly drift dives due to the moderate prevalent currents in the area which provide nutrients for the myriad fish and coral. Currents are average to moderate and vary from none to very strong. Visibility is normally very good but can vary and is normally at its best earlier in the day so your pre-breakfast dives are not to be slept through!
This is truly “Frontier Diving”. Topside the beautiful islands stretch as far as you can see and are largely uninhabited. At night the lights of local fishing boats twinkle in the dark along the few inhabited shorelines while in more remote areas you may only see a distant spec of light over the entire horizon.
Not many liveaboards dive the Raja Ampat area, making this adventure even more unique and special.
Raja Ampat has a high season from October to May and weirdly enough it is during their rainy season due to the winds in the dry season making parts of the park inaccessable. The rainy season should not be mis-construed though. It is generally mostly a shower in the late afternoon and evening and most of the time the days are nice, wind is minimal and the skys are generally clear or slightly over cast. The seas are calmer at this time of the year as the oppposite season has winds that kick up waves and make it very difficult to dive the more exposed sites in the Southern part of Raja Ampat. The water temperature stays around the 27-30 degrees celcius mark all year round.
Recently due to the popularity of Raja Ampat a lot of boats have been running trips in the so called low season but this is also the dry season and so promotes nicer weather and better visibility but the trade of is that only the northern more sheltered part of the park is accessable but as the area is so vast and there are so many quality dive sites the reports from these northern trips have been glowing so far.
How to get to Raja Ampat
Sorong is the harbour town in West Papua and the normal departure point to dive Raja Ampat. If you are unsure of how to get to Sorong to start your trip it will depend on where your international flight into Indonesia is landing. We recommend Jakarta or Bali to make your entry point into Indonesia amnd each has it’s pros and cons.
From Jakarta to Sorong most flights route through Makassar (UPG) in South Sulawesi and are over night flights arriving in the morning perfect for a pick up by your liveaboard crew at the airport. The downside of this is that you may be awake most of the night before your board the liveaboard but most boats cruise only on the first day so you can catch up on your sleep during the day.
Flights from Bali are not quite so simple and cannot be done in one day, you will need to fly from Bali to UPG the day before your liveaboard and over night in Makassar and the continue on with the UPG to Sorong flight the following morning, the day of your liveaboard departure, and this ends up being perfect tining to be picked up on your arrival in Sorong at the airport to then be taken to the boat. This takes longer but you will arrive more refreshed than the Jakarta rooute and of course you could always factor in a stay in Bali before or after your trip.
In the past it has not been possible for someone outside of Indonesia to purchase domestic flights in Indonesia so these can be purchased for you by us, if you would like, and added to your invoice. It will be about $650 return dependant on exchange rates, availability and where your entry airport is in Indonesia. The cost of the domestic flights are not included in the trip price.
Recently Garuda, our recommended airline, has made it possible to purchase their tickets online and we recommend you take this approach as it is often cheaper than the set price we have to charge. Other airlines are cheaper but are not so trustworthy or have such good luggage allowances. Again, we highly recommend trip as well as diving insurance just in case something were to go wrong with your flights.
Premier liveaboard diving and its local flight agent can purchase the tickets on your behalf, however, in doing so, Premier liveaboard diving is only acting as an agent for the airline and is not responsible for, and can accept no responsibility for, cancellations, delays, schedule changes, or problems caused by the air carrier. We highly recommend trip interruption and cancellation insurance.
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