20% Off: 11 Days Banda Sea Crossing Liveaboard with the New White Manta on 17 to 27 November

Destination: Banda Sea
Departure date: November 17, 2023
From: Ambon
Arrival date: November 27, 2023
To: Sorong
Regular price: 4500 USD / Person
Promotion price: 3600 USD / Person

Experience the majesty of Ambon, Banda Sea and Southern Raja Ampat. This is 11 days 10 nights, a very special liveaboard trip because it’s only happened twice a year. Total 28 dives safari sailing around the Banda Sea to Raja Ampat via Banda Neira. Starting with muck diving in Ambon and then crossing the Banda Sea, tracing the perimeter of islands. Let our experienced crew show you these remote and almost untouched locations with wonderful reefs and stunning drop offs. Marine life here is in abundance from macro critters, sea snakes and schooling fish to the ‘big fish’ favorites such as manta rays, reef sharks and even the chance to encounter scalloped Hammerheads. We complete this once in a lifetime diving safari in stunning Raja Ampat, one of the most biodiverse diving destinations in the world.

The Trip

  • Trip Date: November 17th to 27th 2023
  • Start: Ambon
  • Finish: Sorong
  • Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights

Cabins Available:

  • Deluxe ensuite (combined double / twin) cabins, upper deck.
  • Deluxe ensuite (twin) cabins, main deck.
  • Deluxe ensuite (combined double / twin) cabins, lower deck.
  • Deluxe ensuite (twin) cabins, lower deck.

Prices:

  • USD4,000/ pax in upper & main deck (original trip price USD5,000/pax)
  • USD3,600/ pax in lower deck (original trip price USD4,500/pax)

Additional Fees:

  • Marine Park & Harbor fee: plus USD250/ pax
  • Fuel Surcharge fees: plus USD200/ pax

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Itinerary:

  • Day 1: (0-2 dives) 2pm. Our staff will meet you upon your arrival to Pattimura Airport, Ambon or local hotel and transfer you to the awaiting White Manta. Arrive prior midday is the best.
  • Day 2-3: (3 dives x2 days) Diving around Banda Sea with excellent visibility, fantastic coral coverage and tremendous numbers of fish along with potential Hammerhead sightings, plus a visit to one of the Spice Islands.
  • Day 4-6: (3 dives x3 days) Ring of Fire: diving around Volcanic Islands and stunning seamounts in search of hammerheads, encounter many sea snakes, huge schools of fish, reef sharks, tunas, & other pelagic superstars.
  • Day 7: (3 dives) West Seram, Pulau Koon full days diving. Wide angle diving with vibrant corals and a profusion of fish life. Sail to Misool, Raja Ampat.
  • Day 8-9: (3-4 dives x 2 days) Misool, Raja Ampat: Wayil, Fiabacet, & Boo area.
  • Day 10: (2 dives) Misool, Raja Ampat. Sail back to Usahamina pier in Sorong. Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, rest & relaxation, and if need be, an early flight on trip departure day.
  • Day 11: (0 dives) 5am-12pm. Check out after light breakfast & farewells, we transfer to local hotel or airport. Departure from Sorong to Manado/ Makassar/ Jakarta/ Denpasar.
  • Diving days: 10 days (28 dives)

Notes: Three dives are schedule per diving day in the Banda Sea. Possibly a bonus night dive maybe schedules at the discretion of the Cruise Leader. Applies to all diving days except for the trip departure day and trip return day. All schedules are subject to changes according to the weather, sea, diving, & local conditions.

What’s Included:

  • Land transfer from local hotel/airport from destination on trip start & end days (Ambon/Sorong) to boat, all nights’ accommodation on White Manta, all meals (Western & Indonesian) snacks, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo, soft drinks, towels, toiletries, cabin services, FOC replacement if equipment breakdown, 12-liter air tanks, weights & belt, warm towel & drink after every dive, 5 dive guides (1x instructor, 4x dive master), 28 dives.

What’s Excluded:

  • All flights, hotels, pickups outside trip start & end dates fee applies per car, marine park & harbor fee (USD250/pax), fuel surcharge (USD200/pax), dive & travel insurance, massage services (USD35/hour), laundry services (USD10/basket), Nespresso coffee (USD2), alcohol: beer (USD4), wine (USD30-50), Satellite Wi-Fi (USD50 for trip per person)
  • Diving gear: Full Set USD50/diving day (except large tank) or if individual items, BCD (USD15), Regulator (USD15), wetsuit (USD8), fins (USD5), mask (USD5), torch (USD12), dive computer (USD12), large tank rental (USD12)
  • Nitrox Enriched Air fills (USD20/diving day or USD7/fill)

Interested in this trip? Contact us and talk with our travel experts to find the best option for you!

About The New White Manta

An experience of a lifetime awaits you onboard the magnificent New White Manta. Stable, spacious and safe, she is fully equipped to take you on a fascinating diving adventure in the magical waters of Indonesia. The New White Manta is one of our favorite luxury liveaboard for Raja Ampat and Komodo dive trips.

The New White Manta is possibly the largest purpose-built RINA CLASS dive vessel in the region. Measuring 46m (150 ft) by 10m (30ft), this steel hull vessel will take up to 24 guests depending on the cruise destinations. The 14 beautifully furnished en-suite cabins, each average 20sqm (200sf) in size, an open outdoor alfresco dining area, an indoor air-conditioned room for dining, speak of the perfect onboard ambiance of a world-class dive holiday.

With maximum comfort and safety in mind, the New White Manta is well equipped with safety facilities, cruises at 10 knots and the steel hull makes her an ideal vessel for long-haul cruises and blue water crossing trips.

The New White Manta will take up to 24 guests depending on the destination and if booked as a full charter. There are 14 beautifully furnished en-suite cabins, each average 20sqm (200sf) in size comprising of twin/double or triple share cabins.

  • 6 cabins on the upper deck with window
  • 4 cabins on the main deck with window
  • 4 cabins on below deck no window

Stability & Reliability

The New White Manta is built with thick steel designed to withstand the hardest sea conditions, offering the stability wooden boats cannot. The 10m width and weight of 580 ton add to the steadiness and ensures uninterrupted rest and relaxation. The New White Manta is a world-class cruising hotel.

Built for sea-worthiness, the New White Manta operates on twin engines and is an ultimate dive vessel for long-haul cruises and blue water crossing trips. She is dependable for comfort, convenience and a stress-free dive holiday.

Photographers Dream Boat

The New White Manta is equipped with camera-friendly facilities, designed for the most avid underwater photographers.

  • Wide Outdoor Work Table
  • Indoor Dry Camera Room
  • Blow-dry Stations
  • Small dive groups (4 photographers for 1 guide)

Wi-Fi at Sea

The onboard Wi-Fi is connected via Satellite and with a 24/7 Wi-Fi connection you can be connected with your family and friends anytime, anywhere.

About The New White Manta

Maximum passengers: 24
Number of cabins: 14

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