Blue Manta Explorer | Indonesian Liveaboard | Scuba Travel

Blue Manta Explorer | Indonesian Liveaboard - Far East

  • Guests 22 passengers
  • Rooms 14 air-conditioned cabins situated over three decks, all with private bathrooms and showers
  • Restaurants Dine alfresco or indoor air con dining areas
  • Food and Drinks All snacks, hot drinks and water included
  • FacilitiesUp to 22 crew members, 32% nitrox
  • Diving Rigid hull inflatables (3), used for passenger transport and diver pickup
  • Diving Extras 5 expert dive guides
  • Internet Access Satellite wifi (payable locally)

Blue Manta Explorer | Indonesian Liveaboard

Blue Manta Explorer is possibly the largest, purpose built steel hulled liveaboard diving in Indonesia to date. Measuring 45 meters in length (148 feet) the 22 spacious cabins are situated over three decks. Modern and classy, Blue Manta Explorer is the perfect choice for exploring the thrilling diving around Raja Ampat, Ambon and Komodo. She's crewed by no less than 20 experienced staff, all dedicated to providing exceptional service

Blue Manta Explorer has 14 cabins, each with en suite bathroom and toiletries. There are 4 double bed cabins and two twins cabins on the upper deck. 4 twin cabins are location on the main deck, towards the bow. The final 4 cabins on the lower deck. Supplements apply for main and upper deck reservations, so please ask at the time of booking if you have a preference.

On a boat this large, you have bags of space to enjoy the communal areas. There is a salon with a plasma TV, DVD and media server. 24 hour satellite internet providing on board wifi available so you can easily stay in touch with family at home. On the upper deck is a is a sun deck with lounge chairs for sunbathing and a covered area for shade, perfect for relaxing in between dives. Up to 5 meals a day are served by the top notch chefs - dine alfresco in the outdoor dining area or in the indoor air-conditioned dining area, You will never go hungry. The dive deck is equipped with personal rinse tanks and a wide outdoor work table for underwater digital cameras. On the main deck you will find dedicated indoor camera room with plenty of space & charging stations. Full equipment rentals are available onboard, all scuba tanks have din or yoke fittings and there are larger tanks available for those requiring a little extra air. Enjoy a warm towel, hot drink and fresh fruit after every dive.

Upper Deck

The Upper Deck features four double cabins (#1-4) and two twin share cabins (#5-6), each with private bath and shower. There is a spacious outdoor dining area and the partially covered sun deck is accessed by stairs.

Main Deck - Cabins

The Main Deck features two twin share cabins (#7-8) and two double/twin share cabins (#9-10), each with private bath and shower.

Main Deck - Camera room

The saloon, indoor dining area, dive deck and camera room are also located on the Main Deck.

The Lower Deck comprises four twin share cabins (#11-14) each with private bath and shower.

Please note these prices may not include flights. Click select for the full holiday details

Scuba Travel

2017-06-20 12:13:10

Our first trips on Blue Manta will begin in July - so no reviews yet

Covid Information for Blue Manta Explorer


Last Updated: 22 May 2020
New Liveaboard Diving Policies for a Post-Covid World.
In preparation for welcoming guests back to our operations in the Caribbean, Explorer Ventures will be augmenting our practices and improving on health and safety measures that address changing client expectations amidst COVID-19.

For the last 33 years, Explorer Ventures has researched, implemented and strengthened safety protocols to ensure that our guests are able to enjoy their diving vacation. In preparation for welcoming guests back to our operations in the Caribbean, the company will further augment our practices and improve on health and safety measures that address changing client expectations amidst COVID-19. The following information is based on what we know today - but best practices and the information on which they are based change rapidly, and we intend for our plans to be fluid enough to accommodate new information. We will continue to monitor the latest trends and will adapt our operations and this document based on new insights and our experiences, and refine this plan not only in the Caribbean but in Galapagos and with our other partners worldwide.

Sustainable operations are always at the forefront of our minds, and where possible we're sourcing suitable cleaning agents that are either environmentally friendly or can be neutralized prior to disposal. Environmental consciousness is at the heart of what we do but keeping everyone safe takes precedence for the time being for obvious reasons!

As of this writing (May 2020), it seems likely that travelling will require some level of health screening which may occur at airports, gate check-in, or arrival at your destination. While ideally, such screening will give us a high degree of confidence that our arriving guests are COVID free, we will be prepared if such (relative) clarity doesn't exist in order to safeguard our guests and crew.

Depending on availability and testing required enroute, we may ask that incoming guests have a recent COVID test in order to board. Fast tests are becoming more available, and some airlines and travel destinations are beginning to perform testing before boarding or on arrival. We are attempting to source tests that can be performed weekly on at a minimum the crew of each vessel, as well.

Our crew members have been working hard to prepare for our guests' arrival. Our new operational protocols will include several pre-emptive cleanliness measures that affect the guest's journey from arrival to departure, including additional health and well-being requirements across all points of contact on the vessels.

Crew cleaning Caribbean Explorer II | Explorer Ventures Fleet
Crew are being trained in appropriate Covid-19 cleaning and disinfection procedures from accredited organizations.


A Pre-travel questionnaire/assessment is being developed for all our guests to complete that will give our crews and our other guests added confidence in their health at the time of boarding.
Operational Evaluation: We have completed an assessment of points of guest contact, resulting in the integration of hygiene practices across key points - starting from the moment guests arrive at the gangway through the entirety of their onboard vacation experience. These points include the salons, guest rooms, galley, food and beverage experiences, housekeeping and laundry, public bathrooms, dive deck and dive platform.
Crew are being trained in appropriate Covid-19 cleaning and disinfection procedures from accredited organizations.
Cleaning, disinfection and sanitation will be repeated multiple times daily, with a minimum of three inspections daily. These inspections and targeted cleaning steps include hard surfaces such as door handles and handrails and include public restrooms, salon tables, and chairs as well as other high-touch surfaces.
Interior areas of the vessels will be fogged regularly with disinfectant.
Daily room cleaning and service will be done with gloves and mask and will be stressed as optional if guests would prefer not to have others in their room at all. As always, staterooms are cleaned thoroughly between charters. Additional hand sanitizing stations will be provided for guests and crew members throughout the vessels.
The guest dining experience will be modified to limit contact points of normal buffet service. Servers will wear gloves and masks during all meal services. Any guest who chooses not to eat with the group in the salon may have the meal served on the sun deck. Guests will be asked to wash hands before meals.
Guest welcome and daily briefings will include reminders on best practices for avoiding illness, if necessary.
Social Distancing Practices will be encouraged so that guests maintain a safe social distance whenever possible while sustaining the relaxed experience our trips are known for. This will include spacing guests out on the dive deck as much as possible, asking that guests keep control of regulators and masks on the way to the exits and on the way to their lockers upon returning from their dives, and replacing handshakes with a nod and a smile.
To help ensure that all team members stay healthy, all staff will be required to wear face masks during check-in, when screening guest temperatures, during meal service, when off the vessel and at other times as may be necessary. We will encourage guests to do the same as far as is practical and will have masks made from recycled ocean plastics available on board.
Precautionary temperature and oxygen checks for both crew and guests may be done daily or per current recommendations.
Vendors and suppliers will be required to have minimal physical contact, and we will sanitize all touchpoints, including equipment, and remove all outer packing upon arrival.
We are working with our shore support companies to ensure that transfers are done in accordance with new recommendations for cleanliness and decontamination. For tours, where that is not possible, certain stops may be eliminated or the tour eliminated altogether. The Friday night dinners ashore will be planned to accommodate new cleanliness expectations.
Mask rinse tanks are being eliminated in favor of running water rinses.
Gear rinse tanks will be treated to avoid cross-contamination of dive gear.
Our dive towel system is being reviewed to limit the potential for cross-contamination.
Rental gear availability may be limited by the availability of appropriate sanitizing agents
As always, careful cleaning and sanitizing of linens and towels is a priority
In addition, we are considering the feasibility of altering our operations in certain ways to increase the space between guests at mealtimes, on the dive deck and during briefings.


Some of these altered procedures may temporarily impact the level of customer service, guest interaction and accommodation for which the Explorer Ventures Fleet is known. While each vessel and operation is different, some challenges are universal and our vessels have room for only a certain number of crew and guests. These additional crew responsibilities may limit their time available with guests. While our goal remains to deliver an exceptionally good experience to every guest, returning to diving will require flexibility on the part of both guests and crew.

We can't wait to start DIVING with you again!

Country Covid Travel Information

We are not operating holidays to countries currently on the red list
View the up to date list here

Indonesia is currently on the red list. You will be required to hotel quarantine on your return to the UK

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

Updated 15th JUL 2021

Frequently Asked Questions


Indonesia is around 15-20 hours flight from the UK and is made up of around 18 000 islands. It is the largest archipelago in the world straddling the Equator, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Most travellers will enter Indonesia through Jakarta (CGK), Bali (DPS) or Manado (MDC) airports. This is the stuff of divers' dreams. This exotic nation is the very definition of bio diversity. Find the big fish in Komodo, Raja Ampat or Kalimantan. Drift lazily along the walls of Bunaken and Wakatobi, watching turtles on coral drenched walls. While away the hours hunting for miniscule macro in Bali, Lembeh or Ambon. Cannot decide? Why not combine two locations into a single trip!

Covid Travel Information

We are not operating holidays to countries currently on the red list
View the up to date list here

Indonesia is currently on the red list. You will be required to hotel quarantine on your return to the UK

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

Updated 15th JUL 2021

Weather and Climate

Indonesia is a vast country, and the weather can be hugley variable. The topography means that weather patterns can be very localised. This is the tropics! For Bali, Komodo & Wakatobi the weather is usually best from April - November, with July and August being some of the best months to visit. Between December and March the conditions can be a bit stormy. November to April is also the wettest month to visit Bunaken, Lembeh and Kalimantan but to a lesser degree than in other locations. October to April is historically the most popular time to dive in Raja Ampat.


Flight options

Our holidays to Indonesia can be quoted with most major airlines. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for Indonesia include Cathay Pacific, Singapore airlines, Qatar, Emirates, Malaysian, KLM and Gaurda. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Indonesia, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.


With a huge range of airlines to fly with, you can easily build in a stop over either on your way to or on your way back from Indonesia. Simply talk to your travel consultant about adding a stop over into your itinerary.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK Passport holders landing in Jakarta, Bali or Manado are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here


Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here


Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly


You will also be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.


An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here


Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in your Indonesia destination, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. Some reps are able to meet you airside. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.


If you have a hotel en route please follow any specific instructions in your travel documents. Where possible, you will be met by a representative who will assist in taking you to your hotel. If using a shuttle service, please arrange your return shuttle time back to the airport at the hotel check in. Domestic flights are common in Indonesia and run frequently. The major hubs of Jakarta, Bali and Manado all have separate terminals for domestic and international departures. Just follow the signs to move between international and domestic terminals. The service has improved vastly, but there can still be last minute schedule changes. Please ensure you leave plenty of time for check in or transit between flights (usually 4 hours min). Domestic flights can typically only be booked with a 20kgs hold allowance as standard. Excess baggage must be paid for in Indonesian rupiah and costs around $2-$5 per kg per way. Due to local traffic and road conditions, land journey times can be difficult to predict. We recommend you take water with you and keep any essentials in your hand baggage to make your journey as comfortable as possible.


At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. As of Feb 2015, the departure tax for all domestic and international flights is built into your flight ticket price.



Crew gratuities are not included in the charter. All gratuities should be voluntary and based upon the quality of service the crew has provided.


Acceptable methods of payment include: US Dollars, local currency or credit cards (Visa or Master Card). There is a credit card charge paid on board.

Phone coverage

The boat operates satellite wifi - phone coverage may be limited. Blue Manta Explorer recomends purchasing Telkomsel simpati bsim card around 3usd. Plus credit to add on top!!!

Plugs and electricity

3 pin UK standard plugs, 220v in every cabin, saloon, dining area, and dive deck International plugs plus USD sockets available too.


Hire equipment

Full kit hire is $50 per day - please enquire about individual items


Massage US$35/ hour, Nespresso coffee: US$2, beer US$4, wine US$30-50, satellite WIFI paid locally


The boat has a small shop on board with select items


Nitrox is $10 per day, paid locally


Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for Blue Manta Explorer will be £1400. This will be due once your holiday has been confirmed. Your balance will then be due 90 days before travel.

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation


Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel within 24 months
5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling within 12 months

Travel again with any Explorer Ventures liveaboard in 12 months and join the 5-5-5 programme. Book your next trip with only a 5% deposit and extra 5% discount. You can enjoy up to 5 dives a day (where possible) and there's no charge if you have to reschedule your trip within 6 or 8 mths (depending on destination). Is this your 6th full price Explorer Ventures liveabaord? Then the fleet will apply the average price paid for those trips toward the standard retail rate of your sixth trip with us which, depending on the itinerary you choose, could be absolutely free!
Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices


Your journey on Blue Manta Explorer is based on a lower deck cabin on a full board basis (3 meals/day onboard, tea, coffee, fruit, snacks)

12lt tank, weights, air fills, weight belts and diving with experienced dive masters/instructors

UK passport holders can obtain a free 30 ay Indonesian tourist visa on arrival - please ensure you have 6 months passport validity from your return date.


This holiday excludes international flights to Bali or Jakarta and domestic flights to your embarkation point. Do ask for a competitive quote to add flights from a number of UK airports to your holiday.

To pay locally are alcohol, additional kit hire, nitrox, Komodo marine park fees $200 or Raja Ampat fees $250 per person and any souvenirs or private guiding services.

A 4.5% service charge is levied on all on board credit card payments

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