White Manta Explorer | Indonesian Liveaboard | Scuba Travel

White Manta Explorer | Indonesian Liveaboard - Caribbean

  • Guests 22 passengers over 3 decks
  • Rooms 8 ensuite and 3 shared facility cabins - twin and double options
  • Restaurants Indoor and outdoor dining areas
  • Food and Drinks Western and Asian cuisine plus snacks
  • Facilities3 L&W compressors with nitrox membrane, producing 32% nitrox, bank storage
  • Diving Rigid hull inflatables (3), used for passenger transport and diver pickup
  • Diving Extras 5 expert dive guides
  • Internet Access Satellite wifi (payable locally)

About White Manta Explorer

The brand new White Manta Explorer is a 152 ft (46m) by 33 ft (10m) purpose-built steel hull dive vessel. Stable, sophisticated, and reliable, the yacht is perfect for extended itineraries to the most exotic regions of Indonesia. Guests will dive in style throughout the fabled Coral Triangle, including itineraries in Ambon, Banda, Sangalaki and Raja Ampat.

Accommodations on White Manta Explorer include fourteen beautifully furnished en-suite staterooms averaging 215 sqft (20 sqm). The substantial staterooms provide modern lodging for up to 22 guests, of which 6 can be available for single occupancy. Matched with a number of amenities, including 24-hour satellite WIFI connection, a spacious sun deck and two dining areas - a popular outdoor alfresco area and an indoor air-conditioned room for finer dining - you're ensured the onboard ambience of a world-class dive holiday. In addition, chef-prepared meals will feature a blend of Western and Asian cuisine and with no less than 5 gourmet meals a day, you will be satisfied with an extensive range of flavours to delight your taste buds.

Built with intention, White Manta Explorer's dive deck is sizeable and comfortable. You'll find a large dedicated camera room, outdoor work station, and a full range of rental equipment. Diving is also conducted in small groups meaning attentive and personalised service. With a total of 20 crew members on board and a high crew to guest ratio, you can expect first-class service above and below the water.

Make the most of your vacation and join White Manta Explorer for what will undoubtedly be an exhilarating, yet luxurious dive holiday. Chances are you'll return again and again!

Upper Deck

The Upper Deck features six double cabins (#1-6) each with private bath and shower. There is a spacious outdoor dining area and the partially covered sun deck that is accessed by stairs.


Main Deck

The Main Deck features two twin share cabins (#7-8) and two twin share cabins with three twin beds (#9-10); each with private bath and shower. Cabins #9 & #10 could possible accommodate 3 guests as there are actually 3 beds (request only, subject to availability). The saloon, indoor dining area, dive deck and camera room are also located on the Main Deck.

Lower Deck

The Lower Deck features two twin cabins (#11-12) and two double cabins (#13-14) each with private bath and shower.

Upper Deck

The Upper Deck features six double cabins (#1-6) each with private bath and shower. There is a spacious outdoor dining area and the partially covered sun deck that is accessed by stairs.

Main Deck

The Main Deck features two twin share cabins (#7-8) and two twin share cabins with three twin beds (#9-10); each with private bath and shower. Cabins #9 & #10 could possible accommodate 3 guests as there are actually 3 beds (request only, subject to availability). The saloon, indoor dining area, dive deck and camera room are also located on the Main Deck.

Lower Deck

The Lower Deck features two twin cabins (#11-12) and two double cabins (#13-14) each with private bath and shower.

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

Covid Information for White Manta Explorer

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY EXPLORER VENTURES FLEET

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.

COVID-19 CLEANING & DISINFECTION POLICIES:

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.

WHAT WILL THIS ALL MEAN?

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

International travel from the UK has resumed using a traffic light system. Turks and Caicos Islands will move to the green list 4am, Wednesday 30 June.

View the up to date list here

Please note that the Turks and Caicos Islands current corona measures expire at 5:00 on 30 June 2021. They have yet to announce if any new regulations will come in place after this date.

From July 22nd 2020, all travellers to the Turks and Caicos Islands will be required to visit the TCI Assured Travel Authorization Portal in order to obtain a travel authorization for arrival in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Any travellers arriving to the Turks and Caicos Islands must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test from a reputable facility at least 5 days before departure, proof of health/travel insurance with COVID-19 cover and must complete a health screening questionnaire.

All visitors will be required to wear masks on arrival to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

All travelers will be subject to screening and temperature checks upon arrival which may result in further clinical examination.

Please visit the TCI Assured Travel Authorization Portal for the latest information about travelling to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Before you travel to England you must: take a COVID-19 test, book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test to be taken after arrival in England. 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 25th JUNE 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos is around 12 hours flying time via Antigua and departs twice a week (Thurs & Sun) Showered with blazing sunshine all year-round, the Turks and Caicos lure divers to come and experience this world class dive destination for themselves. Thrilling wall diving and pelagics are what await here. There are even historic shipwrecks at Molasses Reef.

Covid Travel Information

International travel from the UK has resumed using a traffic light system. Turks and Caicos Islands will move to the green list 4am, Wednesday 30 June.

View the up to date list here

Please note that the Turks and Caicos Islands current corona measures expire at 5:00 on 30 June 2021. They have yet to announce if any new regulations will come in place after this date.

From July 22nd 2020, all travellers to the Turks and Caicos Islands will be required to visit the TCI Assured Travel Authorization Portal in order to obtain a travel authorization for arrival in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Any travellers arriving to the Turks and Caicos Islands must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test from a reputable facility at least 5 days before departure, proof of health/travel insurance with COVID-19 cover and must complete a health screening questionnaire.

All visitors will be required to wear masks on arrival to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

All travelers will be subject to screening and temperature checks upon arrival which may result in further clinical examination.

Please visit the TCI Assured Travel Authorization Portal for the latest information about travelling to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Before you travel to England you must: take a COVID-19 test, book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test to be taken after arrival in England. 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 25th JUNE 2021

Weather and Climate

The average temperature on the Turks and Caicos ranges between 29°-32°C between June and October. Late summer month can be even warmer. Between November and May the air temperature is cooler, averaging 27°-29°C. There's a fairly constant trade wind, keeping conditions comfortable and cool. Water temps in the winter months are between 23-26, increasing to 27-29 in the summer.

Travel

Flight options

For the 2020 winter season (Oct onwards) flights will route from London to Antigua and onto Turks & Caicos twice a week (Thurs & Sun). We are not offering transit via the USA for the winter 2020/21 season. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Providenciales, 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.

Stopovers

As our preferred flight routing stops in Antigua, you can partner your Turks & Caicos holiday with a stay at Sandals Grande Antigua (min stay 7 nights). Talk to your travel consultant for more info. We are not offering transit via the USA for the winter 2020/21 season.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK passport holders are able to obtain a 90 day visa on entry. to Turks & Caicos You must have a valid ESTA before travel or to transit through the USA. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date. 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

Insurance

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

Immunisations

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

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will 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.

Lounge

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

Parking

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?

Guests arriving at Provo international airport by a staff member in uniform who will have a sign. Our representative will be just outside at the international arrivals area. Baggage handlers may offer to help for a fee. It can take over an hour for everyone to clear customs. 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.

Transfers

Airport transfers are always included in your holiday package. A representatives will advise where to find your transfer outside of the airport. If you have made your own flight arrangements to land in Provo, please confirm at the time of booking if airport transfers are included or available at an additional cost

Departures

You will depart for the Provo airport in the morning. The departure tax is approx US$20, which can be paid only in US dollars or with a credit/ debit card.

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Tipping

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

Currency

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. White Manta Explorer recommends 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.

Extras

Hire equipment

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

Extras

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

Souvenirs

The boat has a small shop on board with select items

Nitrox/Gas

Nitrox is $10 per day, paid locally

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for Raja 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

Discounts

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

Included

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

Depending on trip duration, you will complete an average of either 22 dives (7 nights) or 26 dives (8 nights)

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.



Excluded

This holiday excludes international flights to Jakarta or domestic lfights to Sorong. 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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