NEW WHITE MANTA I 01 - 09 SEPT 2020 I AMBON, BANDA I 7 NIGHTS I INDONESIA

NEW WHITE MANTA I 01 - 09 SEPT 2020 I AMBON, BANDA I 7 NIGHTS I INDONESIA
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The New White Manta is equipped with excellent indoor camera facilities including blow dry station designed for the most avid underwater photographers. Great food, luxurious new surroundings, wifi, courses and Nitrox. Non divers always welcome.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 8 Nights, 20 - 22 Dives
  • Languages spoken - English
  • Ambon , Banda Sea
  • The Ring of Fire, The Spice Islands,  Banda Islands, Saparua & Nusa Laut, Hukurila Cave & Molana.  
  • Sea snakes, mantas, sharks and record numbers of tiny macro-critters
  • A seemingly endless variety of macro sea life, 1000's of species of fish
  • Pristine coral reefs, shallow underwater pinnacles, hard coral gardens
  • Non divers and children are welcome
  • Fast boat, steel hull for better stability
  • Indoor Dry Camera Room, Blow-dry Station
  • 24 hour Wifi connection
  • Satellite phone onboard and night security
  • Small dive groups (4 photographers : 1 guide)

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from tenders and dives from platform
  • Battery Charging Station Warm-Water Showers Large & spacious Dive Deck Wide Outdoor Work Table, Indoor Dry Camera Room, Blow-dry Stations
  • Tanks With Din/ Yoke Valves Nitrox ($) Rental Equipment ($) Courses ($)
  • All indoor air-con, Saloon with 52” plasma TV, DVD, and media server, wifi ($)
  • Snorkelling. Massages
  • Buffet , hot drinks, water  - included
  • Alcohol is available to purchase on board  
  • Payments on board : Visa Mastercard Cash
  • Fire Fighting Equipment, Life Rafts, Life Jackets Furuno Radar, GPS plotter, Echo Sounders, Auto pilot, AIS, SSB radio, VHF radio, SART, EPIRB, First Aid & Oxygen Kit, Fire Extinguishers, Satellite Telephone, Night Watch Security
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OUR BOAT

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 24-32 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, speaks 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 high crew and guest ratio ensures attentive, outstanding and personalised service.  With a total of 20 crew members working onboard, we are committed to your comfort and enjoyment.

OUR CABINS 

The New White Manta will take 24-32 guests depending on 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 upper deck with window, 4 cabins on main deck with window, 4 cabins on below deck with a port hole. All cabins are fitted with speakers, fire and smoke alarms.

AMENITIES

Between dives is a luxurious experience, as there are several places to relax, socialize, sunbathe, or view or edit photos and videos from the diving. There are al-fresco and air-conditioned dining areas, as well as large comfortable cabins. Sundecks, massage service and multimedia TV areas add to the choice of entertainment on board. Satellite communication enables 24-hour Wi-Fi, and there's even a message service to stay connected with friends and family.

FOOD ON BOARD

Having good food should be one of the most important criteria when choosing a liveaboard.  On the New White Manta you start your day with freshly baked breads. With no less than 5 meals a day, (Western & Indonesian) snacks, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo, you will be filled and satisfied with an extensive range of treats for your taste buds.

Although we cannot ensure perfect dive-sites and weather conditions, we can certainly guarantee a treat for your taste buds. Guests will enjoy five meals a day from a blend of Western, Indo and Thai cuisine all served in comfortable indoor/outdoor dining areas while enjoying the panoramic view of tropical islands in a glistening turquoise sea. 

ENSUITE TWIN CABIN – UPPER DECK  (C1 – C6)  

All ensuite cabins have ample storage space for luggage with camera table. A spacious bathroom with hot water shower. Aircon with individual control, cabins also have large window. These cabins can convert to double with an extra bed. Towels, toiletries, cabin services included.

  •     Size:  20 m²
  •     Beds:  1 double + 1 single
  •     Max occupancy:  3
  •     Shareable:  yes
  •     Private bathroom:  yes
  •     Air Conditioning:  yes

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ENSUITE TWIN CABIN – MAIN DECK (C7 – C8)

All ensuite cabins have amber storage space for luggage with camera table. A spacious bathroom with hot water shower. Aircon with individual control, cabins also have a window. Towels, toiletries, cabin services included.

  •     Size:  20 m²
  •     Beds:  2 single
  •     Max occupancy:  2 
  •     Shareable:  yes
  •     Private bathroom:  yes
  •     Air Conditioning:  yes

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ENSUITE TRIPLE CABIN – MAIN DECK (C9 – C10)

All ensuite cabins have amber storage space for luggage with camera table. A spacious bathroom with hot water shower. Aircon with individual control, cabins also have a window. Towels, toiletries, cabin services included.

  •     Size:  20 m²
  •     Beds:  3 single
  •     Max occupancy:  3
  •     Shareable:  yes
  •     Private bathroom:  yes
  •     Air Conditioning:  yes

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ENSUITE TWIN CABIN – LOWER DECK (C11– C12)

All ensuite cabins have ample storage space for luggage with camera table. A spacious bathroom with hot water shower. Aircon with individual control, cabins also have port holes. Towels, toiletries, cabin services.

  • Size: 20
  • Beds:  2 twin
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  yes
  • Private bathroom:  yes
  • Air Conditioning:  yes

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ENSUITE TWIN CABIN – LOWER DECK (C13– C14)

All ensuite cabins have ample storage space for luggage with camera table. A spacious bathroom with hot water shower. Aircon with individual control, cabins also have port holes. Towels, toiletries, cabin services included. 

  •  Size:  20 m²
  •  Beds:  1 double + 1 single
  •  Max occupancy:  3
  •  Shareable:  yes
  •  Private bathroom:  yes
  •  Air Conditioning:  yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION  

  • For this route the boat leaves from Ambon and ends at Ambon
  • The nearest airport is Pattimura (AMQ)
  • You must have an Advanced Open Water certification to book this itinerary
  • Attention! The departure/arrival at the marina can change due to the internal logistics of the boat, the bad weather conditions of the previous week or the bad weather forecast.
  • Port departure/arrival can be changed due to internal boat logistic, bad weather conditions on previous week or bad weather forecast, naval exercises. In case of changes all transfers are provided to the new marina, cannot be issue of refund or compensations

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • The transfer from the airport to the ship and from the ship to the airport on the first and last day is included in the price. 
  • Transfers from hotels to the ship are included as well
  • Only two transfers are included, one on boarding day and the other on disembarkation day
  • Transfers other days that are not specified here are extras, they cost money and it is not guaranteed that the boat can do them since it is not in the program.
  • At the airport or at the hotel, a person carrying a WHITE MANTA sign will pick you up (transfers are shared group, there may be a waiting time at the airport, depending on the flights of other passengers, transfer might need to go pick up others clients from hotels)
  • The embarkation is the first day indicated on the date the cruise begins.
  • Check in on the boat is in the morning
  • The boat departs marina at around 14:00 on the same day 

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Ambon in the early morning on the last day 
  • Check out and disembarkation is between 05:00 and 12:00 on the last day
  • Hotel drop-off time is in the morning
  • Airport drop-off time is in the morning
  • In case of need the boat could give advance notice and of necessity to provide the last night in a 4 * HB hotel, if it was the case, the hotel is paid by the boat and any extra transfer is offered free of charge

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • Dive gear rental should be arranged at the time of booking
  • Every diver should have an SMB (surface market buoy)
  • Credit card payments comes with 4.5% additional handling fee
  • Cash payments - please ensure ALL bills are in good order; NOT worn or torn and unmarked or we are UNABLE to accept.  

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • The Banda Sea dive site is so large that your particular itinerary will inform you of the exact qualification and experience needed for that cruise.
  • To dive with a dive buddy, you must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following your guide. On some dives the recommended depth is below 18m therefore advanced or Deep Diver training is advised.
  • Many of the dives in Indonesia are suitable for all levels of divers, however, unpredictable and strong currents are to be expected anytime and anywhere. Inexperienced divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience
  • Number of planned dives depending on the weather conditions and the route are varied but with an average of 4 dives per day - one dive will be a sunset or night dive.
  • Currents in some areas of this route can be strong.

PROGRAM

  • DAY 1: Arrival and assistance at the airport. Collecting your luggage. At the indicated time, transfer to the port depending the route. Boarding the boat, welcome drink and presentation briefing of the boat and crew (depending on the schedule of flights will be the first day or the next day early morning). Distribution of cabins. Overnight on board. You can take some time this day to prepare your diving equipment. 
  • DAYS 2nd to Penultimate day: 22 are the number of dives in this trip. Diving trip with full board and daily diving plan. You will dive the most important dive sites of this route. Every single trip is tailor-made to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The decision on the itinerary is made by the cruise director based on factors such as weather conditions, dive conditions, requests of guests, schedules of other liveaboards, which we are trying to stay away from
  • Penultimate Day: 2 dives in the morning. Sail back to Ambon where you spend last night on board.  
  • Final Day: Disembark in Port. 5am-12pm. Check out after light breakfast, we transfer to local hotel or airport. Take your pre-booked flight to Ujung Pandang (aka Makassar), Jakarta or Singapore Check out after light breakfast and transfer to local hotel or airport. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Starting with muck diving at Ambon further you will cross the Banda Sea
  • Let the experienced crew show you these remote and almost untouched locations with wonderful reefs and stunning drop offs.
  • Dive volcanic islands and sea mounts which rise from the depths offering superb wall diving and boundless marine life 
  • Marine life here is in abundance from critters, sea snakes, manta rays, sharks and much more.

DIVE ROUTE

  • Diving around the Banda Islands 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.
  • 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. 
  • Hukurila Cave & Molana.  

Dive Site Information (Banda-Ambon)

  • Water Temp:  26-28 degrees Celsius, however deep water upwelling’s & thermoclines especially in Sept-Nov can mean temps as low as 25C.
  • Air Temp: 22-31 degrees Celsius
  • Visibility: 15-30 meters
  • Current: medium to strong
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced,
  • Best Time to Dive: October to April (less rain & much less wind; perfect for diving)

INCLUDED

  • All nights accommodation on boat
  • All meals, snacks, hot beverages, coffee, tea 
  • Round trip transfer local Hotel/Airport - Boat*
  • Towels, toiletries, cabin services
  • Warm towel & drink after every dive
  • Regular Air Tanks, weights, belt 
  • Dive guides 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Marine Park & Harbour fee (250 USD per person)
  • Diving Gear - full set  (50 USD/ diving day)
  • Nitrox 15 USD/ diving day or 5 USD/ fill.
  • Massage 30 USD/ hour
  • 15 ltr tanks 12 USD per diving day
  • Satellite Wi-Fi 30 USD / per person for trip
  • Soft drinks, alcohol, Nespresso coffee 
  • All flights & hotels stay 
  • Diving gear subject to availability 
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies: 

  • 30 % non refundable
  • Between 120 days and 90 days before trip = 70 % refundable
  • Less than 90 days before trip = no refund

In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days.

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavor to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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