The highlight of this trip…Whale! Yes! We saw a whale cruising about 30-40 meters away from the boat while crossing to Maumere. Unfortunately it happened so suddenly that no one managed to capture the majestic creature on camera.
Our much loved Divemaster couple: Michael and Melanie Smith were back from their pilgrimage in Northern Spain to expertly guide our divers this weekend. Additionally, another important member of the White Manta family attended with his own family: Chris Phillips. His nieces; Emily and Jessica took the PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water courses, respectively. Chris & Maria Phillips also brought along their young son: Zacharias; he and his carer Brenda were non-divers along with Katharina Hegi, mother of the Hegi family including husband Martin, and son & daughter; Oliver and Julia. They were each to attain their Advanced Open Water certificate. It was quite a family affair!
We hosted another Open House evening early in October, inviting our friends, and theirs, to join us in some nice food and conversation in the lovely space of MV White Manta.
First weekend trip in October on MV White Manta was full of expectations to see the big fish that can be a feature of our trips towards the end of the season. We embarked to the ‘hotspot’ as soon as we left TMFT eager to get an early start and ‘catch the first worm’. Sadly it was not to be, luck was not on our side, the big fish didn’t make an appearance.
Do you remember your first dive? Are you able to re-imagine all the feelings of nervous excitement and anticipation that precedes your first descent into the depths of the ocean? For a lot of us that first glimpse of a new world is enough to hook us for life, addicted to exploring a weightless world that seems so alien from the distant world back on land.
Only two words really needed from this weekends’ trip report..... WHALE SHARK!! Yes, those lucky divers who were able to tear themselves away from Singapore's F1 weekend were treated to, not one, but two! incredible dives with a very friendly and inquisitive Whale Shark at the Igara wreck, providing a very special end to a fantastic weekend diving onboard MV White Manta.
One of the great pleasures of working aboard the MV White Manta here in Singapore is that we often have the chance to welcome back returning guests numerous times throughout the season, guests we like to consider friends!
The komodo trip from 5th to 9th September was once again an amazing journey! The first day, after an easy check dive at bidadari with a sight of the newly discovered lembeh sea dragon.
Although it seems like only yesterday since the White Manta returned to Singapore, amazingly, we’ve been back for over two months! As usual we have been running our weekend trips to Tioman and Anambas islands sometimes including the Seven Skies and Igara wrecks. A big thank you to all of our guests who have joined us so far this year, it is always a pleasure to have you aboard and a privilege to enjoy some fantastic weekend diving with you all!
I've waited a long time to visit this 'must see' destination. As a full-time professional diver; expectations, apprehensions, and awe are usually experienced vicariously; through our guests with White Manta Diving, whom I have the privilege to guide through their adventures. This year Raja Ampat and Komodo have given me the chance to 'step into your fins' so to speak.