KM Black Manta Trip Reports

Sep 9, 2016

The Final KM Black Manta Trip

In the early hours of September 7th 2016 KM Black Manta entered the Indonesian Port of Maumere and prepared to bid farewell to it’s most recent group of guests. As usual those onboard had enjoyed a fantastic adventure both above and below the waves; spectacular diving, amazing food, great company and stunning sunset views, the difference? This would be the Black Manta’s last trip as part of the White Manta group. Whilst the KM Black Manta will sail on under new ownership this was an end of an era for our crew and guests onboard, saying goodbye to a vessel which has earned it’s reputation over the last 5 years as one of the premier liveaboards operating in Indonesia. Our Black Manta schedules will now switch to our new vessel, KM Raja Manta.

Sep 5, 2015

Black Manta Komodo trip 6-11 Aug 2015.

Thanks to Eric and his group from China.We had so much fun this trip in Komodo.

Aug 28, 2015

Black Manta Komodo trip 13-18 Aug 2015. Indonesia Merdeka!!!

We celebrated 70th Indonesia independence day on this trip with the guest from Prodive,South Africa,Jeremy,Monika and Jeslyn.We spend all the trip in the north of Komodo with great visibility and fish action.

Jul 29, 2015

Komodo 02-07 Jul 2015

Komodo season still going on and we had so many amazing experienced last trip on Black Manta 02-07 JUL 2015.It's such a lucky trip.

Jun 18, 2015

Komodo 11-16 Jun 2015

The trip highlight from Black Manta Liveaboard trip 11-16 JUN 2015

Jun 10, 2015

Komodo 04-09 Jun 2015

Black Manta Liveaboard return to the seven wonder of nature "Komodo National Park".Where we fly in the current with Manta ray,Napoleon wrasse,tons of fish and sharks.

Feb 8, 2015

Raja Ampat 26 Jan -3 Feb 2015

So it’s begin again!We welcome our friends from USA,Canada,Germany and China sound like we will have lots of fun this trip.

Jan 26, 2015

Raja Ampat 18-25 Jan 2015

Welcome our friend this trip Micheal’s group from Hongkong.We plan to start the trip from the most beautiful place in Misool area “Daram”.

Jan 15, 2015

Raja Ampat 8-15 JAN 2015

This trip we have the guests from all over the world China,America,Singapore,Holland.So we smell it’s gonna be fun trip and we start it in Dampier strait.

Jan 6, 2015

Happy New Year 2015 from Raja Ampat!

It’s  a time to celebrate and cruising to the new year 2015.We start the 1st day with rainy day but it’s not so bad when we’re in the water.We start in Daram island of Misool area.I love to dive Daram’s divesite.It’s such a beautiful place with the good visibility and the reef and wall full of colorful soft coral and seafan.So good to see we still can save the underwater paradise like this in Raja Ampat.We heading back to dive Boo window and we choose to stay in Yilliet island to set up our new year celebration on the beautiful beach there.We have a bit of firework show for crossing to new year 2015.

Dec 28, 2014

Raja Ampat Xmas 2014

The Christmas coming!!!We can’t wait to dive with Santaclaus hat and make some fun underwater.This trip we start easy first day in Dampaier strait and it’s full of fish!


Dec 20, 2014

Raja Ampat 13-19 Dec 2014

It’s coming to the last month of the year and we have been to Raja Ampat for a month already.Another great trip start again in the south of Raja Ampat “Misool”.The sea is so calm and flat like a summer lake this trip.We start the first day in the iconic dive site of Misool “Boo Window”.The beautiful swim through that created perfectly by nature and it’s Pygmy Seahorse galore.Bargibanti,Denise and Santaclause pygmy seahorse can see in one divesite here.We tried to find Manta in “Magic mountain” but not success.

Nov 25, 2014

Raja Ampat 17-25 Nov 2014

This is our 3rd Raja Ampat trip of the season.Before we are back to Raja Ampat this season.I have one of the wish list that I want to see in Raja Ampat.The mobula rays feeding on Silverside’s baitball.I really wish I could see this phenomenon and captured the moment.

Mar 6, 2014

Raja Ampat 26 Feb - 5 Mar 2013

What a trip we had through the beautiful islands of Raja Ampat. Sun was shining everyday and the lack of rain improved the visibility with an average of 30m from Misool to Dampier Strait. 

Feb 24, 2014

Trip Report 14-23 Feb 2014

Black Manta was cruising along the beautiful islands of Raja Ampat for 10 days and all our guests didn’t want it to end. It was such an amazing trip with 4 mantas at Magic Mountain in Misool, 2 great dives on Four kings where the 4 pinnacles were dificult to see below clouds of baitfish hunted by hungry jacks. 

Feb 14, 2014

Chinese New Year Trip

Black Manta just did 2 trips back to back during Chinese New Year and now we can really say that mantas are all around. A great show of reef mantas at manta spa where we counted at least 10 mantas, cleaning but also feeding. We could enjoy them for a long time by just snorkelling.

Dec 5, 2013

Raja Ampat 26 Nov - 2 Dec 2013

Another beautiful trip through Raja Ampat just ended. The trip started well in Misool, at Yillet with schooling barracuda during the checkout dive.

Oct 18, 2013

Hammerheads Galore!

This 10 days trip has been the best exploratory trip Black manta has ever had since we started our crossing trips.

Jun 6, 2013

Beautiful Komodo

Once again, we had a beautiful week of diving in Komodo this trip. We had the pleasure of watching 2 gentle mantas hovering in front of us during our 2 dives at Manta Alley. 

Mar 11, 2013

Raja Ampat Sardine Run!

Raja ampat has always been a celebration of nature's beauty. From the mesmerizing colours of its soft coral, sea fan forests and endless hard coral garden to the secret bays, thousands of odly shaped islands, white sandy beaches and clear water mangroves.

Mar 4, 2013

Raja Ampat 19-25 Feb 2013

My 4th Raja Ampat trip. We have 16 Hong Kong and 2 American divers.  Very lucky to have  40m+ visibility in Misool Magic Mountain. (South Raja Ampat)

Feb 6, 2013

Raja Ampat 28 Jan - 3 Feb 2013

A dive trip in Raja Ampat is constantly surprising; even the check-dive, done just 4 miles away from Sorong airport reveals such a rich macro life in its soft and hard coral forest.

Jan 13, 2013

Raja Ampat - Underwater Paradise

Raja Ampat has been on my bucket list for many years. Given the cost, hassle and time to get there, I have to put this trip of a lifetime on hold for a very long time. On the 6th January 2013, this has been officially struck off my list. I have finally made it to what many has described as the Final Frontier of diving and surely it does live up to its name.

Nov 5, 2012

Ring Of Fire – Band Sea

Crossing trip 14-23 October 2012

Oct 19, 2012

Komodo - Maumere, 6-12 Oct 2012

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.

Sep 10, 2012

Komodo, 5-9 Sep 2012

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. 

Sep 4, 2012

Komodo, 29 Aug - 4 Sep 2012

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.