KM Black Manta Trip Reports
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.
Thanks to Eric and his group from China.We had so much fun this trip in Komodo.
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.
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.
The trip highlight from Black Manta Liveaboard trip 11-16 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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another beautiful trip through Raja Ampat just ended. The trip started well in Misool, at Yillet with schooling barracuda during the checkout dive.
This 10 days trip has been the best exploratory trip Black manta has ever had since we started our crossing trips.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Crossing trip 14-23 October 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.
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.
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.