Manta Cruise, Maldives


The MY Manta Cruise Liveaboard, Maldives is a 33m luxury liveaboard catering for up to 18 divers. With 9 air-conditioned, en-suite cabins, the M/Y Manta Cruise is sure to provide you with a holiday to remember. There is plenty of space for relaxation in the air-conditioned salon, or you can soak up some rays on the sun deck, or enjoy the spectacular views from the front deck lounge area at the bow of the boat.

The 20m dhoni dive tender, which will store your dive gear for the duration of the trip and houses 2 compressors, means that your stay aboard the M/Y Manta Cruise Liveaboard will be a relaxing and comfortable one with spectacular diving on the beautiful abundant reefs of the Maldives.

For the hungry diver the International, Thai, Italian and local cuisine aboard the MY Manta Cruise consists of a buffet style breakfast and lunch, whilst at dinner you can enjoy waitress table service. The team of 11 professional MY Manta Cruise crew will be on hand to see that your diving holiday is a memorable one.

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Included: VAT, Accommodation, Transfers/pickups from airport, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals

Excluded: International flights, Nitrox, dive courses, dive gear, beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, travel and dive insurance, Green tax (USD 6/day/person), crew gratuities (USD 10/day/person), fuel surcharge for Extended North/south cruises: USD 120 pp. All extras to be paid onboard

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Boat features

  • Leisure Deck
  • Shaded diving deck
  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Photography Station
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Separate rinse for u/w camera
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Selection of wines

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Dive deck

The crew speaks English, French, Spanish, and Italian.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

Manta Cruise Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2006
  • Year renovated 2009
  • Length 32 meters
  • Beam 9 meters
  • Top speed 10-11 knots
  • Cruising speed 9 knots
  • Engines 1 x 360HP Daewoo
  • Max guests 18
  • Number of cabins 9
  • Number of bathrooms 9
  • Tenders 1 x Yamaha 25HP
  • Water capacity 4000 liters
  • Fuel capacity 5000 liters
  • Freshwater maker 2 x 6000 liters / day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Life Vests
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light

Manta Cruise Reviews

  • 9.0 Superb
  • 17 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Clive B
  • South Africa South Africa
Great diving trip

The whole week was great. Highlight was watching the manta and swimming at night with the sharks. Suggestion: include nitrox with the fee as well as soft drinks, even if it is one soft drink per person per day. We could not afford to buy the drinks or use nitrox because of our currency rate exchange made it far too expensive. Other boats include it in their fee.

Recommended for
Dive sites, crew and dive guides
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Anon
A truley amazing experience!!!

As above

Recommended for
Mantas! Sharks! Crew!
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Zayn F
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Huge fish life!

Thomas was an excellent host/trip director. Dives always properly planned and safety briefings were detailed. He is excellent with taking trip footage too. You get a lot of value from the Deep South trip for 'big stuff' given it is relatively close to Europe. I have dived Egypt many times and do think this is a better option if you don't want to do Far East or Pacific. We saw hammerheads, threshers, whalesharks (2 behind the boat!), mantas, schooling nurse and grey sharks and massive schools of red/black snappers, jacks, surgeon fish and much more. This is not a trip if you want to see colorful corals and smaller stuff (although we did see leaffish nudibranchs and ghost pipefish). Will definitely go again next year.

Recommended for
Mantas, whalesharks, threshers
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Aldo Peter L
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Awesome dives, some of them a bit challenging but we've always been helped by our guide Chacha, very professional, friendly and caring. Detailed briefings and interesting presentation on mantas by Cruise Director Thomas, who is also very friendly and helpful and did a fabulous video of the whole trip. Focus on safety really appreciated. Captain and crew always helpful, boat very nice and comfortable (particularly appreciated comfort and space on the Dhoni). Food amazing, chef so kind as to provide alternatives for special dietary needs. Very nice sunset and dinner on a small desert island.

Recommended for
Marvelous dives, professional and caring guides, food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Dirk M
  • Germany Germany
Very experienced and careful dive guidance by Thomas and Chacha

Dive briefings and guidance, dive places.

Recommended for
Dive briefings, dive guidance, the boat
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Gregory B
  • Netherlands Netherlands
My best diving experience ever.

Diving with the Mantas Night diving with sharks Ecological presentation and explanation by Cruise Director

Recommended for
The diving in general, the crew, the food,
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Zbynek B
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic
Competent diver guides and friendly staff made our trip quite enjoyable.

No highlight just overall good experience.

Recommended for
Very good diver guides. Friendly staff, Nice boat.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Marko V
  • Slovenia Slovenia
South trip is different, had same amazing experience but am not a channel dive fan

If you like channel dives, then going the south route is for you. You dive mostly channels (hit big or miss, shorter dives). But the best sightings we had were outside of the channel. I was with another boat 2x before and I personally liked the dives sites in the south+north atolls better. However, the whale sharks and later mantas at Foarmulah were to die for. Food was good enough to gain a few pounds. There are 2 improvements I would make: have divemasters with better knowledge of the local dive sites (cruise director knew them and gave very detailed briefings and has been very active in pointing things out under water - the other divemasters didn't have the experience - however, I have to say, they were all very safety oriented, whcih we all appreciated), AC in the room is either full on or off (just like the other boat I was on) - not sure why this is so hard to figure out. There are some dive sites where you can see devastating effects of global warming.

Recommended for
Some awesome dive sites (saw 4 whale sharks together, multiple mantas, tiger shark, thresher shark), friendly and accommodating crew,
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Richa M
  • India India
Amazing time with Manta cruise

The manta cruise was a very comfortable and enjoyable liveaboard experience. Not only are the dive guides very knowledgeable about the dive sites, they are also very friendly and fun. The entire crew on board was very helpful and friendly. The trip as a result was really good especially since the sea life we saw was amazing. The dive guides' knowledge definitely helped spot good sea life and for most of the dives, we were able to dive without other divers from other boats. I would definitely recommend this boat to anyone planning to go to the Maldives. Only thing to watch out is to be very clear on the equipment you need to rent on board - using the special requests column for every equipment not mentioned in the form is a must.

Recommended for
The dive guides and the dive sites, the food on the trip and the friendliness of everyone from manta cruise on board.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Lydia T
  • Canada Canada

Almost perfect

Recommended for
Friendly, helpful staff; Boat comfort & cleanliness; Amazing meals
  • 9.2 Superb
  • David N
  • United States United States
Superb snorkeling in the Maldives above the divers

As, one guest said it, "once in a lifetime trip in the Maldives diving and snorkeling". I was a snorkeler, I do not dive, I was explained how and where to snorkel each location during the diver's briefing. I wore a bright colored Life Jacket so I could easily be seen in open water. During snorkeling besides all the hundreds of fish I also observed shark, sting ray and manta rays. The Manta Dive master assigned a crew member specifically to watch and guide me during my open ocean snorkeling while he was underwater with his divers. As I listened during the briefings it was clearly stated: "this how and where they were diving. Safety was first and foremost explained to us. The Captain provided a smooth and safe trip. The crew provide us with the upmost service from start to finish. The meals were superb 5***** I hope to possibly return to the Manta Cruise in 2-3 years for a second "once in a lifetime trip" Thank you ,Thomas the dive master the captain and his crew. Dave Seattle Washington USA

Recommended for
The 3 dive masters, the number of snorkeling times, the Food was Superb
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sarah H
  • United States United States
World Class All Around

Manta Cruise is the real deal. We spent time at a resort in the Maldives and found that the service, activities, and food were much better aboard this live aboard. This is the way to dive the Maldives and not miss out on quality of service.

Recommended for
Selection and mix of quality dive experiences, great food, friendly attentive crew.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Martin S. N
  • Norway Norway
Amazing trip, all I dreamed about,

The negative first: Smell in the rooms. This was the final trip before dry docking, and it smelled a bit damp in all rooms. But I got used to it, and left the door open to air out, and everything was OK again. Everything else was great. The food spectacular, drinks great, dives amazing, fun and knowledgable dive masters, making us feel safe, even when some of the dives were a bit challenging. The Manta Cruise was a great boat with a great crew.

Recommended for
Dives, company, food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • matthew E
  • Australia Australia
very good and the staff are fantastic

both me and my wife loved it, a high light being the night dive with tawny nurse sharks

Recommended for
the dive sites, food and service