- Additional Dives
- Airport Pick Up
- Boat Cabin Accommodation
- Daily Scheduled Dives
- Dive Guide
- Full Board
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Hotel/Airport to Boat Transfer
- Land Excursions
- Port and/or National Park Entrance Fees
- Soft Drinks
- Tour Guide
Kalimantan Liveaboard White Manta – 7 to 12 Days
Kalimantan / Borneo
Liveaboard Cruise with MV White Manta
AVAILABLE CRUISE DURATIONS
7 Days/6 Nights – 18 Dives
8 Days/7 Nights – 22 Dives
12 Days/11 Nights – 26 Dives
(Berau to Manado)
Sangalaki, Kakaban & Maratua
Diving the Derawan archipelago
Discover an untouched diving destination which offers everything you need for the ultimate dive safari. Located off the East Coast of Kalimantan (The Indonesian portion of Borneo) the Islands of Sangalaki, Maratua and Kakaban offer some of the most remote, uncrowded and untouched diving spots visited by the Manta fleet. Not only will you be diving away from the crowds but the diving is spectacular with plenty of ‘Big Fish’ sightings possible throughout the area.
Good potential for manta rays who use the island’s surrounding colourful reefs as a cleaning and breeding ground. To the North of the island are Manta avenue, Manta parade and Manta run – where the manta rays may be found feeding on a rich supply of plankton just meters from the beach. The mantas can sometimes be seen cruising down these manta highways, whilst other rays forage around for food under the sand together with the goatfish. Their wing tips break the surface at regular intervals as they circle around you. They prefer to swim close to the surface, so snorkeling or free diving is also a good way to interact with them. Sangalaki is also a renowned turtle hatching site, every day hundreds of hatching sea turtles can be seen making their dash to the ocean from their nesting sites.
Kakaban & Kakaban Lake
Kakaban is famous for it’s stunning fresh water Jelly Fish lake fringed by virgin Mangrove forest Thousands of years ago the island was naturally uplifted which isolated the marine ecosystem from the surrounding seas making all biota in this marine lake very unique with endemic critters such as four species of non-stinging jellyfishes and non-stinging anemones. Marine biologists have also found a number of unknown species of anemones, tunicates, flatworms and crustaceans in the lake. This truly is a biological paradise where everything can easily be seen snorkelling.On the seaward side of the island sheer drop offs and walls attract Huge schools of Trevally and Barracuda along with the possibility of Hammerhead, Grey Reef and Black Tip sharks.
One of the most action filled destinations in the region, the walls that surround this island provide some great Big Fish dives, with massive schools of chevron barracuda, hunting trevally, thresher sharks and much much more! There are several impressive drop offs and a drift dive can be done through the channel into the lagoon. The channel entrance is at 27 meters and the strong currents attract these large pelagics. Best time to dive the channel is on an incoming or slack tide where marine life reaches a crescendo of activity, whilst coral growth is not as spectacular here due to the strong currents, pelagic action can be simply awesome!
CRUISE RATES 2022 | 2023 | 2024
7 Days/6 Nights: 2.600 US$ Upper & Main Deck / 2.400 US$ Lower Deck
8 Days/7 Nights: 3.000 US$ Upper & Main Deck / 2.700 US$ Lower Deck
12 Days/11 Nights: 4.950 US$ Upper & Main Deck / 4.550 US$ Lower Deck
Single Occupancy + 20% / Non Diver 10% discount
From September 2022, this cruise will be liable for surcharge.
The fee per person will be collected in advance of departure: USD 200/ pax
Explore the remote Indonesian Islands of Maratua, Sanglaki, & Kakaban. Get away from the crowds and enjoy diving as it was meant to be! Here you will find both large and small marine life in abundance; potential for thresher sharks, manta rays, white-tips & nurse sharks, huge schools of barracuda, many turtles, and even Whale Shark! Not to mention plenty of macro life to keep even the most experienced of divers happy. Plus a chance to swim amongst millions of non-stinging jellyfish in the fresh water Lake of Kakaban.
Sample itinerary: 7 Days/6 Nights – Derawan Islands/Kalimantan (Borneo) Liveaboard Cruise
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to changes beyond the operator’s control. The exact itinerary, route and amount of dives for your cruise may be adapted to best suit the weather conditions, tides and currents, season and other prevailing events.
Day 1: Arrival Berau
5pm Trip Departure day. Our staff will meet you upon your arrival to Kalimarau Airport or local hotel and transfer you to the awaiting White Manta. Warm welcome & briefing while we sail from pier to Derawan. Check dive(s) can ONLY be made if ALL guests arrive on morning flights (recommended Garuda Indonesia ETA-BEJ 09:00 or Lion Air ETA-BEJ 08:45) or are in Berau already. Cruise Leaders decision is final.
- Berau, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
- 0 Dives
Day 2: Sangalaki
Diving around Sangalaki looking for manta rays, turtles & more! We also have a chance to visit the beach to watch hatching baby turtles make their dash to the sea!
- Sangalaki Island, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
- 3-4 Dives
Day 3-4: Maratua Island
Diving around Maratua island; huge schools of chevron barracudas, and big-eye jacks at the mouth of the channel. Look out for the shark action with possible sightings of hammerhead sharks too!
- Maratua Island, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
- 2 x Dives
Day 5: Kakaban Lake
Diving around Kakaban with stunning wall dives & visiting the amazing fresh water Jellyfish lake.
- Kakaban Island, Payung-Payung, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
- 3-4 Dives
Day 6: Looking for Whale Sharks
Looking for whale sharks at local fishing “bagans”then sail back to Tg Batu Port Sailing time 5 hours. Last night sleeping on Raja Manta in the harbour. Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, rest & relaxation, and if need be, an early flight on Trip Departure day.
- Derawan Island, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
- 1-2 Dives
5am-12pm. Check out after light breakfast, farewells, and transfer to local hotel or airport (recommended Garuda Indonesia ETD-BEJ 10:45 or Lion Air ETD-BEJ 10:30)
- Berau, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
- 0 Dives