White Manta Thailand Liveaboard

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White Manta offers a 4-night liveaboard diving itineraries to Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock between November and May.

White Manta is one of the better Thailand liveaboards and is furnished throughout to a very high standard. This steel-hulled motor yacht spans a generous 33m and accommodates a maximum of 26 guests on every charter. For private charters you are permitted up to 36 guests.

Departures are from Khao Lak and the price includes free return transfers between your hotel, guest house or Phuket airport to Tap Lamu pier where you’ll be welcomed on board this IMO certified luxury vessel.

Dive Facilities

The 55m² dive deck is to the rear of the main deck with plenty of well positioned tanks bays that allow lots of room to gear up. Plastic crates are below each bay so you can store all your dive equipment neatly.

Fresh water rinse tanks are conveniently placed at the stairs leading down to a 18² dive platform where you’ll find fresh water hoses and 2 exit ladders.

Divers are generally picked up and returned to the mothership by one of 2 x 5.8m motorised dive tenders.

Nitrox is available (up to 32%).

General Facilities

The main deck’s indoor saloon is fully air-conditioned and furnished with luxurious leather couches and tables and chairs. A large screen plasma TV and DVD entertainment system are provided, as is a library of well stocked movies, dive magazines, fish ID books and board games.

The shaded open air deck, complete with tables, plenty of seating and bar area, occupies the rear of the upper deck. This is where most meals are served and where most of the socialising is done.

On the top deck you’ll find a part-shaded 90m⊃ sun deck with sun loungers. The open section is equipped with mattresses and built in seating, a popular place to watch the sun set of an evening.


The menu consists of of a variety of local asian cuisine as well as international dishes. All meals are served open buffet style on the upper deck dining area. Most special dietary requirements can be catered for upon request. Please tell us your requirements at the time of booking.


The White Manta hosts a maximum of 28 guests across its 14 well-appointed cabins, however on Similan routes the maximum capacity is 24 guests. The cabins are air-conditioned and feature power outlets and plenty of luggage storage space.

2 King-size Suites (1, 2)

The 2 king suites on the upper deck have large windows, an en-suite bathroom and a king size bed measuring 180x200cm.

2 King-size Suites (3, 4)

Suites 3 and 4 on the main deck have a king size bed in each room as well as a big window. There is a convenient camera table and en-suite facilities in the room.

1 Deluxe Twin Cabin (5)

The deluxe twin cabins have 4 bunk beds, with each bed measuring 1×2 metres. These cabins also have an en-suite bathroom, a large window and a camera table. During Similar routes, the twin cabin can hold a maximum of 2 guests.

1 Deluxe Twin Cabin (6)

The twin cabin on the main deck has a big window, 2 separate single beds and a camera table. The room has an en-suite bathroom.

2 Deluxe Twin Cabins (7,8)

The deluxe twin cabins have 2 single bunk beds as well as an additional single bed. Like the other cabins, these deluxe twins have big windows, en-suite facilities and a camera table. Again, for the Similan trip only 2 guests will be able to stay in this cabin.

2 Standard Twin Cabins (9, 10)

The lower deck twin cabins make use of shared bathrooms, although they have their own washbasins in the room. There are 2 single beds measuring 1×2 metres and porthole views.

4 Standard Twin Cabins (11, 12, 13, 14)

Cabins 11-14 each have 4 single bunk beds and their own washbasins. There are portholes for added natural light and these cabins make use of shared bathroom facilities. On liveaboard routes travelling to the Similan Islands, these cabins can only host 2 people.

The common bathrooms have both toilets and showers and are located across the main, lower and upper deck. There are 2 communal bathrooms on the main deck, 1 on the ship’s upper deck and 2 on the lower deck.

Georgie, United States September 18, 2017

The dive guides on board the White Manta Thailand were so much better than I expected and really knew their diving!

They were knowledgeable about the area and the various sea creatures we might be able to see, and they were even very helpful when it came to finding the smaller creatures underwater.

Cheers for that guys, you made the experience even better than it already was!

Recommended for: Knowledgeable, high quality dive masters


Wesley, Australia September 18, 2017

Having always wanted to visit Thailand, I’m so glad I chose to do so on board the White Manta, as it really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The boat was clean and comfortable, the crew were amazing and the diving was simply fantastic. The diving was so well-organized that we were able to visit all the major and most popular sites in Thailand such as Richelieu Rock and the Surin Islands.

Recommended for: Great service, great diving


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