The island nation of Indonesia straddles the equator between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and lies at the heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’ - the epicentre of the world’s marine biodiversity. Nowhere on ...
Mantra is a beautiful Phinisi with an environmentally-conscious design that offers intimate and adventurous journeys to Komodo. Guests can indulge in personalised service and superb comfort onboard this fabulous vessel, as well as taking part in exciting excursions, leisurely watersports, and truly world-class scuba diving.
Mantra is a timeless 31-meter Phinisi vessel built using traditional techniques in Sulawesi. Offering intimate and adventurous experiences to those seeking personalised service, Mantra endeavours to take guests on a journey of a lifetime, ensuring every day on board is truly unforgettable. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 10 guests in 3 well-designed cabins providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere ideal for families and groups of friends.
This eco-friendly, safe and reliable vessel was specifically designed to reduce the impact on its surroundings, using state-of-the-art solar panels, a high-efficiency inverter, and low impact generators. Mantra’s dedicated crew will cater to guest’s every need, prioritising safety and comfort at all times, while offering a variety of enriching excursions, leisurely watersports, and of course, scuba diving. This fantastic liveaboard is certainly a perfect choice for a peaceful yet thrilling dive vacation in one of the most biodiverse regions of the world.
Komodo National Park is situated close to the coast of Flores, with Sumbawa and the Sape Strait to the west. Covering over 1,730 square kilometres, the park includes the three large islands of Komodo, Padar and Rinca, along with 26 smaller islands. The park’s rugged terrain is dominated by jagged peaks and mountain slopes covered in dry savannah and dense stands of deciduous forests. Erosion has carved the coastlines of the islands into deep bays, inlets, channels and isolated beaches, creating some of Indonesia’s most spectacular scenery. Locations such as Komodo’s ‘Pink Beach’ and the incredible view from Padar looking across back-to-back, circular bays, are worth the trip alone!
Komodo’s dramatic landscape continues beneath the waves and the waters are some of the richest marine environments in the world. The reefs, channels, seagrass beds and mangroves are home to over 1000 species of fish and 250 species of corals. The channel surrounding theses islands funnels huge volumes of water between the Flores Sea and the Indian Ocean, resulting in nutrient-rich upwellings and dramatic currents that sweep past the islands, creating the perfect conditions for an incredible diversity of marine life and superb diving. The national park was founded in 1980 to protect its infamous resident - the Komodo dragon. This extraordinary species is the world’s largest land-dwelling reptile and can still be observed in the wild on both Komodo and Rinca islands.
Mantra is a 31-meter Phinisi hand-crafted in Sulawesi using traditional techniques. This vessel can accommodate up to 10 guests in 3 elegant and well-designed cabins, each featuring a private bathroom with hot water shower, air-conditioning, and built-in wardrobes and drawers. Guests can enjoy 3 delicious meals every day, prepared with love using Indonesian herbs and spices, and served in the lounge or al-fresco on the deck. The lounge features a TV and DVD player, sound system, and a library equipped with books and board games. Wifi is provided whenever 3G is available. A wonderful sundeck provides plenty of space to enjoy the views and is furnished with reclining chairs, mattresses, and a hot-water shower. Fishing and snorkelling gear is available on board, as well as kayaks and paddleboards, and guests can also join enriching excursions to local villages, pearl farms, and beautiful beaches.
This vessel is fully equipped for diving operations with a comfortable 4-meter tender, providing easy access to every dive site. Full equipment rental is available on board, including dive computers. Underwater photographers will also find camera charging stations located within the lounge. A range of PADI courses are offered during private chartered trips, from Discover Scuba Diving to Advanced Open Water, including various specialities. Safety is the main concern of Mantra’s crew, and the vessel is equipped with an EPIRB, satellite radio, visual and audio signalling devices, first aid and oxygen kits, life jackets, and 2 life rafts accommodating a total of 30 people.
Mantra offers several multi-day trips around Komodo National Park with varying durations. An example itinerary last 6-nights and sets sail from Labuan Bajo, completing as check dive at Sebayur Kecil followed by an afternoon dive under the Sebayur Jetty. The next day, guests can visit the turtles and reef sharks of Tatawa Besar before sailing north to dive the Cauldron and Crystal Rock. Golden Passage is next on the agenda followed by Manta Point, and Batu Bolong. Guests can then enjoy a morning visit to the viewpoint on Padar Island before diving Pillarsteen and Wainilu in search of some great macro life. The next day brings a trek to see the komodo dragons on the island of Rinca followed by a return dive to Wainilu and a possible dive at Batu Pengah, depending on flight times. After an evening watching the flying foxes leaving Kalong Island, Mantra will sail back to Labuan Bajo to disembark.
Mantra was designed to drastically minimise its impact on the environment, using state-of-the-art solar panels and a high-efficiency inverter, allowing the vessel to run without using generators. At times when the compressor and air-conditioning must run simultaneously, low-impact generators are used. Organic and natural toiletries are also provided onboard.