Intrepid divers keen to explore the most biodiverse marine habitat on earth can now set sail to Raja Ampat, an Indonesian archipelago brimming with three-quarters of the planet’s coral and a glittering cornucopia of rare and endangered ocean species, in truly sustainable luxury as Mantra, a boat designed as a love letter to this teeming tropical wonderland, prepares to welcome its first passengers of the new season.
Inspired by the patchwork of beautiful, unspoilt coral reefs, all fringed with colourful clouds of fish, a thriving manta ray population, sharks, birds and lush rainforest-fronded beaches, Mantra is a craft created with a sense of environmental responsibility in mind. Designed to drastically minimize her effect on her surroundings, Mantra’s state-of-the-art solar panels and high-efficiency inverter means she can run without using generators – leaving unspoilt swathes of ocean in the same pristine condition that has seen Raja Ampat become of the world’s top eco diving and sailing destinations.
Truly unspoilt, Mantra’s foray around the archipelago offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to dive amongst a mélange of unspoilt islands and a lost world of marine biodiversity. Mantra’s AW16-SS17 diving season promises to be truly spectacular with guests able to dive and snorkel in the idyllic lagoons and islets of Wayag in the Northern part of the reserve and sail through the incomparably beautiful Misool in the south. Whatever the diving ability, Raja Ampat has something for every type of traveller and it’s now accessible to a select few as Mantra sets sustainable sail for the region.
Raul Boscarino, the Boat Manager, said, “Known as the abode of the ancient kings, travelling through Raja Ampat invokes a sense of being transported back to the past and the discovery of pristine new lands, unspoilt oceans, labyrinths of mangroves and lagoons and beautiful white sand beaches with not a footprint to be seen. It is an epic adventure like no other for nomads, divers and adventurers who crave a connection with nature and the chance to discover a corner of the planet very few get to see. Mantra is a very special boat, inspired by the beautiful coral reefs which sit like a kaleidoscope of colour beneath the surface of Raja Ampat. The design was fuelled by our need to preserve this outstanding natural environment and this new season means a lucky few can experience something that most divers and sailors can only dream of.”
Despite its uncompromising eco-friendly vision, the boat offers a wonderfully luxurious base to soak up everything the adventure has to offer – a sun deck with bar service provides the perfect setting to recline as uninhabited islands and crystal clear waters float past, while a library, personal chef and spacious, comfortable state rooms simply add to the experience. Mantra offers unlimited use of snorkelling equipment and kayaks, and carries dive tanks and weight belts. An experienced diving instructor is onboard to help even those new to diving to explore the enthralling kingdom that lies in wait below the surface.
Itineraries can be tailored to guest’s own preferences, ensuring no two trips in the magical marine reserve are alike. To find out more about Raja Ampat and the AW 16- SS17 dive season on Mantra, visit http://www.mantradiveandsail.c