Experiences

Services & Packages

The luxury motoryacht MANTA is the only vessel of this size and caliber in Charleston offering private cruises. We can accommodate special events such as a wedding or rehearsal dinner, engagement party, bachelor or bachelorette party, birthday, anniversary, poker or casino night, corporate events and meetings, or just a special sunset cruise or dinner or among friends or family. Regardless of the occasion the M/Y MANTA will give a special person or group an experience they will remember forever. Nothing feels quite like cruising around the harbor surveying the surroundings boats and scenery from the deck of your own private megayacht. We can customize your experience to suite your preferences. You can select from the variety of experiences we offer, including Fine Dining with a Private Chef, Custom Cruises, or Dockside Events. Cruises can be scheduled during the day, sunset, or evening, and are billed by the hour.

Fine Dining with Private Chef

We have created a talented and diverse portfolio of chefs to collaborate on our private yacht dining experience.

Custom Cruise Experiences

Enjoy a private yacht tour of the natural beauty and historic sites of the Charleston Harbor aboard the largest and most exclusive charter yacht in Charleston, our 80’ motoryacht MANTA built by the storied Burger Boat Company.

Dockside Events

Reserving the M/Y MANTA for a dockside event provides an exclusive and beautiful venue for wedding or rehearsal dinner, engagement party, bachelor or bachelorette party, birthday, anniversary, poker night, corporate events and meetings, or just a special gathering or dinner among friends or family.

Yacht-Life Big Baller Charleston Package

If you are looking for the most epic Charleston weekend possible, the Big Baller package lets your group live on the yacht, have a private chef come on board to prepare you a gourmet meal, and cruise the harbor in luxury, and use the yacht as your own personal floating resort.

Lowcountry Explorer Live Aboard Cruise

This is an all-inclusive yacht charter starting in historic Charleston and taking you on an adventure to explore our beautiful and secluded estuarious and barrier islands.

Custom Cruise Experiences

Enjoy a private yacht tour of the natural beauty and historic sites of the Charleston Harbor aboard the largest and most exclusive charter yacht in Charleston, our 80’ Motoryacht MANTA built by the storied Burger Boat Company.

Historic Sites

Some of the historic sites include the scenic views of Battery Park, the historic mansions on South Battery Road and Rainbow Row, the WWII aircraft carrier the Yorktown, passing under the iconic Ravenel Bridge, and historic Fort Sumter and Castle Pinckney.

Nature

The Charleston Harbor and surrounding estuaries provide beautiful natural scenery and a plethora of wildlife. The most popular wildlife siting is the abundant year-round resident population of bottlenose dolphins. We are guaranteed to see these beautiful creatures, including pods of adults and even mother-calf pairs. It is also common to see ospreys (fish hawks) and a variety of seabirds (laughing gulls, herring gulls, brown pelicans, terns, skimmers, spoonbills, herons, egrets), and if we’re lucky a bald eagle. If Dr. Day, MANTA’s Director, resident marine biologist, and one of our Captains is on board, he will be happy to serve as your personal expert naturalist.

Fine Dining

The food you choose to enjoy on your cruise can be as customized as the cruise itself. If you want the fully pampered high roller experience, you are invited to select from our portfolio of professional chefs for a full service fine dining experience while you ply the waters of the Charleston Harbor. We have a diverse choice of cuisine and menus, that span the range from 8 course formal meals to family style buffets for a more casual feel. Please see our page, Fine Dining with a Private Chef, for a full description. If you prefer something outside of our offerings, you are welcome to bring your own food, or procure outside catering from the many options we have in Charleston.

Swimming & Recreation

If you are looking to cool off and get wet, we can anchor M/Y MANTA, deploy our water toys off of the back of the yacht, and let your group swim and play till your heart’s content. For small children who aren’t strong swimmers (or adults who prefer to keep a cocktail in hand), we have an inflatable baby pool to deploy in the cockpit. We also have an outdoor 6 person Jacuzzi you can soak in on those cooler days or nights. If you’re the active type, water sports like wake-boarding or water skiing can also be arranged using our 24 foot ex-Navy Zodiac Hurricane with twin 150 hp engines and towing post.

Dockside Events

Our boat slip is located at the Ripley Light Yacht Club, which has spectacular sunsets, and a beautiful view of downtown Charleston from across the Ashley River. Reserving the M/Y MANTA for a dockside event provides an exclusive and beautiful venue for wedding or rehearsal dinner, engagement party, bachelor or bachelorette party, birthday, anniversary, poker night, corporate events and meetings, or just a special gathering or dinner among friends or family. This option may be for you based on its more economical price point, or because remaining at the dock allows scheduling flexibility for participants who may need to arrive late, leave early, or are on call for other personal or professional obligations. Billing for dockside events is also by the hour. The full portfolio of chefs described in our Fine Dining with Private Chefs page is available for dockside events, including formal dinners or banquet style food and coctails for more casual events.

Fine Dining with Private Chef

Charleston is renowned for its cuisine, and is home to many top chefs and restaurants. In the current climate of Covid-19, many fine dining aficionados have found their restaurant experiences to be diminished by the precautions or anxiety of eating in a public establishment. Our answer to this problem is to bring the top chefs to you, and have them prepare and serve their exquisite food in the intimate, private, and beautiful venue of our 80 foot luxury yacht. We have created a talented and diverse portfolio of chefs to collaborate on our private yacht dining experience. You can choose to have dinner underway while we cruise through the Charleston Harbor and enjoy the historic sites and beautiful waterways. Or elect to have dinner on the yacht dockside at our slip at the scenic Ripley Light Yacht Club with views of the Ashley River, downtown Charleston wharfs, and one of the best sunsets in town. Read below to learn more about the selection of chefs and sample menus, and choose the cuisine and price best suited for your both palate and your wallet.

Yacht-Life Big Baller Charleston Package

If you are looking for the most epic Charleston weekend possible, the Big Baller package lets your group live on the yacht, have a private chef come on board to prepare you a gourmet meal, cruise the harbor in luxury and use the yacht as your own personal floating resort. If you’re coming in from out of town why fuss with the hotels, parking, and crowds, when you can sleep in style with the best water views in town. There is nothing better than sunsets and sunrises on the water, and enjoying the comfort and privacy of staying on your own yacht. Your experience can be customized to your preference, but here is a recommended itinerary for a weekend trip.

Day 1: Check in, and get settled into your new lifestyle. You can explore downtown Charleston or kick back and enjoy cocktails on the yacht. Enjoy dinner that night with one of our private chefs of your choosing that will come on board and give you an exclusive dining experience.

Day 2: You will be treated to an extended, all-day harbor cruise, where you’ll get to see the historic sites and natural beauty of the Charleston Harbor, anchor and swim, fish, and enjoy the best of what yacht life has to offer. Depending on your preference and other plans ashore, you can your cruise can end in the afternoon, or go all the way to sunset. That night enjoy another magical night on the yacht at the dock, sitting on deck under the stars, or dancing the night away. If you want to enjoy the famous nightlife in Charleston you are just a couple of minutes from the hot spots downtown.

Day 3: Wake up on the water one last time, have a leisurely morning, and check out of the yacht at noon. If you’re planning a long weekend or week in Charleston, additional nights to stay on the yacht can be added, and you can extend your experience by adding boat trips to Shem Creek, Kiawah, or even Edisto.

The Big Baller package isn’t just a excursion or place to stay, it provides you an entire weekend of unforgettable experiences!

Lowcountry Explorer Live Aboard Cruise

Enjoy the liveaboard yacht experience Lowcountry style. This is an all-inclusive yacht charter for those ho want to get off the beaten path. We will take you from historic Charleston to explore our beautiful and peaceful estuaries and barrier islands. Included is fuel, accommodations, our small boat tenders for fishing or exploring beaches and sandbars, and a full service Captain, Crew, and chef to prepare all meals and attend to your needs. Itineraries can be customized or extended to fit your preference, but below is a recommended 3 day itenerary. 

Day 1: Check in at 2 pm, get settled into your new lifestyle, and enjoy some cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the yacht. Explore downtown Charleston, with an option to have dinner at one of our fine restuarants, or on the yacht.

Day 2: Cruise down the Stono River to the beautiful beaches of Kiawah Island and the Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve. We will anchor the yacht, and take you ashore in our 24 foot tender equipped with twin 150 HP engines for a day of swimming, playing beach games, or just lounging in the sun with a cold beverage. If you’d like to shop, stroll, or bar-hop, we are a short boat ride away from Center Street on Folly Beach, the “Edge of America”. Or, enjoy a quiet night anchored under the stars.

Day 3: Waking up on the water is a special treat, especially with the scenic and secluded landscape at the Stono River Inlet. After coffee, mimosas, and a nice breakfast, you will begin the cruise back to Charleston, and wrap up your adventure mid-day.

Additional days can be added if you would like to spend more time around Charleston, the Stono, or even venture further down the coast to Edisto or Beaufort, and the peculiar wild monkeys of Morgan Island.