The Motoryacht(M/Y) MANTA is owned by a marine science non-profit organization of the same name, MANTA. The unique and interesting story behind this luxury yacht is that it was donated to the non-profit by a businessman who wanted his private yacht to be used by a marine science organization. MANTA educators and researchers use this vessel in collaboration with biology and geology professors at the College of Charleston as our floating teaching and research platform in either the Carolinas or the Caribbean. As is the case with many institutions and businesses, restrictions from Covid-19 have dramatically changed MANTA’s travel and program activities. In response, we have decided to make this unique vintage yacht available to locals and tourists alike in the scenic and popular destination of Charleston for custom and diverse high-end yacht experiences. Please explore our website to learn about the experiences available on M/Y MANTA for your custom event on a cruise around the harbor, multi-day excursion, or a dockside event, all with your choice of a number of elite private chefs that can provide an unforgettable fine-dining experience to pair with the beautiful and unique venue.

Proceeds from charters and events go to support MANTA’s marine science mission, to provide high school and college students a unique opportunity to learn about the marine environment, and to participate in marine science research and conservation projects. Our Caribbean study abroad programs provide an intensive, experienced-based field study program in fundamental and applied marine science and the principles and practices of the nautical sciences. To learn more about the MANTA non-profit and our programs please visit manta-online.org.