In 2013, Manna was built by Royal Cape Catamaran in Durban, South Africa. She is a true 53' ocean going vessel customized for the Scuba Diver with water level dive entry and ladder. Once the yacht was launched and sea trails were completed, Manna sailed across the Atlantic to the Caribbean islands.
Manna’s team consists of Captain Allen and Chef Lucrecia “Lu” Lawson who are also from Texas. Allen Lawson was raised in a family that loved boating. At a very young age, he found his first love and bought a Cabin Cruiser at the age of 24. For the last decade, Allen has been sailing the seas around the world with friends and family, so you can sail in peace knowing that your Captain is up for any task at hand. Chef Lu started her journey under the guidance of a family of chefs. With a hit of Southern style to her cooking, Chef Lu will keep your palates entertained, and wondering how it is even possible that each meal gets better and better! Wow, my taste buds are getting excited just thinking about it. Together they make the Ultimate team and on the Seas it’s a combo that spares no attention to detail. With Allen’s “ Get’er Done” mentality, fun and lovable personality matched by the attentiveness and out-going personality of Lu, trust us when we say you will wish your trip never ends!
If you’re looking for a Charter Group you can trust in delivering the knowledge, skill, safety and expertise, along with the needed excitement to make your vacation special, look no further. The Team with S/V Manna is your ticket. Take a moment and read the reviews and you will find the they can customize any vacation for anybody, including your own group. Simply tell them what you want and sit back and watch the Magic happen.
Scuba Dive? Of course. Allen is a PADI Instructor with a strong passion for diving. When divers come onboard, S/V Manna offers "Unlimited" dives to all certified divers. Who does that? Forget about the need to schedule and pay the additional cost for rendezvous diving or dives onboard. It's all part of the package and Allen will dive with you as much as you would like at no extra charge. Now that’s walking the talk.
Not a diver? No worries we have plenty for you to do above the water including skiing, wake boarding, towable's, hiking and dancing among a few. Who knows maybe you would like to give diving a try through a discover scuba course or even complete a scuba certification while onboard. There is a charge for the PADI Certification but no charge for your dives. If that is of interest, visit with Allen before your Charter starts and he will be more than happy to put a plan together just for you. Some studies will need to be done online prior to arriving.
To wrap this Crew profile up, Allen has an experience level of over 20+ years sailing and learning some of the best locations throughout the Caribbean islands in order to share the Magic with you. So, wait no longer! Come aboard and let’s get this party started!
Side Note from the Crew: We strongly believe it’s every individual Choice whether or not to get the vaccination. We do not judge one’s decision, that’s your Choice. For your peace of mind along with the ease of clearing customs in different countries we travel, we the crew decided to go ahead and receive both vaccines for COVID along with the booster shot. Unlike the airlines and regardless of one’s decision, No Mask, No Shoes and No Shirt is no problem on board. Yay!
Internet availability, portable VHF radios for guest use when on shore to call for pickup, and SSB Radio.
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Scuba Diving Details
General Diving Info
2018 Upgraded both diving compressors to continuous duty along with adding 10 new 3300 psi 80 aluminum tanks. (Which gives us both HP100 steel tanks for the guys that use a lot of air and AL80 aluminum tanks for the younger and lighter divers)
Dive Gear updated yearly.
Diving Costs information
Free Unlimited Diving Included for Certified Divers.
All course are certified through PADI
Discover Scuba $160
This is a course for the curious non-certified diver. The course entails a short academic session, pool session and upon successful completion, a two-tank boat dive. This entire package includes all necessary equipment,
Complete Open Water Course $595
Average two full days with confined water session where we build your scuba diving skills in a controlled environment and 4 boat dives to demonstrate the skills you have learned. Includes PADI E-leaning which must be completed prior to arriving, dive Log, use of any scuba equipment necessary to complete course, and upon successful completion, processing fees. Buying onboard or bringing your own mask and snorkel is highly recommended.
Referral Open Water completion check out dives $325
The certification process will never seem long or difficult when you have the opportunity to finish it in the Caribbean! This package Includes 4 open water dives over two days.
Advance Open Water course $390
Are you looking to upgrade your dive credentials? The PADI advanced open water training features 3 core dives which include DEEP, NAVIGATION, and NIGHT. This package includes use of manual, any or all equipment to complete course. You will receive an on-board briefing with no classroom time required. Choose ELearning and all you are paying for are the dives.
(PADI ELearning fees not included)
Rescue Diver $500
Now you can become a rescue diver in just two days. Before enrolling in this course you must be an advanced open water diver and have current CPR and FIRST AID Certification. Manual and all necessary equipment to complete course, including processing fees, for only $500.
Specialty courses available upon request.
Appetizers and Snacks:
Queso, Picante and chips
Nuts and Pretzels
Chips and Dip
Pigs in a Blanket
Ham cups with eggs
Stuffed French Toast and Bacon
Scrambled Eggs with Sausage and Biscuits
Hamburgers and Fries
Shrimp Strawberry Salad
Pulled Pork with Coleslaw
Curried Chicken Salad
Pork loin with Guava Sauce
Mahi Mahi with Mango Salsa
Smoked Ribs and or Brisket
Beef Tenderloin with Shrimp Skewers
Sea Bass with Cranberry Wine Sauce
Key Lime Pie
Ice Cream Cake
* Special or custom dietary requirements available upon prior request
Winter 2023 to 2024
GENERAL RATES NOTE: All rates are for 7 nights, 8 days.
For short charters please use the divide-by-6 rule for figuring short charter premiums.
Charters of less than 6 nights available depending on schedule and season, please inquire.
Full Board rates require one dinner ashore at guest expense.
Half Board Rates: Deduct $200 per person per 7 nights of charter. Requires 3 Lunches and 4 Dinners and associated beverages taken ashore at client expense. Please inquire for less than 7 nights.
Local Fare Rates: Deduct $50 per person per 7 nights of charter. Includes: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners. Remaining meals taken ashore at guest expense.
Sleep aboard Rates: Please calculate using 1/2 the daily rate. Includes boarding after 5pm, dock side with marina amenities along with welcome cocktail and breakfast the next morning and an early charter start. Dinner ashore at client expense. 6 Night Min. Non comm.
Option for USVI pick up available for a fee of $500 EACH WAY (regardless of number of guests/nights) plus the associated BVI port fees and taxes for entry/exit to be paid by the guest at the port of entry/exit.
Pick up/Drop off port is Red Hook, St Thomas. For short turn arounds, drop off will be at Cruz Bay, St John where guests can depart to St Thomas on the scheduled ferry.
Manna is available to charter Down Island and will relocate. Please inquire for availability.
CHRISTMAS / NEW YEARS: 1-8 @ $28,500, 7 night minimum. BVI ports only Christmas charter must end no later than December 26th. New Year charter cannot begin earlier than Dec 27th. One dinner ashore at guests expense.
Spanish Virgins Maximum 6 pax only
You can view a sample itinerary that the amazing crew of Manna skillfully put together. The itinerary is sample of Spanish Virgin Islands (SVI) charter and includes; stops at one of the oldest lighthouses in the Caribbean, exhilarating island hikes, breathtaking snorkel spots and basking in the sun on the sand of the world famous Flamenco Beach.
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$17,000 Client pays ALL expenses. Rendezvous diving only.
All Inclusive.Cruising Permit: Paid by BoatLicenses: Paid by Boat