Manatee Amazon Explorer

30 guests
Year Built: 2002
12 crew members
Length: 86 feet
Beam: 23 feet
Upstream Speed: 5-8 knots
Downstream Speed: 15 knots
Flag: Ecuador

The 30-guest Manatee Amazon Explorer cruises Ecuador's Amazon in style and casual comfort. The vessel features three decks: the Main Deck with a dining area, kitchen, the crew’s cabins and the engine room; the Upper Deck with 10 cabins including crew cabins; and the Sun Deck with the bridge, 4 cabins, the bar and lounge, and an outdoor dining area.

Manatee Amazon Explorer Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Manatee Amazon Explorer review includes a detailed description of the riverboat including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our Amazon experts have been aboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer firsthand to write the review below. Please read our Manatee review then contact our cruise experts to compare the Manatee with other Amazon riverboats.

The Manatee Amazon Explorer is the original Ecuador Amazon river cruise with more than 10 years experience. She is not fancy but she is clean and comfortable with a true riverboat feel. Rooms are small with private baths and air conditioning. Common areas are likewise cozy with just enough room for 30 guests. The benefit of exploring the Amazon aboard the Manatee is her experienced staff and her ability to navigate farther down river and to a diversity of stops not available if you were visiting from a lodge. Choose the Manatee Amazon Explorer cruise if you are seeking an affordable riverboat option in the Ecuadorian Amazon. 

Safety & Sustainability Aboard Manatee Amazon Explorer

The vessel complies with both national and international navigation, as well as safety, security and environmental protection, standards. Manatee Amazon Explorer is certified by Smart Voyager and the Rainforest Alliance, entities that guarantee the sustainability of her operations.

Although expedition cruising by its very nature is characterized as adventurous, the safety of Manatee's staff and passengers is of paramount importance. The Manatee Amazon Explorer is fully equipped and maintained in order to handle the most challenging conditions and circumstances, and is manned by experienced and conscientious expedition staff and crew. The canoes used for daily shore landings are rugged and versatile and are operated responsibly by experienced personnel. Onboard you will be fully briefed on all pertinent safety issues and concerns, as well as the ship's environmental policy; passengers also receive appropriate and detailed briefings before each landing.

The Manatee Amazon Explorer is also equipped with a small fleet of motorized canoes. The canoes provide unlimited mobility and allow for the exploration of the most remote areas and inaccessible shores.

Common Areas Aboard Manatee Amazon Explorer

The Manatee Amazon Explorer boasts both interior and exterior dining areas, located on Main Deck and Sun Deck, which additionally features a bar and conference room. The conference room includes a flat-screen television, projector and comfortable seating, where nature guides will give informative talks and briefings for the following day’s activities. This room also has a computer lounge with internet service, as well as a small library that consists of a wide variety of books, including novels and specialized guides on the region’s nature and wildlife.

Manatee's chefs offer a spectacular variety of both national and international dishes, as well as an excellent selection of beers and sparkling wines.

Cabins Aboard Manatee Amazon Explorer

The Manatee Amazon Explorer has the capacity to accommodate up to 30 passengers in 14 charming double, double-twin and single-twin cabins with large windows. There are 2 cabins available with double beds, 2 triple cabins and 10 cabins with twin beds that can convert to a queen bed. Each cabin is equipped with air conditioning, closets, a private bathroom complete with a special shower massage, hot and cold water, 24-hour electricity and 110-voltage outlets and switches.


2 cabins feature double beds, and 10 cabins have twin beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed.


2 triple cabins with three twin-size beds are available aboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer.


Cabins aboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer may be booked as a single at a special rate.

Manatee Amazon Explorer Deck Plan