Seahorse - komodo / raja ampat Liveaboard

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Seahorse in Indonesia

Book 7 persons and receive the 8th person free of charge !

At 33 meters long and 8.5 meters wide, the Seahorse is a majestic and spacious vessel, accommodating up to 16 guests attended by 12 crew.All cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning, private en-suite bathrooms with hot water and plenty of room for storage.

The 5 standard twin cabins are 12 square meters and have two single 90 X 200 cmts beds, the 2 deluxe double cabins are 13.5 sq. meters, have a 150 x 200 cmts bed, desk, TV and dvd player.

The classic beauty of the MSY Seahorse combines traditional craftsmanship with fully modern conveniences and safety features, providing charming comfort in the remotest waters of Indonesia.

Seahorse - prices

Prices are per person per night and in USD based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

Cabin type 2017 2018
Double cabin from US$ 420 from US$ 420
Twin Cabin from US$ 400 from US$ 400

Raja Ampat port and park fees are $250 and there is no fuel surcharge.
Book 7 persons and receive the 8th person free of charge !

Cruise price includes:

  • Accommodation in twin or double bed shared cabin.
  • Single cabin, non sharing cabin +50%
  • Meals:snacks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner (while on board)
  • Drinks: soft drinks, coffee, tea, mineral water (while on board)
  • Compressed air, Air Tanks, weight belt and weights
  • 4 guided dives per day
  • Transfer from hotel to harbour on departure and return dates ; (in Bali only in the Nusa Dua, Kuta, * and Sanur areas.)
  • Dive guide
  • Government taxes
  • Land tours included in the itinerary

What is not Included:

  • Nitrox - $180 for 10 nights and $125 for 7 nights
  • Raja National park fee, Fuel surcharge and port clearance $250
  • Komodo National park fee and port clearance $120
  • Cenderawasih National park fee, Fuel surcharge and port clearance $435
  • Travel insurance - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
  • Dive insurance - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED we recommend Divers Alert Network (DAN)
  • Dive Equipment rental, and any dive courses taken on board
  • Onboard elecommunication
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry on board
  • Crew gratuities
  • International and domestic air, land, sea transportation, tax and excess baggage charges
  • Visa, hotels and food ashore before and after the cruise.

Terms and conditions:

Individual bookings:
Booking deposit:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Group charter:

Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

RENTAL GEAR PRICE

Item Per day 7 nights 11 nights 14 nights
Computer $5 $30 $40 $50
BCD $7 $45 $55 $65
Regulator $7 $45 $55 $65
3mm Wetsuit $7 $45 $55 $65
Set (Bcd.Reg.Wetsuit) $18 $105 $135 $155
Torch $6 $35 $40 $45
Fins $3 $10 $15 $20
Mask Snorkel $3 $10 $15 $20
Fins, Mask Snorkel $5 $20 $25 $30
Complete Set $25 $145 $190 $210

Complete set includes: BCD, Regulator, 3mm wetsuit, safety sausage, computer, fins mask snorkel

COURSES PRICES

Open water $350
Advanced (no equipment included) $150
Nitrox (no equipment included) $150
Rescue (no equipment included) $250
For other courses, please contact our office

Seahorse - schedule

08Aug17
18Aug17
Embark: Ternate
Disembark: Ternate
Halmahera-Volcanos & Reefs
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3400 USD
04Sep17
15Sep17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Misool - Raja Ampat
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4300 USD
18Sep17
29Sep17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Misool - Raja Ampat
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
02Oct17
13Oct17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Misool - Raja Ampat
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
16Oct17
27Oct17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Misool - Raja Ampat
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
30Oct17
10Nov17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Misool - Raja Ampat
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
12Nov17
23Nov17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Ambon
Raja Ampat - Makuku
Full
Booking Request
25Nov17
06Dec17
Embark: Ambon
Disembark: Sorong
Banda Sea-Raja Ampat - Misool
Full
Booking Request
11Dec17
18Dec17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Full
Booking Request
22Dec17
02Jan18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Misool - Raja Ampat
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
08Jan18
19Jan18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat - Misool
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
22Jan18
02Feb18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat - Misool
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
05Feb18
16Feb18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat - Misool
Full
Booking Request
19Feb18
02Mar18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat - Misool
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
05Mar18
16Mar18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat - Misool
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
19Mar18
30Mar18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat - Misool
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
31Mar18
07Apr18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2800 USD
09Apr18
20Apr18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat - Misool
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
23Apr18
04May18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat - Misool
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
07May18
18May18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat - Misool
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
21May18
01Jun18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Ternate
Raja Ampat - Halmahera
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
02Jun18
12Jun18
Embark: Ternate
Disembark: Ternate
Halmahera-Volcanos & Reefs
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3500 USD
15Jun18
25Jun18
Embark: Ternate
Disembark: Ternate
Halmahera
Full
Booking Request
27Jun18
08Jul18
Embark: Ternate
Disembark: Bitung
Halmahera - Lembeh
Full
Booking Request
12Jul18
22Jul18
Embark: Ternate
Disembark: Ternate
Halmahera-Volcanos & Reefs
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3500 USD
26Jul18
05Aug18
Embark: Ternate
Disembark: Ternate
Halmahera-Volcanos & Reefs
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3500 USD
06Aug18
17Aug18
Embark: Ternate
Disembark: Ternate
Halmahera-Volcanos & Reefs
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3500 USD
19Aug18
30Aug18
Embark: Ternate
Disembark: Sorong
Halmahera-Raja Ampat -
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4000 USD
03Sep18
13Sep18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Biak
Raja Ampat - Cenderawasih
Full
Booking Request
14Sep18
21Sep18
Embark: Biak
Disembark: Biak
Cenderawasih Bay Whale Sharks
4 Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2800 USD
22Sep18
29Sep18
Embark: Biak
Disembark: Nabire
Cenderawasih Bay Whale Sharks
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2800 USD
30Sep18
11Oct18
Embark: Nabire
Disembark: Sorong
Cenderawasih Bay- Raja Ampat
Full
Booking Request
13Oct18
24Oct18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
26Oct18
06Nov18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat- Misool
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
26Oct18
06Nov18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat- Misool
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4400 USD
11Nov18
18Nov18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Full
Booking Request
19Nov18
01Dec18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Ambon
Raja Ampat - Maluku
Full
Booking Request
03Dec18
14Dec18
Embark: Ambon
Disembark: Sorong
Banda - Raja Ampat
Full
Booking Request
21Dec18
02Jan19
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat - Misool
Spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4800 USD

Seahorse - cabins

Seahorse - itinerary

Raja Ampat (or the Four Kings) is an archipelago consisting of the islands of Misoool, Salawati, Batanta, and Wiageo which are surrounded by over 1,500 small islands and cays. Formerly known as Irian Jaya, this area is now part of the newly named West Papua province of Indonesia and is located on the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula, on the island of New Guinea.

Put simply, Raja Ampat could quite possibly be the best diving in the world. It certainly is the world’s most bio diverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusc species than anywhere else on Earth. The variety of marine life can be staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, you may encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to don your snorkelling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales. Other highlights include the innumerable war wrecks, both ships and planes (with new wrecks being discovered constantly).

The reefs of Raja Ampat are just as varied as the marine life. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, sea mounts, mucky mangroves, lagoons and pinnacles. The reefs are in pristine condition with miles of perfect hard corals and many varied colourful species of soft corals. The diving is predominantly drift dives due to the moderate prevalent currents in the area which provide nutrients for the myriad fish and coral. Currents are average to moderate and vary from none to very strong. Visibility is normally very good but can vary and is normally at its best earlier in the day so your pre-breakfast dives are not to be slept through!

This is truly “Frontier Diving”. Topside the beautiful islands stretch as far as you can see and are largely uninhabited. At night the lights of local fishing boats twinkle in the dark along the few inhabited shorelines while in more remote areas you may only see a distant spec of light over the entire horizon.

Not many liveaboards dive the Raja Ampat area, making this adventure even more unique and special.

Raja Ampat has a high season from October to May and weirdly enough it is during their rainy season due to the winds in the dry season making parts of the park inaccessable. The rainy season should not be mis-construed though. It is generally mostly a shower in the late afternoon and evening and most of the time the days are nice, wind is minimal and the skys are generally clear or slightly over cast. The seas are calmer at this time of the year as the oppposite season has winds that kick up waves and make it very difficult to dive the more exposed sites in the Southern part of Raja Ampat. The water temperature stays around the 27-30 degrees celcius mark all year round.

Recently due to the popularity of Raja Ampat a lot of boats have been running trips in the so called low season but this is also the dry season and so promotes nicer weather and better visibility but the trade of is that only the northern more sheltered part of the park is accessable but as the area is so vast and there are so many quality dive sites the reports from these northern trips have been glowing so far.

A TYPICAL DAY ON BOARD

In general we will offer 4 dives a day, each one of them carefully prepared and checked beforehand, reassuring the right conditions.

The day starts with a satisfying breakfast of fresh fruit juices, toast, coffee/tea, cereals and eggs any style to satisfy your morning hunger.

After the first dive we’ll serve a full breakfast, and in between eating and diving there will be spare time to relax on the sundeck, read a book, have a chat or check out the mornings digital photos on your laptop.

Lunch is served after the second dive and usually, a quick afternoon siesta.

The food-dive-food routine follows after the third dive of the day, afterwhich you can enjoy a lazy late-afternoon on our sundeck, lounging back and soaking in the wonderful landscape with a cup of coffee or tea and some snacks.

Dinner is prepared after the night dive, and the food is excellent. Hailing from a long tradition of big family homecooked meals in Spain, we take pride in offering you a delicious menu with our carefully selected professional chef on board the Seahorse. Maybe a nice glass of wine, watching the stars and then a well deserved sleep.

Seahorse - specs

Indonesian “Bugis Prahus” boats , commonly known as Pinisi, are boats of the most impressive craft construction that has ever existed. Their entire structure is made of locally-grown timber (ironwood teak amongst others) according to a tradition that dates back to long before Portuguese colonists reached the area.

The Bugis were expert seafarers native of southern Sulawesi, who traded in timber and spices from that part of Asia to Madagascar. Originally, ship building was the job of the Konjo, craftsmen who, working on their traditional designs, copied the western vessels that reached those lands around 1500 A.D., adapting them to their own style. That was the source of inspiration for building the Pinisi. Generation after generation, this traditional shipbuilding technique was transmitted orally such that it is considered a cultural treasure.

At Indo Cruises, we want to share this cultural heritage with our customers, adapting it to the 21st century. Our Pinisis operate with the most modern equipment (to European standard), while keeping up the magic of tradition. A few things have changed since the early days of liveaboards. The food has increased in quality and quantity, the boats in general are more spacious and comfortable - Msy Seahorse photos

Length
33 m
Beam
8,5 m
Draft
3.5 m
Displacement
220 tons
Construction
Wooden ship with BKI Classification, Type Pinisi
Engines
M.A.N. 380 HP marine engine
Speed
9-12 knots
Range
3,000 nautical miles
Tenders
1 x 620cm with Yamaha 85 HP OB
1 x 520cm with Yamaha 40HP OB
Generators
1 x Mitshubishi 40 KVA 220-380 v
1 x Mitshubishi 60 KVA 220-380 v
1 x Yammar 12 KVA 220-380 v
Available Voltage
220 V, 50 Herz
Fuel Tank
20,000 liter
Water Tank
11,000 liters fresh water storage, 6,000 l/day water maker
Safety
3 x 12 man self-inflatable lift-rafts, smoke detectors in all cabins, 2 emergency oxygen units
Scuba Gear
Rental diving gear from Seemannsub Oceanic
Scuba Tanks
30 SCUBA tanks, l/min Seemannsub compressors
Electronics
EPIRB emergency locator, Sat-phone, FM SW Radio, 4 VHF and SSB Radio, E.P.I.R.B., Furuno 90 NM radar, 2 x GPS w/plotter depth-sounder Furuno
Miscellaneous
Small Library
Guest Accommodations
For 16 guests 3 double bed lux cabins. All guest cabins have own shower/toilet + hot water and individual AC control
Crew
12

Seahorse - diving

On all dive trips safety is the main concern. The quality of diving is guaranteed. Indonesia has the best reef diving in the world and operating from a liveaboard will give you the chance to reach unbelievable sites, but something must be understood, being remote means potential risks.

The use of a computer, an octopus and a surface marker buoy are mandatory. If you do not have these, let us know in advance and we will prepare them for you.

We have few rental gear and some spares on board. We do strongly recommend that you have your gear checked before the trip.

We will check the dive conditions and make sure they are the best ones for each dive site; we will be flexible with the way you want to dive and try to adapt ourselves to your own preferences.

Our DM´s are well trained with years of experience in Indonesia and can spot and name anything that is down there for you. The crew will take care of the equipment and have been trained in first aid and in the handling of the gear, including your cameras.

Raja Ampat diving

Raja Ampat (or the Four Kings) is an archipelago consisting of the islands of Misoool, Salawati, Batanta, and Wiageo which are surrounded by over 1,500 small islands and cays. Formerly known as Irian Jaya, this area is now part of the newly named West Papua province of Indonesia and is located on the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula, on the island of New Guinea.

Put simply, Raja Ampat could quite possibly be the best diving in the world. It certainly is the world’s most bio diverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusc species than anywhere else on Earth. The variety of marine life can be staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, you may encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to don your snorkelling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales. Other highlights include the innumerable war wrecks, both ships and planes (with new wrecks being discovered constantly).

The reefs of Raja Ampat are just as varied as the marine life. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, sea mounts, mucky mangroves, lagoons and pinnacles. The reefs are in pristine condition with miles of perfect hard corals and many varied colourful species of soft corals. The diving is predominantly drift dives due to the moderate prevalent currents in the area which provide nutrients for the myriad fish and coral. Currents are average to moderate and vary from none to very strong. Visibility is normally very good but can vary and is normally at its best earlier in the day so your pre-breakfast dives are not to be slept through!

This is truly “Frontier Diving”. Topside the beautiful islands stretch as far as you can see and are largely uninhabited. At night the lights of local fishing boats twinkle in the dark along the few inhabited shorelines while in more remote areas you may only see a distant spec of light over the entire horizon.

Not many liveaboards dive the Raja Ampat area, making this adventure even more unique and special.

Raja Ampat has a high season from October to May and weirdly enough it is during their rainy season due to the winds in the dry season making parts of the park inaccessable. The rainy season should not be mis-construed though. It is generally mostly a shower in the late afternoon and evening and most of the time the days are nice, wind is minimal and the skys are generally clear or slightly over cast. The seas are calmer at this time of the year as the oppposite season has winds that kick up waves and make it very difficult to dive the more exposed sites in the Southern part of Raja Ampat. The water temperature stays around the 27-30 degrees celcius mark all year round.

Recently due to the popularity of Raja Ampat a lot of boats have been running trips in the so called low season but this is also the dry season and so promotes nicer weather and better visibility but the trade of is that only the northern more sheltered part of the park is accessable but as the area is so vast and there are so many quality dive sites the reports from these northern trips have been glowing so far.

Komodo diving

Diving in Komodo is not a new idea but recently it’s being recognised as a premier destination due to the awesome variety of diving to be had. Crystal clear water and dive sites where you never see another diver provide a little something for everyone whether it’s macro or massive you love. One day you can be crawling along the bottom looking at pygmy seahorses, frogfish and unusual nudibranch and the next you are in the big blue on an open water pinnacle as the mantas fly by, the sharks circle and the dolphins hunt and the next day diving a live volcano!! For sheer variety there is no better place on earth.

Komodo is one of the few places left in the world where sharks are not rare and down south is one of the places where manta rays have their legendary aggregations, meaning they are here in the area in their hundreds!!!

One of the highlights of these trips is the rare opportunity to walk with the lengendary Komodo dragons. These truly awesome beasts can reach 3 metres plus and can reportedly run at 20km an hour chasing their prey. It’s the icing on the cake, Stunning diving and one of the world’s last surviving dinosaur descendants all one amazing package.

Covering the best of both worlds, from up close and personal with aggragating mantas to shy pygmy seahorses and rare nudibranches Komodo diving has it all. The beauty of Komodo liveaboard diving is in the balance between the large and small animals. One day you will be in the blue swimming with mantas and sharks and the next swimming along a bubbling volcanic reef covered with venting submerged fumeroles blowing bubbles into the water and hiding one of the worlds best kept secret macro dive sites.

These are some of the top sites that most liveaboards visit.

Angel reef, Moyo, Sumbawa diving

We start our Komodo liveaboard with the first dive of the trip and the check out dive. This dive site doesn’t disappoint. A beautiful wall stretching down to 50 metres covered in hard and soft corals very reminiscent of Bunaken in North Sulawesi. Schools of bannerfish and trevally patrol the walls with the occasional reef sharks making an appearance. Ribbon eels hide in crevices and many different nudibranchs crawl over the vast elephant ear sponges that hang from the beautiful soft coral infested wall.

Satonda island bay

A protected bay on Satonda island north of Sumbawa hosts a treasure trove of macro critters, the more we dive here the more we find. The rare Denise pygmy seahorse lives in fans here, frogfish hang out in big barrel sponges and ghost pipefish hide amongst the featherstars that cover the reef slope. In the sandy bottom you can find jawfish with their mouths full of eggs, myriads of anemonefish, mushroom coral pipefish and spearer mantis shrimps.

Sangeang island diving

Sangieng island is a perfectly round volcanic island jutting up from the sea bed. Still active and last blowing in 1996 this well kept secret is one of the world’s finest macro dive areas. With diving available all around the island there is not one specific spot but always new ones to be discovered. Bubbles of volcanic gas seep through the sand creating a surreal atmosphere and a warm black sand bottom hosting rare and unusual nudibranch. Pygmy seahorses, frogfish, Pegasus sea moths and carnivorous shells and all common here, this is my personal favourite dive site as every time we dive here there is a surprise in store of something new that is often not in the books - this site is why you go Komodo liveaboard diving.

Gps point - Gili Banta diving

Gps point is an open sea mount prone to strong currents at certain times of the day. This provides prolific hard and soft coral growth that is home to hundreds of different types of reef fish. Loved by sharks, white tip sharks cruise around the whole dive in amongst the hunting giant trevallies and schooling jacks and surgeon fish, an exciting dive.

Takat Toko, Gili Lawalaut diving

This is one of my favourite sites on the Komodo liveaboard itinerary and is very similar to Gps point this site takes it to the next level. Grey reef shark, white tip sharks, occassional dolphins and a literal fish soup created by jacks, surgeonfish, giant trevallies and bannerfish surround this large sea mount as you hang on to the reef edge and watch the action. Again this site is prone to strong currents but we time our dives to hit around slack tide and a little current brings in the big fish. Great pelagic action, my favourite blue water dive.

Lighthouse reef, Gili Lawalaut diving

An adrenalin pounding drift dive along the wall and around the corner under the lighthouse. Sharks, mantas, dolphins are all frequent visitors on the dive with some of the best coral reef top in the area around the corner out of the current at the end of the dive you can hunt for porcelain crabs, cuttlefish and unusual seahorses whilst waiting for the adrenalin to funnel out of your system and your heart rate to return to normal-this is what Komodo liveaboard diving is all about!.

Crystal rock, Gili Lawalaut diving

A stunning soft coral and sea fan covered pinnacle with crystal water clarity this is a great site for those magazine cover wide angle shots. With at least 5 different types of angelfish, 4 types of trigger and butterflyfish everywhere it is a excellent reef fish dive with frequent visits from eagle and manta rays and the resident sleepy hawksbill turtle.

Pink beach, Komodo diving

Colder water and lower vis here due to the huge amounts of organic matter in the water due to the southern currents but this is more than made up for by the astounding life available to see here due to this phenomenon. Normally done as a night dive it also makes a good day dive with everything from white tip sharks to pygmy seahorses; zebra crabs, Coleman shrimp, many coloured frogfish, xeno crabs, Spanish dancers, and unusual nudibranchs are hidden amongst the dense coral growth.

Cannibal rock, Rinca island diving

Colder water than the north but touted by many as one of the worlds best 10 sites, yes I know there seems to be way more than 10 “top 10 sites” but this one really is one if you like macro. Everything is here even the rarest of the rare, the Rhinopias scorpionfish. It’s nudi heaven with only the special and the rare getting to appear here, more species than I care to mention along with large and different frogfish mixed in with schools of fish and the resident dopy turtle we do 2 dives here and it’s still not enough!! You will love it, I personally adore this dive site.

Torpedo alley, Rinca island diving

Just next to cannibal rock and where the boat moors is a beach that has wild pigs, monkeys and Komodo dragons in the daytime and hosts a myriad of critters in the waters in front if it at night. Named for the large amount of torpedo rays found here, a member of the electric ray family- no touching! They cover the sandy bottom along with loads of nudis obvious on the black sand bottom along with bizarre crabs and octopus.

Manta alley, Komodo diving

In the cooler waters in the south of Komodo there is a bay in which there are a series of pinnacles that seem to be a magnet for aggregating mantas. They are here in their tens, often we come up having seen over 20 different individuals. Often a little shy, their evasive spins and pirouettes makes the watching of them that much more enjoyable.

Takat Makassar, Komodo diving

This is our other manta site. A little bit more of a risk to see them as it is a huge area and we drift along the bottom in about 10 metres but along the way we always run into loads of turtles, napoleon and humphead wrasse, white tip sharks and very very occasionally you will be incredibly lucky and run into the resident dugong that inhabits this area along with scores of mantas as they migrate north.

3 sisters, Padar island diving

A series of underwater pinnacles reaching nearly to the the surface off the coast of Padar island next to Komodo this site constantly springs surprises on you from silvertip sharks and mobular ray schools to marbled rays and rare nudibranchs.

How to get to Raja Ampat

Sorong is the harbour town in West Papua and the normal departure point to dive Raja Ampat. If you are unsure of how to get to Sorong to start your trip it will depend on where your international flight into Indonesia is landing. We recommend Jakarta or Bali to make your entry point into Indonesia amnd each has it’s pros and cons.

From Jakarta to Sorong most flights route through Makassar (UPG) in South Sulawesi and are over night flights arriving in the morning perfect for a pick up by your liveaboard crew at the airport. The downside of this is that you may be awake most of the night before your board the liveaboard but most boats cruise only on the first day so you can catch up on your sleep during the day.

Flights from Bali are not quite so simple and cannot be done in one day, you will need to fly from Bali to UPG the day before your liveaboard and over night in Makassar and the continue on with the UPG to Sorong flight the following morning, the day of your liveaboard departure, and this ends up being perfect tining to be picked up on your arrival in Sorong at the airport to then be taken to the boat. This takes longer but you will arrive more refreshed than the Jakarta rooute and of course you could always factor in a stay in Bali before or after your trip.

In the past it has not been possible for someone outside of Indonesia to purchase domestic flights in Indonesia so these can be purchased for you by us, if you would like, and added to your invoice. It will be about $650 return dependant on exchange rates, availability and where your entry airport is in Indonesia. The cost of the domestic flights are not included in the trip price.

Recently Garuda, our recommended airline, has made it possible to purchase their tickets online and we recommend you take this approach as it is often cheaper than the set price we have to charge. Other airlines are cheaper but are not so trustworthy or have such good luggage allowances. Again, we highly recommend trip as well as diving insurance just in case something were to go wrong with your flights.

Premier liveaboard diving and its local flight agent can purchase the tickets on your behalf, however, in doing so, Premier liveaboard diving is only acting as an agent for the airline and is not responsible for, and can accept no responsibility for, cancellations, delays, schedule changes, or problems caused by the air carrier. We highly recommend trip interruption and cancellation insurance.