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Free Nitrox to qualified Nitrox divers on all trips and massive discount on selected trips in April in Raja Ampat ! Check the schedule for the pricing.
Seahorse is a Pinisi rigged Sulawesi schooner offering sailing charters and liveaboard scuba diving trips to East Indonesia. Built and completed in 2004 the MSY Seahorse offers a level of luxury and safety not found on most liveaboard dive charter sailing yachts in Indonesia.
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.
There are 6 standard cabins on the lower deck (4 twin, 1 double and one dbl/twin) and 2 deluxe double sea view cabins on the main deck which are 13.5 sq. meter and 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. The carefully planned itinerary operates in remote areas of Indonesia still relatively unknown to many; but our professional crew, chef and dive masters will reasure that you will get the best diving combined with top quality food and professional service.
Prices are per person per night and in Euros 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.
Raja Ampat port and park fees are 200 Euro. 6-9 night Komodo 125 Euros, 10 nights Komodo 200 Euros and at this time there is no fuel surcharge.
Free Nitrox for qualified Nitrox divers.
Cruise price includes:
All the dives guided. 2 day dives + night dive when possible. No dive on the arrival day
except in komodo, 1 dive on the last day of cruise, no dive on the check out day. Each
cruise has a specific number of dives, please refer to our website or cruise PDF sheet.
3 guided dives/day + night dives in the Banda Sea & Ring of Fire cruises
3 guided dives/day + night dives for full charter (if required)
All meals and snacks on board. Drinking water, hot drinks (The, coffee, milk, chocolate),
Airport-boat –Airport transfers at cruise departure and arrival location.
What is not Included:
International and domestic flights
Harbor Fees and park or preserved area entry fees, local diving taxes.
Beers, wines and liquors.
Diving equipment rental
Aluminum 100 cf dive tank
Int’l & Indonesian domestic flights and/or transit hotel
Visa entry fee (if any)
Tips on board recommended but not mandatory (5% to 10% of published rates)
Occupancy of “double bed cabins with sea view” (40 €/cabin/night )
Single occupancy (165% of published rates)
Fuel surcharge if any mentioned
Terms and conditions:
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.
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
30% 150 days prior to departure - non-refundable
90 days before departure - non-refundable
There are 6 standard cabins on the lower deck (4 twin, 1 double and one dbl/twin) and 2 deluxe double sea view cabins on the main deck which are 13.5 sq. meter and have a 150 x 200 cmts bed, desk, TV and dvd player.
In general we will offer 3 dives a day including one night dive, 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.
Raja Ampat sample itinerary
Guest reception at Sorong airport, transfer to the boat, Check in, welcome drink, briefing, departure in the evening. According to weather forecast, we will start the tour by the south or the North. In this schedule, we present the option starting with the South. Over night Navigation through Sele Strait to reach the East of Misool. Arrival in the early morning.
In East Misool you will discover 3 fantastic dives: No contest, Love potion, 3 Rocks. Rocks with vertical walls and fantastic coverage of soft corals, lot of fishes with schools of Platax, aggregations of snappers, bump head perrotfishes. We spend the night in the hidden lagoon, a very special anchorage inside an almost closed bay surrounded by high rocks. From the boat, we can hear and see the cacatoes before the night falls. We will go with the dinghies to have a look to another lagoon located further into the rocks.
After a short morning navigation, we reach Misool South East and start another great day of diving in the vicinity of Misool eco resort: Boo Rocks with 2 large openings windows in the rock that completely pierce the island from the surface to 5 meters deep, Fiabacet, Fantasea. Again an explosion of colors and fish density. In the evning, we rganise a dinner on the beach of a small island.
Misool east. Mode dives in Misool, Yellit kecil, a great wall with excellent fans and soft corals, tank rock, Nudi rock. Night navigation to Penemu and Fam islands.
Penemu North, Barracuda, a long oval shaped reef with great aggregations of fishes (barracudas, fusiliers and banner fish), Galaxy, a large reef with excellent fish life , Melissa garden an extraordinary site for it’s hard corals stands. Night navigation to Aljuy bay.
After an early morning dive at Mayhem, a very high voltage submerged reef, we enter in Aljui Bay, a 20 kilometers long indentation on the western side of Waigeo. We do 2 dives in the bay (wofoh and Intersection), then one of the best night dives of the Raja Empat under the peer of a pearl farm that is settled there.
We still do 2 dives in the Aljuy bay, Aljui 1 and the Channel. Between these 2 dives we will have a short visit to the pearl farm if their work schedule allows it. Night navigation to Wayag islands.
Wayag, the northern point of our cruise is a fantastic quartz islets labyrinth. We dive Quoy, Cathedrale rock and Wayag ridge. In the late afternoon, we climb a small mountain to admire the wonderful landscape of the area.
After a first dive in Wayag (figure eight), we go to the Kawe island where we dive Black rock and eagle rock. Night dive. Night navigation to Dampier strait.
A first morning dive at Citrus - at the entrance of the Dampier strait, a channel with sloping sides covered of soft corals and life- then dive with a reliable manta ray congregation at manta sandy. The third dive will be the famous Cape Kri, one of the largest concentrations of big fish on northern Raja Ampat; schools of trevally, barracudas, bannerfish, sweetlips. Night dive
Two other famous and fabulous dives in the Dampier strait, Chicken reef and sardine reef. The boat will then sail back to Sorong where it will arrive during the evening.
Breakfast, Check out according to guest flight schedule. Transfer to the airport, check in assistance.
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.</a>
Wooden ship with BKI Classification, Type Pinisi
M.A.N. 380 HP marine engine
3,000 nautical miles
1 x 620cm with Yamaha 85 HP OB 1 x 520cm with Yamaha 40HP OB
1 x Mitshubishi 40 KVA 220-380 v 1 x Mitshubishi 60 KVA 220-380 v 1 x Yammar 12 KVA 220-380 v
220 V, 50 Herz
11,000 liters fresh water storage, 6,000 l/day water maker
3 x 12 man self-inflatable lift-rafts, smoke detectors in all cabins, 2 emergency oxygen units
Rental diving gear from Seemannsub Oceanic
30 SCUBA tanks, l/min Seemannsub compressors
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
For 16 guests 3 double bed lux cabins. All guest cabins have own shower/toilet + hot water and individual AC control
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.
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.
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