Indonesia Liveaboards

Recommended Bali, Komodo, Raja Ampat Liveaboards


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Mermaid I

Dives at:
May-Dec: Komodo, Moyo, Sangeang, Satonda, Sumbawa
Dec-May: Irian Jaya/Raja Ampat
Max guests: 15
Nitrox:Yes (extra charge)
Price From: EUR2000/diver.
Our Verdict: Luxurious 9 day Komodo or Raja Ampat liveaboard trips. Fast and safe boat. Experienced dive staff. Double, Twin and Single cabins. Mermaid I has over 10 years experience cruising Indonesian waters.

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Mermaid II

Dives at: Bali, Komodo, Moyo, Sangeang, Satonda, Sumbawa, Flores, Alor
Max guests: 20
Nitrox: Yes (extra charge)
Price From: Euro 1,600/diver. Early booking recommended.
Our Verdict: A Komodo liveaboard favourite you need to book early to get a berth. Fast, safe and comfortable. Kayaks onboard.

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Black Manta

Dives at:
Apr-Nov: Bali, Komodo, Flores
Nov-Apr: Irian Jaya/Raja Ampat
Max guests: 16
Nitrox: No
Price From: US$1,375/diver.
Our Verdict: A quality liveaboard with a good itinerary that dives all the best sites in Komodo and Irian Jaya. Black Manta has some shorter itineraries that will be popular with divers who want to visit Komodo or Irian Jaya but can't spare 2 weeks holiday.

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White Manta

Dives at:
Nov-Apr: Thailand
Apr-Jun: Layang Layang, Spratley Islands
Max guests: 29
Nitrox: Yes
Price From: SGD650/diver.
Our Verdict: A new Singapore liveaboard launched in 2011. Weekend trips to Tioman and the wrecks are very popular.

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MV Dive Race

Dives at:
Anambas Islands, Tioman, 7 Skies Wreck, Igara Wreck
Max guests: 23
Nitrox: No
Price From: SGD500/diver.
Our Verdict: Good value weekend trips from Singapore.

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MV Panunee

Dives at:
Derawan, Sangalaki, Kakaban, Maratua
Max guests: 20
Nitrox: Yes
Price From: 60,200 Thai baht/diver.
Our Verdict: An excellent boat offering an excellent itinerary including the jellyfish lake.

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Indonesia LiveaboardsKomodo Liveaboard Diving

Komodo scuba diving offers diving adventure in some of the most bio diverse waters in the world. Indonesia has 20% of the world's coral reefs and more recorded fish species than anywhere else.

The best way to get to Komodo dive sites is on a liveaboard dive safari. Liveaboard dive trips allow divers to get off the well travelled path away from the crowds. Diving on Komodo liveaboards often includes dives at Bali's best dive sites as well as Sumbawa, Rinca, Flores and Alor.

Komodo and Rinca Islands offer a great diversity of diving options. There are colourful hard and soft coral reefs, home to thousands of reef fish that can be enjoyed by all levels of diver. There are also high adrenaline dive sites with extremely strong currents where sharks, manta rays and other pelagics can be seen.

Sumbawa and the surrounding islands of Sangeang, Sumba, Madang, Moyo and Satonda has some excellent diving and often form part of a Komodo liveaboard itinerary for boats departing from Bali. Marine life is prolific and underwater visibility is excellent. Above water the volcanic scenery is impressive including a sacred lake and a huge colony of fruit bats at Satonta that take flight at dusk. Sumbawa can be dived all year round.

Bali is a tropical island paradise that is far more than just a dive destination. It's one of Asia's most popular tourist resort areas with beautiful scenery and beaches. The south Bali beaches of Kuta and Sanur are also very popular with surfers. From a diving point of view Bali has much to offer, from world class muck diving at Secret Bay to diving with pelagics such as manta rays and mola mola (oceanic sunfish) at Nusa Penida. Bali also has an excellent wreck dive, the USAT Liberty, that can be reached from shore at Tulamben.