Indonesia Liveaboards

Komodo | Raja Ampat


Recommended liveaboards to the most bio-diverse seas in the world.

Thousands of islands to explore and the best way is by liveaboard. From Komodo to Raja Ampat and everything in between there is diving all year round in Indonesia. You can encounter pelagics or hunt for critters, Indonesia diving has it all.

We offer selected liveaboards to suit all budgets. We give expert advise about when, where and how to dive Indo.

Choosing an Indo liveaboard: Considering the remoteness of the region you may be surprised at how many liveaboards there are to choose from. You will find a lot of information on this site but liveaboard schedules change all the time and so does the standard of the boats. Traveling to and from the departure point can involve detailed planning and takes a lot of time.

Why no just contact us with your intended travel dates and a rough budget so that we can help you narrow the choice. We'll send you a shortlist of available vessels with full details of the price and what is and isn't included. We can also offer advise for how to get to and from the boat. Email us at info@indonesialiveaboards.com

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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: EUR2,500/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 1,900/diver.
Our Verdict: A Komodo liveaboard favourite. Fast, safe and comfortable. Early booking recommended.

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Black Manta

Dives at:
Apr-Nov: Bali, Komodo, Flores
Nov-Apr: Irian Jaya/Raja Ampat
Max guests: 16
Nitrox: Yes
Price From: US$1,750/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 Andaman Sea
May-Oct: Anambas Islands / Pulau Tioman
Max guests: 29
Nitrox: Yes
Price From: 16,250 Thai baht / diver.
Our Verdict: A newer Singapore liveaboard launched in 2011. Weekend trips from Singapore to Pulau Tioman (Malaysia) and the wrecks are very popular.

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Blue Manta

Dives at:
Oct-April: Raja Ampat
May-Sep: Bali, Komodo, Flores
Max guests: 18
Nitrox: Yes
Price From: US$3,200 / diver.
Our Verdict: New for 2015. A huge (45m) modern liveaboard with high comfort levels. Ideal for those long crossing trips in remote areas.

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WAOW

Dives at: Raja Ampat, Komodo and everywhere in between
Max guests: 18
Nitrox: Yes
Price From:
Our Verdict: A big and beautiful 3 master. Comfort and style and world class diving.

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Damai

Dives at:
Oct-April: Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih bay
May-Sep: Bali, Komodo, Flores, Alor
Max guests: 10
Nitrox: Yes
Price From: US$525 / night / diver.
Our Verdict: Luxury Phinisi style liveaboard for just 10 divers. Visits the most out of the way regions of Indo. Ideal for dive group charter.

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Damai II

Dives at:
Oct-April: Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih bay
May-Sep: Bali, Komodo, Flores, Alor
Max guests: 10
Nitrox: Yes
Price From: US$585 / night / diver.
Our Verdict: Slightly newer and bigger version of Damai I. All diving is done from two custom built tenders.

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Indo Siren

Dives at:
Komodo and Raja Ampat
Max guests: 16
Nitrox: Yes (free to Nitrox certified divers)
Price From: €3500 / diver.
Our Verdict: A modern boat build in the classic style of a gaff rigged Phinisi yacht. Luxurious cabins.

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Seven Seas

Dives at:
Komodo, Raja Ampat, Flores, Alor, Banda Sea, Forgotten Islands
Max guests: 16
Nitrox: Yes (free to Nitrox certified divers)
Price From: US$450 per night
Our Verdict: A beautiful boat with a strong pedigree diving Indo.

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MV Andaman Tritan

Dives at:
Anambas Islands, Tioman, 7 Skies Wreck, Igara Wreck
Max guests: 23
Nitrox: No
Price From: 14,500 Thai baht/diver.
Our Verdict: Good value weekend trips from Singapore.

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MV Panunee

Dives at: Komodo
Max guests: 20
Nitrox: Yes
Price From: 58,000 Thai baht/diver.
Our Verdict: A Thai flagged boat that visits the Similan Islands from July to Sept

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SMY Mangguana

Dives at: Komodo National Park
Max guests: 8
Nitrox: Yes
Price From: US$324 / diver / night.
Our Verdict: A flexible schedule. Start and finish any day with speedboat transfer from Labuan Bajo. Stays in Komodo all year round. Spacious cabins.

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SV Mona Lisa

Dives at: Komodo National Park
Max guests: 12
Nitrox: Yes
Price From: US$274 / diver / night.
Our Verdict: A flexible schedule. Start and finish any day with speedboat transfer from Labuan Bajo. Stays in Komodo all year round.

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MV Ambai

Dives at:
Komodo, Raja Ampat, Forgotten Islands
Max guests: 16
Nitrox: Yes
Price From: €1530/diver.
Our Verdict: Good value Indo liveaboard.

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Indonesia DivingIndonesia Diving

If you want to see weird and wonderful marine critters that can't be seen anywhere else then Indonesia is the place to see them. If you want to get away from the diving crowds there are still many parts of the Indonesian archipelago that are far off the beaten track.

Nudibranch IndonesiaWant to discover and name a new species? They are still being found in Indonesian waters. Indonesia also offers some of the world's best value diving and because the country is spread over such a wide area there is always great diving to be had somewhere, at any time of year.

Indonesia covers a vast area and has the world's longest coastline, over 50 thousand kilometres of it. Diving options around the thousands of islands are many and varied. Some places, like the tourist hot spot of Bali, are easily reached and have full service dive centers. From Bali you can dive in cool fast currents to see Mola Molas or you can swim from the shore at Tulamben to dive the world famous Liberty Wreck. Close by the Gili Islands and Lombok offer great diving and beautiful surroundings.

Other areas require somewhat more dedication and time to get to. Like the Togian Islands, Sangalaki or Pulau Weh. Moving from place to place is not always easy but the rewards are worth it when you reach an untouched tropical paradise that few have dived before you. Many destinations require long liveaboard trips to reach. Komodo and Flores are best dived by liveaboard as is Irian Jaya and the Banda Sea.

Indonesia also has some fantastic shore diving. Just a short flight from Singapore, Manado is the jumping off spot to the wonders of the Lembeh Strait and Bunaken Marine Park where world class diving is on the doorstep of the dive resort. Lembeh has arguably the best macro diving in the world and attracts underwater photographers keen to capture images of critters that are more abundant there than anywhere else.

Indonesia Diving guideIndonesia Diving Guide. Know the basics

Land Temp: Tropical Climate. Average 28°C (82°F) Pygmy Seahorse, seen on many Indonesian dive sites
Water Temp: 20-29°C (68-84°F)
When to go: Most areas have year round diving but conditions will be better in certain months. See each area description for details.
Wetsuit required:  3mm
Visibility: 10-60m
Diving types: Reefs, walls, sea mounts, pinnacles, wrecks.
Experience Level: Beginner to Experienced.
Marine life: The most biodiverse reefs in the world. Amazing macro diving.
After diving:  Surfing, historical sites, jungle trekking, climb a volcano

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.

KararuKomodo 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.