Liveaboard Review

With sailing history dating back to 1902, the Adelaar started as a cargo ship that frequented the European seas in the territories of England, Sweden, Norway and Russia. A new chapter in its cruising pages opened when it was fully renovated in 2008. It then became a luxury liveaboard, which responded to top-notch standards of service fused with safety. Traversing the Indonesian seas with its length of 38 meters or 125 feet, guests are taken to various small islands of the Indonesian archipelago where they are given dive opportunities and close interactions with countless marine creatures – big and small alike.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Several divers stated that the crew was professional and detail-orientated and carried the guest on their hands.
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    Many people said the boat was well maintained and the cabins were cleaned after every dive and the gear was well looked after and cleaned as well.
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    Divers said that the briefings were well carried out and the dive master took them to the most beautiful diving spots.
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    Many people were happy with the fact that they got treated to juice and a wet towel when coming back from land excursions.
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    Some people said they would definitely return for the cruise next season.
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    Divers were astonished at sighting giant oceanic mantas on their night dives.
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Things we don't like:

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    Some people were taken back by the compact cabins on the lower deck.
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Boat Features

Truly giving its guests a luxury liveaboard experience, the Adelaar boasts of its beautiful craftsmanship, which complements its sturdy and reliable built. It has rich teak paneling and high ceilings, and detailed Persian rugs – all adding up to the elegant feel within the yacht.

Both the salon &the dining area have flat screen TVs which are connected to the yacht’s video and audio streaming system. This gives guests the opportunity to access and watch from any of the more than 3,000 movies and 30,000 songs available in its media library. Whether it is one from your nostalgia or one that is almost fresh from the silver screens, you can view it.

The Cabins

Capable of housing 8 guests as its maximum capacity, there are 4 cabins in this luxurious liveaboard. All are situated at the ship’s lower deck. The Master cabin sports a double bed and an extra day bed. The same provisions exist for staterooms 2 and 3. Coming slightly smaller in size is stateroom 4 which has a double bed only.

All rooms have individually controlled air conditioning, giving guests full control of their cabin’s temperature – depending on how warm or how cool they want. There are also flat screen TVs which are similarly connected to the ship’s library of movies and music. Thus, for times when guests just want to stay in their cabins, extensive entertainment is very accessible. The cabins are also equipped with their private bathrooms.

Food and Beverage

For the guests’ dive holiday to be extra special, the food and beverage served at Adelaar is exceptional. There are various interesting options from the yacht’s menu of fine cuisine. The local flavors of Indonesia are made more flavorful and delectable with sophisticated twists added to them. The onboard chef assures that only the freshest ingredients and the best of spices and flavors complement each other to give the most satisfying dishes.

There are also choices of Western food for those who want to get a taste of the meticulous cuisines of the European countries. Vegetarian options are certainly not left out for those who impose healthy eating and healthy living.

Soft drinks are served free as complementary inclusions upon booking. The yacht has also a wide selection of local beers and imported wines and liquors. All of these can be availed at the yacht’s Bar.

For guests who want both the romantic and emotional atmosphere induced by sunrise and sunset, al fresco dining can also be enjoyed.

Special dietary requirements can be accommodated through advanced notices done when booking. Guests can expect that these requests will be well-attended and observed by the crew once onboard.


The Adelaar cruises the Indonesian waters all year round specifically concentrating on the Komodo National Park. Cruises via this liveaboard take usually 11 days or 10 nights. During this cruise, guests are given plentiful of dive sessions with professional guides.

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