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Stylish without being fussy, the MV Damai II is dedicated to the satisfaction of guests and offers spot-on diving. Designed in southwest Sulawesi, the boat was completed in 2011 and is a traditional Indonesian two-masted sailboat, made mostly of teak. With great attention to details, the Damai II is designed to go on cruises to Alor, Banda Sea, Bali, Cendrawasih, Gorontalo, Halmahera, Raja Ampat, Micronesia Explo, Troton Bay and the Forgotten Islands.

Our Overall Review


Reasons to buy:

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    Many people were happy with their visit to the Komodo National Park, where they saw a abundance of animals.
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    Some divers noted the bio-diversity while diving the vast ocean in the Indonesia.

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markSome people noted that on the lower deck you were exposed to the running of the engine.
  • check-markA few people claimed that when the anchor was lifted it in the evening it made a noise that disrupted the mood.

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Diving on the Damai II in Indonesia

The MV Damai II which is part of the Damai fleet and identical to the MSY Damai II is 40 meters long and has three large outside deck areas with an outside facility, massage, and spa treatment area, with sizable lounging and sunbathing space. The boat caters for a maximum of 10 guests.

Dives on the MV Damai II are conducted from a dive tender to enable easy access to the reefs with a ratio of 4 guests to one divemaster. With an enlarged dive deck, the boat boasts individual rinse tanks and photographers can appreciate the nitrox and the huge camera room, which has separated work stations.

Boat Features

Positioned around the Indonesian archipelago all year long for scuba diving, the Damai II has four large queen-size double/twin cabins. And one king-size master cabin on the lower deck, each with portholes. The boat also has an extra master cabin on the main deck. The master cabin has its own private balcony and guests can have a full view of the sea from this room. All cabins are fully air-conditioned, have en-suite bathrooms with hot water showers available, bedding and space for luggage, TV, music and reading lights.

The Damai II has numerous sun decks in which guests can spend time between dives and enjoy the warmth of the sun. divers can also relax in the boat’s saloon for a chat with the other divers after diving sessions.

Every trip is managed by an experienced western cruise director with assistance from his team who are dedicated to ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable trip. The food prepared by the boat’s chef is a mix of Indonesian and international cuisine. The foods vary from salads, soup, pasta, and rice dishes. Fish and meat of different kinds are also available

With the safety of guests a priority, the boat is equipped with life vests, first aid kits, and emergency rafts.

Best time to go

While diving is possible all year long, diving at different dive sites can be tricky during certain weather conditions. Diving in Komodo is best in April. Mola is better in August. Diving in Raja Ampat is best done between October and April.


Cruises run from several locations, depending on the itinerary. Guests going on a cruise to Komodo leave from Labuan Bajo while Komodo/Alor trips usually begin in Maumere and end in Labuan Bajo.


The MV Damai II runs one of the best routes in Indonesia. Guests have the opportunity to see one of the most significant amounts of fish and coral species in Raja Ampat. Also, Komodo Island can be visited during the trip. Sunfish, mantas, and dolphins are frequent visitors of its dive sites. Of course, this island is known in a first place, for the big lizards, the Komodo dragons, that inhabit this island. Cenderawasih Bay is also on the list of Damai II’s trips. The main feature of this destination is the sight of whale sharks. There is no other destination where you can see this creature in groups. Usually, they can be seen only on their own.

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