Liveaboard Review

Moving seasonally between Komodo and Raja Ampat, the 14-year old Jaya Scuba Republic has wandered the waters of South Africa with its every loyal captain since its maiden voyage. This strong and durable vessel is 23m in length and 6m in width. It comfortably offers simple cruising and diving to its guests while letting them discover the richness of marine biodiversity all throughout its route. It is specifically designed to let guests experience the fantastic waters and bring them closer to its inhabitants in all of their natural glory.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Many divers said their experience at Melissa's Garden and Channel No 5 heeled the most fruit on the diving excursions.
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    Many people loved the fun nature of the crew and staff without compromising their daily duties.
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    The chef made lovely buffet style spreads that pleased all of the guests.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markSome people were taken back by the small cabin sizes that left no room for luggage and up to 3 people had to share.
  • check-markA couple of people noted that are no hot-water showers.

Where to book:


Where to book:

Diving on the Jaya – Scuba Republic in Indonesia


Completely hand-built for 18 months, the vessel is stunning and sturdy with its six sails. It boasts of an Upper Deck that comes with plenty of shaded spaces for lounging, napping, feasting on food, friendly chit-chats, and just adoring the majestic sceneries offered by the waters. This portion has four separate tables with round-edged seatings – a truly comfortable spread offered in between dives.

The Sun Deck is equipped with beanbags to offer comfortable afternoon naps or just when you feel like having one. Space is also fit to soak in the sun or even for enjoying the sparkles of the stars as they dance in the night sky. Meals, snacks, and various refreshments are available as well as beers and soft drinks which are readily available as purchased.

The Lower Deck has 6 cabins comprised of 4 twin beds shared and 2 triple beds shared. For hygiene and vanity purposes, there are 3 shared bathrooms with toilets and showers. Each cabin has an airconditioning unit for ventilation purposes. Plug sockets are also available for charging those gadgets especially cameras which should always be ready for capturing moments and scenes.


The cruise is inclusive of land excursions to provide guests the opportunity to enjoy the scenic islands. Lagoons and beaches are up to visiting from where the beautiful sunset can be enjoyed. During beach visits, the crew of Jaya Scuba Republic never misses taking part in clean-ups. Guests are always encouraged to participate and give Mother Earth some pat!


Guests are treated to a fusion of best-tasting Western and local food served in buffet style. For special needs, dietary restrictions can be advised in advance. Alcoholic drinks and spirits are offered in moderation for subtle enjoyment. There are also snacks served all-day along with choices of hot drinks, carbonated beverages, and other cold drinks.


The Jaya Scuba Republic is up for boarding 6-night trips to Raja Ampat from July to April. Usual itineraries include the best of Raja Ampat such as Arborek Island, Penemu, Kate, Gam and Mioskon where guests are offered of 4 dive chances per day.

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