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Finding the perfect Liveaboard in Indonesia

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The paradise country: Indonesia, is offering you world class diving.

If you're planning a dive trip to Indonesia, then a liveaboard is the perfect choice.

We'll help you find the perfect Liveaboard trip, that suits your needs:

It's difficult to choose wich liveaboard that will suit your needs and how to find the best price on that boat.

So we've gathered the best boats and made it possible to compare prices across all the different booking platforms. This way, you'll get the best boat for your needs at the best price.

Start by sorting the boats after your budget, and find a liveaboard that fits your budget and your needs:

Sort the liveaboards based on your needs

We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Situju 7 :

Average price is US$ 340 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2018
Max divers20
InternetYes ($)
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Situju 7 is a traditional Indonesian liveaboard called “Phinisi.” This beautiful boat is made from black ironwood and has teak interiors designed in Italian architecture. Tourists around the world visit Indonesia all year round and the perfect way to enjoy your holiday is to travel with Situju liveaboard. The itinerary has a wide range of destinations with a variety of activities available. The tour includes Komodo National Park, Sablon, Rinca Island, Red Beach, Sabita Bay, Manta Point and many more. These islands give an exciting experience for every tourist who visits Komodo Island. The crew members are on hand to help each passenger with their needs.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV EMPRESS :

Average price is US$ 222 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2016
Max divers10
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

MV Empress liveaboard is made to impress that offers budget-friendly packages. Tourists can choose packages from three to ten days of island explorations. Compared to other liveaboards, this vessel gives diverse experiences in every destination. The itinerary includes the most remote spots around the Indonesian peninsula that only liveaboard visit. It is known to many that Komodo dragons in Indonesia only live in four islands within Komodo National Park as well as other exotic animals. Thousands of tourists around the world visit Indonesia to witness and see Komodo dragons in action. The crew members of MV Empress ensure to give the best service that this liveaboard can offer.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV NusaTara :

Average price is US$ 213 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2006
Max divers6
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.No
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconNo

MV NusaTara is a traditional Indonesian boat called “Phinisi” that travels to the most remotes areas around this country which is perfect for every family and private charter holidays. It is budget-friendly with the necessary equipment to sail safely all year round and available for those who want to see the wonders of every island in Indonesia. Komodo National Park has many islands waiting to be explored, and it offers many activities for every visitor that comes. The crew members ensure to give the best service that this liveaboard can offer. Dive guides are well-trained to know every remote dive sites like the back of their hands.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Katharina Cruise Ship :

Average price is US$ 414 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2014
Max divers12
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.No
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Katharina has all the necessities needed for a cruise adventure. The beauty of this boat crawls from the inside and out that has a modern and colorful interior. It has a unique itinerary that every passenger will enjoy. Visit Amed in the east that has a mystical forest, big mountains, plenty of rice terraces and beautiful beaches. Traditional architecture pleasantly please every tourist and hospitable people welcome every visitor that steps on their island. Capture the beauty of the secluded areas with exotic marine life and animals. Katharina liveaboard has a perfect itinerary package to explore every island around the Indonesian Peninsula that leaves an unforgettable experience for every guest.

 

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Dragon Dive Komodo :

Average price is US$ 221 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2017
Max divers8
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Dragon Dive LB Yoshi is the perfect traditional Indonesian boat to travel around the Indonesian peninsula which has modern scuba diving equipment. This liveaboard is budget-friendly that gives the opportunity to travel in a group that would provide guests an unforgettable experience with the help of professional crew members. This boat has a unique itinerary including remote dive sites and stunning islands with a variety of activities to choose from. Explore Komodo National Park, North and Central South Komodo including secluded dive sites such as Three Sisters. Experienced dive guides are well-trained to take divers to the famous dives sites included in the itinerary.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Wuderpus :

Average price is US$ 279 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2014
Max divers8
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes (free)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconNo

Wunderpus is a traditional boat made of Ironwood and teak wood, inspired by Indonesian culture. This liveaboard ensures safety and comfort for all passengers on board. Relaxation areas are spacious enough for indoor and outdoor activities. There is a wide range of itineraries to choose from that only liveaboard visit. Every stop offers tons of underwater and land activities. The trip around Indonesia is suitable for experienced divers as well as beginners. Experienced dive guides know every dive spots like the back of their hands. We ensure that every tourist will surely enjoy an unforgettable experience with the help of professional crew members on board.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Oceanic :

Average price is US$ 254 per day

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Year built:2016
Max divers12
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Expect the unexpected! Booking this beauty will bring you exactly that. Renovated in2016, Oceanic can be a home on the water for 12 guests in 6 en-suite deluxe cabins. With social areas like the lounge, dining room, outdoor lounge, and sun deck, the atmosphere on the Oceanic is always relaxed. Nitrox, diving equipment, as well as diving courses are available. No matter if you are snorkeling or you are a diving expert, this live aboard will always have what to offer. And in the case where this is not your favorite rodeo, you will still have the chance to visit isolated forests, deserted beachesor undisturbed villages as the trip goes by.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Calico Jack :

Average price is US$ 275 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2014
Max divers10
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The traditional hand-made Indonesian sailing boat, Calico Jack, is built from the finest tropical hardwoods to the highest standards. It has five luxury en-suite air-conditioned cabins, a large galley, and saloon, as well as a beautiful outside dining area. For photographers and videographers, there are camera and photography stations. In addition, there is special storage for underwater camera set-ups and a spacious diving platform. Aiming to make your diving vacation an unforgettable one, during the visits of the diverse dive sites, Calico Jack is offering 2 dive tenders and 2 onboard compressors. With it, guests can enjoy 3-4 dives per day.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Nyaman :

Average price is US$ 380 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2016
Max divers14
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.No
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The 32 meters (approx. 105 feet) wooden Phinisi Nyaman is a combination of authenticity and tradition. The lavish boat can host 14 guests in 7 exclusive cabins with all the eminent amenities required to have a comfortable journey onboard. The splendid schooner Nyaman assures to provide a 5-star retreat cruising on the famous sites like Komodo National Park, Padar, Manta Point, Gili Lawa Laut, and Pink Beach. You can discover the presence of Komodo dragons, thousands of fish species, manta rays, sharks and frogfish. Swimming with dolphins and turtles will give you a lifetime marine memory. The panoramic portholes of Nyaman yacht give a charismatic view of the most happening scenes of the surrounding.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Wisesa :

Average price is US$ 244 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2016
Max divers8
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Wisesa means “power of nature” in the Hindu religion. The wooden schooner was launched in the year 2016 and has been cruising to Raja Ampat and Komodo as its main itineraries. The customized liveaboard is best for a close group of friends or family who seek a vacation trip in a cozy environment. The alluring yacht has a crew team who have experience of over a decade in the Indonesian sea. While diving at the famous dive spot of Raja Ampat and Komodo, you can explore various species like mantas, sharks, turtles, and dolphins. Watching the rare Komodo dragons is indeed a thrilling experience which you won’t forget.

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Indonesia is made up of thousands of volcanic islands within Southeast Asia. It is a huge nation that is home to hundreds and hundreds of different ethnic groups that speak all different languages. Indonesia is known of its fascinating sights both on land and under the surface. From its unique beaches to awesome volcanoes, to jungles overflowing with wildlife to an underwater world teaming with marine life, Indonesia offers something for every kind of traveller.

As there are so many incredible islands to explore, PADI offers around 59 different liveaboard options to choose from. This means that there is something for every level of scuba diving.

With thousands of dive sites to choose from, there are a number of areas to be aware of when choosing your liveaboard…

Southeast Sulawesi

This area is for the scuba diving travellers out there who are interested in adventure around every corner. The dive sites here are absolutely pristine and tend to have less visitors as it is not the usual destination for visitors of Indonesia.

Sumatra

Sumatra offers a great experience for both divers and on land adventurers. Home to volcanoes as well as thriving and vibrant corals reef systems, this is not a place to be missed when visiting Indonesia.

Bunaken and Siladen

This is known as the ‘Land of Smiling People’ and is located in North Sulawesi. It is home to crystal clear blue waters that are heaving with marine life including reef sharks, turtles and so much more.

Bali

Bali is one of the most well known islands in Indonesia and is referred to as the ‘Island of the Gods’. With its stunning scenery, interesting culture and a huge variety of marine life, do not miss Bali off your list.

Central Sulawesi

Central Sulawesi is an ideal location for newly qualified divers, with calm, crystal clear waters; there are a number of dive sites to choose from. There are also many endemic species to the area.

Flores

If you’re a diver who is also a thrill seeker, then Flores is the location for you. Home to fast moving currents, adrenaline pumping drift divers and manta rays, this is one of the best diving spots in all of Indonesia.

Komodo

The land of the Komodo Dragons, you’ll be amazed by how much beauty and vibrancy is surrounding you both on land and within the water. The sheer abundance of marine life is breath-taking.

Java

Java is home to the vibrant capital city of Jakarta. The island of Java is surrounded by clear water, making it a paradise for scuba divers.

West Papua

Raja Ampat is found within West Papua and is home to remote and faultless reefs. There are huge numbers of tiny islands around Raja Ampat as well as pinnacles to explore. It is no surprise that West Papua falls right in the centre of the coral triangle.

Lombok

Lombok has some amazing dive sites to explore including coral garens and huge pinnacles that penetrate the water surface. On the Island of Lombok you’ll find white sandy beaches and huge, towering volcanoes.

Lambeh

Home to rare marine life, if you’re travelling to Indonesia as a diver, this is not an island to be missed. With loads of muck dives and crazy marine critters, it comes at no surprise that the Lambeh Strait features on some of the top dive sites in the world.

North Sulawesi

Home to active volcanoes in Sangihe Archipelago and epic wall dives within Bunaken, this is another location to add to your list.

Information to Know about liveaboard diving in Indonesia

  • Diving in Indonesia can pretty much happen all year round. However, do not forget that Indonesia is a huge country and weather that affects one side of the country may not affect other parts of the country. So make sure that before you plan your liveaboard trip, make sure to check the weather conditions within the area that you choose.
  • Rainy Season is between the months of November through to March.
  • Dry Season is between the months of April through to October.
  • Bali has its very own weather systems and is a lot less affected by monsoon.
  • Visibility is not great under the surface during rainy season due to surface conditions. However, it is important to remember that if you’re looking to dive with manta rays in Komodo, then monsoon season is the time to do it.
  • Not all liveaboards run through monsoon season, however some dive safaris that take place around Raja Ampat and Komdo tend to run all year round.
  • The temperature in Indonesia varies between 25C/77F to 35C/95F; this changes depending on the season and location.
  • Water temperature averages between 26C/79F to30C/86F throughout the year. However locations such as the Komodo Islands can drop to a chilly 16C/61F.
  • Depending on what location you choose for your liveaboard and what the season is, visibility ranges from 10m to 60m.
  • There are over 250 airports in Indonesia, of which 20 of them are international; meaning that travelling around the islands of Indonesia is not difficult. There are three main airports used in Indonesia, Sockarno-Hatta International Airport is by far the most common one found in the capital of Jakarta. Juanda International Airport and Ngurah Rai International Airports are the other two most commonly used.
  • You will require a visa to visit Indonesia if you are travelling from the west.
  • Currency used throughout Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah. There is approximately 14642.36 IDR to 1 USD.
  • Due to the sheer size of Indonesia, there are hundreds of languages spoken throughout the islands, however the most commonly used language is Indonesian. Some of the main islands speak a little English; so do not worry about getting by.

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