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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 La Unua :

Average price is US$ 198 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2018
Max divers6
InternetYes (free)
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

A perfectly designed hand-built masterpiece – La Unua was presented to the Indonesian sea in 2017. It is handcrafted by the most popular carpenters of Tanah Beru, Sulawesi. It is designed traditionally with a modern styling giving a perfect fusion of Indonesian design with western facilities. The liveaboard is perfect for an intimate dive safari vacation. It swags to offers an expert team providing you all the facilities along with the fun-filled diving, snorkeling, beach excursions and much more. You can explore the beauty of natural landscapes, large pelagic, a variety of corals, pristine reefs and the rare Komodo dragons. The dive site of Komodo has much more to offer. Let the adventure begin!

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

Average price is US$ 490 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2008
Max divers14
InternetNo
NitroxYes (free)
Rental equip.Yes (free)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The ultimate liveaboard was launched in 2008 by PT Tiger Blue fleet. It is a modish schooner designed in traditional Indonesian style. Tiger Blue is handcrafted from teakwood and is ideal for a small group of friends or family. It offers the best diving destinations in the Indonesian Sea including Raja Ampat and Komodo as its main itinerary. Raja Ampat is famous for the diversified marine life and holds a world record for the largest number of species visible during a dive. You can explore thousands of fish breeds, sharks, manta rays, turtles and dolphins. The presence of Komodo dragons has made UNESCO declare Komodo National Park as a world heritage site.

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

Average price is US$ 419 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2017
Max divers28
InternetYes ($)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

With nothing but pure exquisite beauty, the Gaia Love liveaboard is a modern 40 meters steel vessel built with a touch of high quality in Batam, Indonesia. Designed for a luxurious experience, Gaia Love can accommodate up to 20 guests in 11 spacious ensuite rooms, approximately 20 sqm each. Each private room has its own air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms with hot water and the upper deck rooms feature an additional private outdoor balcony. Gaia Love, with its modern contemporary form, offers 4 decks — lower, upper, main and sundeck. Each deck offers a unique feature for entertainment, dining area, and photography stations all built to provide comfort to every diver aboard.

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

Average price is US$ 503 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2009
Max divers12
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Damai I gives its guests a luxury experience while traversing itineraries within the Coral Triangle. Sailing the Indonesian seas with focus on the best diving sites, this vessel sets itself apart from other luxury liveaboards anchored on its many years of sailing experience. The luxury resides not only on the top notch services offered by its crew, but also on the unparalleled exploration of an amazing seascape – one that is very rich in marine biodiversity including 3000 different species of fishes along with about 600 species of vibrant corals serving as natural habitats of more sea creatures like mollusks, cnidarians, and coelenterates.

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

Average price is US$ 237 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2016
Max divers11
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconNo

A modern liveaboard that cruises the Indonesian waters mainly for research trips in partnership with the Barefoot Conservation NGO. The RatuLaut takes both adventurous and research-driven divers to magnificent scuba diving sites where they are introduced to manta rays, the vast array of marine fauna, and the opportunity for coral reef checks and to study the various effects of climate change on marine animals. Its name,which translates to Queen of the Sea traverses its routes all year round. The 30m long vessel accommodates 12 guests and takes them to unforgettable sea travels on a top speed of 8 knots.

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

Average price is US$ 261 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2017
Max divers14
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Cruising since 2010, Iike takes you to the best diving destinations of Indonesia such as the Komodo, Alor, Maluku, Forgotten Islands, Banda Sea,Triton Bay, and Raja Ampat. These sites are well-known in the diving world due to the bounty of marine life and corals that thrive in their waters. Stunning seascapes and the view underneath are amazing and spectacular. Close encounters with a wide array of marine species combined with a breathtaking underwater view results in the best possible cruising memories that a liveaboard sea travel can offer. Whichever route is chosen by guests when booking, only an exceptional diving holiday should be expected.

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

Average price is US$ 291 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2014
Max divers9
InternetYes ($)
NitroxYes (free)
Rental equip.Yes (free)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Anchored on the great Indonesian land, the Manta Mae provides a uniqueliveaboard opportunity for guests to experience the beauty of the archipelago in its finest. Being on this liveaboard not only gives unique diving experiences but also access to the spectacular wonders of the archipelagic nation’s deserted beaches, remote tribal villages, and sites of the historic spice trades. For those who just love marine life, there are plenty of opportunities to interact with MolaMolas, mantas, vibrant corals, and even the celebrated but venomous Komodo Dragon. Other activities to enjoy include kayaking, snorkeling, and enjoying sunsets on astonishing remote islands of Indonesia.

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

Average price is US$ 315 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2010
Max divers16
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Aurora is a beautifully made traditional yacht that offers great comfort. Its crew prides themselves on the experience of exploring remote areas like North Sulawesi and Komodo. As part of the crew, there are marine biologists that are always ready to share some professional guidance. The Aurora has 8 comfortable cabins for 16 guests in total. The lounge and dining areas are equipped with a kitchen and bar, while the open-air seating area has tables, where you can enjoy a drink or play games. The latest safety and technology features can be found onboard, including a satellite phone that can help you download some emails on the onboard computer.

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

Average price is US$ 197 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2016
Max divers12
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconNo

The 24 meters (approx. 79 feet) wooden vessel Epica is the new addition to the Scuba Republic family. It offers fantastic diving trips to the famous site of Raja Ampat round the year. The elegant liveaboard has a capacity to host 12 guests in 6 basic cabins. It offers the best sites like Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat as itineraries. While diving with Epica, you can have an opportunity to discover thousands of fish species, soft and hard corals, pristine reefs, large pelagic including manta rays and sharks. The thrilling encounter of Komodo dragons at the famous site of Komodo National park is indeed the biggest attraction.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Raja Ampat Aggressor :

Average price is US$ 214 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2015
Max divers17
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Raja Ampat Aggressor is a modern and high quality vessel regarded by many diver aficionados as one that takes you to an incredible journey off the Indonesian waters to witness its abundant marine life. It is a 30m vessel that is specially designed to offer safe sailing without compromising comfort and efficiency. It perfectly brings divers from one wonderful site to another breath-taking underwater view. Four main areas of its sail are Rajah Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay, Banda Sea and Triton Bay from where you can have close encounters with around 600 types of living corals, 1500 species of fishes, and over 600 kinds of shelled creatures known as mollusks.

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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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