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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 Davy Jones :

Average price is US$ 237 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built: N/A
Max divers 9
Internet Yes (free)
Nitrox No
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station No
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

The beautiful ergonomic wooden vessel Davy Jones offers year-round cruises to the best dive destinations of Indonesia. Another name of Davy Jones is Cahaya Bersama, which verbally means light for everyone. A huge tender of 5 meters is linked with the liveaboard to provide a safe pickup, entrance, and dive. The traditional phinisi offers the best dive destinations in the Indonesian sea including Komodo, Rinca and mini islands in the nearby area, which form a beautiful archipelago. During dives at these dive spots, you can explore manta rays, sharks and the beautiful macro life. Swimming with turtles and dolphins will give you a lifetime memory.

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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

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Year built: 2016
Max divers 14
Internet Yes (free)
Nitrox Yes ($)
Rental equip. No
Camera station No
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

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 MV Cajoma IV :

Average price is US$ 265 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built: 2015
Max divers 8
Internet No
Nitrox Yes ($)
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

MV Cajoma IV also called as the boutique vessel of the fleet, was launched in 2015. It is a two-masted sailing vessel, which echoes the traditional style of Konjo shipwrights of Sulawesi. A beautiful wooden schooner is an ideal option for the people who want to enjoy a private budget-friendly trip. The itineraries of MV Cajoma IV are designed with keeping the divers in mind. You can explore the exclusive dive sites like Komodo National Park, Manta Point, and the famous Castle Rock. The divers can witness the presence of manta rays and sharks. Whereas, the thrilling guest appearance of Komodo dragons at Komodo National Park is one of the perks of the trip.

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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 divers 8
Internet No
Nitrox No
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station No
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

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

Average price is US$ 169 per day

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Year built: 2018
Max divers 10
Internet Yes ($)
Nitrox Yes ($)
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

In September 2018, a strong and well-built liveaboard – Komodo Shalom was launched. It is a new member of the Wicked Diving family. This fleet is famous for its high quality services in the Indonesian waters. The modern schooner is designed specifically for a comfortable marine adventure. The designers of the elegant liveaboard believed that it is better to host a small group of people rather than packing dozens of unsatisfied guests. The beautifully designed liveaboard offers diving at Komodo as its main itinerary. You can explore a variety of fish species like sharks, mantas and dolphins. Some of the trips include the dragon trek where you can witness the sight of Komodo dragons.

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

Average price is US$ 236 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built: 2016
Max divers 8
Internet Yes (free)
Nitrox No
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station No
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

The name Nataraja was originated from the Hindu conceptual link between soul and arts. The captivating phinisi Nataraja is a perfect example of that connection. The artistic liveaboard is utterly equipped with all the diving elements for the guests onboard. It is a custom-built boat designed to provide all the eminent facilities to the divers as well as non-divers. It offers a cruise to the best dive sites and islands providing multiple beach excursions. The itinerary of the boutique liveaboard includes the world heritage sites Komodo and Raja Ampat. The visits to the famous Padar Island and Pink Beach are some of the best beach excursions included in the itineraries of Nataraja.

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

Average price is US$ 98 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built: 2018
Max divers 8
Internet No
Nitrox No
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

The beautiful handcrafted Phinisi, Akomo Isseki is a new addition to the Indonesian sea built by Konjo builders of South Sulawesi. It was officially launched in December 2018. The ketch cutter sailing ring and teak masts in the Akomo Isseki liveaboard have made it one of the best steel-hulled cruising vessels of its kind. It is crewed by the famous Bugi sailors who belong to Bira in South Sulawesi. The main itineraries of Akomo Isseki include Raja Ampat, Komodo, Ambon, and Banda Sea. You can explore a variety of creatures like Komodo dragons, turtles, dolphins, manta rays and sharks.

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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 divers 6
Internet Yes (free)
Nitrox No
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

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 Busy Girl :

Average price is US$ 163 per day

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Year built: N/A
Max divers 4
Internet Yes (free)
Nitrox No
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

The beautiful SMY Busy Girl was launched as a Fishing boat in Australia. It was constructed in Tasmania and was originally built to sustain the savage sea of Australia. Later, it was transformed into an intimate liveaboard and now offers dive safari adventurous trips to the best sites of the Indonesian sea. The main itinerary of the exclusive vessel includes Komodo, Rinca, and the surrounding islands. It is now operated by Current Junkies, who are popular for their quality services without compromising on performance. During the underwater visits, you can explore a range of fishes from small to big including manta rays, hammerheads, frogfish, jackfish, turtles and dolphins.

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

Average price is US$ 169 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built: 2017
Max divers 10
Internet Yes (free)
Nitrox Yes ($)
Rental equip. No
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

Get away from the daily hectic routine and conceal yourself in a peaceful and pleasant part of the Indonesian sea, above and underwater with the alluring liveaboard Royal Fortuna. It is specially designed to provide cruises to the areas where large boats cannot reach. The access to those remote locations has made Royal Fortuna one of the best wooden schooners of its type. Komodo and the surrounding islands are the main itineraries of the traditional liveaboard. You can explore the untouched islands, white and pink sand beaches, unique shore breaks and corals. The astonishing views of the natural landscapes will strengthen the inner peace of the travelers of Royal Fortuna.

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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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