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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 Cajoma V :

Average price is US$ 330 per day

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Year built:2017
Max divers20
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Although a newbie vessel in the Indonesian waters, the Cajoma V carries the experience and expertise of the Cajoma fleet. Having been built in 2017, it already brought satisfaction to previous guests. As a luxury liveaboard, guests are treated to world-class service, amazing diving experience, great food, and the highest cruise security. This combination collectively contributes to unparalleled memories, which guests can remember for a lifetime. This Phinisi vessel measures 32 meters or about 105 feet. It gracefully traverses the routes of Komodo National Park, Alor, Banda, Ambon, Misool, Raja Ampat and Saumlaki and brings its guests to the best diving sites of the Indonesian archipelago.

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

Average price is US$ 347 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2016
Max divers6
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Measuring 27 meters or 88 feet, the Duyung Baru sails the famed diving areas of Komodo National Park, South Sulawesi, and Wakatobi. This traditional Indonesian phinisi offers intimate liveaboard experiences to its guests because it only accommodates up to 6 guests maximum. This vessel has earned the reputation of being an excellent liveaboard for intimate dives as this family-owned operation is capable of letting its guests dive into sites where there won’t be sightings of any other divers at all. On board, guests are accorded the top notch service. On dive sites, they are taken to underwater worlds unknown to most of us.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Mikumba 2 :

Average price is US$ 237 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2016
Max divers8
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Sturdy and elegant at 26 meters or 85 feet long, the Mikumba 2 is a phinisi vessel, special for having the largest deck space of all the other vessels of its size. Having undergone a major renovation, there have been contemporary twists added to this traditional wooden vessel. From the full refurbishment to complete overhaul of its machinery, the vessel speaks of luxury in its own. It is also a vessel that makes liveaboard experiences revolve in classic elegance through its well-designed interiors and topnotch crew service fused with itineraries of the greatest dive sites within the Indonesian waters.

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

Average price is US$ 237 per day

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Year built:2017
Max divers10
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.No
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

A beautiful traditional two-masted phinisi sailing boat, the Teman liveaboard offers the right balance between cruising luxury and practical liveaboard diving. A recent addition to the class of luxury liveaboards that sails the waters of Indonesia, the Teman liveaboard was launched in 2017 in South Sulawesi, a region famous for traditional wooden boat building. Specializing in diving and adventure cruises, Teman and its crew look forward to welcoming and sharing with you the gems they have discovered during their 20 years of experience sailing across Indonesia.

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

Average price is US$ 322 per day

Our recommendations:

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

A luxury phinisi that offers guests a wonderful experience, the Tanaka liveaboard takes you to Indonesia’s best diving sites. The boat was built in 2014 and carries passengers on a cruise from the extraordinary biodiversity in the Raja Ampat, with focus on diving areas such as Cape Kri, Airboerk, Penemu, and Gam. The boat goes to other beautiful destinations in Indonesia such as Komodo Islands, Wakatobi, Flores, Maluku, Seram, Alor, and Banda Sea.

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

Average price is US$ 366 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2017
Max divers12
InternetYes ($)
NitroxYes (free)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

A luxurious yet traditional Indonesian Phinisi, the MV Tiare Cruise created in April 2016, takes divers to the best diving sites in Indonesia which include the Komodo National Park, Raja Ampat & Forgotten Islands. The 36-meter/118 feet long boat, one of the newest liveaboards looks more like a five-star hotel than a boat and offers top-notch, professional service. With a Tiare cruise, you can experience diving in the rich waters of the Indonesian archipelago and meeting people from diverse cultures on Indonesian islands, an opportunity impossible to experience while staying in more tourist-heavy areas.

 

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

Average price is US$ 195 per day

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Year built:2001
Max divers8
InternetYes (free)
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconNo

Cruising the best diving safaris of the Indonesian archipelago, the Tidak Apapa opens the wonderful world of marine biodiversity to its guests. With plenty of diving opportunities, the guests are transported into an underwater realm where thousands of fishes, corals, mollusks, and other sea creatures thrive. This gives the pristine waters the bright touches of vibrant colors. The vessel rounds the famous routes of Raja Ampat, Banda Islands, and Komodo National Park. With the fact that the cruise director himself is a marine biologist and underwater photographer as well, cruising in this liveaboard is taken to greater heights.

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

Average price is US$ 248 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2012
Max divers14
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Euphoria is a state of the art liveaboard. Created from a perfect mix of tropical trees like teak, mahogany, and ironwood, it can host up to 14 guests at a time. There are 5 cabins and 2 master suites connected on a central air conditioning system. Each cabin has its private bathroom and is decorated with Indonesian craft. With year-round diving cruises, each one includes 11 nights onboard, with full onboard catering. Guests can take up to 4 dives a day. When not in the water, guests can enjoy the sun deck, where sun chairs and sun beds are always available.

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

Average price is US$ 339 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:1992
Max divers16
InternetNo
NitroxYes (free)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Exciting diving cruises are offered year-round on the Pindito. This is a liveaboard aimed at creating premium diving holidays. There are six double cabins and two twin cabins, featuring en-suite bathrooms, AC units, and daily housekeeping. A big cozy lounge area is perfect for a few relaxing moments, either through watching some TV or movie or reading a book from the boat’s library. If you don’t prefer diving, there is a great convenient working space dedicated for photographers and their equipment. With over25 years’ experience, booking a trip with Pindito will give you an unmatched crew within-depth diving knowledge and experience.

 

 

 

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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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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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