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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 Lalunia :

Average price is US$ 217 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built: 2009
Max divers 12
Internet No
Nitrox No
Rental equip. No
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

Lalunia is a big and spacious boat that offers exciting water sports activities. This boat has a traditional wood finish with an authentic touch of the Indonesian culture. The itineraries are usually five to seven days long and take passengers to the most secluded spots around the Indonesian peninsula. Experience unique activities underwater and land excursions that ensure to make any holiday memorable. Crystal Rock and Cauldron have thousands of marine plants and abundant sea creatures, perfect for underwater photography. The Komodo National Park has the biggest lizard in the world called “Komodo dragon” along with exotic animals that reside on that island.

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

Average price is US$ 246 per day

Our recommendations:

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

KLM Antares is a traditional Indonesian liveaboard. Carefully crafted and designed in 2009 by a famous French boat builder, Mr. Fabien Blot. It is a small boat suitable for friends or families. This boat can travel to the most remote areas that only liveaboards can visit. The itinerary is unique, perfect for those who want a challenging adventure. There are many distant areas like Sabolan Kecil, Cauldron, Gili Lawa Darat, Pink Beach, Tatawa Besar, Batu Bolong and many more dive sites that will complete your holiday safari. Thousands of marine species are one of the reasons tourists and divers around the world visit Indonesia.

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

Average price is US$ 364 per day

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

Pelagian is a luxury liveaboard that travels around the Wakatobi Archipelago. It gives a home-like experience with the help of the professional staff onboard. Wakatobi Resort and other Wakatobi islands are some of the best spots to visit in South East Indonesia. Guests are given exclusive amenities and unforgettable experiences from this island. The secluded and remote dive sites in Wakatobi are unlike any other place in Indonesia. There are thousands of exotic marine life creatures, sea walls, critters, and bays all in one peninsula. The professional dive guides are well-trained to know all dive spots like the back of their hands. Tourists will surely have an extraordinary experience during their holiday.

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

Average price is US$ 450 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built: 2015
Max divers 12
Internet No
Nitrox Yes (free)
Rental equip. Yes (free)
Camera station No
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

Hatiku is a traditional Indonesian liveaboard that offers year-round tours around the Indonesian peninsula. It gives tourists a wide range of itineraries to choose from as well as enjoy together with their family and friends. This vessel brings every passenger aboard to the most famous destination sites around Indonesia. Komodo National Park extends the exciting adventure on the island with trekking and landscape sightseeing. Many exotic animals reside on this island especially the largest lizard called the Komodo dragon. Capture the beauty of every destination on this exciting safari. The crew members offer the best services that this liveaboard can offer.

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

Average price is US$ 155 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built: 2017
Max divers 14
Internet No
Nitrox No
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station No
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

Ari Jaya is a traditional Indonesian liveaboard and a member of Ari Dive Fleet. The affordable accommodation is perfect for family, friends and private charters. It has a unique set of itineraries, including Komodo National Park, Crystal Rocks, Castle Rock, Sabayur, Manta and other remote areas that only liveaboards visit. Every destination offers different water sports and land activities. There are many animals in each island, like the Komodo dragon, board, Timor deer, colorful birds, and endemic species. The underwater wonderland has various marine life and marine plants. The professional crew onboard ensure to give the best service they can provide.

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

Average price is US$ 224 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built: 2015
Max divers 4
Internet Yes (free)
Nitrox No
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station No
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon No

Travel with friends, family, or a company charter with Komodo Cruise Anema. It is suitable for luxury explorations that offer budget-friendly packages. The itinerary is good for four days and three nights of diving exploration in various spots of Indonesia. There are different activities to choose from, like snorkeling, trekking, night fishing, and a variety of park excursions. Take an adventure through the caves, lagoons and famous islets round this peninsula. Observe orange-footed scrub fowl, Timo deer, and endemic animals. Komodo Cruise Anema offers remote destinations that only liveaboards visit. The crew on board ensure to give the best service that this vessel can provide.

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

Average price is US$ 164 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built: 2018
Max divers 12
Internet No
Nitrox No
Rental equip. No
Camera station No
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon No

Experience an all nature safari adventure with the Bignaku liveaboard. It is perfect for charters and family weekend getaways and can travel to the most remote areas where other boats can’t. The itinerary is exclusive for those who want to experience and observe the natural wonders of Indonesia. Travel to different islands to see limestones bursting out of the water, coral gardens and private beaches. Snorkeling is a great way to explore and view marine life such as baby sharks, bump head parrot fish and pinnacles. The friendly guides and staff 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 Bulan Purnama :

Average price is US$ 179 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built: 2015
Max divers 12
Internet Yes (free)
Nitrox No
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station No
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

The traditional Bulan Purma phinisi sails to different islands around Indonesia all year round. Thousands of tourists around the world visit this marvelous peninsula to see beautiful oceans views and natural landscapes. This vessel offers snorkeling and cruising adventures that ensure guests to end up with unforgettable memories. It offers different packages for both families and groups of friends. The itinerary includes Bali, Komodo, Moyo, Sangeang, and Lombok. Guests will sail and visit volcanic lakes, waterfalls, stunning white beaches and other destinations that they will surely love. The professional staff and guides on board ensure to give the best service they can offer.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Plataran Phinisi Felicia :

Average price is US$ 804 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built: 2016
Max divers 12
Internet Yes (free)
Nitrox No
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station No
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

The liveaboard Plataran Phinisi Felicia is a member of Plataran Private Cruises. It is also the biggest cruise ship in the fleet. It offers the best and most popular locations in Indonesia. The itinerary includes Rinca Island and Kalong Island that has beautiful mangrove forest. Komodo Island has the biggest lizards in the area. Deers and an abundant variety of birds that can be seen in different locations. Guests can enjoy snorkeling and see various kinds of marine life creatures. Many Indonesian Islands are perfect for family and group exploration. The attentive crew ensures to give the best service that they can offer.

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

Our recommendations:

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Year built: 2015
Max divers 24
Internet No
Nitrox No
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes

The Ombak Putih lives up to its name “White Wave.” It is a traditional Indonesian yacht with comfortable modern interiors. It was recently renovated to keep up with the contemporary style and safety navigation equipment. The itinerary includes the protected marine park and the most remote island spots that have abundant ocean wildlife. This boat offers all kinds of activities for the passengers aboard. Choose Ombak Putik to enjoy an unforgettable holiday expedition. The staff on board ensures to give the best service they can offer. All itineraries are perfect for a family weekend get-away.

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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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