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The Kurabesi is a traditional wooden liveaboard, offering fantastic dive trips and experiences in the Banda Sea, Raja Ampat, and the Forgotten islands. The trips are set with the local environment in mind, making sure the Kurabesi team gives back to the community through implementing eco solutions and marine conservation. With 6 cabins available for 12 people in total, you can have the perfect Indonesian trip. En-suite bathrooms, individual AC units, spacious storage spaces, towels, and toiletries are all given for individual use. In addition, Kurabesi is offering an indoor lounge with a small library in it, and a sun deck perfect for relaxing and sunbathing. With fresh meals served in a buffet-style, there is nothing you would not enjoy on this trip.

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Kurabesi Liveaboard

The Overall Review

We spent 5.6 hours reading reviews from experts and divers about Kurabesi Liveaboard.
In summary, this is what divers think:

The Kurabesi liveaboard, Indonesia
Kurabesi Liveaboard
Good Liveaboard

4 reasons to dive

  • Many people were happy with the crew and how they conducted themselves delivering an excellent and friendly service.
  • Several divers commended the diving instructor on pointing out the marine life and finding the most perfect spots for diving.
  • Many people noted that the chef would make additional options if you had specific food requirements.
  • Some people stated that they did 3 dives a day but there was also other entertaining options like trekking, bird watching and sunsets on the beach.

1 reasons NOT to dive

  • Some divers said that the visibility was not great at times.

Key facts

Year (re)built: 2013
Max divers 12
Internet No
Nitrox No
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes


The avarage price for diving with this liveaboard is
per day.

We've calculated this price based on a 7 day stay.
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The passion behind this guide is run by passionate scuba geeks - and our liveaboard guides are no exception.

    Boby Taylor

    Liveaboard Director

    Boby has been diving and guiding on liveaboards since 2005, and love it

    Ron Simon

    Dive instructor/Liveaboard director

    Ron has been a Cruise Director on 10+ Liveaboards throughout the world and has a keen understanding...

    Torben Lonne

    PADI Instructor

    Torben is the Editor of Divein and a true water lover. 


  • Traditional wooden liveaboard, offering fantastic dive trips and experience in the Banda Sea, Raja Ampat, and the Forgotten islands;
  • Great chance for encountering various types of marine life, starting from whale sharks up to pygmy seahorses;
    Panoramic forests and mountains;
  • 2 cabins with double beds and 4 twin cabins with bunk beds;
  • Private en-suite bathrooms, individually controlled AC unit, spacious storage space, fresh towels, and organic toiletries;
  • Indoor lounge with a mini library, and an open sundeck with bean bags and four loungers;
  • Semi-open dining area, used for freshly prepared meals served in a buffet style.

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Description and details

Diving on the Kurabesi in Indonesia

The Beauty of Kurabesi and its Trips

The Kurabesi liveaboard carries the name of the honorable Biak warrior Kurabesi, who in his time supported the Ternate sultan in freeing his people from Portuguese ruling. As a thankful act, he was offered the sultan’s daughter’s hand. Together they ruled over Easter Ternate, and they named Raja Ampat after their four children.

Today, the Kurabesi spirit sails together with this spacious boat. Built as a traditional wooden phinisi, it is offering great dive trips in the area of the Banda Sea, Raja Ampat, and the Forgotten Islands. As this region offers some of the most bio-diverse diving, there is a great chance for encountering various types of marine life, starting from whale sharks up to pygmy seahorses. But it is not the underwater scenery that is stunning. Above the surface, there are many panoramic forests and mountains that your eyes can enjoy as the trip goes by.

Trips are designed with two things in mind, local communities, and divers. For the first one, the Kurabesi team make sure they give back to the local communities, mostly through implementing eco-solutions and marine conservation. And concerning the second point, besides being brought to the most eye-pleasing landscapes in Indonesia, the liveaboard is designed in a way where you can fully immerse that beauty. There is a spacious dive station for kitting up, equipped with a rugged air compressor and dive tanks that can last for up to three dives per day. There is a camera room for any photographer or videographer, and of course, two experienced local dive guides who will make sure everything is in perfect order.

Kurabesi Interior and Features

The Kurabese liveaboard is ready to cater up to 12 guests divided into 6 cabins. There are 2 cabins with double bed and 4 twin cabins with bunk beds, all equipped with private en-suite bathrooms with hot water. Each cabin is decorated with traditional eastern Indonesian woven cloths. Cabins also have individually controlled AC units, spacious storage spaces, fresh towels, and organic toiletries. There are free water tumblers for all guests at any time as well.

In addition to the beautifully designed cabins, guests can enjoy an indoor lounge with a mini library and reading nook both located on the main deck – a perfect spot when rainy days occur. There is also a wide, open sun deck equipped with bean bags and four loungers, perfect for enjoying a stunning sunrise, mesmerizing sunset or just stargazing on board.

The semi-open dining area, located on the upper deck, is another great spot to steal some great views or shots during meal times. The freshly prepared meals are served in a buffet-style, all in order to fully enjoy the comfort of your onboard experience.

The Perfect Sports and Entertainment Vessel

The Kurabesi liveaboard is your perfect vessel for the break you always wanted. No matter if you like water sports or you just prefer hiking, the Kurabesi team will make it happen. Browsing through books, watching movies or just playing board games on board – you can do it all. If you are boarding the Kurabesi as a group or a family, two-family size kayaks and stand up paddleboards are also available. The best of all – everything is offered free of charge.

Boat features
  • Camera Station
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Available for Charter
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Stand Up Paddleboard
  • Fishing

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