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Ratu Pelangi Liveaboard
The Overall Review
We spent 8.5 hours reading reviews from experts and divers about Ratu Pelangi Liveaboard.
In summary, this is what divers think:
3 reasons to dive
- Many divers said that they loved seeing the sharks, mantas and the huge array of reef diversity.
- Several divers commended the instructors, staff crew and captains on their knowledge and expertise on the marine life and islands.
- Many people were happy with the hikes that was full of sites and animals that are native to the islands.
1 reasons NOT to dive
- A couple of people noted that the cabins were small if you were sharing a cabin.
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Description and details
Diving on the Ratu Pelangi in Indonesia
The Rainbow Queen
Ratu Pelangi, also known as the Rainbow Queen, is a modern phinisi boat that was built in 2003 but had an extensive renovation in 2018. It has an interesting history, as originally it has been sailing around Sumantra as a surf charter boat. It has also been involved in rescuing people during the 2004 tsunami. It is more than 30m (close to 100 feet) long, and its hull is constructed from ironwood, which gets stronger when immersed in water. The rest of the boat structure is comprised of Borneo solid teak wood planks. With seven sails in total, three at the front and two at the top and bottom, the Ratu Pelangi can reach up to 8 knots when cruising on an open sea.
Ratu Pelangi Interior
The vessel is able to host up to 14 people. There is one large cabin with six beds, and an additional four other twin cabins, two at the lower deck and two on the upper one. Every cabin has its own AC unit. There are hot water showers and two toilets on the middle deck, and an additional toilet on the lower deck. On the upper deck, guests can enjoy a great dining area fully in the shade, as well as an additional area with a comfortable sofa and table. When in need of another type of rest area, sun beds or bean bags at the upper deck are always available.
The dive deck has top-notch diving equipment as well. In addition to the tanks and weights, divers will be provided with fresh towels and linen, electrolytes and water. To make the overall experience better, a well-trained crew is always happy to offer knowledgeable dive guides. Last but not least, two fiberglass dinghies with Yamaha engines are always available to the guests to reach any remote dive site.
Ratu Palangi is equipped with the latest safety features, starting from GPS, sonar, navigation, up to depth sounder, two 50L emergency oxygen cylinders, flares, and satellite phone. Life vests and a lifeboat are also available.
Ratu Pelangi offers guests exploration of the best and most known dive sites of Komodo and Raja Ampat. Both destinations are great for macro diving. Tiny octopuses, pygmy seahorses, and plenty nudibranchs live in these coral gardens. As a matter of fact, Raja Ampat holds the world record for the amount of different fish and coral species one can see in a single dive. Large pelagic, as well as rare wobbegong sharks, can also be spotted during dives.
Komodo, on the other hand, is also one of the most amazing diving destinations. There are a variety of underwater landscapes and species of fish. Napoleon wrasse, whitetip reef sharks, Hawksbill turtles, and many other underwater creatures can be just a touch away.
Both places are year-round destinations. However, it is good to know that Komodo Island has a rainy season from November to March, while the high season is from March to October. Raja Ampat, with a tropical climate, has a high season from October to May.
- Daily housekeeping
- Aircon Cabins
- Sun Deck
- Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
- Warm Water Showers
- Outdoor Dining
- Custom built for diving
- Charging stations
- Non-Smoking Rooms
- Seaview Cabins
- Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
- Naturalist Itineraries
- Dedicated Local & International Crew
- Leisure Deck
- Observation Deck
- Available for Charter