Why you should choose Emperor Raja Laut:
Included in the trip price is Free Nitrox for qualified divers, park and port fees and a free glass of wine with dinner, no hidden extras. There is Satellite internet available on board and a large deck area and multiple relaxation areas. The diving groups are kept small and the boat is equipped with full safety equipment.

Raja Laut means King of the sea and this schooner type yacht comfortably accommodates 12 guests in 6 cabins (3 double bed cabins, 3 twin bed cabins), each with ensuite, mini safe, individually controlled air-conditioning and fan.

On the same level as the cabins is a lounge area, fully air-conditioned with a 49 inch HD flat screen, movie, music & book library, board games and mini-bar.
On the stunning teak upper deck are multiple beds for sunbathing or lounging, both in the sun and under shade, and a central dining table where meals are served alfresco under a large awning.

All diving is done from two large RIBs with outboards to get you to the perfect dive spot every time. NITROX is available for all NITROX certified divers, along with all diving and safety equipment and two dive guides. Lifelines and SMBs are provided FREE of charge on-board

Single Travellers Guarantee: A guaranteed same sex cabin share on Emperor Raja Laut, if they can't room you with someone of the same sex and a cabin is free then they give you a cabin to yourself with no single supplement.
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Emperor Raja Laut - prices and what's included

Prices are per person per trip and based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

The trip price includes :

3 meals per day, afternoon snacks
Unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee
3-4 dives per day except arrival or departure day
Tanks, weights, weight belt
Service of experienced Dive Guides
Transfers for boarding and disembarking
1 cocktail party on a local island (weather allowing)
Complimentary glass of wine with dinner
Free 12L Nitrox
Park, Port Fees + Taxes

The trip price does not include :

International or domestic flights
Dive insurance is mandatory as is your own personal dive computer (You can rent one for the trip if you do not have your own).
As well as the Mandatory Dive Insurance we highly recommend Trip and Travel Insurance on the off chance of missed or cancelled flights / lost baggage, documents, money or passport / Covid issues or any other unforeseen problems that could possibly occur.
Dive Assure Insurance offers cover for all these eventualities as well as complete Dive Insurance all in one package.
Diving Equipment, 15 litre tanks and other tank requests must be pre-ordered
Alcohol and soft drinks
anything not included in the “The trip price includes” section.

If you book any trip at least 9 months in advance you can also take advantage of a 20 Euro on-board voucher and a chance for a FREE upgrade on selected departures (subject to availability on your arrival).
Non-divers are very welcome, the price is the same as divers but you get a free snorkelling kit to use + $50 voucher to spend on board.

Single Traveller information
Emperor Liveaboards guarantees same sex cabin share on all their Liveaboards.
If they can’t place you in a cabin with with someone of the same sex then they will give you a cabin all to yourself with no single supplement charge applied.
If you are a single traveller and would like to guarantee the larger double bed in a twin share cabin, a €35 per week supplement is charged to secure the larger bed.

If you would like to guarantee a single cabin for yourself then a single supplement charge of 50% of the price of the other place in the cabin would be applied.
For example if the trip is €2000 per person based on 2 persons sharing a cabin, to secure the cabin to yourself you would need to pay the reguilar €2000 + (€2000 x 50% = €1,000) = €3,000 total for your own single cabin.
If you are happy to share with another same sex diver then the price would be just the regular retail rate of €2000 per person.

Booking and Cancellation Terms and Conditions.
Booking deposit: 30% of your invoice total is required within 7 days of booking to confirm your booking.
Final payment of 70% is due to 90 days prior to the departure date to complete your invoice payment.
Individual bookings made less than 90 days before the departure date will be payable in full upon booking to confirm your booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Diving Equipment Rentals per day paid in advance of the trip in Euros
(For payment on board prices are in USD)
Full Set (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins, dive computer) E 30 / $35
Regulator with octopus E 11 / $12
Computer E 7 / $8
BCD E 7 / $8
Wetsuit (shorty 3mm) E 6 / $6
Mask E 3 / $3
Fins E 5 / $5
Torch E 6 / $6
15L tank E7 / $8

Diving Courses paid in advance of the trip in Euros
(For payment on board prices are in USD)
Advanced Open Water E215 / $250
Discover Scuba Diving E70 per dive / $80
Nitrox Diver E170 / $200

Group Advantages - Free of charge persons
11 pay and one extra person goes free.

Full charter:
Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

Payments made onboard

Euros, US Dollar, UK Sterling and IDR Rupiah are accepted for cash payments.
Visa and MasterCard will be charged in Indonesian Rupia and converted at the daily bank rate. 3% surcharge applies for credit card purchases.
All rates are subject to change without notice.

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Emperor Raja Laut - cabins

Raja Laut comfortably accommodates 12 guests in 6 lower deck cabins (3 double bed cabins, 3 twin bed cabins).

  • Emperor Raja Laut

    Lower Deck Double Cabin
    The Lower Deck Double cabins are approximately 9sqm with port holes and two single bunk-style beds.
    All cabins have individually controlled air conditioning, fan and mini-safe with an en-suite bathroom with shower with 2 cabin towels and one sun deck towel per guest.
    Hairdryers are available on request.

  • Emperor Raja Laut

    Lower Deck Double Cabin
    The Lower Deck Double cabins are approximately 9sqm with port holes and two single bunk-style beds.
    All cabins have individually controlled air conditioning, fan and mini-safe with an en-suite bathroom with shower with 2 cabin towels and one sun deck towel per guest.
    Hairdryers are available on request.

  • Emperor Raja Laut

    Lower Deck Twin Cabin
    The Lower Deck Twin cabins are approximately 12sqm with port holes and two single bunk-style beds.
    All cabins have individually controlled air conditioning, fan and mini-safe with an en-suite bathroom with shower with 2 cabin towels and one sun deck towel per guest.
    Hairdryers are available on request.

Lower Deck Twin Cabin
The Lower Deck Twin cabins are approximately 12sqm with port holes and two single bunk-style beds.
All cabins have individually controlled air conditioning, fan and mini-safe with an en-suite bathroom with shower with 2 cabin towels and one sun deck towel per guest.
Hairdryers are available on request.

Lower Deck Double Cabin
The Lower Deck Double cabins are approximately 9sqm with port holes and two single bunk-style beds.
All cabins have individually controlled air conditioning, fan and mini-safe with an en-suite bathroom with shower with 2 cabin towels and one sun deck towel per guest.
Hairdryers are available on request.

Emperor Raja Laut - itineraries

Raja Ampat itinerary

Emperor requires that you have 30 logged dives to join this trip.
If you are an Open Water Diver, some dives are below 18m therefore we recommend having advanced experience or taking your PADI Advanced Open Water course on board to maximise your enjoyment from the trip.
All diving is made from zodiacs to give precise entry and exit points.
Currents can vary from really gentle to pretty strong.
Inexperienced and beginner divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience.

Raja Ampat can be divided into three sections covering the North, Central and Southern Sections. Spectacular scenery both above and below the water make this heritage area unique and a bucket list item for both divers and lovers of nature.

The 7 and 8 night cruises take in sites in the Central and Southern Sections of Raja Ampat below.
The 9 to 12 night cruises take in sites in the North, Central and Southern Sections of Raja Ampat below
Highlights may include, but are not limited to:

Central Section - dives including
Gam: Mayhem, Dalam and Citrus Ridge
Penemu: Barracuda Point, My Reef, Melisa’s Garden and Galaxy
Airborek: Airborek Jetty, Manta Sandy and Lolasi
Cape Kri Area: Cape Kri, Chicken Reef, Sardine Reef, Blue Magic, Mioskon and Mike’s Point

Southern Section - dives including
Daram Area: Candy Store, Wet Dream and Two Tree
Wayilbatan Area: Wedding Cake, Barracuda, Dunia Kecil and Four Kings
Fiabacet Area: Boo Windows, Tank Rock, Nudi Rock, Shadow Reef and Whale Rock
Pele Area: Pele Playground, Netted Corner, Kaleidoscope and Tobblerone

Northern Section - dives including
Wayag: Pelagic Rock, Figure 8 Rock and the world-famous Wayag Lagoon
Kawe: Eagle Rock and Black Rock
Aljui Bay: Pearl Farm Jetty, White Wall, Teardrop and Waterlogged - how to get to Raja Ampat.

Komodo itinerary

This itinerary is not for beginners.
Most dives will involve going to depth and currents can be strong.
We recommend you have 50 logged dives to join this trip and require that you are Deep Diver/Advanced Open Water or equivalent.
All diving is made from zodiacs to give precise entry and exit points.

The Komodo National Park is world renowned for the excellent quality and variety of diving and water temperatures change between the north and south of the park and provide the diver with varied encounters.
In the north we have the black sands of the Sangeang Volcano with its critters and bubble flows, and the reefs around Gili Banta.
The south provides cooler temperatures with manta action and nutrient rich reefs with ocean flow from the Indian Ocean.
The central section provides reefs and small islands teeming with life fed by the currents running between the islands of Komodo and Rinca and add to this the chance to see the famous Komodo Dragon in its natural habitat, beautiful beaches, look-outs to climb and you have a paradise both below and above the water.

Please note: Divers going to South Komodo need to realize the temperatures can drop from 28°C down to around 20°C.
A 5mm wetsuit and hood is highly recommended for this region. Water temperature in the central and northern section of the park average 27-28°C.

A 7 or 8 night cruise takes in sites in the Central and Southern Sections of the Komodo Region below.
A 9 to 11 night extended cruise includes the North section of the Komodo Region also.
Highlights may include, but are not limited to:

Central Section - dives including
Gili Lawa Lawa: Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Shotgun, Lighthouse Reef and Golden Passage
Tatawa: Tatawa Kecil and Tatawa Besar
Sebayor: Sebayor Kecil and Sebayor Mini Wall
Makasar Reef: Manta feeding and cleaning
Wai Nilu: Critter dive near the entrance to Rinca Drago walk ranger station
Batu Bolong: Rock out crop in the middle of the Komodo channel. (Dive protected side)

Southern Section - dives including
Padar: Three Sisters and Secret Garden
Nusa Kode: Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall of Texas, Boulders and Torpedo Alley
Manta Alley: South Komodo if conditions permit. Manta cleaning stations

Northern Section - dives including
Sangeang Volcano: Hot Rocks and Deep Purple
Gili Banta: Star Wars and Roller Coaster
North West Komodo: Region of Batu Moncho

Raja Ampat & Banda Islands itinerary

Duration: 12 night trips
Best time to visit: May & October
Embarkation / disembarkation point: Waisai/Ambon or
Embarkation / disembarkation point: Ambon/Sorong

The Ambon to Sorong cruise is special because it takes in two magnificent regions in the one cruise.
Beginning in Ambon you head first to the Banda Islands (original Spice Islands) before rounding the east coast of Seram and rejoining the south and central sections of Raja Ampat.
The Banda Islands will offer the opportunity for some pelagic action, hopefully hammerheads too, before diving arguably one of the best dive locations worldwide, South Raja Ampat.
This cruise will take in the Banda Islands plus the Southern and Central sections of Raja Ampat.
Highlights may include, but are not limited to the following:

Banda Islands
Banda Islands: Pohon Miring, Batu Kapal, Batu Kapal Pinnacle, Banda Neira Jetty and Lava Flow
Banda Land Visits: On this cruise we visit Banda Neira to see the nutmeg plantation, historic forts and small Maritime Museum. A half a day excursion

Raja Ampat Southern Section - dives including:
Daram Area: Andiamo, Candy Store, Wet Dream and Two Tree
Wayilbatan Area: Wedding Cake, Barracuda, Dunia Kecil and Four Kings
Fiabacet Area: Boo Windows, Tank Rock, Nudi Rock, Shadow Reef and Whale Rock
Pele Area: Pele Playground, Netted Corner, Kaleidoscope and Tobblerone

Raja Ampat Central Section - dives including:
Gam: Mayhem, Dalam and Citrus Ridge
Penemu: Barracuda Point, My Reef, Melisa’s Garden and Galaxy
Airborek: Airborek Jetty, Manta Sandy and Lolasi
Cape Kri Area: Cape Kri, Chicken Reef, Sardine Reef, Blue Magic, Mioskon and Mike’s Point

Banda Sea itinerary

Duration: 12 night trips
Best time to dive: October
Port of Embarkation / Disembarkation: Labuan Bajo in Flores

The Banda Sea cruise is for those with the spirit of adventure as we set sail to rarely dived sites, islands and atolls.
There are several ways to cross the Banda Sea and this depends mostly on the weather and the depths of the thermoclines for the hammerhead sharks.
Crossing is generally done in March and October when the prevailing winds are changing between the seasons. Seldom-dived sites, active volcanoes, hammerheads and pelagic action, plus a visit to the mythic Banda Islands (original Spice Islands) make this a once in a lifetime cruise.

Please note: There are 600-700 nautical miles to cover during this 12-night cruise.
You are mostly diving three dives a day and then travelling at night. This cruise is not advised for people who get very sea sick or who are unable to sleep whilst the boat is under way.
For those with a bit of salty seadog in you, you are definitely looking at the right itinerary.

This cruise may, depending on the route chosen, but not limited to, include the following highlights:
Komba Volcano: Komba Ridge, Komba Reef and Lava Slope
Alor Region: Boardroom, Babylon and Cave Point
Wetar Area: Tanjung Nanukae, Nunukae Wall, Reong North and Reong Wall
Gunung Api: Snake Ridge, Snake Pit and Sulfur Ridge
Tebang Area: Nusleur Wall, Tebang North and Tebang South
Nil Desperandum: Hammerhead dives depending on conditions for sites
Manuk Island: Dives depending on conditions for sites
Banda Islands: Pohon Miring, Batu Kapal, Batu Kapal Pinnacle, Banda Neira Jetty and Lava Flow
Secret Spots: We have some excellent spots for shark action that we prefer not to publish

Land Visits: On this cruise you will visit Banda Neira to see the nutmeg plantation, historic forts and small Maritime Museum.
An excursion of half a day, plus two good nights’ sleep on anchor before and after. Trust me, you will need it by then ;)


Guests arriving at the required airport on the check-in day will be met by a representative wearing a uniform and holding a sign representing the boat for your trip. The meeting point is at the main exit after you have collected your luggage.
Transfers to and from the boat and to the local airport will be arranged for the morning of your arrival and departure and in accordance to your flight time.
Check out is in the morning on the day of departure.
For guests continuing their holiday in Indonesia at a resort, hotel or another liveaboard, your on-going transfers need to be arranged by you from the airport. We will not be able to arrange direct transfers from the liveaboard to resorts.

Emperor Raja Laut - specs

Type: Wooden hull - Year built: 2005, Annual dry dock
Length: 31m - Beam: 7.2m
Engine: 300 HP Yanmar - Generators: 2 x 28 kW Mitsubishi
Desalination: 3,000 l / day & storage
Navigation and Communication: GPS, VHF/SSB radio, satellite & mobile phone

Diving facilities
Compressors: 2x CAT Compressor + Nitrox
Tanks: 12 ltr aluminium tanks with INT & DIN adapters. 15 ltr aluminium tanks available at extra charge Nitrox diving: Yes
Rebreather friendly: No
Dive equipment rental: Full dive sets available for hire + reef hooks, dive computers. SMBs and Lifelines are complimentary.
Safety: Life raft, life jackets, oxygen, First Aid Kit, VHF & SSB radio, radar & GPS, mobile phone, fire alarm, extinguishers, firefighting system
Water Access: 1 x 5.2m RIB with 75 Hp outboard + 1 x 5.5m with 85 HP outboard
Camera facilities: Power sockets for battery chargers and flash in cabins only. Camera rinsing tank and camera preparation area on upper deck

Lower deck: 3 x twin (bunk bed) cabins, 3 x double cabins, each with ensuite, individually controlled air-conditioning, fan and mini-safe
Lounge: Lower deck, fully air-conditioned with fridge
Upper deck: Outdoor dining area, sun loungers, with and without shade and small bar
Entertainment: 49" full HD flat screen and movie, music & book library + board games

Towels: 2 cabin towels + 1 upper deck towel per guest
Special diets catered for on request

Maximum 12

Diving Guides

Emperor Raja Laut - diving

Raja Ampat diving

All our boats run fantastic Raja Ampat liveaboards of varying length visiting all the best places each with their own unique itinerary and features.
They are all different prices dependant on the length of the trip and standard of the liveaboard.
All our liveaboards are for people enthusiastic or serious about their diving but also welcome snorkellers and non-divers who will have their own separate itinerary.

Raja Ampat (or the Four Kings) is an archipelago consisting of the islands of Misoool, Salawati, Batanta, and Wiageo which are surrounded by over 1,500 small islands and cays. Formerly known as Irian Jaya, this area is now part of the newly named West Papua province of Indonesia and is located on the northwest tip of Bird's Head Peninsula, on the island of New Guinea.

Put simply, Raja Ampat could quite possibly be the best diving in the world. It certainly is the world's most bio diverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusc species than anywhere else on Earth. The variety of marine life can be staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, you may encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to don your snorkelling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales. Other highlights include the innumerable war wrecks, both ships and planes (with new wrecks being discovered constantly).

The reefs of Raja Ampat are just as varied as the marine life. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, sea mounts, mucky mangroves, lagoons and pinnacles. The reefs are in pristine condition with miles of perfect hard corals and many varied colourful species of soft corals. The diving is predominantly drift dives due to the moderate prevalent currents in the area which provide nutrients for the myriad fish and coral. Currents are average to moderate and vary from none to very strong. Visibility is normally very good but can vary and is normally at its best earlier in the day so your pre-breakfast dives are not to be slept through!

This is truly "Frontier Diving". Topside the beautiful islands stretch as far as you can see and are largely uninhabited. At night the lights of local fishing boats twinkle in the dark along the few inhabited shorelines while in more remote areas you may only see a distant spec of light over the entire horizon.

Not many liveaboards dive the Raja Ampat area, making this adventure even more unique and special.

Raja Ampat has a high season from October to May and weirdly enough it is during their rainy season due to the winds in the dry season making parts of the park inaccessable. The rainy season should not be mis-construed though. It is generally mostly a shower in the late afternoon and evening and most of the time the days are nice, wind is minimal and the skys are generally clear or slightly over cast. The seas are calmer at this time of the year as the oppposite season has winds that kick up waves and make it very difficult to dive the more exposed sites in the Southern part of Raja Ampat. The water temperature stays around the 27-30 degrees celcius mark all year round.

Recently due to the popularity of Raja Ampat a lot of boats have been running trips in the so called low season but this is also the dry season and so promotes nicer weather and better visibility but the trade of is that only the northern more sheltered part of the park is accessable but as the area is so vast and there are so many quality dive sites the reports from these northern trips have been glowing so far - how to get to Raja Ampat.

Komodo diving

Diving in Komodo is not a new idea but recently it's being recognised as a premier destination due to the awesome variety of diving to be had.
Crystal clear water and dive sites where you never see another diver provide a little something for everyone whether it's macro or massive you love.
One day you can be crawling along the bottom looking at pygmy seahorses, frogfish and unusual nudibranch and the next you are in the big blue on an open water pinnacle as the mantas fly by, the sharks circle and the dolphins hunt and the next day diving a live volcano!!
For sheer variety there is no better place on earth.

Komodo is one of the few places left in the world where sharks are not rare and down south is one of the places where manta rays have their legendary aggregations, meaning they are here in the area in their hundreds!!!

One of the highlights of these trips is the rare opportunity to walk with the lengendary Komodo dragons. These truly awesome beasts can reach 3 metres plus and can reportedly run at 20km an hour chasing their prey. It's the icing on the cake, Stunning diving and one of the world's last surviving dinosaur descendants all one amazing package.

Covering the best of both worlds, from up close and personal with aggragating mantas to shy pygmy seahorses and rare nudibranches Komodo diving has it all. The beauty of Komodo liveaboard diving is in the balance between the large and small animals. One day you will be in the blue swimming with mantas and sharks and the next swimming along a bubbling volcanic reef covered with venting submerged fumeroles blowing bubbles into the water and hiding one of the worlds best kept secret macro dive sites.

In North Komodo the water temperature is normally 27-29°C. Around Southern Komodo and Rinca Islands the water temperature drops can drop a bit to 22-26°C. A 5mm long suit is advised and hood and booties are strongly recommended for the southern area.

These are some of the top sites that most liveaboards visit.

Angel reef, Moyo, Sumbawa diving

We start our Komodo liveaboard with the first dive of the trip and the check out dive. This dive site doesn't disappoint. A beautiful wall stretching down to 50 metres covered in hard and soft corals very reminiscent of Bunaken in North Sulawesi. Schools of bannerfish and trevally patrol the walls with the occasional reef sharks making an appearance. Ribbon eels hide in crevices and many different nudibranchs crawl over the vast elephant ear sponges that hang from the beautiful soft coral infested wall.

Satonda island bay

A protected bay on Satonda island north of Sumbawa hosts a treasure trove of macro critters, the more we dive here the more we find. The rare Denise pygmy seahorse lives in fans here, frogfish hang out in big barrel sponges and ghost pipefish hide amongst the featherstars that cover the reef slope. In the sandy bottom you can find jawfish with their mouths full of eggs, myriads of anemonefish, mushroom coral pipefish and spearer mantis shrimps.

Sangeang island diving

Sangieng island is a perfectly round volcanic island jutting up from the sea bed. Still active and last blowing in 1996 this well kept secret is one of the world's finest macro dive areas. With diving available all around the island there is not one specific spot but always new ones to be discovered. Bubbles of volcanic gas seep through the sand creating a surreal atmosphere and a warm black sand bottom hosting rare and unusual nudibranch. Pygmy seahorses, frogfish, Pegasus sea moths and carnivorous shells and all common here, this is my personal favourite dive site as every time we dive here there is a surprise in store of something new that is often not in the books - this site is why you go Komodo liveaboard diving.

Gps point - Gili Banta diving

Gps point is an open sea mount prone to strong currents at certain times of the day. This provides prolific hard and soft coral growth that is home to hundreds of different types of reef fish. Loved by sharks, white tip sharks cruise around the whole dive in amongst the hunting giant trevallies and schooling jacks and surgeon fish, an exciting dive.

Takat Toko, Gili Lawalaut diving

This is one of my favourite sites on the Komodo liveaboard itinerary and is very similar to Gps point this site takes it to the next level. Grey reef shark, white tip sharks, occassional dolphins and a literal fish soup created by jacks, surgeonfish, giant trevallies and bannerfish surround this large sea mount as you hang on to the reef edge and watch the action. Again this site is prone to strong currents but we time our dives to hit around slack tide and a little current brings in the big fish. Great pelagic action, my favourite blue water dive.

Lighthouse reef, Gili Lawalaut diving

An adrenalin pounding drift dive along the wall and around the corner under the lighthouse. Sharks, mantas, dolphins are all frequent visitors on the dive with some of the best coral reef top in the area around the corner out of the current at the end of the dive you can hunt for porcelain crabs, cuttlefish and unusual seahorses whilst waiting for the adrenalin to funnel out of your system and your heart rate to return to normal-this is what Komodo liveaboard diving is all about!.

Crystal rock, Gili Lawalaut diving

A stunning soft coral and sea fan covered pinnacle with crystal water clarity this is a great site for those magazine cover wide angle shots. With at least 5 different types of angelfish, 4 types of trigger and butterflyfish everywhere it is a excellent reef fish dive with frequent visits from eagle and manta rays and the resident sleepy hawksbill turtle.

Pink beach, Komodo diving

Colder water and lower vis here due to the huge amounts of organic matter in the water due to the southern currents but this is more than made up for by the astounding life available to see here due to this phenomenon. Normally done as a night dive it also makes a good day dive with everything from white tip sharks to pygmy seahorses; zebra crabs, Coleman shrimp, many coloured frogfish, xeno crabs, Spanish dancers, and unusual nudibranchs are hidden amongst the dense coral growth.

Cannibal rock, Rinca island diving

Colder water than the north but touted by many as one of the worlds best 10 sites, yes I know there seems to be way more than 10 "top 10 sites" but this one really is one if you like macro. Everything is here even the rarest of the rare, the Rhinopias scorpionfish. It's nudi heaven with only the special and the rare getting to appear here, more species than I care to mention along with large and different frogfish mixed in with schools of fish and the resident dopy turtle we do 2 dives here and it's still not enough!! You will love it, I personally adore this dive site.

Torpedo alley, Rinca island diving

Just next to cannibal rock and where the boat moors is a beach that has wild pigs, monkeys and Komodo dragons in the daytime and hosts a myriad of critters in the waters in front if it at night. Named for the large amount of torpedo rays found here, a member of the electric ray family- no touching! They cover the sandy bottom along with loads of nudis obvious on the black sand bottom along with bizarre crabs and octopus.

Manta alley, Komodo diving

In the cooler waters in the south of Komodo there is a bay in which there are a series of pinnacles that seem to be a magnet for aggregating mantas. They are here in their tens, often we come up having seen over 20 different individuals. Often a little shy, their evasive spins and pirouettes makes the watching of them that much more enjoyable.

Takat Makassar, Komodo diving

This is our other manta site. A little bit more of a risk to see them as it is a huge area and we drift along the bottom in about 10 metres but along the way we always run into loads of turtles, napoleon and humphead wrasse, white tip sharks and very very occasionally you will be incredibly lucky and run into the resident dugong that inhabits this area along with scores of mantas as they migrate north.

3 sisters, Padar island diving

A series of underwater pinnacles reaching nearly to the the surface off the coast of Padar island next to Komodo this site constantly springs surprises on you from silvertip sharks and mobular ray schools to marbled rays and rare nudibranchs.

Emperor Raja Laut - faqs

Standard Indonesian FAQS

Please note these are generic FAQs about Indonesia in general and not always boat specific.
If you are unsure about something please ask us to get confirmation.

What documents will I need to show on the boat?
Dive certification cards and dive logbook.

What money will I need?
Most boats accepts payment by Visa or Mastercard, Indonesian Rupiah, Euro or US Dollar. Please be advised that foreign notes should be clean, new and crisp. Indonesian banks and money changers will not accept old notes or notes which are damaged in any way. You can also use your credit or debit card at ATM machines in towns prior to boarding the boat to withdraw Rupiah, which is better should you wish to purchase local souvenirs or for tips. It is advisable to inform your bank or credit card company that you will be visiting Indonesia prior to your departure, as it is not uncommon for the bank to put a block on the card if they suspect it has been misappropriated.

Will there be any opportunities to go ashore during the cruise?
There are many different land excursions which are dependent on the schedule and guest preferences. Some land excursions available are beach visits, village visit and other treks dependant on the area, weather and local conditions.

What if I am prone to sea sickness?
If you are prone to sea sickness we strongly urge you to bring some motion sickness medication.

What is the voltage on the boat?
Voltage in Indonesia is 220-240 V.
If you feel you will need an adaptor please bring one.

What time zone is Indonesia located?
Komodo, Flores, Derawan and Sangalaki, Kaimantan and Sulawesi are 8 hours ahead of GMT. Raja Ampat is covered by Eastern Indonesia Standard Time which is 9 hours ahead of GMT.

Is smoking permitted?
Most boats provide a designated area on the boat is available for smoking.
Smoking is not permitted in any other area for any reason.

What about crew gratuities?
Gratuities for the crew are not included in your trip price. If the crew performs to your expectations, we suggest a gratuity of approximately 5-10% of the published package price per person be considered normal aboard a liveaboard dive boat.
All tips are generally split equally among the boat crew. Personal tipping is frowned upon. Payment of gratuities can be by cash or credit card.

Diving Information

Do I need evacuation/dive insurance?
It is mandatory that each guest purchase comprehensive evacuation and dive accident insurance.
The boat will be operating in extremely remote areas. Emergency evacuations from remote locations can cost in excess of USD $100,000.
We recommend Divers Alert Network (DAN): www.DiversAlertNetwork.org (in USA), www.daneurope.org (in Europe).

Are there any limitations or restrictions on the diving?
You should stay within the limits and standards of your qualifying agency.
All dives should be no- decompression dives. Solo diving is not permitted.

What dive equipment do I need?
Tanks, weights and weight belts are provided onboard. Divers will need to bring BCD, regulator, wetsuit,fins, mask, snorkel and dive light.
Rental equipment is available and will need to be ordered in advance.

What can I expect the water temperature to be and what wetsuit do you recommend?
This is always a difficult question to answer because people have different reactions to temperature.
Typically temperatures range from 25-30C or 80-86F so usually a 3mm suit or even a skin is fine.
The southern waters of Komodo can be colder with 20-25C or 70-75F so a 5mm suit with a hood is recommended.

How do we dive from the boat?
All dives will be made from the tenders. Equipment will be transferred to the tenders and guests will board the tender with only their wetsuit on.

Can I drink alcohol and dive?
No. Drinking alcohol and diving can increase your risk of decompression problems.
You can drink alcohol once your have completed your last dive of the day.

Can I pay by Credit card on board?
For most things yes you can but there is a bank charge of 3%, normal in Indonesia. Please check with us beforehand about this.

The average air temperature in the regions you will visit ranges from 25 - 35 Celsius or 77-90 Fahrenheit.

Health and innoculations:
Vaccinations for typhoid, paratyphoid, tetanus, Cholera, Polio, and Hepatitis A are recommended but not mandatory.
Malaria is endemic in many parts of Indonesia, please check with your local Tropical Disease Centre for anti-malaria/diver friendly medication.

The Indonesian currency is Rupiah. Rates fluctuate enormously, please check with our cruise directors for your cruise exchange rates.

Population and people:
Regarded as the fifth most populous nation in the world, there are approximately 200,000,000 in Indonesia. The majority, around 60% reside on the island of Java.

An amazing diversity of religions exists. Predominantly a Muslim nation, islands like Timor, North Sulawesi and Flores are Christian.

Hinduism is found mainly in Bali.
Scattered throughout the region are a variety of other beliefs.

Bahasa Indonesia, almost identical to Malay is the one national language.
Several local dialects exist in each region as well. English is widely spoken in the more popular tourist destinations such as Bali.

Diving Indonesia
Out of 14,000+ islands in the archipelago, there are a plethora of exclusive dive locations in Indonesia, boasting up to 80% of the worlds species of undersea life. With Indocruises we take you to pristine spots not that known in your average dive travel guide and which are still being explored.

Dive conditions in Indonesia
Diving all year around is possible.
Watertemperature 24°(75°F) to 30°C(86°F) (In the south of Komodo it drops down to 21-23°C (70-75°F)
Visibility is mostly very good (up to 30m)

Safety Procedures and Emergency Evacuation Information:
There are 6 recompression chambers in Indonesia to treat decompression sickness

Bali: Sanglah General Hospital (in Indonesian language) USUP Sanglah Denpasar JI. Diponegoro, Denpasar 80114 Bali, Indonesia Phone 62-361-227911 through -15 ext. 232 (hyperbaric medical department) Fax 62-361-22426 Run by Dr. Antonius Natasamudra and Dr. Etty Herawati

Manado (Sulawesi): At the Malalayang Hospital (chamber for 3 to 4 persons) Phone: 0811430913 and ask for Dr Jimmy Waleleng (Phone home 860953).
Makassar (Sulawesi): Rumah Sakit Umum Wahidin Sudirohusodo. Contact person: Pak Daniel Address: Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan Km. 11, Tamalanrea Kampus UNHAS Indonesia TEL:++ 62 - 0411 (584677) , 584675. Said to be for 3 to 4 persons.

Jakarta (Java): Rumah Sakit Angkatan Laut (Navy Hospital) in Jl. Bendungan Hilir No.17, Central Jakarta (see text in italian with some addresses - list of help)
Kalimantan: The Borneo Divers have the only professional recompression chamber located on Sipadan island (Borneo - Malaysia)

Surabaya (Java): Rumah Sakit Angkatan Laut (RSAL) (Military Marine hospital) Jl. Gadung no. 1, SurabayPhone 031-45750 and 41731 (another number given was 031-838153 and fax 031- 837511) Run by Dr Suharsono
Available SAR (search and rescue) contact information:

  • SAR Bali : ph 0361 - 751111 Radio : 13545.0
  • SAR Lombok : Ph 0370 - 633253 Radio : 13545.0
  • SAR Makassar : Ph 0411 - 554111 Radio : 13545.0
  • SAR Manado : Ph 0431 - 825986
  • SAR Kupang : Ph 0380 - 831111
  • SAR Ambon : Ph 0911 - 351111
  • SAR Sorong : Ph 0951 - 323816

**Available SAR (search and rescue) contact information:
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