Indonesia Liveaboard Diving

40 liveaboards in Indonesia

Liveaboard SCUBA diving in Indonesia boasts the greatest variety of marine life found throughout the world.

11,000 uninhabited islands, 500 coral species and 2,000 fish species? Indonesia is an undisputed liveaboard diving and SCUBA mecca. As the world's largest archipelago, Indonesia holds four times more ocean than land and stretches from Indian Ocean paradises to the Pacific's bursting biodiversity hotspots. This wealth of water makes liveaboard diving in Indonesia the best way to plunge into a kingdom of unparalleled sights and experiences.

Liveaboards in Indonesia can speed you off to Komodo National Park for sharks, mantas, dolphins and tiny macro-critters, or to Raja Ampat's pristine coral gardens and record numbers of crazy coral reef species. Explore the gin-clear waters of the Banda Sea and its undersea mountains, or feast your eyes on Alor's rugged volcanic terrain while enjoying unspoiled diving below the surface. Pioneers may choose Indonesia's untouched 'Forgotten Islands,' accessible only by liveaboard. And don't forget Lombok Strait, which offers Tulamben Bay, Northeast Bali and the Gili Islands for amazing drift diving along the walls of dramatic ridges and canyons. With 34,000 miles of coastline, more than 500 species of coral and over 2,000 species of fish, this really is what makes scuba diving Indonesia such a diver's paradise.

40 liveaboards in Indonesia

    La Galigo

    from US$ 335 / day
    9.2 "Superb"

    IndonesiaUS$1,500 from

    The La Galigo is a traditional 2-masted Phinisi sailing boat built by traditional South Sulawesi craftsmen in 2012. With 7 air-conditioned en-suite cabins with private balcony she explores Raja Ampat

      La Galigo

      Mermaid I

      from US$ 353 / day
      9.2 "Superb"

      IndonesiaUS$3,478 from

      The luxurious Mermaid I offers 8 spacious cabins with TV’s, climate control, storage and en-suite bathroom. She offers year-round diving to the amazing destinations of Komodo, Raja Ampat, Alor & Ambon

        Mermaid I

        Samambaia

        from US$ 396 / day
        9.2 "Superb"

        IndonesiaUS$4,730 from

        • Free Nitrox

        The Samambaia is a new traditional wooden Phinisi sailing yacht, catering for 14 guests in 6 cabins & 1 master cabin. She cruises to Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Alor and Komodo

        Samambaia

        Liveaboard Diving in Indonesia

        Komodo National Park, a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site, sits at the center of the Indonesian archipelago. Its dazzling collection of offerings ranges from dugongs, to seamounts, to the legendary Komodo Dragon. Attractions of Komodo diving include wildlife large and small, nourished by deep upwellings and nutrient-rich waters. Komodo dive sites enjoy an abundance of mantas, sharks, whales, turtles, and hundreds of fish and coral species. Komodo offers everything from unique macro critters to larger marine life such as Hammerhead or Whitetip reef sharks and dolphins.

        The length of most liveaboard itineraries to Komodo is 8 to 12 days. Diving in Komodo can be done year-round, but the most popular months for liveaboard trips coincide with the Southeast Monsoon, from May to October. At this time, the water in the north of the park is warm (up to 30 C), and visibility is at its best. Budgets for Komodo liveaboard trips range from 200 to 500 euros per. day; though especially luxurious boats can run over 900 euros per. day.

        Komodo liveaboards depart from Bima Bay (Sumbawa), Labuan Bajo (Flores), or Maumere (Flores), all about one hour's flight from Bali or Jakarta. However, trips that include Lombok dive sites begin in the port of Benoa on Bali. Dedicated Komodo liveaboard trips often visit dive sites around Sangeang Volcano and Sumbawa island. On trips departing from Bali, many Indonesian liveaboards additionally include Moyo, Satonda, Gili Banta, and Gili Lawa Laut dive sites.

        Escape to some of the worlds most untouched scuba diving on a Raja Ampat liveaboard, where you will experience arguably the most pristine and diverse scuba diving in the world. The remote archipelago of Raja Ampat (also known as The Four Kings) in West Papua is considered the pinnacle of pristine biodiversity hotspots and the crown jewel of the Coral Triangle's many world-class dive areas. Jungle-clad islands brimming with tropical life complete the view above water.

        Diving Indonesian liveaboards is truly an unforgettable experience that offers challenging dives for intermediate and experts and also easy diving for beginners. Many of the divers who visit Raja Ampat are well-seasoned, serious marine life enthusiasts treating themselves to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. At dive sites like Kri Island, Manta Ridge, and The Passage, you'll see a whopping 75 percent of the world's coral species, mantas and sharks, and hundreds of unique critters, creatures, and ecosystems that give Raja its claim to fame as the 'global epicenter' of tropical marine biodiversity.

        The length of most Raja Ampat itineraries is 7 to 12 nights. Diving in Raja Ampat can be done year-round, but most Raja Ampat liveaboards run their trips between October and April, when the sea and skies are calmest. The water temperature ranges from 27-30 C. The budgets for a Raja Ampat liveaboard ranges from roughly 200 to 500 euros per. day, though especially luxurious boats can run over 900 euros per. day. Raja Ampat liveaboards often depart from Sorong, reachable by domestic flights from Jakarta, Manado, Makassar, or Ambon. Liveaboards departing and landing in Sorong often spend their time between the well-endowed 1500 islands of Raja Ampat. Other boats offer adventurous tours that include the Banda Sea, whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay, the Halmahera Sea, and more.

        More Liveaboard Trips in Indonesia

        • Be a pioneer and travel back in time to the Forgotten Islands, the most pristine, unexplored dive area in Indonesia and only accessible by Liveaboard.
        • Enjoy the unspoiled Banda Sea alongside Dogtooth Tuna and the Ambon Scorpionfish.
        • Beat the crowds in Alor, and experience top-quality, crystal-clear diving all to yourself.
        • Grab your camera for Lembeh Strait's unparalleled collection of wild and wacky critters.
        • Take the plunge in far-flung Wakatobi's exclusive, vibrantly healthy reefs and tropical paradise islands.

         

        Tips for Travellers

        The best time to dive in Indonesia is between May and September; however, Indonesia diving season really is year around. Monsoon season usually hits in December and lasts through June. If you are looking to see sunfish, you should go between July and October. Water temperatures in Indonesia range between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius (71 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit) depending on what time of year and location. Visibility ranges between 6 to 50 meters (20 to 160 feet) or better with depths going up to 40 meters (140 feet). Currents are generally mild but can be strong in some areas.

        Departure Ports and How To Get There

        Bali is one of the main departure locations for liveaboard diving Komodo via Lombok. Bali's main liveaboard departure port is Benoa, in the south of the island. SCUBA diving off Bali can include a visit to Crystal Bay for a chance of Mola Mola (Sunfish) encounters, or a dive at the famously colorful Liberty Shipwreck, full of marine life in a shallow location. Bali dive sites hold a variety of underwater landscapes and special species; depending on where you choose, you can enjoy high-quality muck diving, large pelagics, or quiet, coral-filled bays. Expert divers will be challenged and excited by wild currents around Nusa Lembongan, and entry-level divers can find ample offerings of beautiful locations suitable for beginners and coursework.

        International flights to Bali depart regularly from around the world, often with a transfer in a nearby Southeast Asian country like Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. If you're in Southeast Asia already, direct flights are available. Standard itineraries for liveaboards departing Bali are usually Komodo-bound. However, they stop at premier Lombok dive sites along the way, such as Moyo, Satonda, Gili Banta, and Gili Lawa Laut. Extended itineraries may additionally venture farther east from Komodo to Flores and Alor for serene, world-class diving without the crowds.

        The port of Sorong, a city in the province of West Papua, is a major departure location for liveaboards in Indonesia traveling to Raja Ampat and Ambon. From Sorong, dive sites in Raja Ampat and nearby are easily accessible. Land tours for waterfalls and bird-watching add to the offerings, as well as Cassowary Cape, with its white-sand beach and cassowary trees. Snorkelers and divers alike can enjoy the area.

        Domestic flights to Sorong depart from Jakarta, Manado, Makassar, and Ambon. Standard liveaboard itineraries departing Sorong are focused on the Raja Ampat area. Extended liveaboard itineraries departing or disembarking in Sorong offer a great variety of tours, some to/from Ambon and the Banda Sea, some to Cenderawasih Bay Bay for whale sharks, and some traversing the Halmahera Sea.

        Indonesia Diving Reviews

        9.0
        Superb (out of 10) 10
        Average score from 30 Verified Review(s) Only people who have booked through Liveaboard.com and joined the Liveaboard can write a review.
        France
        9.6
        Exceptional

        Awesome, after my adventures in komodo, manado and now Banda Sea, I'm still going back for sure.

        Diving Indonesia in October on the Aurora Liveaboard
        United States
        9.6
        Exceptional

        Love all the coral and fish that Indonesia has to offer. The dive guide was excellent.

        Diving Indonesia in November on the Mermaid I
        United States
        9.6
        Exceptional

        The best I've seen in my life.

        Diving Indonesia in October on the Damai I
        Ireland
        8.8
        Fabulous

        I love diving in Indonesia, always worth coming over here, some great diving, healthy reefs, loads of everything. It varies whoever you are, read up on the area first? raja worth a visit, definitely

        Diving Indonesia in October on the Raja Ampat Aggressor
        Sweden
        9.2
        Superb

        Very nice, good amount of fish and nice reefs

        Diving Indonesia in October on the Pearl of Papua
        Switzerland
        8.0
        Very good

        Amazing, we'll happily come back

        Diving Indonesia in October on the Cheng Ho Liveaboard
        Canada
        9.6
        Exceptional

        We saw a lot of new macro stuff we hadn't seen before. We didn't see as much big predator fish as they seen to have been over-fished. There should be more sharks there, and we didn't see any barracuda!

        Diving Indonesia in July on the Mermaid I
        Finland
        9.2
        Superb

        One of the best place to dive.

        Diving Indonesia in September on the MV Samambaia
        Switzerland
        9.6
        Exceptional

        Awesome, great marine life and a lot of spots to do current dives.

        Diving Indonesia in August on the Calico Jack
        New Zealand
        8.8
        Fabulous

        Amazing experience. Would definitely recommend.

        Diving Indonesia in October on the Mermaid II
        Australia
        8.8
        Fabulous

        Wonderful overall - highly recommender to divers who enjoy exciting dive sites plus the luxury of the liveaboard experience.

        Diving Indonesia in September on the Aurora Liveaboard
        United States
        6.8
        Review score

        I enjoyed the dive trip overall. The cabins were very small so be prepared for that. Bring drift hooks you will need them. Don't forget your camera.

        Diving Indonesia in August on the Mermaid II
        Australia
        9.2
        Superb

        Great! one of the best diving experience ever!

        Diving Indonesia in May on the Duyung Baru
        United States
        8.4
        Very good

        Love diving in Indonesia!

        Diving Indonesia in August on the Indo Aggressor
        Spain
        8.8
        Fabulous

        Muy agradable , muy bonito y con mucha vida submarina

        Diving Indonesia in July on the Mermaid II
        Netherlands
        9.6
        Exceptional

        One of the most Beautiful dives I did it can be that I reacted for a site we did not visit, I donot rember all the names, but believe every dive was a great expirience

        Diving Indonesia in July on the Mermaid I
        United States
        9.6
        Exceptional

        Excellent. Having dived around most parts of the world, I have to rank Indonesia as #1 or #2, and Raja Ampat as the best in Indonesia.

        Diving Indonesia in June on the Damai I
        Australia
        8.0
        Very good

        Magic! Indonesia has some of the best diving in the world, I will be Back to do more trips as there are so many places to dive in Indonesia.

        Diving Indonesia in May on the Sunshine Liveaboard
        United Kingdom
        10.0
        Exceptional

        A good variety of dive sites, a few areas had been destroyed by dynamite fishing and areas near ports or inhabited islands has quite a lot of rubbish but most dives had an abundance of coral and fish. Saw many weird and wonderful creatures not seen on my previous dive destinations.

        Diving Indonesia in May on the Sunshine Liveaboard
        United Kingdom
        10.0
        Exceptional

        Indonesia is never a disappointment this was my 5th trip in the last 4 years. Sunshine is the 4th boat I've tried and is by far the best liveaboard - Already booked a space for 2018. I would have booked sooner but they are fully booked for the Sangie tour!

        Diving Indonesia in May on the Sunshine Liveaboard
        United States
        8.8
        Fabulous

        Excellent, can't wait to come back again.

        Diving Indonesia in May on the Pearl of Papua
        United Kingdom
        9.6
        Exceptional

        Very good, but Komodo is the best

        Diving Indonesia in May on the Aurora Liveaboard
        South Africa
        9.6
        Exceptional

        All really good. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

        Diving Indonesia in April on the Moana Liveaboard
        United States
        9.2
        Superb

        Had everything you could want except for nice sharks, which have been fished out of the region. But everything else was the best I've ever seen

        Diving Indonesia in March on the Mermaid I
        United States
        9.2
        Superb

        Difficult to get to Raja Ampat, but worth the effort

        Diving Indonesia in March on the Ambai Liveaboard
        Singapore
        8.0
        Very good

        As with other areas in Indonesia the diversity is always excellent.

        Diving Indonesia in March on the Aurora Liveaboard
        Australia
        9.6
        Exceptional

        Just like the Komodo trip the diving in Indonesia is amazing from the clear visibility to comfortable water temperatures, I found that all dives were very comfortable and enjoyable.

        Diving Indonesia in February on the Mermaid II
        United States
        9.6
        Exceptional

        Travel from the USA is long and arduous, Indonesia doesn't readily accept credit cards, and even booking plane tickets was a chore. Once you are there, everything is wonderful; the people are gracious, the country is beautiful and the diving is world class.

        Diving Indonesia in March on the La Galigo
        United States
        7.6
        Good

        Excellent except the hotel WiFi at Swiss Bell Hotel is terrible so, I had trouble sending some work before we departed for the dive trip.

        Diving Indonesia in March on the Mermaid II
        United States
        8.0
        Very good

        I dove in several places in Indonesia, and I have to say that some of the reefs I encountered are the most pristine I have ever seen. The fish populations seem to have taken a hard hit from fishing, but the corals are amazing.

        Diving Indonesia in February on the Sunshine Liveaboard
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