Aurora Liveaboard, Indonesia


The 40m M/SY Aurora is a traditional sailing yacht with modern style and comfort. Adventure and relaxation are the ultimate endeavours of Aurora Indonesia and her professional crew. The onboard marine biologists, dive masters and underwater photographers are passionate about helping divers get the most from their underwater adventures.

MSY Aurora prides itself on exploring the remote areas of Raja Ampat, North Sulawesi and Komodo where divers plunge into crystal clear waters to discover vibrant coral reefs and some of the world’s most astonishing biodiversity. Scuba divers aboard Aurora are guaranteed unforgettable diving and exciting island excursions. Dive amenities include 3 tenders, Nitrox, rental gear, showers and rinse tanks. After a full day of thrilling dives, guest can relax in the well-appointed salon or on the sun decks. Aurora offers 8 cabins with en suite bathrooms and air conditioning.

The professional and friendly staff can ensure the comfort and satisfaction of up to 16 guests. Aurora schedules year-round diving cruises to some of the least visited sites in Indonesia. Book your Aurora Indonesia liveaboard diving holiday today.

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Included: VAT, National Park Fees, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Snorkeling Guide, Stand Up Paddleboard, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Fuel Surcharge (100-150 USD per trip), Gratuities (15 USD per day), Port Fees (150 USD per trip), Private Dive Guide (65 USD per day), Rental Gear (25 USD per day).

Optional Extras: Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages (3-45 USD per item), Nitrox, Nitrox Course (260 USD), Scuba Diving Courses (360-380 USD), Snorkel Gear (10 USD per day), Laundry / Pressing Services.

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Boat features

  • Laundry Service
  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter
  • Stand Up Paddleboard

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Beach BBQ
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Full-board Option
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rebreather Support
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving

The crew speaks English, French, Chinese, Spanish, Indonesian, and Italian.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

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Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2007
  • Year renovated 2010
  • Length 42 m
  • Beam 9 m
  • Top speed 8 knots
  • Cruising speed 6-7 knots
  • Engines Nissan 420 HP marinized
  • Max guests 18
  • Number of cabins 8
  • Number of bathrooms 9
  • Tenders 3 x RIB 465m - Yamaha 40hp
  • Water capacity 12000 liters
  • Fuel capacity 12000 liters
  • Freshwater maker 6000 liters/day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Aurora Reviews

  • 9.4 Superb
  • 26 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Joseph S
  • United States United States
Super diving in Raja Ampat

Really exceeded expectations. Aurora is a fantastic liveaboard

Recommended for
Sealife, great food, luxury treatment
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jeffrey W
  • United States United States
Superb Experience

Seeing the ocean going manta rays, living on a wooden boat for 11 days, getting to know the crew and diving the beautiful reefs

Recommended for
The diving, crew and tour director
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Tim Froelich J
  • Denmark Denmark
Magical Aurora

This is definitely a 5 star liveaboard experience and I will be recommending it to all liveaboard enthusiasts. Each and every day of the trip had a new element of surprise both above and below water and the great staff plus the cool dive masters only made the experience even more fulfilling. Food was plentiful and varied and the large cabins with good size bathrooms had just the right amount of harmonic interior design. The Aurora is truly a charming wooden vessel and the Ambon-Sorong trip is as close as you can get to a magical experience. The reason for my two 4 stars given is due to the fact that alcohol is not included in the price (we also nearly emptied the bar for strong alcohol) and that only cash payments were accepted onboard even though briefing material stated creditcards accepted. P.S. I will never mock a muck dive again!

Recommended for
The diving, the small extra surprises and the overall standard of the boat
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Bertrand D
  • Belgium Belgium
fantastic dive spots

It was a great experience, especially that it was my first liveaboard experience.

Recommended for
access to remote dive spot
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Roland M
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Great dives in cosy environment

It was a fantastic trip to dive at real remote places but still had every comfort you need.

Recommended for
Great dives with big diversity, cosy cabins and staff which reads every desire
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • wolfgang L
  • Germany Germany
Nixe Trip

Very good, thanks to Aurora Team, thanks to to Debbie and Nicole

Recommended for
Food, friendly People, Professional handling
  • 10 Exceptional
  • zhou Y
  • China China
It's a trip that was full of surprises!

It's my memory that will never be forgotten!

Recommended for
Beach Party, dive briefing map,stern diner
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Timothy G
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Unique diving and travel experience in a remote paradise - exceeded expectations

An amazing experience. We were looking for a world class dive experience, we got that and much more - an opportunity to see a spectacular scenery above water and top class service from a very friendly and attentive crew. It was absolute escapism from our hectic city life.

Recommended for
crew friendliness and attitude, remote idilic locations, rich and diverse dive sites
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Iain M
  • Singapore Singapore
Good trip but unfortunately not the expected itinerary

The Aurora liveaboard was good (food, accommodation), the diving was well managed and Haniefan was an excellent dive guide. The only disappointment was that instead diving at Banda Neira and Nusa Laut as per the itinerary on the website we spent 3 days in the Dampier strait which was ok but not the reason we chose this specific trip. I'd suggest anyone booking on the website should confirm directly whether the itinerary shown is accurate.

Recommended for
Pretty good diving in Misool, Banda sea and Ambon
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Harriet M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Fantastic luxury liveaboard with everything thought of and provided for

Diving with mantas Kayaking around a bay of Komodo Seeing Komodo dragons up close Relaxing and having the crew look after you

Recommended for
Crew, food and dives/expeditions
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Anthony B
  • Australia Australia
Great boat, great diving, great food and service.

The fauna of the Komodo region - both above water (the Dragons) and below (the Manta and abundance of tropical reef fish, invertebrates and corals). This was enhanced with a very comfortable cruising vessel and very knowledgeable and helpful dive crew.

Recommended for
1. Beautiful reef dive - with Manta Rays a two sites. 2. Terrific boat with sizeable bedroom and bathrom ensuites. 3. tasty food with wonderful variety and good serving sizes.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • César V
  • France France
An awesome journey with the best crew.

From Maumere to Ambon, everyday was an adventure. From the muck in Flores to the reefs of Alor, islands of birds and snakes to the untouched gigantic corals of the Banda Sea, the only bad thing was not having enough air to stay hours with the biggest school of hammerheads it is possible to see. Awesome trip, thanks for the ride!

Recommended for
Quality of service, the space in the boat, guides professionalism
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Helge S
  • Austria Austria
Great trip in a stunning screnery

Most colorful and pristine dive sites, a friendly and helpful crew and a well designed boat, what more could you want? Dievb sites like "Four Kings" or "Blue Magic" are the icing of the cake.

Recommended for
divesites, crew, boat
  • 10 Exceptional
  • David C
  • Canada Canada
Fantastic diving on a well run ship.

Many highlights. The great variety of sea life, corals and plants that are Raja Ampat. Interesting side excursions. Enjoying comfortable shipboard life with an international mix of people.

Recommended for
Professional crew, great food, wonderful dive site selections
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Michael J
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great boat, fantastic helpful crew . A really good week

A 10 minute dive with a huge oceanic manta, on another dive 4 black mantas playing with our dive group for ages. Shoals and shoals of huge variety of fish and beautiful coral everywhere. lots of macro stuff too. All with the wrap around of a good boat, a great crew and beautiful scenery. Worth the LONG trip to get there (but don't bother to stay in Sorong unless to sleep)

Recommended for
Hospitality of the crew, the diving and the boat
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Libby P
  • South Korea South Korea
Good overall

Can't really pick "highlights"

Recommended for
Food, guides
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nathalie F
  • France France
One of the best liveaboard

I highly recommend Aurora to dive in the Komodo. The boat is super comfortable. The staffs extremely dedicated. You can ask anything on the boat or under water and they will find it for you. If you are a photographer they handle your camera with a lot of care. It is the first time I never had to worry about my camera. Food is very good. Breakfast is a la carte. Aurora will guarantee you the perfect diving vacation. It is one of the best liveaboard I have done

Recommended for
Confort - Service - Kindness
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ranil C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Unbelievable, incredible dive sites, experienced operator.

The quality of the reef in the remote parts of Raja is amazing. Some of the best diving I've done. Dive team is on point, they know the sites well and you'll get the most from each dive. Divers are appropriately grouped together on experience. Boat team only add to this, service is high standard, small touches like warm drinks after the nightdive, midday homemade cakes are well thought out. NB. South Missool, Raja Ampat trip. Impeccable reef, large pools of fish, good macro. Less large pelagic animals.

Recommended for
Huge biodiversity, great dive guide, perfect service from the crew.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • christopher R
  • Canada Canada
An amazing trip

On the second day or our 12 days on Aurora in Raja Ampat I got an ear infection so I only had 3 dives. I really thought that I would be miserable being stuck on a boat while everyone else was having the dive of there life. But I wasn’t. I had a great time because the crew, the staff, even the boat itself made it a great vacation. The food was excellent and always prepared and served with smiles. If I needed anything I just had to ask. The cabin was well appointed, comfortable and cleaned each day. The lounge and dining area was large, bright and comfortable as well as a great social space, and the long dining table brought us all together like family. The dive deck was so spacious, well organized and always kept in order, staff was attentive and everything was taken care of in regards to equipment set up and preparation. The upper sundeck was large and had plenty of comfortable loungers and in the hot sun of the day they pulled a screen shade over so one could enjoy it without getting baked. In the early morning and evenings it was great for sunrise and sunset, even a cocktail party or two. For those of us who like to smoke the rear deck was a designated “smokers lounge” and a lot of laughter was had and many a Bintang consumed. It was also a great spot to hang with the crew. Despite my misfortune this was still one of the best vacations I have had thanks to the wonderful staff and crew, amazing food, the Dune Aurora herself, the incredibly fun, interesting and diverse guests and of course the stunning beauty of Raja Ampat. I look forward to taking a trip on Aurora again in the not to distant future. This time with diving! Thank you all for this unforgettable experience. Namaste

Recommended for
the food, the guests, the staff and crew + +
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Amr E
  • Egypt Egypt
Definitly worth going. Not top notch for big fish.

The journey is really long especially if you are coming from Europe or the US. Boat itself is 8/10 but the service and the crew are 11/10. Never seen before such excellent service. Diving will disappoint those who are looking for big fish and huge sharks. But will be ideal for those who seek virgin locations and being the only boat around with huge biodiversity.

Recommended for
Service on boat is unmatchable. Most virign and untrodden paths. Biodiversity and virgin diving locations.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • barbara H
  • Germany Germany
Beautiful boat, exceptional crew! Loved every minute on the Aurora!

Mantas, Mantas and more Mantas!

Recommended for
Crew, Diving, dive guides
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Caroline L
  • Singapore Singapore
Best Komodo diving experience

1) The itinerary was dependent on weather, winds and tides which allowed guests to fully experience the safest and best diving. As we all know, dive safaris are trips into the wild and mother nature ultimately determines what you can do or see. This was carefully evaluated by the crew members and cruise manager, and we covered 21 dives in both the north and the south of Komodo National park. During the first and last day, land trips around the parks were carefully planned to suit the no dive flight time which allowed guests to never feel bored. 2) Hospitality and Food - It is amazing what can be whipped up on board with carefully planned meals by the chef and his team. We were very well fed with freshly made whole foods throughout the trip and not one dish was repeated over the last 8 days. Full service was also provided regarding dive gear assembly, DRYING, and movement of suitcases from the airport to the cabin. Cabins and boat were kept in immaculate condition with the crew working round the clock to clean and dry every crevice. 3) The extra little touches - I spent my 30th birthday on the boat and was not expecting anything. The crew did a whole Indonesian feast and a whole birthday cake made from scratch! There were drums, guitar and metal spoons involved in this little performance. Best birthday ever! 10/10 recommend Dune Aurora to anyone who is looking for a full and complete diving experience without missing the destinations that require gravity and feet as well. Pink beach too touristy? They dropped us off at a secret beach that was also pink and we got the best drone shots. Padar island trek for your IG posts and stalking mating komodos? Or a thousand bats covering the night sky during a sunset? Dreamy... I traveled solo and Komodo is one of the most romantic and magical holidays one can ever ask for. This is my second time back and this live aboard experience proceeds my expectations. Counting down to the next time I sail with Dune Aurora again, hopefully to the many other Indonesian dive havens the earth can offer

Recommended for
Food, crew, cleanliness
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • David D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
One of the Best LIveaboards

The Muck Dives Some Incredible Reefs Unusual Itinerary

Recommended for
Boat, Crew & Food
Origin: US