Aurora Liveaboard, Indonesia

Excellent food and drinks

“This was the best liveaboard experience ever! Guillaume was an excellent cruise director and chose the best diving sites for us. H…”

Ling C, United States United States
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Highlights

  • Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free menus
  • Free WiFi on board
  • Nitrox on board

The 42m long Aurora is a Pinisi Vessel, built in Sulawesi, that offers all the advantages of a modern boat combined with the charm of a traditional one. There are 9 double or twin cabins on board, all with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, and daily housekeeping services, accommodating up to 18 guests. The onboard expert chefs prepare local and international dishes for every taste. Special menus are available, such as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. The Aurora sails all year to the most breathtaking areas of the Indonesian archipelago, where crystal-clear waters and stunning landscapes are waiting to be discovered.

The Aurora explores the famous areas of Raja Ampat, North Sulawesi, and Komodo, renowned for their biodiversity. Divers aboard Aurora experience incredible diving and exciting island excursions. After a full day of diving and unforgettable experiences with our professional guides, guests can relax in the air-conditioned salon or enjoy the gorgeous view from the sun deck.

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

Required Extras: Gratuities (15 USD per day).

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance, Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages (3-65 USD per item), Nitrox Course (190 USD), Private Dive Guide (65 USD per day), Rental Gear (20 USD per day), Scuba Diving Courses (300-400 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.


Diving

  • 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

#deckplan floorplan

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 2x 6 meters fiberboats 2x40 hp Yamaha engine/1 Rib 4.65 mtr 40 hp yamaha
  • 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
  1. Vessel
    9.2
  2. Crew
    9.6
  3. Food
    9.9
  4. Diving
    9.4
  5. Value
    9.2
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ling C
  • United States United States
The best liveaboard experience ever!

This was the best liveaboard experience ever! Guillaume was an excellent cruise director and chose the best diving sites for us. He was considerate of the schedule and added more night dives to let us get more bottom time. The crew and staff were the friendliest and most awesome people. They welcomed us back to the boat after every dive with a cold drink, a warm towel and a loud “Whoo!!” We always felt so welcome and taken care of. Our gear was assembled and disassembled for us and carried on and off the dive dingy for us. We really just had to suit up and roll into the ocean. The food was a nice mix of Indonesian cuisine and the chef graciously catered to different dietary preferences including vegan. The boat is also really interesting to stay in. The cabins with en suite baths were made of wood and would creak with the sway of the boat so ear plugs are a must. But otherwise we were quite comfortable. I would go back to Aurora the next time I return to Raja Ampat for diving.

Recommended for
Service, diving sites, people
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Azam G
  • Netherlands Netherlands
It was beatiful ❤️

For me was discovering new dive areas in Indonesia which I was surprised with the beauty. Also i enjoyed diving with different dive masters. They were all very goed in their profession . I wil be back 👌🏽

Recommended for
Professional divemasters. Beautiful marine life. Fantastic trip.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Heiko Langner L
  • Germany Germany
Magical Christmas Dive Cruise

Exceptional dive sites were planned out well, some with amazing 100% hard coral cover, exceptional coral and fish diversity. Night dives were incredible (with bobbit worms, cuttle fishes, toadfish, snails, slipper crabs etc). We saw an occasional manta, some large schools of fish, some large fish (Napoleon, Bumphead parrot, tuna, trevally, grouper, sweetlips, snapper, barracuda, whitetip/blacktip sharks), fun smaller fish like razor fish, ghost pipefish, Dragon seamoth, many nudibranchs, different anemone fish, octopus. We loved the walk across Arborek island and to the Piaynemo viewpoint topped off with a small boat excursion of the lagoon. We appreciated the environmental commitment of the crew and Dune company who collected garbage in Arborek and support reef restoration efforts of the community. Most memorable will be the most attentive and kind crew who pampered us with warm, dry towels and juice after each dive, hot chocolate after night dives, washing/drying our wetsuites, preparing tanks and dive gear in the 2 dive boats, feeding us delicious food, even preparing special Christmas dinner and ambience, enthusiastically greeting the dive boats after each dive. The crew was always cheerful and friendly. The informative dive briefings helped to keep everyone safe under water. The cabin and the boat was spacious and kept clean at all times. One day the crew showed off Aurora's beauty with her blue sails. I will recommend the Aurora and crew to all my dive friends heading to Raja Ampat. Terima Kasih!

Recommended for
Super kind, super helpful and super attentive crew; knowledgeable dive guides; beautiful dives and island walks
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Heiko Langner L
  • Germany Germany
Magical Christmas Dive Cruise

Exceptional dive sites were planned out well, some with amazing 100% hard coral cover, exceptional coral and fish diversity. Night dives were incredible (with bobbit worms, cuttle fishes, toadfish, snails, slipper crabs etc). We saw an occasional manta, some large schools of fish, some large fish (Napoleon, Bumphead parrot, tuna, trevally, grouper, sweetlips, snapper, barracuda, whitetip/blacktip sharks), fun smaller fish like razor fish, ghost pipefish, Dragon seamoth, many nudibranchs, different anemone fish, octopus. We loved the walk across Arborek island and to the Piaynemo viewpoint topped off with a small boat excursion of the lagoon. We appreciated the environmental commitment of the crew and Dune company who collected garbage in Arborek and support reef restoration efforts of the community. Most memorable will be the most attentive and kind crew who pampered us with warm, dry towels and juice after each dive, hot chocolate after night dives, washing/drying our wetsuites, preparing tanks and dive gear in the 2 dive boats, feeding us delicious food, even preparing special Christmas dinner and ambience, enthusiastically greeting the dive boats after each dive. The crew was always cheerful and friendly. The informative dive briefings helped to keep everyone safe under water. The cabin and the boat was spacious and kept clean at all times. One day the crew showed off Aurora's beauty with her blue sails. I will recommend the Aurora and crew to all my dive friends heading to Raja Ampat. Terima Kasih!

Recommended for
Super kind, super helpful and super attentive crew; knowledgeable dive guides; beautiful dives and island walks
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jasmin V
  • Germany Germany
Just perfect

Everything was just amazing. The crew and guides are taking great care of everyone, the boat is beautiful and the cabins are spacious. Of course the amazing dive sites are an absolute highlight. Raja Amapat really is paradise

Recommended for
Great crew and guides, amazing dive sites, beautiful boat
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Rishubh S
  • India India
The best Liveaboard Team in Indoneasia

I had a great experience at Dune Aroroa liveaboard. The crew director Guillaume is extremely funny and helpful. All the divers are great and will make you very comfortable. The trip is extremely well planned by Guillaume. You will get fresh juices after every dive, hot fresh towels , and drinking water the next second you finish your dive. Also they really pamper you with your dive gear , you do not need to anything. Just open your arms to wear the bcd, rest everything is done my the team. Apart from dives you will be taken to a village tour, trek, sand banks and a lot of fancy dinners. Chef is really good and all your dietary requirements will be taken care off. One of the best trips of my life made a lot of friends and taken a boat load of memories

Recommended for
- The best Hospitality and crew , a really fun crew director, and the best food and people on board
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.