Carpe Diem Liveaboard, Indonesia


Perfectly designed for small groups and individuals who want a more personalised service, the Carpe Diem Phinisi offers year-round dive itineraries in Raja Ampat and Komodo National Park. There are only 4 cabins available, with a maximum of 8 guests onboard. The Nutmeg cabin is a large double located on the main deck and spans almost the entire width of the boat. It has large forward-facing windows and a skylight, as well as ample storage space. On the lower deck is the Clove cabin, which has two single beds which can be converted to 1 double upon request. Also located on the lower deck are cabins Pandan and Cinnamon. These have one double and one single, and can also be used as a triple. The lower deck cabins have natural light and ventilation via porthole and skylight, and all cabins have en-suite bathrooms and individually controlled AC.

Social areas include the well-appointed saloon in the main deckhouse, which can comfortably accommodate 8 guests around the large table. Delicious locally-sourced meals are served out at the al fresco dining table, and dietary requirements can be catered to with advance notice.

Dive itineraries aboard the Carpe Diem Phinisi include Raja Ampat from November to April, Komodo from May to September, and some unforgettable trips in Ambon, the Banda Islands, and South Raja Ampat in between. Dive groups are small, and each dive is accompanied by qualified dive guides with local knowledge and high service standards. The use of dive equipment is also included in the trip price.

Join the Carpe Diem Liveaboard, Indonesia for an unforgettable cruise in Raja Ampat or Komodo National Park. Call us or book online today to reserve your space.

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Included: VAT, Port Fees, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Extra Dives, Rental Gear, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Snorkel Gear, Stand Up Paddleboard, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, Yoga.

Required Extras: Dive Insurance (40 USD per item), Fuel Surcharge (5-15 USD per day), National Park Fees (100-200 USD), Visas and Fees.

Optional Extras: Gratuities (10 USD per day), Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Welcome Cocktails, Wine with Dinner, Naturalist Guide.

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Boat features

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

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • 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.


  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

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

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.

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2012
  • Max guests 8
  • Number of cabins 4
  • Number of bathrooms 4

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
  • Engine room CCTV

Carpe Diem Reviews

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • 24 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Clara L
  • United States United States
Unparalleled service aboard the luxurious Carpe Diem Phinisi

Small dive group made for a personal experience on board, both while diving and also on deck. Owner/operators took care of all the logistics and the crew was superbly organized, which meant our every desire was anticipated and catered toward. The chef made sure every meal was full of variety and flavor. We requested and stayed in the largest cabin, Pala, which was very comfortable.

Recommended for
Fantastic crew, spectacular diving, and delicious meals
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Julius A
  • United States United States

I had a fantastic time on Carpe Diem. It really exceeded all expectations. (except maybe the diving, because I knew that would be incredible) We ate like 5 meals a day so were never want for food. I had a room to myself because there were only 2 guests on board. (out of a possible 8; Cecile has a policy of not cancelling on guests, which helps show how much she cares about clients) The room was actually not cramped at all, which surprised me given past liveaboards. Dive equipment was top notch and Cecile and Agus were fun and informative divemasters and were great at finding amazing stuff for us. (2 Spanish dancers, tons of manta, tons of turtles, nudibranchs, whitetips, etc) A typical day looked like: wake up, have a small pre-dive breakfast, dive, have a real breakfast, dive, hang out for a bit, lunch, dive, have a snack and hang out, nitght dive, have dinner, hang out or head to rooms. The last few days we swapped the evening diving for Komodo dragons and sunsets and stuff so we always had full days. Overall, the whole crew was so friendly and great to be around and it was really a fantastic experience and hit every mark I had.

Recommended for
diving, service, cleanliness
  • 9.2 Superb
  • stuart C
  • United States United States
Beautiful boat, lovely crew

The majority of diving spots were amazing, beautiful corals. We met some lovely people.

Recommended for
The food was great, lots of choices, cater to vegan/vegetarian. The cabin was well thought out and comfortable. Staff was warm, friendly and attentive.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Elizabeth P
  • United States United States
Exceptional Experience

Boat is incredibly comfortable - cabins are spacious and beautiful, food is excellent (and available for 5 meals/snacks per day), top deck lounge area is perfect, and staff are friendly and accommodating. Diving in Raja Ampat is spectacular, and dive guides are knowledgable and experienced. Cecile and Brian's crew, boat, and crew are all top-notch. We will hopefully be back to the Carpe Diem for diving in southern Raja Ampat/Misool in the future. Cannot imagine a better experience.

Recommended for
Dive site selection, accommodations, food (and staff)
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Angela T
  • United States United States
Top Diving with Great Boat and Creww

World class diving, clean and comfortable boat with hard working crew and good food.

Recommended for
Small dive group, Great diving, Clean & Comfortable
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Andrey R
  • United States United States
Can't imagine a better crew

Wobbegong sharks, cuttle fish, abundance of life

Recommended for
Caring and attentive to needs crew, environmentally-cautious team, Raja Ampat
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Adam C
  • United States United States
Fun, full-service trip through central Raja Ampat - five stars!

1) Of course the dive sites themselves are amazing and full of discoveries, but also the dive prep is made so easy by the crew & guides. Even if you bring your own equipment, everything is set up for you for each dive - all you have to do is walk onto the dinghy and your gear is ready to go. Plus the pre-dive briefings include details about currents, descent plan, and what creatures to look for. This was our first time diving in Raja Ampat, and it couldn't have been better. 2) The food prepared by the crew was so delicious and plentiful! There's a good mix of western and asian dishes, tons of fresh fruit, and any dietary restrictions are readily seen to with prior notice. 3) Our cabin was cozy and functional - private toilet, A/C, hot shower, and plenty of storage space. We were provided a shower towel and a beach towel, which were refreshed during the trip. A nice touch was that all of our personal items (reuseable water bottle, beach towel, wetsuit, etc) were tagged with guest names to avoid any confusion. 4) Great friendly feeling onboard due to small group of guests. Our cruise included 7 travelers, 2 dive guides, and the crew. One of the boat's owners, Cecile, acted as a dive guide throughout our trip. She was very easy to talk to and answered any of our questions about the Carpe Diem, Raja Ampat, and Indonesia in general. She also arranged for our return ferry tickets to be purchased ahead of time and helped some guests coordinate with their subsequent homestays. These personal touches really added to the overall experience. Overall, we loved it and would recommend to anyone wanting to dive in Raja Ampat. Hopefully, we can take another trip with Carpe Diem!

Recommended for
1) Dive sites / dive crew & guides, 2) fresh food / adhere to dietary restrictions, 3) Comfort of boat
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Frederic S
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Very good trip, nice dives, nice people, good food!

Amazing dives, landscape and program.

Recommended for
Dives, boat, staff.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Benjamin K
  • Germany Germany
Best liveaboard ever.

I just came from the trip „central and north Raja Ampat“ and am still amazed by the wonderful time I had on board. The ship itself is a traditional indonesian Phinsi and in very good shape (kind of new). The cabins are very cozy and with aircon, the entire ship is just beautiful. So is the crew. We did a kayak trip around Piaynemo and on other occasions you could take one of the kayaks or SUPs and just explore the nearby beaches if you wanted. The dive sites were wonderful and the diving procedure was relaxed. I did 19 dives on this trip. Having a very small group size of up to 8 divers is quite unique and definitely one of the selling points. So is the wooden boat itself. The boat is owned by two persons of which one (or sometimes both) is leading the trips. This makes it more interesting in my opinion. Unlike most other boats run by investors or big companies. Sodas included, food was delicious. I‘ll go again with them on another trip.

Recommended for
Boat, crew, ambiente
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Pierre B
  • France France
The perfect cruise

The perfect cruise: a beautiful ship, a very friendly and efficient staff, magic dives ... especially those with whale sharks or with manta rays. Delicious food, spacious cabins ... I will go again on a cruise with Carpe Diem as soon as possible.

Recommended for
Ship, staff, dives
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ailsa P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Above and below the water everything was exceptional

Seeing something new and exciting each and every day under the water, and engaging in interesting and varied conversation with the other guests (made possible by having small guest numbers), while being well looked after by Cecile, Agus and the rest of the crew. My highlight was the entire trip - I will be back!

Recommended for
1. The boat and crew (service and facilities). 2. The fantastic health of dive sites/reefs. 3. Meeting new like-minded people, who I now call my friends.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jared W
  • Singapore Singapore
There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met.

I rarely give reviews publicly and would secretly prefer that Carpe Diem remains exclusive only to those who are willing and able to experience its beauty ;) Not my first time on a liveaboard, so I can safely say that I'm impressed by Cecile and Agus's hospitality and family oriented approach towards both staff and guests. Can't wait to join them again for another trip!

Recommended for
Pre dive, dive, post dive
  • 10 Exceptional
  • France France

Tout était parfait Everything was perfect Todo era perfecto Todo fue perfeito The boat is beautiful and very spacious; since lounging / nap spaces The team is really careful and attentive to every need you can have The dives are really awesome And the food is delicious I have no critic to say except I’d have like to stay longer !!

Recommended for
The ambiance, the dives, the food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
small group of clients with friendly crews and guides

1. Spotting dancing Spanish Dancer in a night dive, 2. Mantas at Manta Alleys throughout the dive, 3. Too many turtles at Siaba Besar 4. Never let you down - colorful Batu Balong

Recommended for
1. Small group of 6 out of 8 divers max, 2. Sunny and clam sea, 3. Cecile and Agus
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kieran M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Carpe Diem crew and overall liveaboard experience was great and I would highly recommend them!

Carpe Diem boat is well maintained and the crew is very warm and professional. Service and food was excellent. Dive Masters were extremely responsible and highly knowledgeable of the different dive sites that suit the capacity of the divers. They were also very informative and took the time to get to know us and make sure we were comfortable and enjoyed our trip. Food and lodgings were extremely good. All dive equipments were well maintained and catered to all our needs. The sites around Komodo were great and the crew matched it!!!

Recommended for
Professional and friendly crew, highly experience and responsible dive masters, food was excellent!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • mark C
  • Ireland Ireland
Beautiful boat and great crew!

Seeing so many mantas, turtles and beautiful coral. So much variety. And really great food!!!

Recommended for
Comfort, food, dive guide
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kevin L
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Perfect trip with great boat & staff 👍

They whole crew is amazing, the food is great, the cabins are very nice and cosy. We had so many awesome dives. I had such a good time on board and didn't had to care about anything. From pick up till drop off on the airport, everything was well organized. I highly recommend this cruise.

Recommended for
We saw Manta Rays, Komodo Dragon's and the guide's pointed out so much more..
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Per C
  • Australia Australia
Great diving in amazing surroundings and from a well kept fantastic boat.

Manta rays on four dives.

Recommended for
The dives, the boat and the food.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • véronique J
  • France France

Crew very warm and professionnal Team very careful and attentive with perfect organization Service and food excellent Dives awesome!!

Recommended for
dives, crew, food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Marco C
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Experience of a lifetime in a scenario of overwhelming beauty

The dive in Castle Rock, the manta rays, turtles, sharks, corals, the sunset hike, and the trip intinerary which allowed us to see scenarios that are simply incredibile.

Recommended for
Staff friendliness, dive guide's expertise which granted the best chances to get the best out of each dive, and the trip intinerary which allowed us to see scenarios that are simply incredibile.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Alisa K
  • Germany Germany
Couln't have wished for anything to be better.

I just spend one week on the beautiful Carpe Diem boat in Komodo and it makes me directly wanna go again. The crew consisted of more members than guests, was just incredibly friendly&adorable and took care of absolutely EVERYTHING. Best service, in every way. Due to the small group of guests, the atmosphere was very personal and familiar. The boat, on the other hand, was huge with plenty of room to relax. The cabins were spacious, very clean and comfortable. Food was delicious & plently, also for vegetarians. There were two diveguides, so each group consisted of only four divers, which made me feel very safe. Also, since dive sites were being checked in advance. I will definitely go again.

Recommended for
crew, service, dive sites, atmosphere, food, boat, comfort, cleanliness (impossible to name only 3 highlights)
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Heiko A
  • Germany Germany
A good Time on Boerd and but sadly very bad Diveguides !!!

The Food

Recommended for
The Food ,The Crew exept the Diveguides and The Food
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