Emperor Raja Laut, Indonesia

Excellent food and drinks

“Our nine-night itinerary allowed more diving and relaxation than typical seven-night trips. The boat schedule was good, with dives…”

Katherine K, United States United States
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  • Year-round diving in the best Indonesian spots
  • Traditional Indonesian phinisi with a regal feel
  • Free Nitrox for certified divers
  • All port, fuel, and park fees are included

Join the Emperor Raja Laut for an exciting dive liveaboard adventure in Indonesia. Diving is offered year-round to some of the best spots in the region. Guests can enjoy thrilling diving in Komodo National Park from June to September. Visit world-class dive sites Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, and Manta Alley, with the chance to see the Komodo Dragon, manta rays, sharks, and much more. In November, she moves to the diverse region of Raja Ampat, the epicenter of the Coral Triangle, known as one of the most bio-diverse marine areas in the world. There are also a limited number of crossing trips each year, where the Emperor Raja Laut travels between destinations and visits the Banda Islands, where you visit rarely dived sites with the chance to see hammerheads, active volcanoes, amazing critters, and fantastic pelagic action on this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Diving occurs from the 2 large RIBs, and nitrox is available for those certified.

Topside, the Emperor Raja Laut liveaboard is a traditional Indonesian phinisi built with tropical hardwood, creating a regal feel when sailing through the Indonesian waters. She accommodates just 12 guests in 6 en-suite cabins. There are 3 twins and 3 doubles, each with a mini-safe, storage space, en-suite bathroom, and individually controlled AC. Social areas include the fully air-conditioned lounge with 49" TV, library, games, movies, and mini-bar, all located on the same deck as the cabins. The sun deck is Located on the upper deck with loungers both in the sun and shade and a dining table under the awning offering al-fresco dining with stunning Indonesian views.

Trips aboard Emperor liveaboards include all port and park fees, free Nitrox, and even complimentary wine, while you will never be charged extra for itinerary or fuel surcharges. What you see is what you pay.

Join the Emperor Raja Laut for an unforgettable dive adventure in Raja Ampat. Book online today to reserve your space.

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Included: VAT, National Park Fees, Port Fees, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Wine with Dinner, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Nitrox, Land Excursions, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance (5 USD per day), Travel Insurance, Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox Course (170 USD), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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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
  • Paid Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • 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
  • Tenders for diving
  • Free Nitrox

The crew speaks English.

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 2005
  • Year renovated 2017
  • Length 31m
  • Beam 7.2m
  • Engines 300 HP Yanmar
  • Max guests 12
  • Number of cabins 6
  • Number of bathrooms 6
  • Tenders 2
  • Water capacity 3000l per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Emperor Raja Laut Reviews

  • 9.2 Superb
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Katherine K
  • United States United States
Marvelous diving, friendly and competent crew, pretty boat, and surprisingly good food!

Our nine-night itinerary allowed more diving and relaxation than typical seven-night trips. The boat schedule was good, with dives at 7:00, 11:00, and 15:00. We found many fantastic macro creatures during daytime dives, including pygmy seahorses, and both night dives were outstanding. A few dives had higher current, which challenged some on our boat, and the water was a bit colder in the southern part of Komodo National Park - we were happy to have brought 5 mm wetsuits in addition to our thinner ones. The two land adventures were fun, as were the mealtimes, including special steak night, burger lunch, and hot pot dinner. The best part was the super-friendly and competent crew, especially our dive guide Pablo and the hilarious cruise director Tony. It was absolutely worth it - highly recommended!

Recommended for
An amazing night dive, eating every meal family-style on deck, and the hilarious cruise director (Tony)
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Matthew M
  • United States United States
Fabulous week in Komodo

We had a fantastic week aboard Emperor Raja Laut diving in Komodo for our honeymoon. Flor and Sophie guided us safely through 20 dives at a variety of sites with knowledge of and respect for the local reefs and wildlife. We saw a huge diversity of wildlife, including manta, turtles, octopus, cuttlefish, and countless nudi, among others. Sprinkled in were land excursions to see a local village, a pink sand beach, and two hikes - one with an incredible view of Padar island. The boat staff was lovely and kept us comfortable throughout our stay. FYI there can be strong current at some sites in Komodo, so this is not an itinerary for freshly certified divers.

Recommended for
Diving, land excursions, dive guides
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Roman K
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Nice and weloming atmosphere.

I think, the whole trip was a highligt, diving was perfect and also the time outside the water was great. I fellt wery welcome on board and had a great time.

Recommended for
Best crew i ever had on a livaboard. Real delicious food. Very skilled diveguides.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Theresa T
  • Austria Austria

The experience - living on board, dice everyday, see new things. It was my first liveaboard and it caught me

Recommended for
Amazing Dives sites, delicious food and motivated staff
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ralph S
  • Austria Austria
Everything we hoped it would be

Small and intimate boat but still enough space for everyone. We were only 10 (instead of 12) guests, which was nice. Crew was both nice and efficient, the cruise director Guillaume gave excellent briefings. Food was very good and plenty, with vegetarian options (but don't expect what they show on their commercial images). We felt very well looked after. Diving in central & south Raja Ampat was spectacular. Just keep in mind that Raja Laut is a wooden boat and the generators run 24h, so bring ear plugs if you are a light sleeper. Also, it would have been nice to see the boat under canvas, but we understand that this would mean longer travel times and less diving. Overall, we truely enjoyed ourselves, and highly recommend the boat.

Recommended for
Classy boat, great crew, spectacular diving
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Mads Skøtt S
  • Denmark Denmark
Great experience and fantastic diving!

Went on a 12-day trip from Ambon to Sorong and this was a great way to visit a lot of different dive sites! The diving in Raja Ampat is truly amazing. I can highly recommend this boat and the route.

Recommended for
Our dive guide Sophie was amazing! The boat was pretty sweet and every single dive was unique.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Fran G
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Great liveaboard, safe and professional crew.

A real liveaboard experience, diving was great and the crew were very professional.

Recommended for
The crew
  • 4.8 Review score
  • Arnaud J
  • Belgium Belgium
Exhilarating experience of the Banda sea and Raja Ampat.

Hammerheads in suanggi and incredible amounts of schooling fish in Koon. The friendliness and readiness of the crew is impeccable and natural.

Recommended for
Dive guides, diving, food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nicole Z
  • China China
A unique experience

Saw more than 15 mantas in Manta Alley in South Komodo. The sunset on the viewpoint was beautiful. Overall the trip was well planned. Apart from the amazing dives with Mantas, sharks, turtles, we also had a lot of fun on the land, visiting local village, Komodo dragons, sunset and thousands of bats.

Recommended for
Dive site, Mantas, sunset on view point
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Kong S
  • Canada Canada
Quality diving experience at world class diving locatin

all divers were experienced so it made going to all dive sites possible. sleeping on deck was comfortabe! sometimes the cabin had a little smell (but normal on a boat), daily clean, has camera only space and tv with hdmi cable! crew is friendly!! food is mainly western & can get slightly repetitive!

Recommended for
itinery, crew, boat comfort