The Epica liveaboard offers a budget-friendly way to explore Raja Ampat. She is simple but comfortable, catering for up to 12 guests in 6 basic twin cabins. Cabins are located above deck to catch the ocean breeze and share 2 bathrooms with fresh-water showers. Meals are freshly prepared and offer a mix of local and international cuisine, and are served 'family-style' on the upper deck. The large upper deck is also kitted out with hammocks and bean-bags, making it a great place to relax between dives and enjoy the incredible sunset at the end of the day.
Groups are kept to a maximum of 4 divers per guide and split according to experience levels so everyone can make the most of their diving. Enjoy the rich diverse underwater world with a chance to see amazing marine life from cool critters to large pelagic life such as manta rays and various species of sharks. You will also have the chance to visit one of the famous panoramic viewpoints in Raja Ampat. The trips on Epica are designed to make the most out of your experience in Raja Ampat when traveling on a budget.
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Included: VAT, Accommodation, Tanks, Weights, Belts, All meals, Towels Provided
Excluded: Marine park fee (for foreign nationals) IDR 1.000.000, alcohol, Soft drinks, Equipment rental (USD20 per day), Flights, Airport transfer (we DO provide transfers from the Meridien hotel to the harbor in sorong and then ferry is included.), Insurance (starting at $20), Snorkellers will be charged 400,000IDR per day for a snorkel guide
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Food & Drinks
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.
The crew speaks English, Spanish, and Indonesian.
There is diving gear available to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form.
You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat. Show prices.
- Year built 2016
- Length 24 meters
- Engines Mitsubishi 200p
- Max guests 12
- Number of cabins 6
- Number of bathrooms 2
- Tenders 3.5 meters with 15hp Yamaha
- Water capacity 3600 liters
Boat Navigation and Safety
- 9.4 Superb
- 2 Verified Reviews
- Vessel 8.0
- Crew 9.0
- Food 10.0
- Diving 10.0
- Value 10.0
Budget liveaboard, but delivered the dives at Raja Ampat with a Bang!
I learned that Epica is owned by Scuba-Republic which also owns the Jaya Liveaboard that takes divers to both the Raja Ampat and Komodo. The company also runs the Bira Diver Camp in South Sulawesi. With a wealth of experience, it was no wonder that Epica was expertly run. Due to its basic, no frill (but ever so clean, well-maintained and cheery!) boat, wholesome but not fancy meals and somewhat small sleeping quarters, Epica’s price is a lot lower than the more luxurious boats at Raja Ampat. Cheap does not mean cutting corners on this boat! Matt, the Dive Leader Extraordinaire, ran a tight ship, and took his job very seriously. He made sure that all the dives were well-organized and all the details, big and small, were taken care of (He and Shali, the dive master, gave us the most thorough pre-dive briefings that I‘ve ever come across!) and that everything went smoothly on the trip! For Heaven’s sake, Matt and Shali even played card games with us EVERY single evening to keep us happy and engaged! The Epica Captain and the crew were equally attentive and very capable! So, all 5 of us divers just enjoy our dives and had the times of our lives on this totally customers- oriented liveaboard. Among the many wonderful marine creatures that we came cross in Raja Ampat, we were very lucky as we saw many majestic giant manta rays in our 2 dives at the manta cleaning station at the Blue Magic dive site. In one dive, they kept coming to us for a solid hour! (My GoPro went out of battery and SD card!) Woebegong sharks, the very unique-looking sharks indigenious to Raja Ampat, were seen quite often in our dives. Honestly, even on our first dive (a check dive) at a site near Waigeo Island (our departure point) that was known to be murky, we came across a huge cuttlefish that camouflaged and changed its colors and textures right in front of our eyes! How exquisite!
- Recommended for
- Giant manta rays, Dive Masters and the crew, price
Great value for money, friendly and knowledgeable staff
Highlights of the trip were the epic dives followed by great food and vibe above water. No luxury here but great diving with great people for a budget price.
- Recommended for
- Amazing dive sites, value for money and friendly staff