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, Fuel Surcharge, Port Fees, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Land Excursions, Cabin Towels.
Required Extras: National Park Fees, Visas and Fees.
Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox, Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear (20 USD per day), Scuba Diving Courses (230 USD), Snorkeling 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 and Indonesian.
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.
- 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
- 9.3 Superb
- 4 Verified Reviews
- Vessel 8.5
- Crew 9.0
- Food 9.5
- Diving 9.5
- Value 10.0
It is difficult to pinpoint because there were so many. The diving was magical. I have never seen such a variety and great numbers of fish and sea life and the coral/plant life of the reefs were stunning. This is the diving that can bring you to tears of joy. The shore excursions were great too, especially the trip to the Pianemo Viewpoint and the beach BBQ.
- Recommended for
- Phenomenal diving: from sea creatures to coral and reef variety. Outstanding crew: our dive guides and crew made the trip unforgettable. Quality of the trip for the price cannot be beat.
Wake up. Dive. Enjoy. Repeat
Every day was a surprise, every dive was amazing. The crew of the boat make everything to make you feel at home and our dive guides were amazing, not only underwater. The boat is basic, but who need a fancy yacht when you already have everything you need for diving and enjoying one of the best spot in the world?
- Recommended for
- Raja Ampat underwater corals and marine life; Our dive guides Fandy and Josh; The peace of the night
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