La Unua Liveaboard, Indonesia


La Unua is a traditional wooden phinisi offering year-round liveaboard diving in Komodo National Park. Catering to just 6 guests, the La Unua liveaboard has 3 well-appointed cabins located below deck. Each cabin is equipped with an en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning. Social areas include the air-conditioned indoor lounge and outdoor lounge, bar and sunbathing area. Meals are a combination of Asian and continental cuisine, freshly prepared by the experienced onboard chef and served at the outdoor dining area.

Dive cruises to Komodo with La Unua liveaboard vary from 4 - 6 days long. Itineraries explore some of the best dive areas in Komodo, including Batu Bolong, Manta Point, Golden Passage and Castle Rock. Komodo offers a diverse range of marine life, from tiny pygmy seahorses to large mantas gliding through the water. The experienced and dedicated crew are on had to accommodate most dive requests.

Available for both private dive charter and individual bookings, the La Unua phinisi is a fantastic option for your Komodo liveaboard. Call us or book online today to reserve your space.

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

Required Extras: National Park Fees (300,000 IDR per trip), Visas and Fees.

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance (85,000 IDR per day), Travel Insurance (25,000 IDR per day), Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Beach BBQ (150,000 IDR), Extra Dives (500,000 IDR), Private Dive Guide (750,000 IDR per day), Rental Gear (15,000-50,000 IDR), Scuba Diving Courses (5,000,000-30,000,000 IDR), Yoga.

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

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • TV in cabins
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • BBQ Area
  • Available for Charter
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Stand Up Paddleboard

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • 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.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English, French, 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 2017
  • Year renovated 2018
  • Length 23 meters
  • Beam 5.35 meters
  • Top speed 12 knots
  • Cruising speed 8 knots
  • Engines 245 HP Deutz Weichai marine engine
  • Max guests 8
  • Number of cabins 4
  • Number of bathrooms 4
  • Tenders 6 m 50hp Honda outboard engine
  • Water capacity 2500 liters
  • Fuel capacity 5000 liters
  • Freshwater maker 1000 liter per 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
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

La Unua Reviews

  • 9.1 Superb
  • 8 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Janel A
  • United States United States
Top Notch Experience

Such an amazing trip! We booked the suite cabin for January 2020, and ended up having the entire boat to ourselves. It was a wonderful dive boat experience. The dive master, Jaimal, was superb. The dive masters tend to freelance with different boats, so I think the experience will vary based on who is your dive master. He was relaxed and knowledgeable and led us on 10 amazing dives. There was always plenty of food and drinks. It is BYOB, and they bring you to a market to buy alcohol if you’d like to bring it on board. The Komodo dragons were also great, and we also enjoyed a sunset trek with amazing views. Highly recommend! One note — if it is rainy season, the boat may not be allowed to leave the harbor if they don’t receive clearance from maritime authorities. They cannot control this. We had to postpone our departure for 24 hours because no boats were allowed to leave harbor to go to the national park that day. Luckily our travel plans were flexible and we just pushed the departure date out 2 days. However, this may not always be the case and you will need to cancel the trip (or just stay on the boat in the harbor — which would be a like paying for expensive hotel, since you aren’t able to dive or leave the harbor). We did not find out the boat didn’t have clearance to leave until we were already at the boat (after 10am), after an 8am hotel pickup, followed by getting rental gear from La Unua, and a stop at the market and the bank to get cash for the rental gear. In the future, I hope the management of La Unua would disclose the process earlier, and rather than encouraging us to get on the boat and stay in the harbor (with no guarantee that the boat would get clearance to leave the harbor due to weather), it would be better to let guests know the options before the hotel pickup. We would have preferred not to spend an entire morning of our vacation running around, only to return to the hotel because the boat didn’t have clearance to depart that day. However, once the boat received clearance and the departure was rescheduled, everything went very smoothly.

Recommended for
Dive Master, Cabin with en-suite bathroom, and Attentive Crew
  • 7.2 Good
  • Don M
  • Canada Canada
Great boat, great diving, new team

The diving is great, good is excellent, and the boat is nice. BUT, The crew is a mix of old and new and the newer crew trainees (including the dive master in training) are still finding their feet. Things can feel a bit disorganized and hectic around the boat and getting in and out of the water, but once there it's amazing. We had two dive masters (one in training) and only six guests. There was a rumor that an additional cabin would be built for two more guests, which would be fine for the boat, but there's minimal space for setting up to dive - 6 people was hectic, 8 would be a mess. La Unua as of today is good, not excellent, the crew and primary dive master are learning, but recognizing that, the diving and overall experience is well worth it. Oh, also be prepared for significant extra park fees not listed in advance.

Recommended for
Food, dive sites, 6 person boat
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Bastien B
  • France France
Great experience with La Unua

During our dives we could see many things such as mantas, turtles, sharks and tons of other fish. We also get a chance to on a short trekking on Rinca islands where we could see the Komodo dragons.

Recommended for
Friendly Staff, amazing dives and nice boat
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Colin H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Amazing liveaboard on an amazing boat with an amazing crew and amazing dives.

Diving around Komodo with turtles, sharks and mantas, as well as plenty of colourful small life and coral. Followed very quickly by the amazing food and service by the crew.

Recommended for
The diving, the food, the boat (and crew)
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jeonghyun O
  • South Korea South Korea
It's awesome!

I make lovely friends from Spain. So I feel I got luck and happiness.

Recommended for
Foods, friendly and professional crew, schedules.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Paolo Z
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Amazona trip, unforgettable experience, outstanding crew.

The views, dive sites, and also the overall ambience was very relaxed and we have meet a wonderful malaysian / Indonesian couple that made our diving and stay even more enjoyable

Recommended for
Few people, fantastic food, amazing islands
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Diana N
  • Germany Germany
Unvergessliche Tauchsafari

Das war mit Abstand das beste Tauchrevier, in dem ich jemals getaucht bin. Die Korallenriffe sind bunt, vielfältig und sehr gut erhalten. Das Artenreichtum an Korallenfischen sowie an Großfischen ist beeindruckend. Absolutes Highlight war das Tauchen mit Manta-Rochen am Manta Point. Alles in einem, ein unvergessliches Erlebnis! Aber Vorsicht, der Komodo National Park ist aufgrund der starken und z.T. plötzlich auftretenden Strömungen nur für erfahrene Taucher (+80 Tauchgänge), die auch körperlich fit sind, geeignet.

Recommended for
Tolle Korallenriffe, Fischreichtum und meine Tauchmeisterin
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Elena D
  • Spain Spain
Expectativas superadas: ABSOLUTAMENTE INCREIBLE!!

TODO ABSOLUTAMENTE INCREÍBLE!! La tripulación excepcional, las inmersiones, la comida, comodidad, limpieza, atentos a cada detalle. Fondos espectaculares, inmersiones apasionantes con un guía muy profesional. El mejor viaje de mi vida sin duda! GRACIAS LA UNUA!! Y gracias a Josué de Liveabroad por sus consejos y guía.

Recommended for
Tripulación, inmersiones y calidad en los espacios