Mari Liveaboard, Indonesia

Excellent crew and service

“Food was great, the bad was the bug issue and the ugly was the safety. Not one person on the boat check our nitrox cards and i kno…”

Trudy W, United States United States
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Highlights

  • Traditional Indonesian phinisi with modern furnishings
  • Maximum of 14 guests for a personal experience
  • Nitrox available on board

The beautiful Mari liveaboard is a traditional Indonesian phinisi offering year-round diving trips in Raja Ampat, the Banda Sea, and Komodo National Park. Constructed entirely of ironwood and teak, the 30m Mari was refurbished in 2016 to offer modern furnishings and ample onboard space. She caters to a maximum of 14 guests in 7 cabins, ensuring a more personal experience and plenty of room to relax. There are 3 Deluxe and 4 Superior cabins, each offering individually controlled AC, storage space, and private bathrooms. All cabins are on the main deck, so they are bright and well-ventilated. Common areas include the open-air lounge, bar, and 2 sun decks with loungers. The recent addition of a highly-trained chef onboard means that a wide variety of fresh, healthy, and delicious cuisine will satisfy hungry divers. The al-fresco dining table is the perfect place to enjoy a hearty meal surrounded by stunning Indonesian scenery.

The Mari explores the best of Indonesia's dive sites to offer exciting year-round adventures. Divers can explore Komodo National Park on 4, 5, and 10-night trips from July to October. Divers can expect thrilling diving in the national park at world-famous dive sites such as Manta Alley, Castle Rock, and Crystal Rock, diving with manta rays, sharks, and huge schools of fish. In October, the boat moves to Raja Ampat via Flores & the Maluku and stays there until the following April. Explore one of the most diverse marine environments in the world, with the chance of seeing everything from pygmy sea-horses to whales. The spacious dive deck with gear storage and individual rinse tanks, large dive tender for getting to and from the dive sites, and the recent addition of nitrox availability ensure a comfortable dive liveaboard.

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

Required Extras: Fuel Surcharge (75-230 EUR), National Park Fees (140 EUR per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox (5 EUR per activity), Rental Gear.

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Library
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • 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
  • Bar
  • Naturalist Guide

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Fine Cuisine
  • 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.


Diving

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

The crew speaks English, German, 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.


Drawings & Vessel Layouts

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Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2008
  • Year renovated 2018
  • Length 32.2 m
  • Deck area 3 + Sky Deck
  • Beam 6.5m
  • Cruising speed 6-7 knots
  • Engines Nissan RD8/280PS
  • Max guests 14
  • Number of cabins 7
  • Number of bathrooms 7
  • Tenders 2 dinghies from fiber (6.5 m / 40 PS Yamaha + 4 m / 15 PS Yamaha)
  • Water capacity 5000 litre/day
  • Fuel capacity 16 ton
  • Freshwater maker 5 ton/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
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Mari Reviews

  • 8.7 Fabulous
  1. Vessel
    8.2
  2. Crew
    8.6
  3. Food
    9.2
  4. Diving
    8.8
  5. Value
    8.6
  • 7.6 Good
  • Trudy W
  • United States United States
The good the bad and the ugly

Food was great, the bad was the bug issue and the ugly was the safety. Not one person on the boat check our nitrox cards and i know for sure there were people diving who weren’t certified to dive on nitrox. Big problem was we were told everyone has tanks at 31% (should have known right there that’s not right) one person in our group and 5 other people got bad air, some tanks had to get filled from another boat, we were told the compressor wasn’t working ….also turned out i held 3 tanks until they could be analyzed myself and to come find out after throwing a fit that also two tanks had regular on top of nitrox, to give a 26% mixture. O2 was given 30 after the dive when they could locate the o2 tank…and had to pass on the next dive. Extremely dangerous. They apologized to me but i can tell you what somebody is going to get seriously hurt. This was the first time nobody checked our certification. Also because of the lack of maintenance we lost 2 days of diving in Misool. After the tank issue the staff started analyzing tanks with 1 person from each group.

Recommended for
Our dive guide, food for sure, itinerary
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michael C
  • United States United States
Fantastic

The crew was extremely welcoming and really goes out of their way to make your trip the best experience. The dive sites and guide knowledge was top class, the chef was phenomenal and the underwater life was fantastic. Couldn’t have been more pleased with The Mari.

Recommended for
The amazing boat crew, the device guides and the dives sites,
  • 7.6 Good
  • Sunil S
  • India India
Great crew, but second half of the itinerary did not met expectations

I did the Raja Ampat - Misool - Halmahera route on the Mari, with a really amazing group of fellow divers. The first 4-5 days of the trip in the Misool area were absolutely amazing. But once we moved to Halmahera, the diving was a let-down, that is not to say that the dives were bad, they were quite ok with beautiful corals on quite a few dives. However, you can do similar dives in many other areas in South East Asia at a lower price and without as much travel as one does to get to Raja Ampat. Overall, I did not feel that the trip itinerary was worth it and would not advise this itinerary, it might have been much nicer to have stayed in Raja Ampat for the entire trip. Of course, there were a couple of unfortunate incidents during the trip, one due to the volcanic eruption in Sulawesi (causing one of the boat captains to leave early due to a family emergency)and the other due to the boat's radar not working towards the last 2 days of the trip which may have impacted the planned itinerary. None of this takes away from the stellar job the crew did, they were so helpful and nice and are really a credit to the operation.

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The crew is really good and do their best to ensure you are taken care of and are always helpful with a smile. Awesome food, Amazing group of fellow divers
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kerstin W
  • Germany Germany
Best crew ever for an amazing dive adventure

Everything was well organized from outside showers on deck to the snacks and the hot ginger tea after the nightdives and the excursions, not to forget the daily cleaning of the cabins. Very knowledgable dive guides for all the difference dive sites, with time for photo sessions under water in the search of the pygmea seahorses etc. Good rental equipment, Air and Nitrox, secure dive procedures. Food was very good and plenty as well. I would dive with Ungke and his crew again anytime. But best of all was the friendly atmosphere on board, smiles and laughter and a good time

Recommended for
The crew of the Mari, the food and the dive buddies
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Murray T
  • Canada Canada
Fantastic Crew and every dive event well prepared!

Viewing giant ocean manta and many nudibranchs.

Recommended for
Friendly crew with plenty of fun. Excellent Cook!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ignacio A
  • Argentina Argentina
Increíbles buceos y la tripulación de muy buen humor con excelente servicio

Vimos muchas mantas y el buceo en excelentes condiciones, buena temperatura, ambiente. La tripulación con una atención excelente, de 5 estrellas, están en casa detalle, siempre al servicio de uno, siempre alegres, pero con muchísima calidad en las prestaciones. La pasamos muy muy bien!

Recommended for
Manta, Tiburon Ballena , delfines
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Arron B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Crew made a very special trip

Seeing whale sharks and dolphins enjoying a variety of delicious foods. And the attention to detail from all staff. Also the trip it self.

Recommended for
Crew. Location. Boat.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • David B
  • Canada Canada
Amazing adventure, unique experiences and awesome people

Met and got to know some really amazing people as we dove together in the most amazing dive spots in the world. One dive we just lay on the ocean floor for 50 minutes watching five mantas hovering over a cleaning station - unbelievable!!! So many fish!!! Species you won’t see anywhere else. The side excursions were really fun and interesting. Twelve days barely seemed enough! Thanks Stefan, Mila, Ungke and crew for an amazing time.

Recommended for
Best dives sites on the planet, really knowledgeable DM and happy, helpful staff, and the food was so good!!
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Steven C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
An average standard of liveaboard

Some of the dive sights were exceptional, being close and personal to a leopard shark and manta ray

Recommended for
The company of other guests, duration of trip, having a cabin to myself
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Daniel G
  • Mexico Mexico
Amazing

Amazing live aboard. I strongly recommend to do it with Mari if you are looking for a really nice experience. All the crew is warm and very kind. The food is great every time and the dice masters really know where to take you. One of the best experiences I have had in my life.

Recommended for
Crew, Food, Dives