Queenesia, Indonesia

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Excellent diving and guidance

“Going to see the Komodo dragons, Castle, rock, and shotgun.”

Jett L, United States United States
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Highlights

  • Custom-built phinisi for fantastic dive cruises
  • Delicious customized meals with local ingredients
  • Small groups for a stress-free dive experience

A traditional wooden phinisi built in south Sulawesi, the Queenesia liveaboard was custom-built for fantastic dive and adventure cruises in Komodo National Park. Catering to just 8 guests, the Queenesia creates a feeling of comfort in 3 well-equipped cabins. Each room has storage space, charging ports, individually controlled AC, and private en-suite bathrooms. Flexible bedding configuration, which includes a double cabin, a twin cabin, and a quad cabin, is perfect for a small-group charter of family or friends. The large main-deck area is ideal for relaxing in-between activities, enjoying the sea breeze, or taking in the beautiful sunrise or sunset. The onboard cook freshly prepares food customized to guests' tastes. A range of local vegetables, fruit, fresh fish, and a mix of European-inspired and healthy dishes is served.

With flexible itineraries, cruises combine the perfect balance of diving and non-diving activities. Dive with reef sharks, turtles, and manta rays on one day and hike to beautiful viewpoints, walk along pristine beaches, and enjoy island-hopping the next. The large tender makes getting to and from the dive sites nice and easy, and small groups ensure a stress-free dive experience.

Perfect for individuals, couples, family, and friends, the Queenesia is ready and waiting in Komodo. Book online today.

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Included: VAT, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Night Dives, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Stand Up Paddleboard, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (19 USD per day).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Rental Gear.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Rooms with Balcony
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • 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
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English 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 2014
  • Year renovated 2022
  • Length 22 meters
  • Beam 6 meters
  • Top speed 12 knots
  • Cruising speed 8 knots
  • Engines 2 units Mitsubishi 6 cylinder 6D16
  • Max guests 8
  • Number of cabins 3
  • Number of bathrooms 4
  • Tenders 2
  • Fuel capacity 2000 liters
  • Freshwater maker 8000 liters

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

Queenesia Reviews

  • 8.5 Fabulous
  1. Vessel
    7.8
  2. Crew
    7.6
  3. Food
    9.4
  4. Diving
    9.7
  5. Value
    8.3
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jett L
  • United States United States
It was an awesome trip with lots of Great dive sites.

Going to see the Komodo dragons, Castle, rock, and shotgun.

Recommended for
Castlerock, the shotgun and hanging out with the crew and fellow divers.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Todd B
  • United States United States
Great Liveaboard

*Disclaimer - We were upgraded to a larger boat due to maintenance on the boat we booked (but that's already a great indication of the outstanding service this company provided)* It was my first live aboard and I will for sure do another one! Staff and dive guides were outstanding. There was so much food and tea or hot chocolate served after every dive. The dive guides knew the sites super well and were flexible to requests to go early, do a day dive instead of night dive, etc. Overall a 5 star experience and I would highly recommend this company to other divers.

Recommended for
1) Crew, 2) Itinerary (lots of dives!), 3) Nature
  • 4.8 Review score
  • Elizabeth C
  • United States United States
You get what you pay for

We had a great time diving. The boat was run down and had few food options.

Recommended for
The diving
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Kara M
  • United States United States
Beautiful dive sites, accommodations could be better

I'll start with the positives of our 6d/5n trip on the Queenesia. It was much less expensive than other options in Komodo and we were able to dive the same amazing dive sites. +We enjoyed the variety of diving and shore excursions aboard the Queenesia (watching flying foxes at sunset, visiting Pink Beach, snorkeling a beautiful sandbar and trekking with komodo dragons on Rinca). +The crew was very nice and hard-working. There was a bit of a language barrier (we don't speak Indonesian) so we had limited communication with the non-diving crew. +The shady lounging deck was a great place to spend time onboard in the hammock or one of the beanbags. +Having night dives every day was an awesome part of the trip. Rental torches were in great condition and worked well. Our expectations were a bit higher than they should have been since this was our fourth liveaboard experience. We were a bit disappointed with the overall comfort aboard the Queeneasia. I think it would be fine for a 3 day trip but after 6 days it wasn't great. - Accommodations are pretty basic (no hot water in ensuite showers, toilets clogged even without flushing paper, no ac in common areas, loud generator running under our bedroom all night). -The food is the same few meals on rotation. The food was tasty for the first few times but we got bored with the same dishes by the end of the trip. I'm fine with Indonesian food but mix up the sauces and spices some. -The bedding included only a bottom sheet, pillows and a small decorative throw on the foot of the bed. We had to ask for a top sheet/blanket and were met with confusion. The microfiber towels (2 per guest) provided were great for the trip and in like new condition. -Our cabin air conditioner cooled well but smelled poopy when running. -The rental gear was in very poor condition (ripped wetsuits, cracked hoses on regs, leaking masks, BCDs were great) and after returning we've been informed it was at the end of its life and the new gear shipment was delayed at port. -Finally, the dive briefings should have been more detailed. We often exceeded max depths we discussed during the briefing and the one time I asked why, the dive master said there was a current. As experienced divers (over 100 dives each and higher certifications), I think the dive master assumed we knew more than we did. We were caught in a pretty scary downcurrent and I didn't feel prepared to handle it. Having never dived in currents like Indonesia, I would have appreciated a more detailed explanation of down currents, reef hooks, etc. In summary, if you have a tight budget and really want to dive on Komodo, then the Queenesia will get you there but be prepared to forgo some comforts. But most importantly, you should be prepared to aggressively be your own safety advocate (triple-check your gear, ask lots of questions before and after every dive and ideally I'd recommend completing a rescue certification before your visit).

Recommended for
beautiful dive sites, friendly crew, and non-diving excursions
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jannik H
  • Germany Germany
Great experience With awesome crew!

Albert our dive instructor was amazing and knows the best spots for the big and exotic animals we wanted to see. The crew was always there to help and provided us a great experience with supporting all the dive equipment, cooking very delicious food! I would always come again on this boat!

Recommended for
Familiar atmosphere (we were 5 participants + 5 crew members in total), very experienced dive guide who always adapted to weather, current and visibility to provide us the best diving experiences, additional activities like the komodo dragon visit in the Nationalpark and a quick tracking
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Carlos P
  • Spain Spain
Beautiful Dives sites and very kind and professional workers

Perfect trip overall! Beautiful Dives sites, perfect boat for us and helpful crew with experience guides. Trip easy to repeat in the future. :)

Recommended for
Healthy coral, full of marine life and experience workers
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Jorge V
  • Spain Spain
We had a great relaxing 4 days of diving

The crew were really nice. Great dive master. Precious landscape

Recommended for
Diving with coral reef
  • 4.8 Review score
  • Pat H
  • Germany Germany
Fresh water getting low on day 4th and for this reason we must give up our night dive

Food and fruits are super poor quality and quantity. Fresh water running out on day 4th and we must give up our night dive because of they can't manage even also low in fuel after 3days as well. 16-18dives are a joke because all we did just only 15dives in total. Someone stolen my weight pocket that I have left in my basket at dive deck and it was just disappear. This trip was just only 6 divers in total and it was disaster to be on that Boat. Sorry but I don't think I could recommend to anyone. One and only that good is Eddie the Guide, he did what he could and he is a very good guide sadly he also will no longer working for this boat anymore.

Recommended for
Eddie is the only best and experience person on this boat the rest are useless.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Simon H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Nice

The quality, variety & extent of coral, hard & soft, &, therefore reef life, was amazing. Never seen anything like it. I’m a “big stuff” diver, so, I had to reboot for this. The ease of diving ( just shorts & rash vest - no suits!), down to the crew & support, was great. Very relaxing. A flexible approach enabled us to get the most from every day.

Recommended for
Ease of diving, great coral & reef fish, flexability
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Diana M
  • Australia Australia
Amazing diving, crew and value for money

Stunning coral and marine life, beautiful scenery when docked, incredible dive master (Ricky) and crew, great activities outside of diving.

Recommended for
diving, crew, and value for money