Tambora Liveaboard, Indonesia

Excellent crew and service

“Mantas were the best. Easy diving from the dive boats. Really good crew. Too bad they can't even get a coffee maker on board or a …”

Tim S, United States United States
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    • Dedicated camera set up station
    • Equipment rental and dive courses available on board

TheTambora is a 42-meter/138-feet-long liveaboard taking 16 guests in 8 cabins on diving safaris in Indonesia. There are 2 double and 6 twin cabins, all with individually controlled air conditioning and an en-suite bathroom with hot water. There is a dedicated camera room for storing and maintaining underwater camera equipment. Five freshly prepared meals are served daily, a blend of Indonesian, European, and Japanese specialties; soft drinks, water, tea, coffee, and beer are all included. Liquor and a wide selection of wines are available for an additional cost.

Guests can enjoy meals in the salon, with a TV/DVD with home cinema surround sound, or take in the ocean views in one of three lounge decks. The dive tender carries guests to and from some of the finest dive spots in Indonesia. Destinations covered by the Tambora include Raja Ampat, Triton Bay, Banda Sea, Ambon, Sulawesi, and Halmahera. From wreck diving, encountering macro marine life, drift diving alongside pelagic creatures, or discovering concealed bays and islands, a liveaboard trip aboard the Tambora is an unforgettable experience.

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Included: VAT, Port Fees, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Soft Drinks at Meal Times, Tea & Coffee, Wine with Dinner, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Extra Dives, Night Dives, Rental Gear, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Stand Up Paddleboard, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, Laundry / Pressing Services, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: Fuel Surcharge (150 USD per trip), National Park Fees (250 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Nitrox (20 USD per day), Massage, 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

  • Laundry Service
  • Camera Station
  • Massage
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • TV in cabins
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • 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
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Beach BBQ
  • Welcome Cocktails

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
  • Nitrox available
  • Tech diving
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount 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.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

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Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2008
  • Year renovated 2023
  • Length 42 meters
  • Deck area 8.5 meters
  • Beam 8.75 meters
  • Top speed 10 knots
  • Cruising speed 8 knots
  • Engines MAN High-Speed Marine Diesel
  • Max guests 16
  • Number of cabins 8
  • Number of bathrooms 8
  • Tenders 2
  • Water capacity 10000 liters
  • Fuel capacity 10000 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
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Tambora Reviews

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 7.6 Good
  • Tim S
  • United States United States
Good boat that a few amenities could fix and make it great

Mantas were the best. Easy diving from the dive boats. Really good crew. Too bad they can't even get a coffee maker on board or a deck shower. AC in the cabin was also very weak, not sure it cooled off the rather small space at all.

Recommended for
Dive site, Crew, Guides
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Ronnie C
  • United States United States
Amazing diving with a great crew

Informative dive briefings; guides are skilled at spotting the tiniest of critters; guides and the crew provided excellent service throughout the trip; food was plentiful and varied with a good mix of Western and Indonesian cuisines; pygmy seahorses and mantas

Recommended for
Excellent dive sites and guides, service by boat crew, delicious food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Charles G
  • United States United States
Brilliant trip out of Sorong

Really every dive was outstanding. I've done 5 liveaboards and have 400+ dives, but this was the best. Of course the amazing diving and weather certainly added to the experience. The crew did a great job and the food was the best of the boats I've been on. So good, I've already booked another trip on the Tambora.

Recommended for
Absolutely brilliant diving, great crew and supper food
  • 8.0 Very good
  • u teng L
  • Macau Macau
My first livaboard and it was way beyond my expectations.

Excellent customer service

Recommended for
amazing dive sites, friendly crew members, experienced diver guides
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • julio A
  • Spain Spain
Excellent crew and and Cruise director, fantastic dive sites and great food

The quality and beauty of the ship, the dives, and the impeccable food combined with outstanding friendly service made this trip fantastic.

Recommended for
cabin, great diving tour and comfort of the auxiliary aluminum boats
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Terry M
  • Canada Canada
Great diving, great food, great crew, terrible rental equipment

The Diving in Raja Ampat is phenomenal. The crew of Tambora was great. The food was really good. The one negative is that they provided sub-standard equipment. Two of the rental BCDs malfunctioned. Flashlights failed on night dives. One should definitely bring your own equipment.

Recommended for
Diving, food, crew.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • marva B
  • Romania Romania
Beautiful dives, nice boat and great friendly crew.

each and every dive!

Recommended for
Unforgettable dive sites, great crew service, good trip planning.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Andrea K
  • Australia Australia
This is the trail less traveled

Sailing and watching the sunrise and set, watching dolphins play and seeing a whale cruise past is part of this relaxing cruising holiday. The diving was great sometimes fishy, pristine corals, amazing macro and some hard core muck. Lots of A lister finds but no promises!

Recommended for
Remote exploration coral
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • David N
  • Australia Australia
A taste of Raja Ampat

There were many highlights. The amazing corals, prolific fish life and the varied dives. Certainly the mantas were a highlight but there were so many other animals big and small that made up the Raja Ampat experience.The Tambora was a great boat to explore the area. Would I travel on Tambora again? Yes. Will I return to Raja Ampat? Most certainly.

Recommended for
The best things were the food, diving and its organization and the staff.
  • 7.6 Good
  • China China
this is a nice trip

1. No any change for bed sheet and pillowcase, it is smell not good and wet due to my sweet.

Recommended for
only 5 guests; friendly service;