Felicia runs shorter trips - 1 to 5 nights around the Komodo National Park and so is ideal for those on a budget or with time constraints. Felicia operates Komodo liveaboard diving charters out of Labuan Bajo and this means that all your time is spent in the park itself without having to dive anywhere en-route.
Felicia is not a fancy boat but it is a well-run and comfortable Phinisi schooner that represents good value-for-money. There is a good sized saloon/dining area which is air-conditioned and also features complimentary internet, television, DVD player and music system for evening entertainment. There is also a sun deck to top up your tan between one incredible Komodo dive and the next. With a maximum of only 12 guests onboard, you won't find yourself fighting for space.
You can choose between double or twin bedded cabins, all located on the lower deck, with air conditioning and private en-suite bathrooms. So if you want to see the best of the Komodo National Park in some comfort, but without having too much cash to blow then Felicia is just the job.
Beyond Komodo, this Indonesia liveaboard operates diving tours around Raja Ampat and the Banda Islands from November to April.
Notes: There is a high season surcharge in July and August of US$ 31 per person per night.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, land tours on Komodo charters, transfers to the boat from the airport or hotel, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 6 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 45 per day), Komodo port and park fees (US$ 35 per person per trip). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, dive computer and insurance, torches. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The Felicia diving charters depart in the morning from Labuan Bajo in Flores. There is a minibus transfer service from hotels in Labuan Bajo to and from the boat. For more information see our Bali travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 11.00am. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 5% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 100% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: 6 divers will confirm sailing at US$ 2970 per night.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Komodo - US$ 3,600
Dive deck and platform with shower and toilet - 2 Motorisd dive dinghies - Air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD and sound system - Movie and book library, games and magazines - Free internet use (subject to available coverage) - Fish ID and diving books - Water dispenser - Dedicated air-con restaurant area - Sun deck with sun chairs
"We stayed on the Felicia Liveaboard and the service from the crew was excellent. I would rate it a 5 out of 5. The equipment available was not great but it was ok. I needed to rent a wetsuit and they did not have a great variety to choose from. The suit that I ended up choosing was a little bit small but over all was usable. ... The boat crew had someone to meet us at Sorong Airport in the morning to bring us to the boat. We had to wait for a couple of hours for the other guests to arrive but in the meantime the crew helped us to get setup in our cabins and offered us refreshments. ... On the trip itself, the crew looked after all of our needs. They were friendly and very helpful with a good level of English. The food they served was delicious and everyday we ate something different. Overall this was a very good experience and I would strongly consider going on this charter again, not for the comfort of the boat, but because the crew was so good." - Josh Bismanovsky, USA ...