SV Mona Lisa has that certain inscrutable quality about it: perhaps no oil painting but a great value-for-money option for liveaboard diving in Komodo. This Phinisi schooner, with modern teak interiors, sleeps up to only 12 guests in 6 air-conditioned en-suite cabins and operates short and affordable diving trips around the best of Komodo National Park from Labuan Bajo.
Although you can make up to 4 dives a day, there are land tours and fishing gear to enjoy, and the operator aims to keep both divers and non-divers entertained at all times. You can join the boat for as short a period as you wish since you are able to board and depart the boat any day of the week. On the main deck towards the bow is the open air dining and relaxation area with a large dining table at its centre. There is also a TV, DVD and music system here so you can view your photos and fill the Indonesian air with tunes.
Rental scuba equipment, nitrox and alcoholic beverages are all available at additional cost. With 10 crew members and 12 guests, there will always be someone nearby to lend a hand and you can be sure that you won't be diving in large groups. So for an intimate and personal liveaboard trip to Komodo that won't break the bank and will fit with your timing, look no further than the Mona Lisa.
Notes: High Season Surcharge - for trips departing in October or November and 15 December to 7 January, please add 10% to the above published prices. Divers must have at least 50 dives (35 dives for Advanced divers) to join this liveaboard. Otherwise, hiring of a private guide is mandatory.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, land tours in Komodo, transfers to the boat from the airport for stays of 3 nights or more, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), tanks, weights and weightbelts, snorkelling equipment.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 20 per day), diving computer, dive insurance, travel insurance, Komodo park fees per person: US$ 19 per week day and US$ 28 on Sundays to be paid in advance, fuel surcharge (subject to change, please check with us). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, boat transfers for stays of less than 3 nights, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 25 per day), torches. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Mona Lisa trips depart from Labuan Bajo in Flores. Flights can be arranged by the operator. There is a minibus transfer service from airports to and from the boat in Labuan Bajo but not in Bali. For more information see our Bali travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 03.00pm. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 15 to 18% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Add 50% to the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 11 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge (equivalent to 9% discount).
SV Mona Lisa can accommodate 12 divers in 6 Standard double/twin bunk cabins with private en-suite bathrooms. 4 cabins are located on the lower deck and have portholes for natural lighting, 2 are on the main deck and feature windows.
All the cabins have:
Portholes or windows
En-suite bathrooms with hot water shower, toilet, hand basin, towels and toiletries
Cabinet and shelves
24-hour, 220V electricity supply
Electrical sockets with European-style 2-pin plugs
Nitrox - Dive deck - 2 Motorised dinghies - Air-conditioned saloon and dining area with bar, TV, DVD and sound system - Book library including diving & fish ID books, magazines - Sun deck with sun chairs - Drinking water dispenser
Dining on Mona Lisa's safaris usually means enjoying buffet-style meals in the open air. You can expect a range of international dishes with an emphasis on seafood and fresh ingredients. Drinking water, coffee and tea are available at all times and you can purchase beer wine and soft drinks from the bar.
International cuisine and local specialities.
Meals are served in the saloon or in the open-air dining area, weather dependent.
Main meals comprise breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Snacks, tea & coffee, and drinking water are available free of charge.
Beer, soft drinks & wine are available at additional charge.
Vegetarian diets are catered for with prior notice.
"The crew & divemasters were really friendly and helpful guys. But still I have to say that Mona Lisa is not very modernly equipped: such as we have to get to a speedboat for each dive rather than simply jump off the back of the mother boat." - Yuyao Wang, China ...
"MV would be a better name, since the crew did not remember when the sails were used the last time. The boat is really comfortable, the crew is very nice and eager to help. Divemasters were very experienced and really knew the sites we went diving. The food was of good quality and more than enough.." - Robert Westland, USA ...