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MV Panunee

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The Thai owned Panunee is a well-run steel hulled Indonesia liveaboard dive boat suitable for divers and underwater photographers keen to explore the awesome regions of Cenderawasih Bay, Ambon and the Banda Sea.

Length: 32 metres / 106 foot
Beam: 7 metres / 24 foot
Cruise: 12 knots
Divers: 20 (max. 22 for whole boat charter)
Enriched air nitrox is available here
Cenderawasih Bay liveaboard, MV Panunee

There are 9 cabins with shared bathroom facilities and 2 with a Queen bed and en-suite bathrooms. The boat can accommodate 20 divers, or 22 on a full charter, yet still manages to retain quite a spacious feel.

The dive deck is quite roomy, with individual spaces helping to avoid congestion, and features a camera table and separate rinse tanks and air hoses for photographic equipment. Elsewhere you can always find space on the sundeck upstairs where you can soak in the rays, relaxing in comfort on sun cushions.

On the main deck you will find the air-conditioned saloon which features all the entertainment facilities you might hope for, such as TV, DVD and music system, plus a well-stocked movie library.

Bottled soft drinks are free throughout the trip, ensuring you will never go thirsty, and the portions of fresh food should keep you well fed. Meals are buffet style and enjoyed in the open air restaurant area.

From June to January, MV Panunee operates in Indonesia, and January to May dives in Myanmar, the Similan Islands and the Andaman Islands. This means the crew of the Panunee are used to diving some of Asia's finest regions and will be delighted to share the experience with you.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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September 2014
Dep: 22 Sep Ret: 28 Sep Cenderawasih Bay US$ 2,353
Dep: 29 Sep Ret: 6 Oct Cendrawasih Bay US$ 2,746
October 2014
Dep: 13 Oct Ret: 19 Oct Cenderawasih Bay US$ 2,353
Dep: 20 Oct Ret: 26 Oct Cenderawasih Bay US$ 2,353
Dep: 27 Oct Ret: 2 Nov Cenderawasih Bay US$ 2,353
November 2014
Dep: 3 Nov Ret: 9 Nov Cenderawasih Bay US$ 2,353
Dep: 9 Nov Ret: 15 Nov Cenderawasih Bay US$ 2,353

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More Trip Details....

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory): Scuba equipment (US$ 10 per item per trip), marine park fee (Cenderawasih Bay US$ 70, Ambon-Banda Islands US$ 30), port fee and round trip airport transfer fee in Nabire/Ambon (US$ 230), fuel surcharge subject to change. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (customers might provide their own where appropriate at no extra cost).

Optional extras: Canned soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$12 per fill), torches, dive computer, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: Cenderawasih Bay trips - MV Panunee departs from Nabire in West Papua. Nabire airport is accessible from Jakarta airport (CGK) and Surabaya (SUB) via Ambon (AMQ). Both outward and return journeys have same-day connecting flights. Some guests choose to overnight in Ambon.

How to get there: Ambon-Banda Islands trips - MV Panunee departs from Ambon. Ambon airport is accessible from Jakarta airport (CGK) and Surabaya (SUB).

Non-diver rate: 10% off the published prices.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Add 70% to published prices.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Charter price below is for 20 people and is the equivalent of 2 free in a suite. Prices are available for half charters, please contact us for details.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): Cenderawasih Bay - US$ 7,950, Ambon-Banda Islands - US$ 9,571

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 2 twin bed Deluxe Studio cabins on the lower deck, 7 twin bed Deluxe cabins on the lower and main decks, and 2 queen-bed Suites on the main deck with private en-suite bathrooms with hot water shower.

Panunee Deluxe cabin, your accommodation for diving in Sangalaki All the cabins have:
  • Air conditioning
  • Window, except Deluxe Studio cabins which have portholes
  • Camera table and blow gun
  • Reading lights
  • 2 towels per guest
  • Cabinet
  • Life jackets
  • Mains outlet 220 & 110 volts - 24 hours
No. of bathrooms / showers - 9 / 9 - hot water and toiletries

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Crew, facilities, dive courses...
The indoor lounge on board the Cenderawasih Bay liveaboard, the Panunee Crew comprises:
  • Cruise leader
  • 1 Instructor
  • 4 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • 2 Cooks
  • Maid
  • 2 Engineers
  • 2 Deck hands
Enriched air nitrox - 2 Motorised dive dinghies - 40mē dive deck and platform with toilet and hot water shower - Rinse tanks and camera table - 32mē Air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD player and movie library, music system, general book library and fish ID books - 20mē Open-air shaded dining area - Bar - Drinking water dispenser - 35mē Sundeck with sun cushions

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Menu, cuisine type...
Panunee prides itself on providing meals cooked with the freshest ingredients and, in addition to the authentic Thai cuisine on offer, you can enjoy Chinese, Japanese and European dishes, served buffet style and washed down complimentary soft drinks.

  • Delicious food spreads await you onboard PanuneeThai, Chinese and international cuisine - 3 main meals & 2 light meals per day.
  • Buffet-style and waitress service in the open-air dining area.
  • A la carte-style catering can also be accommodated.
  • All dietary requirements catered for - please send us advanced notice.
  • Dining begins with a light meal on the first evening of the cruise.
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks, drinking water, fruit, biscuits, toast, potato crisps, popcorn etc., provided free of charge.
  • Beer, wine and spirits are also available for purchase.
  • Fixed menu.


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technical specifications...
  • Another view of the MV Panunee, Cenderawasih BayBuilt in year 2001, refurbished in 2007
  • Size - 32m x 7.2m
  • Top speed - 15 knots
  • Cruising speed - 12 knots
  • 2 x 760 HP Man D2842 LE engines
  • 2 x 100 KW Man D2866 LE generators
  • 2 x Bauer dive tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox
  • 12 & 9 litre aluminium scuba tanks with A-clamp fittings (DIN adapters available)
  • Electricity 380V - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 15,000 litres
  • Fresh water maker - 4,000 litres per day
  • Fuel capacity - 30,000 litres

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navigation, safety features...
  • Catch some sunshine on Panunee's sun deck2 Life rafts
  • 2 Yamaha dive tenders (40 & 30 HP)
  • VHF Furuno telephone, HF Super Star SS-2400 MKll & Kenwood SSB radios
  • Furuno global positioning system (GPS)
  • Furuno radar
  • Furuno sounder
  • Inmarset Mini-M satellite telephone
  • First Aid Box
  • This operator has not confirmed the presence, or quantity of, oxygen on their dive boat
  • Engine room CCTV and fire alarm
  • EPIRBs
  • Life jackets in each cabin
  • Fire extinguishing system throughout
  • No customer dive insurance included - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation
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layout plans...
Panunee deck plans
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