The Thai owned Panunee is a well-run steel hulled Indonesia liveaboard boat suitable for divers and underwater photographers keen to explore the awesome regions of Cenderawasih Bay, Ambon and the Banda Sea.
There are 9 cabins with shared bathroom facilities and 2 with a Queen bed and en-suite bathrooms. The boat can accommodate 20 guests, 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 of the liveaboard 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 scuba diving in some of Asia's finest regions and will be delighted to share the experience with you.
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, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 10 per item per trip), marine park fee (Cenderawasih Bay US$ 70, Ambon-Banda Islands US$ 30), port fee and return airport transfer fee in Nabire/Ambon (US$ 230), Komodo marine park fee and airport transfer (US$ 250), fuel surcharge subject to change. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Canned soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$12 per fill), torches, dive computer and insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Cenderawasih Bay trips - The Panunee liveaboard 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). The last dive of the trip will be at around 12 pm. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. The last dive of the trip will be at around 15:00 on the day before disembarkation. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
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: See whole boat charter rate below. Equivalent to pay for 20 guests and receive 2 spaces in a suite free of charge.
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.
All the cabins have:
Window, except Deluxe Studio cabins which have portholes
Camera table and blow gun
2 towels per guest
Mains outlet 220 & 110 volts - 24 hours
No. of bathrooms / showers - 9 / 9 - hot water and toiletries
Enriched air nitrox - 2 Motorised 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
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.
Thai, Indonesian, 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.