Launched in April 2008, the 57 metre Dewi Nusantara, formerly known as Paradise Dancer, is the largest of the Raja Ampat liveaboards, a magnificent 3-masted, motorised wooden schooner, perfectly suited to Indonesia diving safaris.
The immediate benefit of her size are the en-suite Deluxe cabins spanning an incredible 54 mē, substantially larger than the industry standard. The Master & Commander Suite is a whopping 142 mē, equipped with a double bed, sofa and table and chairs, reminiscent of the captain's cabins from an era past.
Choosing Dewi Nusantara as your Raja Ampat diving liveaboard means choosing a full-board setup with plenty of food to fuel your diving expeditions, to be enjoyed in the spacious and dedicated air-conditioned restaurant or at the out-door dining area whilst enjoying top-side scenery.
Diving is effortless thanks to a large dive deck for preparation and 2 powerful dinghies to ferry you to the exact point of entry, maximising time at each site. Nitrox is available on board to extend your bottom time and a computer with CD burner will ensure your scuba memories live on in video or photo long after you diving voyage to Raja Ampat.
From October to March, liveaboard diving in Raja Ampat with Dewi Nusantara is the main event. Outside of these months the focus shifts elsewhere. Mostly Dewi Nusantara visits Komodo, but also Banda and Alor.
Special offers: For special discounted prices, check the yellow highlighted trips in the schedule above.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, local beer, one glass of wine with dinner, land tours on Komodo trips, transfers to the boat from the airport and hotels, dives (as detailed in the safaris above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max of 5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, torches. For Raja Ampat and Cenderawasih Bay: transfers from Sorong or Manokwari Airport in West Papua Province to the boat. For Komodo: transfers from your Bali hotel to Bali Airport and return transfers to the boat from Labuan Bajo Airport in Flores.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive insurance, Raja Ampat port and park fees US$ 255 per person per trip, Cenderawasih Bay port and park fees US$ 215 per person per trip, Komodo port and park fees US$ 90 per person per trip to be in advance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Scuba equipment (US$ 300 per charter), dive computer, Additional wine and spirits, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 200 for all dives or US$ 10 per fill). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Raja Ampat: The Dewi Nusantara liveaboard normally departs from Sorong in West Papua. You can fly direct to Sorong from Bali or Jakarta. We will help you arrange return domestic flights between Bali or Jakarta and Sorong. There is a transfer service from the local airport to and from the boat. For safaris using other departure ports in Indonesia, we will assist you with information on how to get there. Komodo: Dewi Nusantara departs from Labuan Bajo. Domestic flight from Bali to Labuan Bajo is approximately 1 hour, return flights are arranged by the operator at an extra charge. There is a minibus transfer service between the boat and airport in Labuan Bajo. A 1 night stay in Bali is mandatory before, and recommended after, the cruise. For more information see our travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 07.00pm on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: US$ 200 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 65% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 9 guests and receive 1.5 extra spaces free of charge. See whole boat charter rate below, equivalent to pay for 15 guests and receive 3 extra spaces free of charge.
Dewi Nusantara is fitted with 8 Staterooms on the lower deck as well as a large Master suite on the main deck. The 46mē Master Suite has a double bed and sumptuous furnishings, its own Jacuzzi bath, and 180° views over the ocean from the rear of the vessel.
All the cabins have:
Windows on main deck, large portholes on lower deck
Nitrox - 100mē dive deck with 2 hot water showers and 1 toilet - 200 HP dinghies - Separate rinse tank for cameras - Camera table - 45mē air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD, iPod docking station and sound system - Computer with CD burner - Satellite internet - Photo and video editing - Movie and book library, games and magazines - Fish ID and diving books - Massage (after-dive and full body) - Sea kayaks - Water dispenser - Open-air dining area - Dedicated air-con restaurant area - Well-stocked bar - Shaded out-side area - 100mē sun decks with sun loungers and hammocks - Onboard boutique
A light breakfast of toast and fresh fruit with tea, coffee and fruit juice is served before the first dive starting at 6 am. A full cooked to order breakfast with your choice of western or Indonesia options such as Nasi Goreng is served on the open-air deck after your first dive. A buffet lunch of local Indonesia food is served in the middle of the day. Dinner is an elegant affair with 3 courses with waiter service and with 1 glass of wine included. There is also a menu of fine wines and cigars available for purchase.
International cuisine, Chinese and Japanese cuisine, local specialities and BBQs are to be found on the Dewi Nusantara's varied menu.
Main meals comprise pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, snacks & dinner.
Early morning wake up beverage.
Bread/toast, fruit, tea & coffee, water, fresh snacks, beer and soft drinks are available free of charge.
Wine and spirits are available as additional extras.
The menus are not fixed and meals are served buffet style in the dedicated air-conditioned restaurant or in the outside dining area with waitress service.
Vegetarian and other special diets are catered for with prior notice.
Catering starts with light refreshments and fruit or juice, with breakfast on the first full day of the safari as the first meal.
"Dewi Nusantara is a great boat - huge, spacious and in excellent condition. Very stable regardless of the weather. It is run extremely efficiently - a very well organised operation with no chaos and every issue anticipated. The staff were fabulous all round. The food can be a little repetitive but this is understandable since they do all their shopping in Sorong - a real challenge, I would imagine. My only slight criticism would be that our guide was extremely focused on pleasing photographers, sometimes to the detriment of others. I dived without a camera for more than 50% of the time after my housing flooded, and was largely left to fend for myself in finding critters (despite staying close to the guide). I don't think this was true of the other guides, though." - Catriona Steele, Australia ...