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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.

Length: 57 metres / 188 foot
Beam: 12 metres / 39 ft
Cruise: 9 knots
Divers: 18
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Dewi Nusantara sailing the waters of Raja Ampat

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 diving 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 the Komodo dive sites but also Banda and Alor.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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October 2014
Dep: 5 Oct Ret: 16 Oct Raja Ampat US$ 5,399
January 2015
Dep: 9 Jan Ret: 20 Jan Raja Ampat US$ 5,775
Dep: 21 Jan Ret: 1 Feb Raja Ampat US$ 5,775
April 2015
Dep: 9 Apr Ret: 22 Apr Ambon-Banda Sea-Alor US$ 6,825
Dep: 23 Apr Ret: 5 May Banda Sea US$ 6,300
May 2015
Dep: 7 May Ret: 19 May Banda Sea US$ 6,300
Dep: 20 May Ret: 31 May Alor-Pentar US$ 5,775
June 2015
Dep: 13 Jun Ret: 24 Jun Alor-Wakatobi US$ 5,775

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More Trip Details....

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 trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max of 5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, torches. Raja Ampat and Cenderawasih Bay trips: transfers from Sorong or Manokwari Airport in West Papua Province to the boat. Komodo trips, 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): Dive insurance, Raja Ampat port and park fees US$ 215 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 (customers might provide their own where appropriate at no extra cost).

Optional extras: Scuba equipment (US$ 300 per trip), 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: Dewi Nusantara 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 trips using other departure ports 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 the cruise and recommended after the cruise.
For more information see our travel information section.

Non-diver rate: US$ 200 off the published price.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single traveller 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.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): Komodo: US$ 6,583. Raja Ampat: US$ 6,477, 2013 - US$ 6,805. Whale sharks: US$ 7,159.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
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.

Deluxe double-bed Stateroom cabin aboard the Dewi Nusantara All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Windows on main deck, large portholes on lower deck
  • En-suite bathrooms with hot-water shower
  • Sitting-area with sofa (Suite only)
  • Cabinet, mirror & shelves
  • 24-hour, 220v electricity supply
  • Bedding
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Life jackets
  • European-style 2-pin plugs
No. of bathrooms / showers - 11 / 11 - hot water

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Crew, facilities, dive courses...
Getting ready to dive Raja Ampat Crew of 22 comprises:
  • Cruise Leader
  • 2 Dive Masters
  • Dive Instructor
  • Video / Photo Pro
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • Engineer
  • 1st Mates
  • Masseuse
  • 3 Stewardesses
  • 3 Deck Hands
  • 4 Others
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

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Menu, cuisine type...
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.

  • Dinner in Dewi Nusantara's air-conditioned restaurantInternational 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 as the first meal.


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technical specifications...
  • Another view of Dewi Nusantara in Raja AmpatBuilt in 2007, refurbished annually
  • Size - 47m x 12m
  • Weight - 800 tonnes
  • Top speed - 11.5 knots
  • Cruising speed - 8.5 knots
  • 2 x 500 HP Nissan engines
  • 3 x 100/100/30 KW Mitsubishi generators
  • 3 x CAT dive tank compressors
  • 12 litre aluminium tanks with international fittings and DIN adaptors
  • Nitrox
  • Electricity 220v - 24-hours per day
  • Water capacity - 10,000 litres
  • Freshwater maker - 10,000 litres per day
  • Fuel capacity - 29,000 litres
  • Environmental storage tank

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navigation, safety features...
  • Ample sun chairs on the deck of Dewi Nusantara2 Yamaha 200 HP dinghies
  • 50 person capacity life raft
  • VHF & SSB radios
  • Fire alarm / detectors
  • Emergency lights / signal devices
  • Furuno 36 mile radar
  • GPS twin systems
  • Echo sounders
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Searchlight
  • Life jackets in cabins
  • Fire extinguishers throughout
  • MFA box and trained staff
  • 20,000 litres of oxygen on board
  • Customer dive insurance not included - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation
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layout plans...
Dewi Nusantara deck plans
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Customer reviews: 

"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 dives 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 ...

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