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MV Pindito

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Few liveaboards in West Papua compare to diving in these waters aboard the Pindito, pioneer dive operators in Raja Ampat and once voted Tauchen Magazine Best Liveaboard of the Year. This boat is well known throughout Indonesia and the owner / operator Edi Frommenweiler has been diving these waters longer than almost anyone. He loves to share his years of experience with his guests, many of whom often return to dive from Pindito time and again.

Length: 33 metres / 109 foot
Beam: 9 metres / 28 foot
Cruise: 8 knots
Divers: 16
Enriched air nitrox is available here
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Pindito under sail

A very experienced boat crew that know the Raja Ampat liveaboard diving region better than anyone else, and the re-found beauty of this elegant wooden yacht, extensively re-fitted and furnished in 2006, with its en-suite private cabins, combine to provide a unique adventure. The crew are very attentive and friendly, and will share a beer with you (all beers and spirits are free of charge of Pindito cruises). The boat stable and quiet under motor, and this combination will soon have you unwinding and feel right at home.

For those who want to maximise their time marveling at these amazing dive sites that the Pindito visits, complimentary nitrox is indeed an excellent perk on these Raja Ampat dive trips. For photographers, the inhouse camera room will come in very handy too. Pindito also uses individual diver locator devices as a free service for added safety.

May to September sees Pindito visit the Komodo National Park. Pindito's nitrox facility can mean extended periods beneath the spectacular equatorial seas of the Banda Sea, Alor and Maumere - Flores diving too.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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Special discounted trips highlighted in yellow

July 2014
Dep: 28 Jul Ret: 8 Aug Alor-Timor US$ 4,650
August 2014
Dep: 11 Aug Ret: 22 Aug Alor-Timor US$ 4,100
Dep: 25 Aug Ret: 5 Sep Komodo-Sumbawa-Bali US$ 4,650
November 2014
Dep: 24 Nov Ret: 5 Dec Raja Ampat-Banda Sea US$ 4,650
January 2015
Dep: 19 Jan Ret: 30 Jan Raja Ampat US$ 4,870
February 2015
Dep: 2 Feb Ret: 13 Feb Raja Ampat US$ 4,870
Dep: 16 Feb Ret: 27 Feb Raja Ampat Whale Cruise US$ 5,210
March 2015
Dep: 16 Mar Ret: 27 Mar Raja Ampat Whale Cruise US$ 5,210
Dep: 30 Mar Ret: 10 Apr Raja Ampat-Banda Sea US$ 4,870
August 2015
Dep: 10 Aug Ret: 21 Aug Alor-Timor US$ 4,870
October 2015
Dep: 12 Oct Ret: 23 Oct Raja Ampat US$ 4,870

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More Trip Details....

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, alcoholic drinks (spirits and beer), land tours, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 6 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available), delayed SMBs, individual diver locator devices, Transfers: For Raja Ampat trips, transfers to the boat from Sorong Airport (West Papua Province). For Komodo trips, transfers to the boat from all points in the south of Bali (Kuta, Denpasar, Sanur, etc.), and transfers from the boat to either Denpasar Airport in Bali or Maumere Airport in Flores (depending on port of disembarkation).

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory): Harbour fee of US$ 80 and fuel surcharge of US$ 265 to be paid in advance. Raja Ampat park fee of US$ 120 per person per trip, Banda Sea park fee of US$ 40 per person per trip, Komodo port and park fees US$ 50 per person per trip. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

Optional extras: Dive equipment (must be ordered in advance), torches, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: Raja Ampat: Pindito departs in the morning from Sorong in West Papua (except a few trips from Ambon where detailed above). There is a minibus transfer service from the airport to and from the boat. You can fly direct to Sorong or Ambon from Bali or Jakarta. We will help you arrange return domestic flights between Bali or Jakarta and the port of departure. For more information see our West Papua travel information section.You can also fly to Sorong from Manado (see our How to Get to Manado section). Komodo: Pindito departs in the morning from Benoa Harbour in Bali (except a few trips from Maumere where detailed above). There is a minibus transfer service from the airport and southern Bali hotels to the boat. For more information see our Bali travel information section.

Non-diver rate: 10% 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 50% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 7 guests and receive 1 extra place free of charge. See whole boat charter rate below. Equivalent to pay for 13 guests and receive 3 extra places free of charge.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 5,076.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 6 double bed (200cm x 140cm) cabins and 2 twin bunk bed (200cm x 90cm) cabins, all on the lower deck. All the cabins are spacious and modern, en-suite (private bathroom), and were refitted in 2006 with teak furnishings.

Pindito double bed cabin All the cabins have:
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Portholes
  • Toilet and unlimited hot water shower
  • Hand basin, mirror, soap, and bath and beach towels
  • Round twin plug 220V mains outlet - 24 hours per day
  • Reading lights
  • Lots of storage space
  • Bedding
  • Life jackets
No. of bathrooms / showers - 8 / 9 - hot water

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Crew, facilities, dive courses...
Diving with Pindito Crew comprises:
  • Cruise Director
  • 3 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • First Mate
  • Second Mate
  • 2 Cooks
  • 3 Engineers
  • 3 Deck hands
  • 3 Dinghy drivers
  • 2 Cleaners
Enriched air nitrox - Motorised dive dinghies - Camera room with table, 220V & 110V charging points, adaptors - Saloon with laptop, CD Burner, DVD players, music system, extensive marine and general library - Email access - Waterski and wakeboard - 64 m² sundeck with shaded area, lazy chairs and matresses - Massage service (choice of Balinese, aromatherapy and foot reflexology)

PADI dive certification courses available including Advanced Open Water Diver and EANx.

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Menu, cuisine type...
  • The sundeck, and lounge and dining room on Pindito - photo courtesy of Robert FrommenwilerIndonesian and Chinese main meal dishes.
  • American or Indonesian breakfast plus muesli, fruit and pre-breakfast.
  • Waiter service in saloon - 2 main dishes with vegetables and rice or noodles.
  • Most dietary requirements will be attempted - please send us your requirements.
  • Dining service begins upon your arrival on the first day of the cruise.
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks, drinking water, fruit, afternoon snacks and cakes, beer and spirits are all provided free of charge.
  • Wine is also available.
  • No fixed menu.
  • Operator rates food as very important


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technical specifications...
  • Pindito another viewBuilt in year 1992
  • Extensively stripped and re-fitted in 2006
  • Size - 33m x 8.5m
  • Top speed - 9 knots
  • Cruising speed - 8 knots
  • 1 x 300 HP diesel engine
  • 2 x 40 KW generators
  • 2 x Bauer Mariner dive tank compressors
  • Membrane enriched air nitrox system
  • 12 litre aluminium tanks with international and DIN fittings
  • Electricity 220V - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 10,000 litres
  • Fuel capacity - 12,000 litres
  • Fresh water makers - 10,000 litres per day
  • Environmental storage tank

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navigation, safety features...
  • Side view of Pindito - photo courtesy of Robert Frommenwiler2 Mitsubishi and Toyo Rubber life rafts
  • 3 x 4-5m Motorised 40-60 HP dinghies
  • ICOM VHF and SSB radio
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • 2 x Solas radars
  • Depth sounder
  • Satellite telephone
  • Full-feature Medic First Aid Box
  • Venol oxygen system - 8,250 litres
  • Life jackets in each cabin
  • 8 x Fire extinguishers throughout
  • Man-over-board beacons and searchlight
  • Loudhailer
  • Delayed surface marker buoys (safety sausages) provided for all customers
  • Customer dive insurance not included - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation
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layout plans...
Pindito deck plans
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