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Liveaboard Transit Cruises in Indonesia

Dive Tour Options and Travel Information

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Most people who make the decision to come to Indonesia, to do a liveaboard at the epicentre of the world marine biodiversity, have a specific destination in mind. Some come for Komodo, others Raja Ampat or the Banda Islands. Many of the liveaboard cruises that focus on these areas deliver a stunning experience and are undoubtedly the best way to see the whole of that region. However, there are other options…

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When seasonal changes make it wise for a liveaboard to relocate between 2 of the bigger regions, unique ‘transit trips’ arise. The port of departure and the port of arrival may be in completely different parts of Indonesia. This means that the line-up of dive sites in between promises a very unusual and interesting combination of scuba diving. This may include some sites that are seldom, or possibly never before, dived. For example, between Raja Ampat and Komodo seasons, you might find an unusual itinerary like Raja Ampat, Banda Sea & Alor or Banda Islands & Flores.


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Diving Cruise Options


Another common route between top spots is Raja Ampat to Ambon. These liveaboard trips can take place any time during the main Raja Ampat season. For some boats this means all year long, for others it means November to April. Other more unusual trips undertaken by Indonesian liveaboards that have a varied and far-reaching span of destinations can be found by browsing through the schedules, looking for the most exciting combination of regions.

Transit trips tend to be favoured by experienced and adventurous divers looking for something a little bit different. They often cover large areas so can be longer in terms of duration. It is not unusual for a transit trip to last anywhere between 9 and 14 nights.

Note that transit diving safaris are represented by boats within both our Komodo and Raja Ampat liveaboards sections.

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Calico Jack
From US$ 317 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

30m / 99 ft
Max 10
  • Visits Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda...
  • Maximum of only 10 guests
  • En-suite cabins
  • Multi-lingual crew of 8
  • Beautiful teak interiors
Indo Aggressor
From US$ 248 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

38m / 125 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Banda, Alor
  • Some Komodo trips also dive Bali...
  • All staterooms have ensuite bath...
  • Complimentary glass of wine with...
  • Warm towel and back rub after ea...
  • Large boat
KM Raja Manta
From US$ 250 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

36m / 119 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
  • Includes Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, ...
  • Most cabins have ensuite bathroo...
  • Large, steel-hulled boat purpose...
MSV Amira
From US$ 390 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

52m / 172 ft
Max 17
Nitrox
  • Cruises Raja Ampat, Komodo, Trit...
  • Cabins have private en-suite bat...
  • ENOS diver locator devices
  • Fully-closed re-breathers for re...
  • Large boat with dedicated restau...
MSY WAOW
From US$ 474 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

58m / 191 ft
Max 25
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat, Band...
  • Ensuite cabins with own lounge a...
  • Dedicated camera room with compu...
  • Free use of Nautilus LifeLine
  • Free glass of wine or 1 beer wit...
  • Kayaks and paddle boards for gue...
Mermaid I
From US$ 345 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

28m / 92 ft
Max 15
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda...
  • Cabins have en-suite bathrooms, ...
  • Cabin for single traveller
  • Most cabins have seaview windows...
  • Spacious, steel-hulled liveaboar...
Mermaid II
From US$ 297 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

32m / 106 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda...
  • Komodo cruises use port in Bali
  • Cabins with en-suite private bat...
  • 2 saloons on board
  • Steel hulled boat
Raja Ampat Aggressor
From US$ 325 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

30m / 99 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Raja Ampat, Sangalaki, K...
  • Cabins with ensuite bathrooms, T...
  • 1 free local beer or glass of wi...
  • Dedicated camera room, lost dive...
  • Thick steel double hulled boat
MV Ambai
From US$ 351 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

32m / 106 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat, Alor...
  • All cabins with private ensuite ...
  • 12 and 15 litre tanks
  • Dedicated camera room, table, ri...
Blue Manta
From US$ 343 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

45m / 149 ft
Max 18
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Raja Ampat, Komodo, Band...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • 24 hour satellite Wi-Fi internet...
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Designated dry camera room, came...
  • Large, steel-hulled boat
KLM Mari
From US$ 233 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

32m / 106 ft
Max 10
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Alor,...
  • Maximum of 10 guests only and 10...
  • All cabins have ensuite bathroom...
  • Spacious, traditional Phinisi sc...
MV Pindito
From US$ 416 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

33m / 109 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat, Band...
  • Tauchen Magazine Best Liveaboard...
  • All cabins have en-suite private...
  • Camera room, charging points, la...
  • Individual diver locator devices...
  • Free spirits and beer



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The Climate, Diving Season and Best Time to Visit

Indonesia's climate is quite even throughout the year. Much of the country is covered in tropical rainforest so unsurprisingly heat, high humidity and rainfall are all likely to be experienced. Dry season is May to September and wet season October to April. Around the coastal areas you can expect even temperatures of around 28°C or 29°C.

You can find more specific regional conditions and seasonal information throughout our website on destination-specific pages.

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Ports of Departure and How to Get There

Transit trips between the seasons for Raja Ampat and Komodo normally depart from Sorong in West Papua. You can fly to Sorong direct from Bali, Jakarta, or via Ujung Pandang or Manado. These trips normally arrive in the port of Maumere on Flores. You can fly to Maumere direct from Surabaya, Bali and Kupang.

Transit trips involving Raja Ampat, Ambon & the Banda Islands use the ports of Sorong and Ambon. You can reach Ambon from Jakarta, Bali (often via Ujung Pandang) and Manado.

You can view which ports the various boats use on their trips in the 'Departures & Prices' section of each boat's webpage. We will send you full departure details during the booking process. Whichever ports your boat uses, normally the boat operator provides a transfer to the boat from the local airport or hotels (if you overnight beforehand).

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Places to Stay

If you plan on staying in Indonesia before or after your diving safari, you can find a large range of accommodation options at hotelscombined.com, our affiliated hotel reservation specialists. Browse their website, use their on-line chat to ask questions, then simply use your credit card to make your booking:

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Useful References for Indonesia


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