Tambora - komodo / raja ampat Liveaboard

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Tambora has been built by traditional boat builders on the island of Sulawesi, in the centuries-old tradition of a wooden.

Phinisi. The design and materials used guarantee immense strength and resilience of all key structural elements, especially the keel, hull and decks. Among others, they include a double keel and relatively smaller beam, to minimize rolling of the vessel in heavy seas.

Tambora has been sized and configured to comfortably accommodate a maximum of 16 divers in eight spacious guest suites, each at least 15m2 in size, and with a large en-suite bathroom.

Cabins have a choice of double and large twin beds (no bunk beds!) all longitudinally aligned with the vessel, so our guests sleep in the direction of the vessel movement.

Each guest suite comes with a writing desk. If you like, you can fill in your logbook or review the shots from the day's diving in the privacy of your own suite and ample storage space for clothes, bags, books, magazines, etc.

Our large salon with separate dining and relaxing sections, offering enough space during mealtimes, as well as for chilling out over a chat and drinks with fellow divers, with a book in your hands, or working on your laptop.

Three seeparate lounge decks - bow, aft and salon rooftop - provide enough space and privacy, and can be fully shielded from the sun - click here for cheap deals on all our Indonesian liveaboards

Tambora - prices

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Please see the schedule above for each trips individual prices

For guaranteed single occupancy of one cabin please add 50% single supplement. See below for the full list of marine park fees.

The cruise price includes :

  • Transportation to and from Tambora in the city of embarkation and disembarkation of the boat Accommodation in twin bed or double bed suite on board, all with en-suite bathroom with hot coldwater and individually controllable air conditioning.
  • All dives conducted as part of the regular cruise program All food drinks served during the cruise, except wine and liquor -Please note on discounted tripsCanned and bottled drinks including beer are not included unlike the full paying trips
  • Filled dive tanks (your choice of DIN or INT connection), weight belt and weights
  • Any land excursions and visits to beaches as part of the regular cruise program

The cruise price does not include :

  • Transportation to/from city of embarkation/disembarkation, visa fees, airport taxes, excess baggage charges
  • Accommodation, food drinks ashore before/after embarkation/disembarkation
  • National Park entrance fees - see below
  • Wine and liquor
  • Dive courses, trainings and certifications
  • Nitrox - US$15/day
  • Dive gear other than tanks, weight belt and weights
  • (dive gear is available on board for rental)
  • Any souvenirs you might want to purchase on board
  • Laundry services (available throughout the cruise)
  • Phone calls, email internet access (available throughout the cruise via satellite)
  • Travel, dive, medical, etc. insurance
  • Tips gratuities for the crew

Marine park fees - subject to change

Four Kingdoms of the East: IDR1,350,000

Hidden Bays & Painted Rocks: IDR2,250,000

Beneath Cliffs & Cloves: IDR1,800,000

Among the Volcanoes: IDR850,000

Pearls of Borneo: IDR350,000

Borneo-Celebes Blues: IDR350,000

Sulawesi’s Secret Sites: IDR350,000

Sulawesi Seas & Sights: IDR400,000

Journey in Time: : IDR2,500,000

Planet Pelagic: IDR1,850,000

Colors of Kei: IDR1,500,000

Sapphire Seram Sea: IDR2,500,000

The Spice Trail: IDR750,000

Triton Bay Trilogy: IDR1,200,000

The Blue Asylum: IDR750,000

RENTAL GEAR PRICE
Item Per day
Computer $5
BCD $5
Regulator $5
3mm Wetsuit $4
Torch $2-3
Fins + booties $3
Mask Snorkel $2
Fins, booties, Mask Snorkel $5
Complete Set : includes BCD, Regulator, 3mm wetsuit, safety sausage, computer, fins mask snorkel, torch $25 with computer $20 w/o computer
Nitrox $15

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Tambora - schedule

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06Apr17
18Apr17
Embark: Kaimana
Disembark: Sorong
Hidden Bays & Painted Rocks
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Price from 4770 USD
21Apr17
03May17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Ternate
Beneath Cliffs and Cloves
Spaces available
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Price from 4630 USD
06May17
17May17
Embark: Ternate
Disembark: Manado
Among the Volcanoes
Spaces available
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Price from 4265 USD
20May17
01Jun17
Embark: Manado
Disembark: Palu
Sulawesi's Secret Sites
Spaces available
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Price from 4630 USD
04Jun17
16Jun17
Embark: Palu
Disembark: Tarakan
Borneo-Celebes Blues
Spaces available
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Price from 4630 USD
19Jun17
30Jun17
Embark: Tarakan
Disembark: Tarakan
Pearls of Borneo
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Price from 4265 USD
03Jul17
14Jul17
Embark: Tarakan
Disembark: Palu
Borneo-Celebes Blues
Spaces available
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Price from 4265 USD
17Jul17
29Jul17
Embark: Palu
Disembark: Manado
Sulawesi's Secret Sites
Spaces available
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Price from 4630 USD
02Aug17
12Aug17
Embark: Manado
Disembark: Manado
North Sulawesi Summer
Spaces available
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Price from 3900 USD
24Sep17
06Oct17
Embark: Ternate
Disembark: Sorong
Beneath Cliffs and Cloves
Spaces available
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Price from 4630 USD
10Oct17
21Oct17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Ambon
Sapphire Seram Seas
Spaces available
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Price from 4395 USD
23Oct17
04Nov17
Embark: Ambon
Disembark: Tual
Planet Pelagic
Spaces available
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Price from 4895 USD
07Nov17
19Nov17
Embark: Tual
Disembark: Saumlaki
The Blue Asylum
Spaces available
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Price from 4895 USD
22Nov17
04Dec17
Embark: Saumlaki
Disembark: Kaimana
Colors of Kei
Spaces available
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Price from 4895 USD
07Dec17
18Dec17
Embark: Kaimana
Disembark: Kaimana
Triton Bay Trilogy
Spaces available
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Price from 4395 USD
21Dec17
02Jan18
Embark: Kaimana
Disembark: Sorong
Hidden Bays & Painted Rocks
Spaces available
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Price from 4895 USD

Tambora - cabins

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Showers in all en-suite guest bathrooms come with individually adjustable hot and cold water

Separate shower and hand towels for each guest and each guest suite comes with a writing desk. So if you like, you can fill in your logbook or review the shots from the day’s diving in the privacy of your own suite.

All guest suites are equipped with individually controllable air conditioning. Individual reading lights above each bed and plenty of power outlets (European 220V type) in your suite and throughout the vessel.

2-4 portholes per guest suite for natural light, as well as a fresh sea breeze when opened!

Tambora - itinerary

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Four Kingdoms of the East - Raja Ampat

Raja Empat has only fairly recently been discovered as scuba diving’s new frontier, and has very quickly gained a reputation as one of the world’s finest dive areas, perhaps the finest amongst all in terms of biodiversity. New species keep being discovered here, and considering the vast geographic expanse of this group of islands, this is set to continue for years and years! Our cruises depart from and return to Sorong, the area’s major town on the tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula. Soon upon leaving Sorong harbor, Tambora will sail in crystal clear waters, among an endless string of densely forested and mostly uninhabited islands.

The vast expanse and sheer number of islands allows us to pick itineraries and dive sites that suit during any season. We will start things off diving the superb sites of the Dampier Strait. This is where waters from the Pacific and the inner Indonesian Seas first meet, providing for an extreme wealth of marine creatures including manta rays, schooling trevally and jacks, reef sharks, and the bizarre wobbegong shark.

From here, cruises continue southwards towards Misool and the labyrinth of little islets surrounding it (Note: cruises in the June-August time period will turn north towards Waigeo and Wayag). You can expect it all - big pelagics, reefs teeming with life, great macro sites, and vibrantly colored night dives! From Sorong, the major town on the Bird’s Head Peninsula and in the West of Indonesian New Guinea, you can connect easily to destinations across Indonesia - back to the Schedule

Journey in Time - From Ambon to Triton Bay

The cruise takes us from Ambon, the modern-days capital of the Moluccas, through the Seram Laut group, now forgotten by the world but powerful trade ports 300 years ago, to the south coast of New Guinea with its characteristic ancient rock paintings.

We will start off this cruise with some much diving in Ambon Bay, producing many a photographer’s dream specimen, including many varieties of frogfish, the elusive ghost pipefish, and mandarin fish. Upon our long journey in time towards the East, we will dive the South coast of Ambon with its cavernous walls, the Lease Group and the South coast of Ambon with lots of big fish action, prior to arriving in Seram Laut. Here, strong currents and up-wellings from the depth produce an incredible richness of fish, including barracudas, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna, and mantas, among many others.

Leaving Seram Laut, we will continue eastwards to the New Guinea coast. The limestone cliffs here served in ancient times as burial grounds, and are decorated with galleries of rock paintings. Below the sea, adjacent Triton and Aetna Bays boast some of the world’s most amazing coral gardens, alive with the world’s most diverse assortment of reef fish! The area is of a size that allows us on every cruise to combine all-tome favorite sites with some exploratory diving. So in some spots, you might very well be among the first ever-divers in the water!

You will disembark in the picturesque little town of Kaimana, with good flight connections to Sorong, Manado, Denpasar and Jakarta - back to the Schedule

Hidden Bays Painted Rocks - From Raja Empat to Triton Bay The Edge of the World

This cruise between Sorong and Kaimana takes us along the Papua coast and through South and Central Raja Empat to some of the world’s very best yet at the same time very little dived sites. We will leave Kaimana bound South along the towering New Guinea coast line. A backdrop of steep limestone cliffs topped by pristine rain forest make for eerie scenery; oftentimes for kilometers, galleries of rock paintings delineate ancient burial grounds. The sea underneath is rich in nutrients and offers stunning biodiversity.

We will explore Triton and Aetna Bays, with exuberant coral gardens and an amazing array of reef fish as well as lots of pelagic action. Turning around to head back North, we will spend a number of days in the Southern part of Raja Empat, diving Misool and the labyrinth of islets and rocks surrounding it. Also here, the surface and underwater scenery are equally pristine, and each and every anchorage will be a picture-book experience. The ensuing leg of our cruise takes us further up north, through the Dampier Strait and to the spectacular dive sites at Fam, Mansuar, Sardines Reef, and Cape Kri.

Expect an endless variety of fish, including manta rays, dogtooth tuna giant trevally, the shy napoleon fish, and the bizarre wobbegong shark.

From Sorong, the major town on the Bird’s Head Peninsula and in the West of Indonesian New Guinea, you can connect easily to destinations across Indonesia - back to the Schedule

The Edge of the World - From Raja Ampat via Halmahera to Manado

This cruise takes Tambora along the very edge of the Indonesian archipelago, and through some of the most exciting and diverse yet very rarely dived regions.

Starting out of Sorong, we will quickly move into the Dampier Strait for our first couple of dives. We will next work our way up North, past Waigeo to Wayag, a labyrinth of uninhabited limestone islands and sheer cliffs. After taking in the breathtaking beauty of the scenery both above and below sea level, Tambora will set sails for the passage to Halmahera.

The next coupe of days, we will take in the frontier sites in this new diving province. In addition to excellent soft and hard coral coverage on its reefs and lots of fish action, the area around Morotai also offers a lot of WW II relics, both at the bottom of the sea and on land. After passing round the northern cape of Halmahera, we will dive the Loloda group. Leaving Halmahera for our crossing to Sulawesi, we will stop en route at Mayu island prior to pulling into the world famous Lembeh Strait.

Manado is within easy reach from either Singapore, Bali or Jakarta. From Manado, daily scheduled flights connect to Sorong. For travelers wishing to extend their cruise with resort-based diving and/or land-based exploration, Manado offers a wide choice for both. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information as well as recommendations - back to the Schedule

Sulawesi Seas Sights - From Manado to Borneo

The passage from Manado on the northern tip of Sulawesi all the way to the island of Borneo takes us through two entirely different dive areas: the almost virgin North and West coast of Sulawesi, sparsely inhabited and with its many islands and bays, and the well-known islands of Sangalaki, Derawan, Maratua and Kakaban rising out of the depth of the Makassar Strait.

We will depart Manado out of the harbor of Bitung, and start things off by diving the Lembeh Strait, Bangka and Talisei islands, and the Bunaken National Marine Park. Leaving Bunaken, we will embark on our long journey westward, following closely the Sulawesi coastline and stopping for dives along the many reefs facing the open Sulawesi Sea. Some of these dives have frontier character, as this entire stretch of coastline has not been well explored yet.

Halfway into our cruise we will cross the Makassar Strait, continuing our diving on the other side in the rich waters around the many reefs and islands off Borneo’s East coast. While not far from shore, these islands are off the continental shelf, rising abruptly out of kilometers of water. They are surrounded by turtles (Derawan), manta rays (Sangalaki), sharks, barracudas and jacks (Maratua), and non-stinging jellyfish (Kakaban) - you name it. And cruising through this area aboard Tambora, you will see all of them in a single voyage!

We will end our cruise in the island of Tarakan, from where you can catch a flight to Balikpapan and on to Singapore, or to Bali or Jakarta - back to the Schedule

Pearls of Borneo - Sangalaki, Derawan, Maratua, Kakaban, Samama

This 11-Night roundtrip from/to Tarakan in the Northeast of Borneo takes us to the islands and reefs rising out of the depth of the Makassar Strait. Leaving the Borneo coastline behind, the sea becomes deep very soon. Yet a little further out, a series of large coral reefs and islands rises out of the sheer depth to the surface. They are swept by strong currents, washing up big fish from the depth to shallower waters, where they join in and chase the many reef fish.

Each island has its own specialty: Observe schools of manta rays at Sangalaki, who come here to feed on plankton. Dive amongst turtles and search for the many hidden critters in the waters around Derawan. See the barracudas, sharks, and once again mantas outside the V-shaped island of Maratua. Immerse in the saltwater lake full with non-stinging jellyfish in the middle of the island of Kakaban - or dive the spectacular walls fringing the island. Scan the shallow waters surrounding Samama to find a wealth of macro life. There are other islands in the group we will pass and dive on our way, however we will also include a few exploratory dives on the long reef lining the Borneo coastline, a huge place no-one else but us is diving! Our point of departure/arrival, Tarakan, is well connected to the rest of the world - to Singapore via Balikpapan, as well as to Bali and Jakarta - back to the Schedule

Borneo-Celebes Blues - Sangalaki, Derawan, Maratua, Kakaban and over to Sulawesi

This special 11-Night cruise takes us from Tarakan in the Northeast of Borneo across the Makassar Strait to Palu in Central Sulawesi. It allows us to sample three distinct dive areas as part of one and the same itinerary: the islands offshore northeast Borneo; virtually untouched reef structures lining the Borneo coastline; and, the many bays and islands lining the Sulawesi side of the Makassar Strait north of Palu. We’ll start it off with a group of current-swept islands rising out of the depth of the Makassar Strait. Each island has its own specialty: Observe schools of manta rays at Sangalaki, who come here to feed on plankton. Dive amongst turtles and search for the many hidden critters in the waters around Derawan. See the barracudas, sharks, and once again mantas outside the V-shaped island of Maratua. Immerse in the saltwater lake full with non-stinging jellyfish in the middle of the island of Kakaban - or dive the spectacular walls fringing the island.

Moving on, we will do some exploratory dives on the long reef lining the Borneo coastline, a huge place no-one else but us is diving! Next we cross over to the Sulawesi side of the Strait, following closely the coastline with its many beautiful islands and hidden bays. Diving here is characterized by large reefs with great soft and hard coral coverage, and inevitably pelagics, including sharks on basically every dive. Our point of departure/arrival, Tarakan and Palu, are both well connected to the rest of the world - to Singapore via Balikpapan, as well as to Bali and Jakarta - back to the Schedule

Unknown Side of Bali - Dive Forgotten Islands in the Java Sea

This special cruise starts from Semarang, the capital of Central Java, and takes us all the way east to Bali. Although centrally located within Indonesia, with easy logistics for travelers, it covers some of the least dived parts of the country.

Our trip takes us to the dive sites around the Karimun Jawa and Bawean islands in the Java Sea before proceeding eastward to the Kangean islands, a spread-out and little-explored archipelago north of Bali. En route, we will explore wrecks lying in20-30m of water, and dive some of the many channels, slopes and reefs in the Kangeans. Most dives are a maximum of 20-30m in depth and hence suitable for less experienced divers, too. However, be aware that currents can pick up at times and in some places.

Travelers wishing to combine diving with onshore vacations can do so at both the port of embarkation and disembarkation. Semarang is a convenient base to explore seldom-visited ancient Hindu temples and ruins of the hinterland; the volcanoes further south, as well as the city proper with its colorful Chinatown and well-kept colonial buildings. And Bali of course offers many options for relaxing, shopping, exploring nature and culture - back to the Schedule

Bali’s Little Sisters - Diving the Lesser Sunda Islands from Bali to Komodo

This cruise starts off from Bali and goes eastward along the North Coast of the Lesser Sunda islands into Komodo, ending in the port of Labuhan Bajo in Flores. It is a long-time favorite of many divers and takes us to some of the country’s most famous dive sites.

Leaving the port of Benoa on Bali, we will make our way up north to dive sites along the island’s east coast and the famous wreck of the USS Liberty. We will sail overnight across to Lombok and the Gili islands, diving Gili Trawangan and sites along the north coast of Lombok. Another nightly traverse will bring us to the island of Moyo on the north coast of Sumbawa. For here, we will sail in protected waters along Sumbawa’s north coast to the island Sangeang, an extinct volcano. We will finish off the cruise sampling some of the best dive sites of the Komodo National Park.

Travellers can readily combine this itinerary with an on-shore vacation in Bali, prior to or after the cruise. The small harbor town of Labuhan Bajo is only a one-hour flight from Denpasar. And for the adventurous, Labuhan Bajo makes a convenient starting point to further explore the long and rugged island of Flores, dotted along its entire length with many sites rich in culture and of amazing natural beauty - back to the Schedule

Dive into History - Wreck-Diving in Bangka-Belitung and the Gaspar Strait

This unique cruise brings us to a group of islands only 50 minutes by plane from Jakarta yet definitely off the beaten track. Bangka-Belitung and their surrounding isles have something of a magic thanks to their massive and mysterious granite stones. Our ship will depart from the harbor of Tanjung Pandan to cruise in the nearby Gaspar Strait, which is a unique theatre of shipwrecks.

We have a dozen wrecks charted for recreational diving, and many more on our exploration list. Amongst them are several old and still unpublicized wrecks, such as the 3-masted Marie-Therese lost in 1872, in 17 meters of water, with a full load of French wine and champagne bottles, some salvaged, some still there for you to witness; the British clipper Herculean lost in 1861 on his way back from China to the UK with a cargo of general merchandise. Her wood superstructures have since then been firmly embedded into coral reefs; the Chinese junk Teck-Sing, dubbed the Titanic of South East Asia, which went down in 1822 carrying more than 1000 people and an enormous amount of Chinese porcelains and ceramics.

As the pioneer of adventure scuba tourism in this part of the country, we will take you to dives sites no one else is diving. It is important, however, to always remember that only photos are allowed to be taken! - back to the Schedule

Sea Snakes Spices - Through the Banda Sea

This 11-night cruise is a highlight of our schedule, taking us across a reasonably long distance from Maumere on the island of Flores through the Banda Sea to the island of Ambon in the central Moluccas. We will leave Maumere eastbound, travelling and diving along an endless stretch of islands to our first stopover destination in Alor. The vessel will go an anchorage, and we will navigate with our zodiacs to some of the best dive sites in Eastern Indonesia.

We will spend 2-3 days here before embarking on our overnight trip to the mysterious Merapi (or fire mountain) island in the middle of the Banda Sea. Here, an out-of-this-world scenery awaits you, as the waters around the uninhabited island are teeming with sea snakes. Our next overnight leg will take as to the uninhabited Maisel and Penyu (or turtle) archipelago with lots of pelagic action. From here, we will set sails to the Banda islands, for centuries the epicenter of (at the time) priceless spices. At Banda, more big pelagics and pristine reefs await you, as well as a lava flow from a more recent eruption that is already covered with lush soft and hard corals. We will anchor 2-3 days in the protected lagoon, exploring the area, prior to departing for Ambon.

Both Maumere and Ambon are well connected with domestic flights. And for those with a little more time to spare, both make excellent bases for further exploration, too - back to the Schedule

Mystical Moluccas - Dive Ambon, Banda, Seram Laut

This incredible 11-nights cruise takes us along a triangle-shaped route through the Banda Sea, from highlight to highlight. Due to seasonal constraints, it can be conducted only within two narrow time windows. So book early!

We will start things off with some great muck diving right in Ambon Bay, only minutes away from our point of departure. Next day, we will make our way along the south coast of the island, diving cavernous walls with healthy coral coverage. From here, we proceed to the Lease group east of Ambon, definitely big fish country. After an overnight journey, we reach the Banda islands, a volcanic mini-archipelago rising out of 5000m of water. We will dive westernmost Run and Ai islands prior to making our way into the lagoon where Tambora will go on anchorage while we will dive a line-up of world-class sites nearby.

We will spend 2-3 days here prior to making our way further east, diving Hatta and Karang Hatta along our way, to the fabled islands South East of Seram, collectively know as Seram Laut. Strong currents and up-swellings from the depth produce an incredible richness of fish, including barracudas, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna, and mantas, among many others. From Seram Laut, we will slowly start our journey back westward, along the South coast of Seram, where towering mountains make a perfect backdrop for the many spectacular reefs and walls alive with fish.

On day 12 we will pull back into Ambon bay, where you can catch your flight or stay on a couple of days to take in the varied cultures and sights of the central Moluccas - back to the Schedule

Rugged Beauty of Flores - From Komodo to the East of Flores

This cruise combines the world class diving in the Komodo National Park with some lesser known albeit equally great dive sites along the north coast of Flores. It takes off from the port of Labuhan Bajo on the west coast of Flores, and takes us all the way to the city of Maumere in the East of the island.

Leaving Labuhan Bajo, we will take in all the famous dive sites of the Komodo National Park, and spend the first couple of nights anchoring in beautiful secluded bays of the manyislands in this area. You can expect intact coral coverage on kilometers of reef, macros sites, colorful night dives, as well as lots of pelagic action. We will next set sails for our voyage along the north coast, stopping en route for extended diving in the Seventeen Islands National Park and finally taking in the best dive sites in the Maumere Bay including Pomana Kecil, North and WestPulau Babi and Pangah Batang.

Both Labuhan Bajo and Maumere are within easy reach by plane from Bali. For those adventurous few with lots of time to spare, and alternative would be to make their way back to Labuhan Bajo along the “Trans-Flores Highway”, taking in en route the world famous three-colored crater lakes at Mount Kelimutu, the port city of Ende with its perfectly table-flat mountan in the middle - back to the Schedule

Dragons Currents - Diving the Komodo National Park

The many islands in between Sumbawa and Flores are home to one of the largest lizards on earth, the Komodo dragon, as well as to some of world’s best diving. Expect crystal clear waters with excellent visibility, bright blue skies for great color under water, and an intact and extremely diverse marine life!

Our cruise commences and ends in the small port town of Labuhan Bajo on the west of coast of Flores. The whole area is dotted with islands of various sizes and shapes, providing for very short commutes between dive sites and shelteredbays for overnight anchorages. Waters within the Komodo National Park have been protected for a long time, and are home to an endless number of world class dive sites – Current City, The End of World, Pilar Steen, Red Beach, GPS Point, and Tatawa Besar Tatawa Kecil, to name just a few. Excellent soft and hard coral coverage, macro life, pelagic action – it’s all here!

Labuhan Bajo, the cruise’s port of embarkation and disembarkation, is only a short one-hour flight east of Bali; hence travelers can readily combine this cruise with their vacations in Bali. Alternatively, you can venture along the “Trans-Flores Highway” to the megalithic sites and traditional villages around Bajawa and the three-colored crater lakes atop Kelimutu mountain! - back to the Schedule

Tambora - specs

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She has been entirely constructed out of Sulawesi iron wood and chosen Javanese teak. While her hull has been painted white, the superstructure, decks and roofs have all been finished with a view towards preserving the natural beauty of the teak wood. All decks and the salon rooftop feature teak parquet flooring. This way, the rustic charm and warmth of a traditional wooden vessel could be preserved.

All guest suites and rooms on board have been designed by a renowned Indonesian interior designer, and built-to-design by an experienced interior architect. Guest suites are well appointed and tastefully designed in a perfect blend of traditional Indonesian motifs and modern functionality. The traditional Phinsi-style arrangement of the sails has been kept unchanged. Experiencing Tambora under sails, with a good wind blowing, is an amazing sight and a great way to travel through the Indonesian islands.

Great care has been taken to optimally combine the space and atmosphere on deck with the activities of liveaboard diving. Our dinghies are equipped with customized racks to store diver’s gear in between dives; tanks do not need to be carried back and forth but can be re-filled directly on the dinghies. At night and during longer legs of sailing, all gear is stored away from the elements in the dive station. No dive gear is left sitting around on deck.

Our guest suites and the large salon make your life on board as easy as possible:

Showers in all en-suite guest bathrooms come with individually adjustable hot and cold water
Separate shower and hand towels for each guest
Each guest suite comes with a writing desk. So if you like, you can fill in your logbook or review the shots from the day's diving in the privacy of your own suite
All guest suites are equipped with individually controllable air conditioning
Individual reading lights above each bed
Plenty of power outlets (European 220V type) in your suite and throughout the vessel
2-4 portholes per guest suite for natural light, as well as a fresh sea breeze when opened!
The large salon is well ventilated at most times, but also has its own air conditioning for those rainy days
Large flat screen TV/DVD with home cinema surround sound in the salon
Satellite-based communication for phone calls, your personal email and internet access

Our Chef serves a menu of tasty Indonesian, European and Japanese specialties, freshly prepared in our well-equipped kitchen. Five meals per day mean there is a tasty bite awaiting our guests when they surface!/n Snack prior to the first dive of the day: coffee, tea, fruit juice, milk, toast, selection of biscuits

Breakfast after the first dive: choice of omelet, scrambled eggs, bacon and eggs, pancakes; also toast, marmalades, and fruits, served with coffee, tea, fruit juices, milk and soft drinks

Lunch: served, soup and main course, kept rather light!

Afternoon snack after the third dive of the day: variation of cakes, fruits, and Indonesian specialties, with coffee and tea

Dinner: buffet-style, with a different theme every evening

Drinks are on a help-yourself basis available in the salon: drinking water, a broad selection of local coffees, tea, milk, a range of soft drinks soft drinks and beer are all included in the cruise fare

Wine, of which we carry a fine selection, and liquor are charged on a separate basis

Tambora - diving

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Custom-designed and built for Scuba Diving Unlike many other vessels of different origin that have been retrofitted as dive liveaboards, Tambora has been designed and built from scratch as a liveaboard vessel catering to the needs of divers. She offers great comfort and flair, and at the same time is optimally geared towards supporting a diving operation in terms of safety, convenience, and efficiency

Dedicated dive station with separate wet and dry sections

A large room on the upper deck has been custom-built and outfitted as a full dive station, divided up into two separate sections. The wet section features:

Personal dive baskets for all guests, to store your BCD, regulators, fins and mask away from the elements, as well as individual wet suit hangers

Two large rinsing tanks, one for regulators and the other for cameras and computers (our 6.5 tons/day reverse osmosis and large freshwater tanks allow us to change water as often as required)

Complete range of AquaLung, UWATEC, Underwater Kinetics dive gear available for rental

40 steel tanks (12 Liter) filling station and storage for dive tanks

The dry section provides a safe place to open your camera, dive light or computer

Large desktop area as work space, as well as to store sensitive (and often bulky) equipment when not in use

Large number of power sockets - you will never have to wait if you want to charge your batteries

Large and convenient dive platform, two dedicated dinghies

Our large dive platform is located at the backboard side of the vessel, three easy steps down from the main deck. For some dives, it serves as a starting point, while for others, you will board one of our two dinghies from here. Of course, in between dives, you can use it for swimming, snorkeling, or just relaxing over the water.

Our dinghies are equipped with dive tank racks holding your gear while on the way to/from your dive site. Where dive sites are close by, you can leave your gear on the rack in between dives, and your tank can be refilled right in the dinghy. Where dive sites are further apart, our experienced crew will carry all your dive gear to/from the dinghies.

Sorong is the harbour town in West Papua and the normal departure point to dive Raja Ampat. If you are unsure of how to get to Sorong to start your trip it will depend on where your international flight into Indonesia is landing. If you check this link it will give you more of an idea of the timings and even a map of the possible routes to show you your possible options.

It is not possible for someone outside of Indonesia to purchase domestic flights in Indonesia so these can be purchased for you by me, if you would like, and added to your invoice. It will be about $600 return dependant on exchange rates, availability and where your entry airport is in Indonesia. We recommend coming through Jakarta as the quickest and easiest route to take. The cost of the domestic flights are not included in the trip price.

We recommend coming through Jakarta as it is the easiest and fastest route. From Jakarta it is possible to reach Sorong in one day.

From To Date Dep Arr
Jakarta (CGK) Sorong (SOQ) Day of departure 01:10 07.20

The return trip from Sorong to Jakarta

From To Date Dep Arr
Sorong (SOQ Jakarta (CGK) Day of disembarkation 10:40 12:40

If you come from Bali to Sorong it is a 2 stage process, from Bali (DPS) to Makassar (UPG) and from Makassar (UPG) to Sorong (SOQ), there would be a night in a hotel in Makassar on the way out (Ujung Pandang and Makassar are the same place and the half way point to Sorong). We recommend the Imperial Aryaduta in Makassar- http://www.aryaduta.com/hotels_home_makassar.php

These would be your flights from Bali to Sorong.

From To Date Dep Arr
Bali (DPS) Makassar (UPG) Day before departure 18.30 19.50
From To Date Dep Arr
Makassar (UPG Sorong (SOQ) Day of departure 10:00 13:10

The return trip from Sorong to Denpasar (Bali) is done in one day using 2 flights - SOQ-UPG and UPG-DPS

From To Date Dep Arr
Sorong (SOQ Makassar (UPG) Day of disembarkation 11:40 12:55
From To Date Dep Arr
Makassar (UPG) Bali (DPS) Day of disembarkation 16:30 17:50

Domestic Air Carrier Notes:

It is generally not possible for someone outside of Indonesia to purchase domestic flights in Indonesia so these can be purchased for you by Premier Liveaboard diving and added to your invoice. It will be $600 return normally dependant on where your entry airport is in Indonesia.

Premier liveaboard diving and its local flight agent can purchase the tickets on your behalf, however, in doing so, Premier liveaboard diving is only acting as an agent for the airline and is not responsible for, and can accept no responsibility for, cancellations, delays, schedule changes, or problems caused by the air carrier. We highly recommend trip interruption and cancellation insurance.