Ondina - komodo / raja ampat Liveaboard

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Ondina has been offering a different way to enjoy adventure and exploration diving in the inner seas of Indonesia for many years. Ondina travels year round moving with the seasons to visit the best diving Indonesia has to offer at the right times - Komodo, Raja Ampat, Fak Fak, Sulawesi and Flores, they have an itinerary like no other.

Travelling aboard a classic buginese schooner built entirely of teak and tropical woods you will have the opportunity to explore the most exotic and remote islands of Indonesia seeing places where you could possibly never get to by yourself.

On board Ondina you will have enough space to relax alone, or to share a nice chat sitting in the cool atmosphere of our a/c dinning room or enjoy a full moon evening from

They have tried to create a comfortable accommodation to be your home and base camp as we sail and dive from island to island.
In the unlikely event you don't feel like diving, swimming or snorkelling, we can arrange a walk through isolated forests, along desert beaches or in the undisturbed villages we will come across during our sail - Indonesia liveaboard last minute deals

Ondina - prices

Prices are per person and in Euros based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

Cabin type 2017 2018
Standard cabin from E 1,250 from E 2,080

Trip price includes:

  • All transfers to/from airport or hotel to/from Ondina in the town of embarkation/disembarkation are included and in the routes starting or ending in Bitung, transfers to/from Manado are also included.
  • Full Board on board, Tea, Coffee, Snacks and 1 Soft Drink at lunch and Dinner.
  • Average of 3 or 4 dives per day, all in day time or 2 or 3 day dives and 1 night dive unless weather conditions or long sailing distance do not permit it. First and Last Cruise days are excluded due to safety reasons and flight schedules. These dates we will dive accordingly.
  • Land Excursions when clearly specified in the cruise planning.
  • All Entrance Fees to Natural Parks
  • Diving tanks and weights for divers and snorkelling gear for non-divers
  • Additional complimentary services available onboard: Library, Music, First aids……
  • SMY Ondina will use part of her incomes to encourage and actively collaborate with all local organisations promoting Nature conservancy programs and help for the local communities for improving their living standards. We will actively collaborate with other operators, local governments and nature conservancy organisations in all programs arranged to meet these objectives.
  • Same number of nights as number of days in the cruise, you disembark in the morning of the last published date. Good saving in hotels

Trip price does not include:

  • Any other way of transportation than S.M.Y. ONDINA, alcoholic drinks, tips gratuities and any other onboard service not specified above like Massages, Equipment rental.
  • Any police or diving permit or touristic tax and harbour fees charged per passenger by any local authority, plus fuel increases. Please count on 150eu/pax for departures in Papua/Maluku and 100eu/pax for departures in Komodo. This amount will be paid once on board when requested by the Cruise Director.
  • Your international and/or domestic flights to the point of departure
  • Nitrox- €10 per day for the full trip
  • Equipment rental
  • Anything not in the “included in the price” segment

Available depending on route and number of passengers.

Terms and conditions:

Booking deposit:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Group charter:

Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

Course Price
Advanced Open Water 350 € (Available upon request)
Speciality courses: 250 € each. (Ask about the best options for each route: Marine Biology, UW Photography, wrecks..etc)
Nitrox Courses: 250 €

Photographers Special

Item Price
(**)UW Camera 15 €/day
UW Flash 10 €/day
Additional Lens 10 €/day

(*) Daily

(**)with a 35mm lens included

CD Rewriter for freeing memory from Memory cards of Digital Cameras

Diving Equipment for Rent

We have a limited quantity of SCUBAPRO equipment for rent so we strongly recommend you to inform us about your needs at the moment of the booking.

Item Price per Day
(*)Full Equipment 30 €
Regulator 10 €
Mask Snorkel Fins 10 €
Wet Suit and Boots 10 €
Computer 10 €
UW Torch 10 €
BCD 10 €

(*) Full Equipment: wet suit, jacket, mask snorkel, fins and regulator.

Nitrox Refills

Service Price
Per Fill / bottle 5 €
Full Cruise Voucher 10 € day

(*) Nitrox users must show valid certification when starting the cruise.

Other Services Onboard

Service Price per unit
Thuraya Satellite Handphone 2 € min calling - receiving FREE
(***)Massage 15 €
SMY Ondina Polo Shirts 15 €

(***) 45 minutes. Relaxing and Muscle Stretching.

Ondina - schedule

02Dec17
11Dec17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat Archipelago North & South Best!
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14Dec17
23Dec17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat Archipelago North & South Best!
10 spaces available
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26Dec17
04Jan18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat Archipelago North & South Best!
1 spaces available
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07Jan18
16Jan18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat Archipelago Central & South Best!
0 spaces available
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19Jan18
28Jan18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat Archipelago Central & South Best!
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31Jan18
09Feb18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat Archipelago Central & South Best!
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12Feb18
21Feb18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat Archipelago Central & South Best!
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24Feb18
05Mar18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat Archipelago Central, North & Ayu & Asia islands North Special!
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08Mar18
18Mar18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat Archipelago Central, North & Ayu & Asia islands North Special!
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Price from 3050 Euro
21Mar18
01Apr18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Ambon
Raja Ampat Central & South, Banda islands and Ambon Spectacular!
2 spaces available
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Price from 3355 Euro
04Apr18
15Apr18
Embark: Ambon
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat Central & South, Banda islands and AmbonSpectacular!
16 spaces available
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Price from 3355 Euro
18Apr18
24Apr18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat Archipelago
16 spaces available
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Price from 1830 Euro
27Apr18
07May18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Bitung
Raja Ampat, Halamahera, Banda sea Spectacular!
16 spaces available
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Embark: Dry Dock
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27Jun18
07Jul18
Embark: Bitung
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat, Halamahera, Banda seaSpectacular!
0 spaces available
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11Jul18
21Jul18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Biak
Birds head – Cenderawasih Bay Unique!
16 spaces available
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25Jul18
06Aug18
Embark: Biak
Disembark: Biak
Cenderawasih Bay
16 spaces available
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Price from 3660 Euro
09Aug18
19Aug18
Embark: Biak
Disembark: Sorong
Birds head – Cenderawasih Bay Unique!
16 spaces available
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22Aug18
01Sep18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat Archipelago Central & South Select!
16 spaces available
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04Sep18
14Sep18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat Archipelago Central & South Select!
16 spaces available
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17Sep18
28Sep18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Ambon
Raja Ampat Central & South, Banda islands and Ambon Spectacular!
16 spaces available
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Price from 3355 Euro
02Oct18
12Oct18
Embark: Ambon
Disembark: Kaimana
Ambon, Banda islands & Triton Bay Amazing!
16 spaces available
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Price from 3050 Euro
15Oct18
25Oct18
Embark: Kaimana
Disembark: Ambon
Ambon, Banda islands & Triton Bay Amazing!
16 spaces available
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28Oct18
07Nov18
Embark: Ambon
Disembark: Tual
Ambon, Banda Islands & North Banda Sea. Wow!
16 spaces available
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10Nov18
20Nov18
Embark: Tual
Disembark: Ambon
Ambon, Banda Islands & North Banda Sea. Wow!
16 spaces available
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Price from 2750 Euro
23Nov18
04Dec18
Embark: Ambon
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat Central & South, Banda islands and Ambon Spectacular!
14 spaces available
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Price from 3355 Euro
07Dec18
16Dec18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat Archipelago Central & South Best!
spaces available
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Price from 2745 Euro
19Dec18
28Dec18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat Archipelago Central & South Best!
16 spaces available
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Ondina - cabins

8 cabins are all double occupation and, except two ones in the front both with a double bed, the rest have a double bed and a single bed on top, all with AC and full bathroom.

Ondina - itinerary

Ondina’s schedule for Komodo enables you to do a 5,6 or 11 night trip - the trips grouped together by colour are the ones that you can join together to make the 11 night trip. On the day in Labuanbajo at the end of the 6 night leg there will be a land tour in Labuanbajo (LBJ) in the morning and then there will be dives in Sebayor in the afternoon and a night dive before heading out again after the night dive for the Northern leg of the Komodo trip.

The Bima to Labuanbajo leg covers the South of Komodo - Rinca and Padar (Manta alley, pink peach, Cannibal rock).

The Labuanbajo to Bima covers the North of Komodo (Batu Bolong, Takat Makassar, Castle rock, Crystal rock)

Please don’t forget to check out the last minute availabilities for cheap Komodo and Raja Ampat liveaboard trips

*All passengers need to account for an additional personal fee for police permits and diving, tourist and harbour fees of 200 euros/person if cruise starts or ends in Papua or Maluku, and for the cruises in Komodo, 150 euros/person for the 10/11 nights cruises and 100 euros/person for the 5/6 nights cruises. It can be payed on board when required by our Cruise Manager or together with the cruise price payment.

** Departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 5 paying passengers.

***** Special Cruises include some Exploration in new or rarely visited areas, that is why they are a bit cheaper………. though exploration may bring some outstanding surprises in these remote seas!

SMY Ondina route itineraries

The birds of Paradise route - Sorong-Rajah Empat-Sorong

The Raja Ampat archipelago holds the world record for the greatest number of different species found in a single dive. What else do we need to say? Just add the most pristine and colourful coral gardens, outstanding landscapes, primitive fishing villages and of course, Paradise Birds! The west tip of the greatest island of the world, New Guinea, politically divided in two halves: the independent country of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in its more eastern half, and the province where Indonesia ends towards the east, now called Papua and previously known as Irian Jaya.

This really is the last frontier for adventure and exploratory diving to one of the really few remaining wild regions on the planet. Leaving from the port of Sorong, in the “Bird’s head peninsula”, we will travel through the archipelago of the Four kings (Rajah Empat), among the islands of Waigeo to the north and Misool to the south. The area where we will sail holds the record for the biggest number of different species counted in a single dive. National Geographic compares the number of species to be found here to be of a similar amount found in Palau, Micronesia.

The reefs of Rajah Ampat enjoy a healthy marine biodiversity with more than 400 species of coral having been discovered here. Besides the abundance of fauna, this region contains numerous wrecks of Japanese ships and aeroplanes from the terrible battles held during the Second World War in this area. All the ingredients for a perfect adventure!

The Dragons route - Komodo & Rinca National Park - Bima

Between the narrow straits of the islands of Komodo Rinca is the meeting point for the Flores Sea and the Indian Ocean. Their tidal currents provide a continuous exchange of water and nutrients between the inner sea and the ocean creating a unique ecosystem, favouring the bio-diversity and the proliferation of peculiarities like the frog fish or endemic species that can only be observed here, like the sea apple.

The depths are densely populated with fixed life, with great underwater variety of landscapes, from diving in vertical walls covered with soft corals resembling the Red Sea gardens to stone structures resembling the cold water reefs of the North Sea. Due to the high degree of protection that this National Park enjoys, it is also an area of great abundance of fish, with thick schools of carangids, sweet lips and butterflies, as well as frequent encounters with manta rays and reef sharks.

Very few operators dive the whole komodo area like Ondina does !!

Pulau Paloe:

North of Flores, this volcanic island is surrounded by deep waters and offers interesting diving on deep wallswith caves and overhangs where large groupers, lobsters and moray eels live. In the blue batfish, white and black tip sharks and big tuna swim in the open waters. Large formations of black coral, gorgonias and barrel sponges decorate the seascapes on these dives on this exceptional island

Bay of Maumere:

It is extremely interesting to dive in waters that are considered exceptional, the headquarters of the World championship of underwater photography until in 1992 an earthquake followed by a tsunami wave hit the area. Ten years later the walls that surround these islands have managed to recover totally from the natural disaster that befell this area and they offer good dives in mild currents, with a healthy population of gorgonias and sponges, with big groupers lurking in crevices, anthias and butterfly fish. In the blue big tuna and carangids patrol the depths seeking for their prey.

LAND EXCURSIONS:

In addition to the traditional fish barbecue on the beach one of the main attractions of this route is the visit to the Komodo Rinca National Park to see the famous Komodo Dragons, the world’s largest variety of carnivorous lizard (Varanus Komodiensis) which can grow up to 3 meters in length. Due to the strong currents of the straits surrounding these islands, and in spite of the fact that the dragons can swim, they have remained isolated on these few remote islands with a distinctly prehistoric look.

The visit is a two-three hour walk on one of two islands, Komodo or Rinca, accompanied by a National Park guide, depending on how lucky we are we hopefully will see, apart from the dragons, Timor deer, wild boars, water buffalos, parrots and fowls. Locally made wooden dragon carvings of different sizes and pearls from nearby farms can be bought from the local villagers on the island as souvenirs. During the cruise we will disembark on deserted islands and secluded bays where we can see the flying foxes fly at dusk and also visit some fishing villages during our sail through this incredible and unique place on earth.

During the cruise we will also disembark on deserted beaches and visit some fishing villages that we may while sailing in this incredible area.

Optional and out of the cruise programm we can arrange an excursion to the Kelimutu National Park in the island of Flores, one of the most visited natural wonders of Indonesia. After a very early drive you arrive early in the morning to the top of the volcano, to be at the summit with the sun rise, the best moment of the day to enjoy the magnificent view of the three different colour lakes, black, red and green. This excursion is not only one of the greatest tourist attractions of the region, but also a very important area of myth and legend. This excursion can be arranged before or after the crusie but always starting from Maumere. Ask for prices depending on how many you are.

Ondina - specs

Deck Length
32 meters
Bean
8,0 meters
Draft
2,6 meters
Hull
Teak and Tropical wood
Engine
400 HP Man Medium Duty
Sails
Nearly 400m2 surface
Cruising Speed
9 Knots
Cabins
6 Triple and 2 Double cabins all with ensuite freshwater shower, hand basin, toilet and Air Con.
Electricity onboard
220v all-around-the-clock 12v Emergency Circuit
Generators
30 and 20Kw marine sets (Mitshubisi & Isuzu)
Water
Watermaker plus 10 Tn deposits
Fuel tanks
12 Tn = great autonomy

2 Solas Life Rafts for 30 pax Buoys Safety Flares Fire extinguishers First Aids equipment Oxygen onboard Hyperbaric Chambers in Makassar and Bali

Ondina - diving

Raja Ampat diving

Raja Ampat (or the Four Kings) is an archipelago consisting of the islands of Misoool, Salawati, Batanta, and Wiageo which are surrounded by over 1,500 small islands and cays. Formerly known as Irian Jaya, this area is now part of the newly named West Papua province of Indonesia and is located on the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula, on the island of New Guinea.

Put simply, Raja Ampat could quite possibly be the best diving in the world. It certainly is the world’s most bio diverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusc species than anywhere else on Earth. The variety of marine life can be staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, you may encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to don your snorkelling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales. Other highlights include the innumerable war wrecks, both ships and planes (with new wrecks being discovered constantly).

The reefs of Raja Ampat are just as varied as the marine life. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, sea mounts, mucky mangroves, lagoons and pinnacles. The reefs are in pristine condition with miles of perfect hard corals and many varied colourful species of soft corals. The diving is predominantly drift dives due to the moderate prevalent currents in the area which provide nutrients for the myriad fish and coral. Currents are average to moderate and vary from none to very strong. Visibility is normally very good but can vary and is normally at its best earlier in the day so your pre-breakfast dives are not to be slept through!

This is truly “Frontier Diving”. Topside the beautiful islands stretch as far as you can see and are largely uninhabited. At night the lights of local fishing boats twinkle in the dark along the few inhabited shorelines while in more remote areas you may only see a distant spec of light over the entire horizon.

Not many liveaboards dive the Raja Ampat area, making this adventure even more unique and special.

Raja Ampat has a high season from October to May and weirdly enough it is during their rainy season due to the winds in the dry season making parts of the park inaccessable. The rainy season should not be mis-construed though. It is generally mostly a shower in the late afternoon and evening and most of the time the days are nice, wind is minimal and the skys are generally clear or slightly over cast. The seas are calmer at this time of the year as the oppposite season has winds that kick up waves and make it very difficult to dive the more exposed sites in the Southern part of Raja Ampat. The water temperature stays around the 27-30 degrees celcius mark all year round.

Recently due to the popularity of Raja Ampat a lot of boats have been running trips in the so called low season but this is also the dry season and so promotes nicer weather and better visibility but the trade of is that only the northern more sheltered part of the park is accessable but as the area is so vast and there are so many quality dive sites the reports from these northern trips have been glowing so far.

Komodo diving

Diving in Komodo is not a new idea but recently it’s being recognised as a premier destination due to the awesome variety of diving to be had. Crystal clear water and dive sites where you never see another diver provide a little something for everyone whether it’s macro or massive you love. One day you can be crawling along the bottom looking at pygmy seahorses, frogfish and unusual nudibranch and the next you are in the big blue on an open water pinnacle as the mantas fly by, the sharks circle and the dolphins hunt and the next day diving a live volcano!! For sheer variety there is no better place on earth.

Komodo is one of the few places left in the world where sharks are not rare and down south is one of the places where manta rays have their legendary aggregations, meaning they are here in the area in their hundreds!!!

One of the highlights of these trips is the rare opportunity to walk with the lengendary Komodo dragons. These truly awesome beasts can reach 3 metres plus and can reportedly run at 20km an hour chasing their prey. It’s the icing on the cake, Stunning diving and one of the world’s last surviving dinosaur descendants all one amazing package.

Covering the best of both worlds, from up close and personal with aggragating mantas to shy pygmy seahorses and rare nudibranches Komodo diving has it all. The beauty of Komodo liveaboard diving is in the balance between the large and small animals. One day you will be in the blue swimming with mantas and sharks and the next swimming along a bubbling volcanic reef covered with venting submerged fumeroles blowing bubbles into the water and hiding one of the worlds best kept secret macro dive sites.

These are some of the top sites that most liveaboards visit.

Angel reef, Moyo, Sumbawa diving

We start our Komodo liveaboard with the first dive of the trip and the check out dive. This dive site doesn’t disappoint. A beautiful wall stretching down to 50 metres covered in hard and soft corals very reminiscent of Bunaken in North Sulawesi. Schools of bannerfish and trevally patrol the walls with the occasional reef sharks making an appearance. Ribbon eels hide in crevices and many different nudibranchs crawl over the vast elephant ear sponges that hang from the beautiful soft coral infested wall.

Satonda island bay

A protected bay on Satonda island north of Sumbawa hosts a treasure trove of macro critters, the more we dive here the more we find. The rare Denise pygmy seahorse lives in fans here, frogfish hang out in big barrel sponges and ghost pipefish hide amongst the featherstars that cover the reef slope. In the sandy bottom you can find jawfish with their mouths full of eggs, myriads of anemonefish, mushroom coral pipefish and spearer mantis shrimps.

Sangeang island diving

Sangieng island is a perfectly round volcanic island jutting up from the sea bed. Still active and last blowing in 1996 this well kept secret is one of the world’s finest macro dive areas. With diving available all around the island there is not one specific spot but always new ones to be discovered. Bubbles of volcanic gas seep through the sand creating a surreal atmosphere and a warm black sand bottom hosting rare and unusual nudibranch. Pygmy seahorses, frogfish, Pegasus sea moths and carnivorous shells and all common here, this is my personal favourite dive site as every time we dive here there is a surprise in store of something new that is often not in the books - this site is why you go Komodo liveaboard diving.

Gps point - Gili Banta diving

Gps point is an open sea mount prone to strong currents at certain times of the day. This provides prolific hard and soft coral growth that is home to hundreds of different types of reef fish. Loved by sharks, white tip sharks cruise around the whole dive in amongst the hunting giant trevallies and schooling jacks and surgeon fish, an exciting dive.

Takat Toko, Gili Lawalaut diving

This is one of my favourite sites on the Komodo liveaboard itinerary and is very similar to Gps point this site takes it to the next level. Grey reef shark, white tip sharks, occassional dolphins and a literal fish soup created by jacks, surgeonfish, giant trevallies and bannerfish surround this large sea mount as you hang on to the reef edge and watch the action. Again this site is prone to strong currents but we time our dives to hit around slack tide and a little current brings in the big fish. Great pelagic action, my favourite blue water dive.

Lighthouse reef, Gili Lawalaut diving

An adrenalin pounding drift dive along the wall and around the corner under the lighthouse. Sharks, mantas, dolphins are all frequent visitors on the dive with some of the best coral reef top in the area around the corner out of the current at the end of the dive you can hunt for porcelain crabs, cuttlefish and unusual seahorses whilst waiting for the adrenalin to funnel out of your system and your heart rate to return to normal-this is what Komodo liveaboard diving is all about!.

Crystal rock, Gili Lawalaut diving

A stunning soft coral and sea fan covered pinnacle with crystal water clarity this is a great site for those magazine cover wide angle shots. With at least 5 different types of angelfish, 4 types of trigger and butterflyfish everywhere it is a excellent reef fish dive with frequent visits from eagle and manta rays and the resident sleepy hawksbill turtle.

Pink beach, Komodo diving

Colder water and lower vis here due to the huge amounts of organic matter in the water due to the southern currents but this is more than made up for by the astounding life available to see here due to this phenomenon. Normally done as a night dive it also makes a good day dive with everything from white tip sharks to pygmy seahorses; zebra crabs, Coleman shrimp, many coloured frogfish, xeno crabs, Spanish dancers, and unusual nudibranchs are hidden amongst the dense coral growth.

Cannibal rock, Rinca island diving

Colder water than the north but touted by many as one of the worlds best 10 sites, yes I know there seems to be way more than 10 “top 10 sites” but this one really is one if you like macro. Everything is here even the rarest of the rare, the Rhinopias scorpionfish. It’s nudi heaven with only the special and the rare getting to appear here, more species than I care to mention along with large and different frogfish mixed in with schools of fish and the resident dopy turtle we do 2 dives here and it’s still not enough!! You will love it, I personally adore this dive site.

Torpedo alley, Rinca island diving

Just next to cannibal rock and where the boat moors is a beach that has wild pigs, monkeys and Komodo dragons in the daytime and hosts a myriad of critters in the waters in front if it at night. Named for the large amount of torpedo rays found here, a member of the electric ray family- no touching! They cover the sandy bottom along with loads of nudis obvious on the black sand bottom along with bizarre crabs and octopus.

Manta alley, Komodo diving

In the cooler waters in the south of Komodo there is a bay in which there are a series of pinnacles that seem to be a magnet for aggregating mantas. They are here in their tens, often we come up having seen over 20 different individuals. Often a little shy, their evasive spins and pirouettes makes the watching of them that much more enjoyable.

Takat Makassar, Komodo diving

This is our other manta site. A little bit more of a risk to see them as it is a huge area and we drift along the bottom in about 10 metres but along the way we always run into loads of turtles, napoleon and humphead wrasse, white tip sharks and very very occasionally you will be incredibly lucky and run into the resident dugong that inhabits this area along with scores of mantas as they migrate north.

3 sisters, Padar island diving

A series of underwater pinnacles reaching nearly to the the surface off the coast of Padar island next to Komodo this site constantly springs surprises on you from silvertip sharks and mobular ray schools to marbled rays and rare nudibranchs.

How to get to Raja Ampat

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. We recommend Jakarta or Bali to make your entry point into Indonesia amnd each has it’s pros and cons.

From Jakarta to Sorong most flights route through Makassar (UPG) in South Sulawesi and are over night flights arriving in the morning perfect for a pick up by your liveaboard crew at the airport. The downside of this is that you may be awake most of the night before your board the liveaboard but most boats cruise only on the first day so you can catch up on your sleep during the day.

Flights from Bali are not quite so simple and cannot be done in one day, you will need to fly from Bali to UPG the day before your liveaboard and over night in Makassar and the continue on with the UPG to Sorong flight the following morning, the day of your liveaboard departure, and this ends up being perfect tining to be picked up on your arrival in Sorong at the airport to then be taken to the boat. This takes longer but you will arrive more refreshed than the Jakarta rooute and of course you could always factor in a stay in Bali before or after your trip.

In the past it has not been possible for someone outside of Indonesia to purchase domestic flights in Indonesia so these can be purchased for you by us, if you would like, and added to your invoice. It will be about $650 return dependant on exchange rates, availability and where your entry airport is in Indonesia. The cost of the domestic flights are not included in the trip price.

Recently Garuda, our recommended airline, has made it possible to purchase their tickets online and we recommend you take this approach as it is often cheaper than the set price we have to charge. Other airlines are cheaper but are not so trustworthy or have such good luggage allowances. Again, we highly recommend trip as well as diving insurance just in case something were to go wrong with your flights.

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.

Ondina - faqs

What shall I take with me to a SMY ONDINA Cruise?

Just a few things:
Most Important: Check your visa Requirements. Since February 2004, Indonesia has changed the Visa requirements for many countries. Some nationalities can get their visa on arrival, some others must bring the visa issued by an Indonesian Embassy. On August 2005 Visa-On Arrival was extended from 21 countries to 35 countries - cost for these visas are US$10 for a stay of up to 7 days, US$25 for a stay of up to 30 days. On top of that you passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months …..don’t forget to check!!

Your diving equipment and all spare parts you may need. We have limited number of equipments for rent and plenty of spare parts onboard but only for SCUBAPRO gear. Photography equipment, memory cards for your digital camera, although you may empty them on a CD with the rewriter onboard.

Mosquito repelent, just in case we need it in any land excursion (never on board) Any specific medicine you may be taking (No need for Malaria treatment unless you are extending your stay in a malaria endemic area!). We have a complete First Aid Kit on board for light accidents.

Your personal toiletries
Light and comfortable clothing (shorts & Tshirts) and any kind of shoes you can soak for coming in and out of the dinghies when going ashore. Your favourite alcoholic drink from the Duty Free shop at the airport. We only have softdrinks and beer onboard. They are usually very strict with overweight when checking for the domestic flights. You may have to pay a variable fee per kilo if you exceed the 20Kg allowed, so bring the minimum with you.

What is the water temperature?
What suit do I bring?**
The average water temperature is around 28ºC but in some areas, like S. Komodo, the temperature can drop to 23-24ºC. Normally a 3 or 5 mm wetsuit will be sufficient.

Why only 3 dives per day?
Some days we dive 4 times, some others only 2, this makes an average of 3 duves/day. The reasons for this are:

SMY Ondina sails an average of 200-300 miles in every charter (except for the Exploratory ones where we sail a longer distance) to take you to the best diving places, this forces us to sail from 2 to 4 nights every cruise.

We normally go ashore 2 or 3 times during an 8 days cruise to visit spectacular places in our popular land excursions.

These days we can only dive 3 times. Moreover, in such a long cruise, with so many dives and having to fly the same day when disembarking or the day after, it is not convenient at all to saturate so much for safety reasons. Embarking and disembarking days we can only dive 2 times. The rest of the days we normally dive 4 times unless weather conditions or any unexpected.

Are all dives Drift Dives?
This is the black story about diving in Indonesia. The country is too big to generalize and our routes cover a very big area. Most important, our Dive Masters knowing the divers’ skills and interests in every cruise, specially when there are uw photographers onboard, will plan the most suitable dives to satisfy the whole group. In every route you will find drift dives, a maximum of 50%, but only 10%-15% will be with strong currents and in these cases, don’t worry because our dinghies crew are prepared for them.You will also enjoy shallow dives, muckdiving, seagrass meadows, coral gardens, walls and hangouts….diversity guaranteed.

What, where and when about money to bring.
€ os and Dollars are widely accepted in Indonesia. You only have to be cautious with making sure you bring brand new or clean paper money, not a single scratch or ink mark, or you will have problems to have them accepted. The best exchange rates are in Bali but take care with some “money changers”, count your change twice before leaving the shop. In the boat we accept cash in rupiahs, € os and dollars, (sorry no credit cards yet) and apart from that you will only need some small money for handicrafts when visiting some villages….rupiah reccomended for this!