Raja Ampat liveaboards reviewed
At the very epicentre of marine biodiversity, Raja Ampat's vast network of reefs and islands is one of the most revered dive destinations in the world. And as more and more divers learn of Raja Ampat's astonishing diving, a fleet of liveaboards has sprung up that traverses these waters year round - with options for every diver.
But which of the many dive liveaboards operating in Raja Ampat is right for you? To help you decide, we’ve selected and reviewed some of the best Raja Ampat liveaboards below. Read on to find your favourite, perfect for your next dive holiday in Raja Ampat.
Best liveaboard for unique itineraries
The team aboard MV Pindito have been cruising Indonesia’s remote regions for over 25-years, gaining unparalleled experience along the way. In fact, Pindito pioneered many of the now-famous diving destinations, including Raja Ampat. The recently refurbished vessel features updated amenities throughout, as well as professional-standard diving facilities, a modern camera room and technical diving support. Guests can choose from an exceptional variety of unique scheduled itineraries or create their own with a custom charter. And, it’s safe to say Pindito’s itineraries deliver some of Indonesia’s most exciting voyages, including citizen science-themed trips, family-friendly cruises, and other unique expeditions focused on whales, macro, and more!
Best value Raja Ampat liveaboard
MY Oceanic offers a modern and updated take on the traditional Indonesian phinisi. This vessel aims to get off the beaten track, offering adventurous voyages filled with the unexpected and the untouched. Accommodating just 12 divers, MY Oceanic is both intimate and sociable – setting the perfect tone for an action-packed expedition to some of Indonesia’s most far-flung islands and reefs.
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Best liveaboard for diving Raja Ampat in style
Damai I and Damai II
Dive Damai is redefining the concept of liveaboards with their two vessels, Damai I and Damai II. Expect small groups, signature all-inclusive service, and tailor-made itineraries. With over 25-years of experience, these vessels proudly offer some of Raja Ampat’s most diverse liveaboard diving experiences, alongside spacious facilities, exquisite cuisine, and superb attention to detail. Damai I and Damai II are luxurious yet unfussy, with modern camera facilities and unlimited dive packages – perfect for dedicated divers after a few extra creature comforts.
Top Raja Ampat liveaboard for luxury voyages
If you're hoping to explore the remote corners of Raja Ampat in style, this is the boat for you. MSY Seahorse is a traditional Indonesian phinisi, recently renovated specifically for scuba diving, with all the comfort and style of a boutique hotel. This vessel’s subtle splendour, accommodating crew, and on-demand watersports will have every guest in a state of heightened relaxation. And to top it off, MSY Seahorse’s seasonal itineraries are perfectly timed for exciting wildlife encounters and the best possible conditions underwater.
Best liveaboard and resort combo in Raja Ampat
The Coralia is the latest project by Papua Explorers, one of Raja Ampat’s finest resorts with a well-established reputation for exceptional service, quality and commitment to sustainability. The liveaboard collaborates closely with the resort’s Raja Ampat SEA Centre and is dedicated to protecting local reefs and communities. With its state-of-the-art facilities, the Coralia easily navigates the most sought-after areas of Raja Ampat, offering tailored routes in search of the best conditions, whatever the season. And, it’s super easy to combine your liveaboard trip with a stay at Papua Explorers resort.
Great for small groups
Akomo Isseki is a beautiful phinisi outfitted specifically for scuba diving expeditions, including seasonal trips to Raja Ampat. The vessel combines classical appeal with 21st-century technology and accommodates just eight guests, providing a highly intimate setting that’s ideal for a private charter. Despite its size, this boat feels plenty spacious, with individual equipment areas, a charging table, and a breezy outdoor saloon for relaxing at the end of the day. And, with so few guests on board, Akomo Isseki is sure to create the personal private charter you’ve been dreaming of.
Ultimate Raja Ampat liveaboard for photographers
New White Manta
The New White Manta offers adventurous and fuss-free itineraries in Raja Ampat, on board a superbly spacious and stable vessel, custom-designed for liveaboard diving. Underwater photographers are sure to be wowed by this vessel's spacious camera room, wide outdoor work table, and blow-dry stations – making the quest for the perfect photo just that little bit easier. Other luxurious details include a high staff to guest ratio, fine dining, and massage services, creating an all-round hassle-free experience.
Top Raja Ampat liveaboard for families and friends
The Jakaré is one of the region's most impressive vessels, offering a modern twist on the classic phinisi. Unlike any boat you've ever seen, this contemporary sailing ship features inspired interior design, and charming details to help you enjoy each day on the water. Its welcoming social spaces are both luxurious and homely, creating the perfect atmosphere to relax with family or friends. Treat yourself to oversized and perfectly appointed cabins, fine dining, and optional extras like yoga and massage. Or, focus on the underwater world with up to four dives a day, plus nitrox and modern camera facilities.
Most sustainable Raja Ampat liveaboard
Aurora is a traditional sailing phinisi embarking on adventurous voyages through Raja Ampat and beyond. Operated by the world-renowned Dune Fleet, this vessel is a Green Fins Digital Member meaning guests can expect high standards of sustainability based on current best practices. It even offers a range of specialty trips including wildlife-themed experiences and citizen science expeditions. Aurora seamlessly combines modern amenities with an old-world aesthetic, ensuring a comfortable yet charming environment on board. And, when it comes to diving, guests have access to a range of high quality equipment and amenities, including a photography room and nitrox fills for certified guests.
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