Kurabesi Explorer is an award-winning liveaboard run by passionate Indonesians deeply committed to marine conservation and sustainable tourism. This liveaboard boasts a welcoming family-like atmosphere & incredible facilities - perfectly suited to both relaxing holidays and engaging citizen science projects.

KURABESI EXPLORER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Award-winning liveaboard
  • Unique trips designed to benefit the local people, culture and environment
  • Get involved in conservation efforts with their Citizen Scientists initiative
FACILITIES
Expert Led
Watersports
Camera Room
Sundeck
Equipment Rental
Citizen Science
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About Kurabesi Explorer

Kurabesi Explorer is a member of the Kurabesi Nusantara family – a social enterprise founded by two young Indonesian environmentalists that is deeply committed to establishing best practices in sustainable tourism. The award-winning liveaboard provides specially crafted trips designed to ensure guests have a positive impact on the local people, culture and environment. A glowing example of conscious tourism, Kurabesi Explorer strictly abides by all regulations, best-practices and conservation rules during it’s cruises around Raja Ampat, the Banda Sea, Cenderawasih Bay and Triton Bay. 

Created by master boat-builders, Kurabesi Explorer provides spacious comfort onboard, and guests are treated like family by the dedicated Indonesian crew – with life-long friendships forged over campfires on the beach or beers from the bar. This fantastic liveaboard goes a step further whenever it can, holding itself to incredibly high standards and providing guests with opportunities to create a positive impact with their trip wherever possible.

Facilities Above deck cabins Aircon Ensuite bathrooms Outdoor dining Vegetarian options Sun deck Charging points Camera facilities
Dive services Dive deck Dive tenders Rental equipment DIN adaptors Camera rinse tanks
Destinations

RAJA AMPAT

Kurabesi Explorer is a member of the Kurabesi Nusantara family – a social enterprise founded by two young Indonesian environmentalists that is deeply committed to establishing best practices in sustainable tourism. The award-winning liveaboard provides specially crafted trips designed to ensure guests have a positive impact on the local people, culture and environment. A glowing example of conscious tourism, Kurabesi Explorer strictly abides by all regulations, best-practices and conservation rules during it’s cruises around Raja Ampat, the Banda Sea, Cenderawasih Bay and Triton Bay. 

Created by master boat-builders, Kurabesi Explorer provides spacious comfort onboard, and guests are treated like family by the dedicated Indonesian crew – with life-long friendships forged over campfires on the beach or beers from the bar. This fantastic liveaboard goes a step further whenever it can, holding itself to incredibly high standards and providing guests with opportunities to create a positive impact with their trip wherever possible.

BANDA SEA

The Banda Sea lies just south of the equator in Eastern Indonesia and is bounded by the islands of Buru, Ambon and Seram in Maluku to the north, Sulawesi to the west, curving arcs of volcanoes and reefs to the east, distant islands of Nusa Tenggara and Timor to the south. Within the basin itself are two chains of islands - an inner arc of rugged volcanoes that rise from the deep waters of the central area and an outer arc of low, limestone islands that mark the eastern boundary of the sea. These remote islands of the ‘Ring of Fire’ have escaped much of the development of the modern world and remain pristine outposts of Asia’s extraordinary marine environment, offering untouched reefs, prolific marine life and plenty of bigger species.

This remote area once lay at the heart of the lucrative spice trade - in fact, Banda and its neighbour, Run, were the original ‘Spice Islands’ sought after by explorers and fought over by nations. Today the islands of the Banda Sea attract a different type of adventurer - drawn by the opportunity to dive remote, pristine reefs, visit islands rich in history and culture, and explore a part of Asia that, despite its previous fame and fortune, has become a pristine backwater.

TRITON BAY

Triton Bay is located in the far south of the Bird’s Head Seascape in West Papua, about as far from civilisation as it is possible to be in Indonesia. At the mouth of the bay lie a number of islands which funnel currents inwards and create the perfect conditions for the growth of soft corals in the nutrient-rich waters. To the east and west of Triton Bay are large estuarine areas that have effectively isolated Triton Bay’s marine creatures and helped to create the unique habitats and endemic species that are found today.

Triton Bay was first surveyed by scientists in 2006 who recommended the creation of the Kaimana Marine Protected Area that now extends along the coast either side of Triton Bay. The scientists’ attention was drawn to the large numbers of bigger reef fish such as grouper and snapper, the unusual soft corals and black corals that dominate the underwater landscape in Triton Bay and the many endemic species that they discovered. One of Triton Bay’s biggest draws are the whale sharks which congregate around fishing platforms known as ‘bagans’ to feed on anchovies and other baitfish caught in the nets.

CENDERAWASIH BAY

Cenderawasih Bay is located in West Papua, and together with Raja Ampat in the west and Triton Bay in the south, makes up the Bird’s Head Seascape. The marine park itself is situated in the southwest quarter of Cenderawasih Bay, to the east of the Vogelkop Peninsula. Encompassing 80 square kilometers, Cenderawasih Bay is one of Southeast Asia’s largest national parks, comprising 18 islands with tropical rainforest and mangroves, as well as countless species of sea creatures. 

The marine park was established in 2002 and boasts incredible marine diversity, an abundance of fringing reefs and healthy hard coral gardens. In fact, until relatively recent times Cenderawasih Bay was geographically isolated from the Pacific tides, creating a high density of endemic fish and coral that can’t be found anywhere else on the planet – helping gain the nickname the ‘Galapagos of the East’.

Vessel

KURABESI EXPLORER

Kurabesi Explorer was hand-crafted by some of the most renowned South Sulawesi boat builders in 2015. The 28-meter wooden Phinisi vessel accommodates 14 people in 2 double cabins and 4 bunk cabins, and each cabin boasts an ensuite bathroom with hot water shower and flushing toilet, as well as air-conditioning and ample storage for personal belongings. Organic toiletries, fresh towels, plastic-free water tumblers and furnishings of traditional Indonesian woven cloth are included in every room. On the upper deck, guests will find the partly-covered dining area which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet style with vegetarian options available by request. Snacks, mineral water and unlimited tea and coffee are also provided. The bar serves soft drinks, cold beer and a selection of international wine and spirits. The Kurabesi Explorer also features a relaxing lounge with library area on the main deck, as well as an impressive sun deck above which provides a great space for meetings, outdoor dining or simply enjoying the tropical skies.

Dives are made from two 7-meter fibreglass tenders, allowing for comfortable diving excursions to a variety of dive sites. Kurabesi Explorer offers full dive gear rental, including tanks with both DIN and yoke valves. Onboard research facilities include a reef check tool kit, projector and screen for presentations and a drone for forest monitoring and aerial pictures. A camera room is located on the main deck for research purposes or guests interested in underwater photography. Additional free-to-use facilities include 2 family-sized kayaks, inflatable standup paddleboard, snorkelling gear, floats, binoculars, camping equipment and barbecues. The Kurabesi Explorer is equipped with the newest safety equipment requirements such as transponder beacon, EPIRB, SART and marine radio. Life rafts, life jackets, first aid kits and emergency oxygen are also kept onboard.

Itineraries

RAJA AMPAT

Kurabesi Explorer offers individual multi-day trips to Raja Ampat’s north, south and central areas. Trips around the north of Raja Ampat allow guests to explore areas such as Wayag, Uranie, Kawe, Kri and Kabui, while trips to the south include locations such as Balbulol, Boo Wagmab and Harfat Lagoon. Trips sticking to the centre of Raja Ampat visit such destinations as Piaynemo, Tanjun, Kri Island and Mioskon. Other slightly longer multi-day trips are also available, travelling from Raja Ampat to Manokwari, and visiting Num, Pulau Dua, Jamursba and Mayalibit en-route. An additional 10-night trip from Raja Ampat to Morotai encompasses Selpele, Jiew Island, Lolobata, Tobelo and Ternate.

BANDA SEA

Kurabesi Explorer boasts several multi-day trips around the Banda Sea. The standard Banda Sea voyage lasts for 8 nights and includes Rhun Island, Banda Neira Island, Ari Island, Hatta Island, Nusa Laut and Tulehu. Kurabesi Explorer’s Banda Sea Spice Trails journey includes several of the same destinations but also visits Minipa, Saparua and Bandar Besar. Trips to the Banda Sea and Forgotten Island take in Serua Island, Nildesparandum Reef, Dewera Island, and Saumlaki, with a slightly longer journey also incorporating Misool. Kurabesi Explorer’s final Banda Sea itinerary travels from Tidore to Tulehu, passing Moti, Kajoan, Bacan, Damar, Joronga, Buano and Manipa along the way.

TRITON BAY

Kurabesi Explorer offers 2 multi-day trips around Triton Bay. The first, encompassing Sorong, Misool and Triton Bay, departs from Sorong and cruises overnight to Balbulol, Boo and Daram. Several more overnight sails see the boat arriving in Pulau Pisang, Karang Putih, Kiti - Kiti and then Aiduma. After exploring Aiduma, Little Komodo and Namatota, the Kurabesi Explorer travels overnight to Kaimana to end it’s journey. Kurabesi Explorer’s second trip incorporates Triton Bay, Banda Sea and Ambon. After departing from Little Komodo, the Kurabesi Explorer heads to Aiduma, Kei Besar, Kei Tanimbar, and Manuk Island which is well known for sea snakes. The boat then cruises to Hatta Island and Banda Neira Island before an 18 hour cruise to Tulehu port in Ambon.

CENDERAWASIH BAY

Cruises around Cenderawasih Bay begin at Rendani before sailing overnight to Swande and then visiting Tridacon Atoll and Kuwon, Kabuai and Angrameos, and then the village of Kwatisore which is famous for whale sharks. The boat also explores Napan Yaur, Rurebo, and Iweri before reaching Manokwari. Trips from Cenderawasih Bay to Biak also begin at Rendani, visiting Numfar, Rumberpan, Mioswer, Auri, Kwatisore, Boomerang Atoll, Tanjung Mangguar, Num and Supiori.

CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES


Conservation

The Kurabesi Nusantara family work with local community leaders to promote conservation projects and provide opportunities for local people to participate in sustainable tourism through employment. They work with various NGOs including Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and WWF. Kurabesi Nusantara are also gearing up to install a Sundaya Solar Energy System on board the Kurabesi Explorer as a means to reducing their environmental impact. They also encourage guests to help provide the same solar energy kits to local communities. 

Onboard, the Kurabesi Explorer reduces plastic waste and supports local artisans by offering guests a variety of sustainable products including biodegradable toiletries, natural soaps, reusable water tumblers, bamboo toothbrushes, bamboo fiber T-shirts and recycled tote bags. Kurabesi Explorer’s new ‘Citizen Scientists’ initiative works in collaboration with marine scientists to get guests involved in reef health checks and to educate them about ocean health.

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