Award-winning Indonesian-run liveaboard dedicated to outstanding service and sustainability
- Award-winning liveaboard with recognition for service and sustainability
- Spacious and traditional solid teak cabins with all the comforts of home
- Sustainable voyages that benefit the local people, culture and environment
- Outstanding amenities with individual gear storage, top-quality rental gear, two spacious tenders, and camera room
Kurabesi Explorer is an award-winning liveaboard owned and operated by a passionate Indonesian team, committed to marine conservation and sustainable tourism. This vessel boasts a welcoming atmosphere and incredible facilities - suited to both relaxing holidays and highly-focused adventures for dedicated divers. Kurabesi Explorer offers a variety of classic Raja Ampat itineraries, as well as voyages to lesser-known areas like the Banda Sea, Forgotten Islands, Manokwari, Raja Ampat’s far north, as well as Cenderawasih Bay - famous for its encounters with whale sharks.
Number of cabins
Scheduled, private charter available
Kurabesi Explorer is part 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 its cruises around Raja Ampat, the Banda Sea, Cenderawasih Bay, Triton Bay, and beyond.
Created by master phinisi boat-builders, Kurabesi Explorer provides spacious comfort onboard, as well as smooth sailing and an authentic rustic-chic charm. 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. Other big benefits to cruising with the Kurabese Explorer include outstanding facilities for scuba divers and underwater photographers, and days of easy diving thanks to the hands-on support of a passionate and professional scuba crew.
Onboard Kurabesi Explorer
Kurabesi Explorer was hand-crafted by some of the most renowned South Sulawesi boat builders in 2015. This traditional wooden phinisi accommodates 14 people in lovely solid teak cabins, complete with earth-friendly details like organic toiletries, plastic-free water tumblers and furnishings of traditional Indonesian woven cloth. On the upper deck, guests will find the partly-covered dining area where three delicious buffet-style meals are served each day, in addition to snacks and refreshments. The bar serves soft drinks, cold beer, and a selection of international wine and spirits. Kurabesi Explorer also features a relaxing lounge and library on the main deck, and an impressive sun deck above providing space for meetings, outdoor dining or simply enjoying the tropical skies.
Diving from Kurabesi Explorer
Dives are made from two tenders, allowing for comfortable excursions with no long surface swims. Kurabesi Explorer offers full dive gear rental, a modern camera room and wash facilities, personal gear storage, and expert guidance from a team of dedicated local guides. This boat also includes onboard research facilities, with a reef check tool kit, projector and screen for presentations, and a drone for forest monitoring and aerial pictures. Additional free-to-use facilities include two family-sized kayaks, inflatable standup paddleboards, snorkelling gear, floats, and binoculars.
- You’ll need Advanced Open Water certification and 50 logged dives to join this boat’s most adventurous itineraries.
- If you’re hoping to dive with whale sharks, plan your trip during a new moon for the best chances of encounters.
- Bring a bit of pocket cash for onboard extras like gear rental, PADI courses, gratuities, and drinks from the bar.
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 onboard the Kurabesi Explorer as a means of reducing their environmental impact. They also encourage guests to help provide the same solar energy kits to local communities.
Onboard, 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 fibre 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.