The island nation of Indonesia straddles the equator between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and lies at the heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’ - the epicentre of the world’s marine biodiversity. Nowhere on ...
La Galigo is a purpose-built Phinisi offering adventurous voyages around Komodo and Raja Ampat. Boasting a dedicated sea-level dive platform, this vessel provides affordable and hassle-free dive cruises to individuals, friends, and groups looking for a world-class experience with a relaxed atmosphere.
Conceived in 2014, La Galigo offers fun, comfortable, and affordable liveaboard adventures around some of the world’s premier diving destinations including Komodo and Raja Ampat. Created as an alternative to highly expensive liveaboards, La Galigo caters to friends and groups looking for world-class diving experiences in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The vessel’s Indonesian crew boast many years of experience sailing and diving around Indonesian Archipelago, helping to provide high levels of service at great value for money.
Guests on board La Galigo can relax in well-appointed, ensuite cabins, socialise in the spacious restaurant and lounge, or soak up some sun on the beautiful sun deck. This vessel is also one of the few traditional Phinisies to boast a purpose-built, sea-level dive platform ensuring every day of diving is both comfortable and hassle-free.
Komodo National Park is situated close to the coast of Flores, with Sumbawa and the Sape Strait to the west. Covering over 1,730 square kilometres, the park includes the three large islands of Komodo, Padar and Rinca, along with 26 smaller islands. The park’s rugged terrain is dominated by jagged peaks and mountain slopes covered in dry savannah and dense stands of deciduous forests. Erosion has carved the coastlines of the islands into deep bays, inlets, channels and isolated beaches, creating some of Indonesia’s most spectacular scenery. Locations such as Komodo’s ‘Pink Beach’ and the incredible view from Padar looking across back-to-back, circular bays, are worth the trip alone!
Komodo’s dramatic landscape continues beneath the waves and the waters are some of the richest marine environments in the world. The reefs, channels, seagrass beds and mangroves are home to over 1000 species of fish and 250 species of corals. The channel surrounding theses islands funnels huge volumes of water between the Flores Sea and the Indian Ocean, resulting in nutrient-rich upwellings and dramatic currents that sweep past the islands, creating the perfect conditions for an incredible diversity of marine life and superb diving. The national park was founded in 1980 to protect its infamous resident - the Komodo dragon. This extraordinary species is the world’s largest land-dwelling reptile and can still be observed in the wild on both Komodo and Rinca islands.
Raja Ampat is an archipelago of over 1,500 small islands and reefs surrounding the 4 main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo - the ‘Four Kings’ from which Raja Ampat takes its name. The area is part of the newly-created province of West Papua and, despite its allegiance to Indonesia, the islands of Raja Ampat feel very much like part of a different world. Although resorts are being developed throughout the archipelago and liveaboards run regular schedules around its famous sites, this string of beautiful islands still holds on to a lingering promise of exploration and discovery.
Papua is home to an incredible diversity of flora, fauna and cultures with the rugged terrain and relatively late development having helped to preserve the unique biological and cultural diversity. Much of the mainland is made inaccessible by rugged mountains and dense jungle and new endemic species are being discovered here every year. Below the surface of the sea, the rich reefs of Raja Ampat are a similar treasure trove of unique species; in fact, Cape Kri on Mansuar Island in the Dampier Strait holds the record for the most number of fish species recorded on a single dive. Raja Ampat is so species-rich and such a vital area for reef conservation that the entire area has been protected as part of the Bird’s Head Seascape.
Built in 2012, La Galigo is a 33-meter Phinisi vessel designed specifically for diving that accommodates up to 14 guests. The vessel’s 7 cabins are divided into 3 class types, with Deluxe cabins on the lower deck and both Master and Suite cabins on the upper deck. Each room is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, hot freshwater shower, climate control, and a desk. Western and Asian meals are served buffet-style in the saloon with wine, beer, and self-service snacks also available. This lounge area is furnished with a large flat-screen TV, a library of movies, books, and games, and plenty of power points for charging laptops or photography equipment. At the top of the vessel, guests will find a peaceful sundeck fitted with reclining lounge chairs and shaded areas.
La Galigo was purpose-built for divers and is one of the only wooden liveaboards with a dedicated dive platform at the back of the boat, providing ample space to kit-up, prepare camera gear, and access the tenders. Full equipment rental is available onboard including dive computers, SMBs, reef hooks, and torches. 12-litre aluminium tanks are used, with 15-litre aluminium tanks and Nitrox available at an additional cost. The vessel’s 2 tenders offer up to 4 dives every day, including night dives, and PADI Advanced Open Water and Enriched Air Nitrox courses can be arranged. La Galigo is fitted with industry standard safety equipment including an EPIRB emergency locator, long range radio phone, lifebuoys, first aid kits, emergency oxygen, and a defibrillator.
La Galigo offers multiple voyages around Komodo National Park with varying durations. An example itinerary departs from Labuanbajo with check dives at Sabayor Slope and Sabayor Wall. The vessel will then cruise overnight to the west side of Komodo to dive Tarawa Besar, Police Corner, Batu Bolong, and Bombastic Forest. The following day, La Galigo heads towards north west Komodo to visit sites such as Shotgun, Castle Rock, Crystal Rock ad Buku Buku. There may also be an excursion to enjoy panoramic views over the Komodo Archipelago.
South west Komodo is next up, boasting dive sites such as Golden Passage, Karang Makassar, and Bokep Point. Guests will also be able to trek into the National Park to see Komodo Dragons and witness the famous Pink Beach. The next day, guests can explore Dilarsten, Secret Garden, Padar Kacino, and Bole Mogoso, before returning to some favourite sites such as Karang Makassaer, Batu Bolong, and Siaba Bay. On the last full day, La Galigo explores Penga Kecil and Wainilu before a relaxing afternoon winding down and watching the sunset near Bat Island. The vessel then returns to Labuanbajo.
La Galigo offers multiple voyages around Raja Ampat with varying durations. An example itinerary departs from Sorong with a check dive in the bay. The vessel then travels overnight to Misool to explore the swim-throughs of Goa Farondi, as well as sites such as 3 Rocks, No Contest, and Love Potion. Daram Island is visited next with two of the best dive sites in Misool, Candy Store and Andiamo, which can both be dived twice due to their size and quality. La Galigo then heads to the Jamur Boo Region to explore Whale Rock, Nudi Rock, Magic Mountain, and Boo Windows. The last full day in Misool is spent at sites such as Three Kings, Barracuda, and Wedding Cake.
La Galigo heads back to central Raja Ampat to visit Razorblock Ridge and Grouper Rock, before moving on to Penemu where the dive sites will depend on conditions – although guests can almost guarantee a visit to Melissa’s Garden. After an early morning trek to Mt. Pindito, guests can explore sites such as Way-Out-Rock, Figure 8 Rock, and Cathedral. Kawe Island is next on the agenda, boasting sites such as Changgo, Black Rock, and Eagle Rock. La Galigo will then move to Aljui Bay to watch the sunset and dive at Fuel Dock and Pearl Farm Jetty. Waking up off the coast of Gam Island, guests have the chance to visit Mayhem and Citrus Ridge before cruising to Dampier Strait to explore Manta Ridge, Arborek Jetty, Cape Kri, and Blue Magic. La Galigo then sails overnight to back Sorong.