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 earth can visitors experience such a range of spectacular diving - from encounters with huge whale sharks and oceanic manta rays, to muck dives with beautiful Rhinopias and the exceedingly rare psychedelic frogfish.
La Unua offers short & intimate charter cruises around Komodo, with action-packed itineraries lasting between 1 - 4 days. This vessel combines European and traditional Phinisi design to create a comfortable, informal, & sociable atmosphere, complemented by great facilities & dedicated staff.
- Enjoy a relaxed and intimate trip with a maximum of 8 guests
- Bespoke itineraries lasting from 1 - 4 days
- Combination of European and traditional Phinisi design
Designed for just 6 - 8 guests at a time, La Unua caters to small groups of divers looking to experience Komodo’s superb marine biodiversity. This liveaboard focuses on providing relaxed and intimate charter trips lasting between 1 - 4 days with visits to the top highlights of the area. The vessel itself is a combination of European and traditional Phinisi design, giving it a beautifully unique look with familiar comfort and reliability.
Onboard facilities include a bar, lounge, sundeck, and open-air entertainment area, as well as kayaks, snorkelling equipment, and karaoke. The crew onboard La Unua are dedicated to providing the best service possible, and try hard to accommodate each and every dive request. La Unua is both efficient and well equipped, ensuring a comfortable day of diving for all guests – whether they are after a relaxing fun dive or something a little more challenging.
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.
La Unua is a 23-meter vessel hand-crafted by master Sulawesi boat builders in 2017. The boat combines the best of Europen and traditional Phinisi design giving it a unique look with familiar comfort and reliability. La Unua is designed for an optimum capacity of 6 guests, but can accommodate more on shorter trips. It features 3 below deck cabins with ensuite bathrooms and 1 cabin on the main deck with a shared bathroom – all cabins are air-conditioned. The liveaboard also boasts an indoor, air-conditioned lounge and outdoor dining area which serves Asian and international cuisine prepared by an experienced chef. The upper deck features a lounge, bar, sunbathing area, and open-air entertainment area. Activities such as kayaking, snorkelling and karaoke are also available for guests enjoyment.
The dive deck onboard La Unua is organised, efficient, and well equipped, featuring full Aualung equipment rental including dive computers, 5-7mm wetsuits, and open-heeled fins. Tanks with DIN and Int connections, and 15-litre tanks are also available. La Unua offers a full range of PADI courses from beginner to Divemaster including speciality courses on request. This vessel is fitted with all the necessary safety equipment such as VHF radio, nautilus lifeline, emergency positioning radio beacon, life jackets, life rafts, first aid kits, oxygen kit, and an AED.
La Unua offers bespoke Komodo itineraries lasting between 1 - 4 days and departing from Labuan Bajo. Possible destinations include Kelor, Manjarite, Kalong, Padar, Manta Point, Gili Lawa and Kanawa. Land excursions such as Pink Beach and Komodo National Park are also provided. La Unua returns to Labuan Bajo at the end of each trip.