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 ...
Liquid Adventures combine traditional beauty with modern comfort onboard their two Phinisi schooners, Kira Kira and Akomo Isseki. Both are the perfect choice for families, a close circle of friends or solo travellers looking to explore some of the best diving around the Indonesian Archipelago.
Handcrafted from tropical hardwood and designed specifically for Indonesian liveaboard diving, Liquid Adventure’s two traditional Phinisi style vessels combine classical appeal with 21st-century technology. Accommodating 8 passengers, Liquid Adventure liveaboards are perfect for families, a close circle of friends, or individual travellers who wish to join scheduled scuba diving charters around the Indonesian Archipelago. Both boats were built to be environmentally conscious and highly economic, running all electrical systems from solar panels to reduce emissions and operational noise.
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 allegiances 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 has 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.
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. In fact, 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.
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.
Handcrafted using tropical hardwood from the forest of Kendari and launched in 2018, Akomo Isseki is a traditional Phinisi style vessel offering classical aesthetics and modern comfort. This environmentally conscious, highly economic boat is powered by the sun’s rays, running all electrical systems from solar panels in order to reduce emissions and operational noise, making Akomo Isseki one of the most environmentally friendly liveaboards in Indonesia. A charging station for electrical items is operated for several hours daily so guests can keep their batteries topped up for generous periods.. A communal dining area, shaded diving deck and beautiful 360-degree panoramic saloon provide plenty of space for guests to socialise, swap stories or read a book from the small library. Both Indonesian and western meals are served including freshly baked bread, hot coffee, treats and plenty of clean fresh water. Guests are free to use onboard snorkelling equipment, kayaks, spearfishing equipment and fishing equipment, where permitted and safe to do so.
Accommodating 8 passengers, Akomo Isseki is perfect for families or a close circle of friends wanting to experience the Indonesian Archipelago. Guests are accommodated in 4 twin cabins cut from teak wood which are naturally vented and include large beds. Each cabin has storage lockers for large bags and dive gear, a personal wardrobe for clothes and belongings and shelf space for laptops, cameras, books and more. Traditional portholes allow for relaxing views of the surrounding landscapes and cabins can be spruced daily, with towels and sheets changed on request. Rooms are serviced by two separate shared bathroom facilities with modern appliances and flushing toilets.
Handcrafted using tropical hardwood from the forest of Kendari and launched in 2014, Kira Kira is a traditional Phinisi style vessel offering classical aesthetics and modern comfort. This environmentally conscious, highly economic boat is powered by the sun’s rays, running all electrical systems from solar panels in order to reduce emissions and operational noise, making Kira Kira one of the most environmentally friendly liveaboards in Indonesia. A charging station for electrical items is operated for several hours daily so guests can keep their batteries topped up. A communal dining area, shaded diving deck and large sun deck provide plenty of space for guests to socialise, swap stories or read a book from the small library. Both Indonesian and western meals are served including freshly baked bread, hot coffee, treats and plenty of clean fresh water. Guests are free to use onboard snorkelling equipment, kayaks, spearfishing equipment and fishing equipment, where permitted and safe to do so.
Accommodating 8 passengers, Kira Kira is perfect for families or a close circle of friends wanting to experience the Indonesian Archipelago. Guests are accommodated in 3 twin cabins and 1 rooftop double cabin with amazing panoramic views. Cabins are cut from teak wood and are naturally vented with large beds. Each cabin has storage lockers for large bags and dive gear, a personal wardrobe for clothes and belongings and shelf space for laptops, cameras, books and more. Traditional portholes allow for relaxing views of the surrounding landscapes and cabins can be spruced daily, with towels and sheets changed on request. Rooms are serviced by two separate shared bathroom facilities with modern appliances and flushing toilets.
Liquid Adventures offer 9 or 11-day trips around Raja Ampat exploring the best this area has to offer. A typical 9-day trip will start in Waisai, where the boat will then depart in the direction of the famous Dampier straight for an afternoon check dive around the small island of Friwin. The following day guests can enjoy the great biodiversity and beautiful corals of sites such as Blue Magic, Mioskon and Chicken Reef. Diving around Yanbuba, Arborek Jetty and Laosi the next day, guests might see hunting trevally and wobbegong sharks and manta rays as they circle their cleaning stations. The boat will arrive at Penemu’s famous reefs in the early morning, exploring sites such as Melissa’s Garden and My Reef, with their impressive populations of fish.
After sailing to Gam, guests will visit locations around Takat Yanggefo and the surrounding pristine Mangrove forests. These dive sites are great for schools of barracuda, bumphead parrotfish, wobbegong Sharks and a myriad of other marine life. Head to Eagle Rock the following day with its incredible underwater formation, home to giant schools of every species you can imagine. Cross the equator and move north towards the magnificent lagoons of Wayag, with crystal clear blue water and small islands overgrown with palms and other tropical vegetation. The boat will then head back towards Gam visiting sites such as Mike’s Point and Cape Kri boasting reefs full of schooling fish, fusiliers, surgeonfish, giant trevally, rainbow runner, sweetlips and huge schools of bannerfish. Finally, sail back to Waisai enjoy breakfast, and make the last exchange of photos and memories.
One of Liquid Adventure’s two ships, Akomo Isseki or Kira Kira, will set sail at midday in the direction of Sebayur where you will do a check dive near Sebayur Kecil. Wake up the next morning to explore the small Islands that make up the Komodo World Heritage Site including Tatawa Besar and Tatawa Kecil and many more. Take a walk in the wild countryside or search the Staghorns at Sunset for the romancing mandarin fish. Visit the beautiful reef of Siaba before sailing past Pulau Maun and on to Karang Makassar to snorkel or dive with the most graceful creatures the park has to offer, manta rays. The boat will then head south towards the traditional village of Komodo, allowing guests to search for Komodo dragons in their natural habitat and enjoy the fascinating panorama of the island. Enjoy exploring the stunning underwater seascapes of Loh Namu, Loh Liang or Batu Tiga before anchoring among the incredible bays of Padar Island.
Await the perfect tide movements to visit Batu Bolong, and its incredible rock formation teeming with vibrant colours and life, rated amongst the best Komodo delivers. Experience a dive on The Passage, a thrilling drift through the channels of these current born islands, or relax and enjoy the surroundings. Set sail over breakfast towards the distant Batu Moncong in search of deep walls and exposed seamounts at two of the least explored dives on the boundary of the national park. Finally, guests will explore the sites around Gili Lawa Laut, with over 1000 fish species and 300 different corals, diving or snorkelling The Cauldron, Crystal Rock and the world-famous Castle Rock. Squeeze in one last dive on the remaining day before cruising back to Labuan Bajo.
Arrive at the boat in Telehu in Ambon where you’ll meet the crew and settle into your accommodation, before an overnight crossing to Suanggi. With Suanggi being a rather exposed location, it is not uncommon to continue directly to Banda Neira, revisiting as conditions improve. If conditions are favourable, you’ll complete a check dive on one the island’s sheltered reefs before hunting for hammerheads among the drop-offs and deep ridges. You'll then set sail for Banda Neira, watching out for breaching dolphins, whales and sailfish before spending several days exploring the Banda region. Pulau Ai and Pulau Run are just a short sail from Banda Besar and home to some very exciting dive sites, ranging from drift dives to secluded bays. Other dramatic sites in this location include Lava Flow, Batu Kapal and Pulau Hatta.
After an overnight voyage, guests will arrive in Pulau Manuk, famous for sea snakes and sulphur plumes. Bubble reef and Coconut Corner are great spots to witness the earth’s core bubbling through the sands while the Big Ridge running along the east side of the island makes for a very adventurous wall dive. Another overnight voyage then brings you to Pulau Koon, a small island south-east of mainland Seram, where huge amounts of schooling and hunting fish can be seen at the aptly named Fish Market. You’ll then depart towards Misool, home to the best coral growth on planet earth with huge Gorgonian Sea Fans, big pinnacles and button islands. Several days can be spent in Misool, which boasts an abundance of dive sites including Magic Mountain, Four Kings, Wedding Cake and Goa Farondi alongside a wealth of marine life. After another overnight sail, the boat returns to Waisai harbour.