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 ...
Tidak Apa’Pa offers year-round, intimate cruises of the Indonesian Archipelago onboard a comfortable Phinisi vessel, and caters to all levels of experience - from beginners to advanced technical divers. As the first and only IANTD certified Indonesian Liveaboard, Tidak Apa’Pa is 100% rebreather friendly, with additional Nitrox and Trimix facilities.
Meaning “No worries” in Indonesian, Tidak Apa’Pa provides intimate and friendly experiences exploring the Indonesian archipelago onboard a beautiful phinisi, with flexible multi-day dive trips to a variety of destinations. Offering a range of services including freediving, rebreathers and trimix, this IANTD liveaboard caters to both beginners and experienced divers. Tidak Apa’Pa accommodates a maximum of 8 guests in 4 double cabins and is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 3 divers, providing a personal and budget-friendly liveaboard experience suited to groups of friends or families.
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.
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.
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.
Tidak Apa’Pa is 20 meters long and 5.5 meters wide, boasting 2 masts and a total of 7 sails. This traditional Indonesian ‘Phinisi’ boat was crafted in 2001 at Tanah Biru shipyards in South Sulawesi - home of the traditional shipbuilding industry in Indonesia - and returns every year for maintenance. Made from 100% wood, Tidak Apa’Pa, provides comfort, relaxation and exceptional diving at an affordable price. Accommodating just 8 divers in 4 double cabins, this boat is perfect for intimate, sociable experiences of the Indonesian Archipelago with friends or family. A wide and spacious sundeck equipped with beanbags allows guests to soak up the sun while the unique bathroom is partially open to the sea, providing the most relaxing view imaginable.
Tidak Apa’Pa is the only liveaboard in Indonesia that is certified as an IANTD facility, offering technical training and 100% rebreather dedicated trips, as well as a range of specialist provisions such as sorb and trimix. Numerous fresh-water tanks and camera charging stations can be found onboard the boat and activities like freediving and snorkelling are also catered to for those who simply want to relax. Tidak Apa’Pa is fitted with a complete navigation system including radio, GPS and sonar as well as additional safety features such as lifeboat, life jackets, first aid kit and oxygen. Each diver is also requested to carry an SMB which can be rented if necessary.
The Tidak Apa’Pa offers multi-day trips exploring the best of Komodo, including northern sites and the islands of Sangeang and Banta, and the famous sites of Rinca and South Komodo. Shorter trips will cruise around central and northern areas of the National Park, diving in warm, clear water at exceptional spots such as Batu Bolong, Manta Point and Castle Rock. Longer trips will either take you to the wilder and cooler southern part of the National Park, where you’ll meet strange invertebrate and mobulas, or to the untouched island of Banta and the Sangeang volcano in the north, where you can experience the “Bubble Dive” or swim with schools of barracudas.
Tidak Apa’Pa offers individual multi-day trips to Raja Ampat’s north and south and central areas. Trips around the north of Raja Ampat allow guests to explore Dampier Strait, Cape Kri and Penemu, while trips to the south include sites such as Misool, Boo Windows and the ‘3 Sisters’. Shorter trips can also be made, sticking to the centre of Raja Ampat, and visiting sites which include Cape Kri, Galaxy and Melissa’s Garden.
A typical trip starts in Ambon where guests are met at the airport and start their diving with some muck dives in Ambon Bay to get their dive gear ready and their cameras wet. After sailing overnight, guests find themselves at Nusa Laut exploring the pristine coral gardens, endless walls and diversity of fish around Ahmed’s Village and the Arch of Arkon. Pulau Run is the first of the Banda islands to be reached with clear water, huge sponges and potential hammerhead sightings. After more overnight sailing, guests arrive at Manuk Island, also known as “Snake Volcano”, with its hot rocks and ascending bubbles. Once underwater, divers are met by an abundance of sea snakes, tuna and barracuda. Reefs around the south Banda Sea will be explored including Nila and Serua islands offering fabulous reefs, healthy walls with often exceptional visibility.
Tidak Apa’Pa will then head back to the Banda Islands, searching for hammerheads on Karang Hatta before heading to Bandaneira, with a large choice of dive sites available, from the volcanic rock at Pohon Miring to the black sand in Banda’s harbour. Guests can wake up under the beautiful view of Gunung Api, looking for Boxer crabs on Batu Kapal to begin the day before heading to the walls of Suanggi for the last chance to see Hammerheads. The vessel will then return to Ambon Bay to hunt for frogfish, ghost pipefish, seahorses, marble shrimps and flamboyant cuttlefish.