Pindito - komodo / raja ampat Liveaboard

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Pindito liveaboard is the only safari boat in Indonesia that has 20+ years of operating experience in Raja Ampat, Komodo, Flores and the Banda sea. In continuous operation since 1992 under owner Edi Frommenwiler, the MV Pindito's crew is unmatched for it's diving knowledge and experience in Indonesia. Pindito launched operation in the Banda Sea and quickly expanded her routes to include Raja Ampat as well as Komodo.

Offering 8 cabins for 16 guests in 6 double and 2 twin all cabins feature ensuite heads with hot and cold running water (vanity and shower as well as toilet), individually controlled air conditioning and five 220v AC electrical outlets available 24hours a day. Our crew is devoted to your comfort and will attend to your cabin daily, keeping it clean and tidy and providing fresh towels as necessary.

Additional towels are available for you on deck as needed. Now you can join Pindito as she sails to and dives upon the most biodiverse coral reefs in the world. With a crew off 17 standing-by to look after you during your expedition you will be sure to discover the best diving in the world in style.

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Pindito - prices

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Prices are per person and in USD based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

Cabin type 2017 2018
Standard cabin from US$ 4,890 from US$ 5,090

###Included in the price Transfers from and return the airport, Accommodation in a double bed or twin bed cabin with en-suite shower bath, toilet and AC, Nitrox, Full board including all drinks on board (excluding wine), All diving (no diving on arrival/departure day), multilingual guides on board, all offered land excursions

Not included in the price

A fuel surcharge may be added if fuel prices fluctuate beyond the programmed range, Harbour and marine park fees, Nitrox course: $ 180.00

Marine park fees

National marine park fee for Raja Ampat $ 110.00, for Komodo $ 70.00, for Bande Sea $ 50.00 each per passenger/cruise, payable on board (These fees are subject to change)

Extras

Crew gratuities, Domestic airport-taxes and departure tax (150,000 Rupiah / $17), Trip insurance (www.travelguard.com)

Terms and conditions:

Booking deposit:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Group charter:

Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

Prices Rental Gear

If you require rental equipment please advise us of your required gear after the reservation. You will find the prices for diving gear rental below (we hold only four full sets on board! However mask, snorkel and fins always need to be brought along yourself!)

  • BCD (sizes M and L) US$ 80.-

  • Regulator US$ 80.-

  • Torch (Kowalski) US$ 50.-

  • Computer (Aladin Sport) US$ 40.-

  • 15L divetank for the whole cruise US$ 80.-

  • Saftey sausage for free

  • Weight belt for free

  • Emergency light for free

The above mentioned fees will be charged extra on board the Pindito. You can choose between cash payment in CHF, Euro, USD, or credit-card payment (Master & Visa).

We recommend to bring a 5-7 mm wetsuit. Water temperatures are generally between 24-27 ° Celsius. In the Komodo region however (Nusa Tenggara tours and biodiversity tours) we strongly recommend a 7mm wetsuit, since the water temperature can be pretty chilly throughout the whole trip.

We do have a few wetsuits on board (sizes 46-52), which can be used as sort of an emergency for free. However we do not accept reservations for diving suits and kindly ask you to bring along your own!

Please bear in mind that we only have two 15Liter tanks on board the Pindito! First come, first served!

Pindito - schedule

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21Aug17
01Sep17
Embark: Maumere
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04Sep17
15Sep17
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19Sep17
05Oct17
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09Oct17
20Oct17
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23Oct17
03Nov17
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06Nov17
17Nov17
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20Nov17
01Dec17
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04Dec17
15Dec17
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22Dec17
03Jan18
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15Jan18
26Jan18
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29Jan18
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12Feb18
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26Feb18
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12Mar18
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26Mar18
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09Apr18
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23Apr18
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07May18
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21May18
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23Jul18
03Aug18
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06Aug18
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20Aug18
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10Sep18
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24Sep18
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15Oct18
26Oct18
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29Oct18
09Nov18
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12Nov18
23Nov18
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26Nov18
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Pindito - cabins

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Relax in the luxury of our teakwood-paneled cabins. Each 10’ x 10’ cabin is named after a mystical Indonesian island and, depending on your reservation, is appointed either with a twin bed plus an upper bunk, or with a spacious double bed. All cabins feature ensuite bathroomss with hot and cold running water (vanity and shower as well as toilet), individually controlled air conditioning and five 220v AC electrical outlets available 24 hours a day.

Our crew is devoted to your comfort and will attend to your cabin daily, keeping it clean and tidy and providing fresh towels as necessary. Additional towels are available for you on deck as needed. Pindito offers six double cabins and two twin cabins, creating very comfortable accommodations for up to 16 guests.

Double bed cabins

All of our double cabins feature individually controlled air conditioning, as well as ensuite heads appointed with a shower, washbasin, and toilet. We will happily add an upper bunk to accommodate a family with one child or two people who just want an extra surface on which to place their gear.

Twin bed cabins

The twin bedded cabins “Ambon” and “Aru” are named after the islands in the Maluku region. Our cabins with one twin bed and a bunk offer more floor space than double cabins. Twin cabins are ideal for single guests – there is no surcharge for booking half a twin cabin. Twin cabins also have ensuite bathrooms appointed with a shower, wash basin, and toilet.

Pindito - itinerary

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Komodo route

Komodo route

Day 1, Bali

The Pindito provides transfers from any hotel in South Bali to the Pindito and welcomesyou on boardat 11:00 AM in Benoa Harbor, South East Bali. As soon as all guests are on board and are holding their welcome drink the Pindito is ready to leave the harbour. You will be introduced to the crew members and you will be shown around in order to start feeling at home on the Pindito. In the meantime the Pindito leaves the harbour and heads off towards Lombok. Take this opportunity to enjoy Bali’s famous sunsets while enjoying a drink our deck. Dinner will be served while cruising towards our first destination, Satonda north of Sumbawa.

Day 2, Satonda, North Sumbawa

After our light breakfast, we´ll have a check dive at the calm shore of Satonda. After this dive full breakfast will be served. Satonda, an island which has both shore-side and underwater treats, to entertain everybody. Today’s diving will take place in this spectacular area, including the night dive. If you wish, we can organise a short walk to the brackish lake where locals believe sacred wishes become true. Right after sunset there are thousands of fruit bats lifting off from Satonda Island towards Sumbawa; a spectacle of its own. After the night dive we lift anchor and depart with directions Komodo National Park.

Day 3, Banta

The vegetation has changed drastically. A rough and dry landscape is the new scenery. The peaceful bays of Banta Island, and an enormous variety of fish life under water. Our special spot called “Critters” offer a full menu of rarnesness. After dinner, we will sail towards our next incredible destination, Rinca.

Day 4, Rinca, Komodo National Park

After a peaceful night´s cruise to the sheltered waters of Horseshoe Bay, Rinca Island, we will spend the whole day diving in this area. You can enjoy the uniqueness of this area. These dive sites are famous for their diversity in marine life that will be fully appreciated once under the water! All meals will be served on board. Between dives our guests can explore the lonely beach by going for a walk or with the binoculars. Wild boars, monkeys and the odd Komodo dragon are the highlights.

Day 5, Komodo National Park

Another day diving in the Horseshoe Bay area is scheduled. We will introduce new incredible dive spots and as well hold on to the already explored favourites. Enjoy relaxing cocktails and learn about the marine species from our vast library of identification books in between dives. We will lift anchor late at night to move towards the village of Komodo for your “dragon adventure” the following morning.

Day 6, Komodo National Park

Pindito welcomes you to the famous Komodo Island early this morning. After breakfast, a park ranger will escort you for a 4.5 km walk. You can see the Komodo Dragons when they are sunbathing and heating up, from very, very close (a scary and challenging experience at once!). Komodo National Park is the only habitat on earth where the dragons still exist. After lunch, you will spend the rest of the afternoon diving in this incredible area. Dinner will be served on board.

Day 7 & 8, Komodo National Park

What else should be scheduled but diving in this fantastic region? We visit islands such as Padar, Tatawa, and Rinca. Gili Lawa Laut, Gili Makaser. Between lunch and dinner, we offer as many dives as possible. Cruising through this spectacular area, both above water and below will prove an unforgettable experience. At midnight, we lift anchor and move to Sangeang Island.

Day 9, Sangeang

At Sangeang the stunning volcanic island offers some of the best dive sites. We will spend the entire ### Day diving around this incredible place to make sure nothing will be missed. Lunch will be served on board while the Pindito sails to another beautiful bay. The night will be spent in the area of Sangeang.

Day 10, North East Sumbawa

Diving around Sangeang! Lunch and dinner are served on board. As an alternative to diving you may visit the village of Sangeang, where the locals build the Pinisih vessels in their traditional way. You can see how the Indonesian carpenters work on these wooden ships right on the beach.

Day 11, Moyo Island, north Sumbawa

We reach the island of Moyo early this morning. Moyo is a nature reserve and many kinds of birds and monkeys live on the island and are responsible for the acoustic background sounds. After the last dive the Pindito lifts anchor cruises northern of Lombok towards Bali. On our way back we have a captain’s party on deck. Our crew will sing traditional songs and dance the Boco Boco!

Day 12, South East Bali

Harbour of Benoa, South East Bali, 8.00 am. We are already at the end of this cruise. After breakfast we get ready for disembarking and the Pindito organises the transfer back to the airport.

Raja Ampat route

The Misool route will show you an abundance of the undersea world. Its beauty will carry you away! Thousands of isle, which have been pushed up throughout the thousands of years and build a wonderful scene. Everywhere you come across caves, or caverns, you´ll find rocks as big as cathedrals, over hangs that all together improve the dramatic sight of this breathtaking landscapes.

Misool is a region with thousands of isle, which have been pushed up throughout the thousands of years and build a wonderful scene. You come across caves, or caverns everywhere. You´ll find rocks as big as cathedrals, over hangs that improve the dramatic sight of this breathtaking region.

Of course these sights will continue in no less impressing views under water. Misool is one of the places on earth where you´ll find the most various species of fish, hard and soft corals, sponges, worms, nudibranches, shrimps and crabs and all kind of non-vertebrates, like cuttle fish and octopus. You will as well come across wobbegong shark and epaulet sharks, which you will only find in the region of „Raja Empat”. Giant clams as well as fantastic tiny shells. Photographers as well as Videographers will have the dives of their lifetime for shoot macro all over.

Misool is one of the places with most wonderful and colourful and above all still intact reefs. All kinds of different corals set up the background scenery of the underwater world.

Our Pindito crew knows this region since 1992. Until 2001 was the unique live aboard cruising and offering diving holidays. Nobody else but the Pindito crew knows this place better. All isles, channels, rocks and caves had been explored throughout the years. It is always a great adventure to do land excursions in Misool, on condition that the weather allows it of course.

Day 1

Pick up at the airport of Sorong from our German and English speaking crew member. Short private transfer to the peer and embarking. As soon as all guests are on board and are holding their welcome drink the Pindito is ready to leave the harbour. You will be introduced to the crew members and you will be shown around in order to start feeling at home on the Pindito. Dinner will be served about 06.00 pm, so you may gather together with our other guests and start your tour!

Day 2

Misool, after our little breakfast we shall have the first at about 08.00 am. The spot we choose is a calm and relaxing place, and gives you the opportunity to get used to the region. After this first check-dive you have the second part of your nourishing breakfast. At 11.00 am we head of the dive spot called „Vrenelies Gaertli”, which has become legendary on the Pindito. Over hangs, huge grottoes and dive troughs, drop offs and all covered in fantastic corals is what makes this place so great. Lunch is served at 12.30 pm and you’ll have time to relax until 3.00 pm to get back to “Vrenelies Gaertli”. Since this spot is so huge and offers so much diversity, we can easily offer several dives here. After this dive there is enough time to go on a trip on our zodiacs in order to admire the wonderful landscape that gives hand to what you have seen under water. Do you feel like giving a try on the wakeboard or on the water-skis, you are ever so welcome. Dinner will be ready at 6.00 pm and at 8.00 pm you better get ready again for our last dive this day!

Day 3

The Pindito will continue to cruise southwards to the group of isles called „Fabiajet”. Picturesque landscapes and wonderful reefs are waiting for you. The abundance of corals, different sponges and fish is nearly unbeatable. We allow ourselves to offer several dives at the same spots, since they have so much to offer. Theses masses of fish swimming around those wonderful coral gardens are an impressive view and will satisfy every diver’s wishes and dreams. Of course we will come across precious macro as well: nudibranches, sea horses, barramundi and lots more are on the program! For the night dive the Pindito will anchor in a very calm and shallow place with hardly any current, but loads of nudibranches, pipe fishes, cuttle dish, ghost pipefish! Want to take a picture? Go ahead; it´s all there for you!

Day 4 & 5

Today we shall go eastwards to „Wayl Batan”. Little island with beautiful reefs full of life in a topographically interesting landscape are tempting. Great schools of fish as well as pygmi seahorses will be shown by our guides, unless your eyes are well trained and you´ll see it all by yourself. Barracudas, batfish and snappers are cruising in the open blue. With the powerful sunshine breaking through the water the rocks, covered in colourful corals are presenting a breathtaking sight. Our night dives will do at the same place as the dives during the day, so you can compare the different creatures!

Day 6

Overnight the Pindito will reach the Misool. We offer an excursion with the zodiac that will last all day. Impressing tombstone of the natives will be on our schedule. This excursion will take us 20 km into the fantastic island labyrinth, where we drive through channels and valleys with our fast zodiacs. Walks to caves on the land, as well as a visit to a cave which we can only enter with the zodiac in order to see tiny bats, that hide from the daylight and sleep during the day. The last cave that we enter is a big as a cathedral and can only be entered by walking. Whoever believes that this program is too exhausting can of course stay on board and go for dives (we can offer this alternative since we have three big zodiacs on board). The dives will be done close to where the Pindito is anchored. Sometimes the visibility is bad and there is a pretty strong current, but of course the underwater world is a temptation as all others in the region.

Day 7

In Waigeo, Sel Pele we have the chance to visit a pearl farm. Depending on where they stand with the pearl production we will be invited to have a closer look on how the pearls are being produced. Of course we have been diving before and after this visit and the high light of these dives where the pygmi seahorses. Those cute little creatures are hidden in the gorgonias in all colours available: red, yellow and orange! The only creatures that are offering more colours of the rainbow are nudibranches and the pipe fishes.

Day 8

Eagle Rock is just around the corner and is completely different to what you have seen so far. The stand alone rocks in the middle of the sea are always worth a picture or two. Splendid visibility, white beaches with black coral gardens, sweetlips, catfish and different kinds of rays are part of these dives. And since it is such a fantastic area above and under water we shall go back to the bay of Sel Pele again in the afternoon.

Day 9

Around the island of „Jef Fam” you will have the opportunity to see the wobbegong and epaulet sharks, which are unique to this region. The reef, which seems as if it dressed up in RED is breathtaking scenery and will make all divers’ dreams come true.

Day 10

Dampier strait, the channel between Waigeo and Batanta Island gives the chance to see manta rays. Two dives will be done western of Mansuar Island where a “fish soup” and a fantastic reef are waiting. Our night dive will be south of Mansuar island and offer the variety and abundance of this precious diving region.

Day 11

Before heading back to Sorong we will dive at “Kri” and „Sardinriff”. In Sorong we have a captain’s party on deck. Our crew will sing traditional songs and dance the Boco Boco!

Day 12

Sorong. We organise the transfer back to the airport of Sorong and say goodbye to you!

Banda sea - Raja Ampat route

This trip begins in Ambon, capital of the Moluccas. From there we will visit the best dive sites of Saparua and Nusa Laut before we reach the historically important Spice Island Banda Neira. A strategic dutch colony from history hard fought for in the 16th and 17th centuries. Fascinating land excursions to the old dutch fort or climbing the volcanes gives a complete feel to this trip. Along the east coast of Ceram we continue towards Raja Ampat. The fantastic labyrinth of islands around Misool is incredible and has been scientifically proven to be the epicenter of global marine biodiversity. In the Raja Ampat Marine Park we will spend 7 memorable days and the trip will finish in Sorong, West Papua.

Day 1

The guests will be met by the crew of Pindito at Ambon airport. From there it is a short 15 minute transfer to the Pindito. Once everyone is on board, we will lift the anchor and get underway. After dinner we have the boat briefing.

Day 2

In the morning we arrive in Nusa Laut. In front of the village of Ahmed we make the first dive. Nusa Laut has spectacular reefs and wonderful coral gardens. Schools of surgeonfish, bigeye trevally, barracuda and plenty of reef fish are found here. With a bit of luck you can also have sightings of hammerhead sharks in the blue. For the night dive we will be critter hunting under a pier. Overnight cruise to Banda Neira.

Day 3

We will start the dive ### Day on the outer reefs of Banda Neira. The reefs here are full of marine fauna of all colours and shapes. Schooling fish gather and the macro life is rich. In the afternoon we cruise into the harbour of Banda Neira where we will do a dusk dive amongst the displaying mandarin fish.

Day 4

For those who are fit and want to get up early we can climb the Volcano Gunung Api to watch the sunrise. Of course diving is our main focus and the dive site Lava Flow is not to be missed. 20 years ago the lava poured into the ocean and in the short time since a hard coral garden grew which is unrivalled in the world. Table corals over 5 metres in width, staghorn corals as far as the eye can see and even endemic species found nowhere else is just a sample of what you can see here. In the evening we leave Banda Neira in the direction of Koon.

Day 5

As soon as we arrive in Koon we hit the water. On the dive site “Too Many Fish” a spectacle of schooling fish awaits you. Giant groupers, schooling fish of all types in the midst of beautiful corals. Underwater photographers be prepared to be spoilt for choice and disorientated by the number of possible subjects! After 3 dives we leave towards Raja Ampat.

Day 6

Our first stop is Wajil Batan. Many small islands and reefs full of life are waiting for us. From schooling fish to different species of pygmy seahorses, almost everything can be seen here if you have good eyes. Otherwise you can follow your Pindito dive guides. The diving scenery is impressive with cliffs and overhangs covered in soft corals and bathed in sunlight. You will want to go back for the night dive.

Day 7

A short cruise in the morning to Fiabatjet. 4 small rocks break the surface from the submerged reefs. On the slopes are gigantic seafans as far as you can see in their thousands. Swarms of anchovies are hunted by mobulas and Spanish mackerel. Lazy barracudas hang in the current and Napoleon wrasse curiously check you out. Another highlight of the trip.

Day 8

The islands of Boo and Jilliet are next. Fantastic reefs unrivalled in the world, covered in soft and hard corals of every colour. An unbelievable variety of fish life will astonish you and the dive time will pass far too quickly.

Day 9

The Pindito will cruise in the early morning to Misool. A half day excursion to several different limestone caves is next, where you can see ancient burial remains in the cliffs. The journey to the caves is a spectacular speed boat ride through small channels, shallow reefs and equatorial tropical vegetation. In the afternoon we dive in a bay before we cruise the evening to Jef Fam.

Day 10

Batu Burung is our next dive site in the morning. A huge reef with wonderful coral and spectacular fish life. Wobbegongs are one of the highlights here. Seasnakes, pygmy seahorses and enormous tricadna clams can be seen in the shallows. On “Red Wall” for the nightdive we can see Harlequin shrimp, frogfish and many species of nudibranchs. An overnight cruise takes us to Mansuar.

Day 11

Our last diving day will really round the trip off in style. On the manta cleaning station, these majestic rays will cruise over our heads and let us enjoy the spectacle from up close. With this impression we will leave Raja Ampat and cruise back to Sorong.

Day 12

Check out from the Pindito and transfer with the Pindito crew to Sorong airport.

This trip covers 1100 nautical miles starting from Flores, (Nusa Tengara) crossing the Banda Sea to Irian Jaya (West Papua). This journey passes through a wide range of geological landscapes and formations of Indonesia. We will cruise past volcanic islands to limestone pinnacles developed from ancient coral reefs. The fantastic Raja Ampat Marine Park off the west coast of Papua is our ultimate destination and will provide unrivalled diving highlights. As we cruise along the natural migratory paths and playgrounds of marine mammals such as whales and dolphins, this cruise is guaranteed to provide amazing diversity and beauty both above and below the water.

Maumere to Raja Ampat route

This trip covers 1100 nautical miles starting from Flores, (Nusa Tengara) crossing the Banda Sea to Irian Jaya (West Papua). This journey passes through a wide range of geological landscapes and formations of Indonesia. We will cruise past volcanic islands to limestone pinnacles developed from ancient coral reefs. The fantastic Raja Ampat Marine Park off the west coast of Papua is our ultimate destination and will provide unrivalled diving highlights. As we cruise along the natural migratory paths and playgrounds of marine mammals such as whales and dolphins, this cruise is guaranteed to provide amazing diversity and beauty both above and below the water.

Pindito - specs

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The Lounge is the place where everybody meets for meals, shares photos and videos betweendives, and socializes. Spend convivial hours playing games, telling tall tales, listening to music, or just kicking back at the end of the diving day with a cold Bintang (Indonesian beer) or a glass of fine Australian wine.

Meals & Drinks

Savor our international cuisine, prepared by expert chefs. The food is influenced by international and above all Indonesian (or Asian) dishes. Breakfast is served in two slots. Continental breakfast before the first dive, sumptuous breakfast buffet after the first dive.

Lunch and dinner with an Asian flair, featuring meat, fish, and a variety of side dishes. And save room for special sweets and delightful desserts!

Between meals, our crew will serve you snacks, including cake and cookies. Tea, coffee, juice, soda and cold water are always available.

After your last dive of the day, unwind with a beer or a cocktail or a nice glass of wine. Be sure to let us know what you like to drink so we can have it waiting for youonboard. Beer is complimentary while cocktails and wine require a surcharge.

Computer Area:

The Pindito offers a computer forburning CDs/DVDS so that you can create lasting pictorial andvideo memories of your dives. Please bring your own blank CDs and DVDs!

TV, Video & Music Area:

Enjoy a variety of music and new video releases here, and feel free to plug in your laptop, camcorder or dSLR to view your images on our big screen TV!

Library:

Learn about the reefs and fishes you’ve seen on dives in our Marine Life Library, or curl up with a paperback between dives. Novels are available on a “take one/leave one” basis.

Dive deck

Meet and prepare for your upcoming dive on the Pindito’s Dive Deck. Take a fresh water shower after the dive, trick-out your dive gear, get help from dive staff, and just hang out here before and after dives.

Wheelhouse

The Pindito’s navigation instruments are all situated here on the bridge: Radar, satellite navigation (GPS), deep sounder, satellite communication, Irridium (Seawave) with e-mail connectivity and VHF radios. All instruments have a backup unit for safety. The captain, officers, wheelmen and machinist work in shifts and are on-duty and vigilant 24 hours a day. The Pindito is BKI registered and insured.

Crew

The Pindito’s Indonesian crew of 17 is at work to ensure you a secure and comfortable voyage through Indonesia’s tropical island paradise. The crew includes two chefs and two stewards who will constantly attend to your dining and cabin needs.

The bow

The Pindito’s bow is a popular place to get together with other guests, have a cool drink and enjoy spectacular sunsets. Here, “walking the plank” offers you a cool breeze and the best place towatch dolphins and flying fish as they skip along inPindito’s bow-wake.

Kitchen

Our chefs are specially trained to provide you with unlimited delicious food. They are happy to meet your special dietary requests. Just drop us a note before the cruise and let us know what you love to eat and we’ll do our best to have it onboard and prepared for you.

Camera room

Photographers and videographers will love the convenience and functionality of the Pindito’s camera room, located aft of the Lounge on the Main Deck. We built the Camera Room with the needs ofmodern digital underwaterphotographers and videographers in mind. Here you will find plenty of storage space, professional-grade work areas, and both 220v and 110v AC charging stations at your disposal. We also offer overflow space for photographers on the spacious tables in the salon (please clear for meals) and on the lounge deck when more space is needed for image-makers. In the salon you will also find the large flat panel television and computer center where you can plug into and watch video and stills created during your dives. And be sure to take advantage of the extensive knowledge base of the ship’s onboard photo and video professionals by asking questions should you have them. Pindito offersspecial photo charters during which you can cruise with top underwater photographers. Be sure to ask our booking agent about these special photo and video “Focus” weeks. We offer top pros, like Marty Snyderman, who will work with you hands-on to help you perfect your underwater stills. If making high-definition video underwater is your focus, top European videographer Edi Frommenweiler and American videographer Clay Wiseman offer high definition (Sony HDCam) and even 4K (Red Cam) broadcast-quality professional production seminars aboard Pindito, during which you can create professional quality reels and video productions. Learn about broadcast video production, using tripod stabilization underwater,maintenance and preparationof your video housing, capturing unique marine life behaviors,and editing your video in Final Cut Pro.

Sun deck

Relax and rejuvenate – choose from a variety of massages offered in our new Floating Spa. Our crew member Gagak is for the professional given “Bali Traditional” oder an “Aroma Therapy” massage or a Reflex Zone Therapy responsible. In the morning or late afternoon is the ideal time to enjoy a relaxing massage.
The Massages are payable on board and can’t be reserved or booked in advance.

Traditional Balinese Massage
a whole-body massage to reduce fatigue and stimulate the circulation of blood and lymph.
1 hour massage per person: USD 32.00 / EUR 20.00

Aromatherapy Massage
a whole-body massage utilizing essential oils to heal and tone body, mind, and spirit.
1 hour Massage per person: USD 32.00 / EUR 20.00

Reflex Zone Therapy
Relieve tension, increase your energy, and heal your body through the massage of nerve endings in your feet.
1 hour massage per person: USD 24.00 / EUR 15.00

Length:

124 ft

Beam: 29 ft

Construction:

Wooden ship with BKI classification, Type Pinisi (Traditional Indonesian Motor Sailer)

Engines:

Boudouin 330 HP Diesel

Speed:

8 - 9 knots

Range:

1,300 nautical miles

Tenders:

4 Zodiacs (3 active, 1 standby)

Generators:

2 x 40 kW

Available Voltage:

22v, 50 Hz (110v available in Camera Room) Power: US and EUR standarts, 2-pole

Fuel Tank:

3,000 gallons

Water Tank:

2,000 gallons and Desalinator Reverse-osmosis Watermaker

Saftey:

2x life rafts, Venol oxygen unit, O2, First-aud kit

Compressors:

2 Mariner Bauer, Nitrox membrane compressor (32%)

Scuba Tanks:

40 x 80cf tanks with DIN adaptors available

Electronics:

2x Radar, 2x Ecosounder, 2x GPS, VHF radio, Satellite communication Irridium (Seawave), E-mail access

Miscellaneous:

TV, DVD/CD player, library, water skis, wakeboard

Guest Accommodations:

For a maximum of 16 guests 6 cabins with double beds, 2 cabins with twin beds. Extra bunk available upon request for double cabins.

All guest cabins have a own shower, washbasin, toilet, individually controlled air conditioning and electricity 24 hours a day - 220v, 50Hz (110v available in Camera Room)

Crew:

17 Indonesian crewmembers and 3 European Dive Guides (multilingual)

Diving instructors & Dive guides

The primary focus of our Pindito diving instructors and dive guides is to look after your safety and comfort. Dive guides lead all dives. Though you are certainly not required to accompany your guides during the dives, they’ll keep an eye out for your safety. And if you want a specially guided tour just ask–they’ll be very happy to accommodate. Our guides’ trained eyes keep you safe, and they can spot unusual marine life of interest to the keenest photo and video enthusiasts.

Zodiacs

Pindito has three Zodiac Pros, Model 500 RL, powered by Mercury outboard engines. Your crew will set up and break down all your diving equipment and stow it on the Zodiacs for you. Show the guides how you like your gear set up, and they’ll take over and meticulously prepare, move and stow your gear for the entire trip, as well as carefully rinse and dry it at the end of your charter.

Explain the particulars of your camera system to your guides–they’ll deliver it to your Zodiac with care and, after the dive, they’ll gingerly transfer it to the special freshwater rinse tank aboard Pindito.

Need help on and off with your tank? No problem, your crew will be there to assist you. If you have back issues, the crew is happy to help you on and off with your tank while you are in the water…don’t carry that load if it’s challenging for you! Pindito’s crew is all about safety and service, and with seventeen crewmembers aboard to serve you, you can look forward to diving with the greatest of ease. Between dives your equipment will be carefully stored aboard Pindito in protected areas.

Safety

In the unlikely event of an emergency, we always carry a first-aid kit, diver’s oxygen, satellite telephone, VHF Radio, two life rafts, E.P.I.R.B. automatic signaling devices, and other important safety equipment. For safety reasons, we permit no dives on the arrival and departure days, and we serve alcoholic beverages only after your diving day is finished.

Rental Gear

We’re equipped to provide rental BCDs, regulators, dive lights, and dive computers for four divers. If you need complete diving gear… Simply let us know when you make your reservation and we take steps to be sure we have what you need aboard. Please note: We carry a few wetsuits onboard that can be used for free in emergency circumstances. We are unable to carry a full range of suits, however; so if possible please bring your own wetsuit as well as mask, fins and snorkel

Nitrox & Nitroxcourses

For our Nitrox Specialty certified guests, we offer Nitrox (32% oxygen) fills. There is a Nitrox analyzer aboard provided for your use. We require that you keep up with the Nitrox Log Board and analyze and document all of your Nitrox fills before the dives.

We also offer a P.A.D.I. Nitrox Specialty Course. The course will allow you to use Nitrox during the cruise, and you will be provided with a certification card to document your successful completion of the course. Remember–choosing to use and training for Nitrox is the diver’s personal decision. Should you choose to do so, you are responsible for planning dives that take into consideration the maximum operating depth (MOD) of the gas mixture as well as oxygen toxicity issues. So, plan carefully and you will reap the benefits of Nitrox diving.

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A Typical Diving Day

After you’ve enjoyed a continental breakfast meet our crew on the dive deck, where you will be given a detailed dive briefing and shown a sketch of the dive site. Then the dive staff will transfer your gear to the Zodiacs. No need to haul your own heavy gear, just jump into the Zodiac and after a comfortable, short ride, you’ll be ready to dive. For your safety and peace of mind, our well-trained Zodiac drivers will accompany you from a safe and prudent distance during your entire dive. While underwater you can join the guide for a special tour or just do your own thing.After the dive, refreshments will be waiting for you aboard Pindito. Cool out and then enjoy a Balinese massage from our onboard masseuse. Kick back and chat about your diving experiences and sip a cool beverage while screening video and sharing photos from your dive.

Typically, we schedule four dives a day*:

Early morning (around 7:30 AM) Late morning Afternoon (around 2:30 PM) After dinner - an exciting dusk or nighttime dive

Please note, all dives are offered depending on weather.

*More dives per day are available when Pindito is anchored or moored safely over a calm reef. Inquire with your divemaster about when you can expect additional dive availability.

Raja Ampat diving

Raja Ampat (or the Four Kings) is an archipelago consisting of the islands of Misoool, Salawati, Batanta, and Wiageo which are surrounded by over 1,500 small islands and cays. Formerly known as Irian Jaya, this area is now part of the newly named West Papua province of Indonesia and is located on the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula, on the island of New Guinea.

Put simply, Raja Ampat could quite possibly be the best diving in the world. It certainly is the world’s most bio diverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusc species than anywhere else on Earth. The variety of marine life can be staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, you may encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to don your snorkelling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales. Other highlights include the innumerable war wrecks, both ships and planes (with new wrecks being discovered constantly).

The reefs of Raja Ampat are just as varied as the marine life. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, sea mounts, mucky mangroves, lagoons and pinnacles. The reefs are in pristine condition with miles of perfect hard corals and many varied colourful species of soft corals. The diving is predominantly drift dives due to the moderate prevalent currents in the area which provide nutrients for the myriad fish and coral. Currents are average to moderate and vary from none to very strong. Visibility is normally very good but can vary and is normally at its best earlier in the day so your pre-breakfast dives are not to be slept through!

This is truly “Frontier Diving”. Topside the beautiful islands stretch as far as you can see and are largely uninhabited. At night the lights of local fishing boats twinkle in the dark along the few inhabited shorelines while in more remote areas you may only see a distant spec of light over the entire horizon.

Not many liveaboards dive the Raja Ampat area, making this adventure even more unique and special.

Raja Ampat has a high season from October to May and weirdly enough it is during their rainy season due to the winds in the dry season making parts of the park inaccessable. The rainy season should not be mis-construed though. It is generally mostly a shower in the late afternoon and evening and most of the time the days are nice, wind is minimal and the skys are generally clear or slightly over cast. The seas are calmer at this time of the year as the oppposite season has winds that kick up waves and make it very difficult to dive the more exposed sites in the Southern part of Raja Ampat. The water temperature stays around the 27-30 degrees celcius mark all year round.

Recently due to the popularity of Raja Ampat a lot of boats have been running trips in the so called low season but this is also the dry season and so promotes nicer weather and better visibility but the trade of is that only the northern more sheltered part of the park is accessable but as the area is so vast and there are so many quality dive sites the reports from these northern trips have been glowing so far.

Komodo diving

Diving in Komodo is not a new idea but recently it’s being recognised as a premier destination due to the awesome variety of diving to be had. Crystal clear water and dive sites where you never see another diver provide a little something for everyone whether it’s macro or massive you love. One day you can be crawling along the bottom looking at pygmy seahorses, frogfish and unusual nudibranch and the next you are in the big blue on an open water pinnacle as the mantas fly by, the sharks circle and the dolphins hunt and the next day diving a live volcano!! For sheer variety there is no better place on earth.

Komodo is one of the few places left in the world where sharks are not rare and down south is one of the places where manta rays have their legendary aggregations, meaning they are here in the area in their hundreds!!!

One of the highlights of these trips is the rare opportunity to walk with the lengendary Komodo dragons. These truly awesome beasts can reach 3 metres plus and can reportedly run at 20km an hour chasing their prey. It’s the icing on the cake, Stunning diving and one of the world’s last surviving dinosaur descendants all one amazing package.

Covering the best of both worlds, from up close and personal with aggragating mantas to shy pygmy seahorses and rare nudibranches Komodo diving has it all. The beauty of Komodo liveaboard diving is in the balance between the large and small animals. One day you will be in the blue swimming with mantas and sharks and the next swimming along a bubbling volcanic reef covered with venting submerged fumeroles blowing bubbles into the water and hiding one of the worlds best kept secret macro dive sites.

These are some of the top sites that most liveaboards visit.

Angel reef, Moyo, Sumbawa diving

We start our Komodo liveaboard with the first dive of the trip and the check out dive. This dive site doesn’t disappoint. A beautiful wall stretching down to 50 metres covered in hard and soft corals very reminiscent of Bunaken in North Sulawesi. Schools of bannerfish and trevally patrol the walls with the occasional reef sharks making an appearance. Ribbon eels hide in crevices and many different nudibranchs crawl over the vast elephant ear sponges that hang from the beautiful soft coral infested wall.

Satonda island bay

A protected bay on Satonda island north of Sumbawa hosts a treasure trove of macro critters, the more we dive here the more we find. The rare Denise pygmy seahorse lives in fans here, frogfish hang out in big barrel sponges and ghost pipefish hide amongst the featherstars that cover the reef slope. In the sandy bottom you can find jawfish with their mouths full of eggs, myriads of anemonefish, mushroom coral pipefish and spearer mantis shrimps.

Sangeang island diving

Sangieng island is a perfectly round volcanic island jutting up from the sea bed. Still active and last blowing in 1996 this well kept secret is one of the world’s finest macro dive areas. With diving available all around the island there is not one specific spot but always new ones to be discovered. Bubbles of volcanic gas seep through the sand creating a surreal atmosphere and a warm black sand bottom hosting rare and unusual nudibranch. Pygmy seahorses, frogfish, Pegasus sea moths and carnivorous shells and all common here, this is my personal favourite dive site as every time we dive here there is a surprise in store of something new that is often not in the books - this site is why you go Komodo liveaboard diving.

Gps point - Gili Banta diving

Gps point is an open sea mount prone to strong currents at certain times of the day. This provides prolific hard and soft coral growth that is home to hundreds of different types of reef fish. Loved by sharks, white tip sharks cruise around the whole dive in amongst the hunting giant trevallies and schooling jacks and surgeon fish, an exciting dive.

Takat Toko, Gili Lawalaut diving

This is one of my favourite sites on the Komodo liveaboard itinerary and is very similar to Gps point this site takes it to the next level. Grey reef shark, white tip sharks, occassional dolphins and a literal fish soup created by jacks, surgeonfish, giant trevallies and bannerfish surround this large sea mount as you hang on to the reef edge and watch the action. Again this site is prone to strong currents but we time our dives to hit around slack tide and a little current brings in the big fish. Great pelagic action, my favourite blue water dive.

Lighthouse reef, Gili Lawalaut diving

An adrenalin pounding drift dive along the wall and around the corner under the lighthouse. Sharks, mantas, dolphins are all frequent visitors on the dive with some of the best coral reef top in the area around the corner out of the current at the end of the dive you can hunt for porcelain crabs, cuttlefish and unusual seahorses whilst waiting for the adrenalin to funnel out of your system and your heart rate to return to normal-this is what Komodo liveaboard diving is all about!.

Crystal rock, Gili Lawalaut diving

A stunning soft coral and sea fan covered pinnacle with crystal water clarity this is a great site for those magazine cover wide angle shots. With at least 5 different types of angelfish, 4 types of trigger and butterflyfish everywhere it is a excellent reef fish dive with frequent visits from eagle and manta rays and the resident sleepy hawksbill turtle.

Pink beach, Komodo diving

Colder water and lower vis here due to the huge amounts of organic matter in the water due to the southern currents but this is more than made up for by the astounding life available to see here due to this phenomenon. Normally done as a night dive it also makes a good day dive with everything from white tip sharks to pygmy seahorses; zebra crabs, Coleman shrimp, many coloured frogfish, xeno crabs, Spanish dancers, and unusual nudibranchs are hidden amongst the dense coral growth.

Cannibal rock, Rinca island diving

Colder water than the north but touted by many as one of the worlds best 10 sites, yes I know there seems to be way more than 10 “top 10 sites” but this one really is one if you like macro. Everything is here even the rarest of the rare, the Rhinopias scorpionfish. It’s nudi heaven with only the special and the rare getting to appear here, more species than I care to mention along with large and different frogfish mixed in with schools of fish and the resident dopy turtle we do 2 dives here and it’s still not enough!! You will love it, I personally adore this dive site.

Torpedo alley, Rinca island diving

Just next to cannibal rock and where the boat moors is a beach that has wild pigs, monkeys and Komodo dragons in the daytime and hosts a myriad of critters in the waters in front if it at night. Named for the large amount of torpedo rays found here, a member of the electric ray family- no touching! They cover the sandy bottom along with loads of nudis obvious on the black sand bottom along with bizarre crabs and octopus.

Manta alley, Komodo diving

In the cooler waters in the south of Komodo there is a bay in which there are a series of pinnacles that seem to be a magnet for aggregating mantas. They are here in their tens, often we come up having seen over 20 different individuals. Often a little shy, their evasive spins and pirouettes makes the watching of them that much more enjoyable.

Takat Makassar, Komodo diving

This is our other manta site. A little bit more of a risk to see them as it is a huge area and we drift along the bottom in about 10 metres but along the way we always run into loads of turtles, napoleon and humphead wrasse, white tip sharks and very very occasionally you will be incredibly lucky and run into the resident dugong that inhabits this area along with scores of mantas as they migrate north.

3 sisters, Padar island diving

A series of underwater pinnacles reaching nearly to the the surface off the coast of Padar island next to Komodo this site constantly springs surprises on you from silvertip sharks and mobular ray schools to marbled rays and rare nudibranchs.

How to get to Raja Ampat

Sorong is the harbour town in West Papua and the normal departure point to dive Raja Ampat. If you are unsure of how to get to Sorong to start your trip it will depend on where your international flight into Indonesia is landing. We recommend Jakarta or Bali to make your entry point into Indonesia amnd each has it’s pros and cons.

From Jakarta to Sorong most flights route through Makassar (UPG) in South Sulawesi and are over night flights arriving in the morning perfect for a pick up by your liveaboard crew at the airport. The downside of this is that you may be awake most of the night before your board the liveaboard but most boats cruise only on the first day so you can catch up on your sleep during the day.

Flights from Bali are not quite so simple and cannot be done in one day, you will need to fly from Bali to UPG the day before your liveaboard and over night in Makassar and the continue on with the UPG to Sorong flight the following morning, the day of your liveaboard departure, and this ends up being perfect tining to be picked up on your arrival in Sorong at the airport to then be taken to the boat. This takes longer but you will arrive more refreshed than the Jakarta rooute and of course you could always factor in a stay in Bali before or after your trip.

In the past it has not been possible for someone outside of Indonesia to purchase domestic flights in Indonesia so these can be purchased for you by us, if you would like, and added to your invoice. It will be about $650 return dependant on exchange rates, availability and where your entry airport is in Indonesia. The cost of the domestic flights are not included in the trip price.

Recently Garuda, our recommended airline, has made it possible to purchase their tickets online and we recommend you take this approach as it is often cheaper than the set price we have to charge. Other airlines are cheaper but are not so trustworthy or have such good luggage allowances. Again, we highly recommend trip as well as diving insurance just in case something were to go wrong with your flights.

Premier liveaboard diving and its local flight agent can purchase the tickets on your behalf, however, in doing so, Premier liveaboard diving is only acting as an agent for the airline and is not responsible for, and can accept no responsibility for, cancellations, delays, schedule changes, or problems caused by the air carrier. We highly recommend trip interruption and cancellation insurance.