Emperor Raja Laut

 

Destination: Indonesia

Komodo, Raja Ampat and Banda (7-12 Nights) | From $362++/night

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Emperor Raja Laut Quick Pitch

Asia's geography, climate, logistics and infrastructure present its own unique challenges and, with this in mind, the Raja Laut was designed with the specific requirements for yacht charter in South East Asia. Raja Laut means 'King of the Sea' and stepping on board this 'schooner style' inspired yacht, built from tropical hardwood, you will experience a truly regal sense of sailing the Indonesian seas; freedom, style and comfort.

 

Why You'll Like Emperor Raja Laut

  • Extremely eye-catching 'schooner-style' yacht for only 12 guests
  • Sailing the Indonesian seas including Komodo, Raja Ampat and Banda
  • All cabins are ensuite and with air-con
  • Spacious teak deck for relaxing and eating alfresco
  • Two large RIBs get you to the perfect dive spot
  • FREE Nitrox and wine with dinner
 

 

Dive Overview

Indonesia is blessed with the smallest to the largest of marine animals. Pygmy seahorses, wonderpuss, ghost pipefish, rhinopias, hairy and normal frog fish, mantas, whale sharks, sharks and rays. Emperor requires that you have a minimum of 30 logged dives to join a Raja Ampat itinerary and 50 logged dives for Komodo, Banda Sea, Alor and Flores itineraries, and that you are Advanced Open Water or equivalent.

[See: Raja Ampat Area & Komodo, Alor & FloresAmbon & Banda Sea Dive Travel Guides]

 

 

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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Emperor Raja Laut Cabin Overview

She comfortably accommodates 12 guests in 6 cabins (3 double bed cabins, 3 twin bed cabins), each with ensuite, mini safe, individually controlled air-conditioning and fan.

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Double & Twin Cabins

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General Facilities

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Emperor Raja Laut Boat Features

  • Lounge: Lower deck,  fully air-conditioned with a mini-bar
  • Upper deck: Outdoor dining area, sun loungers, with and without shade and small bar
  • Entertainment: 49" full HD flat screen and movie, music & book library + board games
  • Towels: 2 cabin towels + 1 upper deck towel per guest

 

Emperor Raja Laut Dive Facilities

  • Compressors: 2x CAT Compressor + Nitrox
  • Tanks: 12 ltr aluminum tanks with INT & DIN adapters. 15 ltr aluminum tanks available at extra charge Nitrox diving: Yes
  • Rebreather friendly: No
  • Dive equipment rental: Full dive sets available for hire + reef hooks, dive computers. SMBs and Lifelines are complimentary.
  • Safety: Life raft, life jackets, oxygen, First Aid Kit, VHF & SSB radio, radar & GPS, mobile phone, fire alarm, extinguishers, firefighting system
  • Water Access: 1 x 5.2m RIB with 75 Hp outboard + 1 x 5.5m with 85 HP outboard Camera
  • Facilities: Power sockets for battery chargers and flash in cabins only. Camera rinsing tank and camera preparation area on upper deck

 

Food & Drinks Aboard Emperor Raja Laut

The meals onboard are usually buffet style with a variety of Indonesian and International dishes to suit everyone. Indonesian food is traditionally a bit spicy, fish is available on-board, mostly frozen with a few fresh catches along the way. Water, tea and coffee and are complimentary. Soft drinks, fresh juices and alcohol (cocktails, spirits, wine and beer) are chargeable. Alcohol is available to purchase on board and guests are welcome to bring their own alcohol onboard.

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Emperor Raja Laut Liveaboard Deck Plan

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Schedule, Rates & AVailability

The actual rates are based in EUR. The starting price indicated above may vary based on the current exchange rate.

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The prices shown below are per person in USD. The pricing at the time of booking may vary depending on the latest EUR/USD exchange rate.

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions]

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Inclusions

  • Shared cabin
  • 3 meals a day
  • Afternoon snacks
  • 1 cocktail party on a local island (weather allowing)
  • Unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee
  • Guide
  • 12-liter air tanks
  • Weights
  • Return airport transfer
  • From January 1, 2019, all port and park fees are inclusive in the  prices
  • Complimentary Nitrox

 

Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Diving equipment
  • 15-liter tanks
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, juices

 

RATES & AVAILABILITY

For more information on other departure dates, rates, and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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KOMODO NATIONAL PARK (7 & 9 NIGHT TRIPS | JULY TO OCTOBER)

Port of Embarkation: Labuan Bajo (Komodo Airport)

The Komodo National Park is world renowned for the excellent quality and variety of diving. Water temperatures change between the north and south of the Park and provide varied encounters. In the north we have the black sands of the Sangeang Volcano with its critters and bubble flows and the reefs around Gili Banta. The south provides cooler temperatures with manta action and nutrient rich reefs with ocean flow from the Indian Ocean. The central section provides reefs and small islands teeming with life fed by the currents running between the islands of Komodo and Rinca. Add to this the chance to see the famous Komodo Dragon in its natural habitat, beautiful beaches, look-outs to climb and you have a paradise both below and above the water.

A 7-night cruise generally takes in sites in the Central and Southern Sections of the Komodo National Park. On occasions the cruise will take in the Central and Northern Sections depending on sea and wind conditions, especially related to southerly swells.

Please note: Divers going to South Komodo need to realise the temperatures can drop from 28°C to around 20°C. A 5mm wetsuit and hood is highly recommended for this region. Water temperature in the central and northern section of the park average 27-28°C.

This itinerary is not for beginners. Most dives will involve going to depth and currents can be strong. We recommend you have 50 logged dives to join this trip and require that you are Deep Diver/Advanced Open Water or equivalent.

 

RAJA AMPAT (7 & 9 NIGHT TRIPS | DECEMBER TO MAY)

Port of Embarkation: Waisai | Port of Disembarkation: Sorong

Raja Ampat, which in Indonesian means the Four Kings, is a Marine Park world renowned for being the epicentre of marine biodiversity. The park covers a large area with approximately 170 nautical miles separating the northern and southern extremities. It would be possible to dive for weeks and weeks without seeing the same sites twice.

Raja Ampat can be divided into three sections covering the North, Central and Southern Sections. Spectacular scenery both above and below the water make this heritage area unique and a bucket list item for both divers and lovers of nature.

The 9 night cruises take in sites in the Northern, Central and Southern Sections of the national park. Whereas the 7 night cruises visit the Northern and Central Sections. For your convenience, a one-way ferry ticket from Sorong to Waisai is included in the price of your liveaboard.

Emperor requires that you have 30 logged dives to join this trip. If you are an Open Water Diver, some dives are below 18m therefore we recommend having advanced experience or taking your PADI Advanced Open Water course on board to maximise your enjoyment from the trip.

All diving is made from zodiacs to give precise entry and exit points. Currents can vary from really gentle to extremely strong. Inexperienced and beginner divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience.

 

RAJA AMPAT & BANDA ISLANDS (12 NIGHT TRIPS | MAY & OCTOBER)

Embark: Waisai and Disembark: Ambon OR Embark: Ambon and Disembark: Sorong

The Ambon to Sorong cruise is special because it takes in two magnificent regions in the one cruise. Beginning in Ambon we head first to the Banda Islands (original Spice Islands) before rounding the east coast of Seram and rejoining the south and central sections of Raja Ampat. The Banda Islands will offer the opportunity for some pelagic action, hopefully hammerheads too, before diving arguably one of the best dive locations worldwide, South Raja Ampat.

This cruise will take in the Banda Islands plus the Southern and Central sections of Raja Ampat.

Emperor requires that you have 30 logged dives to join this trip. If you are an Open Water Diver, some dives are below 18m therefore we recommend having advanced experience or taking your PADI Advanced Open Water course on board to maximise your enjoyment from the trip. All diving is made from zodiacs to give precise entry and exit points. Currents can vary from really gentle in Raja Ampat to extremely strong in the Banda Sea. Inexperienced and beginner divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience.


BANDA SEA (7 NIGHT TRIPS | MARCH & OCTOBER)

Port of Embarkation: Ambon

The Banda Islands are a group of seven small volcanic islands in the Banda Sea about 210 km (120 nautical miles) south-east of Ambon in the province of Maluku. They rise out of 4-to-6-kilometres of deep ocean providing superb diving for both macro and pelagic fauna. Until the mid-19th century the Banda Islands were the world's only source of nutmeg and mace spices. Wars were fought between the Portuguese, Dutch and English for hundreds of years before the Dutch finally swapped the Banda Islands for Manhattan. Well off the beaten track, steeped in history and promising breath-taking diving, the Banda Sea 7-night cruise takes you a step back in time to experience these fantastic islands both above and below the water.

Land Visits: On this cruise we visit Banda Neira to see the nutmeg plantation, historic forts and small Maritime Museum. A half-day excursion.

Please note: There are two overnight crossings of approximately 100 nautical miles during this 7-night itinerary (Ambon to Banda and Banda to Ambon).

This itinerary is not for beginners. Most dives will involve going to depth and currents can be strong. We recommend you have 50 logged dives to join this trip and require that you are Deep Diver/Advanced Open Water or equivalent. All diving is made from zodiacs to give precise entry and exit points.

 

ALOR & BANDA SEA (12 NIGHT TRIPS | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER & MARCH/APRIL)

Port of Embarkation: Kalabahi, Alor | Port of Disembarkation: Ambon

The Banda Sea cruise is for those with the spirit of adventure as we set sail to rarely dived sites, islands and atolls. There are several ways to cross the Banda Sea and this depends mostly on the weather and depths of the thermoclines for the hammerhead sharks. Crossing is generally done in March/April and September/October when the prevailing winds are changing between the seasons. Seldom-dived sites, active volcanoes, hammerheads and pelagic action, plus a visit to the mythic Banda Islands (original Spice Islands), make this a once in a lifetime cruise.

In Alor, there is plenty of opportunity to find those rare critters like frogfish, mimic octopus, fire sea urchin and even rare rhinopias in the hundreds of bays and coves in the island chain. Dolphins and whales are often encountered as this area is also part of the migration routes between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. If you don't mind the water being a bit 'frisky' from time to time, this itinerary is beautiful and often quite extraordinary.

Please note: In parts of Alor Strait water temperature can drop dramatically to around 20 degrees Celsius. It is highly recommended to bring a 5mm wetsuit and/or hooded vest. There are 600-700 nautical miles to cover during this 12-night cruise. We are mostly diving three dives a day and then travelling at night. This cruise is not advised for people who get very sea sick or who are unable to sleep whilst the boat is under way. For those with a bit of adventurous seadog in you, you are definitely looking at the right itinerary. See you on board.

This itinerary is not for beginners. Most dives will involve going to depth and currents can be strong. We recommend you have 50 logged dives to join this trip and require that you are Deep Diver/Advanced Open Water or equivalent. Currents can vary from medium to extremely strong in both Alor and the Banda Sea. Inexperienced divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience.

 

EAST FLORES & ALOR (9 NIGHT TRIPS | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER & MARCH/APRIL)

Port of Embarkation: Maumere, Flores | Port of Disembarkation: Kalabahi, Alor

Further East of the famous Komodo National park lays the island group also known as "East Nusa Tenggara". Located in the warm tropical waters of The Flores Sea, this huge island chain is the mountainous result of volcanic activity, which makes for stunning scenery both above and below the water.

Our East Flores and Alor itinerary is a leisurely 180 nautical mile exploration of this wonderful region well off the beaten track and away from the crowds. There are plenty of opportunities to find those rare critters like frogfish, mimic octopus, fire sea urchin and even rare rhinopias in the hundreds of bays and coves that are featured in the island chain. Dolphins and whales are often encountered as this area is also part of the migration routes between the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

If you don't mind the water being a bit "frisky" from time to time, this itinerary is beautiful and, sometimes quite extraordinary.

Please note: In parts of Alor Strait water temperature can drop dramatically to around 20 degrees Celsius. It is highly recommended to bring a 5mm wetsuit and/or hooded vest.

This itinerary is not for beginners. Most dives will involve going to depth and currents can be strong. We recommend you have 50 logged dives to join this trip and require that you are Deep Diver/Advanced Open Water or equivalent. Currents can vary from medium to extremely strong in both Flores and the Banda Sea. Inexperienced divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience.

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Boat Specifications

  • Type: Wooden hull - Year built: 2005, Annual dry dock
  • Length: 31m - Beam: 7.2m
  • Engine: 300 HP Yanmar - Generators: 2 x 28 kW Mitsubishi
  • Desalination: 3,000 l / day & storage
  • Navigation and Communication: GPS, VHF/SSB radio, satellite & mobile phone

 

Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+8 & UTC+9
  • Local Currency: IDR (Indonesian Rupiah)
  • Language Spoken: Indonesian & English
  • Electricity: 220V
  • Payment Onboard: Cash (Euros, US Dollar, UK Sterling Pounds, and IDR Rupiah) and credit cards (VISA and MasterCard)

 

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