La Galigo

 

Destination: Indonesia

Komodo, Wakatobi, and Raja Ampat (5-13 Nights) | From $330++/night

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Built by traditional South Sulawesi craftsmen in 2012, the 33m La Galigo dive liveaboard is a traditional two-mast Phinisi sailing boat. It was designed by an avid diver built with liveaboard diving lifestyle and comfort in mind. La Galigo offers year-round diving in Indonesia, including Raja Ampat, Komodo and beyond, offering divers some of the most bio-diverse rich waters available.

 

Location

Excursions originate in various areas depending on destination.

 

Dive Overview

Indonesia is a diving gem, featuring volcanic geography, wrecks, and vibrant marine life. See modern era dragons in Komodo or dive the region with the highest marine biodiversity in the world in Raja Ampat.

[See: Komodo Dive Travel Guide, Raja Ampat Dive Travel Guide & Wakatobi Dive Travel Guide]

 

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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La Galigo Accommodation Overview

La Galigo has 7 privately controlled air-conditioned, en-suite cabins each with an American style deep spring mattress. Cabins are either twin or double bed.

 

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The Suite

 

La Galigo Cabin Details

  • Deluxe Cabins
  • The roomy lower deck cabins feature an American style deep-sprung double mattress. 2 of the cabins remain doubles, to can be converted into twin beds. Every room has its own private ensuite with hot fresh water showers, climate control. 
  • Master Cabins
  • Room with a view, the upper deck master cabins gives you direct access to the sun deck. This cabin also features an American style deep sprung double mattress, both cabins have the option to convert from a double to twin beds. Every room has its own private ensuite with hot fresh water showers, climate control.
  • Suite
  • The grand suite is the premium accommodation, everything you need for your ultimate liveaboard experience. This huge room has a double bed, extra large ensuite, private balcony with table and chairs to maximize your panoramic views of the Archipelago, own private lounge rooms with couches and a state of the art 48” high definition flat screen TV, own private fridge, balcony with 270-degree views.

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General Facilities

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Outside Deck & Dive Deck

 

La Galigo Boat Features

  • Homey lounge area
  • Many power points for charging and preparing your laptop, camera, and video equipment
  • Large TV and a well-stocked bookcase for your entertainment
  • Outdoor living areas

 

La Galigo Dive Facilities

  • Broad dive deck with twin curved staircases
  • Well equipped preparation deck
  • Dedicated camera room
  • Nitrox (fee)

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Food & Drinks Aboard La Galigo

The head chef prepares International and Indonesian dishes. Vegetarian and vegan requests can easily be accommodated with advance notice.

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La Galigo Liveaboard Deck Plan

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Schedule, Rates & Availability

La Galigo Schedule & Rates

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Prices are in USD, per person and include taxes. Park and port fees are not included. 

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions]

 

Inclusions

  • All meals, drinking water, beach BBQ, coffee & tea
  • Diving
  • Transfers to and from the boat
  • Land excursions

 

Exclusions

  • National marine park fees, local area access fees, harbor fees, anchorage fees
  • Nitrox
  • Gratuities

 

RATES &  AVAILABILITY

For more information on rates and 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 & Destinations

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Raja Ampat North Itinerary – 8 days/ 7 nights

  • DAY 1: Sorong / Waisai / East Dampier Strait.
  • We will collect you from the airport or your hotel between 6-8am for a 9am departure from Sorong to Waisai via the ferry. Our friendly staff will accompany you on the 2-hour ferry ride to Waisai, where La Galigo will await you. After a refreshing welcome drink, and a short introduction to the facilities of our ship, the diving schedule, and the tour program, we set sail for our first day, which will include a refresher dive for all divers onboard. Check-out dive site: Will vary depending on the conditions at the time. We take you to a nice and easy dive site with that will introduce you to the wonders of Indonesian diving, shallow soft sandy bottom, amazing muck critters, clear warm water…. yep the travel time was worth it. We relax for our first dinner together to get to know your fellow passengers and crew and overnight cruise to the central Dampier Strait. 
  • DAY 2: Central Dampier Strait.
  • Three-day dives plus a night dive in this area. Dive sites visited will depend on the conditions of the day but here is a list of some of the sites we regularly visit: Cape Kri, Mikes Point, Blue Magic, Yenbuba. These are some of the premier dive sites in Raja Ampat. Cape Kri has the highest biodiversity of fish species recorded in Raja Ampat, this exciting high current dive always delivers the goods. 
  • DAY 3: Penemu.
  • We will do 3-day dives plus a night dive here. Dive sites visited will depend on the conditions of the day but here is a list of some of the sites we regularly visit: Melissa’s Garden, Harto’s Reef, Kenau Channel, Kenau night dive. The masses of hard coral at the center of Melissa’s garden are what gives it its name, look out for all sorts of creatures great and small in here. We will take you on a hike to the spectacular lookout point above Bintang (Star) lagoon. Make sure you have your camera, this is a spot not to be missed. 
  • DAY 4: Pulau Wayag.
  • Overnight we sail to the northernmost extreme of Raja Ampat. What awaits is possibly the most breathtaking scenery that you have witnessed in your life. If you see a postcard photo of Raja Ampat it’s most likely taken from this spot. We will take you for an early morning hike up to the top of the hill to get take photos of this true wonder of nature. The beach here is also out of this world, fine white sand and turquoise water; we will spend some time relaxing here, before heading out for two dives in the area. While you have lunch, the boat will cruise to the eastern side of Wayag. Here you will do another afternoon dive. Following your dive, we take an excursion to the Ranger station, you will see masses of blacktip reef sharks in the shallows of the jetty. A night dive here and then we say goodbye to Wayag as we head south for Kawe Island.
  • DAY 5: Kawe and Aljurie Bay.
  • In Kawe Island we will do 2 dives. Dive sites visited will depend on the conditions. One of our favorite dive sites is in the east of Kawe Island though. Black Rock, Eagle Rock amazing site of underwater topography as well as masses of pelagic species. The boat will move into Aljurie Bay over lunch, this is one of the world’s most spectacular bays to watch the sunset, and also do some great muck diving, such as the Fuel Dock or the Pearl Farm Jetty. We will do 2 dives in Aljurie bay. If the weather conditions are not ideal, or the group is not so interested in Macro life, we will visit Wofo Island instead of Aljurie bay, where there are beautiful sites for both night and day dives. 
  • DAY 6: Gam and Western Dampier Strait.
  • We wake up just off the coast in Gam Island. There are some great dive sites around this area with vibrant fish covered reefs and plenty of stunning little macro subjects. We will do 2 of the Gam dive sites, our picks are Mayhem and Citrus Ridge. As we have lunch we will cruise down to the Western Dampier Strait. This is manta heaven and we will take you to Manta Ridge to see these graceful giants. In the late afternoon, we take a land tour onto the peaceful Arborek Island. Feel the tranquility of the simple island village life as you casually stroll the white beach sand streets. One of the world’s best night dives is the jetty in front of this island, and that's what is on the agenda for the night. 
  • DAY 7: Batanta Island and Mansuar Island
  • We start to wind down today as the trip starts to come to an end. To give you 24hrs to gas off your Nitrogen before tomorrow’s flights we will only do 2 morning dives today. The dive sites we normally visit in this area are Dayang (Manta Point), then cruise north to Mansuar Island, Sawondarek village for a Jetty dive. The afternoon is spent swapping stories, having laughs and cracking a few cold ones with your new BFFs. It’s your choice to do this on the deck or to log some beach time on a nearby island. A closing sunset is spent anchored up on one of Raja Ampat’s beautiful islands, where this is will depend on the weather for cruising but we can promise a great beach BBQ as long as the sun is shining. Otherwise, it’s into the restaurant for a wind-down drink or two and a round of cards against humanity ;) Overnight we cruise back to Sorong harbor. 
  • Day 8: Disembark La Galigo at Sorong
  • From 07:00 we will be anchored in Sorong in preparation for disembarkation, however, guests may stay onboard until 11am for breakfast with us!

 

Raja Ampat South Itinerary – 9 days/ 8 nights

  • DAY 1: Sorong / Waisai / East Dampier Strait.
  • We will collect you from the airport or your hotel between 6 & 8am for a 9am departure from Sorong to Waisai via the ferry. Our friendly staff will accompany you on the 2-hour ferry ride to Waisai where La Galigo will await you. After a refreshing welcome drink, and a short introduction to the facilities of our ship, the diving schedule, and the tour program, we set sail for our first day, which will include a refresher dive for all divers onboard. 
  • Check-out dive site: Will vary depending on the conditions at the time. We take you to a nice and easy dive site with that will introduce you to the wonder of Indonesian diving, shallow soft sandy bottom, amazing muck critters, clear warm water…. yep the travel time was worth it. We relax for our first Dinner together to get to know your fellow passengers and crew and overnight cruise to the central Dampier Strait. 
  • DAY 2: Central and Eastern Dampier Strait.
  • We start to wind up into the full schedule today with 3 day dives and a night dive. The dive sites we normally visit in this area are Cape Kri, Blue Magic or Yambuba. The afternoon is spent swapping stories, having laughs and cracking a few cold ones with your new mates. 
  • DAY 3: Mansuar Island and Batanta. 
  • Today we head westbound on the Dampier Strait towards Sawdenrek jetty. This is a great little jetty dive full of amazing fish life and corals. For dive 2 we head south to the island of Batanta. Here we will dive Dayam (manta point). We only dive twice today as we will start the long haul cruise down to Misool in the south straight after the second dive. The afternoon can be spent relaxing and listening to the “La Galigo House Band” play a few tunes. 
  • DAY 4: Goa Farondi Region, Misool. 
  • After the long haul south we will arrive in Misool around late morning to midday. In the Goa Farondi area, we will do two afternoon dives plus a night dive. This area is well known for its Mobula rays and amazing swim throughs and water-filled caves.
  • DAY 5: Daram Island 
  • We will do 3 day dives plus a night dive here. Daram is one of the areas less frequented by liveaboards in Misool due to its location, however, it is home to what many consider one of the finest dive sites in the world, ‘Candy store’. Quite often we will do it more than once if our guests agree/request, but there is also many of the other sites located around Daram which are amazing in their own right.
  • DAY 6: Jamur Boo Region, Misool.
  • We wake up a little further south but still in Misool. Today we will be doing 3 day dives plus a night dive. As always the dives sites are condition dependent, but some of the sites we like to visit around this area are Boo Rocks, Boo Window and the renowned Manta Haven of Magic Mountain. 
  • Day 7: Central Misool. 
  • Overnight, we have moved a little further east to the center of the diving action in Misool. This is another full diving day with 3 day dives plus a night dive. Some of our favorite spots to dive around here are Nudi Rock, Tank Rock, and Whale Rock. 
  • DAY 8: Goa Farondi Region, Misool. 
  • This morning the sun rises once again against the sheer cliffs of Goa Farondi. We will have two more great morning dives here starting a bit earlier than normal before the boat starts off around mid-morning for the long haul back to Sorong. Please note that this is a large crossing and if the weather is rough we may have to only do one dive to leave enough time to cruise back to Sorong. 
  • Day 9: Disembark La Galigo at Sorong 
  • From 08:00 we will be anchored in Sorong in preparation for disembarkation, however, guests may stay onboard until 11am for breakfast with us!

 

Raja Ampat South West Itinerary – 10 days/ 9 nights

  • DAY 1: Sorong / Waisai / East Dampier Strait.
  • We will collect you from the airport or your hotel between 6 & 8am for a 9am departure from Sorong to Waisai via the ferry. Our friendly staff will accompany you on the 2-hour ferry ride to Waisai where La Galigo will await you. After a refreshing welcome drink, and a short introduction to the facilities of our ship, the diving schedule, and the tour program, we set sail for our first day, which will include a refresher dive for all divers onboard. 
  • Check-out dive site: Will vary depending on the conditions at the time. We take you to a nice and easy dive site with that will introduce you to the wonder of Indonesian diving, shallow soft sandy bottom, amazing muck critters, clear warm water…. yep the travel time was worth it. We relax for our first Dinner together to get to know your fellow passengers and crew and overnight cruise to the central Dampier Strait. 
  • Day 2: Goa Farondi and surrounding 
  • After the long haul south, we will arrive in Misool around late morning to midday. Around the islands of Farondi we will do two to three-day dives dependent on arrival time to the area, plus a night dive. This area is well known for its Mobula rays and amazing swim troughs. There is a fantastic wall on the island of Farondi and also the chance to do some cavern diving on ‘Goa Farondi’ with an opportunity to spot some of the above sea level inhabitants of the caves if the conditions are in our favor. 
  • Day 3: Daram and Misool eco resort 
  • Daram is one of the areas less frequented by liveaboards in Misool due to its location, however, it is home to what many consider one of the finest dive sites in the world, ‘Candy store’. Quite often we will do it more than once if our guests agree / request, but there is also many of the other sites located around Daram which are amazing in their own right. 
  • Day 4: Jamur Boo Region, Misool. 
  • We wake up a little further west, but still in Misool. Today we will be doing 3 day dives plus possibly a night dive. As always the dives sites are condition dependent, especially for the night dive here, but some of the sites we like to visit around this area are ‘Boo Rocks’, ‘Boo Window’ and the renowned Oceanic Manta Ray haven of ‘Magic Mountain’. 
  • Day 5: Jef Pele, western Misool. 
  • Like Daram, this area is not on most other liveaboards lists, due to the fact it is quite a distance away from the center of Misool. However, in Tom’s opinion, it is home to what he thinks is one of the best dive sites in the world, ‘Kaleidoscope’. Sloping down from the limestone island of Jef Pele, one side you will find an amazingly beautiful coral covered wall, with tons of fish, and on the other side is a picture perfect slope. Between the two you will find a great dividing lip, where large pelagic species feast in front of you as you hang on to your reef hook through the prevailing currents. Other sites around this area include ‘The 4 kings’ and ‘Turbine’.
  • Day 6: Central Misool, Nampale / Fafan
  • Overnight we have moved a little further east to the center of the diving action in Misool where we plan to take in 2 early day dives before moving on for an overnight sail towards the center of Raja Ampat around lunchtime. Some of our personal favorite spots to dive around here are ‘Nudi Rock’, ‘Tank Rock’ and ‘Whale Rock’, all of which provide great opportunities for macro and wide angle photography.
  • Day 7: Penemu island.
  • Dependent on what time we leave central Misool, we hope to do 2 day dives plus a trek, and another night dive in Penemu. Dive sites visited will depend on the conditions of the day but here is a list of some of the sites we regularly visit: ‘Melissa’s Garden’, ‘Harto’s Reef’, and ‘Kenau Channel’, where condition dependent we will take in our night dive. The masses of hard and soft coral at the center of Melissa’s Garden is what gives it its name, look out for all sorts of creatures great and small in there. In the morning we will take a short hike to the lookout point above Bintang Lagoon. Make sure you have your camera, this is a spot not to be missed. 
  • Day 8: Gam and Western Dampier Strait. 
  • We wake up just off the coast in Gam Island. There are some great dive sites around this area with vibrant fish covered reefs and plenty of stunning little macro subjects. We will do 2 of the Gam dive sites, our favorites here include ‘Mayhem’ and ‘Citrus Ridge’. As we have lunch we will cruise down to the western section of the Dampier Strait. This is manta heaven and we will take you to either the shallower ‘Manta Sandy’ or ‘Manta Ridge’ to see these graceful giants. In the late afternoon, we take in a land tour on the peaceful island village of Arborek. Feel the tranquility of simple island village life as you casually stroll the white beach sand streets. One of the world’s best night dives also happens to be under the jetty in front of this island, where we will endeavor to find you blue-ringed octopus and other awesome critters. 
  • Day 9: Central and Eastern Dampier Strait. 
  • We start to wind down today as the trip starts to come to an end. To give you 24hrs to pass off your Nitrogen before tomorrow’s flights we will only do 2 morning dives today. The dive sites we normally visit in this area are the world famous ‘Cape Kri’ and the equally amazing ‘Blue Magic’. The afternoon is spent swapping stories, having laughs and cracking a few cold ones with new friends. It's your choice to do this on the deck or to log some beach time on the nearby island of Mioskon, where we will take in a beach BBQ prepared by your chef. Mioskon is sometimes home to thousands of flying foxes, which at sundown, often set out to find fresh fruits to feast on. 
  • Day 10: Disembark La Galigo at Sorong 
  • From 07:00 we will be anchored in Sorong in preparation for disembarkation, however, guests may stay onboard until 11am for breakfast with us!

 

Komodo Jurassic Explorer Itinerary - 6 Days/ 5 Nights

  • DAY 1: Labuan Bajo / Flores to Central Komodo
  • We will collect you from your hotel for between 8:00-9:00am for a 10:00am departure from Labuan Bajo, then welcome you onboard La Galigo. After a refreshing welcome drink, and a short introduction to the facilities of our ship, the diving schedule, and the tour program, we set sail for our first day, which will include a refresher dive for all divers on board. 
  • Dive 1: check out dive at Sabalon or Sabayor. 
  • Dive 2: night dive at Gili Lava Darat or Kanawa. 
  • We relax for our first Dinner together and an overnight cruise to the central most part of western Komodo. 
  • DAY 2: West Komodo 
  • Morning dive at the awesome Batu Bolong, AKA Current City, followed up by a second morning dive at Tatawa. This is our preferred location for Day 2 due to the ability to start getting back into diving if you’ve had some time off, and to practice with your reef hook and safety marker. Thousands of fish of every color and shape are here including regal angelfish, checkerboard wrasse, and masked unicorn fish, against a beautiful backdrop of Acropora corals, Gorgonian fans and sponges. 
  • DAY 3: North West Komodo 
  • Pre-Breakfast. Morning dive: Crystal Rock. After a ‘proper’ breakfast, we depart for a dive at the world renowned Castle rock. The rock is packed with bronze and rust colored sponges and soft tree corals. Black snappers, large cuttlefish, pyramid butterfly fish, and octopus galore await us there. Later in the afternoon we climb the local summit and enjoy a splendid panorama over the moon-shape islands of the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores. Afternoon dive at Lighthouse, followed by a night dive at Gili Lava Passage.
  • DAY 4: South West Komodo 
  • Awake early in the morning to complete our diving at a wonderful site called the Golden Passage in the northernmost part of western Komodo. Later in the morning after a short cruise, conditions dependent, we dive again at our favorite spot: CURRENT CITY (Batu Bolong), for a chance to dance one more time with our new Manta friends. Our afternoon and evening are occupied by either Makassar reef or Batu Tiga dependent on conditions. 
  • DAY 5: Rinca 
  • After a couple of customer choice morning dives, we visit Rinca National Park, to gaze upon the world’s largest reptile, the Komodo Dragon. There are several options for hikes upon this Jurassic styled island, however, for the less active of us, the dragons are usually not too far from the harbor ;) (rumor has it, Komodo Dragons prefer Guatemalan Rum if you find yourself in duty-free). Later in the afternoon, we head towards Pulau Kalong (Bat Island), to witness thousands upon thousands of migrating bats as they scatter gracefully through the ever amazing Indonesian sunset. 
  • Day 6: Disembark La Galigo at Labuan Bajo 
  • From 07:00 we will be anchored in Labuan Bajo in preparation for disembarkation, however, guests may stay onboard until 11am for breakfast with us!

 

Ultimate Komodo Itinerary - 8 days / 7 nights

  • DAY 1: Labuan Bajo / Flores
  • We will collect you from your hotel between 8:00 & 9:00am for a 10:00am departure from Labuan Bajo, then welcome you onboard La Galigo. After a refreshing welcome drink, and a short introduction to the facilities of our ship, the diving schedule, and the tour program, we set sail for our first day, which will include a refresher dive for all divers on board. 
  • Check-out dive: Sabayor Slope followed by Sabayor wall. Two nice and easy dives that will introduce you to the wonder of Indonesian diving, vibrant colors, clear warm water.... you have made a great decision coming here ;) We relax for our first Dinner together and an overnight cruise to central most part of western Komodo. 
  • DAY 2: West Komodo 
  • Pre-Breakfast. Morning dive: Tarawa Besar... OMG am I in heaven? After a ‘proper’ breakfast, we depart for a dive at Police Corner, having so much fun it should be illegal. After lunch is diving at one of our favorite spots: CURRENT CITY (Batu Bolong), for a chance to dive once more with our new Manta friends. Last dive of the day will be at Bombastic Forrest, a real visual delight. 
  • DAY 3: North West Komodo 
  • Pre-Breakfast. Morning dive: is the ‘banging’ site Shotgun. After a ‘proper’ breakfast, we depart for a dive at the world renowned Castle rock. The rock is packed with bronze and rust colored sponges and soft tree corals. Black snappers, large cuttlefish, pyramid butterfly fish, and octopus galore await us there. Later in the afternoon we climb the local summit and enjoy a splendid panorama over the moon-shape islands of the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores. Afternoon dive at Crystal Rock, followed by a night dive at Buku Buku. 
  • DAY 4: South West Komodo 
  • Awake early in the morning to complete a dive at the world famous Golden Passage. After second breakfast we dive at Karang Makassar. We then set sail for Pink Beach and into Komodo National Park. Here we will commence a short hike to see the world famous Komodo Dragons. This is followed by a night dive at Bokep Point. The evening is spent watching the sunset with a beach barbecue.
  • DAY 5: 
  • The day starts with an early dive at the colorful spectacle that is Dilarsten. After feeling like quite the hobbit with second breakfast you will jump in the water at Secret Garden, pure bliss. Some lunch and a short cruise will follow this, taking you to your afternoon dive at Padar Kacino. The night dive for the Day 5 will blow your socks off - Bole Mogoso... prepare to be amazed 
  • DAY 6: 
  • Some sites are just so good that you have to go back and do them again. That’s how we start day 6 with an early morning revisit to Karang Makassar. Prepare to find even more bizarre macro critters and majestic large animals at Batu Bolong after break number 2. Lunch - Cruise - Mawan dive site, who wants to lose their passport so this trip never ends! The breathtaking Siaba bay is our night dive spot today. 
  • DAY 7: 
  • We start to wind down today as the trip starts to come to an end. To give you 24hrs to pass off your Nitrogen before tomorrow’s flight, we will only do 2 morning dives today. The first dive will be Penga Kecil and the second is Wainilu. The afternoon is spent swapping stories, having laughs and cracking a few cold ones with your new BFFs. A mystical sunset is spent anchored up near Bat Island, where you will witness 10,000’s of bats fly out at sundown to find fresh fruits to feast on. 
  • Day 8: Disembark La Galigo at Labuan Bajo 
  • From 07:00 we will be anchored in Labuan Bajo in preparation for disembarkation, however, guests may stay onboard until 11am for breakfast with us!

 

Wakatobi Itinerary – 8 Days / 7 Nights

  • DAY 1 - Buton peninsula – Bau Bau
  • We will pick you up from your hotel of choice or the airport around 8:00 / 9:00 am for a departure from Bau Bau harbor around 10:30 am. 
  • Check out dive at Nirwana beach which is a sheltered slope out the front of Bau-Bau, followed by a short journey to 2 of the islands located west of Bau-Bau, Siompu Island, and Kadatua. Siompu offers the chance to dive ridges, pinnacles and walls, and some smaller caves where sharks and barracuda-like to hang out. The reefs here even though not still pristine, is home to vast amounts of reef fish, which in turn brings in some of the larger species. Reef sharks are common in the area, and we often the occasionally spotted eagle ray, dogtooth tuna, and turtles. Loba Loba is likely one of the unique dive sites in the Buton region, offering the chance for a wall dive covered with sea fans and also the opportunity for some cave diving with a twist. After entering the cave at around 20 meters, divers will start to be able to see light pouring into the cave, which opens up into a blue hole located in the middle of an actual forest!! 
  • DAY 2 - Batu Atas 
  • Batu Atas is an island located around 6 hours sail south of the Buton peninsula. The island itself (to our knowledge) has not been dived so much, however in the past, La Galigo has been fortunate enough to witness Hammerheads alongside the walls surrounding this small inhabited island. The current around the island can be strong, but you will often find Napoleon Wrasse and Turtles nestling in the overhangs formed by the walls on the southwest point. Later in the day we move into the protected bay of Boeki where we shall try some exploratory diving around the peninsula, or in the bay, or take in a land tour to the local village. 
  • DAY 3 - Tomea 
  • After a late night sail from Batu Atas, we will enter the marine park of Wakatobi, made famous by Wakatobi Resort. We will commence diving around the southern part of Wakatobi, called Tomea. Our first dive will take in another very unique dive site, aptly named due to the top of its reef mimicking a bread knife. This site actually spans up to 4 km, the lowest point of the ‘blade’ is around 25m whilst the top comes up to around 5m, perfect for a safety stop. After a large breakfast, we set sail for our next stop, Magnifica, a highlighted site for the area, where we can encounter sharks and other large species playing in the blue water hugging the walls of the site. The afternoon offers us a chance to dive Fan 38 East, an astonishing wall dive, where almost every inch of its 3-mile stretch is covered in various sea fans and whip coral. Come the evening, we will head across to a small beach located close to the Wakatobi resort, which is home to a dive site named The Zoo. The Zoo is a great little macro dive site, housing various types of nudibranchs and other small critters, and in the past, we have found reef cuttlefish hunting here at night, juvenile pineapple fish, as well as huge crabs and baby reef sharks. 
  • DAY 4 - Tomea 
  • In the morning we dive Cornucopia with a lovely deep wall that offers much for the wide angled photographer, home to some larger fish such as barracuda, Spanish mackerel and various types of reef sharks. After Cornucopia we head to the north of Tomea where we will attempt to dive the fantastic Ali Reef if conditions allow. This deep seamount is home to all kinds of pelagic species, visible at all depths, from 40m up to 20m. After lunch, Dive 3 takes place in the almost always fantastic Mari Mabuk, a submerged reef on the west of Tomea island. Dives here in the past have included schools of bumphead parrot-fish, snappers, and barracuda and also thousands of small schooling catfish which you may swim through for some epic videos! Our night dive here takes place at a site named Roma, which takes its name from its stunning topography.
  • DAY 5 - Hoga 
  • We awake in Hoga island for a day which is likely to include some heavy current, but also the chance to take in some large schools of big fish, and it is likely that you will be surrounded by massive schools of barracuda or snapper, just don’t forget to take your reef hook. In the afternoon we will choose between 2 dive sites dependent again on conditions, Outer Pinnacle is a fantastic submerged pinnacle with an opportunity to experience some swim throughs at depth, however, if the current is roaring, we will choose to do a drift dive on the equally impressive North Wall. Most of the diving around Hoga is usually great for encountering larger fish species as the island is exposed to the Banda Sea to the east. There is also a chance here to skip a dive and visit our friends at Hoga Island Dive Resort and maybe share a local juice / cheeky beer, or just relax in a hammock watching the amazing sunsets from this picturesque little island paradise. 
  • DAY 6 - Kapota and Wangi Wangi 
  • We spend the morning diving around Kapota at two sites, and Kamponuone. Both sites offer the chance to see reef sharks and large moray eels, as well as some more macro subjects such as the elusive Lembeh Sea Dragon and also Pygmy Pipehorses. After lunch, we head to the island called Wangi Wangi, which translates to ‘very good smell’. Here we have the opportunity to dive at the site Pintu Kota masuk where we are greeted by a small reef system which lays in front of a long jetty which is the entrance to the town. Here we can find such species as blue spotted stingrays, lionfish, and the occasional shark. A short afternoon sail north takes us to our night dive at a significantly shorter jetty named Sombu Jetty. Here we can find small black tip reef sharks at night, or even watch them as the sunsets from the boat. Sombu jetty has previously provided us with a Blue Ring Octopus and Mandarin fish sightings, as well as nudibranchs and pygmy seahorses. 
  • DAY 7 - Pasarwaja 
  • On our penultimate day we wake up at Pasarwaja, which is fast becoming well known as a formidable muck diving area, however, it manages to also be home to some very healthy coral and also some wreck diving. For an early morning dive, we will take in a site where it is almost guaranteed you can spot Mandarin fish. Along with a small rubble area, a large colony of these usually elusive fish calls this place home, alongside other interesting critters. Our later morning dive commences around 10 am, and we will look for some shallow caves at a site named Brackish streams. The coral here is fantastically healthy, and the topography of the site is littered with small caves, where fresh water from Pasarwajo enters the ocean. An array of critters and unusual fish inhabit these areas, such as the brackish stonefish. Wasage divers based in button often visit this site, and their guests often give them feedback that this was a particular favorite of theirs. 
  • DAY 8 - Bau Bau 
  • From 09:00 am the vessel will enter the harbor of Bau-Bau, where you will be provided with transportation either to the airport or your local hotel of choice. Guests are welcome to share breakfast up until 11:00 am onboard prior to disembarking.

 

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Boat Specifications

  • Length: 33 m 
  • Width: 7.96m 
  • Draft: 3.35m 
  • Displacement: 169 tons 
  • Engine: Mitsubishi 8M22 450HP V8 
  • Generators: 3x 55 KVA Mitsubishi 220-380 V, all power on board is surge protected and available 24 hours per day 
  • Speed: 5 - 9knots 
  • Water Capacity: 11,000 liters of fresh water onboard. We have a seawater desalination plant which produces 2500L fresh water per day. Fuel capacity: 5.5tons of diesel 
  • Guests: 14 
  • Crew: 15 
  • Climate Control: All cabins and guest areas 
  • Photography: Dry cabinet for cameras inside, wet area camera drying zone on dive deck, expert professional photographer guides on board, ample charging and downloading space inside
  • Entertainment: DVD, TV, books, iMac computer, Turntable mixer sound system with premium quality speakers 
  • Dinghies: 2 x 6m tenders, each with 40Hp outboard engines for 8 diving guests 
  • Radio and communications: EPIRB emergency locator, long-range emergency radio, Satellite Phone, FM & SW Radio, 4 VHF and SSB radio, EPIRB, CCTV in engine room and dive deck 
  • Navigation: Furuno Radar, GPS and plotter, 2x Depth sounder, extensive navigation charts 
  • Safety Equipment: 2 life rafts (Maximum 40 people), 30 life jackets, 25 lifebuoys, fire alarm, fire extinguisher, searchlights, oxygen, First Aid kits onboard, nearest decompression chamber in Denpasar, Makassar, Manado, and Jakarta 
  • Compressor: Onboard production Nitrox compressor, 1 x Coltri and 1 x L&W 280 air compressors with all aluminum 12-liter tanks with DIN and YOKE fittings 
  • Nitrox: Available onboard

 

Practical Information

  • Time Zone: GMT+9
  • Local Currency: IDR (Indonesian Rupiah)
  • Language Spoken: English & Indonesian
  • Payment Onboard: Cash, Visa & MasterCard

 

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