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SMY Ondina Indonesia Liveaboard

Destination: Indonesia

Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Maluku, Cenderawasih Bay & Lembeh (6-12 Nights) | From $385++/night

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SMY Ondina Quick Pitch 

The SMY Ondina offers safety, quality service, and the unique experience of travel aboard a classic Buginese schooner. Divers are secure and comfortable while exploring the Indonesian archipelago.

Their motto is "Affordable, comfortable, informal and relax. Flexible yet professional.

Beginners, advanced divers, photographers and video makers, we treat every diver according to their needs."


Dive Overview

Indonesia is a scuba diving gem, featuring volcanic geography, wrecks, and vibrant marine life. Ondina's expert staff meets divers' every need to ensure quality underwater and topside adventures.

[See: Komodo Dive Travel Guide, Cenderawasih Bay Travel GuideRaja Ampat Dive Travel Guide, Ambon & Alor Dive Travel Guide & Lembeh Dive Travel Guide]


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Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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SMY Ondina Accommodation Overview

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8 Cabins for 16 divers maximum occupancy. 6 of them good for triple use, just in case, and 2 excellent for single occupancy all with ensuite freshwater shower, hand basin and toilet.

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General Facilities

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Dining area (L) & Dive deck (R)


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Sun deck (L) & Outside lounge (R)


SMY Ondina Boat Features

  • A/C Dining Room
  • Open-air Dining Room
  • Big Kitchen with freezers and coolers
  • Hot Water showers and Toilet in Main Deck
  • 60 m2 Sundeck with hand shower to refresh yourself, hammocks and shadow canvas for the warmest moments of the day
  • First Aids Room
  • Masseuse onboard (depending on routes)
  • Library, Music and Flat screen for DVDs
  • Tasty food, tea and coffee, snacks and fruits available at all times


SMY Ondina Dive Facilities

  • Generous Dive Galley for 16 divers with equipment. Designed by divers for divers
  • Fixed equipment positions for each diver during the trip
  • Diving Compressors under the deck
  • Equipment Room for rinsing equipment and wetsuits
  • Personal shelf for charging batteries and diving material for every diver
  • Big working tables to service properly your cameras
  • Air tanks to dry and clean your equipment
  • Rinsing deposits with sweet water and fully padded for better protection.
  • Charging stations with 220volt electricity 24hrs and 2 round pins EU Std sockets
  • Nitrox membrane (32%)
  • Diving gear for rent available (book in advance)

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Food & Drinks Aboard SMY Ondina

All-inclusive meals and snacks.

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SMY Ondina Liveaboard Deck Plan

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Schedule, Rates & Availability

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

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The prices shown below are per person in USD and do not include cruise fees. 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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  • Collaboration with reefs protection and helping local communities. SMY Ondina will use part of her incomes to encourage and actively collaborate with all local organizations promoting Nature Conservancy programmes and help for the local communities for improving their living standards. 
  • Same number of nights as number of days in the cruise, you disembark in the morning of the last published date.
  • All transfers to/from airport or hotel to/from the SMY Ondina in the town of embarkation/disembarkation are included. In the routes starting or ending in Bitung, transfers to/from Manado are also included.
  • Full Board on board, Tea, Coffee, Snacks and 1 Soft Drink at lunch and Dinner.
  • Average of 3 or 4 dives per day, all in daytime or 2 or 3 day dives and 1 night dive unless weather conditions or long sailing distance do not permit it. First and Last Cruise days are excluded due to safety reasons and flight schedules. These dates we will dive accordingly.
  • Land Excursions when clearly specified in the cruise planning.
  • All Entrance Fees to Natural Parks
  • Diving tanks and weights for divers and snorkeling gear for non-divers
  • Additional complimentary services available onboard: Library, Music, First aids kits.



  • Any other way of transportation than SMY Ondina
  • Alcoholic drinks, tips & gratuities and any other onboard service not specified above like Massages, Equipment rental….etc
  • Any police or diving permit or touristic tax and harbour fees charged per passenger by any local authority, plus fuel increases. Please count on 200€/person for cruises starting or ending in Papua/Maluku and 100€/person or 150€/person for cruises in Komodo. This amount will be paid once onboard when requested by the Cruise Director.



For more information on other departure dates, rates, and on availability email us at 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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komodo & flores

Komodo and Rinca, the most famous National Park in Indonesia and home of the well-known dragon, has narrow straits between these two island that create strong currents providing nutrients and water exchanges. This makes it a unique ecosystem that favours biodiversity and endemic species that can only be found in the Park. The sea bottom is densely populated with life, and there is a great variety of underwater sceneries, like walls covered by white coralls and cold-water reefs. Due to the high degree of species protection in the National Park, it is also an area with great abundancy of fish, as well as frequent encounters with rays and reef sharks.

Besides Komodo there is Flores, one of the largest islands in Nusa Tenggara, the country's most southern archipelago. You can discover Maumere bay, a paradise for muck diving lovers.

KOMODO & FLORES: all komodo - 11d/10n sample itinerary

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  • DAY 1: Transfer to the boat upon arrival in Bima, welcome drink and accommodation. Two dives in Bima bay: check dive in the afternoon in Bethlehem or Tanjung Batu Putih, plus night dive.
  • DAY 2: Four dives in the volcanic island of Sangiang. Bubble Reef (a beautiful coral garden at the foothills of a volcano, with bubbles of the underwater vents emerging from the black sand), and critter diving in black sand in Critter Creek, Pohon Merah and Bontoh.
  • DAY 3: Four dives in Gili Lawa. Action dives in UW mounts like Castle Rock and Crystal Bommie, covered in soft coral and packed with schools and pelagics. Also The Lighthouse, Shotgun…
  • DAY 4: Three day dives in the Straits between Komodo and Rinca. Manta site in Karang Makassar and the spectacular sites of Batu Bolong (a pinnacle rising from the depths and concentrating large amounts of sealife) and Tatawa Islands. Night dive in Pulau Sebayor.
  • DAY 5: Early morning walk to the Komodo National Park, followed by dives in Pulau Tengah and night dive in Siaba Kecil.
  • DAY 6: Three day-dives in the straits and night dive in Pulau Wainilu.
  • DAY 7: Dive in the underwater mountain in Pulau Sabolan and a critter dive in Pulau Bidadari near Labuanbajo. Afternoon dives in Horseshoe Reef and night dive in Pulau Sebayor.
  • DAY 8: Dive around Pulau Padar, in famous submerged ridges of Three Sisters, Secret Garden or Pilarsteen. Night dive at Evening Star, a mini-wall covered with invertebrate life.
  • DAY 9: Four dives in Nusa Kode, on world famous sites such as Cannibal Rock, an underwater mountain literally coated in marine life and invertebrates, and Yellow Wall, Boulders… Night dive in Torpedo Bay.
  • DAY 10: Two dives in South Komodo (weather depending), on Manta Alley and German Flag, and afternoon dive in Tanjung Lehoksera of Batu Gajah. Night dive in the wreck of a 100-foot wooden Pinisi boat
  • DAY 11: Two dives in the morning, usually repeating star sites such as Batu Bolong or Castle Rock, or alternatively can do different sites like Pulau Hantu and Pantai Merah. Sail back to Bima to fly the morning after.


Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat owns the worldwide record of the greatest number of different species found in one single dive. And one must also add the most pristine and colourfull coral gardens, outstanding landscapes, primitive fishing villages and of course, birds of Paradise. It is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best diving destinations in the world.

The reefs of Raja Empat enjoy a healthy marine biodiversity with more than 400 species of coral having been discovered here. Besides the abundance of fauna, this region contains numerous wrecks of ships and aeroplanes from the terrible battles held during the Second World War in this area


RAJA AMPAT: central & south raja ampat - 9d/8n sample itinerary

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  • DAY 1: Pick up at Sorong airport, transfer to the boat, welcome drink and accommodation. Check dive in the afternoon at one of the reefs surrounding Sorong. Overnight sailing to Dampier Straits.
  • DAY 2: Diving in the fabulous reefs in the Dampier Straits: Sardine reef, Blue Magic and Mioskon amongst others. Night dive at Saporkren jetties (muck diving).
  • DAY 3: Early morning excursion under the canopy at Gam to see the birds of paradise. Diving in Mike’s Point, Cape Kri and night dive in Yenbeser.
  • DAY 4: Dive the jetties of Airborek and around the Penemu area, in My Reef, Melissa’s Garden, The Lagoon, etc. Afternoon ascent to viewpoint in Fam. Overnight sail to Misool.
  • DAY 5: Two dives in Sagof, afternoon in Baby Rock and night dive in Nudi City (Gamfi).
  • DAY 6: Shadow Reef (aka Manta Mountain), two dives in Jamur Boo (Boo Rocks) and night dive in Yilliet.
  • DAY 7: Dive the fabulous reefs of the Fiabacet group, such as Nudi Rock, Tank Rock, Whale Rock and night dive in the small Yilliet. Optional visit to Misool Eco Resort.
  • DAY 8: Diving the caves in Goa Farondi, The Friendly Canyon and Razorback, and tender boat tour to the lagoons, plus visit to cave with bats and stalactites in the afternoon. Overnight sailing to Batanta.
  • DAY 9: Two muck dives in the morning on the black sand slopes of South Batanta, such as Black Beauty or Happy Ending. Sail back to Sorong to fly the morning after.


Cenderawasih Bay

The largest marine national park in South-east Asia, in Cenderawasih Bay we can encounter in the shallows species that normally live in deeper waters. We will also find a wide variety of corals. The good muck diving will keep the lovers of the tiny and strange critters busy, they will enjoy searching for pigmy seahorses, tiger prawns and frog fish among other species. 


cenderawasih bay: all cenderawasih - 10d/9n sample itinerary

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  • DAY 1: Transfer to the boat upon arrival. Welcome drink and accommodation. Check dive in the wreck of a PBY Catalina, a World War 2 American flying boat.
  • DAY 2: Dive the western end of Pulau Yapen, in Sewandeh and Slamiapien islands and other submerged reefs, with giant fans, soft corals and plenty of fish.
  • DAYS 3-5: Wall diving in the atolls, in Tridacna Wall and Spag Point, and the shallow plane wrecks in Pulau Rouw.
  • DAYS 6-7: Dive with the whalesharks under the local fishing boats (bagans).
  • DAY 8: Dive north Roon, Pulau Auri and the remains of a Zero plane wreck in Tanjung Ayami.
  • DAY 9: Dive around Pulau Purup, with beautiful coral formations, giant barrel sponges and glassfish.
  • DAY 10: Dive the wrecks of the landing barges in Pulau Numfor, completely covered in soft corals and small fish creating little oasis of life on the white sand slope in which they lay. Sail back to Biak to fly the morning after.


banda sea

Remote and mysterious, the Banda Sea is the best option for divers searching for the most exotic dives of their lives and breathtaking natural sights. Located between Papua, Sulawesi and Timor, the beautiful diving sites in the many small islands found in route are always a spectacle of life and diversity.


banda sea: all banda sea - 10d/9n sample itinerary

  • DAY 1: Check dive and night dive in one of the muck sites inside Kalabahi Bay, such as Pertamina jetty or Mucky Mosque.
  • DAY 2: Dive the most emblematic sites of the Alor straits, such as Clownfish Valley (with the largest anemone fields in the world), the walls at Cave Point or Babylon… Overnight to Wetar.
  • DAY 3: Dive the west coast of Wetar, on the fishy walls around Tanjung Nunukae and the small satellite island of Reong. Visit to the nearby village to look for salt water crocodiles. Overnight to Gunung Api.
  • DAY 4: Dive around the volcanic island of Gunung Api, literally “Fire mountain”. Although dormant, this island is famous for hosting a large population of sea snakes underwater and myriads of sea birds flying above the surface. Overnight to Lucipara.
  • DAY 5: Dive the impressive walls of the Lucipara and Penyu island groups, a small group of sandy keys featuring massive barrel sponges, schools of surgeons and carangids underwater, with common sights of pelagic fauna. Overnight to the Banda Islands.
  • DAY 6: Dive around Karang Hatta and other sites in the Banda group. Night in Bandaneira, the most beautiful natural anchorage of Indonesia. Dusk dive at the mandarinfish site.
  • DAY 7: Cultural visit around Bandaneira, the heart of the Spice Islands: Fort Rotterdam, the Governors House and the nutmeg plantation. Dive Batu Kapal around noon and Pulau Soanggi in the afternoon. Overnight to Nusa Laut.
  • DAY 8: 2 dives at the famous site Ameth’s Knoll, a reef parallel to the coast that the local villagers have protected since the old times, to allow fish to spawn and spill over to adjacent areas. Afternoon and night dives at the next village to the south.
  • DAY 9: Dive the south coast of Ambon, in signature site Pintu Kota (a massive arch underwater with big fans, soft corals and schools of fish.
  • DAY 10: 2 muck dives around the jetties at the Twilight Zone, with a vast array of critters and oddities to be found.

forgotten islands

The Forgotten Islands are a group of islands scattered throughout Indonesia's inner seas. With an astounding biodiversity, they are the perfect destionation for divers looking for paradise islands and an extraordinary diving. Don't let the name fool you: you won't be able to forget the experience!


FORGOTTEN ISLANDS (SOUTH): kalabahi/kupang - saumlaki - kalabahi - 10d/9n sample itinerary

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  • DAY 1: Transfer to the boat upon arrival, welcome and accommodation. Check dive and night dive in one of the muck sites inside Kalabahi Bay, such as Pertamina jetty or Mucky Mosque. Overnight to Wetar.
  • DAY 2: Dive the west coast of Wetar, on the fishy walls around Tanjung Nunukae and the small satellite island of Reong. Visit to the nearby village to look for salt water crocodiles. Overnight to Romang.
  • DAY 3: Dive around Pulau Nyata, with stunning walls, caves and schools of fish, plus occasional sights of pelagics. Overnight to Damar.
  • DAY 4: Wall dives around the islands of Nus Leur, Terbang Utara and Terbang Selatan, with impressive wide angle scenery composed of large fans, barrel sponges and schools of small fish.
  • DAY 5: Dive around the volcanic island of Teun, with ridges covered in pristine hard corals and schooling surgeon, tunas and trevallies.
  • DAY 6: Dive Duisborgh Reef in search of schools of hammerheads and other large pelagics. Night dive in Pulau Nila.
  • DAY 7: Three day dives in Nil Desperandum in search of school of hammerheads and other large pelagics. Overnight to Pulau Dai.
  • DAY 8: Dive the walls of Pulau Dai, in impressive sites like “To Dai For”, where a large school of barracudas awaits divers as they drift past the point.
  • DAY 9: More wall dives in Dawera, where clouds of small anthias, damsels and glassfish pack the crevices and overhangs creating magnificent opportunities for WA photography. Overnight to Yamdena.
  • DAY 10: Dive the slopes around Pulau Nisnitu and last dive in the magnificent hard coral gardens of Karang Barasadi, before sailing into Saumlaki to prepare for flying the morning after.

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Other Information

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Boat Specifications

  • Length: 32 meters
  • Bean: 8.0 meters
  • Draft: 2.6 meters
  • Hull: Teak and Tropical woods
  • Engine: 400 HP Man Medium Duty
  • Sails: 400m2 surface
  • Cruising Speed: 9 Knots
  • Maximum guests: 16
  • Number of cabins: 8
  • Water: Watermaker plus 10 Tn deposits
  • Fuel tanks: 12 Tn = great autonomy
  • Tenders: 3 dinghies: 2 semirigid and 1 rigid


Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+8 & UTC+9
  • Local Currency: IDR (Indonesian Rupiah)
  • Language Spoken: English & Indonesian
  • Electricity: 220 V
  • Payment Onboard: Cash (IDR, EUR, US$)

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