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SY Adelaar

Destination: Indonesia

Bali, Komodo & Alor (10 Nights) | From $400++/night

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Adelaar Cruises Quick Pitch

The SY Adelaar is one of the unique opportunities to explore Komodo via a departure in Bali. For over two decades they've been operating on this beautiful luxury Schooner. Moreover, they do unique trips to Alor Archipelago, a beautiful off the beaten track dive destination.



Excursions depart/return from Bali, covering Bali, Moyo, Standa, Sangeang and Komodo National Park. Trips to Alor depart from Maumere, a harbor town along the northern coast of Flores and further east from Komodo.


Dive Overview

Indonesia is a diving gem, featuring volcanic geography, wrecks, and vibrant marine life. The SY Adelaar boasts knowledgeable staff and top-notch equipment so guests can make the most of their dive vacations.

[See: Bali Dive Travel Guide, Komodo Dive Travel Guide & Alor Dive Travel Guide

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Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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Adelaar Cruises Accommodation Overview

The boutique-style Komodo liveaboard accommodates up to eight divers, in four well laid-out staterooms. All staterooms are individually air-conditioned, have a state-of-the-art entertainment system, and en-suite bathrooms with hot water shower, toilet & washbasin. Additionally, Adelaar has other activities available onboard like kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. 

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Adelaar Cruises Cabin Details

  • Master suite (207x 160 cm bed, 210 x 70 cm couch/single bed), desk, plenty of storage space accommodates 2 adults and 1 child
  • Staterooms 2 & 3 (200 x 140 cm bed, 210 x 65 cm couch/single bed), desk, plenty of storage space accommodates 2 adults and 1 child
  • Stateroom 4 (198 x 128 cm bed), accommodates 2 adults (twin-share not possible)

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General Facilities

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Main Salon & Outdoor Dining Area

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Upper Deck & Dinghy 


Adelaar Cruises Boat Features

  • Cozy main salon below deck
  • Extensive library
  • Game table
  • Well stocked bar
  • Gourmet meals


Dining salon on the upper level

  • Large windows providing a panoramic view of the vivid landscapes
  • Main deck with a large table and seating area
  • Forward deck fitted with comfortable cushions for relaxing and sunbathing
  • Adelaar Cruises Dive Facilities
  • 3 Bauer Capitano Dive Compressors
  • NITROX Membrane System
  • 12L Aluminum Tanks with INT Valves (larger tank available upon request)


Food & Drinks Aboard Adelaar Cruises

  • The chefs prepare a mix of freshly made traditional Indonesian dishes and Western favorites. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated if given prior notice.
  • The bar is stocked with a selection of local beer and imported liquors & wines for purchase. Coffee, tea, juice, mineral water & soft drinks are all complimentary.

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Adelaar Cruises Liveaboard Deck Plan

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Schedule, Rates & Availability

The actual rates are based on 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 and do not include park fees & fuel surcharge. The pricing at the time of booking may vary depending on the latest EUR/USD exchange rate.

Adelaar is also available for private charter requests with everything customizable. The rate starts at 3,750€ per night. Contact us for more details.

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  • Fully crewed boat with western PADI dive instructor
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks, juices, coffee, tea and water
  • Ship to shore transportation
  • Tanks and weight belts
  • Use of snorkel equipment
  • All harbor clearances (for fixed itineraries only)
  • Wi-Fi when in range
  • For Alor cruises, the Marine Reserve fees & taxi transfers to and from the ship are included.



  • Beer, wine or alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry
  • Flights
  • Bali land transfers
  • Dive gear rentals
  • Dive courses
  • Enriched air (Nitrox)
  • Customary tips to the crew (10-15% recommended)
  • Park Fees: EUR 160.- per person (Komodo National Park, Satonda, Moyo) or EUR 235.- per person on cruises with extended time in Komodo – Please note that this is always subject to change without notice. 
  • Fuel Surcharge: EUR 8.- to EUR 15.- per person per day



For more information on other departure dates that are not listed above 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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 Liveaboard Diving – Bali, Komodo, Alor

Diving the pristine waters around Bali, or the remote areas of the Komodo and Alor Archipelago – onboard our Dutch schooner, ADELAAR, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The program, “Liveaboard Diving – Bali, Komodo, Alor” will take you to an underwater world alive with vibrant colors and teeming with an abundance of life, be it corals, fish or sea mammals.

The experienced divemaster and his well-trained dive guides will show you this magnificent underwater world and provide insides to the unique marine biology in Indonesian waters.

Your schedule and route will be coordinated with the ship’s captain, to assure safe and best diving conditions for a selected dive site, and according to the group’s experience level as well as their expectations.

Visiting these unique and remote dive destinations, while enjoying all the comforts of a luxury liveaboard, makes your dive trip on the ADELAAR a truly unique experience!

They know many good dive sites, and they are experts at finding frogfish, ghost pipefish and stargazers for those avid underwater photographers.



Bali – Komodo – Bali | 11D/10N (29 dives)

  • Day 1 Monday:
  • The meeting point for our round trip Bali Komodo dive itinerary will be in Serangan Harbor, at the wooden jetty in front of the Dolphin Lodge at 8:00 AM. Adelaar’s crew will be waiting to greet you and transport you to the Adelaar. Once onboard, a ‘ships briefing’ acquaints you with shipboard living. Important safety issues will be discussed as well. As we set off from Serangan Harbor, we travel along Bali’s eastern coastline and cruise overnight to Satonda Island. The day is spent getting settled into your stateroom, or just relaxing on deck. With luck, we have a magnificent sunset over Bali’s majestic Mount Agung.
  • Day 2 Tuesday: 
  • Arise at your leisure for coffee latte or espresso on deck while your breakfast is being cooked-to-order. Arrival in Satonda will be late morning; with two dives scheduled today along a sloping reef. The white sandy bottom with many coral outcroppings offers plenty of interesting things to see. Pulau Satonda is an old volcanic island, with a saltwater lake that fills the crater. Locals believe a huge tsunami filled the crater after the violent eruption of Mt Tambora, on Sumbawa, in 1814. Take time to visit the lake in the caldera, which is a short hike from the beach. One guest noted that Stromatolites were easily visible in the shallow waters along the shoreline. These are one of the longest living forms of life on this planet. They can be traced back to 3.5 billion years. Do not miss a chance to visit the wishing trees at the lake edge and cast your wish. At sunset, we depart and cruise through the night towards Komodo National Park.
  • Day 3 Wednesday: 
  • We are up early today for a glimpse of the sunrise as we arrive at Gili Lawa Laut, in the northern area of Komodo National Park. The park is located in the region known as Wallacea, denoting the overlapping of Australian and Asian biogeographical areas. This overlapping ensures an interesting mix of bird species. There is a splendid assortment of dive sites just outside this picturesque bay. Typically, in the north, we have larger schools of fish, good visibility, and some current. Between dives, you may want to take the opportunity to hike to the top of the hill, where you will be able to catch a glimpse of the magnificent panorama of the entire Komodo Archipelago. We anchor in a quiet bay for the night.
  • Day 4 Thursday: 
  • Dragons wait for no man! We have an early start today at 7:00 AM to meet our park ranger for a guided hike into the interior of Komodo Island, where we hope for sightings of prehistoric Komodo dragons. This World Heritage site, the only place on earth that these giant monitor lizards can be found, was recently designated as one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Once back on board, a scrumptious lunch will be served on deck. Enjoy the beautiful ocean views as we head towards South Komodo. We will make a stop along the coast for diving, and then continue on to Lehok Sera for a dusk dive to search for the elusive mandarin fish. We anchor for the night in this quiet and picturesque bay. Weather permitting dinner will be served topside.
  • Day 5 Friday: 
  • We leave early morning for Langkoi, also known as Manta Alley, on Komodo’s south coast. We are on a manta quest today; we have planned for two dives here, where we hope to see these magnificent animals gracefully feeding. This area typically has much cooler temperatures with nutrient rich waters, and lower visibility. However, during the summer season between November through March, we often find water temperatures and visibility have improved in the southern region of Komodo. After our dives, we enjoy lunch as the boat moves towards the south of Rinca to an area known as Nusa Kode. With the towering cliff walls surrounding all sides, the landscape in this remote area is breathtaking. Our third dive today will be our first macro dive of the trip. Between dives, we will jump into the dinghy and have a shore excursion of sorts to get up close to the resident dragon population here. Weighing up to 350 pounds and with a total length of over 10 feet, these fearsome hunters can charge swiftly to bring down a variety of prey, some as big as a water buffalo. After the sun sets, we prepare for a night dive and a late dinner.
  • Day 6 Saturday: 
  • Mornings and evenings in Nusa Kode (a.k.a. Horseshoe Bay) are a time where you can spot dragons wandering along the beach foraging for food. Monkeys, deer, and hunting sea eagles are also known to make an appearance. There are two dives planned for this area, one of which will be the famous ‘macro temple” of Cannibal Rock. Depending on the season, almost everything you can find in a critter book has been sighted here. During lunch, we journey back up north for diving in Padar, where temperatures start to get warmer and visibility gets a bit better. Later in the afternoon, we go ashore for a hike across the island for a spectacular view of the sunset and enjoy a sundowner. We overnight here in a quiet bay and there is a possibility for a night dive (for those who abstained from the sundowner!)
  • Day 7 Sunday: 
  • We leave Padar in the early morning to enter an area known as ‘current city’ for our diving day. Here, there is generally better visibility and larger schools of fish. In the late afternoon, we make our way north. At Wainilu, you can go ashore for a short walk up a small hill for a nice view of Rinca and the surrounding islands. We anchor for the night and prepare for a night dive in Wainilu. There is a wide range of possible animals on this white sand slope, bobtail squid, starry night octopus and fingered dragonet are frequently sighted here.
  • Day 8 Monday: 
  • We’ve saved the best for last! We spend the morning diving around the northernmost boundary of the Park off the uninhabited islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat. No Komodo dive itinerary is complete without a stop at Castle Rock and Crystal Rock, these world-famous dive sites are some of the fishiest sites in the park. In late afternoon, we say goodbye to Komodo National Park and start our journey back westward. We anchor for the night in Banta Island and plan for our last night dive of the cruise. Looking westward, towards Sangeang’s active volcano, we typically have some of the best sunsets of the trip!
  • Day 9 Tuesday: 
  • We depart very early morning for the volcanic island of Sangeang, whose most recent eruption was last year. As we approach, you can see lava steaming as it flows from the crater edge towards the sea. The black sandy bottom makes for spectacular diving. Dive sites such as, Hot Rocks and Black forest, gaseous sulfur bubbles up from the ground, creating an underwater Jacuzzi! At the end of our diving day, the crew will put up all the sails for a brief photo opportunity and give us a glimpse of the Adelaar in full glory. We sail further west towards Bali, sailing through the night for Moyo Island.
  • Day 10 Wednesday: 
  • We arrive at Moyo Island early this morning. Our final two dives will be along the fringing reef outside the main village. An optional shore excursion to the nearby waterfall, takes you through the local village. You are welcome to visit the village school where smiling children show you their classroom, and take the opportunity to practice their English. The walk to the waterfall takes us down a road lined with ‘living fences’, passing herds of goats and water buffalo. If you are interested in the local flora our guide will point out the cashew, teak trees and other locally grown plants along the way. Once at the waterfall, those daring enough can grab the rope, swing out over the falls and drop into the pool below! While we are gone, the crew will have washed and dried all our dive gear. This means once back aboard, we can sit back, relax, and enjoy a gourmet lunch as we head back, bound for Bali.
  • Day 11 Thursday: 
  • We arrive in Serangan Harbor, Bali around 08-12 AM. After breakfast, before we take you to shore, you will have a chance to say goodbye and see you again (sampai jumpa lagi) to our Captain and crew. Transfers can be arranged to take you to your next destination.


Diving Bali – Nusa Penida, Tulamben & Menjangan

Bali… Simply hearing the name conjures up visions of a tropical paradise. It is Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination, and for good reason.

The island of the gods, is a charming destination, not only for its rich natural history but also for its diverse diving destinations. Shipwrecks, drop-offs, sandy slopes, black volcanic seascapes, roaring currents, and calm quiet bays… there is something for everyone.

We now offer the chance to discover Bali’s underwater world onboard our luxury liveaboard dive boat ADELAAR. Our cruises are designed for five nights or more, depending on your preference. We are starting from our base in Serangan harbor, and sailing up the eastern coastline of Bali, calling at Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, Candi Dasa and Amuk Bay, Amed and Tulamben as well as Menjangan Island.


Alor’s Underwater Wonders

In the fall of 2018, ADELAAR sails east of Flores, off the beaten path, from Maumere to the alluring Alor Archipelago. Join us on this exclusive luxury liveaboard and explore the spectacular dive sites of Alor, hoping to catch a glimpse of surfacing whales and super pods of dolphins. Experience the unspoiled nature of these islands, meet real-life headhunters and discover traditional fishing techniques.

  • Day 1 – Maumere, Flores
  • An early morning flight from the island of Bali brings you to the harbor town of Maumere on the island of Flores. Our staff will greet you at the airport upon arrival, and accompany you to the Adelaar. A main port town for the island, Maumere harbor has a colorful local market where the women sell an array of handwoven ikats, fresh vegetables, meats, and fish. Strategically located on the northern coastline, Maumere has a mixed population of Christians and Muslims, eager to meet tourists interested in their culture. Once onboard, we plan to do a check dive close by, then sail onwards through the night towards North Lembata.
  • Day 2 – North Lembata
  • Awake and enjoy coffee on deck as we start our first full day of diving in this remote location with stunning topographical features and beauty. The narrow strait allows for a steady flow of currents bringing deep water nutrients up to feed the lush corals and marine life. Off in the blue, pelagic creatures often make an appearance. In between dives, keep an eye on the horizon for passing cetaceans, as fall is whale migration season.
  • Day 3 – Savu Sea
  • We have sailed south to extremely remote areas, accessible only by liveaboard. We will explore world-class dive sites around the untouched islands of the Savu Sea, which lies in the strait west of Pantar Island. These small islets tend to gather congregations of fish, which makes for a delightful dive as larger reef animals swim past the colorful Indian Ocean reefs.
  • Day 4 – South Pantar
  • We start our exploration of Alor’s dive sites in the isolated area of Beangabang, which is a highlight of South Pantar. The small village, built around a church, is situated on a black sand beach. Locals must travel by boat to reach the main towns of Alor to gain access to shops and medical facilities. Down by the jetty, we have the option to walk carefully through a steamy natural volcanic water source. Thanks to the volcanic and freshwater environment, Beangabang’s dive site “Religious critters”, which lies just off the beach, is a haven for weird and macro creatures. Photographers and muck diving enthusiasts will enjoy spending time in the sand looking for these rare wonders.
  • Day 5 & 6 – Pantar Strait
  • Picturesque villages cling to the steep rocky slopes of the islands in this Strait, which also hides wonderful and exciting dive sites. We explore the walls, drop-offs, slopes and underwater valleys and ridges of Pantar, Alor and Pura islands. This region has a reputation as a world-class dive destination, with some of the best-preserved reefs in Indonesia. Patchwork fields of varied anemones stretch as far as the eye can see. Hand-woven bamboo fish traps lying in the reef shallows make a picturesque scene. During safety stops, we look up in search of hand-carved outrigger boats of local fishermen. Their children love jumping in the water to visit surfacing divers, wearing incredible homemade glass goggles and big friendly smiles. Alorese hospitality is like nowhere else on earth.
  • Day 7 – Kalabahi Bay
  • This morning, we enter a traditional village of the Abui tribe, feared headhunters until 1984. The fierce dance these warriors perform as you enter the village remains unnerving to this day. Enjoy the hypnotic sound of the moko drums as the Abui people dance. For the ceremony, the Abui wear colorful ikats that they have hand-woven in a pattern that is specific to their tribe. As they dance the lego lego, the jingling sound of their metal anklets eerily fills the air with each step.
  • The two dives planned for the afternoon and evening will be refreshing after the morning adventures. Kalahahi bay is well known for its exciting muck diving.
  • Day 8 – Pantar Strait
  • Just off the shore of Pulau Ternate, dozens of women approach liveaboards to display and sell their hand-made ikats woven in patterns, which reflect the fishing traditions of their respective cast. There is time between our dives today if you wish to purchase one of these unique ikats.
  • We dive today around the islands of Ternate and Reta for a glimpse into the underwater world teeming with a huge range of fish species and marine life scattered along the colorful walls.
  • Day 9 – North Adunara
  • As we sail leisurely towards Flores Island, the landscapes change once more into the dry hills and sandy beaches that became familiar on initial days of our journey. We have saved some of the best and most amazing reefs of the remote islands for last! Lush corals and clouds of fish are on the menu with a side of muck diving later in the day as we embark on a new critter hunt.
  • Day 10 & 11 – Maumere
  • The last days onboard are spent exploring the beautiful coastline and islands near Maumere. The landscape is a postcard-like paradise with white sand beaches and turquoise blue water. We will dive along the walls and ridges looking for sharks and other denizens of the deep.
  • Day 12 – Goodbye!
  • Breakfast will be served on board before you disembark and are transferred to the airport or to your hotel. We wish you a safe onward journey and hope you enjoyed your time on the Adelaar, made new friends and had the experience of a lifetime.

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Boat Specifications

  • Year built: 1902
  • Year renovated: 2011 
  • Rigging: Dutch Schooner / Royal Dutch Certification (Bureau Veritas)
  • Registration: Indonesian
  • Length: 127 ft
  • Beam: 18 ft
  • Draft: 8 ft
  • Cruising speed: 6.5 to 7.5 knots
  • Engine: Mercedes Marine Diesel (380 HP)
  • Generators: 3 generators from 20 kVA to 65 kVA
  • Compressors: 2 Bauer dive compressors
  • Water maker: 2,400 gallons per day Sea Recovery water maker
  • Tenders: 2 aluminum dinghies with 40 HP outboard Motors NITROX System
  • Water capacity: 6000 L
  • Fuel capacity: 6.5 tons 
  • Maximum guests: 8
  • Number of cabins: 4


Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+8
  • Language Spoken: English & Indonesian
  • Payment Onboard: Cash, VISA and MasterCard
  • Electricity: 230 Volt / 50 Hz from European style outlets. Plug adapters are available onboard.

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