Indonesia Liveaboard Diving

Indonesia Liveaboard Diving

Popular Indonesia Liveaboards

MV Seaisee; Indonesia; 10 is rated 'Exceptional'; SDE Lux Rating: 90%; from £281, $309, €323/day
Tiare Cruise; Indonesia; 9.7 is rated 'Exceptional'; SDE Lux Rating: 87%; from £334, $367, €384/day
Scubaspa Zen; Indonesia; 10 is rated 'Exceptional'; SDE Lux Rating: 88%; from £450, $495, €518/day
MV Solitude Adventurer; Indonesia; 9.5 is rated 'Exceptional'; SDE Lux Rating: 79%; from £119, $131, €137/day
MV Samambaia; Indonesia; 9.4 is rated 'Superb'; SDE Lux Rating: 87%; from £363, $399, €417/day
MV Mermaid II; Indonesia; 9 is rated 'Superb'; SDE Lux Rating: 85%; from £235, $259, €270/day

Liveaboard Diving in Indonesia

Liveaboard scuba diving in Indonesia offers some of the best variety of marine life found on the planet. Indonesia is an undisputed liveaboard diving and SCUBA diving mecca. Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, which includes 11,000 uninhabited islands and around 34,000 miles of coastline to explore.

Underwater you’ll discover over 500 species of coral more than 2,000 species of fish, which is what scuba divers from around the world flock to experience. But don’t be put off by that, because when you dive on a liveaboard, you will visit some of the remote places of Indonesia where you’ll be alone with only the fellow divers onboard the dive boat.

Liveaboard dive trips to Indonesia include the famous Komodo National Park, where you find sharks, manta rays and dolphins. But on top of that you will find an abundance of reef fish and small creatures including nudibranchs and seahorses too.

Indonesia liveaboards also dive the fabulous Raja Ampat, which has pristine coral gardens gin-clear waters Raja Ampat is in the Banda Sea, which has undersea mountains and pinnacles which have been formed by previous volcanic activity.

On top of Komodo and Raja Ampat, you can also choose a liveaboard with itineraries to Indonesia’s ‘Forgotten Islands,’ which are only accessible by liveaboard dive boats. Plus enjoy amazing drift dives over ridges and canyons at Lombok Strait.

Table of Indonesia liveaboards

This list of Indonesia liveaboards is in descending customer rating order, followed by Scuba Diving Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating, see below), so the liveaboards with the highest customer rating and the best SDE lux rating will be at the top of the list.

If you want to change the list order, use the “Sort by” dropdown below. For example, if you want to see these Indonesian liveaboards in “Liveaboard Departure Port” order, use this column to sort the list.

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Discover LiveaboardCustomer Review (Max 10)SDE Lux Rating %Flexible BookingNitrox
Review Link: MV Seaisee; Booking Link: MV Seaisee 10 90% YES YES
Review Link: Scubaspa Zen; Booking Link: Scubaspa Zen 10 88% YES YES
Review Link: Jakaré; Booking Link: Jakaré 10 81% YES YES
Review Link: Leyla; Booking Link: Leyla 10 73% YES NO
Review Link: Wisesa; Booking Link: Wisesa 10 71% YES NO
Review Link: Seven Seas; Booking Link: Seven Seas 10 71% NO YES
Review Link: Cahaya Bersama; Booking Link: Cahaya Bersama 10 63% YES NO

The Scuba Diving Earth Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating) is explained on each liveaboard review when you click the “Discover Liveaboard” link. This is my own Liveaboard Luxury Rating assigned to all liveaboards. Choosing between liveaboards is helped by customer scores, and if you get stuck choosing between two or three liveaboards, where each one has a high customer review score out of 10, you can use the SDE Luxury Rating to help narrow down your choice.

Think about it like using when searching for the best hotel. also use a customer review score, where each customer rates the hotel out of 10. This is similar to the liveaboard customer review rating, which is also rated out of 10. But let’s say you only like to stay in hotels rated 8 and above on, but you also want the hotel to have WIFI or parking, or to have a swimming pool etc. The features each hotel has is usually secondary to the score out of 10. The same applies to liveaboards, as different liveaboard features are more important to each person. The higher the SDE Lux Rating, the more features the liveaboard has. This rating is broken down into more detail on the individual liveaboard review page.

Indonesia Liveaboard Dive Sites

Komodo National Park Diving

On the island of Komodo you can experience the infamous Komodo Dragons on the land excursions offered with Komodo liveaboards. But when you dive under the surface you will be spoilt with hammerhead sharks, whitetip reef sharks, manta rays, turtles and an abundance of difference varieties of reef fish species. If that’s not enough, you may even be lucky to spot dugongs, or even as whale too.

Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago.

Komodo dive safaris range from is 8 to 12 days, and the Komodo liveaboards depart from Bima Bay (Sumbawa), Labuan Bajo (Flores) or Maumere (Flores), which are all about one hour’s flight from Bali or Jakarta.

Diving in Komodo is year-round but the best time to dive there is from May to October during the Southwest Monsoon when water visibility is at its best and water temperatures are around 30°C (86°F).

Komodo liveaboard itineraries include dive sites around Sangeang Volcano and Sumbawa island, whilst the dive safaris that leave from Bali also include Moyo, Satonda, Gili Banta, and Gili Lawa Laut dive sites in their itineraries too.

Raja Ampat Diving

Raja Ampat diving is possible considered on the the best dive areas in the world, as it’s still considered untouched and teaming with marine life.

The archipelago of Raja Ampat is remote, is also known as The Four Kings and boasts around 1,500 islands. Diving Raja Ampat from an Indonesian liveaboard can be challenging for intermediate and expert divers, but there are also dive trips suitable for beginners divers too.

Raja Ampat dive sites include Kri Island, Manta Ridge and The Passage. At these dive sites you will see sharks, manta rays, an abundance of reef fish and all types of creatures and pristine coral too. The biodiversity is this region is second to none, where you can see 75% of the world’s coral species and sea life.

Raja Ampat liveaboard itineraries are between 7 to 12 nights long and you can dive all year-round. But most Raja Ampat liveaboards operate between October to April when the seas are at their calmest, and then the water temperature is between 27°-30°C (80.6°-86°F).

Best time to dive Indonesia

You can dive Indonesia year round, but the best time to go is May to October for Komodo and October to April for Raja Ampat.

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