Komodo Liveaboard Reviews

Komodo Liveaboard Reviews - Leyla Liveaboard
Leyla Liveaboard – image courtesy of Liveaboard.com

If you are looking to scuba dive on a Komodo liveaboard and if you want to dive, dive, dive, you can’t go too far wrong by booking yourself on a Komodo diving liveaboard.

Komodo liveaboard diving reviews: Liveaboard diving in Komodo offers some of the best scuba diving in the world, and a Komodo dive liveaboard is the best way to experience the pristine and colourful reefs and reef fish, plus wildlife such as whale sharks, blacktip and whitetip sharks, manta rays, turtles, dugongs and whales.

Table of Komodo liveaboards

This list of Komodo 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.

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Liveaboard main photoDiscover LiveaboardCustomer Review Rating Out of 10SDE Lux Rating %Flexible BookingDive CoursesDietary RequirementsNitroxGear Rental
Review Link: MV Seaisee; Booking Link: MV Seaisee 10 90 YES NO YES YES YES
Review Link: Jakaré; Booking Link: Jakaré 10 81 YES YES YES YES YES
Review Link: Leyla; Booking Link: Leyla 10 73 YES YES YES NO YES
Review Link: Wisesa; Booking Link: Wisesa 10 71 YES YES YES NO YES
Review Link: Seven Seas; Booking Link: Seven Seas 10 71 NO NO YES YES YES
Review Link: Cahaya Bersama; Booking Link: Cahaya Bersama 10 63 YES YES YES NO YES
Review Link: MV Tarata; Booking Link: MV Tarata 10 52 NO NO YES YES NO
Review Link: MV Blue Manta; Booking Link: MV Blue Manta 9.9 69 NO YES YES YES YES
Review Link: Tiare Cruise; Booking Link: Tiare Cruise 9.7 87 YES YES YES YES YES
Review Link: Mutiara Laut; Booking Link: Mutiara Laut 9.7 85 YES YES YES YES YES
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If you would like to see the complete list of Indonesia liveaboards, you can find these here: Indonesia Liveaboards Diving Reviews.

The column headed “SDE Lux Rating %” is my own Liveaboard Luxury Rating which I’ve assigned to all liveaboards. To see how the rating is calculated for your chosen Komodo liveaboard, click the liveaboard name link in the “Discover Liveaboard” column above (also this is explained in more detail below).

To help you to choose the right Komodo diving liveaboard for you, the “Scuba Diving Earth Liveaboard Luxury Rating” (SDE Lux Rating) means you can compare each liveaboard with other liveaboards on a like-for-like basis. This makes choosing the right liveaboard much easier.

The maximum rating for any liveaboard is 100%, and this rating is split between the 6 features listed below:

  1. Diver benefits: A higher ‘diver benefits‘ score means there are more features specifically for scuba divers. These including technical diving support, dive courses, gear rental etc.
  2. Liveaboard design features: The higher the ‘liveaboard design features‘ score, the more the dive boat has been designed with scuba divers in mind. This includes whether the dive boat was custom built for divers, if it has charging stations, outside showers etc.
  3. Cabin luxury: A high score in ‘cabin luxury‘ means the cabins on the liveaboard offer better features. These might include ensuite cabins, air-conditioning, daily housekeeping, seaviews, TVs etc.
  4. Onboard comfort: A high score in ‘onboard comfort‘ means there are more onboard features to make your dive trip feel more luxurious. These include what towels are provided on the liveaboard (always important for travelling light), complimentary toiletries, crew ratios etc.
  5. Food luxury: If you are a foodie then ‘food luxury‘ will be important to you, as a high score on this rating will mean there’s more on offer. These might include the type of food served onboard, the dietary requirements catered for, vegan food, vegetarian food, buffet style, fine dining etc.
  6. Drink luxury: If you like a drink in the evenings you may look for a higher score in ‘drink luxury‘ score, but this score also includes drinking water and soft drinks too.

The “SDE Luxury Rating Total” is calculated by adding the totals from each of the above features and benefits. The higher the SDE Luxury Rating, the more features and benefits the liveaboard has, which leads on nicely to how to use the SDE Luxury Rating.

How to use the SDE Luxury Rating score

When choosing your Komodo liveaboard for your dive trip, your decision is helped by customer scores, which is how the liveaboards in the above table are sorted in descending order.

If you are stuck choosing between two or three of these Komodo liveaboards where each one has a high customer score out of 10 and have itineraries you like, use the SDE Luxury Rating score to help narrow down your choice.

Think about it like using Booking.com when searching for the best hotel to stay at. Booking.com also use a customer score where each customer rates hotels out of 10. This is similar to the liveaboard customer rating, which is also rated out of 10.

But let’s say you only like to stay in hotels rated 9 and above on Booking.com, but you also want the hotel to have WIFI or parking, or to have a swimming pool etc. The features each hotel has is secondary to the score out of 10.

In the case of liveaboards, the SDE Lux Rating system can also be used as a secondary tool in the same way to help you determine which liveaboard offers the best features to suit you.

Each of these Komodo liveaboards linked-to from the above table will be individually scored. Which means that if cabin luxury is important to you, focus on this score to help you choose your liveaboard, or if diver benefits are your top priority, use this score first, and so on.

Other considerations for Komodo liveaboards

In addition to the luxury rating explained above, there are other factors you may want to consider too. These are, as follows:

  1. Advanced diver benefits: A higher ‘advanced diver benefits‘ score means the liveaboard caters better for advanced divers. These include rebreather support, sidemount diving, and tech diver support.
  2. Underwater photographer benefits: A high score for ‘underwater photographer benefits‘ means the liveaboard caters well for underwater photography enthusiasts. These might include a camera room, a camera station and separate rinse for underwater cameras.
  3. Non-diving activities: If ‘non-diving activities‘ are important to you, a high score in this rating will be important. Non-diving activities include fishing, jacuzzi/hot tubs, kayaks, massage, naturalist activities, stand up paddle boards, jet skis etc.
  4. Onboard entertainment: There will be down-time between dives and in the evenings too, which means you may want to check the ‘onboard entertainment‘ score for each liveaboard too. These include audio and entertainment and a library.
  5. Travel benefits: If you’re looking for transfers from the airport or hotel, or for a budget friendly liveaboard the ‘travel benefits‘ score is the one to check.

When you review your chosen Komodo liveaboard, scroll to the bottom of the review for these five additional features the dive boat may or may not have.

Here’s a taste of what to expect when you dive Komodo

The first video is scuba diving in Komodo, which also includes a land excursion on Komodo Island to see Komodo Dragons too.

KOMODO DIVING | Best of Season 3 (Award Winning Video)
9 liveaboard trips + 1 whale watching trip and around 200 hours spent underwater to put this footage together!

I hope you enjoyed this page about Komodo liveaboard reviews

If you have more questions either about snorkelling or scuba diving (or specifically about Komodo liveaboard reviews), please comment below with your questions.

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Have fun and be safe!

Komodo Liveaboard Reviews

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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