SMY Ondina Indonesia Raja Ampat Liveaboard Diving Review

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Liveaboard Quick Review The SMY Ondina Liveaboard is a 32m (105f) Indonesia Raja Ampat diving safari boat for up to 16 guests accommodated across 8 cabins and 8 bathrooms. This Indonesia liveaboard has a customer review rating of 8.8 out of 10, is rated 'Fabulous', and scores 83% on the Scuba Diving Earth luxury rate.
Liveaboard Review Tips If you are looking for a fabulous Indonesian diving safari, you can't go too far wrong with the SMY Ondina diving liveaboard. Here's our quick 7 review tips of why you might like to book this Indonesia diving liveaboard boat:
1. Customer Rating The SMY Ondina liveaboard has a customer review rating of 8.8 out of 10.
2. Scuba Diving Earth Luxury Rating Summary Diver Benefits: 100%, Liveaboard Design: 100%, Cabin Luxury: 57%, Onboard Comfort: 71%, Food Luxury: 82%, Drink Luxury: 78%. This makes an average Total Lux Rating of 83% (see below under "Liveaboard Luxury Features Review" for more details).
3. Cost Per Day The Raja Ampat SMY Ondina Liveaboard costs from £258 per day ($343/€310)* .
4. Pros A quick list of the main pros of the SMY Ondina Liveaboard include: aircon cabins, available for charter, caters for dietary requirements, ensuite cabins, flexible booking, diving courses, paid nitrox, scuba gear rental.
5. Cons A quick list of the main cons of the SMY Ondina Liveaboard include: no internet.
6. Liveaboard Capacity The SMY Ondina liveaboard is 32 metres (105 feet) long, has 8 cabins and 8 bathrooms, which means it can accommodate up to 16 guests/divers.
7. Booking Itineraries The booking itineraries for the SMY Ondina Liveaboard include: 9 Days/8 Nights, 10 Days/9 Nights, 11 Days/10 Nights, 12 Days/11 Nights. (But it's worth checking if more diving itineraries have been added or you can book by click here: SMY Ondina).
Booking tips When booking your SMY Ondina liveaboard trip to Indonesia it's best to book your liveaboard first, before you book your flights. When you click the "Select Cabin" link next to your chosen itinerary and complete your details, you won't pay for your trip until Liveaboard.com confirm your booking with the operator. Liveaboard.com will email your confirmation, normally giving you 2-3 days to pay for your booking, which gives you time to book your flights to Indonesia.
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* Note The above cost per day was correct at the time of producing this article. Also, the exchange rate used for GBP to USD is 1.33 and for GBP to Euro is 1.2. For an up-to-date cost for the SMY Ondina Liveaboard, please visit this link: SMY Ondina.
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    Liveaboard Review Highlights

    Diving Liveaboard Review Indonesia SMY Ondina Raja Ampat liveaboard review in detail.
    Liveaboard Video Highlight
    Video Title Video of Ondina liveaboard boat cruising Indonesia
    Flexible Booking This liveaboard has flexible booking terms, which means you can book with confidence knowing that this dive boat offers a free trip reschedule within 24 months if you are unable to travel due to Covid19 related restrictions (T & Cs apply).
    Nitrox Diving Paid nitrox available, which means you benefit from the many advantages of nitrox diving if you are happy to pay for it. The benefits include extended bottom times so you can spend longer on each dive.
    Dietary Requirements Catered For The onboard chefs will cater for any specific dietary requirement you have. This means you can relax in the knowledge that you can enjoy the food onboard this liveaboard. (You are advised to add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form, and to limit any requests to religious beliefs or food allergies).
    Diving Courses This liveaboard offers diving courses, which means you benefit from being able to advance your diving skills. These training courses are an extra charge.
    Scuba Gear Rental You can rent scuba gear on this dive boat so you benefit from being able travel light and simply rent all your scuba equipment once onboard.
    Internet There is no internet available on this liveaboard.
    Ensuite Cabins Cabins on this dive boat benefit from having ensuite bathroom so you can shower and get ready in private (Check when booking that the cabin you choose has an ensuite bathroom).
    Aircon Cabins Each cabin has air-conditioning, which means you can choose your own cabin temperature for personal comfort and a good nights sleep.
    Private Charter This liveaboard does not offer private charters.
    DIN Adapters If you have DIN regulators do not worry as this liveaboard has DIN to Yoke regulator adaptors onboard.
    Relaxing between dives
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    Liveaboard Luxury Features Review

    Liveaboard Luxury Features The 'Liveaboard Luxury Rating' concept is to help you choose the right diving liveaboard for your Indonesia dive trip. This means you can compare this liveaboard with other liveaboards on a like-for-like basis, and makes choosing the right liveaboard much easier. The maximum rating for any liveaboard is 100%, and this rating is split between the features listed below. When choosing your liveaboard trip, I suggest you don't just consider the total 'Luxury Rating' in isolation, which for the SMY Ondina is 83%, I recommend you also review each of the features the Raja Ampat SMY Ondina liveaboard has or doesn't have that are important to you.
    SDE Luxury Rating Total (Max 52) 83% total Scuba Diving Earth Luxury Rate (Lux Rate); The SMY Ondina Liveaboard has 43 out of a total of 52 (i.e. 83%) possible benefits and features. This total percentage is an average of the following benefits and features:
    Diver Benefits (Max 9) 100% Diver Benefits Lux Rate; The SMY Ondina liveaboard has 9 out of 9 (i.e. 100%) 'Diver Benefits': DIN Adapters: YES; Dive Courses: YES; Dive Deck: YES: Gear Rental: YES; Nitrox Onboard: YES; Private Dive Guide: YES; Rinse Hoses: YES; Shaded Dive Area: YES; Tenders For Diving: YES.
    Liveaboard Design (Max 9) 100% Liveaboard Design Lux Rate; The SMY Ondina liveaboard has 9 out of 9 (i.e. 100%) 'Boat Design Features': Airconditioned Saloon: YES; Charging Stations: YES; Custom Built For Diving: YES; Indoor Saloon: YES; Leisure Deck: YES; Observation Deck: YES; Outside Showers: YES; Sun Deck: YES; Warm Showers: YES.
    Cabin Luxury (Max 7) 57% Cabin Lux Rate; The SMY Ondina liveaboard has 4 out of 7 (i.e. 57%) 'Cabin Features': Air-Conditioned Cabins: YES; Cabin Balconies: NO; Daily Housekeeping: YES; Ensuite cabins: YES; Non-smoking Cabins: YES; Seaview cabins available: NO; TV In Cabin: NO.
    Onboard Comfort (Max 7) 71% Onboard Comfort Lux Rate; The SMY Ondina liveaboard has 5 out of 7 (i.e. 71%) 'Onboard Comfort' features: Beach Towels: YES, Cabin Towels: YES; Complimentary Toiletries: YES; Deck Towels: YES; Internet: NO; Laundry Service: NO; Nearly 1 to 1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio: YES.
    Food Luxury (Max 11) 82% Food Lux Rate; The SMY Ondina liveaboard has 9 out of 11 (i.e. 82%) 'Food Features': BBQ Area: NO; Beach BBQ: YES; Buffet Style: YES; Dietary Requirements Catered For: YES; Fine Cuisine: NO; Local Food: YES; Outdoor Dining: YES; Snacks All Day: YES; Vegan Options: YES; Vegetarian Options: YES; Western Style Food: YES; (Meal options include: Al Fresco Dining, Full-board Option, Set Menu Dinner).
    Drink Luxury (Max 9) 78% Drink Lux Rate; The SMY Ondina liveaboard has 7 out of 9 (i.e. 78%) 'Drink Features': Bar: YES; Beer Available: YES; Drinking Water: YES; Fine Wines: NO; Free Soft Drinks: YES; Free Wine With Dinner: NO; Soft Drinks: YES; Tea And Coffee: YES; Wine Available: YES.
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    Customer Reviews of Liveaboard

    Customer Reviews The SMY Ondina liveaboard customer reviews listed here have been chosen for you to get a feel for the scuba diving experience you'll get.
    Customer Review

    Awesome crew that enabled a fabulous dive tripGreat people who really look after the divers and are flexible to support their needs whether you want one to one support, to dive for longer than the standard 60 minutes, to explore with your buddy etc. Divers are organised into very small groups with dive masters who are excellent and will go at a pace that suits you which makes for a great experience. Other crew are similarly very helpful, looking after your dive gear, cooking meals to order if you weren’t keen on the menu etc.

    The price point of this boat is quite a bit lower than some others that appeared to provide a more luxurious service…in my view it wouldn’t be worth the extra money, we saw some of these ’expensive boats’ and in future will completely avoid them as all we saw was very large dive groups that were extremely disruptive under water. Other divers on the same trip agreed with us, some were returning to the Ondina for the second or third time due to the more personalised service. However, Ondina team…..you need to fix the leaks….getting drenched in bed in the middle of the night when it rained is not what divers pay a lot of money for….please do a bit of maintenance as this is letting you down.” Recommended for: Dive Masters, Raja Ampat underwater experience, Flexibility to allow divers a personalised experience.

    Customer Review By Clare W, from: United Kingdom scored the SMY Ondina 8.4 out of 10; Review courtesy of Liveaboard.com, for more reviews and information click here: SMY Ondina.
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    Great dives, great staff. Great dives. Always alone without any other boat there.” Recommended for: Organisation, dives, food.

    Customer Review By Carlos S, from: Spain scored the SMY Ondina 10 out of 10; Review courtesy of Liveaboard.com, for more reviews and information click here: SMY Ondina.

    Liveaboard Itinerary

    Itinerary and videos The itineraries below for the SMY Ondina liveaboard don't necessarily tie in with the videos directly below the itinerary heading. The itineraries are examples of dive trips offered by this liveaboard, and the videos are examples of videos taken when diving from the SMY Ondina dive boat.
    Itinerary Option 1 All Raja Ampat (Sorong-Sorong)
    Itinerary Option 1 Detail
    Itinerary 1 Video
    Itinerary 1 Title How is the Liveaboard Experiencia with Ondina
    Itinerary Option 2 Raja Ampat, Halmahera & Lembeh (Sorong-Bitung)
    Itinerary Option 2 Detail
    Itinerary 2 Video
    Itinerary 2 Title Diving RAJA AMPAT, Ondina liveaboard
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    Dives and Scuba Diver Experience

    Number of Dives On Trip You will be able to dive up to 28 times in total on the SMY Ondina liveaboard diving trips. The number of times you dive will depend on the itinerary you select.
    Your Diver Certification Level If you choose the SMY Ondina liveaboard for your scuba diving trip to Indonesia (Raja Ampat, null_select, Banda Sea, Triton Bay), make sure you select the right itinerary for your diver certification level. Different itineraries include the following alternative PADI certification levels (or equivalent): No Scuba Diving Certification Needed: NO; Open Water Diver: YES; Advanced Open Water Diver: NO.
    Your Logged Dives When choosing the SMY Ondina liveaboard for your dive trip to Indonesia, make sure you select the right itinerary for how many logged dives you've done. Itineraries on the SMY Ondina liveaboard include the following alternatives: No minimum logged dives: NO; 10 logged dives: NO; 20 logged dives: NO; 30 logged dives: NO; 40 logged dives: NO; 50 logged dives or more: YES.
    Your Diver experience If you choose the SMY Ondina liveaboard for your dive trip to Indonesia, make sure you select the right itinerary for your level of diver experience. Itineraries on the SMY Ondina liveaboard include the following alternatives: Beginner/Novice (up to 9 logged dives): NO; Advanced Beginner (10-19 dives): NO; Intermediate Diver (20 to 29 logged dives): NO; Advanced Intermediate (30 to 39 logged dives): NO; Proficient Diver (40 to 49 logged dives): NO; Advanced Diver (more than 50 logged dives): YES.
    Type of Diving The type of diving experienced from the SMY Ondina Liveaboard includes: Coral Gardens, Deep Dives, Drift Diving, Marine Life, Night Dives, Pinnacles, Wall Diving, Warm Water Diving, Wreck Diving, Swim-Through's and Caverns.
    Underwater Scooters Onboard Underwater scooters onboard: NO.

    Marine Life Reviewed

    Marine Life Species You may see the following marine life when scuba diving from the SMY Ondina Liveaboard in the Indonesia:
    Sharks You may see the following sharks species: Blacktip Reef Sharks, Bull Sharks, Epaulette Shark, Grey Reef Sharks, Leopard Shark, Megamouth Sharks, Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Short Fin Mako Sharks, Silky Sharks, Silver Tip Sharks, Thresher Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Whale Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Wobbegong Shark, Zebra Shark.
    Ray Species You may see the following rays species: Blue Spotted Stingrays, Manta Rays, Mobula Rays, Spotted Eagle Rays, Sting Rays, Marble Rays.
    Fish Species You may also see the following fish species: Batfish, Barracudas, Clownfish (Anemonefish), Crocodile Fish, Frogfish, Flounder, Garden Eels, Giant (Great) Barracuda, Giant Trevallies, Glassfish, Groupers, Humphead Parrotfish, Jack Schools, Lionfish, Longfinned Banner Fish, Maori Wrasse, Moray Eels, Napoleon Wrasse, Parrot Fish, Pigmy Seahorses, Pipefish, Porcupine Fish, Potato Cod, Reef Fish, Sea Horses, Scorpion Fish, Sun Fish (Mola Mola), Surgeonfish, Trigger Fish, Waspfish, White Eyed Moray Eels
    Other Marine Life Species You may also see the following marine life: Banded Sea Snakes, Barrel Sponges, Crabs, Crocodiles, Cuttlefish, Giant Clam, Hard Corals, Harlequin Shrimp, Jellyfish, Lobsters, Mantis Shrimp, Mimic Octopus, Nudibranchs, Octopus, Sea Snakes, Soft Corals, Squid, Starfish, Turtles, Wonderpus.
    Marine Mammal Species You might encounter the following mammals: Blue Whales, Dolphins, Dugongs, Melon-Headed Whales, Orca (Killer Whales), Pygmy Blue Whales, Pilot Whales, Sperm Whales, Bryde's Whales.
    Video Title This is Raja Ampat (4k) - dive into the dream of biodiversity
    Another Marine Life Video
    Video Title RAJA AMPAT DIVING | Best of West Papua, Indonesia 4k

    Liveaboard Cost and Booking

    Included In The Price The price of booking the SMY Ondina liveaboard includes: Airport Transfer, Beach BBQ, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, Diving Package, Drinking Water, Fishing, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Hotel Transfer, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Snacks, Snorkel Equipment, Snorkelling Guide, Soft Drinks, Soft Drinks At Meal Times, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails.
    Paid For Optional Extras The following are optional extras when you book the SMY Ondina liveaboard: Alcoholic Beverages, Alcoholic Drinks at Dinner, Extra Dives, Gratuities, Local Flights, Massage, Nitrox, Nitrox Course, Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses, Visas and Fees, Wine with Dinner.
    Paid For Required Extras The following are required extras when you book the SMY Ondina liveaboard: Dive Insurance, Environment Tax, National Park Fees, Port Fees, Travel Insurance.

    Boat Capacity

    Boat Length 32 metres (105 feet).
    Maximum Guests 16
    Cabins and Bathrooms The SMY Ondina dive boat has 8 cabins and 8 bathrooms.
    Cabin Types The SMY Ondina has the following cabin types: double cabins, double cabin with one single bed.
    Family cabins onboard Family cabins onboard: YES.

    Advanced Divers

    Advanced Diver Benefits (Max 3) The SMY Ondina liveaboard has 1 out of 3 (i.e. 33%) 'Advanced Diver Benefits', which include: Rebreather Support: NO; Sidemount Diving YES; Tech Diving: NO.

    Underwater Photographers

    Underwater Photographer Benefits (Max 3) The SMY Ondina liveaboard has 2 out of 3 (i.e. 67%) 'Underwater Photographer Benefits', which include: Camera Room: NO; Camera Station: YES; Separate Rinse For U/W Cameras: YES.

    Non-Diver Activities

    Non-Diving Activities (Max 17) The SMY Ondina liveaboard has 5 out of 17 (i.e. 29%) 'Non-Diving Activities', which include: Fishing: YES; Glass Bottom Boat: NO; Jacuzzi/Hot Tub: NO; Jet Skiing: NO; Kayaks: NO; Land Excursions: YES; Massage: YES; Naturalist Itineraries: [naturalist_Itineraries]; Naturalist Guide: NO; Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly: YES, Sauna: NO; Snorkel Equipment: YES; Spa: NO; Stand Up Paddle Boards: NO; Wakeboarding: NO; Water Skiing: NO; Yoga: NO.
    Onboard Entertainment (Max 2) The SMY Ondina liveaboard has 2 out of 2 (i.e. 100%) 'Entertainment Features': Audio And Entertainment: YES; Library: YES.

    Traveller Benefits

    Travel Benefits (Max 6) The SMY Ondina liveaboard has 5 out of 6 (i.e. 83%) 'Traveller Benefits', which include: Airport Transfer: YES; Available For Charter: YES, Budget Friendly: NO, Dedicated Local & International Crew: YES; Hotel Transfer: YES; Welcome Cocktails; YES.
    Languages Spoken Onboard The crew onboard the SMY Ondina liveaboard are able to speak the following languages: English, French, Indonesian, Spanish.

    Liveaboard Summary

    Conclusion The SMY Ondina Raja Ampat liveaboard has a customer review rating of 8.8, is rated 'Fabulous', and scores 83% on the Scuba Diving Earth luxury rate. This Indonesia liveaboard is a 32 metre (105 feet) dive boat for up to 16 guests across 8 cabins (inc. double cabins, double cabin with one single bed), and has 8 bathrooms. The SMY Ondina Liveaboard has aircon cabins, available for charter, caters for dietary requirements, ensuite cabins, flexible booking, diving courses, paid nitrox, scuba gear rental. To book: SMY Ondina Liveaboard prices start at £258 per day ($343/€310)*.
    More Information To discover more about the SMY Ondina diving liveaboard or to check availability for your dive trip to Indonesia you can do this here: SMY Ondina. But if you want to compare this Indonesia liveaboard with one of the other liveaboards from Indonesia, please take a look at the table below. If you are only interested in Indonesia liveaboards, select "Country" from the list of searchable options from first dropdown menu and type "Indonesia" in the search box:
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    * Note The above cost per day was correct at the time of producing this article. Also, the exchange rate used for GBP to USD is 1.33 and for GBP to Euro is 1.2. For an up-to-date cost for the SMY Ondina Liveaboard, please visit this link: SMY Ondina.

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    SMY Ondina Indonesia Raja Ampat Liveaboard Diving Review

    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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