Dewi Nusantara

Dewi Nusantara

Dewi Nusantara is the finest liveaboard and motorized wooden schooner for diving Indonesia. Dewi Nusantara liveaboard was built in Borneo, Indonesia during 2007 and 2008. The liveaboard has a length of 187 feet, and 40 feet at its widest point, which helps create a smooth ride.

Dewi Nusantara liveaboard boat can accommodate 18 adventurous divers in the eight spacious staterooms and the “Master and Commander” suite.  The suite features air conditioning, en-suite bathroom, king size bed, sofa, table and chairs, and reading lights. The one master suite is the signature room onboard the Dewi Nusantara and occupies the full width of the vessel providing a panoramic view of the ocean.  

Dewi Nusantara primarily runs trips around Raja Ampat, but they do offer other trips to Indonesia's other popular locations as well as trips to lesser known areas such as Cenderawasih Bay. 

All trips are 11 nights long except the Cenderawasih Bay trips which are 10 nights.

 

•All of Raja Ampat (Sorong - Sorong)
•All of Raja Ampat including Kofiau (Sorong - Sorong)
•Raja Ampat and All of Misool Expedition (Sorong - Sorong)
•North Raja Ampat all to yourself! (Sorong - Sorong)
•South Raja Ampat - Triton Bay (Sorong - Misool- Kaimana)
•Triton Bay - Maluku Tenggara (Kaimana - Tual)
•Forgotten Islands (Tual - Alor)
•Banda Sea Crossing (Alor - Ambon)
•Banda Sea - Maluku Tenggara (Ambon - Tual)
•Maluku Tenggara (Eastern Maluku) - Triton Bay (Tual - Kaimana)
•Triton Bay - South Raja Ampat (Kaimana - Sorong)
•Cenderawasih Bay (Sonong - Manokwari) 10 night
•Cenderawasih Bay (Manokwari - Manokwari) 10 night

 

Send us an email or give us a call to discuss these itineraries further!

Name: Dewi Nusantara
Built: Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia
Type: Wooden hulled schooner
Length over deck: 148 feet (47 meters)
Length overall: 180 feet (57 meters)
Beam: 37 feet (12 meters)
Draft: 12 feet (3 meters)
Total displacement: 800 tons
Propulsion: 2 x 500 hp Nissan twin turbo diesel units
Fuel capacity: 29,000 litres
Desalinator production: 2 x 5,000 litres per day
Cruising speed: 8 knots
Navigational aids: VHF, SSB, Furuno radar, twin GPS systems
Communications: Twin LW and single SW radios. Satellite telephone and internet system.
Electricity: Twin generators – 220 volts
Number of passengers: 18
Accommodation: Eight double/twin staterooms
Suites: One – The “Master Suite”
Air conditioning: To all interior areas
Number of crew: 18 sea crew and 4 dive staff

Dewi Nusantara
Dewi Nusantara

Diving

Flores to Alor: Reefs, Critters, and Fire Breathing Monsters

The Flores-Adonara-Solar-Lembata-Pantar-Alor island chain in Indonesia lies toward the eastern end of the long Nusa Tenggara archipelago, 160 nautical miles directly south of the large island of Sulawesi and 500 nautical miles east of Bali. These scenic and highly volcanic islands lie eight degrees below the equator and enjoy calm blue seas and warm sunny weather throughout most of the year. For selected cruises during our operational year, Dewi Nusantara will be setting out on dive adventure programs east of Flores to this fascinating region. Rarely visited by other liveaboards the dive sites here feature crystal clear visibility, exciting drifts along sheer walls, dazzling coral gardens and some classic critter dives combining to give you one of the most prolific and diverse marine environments in Indonesia. Our dive crews were among some of the first to visit here, so here is the story of the development of a new destination for you and Dewi Nusantara.

Flores and Alor – Itineraries During or operating year the magnificent Dewi Nusantara motor sailer visits the Flores and Alor region for selected cruises in this fascinating part of Indonesia to bring you the very best that this unusual and pristine region has to offer. Our Flores and Alor cruises will start and finish in the harbor town of Maumere, north Flores, These 11-night cruises offer nine and a half days of spectacular and varied diving, with between two and four dives per day and many fascinating land excursions along the way.

Cenderawasih Bay: Whalesharks, Wrecks & Unexplored Reefs

Taking up the most part of the northwestern section of Indonesian West Papua, Cenderawasih Bay, combined with Raja Ampat and Triton Bay make up what is known as The Bird’s Head Seascape. All three of these markedly different regions are relatively new to the diving fraternity, with Cenderawasih Bay being the main contender for the diving world’s latest “must see” destination award.

Facing north out into the vast Pacific Ocean, Cenderawasih Bay has features that are rare, even when taking into consideration the incredible range and diversity of diving in other parts of Indonesia. Looking at the bay on a chart, it soon becomes evident it is somewhat confined and this has caused some unique marine conditions when compared to the fish-filled reefs of Raja Ampat, the soft coral gardens at Triton Bay or the current-washed channels of the Komodo and Alor straits – and this is the reason why Cenderawasih is so different.

Diving continued

Cenderawasih Reefs – True Exploration Diving Getting back to more conventional Indonesian diving, the wide variety of coral reefs and walls of the park and the outer islands make up the latest must see destination for virgin dive site discovery and exploration. Up until a couple of years ago liveaboards were rarely seen here, and as it covers such a vast area, the dive sites in Cenderawasih Bay still have to be properly logged, charted and described; the opportunities for new discoveries are almost endless. There are also the islands of Biak, Supiori, Numfor, Num and Yapen as well as islands and the coastline of the eastern side of the bay to take into consideration. Although they do have some known dive sites they also have many more reefs and even wrecks to be found.

Manokwari Shipwrecks – Toward the end of the Second World War, the US Navy began a push northwest from the Solomon Islands in the hopes of containing and defeating the Japanese invaders. Under the command of General MacArthur, this successful offensive routed the enemy and began a process that was eventually called island hopping. The Japanese were put on the back foot, but not without a fight, over Papua New Guinea, the Marshall Islands, West Papua, Micronesia, Halmahera and up into the Philippines where they were finally defeated. The remains of these conflicts have given divers and tourists today across the southwest Pacific region a fascinating insight into the struggles of that time. The sunken wrecks of Chuuk (Truk), Palau and the Philippines are well known in the diving world. Indonesia, although not so famously, also bears some of the scars of war with scattered wrecks all over the archipelago. From the HMAS Perth and USS Houston battle cruises lying in the Sunda Strait between Sumatra and Java to the famous Liberty Wreck at Tulamben, Bali, there are wreck site all over the archipelago. It is the Birdshead Seascape, however, that has the largest concentration of sunken wartime artifacts and Dore Bay and the town of Manokwari probably have the most.

Raja Ampat- Dewi Nusantara’s home for the majority of the operating year. Our luxurious motor sailer will be plying the waters of this stunning National Park to bring you the very best of this unique and truly beautiful paradise to make your dive vacation dreams come true. Starting and finishing in Sorong, our 11-night cruises offer nine and a half days of spectacular and varied diving with between two and four dives per day with many fascinating land excursions along the way.

the master suite

The Master Suite in the aft quarters of the main deck is the signature room of the ship and is a marvel of design and comfort. It occupies the full width of the vessel and from the stern, it has a 180 degree view of the ocean behind the ship. Almost 500 square feet, it is the largest room onboard and surely one the larger suites available on any liveaboard in the world.
All furniture was specifically designed and manufactured by designer Bruno Helgen. Of course, the suite’s design has a clear link with other interior spaces onboard. The layout of the suite, the light, the view give the immediate feeling that you never want to leave…you’re home.
 
The Master Suite has one king size bed. The private en-suite bathroom offers a shower as well as a bath with an ocean view…
 
The suite has its own sitting area; a large corner sofa with a table made out of one piece of natural shaped teak.
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Dewi Nusantara FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers
Raja Ampat is a year round diving destination and there is no real rainy season like that found in other areas of Indonesia. A light wetsuit is necessary, though some people choose more thermal protection (a 3mm suit) to ensure continued core warmth throughout their visit. 
 
The Komodo National Park is a destination that offers great diving year round. The area is much drier than Bali and lies within one of the driest regions of Indonesia. Having said this, Komodo often has two distinctly different water temperatures in the north and south areas of the park, cold and warm. A wetsuit is necessary, though some people choose more thermal protection (a 5mm suit) to ensure continued core temperature warmth throughout their visit.
All staterooms are air-conditioned and fitted with private toilets, showers, and sinks. There is a “grazing” breakfast available from 6 am before the first dive. Breakfast is cooked to order and is served after the first morning dive. There is a buffet lunch and an elegant meal at dinner with waiter service. Additionally, fresh mid-afternoon snacks are served. Beverages (non-alcoholic and local beer) are complimentary while onboard. Shampoo, conditioner and body wash are provided in your stateroom. These have been hand blended and custom made for us in Bali. There are hairdryers in each stateroom. Linens are changed mid-week and fresh towels are changed as needed. Filled tanks, weights, and weight belts are included. Ground transfers between the airport and the vessel at the destination are included.
Dive instruction, dive and photo equipment rentals and “boatique” purchases must be settled onboard prior to departure. Acceptable methods of payment include US Dollars, local currency or credit cards (Visa or Master Card). Personal cheques are not accepted. Crew gratuities (as a usual guideline, guests normally pay 10%-15% of the cruise fare) are also additional expenses.
 The official embarkation time is 4pm. If you arrive on an early flight you will be met at the airport and taken to a hotel for breakfast and coffee. We normally try to start boarding from 12 noon. Once all guests are on-board, the Dewi Nusantara will depart. Dewi Nusantara normally returns to port in the afternoon or evening the day before disembarkation of the yacht. Final disembarkation will occur between 6:00 am and 10am. All guests will be disembarked by 10am.
The Dewi Nusantara package includes a transfer from the embarkation airport to the port where the yacht will be waiting for you. Crew will greet you inside the arrival hall and help you claim your luggage. Please look for crew or agent from our transfer company holding a Dewi Nusantara sign or a sign with your name on it. It is approximately a 20 minute drive from the airport to the harbor where the yacht is.
The Dewi Nusantara returns to port on the morning that you disembark the yacht. Final disembarkation will occur between 6:00 am and 10am at the end of the charter. Transfers are provided to the airport for guests departing this day. If your flight is not until later in the afternoon we will take you to a local hotel for day use and transfer you to the airport in time for your fight.

All rates are quoted on a shared basis; therefore, unless you require a guaranteed single room and pay an additional supplement (65%), you will very likely be sharing your stateroom with one other guest of the same gender.

The electrical current on Dewi Nusantara is 220 volts. Guests may wish to bring a converter for the use of small appliances in their stateroom. There is a charging station in the camera room which offers access to both 110V and 220V power. The standard current in all of Indonesia is 220 volts.
In Raja Ampat, we always visit a pearl farm or take a speedboat ride through the karst limestone islands. Komodo is famous for its ‘dragon’. Varanus komodoensis is a lizard locally called ‘ora’, the largest monitor lizard in the world. You have the opportunity to go ashore for a 2-hour walk on Komodo. Experienced park rangers will show the natural habitat of this fascinating predator. The trek usually starts around 7:30 am, the best time to find the dragon. But when and if we go ashore always depends on the weather.
A designated area on the sun-deck of the outdoor lido deck is available for smoking. Smoking is not permitted in any other area for any reason.
Gratuities are not included. We prefer that our guests reward our crew based on performance. If the crew performs to your expectations, we suggest that a gratuity of approximately 10%-15% of the published package price be considered normal. Payment of gratuities is entirely at the discretion of the guest. Payment of gratuities can be by cash or credit card (Visa or Master-Card cards are accepted but warrant a higher service charge).
 We will offer up to four dives per day, including a night dive. On the last dive day, there will be two dives (weather and sea conditions permitting).
Dewi Nusantara is equipped with Nitrox facilities. Nitrox fills of up to 32% are normally available to all certified Nitrox divers for an additional charge. Nitrox dive profiles must be planned and executed with a Nitrox compatible computer. It is recommended that the planned PO2 level be set within the limits of your certifying agency. All Nitrox fills must be analyzed by the divers using the mix and logged prior to each and every dive. Nitrox certifications are usually available onboard to all certified open water divers for an additional charge.
 

There are several charging stations with 110V and 220V power available for your use. 

There is a huge “cameras only” rinse tank for the exclusive use of photographers onboard. 

 All divers are required to have a buddy with them at all times. When on a drift dive, photographers are expected to stay with the main body of the group on their tender. You may move away from the group within reason – providing that the divemaster leading the dive is kept in sight at all times. You will not be permitted to separate from the group or carry your own drift line. How long can I dive for? Our maximum time for each dive is 60 minutes, inclusive of a safety stop.

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