Constructed in traditional fashion from iron wood and teak, Calico Jack is a 30m liveaboard running diving safaris around some of Indonesia's finest regions. Considering there is a maximum of 10 guests on board there is plenty of room on this classic Phinisi schooner as it cruises all around Indonesian Papua - Raja Ampat and beyond.
3 day dives are offered per day, plus night dives on alternate days. From October through to June the boat visits Raja Ampat, diving in the south at Misool regions and the north at the famous Dampier Strait and Waigeo. In August and September Calico Jack relocates to Cenderawasih Bay where you can find endemic marine species alongside World War 2 wrecks and many whale sharks. In October it heads to Triton Bay, 'the final frontier', with incredible diversity, abundant and vibrant marine life, and more whale sharks. Diving is conducted from 2 dive-focused, custom-made speed boats. They each have 6 dive stations, plus room for the dive guide and equipment, with low sides and ladders for easy drop and recovery of divers.
All of the en-suite cabins are located on the lower deck and are air-conditioned and with double or twin beds. There is a laundry service available. The multi-lingual crew of 8 are on hand to look after you, so there is plenty of personal service. Guests can relax in the indoor dining area or more commonly on the covered deck, where there is plenty of lounging space and you can relax in the open air and drink in the changing views of the Indonesian archipelago. You can also enjoy the TV, DVD, computer and music system below decks or work on your tan while lounging on the sundeck.
Snorkelling equipment, sea kayaks, SUPs (paddleboards), and wakeboard are all available for active guests. Calico Jack delivers not only a great scuba diving experience but will make you feel like you are cruising around these ancient islands as have generations before.
Dive experience: There is a 50+ dives requirement for Komodo and Banda Sea safaris where there will be deep and current dives. In Raja Ampat, Triton Bay and Cenderawasih Bay where the water is calm and safe, the requirement is 20+ logged dives. They prefer 20+ logged dives at least for all cruises, but it is negotiable.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, land tours, round trip hotel/airport transfers to and from the boat, dives, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 5 divers to 1 divemaster), snorkelling equipment, tanks, weights and weightbelts, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment ( incl. dive computer US$ 27 per day), dive insurance, port and park fees US$ 250 to be paid in advance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash - EUR, USD, AUD, IDR, and credit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks and espresso, nitrox (US$ 16 per day), 15 litre tanks (US$ 38 per trip), torch (US$ 5 per day).
How to get there: Calico Jack's liveaboard safaris depart at 11 am (or when the last guest has boarded), boarding is at 9-11 am, local hotel/airport pick up is at 8-10 am. There is a transfer service from the boat to and from the nearest airport. The last dive on all of these charters will be at around 10 am on the penultimate day. The yacht usually returns to port around 6 am on the final day, for disembarking at 9-11 am. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. Komodo: ports used are Labuan Bajo or Bima. You can fly direct to Labuan Bajo or Bima from Bali. Raja Ampat: These cruises depart from Sorong in West Papua. You can fly directly to Sorong from Jakarta, Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado. From Bali there are convenient connections via Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado. Cenderawasih Bay: Fly direct to the port of Manokwari (from Jakarta or via Makassar or Sorong), the port of Nabire (via Ambon or Manokwari) or the port of Biak (via Makassar). Triton Bay: Fly direct to the port of Kaimana in the south of West Papua, from Sorong, connecting to Jakarta.
For more information see our travel information section. We can help you arrange return domestic flights if necessary.
Non-diver rate: Discount per night - Raja Ampat: US$ 22, other destinations: US$ 32.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin, or pay a supplement of 80% of the published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): 1 free night for every 10 paid nights.
2 Motorised dinghies - Dive deck with ladders 2 fresh hot water showers - Air-conditioned saloon & dining area with TV, DVD player, music system and computer - Fish ID & general books, diving magazines - Shaded open-air social area - Sundeck with deck chairs - Sea kayaks, SUPs, wakeboard, fishing equipment - Water dispenser.
The dining on Calico Jack can take place in either the air-conditioned dining area or in the shaded open air. Meals are served rather than buffet style for that added bit of class. The menu consists of international cuisine as well as BBQs, Chinese and Italian influences.
Chinese, Italian, BBQ and international main dishes.
Meals served with waiter assistance in the saloon or open-air.
Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Coffee, tea, fruit juice, biscuits, toast and drinking water are all free of charge.
Soft drinks, espresso, beer and liquors are also available for purchase.
All diets can be catered for - please send us your requirements.
The liveaboard safari dining service begins on guest arrival.
"Boat is OK, cabins are rather small. Food was OK. Staff excellent." - Daniel Erbeznik, Slovenia, 7 January 2019 ...
"Equipment was new, well-maintained and the service from the support crew was fantastic.The food was fantastic. The sleeping quarters/ bunks were o.k. Nothing glamorous but there was air con and everything we needed." - Anke Steier, Germany, 18 January 2017 ...
"On the liveaboard, I rented most of the dive equipment and utilized all of the services organized by the staff, including treks on the islands, meals and snacks, reading books, etc. Everything was taken care of perfectly. From being picked up at the airport and taken to the boat, to the beautiful cabins, to every day's incredible diving and food, it was truly perfect in every way. All of the diving equipment was in good quality and the boat itself was in immaculate condition. There's not a single thing I can complain about." - Rachel Berkley, USA, 15 September 2015 ...
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