The Cheng Ho is a long-standing fixture in the Indonesian diving cruise scene. At a length of 33 metres, she is a substantial vessel in traditional Phinisi style, operating Komodo liveaboard trips in and out of Labuan Bajo.
You can choose from a variety of cabins consisting of 6 double, 4 twin and 4 single cabins. Each of the cabins is well-appointed and comfortable, and they all feature private en-suite bathrooms. While Cheng Ho normally accommodates a maximum of 15 guests, a full charter can take up to 24 if you have a group of that size.
The operator of Cheng Ho knows Indonesia's waters better than most and they can showcase all the best that the region has to offer. There is a roomy saloon and dining area as well as a separate cinema room! The saloon also has the entertainment facilities you might expect including TV, DVD player, reading library and photo and video editing facility.
So not only does a liveaboard trip on the Cheng Ho mean that you will be treating yourself to some top class diving, but you will also have fun between dives in making the most of the facilities of this spacious Phinisi schooner. If you are seeking one of the best liveaboards in Komodo and want to enjoy some of Indonesia's finest scuba diving from the luxury of a large and impressive schooner, check out the mighty Cheng Ho.
Dive experience: All divers must have at least 30 logged dives in the past 5 years. Otherwise it is possible to hire a private dive master. Please ask us for more details.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, land tours to see Komodo dragons, return transfers to the boat from the airport, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 4 divers per DM), cruise accident insurance, tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment, Komodo National Park fees (US$ 25 per night) to be paid in advance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks (in excess of those included), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 20 per day), dive insurance, torches. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Komodo: Cheng Ho departs from Labuan Bajo in Flores. You can fly direct to Labuan Bajo from Bali. Raja Ampat: 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.
Ambon/Banda: Fly direct to Ambon from Jakarta (or from Sorong or Surabaya). Flores: Fly direct to the port of Maumere (direct from Bali, or via Makassar from Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur).
Flights can be arranged by the operator. A minibus transfer service from airports to and from the boat is included. For more information see our travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 10:00 hrs on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 7.5% off the published prices.
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 50% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 5 guests and 1 additional guest can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 6 guests or more). Pay for 12 to 15 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 14 to 17 guests).
Pay for 16 to 19 guests and 3 additional persons can join the cruise in in Standard cabins free of charge (total 18 to 22 guests).
Pay for 20 guests and 4 additional persons can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 23 to 24 guests).
Alternatively with a group of 10 or more you can charter the whole boat.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 7200 assuming 24 guests (including free diving equipment for all). For whole boat charters with other numbers of guests (minimum 12) please contact us.
The Cheng Ho liveaboard comfortably accommodates her charges on tours with a total of 14 guest cabins. 3 Deluxe double cabins on the upper deck feature large 3x1 metre windows for spectacular views in luxurious lodging. On the middle deck, 4 Deluxe single cabins are located. The lower deck is home to the Standard cabins: 3 double beds and 4 twin beds.
All the cabins have:
Large windows in Deluxe cabins, portholes in Standard cabins
En-suite bathroom with hot-water shower, hand basin & toiletries
45m² Dive deck and platform with shower and toilet - 3 Motorised dinghies - 3 Rinse tanks - Separate rinse tank and table for cameras - 80m² Air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD and sound system - Dedicated restaurant area - Open-air dining area - Computer with CD burner - Photo & video editing facilities - Separate cinema room with DVD projector - Movie and book library, games and magazines - Fish ID and diving books - Well stocked bar - Water dispenser - 2 Open-air shaded areas - 120m² Sun deck with sun chairs and mattresses