The 57 metre Dewi Nusantara, formerly known as Paradise Dancer, is the largest of the Raja Ampat liveaboards, a magnificent 3-masted, motorised wooden schooner, perfectly suited to Indonesia diving safaris.
The immediate benefit of her size are the en-suite Deluxe Staterooms spanning an incredible 20 m², substantially larger than the industry standard. The Master Suite is a whopping 46 m², equipped with a double bed, sofa and table and chairs, reminiscent of the captain's cabins from an era past.
Choosing Dewi Nusantara as your Raja Ampat diving liveaboard means choosing a full-board setup with plenty of food to fuel your diving expeditions, to be enjoyed in the spacious and dedicated air-conditioned restaurant or at the out-door dining area whilst enjoying top-side scenery.
Diving is effortless thanks to a large dive deck for preparation and 2 powerful dinghies to ferry you to the exact point of entry, maximising time at each site. Nitrox is available on board to extend your bottom time and a computer with CD burner will ensure your scuba memories live on in video or photo long after you diving voyage to Raja Ampat.
From October to March, liveaboard diving in Raja Ampat with Dewi Nusantara is the main event. Outside of these months the focus shifts elsewhere. Mostly Dewi Nusantara visits Cenderawasih Bay, but also Triton Bay, Banda, Halmahera and Lembeh.
Dive experience: Dewi Nusantara recommend advanced with 50 dives for their Indonesian liveaboard cruises.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, local beer, one glass of wine with dinner, ground transfers to the boat from the airport and hotels, dives (as detailed in the safaris above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max of 5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 300 per trip), Dive insurance, port and park fees (US$ 285 per trip), transit trip long distance surcharge (where applicable, USD 295 to be paid in advance). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash - USD, EUR, IDR, or credit card).
Optional extras: Additional wine and spirits, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 210 for all dives or US$ 10 per fill), dive computer, torch (US$ 5 per day), 15 litre tank (US$ 45 per trip). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Raja Ampat: The Dewi Nusantara liveaboard normally departs from Sorong in West Papua. You can fly direct to Sorong from Jakarta, Ambon, Makassar or Manado. From Bali there are convenient connections via Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado. We will help you arrange return domestic flights between Bali or Jakarta and Sorong. There is a transfer service from the local airport to and from the boat. Ambon/Banda: Fly direct to Ambon from Jakarta (or from Sorong or Surabaya). Triton Bay: Fly direct to the port of Kaimana in the south of West Papua, from Sorong, connecting to Jakarta. 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).
For more information see our travel information section. Boarding is from 12 noon until 4 pm; the yachy will depart once all guests are onboard. The last dive of the trip will be at around 11 am on the second last day of the trip, then the boat returns to port in the afternoon or evening. Final disembarkation will occur between 6-10 am. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: None.
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 65% of the published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 8 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise in a stateroom free of charge (total 9 or more guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 16 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge (max. 18 guests).
Dewi Nusantara is fitted with 8 Deluxe Staterooms on the lower deck as well as a large Master suite on the main deck. The 46m² Master Suite has a double bed and sumptuous furnishings, its own Jacuzzi bath, and 180° views over the ocean from the rear of the vessel.
All the cabins have:
Windows on main deck, large portholes on lower deck
Nitrox - 100m² dive deck with 2 hot water showers and 1 toilet - 200 HP dinghies - Separate rinse tank for cameras - Camera table - 45m² air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD, iPod docking station and sound system - Computer with CD burner - Photo and video editing - Movie and book library, games and magazines - Fish ID and diving books - Massage (after-dive and full body) - Sea kayaks - Water dispenser - Open-air dining area - Dedicated air-con restaurant area - Well-stocked bar - Shaded out-side area - 100m² sun decks with sun loungers and hammocks - Onboard boutique
A light breakfast of toast and fresh fruit with tea, coffee and fruit juice is served before the first dive starting at 6 am. A full cooked to order breakfast with your choice of western or Indonesia options such as Nasi Goreng is served on the open-air deck after your first dive. A buffet lunch of local Indonesia food is served in the middle of the day. Dinner is an elegant affair with 3 courses with waiter service and with 1 glass of wine included. There is also a menu of fine wines and cigars available for purchase.
International cuisine, Chinese and Japanese cuisine, local specialities and BBQs are to be found on the Dewi Nusantara's varied menu.
Main meals comprise pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, snacks & dinner.
Early morning wake up beverage.
Bread/toast, fruit, tea & coffee, water, fresh snacks, beer and soft drinks are available free of charge.
Wine and spirits are available as additional extras.
The menus are not fixed and meals are served buffet style in the dedicated air-conditioned restaurant or in the outside dining area with waitress service.
Vegetarian and other special diets are catered for with prior notice.
Catering starts with light refreshments and fruit or juice, with breakfast on the first full day of the safari as the first meal.
"The staff are the most helpful and professional I have every encountered in my liveaboard trip up till now and the facility is definitely the first rate." - Siyi Deng, China, 29 December 2015 ...
"Dewi Nusantara is a great boat - huge, spacious and in excellent condition. Very stable regardless of the weather. It is run extremely efficiently - a very well organised operation with no chaos and every issue anticipated. The staff were fabulous all round. The food can be a little repetitive but this is understandable since they do all their shopping in Sorong - a real challenge, I would imagine. My only slight criticism would be that our guide was extremely focused on pleasing photographers, sometimes to the detriment of others. I dived without a camera for more than 50% of the time after my housing flooded, and was largely left to fend for myself in finding critters (despite staying close to the guide). I don't think this was true of the other guides, though." - Catriona Steele, Australia, 19 January 2012 ...
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