La Galigo is an ironwood mono-hulled Buginese liveaboard that focuses on the Raja Ampat region in West Papua. At 33m long there is plenty of room for the relatively small 14 guest maximum. With 13 crew on hand you can expect a lot of personal attention and small dive groups.
The dive deck features 3 fresh water showers and a toilet allowing for immediate post-dive refreshment. The air-conditioned saloon and dining area on the main deck are beautifully finished in Indonesian teak and provide the main social area on board. Here you can enjoy the TV, DVD, music system and computer, as well as the games and library.
Photographers will appreciate the availability of nitrox on board, the dive deck's camera table and rinse tanks, plus the power charging outlets throughout the common areas. There is also space in the sun (and shade) on the upper deck to enjoy the passing views of Raja Ampat.
The liveaboard's guests are accommodated in a range of spacious and tasteful ensuite cabins and the Grand Suite on the upper deck enjoys not only TV, DVD player and panoramic windows but also a private balcony for that little touch of luxury.
Notes: Technical damage to the boat is not a valid cause for customer refund.
Dive experience: All divers must either have Advanced Open Water with at least 20 dives, or Open Water with at least 40 logged dives in the past 5 years. Conditions apply if any of the following are relevant to you: asthma, diabetes, thyroid disease, hypertension, anti-depressants, severe allergies, or an incident of DCI or DCS in the last 5 years.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, land tours, return hotel transfers to and from the boat or ferry, dives, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 5 divers to 1 divemaster), tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 35 per day), dive insurance, Raja Ampat marine park fee, village anchorage and clearance fee (7 nights US$ 190, 8 nights US$ 220, 11 nights US$ 285) per trip to be paid in advance. Komodo marine park fees and harbour charges (5 nights US$ 160, 7 nights US$ 190) per trip to be paid in advance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only USD or IRD).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air divers (US$ 25 per diving day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Raja Ampat:
La Galigo's liveaboard cruises depart from Waisai in West Papua with pickup from Sorong airport or local hotels between 07:00 and 08:30. 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. We will help you arrange return domestic flights between Bali or Jakarta and the port of departure. There is a free transfer service from Sorong hotels to ferry. Guests already in Waisai meet at the tourist information in Waisai harbor at 11:00 hrs. For trips using other departure ports we will assist you with information on how to get there. 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.
Komodo: La Galigo's Komodo cruises use the port of Labuan Bajo which has direct flights from Jakarta and Bali. For more information see our Indonesia travel information section.
Non-diver rate: There is no discount for non-divers.
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 per night.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Group prices are available upon request.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Whole boat charter prices are available upon request.
La Galigo has 7 cabins with en-suite private bathrooms and portholes for natural lighting. There are 4 Deluxe cabins on the lower deck; 2 doubles and 2 that can be twin or double bed. On the upper deck there are 2 Master cabins (twin or double bed) and 1 Grand suite with double bed, 2 sofa beds and private balcony. Upper deck accommodation has panoramic windows. All beds are 2m long.
All the cabins have:
Toilet, hot water shower and hand basin (extra large bathroom in the Grand suite)
Toiletries and towels
Bedside reading lights
Cabinet, shelves and mirror
Round 2-pin mains outlet 220 Volts - 24 hours per day
2 x motorised 40 HP dinghy - 20m² dive deck with 3 showers, toilet, camera table and rinse tanks - air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD video, music & computer - Movie and book library and fish ID books - Water dispenser
Beginning with breakfast on your first day, you will dine well on board La Galigo. You will enjoy a range of dishes include international cuisine and local specialties. There will be 3 meals a day plus snacks to keep you powered up for all the fun diving you will be doing. Dinner will be served with other meals buffet-style. La Galigo caters to vegans and vegetarians but please make sure you give advance notice.
Asian and international meals; 2 or 3 different dishes per sitting.
Buffet style dining (with served dinner) with waitress help in the saloon's dining area.
Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner with dessert, and snacks in between.
Coffee, tea, fruit, drinking water, candy bars and biscuits are provided free of charge.
Soft drinks, beer, and wine are available for purchase.
All dietary needs can be catered for - please send us advanced notice of any special requirements.
The dining service begins with breakfast on the first day of the cruise.
Sample menu: Breakfast: cereal, French toast with honey and cinnamon, eggs cooked to order, fresh sliced fruit, variety of juices, tea and coffee. Lunch: salad, rice, fish with lemon grass, bakwan sayur (Indonesian fried vegetable fritter). Dinner: Thai green curry chicken, rice, fish cakes, pad thai chicken. Daily Snacks: satay chicken skewers, banana fritters or samosas.
"Second time. Fantastic diving and dive guides were excellent at site selection and also put safety first. Good selection of food. Team worked hard and seamlessly and great holiday. " - Christine Chew, UK, 10 January 2019 ...
"The crew were excellent (10/10) and were very professional. There was ample food, fruit and drinks included. The dive sites and biodiversity observed were fantastic and we felt safe diving with our guides who had substantial experience and knowledge of the area. The boat (which is why I gave a score of 4/5 instead of 5/5) particularly the dining area and lower cabins were in need of maintenance." - Christine Hardman, UK, 3 March 2017 ...
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