Kurabesi Explorer is a classic 28m wooden Phinisi schooner, built from ironwood, for an exclusive maximum of just 12 guests. It combines a traditional atmosphere with modern conveniences and has been out on the seas since 2015. The liveaboard is fully owned by Indonesian professionals with the purpose of promoting nature conservation, sustainable tourism, local culture and community empowerment, with emphasis on the eastern Indonesian regions of Papua, Maluku and Ternate. In 2018 it won the Liveaboard of the Year at the Blue Green 360 awards.
There are a total of 6 guest cabins on the lower and main decks that can accommodate 12 guests. Each cabin has a private bathroom with hot water, flush toilet and shower; individually controlled air conditioning; changed towels, bed sheets and covers; reading lights; and storage space and cabinets. The cabins and furniture are made from teakwood, creating a warm and comfortable atmosphere. The boat also offers a laundry service.
There is an indoor lounge on the main deck; it has a library and reading nook. Also on the main deck is the dive and research platform at rear, a dedicated camera room, and a minibar service that includes soft drinks, an international wine and spirits selection, and cold beer. Tea and coffee making facilities, as well as mineral water, are available 24 hours per day. On the upper deck you will find the bridge and navigation room, and an open-air dining area. The sun deck features deck chairs - perfect for enjoying the tropical weather. There is plenty of space on both the sun-deck and semi-covered decks for all guests to find comfort and privacy if required.
Diving activities are conducted from the 2 x motorised 40 HP tenders. Both the cruise director and dive guide will lead dives. There is a Bauer Mariner air compressor, and tanks with both DIN and yoke valves. Fresh water showers are available on deck for your return from the beach or diving. And there is a complete first aid kit and emergency oxygen system, just in case. As for non-diving activities, each expedition includes social activities, such as land excursion and village visits. There are 2 sea kayaks, a paddleboard, snorkeling sets with floats, binoculars for bird-watching, fishing tackle, barbeque and outdoor camping equipment. All in all, we are sure you will love your Indonesian liveaboard cruise on Kurabesi.
Notes: Child policy (sleeping in parents cabin): Infants (up to 3 years): free of charge. Children of 3-7 year: 20% off full price
Return client discount: 5% off full price
Indonesian nationals/dive instructor: 10% off full price
Dive experience: PADI Advanced Open Water or CMAS level 2, with a minimum of 50 sea dives. However, divers with a lower level will be able to participate, but with specific training at additional cost. Please ask us for more information.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from local hotel/airport, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max. 4 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weightbelts, local guides for land excursion and village visits., all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (incl dive computer: US$ 40 per day), Port and park fees (payable in advance - Raja Ampat: US$ 150, Cenderawasih: US$ 250, Banda/Maluku: US$ 150), diving insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival, cash (IDR, EUR, GBP, USD), PayPal and cards are accepted, or you can pay via bank transfer.
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, torch (US$ 10 per day), 15 litre tank (US$ 10 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Raja Ampat: The Kurabesi departs from the harbour in Waisai. 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. Meet at 7:30 am at the Misool Filling Station, just opposite Sorong Airport, where we’ll have a coffee or tea. You will then board the 9 am ferry to Waisai, arriving at 11 am, ready to board the liveaboard directly.
The last dive on these cruises will be 10:30 am on the final day, and then the boat returns and arrives in port shortly thereafter. You will disembark after lunch and in time for the ferry at 2 pm. Expected time of arrival back in Sorong is 4 pm. Banda Sea: These liveaboard safaris depart at 11 am from the jetty at Tulehu Harbour, Ambon (meet at the jetty on the morning of your cruise). You can fly direct to Ambon from Jakarta, Bali, Sorong or Surabaya.
The last dive on these trips will be 1-2 pm on the final day, and then the boat returns and arrives in port shortly thereafter. You will disembark after lunch at 5 pm. All: Due the timing of domestic flights, it is highly likely you will need to stay at least 1 night before and after a trip. In all cases, please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For more information see our Indonesia travel information section.
Non-diver rate: 5%.
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 US$ 250 per night for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 14 guests and 2 additional persons can join free of charge (max. 16 guests).