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At a glance...
- Focuses on cruises in Komodo National Park
- Short (3 nights +) scuba diving cruises
- Maximum of only 10 divers
- All cabins with ensuite or private bathrooms
- Multi-lingual crew of 13
- Catamaran, so stable nights of sleep at anchor
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Mastro Aldo is a European owner-operated liveaboard providing short scuba diving tours in Komodo. At 22 metres, the ironwood-built Mastro Aldo is one of the smaller liveaboards visiting the Komodo National Park. However, what it lacks in size it makes up for in stability. It is one of the few catamarans visiting the 40 plus dive sites in the park and is a great option for the budget-conscious and those short on time.
A maximum of 10 divers are accommodated in Mastro Aldo's 5 double and twin bed cabins. The cabins are tight, however they are comfortable and have an added bonus of a private safe deposit box.The cabins have air-conditioning however at night, only fans are used to cool the cabins. The focus on this liveaboard is on personal service, good food and a great knowledge of the dive sites.
Your tour starts with a complimentary pick up from the Labuan Bajo airport. The liveaboard's western cruise director will welcome you on board and, together with the 13 multi-lingual crew, you will be well looked after. Your 6 night cruise will include an island dragon tour, 2 sunset beach BBQs, 4 meals a day and a minimum of 22 dives, scheduled to visit sites avoiding the day boat crowds. If your Indonesian liveaboard plans do not allow for a full week's diving, then the 3 night option is a great way to get a taste of Komodo National Park, avoid long speedboat rides and go ashore to see the dragons.
Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...
More Trip Details...
Dive experience: A minimum of 30 dives and an OW certificateare recommend.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning (fan cooling at night), breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, land tour, one free of charge airport pick up, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 4 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (6 nights US$ 105, 3 nights US$ 60), Komodo National Park fee (approx. US$ 14 per day per person on weekdays and US$ 19 per day per person on Sundays and Indonesian public holidays). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks US$ 3 each (approximately), dive computer US$ 5 per day, diving insurance, torch. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Mastro Aldo's Komodo liveaboard diving tours depart in the morning from Labuan Bajo. If joining the 6 night cruise, or a 3 night cruise that forms the first half of the week, you will board Mastro Aldo at 09:00 hrs at the harbour. There is a free airport transfer service to the boat for these trips. If joining the 2nd 3 night trip of the week, you will meet at 07:00 hrs to take a speedboat ride to the boat (and return to port with Mastro Aldo). In this case you should arrive the previous day and overnight in Labuan Bajo. You can fly direct to Labuan Bajo from Bali and we can help you arrange this flight. The last dive of the last day on all of these tours will be at around 11:00 hrs. Mastro Aldo will return to Labuan Bajo around 15:00 hrs (or 18:00 hrs for the 1st 3 night trip of the week). Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
For more information see our travel information section.
Non-diver rate: 10% off the published price
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: Whole boat charter prices equivalent to: pay for 8.5 guests and 1.5 additional persons can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 10 guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): 6 nights: US$ 2,125, 3 nights: US$ 2,267.
Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
Mastro Aldo has 5 cabins. On the main deck there are 2 Standard twin bed cabins and 1 Master double bed cabin, all with windows and ensuite bathroom. On the lower deck there are 2 Budget double bed cabins with portholes and outside private bathrooms.
All the cabins have:
- Air conditioning and fans
- Private bathroom with toilet, hot water shower, hand basin, towels, toiletries
- Windows in main deck cabins, portholes in lower deck cabins
- Reading lights
- Cabinet and shelves
- Safe box
- Mains outlet 220 volts, twin pin socket - adaptors available
- Bedding & space for luggage
- Life jackets & fire extinguishers
No. of bathrooms / showers - 6 / 7 - hot water
Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The 7 liveaboard crew comprise:
- Cruise Leader/Instructor
- Deck hand
2 Motorised dinghies - Dive deck with ladders, fresh water shower and camera rinse tank - Air-conditioned saloon area with TV, DVD player, music system and computer - WiFi hotspot where reception (north and central Komodo) - Fish ID & general books, diving magazines - Shaded open-air social and dining area - Sundeck with deck chairs and bean bags - Kayaks and stand up paddle boards - Water dispenser.
Menu, Cuisine Type...
The dining on Mastro Aldo takes place in the liveaboard's shaded open air area convertible into a window lounge. Breakfast is buffet style, with waitress service for lunch and dinner. The menu consists of international cuisine, including fresh seafood BBQs and Italian influences as well as Indonesian specialties.
Sample menu - Sesame, honey-crusted tuna loins and home made pasta; Watermelon, feta and roasted cashewnut salad; Home-made laksa ...
- Indonesian, Italian, BBQ and international main dishes.
- Meals served with waiter assistance in the open-air.
- Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
- Coffee, tea, fruit juice, soft drinks and drinking water are all free of charge.
- Beer, wine and spirits are available for purchase.
- All diets can be catered for - please send us your requirements.
- The liveaboard tour dining service begins with lunch on guest arrival.
- Built in year 2012, refurbished annually
- Size - 22m x 8m
- Top speed - 9 knots
- Cruising speed - 7 knots
- 2 x 105 HP Mitsubishi engine
- Isuzu generator
- 2 x Bauer and L&W dive tank compressors
- 12 litre aluminium tanks with yoke fittings and DIN adaptors
- Electricity 220V - 24 hours
- Water capacity - 4,000 litres
- Fuel capacity - 1,800 litres
Navigation, Safety Features...
- 2 x life rafts (max: 24 people)
- 2 x 40 HP Yamaha dive dinghies
- VHF & SSB radios
- No radar
- Garmin global positioning system (GPS)
- Garmin depth sounder
- Medic first aid box
- Oxygen - 7,600 litres
- 6 x extinguishers in cabins and throughout
- 20 x Life jackets in cabins
"Nice liveaboard boat, excellent food, friendly dive guides, and amazing diving. The dives were excellent and the food was amazing! All of the air tanks are in dire need of hydrostatic testing. Rental gear needed maintenance and overhaul.
" - Victoria J Sengelman
, USA, 24 November 2019 ...
"Diving at the resort is very well-organized, they have good equipment and logistics, professional dive masters and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The resort including the bungalows are nice, clean and quiet.
" - Christian Koehler
, Germany, 15 June 2017 ...
"Relatively cheap live aboard so level of comfort limited but correct with regard to cost. Great staff. Good organisation. Smooth operations. No nitrox on board.
" - Gregory Pelois
, France, 17 May 2017 ...