Nusantara is an economy liveaboard safari boat that operates 3-5 night diving trips in Komodo all year round where you will encounter stunning healthy coral reefs, stupendous amounts of colourful fish, friendly turtles, dolphins and majestic mantas.
The ironwood and teak boat was built in 2017, is 21m long and 3m wide, carries a maximum of just 12 scuba divers, and underwent a major overhaul in 2021, meaning she now looks like brand-new. Nusantara will provide the personalised attention you desire, take you to the best spots and keep you away from the crowds.
The accommodation onboard is perfect for backpackers and young travelers that prefer to enjoy the diving adventure than to worry about how many stars the boat might earn. There is a dorm cabin below deck that sleeps 8. The beds have privacy curtains, fans, a light, power sockets and storage space. There are also 4 mattresses on the upper deck where guests can sleep in the covered area under the stars, ideal for those clear nights with a delightful ocean breeze.
The dive deck is at the back of the boat where divers gear up and jump straight off the platform. After the dives there are 2 bathrooms with western style toilets and hot showers to freshen up and rinse off the salt water. Then at the end of the day you can relax and enjoy an ice cold beer or a soft drink, while the dive guides and boat crew sing and play guitar, watching the sunset as Nusantara cruises through the park.
The dining area is at the front of the main deck, and up on top there is an open sun deck and a shaded area, perfect for taking a nap or reading a book on one of the comfy beanbags. Other activities on these cruises include snorkeling, stand up paddleboard, beach walks, board games, FISH ID books, and simply enjoying the delicious food.
Safety features onboard include SART, EPIRB, GPS, VHF radio, as well as smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, life jackets, life rings, flares and a life boat. There is also a satellite phone for emergencies, a cruise director, dive guides, and 5 experienced boat crew. The boat carries emergency oxygen, first aid kits, as well as a 40 HP speedboat.
Dive experience: At some of the Komodo dive sites, the currents can be challenging, the water can vary from warm to quite cool, and waves and surface currents can make these dive sites quite challenging. Nusantara's highly experienced guides will choose the sites and dive times according to the experience level of the guest divers to make sure each dive is safe and suitable. We do mandate that every guest has dived within the last year before joining a Komodo cruise. If not, you will need to do a 'Scuba Review' (refresher) onboard. The advanced course can also easily be integrated in to the trip, to improve your skills.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from the dive centre, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max. 4 divers per guide), scuba equipment, torch, tanks, weights and weightbelts, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Komodo National Park fees (week days: US$ 18 per day, Sundays and holidays: US$ 23 per day) in cash (IDR only), diving insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival, cash (IDR only) and cards accepted.
Optional extras: Soft drinks, beer, dive computer (US$ 7 per day), 15 litre tank (US$ 10 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival, cash (IDR only) and cards accepted.
How to get there: Nusantara's liveaboard safaris depart at 9 am from Labuan Bajo, Flores (meet at the Mikumba Dive Centre at 8 am). You can fly direct to Labuan Bajo from Bali or Jakarta (and we can help you arrange this if necessary). You must check in before 4:00 pm the day before cruise start date to complete registration form, size out your dive equipment and to pay the Komodo National park entrance fee. A speed boat will take you from the harbour, out to where the boat is moored, ready for departure by noon.
The last dive on all of these charters will be 1-2 pm on the final day, and then the boat returns and arrives in port for disembarkation at around 5 pm. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For more information see our Komodo travel information section.
Non-diver rate: 5%.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is not available on this boat.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 11 guests and 1 additional person can join free of charge (max. 12 guests).
Nusantara accommodates 8 guests in a dorm cabin on the lower deck, as well as 4 guests on mattresses in a covered but open plan section of the upper deck. All guests share 2 bathrooms with a toilet, hot water showers, hand basin, towels and toiletries, as well as an extra shower head on the dive deck.