The Ocean Rover is a proud 30m motor yacht with a thick steel double hull construction and distinctive high bow which tours imperiously around the waters of Raja Ampat, Sangalaki, Halmahera and North Sulawesi. Bringing style to these fabulous Indonesian diving destinations, the crew of 14 will attend to the every need of the maximum 16 guests on board.
This spacious liveaboard has a roomy, air-conditioned saloon and dining area where guests gather in a relaxed atmosphere to dine, socialise, use the book library and to enjoy the nightly entertainment including educational marine presentations, and movies. There is also a guest email service and free Wi-Fi on a 3G connection, but signal availability is quite limited. Alternative relaxation space is on the covered sun deck with comfortable wrap-around cushioned seating, or the romantic foredeck for stargazing and relaxing. There is also a fully-stocked refreshments corner that has an icemaker and refrigerator.
Guests sleep in 8 cabins all with ensuite bathrooms, all located on the main or upper decks, meaning less noise intrusion from the triple-engine room. All cabins have seaview windows apart from the 2 twin bed main deck cabins (they have large double portholes).
It is in the diving facilities that the Ocean Rover really excels. There are multiple places where photographers can take care of their equipment and charging batteries, camera assistance, huge rinse tanks, nitrox, lost diver beacons, plus toilets and showers on the dive deck. Divers are greeted by the staff with a warm towel after each dive. The deck also features a 'whale deck' which slopes down to the waterline and allows easy access to the water and to where the 2 Zodiac dinghies are stored when the boat is underway. The Zodiacs are zippy and have boarding ladders.
Other features include a guest massage service, and there are 14 crew members that attend to guest needs. They are proud of their boat and their excellent reputation. So step on board the sturdy Ocean Rover liveaboard and enjoy a comfortable dive cruise in the paradise of Indonesia.
Dive experience: The Ocean Rover recommends a minimum of Advanced Open Water Diver certification and 50 dives experience.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, transfers to the boat from the local airport, dives, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max. 4 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weightbelts, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (incl. dive computer: US$ 50 per week), port fees (US$ 115, paid on arrival), port fees (US$ 145, paid on arrival), fuel surcharge (US$ 50 per night), dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only - USD, EUR, SGD, IDR).
Optional extras: Nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 20 per day), torch (US$ 10 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: In most cases it is possible to board from 10 am onwards, you will be collected from the local airport or hotel and transferred to the yacht. After all guests are onboard, the liveaboard will depart from port, hopefully around noon time. Raja Ampat: The Ocean Rover departs from the port at Sorong. You can fly to Sorong (SOQ) from Bali or Jakarta (usually via Makassar or Manado). Port departure is planned for 6 pm. Sangalaki, Maratua: Guests on these trips will be picked up on arrival at Berau Airport (BEJ) and taken to the boat, before the 6 hour cruise to the islands. Port departure is planned for 1:30 pm. North Sulawesi: The Ocean Rover departs from Bitung Harbour. You can fly to Manado (MDC) from Jakarta, Singapore, Guangzhou, Nanking, Shanghai. Port departure is planned for 4 pm. Banda Sea: The Ocean Rover departs from Tulehu Harbour, Ambon. You can fly to Ambon (AMQ) from Jakarta, Bali, Sorong or Surabaya. Port departure is planned for 4 pm.
We can help you arrange return domestic flights if necessary. For more information see our travel information section.
The last dive of each trip is scheduled for around 1 pm then the yacht will return to port in the late evening. Guests will not arrive back to port in time to fly out that day. At the end of the trip guests will be transferred from the port to the local airport or hotel. Check out is at 5-9 am, in time for flights. 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 stateroom or pay a supplement of 100% of the published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 7 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise free of charge (total 8+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 14 guests and 2 additional persons free of charge.
The Ocean Rover features 8 ensuite guest cabins. There are 5 twin bed cabins with 2 single beds in an L-shaped formation, 2 on the main deck and 3 on the upper deck. There are 3 double bed cabins with a lower queen bed and upper single bed, 2 on the main deck and 1 on the upper deck.
All the cabins have:
Individually controlled air-conditioning
Windows on upper deck, windows or large portholes on main deck
Nitrox - 28m² dive deck with 2 fresh water showers and 1 toilet - 2 x 40 HP dinghies - Separate rinse tank for cameras - Camera room - Air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD, sound system - 3G internet - Movie and book library, games and magazines - Fish ID and diving books - Sea kayaks - Water dispenser - Well-stocked bar - Shaded out-side area - Sun decks with cushioned bench seating - Onboard boutique
The dining experience on Ocean Rover begins each day of the tour with a breakfast of fresh fruit, cereal and juices plus hot entree including eggs cooked to your order. Lunches tend to include more local Indonesian influences and are served buffet style, while dinner is a served affair including various meat dishes, pasta, seafood salad and chef-prepared desserts.
International cuisine mixed with local specialties are to be found on the varied menu.
Main meals comprise breakfast, lunch, snacks & dinner.
Bread/toast, fruit, tea & coffee, water, fresh snacks, soft drinks and local beer and wine with dinner are available free of charge.
Icemaker and espresso machine.
Additional wine and spirits are available for purchase.
The menus are not fixed and meals are served in the air-conditioned dining area.
Vegetarian and other special diets are catered for with prior notice.
Catering starts with light refreshments and fruit or juice, with dinner on the first full day of the cruise as the first meal.
"The staff were friendly, hardworking and professional. They did everything they could to give us a great trip. The Chef was particularly impressive. I am a fussy eater and I ate everything he prepared. He worked hard to give us varied meals since we do not eat fish, seafood, beef or pork. The ship was clean and the A/C and hot water showers were excellent. " - Wendie Gibbons, Canada, 12 December 2017 ...
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