The purpose-built SMY Ondina is a beautiful teak and tropical wood Buginese diving schooner built with traditional styling. Specialising in Indonesia liveaboard cruises around Komodo and Raja Ampat (Papua Province), it runs trips of various durations, plus special photography and exploratory safaris.
8 air-conditioned cabins with en-suite bathrooms, a wide range of photographic facilities and a huge sundeck all combine to make a comfortable and well-equipped Indonesian liveaboard. With nitrox available for use for those with suitable qualifications, you can really spend more time exploring underwater.
For underwater photo enthusiasts, you'll find Ondina well equipped and several of the departures have guest Pro' photographers, such as Deb Fuggitt, so please enquire if you have a special interest in these trips. The boat kit up area has a secure camera table, battery charging points and padded freshwater tanks to rinse your camera equipment. There is an air pressure gun to blow-dry your camera, and a CD/DVD disc writing service.
Perhaps the European-owned Ondina's best feature is its management's accommodating attitude towards diverse customer interests and needs. The dive crew have plenty of experience in dealing simultaneously with professional and hardcore divers as well as newly-qualifieds. This is managed by the use of small dive groups and also involving customers in planning a less rigid itinerary.
From April to October, Ondina ventures to destinations including Sulawesi, Halmahera, the Bandas, Lombok, Komodo and Flores; and from November to March it specialises in Raja Ampat diving cruises.
Dive experience: A minimum of 50 logged dives or a second level diving certification is required to join liveaboard trips with Ondina.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, 1 soft drink with lunch and dinner, hot drinks, transfers to the boat from the local airport and hotels, dives (as detailed in the trips above), 2 experienced English-speaking divemasters, tanks, weights and weightbelts, snorkeling gear and 1 intro dive for non-divers, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 32 per day), dive insurance, port/diving/park fees (US$ 269). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Alcoholic and other soft drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 11 per day), torch (US$ 11 per day), dive computer (US$ 11 per day), 15 litre tank (US$ 5 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
3rd passenger in a cabin - 25% off (only applicable for a non-diving passenger or child travelling with guardians, in triple cabins. These require direct consultation in advance).
How to get there: Raja Ampat: Ondina usually departs from Sorong. 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. Some Ondina trips may use different ports and we will assist you with information on how to get to any departure port. Ambon/Banda: Fly direct to Ambon from Jakarta (or from Sorong or Surabaya). Triton Bay: Fly direct to the port of Kaimana in the south of West Papua, from Sorong, connecting to Jakarta. North Sulawesi: Fly direct to the port of Bitung (Manado) (from Jakarta, Guangzhou, Nanking, Shanghai). Cenderawasih Bay: Fly direct to the port of Biak (via Makassar).
We encourage guests to arrive at the port of embarkation before noon on the departure date, to allow for the check dive in the afternoon and subsequent departure the same day. For more information see our travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 12:00 noon on the second last day of the trip. On the final day guests are expected to leave the boat around noon at the latest, to allow for the preparation of the next cruise. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 15% 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 65% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 5 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 6+ guests). Pay for 8 guests and 2 additional guests can join free of charge (10+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 12 guests and 4 extra persons can join the cruise free of charge.
Enriched air nitrox - Motorised dive dinghies - 25m² kit up room with fresh hot water showers and separate wetsuit room - Padded camera rinse tanks, camera table, camera equipment crates, air pressure gun, and recharging points - CD and DVD photo writer service - 20m² saloon with TV, VHS and DVD players, music system, board games, marine and general library - 60 m² sundeck with sun chairs and deck chairs (shade optional) - 40m² main deck shaded area