The Thai owned Panunee is a well-run aluminium and steel hulled Indonesia liveaboard boat suitable for divers and underwater photographers keen to explore the awesome regions of Ambon and the Banda Sea.
There are 9 rooms with shared bathroom facilities and 2 with a Queen bed and en-suite bathrooms. Unusually there are 2 single bed rooms, ideal for solo travellers. The boat can accommodate 20 guests, or 22 on a full charter, yet still manages to retain quite a spacious feel.
The dive deck is quite roomy, with individual spaces helping to avoid congestion, and features a camera table and separate rinse tanks and air hoses for photographic equipment. Elsewhere you can always find space on the sundeck upstairs where you can soak in the rays, relaxing in comfort on sun cushions.
On the main deck of the liveaboard you will find the air-conditioned saloon which features all the entertainment facilities you might hope for, such as TV, DVD and music system, plus a well-stocked movie library.
Bottled soft drinks are free throughout the trip, ensuring you will never go thirsty, and the portions of fresh food should keep you well fed. Meals are buffet style and enjoyed in the open air restaurant area.
The crew of the Panunee are used to scuba diving in some of Indonesia's finest regions and will be delighted to share the experience with you.
Dive experience: As long as you are already certified as a diver, you are welcome onboard Panunee. It is recommended that you have a minimum of 50 logged dives. The dive guides will arrange the diving groups based upon diving experience and certification level.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, soft drinks, drinking water, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 240 per day), marine park and port fees (from USD240 per trip), and insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash - USD only).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, airport/hotel transfers, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (USD6), torch (US$ 10), dive computer (US$ 10 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Raja Ampat: The liveaboard departs from Sorong in West Papua. 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. Check-in is before 5 pm. Check-out at 6-8 am. Komodo: Panunee departs in the afternoon from Labuan Bajo or sometimes Maumere in Flores. Both flights and hotel booking can be arranged by the operator. There is a minibus transfer service from the airport to and from the boat. Ambon-Banda Islands trips - MV Panunee departs from Ambon. Ambon airport is accessible from Jakarta airport (CGK) and Surabaya (SUB). Alor & Flores: Fly direct to the port of Alor (direct from Bali), the port of Maumere (direct from Bali, or via Makassar from Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur) or the port of Kupang (direct to Jakarta).
Transfer services from the local airport to and from the boat are available. For more information see our travel information section. Apart from Raja Ampat cruises, check-in is at 8 am-1 pm; boat departs for check dive in the afternoon of the first day. The last dive of the trip will be at around 3 pm on the day before disembarkation. Check-out at 6-8 am. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 10% off the published prices.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): There are 2 single bed rooms specifically for solo travellers. Otherwise single travellers may choose to share another cabin or pay a supplement of 70% of the published price for a Deluxe twin bed cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 9 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise in a Deluxe cabin free of charge (total 10+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 18 guests and 2 additional persons can join free of charge (total 20 guests).
There are 2 Deluxe single bed rooms and 5 Deluxe twin bed rooms on the lower deck. On the main deck there are 3 more Deluxe twin bed rooms and 2 double bed Suites. The Suites have ensuite bathrooms while the other rooms have shared facilities.
All the cabins have:
Window, except Deluxe single bed rooms which have portholes
Camera table and blow gun
2 towels per guest
Mains outlet 220 & 110 volts - 24 hours
No. of bathrooms / showers - 9 / 9 - hot water and toiletries
Enriched air nitrox - 2 Motorised dinghies - 40m² dive deck and platform with toilet and hot water shower - Rinse tanks and camera table - 32m² Air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD player and movie library, music system, general book library and fish ID books - 20m² Open-air shaded dining area - Bar - Drinking water dispenser - 35m² Sundeck with sun cushions
Panunee prides itself on providing meals cooked with the freshest ingredients and, in addition to the authentic Thai cuisine on offer, you can enjoy Chinese, Japanese and European dishes, served buffet style and washed down complimentary soft drinks.
Thai, Indonesian, Chinese and international cuisine - 3 main meals & 2 light meals per day.
Buffet-style and waitress service in the open-air dining area.
A la carte-style catering can also be accommodated.
All dietary requirements catered for - please send us advanced notice.
Dining begins with a light meal on the first evening of the cruise.