Few liveaboards in West Papua compare to diving in these waters aboard the Pindito, pioneer of dive tours in Raja Ampat and once voted Tauchen Magazine Best Liveaboard of the Year. This boat is well known throughout Indonesia and the owner / operator Edi Frommenweiler has been diving these waters longer than almost anyone. He loves to share his years of experience with his guests, many of whom often return to Pindito time and again.
A very experienced boat crew that know the Raja Ampat liveaboard diving region better than anyone else. This elegant wooden yacht has en-suite private cabins and crew who are very attentive and friendly, and will share a beer with you (all beers and spirits are free of charge on Pindito safaris), combine to provide a unique adventure. The boat is stable and quiet under motor, and this combination will soon have you unwinding and feel right at home.
For those who want to maximise their time marveling at these amazing dive sites that the Pindito visits, complimentary nitrox is indeed an excellent perk on these Raja Ampat dive tours. The boat is also rebreather (CCR) friendly. For photographers, the inhouse camera room will come in very handy too. Pindito also uses individual diver locator devices as a free service for added safety.
Pindito cruises Raja Ampat and Triton Bay from December to May, June to September sees the liveaboard visit the Komodo National Park, and the Banda Sea and Alor in May, June, and October to December. All guests can also enjoy the paddle boards, water skis and wake board that are all onboard.
Dive experience: An open water license is required to dive on Pindito's Indonesian liveaboard safaris.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, alcoholic drinks (spirits and beer), land tours, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 6 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, delayed SMBs, individual diver locator devices, boat transfers to/from local airport/hotels.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (US$ 230 per trip - wetsuits not available for rent), dive computer (US$ 60 per trip), dive insurance, harbour fee of US$ 80 per trip, to be paid in advance, Raja Ampat park fee (US$ 100 per person per tour), Komodo park fees (US$ 30 per day inside the park). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash - IDR, USD, EUR, or bank card).
Optional extras: Torch (US$ 60 per trip), 15 litre tank (US$ 50 per trip). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Raja Ampat: Pindito dive tours depart in the morning from Sorong in West Papua (except a few trips from Ambon where detailed above). There is a minibus transfer service from the airport to and from the boat. 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. We will help you arrange return domestic flights between Bali or Jakarta and the port of departure. Komodo: The Pindito liveaboard departs in the morning from Benoa Harbour in Bali (except a few trips from Maumere where detailed above). There is a minibus transfer service from the airport and southern Bali hotels to the boat. Flores: Fly direct to the port of Maumere (direct from Bali, or via Makassar from Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur). 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). Halmahera: Fly direct to the port of Ternate (from Jakarta, Makassar and Manado).
For more information see our travel information section.
Airport pick ups are upon flight arrival, hotel pick ups are 8-10 am. Port departure is planned for miidday but will take place once all guests are onboard. The last dive of the trip will be at around 11 am on the second last day of the trip, and the boat will return to port during the evening. Guests disembark in time for their flights or at 9 am. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
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: Pay for 7 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 8 or more guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 13 guests and 3 additional persons can join the cruise in Standard cabins free of charge (total 16 guests).
There are 6 double bed (200 cm x 140 cm) cabins and 2 twin bunk bed (200 cm x 90 cm) cabins, all on the lower deck. All the cabins are spacious and modern, en-suite (private bathroom), and were refitted with teak furnishings.
All the cabins have:
Individually controlled air conditioning
Toilet and unlimited hot water shower
Hand basin, mirror, soap, and bath and beach towels
Round twin plug 220V mains outlet - 24 hours per day
Enriched air nitrox - Motorised dive dinghies - Camera room with table, 220V & 110V charging points, adaptors - Saloon with laptop, CD Burner, DVD players, music system, extensive marine and general library - Email access - Waterski and wakeboard - 64 m² sundeck with shaded area, lazy chairs and matresses - Massage service (choice of Balinese, aromatherapy and foot reflexology)
PADI scuba certification courses available including Advanced Open Water Diver and EANx.