KLM Sea Safari 8, with a length of 35m and a beam of 10m is a spacious liveaboard schooner, ideal for cruising in the vast Indonesian waters. This luxury schooner, built of ironwood in traditional Buginese Phinisi style, comfortably accommodates up to 24 divers on liveaboard cruises around Raja Ampat and Cenderawasih Bay. Unlike with many other boats in this area, you can enjoy safaris from as little as 6 nights so this is a great choice for those short on time or budget.
Cabins are all en-suite and are mostly twin or double bed, on the main and lower decks. There are plenty of areas you can choose to relax in, and enjoy the high quality décor and ambience. You may socialise in the one of the 2 air-conditioned saloons. The main deck saloon has an adjoining dining area and is also a spacious and is enjoyed at meal times or simply for chatting over a coffee. The upper deck saloon is a spacious lounging area with wooden finishings, comfortable sofas and full entertainment facilities. Above this is the sun deck where you can enjoy a bottle of wine in the open-air Jacuzzi or work on your tan and observe the spectacular passing scenery of Raja Ampat.
The kit up area is especially generous in size due to the wide beam of the vessel. Diving operations are conducted from the 2 motorised aluminium dive tenders, and nitrox is provided for enriched air-certified divers. Guests may also make use of the ENOS tracking system to ensure the guides always know where they are. Photographers will appreciate the camera table and on-board computer for image editing. From the dive deck, sun deck, cabins and saloon, everything on board the KLM Sea Safari 8 liveaboard can be described as comfortable, well-appointed and most notably, spacious.
Notes: Children under 12 years old, sharing with parent without extra bed - 50% discount.
Dive experience: All divers must have at least 30 logged dives in the past 5 years. Otherwise it is possible to hire a private dive master. Please ask us for more details.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from the airport, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 4 divers per DM), cruise accident and diving insurance, ENOS lost diver tracking system, port fees, tanks, weights and weightbelts, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 35 per day), dive computer (US$ 10 per day), park entrance fee (to be paid in advance): Komodo/Raja Ampat (US$ 35 per night), Wakatobi/Ternate/Alor/Maumere/Ambon Banda Sea (US$ 25 per night), Manokwari (US$ 40 per night), Raja Ampat local government tax (PIN) (US$ 75 per year). With effect from 1 September 2022, a fuel surcharge of US$ 20 per person per night will apply to all cruises (to be paid in advance). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 20 per day), 15 litre tank (US$ 10 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Watch the Sea Safari 8 video
The Sea Safari VIII normally departs from Sorong or Manokwari 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. You can fly direct to Manokawri from Jakarta, via Ujung Pandang. We will help you arrange return domestic flights between Bali or Jakarta and Sorong or Manokwari. For more information see our West Papua travel information section.
For liveaboard trips using other departure ports we will assist you with information on how to get there.
All safaris are planned to depart at 12 noon, or when all the guests have arrived. There is a transfer service from the local airport to and from the boat. The last dive of the trip will be at around 4 pm on the second last day of the trip. Check-out time at the end of the tour is before 12 noon. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: US$ 50 per night 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 for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 5 guests and 1 additional guest can join the cruise in a lower deck cabin free of charge (total 6 guests or more).
Pay for 12 to 15 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge (total 14 to 17 guests).
Pay for 16 to 19 guests and 3 additional persons can join free of charge (total 19 to 22 guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): From US$ 8,100 assuming 24 guests (including free diving equipment for all). For whole boat charters with other numbers of guests (minimum 12), please contact us.
The Sea Safari 8 has 12 cabins with en-suite bathrooms, including 4 double bed cabins with windows on the main deck, and 8 cabins with portholes on the lower deck. The lower deck cabins comprise 2 double bed cabins, 5 twin bed cabins, and 1 cabin with bunk beds.
All the cabins have:
Private bathroom with hot water shower, hand basin
Nitrox - 2 Motorised tenders - 60m² Dive deck with fresh water showers, rinse tank, separate camera rinse tank and camera table - 80m² Air-conditioned restaurant combined with saloon and well-stocked bar on main deck - Upper deck 40m² air-conditioned saloon - TV, DVD, music centre - SAT phone - Photo and video editing facilities and CD burner - Library with movies, magazines, general books, games and fish ID books - 120m² Open-air shaded area - 90m² Sundeck with Jacuzzi, sun chairs and loungers - Water dispenser
Food is high on the agenda for guests on board the Sea Safari 8 liveaboard trips with a philosophy of sleep - dive - eat (well)! Meals and snacks take place before and after every dive and the evening meals feature set theme menus such as Italian, Chinese and BBQ. Beer and wine is available for purchase and complimentary items such as fruit, tea and coffee are available throughout the day.
Indonesian and international dishes, including Chinese, Japanese and BBQs, usually with a choice of 5 different dishes per sitting.
Buffet and waitress service for pre-dive breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Complimentary snacks include biscuits, candy bars, ice creams, bread/toast and fruit.
Coffee, tea and drinking water are free of charge.
3 cans per day of soft drinks or beer are included. Additional soft drinks, beer and wine are available for purchase.
The cruise dining service begins with lunch on the first day of the tour.
All dietary requirements can be catered for - please send us prior notice.
Example breakfast: White & brown bread, croissants, scramble eggs, cereals, kweytiaw (noodles), beef salami, pepperoni, fresh fruit ...
Example dinner meals: Steamed prawn with onion sauce, Fettucini With pappardelle, Beef With black pepper sauce, Eggplant moussaka, Sauted vegetables with bean sprouts & salted fish ...