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At a glance...
- Visits Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Sulawesi, Wakatobi
- Complimentary nitrox for certified divers
- Can join 7 or 11 night Raja Ampat trips
- Cabins with ensuite bathrooms
- Air-conditioned restaurant
- Wet room with table for cameras, rinse tanks
Sleek and comfortable, the SMY Seahorse has been exploring some of Indonesia's lesser known waters for years. Under new ownership, divers can expect the same high service standards as those provided on her sister liveaboard, MV Ambai, as they cruise around Raja Ampat and elsewhere.
On board this 33 metre long Raja Ampat liveaboard there are 8 spacious cabins all with en-suite bathrooms with portholes or windows, a huge sundeck with plenty of lounging space and an air-conditioned lounge with a full entertainment system. The interior of the boat is mainly timber and is very well maintained. You can expect plenty of personal service from the 14 crew who attend to only 16 guests.
The dive deck has a 'wet room' where you can rinse and prepare your camera gear on the dedicated camera table. Nitrox is complimentary for certified divers during your Seahorse diving cruises. Since the boat caters for both diving and non-diving charters it is designed so life at sea on board is as comfortable as it can be. Why not indulge with Indonesian massages onboard the Seahorse for a completely relaxing diving holiday experience?
Between October and April, your West Papua liveaboard scuba adventure can be enjoyed in comfort and style on the Seahorse. Alor, Banda and particularly Komodo are visited during the period of May to October.
Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...
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Dive experience: Recommendation is - Komodo, Banda Sea, Halmahera: Level 2 / 50 logged dives. Raja Ampat, Triton Bay, Sulawesi: Level 2 / 30 logged dives.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, soft drinks,
transfers to the boat from the airport and hotels, dives (as detailed in the trips above), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (approx. US$ 40 per day - includes computer and torch, needs to be pre-booked), dive insurance, port and park fees, Raja Ampat US$ 237, Komodo US$ 148, (subject to change). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, torches, dive computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Raja Ampat: The Seahorse liveaboard safaris normally depart 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. We will help you arrange return domestic flights between Bali or Jakarta and the port of departure. There is a transfer service from the local airport to and from the boat. Komodo: Seahorse departs from Labuan Bajo or from Bima. Flights can be arranged by the operator.
Triton Bay: Fly direct to the port of Kaimana in the south of West Papua, from Sorong, connecting to Jakarta. North Sulawesi & Togian Islands: Fly direct to the port of Bitung (Manado) (from Jakarta, Guangzhou, Nanking, Shanghai!), the port of Luwuk (from Makassar and Manado), or from the port of Gorontalo (from Jakarta, Makassar and Manado). Forgotten Islands: Fly direct to the port of Saumlaki (from Ambon connecting to Jakarta and Makassar). Halmahera: Fly direct to the port of Ternate (from Jakarta, Makassar and Manado).
There is a minibus transfer service from airports to and from the boat. For more information see our travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 12 noon on the second last day of the trip. 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 cabin or pay a supplement of 65% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 5 divers and 1 extra person can join the cruise free of charge in Standard cabin (total 6+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 14 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge.
Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 2 Sea view double bed cabins on the upper deck, with windows. There are also 6 Standard twin cabins (either twin or bunk beds) with 2 portholes each, on the lower deck.
All the cabins have:
- Individually controlled air conditioning
- Portholes or windows
- Toilet and hot water shower
- Hand basin, mirror and towels
- Round twin plug 220V mains outlet - 24 hours per day
- Reading lights
- Cabinet and shelves
- Fire warning system
- Life jackets
No. of bathrooms / showers - 8 / 9 - hot water
Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
- Cruise Leader
- 4 Divemasters
- 2 Engineers
- 2 Deck hands
- 2 Maids
Nitrox - 2 Motorised diving tenders - 40m² dive deck kit up area with fresh hot water shower and toilet - Camera rinse tank - Wet room with table for cameras - 35m² air-con saloon on main deck with bar, satellite telephone, DVD player, music system, marine library - Waterski - Open and shaded sundeck with sun chairs
Menu, Cuisine Type...
Onboard the MSY Seahorse you can expect the full range of Indonesian and international cuisine.
Sample menu: Light Breakfast: Coffee, Tea, Fruits, Fresh Fruits Juice, cookies; Breakfast: Continental or American Breakfast; Lunch: Starter - Avocado Shrimp Salad, Main Course - T-Bone Steak with Black Pepper Sauce and choice of Rice or Mashed Potato, Desert - Fresh Fruits; Dinner : Starter - Minestrone Soup, Main Course - Grilled Mackerel with vegetables, Desert - Ice Cream
- Indonesian and international main meal dishes
- Buffet-style service in saloon or on the main deck open air
- Vegetarian dietary requirements can be catered for - please send us your requirements
- The cruise catering arrangements begin with lunch on the first day
- Coffee, tea, fresh milk, soft drinks, water, fruit, biscuits, are provided free of charge
- Wine, beer and spirits are also available
- No fixed menu.
- Operator rates food as very important
- Built in year 2004, refurbished in 2018
- Size - 33m x 8.5m
- Size - 220 tonnes
- Top speed - 12 knots
- Cruising speed - 9 knots
- 1 x 380 HP MANN marine engine
- 3 x generators - 40, 60 and 12 KW
- 2 x Seamansub dive tank compressors
- 12 litre aluminium tanks with international fittings - DIN adapters available free of charge
- Enriched air nitrox system
- Electricity 220V and 110V - 24 hours per day
- Water capacity - 10,000 litres
- Fuel capacity - 20,000 litres
- Fresh water maker - 6,000 litres per day
Navigation, Safety Features...
- 3 Life rafts (36 pax)
- 3 x Motorised 40-85 HP dinghies
- 4 x ICOM, VHF and SSB radios
- 2 x global positioning systems with plotter (GPS) - TRC and Furuno
- Furuno radar - range of 90 nautical miles
- Furuno sounder
- Satellite telephone
- 4 x Searchlights
- Emergency position indicationg radio beacon (EPIRB)
- First aid box with 4 trained staff
- Oxygen - 42,400 litres
- Life jackets in each cabin
- Smoke detectors in each cabin
- 13 x Fire extinguishers throughout
"I loved every moment on this boat. Staff was friendly and ensured everyone felt at home. For me, following a vegan diet, they prepared special food every day giving me food of same quality and variety as all other guests. Delicous meals. Atmospheric boat (Indonesian phinisi, wodden boat), newly renovated, spacious cabins incl the ensuite bathrooms - comfy beds, great sundeck. The staff gave us an unforgettable evening on the beach when we had a Christmas barbecue. They entertained us with local songs, great food and had decorated the beach better than for a beach wedding. Best overall liveaboard experience out of 9 liveaboards I have done around the world. Plus of course the Raja Ampat itself was a fantastic diving experience.
" - Nina Axman
, Sweden, 02 February 2020 ...
"The dive boat was fab, the cabins are roomy with lots of storage space and the dive deck was set up really well. We had 4 dive guides so there was never more than 4 guests per dive guide. All the guides were brilliant and we enjoyed all our divers. The food was great and the dives were some of the best we have ever had.
" - Eva Hayes
, United Kingdom, 04 March 2020 ...
"The boat was very nice and the cabins were confortable and nice. The dive briefing was not accurate enough. Dive sites were amazing. Food was good.
" - Francesco Passeri
, Italy, 24 December 2018 ...
"Great and helpful staffs. Experienced, responsible and funny dive masters and dive guides. Facilities are basic except the ship is wobbling when wave is strong.
" - Chan Koon Khee
, Malaysia, 23 December 2016 ...
"We had a wonderful time diving with Seahorse! Although the liveaboard is not a luxury type but the facilities are good, clean and overall operation is very organized. The cruise director (Daniel) is very responsible and always make sure the dive sites is save for the divers. The crew staffs are very friendly and helpful. The chef, Pak Udin is surprisingly good.
" - Hui Peng Ong
, Malaysia, 22 December 2016 ...
"The service was top-notch. Staff and crew were very helpful and left no stone unturned to spoil the guests. Particularly Crew Master Cici is extremely hands-on, knowledgable, reliable and helpful.
" - Arjen Kuenen
, Netherlands, 13 September 2016 ...
"I was lucky enough to have a small group 5 of a possible 16 spots. Great dive guides, crew and cook was awesome. Go for the deluxe cabin if you can.
" - Mark Loewen
, USA, 9 February 2015 ...
"Outstanding 11 day dive trip in Raja Ampat, I rented the 15 L Tanks & BCD ... of all my 650 plus dives this trip was the very best , astonishing diverse corals & sea life .. the staff on the boat were all absolutely outstanding, made for an unforgettable trip, I will be back for sure.
" - Adel Zakaria
, USA, 17 November 2014 ...
"The crew was very helpful with the dive gear and we really enjoyed our cabin on the boat. Overall the service was very good.
" - Randall Wacker
, Canada, 24 July 2014 ...
"Food & accommodation first class, friendly helpful staff, excellent diving, excellent guides. Very interesting and varied itinerary. We will definitely take another liveaboard trip with the Seahorse.
" - Jason & Maria Peacock
, NZ/UK, 1 April 2007 ...
Operator website: Wallacea Dive Cruises