Tambora is a professional dive yacht offers all luxury and amenities, it offers dive liveaboard trips all around Indonesia according to the season, it can accommodate up to 16 guests.

Jerome

11/08/2014

After much research we decided that liveaboard was the best way to go Raja Ampat. And we ruled out the cheap liveaboards where everyone shares the same bathroom, also ruled out the super luxurious...

Description

Boat

Tambora is a 42 meter wooden Phinisi-style live-aboard that offers great comfort and flair, and at the same time is optimally geared towards supporting a diving operation in terms of safety, convenience, and efficiency.

Tambora has been entirely constructed out of Sulawesi iron wood and chosen Javanese teak. While her hull has been painted white, the superstructure, decks and roofs have all been finished with a view towards preserving the natural beauty of the teak wood. All decks and the salon rooftop feature teak parquet flooring. This way, the rustic charm and warmth of a traditional wooden vessel could be preserved.

There is a large salon with separate dining and relaxing sections on the upper deck, with large flat screen TV/DVD with home cinema, it offering enough space during mealtimes, as well as for chilling out over a chat and drinks with fellow divers, with a book in your hands, or working on your laptop.

Outside the salon, there is a large outdoor lounge area with lounge beds for relaxation. There are 3 separate lounge decks on board - provide enough space and privacy, and can be fully shielded from the sun.

Tambora allows guests to to move about the vessel unobstructed. There are no narrow gangways and staircases.

Tambora's chef serves a menu of tasty Indonesian, European and Japanese specialties, freshly prepared in the well-equipped kitchen. Five meals per day mean there always is a tasty bite awaiting guests when they are on the surface!

Tambora has a large dive platform is located at the backboard side of the vessel, three easy steps down from the main deck.

The dive stations is divided into two separate sections, both is well equipped. The wet section features personal dive baskets, two large rinsing tanks, filling station and storage for dive tanks. The dry section features large desktop area as work space, as well as to store sensitive (and often bulky) equipment when not in use, large number of power sockets.

Tambora also can provide satellite-based communication for phone calls, your personal email and internet access with an additional charge.


Cabin

Tambora has 8 spacious guest cabin, it can accommodate up to 16 divers:

All cabins are at least 15sqm in size, with large en-suite bathroom, writing desk, air-conditioning, ample storage space, reading lights, power outlets (European 220V type).

2 Double Bed Cabins:
Located on the main deck, with a large double bed, portholes.

2 Double Bed Cabins:
Located on the lower deck, with a large double bed, portholes.

4 Twin Beds Cabins:
Located on the lower deck, with two single beds, portholes.


Diving

  • 4 dives per day, depending on conditions and route.

  • Normally, dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.

  • 2 dives will be provided on the day before departure.

  • All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.


Other information

  • Nitrox:Available with additional cost
  • 15L Tanks:Available with additional cost
  • Technical Dive Available:Not available at the moment
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available, rate on request
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Available with additional cost
  • Laundry Service:Available with additional cost
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:By cash (USD/IDR) or credit card
  • Crew Number:Unknown, including 2 dive guides

Itineraries

Raja Ampat

South & Central Raja Empat
Raja Empat has only fairly recently been discovered as scuba diving’s new frontier, and has very quickly gained a reputation as one of the world's finest dive areas, perhaps the finest amongst all in terms of biodiversity. New species keep being discovered here, and considering the vast geographic expanse of this group of islands, this is set to continue for years and years!

Our cruises depart from and return to Sorong, the area’s major town on the tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula. Soon upon leaving Sorong harbor, Tambora will sail in crystal clear waters, among an endless string of densely forested and mostly uninhabited islands. The vast expanse and sheer number of islands allows us to pick itineraries and dive sites that suit during any season.

We will start things off diving the superb sites of the Dampier Strait. This is where waters from the Pacific and the inner Indonesian Seas first meet, providing for an extreme wealth of marine creatures including manta rays, schooling trevally and jacks, reef sharks, and the bizarre wobbegong shark. From here, cruises continue southwards towards Misool and the labyrinth of little islets surrounding it (Note: cruises in the June-August time period will turn north towards Waigeo and Wayag). You can expect it all – big pelagics, reefs teeming with life, great macro sites, and vibrantly colored night dives!

From Sorong, the major town on the Bird’s Head Peninsula and in the West of Indonesian New Guinea, you can connect easily to destinations across Indonesia.


Hidden Bays & Painted Rocks

South Raja Ampat, Fak Fak, Triton Bay
This cruise between Kaimana and Sorong takes us along the New Guinea coast and through South and Central Raja Empat to some of the world’s very best yet at the same time very little dived sites.

We will leave Kaimana bound south along the towering New Guinea coast line. A backdrop of steep limestone cliffs topped by pristine rain forest make for eerie scenery; oftentimes for kilometers, galleries of rock paintings delineate ancient burial grounds. The sea underneath is rich in nutrients and offers stunning biodiversity. We start with diving Triton Bay, with its exuberant soft coral gardens, large forests or black coral, and an amazing array of reef fish. Turning around to head up North, we dive for a couple of days along the Papuan coastline and off Fak Fak, where the diving offers great variety – splendid reef systems, some of the fishiest dives in the entire country, as well as some stunning rock and cave formations. From here onwards we move further up North towards the Southern part of Raja Empat, diving Misool and the labyrinth of islets and rocks surrounding it. Also here, the surface and underwater scenery are equally pristine, and each and every anchorage will be a picture-book experience. On our way into Sorong, we stop at the South shore of the island of Batanta, one of the Four Kings, for the only black sand diving Raja Ampat has to offer.

Please note that we are conducting this cruise in both directions, from Kaimana to Sorong (as described above) and also in the reverse sense, from Sorong to Kaimana. Kaimana can be reached best from Jakarta or Ambon while Sorong, the major town on the Bird’s Head Peninsula and in the West of Indonesian New Guinea, offers connections to many destinations across Indonesia including Jakarta, Makassar, Ambon, Manado, Manokwari or Jayapura.


Sulawesi's Secret Sites

Lembeh, Bunaken, Toli-Toli, West Sulawesi
This cruise takes us through largely uncharted and undived waters along the north coast of the island of Sulawesi, prior to arriving in the well known Bunaken National Park, Bangka-Talisei islands to the north of Sulawesi, and Lembeh Strait.

Leaving Palu, the Tambora will sail a northerly course, and we will dive some of the bays and capes along the Makassar Strait between the islands of Sulawesi and Borneo. Our next stop is Toli-Toli Bay, a large bay offering a broad variety of dive sites: some of the sheerest walls in the country, current-swept rocks where large schools of fish aggregate and terrific macro sites. We will spend 2-3 days diving and exploring Toli-Toli Bay prior to continuing our journey along the journey towards the East, following the Celebes Sea shoreline.

We will dive a series of sites along this coastline, including some large atolls offshore as well as fringing and patch reefs closer to the mainland; the dive sites here are characterized by a mixture of hard and soft coral gardens. Rarely visited and dived as it is, this section of the cruise also offers plenty of opportunities for further exploration.

Heading further East, we will reach Bunaken National Marine Park, the islands off the Northern tip of Sulawesi, and eventually the Lembeh Strait.

Palu, our port of embarkation, can easily be reached from Bali, Manado, Singapore (via Balikpapan) or Jakarta. We will disembark in Bitung, the harbor of Manado, from where guests can adjourn to a resort in the Manado area, or the airport for their onward flight connection.

More

Destinations Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, North Sulawesi, Cenderawasih Bay, Triton Bay
Facilities Nitrox support, Camera station, Internet, Water Toys, Laundry
Languages spoken English, French, German

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
21/06/2019 to 02/07/2019 11 nights North Sulawesi Tarakan - Tarakan From $4,265.00 Detail
05/07/2019 to 16/07/2019 11 nights North Sulawesi Tarakan - Palu From $4,265.00 Detail
19/07/2019 to 31/07/2019 12 nights North Sulawesi Palu - Manado From $4,630.00 Detail
03/08/2019 to 13/08/2019 10 nights North Sulawesi Manado - Manado From $3,900.00 Detail
25/09/2019 to 07/10/2019 12 nights Banda Sea Ternate - Sorong From $4,630.00 Detail
10/10/2019 to 22/10/2019 12 nights Banda Sea Sorong - Ambon From $4,770.00 Detail
25/10/2019 to 06/11/2019 12 nights Banda Sea Ambon - Saumlaki From $4,895.00 Detail
09/11/2019 to 21/11/2019 12 nights Banda Sea Saumlaki - Tual From $4,895.00 Detail
24/11/2019 to 06/12/2019 12 nights Triton Bay Tual - Kaimana From $4,895.00 Detail
09/12/2019 to 21/12/2019 12 nights Banda Sea Kaimana - Sorong From $4,895.00 Detail
24/12/2019 to 05/01/2020 12 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $4,895.00 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Raja Ampat 12 nights Twin From $4,895.00
Raja Ampat 12 nights Double From $5,135.00
North Sulawesi 10 nights Twin From $3,900.00
North Sulawesi 10 nights Double From $4,100.00
North Sulawesi 11 nights Twin From $4,265.00
North Sulawesi 11 nights Double From $4,850.00
North Sulawesi 12 nights Twin From $4,630.00
North Sulawesi 12 nights Double From $4,870.00
Banda Sea 12 nights Twin From $4,630.00
Banda Sea 12 nights Double From $4,870.00
Triton Bay 12 nights Twin From $4,895.00
Triton Bay 12 nights Double From $5,135.00

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • Dive courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

Useful information

Raja Ampat

Period : The diving season is year-round. Best diving season is December to March with the best overall visibility. Most liveaboards avoid Raja Ampat from mid July - mid September due to the likelihood of experiencing both strong winds / surface swells and rain.

Visa's : For most nationalities worldwide, a tourist entry visas valid for 30 days can be obtained on arrival at the first Indonesian airport for USD 25.00 in cash. These entry visas cannot be extended on arrival.

Climat : Raja Ampat lies on the equator and has a hot and humid tropical climate. The air temperature is fairly contant year round and can drop to 24°C overnight whilst the daytime maximum is 31°C. The average humidity is 83%.

Water : The water temperature is a fairly constant and warm 27°C - 29°C.

Clothing : Light airy clothes are ideal, can be cool with rain. Sun protection is a must.

Plugs : Type C Europlug, 230V @ 50Hz

Flights : The town of Sorong in West Papua is the main gateway to Raja Ampat. Sorong is mainly accessed via connections from Jakarta, Denpasar Bali and Makassar.

  • Airport taxes on departure are levied at every Indonesian airport. These taxes need to be paid cash in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). The fees for domestic departures vary between IDR 20.000-40.000 per person. At international airports the charges are higher, between IDR 100.000-150.000 per person.
  • Please note that baggage allowance on any domestic flights ticketed separately may be limited to 15kg (33bs) per person only, and any additional weight will be subject to surcharges per kilo.

Currency : Official currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), Money-Exchanger can be found in most of the place. International ATM's are available (Visa/Masterd Card/Unionpay). Credit Cards not always accepted, Some fees may only be paid in cash.


North Sulawesi

Period : Diving is conducted year round although conditions will vary throughout the year in the different areas.

Visa's : For most nationalities worldwide, a tourist entry visas valid for 30 days can be obtained on arrival at the first Indonesian airport for USD 25.00 in cash. These entry visas cannot be extended on arrival.

Climat : Manado has a typical equatorial climate, the wet season runs from November to April and the dry season is from May to October. The air temperature remains fairly constant throughout the year, ranging between 23°C – 30°C and the average humidity is 80%.

Water : The water temperature is a fairly constant and warm 27°C - 29°C, (dropping to 25°C in Lembeh Strait in July / August).

Clothing : Rain and sun protection clothes are a good idea, along with light airy clothes for the daytime.

Plugs : Type C Europlug, 230V @ 50Hz

Flights : Manado's Sam Ratulangi Airport fields international flights to/from Singapore (3.5 hours). There are also frequent flights to Jakarta (3hr 15min) and Makassar (1.5 hours).

  • Airport taxes on departure are levied at every Indonesian airport. These taxes need to be paid cash in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). The fees for domestic departures vary between IDR 20.000-40.000 per person. At international airports the charges are higher, between IDR 100.000-150.000 per person.
  • Please note that baggage allowance on any domestic flights ticketed separately may be limited to 15kg (33bs) per person only, and any additional weight will be subject to surcharges per kilo.

Currency : Official currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), Money-Exchanger can be found in most of the place. International ATM's are available (Visa/Masterd Card/Unionpay). Credit Cards not always accepted, Some fees may only be paid in cash.

Diver's reviews (1)

Jerome, 11/08/2014

After much research we decided that liveaboard was the best way to go Raja Ampat. And we ruled out the cheap liveaboards where everyone shares the same bathroom, also ruled out the super luxurious but also super epensive options. Thanks Dive and Cruise advice us with Tambora which make our tirp so wonderful! The owner and his wife lived onboard and they made everything ran smoothly and he was very good at choosing the best sites and at the right time. The cabins were all in good size with a nice dark wooden finish, ensuite with a shower, toilet, sink and mirror. The shower was hot and quite powerful. There was a wardrobe and a desk and chair in the cabin, perfect for photo editing. Food was super good onboard, FREE beer and soda, tonic, juice, etc.. The only extra you had to pay for was wine, and of course the marine park fee and Nitrox. The important basics of comfortable sleeping, good food, hot showers and space to relax. We will come back for this boat for sure!

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