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The large & luxurious Dewi Nusantara is a three masted, wooden motor schooner, measuring an astounding 57 meters (188 feet) in length. She's as spectacular as a liveaboard gets.
A word from Dom : "The first second I stepped onto this stunning vessel I immediately felt at home. Luxurious? Yes. Pretentious? No. Not in the least. She's graceful & elegant ... and on the practical side, has abundant space & is a stable platform for your explorations of the remote regions of Indonesia. Beyond that, her crew, her food and her ambiance all get rave reviews from her guests. And, the diving .... well, it doesn't get any better. She's one of my all-time favorites in Indonesia." ..... Dominick Macan
1 main deck DOUBLE master stateroom up to 4 dives per day from custom built tenders accommodation & diving international & domestic airfare
king size bed, seating area, picture windows with 180 degree view plus shower & bath with a window
8 lower deck DOUBLE/TWIN staterooms
king bed or 2 twin beds, desk & port window
All staterooms have a private bathroom, individually controlled air conditioning and plenty of storage.
12 liter alu tanks (DIN adaptable valves)
15 liter alu tanks (at extra cost)
scuba gear rental available (request in advance)
nitrox available & rebreather friendly
water temperature: 78 - 82F, 25 - 28C ... 3mm wetsuit recommended
meals, snacks, water, tea & coffee
compressed air, tanks, weights and weight belts
port fees, National Park fees & fuel surcharge
nitrox & dive gear rental (please request in advance)
massages & spa treatments
1 main deck DOUBLE master stateroom
up to 4 dives per day from custom built tenders
accommodation & diving
international & domestic airfare
Dewi Nusantara is really a "floating boutique resort" featuring nothing but high-end amenities. Her owner's dream was to recreate a majestic 3 masted schooner from the period of the mid-1800′s ... a dream that became an enchanting reality. But, the atmosphere is easy and informal ... so you can relax & unwind ... but in style !
The upper deck has an extensive area in front of the bridge devoted to sunbathing & lounging, with multiple cushioned loungers & benches. This area can be covered or uncovered. The fore deck on main deck level, features the inviting, canopy-covered alfresco dining area while just inside is the spacious formal dining room and very classy lounge with all the requisite equipment. At the stern, is the huge 470 square foot "Master and Commander Suite "featuring a king size bed, separate sitting area with a sofa, and table with chairs that reminds guests of the "captains quarters" from the schooner design that inspired her. The remaining staterooms, all extra-sized, are located on the lower deck.
The main-deck dive deck gives divers tons of individual space and offers a rinse tank on the starboard side for camera and computer wash only, and a tank on the port side is used for general equipment wash down .Of course, there is a very serious dedication to accommodating underwater photographers & videographers. A large camera room offers multiple charging stations, camera benches and a workstation with data transfer and CD/DVD burning facilities. The lounge is equipped with a DVD player and TV for photo/video playback.
There is a "grazing" breakfast available from 6 am before the first dive. Breakfast is cooked to order and is served after the first morning dive. There is a buffet lunch and an elegant meal at dinner with waiter service. Additionally, fresh mid-morning and mid-fternoon snacks are served. Beverages (non-alcoholic and local beer) are complimentary while onboard.
LAYOUT & SPECS
Built: Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia 2007-2008
Type: wooden 3 mast US top sail schooner
Length over deck: 158 feet (48 meters)
Length over all: 191 feet (58 meters)
Beam: 37 feet (12 meters)
Draft: 12 feet (3,6meters)
Total displacement: 800 tons
Fuel capacity: 29,000 liters
Cruising speed: 8- 9 knots
Propulsion: 2 x 500 hp Nissan twin turbo diesels
Desalinators production: 2 x 5,000 liters per day
Electricity: Two 100KvA and 50KvA generators – 220 volts
twin GPS systems
USB Radio & satellite phone
Number of passengers: 18
Accommodation: Eight double/twin “Deluxe Staterooms” 20 Square meter
Suites: One “Master Suite” 46 square meter
Lounge/Restaurant: 95 square meter
Dive/dining deck: 100 square meter
Sun deck : 80 square meters
Camera table : 10 meters with shelving
Dewi Nusantara's itineraries cover a large swathe of Indonesia : Raja Ampat, Misool, Cenderawasih, Triton Bay, Banda/Alor/Ambon.
Indonesia's shining underwater star, Raja Ampat has something of nearly everything a diver could want. You’ll dive channels, plateaus, walls & caves … and just plain mud, for the delight of “muck” diving. You'll swim amongst great swirls of fish and feast your eyes on sponges & corals in scintillating colors. You’ll meet up close & personal, everything from pygmy seahorses to colossal manta rays.
The main draw here is the large community of whale sharks which stay year-round and feed off the fish tumbling from the villagers' fishing platforms. You'll also dive plunging vertical walls with prolific sponge life, see great schools of fish and may also have the opportunity to dive on Manokwari's excellent WWII wrecks.
Misool: Pure beauty awaits you here. This pristine area is a protected reserve. You’ll dive amongst splendid corals, experience drift dives & swim throughs, see large schools of pelagic fish and brightly colored reef fish. There are mantas, too … and plenty of fabulous critter action for macro photographers.
Banda Sea / Alor: In Alor & the Banda Sea, you'll find clear waters full of masses of fish & loads of invertebrates ... plus alluring critters. As to topography, you'll find shear drops, huge pinnacles, great walls ... all covered with rich & thriving corals which attract diverse fish life. Add to that, visiting pelagics and you have a magical mix.
Ambon: If you love crazy critters, Ambon is hard to beat. Get your lens ready for rhinopias, pegasus sea moths, countless varieties of frog fish, seahorse, flamboyant cuttlefish, ghost pipe fish and star gazers. Lesser known is the south side of Ambon, which features great colourful walls, caves, swim throughs and healthy reef life with large fish … and more critters.
Triton Bay: Divers love the whale sharks who visit the fishing platforms, but the true star of this region is a profusion of speculator soft corals gardens & the schooling fish - anthias, damsel fish, fusiliers, sweetlips & snappers. With lots of nutrients in the water, photographers beware : the viz is limited at many sites. But, you’ll love the massive black coral bushes, the drift and wall dives and the opportunities for critter hunting.
International flights generally arrive at one of the following airports: Bali-Denpasar (DPS) ... Jakarta (CGK) ... Manado (MDC). We will be pleased to help you book your domestic flights through our Bali agent.
The boat's scheduled departure time varies depending on current domestic airline schedules, which can change, so departure details are not listed here. We'll inform you at time of booking and will keep you posted on any possible changes
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