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Duyung Baru, perfect for a small group, has only 3 cabins in her 27-meter (88-foot) hull .... which translates to very spacious accommodation for your special Komodo diving trip..
A word from Dom : "Looking for the ideal liveaboard for a family or small group? This sleek beauty slots perfectly into that profile. Her captain has long & varied experience in Indonesian waters & will whisk you away to magical dive sites. If it's your charter, the itinerary will be based on your interests (in conjunction with the captain's advice, of course). A highly recommended option !" ...... Dominick Macan
2 lower deck DOUBLE cabins
queen bed, desk & port windows
1 lower deck TWIN cabin
2 extra-wide twin beds & port windows
All cabins are en-suite & have individually controlled air conditioning, a safe & spacious storage area
up to 4 dives per day from the tender
12 liter alu tanks (15 liter alu tanks at extra cost)
scuba gear rental (by advance request & at extra cost)
water temperature: 80 - 88F, 27 - 31C ... 3mm wetsuit recommended
accommodation & diving
meals, snacks, fresh fruit, tea & coffee
compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
multiple towels including deck towel
Komodo land excursions
international & domestic airfare
harbor & National Park fees
scuba gear (BCD, computer, regulator)
15 liter tanks
Owner & captain, Korth Vovo, began his tenure in Indonesia as a surfer back in the 90's. He switched to diving, bought his first boat "Duyung" ("Mermaid") and explored the rich waters of Komodo, taking divers aboard at a time when only one other liveaboard was working in Komodo. The current vessel, Duyung Baru ("New Mermaid") was designed by Vovo specifically for small-group diving expeditions ....and is a treasure for many reasons. You'll have a captain who intimately knows the diving, his wife whose reputation as a chef spreads far & wide .... and if your group charters the boat, you'll have the option of setting your own itinerary in conjunction with the captain.
Duyung Baru presents a beautiful, hand-crafted teak interior for that traditional Phinisi warm ambiance and sports ans atmosphere which is comfortable & relaxed the . With only 4 to 6 divers on board you'll find the sense of space on this vessel quite different from those which carry 16 to 26 divers. The top sun deck has plenty of room for all guests in either sun or shade. On the deck below, you'll find the large & airy salon/ dining area with windows all around, allowing views of the islands. On the fore deck, in front of the salon, you'll find comfortable deck chairs & a sofa for your kick-back hours ... and just in front of that area is the ample dive deck with plenty of space for diving preparation.
The comfortable cabins, all of hand-sanded teak, are below deck.
But, the heart of the Duyung Baru lies in Yani's kitchen where she and her crew whip up fresh delicacies every day to rave revies.
Duyung Baru focuses on diving Komodo ... including some unique and special areas of Komodo available at limited times of the year.
The 6-night cruise : This is a sample itinerary. If you have chartered the boat for your small group, you will finalize the itinerary day-by-day, depending on conditions and diver preferences.
Day 1: You will be met at the Labuan Bajo airiport and taken to the Duyung Baru. After orientation, around 11.30 am, you’ll set sail for your first dive site at Sebayor Island where you’ll enjoy a relaxing check-up dive. Max depth 18 meters
Day 2: You will most likely continue diving on the eastern side of Komodo Island. Dive sites like Batu Bolong ,Tatawa Besar, Tatawa Kecil and Siaba where you’ll have spectacular coral gardens and comfortable to challenging drift dives. You should have plenty of fish life, some sharks & possibly a manta or two. Max depth 30 meters. Dives will depend on the local wind and ocean conditions at the time and the strength of the current.
Day 3: Karang Makassar, this dive site also known as Manta Point due to the large schools of manta rays it attracts. Here you can observe the elegant creatures as they swoop and glide in their natural element. Max depth 15 meters. From the mooring here in a calm lagoon, you’ll also have easy access to the many dive sites located nearby, including some you’ve already dived.
Day 4: Sail to the northern tip of Komodo and set anchor at the twin islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat. Here you can explore some of Komodo's most stunning and picturesque reefs, including such famous dive sites as Castle Rock, Lighthouse, Cauldron, Crystal Rock and Golden Passage -- each with an abundance of colorful and energetic sea life. Max Depth 30 meters.
Day 5: Golden Passage is the longest drift dive in Komodo stretching 1 kilometers from east to west. Max depth 18 meters. You can expect extreme current here throughout the dive and you can see black tips reef sharks, bumphead parrot fish. Towards the end of the drift you will arrive in a sheltered, shallow bay ideal place for your safety stop. Castle Rock is an advanced dive site subject to extremely strong currents at most times. A negative entry is required here to a depth of about 20+meters. You can see many giant travallies and sharks and copious diverse marine species here. Max depth 30-35meters
Towards sunset, you will enjoy a trek across the rugged hillside of Gili Lawa Darat where you can enjoy the stunning views of the multitude of islands clustered around Komodo.
Day 6 : Police Corner Siaba. You will moor here for the night as there is another manta cleaning station nearby for those of you who just can't get enough of the beautiful creatures. Alternatively Tatawa Kecil is another option should you be looking for non manta diving for your final diving experience here in Komodo.
Day 7: Early in the morning you will visit the Ranger station in Rinja Island to see the famous Komodo Dragons. It will be a short trek with another beautiful view point over the Komodo national park. After this amazing experience you will be served breakfast and afterwards personally escorted to the Komodo International airport by Yani the Duyung Baru’s captain.
The 8-night cruise will give you two more days at the best of these sites.
The West Komodo Cruise is for private charter only, at full moon periods and for those who absolutely love and are extremely experienced in diving exceptionally strong currents. The sites here are just as beautiful and bountiful as the standard Komodo sites but with virgin coral reefs and no other boats in sight.
The 8-night Komodo Nusa Kode Macro Cruise is designed specially for macro photographers and available from March to April and October to December. You can dive such sites as Secret Pinnacle, Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Boulders, Torpedo Point, Crinoid Canyon and several other unnamed walls. If you are a macro photographer this is the perfect place for you . It is also possible to see a family of Komodo Dragons right here on the beach of South Rinca..
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