There is only one liveaboard boat with vast experience operating in the Raja Ampat area and that is MV Pindito. Back in 1992, master and owner of Pindito, Edi Frommenwiler, along with 60 local workers, built the Pindito by hand. Edi had a hunch that the area now known as Raja Ampat would have some pretty fabulous diving . What he discovered was that this was the most biodiverse coral reef ecosystem in the world. Pindito offers top-class diving travel with high standards of reliability and safety to some of the most spectacular areas of Indonesia.
The 37-metre MV Pindito is a wooden ‘phinisi’ style motor sailing vessel which takes up to 16 divers in eight teakwood-panelled cabins. There are six double and two twin cabins. All the cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning and en suite bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet. An additional upper bunk can be added to these cabins if a couple would like an extra surface for gear storage. Twin bedded cabins have one lower bed and one upper bed and have a little more floor space than the double cabins.
Meals are always a feature on Pindito, starting with an early continental breakfast before the first dive, followed by a full buffet breakfast after the dive. Lunch and dinner are served with an Asian flair, with meat, fish and salads featuring on the menu most days. Deserts are always a highlight. Between meals, cakes and cookies are on offer as well as an endless supply of tea, coffee, juices and sodas. Once the diving day is over relax with a glass of cool beer. Cocktails and wine are available for purchase at the bar.
The dedicated camera room is located aft of the lounge area on the main deck. Built with the needs of the modern digital underwater photographer in mind, you will find plenty of storage space and professional-grade work areas with both 220 and 110 volts charging stations. In the salon is a large flat-screen TV and computer centre which can be used for DVD watching and also working on your images.
A range of relaxing massages is offered by Pindito’s ‘floating spa’. A specially trained masseur travels aboard Pindito to make sure that each diver gets the opportunity to enjoy reflexology, aromatherapy or perhaps a traditional Balinese massage.
Pindito dive instructors and dive guides are focused on delivering the highest quality of safety and comfort on your dives. Dive guides accompany divers on all the dives. You may dive with the guide but you are under no obligation to follow them. They are artists of marine life spotting and will certainly be able to show you many species that you may have overlooked. There is definitely no need to haul your gear around when travelling on Pindito. Just pop down in to the zodiac and your gear will be waiting for you. Usually four dives are offered each day with the first starting at around 0730, followed by a late morning dive before lunch. The afternoon’s dives will be scheduled for about 1430 and a dusk or night dive will be offered. When the boat is anchored over a calm reef or moored in a calm sea more dives can be scheduled. Most dives are drifts with the experienced crew waiting for you when you surface. Nitrox is included in the cruise price.
Operates In: Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Alor, East Flores, Forgotten Islands, Komodo
Schedule: Varies throughout the year. Please contact us for departure dates.
Price: From about £3406 (US$4870, €3896)
Please note: Cruises are available in Komodo and Raja Ampat.
Cabin Upgrades: Not available
Please note: There is a national park fee of €50 for Raja Ampat cruises or €75 for Banda Sea & Raja Ampat cruises (subject to change) which has to be paid on board
Single Occupancy Supplement: Please contact us.
Air Travel: Our in-house IATA ticket agency can arrange your air travel in connection with your holiday from a departure point anywhere in the world, or you may arrange your own air travel if you prefer. We can tailor-make your itinerary to your personal requirements, so if you would like to make a stop-over or two, make a side trip to some other destination, or travel business class rather than economy, we will be happy to assist. Please contact us about your air travel requirements.
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