La Galigo - Indonesia LiveaboardInquiry
Why you should choose La Galigo:
Experienced crew with only 14 divers, Amazing suite with 270 degree views, spacious living and diving area, very popular with guests.
La Galigo Liveaboard was built by traditional South Sulawesi craftsmen.
The 33m La Galigo liveaboard is a traditional two-masted Phinisi sailing boat designed by an avid diver with liveaboard diving lifestyle and comfort in mind.
La Galigo has 7 privately controlled air-conditioned en-suite cabins each with an American style deep spring mattress double bed.
For added luxury you can choose ’The Suite’, which has everything you need for your ultimate liveaboard experience, including a private balcony, a 48” HD TV and 270 degree views.
The main deck is home to the spacious living and dining area, which offers a large TV, well stocked book case and many power points for charging and preparing laptops, camera and video equipment.
This is also where will you enjoy the International and Indonesian dishes that the head chef has prepared.
Vegetarian and Vegan requests can easily be accommodated with advance notice.
For further relaxation there are also outdoor living areas where you can lounge in reclining chairs enjoying the tranquil ocean breeze.
The dive deck is located at the back of La Galigo with plenty of space to kit up and enjoy the spectacular scuba diving of Raja Ampat.
La Galigo is an excellent choice for your Raja Ampat or Komodo dive liveaboard.
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Some of the most frequently asked questions about Indonesia
When is the best time to Go - How to get to Raja - Raja Diving and the Dive sites - How to get to Komodo - Komodo Diving and the Dive sites - What are the advantage of a Liveaboard over Shore diving - Are these trips suitable for non-divers / snorkellers - The Latest Indonesian Travel Information - Other general FAQs
La Galigo - schedule
La Galigo - prices and what's included
Prices are per person per trip and based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.
The trip price includes
Hotel transfers to and from Sorong Harbour / Labuan Bajo on the first and final day of your cruise, from a local hotel in Sorong / Labuan Bajo.
All meals, non packaged snacks, coffee and tea, and post dive refreshments.
Diving services including tanks, weights, smb rental, reef hook rental, air fills (non nitrox), guides and dive tenders.
The trip price does not include
Visas and fees
Airport taxes and extra baggage fees
Airport to hotel transfers
Port, Ranger and Marine Park fees
Raja Ampat / Komodo tags or other marine protected area tags or anchorage charges.(Raja Ampat North: $285 per person per trip, Raja Ampat South: $255 per person per trip, Ultimate Raja Ampat: $330 per person per trip, Jurassic Komodo: $160 per person per trip, Ultimate Komodo: $190 per person per trip.)
Dive rental equipment
Nitrox- $25 per day, up to 4 tanks per day.
Dive courses and certification, (price on application).
Alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, spirits.
Soft Drinks and packaged snacks
Fuel surcharges** (may fluctuate with markets, you may be asked to pay an extra fuel allowance up to 30 days prior to departure)
Staff gratuities (preferred in local currency)
La Galigo Merchandise
Dive insurance is mandatory as is your own personal dive computer (You can rent one for the trip if you do not have your own).
As well as the Mandatory Dive Insurance we highly recommend Trip and Travel Insurance on the off chance of missed or cancelled flights / lost baggage, documents, money or passport / Covid issues or any other unforeseen problems that could possibly occur.
Dive Assure Insurance offers cover for all these eventualities as well as complete Dive Insurance all in one package.
Booking and Cancellation Terms and Conditions.
Booking deposit: 30% of your invoice total is required within 7 days of booking to confirm your booking.
Final payment of 70% is due to 90 days prior to the departure date to complete your invoice payment.
Individual bookings made less than 90 days before the departure date will be payable in full upon booking to confirm your booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.
Payment can be made via bank transfer, Wise, Credit or Debit card (Visa, AMEX, Mastercard) or Apple pay at no extra charge.
|Diving Equipment Rentals (USD)||Per day|
|Full Set (BCD, Regulators, Wetsuit, Torch, Computer, Fins & Boots, Mask & Snorkel, Safety Marker Buoy (SMB) with reel, and Reef Hook)||$ 35|
|Regulator with octopus||$ 15|
|Wetsuit (shorty 3mm)||$ 10|
|Fins (+ booties as required)||$ 0|
La Galigo - cabins
The La Galigo has 7 privately controlled air-conditioned en-suite cabins each with an American style deep spring mattress double bed.
The cabins have 3 Classes, Deluxe Cabin (Lower Deck), Master Cabin (Upper Deck) and the Suite (Upper Deck) For added luxury you can choose ’The Suite’, which has everything you need for your ultimate liveaboard experience, including a private balcony, a 48” HD TV and 270 degree views.
Upper Deck Suite
Upper Deck Suite
Upper Deck Master Double Cabin
Upper Deck Master Twin Cabin
Lower Deck Deluxe Double
Lower Deck Deluxe Double
Lower Deck Deluxe Twin
Lower Deck Deluxe Twin
Upper Deck Suite
The Suite is the premium option when it comes to your liveaboard experience, with a 48” HD flatscreen TV, private lounge room with sofas and coffee tables, and an exquisite private balcony with seating for both dining and relaxing.
The balcony offers 270 degree panoramic views of the Archipelago, and is a delightful place to unwind after a hard days diving. With an oversized en-suite, powerful A/C system, and large American spring mattress, prepare to be comfy.
The Suite also has it’s own refrigerator.
Upper Deck Master Cabin
The Master cabins are located on the upper deck, a little more secluded, and a great place to wake up in the morning to witness sunrise, a room with a world class view.
Both the Master cabins have private en-suite facilities with hot running water, A/C with in-room control, and American spring mattresses for your comfort.
Both the Master cabins can either be prepared as two single beds or a double, so please let us know what is required when booking.
Lower Deck Deluxe Cabin
All of the Deluxe cabins come with a private en-suite bathroom with hot water showers, climate control, and American spring mattresses.
The Deluxe option is perfect for anyone who might suffer from sea sickness due to their lower positioning on the vessel and their tendency to move less if there is some swell.
The rear two deluxe cabins may be altered to accommodate 2 singles or 1 double, so please make us aware of your preference when booking.
La Galigo - Video
La Galigo - diving
Some of the most frequently asked questions about Indonesian Diving
When is The Best time to Go
Raja Ampat Diving and the Dive sites
Komodo Diving and the Dive sites
The top 10 reasons to join a Liveaboard in Raja
What are the advantage of a Liveaboard over Shore diving
Are these trips suitable for non-divers / snorkellers
La Galigo - itineraries
Please note diving in Raja Ampat can present challenging conditions which requires all divers to be either Open Water certified with 40 logged dives or Advanced Open Water certified with 20 logged dives.
This is to ensure your safety on the trip.
Should you guests have any questions about the diving conditions or your experience level, please contact us directly.
Ultimate Raja 12 days / 11 nights
Day 1 - Sorong to Waisai
Day 1 starts with your pickup from either your hotel or the airport. If we are picking you up from your hotel, it is generally around 07:30 – 08:00, if you are arriving on the day of departure.
Once onboard you will be met by the Cruise Director and a welcome drink.
After you have been shown to your rooms and unpacked your luggage, it’s time for a welcome briefing before we have some lunch, then you have some time to relax and soak up the amazing surroundings en route to our first dive of the day. Our ‘welcome dive’ is usually conducted at the nearby island of Saonek Kecil.
The waters are generally calm, and is a perfect spot to get the diving going. After the sun sets over the eastern Indonesian sky, we will go looking for unusual critters in Saonek Besar, where you might also make your very first encounter with the iconic Tasselled Wobbegong Shark.
Day 2 - Dampier Strait
Whilst in the central Dampier Strait we will conduct 4 dives. The top dive sites in this area are Blue Magic, home to majestic Oceanic Manta Rays, and other large pelagics such as Spanish Mackerel and Bigeye Trevally. Next up is one of the Dampier Strait’s highlights, Sardine Reef (or simply Sardine), where armies of various fish species take the coral reef by storm on a falling tide. After a hearty lunch, we will head to the nearby island of Mioskon, to dive its spectacularly colourful reef with an assortment of large bommies encrusted with hard and soft corals. In the evening we may get a chance to see nocturnal flying foxes leave Mioskon in large numbers as they begin their day, after which we will dive Mioskon once the sun has set, to look for the nocturnal Raja Ampat walking shark!
Day 3 - Dampier Strait
Cape Kri, arguably the top house reef in the world, was made famous by Raja Ampat pioneer Max Ammer, and is next on the itinerary. Sawandarek Jetty, further down the southern coast of Kri island, is where you will probably feel like you’re in an aquarium - only the fish are incredibly numerous, wild and free. After a hearty lunch, we will take you for another afternoon dive on Kri’s south coast, in Yenbuba Village’s Jetty. And just to top off this (fish) action packed day, we will look for nocturnal marine critters on a night dive under Yenbuba Village’s Jetty after you soak in the stunning sunset views with the islands of Waigeo and Gam in the distant, fiery horizon.
Day 4 - Gam
Our morning kicks off at a thrilling dive site named Manta Ridge, for an opportunity to dive with the Manta Ray population often located here. We then head to Gam Island. There are some great dive sites around this area with vibrant fish covered reefs and plenty of stunning macro subjects. Two sites we regularly visit in Gam are Citrus Ridge and Mayhem. In the late afternoon, we will take a land tour onto the peaceful Arborek Island. The village itself is tranquil and surrounded by beautiful beaches. Arborek is also home to what we consider to be a fantastic night dive, Arborek Jetty*, where we have a chance to find Walking Sharks, Blue- ringed octopus, and many other critters. As you enjoy a great night’s sleep, we will set sail for the northern islands of Raja Ampat...
Day 5 - Wayag
Awake bright and early to witness sunrise on the equator, cruising between the limestone formations that make up the island of Wayag, in preparation for the morning’s hike. These limestone islands and pinnacles have become synonymous with Raja Ampat, and the bay is also home to a Manta breeding station. The best time to hike this hill is early morning before temperatures rise, the rewards for climbing are well worth it. The beaches here are also pristine, with fine white sand and turquoise waters surrounding the limestone cliffs of the islands. After trekking, we will endeavour to dive Figure 8 Rock, a submerged pinnacle home to large pelagic fish, and the occasional passing Manta. While you have lunch, the boat will cruise to the eastern side of Wayag. Here is where we plan to dive the legendary dive site, Cathedral, which is renowned for its spectacular topography and swim-throughs. Following the dive, we take a short trip to the Wayag Ranger station, which is also a Black Tip Reef Shark breeding area. Here we will get the chance to do some snorkelling with these baby sharks under the ranger jetty, and also conduct a night dive on the same stretch of reef.
Day 6 - Kawe + Aljuy Bay
Kawe is an island located exactly on the equator, and is one of our favourite islands to dive in the north of Raja Ampat. Dive sites visited here are very heavily dependent on day-to-day unpredictable conditions such as swell, but one of our favourite sites in the area is a very colourful coral reef (somewhat ironically) known as Black Rock. Eagle Rock (which comprises 3 separate dive sites) is well known for its Pygmy Seahorse as well as their Manta populations, and we will dive these sites late morning and early afternoon. Around 4 pm, La Galigo will move into Aljui Bay, one of the world’s most spectacular bays to watch the sunset, and also do some great muck diving at arguably the best night dive site in all of Raja Ampat, the Cendana Pearl Farm Jetty.
Day 7 - Pianemo (a.k.a. Penemu)
The iconic limestone pinnacles have become synonymous with the Raja Ampat experience, and Pianemo Lagoon is just one of many such stunning formations. The best time to hike this hill is early morning, before temperatures rise, the rewards for climbing are well worth it. Melissa’s Garden is undoubtedly the top dive in this area, with a staggering number of coral and fish species packed into this small piece of marine real estate. Its beauty needs to be seen to be believed. We will then head to a lesser-known corner of Raja Ampat, an area known as Dayang, at the western end of Batanta island. Simply known as Dayang, this dive takes place over a shallow, sandy reef which is actually a magnet for Manta Rays, which come to this area to feed as well as conduct routine visits to their “cleaning stations” or “manta spa” (ask our Cruise Director to tell you about this fascinating aspect of their behaviour). As you relax and later enjoy a great night’s sleep, we will set sail for the southern islands of Raja Ampat...
Day 8 - Goa Farondi - Misool
We begin the diving in Misool at No Contest, a ridge that is home to an abundance of marine life, soft corals and overhangs. The second dive can be done at many sites located in the vicinity, including Pet Rock, Plateau, and Love Potion. For the third dive we will visit a popular site named Goa Farondi, where there is a chance to do some swim-throughs and meet the Bumphead parrotfish population. Misool is a huge island, with an overwhelming multitude of smaller, satellite island clusters. There are in fact numerous “regions” within this area itself. If being surrounded by limestone pinnacles does not instil in you a sense of awe, doing a night dive amongst these towering peaks surely will!
Day 9 - Wayil - Misool
Next up we will show you the dive sites around Wayil, where you will undoubtedly experience the feeling of being far, far away from the rest of civilization ... An outstanding selection of dive sites are located fairly close to each other in Wayil, and we will start with the blockbuster - Four Kings, a group of towering pinnacles which are almost too large to circumnavigate in a single dive, which also happens to attract giant Oceanic Manta Rays. Giant Trevally, Napoleon Wrasse, and large Snapper are all often found here. The oddly shaped Wedding Cake is up next (you will see why it’s called as such), which is home to some of Misool’s Pygmy Seahorse community. Finally we will dive into Barracuda Rock, a pinnacle with an unusual underwater cavern, which is also home to a patrolling tribe of schooling Barracuda. In the afternoon we will visit the famous “Love Lagoon”, a calm, isolated body of water which has been incredibly shaped by the hands of Mother Nature into the form of a heart.
Day 10 - Fiabacet/Boo - Misool
The diving in this part of Misool is filled with the pristine coral life in the heart of Misool and Giant Manta Rays, close to the Eco Resort. Whale rock, Tank Rock and Nudi Rock are both abundant in beautiful soft coral and schools of fish, and conditions and logistics with Misool Eco Resort will decide which of the sites are dived. The afternoon dive is at the dive site Boo West. Unique in topography, the reef is not to be missed, with excellent sea fan growth and stunning sloping reefs to explore while you anticipate the arrival of Oceanic Manta Rays. Yilliet Kecil is the night dive around here that is not to be missed, with excellent sea fan growth and stunning bommies to explore, where you will have a chance to meet the much-talked-about endemic species, the Raja Ampat walking shark! There are also hidden beaches in this area if you fancy an evening beachwalk all by yourself...
Day 11 - Warakaraket - Misool
On the penultimate day of the trip, we will dive Shadow Reef (a.k.a. Karang Bayangan/Magic Mountain), undoubtedly the blockbuster dive site in this remote corner of Raja Ampat, located in the unprotected southern waters of Misool. You can often find huge Manta Rays gliding across this incredibly ‘hard to beat’ dive site. The late morning dive is at the iconic dive site Boo Window. Unique in topography, the reef has window-like swim-throughs, and a great chance for some wide-angle photos. Secret: the sea fans here often conceal Pygmy Seahorses! Our journey to Sorong may take around 18 hours depending on currents and prevailing weather conditions. But after an incredible trip, our crew will make sure you’re comfortable while they prepare a night of food, song and dance to party the night away with you while we set sail for Sorong.
Day 12 - Disembark in Sorong
La Galigo will be anchored in the morning around 05:00am in Sorong, in preparation for you to catch your flight, or check-in to your hotel. Guests are welcome to stay onboard until 11:00am, and our staff will assist you with transportation to your desired location. After breakfast, guests may also take the time to exchange photos and swap contact details to keep in touch with new friends and dive buddies! - how to get to Raja Ampat.
Ultimate Komodo 8 day / 7 nights
DAY 1: Labuan Bajo / Flores
We will collect you from the airport or your hotel for a 10:30 / 11 departure from Labuan Bajo, then welcome you onboard La Galigo. After a refreshing welcome drink, and a short introduction to the facilities of our ship, the diving schedule, and the tour program, we set sail for our first day, which will include a refresher dive for all divers on board. Check-out dive: Sabayor Slope followed by Sabayor wall. Two nice and easy dives that will introduce you to the wonder of Indonesian diving, vibrant colours, clear warm water…. you have made a great decision coming here ;) We relax for our first Dinner together and an overnight cruise to central most part of western Komodo.
DAY 2: Pre-Breakfast. Morning dive: Tarawa Besar… OMG am I in heaven? After a ‘proper’ breakfast, we depart for a dive at Police Corner, having so much fun it should be illegal. After lunch is diving at one of our favourite spots: CURRENT CITY (Batu Bolong), for a chance to dive once more with our new Manta friends. Last dive of the day will be at Bombastic forrest, a real visual delight.
DAY 3: Pre-Breakfast. Morning dive: is the ‘banging’ site Shotgun. After a ‘proper’ breakfast, we depart for a dive at the world renowned Castle rock. The rock is packed with bronze and rust coloured sponges and soft tree corals. Black snappers, large cuttlefish, pyramid butterfly fish, and octopus galore await us there. Later in the afternoon we climb the local summit and enjoy a splendid panorama over the moon-shape islands of the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores. Afternoon dive at Crystal Rock, followed by a night dive at Buku Buku.
DAY 4: Awake early in the morning to complete a dive at the world famous Golden Passage. After second breakfast we dive at Karang Makassar. We then set sail for Pink Beach and into Komodo National Park. Here we will commence a short hike to see the world famous Komodo Dragons. This is followed by a night dive at Bokep Point. The evening is spent watching the sunset with a beach barbecue.
DAY 5: The day starts with an early dive at the colourful spectacle that is Dilarsten. After feeling like quite the hobbit with second breakfast you will jump in the water at Secret Garden, pure bliss. Some lunch and a short cruise will follow this, taking you to your afternoon dive at Padar Kacino. The night dive for the Day 5 will blow your socks off - Bole Mogoso… prepare to be amazed
DAY 6: Some sites are just so good that you have to go back and do them again. Thats how we start day 6 with an early morning revisit to Karang Makassar. Prepare to find even more bizarre macro critters and majestic large animals at Batu Bolong after break number 2. Lunch - Cruise - Mawan dive site, who wants to loose their passport so this trip never ends! The breathtaking Siaba bay is our night dive spot today.
DAY 7: We start to wind down today as the the trip starts to come to an end. To give you 24hrs to pass off your Nitrogen before tomorrows flights we will only do 2 morning dives today. The first dive will be Penga Kecil and the second is Wainilu. The afternoon is spent swapping stories, having laughs and cracking a few cold ones with your new bff’s. A mystical sunset is spent anchored up near bat island, where you will witness 10,000’s of bats fly out at sundown to find fresh fruits to feast on.
Day 8: Disembark La Galigo at Labuan Bajo From 07:00 we will be anchored in Labuan Bajo in preparation for disembarkation, however, guests may stay onboard until 11am for breakfast with us!