Why you should choose Pindito:
Over 30 years experience in the Indonesian Archipelago, Free Nitrox, Suitable for divers and non-divers, Spirits and beer included in the price, offers special whale watching trips and extra treks and on land exploring, offers flexible itineraries to suit the conditions and provide the best experience possible.

Pindito liveaboard is the only safari boat in Indonesia that has 30+ years of operating experience in Raja Ampat, Komodo, Flores and the Banda sea.
In continuous operation since 1992 under owner Edi Frommenwiler, the MV Pindito's crew is unmatched for it's diving knowledge and experience in Indonesia.
Pindito launched operation in the Banda Sea and quickly expanded her routes to include Raja Ampat as well as Komodo.

Offering 8 cabins for 16 guests in 6 double and 2 twin all cabins feature ensuite heads with hot and cold running water (vanity and shower as well as toilet), individually controlled air conditioning and five 220v AC electrical outlets available for all your charging needs.

Our crew is devoted to your comfort and will attend to your cabin daily, keeping it clean and tidy and providing fresh towels as necessary.

Join Pindito as she sails to and dives upon the most biodiverse coral reefs in the world.
With a crew off 21 standing-by to look after you during your expedition you will be sure to discover the best diving in the world in style.
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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

Pindito - schedule

Pindito - 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
Transfers from and return the airport,
Accommodation in a double bed or twin bed cabin with en-suite shower bath, toilet and AC,
Nitrox,
Full board including all drinks on board (excluding wine),
All diving (no diving on arrival/departure day),
multilingual guides on board,
all offered land excursions

The trip price does not include
Fuel Surcharge (200 USD)
National marine park fees payable on board (These fees are subject to change dependant on factors such as the time spent at the marine parks and activities done and the Governmebts discretion, estimated $200 per trip)
Crew gratuities
Domestic airport-taxes and departure taxes
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 Payment 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 paid.
Payment can be made via Credit or Debit card (Visa, AMEX, Mastercard), Revolut pay, Wise, Bank transfer or Apple and Google pay at no extra charge.

Full charter:
Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

Prices Rental Gear
If you require rental equipment please advise us of your required gear after the reservation. You will find the prices for diving gear rental below (we hold only four full sets on board! However mask, snorkel and fins always need to be brought along yourself!)
BCD (sizes M and L) US$ 100.
Regulator US$ 100.
Torch US$ 60.
Dive Computer US$ 60
15L divetank for the whole cruise US$ 50
Saftey sausage for free
Weight belt for free
Emergency light for free

The above mentioned fees will be charged extra on board the Pindito.
You can choose between cash payment in CHF, Euro, USD, or credit-card payment (Master & Visa).

We recommend to bring a 5-7 mm wetsuit. Water temperatures are generally between 24-27 ° Celsius. In the Komodo region however (Nusa Tenggara tours and biodiversity tours) we strongly recommend a 5mm wetsuit, since the water temperature can be pretty chilly throughout the whole trip.
We do have a few wetsuits on board (sizes 46-52), which can be used as sort of an emergency for free. However we do not accept reservations for diving suits and kindly ask you to bring along your own!
Please bear in mind that we only have two 15Liter tanks on board the Pindito! First come, first served!

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Pindito - cabins

Pindito offers 8 cabins for 16 guests in 6 double and 2 twin cabins.

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    Lower Deck Twin / Double Cabin

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    Lower Deck Twin / Double Cabin

  • Pindito

    Lower Deck Twin / Double Cabin

  • Pindito

    Lower Deck Twin / Double Cabin

Lower Deck Twin Cabin
Each 10’ x 10’ cabin is named after a mystical Indonesian island and, depending on your reservation, is appointed either with a twin bed plus an upper bunk, or with a spacious double bed.
All cabins feature ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold running water (vanity and shower as well as toilet), individually controlled air conditioning and five 220v AC electrical outlets available 24 hours a day.
The crew is devoted to your comfort and will attend to your cabin daily, keeping it clean and tidy and providing fresh towels as necessary.
Additional towels are available for you on deck as needed.

Lower Deck Double Cabin
Each 10’ x 10’ cabin is named after a mystical Indonesian island and, depending on your reservation, is appointed either with a twin bed plus an upper bunk, or with a spacious double bed.
All cabins feature ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold running water (vanity and shower as well as toilet), individually controlled air conditioning and five 220v AC electrical outlets available 24 hours a day.
The crew is devoted to your comfort and will attend to your cabin daily, keeping it clean and tidy and providing fresh towels as necessary.
Additional towels are available for you on deck as needed.

Pindito - diving

A Typical Diving Day

After you’ve enjoyed a continental breakfast meet our crew on the dive deck, where you will be given a detailed dive briefing and shown a sketch of the dive site. Then the dive staff will transfer your gear to the Zodiacs. No need to haul your own heavy gear, just jump into the Zodiac and after a comfortable, short ride, you’ll be ready to dive. For your safety and peace of mind, our well-trained Zodiac drivers will accompany you from a safe and prudent distance during your entire dive. While underwater you can join the guide for a special tour or just do your own thing.After the dive, refreshments will be waiting for you aboard Pindito. Cool out and then enjoy a Balinese massage from our onboard masseuse. Kick back and chat about your diving experiences and sip a cool beverage while screening video and sharing photos from your dive.

Typically, we schedule four dives a day*:

Early morning (around 7:30 AM)
Late morning
Afternoon (around 2:30 PM)
After dinner - an exciting dusk or nighttime dive

Please note, all dives are offered depending on weather.

*More dives per day are available when Pindito is anchored or moored safely over a calm reef. Inquire with your divemaster about when you can expect additional dive availability.

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

Pindito - itineraries

Please choose your Itinerary

Raja Ampat
Komodo and whale sharks
Banda sea exploration
Bio-diversity cruise

We recommend that you check your travel insurance will cover anything interrupting your travel plans as well as offer great dive insurance
We recommend Dive Assure Insurance as it offers cover for all these eventualities as well as complete Dive Insurance all in one package.

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

Pindito - specs

The Lounge is the place where everybody meets for meals, shares photos and videos betweendives, and socializes. Spend convivial hours playing games, telling tall tales, listening to music, or just kicking back at the end of the diving day with a cold Bintang (Indonesian beer) or a glass of fine Australian wine.

Meals & Drinks

Savor our international cuisine, prepared by expert chefs. The food is influenced by international and above all Indonesian (or Asian) dishes. Breakfast is served in two slots. Continental breakfast before the first dive, sumptuous breakfast buffet after the first dive.

Lunch and dinner with an Asian flair, featuring meat, fish, and a variety of side dishes. And save room for special sweets and delightful desserts!

Between meals, our crew will serve you snacks, including cake and cookies. Tea, coffee, juice, soda and cold water are always available.

After your last dive of the day, unwind with a beer or a cocktail or a nice glass of wine.
Be sure to let us know what you like to drink so we can have it waiting for youonboard. Beer is complimentary while cocktails and wine require a surcharge.

Computer Area:

The Pindito offers a computer forburning CDs/DVDS so that you can create lasting pictorial andvideo memories of your dives. Please bring your own blank CDs and DVDs!

TV, Video & Music Area:

Enjoy a variety of music and new video releases here, and feel free to plug in your laptop, camcorder or dSLR to view your images on our big screen TV!

Library:

Learn about the reefs and fishes you’ve seen on dives in our Marine Life Library, or curl up with a paperback between dives. Novels are available on a “take one/leave one” basis.

Dive deck

Meet and prepare for your upcoming dive on the Pindito’s Dive Deck. Take a fresh water shower after the dive, trick-out your dive gear, get help from dive staff, and just hang out here before and after dives.

Wheelhouse

The Pindito’s navigation instruments are all situated here on the bridge: Radar, satellite navigation (GPS), deep sounder, satellite communication, Irridium (Seawave) with e-mail connectivity and VHF radios. All instruments have a backup unit for safety. The captain, officers, wheelmen and machinist work in shifts and are on-duty and vigilant 24 hours a day.
The Pindito is BKI registered and insured.

Crew

The Pindito’s Indonesian crew of 17 is at work to ensure you a secure and comfortable voyage through Indonesia’s tropical island paradise.
The crew includes two chefs and two stewards who will constantly attend to your dining and cabin needs.

The bow

The Pindito’s bow is a popular place to get together with other guests, have a cool drink and enjoy spectacular sunsets. Here, “walking the plank” offers you a cool breeze and the best place towatch dolphins and flying fish as they skip along inPindito’s bow-wake.

Kitchen

Our chefs are specially trained to provide you with unlimited delicious food. They are happy to meet your special dietary requests. Just drop us a note before the cruise and let us know what you love to eat and we’ll do our best to have it onboard and prepared for you.

Camera room

Photographers and videographers will love the convenience and functionality of the Pindito’s camera room, located aft of the Lounge on the Main Deck.
We built the Camera Room with the needs ofmodern digital underwaterphotographers and videographers in mind. Here you will find plenty of storage space, professional-grade work areas, and both 220v and 110v AC charging stations at your disposal. We also offer overflow space for photographers on the spacious tables in the salon (please clear for meals) and on the lounge deck when more space is needed for image-makers.
In the salon you will also find the large flat panel television and computer center where you can plug into and watch video and stills created during your dives. And be sure to take advantage of the extensive knowledge base of the ship’s onboard photo and video professionals by asking questions should you have them.
Pindito offersspecial photo charters during which you can cruise with top underwater photographers. Be sure to ask our booking agent about these special photo and video “Focus” weeks. We offer top pros, like Marty Snyderman, who will work with you hands-on to help you perfect your underwater stills.
If making high-definition video underwater is your focus, top European videographer Edi Frommenweiler and American videographer Clay Wiseman offer high definition (Sony HDCam) and even 4K (Red Cam) broadcast-quality professional production seminars aboard Pindito, during which you can create professional quality reels and video productions. Learn about broadcast video production, using tripod stabilization underwater,maintenance and preparationof your video housing, capturing unique marine life behaviors and editing your video in Final Cut Pro.

All guest cabins have a own shower, washbasin, toilet, individually controlled air conditioning and electricity 24 hours a day - 220v, 50Hz (110v available in Camera Room)

Crew:

17 Indonesian crewmembers and 3 European Dive Guides (multilingual)

Diving instructors & Dive guides

The primary focus of our Pindito diving instructors and dive guides is to look after your safety and comfort. Dive guides lead all dives. Though you are certainly not required to accompany your guides during the dives, they’ll keep an eye out for your safety. And if you want a specially guided tour just ask–they’ll be very happy to accommodate. Our guides’ trained eyes keep you safe, and they can spot unusual marine life of interest to the keenest photo and video enthusiasts.

Zodiacs

Pindito has three Zodiac Pros, Model 500 RL, powered by Mercury outboard engines. Your crew will set up and break down all your diving equipment and stow it on the Zodiacs for you. Show the guides how you like your gear set up, and they’ll take over and meticulously prepare, move and stow your gear for the entire trip, as well as carefully rinse and dry it at the end of your charter.

Explain the particulars of your camera system to your guides–they’ll deliver it to your Zodiac with care and, after the dive, they’ll gingerly transfer it to
the special freshwater rinse tank aboard Pindito.

Need help on and off with your tank? No problem, your crew will be there to assist you. If you have back issues, the crew is happy to help you on and off with your tank while you are in the water…don’t carry that load if it’s challenging for you! Pindito’s crew is all about safety and service, and with seventeen crewmembers aboard to serve you, you can look forward to diving with the greatest of ease.
Between dives your equipment will be carefully stored aboard Pindito in protected areas.

Safety

In the unlikely event of an emergency, we always carry a first-aid kit, diver’s oxygen, satellite telephone, VHF Radio, two life rafts, E.P.I.R.B. automatic signaling devices, and other important safety equipment. For safety reasons, we permit no dives on the arrival and departure days, and we serve alcoholic beverages only after your diving day is finished.

Rental Gear

We’re equipped to provide rental BCDs, regulators, dive lights, and dive computers for four divers.
If you need complete diving gear…
Simply let us know when you make your reservation and we take steps to be sure we have what you need aboard.
Please note: We carry a few wetsuits onboard that can be used for free in emergency circumstances. We are unable to carry a full range of suits, however; so if possible please bring your own wetsuit as well as mask, fins and snorkel

Nitrox & Nitroxcourses

For our Nitrox Specialty certified guests, we offer Nitrox (32% oxygen) fills. There is a Nitrox analyzer aboard provided for your use. We require that you keep up with the Nitrox Log Board and analyze and document all of your Nitrox fills before the dives.

We also offer a P.A.D.I. Nitrox Specialty Course. The course will allow you to use Nitrox during the cruise, and you will be provided with a certification card to document your successful completion of the course. Remember–choosing to use and training for Nitrox is the diver’s personal decision. Should you choose to do so, you are responsible for planning dives that take into consideration the maximum operating depth (MOD) of the gas mixture as well as oxygen toxicity issues. So, plan carefully and you will reap the benefits of Nitrox diving.