When you wish to experience the wonders of the underwater world and you are seriously in search of the purest habitat that can be found on the planet, most likely you will end up in the Eastern part of the Indonesian archipelago. Indonesia Cruises with a fleet that includes the elegant Dewi Nusantara is the leading experienced operator of fine Phinisi Schooners, handcrafted wooden sail boats that ply the Eastern Indonesia waters.
This is as far as you can possibly go away from the pollution of the modern industrialized world and from the buzz of urbanized civilization. It takes some time to get there but once you find yourself sailing on our magnificent three masted schooner somewhere in that vast area between the tropical rainforests of Irian Jaya and the North Coast of Sulawesi you will know that you have upgraded from being a tourist to explorer status.
With eight spacious staterooms and a huge master and commander’s retreat in the panoramic stern quarters Dewi Nusantara can take up to eighteen passengers and is available for charter in any combination of diving and leisure expeditions, anywhere in the archipelago.
Starting in 2002 with the launch of our sister ship Ombak Putih, Indonesia Cruises has been at the very forefront of the dive live-aboard industry in South East Asia and after seven years of operations our experience in the dazzling waters of the Indonesian archipelago is unparalleled. Dewi Nusantara was purposely designed to cater to the high end of the international diving market and our dive-masters are among the very most experienced in Indonesia.
With more species of coral and marine life than anywhere else on earth, the seas of the Indonesian archipelago lead the world when it comes to marine life bio-diversity and our itineraries visit two of the country’s most spectacular areas.
From April through September, Dewi Nusantara operates mainly around North Sulawesi cruising between the Bunaken National Marine Park, the Bangka Straight, the Lembeh Straight and the Sangihe Islands. Between October and March the ship sails out of Sorong on Irian Jaya, exploring the virtually untouched areas around the Raja Ampat islands.
Indonesia Cruises has been at the very forefront of the dive live aboard industry in South East Asia. Starting in 2002 with the launch of the Ombak Biru, our unique diving experience in the dazzling waters of the Indonesian archipelago is unparalleled and we are now proud to welcome you on board the jewel in our fleet, the majestic Dewi Nusantara.
NORTH SULAWESI (CELEBES)
The northern tip of the unique island of Sulawesi reaches up into the Celebes Sea. Starting in Lembeh we will be diving to the east and west of this peninsula as well as exploring the island chain that reaches north.
The two most well known dive spots that we visit are the Bunaken National Park and the Lembeh Strait; both close to the provincial capital of Manado on the Sulawesi mainland. Bunaken is famous for sparkling reefs, sheer walls, great visibility and prolific marine life while Lembeh is perhaps better known as the critter diving capital of the world, with so many weird and wonderful creatures per sqm. you may run out of storage space on your camera.
Moving northward to visit the islands of Bangka, Biaro, Ruang, Siau and up towards Sangihe, we really do dive the “Ring of Fire” encountering mysterious underwater volcanoes and saltwater hot springs as well as magnificent marine life and breathtaking topside scenery.
These 11 night cruises offer 10 days of spectacular and varied diving with 2 to 4 dives per day teamed with Dewi Nusantara’s superb services, comfort and style.
RAJA AMPAT ISLANDS, WEST PAPUA
Offshore off the north western tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula on the vast island of Papua in eastern Indonesia lies the pristine Raja Ampat National Park. Quoted by many as being diving’s final frontier these limestone islands pop up from the deep blue sea as if they have been placed by a landscape designer. Scuba diving here is out of this world with something for everyone. The reefs offer a kaleidoscope of colors and variety and are home to some of the rarest marine life to be seen anywhere. Big animals are also on show with manta ray displays a common occurrence at some sites.
Amazing topside diversions will be on offer too. Exciting speedboat rides around the emerald tipped rocks to explore cathedral like caves, hunting for the elusive “Birds of Paradise” or the chance to visit fascinating working pearl farms. These land excursions are all part of Dewi Nusantara’s adventure in Raja Ampat, one of the last underwater Eden’s.
Raja Ampat is Dewi Nusantara’s home from October to March when we ply the waters of the Birds Head Peninsula to bring you the very best of this unique and truly beautiful paradise and make your dive vacation dreams come true.
Starting and finishing in Sorong our 11 night cruises offer 10 days of spectacular and varied diving with between 2 and 4 dives a day.