Euphoria is a new phinisi (traditional Indonesian schooner) for 14 guests in 5 double or twin cabins and 2 master cabins with their own balcony (16 persons are possible for a full charter). Built in South Sulawesi, It was created from the noblest species of tropical trees (teak, iron wood, merbau), modernly equipped and comfortably decorated.

Visiting the famed areas of Raja Ampat and the newly discovered Cenderwasih area with the famous whale shark encounters this is a great mid range boat to show you the best that those areas have to offer.

With all modern amenities and air conditioned en-suite cabins this is a great boat to visit these stunning areas with.

Euphoria spends all year round in the West Papua area, half the year in Cenderawasih and half the year in Raja Ampat.

Although the boat is relatively new, the crew have many years experience in the area and the cruise director is probably one of the most experienced guides in the Cenderawasih area having worked and lived there for years before it became known for it's amazing whale shark encounters !

Euphoria - prices

Prices are per person and in USD 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.

Cabin type 2017 2018
Master / VIP cabin from US$ 3,550 from US$ 3,550
Deluxe cabin from US$ 3,300 from US$ 3,300

Bookings made more than 6 months in advance are eligible for a 10% discount on the above prices.

All prices are per person based on 2 persons in one cabin.

The price includes:

11 nights on board
All meals and beverages (excluding alcohol).
Transfers between airport and yacht.
Shore visit on islands (beaches, villages, Pearl Farm in Raja Ampat)

The price does not include:

Port clearance and entrance fee to Raja Ampat currently 190 USD - it’s a subject to change
Entrance fee to Cenderawasih Bay is currently 700 000 Rp (+/-75 USD)
Domestic flights Alcoholic beverages
Other (kayaking, watersking, wakeboarding, fishing equipment)
Nitrox is not available on Euphoria at this time.
Equipment rental costs $ 400 for full set per trip

  • BCD 10 USD/day
  • regulator 10 USD/day
  • mask and fins 10 USD/day
  • mask or fins 5 USD/day
  • torch 5 USD/day

Whole set from above for a trip 400 USD - (BCD, wetsuit, regulator, mask+fins, dive computer) - Dive computers are mandatory and each diver must have their own.

Terms and conditions:

Booking deposit:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Group 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

Euphoria - schedule

11Nov17
24Nov17
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28Nov17
07Dec17
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11Dec17
19Dec17
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23Dec17
03Jan18
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08Jan18
19Jan18
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24Jan18
02Feb18
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06Feb18
15Feb18
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19Feb18
26Feb18
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01Mar18
08Mar18
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12Mar18
19Mar18
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24Mar18
04Apr18
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10Apr18
15Apr18
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29Apr18
10May18
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14May18
25May18
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29May18
09Jun18
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13Jun18
24Jun18
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04Sep18
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19Sep18
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05Oct18
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22Oct18
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05Nov18
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21Nov18
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06Dec18
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22Dec18
02Jan19
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07Jan19
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22Jan19
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06Feb19
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20Feb19
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07Mar19
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22Mar19
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06Apr19
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29Apr19
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14May19
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29May19
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14Jun19
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17Sep19
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02Oct19
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17Oct19
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01Nov19
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16Nov19
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01Dec19
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23Dec19
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Euphoria - cabins

14 guests in 5 double or twin cabins and 2 master cabins with their own balcony (16 persons are possible for a full charter)

Euphoria - itinerary

Sample Raja Ampat itinerary Day 1

Picking up a group from the airport in Sorong, boarding on the ship, buying a pass for the park (around 1,000 000rp = 110 USD).

Day 2

Diving: „Sardin Reef”, „Middle Reef”, „Kri Island”, „Sunset Cape”.

Day 3

Diving: “Hidden Reef”, “Manta Station”, “Mansuar’s West Cape”, night diving: “Home Reef”, visiting Suwandarek village on the Mansuar Island.

Day 4

Diving: “Manta Run”, “Manta Station”, Strait of Gam; evening trip around the Penemu Island and camfire on the beach of one of the small islands.

Day 5

Diving: „2 rocks”, „South Penemu Strait”, visiting „Hidden Bay” - a hidden bay inside of the island.

Day 6

Diving: „Lagoon”, „North Penemu”, trip into Kawe Islands direction.

Day 7

Diving: „Eagle Rock”, „West Kawe”, reaching the peak of Bala Bala Island with an impressing view on Raja Ampat Islands, trip into Wayag Islands while crossing the equator („From the South to the North”), diving near by the monitoring station.

Day 8

Visiting „Rocky Bay”, hiking in the mountains, diving: „Batu 5”, Batu 4”, „Batu 3”.

Day 9

Islands: Urania and Quoi, diving in the reef around, exploration of a cave.

Day 10

Diving in the reef nearby the Kawe Island, crossing the equator („From the North to the South”), reaching the Aljuwi Bay.

Day 11

Visiting the pearls’ farm with shopping possibilities, diving: Aljuwi, Woh Island and the way back to Sorong.

Day 12

Departure from Sorong.

Euphoria Sample Cenderawasih Itinerary

These trips are still quite exploratory but of course the highlight is diving with the whalesharks. Dive sites around the area are constantly being discovered and this trip should be treated as one of discovery safe in the knowledge that you are on a first class destination in one of the world’s newest hot spots for diving.

Cenderawasih Bay :

a new dive destination on the world dive map for up close and personal whale shark encounters! The whale shark is the biggest fish in the world, which impresses and attracts divers with its charm and majesty. While eating only plankton and small fish - the whale shark is completely harmless to humans. Unfortunately its existence is in risk, due to humans’ activities and a low birth rate. Those giants can live even up to 100 years. To follow the whale shark we reach the Cenderawasih National Park, situated in the Cenderawasih Bay, on the north part of Indonesian’s province West Papua. The park, founded in 1993, has a size of 1 400 000 hectares and is the largest marine park in the whole Indonesia. The name “Cenderawasih” comes from the bird of paradise, which is a symbol of Papua. The park is located 250 kilometres away from Manokwari and includes pristine coast and dozens of inhabited islands. The closest villages are situated on bigger islands: Yap, Rumberpon, Roon and Mioswar.

Sample Itinerary -

Day 1

Picking up a group from the airport in Manokwari, boarding on the ship, buying a pass for the Marine Park Cenderawasih (around 500 000rp = 55 USD).

Day 2

Mioswar Island, diving on the nearby reef, a trip to the hot springs and bathe in the warm river.

Day 3

Roon Island, diving: “North Cape”, “Underwater Rocks”, visiting the village Yende and “Shallow Dive”.

Day 4

Wasior waterfall, Aysemdami waterfall, diving: “Selat Roon”.

Day 5

Auri Islands, camping and campfire on the Kaka/Kaki Island.

Day 6

Matas Island and the Isle of Kwom.

Day 7

Searching for whale sharks.

Day 8

Roon Island, camping and campfire.

Day 9

A lonely reef in the middle of the Cenderawasih Bay.

Day 10

Purup Island.

Day 11

Wreck diving in Manokwari.

Day 12

Departure from Manokwari.

Cendarawasih trips can start or end in Manokwari in Northern Papua or start or end in Sorong on the North west coast of Papua dependant on the itinerary you choose, the itineraries are Sorong to Manokwari, Manokwari to Manokwari or Manokwari to Sorong.

The trip itinerary can also be from Manokwari to Manokwari or from Manokwari to Sorong again dependant on the trip itinerary you choose. Manokwari is accessed through Sorong also and the flight times will be dependant on the day your trip starts but either way you will need to get to Sorong first using the flights below.

Euphoria - specs

DIMENSIONS AND SPECIFICATION
Hull wooden Ship type motor - saling yacht
Decks 5 Masts 2
Tonnage 195 tons Draft 3 meters
Overall length 42 meters Width 8,5 meters
Engine 650 HP Generators 60 kVA, 40 kVA, 20 kVA
Cruising speed 8 - 9 knots Range 2000 nautical miles
Fresh water 5 000 liters Desalination 12 000 liters per day
220V outlet non stop 24V outlet 24 hours (in case of emergency)
Passengers 18 persons Crew 12 persons
NAVIGATION AND COMMUNICATION
GPS yes Plotter yes
Sonar yes Fishing sonar yes
Satelite phone yes UKF SSB
Radar yes
SECURITY
Life raft 3 x 15 prs. Life jackets 40
Rescue buoy 3 First aid kit yes
Fire protection system yes Fire protection alarm yes
EPIRP yes Oxygen yes
Decompresion chamber no Defibryllator no
DIVING EQUIPMENT
Compressors 2 x 570 LPM, 1 x 450 LPM Tanks 44
Nitrox soon Weight belts yes
Diving deck yes Showers yes
English speaking service yes Dive boat 1 inflatable 6,5 m, 200 HP
Equipment rental yes Dive boat 2 inflatable 6,5 m, 115 HP
Diving school present Dive boat 3 pontoon 4,7 m, 40 HP
CABIN EQUIPMENT
Bathroom yes Toilet yes
Shower hot Wardrobe / cup board yes
Air conditioning yes 220V oultets yes
TV soon DVD soon
Cabins on lower deck (Kingsize, Twin oraz Front) are equipped with portholes, VIP cabins has big windows with spacious terasse and skylights.
COMMON ROOMS / DINING ROOM
Air conditioning yes Sofa yes
TV yes DVD yes
Speakers yes Computer yes
BAR
Beer yes Wine yes
Liquoirs yes Soft drinks yes
OPEN DECK EQUIPMENT
Sun deck yes Covered part yes
Chairs yes Mattresses yes
Tables soon

Euphoria - diving

Raja Ampat diving

Raja Ampat (or the Four Kings) is an archipelago consisting of the islands of Misoool, Salawati, Batanta, and Wiageo which are surrounded by over 1,500 small islands and cays. Formerly known as Irian Jaya, this area is now part of the newly named West Papua province of Indonesia and is located on the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula, on the island of New Guinea.

Put simply, Raja Ampat could quite possibly be the best diving in the world. It certainly is the world’s most bio diverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusc species than anywhere else on Earth. The variety of marine life can be staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, you may encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to don your snorkelling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales. Other highlights include the innumerable war wrecks, both ships and planes (with new wrecks being discovered constantly).

The reefs of Raja Ampat are just as varied as the marine life. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, sea mounts, mucky mangroves, lagoons and pinnacles. The reefs are in pristine condition with miles of perfect hard corals and many varied colourful species of soft corals. The diving is predominantly drift dives due to the moderate prevalent currents in the area which provide nutrients for the myriad fish and coral. Currents are average to moderate and vary from none to very strong. Visibility is normally very good but can vary and is normally at its best earlier in the day so your pre-breakfast dives are not to be slept through!

This is truly “Frontier Diving”. Topside the beautiful islands stretch as far as you can see and are largely uninhabited. At night the lights of local fishing boats twinkle in the dark along the few inhabited shorelines while in more remote areas you may only see a distant spec of light over the entire horizon.

Not many liveaboards dive the Raja Ampat area, making this adventure even more unique and special.

Raja Ampat has a high season from October to May and weirdly enough it is during their rainy season due to the winds in the dry season making parts of the park inaccessable. The rainy season should not be mis-construed though. It is generally mostly a shower in the late afternoon and evening and most of the time the days are nice, wind is minimal and the skys are generally clear or slightly over cast. The seas are calmer at this time of the year as the oppposite season has winds that kick up waves and make it very difficult to dive the more exposed sites in the Southern part of Raja Ampat. The water temperature stays around the 27-30 degrees celcius mark all year round.

Recently due to the popularity of Raja Ampat a lot of boats have been running trips in the so called low season but this is also the dry season and so promotes nicer weather and better visibility but the trade of is that only the northern more sheltered part of the park is accessable but as the area is so vast and there are so many quality dive sites the reports from these northern trips have been glowing so far.

Komodo diving

Diving in Komodo is not a new idea but recently it’s being recognised as a premier destination due to the awesome variety of diving to be had. Crystal clear water and dive sites where you never see another diver provide a little something for everyone whether it’s macro or massive you love. One day you can be crawling along the bottom looking at pygmy seahorses, frogfish and unusual nudibranch and the next you are in the big blue on an open water pinnacle as the mantas fly by, the sharks circle and the dolphins hunt and the next day diving a live volcano!! For sheer variety there is no better place on earth.

Komodo is one of the few places left in the world where sharks are not rare and down south is one of the places where manta rays have their legendary aggregations, meaning they are here in the area in their hundreds!!!

One of the highlights of these trips is the rare opportunity to walk with the lengendary Komodo dragons. These truly awesome beasts can reach 3 metres plus and can reportedly run at 20km an hour chasing their prey. It’s the icing on the cake, Stunning diving and one of the world’s last surviving dinosaur descendants all one amazing package.

Covering the best of both worlds, from up close and personal with aggragating mantas to shy pygmy seahorses and rare nudibranches Komodo diving has it all. The beauty of Komodo liveaboard diving is in the balance between the large and small animals. One day you will be in the blue swimming with mantas and sharks and the next swimming along a bubbling volcanic reef covered with venting submerged fumeroles blowing bubbles into the water and hiding one of the worlds best kept secret macro dive sites.

These are some of the top sites that most liveaboards visit.

Angel reef, Moyo, Sumbawa diving

We start our Komodo liveaboard with the first dive of the trip and the check out dive. This dive site doesn’t disappoint. A beautiful wall stretching down to 50 metres covered in hard and soft corals very reminiscent of Bunaken in North Sulawesi. Schools of bannerfish and trevally patrol the walls with the occasional reef sharks making an appearance. Ribbon eels hide in crevices and many different nudibranchs crawl over the vast elephant ear sponges that hang from the beautiful soft coral infested wall.

Satonda island bay

A protected bay on Satonda island north of Sumbawa hosts a treasure trove of macro critters, the more we dive here the more we find. The rare Denise pygmy seahorse lives in fans here, frogfish hang out in big barrel sponges and ghost pipefish hide amongst the featherstars that cover the reef slope. In the sandy bottom you can find jawfish with their mouths full of eggs, myriads of anemonefish, mushroom coral pipefish and spearer mantis shrimps.

Sangeang island diving

Sangieng island is a perfectly round volcanic island jutting up from the sea bed. Still active and last blowing in 1996 this well kept secret is one of the world’s finest macro dive areas. With diving available all around the island there is not one specific spot but always new ones to be discovered. Bubbles of volcanic gas seep through the sand creating a surreal atmosphere and a warm black sand bottom hosting rare and unusual nudibranch. Pygmy seahorses, frogfish, Pegasus sea moths and carnivorous shells and all common here, this is my personal favourite dive site as every time we dive here there is a surprise in store of something new that is often not in the books - this site is why you go Komodo liveaboard diving.

Gps point - Gili Banta diving

Gps point is an open sea mount prone to strong currents at certain times of the day. This provides prolific hard and soft coral growth that is home to hundreds of different types of reef fish. Loved by sharks, white tip sharks cruise around the whole dive in amongst the hunting giant trevallies and schooling jacks and surgeon fish, an exciting dive.

Takat Toko, Gili Lawalaut diving

This is one of my favourite sites on the Komodo liveaboard itinerary and is very similar to Gps point this site takes it to the next level. Grey reef shark, white tip sharks, occassional dolphins and a literal fish soup created by jacks, surgeonfish, giant trevallies and bannerfish surround this large sea mount as you hang on to the reef edge and watch the action. Again this site is prone to strong currents but we time our dives to hit around slack tide and a little current brings in the big fish. Great pelagic action, my favourite blue water dive.

Lighthouse reef, Gili Lawalaut diving

An adrenalin pounding drift dive along the wall and around the corner under the lighthouse. Sharks, mantas, dolphins are all frequent visitors on the dive with some of the best coral reef top in the area around the corner out of the current at the end of the dive you can hunt for porcelain crabs, cuttlefish and unusual seahorses whilst waiting for the adrenalin to funnel out of your system and your heart rate to return to normal-this is what Komodo liveaboard diving is all about!.

Crystal rock, Gili Lawalaut diving

A stunning soft coral and sea fan covered pinnacle with crystal water clarity this is a great site for those magazine cover wide angle shots. With at least 5 different types of angelfish, 4 types of trigger and butterflyfish everywhere it is a excellent reef fish dive with frequent visits from eagle and manta rays and the resident sleepy hawksbill turtle.

Pink beach, Komodo diving

Colder water and lower vis here due to the huge amounts of organic matter in the water due to the southern currents but this is more than made up for by the astounding life available to see here due to this phenomenon. Normally done as a night dive it also makes a good day dive with everything from white tip sharks to pygmy seahorses; zebra crabs, Coleman shrimp, many coloured frogfish, xeno crabs, Spanish dancers, and unusual nudibranchs are hidden amongst the dense coral growth.

Cannibal rock, Rinca island diving

Colder water than the north but touted by many as one of the worlds best 10 sites, yes I know there seems to be way more than 10 “top 10 sites” but this one really is one if you like macro. Everything is here even the rarest of the rare, the Rhinopias scorpionfish. It’s nudi heaven with only the special and the rare getting to appear here, more species than I care to mention along with large and different frogfish mixed in with schools of fish and the resident dopy turtle we do 2 dives here and it’s still not enough!! You will love it, I personally adore this dive site.

Torpedo alley, Rinca island diving

Just next to cannibal rock and where the boat moors is a beach that has wild pigs, monkeys and Komodo dragons in the daytime and hosts a myriad of critters in the waters in front if it at night. Named for the large amount of torpedo rays found here, a member of the electric ray family- no touching! They cover the sandy bottom along with loads of nudis obvious on the black sand bottom along with bizarre crabs and octopus.

Manta alley, Komodo diving

In the cooler waters in the south of Komodo there is a bay in which there are a series of pinnacles that seem to be a magnet for aggregating mantas. They are here in their tens, often we come up having seen over 20 different individuals. Often a little shy, their evasive spins and pirouettes makes the watching of them that much more enjoyable.

Takat Makassar, Komodo diving

This is our other manta site. A little bit more of a risk to see them as it is a huge area and we drift along the bottom in about 10 metres but along the way we always run into loads of turtles, napoleon and humphead wrasse, white tip sharks and very very occasionally you will be incredibly lucky and run into the resident dugong that inhabits this area along with scores of mantas as they migrate north.

3 sisters, Padar island diving

A series of underwater pinnacles reaching nearly to the the surface off the coast of Padar island next to Komodo this site constantly springs surprises on you from silvertip sharks and mobular ray schools to marbled rays and rare nudibranchs.

How to get to Raja Ampat

Sorong is the harbour town in West Papua and the normal departure point to dive Raja Ampat. If you are unsure of how to get to Sorong to start your trip it will depend on where your international flight into Indonesia is landing. We recommend Jakarta or Bali to make your entry point into Indonesia amnd each has it’s pros and cons.

From Jakarta to Sorong most flights route through Makassar (UPG) in South Sulawesi and are over night flights arriving in the morning perfect for a pick up by your liveaboard crew at the airport. The downside of this is that you may be awake most of the night before your board the liveaboard but most boats cruise only on the first day so you can catch up on your sleep during the day.

Flights from Bali are not quite so simple and cannot be done in one day, you will need to fly from Bali to UPG the day before your liveaboard and over night in Makassar and the continue on with the UPG to Sorong flight the following morning, the day of your liveaboard departure, and this ends up being perfect tining to be picked up on your arrival in Sorong at the airport to then be taken to the boat. This takes longer but you will arrive more refreshed than the Jakarta rooute and of course you could always factor in a stay in Bali before or after your trip.

In the past it has not been possible for someone outside of Indonesia to purchase domestic flights in Indonesia so these can be purchased for you by us, if you would like, and added to your invoice. It will be about $650 return dependant on exchange rates, availability and where your entry airport is in Indonesia. The cost of the domestic flights are not included in the trip price.

Recently Garuda, our recommended airline, has made it possible to purchase their tickets online and we recommend you take this approach as it is often cheaper than the set price we have to charge. Other airlines are cheaper but are not so trustworthy or have such good luggage allowances. Again, we highly recommend trip as well as diving insurance just in case something were to go wrong with your flights.

Premier liveaboard diving and its local flight agent can purchase the tickets on your behalf, however, in doing so, Premier liveaboard diving is only acting as an agent for the airline and is not responsible for, and can accept no responsibility for, cancellations, delays, schedule changes, or problems caused by the air carrier. We highly recommend trip interruption and cancellation insurance.

Euphoria - faqs

Q: What time zone is Indonesia located?
A: Raja Ampat is covered by Eastern Indonesia Standard Time which is 9 hours ahead of GMT.

Q: What if I am prone to sea sickness?
A: If you are prone to sea sickness we strongly urge you to bring some motion sickness medication.

Q: Do I need evacuation/dive insurance?
A: We strongly recommend that each guest purchase comprehensive evacuation and dive accident insurance. We will be operating in extremely remote areas. Emergency evacuations from remote locations can cost in excess of USD $100,000. We recommend Divers Alert Network (DAN): www.DiversAlertNetwork.org (in USA), www.daneurope.org (in Europe).

Q: What can I expect the water temperature to be and what wetsuit do you recommend?
A: This is always a difficult question to answer because people have different reactions to temperature. Typically temperatures range from 25-30C or 80-86F so usually a 3mm suit or even a skin is fine. recommended.

Q: Can I drink alcohol and dive?
A: No. Drinking alcohol and diving can increase your risk of decompression problems. You can drink alcohol once your have completed your last dive of the day.

VISIBILITY:

Depending on the season the visibility range is between 10-40 metres or 30-120 feet.

CURRENT:

All diving areas are subject to currents that range from slight to extremely strong. Dive sites are selected according to currents with some great year round drift diving opportunities.

NIGHT DIVING:

An opportunity to see some of the world’s most unique marine species that emerge only after the sun has set.

WALLS:

In Raja Ampat the islands are mainly made of limestone. Both areas offer great wall diving opportunities with both drift and no current situations.

CANYONS:

Due to the volcanic origins and easily eroded limestone the underwater topography is littered with canyons and gullies.

MARINE LIFE:

The areas where we dive are unmatched for small and unusual marine wildlife. The species list is endless and new ones are still being discovered in these areas. Whales, manta rays, sharks and larger pelagic species are found in the dive sites with higher currents. Strong currents and up-wellings transport nutrient-rich waters throughout these areas.

CLIMATE:

The average air temperature in the regions we visit ranges from 25 - 32 Celsius or 77-90 Fahrenheit.

HEALTH AND INOCULATIONS:

Vaccinations for typhoid, paratyphoid, tetanus, Cholera, Polio, and Hepatitis A are recommended. Malaria is endemic in many parts of Indonesia, please check with your local Tropical Disease Centre for anti-malaria/diver friendly medication.

MONEY:

The Indonesian currency is Rupiah. Rates fluctuate enormously, please check with our cruise directors for your cruise exchange rates.

POPULATION AND PEOPLE:

Regarded as the fifth most populous nation in the world, there are approximately 200,000,000 in Indonesia. The majority, around 60% reside on the island of Java.

RELIGION:

An amazing diversity of religions exists. Predominantly a Muslim nation, islands like Timor, North Sulawesi and Flores are Christian. Hinduism is found mainly in Bali. Scattered throughout the region are a variety of other beliefs. LANGUAGE: Bahasa Indonesia, almost identical to Malay is the one national language. Several local dialects exist in each region as well. English is widely spoken in the more popular tourist destinations such as Bali.

Q: What time zone is Indonesia located?
A: Cendrawasih is covered by Eastern Indonesia Standard Time which is 9 hours ahead of GMT.

Q: What if I am prone to sea sickness?
A: If you are prone to sea sickness we strongly urge you to bring some motion sickness medication.

Q: Do I need evacuation/dive insurance?
A: We strongly recommend that each guest purchase comprehensive evacuation and dive accident insurance. We will be operating in extremely remote areas. Emergency evacuations from remote locations can cost in excess of USD $100,000. We recommend Divers Alert Network (DAN): www.DiversAlertNetwork.org (in USA), www.daneurope.org (in Europe).

Q: What can I expect the water temperature to be and what wetsuit do you recommend?
A: This is always a difficult question to answer because people have different reactions to temperature. Typically temperatures range from 25-30C or 80-86F so usually a 3mm suit or even a skin is fine. recommended.

Q: Can I drink alcohol and dive?
A: No. Drinking alcohol and diving can increase your risk of decompression problems. You can drink alcohol once your have completed your last dive of the day.

VISIBILITY:

Depending on the season the visibility range is between 10-40 metres or 30-120 feet..

CLIMATE:

The average air temperature in the regions we visit ranges from 25 - 32 Celsius or 77-90 Fahrenheit.

HEALTH AND INOCULATIONS:

Vaccinations for typhoid, paratyphoid, tetanus, Cholera, Polio, and Hepatitis A are recommended. Malaria is endemic in many parts of Indonesia, please check with your local Tropical Disease Centre for anti-malaria/diver friendly medication.

MONEY:

The Indonesian currency is Rupiah. Rates fluctuate enormously, please check with our cruise directors for your cruise exchange rates.

POPULATION AND PEOPLE:

Regarded as the fifth most populous nation in the world, there are approximately 200,000,000 in Indonesia. The majority, around 60% reside on the island of Java.

RELIGION:

An amazing diversity of religions exists. Predominantly a Muslim nation, islands like Timor, North Sulawesi and Flores are Christian. Hinduism is found mainly in Bali. Scattered throughout the region are a variety of other beliefs.

LANGUAGE:

Bahasa Indonesia, almost identical to Malay is the one national language. Several local dialects exist in each region as well. English is widely spoken in the more popular tourist destinations such as Bali.