La Galigo is a premier diving Liveaboard that operates in Indonesia at some of the most popular diving locations in the world, Komodo, Raja Ampat and Wakatobi are among some of these fantastic diving destinations. Indonesia has some of the highest Biodiversity on the planet and is home to The Coral Triangle.
La Galigo was conceived back in 2014 when two avid divers wanted to explore some of the pristine reefs in Indonesia but found existing Indonesian liveaboard choices were often out of budget. Nowadays liveaboard diving is very much friends and family affair, and they identified a niche in the market to provide a fun, comfortable, affordable, liveaboard adventure.
La Galigo was acquired in Bali, a beautiful purpose built ‘Phinisi’ style dive Liveaboard, handcrafted by the Bugis people of Southern Sulawesi.
We pride ourselves on our Indonesian crew, who have collectively spent many years sailing and diving around a significant number of the 18,000+ stunning islands that make up Indonesia.
Our schedule is primarily split between Raja Ampat and Komodo, though we offer the opportunity to dive, Wakatobi, Banda, Ambon, Maumere, Alor and beyond. We are predominantly a dive liveaboard but enjoy tailoring bespoke charters that our guests desire.
We often include land excursions as part of our trips, so our guests get to experience the beauty of the islands as well as marvel at the underwater world.
RAJA AMPAT DESTINATIONS
We offer liveaboard trips to Raja Ampat North, Raja Ampat South and to all of Raja Ampat.
Raja Ampat North - Our Raja North trip takes in the key elements of what makes the area recognized as one of the top dive destinations in the world. Trek the iconic limestone cliffs which have become synonymous through their photos, and dive on stunning healthy reef systems teeming with fish.
Raja Ampat South - Raja South takes in what many marine experts consider to be the jewel of the 4 Kings, Misool. Coral life in this part of the Regency is some of the healthiest, most diverse on the planet.
Ultimate Raja Ampat - We also offer the ultimate Raja Ampat Liveaboard trip. This trip takes in all the wonders that Raja Ampat has to offer, in one sitting. No other liveaboard covers the nautical miles that La Galigo does through this trip. From the stunning coral in Misool, to the limestone rock formations in Wayag, this trip really covers it all.
The Raja Ampat South package includes:
9 Days / 8 Nights on board the La Galigo liveaboard
Multiple dives at our favourite dive sites
Departs : Sorong / Returns: Sorong
Penemu (Melissa’s Garden)
4 days in Misool (from macro to mantas)
Magic mountain (large pacific mantas)
Penemu (Trekking and Melissas’ garden)
Gam (Citrus Ridge)
Dampier Strait (Mantas and pelagics)
Arborek (World famous jetty dive)
Cape Kri (Pelagic drift diving)
Trip itinerary can be subject to changed in the event of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances
Itinerary looks as follows
DAY 1: Sorong - We will collect you from the airport or your hotel between 7am – 8am on the day of departure. From the collection point we will head to the harbor where we will then transfer to La Galigo. After a refreshing welcome drink, and a safety briefing of our ship, we will aim to anchor up around 10:30am from the harbour. Once finished we will grab a small lunch before getting in the water for your check out dive. After the checkout dive we will anchor up and head straight to the southern part of Raja Ampat, which is Misool.
DAY 2: Goa Farondi Region, Misool. - After the long haul south we will arrive in Misool for a 2/3 dive day. The dives generally consist of a light cave dive, named Goa Farondi, where there is a chance to do some swim throughs and maybe meet the bumphead parrot fish population, and 3 Rocks, collection of submerged pinnacles home to Barracuda and Trevallies. The afternoon we take in the site No Contest, a ridge that is home to an abundance of marine life, soft corls and overhangs. The evening dive can be taken at many sites located in the vicinity of No Contest, including pet rock, Plateau, and Love Potion.
DAY 3: Daram Island - Daram is one of the areas less frequented by liveaboards in Misool due to its location in the far east, however, it is home to what many local professionals consider to be one of the finest dive sites in the Misool, ‘Candy store’. Not so far from dive one another critically acclaimed site Andiamo, a submerged reef with two islets, and home to amazing fan corals. Both aforementioned dive sites can easily be dived twice due to their size and qualities. Night diving here is often conducted at un-named slopes or ridges due to the sheer abundance of healthy coral growth and fish populations.
DAY 4: Jamur Boo Region, Misool. - The diving in this part of Misool is filled with the pristine coral life in the heart of Misool and Giant Pacific Manta Rays, close to the Eco Resort. Whale 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. Magic mountain is located in the unprotected southern waters of Misool, but you can often find huge Manta Rays gliding across this fast-becoming-favourite dive site of ours. The afternoon dive is at the dive site Boo Windows, unique in topography, the reef has window like swim throughs, and a great chance for some wide angle photos. Yellit kecil is the night dive around here that is not to be missed, with excellent sea fan growth and stunning bommies to explore.
Day 5: Central Misool - This is the last full day we spend in Misool, and the morning is spent on an isolated interlinking submerged reef system known as the Three Kings. Difficult to locate without GPS, this site is as awesome in topography as it is in fish life. Giant Travelly, Napoleon Wrasse, and large Snapper are all often found here. Up next is Barracuda, a dive site which might be better known as Trevally, with its larghe schools of predatory pelagic species. Dive three of the day is taken at Wedding Cake, so named for its tiered topography, which is home to some of Misool’s Pygmy Seahorse community. Wedding cake makes for an awesome, calm night dive also, and a chance to see species using the reef at night for protection from the local Trevally residents.
DAY 6: Goa Farondi Region, Misool. - This morning the sun rises once again against the sheer limestone cliffs of Farondi island, where we plan to make two early dives here, allowing us enough time to make it back to the central part of Raja Ampat. Razorback ridge is series of layered ridges home to a variety of critters. Grouper Rock is a small island with a shallow swim through in the shallows. After this swim through you are met with sea fans and soft coral covered walls. After these two dives we set course for Penemu, approximately 90 miles from northern Misool. This large crossing can be slowed down if the weather is rough, so a decision will be made by the Cruise Director or Captain to only do one dive, leaving enough time to make a time efficient crossing to our next destination.
DAY 7: Penemu - Whilst in Penemu we will conduct 3 dives, allowing us time to trek the outlook of Bintang lagoon. Dive sites visited will depend on the conditions but we never miss a chance to dive the site made famous by Max Ammer, who named Melissa’s garden on behalf of his daughter. The large colourful reef system at the top of the dive site, with its thousands of Anthias dodging predatory species is what gives the site its garden reference.. There is also and an opportunity to dive Kerou channel, which is located close to Leo’s reef, a fish breeding farm funded by Hollywood legend, Leonardo DiCaprio.
DAY 8: Eastern Dampier Strait - On the penultimate day of the trip, we start the day by diving the world renowned Cape Kri, with it’s huge schools of fish life on its current ravaged slopes. The final dive of the trip will be at Blue Magic, for a chance to hang out with the Manta Rays and the Wobbegong sharks that call this place home. The afternoon can be spent snorkeling, or relaxing on the beach whilst we prepare a beach BBQ, before setting course for Sorong around 10am.
Day 9: Disembark - La Galigo at Sorong From around 05:00am La Galigo will be anchored 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, whereupon we will assist you with transportation to your desired location.
PLEASE NOTE: La Galigo does not guarantee this outlined itinerary, and it is to be considered as a rough guideline.
Information compiled here is based on past trips we have conducted, and includes common dive sites and routes we often visit. Weather and sea conditions in the area can be unpredictable, and La Galigo retain the right to alter an itinerary from advise of the ship’s captain, cruise director, or owner for the safety of the vessel, it’s passenger and crew.
Discover our Raja Ampat South trips
Diving Raja Ampat South brings booming currents washing over colossal seamounts rising from the ocean floor. Kaleidoscopic blooms of purple and orange soft corals. Schools of massive bump headed parrot fish, effortlessly devouring chunks of the reef. These are the sights while diving Raja Ampat South.
Here you get a real sense of the remoteness and untouched nature of West Papua. The diving hotspots of south east Misool have few resorts or villages nearby. Highlights of the area are some epic swim through caves, and fully submerged reefs that attract manta’s and sharks. Both species testament to the positive effects of conservation patrols provided by the local Misool rangers.
Southern Raja Ampat dive sites such as Magic Mountain, No Contest and Boo Windows, have given the region as much of a reputation for amazing epic underwater landscapes, as it has for amazing biodiversity of marine life.
Raja Ampat South Dive Sites
Here is a small selection of the most popular and well-known dive sites that we like to visit in the Raja Ampat South area.
Goa Farondi - Farondi island in Misool’s north has a great little dive site called ‘Goa Farondi’ (Farondi Cave in Bahasa Indonesian. This dive starts plunging into a shallow reef on the north side of the cave. We often see groups of up to 8 giant hump head parrotfish at the drop-in point before we even take on the cave.
Boo Windows - This dive site gets its name from the two giant windows at the south end of the adjoining rock. This makes a top spot to grab a selfie and upload to your Instagram to make your friends say wow! The main section of the dive is along the slopes that run on the east and west sides of the site.
Magic Moutain - Magic Mountain is one of the sites that just simply can not be missed in the south. The reef is submerged in the blue and must be found via GPS. When you drop down the first stage is a round flat reef at 8m. This first section has several large bommies that are a manta cleaning station.
No Contest - This site is the first of the “owner’s favorites” dive sites at La Galigo liveaboard. Dropping into the depths at this site, divers are confronted by two giant pinnacles rising from the ocean depths, with a small connecting bridge teeming with marine life.
Melissas’ Garden - This dive site is the highlight of the Penemu area. A vast garden of plate coral beyond belief, covered in swarms of colorful fish. This site has a nice slope on one side of the rock protruding from the ocean, often with patrolling blacktip reef sharks.
Arborek Jetty - The jetty out the front of Arborek island is an epic dive site. During the day you can capture some amazing photos of schools of fish circling the jetty pylons, at night capture the mass of lionfish and woebegong sharks around the slopes.
Blue Magic - Blue magic is another of the signature Raja Ampat dive sites. This dive site always holds a special place in our hearts for us here at La Galigo, as this was the first dive site in Raja Ampat that we dived together as a company back in 2015.
Cape Kri - Cape Kri – OMG. this site has the highest recorded fish count out of any reef in Raja Ampat. Schooling trevally, surgeons, fusiliers, emperors, and snappers absolutely surround you on this site. This is one of those dives that captivates you from the very beginning and leaves you astonished by the end.
Kaleidoscope - This dive site shows that Raja Ampat does not only have big stuff, as you can encounter a sloping wall covered in a blanket of soft corals with vibrant colors. Some critters in this area are ghost pipefish, pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, and flatworms. Sometimes, a night dive here can also be stunning.
Dive Guide, Skipper, Boat transport
I) THREE DECKS
Lower Deck - Our roomy lower deck cabins feature an American style deep sprung double mattress. 2 of the cabins remain doubles, 2 can be converted to twin beds. Every room has its own private en-suite with hot fresh water showers, climate control, and a desk for filling out your logbook after a fantastic day diving.
Main Deck - The main floor is the spacious living and diving area. The back area of the boat is our broad dive deck with twin curved stair cases. A well equipped preparation deck is next up from this with ample space to kit up into your gear with out the hassles of a crowded dive boat. The homey lounge area towards the vessels center gives our new friends a perfect place to trade stories about the days diving and download brilliant photographs of your day.
This space has many power points for charging and preparing your laptop, camera and video equipment. This space also has a large TV and a well stocked bookcase for your entertainment. This is also the place to enjoy the delicious creations that our Head Chef has been working hard on while you where marveling at this unique underwater world.
Upper Deck - The upper floor is where you discover the first of our outdoor living areas, the two master cabins, and the grand suite. In the outdoor living area, you can lounge back in a comfortable reclining chair with ample shade and tranquil ocean breeze, a great way to unwind after another mind-blowing dive.
The next tier master cabins are more spacious and offer a choice of a double bed or twin beds, refreshing air conditioning and an even more spectacular panoramic view from your window.
II) THREE CABIN CLASS TYPES
Deluxe Cabin - All of our 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 with us.
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 our 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 our Master cabins can either be prepared as two single beds or a double, so please let us know what is required when booking direct with us.
The Suite - The Suite is our 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, so please let our customer service team know during the booking phase if you would like us to fill it with anything prior to your embarkation, and we will do our best to assist you.
All cabins are included with:
Individual aircon control
Ensuite bathrooms with hot water
Overhead reading lights
Cupboards for personal items
Bath & hand towels
Universal charging points
Amercian spring mattresses
Safety deposit box available
III) LA GALIGO LIVEABOARD FEATURES
Dedicated dive platform
12L Aluminium tanks
Full Aqualung rental equipment*
SMB, Reef hook, and computers (FOC)* (for the duration of the trip)
Personal diving and deck towels
2 x 9m dive tenders
15L Aluminium tanks available
Dive courses available
Western & Asian buffet meals
4 meals per day
Post dive snacks
Vegetarian options available
Vegan options available (Heads up required)
Possible catering for various allergies
Selection of international Wines for sale
Local beers for sale
Self-service drinks and snacks
48″ Flat screen TV
Library of movies, books, and games
Sundeck & shaded areas
Industry standard vessel safety and equipment
12hrs of emergency breathing oxygen
All crew trained in first aid
Primary and secondary care kits
Air conditioning, Balcony
All rates are quoted on a shared basis; price is per person. If you are booking as a party of 2, you will be guaranteed that the room will be reserved for your party of 2 people only.
If you are booking as a single traveller, you may be roomed with another person of the same gender, dependent on availability. In this case, the person who made the booking first, shall be given the option of the double bed, unless they specifically request the single. There are no price reductions if you are given a single bed.
If you would like a guaranteed private cabin for 1 person, there is a 65% surcharge on top of the listed price for single occupancy.
A 30% deposit is required at the time of your reservation. Final payment is due 60 days before the date of La Galigo cruise departure. If payments are not made in the time frames required, La Galigo reserves the right to refuse the services contracted, retain the money paid as deposit (30%), and resell the excursion. In the case where a reservation is made less than 61 days before the departure date, the total price must be paid at the time of reservation. All deposits and full balance payments are nonrefundable.