Dive with manta rays, kayak through turquoise lagoons, and laze around on secluded atolls. A liveaboard experience with The Lady Denok offers a truly memorable way to take in the untouched islands and incredible marine life of Indonesia. Hand-built in the style of a traditional phinisi yacht, she has all the comforts and safety features of a modern yacht with room for up to 12 guests. Available for guided dive cruises and bespoke birdwatching tours year-round.
Sailing on The Lady Denok is like stepping back in time. Hand-built by the master boat builders of the Konjo tribe in Sulawesi, she has the bygone charm of a traditional phinisi yacht — with the added mod-cons and safety features of a 21st century vessel.
Guests can choose from seven spacious en-suite cabins with hot running water, A/C and sea-view portholes. There’s also a full galley serving buffet-style Western and Asian meals, an indoor lounge and dining area, and a sundeck with daybeds overlooking the ocean. Dive equipment, snorkels and sea kayaks are also provided onboard.
Our experienced crew of 12 includes a cruise director, certified dive guide and in-house chef. Your safety, comfort and enjoyment is their utmost priority. If you want insider tips on the local marine life or topography — just ask!
Stretching 40,000 square kilometres, the Raja Ampat Islands lie on the north-west tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula in Papua, East Indonesia. The marine protected area includes thousands of tiny islets and atolls and is home to a staggering array of fish and coral. Manta rays, black and white-tipped reef sharks, wobbegong sharks, sea turtles, pygmy seahorses, and schools of barracuda and grouper are among the 1,200 species that inhabit the waters here.
Raja Ampat’s scenery is just as impressive above the water. Jurassic-like karst islands jut upwards from turquoise waters and secluded coves are fringed by dense tropical jungle. You can relax on a deserted sand island, swim in a tropical lagoon, or take in the sunset from hilltop viewpoints. Many of these secret spots are only accessible with smaller yachts like The Lady Denok. Parrots, hornbills and the rare endemic bird-of-paradise are among the 250 bird species that inhabit the islands. Just ask if you’d like to organise a bespoke birdwatching tour.
Largely unexplored until recently, the Forgotten Islands are a string of tiny islets and atolls stretching around 1000 kilometres from Timor to Papua. The diving in this area of southeast Maluku is remarkably diverse thanks to a mix of untouched reefs, pinnacles and dramatic walls extending into the depths. And the clear waters and backdrop of soft corals, sea fans and sponges make for great underwater photographs. Expect to see everything from rare critters to big hunting fish like giant trevallies, schools of barracuda and hammerhead sharks. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a whale shark or pod of dolphins. Above the water, the wild volcanic islands vary between densely forested peaks and sandy coves inhabited by friendly locals.
Our liveaboard dive tour sets sail from Ambon, taking in the sights of the Banda Islands before sailing further south to the Forgotten Islands.
Tucked away in southern Maluku, the ten volcanic islands that form the Banda Islands are as rich in history as they are remote. Centuries ago, the tiny cluster of islands was the world’s only source of nutmeg, the gold of the spice trade. Banda nutmeg and mace fetched exuberant prices, attracting attention from the Dutch who colonised the islands from the early 17th century. Today, the old colonial buildings are still standing, set against an idyllic backdrop of tropical jungle, spice plantations, and volcanic peak of Banda Api.
Below the water, Banda is a diver’s dream. Vibrant coral gardens give way to impressive drop-offs teeming with life, and the water is so clear you can see right into the depths. Mobula ray, dogtooth tuna, Napoleon wrasse, turtles, dolphins and hammerhead sharks are just a few of the highlights.
Our Banda tour begins in Ambon Bay, traversing the Banda Sea’s untouched islets and dive sites on the way.
Centuries ago, phinisi schooners were used to transport exotic spices, sandalwood and textiles through the spice route. Built from tropical hardwoods from the forests of Sulawesi, they were handmade by the master craftsmen of the Konjo tribe. Guided by ritual, the men would take several years to construct a single ship. Boat building was considered an art form.
In December 2017, UNESCO recognized Indonesia’s phinisi yachts as an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’. Their unique legacy lives on today in modern vessels like The Lady Denok.
|Date||Cruise Name||Nights||Departure/Arrival||Itinerary||Master Cabin/Pax||Double Cabin/Pax||Single Cabin/Pax||Spaces|
|28 Jul – 05 Aug||Komodo||8||L. Bajo/L. Bajo||USD 3,040||USD 2,720||USD 3.040||12|
|08 – 12 Aug||Komodo||4||L. Bajo/L. Bajo||USD 1,520||USD 1,360||USD 1,520||12|
|14 – 18 Aug||Komodo||4||L. Bajo/L.Bajo||USD 1,520||USD 1,360||USD 1,520||Full|
|20 – 28 Aug||Komodo||8||L. Bajo/L. Bajo||USD 3,040||USD 2,720||USD 3,040||12|
|31 Aug – 7 Sept||Komodo||7||L. Bajo/L. Bajo||USD 2,660||USD 2,380||USD 2,660||12|
|10 – 17 Sept||Komodo||7||L. Bajo/L. Bajo||USD 2,660||USD 2,380||USD 2,660||12|
|20 – 27 Sept||Komodo||7||L. Bajo/L. Bajo||USD 2,660||USD 2,380||USD 2,660||12|
|2 – 9 Oct||Komodo – Maumere||7||L. Bajo/Maumere||USD 2,660||USD 2,380||USD 2,660||12|
|12 – 19 Oct||Maumere – Alor – Maumere||7||Maumere/Maumere||USD 2,660||USD 2,380||USD 2,660||12|
|22 Oct- 5 Nov||Maumere – Alor – Forgotten Island – Saumlaki||11||Maumere/Saumlaki||USD 4,950||USD 4,400||USD 4,950||12|
|8 – 18 Nov||Saumlaki – Triton Bay – Kaimana||10||Saumlaki/Kaimana||USD 4,500||USD 4,000||USD 4,500||12|
|21 Nov- 2 Dec||Triton Bay – Raja Ampat||11||Kaimana/Sorong||USD 4,950||USD 4,400||USD 4,950||12|
|5 – 11 Dec||Central Raja Ampat||6||Sorong/Sorong||USD 2,700||USD 2,400||USD 2,700||12|
|13 – 19 Dec||Central Raja Ampat||6||Sorong/Sorong||USD 2,700||USD 2,400||USD 2,700||7|
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