Liveaboard At A Glance
The Pindito is an elegant 37 metre wooden Phinisi with a cruising speed of nine knots and a range of 1300 nautical miles. The ship is superbly equipped and can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests in six double and two twin cabins. She is owned and operated by Edi Frommenwiler, who has been diving in West Papua (then known as Irian Jaya) for over fifteen years. He and his crew bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to ensure the best diving. Pindito operates all year round; from December to May she has an itinerary in Raja Ampat, from June to October she runs cruises around the Komodo area, returning to Raja Ampat in November.
Pindito has six double cabins and two twin cabins, all located on the lower deck. All cabins have ensuite bathrooms and individual air conditioning. The double cabins have the option of adding a single upper bunk if requested. On the upper deck there is a partially covered area for sun bathing while on the main deck a comfortable sitting and dining area provides a place where guests can read, relax and socialize. Aft of the main deck is a camera room with 240v and 110v recharging stations and plenty of working space. In the lounge there is a large flat screen TV and computer area where guests can watch DVDs or see video and stills taken during the dives and a library of books on marine life. Also on the main deck is the dive deck and compressor area. A continental breakfast is served before the first dive, and later guests can enjoy a full English breakfast. Dishes served at lunch and dinner are of mainly Asian style, using meat and freshly caught fish. Between meals cake, cookies and snacks are available with complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks and beer. A unique feature on board Pindito is the range of reflexology, aromatherapy and Balinese massages that guests can enjoy after a full day's diving.
Typically, four dives per day are scheduled during the cruise, taken from three Zodiac rigid hull inflatables. There are two morning dives, an afternoon dive and a dusk or evening dive. All dives are led by experienced Divemasters and preceeded by a thorough safety briefing. Nitrox 32 is offered and there are Nitrox analysers on board for guests to use. A PADI Nitrox specialty course and certification can be completed during the trip. BCDs regulators, dive lights and computers are available for rental for just four divers so it is important to book these in advance. Whichever itinerary you choose, you will enjoy a great diversity of diving; the Komodo National Park, which includes the three larger islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar as well as numerous smaller islands, is fascinating to explore both above and below the water. Here in Indonesia the marine diversity is remarkable and certainly some of the best diving in the world for both pelagics and the smaller critters. Temperatures can vary considerably, particularly the waters around Rinca, which can be as low as 22 deg C. Of course, a guided visit to the Komodo dragons has to be a highlight of your trip. Remote Raja Ampat, in the north of the region, offers a variety of fantastic marine life with huge shoals of sardines, soft corals and sea fans, vast caverns and pygmy seahorses. The area has over 1500 islands, with Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo being the largest. We love this area - it`s diverse, exciting, unusual and remote.
Schedule & Itinerary
Pindito offers a broad range of different itineraries in a vast cruising area. You need to consult her schedules to choose the best option, so please contact our sales staff for advice on this. To give you a general idea, she spends from November to May in the Raja Ampat region with many of her trips cruising between Sorong and Ambon. Her biodiversity cruise in May covers the diving from Sarong to Maumere in Flores. For the months of June to October, Pindito is located in Bali and takes divers to Komodo and the surrounding islands. In addition to all these trips, the owner often organises one-off charters with well-known dive personalities, such as Howard and Michelle Hall.
For the Komodo cruise you would be required to fly into Denpasar. We recommend flying from the UK on Singapore Airlines to Bali, via Singapore. Malaysian or Emirates Airlines also fly to Bali, and we can arrange 30kgs luggage allowance for divers carrying dive equipment with each of these carriers. Your tour on the Pindito starts in Bali and leads through the middle of the Komodo National Park, passing the island Sangeang, spending time around the islands of Banta, Komodo and Rinca, and also visiting the smaller islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Tatawa Besar. The boat does a final stop at the island of Moyo, before heading back to Bali. For the Raja Ampat cruise you would be required to fly into Manado. We recommend flying from the UK on Singapore Airlines to Singapore. From there a flight on Silk Air will bring you to Manado in North Sulawesi. We can arrange 30kgs of luggage in economy class for divers carrying dive equipment. Singapore is the main gateway for Manado, but you can also fly via Jakarta in Indonesia or Denpasar in Bali. From Manado, you take a short and scenic domestic flight to Sorong, where you would meet the Pindito and start your tour. From Sorong the boat will head South, around the island maze of Misool, and on the return journey visiting Dampier Straight and maybe Sele Pele or Kofian before you returning to Sorong.
Depart London Heathrow on Singapore Airlines to Denpasar.
Arrive Bali and transfer to the Puri Santrian Hotel for 1 nights accommodation.
Transfer to MV Pindito for 11 nights.
Disembark MV Pindito and transfer to th Puri Santrian Hotel for 1 nights accommodation.
Depart Denpasar on Singapore Airlines, arriving London Heathrow later that evening.
2nts Bali and 11nts MV Pindito (Komodo Cruise) from £3565 per person plus £417 departure taxes.
Price includes return international flights from the UK on Singapore Airlines, all transfers, 11 nights on board MV Pindito in a double/twin air-conditioned cabin with en-suite, full board including all drinks on board (excluding wine), 4 dives daily including 1 night dive, nitrox fills for the entire cruise, guides, all offered land excursions, fuel surcharge, harbour fees and 2 nights at the Puri Santrian Hotel (one night either side of the liveaboard) based on 2 sharing a twin/double Garden Wing Room with breakfast.. Not Included: Komodo National Park fee USD $50.00 - payable on board.