Calico Jack liveaboard was newly built specially built for scuba tourism in 2014. The dimensions of this recreational wooden dive boat are 30 by 7 meters.
We organize friendly priced and short escapes for 10 participants maximum. Having fun while upholding safety measures is our raison d’être. We want everybody to have a great time, regardless of the scuba diving experience.
Possible dive destinations include Alor, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Moluccas, and the Forgotten Islands. The length of the trip varies from 6 to 12 days. You can still find treasures in the Indonesian archipelago.
Calico Jack lodges his guests in 5 cabins. 2 double bed cabins, two double or single cabins (the double beds can be separated into two single beds), and one twin cabin.
All have a private en-suite bathroom, and individual air conditioning and daily housekeeping, including towels and toiletries, are part of the service.
The cool and pleasant lounge area is furnished with comfy sofas, charging points, audio and video entertainment, computer, library, etc.
The guests can enjoy the partly shaded sundeck with lounge chairs, bean bags, and hammocks to relax.
Our international crew of ocean devotees and other pirates consists of 14 friendly and highly trained members. They consider their main task to ensure the happiness and wellbeing of all guests.
Delicious and healthy food is prepared in the large galley and served three times a day as a buffet. Enjoy your meal in the lounge or the outside dining area.
Beach bbq is optional. In-between, snacks and drinks are offered to you after every dive. If you have special dietary requests of an allergic or religious kind, let us know when booking.
You can order a wide range of beverages, from soft drinks to wine from the bar.
The dazzling beauty of Indonesian dive sites and marine life is something everybody should experience. It will be your playground for only a short time but will leave a lifelong impression.
So, gear up on our spacious dive platform with rinse tanks and showers. A dive tender will bring you and a guide to the most terrific sites. You can join in for three dives per day, with alternate night dives.
Next to the dive deck, we have special storage for underwater cameras and a photography station with storage for underwater camera set-ups. A rental service for diving gear is available onboard.
As a bonus, our guests can make use of snorkeling equipment for the shallow lagoons, surfboards, kayaks, and wakeboards. We organize land excursions during our Indonesian liveaboard holidays for those who like some solid ground under their feet.
Year built: 2014
Length: 30 meters
Beam: 7 meters
Top speed: 12 knots
Cruising speed: 8 knots
Engines: 2 x 220 Hp Mitsubishi diesel
Max guests: 10
Number of cabins: 5
Number of bathrooms: 5
Tenders: 5.5m Rib Centre console 85HP + 4.8m Wooden 40HP Yamaha
Water capacity: 5000 liters
Fuel capacity: 8000 liters
Freshwater maker: 5000 liters per day
✓ Depth Sounder
✓ Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
✓ E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
✓ Emergency Rafts
✓ Life Vests
✓ Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
✓ First Aid Kits
Calico Jack, a traditional Indonesia Phinsi liveaboard, runs dive safaris to Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda Sea, Ambon, and Alor.
DAY 1 | Embarkation in Nabire (1 Dive)
We will pick you up either at your hotel or Nabire airport and take you to the harbor, where our crew will welcome you onboard Calico Jack.
Following refreshments and a short tour of the ship, you will be briefed on safety, the diving operations, and life onboard. After Lunch, we will make an afternoon check dive in the Nabire area.
DAY 2 – 3| Kwatisore Bay Whale Sharks (6 Dives)
Kwastisore Bay is home to the majestic and beautiful Whale shark. This once in a lifetime experience to dive or snorkel with these gentle giants is what makes Cenderawasih Bay so unique. This year-round playground for whale sharks is vertically an everyday occurrence.
Cenderawasih Whale sharks are thought to bring good luck to the fishermen who live on the Bagons (floating fishing platforms). The fisherman tosses handfuls of baitfish, so the whale sharks so stay close to the Bagans.
DAY 4| Tanjung Mangguar (4 Dives)
Tanjung Mangguar is one of the beautiful and exciting dive areas in Cenderawasih. Massive soft coral and sea whip colonies adorn this reef, which attracts many fishes, including barracudas, rainbow runners, jacks, and even sharks. Manta rays and Mobula rays can be spotted regularly!
Huge barrel – and elephant ear sponges, giant clams, gardens of Acropora hard corals and lots of fish, all-in crystal-clear water.
Possible night dive in the area.
DAY 5 | Tridacna Atoll (3 Dives)
Tridacna Atoll is patch reefs and atolls named after the many Tridacna giant clams colonized in the area. The area is well known for incredibly clear water, excellent diving, and stunning white uninhabited white sand beaches.
An Impressive amount of marine life congregates around these reefs. Schooling barracuda, trevallies, sweetlips, groupers, and lots of little critters call these waters home.
DAY 6| Pulau Sodompari & Wandammen Peninsula (3 Dives)
A half kilometer-long reef runs west of Pulau Sodompari. A lovely mini wall with flourishes of sea fans and soft coral. Good fish life in the area when the current is running.
Wandammen Peninsula good variety of pelagic and critter action with ridges of rocks and bommies covered in colorful sea fans and soft corals, schooling barracuda, giant trevally, fusiliers, and plenty of critters to be found in the area.
DAY 7 | Pulau Roon & Pulau Ribbon (4 Dives)
These islands are covered with masses of lovely soft corals, sea fans, whips, and elephant ear sponges. Hawksbill, green turtles, barracuda, and surgeonfish can be seen cruising along the oasis of coral.
Just off Pulau Rippon is a downed aircraft from World War 2 resting in 12m on a hard-coral slope. The wings and some of the fuselage is still intact. Nice sea fans and soft corals can be found as the slope steepens.
Possible night dive in the area.
DAY 8 | Pulau Mioswar, Pulau Roon (3 Dives)
Three dives in the area with large rocks and boulders covered in both soft and hard coral. Some of the most prolific green Tubastrea hard corals of Cenderawasih grow here.
Schools of Fusiliers and bump head parrotfish, or the occasional small grey reef shark, can be seen here. Tanjung Ayami is a nice boulder dive with good coral growth and lots of Fusiliers and Barracudas.
DAY 9 | Pulau Purup (4 Dives)
Pulau Purup has three great dives sites offering a little something for everyone. A combination of beautiful sloping walls decorated with soft and hard corals, sea fans, and elephant ear sponges.
Fish life is abundant in the area, schools of barracuda, trevally, several fusiliers species, and a mix of reef sharks. Afternoon there is a possibility to go to the local village and visit some nice local rock art in the area.
Evening night dive in the area.
DAY 10 | Pulau Numfoor & Manim Island (3 dives)
Pulau Numfoor is a wall and steep slope with good coral growth surrounded by clear, blue water and big fish. Baby Grey reef sharks, white tips, barracudas, tunas, big groupers, jacks, snappers can easily be spotted. The fish life is particularly good with some current running.
On Manim Island are more than seven landing crafts from the war. They all sit on a white sand slope, and each one is decorated with colorful corals, at different depths between 40+ meters to a shallow 5 meters.
DAY 11 | Manokwari WW2 wreck dives (2 Dives)
During World War 2, Manokwari was a Japanese stronghold, and several outstanding wrecks lie within recreational diving depths. Bombed by the Americans in May 1944, these old warships are now the main attraction for divers in this part of Cenderawasih Bay.
“Shinwa Maru” (The Good Ghost) is an imposing ship, resting port side up in 35m of water. It sank near the port of Manokwari after having been hit by two bombs, leaving it with two holes in the bow. In one of the cargos are still cables and machinery once used to move bombs. The sides are nicely decorated in soft corals and hard corals.
“Cross Wreck” is a 35m former patrol boat lying off Mansinam Island; the patrol boat took a direct hit across its bow, the wreck sits in about 20m of water.
Coral growth is impressive and colorful and is known for its critters, including leaf fish, juvenile batfish, octopus, and manta shrimp.
DAY 12 | Disembarkation in Manokwari
After breakfast and the last exchange of photos and memories, the crew and Calico Jack will say our fondest farewells and transport you either to your hotel or Manokwari airport.
The sample itinerary above highlights what you can expect on one of our cruises to Cenderawasih Bay. Each cruise is unique; navigation and dive sites may vary slightly due to weather conditions and visibility.
There are no reviews yet. Be the first one to write one.