Cheng Ho

CHENG HO LIVEABOARD; CAPTURE THE SPIRIT OF INDONESIA ON OUR LEISURE CRUISES.

Cheng Ho liveaboard is part of the Sea Safari Cruises Fleet. This shipping company sails with five tropical wooden Phinisi schooners for short and longer leisure expeditions east of Bali. These luxury liveaboards are available to hire as private charters or to embark on the proposed cruises.

Cheng Ho is one of the most comfortable vessels for diving and snorkeling safaris. Next to these water activities, we organize island hopping tours to visit local markets, bird watching, and trekking to admire volcanos and waterfalls. Based on Labuan Bajo in Flores, we regularly visit the Komodo National Park, famous for the impressive Komodo dragons.

Accommodation

We welcome 24 guests in 14 attractive cabins with en suite bathrooms, basin, hot & cold shower, and an air conditioner in each room. We have six cabins with a double bed. These are situated on the lower and upper deck.

Four cabins on the lower deck have twin beds, and four cabins on the middle deck have a single bed. Our cabins are lovely retreats with windows or portholes and artfully crafted wooden paneling and floors. A daily housekeeping service will provide you with fresh towels and toiletries.

Lower Deck Cabin

Lower Deck Cabin

Room size: 12 m²
Max. occupancy: 2
Beds: Double or 2 Single
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:
Upper Deck Cabin

Upper Deck Cabin

Room size: 12 m²
Max. occupancy: 2
Beds: Queen
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:
Single Cabin

Single Cabin

Room size: 10 m²
Max. occupancy: 1
Beds: Single
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:

Comfort

On the top deck of our liveaboard is a partly shaded sun deck for relaxing, sunbathing, or enjoying a refreshment at the bar. Feel the sea breeze while the breathtaking seascapes pass you by. On the middle tier are the restaurant and air-conditioned saloon for great indoor rewinding and entertainment, including a tv and DVD player. Our professional and considerate crew will be at your service 24/7.

Catering

Cheng Ho liveaboard makes sure that her guests are catered with great food. We are well aware that sea air and diving makes you go hungry.

Our meals are served as delicious buffets. Vegetarian options are offered. Soft drinks and fruits are available all day from our glass door chiller in the restaurant.

Coffee is made from fresh ground beans. Beach barbecues on bounty islands are always popular.

Diving

Cheng Ho liveaboard trips are specialized for scuba diving in Komodo national park. All pristine dive sites offer an abundance of marine life, from macro live such as pygmy seahorses and frogfish to manta rays and whale sharks. At least once during your dive safari, a night dive will be organized.

The shaded diving deck is situated at the bow of MSV Cheng Ho. Tenders will bring you to the numerous diving grounds of your interest with a dive guide. The spacious diving deck has warm water showers and a large camera preparation table.

Rental equipment and nitrox are available as well as snorkeling gear, a canoe, and fishing equipment.

Destinations

Indonesia

Komodo

SPECIFICATIONS

Year built: 2002

Length: 33 meters

Beam: 11 meters

Top speed: 10 knots

Cruising speed: 8 knots

Engines: 1 x 447HP Yanmar

Max guests: 24

Number of cabins: 14

Number of bathrooms: 14

Tenders: 2 x fibreglass and 1 x Viking

Water capacity: 50’000 liters

Fuel capacity: 40’000 liters

Freshwater maker: 10’000 liters per day

NAVIGATION, COMMUNICATION, AND SAFETY FEATURES

 Radar

 Depth Sounder

 GPS

 Radio VHF/DSC/SSB

 E.P.I.R.B. Distress System

 Emergency Rafts

 Life Vests

 Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers

 Oxygen

 First Aid Kits

 Satellite & mobile phones

 Crew trained in first aid

Cheng Ho traditional Indonesian Phinsi liveaboard is specialized in scuba diving cruises around the Komodo national park in Indonesia.

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28 Jul 2021
Labuan Bajo-Komodo-Labuan Bajo
Arrival: 28 Jul 2021
Departure: 31 Jul 2021
Days/nights: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Labuan Bajo-Komodo-Labuan Bajo

Start from Labuan Bajo airport, you will be transferred to the harbor to meet Sea Safari boat. Welcome drinks will be offered. Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before depart to Sabolan for check dive. Meals : Lunch, Dinner The dive will be approximately 3 dives a day, you will be served with breakfast, lunch and dinner. The last day: The ship will arrive in Labuan Bajo early in the morning. You will be served breakfast and afterwards prepare for disembarkation. And you will transferred to the airport to catch 1,5 hours domestic flight to Denpasar, Bali. Meals : Breakfast –

03 Aug 2021
Labuan Bajo-Komodo-Labuan Bajo - Charter Only
Arrival: 03 Aug 2021
Departure: 03 Aug 2021
Days/nights: 1 Days / 0 Nights
Labuan Bajo-Komodo-Labuan Bajo - Charter Only

Pease note that the itineraries are examples only, We reserve the right to change the itinerary or specific agreed services, if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require us to do so.

Marine Life: Bumphead parrot fish, bamboo sharks, marble rays, nudibranchs, dusky sharks, jawfish, bubble coral shrimps, leaf fish, porcelain crabs, pygmy seahorses, schools of barracudas, trevally, and mackerel, white tips, black tips, grey reef sharks, turtles, octopus, frogfish, manta rays, dugong, banded pipefishes, mandarin fishes, Wonderpus, Indian Walkman

07 Aug 2021
Labuan Bajo-Komodo-Labuan Bajo
$ 2000 5% discount
Arrival: 07 Aug 2021
Departure: 12 Aug 2021
Days/nights: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Labuan Bajo-Komodo-Labuan Bajo

Day 1: Labuhan Bajo – Sabolan – Arrive at the newly built Labuan Bajo airport in Flores. Our representative will be waiting outside the arrival hall and ready to escort you to the ship for immediate boarding. Safety Breifing, Safety DVD, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour. During the journey to our first dive site, Sabolan for a check dive, take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.
Meals : Lunch, Dinner
Dives: 1-2

Day 2 : Canibal Rock – Banana Island – Yellow Wall – Torpedo Alley – Unbelievable amounts of rare nudibranchs fight for space on the rock with the thousands of multi colored feather stars and unusual sea apples that hide juvenile painted frogfish and ghost pipefish. Adult frogfish swim around the rock that hosts such surprises as Coleman Shrimp, Zebra crabs, Rhinopias, hawksbill turtles, blue ringed octopus and Torpedo Rays.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dives: 4 – 5mm wetsuit is recommended, Temp 22-25 degrees centigrade.

Day 3 : Manta Alley – Lohok Sera Bay – Komodo Island – First 2 dives of the day will be for Mantas, we will start our dive at The Stadium to the west of the rocks. In the lee area in this small bay, where the maximum depth is 30 meters, there are almost always Mantas cleaning here or travelling through to the other side of the islets. Second dive we will start in “The Channel”

We then move to Lohok Sera bay to enjoy the small wreck here, many nudi’s and other macro life can be found here. Our fourth dive will be a dusk dive to go in search of the elusive mandarin fish. This spot is well known to have some large specimens.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dives: 4

Day 4: Castle Rock – Gili Lawa Laut – Crystal Rock – We will dive the famous Castle Rock, well known for curious bat fish, trevally, mackerels and white tip reef sharks. Down at 30 metres you can see Grey Reef sharks. There is also excellent soft coral coverage. Close by there is another dive site, Crystal Rock, known for schools of surgeon fish and snappers and the occasional manta. Dive 3 will be at Shotgun, this is really a unique dive. Between the 2 islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat is a small channel and wall. The current here attracts Giant Trevallies, Mantas, Turtles and Barracudas. Night dive on Gili Lawa Laut reef, known for huge Spanish Dancers and other nigh time critters
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dives: 4

Day 5 : Batu Bolong – Tatawa Kecil – Rinca –Before we land to see the Komodo dragons on Rinca Island, we will visit one of the finest pinnacles you will ever see, Batu Bolong. The reef is covered in colorful corals, invertebrate life and thousands Anthias and other brilliant reef fish. Along the steep walls in deeper water many large fish including sharks, napoleon wrasse, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna. Large schools of rainbow runners and fusilers can be observed on almost every occasion. Tatawa Kecil offers a drift dive along some of the largest fields of branching corals in Komodo. Batfish, Eagle Rays, and Turtles are some of the highlights. The afternoon will be spent trekking with park rangers as guides looking for Komodo Dragons on Rinca island. Be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen and your camera.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dives: 2

Day 6 : Labuhan Bajo – The ship will arrive in Labuan Bajo early in the morning. You will be served breakfast and afterwards prepare for disembarkation. You will be transferred to the airport. Trip end.
Meals : Breakfast
No dive

Marine Life: Bumphead parrot fish, bamboo sharks, marble rays, nudibranchs, dusky sharks, jawfish, bubble coral shrimps, leaf fish, porcelain crabs, pygmy seahorses, schools of barracudas, trevally, and mackerel, white tips, black tips, grey reef sharks, turtles, octopus, frogfish, manta rays, dugong, banded pipefishes, mandarin fishes, Wonderpus, Indian Walkman

All divers must have Open Water certification with at least 25 logged dives in the past 5 years. If the diver fails to meet this requirement, Sea Safari Cruises will require the diver to hire a private dive master to make sure the safety of the diver during the diving activity. The fee for a private dive master will be 50 USD/day. All divers must produce a written/stamped logbook with your last dives and all necessary certification cards for the type of dives they wish to undertake.

14 Aug 2021
Labuan Bajo-Komodo-Labuan Bajo
$ 2000 5% discount
Arrival: 14 Aug 2021
Departure: 19 Aug 2021
Days/nights: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Labuan Bajo-Komodo-Labuan Bajo

Day 1: Labuhan Bajo – Sabolan – Arrive at the newly built Labuan Bajo airport in Flores. Our representative will be waiting outside the arrival hall and ready to escort you to the ship for immediate boarding. Safety Breifing, Safety DVD, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour. During the journey to our first dive site, Sabolan for a check dive, take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.
Meals : Lunch, Dinner
Dives: 1-2

Day 2 : Canibal Rock – Banana Island – Yellow Wall – Torpedo Alley – Unbelievable amounts of rare nudibranchs fight for space on the rock with the thousands of multi colored feather stars and unusual sea apples that hide juvenile painted frogfish and ghost pipefish. Adult frogfish swim around the rock that hosts such surprises as Coleman Shrimp, Zebra crabs, Rhinopias, hawksbill turtles, blue ringed octopus and Torpedo Rays.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dives: 4 – 5mm wetsuit is recommended, Temp 22-25 degrees centigrade.

Day 3 : Manta Alley – Lohok Sera Bay – Komodo Island – First 2 dives of the day will be for Mantas, we will start our dive at The Stadium to the west of the rocks. In the lee area in this small bay, where the maximum depth is 30 meters, there are almost always Mantas cleaning here or travelling through to the other side of the islets. Second dive we will start in “The Channel”

We then move to Lohok Sera bay to enjoy the small wreck here, many nudi’s and other macro life can be found here. Our fourth dive will be a dusk dive to go in search of the elusive mandarin fish. This spot is well known to have some large specimens.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dives: 4

Day 4: Castle Rock – Gili Lawa Laut – Crystal Rock – We will dive the famous Castle Rock, well known for curious bat fish, trevally, mackerels and white tip reef sharks. Down at 30 metres you can see Grey Reef sharks. There is also excellent soft coral coverage. Close by there is another dive site, Crystal Rock, known for schools of surgeon fish and snappers and the occasional manta. Dive 3 will be at Shotgun, this is really a unique dive. Between the 2 islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat is a small channel and wall. The current here attracts Giant Trevallies, Mantas, Turtles and Barracudas. Night dive on Gili Lawa Laut reef, known for huge Spanish Dancers and other nigh time critters
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dives: 4

Day 5 : Batu Bolong – Tatawa Kecil – Rinca –Before we land to see the Komodo dragons on Rinca Island, we will visit one of the finest pinnacles you will ever see, Batu Bolong. The reef is covered in colorful corals, invertebrate life and thousands Anthias and other brilliant reef fish. Along the steep walls in deeper water many large fish including sharks, napoleon wrasse, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna. Large schools of rainbow runners and fusilers can be observed on almost every occasion. Tatawa Kecil offers a drift dive along some of the largest fields of branching corals in Komodo. Batfish, Eagle Rays, and Turtles are some of the highlights. The afternoon will be spent trekking with park rangers as guides looking for Komodo Dragons on Rinca island. Be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen and your camera.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dives: 2

Day 6 : Labuhan Bajo – The ship will arrive in Labuan Bajo early in the morning. You will be served breakfast and afterwards prepare for disembarkation. You will be transferred to the airport. Trip end.
Meals : Breakfast
No dive

Marine Life: Bumphead parrot fish, bamboo sharks, marble rays, nudibranchs, dusky sharks, jawfish, bubble coral shrimps, leaf fish, porcelain crabs, pygmy seahorses, schools of barracudas, trevally, and mackerel, white tips, black tips, grey reef sharks, turtles, octopus, frogfish, manta rays, dugong, banded pipefishes, mandarin fishes, Wonderpus, Indian Walkman

All divers must have Open Water certification with at least 25 logged dives in the past 5 years. If the diver fails to meet this requirement, Sea Safari Cruises will require the diver to hire a private dive master to make sure the safety of the diver during the diving activity. The fee for a private dive master will be 50 USD/day. All divers must produce a written/stamped logbook with your last dives and all necessary certification cards for the type of dives they wish to undertake.

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