Adelaar, a century of maritime tradition and service
This fabulous classic of a schooner was originally built in 1902. It witnessed world history while sailing around the globe. A Recent renovation has brought it back to immaculate condition. It now serves as a recreational diving vessel in the Indonesian waters. The steel hull Adelaar (Dutch for Eagle) has a length of 38- and a width of 5.5 meters. The yacht-like interior is largely made out of indigenous teakwood. The ship accommodates 8 guests only. Uniquely we have special provisions to welcome and assist disabled guests. Destinations include mysterious Bali and mythical Komodo. The length of the diving trip varies from 11 to 12 days for scheduled cruises and a minimum of 6 days for a liveaboard charter.
included: VAT, Accommodation, Complimentary toiletries, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Divemaster services, All meals, Towels Provided
Excluded: Transfers to and from the harbour (From EUR 40 pp), Komodo National Park fees, Moyo & Satonda Reserve fees (EUR 135 per person), Rental equipment on board, Courses, Beer or alcoholic beverages, Fuel surcharge (EUR 60, subject to change)
Our cabins have marble bathrooms with a shower, toilet and washbasin. All are Individually air-conditioned. A state of the art entertainment system and other amenities will make you feel at home in your private time. The master cabin (20 sqm) has a queen size bed and couch that may serve as a single bed. Stateroom 2 & 3 (18 sqm) have a 140 cm double bed and couch/single bed, stateroom 4 (14sqm) has a 120cm double bed. All cabins have small portholes.
First class facilities and staff will spoil you and enable your liveaboard experience to be of superior standard. Classic luxury combined with modern facilities surround you everywhere on board. Enjoy the seascapes from a lounger on the upper deck or from the shaded open-air deck, delightfully illuminated at nighttime. The lounge and dining area are cool and pleasurable retreats at the heart of the ship.
Diving will make you hungry. Our chefs are well aware of this. All meals are made to order and can be enjoyed on deck as well as inside. We serve gourmet Indonesian and Western specialities and always consider your (dietetic) preferences. Non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary.
Besides all the onboard pleasures, the Indonesian underwater world is the jewel in the crown. Looking for shipwrecks, coral reefs or selective sea life specimen? Our guides show you where to go. Satisfied with a dreamlike snorkelling safari? Adelaar can make all these wishes come true. We escort you on a zodiac from our dive deck to the site of your choice. We have a rental service for all diving gear, including Nitrox. Courses are available.
Land excursions are optional. We organise a Komodo dragon tour, hiking for a breathtaking panorama of the entire archipelago, or a visit to an autochthonic island village.
These are example itineraries to give you an indication of the liveaboard cruises. The final cruise might be different due to weather, sea conditions and/or guest experience. The final call is always with the boat manager and the captain of the liveaboard. This to ensure your safety as well as to give you a dive holiday never to forget.
- Departure Port: 03 Sep 2018, Serangan, Bali
- Return Port: 13 Sep 2018, Serangan, Bali
- Length: 11 Days / 10 Nights (Approximately 31 dives in total)
- Experience level: Open Water – 60 minimum logged dives required.
While this is the description of a typical dive trip, actual trips may vary due to wind and sea conditions, weather, or guests preference.
Day 1 Monday (0 dives):
0800: Departure from Serangan, Bali
Day 2 Tuesday (2-3 dives): North Sumbawa – Satonda or Balahai for two or three dives
Land excursion possibilities: an easy stroll on the island of Satonda, visiting the saltwater lake and making a wish according to local traditions: a stone is tied to the branches of a wishing tree on the banks of the lake.
Day 3 Wednesday (4 dives) Entering Komodo National Park
Gili Lawa Laut for three dives plus a night dive in Slawi Bay.
Land Excursion possibilities: a trip to the shore to climb the hill on Gili Lawa Laut. It is a rather arduous climb, but the view of the entire National Park makes it well worth the effort.
Day 4 Thursday (3-4 dives) Komodo National Park -Rinca
Land Excursion: trekking into the interior of Komodo island to seek out the elusive dragons (easy walk of 1.5-3 hours).
Two or three dives & a night dive off Nusa Kode, in the extreme south of Rinca island
Land Excursion possibilities: From our mooring dragons can almost always be observed as they visit the beach during the late afternoon. To have a closer look we can approach the beach by dinghy.
Day 5 Friday (4 dives) Komodo National Park – Rinca
Three dives in Nusa Kode & a night dive in Lehok Sera
Land Excursion possibilities: we can go for a relaxed stroll on the beach of Lehok Sera; often we spot herds of Timor deer or wild boars. In season, we can also try wild tamarind fruit from the trees growing close to the beach.
Day 6 Saturday (4 dives) Komodo National Park – South Komodo
There are two dives at Langkoi off Komodo’s south coast & a dive off Padar. Night dives are either a night dive off Padar or a night dive at Wainilu
Conditions permitting, we will set sails as we move from Langkoi to Padar.
Land Excursion possibilities: Both beaches, Padar or Wainilu, are nice places to visit before the night dive for a bit of beach combing. In Wainilu, you can walk up a small hill for a nice view of Rinca and the surrounding islands. We adhere to the strict no take-policy of the National Park.
Day 7 Sunday (4 dives) Komodo National Park
There will be one dive off Padar, and two dives in the north of the Linta Strait and a night dive in Gili Lawa Darat Bay
Land Excursion possibilities: there is the option for the group to skip the first dive in favour of a hike on Rinca Island; compared to the walk on Komodo itself it is longer and slightly harder, however, usually there are more Komodo dragons (albeit of smaller size) and more wildlife in general. In the late afternoon, you can visit one of the beaches around Gili Lawa Darat or explore the mangroves in the bay.
Day 8 Monday (4 dives) Exiting Komodo National Park
There are three dives around Gili Lawa Laut and/or in the north of the Linta Strait & the night dive will be in Gili Banta
Another option is to leave the National Park early in the morning and head straight to Gili Banta to dive the famous sites ‘GPS Point’ and ‘Tanduk Rusa’ (or ‘Rollercoaster’); these sites are very nice sites, as good as any site within the boundaries of the National Park (quite a good chance of seeing pelagics or big animals in general – e.g. grey reef or silky sharks and huge schools of fish), however, they tend to be quite ‘hairy’ and finicky in terms of currents and conditions in general. This forces us quite often to do less spectacular sites in the area like ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Swiss Dreams’ – while those sites are far from being bad (still quite a good chance of seeing white tip reef sharks and turtles, there is even something for macro-seekers), they are of lesser quality than sites within Komodo National Park.
Day 9 Tuesday (4 dives) Sangeang
There are three dives around the volcanic island of Sangeang, in the north-east of Sumbawa and a night dive in the north of Bima Bay.
Day 10 Wednesday (2 dives) Moyo
There are two dives off Moyo and shortly after lunch, we leave for Bali.
Land Excursion possibilities: A visit to Lahuhan Haji, a traditional village with houses on stilts. Wander thru the village for a glimpse into the local life.
Day 11 Thursday (0 dives)
Adelaar arrives in Bali, normally between 8 am and noon and guests disembark.
The underwater topography is as varied as the marine life it homes. Dive sites vary from gentle coral slopes to sheer cliff walls, channels, flat bottoms, pinnacles, caves, swim-throughs and a host of hard and soft corals. From the Flores Sea in the north, the warm waters gradually become cooler as you travel southwards into the Indian Ocean.
Divers that join Adelaar’s Komodo Liveaboard are required to have above basic diver training from an official dive agency. We recommend having a PADI ‘Advanced Open Water’ certification or equivalent. The majority of dive sites we head to are considered suitable for advanced divers, inexperienced divers with lesser qualifications may be excluded from certain dives.
- Departure Port: Maumere
- Return Port: Maumere
- Length: 12 Days / 11 Nights (Approximately 32 dives in total)
- Experience level: Advanced Open Water – 50 minimum logged dives required.
In the fall of 2018, ADELAAR sails east of Flores, off the beaten path, from Maumere to the alluring Alor archipelago. Join us for 11 nights on our exclusive luxury liveaboard and explore the spectacular dive sites of Alor, hoping to catch a glimpse of surfacing whales and super pods of dolphins. Experience the unspoiled nature of these islands, meet real-life headhunters and discover traditional fishing techniques.
Day 1 – Maumere, Flores
An early morning flight from the island of Bali brings you to the harbour town of Maumere on the island of Flores. Our staff will greet you at the airport upon arrival, and accompany you to the Adelaar. A main port town for the island, Maumere harbour has a colourful local market where the women sell an array of handwoven ikats, fresh vegetables, meats and fish. Strategically located on the northern coastline, Maumere has a mixed population of Christians and Muslims, eager to meet tourists interested in their culture. Once onboard, we plan to do a check dive close by, then sail onwards through the night towards North Lembata.
Day 2 – North Lembata
Awake and enjoy a coffee on the deck as we start our first full day of diving in this remote location with stunning topographical features and beauty. The narrow strait allows for a steady flow of currents bringing deep water nutrients up to feed the lush corals and marine life. Off in the blue, pelagic creatures often make an appearance. In between dives, keep an eye on the horizon for passing cetaceans, as fall is whale migration season.
Day 3 – Savu Sea
We have sailed south to extremely remote areas, accessible only by liveaboard. We will explore world-class dive sites around the untouched islands of the Savu Sea, which lies in the strait west of Pantar Island. These small islets tend to gather congregations of fish, which makes for a delightful dive as larger reef animals swim past the colourful Indian Ocean reefs.
Day 4 – South Pantar
We start our exploration of Alor’s dive sites in the isolated area of Beangabang, which is a highlight of South Pantar. The small village, built around a church, is situated on a black sand beach. Locals must travel by boat to reach the main towns of Alor to gain access to shops and medical facilities. Down by the jetty, we have the option to walk carefully through a steamy natural volcanic water source. Thanks to the volcanic and freshwater environment, Beangabang’s dive site “Religious critters”, which lies just off the beach, is a haven for weird and macro creatures. Photographers and muck diving enthusiasts will enjoy spending time in the sand looking for these rare wonders.
Day 5 & 6 – Pantar Strait
Picturesque villages cling to the steep rocky slopes of the islands in this Strait, which also hides wonderful and exciting dive sites. We explore the walls, drop-offs, slopes and underwater valleys and ridges of Pantar, Alor and Pura islands. This region has a reputation as a world-class dive destination, with some of the best-preserved reefs in Indonesia. Patchwork fields of varied anemones stretch as far as the eye can see. Hand-woven bamboo fish traps lying in the reef shallows make a picturesque scene. During safety stops, we look up in search of hand-carved outrigger boats of local fishermen. Their children love jumping in the water to visit surfacing divers, wearing incredible homemade glass goggles and big friendly smiles. Alorese hospitality is like nowhere else on earth.
Day 7 – Kalabahi Bay
This morning, we enter a traditional village of the Abui tribe, feared headhunters until 1984. The fierce dance these warriors perform as you enter the village
remains unnerving to this day. Enjoy the hypnotic sound of the moko drums
as the Abui people dance. For the ceremony, the Abui wear colourful ikats
that they have handwoven in a pattern that is specific to their tribe. As they dance the lego lego, the jingling sound of their metal anklets eerily fills the air with each step. Our two dives planned for the afternoon and evening will be refreshing after the morning adventures. Kalahahi bay is well known for its exciting muck diving.
Day 8 – Pantar Strait
Just off the shore of Pulau Ternate, dozens of women approach liveaboards to display and sell their handmade ikats woven in patterns, which reflect the fishing traditions of their respective cast. There is time between our dives today if you wish to purchase one of this unique ikat. We dive today around the islands of Ternate and Reta for a glimpse into the underwater world teeming with a huge range of fish species and marine life scattered along the colourful walls.
Day 9 – North Adunara
As we sail leisurely towards Flores Island, the landscapes change once more into the dry hills and sandy beaches that became familiar on initial days of our journey. We have saved some of the best and most amazing reefs of the remote islands for last! Lush corals and clouds of fish are on the menu with a side of muck diving later in the day as we embark on a new critter hunt.
Day 10 & 11 – Maumere
Our last days onboard are spent exploring the beautiful coastline and islands near Maumere. The landscape is a postcard-like paradise with white sand beaches and turquoise blue water. We will dive along the walls and ridges looking for sharks and other denizens of the deep.
Day 12 – Goodbye!
Breakfast will be served onboard before you disembark and are transferred to the airport or to your hotel. We wish you a safe onward journey and hope you enjoyed your time on the Adelaar, made new friends and had the experience of a lifetime.
Swarms of anthias, schools of fusiliers, surgeons and snappers, rays and patrolling grey reef sharks, barracudas, snake eels, mantis shrimps, octopus, bobbit worms, flying gurnard, lionfish and rhinopias
- Year built: 1902
- Year Renovated: 2011
- Length:127 feet
- Beam: 18 feet
- Top speed: 7.5 knots
- Cruising speed: 6.5 knots
- Engines: Mercedes Marine Diesel (380HP)
- Max guests: 8
- Number of cabins: 4
- Number of bathrooms: 4
- Tenders: 2 x aluminium dinghies (40HP)
- Water capacity: 6000
- Fuel capacity: 6.5 tons
- Freshwater maker: 2 x 2400 gallons per day
- Depth Sounder
- Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
- E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
- Life Vests
- Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
- First Aid Kits
- Satellite & mobile phones
- Crew trained in first aid
- Emergency flares