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Cheng Ho

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

KLM Cheng Ho is part of the Sea Safari Cruises Fleet. This shipping company sails with 5 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 snorkelling safaris. Next, to these water activities, we organize island hopping tours to visit local markets, bird watching and trekking to admire volcanos and waterfalls. As we are based in Labuan Bajo in Flores, we regularly visit the Komodo National Park, famous for the impressive Komodo dragons.

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Included: VAT, Accommodation, Complimentary toiletries, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals, Towels Provided

Excluded: RInternational/domestic airfare and airport tax, Personal diving equipment (available for rent) and battery, Komodo National Park fee (25 USD/person/night), Raja ampat entrance fee (145 USD/person/packages), Cendrawasih Fee (35 USD/person/night), Maumere (Maumere 75 USD/person/package), Alor, Lembeh – Sangihe Talaud, Halmahera (100USD/pax/package), Gratuities to guide and crew (we recommend a tip at least $ 20 USD per day), Onboard telecommunication, Laundry service, Alcoholic beverages & Soft Drinks, 32% EAN Nitrox

ACCOMMODATION

We welcome 24 guests in 14 attractive cabins with private bathroom, basin, hot & cold shower and air conditioning in each room. We have 6 cabins with a double bed. These are situated on the lower and upper deck. 4 cabins on the lower deck have twin beds and 4 cabins on the middle deck have a single bed. Our cabins are lovely retreats with windows or portholes and artfully crafted wooden panelling and floors. A daily housekeeping service will provide you with fresh towels and toiletries.

COMFORT

On the top deck of our liveaboard is a partly shaded relaxing space for sunbathing or enjoying a refreshment at the bar. Feel the sea breeze while the breathtaking seascapes pass you by. On the middle deck is the restaurant and aircon saloon for great indoor rewinding and entertainment. Our professional and considerate crew will be at your service 24/7.

CATERING

Sea Safari Cruises 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 appetizing 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

The shaded diving deck is situated at the bow of Cheng Ho. Tenders will bring you to the numerous diving grounds of your interest with a guide. The spacious diving deck has warm water showers and a large camera preparation table with 110/220v sockets. Rental equipment and nitrox are available as well as snorkelling gear, a canoe and fishing equipment.

ITINERARIES

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.

Komodo
  • Departure Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Return Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Length: 6 Days / 5 Nights (Approximately 15 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 60 minimum logged dives required.

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 Briefing, 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-coloured 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. The 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 batfish, 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 with colourful corals, invertebrate life and thousands of 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 fusiliers 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.

  • 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 litres
  • Fuel capacity: 40’000 liters
  • Freshwater maker: 10’000 litres per day
  • 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
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