Pindito

PINDITO LIVEABOARD; WE SPECIALIZE IN MAKING YOUR DIVING DREAMS COME TRUE.

Pindito liveaboard enterprise has been operating since 1992. Our know-how in this field of tourism is unmatched in the ever-growing fleet of Indonesian liveaboards.

The ship was refitted in 2006 to meet modern standards and equip it with a top-notch camera room.

Our itinerary brings you to the best destinations Indonesia has to offer. We organize special trips like family cruises for parents who want to bring their kids. Our dedicated snorkeling trips to remote and pristine shallow reefs make many guests come back and join the SMY Pindito crew again.

Accommodation

Pindito liveaboard Indonesia offers two twin cabins and six double cabins that can accommodate up to 16 guests. (Possibly more if you rent a cabin as a family, discount rates may apply).

All the cabins are teak wood-paneled and named after one of the magical islands we come across. Choices are a spacious double bed or twin beds plus an upper bunk.

All cabins have individually controlled air conditioning, ensuites with cold and hot running water, electrical outlets, and daily housekeeping.

Double Cabin

Double Cabin

Room size: -
Max. occupancy: 2
Beds: Double
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:
Twin Cabin

Twin Cabin

Room size: -
Max. occupancy: 2
Beds: Double + Bunk
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:

Comfort

MV Pindito’s team consists of 17 friendly crew members devoted to your well-being and happiness. In the lounge area, guests can read, share videos/photos, and meet for meals. Computers are available to create memories from your dives.

Beside the lounge, MV Pindito liveaboard has plenty of other shared relaxing spaces. The bow and the sun deck are the most popular, especially in early mornings and around sunset.

Catering

Pindito liveaboard Indonesia provides its guests with international cuisine prepared by expert chefs.

Breakfast is in two different slots. Before the first dive, we serve a continental breakfast. After the first dive, a big breakfast buffet will be ready for you.

Lunch and dinner have a great choice of western and Asian cuisine. Just make sure you leave some room for the desserts. Alcoholic beverages are available after the last dive of the day.

Diving

Pindito liveaboard diving cruises bring you to the best dive sites around Komodo, Raja Ampat, Halmahera, and Alor.

The professional dive guides provide you with personal attention while scuba diving and onboard SMY Pindito. While diving, they will point out all kinds of exciting marine life and exciting points.

The dive deck offers ample space to gear up for your dive. The crew onboard is accommodating and will carry your dive gear and camera equipment to one of the three operating zodiacs.

After the dive, you can rinse equipment and cameras in freshwater containers. There are plenty of hangers around for drying your gear, and each diver will have a box for their equipment. Each day you get the opportunity to participate in 4 diving sessions.

We specially designed a camera room for underwater photographers and videographers with plenty of storage space, professional-grade working, and charging stations.

SPECIFICATIONS

Year built: 1992

Year Renovated: 2006

Length: 124 feet

Beam: 29 feet

Cruising speed: 8-9 knots

Engines: Baudouin 330HP Diesel

Max guests: 16

Number of cabins: 8

Number of bathrooms: 8

Tenders: 4 x tenders

Water capacity: 2’000 gallons

Fuel capacity: 3’000 gallons

Freshwater maker: Desalinator

NAVIGATION, COMMUNICATION, AND SAFETY FEATURES

 Radar

 Depth Sounder

 GPS

 Radio VHF/DSC/SSB

 E.P.I.R.B. Distress System

 Emergency Rafts

 Life Vests

 Oxygen

 First Aid Kits

 Satellite &mobile phones

Pindito liveaboard provides diving safaris since 1992. With years of experience around West Papua Province, a dive vacation not to be missed.

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31 May 2021
Halmahera - Malukusea (Ternate - Manado) WITH CORAL EXPERT NICOLE HELGASON
Arrival: 31 May 2021
Departure: 11 Jun 2021
Days/nights: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Halmahera - Malukusea (Ternate - Manado) WITH CORAL EXPERT NICOLE HELGASON

Explore the most colorful reefs of the world together with the Pindito!

West Papua, known locally as Irian Jaya, is a unique dive region. Probably the best-known archipelago is “Raja Ampat,” which roughly means “united kingdom.” The area has over 1,500 islands. The four main islands are Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo.

The word “fantastic” summarizes the region “Raja Ampat” well. Photo-and videographers find the best opportunities to create macro shots at their finest. But also wide-angle shots of the beautiful reef life are recommended. There are countless dive sites, all with different characters. The attentive viewer can find all sorts of “macro-animals” in crevices and on terraces of steep walls. “Raja Ampat” is also a Mecca for lovers of pygmy seahorses. These cute dwarf seahorses are found here in every shape and color, red, yellow, orange, purple, or white.

Misool: Diving in the endless maze of the islands of Misool is a special treat for any diving career. It is a paradise for macro enthusiasts, but encounters with larger fish such as manta rays are often possible. Misool is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world with fish, corals, sponges, soft corals, shrimps, crabs, and countless nudibranchs and other invertebrates. Vast shoals of sardines are a definite highlight. Soft corals and sea fans (diameter of 3-4 meters) in all sizes and colors dominate the underwater landscape.

One of Pindito’s unique places is called “Vrenelies Gärtli” (in English, Vreni’s Garden). It is a legendary dive site that has it all because it’s a very diverse landscape. Overhangs, huge caverns with swim-throughs, lush steep walls with all kinds of corals are found here.

There is also plenty to do on land. With a unique speedboat ride, you will explore the beautiful scenery. Crystal clear, turquoise water awaits you as well as a variety of exotic tropical plants such as orchids and even carnivorous plants.

Waigeo: A unique feature of this tour is the crossing of the equator. This area has a fascinating landscape. Many of the famous Raja Ampat landscape photographs were shot here. On the north is the island Wayag with the famous “Mount Pindito,” where you get a fantastic view of the many islands. Pindito on anchor in the middle of the Bay completes the beautiful landscape. “Sele Pele” offers the opportunity to look at a pearl farm up close. Depending on the production stage, you will be invited to witness the fertilization or harvest! A unique opportunity you cannot afford to miss.

“Jef Fam” is the name of a group of karst islands with great diving, lots of fish, and colorful corals. Night dives at the “Red Wall” are always an unforgettable experience. In the sand under the pearl diving pier, many unusual and peculiar creatures, especially wobbegongs and epaulet sharks (walking sharks), can be found. Countless nudibranchs, pipefish, seahorses, frogfish, scorpionfish cannot escape the well-trained eye. A great highlight is the manta cleaning station near Mansuar.

Dampier Strait: The Dampier Strait separates the “Vogelkop” (Birdshead) Peninsula from Waigeo and Mansuar. The name comes from the Dutch colonial times. It refers to the shape of the peninsula on the map, but it is also a paradise for many rare bird species.

Here, the Pacific Ocean meets the Halmahera Sea, with an explosion of marine life as a consequence. With regular strong currents, big fish feel especially comfortable. Manta rays, reef sharks, different mackerel schools, tuna, and barracuda are seen repeatedly. Even dolphins and whales (Bryde’s whales, pilot whales) keep spending time in the Dampier straight. Since May 2011, we offer a special Whale-Macro tour that combines the macro-diving with whale and dolphin watching. This tour is accompanied by a marine expert in whale and dolphin behavior.

Marine Life: At least 75 percent of all coral species can be found in Raja Ampat. Divers can expect a range of topography from soft corals and sea fans to hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, deep drop-offs, caves, black sand, and white sand. Giant manta rays, sea turtles, sharks, cuttlefish, pipefish, various seahorse species, and massive schools of reef fish are the norm, plus the delightful wobbegong sharks and epaulette sharks inhabit these waters too

26 Jul 2021
Family Diving Cruise (Benoa - Maumere)
Arrival: 26 Jul 2021
Departure: 06 Aug 2021
Days/nights: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Family Diving Cruise (Benoa - Maumere)

Once a year, Pindito staff organizes a dive cruise especially suited for families with children. In 2013, this special “Family Dive Cruise” will begin and end in Bali, routing into Komodo National Park, a World Heritage Site and location for incredible diving.

Kids can participate in “Discover Scuba,” instructor-led diving and snorkeling venues during this special cruise. Meanwhile, parents can explore Komodo’s coral reefs, or they can join the kids and instructors during these fun and mellow intro-dives.

Participants will also be offered many opportunities for land excursions into Komodo National Park to see and photograph Komodo Dragons and other exotic island creatures.

Parents with children as young as two years old are welcome aboard the Pindito for this special kid-friendly cruise. Discover Scuba is available for Kids from the age of 7 and older, and younger kids can snorkel with their parents or under our dive staff’s supervision. We recommend that participants get a diving medical exam before the cruise. Children up to age 16 will receive a discount of up to 80% to the regular Pindito cruise rate when they stay with their parents (triple occupancy). With two kids in their cabin, parents can enjoy a 50% discount for these spaces!

The famous Komodo Islands with their “Komodo Dragons” will be visited on every Family Dive Cruise. Komodo dragons are giant monitor lizards, the largest of all the lizards, reaching a length of nearly 10 feet and weighing 150lbs! A guide from the National Park Service will lead this excursion keeping everybody safe and sound. They are experts in the local flora and fauna (water buffalos, birds, goannas, dragons, etc.), and they’ll share their knowledge during treks along island paths through the bush.

The Pindito Crew has a lot of ideas to make your Family Dive Cruise a blast. Soccer on the beach, checking out a traditional wooden-built shipyard, visiting a fishing village, or driving golf balls from the roof of the Pindito… the lads will keep it fun for everyone! And the Pindito sports water skis and wakeboard to keep the adrenaline going and get the “ya-yas” out.

Komodo National Park was declared a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991. It lies in the region of the Sunda Islands (aka Nusa Tenggara). The National Park includes the three larger islands of Komodo, Rinca, and Padar and numerous smaller islands. The total area covers 1817 km2. Originally the Park was established as a protection zone for the Komodo goannas. Later the focus was changed to the conservation of the region’s entire flora and fauna, on land and underwater.

The dive spots around Komodo offer unbelievable variety. One day you can admire rare macro creatures in the morning (“critters”) and in the afternoon drift along with giant mantas and schools of big-eye trevally jacks. There are patch reefs, bommies (pinnacles), sheer walls, and shallow coral gardens to be explored. There are more than 1000 fish species, 260 species of corals, 70 different sponge species, 17 species of whales and dolphins, and at least two different kinds of sea turtles living in Komodo National’s waters Park. You will love it!

22 Nov 2021
Banda Sea - Raja Ampat (Sorong-Ambon)
Arrival: 22 Nov 2021
Departure: 03 Dec 2021
Days/nights: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Banda Sea - Raja Ampat (Sorong-Ambon)

The cruise runs from Sorong, West Papua’s capital, to Ambon, the Moluccas capital (or vice versa). Here is an example itinerary: The cruise starts from Ambon in Saparua and Nusa Laut’s direction to the Banda Islands. Following the east coast of Ceram, we head directly to the islands around Misool. We continue via Jef Fam into the Dampier Straight before the journey ends in Sorong.

West Papua, known locally as Irian Jaya, is a unique dive region. Probably the best-known archipelago is “Raja Ampat,” which roughly means “united kingdom.” The area has over 1,500 islands. The four main islands are Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo.

The word “fantastic” summarizes the region “Raja Ampat” well. Photo-and videographers find the best opportunities to create macro shots at their finest. But also wide-angle shots of the beautiful reef life are recommended.

Typically, we schedule four dives a day depending on weather conditions (More dives per day are available when Pindito is anchored or moored safely over a calm reef. Inquire with your divemaster about when you can expect additional dive availability):

  • Early morning (around 7:30 AM)
  • Late morning
  • Afternoon (around 2:30 PM)
  • After dinner – exciting dusk or nighttime dive

Dive Areas Visited: Nusa Laut, Banda Neira, Koon, Misool, Dampier Strait

Marine Life: There are countless dive sites, all with different characters. The attentive viewer can find all sorts of “macro-animals” in crevices and on terraces of steep walls. “Raja Ampat” is also a Mecca for lovers of pygmy seahorses. These cute dwarf seahorses are found here in every shape and color, red, yellow, orange, purple, or white. Other places offer an overflowing abundance of fish along exposed underground rock saddles. Napoleon fish, mobulas, white tip reef sharks, and schools of other pelagic fish can be seen in the blue when you can drag your attention away from the walls. Manta rays, barracuda, rare wobbegong, and epaulette sharks guarantee plenty of variety.

Please Note: Pindito puts great importance on planning the best possible tour for their guest. When planning the route, many factors play an important role. The most crucial factor is the weather. Since there can be storms in the tropics at any time, Pindito might change routes and itineraries at short notice.

09 Dec 2021
Banda Sea - Raja Ampat (Ambon-Sorong)
Arrival: 09 Dec 2021
Departure: 20 Dec 2021
Days/nights: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Banda Sea - Raja Ampat (Ambon-Sorong)

The cruise runs from Sorong, West Papua’s capital, to Ambon, the Moluccas capital (or vice versa). Here is an example itinerary: The cruise starts from Ambon in Saparua and Nusa Laut’s direction to the Banda Islands. Following the east coast of Ceram, we head directly to the islands around Misool. We continue via Jef Fam into the Dampier Straight before the journey ends in Sorong.

West Papua, known locally as Irian Jaya, is a unique dive region. Probably the best-known archipelago is “Raja Ampat,” which roughly means “united kingdom.” The area has over 1,500 islands. The four main islands are Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo.

The word “fantastic” summarizes the region “Raja Ampat” well. Photo-and videographers find the best opportunities to create macro shots at their finest. But also wide-angle shots of the beautiful reef life are recommended.

Typically, we schedule four dives a day depending on weather conditions (More dives per day are available when Pindito is anchored or moored safely over a calm reef. Inquire with your divemaster about when you can expect additional dive availability):

  • Early morning (around 7:30 AM)
  • Late morning
  • Afternoon (around 2:30 PM)
  • After dinner – exciting dusk or nighttime dive

Dive Areas Visited: Nusa Laut, Banda Neira, Koon, Misool, Dampier Strait

Marine Life: There are countless dive sites, all with different characters. The attentive viewer can find all sorts of “macro-animals” in crevices and on terraces of steep walls. “Raja Ampat” is also a Mecca for lovers of pygmy seahorses. These cute dwarf seahorses are found here in every shape and color, red, yellow, orange, purple, or white. Other places offer an overflowing abundance of fish along exposed underground rock saddles. Napoleon fish, mobulas, white tip reef sharks, and schools of other pelagic fish can be seen in the blue when you can drag your attention away from the walls. Manta rays, barracuda, rare wobbegong, and epaulette sharks guarantee plenty of variety.

Please Note: Pindito puts great importance on planning the best possible tour for their guest. When planning the route, many factors play an important role. The most crucial factor is the weather. Since there can be storms in the tropics at any time, Pindito might change routes and itineraries at short notice.

Included: VAT, Accommodation, Transfers/pickups from airport, Tanks, Weights, Belts, All meals, snacks, Free Nitrox, fresh Towels Provided

Excluded: Port taxes and surcharges Fuel, NITROX courses (on request), Souvenirs, Gratuities, taxes and departure airport (domestic), Travel Insurance, Massage, Taxes for the National Marine Park (Raja Ampat: about $ 120 / Banda Sea: $ 40 / Alor: about $ 90 / Komodo: about $ 120 – to be paid onboard)