- Camera Station
- Charging Station
Built and powered for comfort, safety and stability, Gaia Love is the newest liveaboard to cruise the rich waters of Indonesia. She is 40m steel hull vessel who comfortably accommodates 22 guests, in 11 double and tween bed cabins located at the lower and upper decks. All cabins are equipped with individual AC, storage place, entertainment system and en suite bathrooms.
On the main deck you can find a large air-conditioned saloon with dining area, lounge with 55 inch flat screen TV and dedicated camera room. The dive deck is at the rear of the main deck in a dedicated shaded outdoor area with camera rinse tanks, camera table and private storage place for each diver. On the top deck, you can find shaded lounge area with bar where divers can relax between the dives or enjoy sipping cocktails after a day of underwater adventures.
The professional and helpful crew is always there to ensure you receive the highest quality service and have hassle-free dive holiday.
With itineraries including Komodo National Park, The Forgotten Islands, Raja Ampat, Maumere & Alor, The Ring of Fire and Banda Sea.
1 Deluxe Cabin
There are 6 Deluxe twin/double bed cabins on the upper deck, all with balcony, air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom with hot-water shower and hand basin, towels & shower gel, bedside cabinet & clothes cabinet, TV & entertaining system, mirror, safe box, storage place and life jackets.
2 Standard Cabin
There are 5 Standart twin/double bed cabins on the lower deck, all with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom with hot-water shower and hand basin, towels & shower gel, bedside cabinet & clothes cabinet, TV & entertaining system, mirror, safe box, storage place and life jackets.
The cusine is varied with locl, Asian and Western selections, to suit every taste. No effort will be spared in assuring your pallet is completely satisfied. Non alcoholic drinks and Fruit-Shakes are included in the price of the charter.
Beer, cocktails, spirits, wines and champagne are available on a bar tab basis.
Vegetarian and Special dietary menu available on request.
The dive deck is at the rear of the main deck in a dedicated shaded outdoor area with camera rinse tanks, camera table and private storage place for each diver. All dives are done from dive tenders. Dive groups will be separated in the tenders by experience levels and types of dives requested.
It is recommended to have a wetsuit of between 3 and 7mm, the water temperature being between 20 and 29°C . For diving around the Komodo region the water temperature can drop even further.
- Nitrox Per Day 10$
Dive Gaia offers PADI Dive Courses and Specialties.
Other speciality courses are available on request, please email us for further information and prices.
All courses are subject to allowable time and availability.
- PADI Discover Scuba Diving
- PADI Open Water Referral
- PADI Adventure Dives
- PADI Advanced Open Water
- PADI NItrox Course
- SC Deep Diving
- SC Drift DIver
- SC Boat Diving
- SC Underwater Photoghraphy
All equipment and tanks must be pre-ordered. Please ensure when ordering equipment to include required equipment size along with height, weight and shoe size. All divers must dive at all times with an SMB and dive computer, reef hooks are recommended.
Full Set: BCD, Regulator, Mask, Fins, Wet Suit, SMB
- Full set
- Full set + Dive computer
- Dive Computer
- Nautilus Lifeline
- 15 liters tank
- Air Conditioned Saloon
- Sun Deck
- Shaded Deck Area
- Diving Deck
- Camera Station
- Camera Rinse Tank
- Camera Room
- Charging Station
- Dive Tenders
- Daily Housekeeping
- Laundry Service
- Land Tours
A remote perfect beach, visiting a traditional village or a pearl farm, trekking up a hill for a breathtaking view. There is plenty of possibilities for memorable encounters and moments beyond the daily in-water activities.
Boat Features & Safety Equipment
|Cruising Speed||10 knots|
|Max Speed||12 knots|
|Engines||2 x 829 Hp Yanmar|
|Generators||2 x Kohler 80 kW Power System|
|Number of cabins||11|
|Safety Equipment||Emergency Oxygen Kits, Firs Aid Kits, 1x 5.8m RIB with 90hp, EPIRB, 2 Life Rafts, Life Vests, Smoke Detectors|
|Communication||VHF Radios, HF SBB GMDSS Radios, Icom GMDSS Air Band Radios, Satellite Broadband|
|Navigation||Furano Open Array Radar, Simarad AutoPilot, ENC Marine Charter, GPS, Echo Sounder|
|Tenders||2 x 5.5m Diving Skiffs with 90hp OB|
Cruise Price Includes
Air-conditioned twin share accommodation with attached bathroom.
Any shore activities or excursions organized by Dive Gaia.
All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
Guided diving activities (up to 4 dives a day).
Use of aluminium 12L dive cylinders, weights and weight belts.
Same day land transfer to and from the nearest embarkation or disembarkation airport.
Airport transfer to and from port for embarkation or disembarkation.
Welcome message (30 mins per guest).
Complimentary glass of wine per person at dinner.
Use of entertainment system in cabins and saloon where available.
Shared use of the camera room.
Cruise Price Excludes
Harbor clearance and national park fees between USD5 and USD25 per day depending on the destination; and fuel surcharge (where applicable).
Any international and domestic air, land, sea transportation, visas and any other taxes or fees associated.
Courses and certifications. Accommodation and meals before and after the cruise.
Alcoholic drinks (unless otherwise stated).
Gear rental (subject to availability).
Enriched Air Nitrox (available for certified divers only).
Massages and Spa treatments (other than welcome message).
Dive, travel or trip interruption insurance and dive insurance (It is mandatory to have dive insurance on all trips aboard Gaia Love, please contact us for short-term insurance options).
On-board telecommunication and satellite broadband.
Located within the Indonesian archipelago off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua (Irian Jaya). Comprising hundreds of jungle-covered islands, the area is known for it’s beaches and coral reefs rich with marine life. Raja Ampat, translated directly as “four kings” was named for the 4 main islands in the area – Weigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool.
Diving Raja Ampat, will take your breath away with the marine life thriving from the sea floor to the surface and the colorful reef teeming with activity. There are sites that are so pristine and packed with growth, that a photographer is hard-pressed to find a spot to place a steadying finger. Exotic sea life and macro critters will overwhelm any marco photography enthusiast. The only problem with diving here is that you’ll be so spoiled by the near-perfect conditions that you may never want to leave or dive anywhere else again!
Dive Gaia trips offer divers the opportunity to explore the entire region.
West of Sorong, Batanta Island offers incredible critter sites for the macro enthusiast.
In the south of Raja Ampat is the island of Misool. Be wow-ed by the profusion of colorful soft corals and sea fans beautifully draping the reefs. Expect to encounter both the oceanic and reef mantas. Towards the western tip of Misool, be intrigued by one of the world’s most stunning mangroves.
Located in central Raja Ampat is Dampier Strait (which flows between Waigeo and Batanta), where nutrient-rich ocean currents create an incredible underwater environment. Everything which makes for a wonderful dive can be found here. Home to iconic dive sites Cape Kri and Blue Magic, be surrounded by schools of fish and the unique thrill of “fish thunder” – the loud booming sound made when a large number of fish move rapidly through open water. Further west is the island of Arborek, known for it’s jetty dive and it’s cleanliness. Travelling north west of Dampier Strait is the Penemu Islands famous of it’s hard coral gardens and stunning lagoon view.
Northern Raja Ampat covers the islands of Weigeo, Kawe and Wayag. Visit the pearl farm of Aljui Bay in between exploring the pearl farm’s jetties famous for it’s unique critters and sleeping woobegongs. West of Waigeo, the rocks and seamounts in the Kawe area are truly singular as they actually sit on the equator. Kawe is one of the few places in the world where you can travel between the northern and southern hemispheres while diving! Yet, this is not the only reason to be excited about this dive. A combination of currents and feeding stations in this area combine to draw in a profuse amount of fish life, as well as huge mantas. Cruising even further to the north, we visit the Wayag area. This isolated, uninhabited area sprinkled with verdant limestone islands, bordered by slivers of white sandy beaches and palm trees, represents what people usually have in mind when they think of paradise. The only thing to rival the landscape here is the diving. It is truly spectacular, with extensive and untouched hard coral reefs. As the majority of Wayag’s islands have yet to be explored, it is very likely that many more dive sites will be found in this still remote area.
Other attractions includes ancient rock paintings and caves off the island of Misool and the rare crimson bird of paradise on Waigeo,
Luxury liveaboard diving with Dive Gaia offers charters out of Sorong that enables you to explore this area extensively while pampering yourself with the hospitality and comfort we provide. Shorter Raja Ampat dive itinerary is also offered in our Ambon (Ceram) to Sorong (West Papua) trip.
This region features an extremely rich biodiversity born of a land of contrasts: from warm waters and tropical species, to cooler currents with temperate ocean life. Offering such a diverse range of dive sites and special features, it’s no surprise the Komodo National Park was awarded ‘New 7 Wonder of Nature’ status in 2011.
Diving this famous dive destination, which is located within the Coral Triangle, the area boasts the world’s highest marine biodiversity. Under the jurisdiction of the park rangers over 1,000 species of fish and hundreds of different corals are protected. Dive sites stretch from the warm waters of the Flores Sea (Pacific Ocean) in the north to the chillier waters down south in the Indian Ocean. The underwater terrain presents many contrasts, with sheer cliff walls, pinnacles, sandy flat bottoms, underwater plateaus, slopes, caves, swim-throughs and channels – all with differing colors, sizes and types of both hard and soft corals. Expect encounters with pelagics and we promise no dull moment any macro enthusiast with a wide range of critters.
Get your macro lens ready for unusual critters and critters that are only special to this area.
Komodo National Park boast countless deserted beaches, hiking trails, great wildlife, lagoons and home to a large species of lizard world known as the Komodo dragons.
Although there is diving year-round in Komodo, the best period is considered to be April through November. Currents in parts of Komodo can be strong – so we dive according to the tides … but with so many great sites to choose from we can always adapt the schedule for the best diving.
Dive Gaia offers Komodo National Park trip itineraries on it’s own and in our Bali-Labuan Bajo (Flores), Bima (Sumbawa) to Labuan Bajo (Flores) and Labuan Bajo (Flores) to Maumere (Flores) itineraries.
Indonesia’s “Forgotten Islands”, also known as the Southeast Moluccas (Maluku Tenggara), are not a single destination, but rather a 1,000 km long chain of archipelagos stretching from Timor to West Papua on the island of New Guinea. Undeveloped, distant from population centers and far off any beaten path, these “Forgotten Islands” have been largely isolated from the rest of Indonesia and the world.
The terrain of these islands varies from forested mountainous peaks in the Inner Banda Arc of islands (Wetar, Damar, Nila), with peaks that goes as high as 868 meters / 2,848 feet to essentially flat islands of the easternmost Aru and Kei island groups, dominated by savannah, mangroves and broadleaf forests. The Inner Arc islands are volcanic, while the island groups in the Outer Banda Arc (Leti, Luang, Sermata, Babar and Tanimbar islands) are mostly up thrust coralline limestone, often characterized by terracing resulting from periodic uplift and changes in sea level.
Diving the Forgotten Islands, one can expect long walls with extremely healthy coral life and immaculate, untouched seamounts. Look for the giant barrel sponges and immense sea fans. In the shallows the hard coral gardens are decorated with colorful anthias. ‘Big stuff’ can include schooling hammerheads, silver, white and black tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, mobula rays, bumphead parrotfish, eagle rays, turtles, thresher sharks along with schooling jacks, barracuda, surgeonfish and fusiliers. ‘Small stuff’ includes pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, ghost pipefish, octopus, triggerfish, lionfish, moray eels, scorpionfish and dragon shrimps.
Indonesia is not greatly affected by seasons that prohibit diving, so instead it is more important to factor in the weather and the calmness of the seas in terms of enjoying the crossings, when planning a trip to this remote archipelago.
The Forgotten Islands on board Dive Gaia offers divers the opportunity to cruise around this chain of remote beautiful islands while enjoying the casual comfort, amenities and unique service that we offer. Itinerary embarks in Maumere (Flores) and disembarks in Tual (Kei Islands).
Diving in the Banda Sea offers some of the most unique diving adventures to be found in Indonesia. Once sought by Columbus and Marco Polo, the Banda Islands were the original Spice Islands and the most coveted destination on earth, particularly by the Dutch and Portuguese, who colonized the islands and exported the indigenous nutmeg and cloves. History tells of a violent past under colonial rule.
Now, the seas around these tropical paradise islands are coveted for their spectacular diving and snorkeling on some of the world’s richest reefs, unspoiled corals, and large pelagic fish. Steep drop offs, impressive hard coral and some fast currents make this area absolutely breathtaking. Schools of jacks are a familiar sight, as are large tuna, many turtles, Napoleon wrasse, groupers, rays, sharks, large lobsters and sea snakes. There are also special critter sites for the macro enthusiast including the chance to dive with unusual critters at sites around Ambon Bay. Along the crossing, it is possible to revel in the spectacle of thousands of seabirds, including the comical yet attractive frigate birds and boobies.
Enjoy a land excursion that covers the historical Banda Neira and surrounding islands. Visit the local museum and enjoy the art work and many antiquities from the Portuguese and Dutch. Learn about the land trade of the island of Run and Manhattan between the Dutch and the British. 150 steps or so up a hill and you will be intrigued by the old fort building design. Next, we head to the nutmeg and spice farm. Enjoy Tante’s homemade cinnamon tea accompanied with her secret recipe snacks and nutmeg jam . Fresh nutmeg jam, nutmeg and yours to order cinnamon sticks are for sale. On your walk back to the pier visit the old Dutch governor’s mansion “House of VOC”, which was recently converted to a hotel. Original master pieces including the 6 old tiles were restored and kept in it’s original location within the property.
Dive Gaia offers trip itinerary that embarks in Maumere (Flores) and disembarks in Ambon (Ceram). Click here for trip dates (enter weblink) and (weblink) for route map. Part of the Banda Sea itinerary is also covered in our Tual (Kei Islands) to Ambon (Ceram) itinerary and in our Ambon (Ceram) to Sorong(West Papua) itinerary.
Maumere & Alor
Diving the eastern waters of Lesser Sunda brings a constant source of marine life surprises, with a wealth of tiny creatures to the larger fish species and marine mammals. Handsome variety of dive sites covering eastern Flores, Adunara, Solor, Lembata (Kawula), Pantar, Alor, Pura Reta and Ternate to be explored and charm divers from all level of experience from fishy sites to critter hunting, from colorful walls to volcanic black sand. Be aww-ed by stunning sunrises, magical sunsets and witness the fireworks of one of the country’s most active volcanoes.
The Indonesian government has recently agreed to protect this area in order to secure a safe route for migrating cetaceans as they pass through the straits to their feeding grounds in the deep waters of the Banda Sea.
Trips offer divers the opportunity to see some of the most spectacular and untouched coral reefs in Indonesia along with the chance to witness unique behaviors of the many rare and wonderful critters to be found around the Pantar Strait. Divers can expect to see Rhinopias (lacey scorpionfish), pygmy seahorses, manta rays, schooling dolphins, pilot whales and even the occasional migrating blue whale! Be smitten by the charming free diving children of North Pura and catch the ladies of Pulau Ternate weaving colorful ikats.
Dive Gaia offers a range of trip dates to ensure you can experience this superb destination extensively. Dive Gaia covers a shorter Lesser Sunda experience within the Banda Sea (Maumere, Flores to Ambon, Ceram) and The Forgotten Islands (Maumere, Flores to Tual, Kei Islands) itineraries.