Dewi Nusantara

Formerly the Paradise Dancer, the beautiful 188-foot Dewi Nusantara was launched in 2008. Built to accommodate divers in comfort and style, the boat is exceptionally large with thoughtful details. There are eight deluxe staterooms that can be modified for couple or twin use. The very large (215 square feet) cabins have state-of-the-art bathrooms, desks and plenty of storage. The 495 square foot master cabin is a beautiful oasis on the ocean. The cabin's gorgeous furnishings, king-size bed, sitting area and a bathroom with a tub with ocean views are not standard on any liveaboard!

The boat is fully air-conditioned. The spacious common areas feature a dining room, a lounge and a huge deck area. All throughout the vessel you will find beautiful hardwood fitting for a three-masted motor schooner. Dewi Nusantara has two 28-foot fiberglass tenders and offers Nitrox. Diving itineraries include Raja Ampat, Triton Bay, the Banda Sea, the Forgotten Islands, Alor & Komodo. The boat can be chartered for private dive itineraries and adventure.   

Built: Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia 2007-2008
Type: wooden 3 mast US top sail schooner
Length over deck: 158 feet (48 meters)
Length over all: 191 feet (58 meters)
Beam: 37 feet (12 meters)
Draft: 12 feet (3,6meters)
Total displacement: 800 tons
Propulsion: 2 x 500 hp Nissan twin turbo diesels
Fuel capacity: 29,000 liters
Desalinators production: 2 x 5,000 liters per day
Cruising speed: 8- 9  knots
Navigational aids: VHF, SSB, Furuno radar, twin GPS systems
Communication devices: VHF, USB Radio and satellite phone
Electricity: Two 100KvA and  50KvA  generators – 220 volts
Number of passengers: 18
Accommodation: Eight double/twin “Deluxe Staterooms” 20 Square meter
Suites: One  “Master Suite” 46 square meter
Lounge/Restaurant: 95 square meter
Dive/dining deck: 100 square meter
Sun deck: 80 square meters
Camera table: 10 meters with shelving

On the Dewi Nusantara's first trip of 2019 back to Cendrawasih Bay, guests enjoyed a respectful and organic interaction while marveling at the biggest extant fish species in the world, the whale shark. The worlds finest wilderness lies beneath the waves! Above the waves is equally wonderful wilderness in this remote area and the interaction with the local village indigenous tribe makes this trip even more special.

The Dewi has just 4 cruises to Cendrawasih scheduled for 2020 and 2021 with limited availability. If this is one of your bucket list ticks get booked on and come and join us to experience this epic adventure for yourself! See dates below.

Anybody who has ever encountered a whale shark during a dive knows what an awe-inspiring and humbling experience it can be. Like the graceful manta ray, whale sharks are great favorites with divers and just seem to glide though the water, without a care in the world, feeding on microscopic plankton and other small organisms while all you have to do is keep up with them for a photo or video scene. Now we present a whale shark encounter like no other, the Cendrawasih Bay Big Boys.

In Indonesia it is common, from Bali all the way to West Papua, for fishermen to utilise floating bamboo rafts, anchored to the seabed, to attract fish. Called FADs ( fish aggregation devices) or, more traditionally in Indonesia, rompongs, they are employed in open water ways from reefs to act like a floating weed bed habitat that will attract tiny fish and other marine life.

Once a community has been established under the device it is not long before more and progressively larger fish are attracted to it and fishing can commence.

Now, a variation of the rompong called a “bagan” is used in Cendrawasih Bay by the fishermen, almost all of whom are from Sulawesi incidentally. What these guys do is catch tiny bait fish in nets and hang them in the water as bait for the larger pelagic animals, to speed up the natural progression of life under the bagan. What happens here though is that they get a lot more than they bargain for. Whale sharks are not shy about adjusting their planktonic diet with something a little more substantial, bait fish for example, so these majestic creatures started to gather under the bagans and suck at the nets for a free meal. Fortunately for us and more so for the whale sharks, the local fishermen took their presence as a good luck omen!

As an extension of the fishermen’s interaction with these animals, dive liveaboards are now visiting the bagans and the fishermen allow divers to get in the water with them to film, photograph and observe these majestic beasts at their leisure. As their free feed is static, the whale sharks tend to stick around for quite a time and, as well as swimming around the platforms, have adopted a “vertical in the water” feeding position unique to the area. A bonus to this whale shark tea party is that it is also possible to catch a glimpse of some of the pelagics that the bagans are there to attract, with sightings of sail fish and marlin being recorded.

2021 Dates:
Jul 1-11, 2021 Cendrawasih Bay (Sorong to Manokwari)
Jul 13-23, 2021 Cendrawasih Bay (Manokwari to Manokwari)
Jul 25-Aug 4, 2021 Cendrawasih Bay (Manokwari to Manokwari)
Please contact us for availability, rates and travel arrangements.