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Busy Girl

Diving Squad Rating:


9.7 / 10

Busy Girl offers the cosiest and most relaxed atmosphere of any budget Komodo liveaboard, by taking just 4 guests aboard a cosy and well laid out vessel.

It’s hard to believe that this is a cheap komodo liveaboard – the vibe, boat and quality of the dive trips make it feel like a luxury one. This is my favourite cheap komodo liveaboard!

Great for: Couples, Wakeboarding, Dive Courses.

Trip Lengths: 6 days

Max Group Size: 4

Operates: All Year

There is just one type of trip available; a 6 day itinerary which covers the north and central regions of komodo national park.

This route features many of the best dive sites for seeing manta rays such as “Manta Alley”, “Manta Point” and “The Cauldron”, where at times one can witness up to 30 manta rays in a single dive!

Guests will also spot countless reef sharks and turtles over stunning hard coral reefs as well as get up close with all manner of quirky macro critters like pygmy seahorses, frogfish, nudibranch, flat worms, scorpion fish and octopus. 

Throughout the trip, additional activities include wakeboarding (the only other budget komodo liveaboard to offer wakeboarding is Kira Kira) and various land excursions. There’s 3 dives a day with the option to pay for more. 

Busy Girl is described as being tailored towards experienced divers; that said it’s also stressed that you don’t have to be an advanced diver to come aboard and the crew will train you with current diving. You can also complete scuba diving courses at an additional cost. 

The coolest thing about this liveaboard, besides wakeboarding, is that she takes only 4 guests; usually the lower limit for any liveaboard is 8! 

There’s just two cabins; a double and a twin option – both with ac and an ensuite bathroom. It would be nice if these cabins had ocean views like with Kira Kira and La Unua, but they do have a lovely wooden interior. 

Busy Girl, an Australian ex-fishing vessel, is 14.5 meters long and features some very nice outdoor chill out areas including an outdoor lounge on one end and a partially shaded sundeck at the other. She’s also equipped with a fish finder radar, to help hone in on the best dive sites of the day. 

Plus, there is audio and video entertainment in the indoor saloon, al fresco dining, a well stocked book shelf and a naturalist guide among the crew. 

With Busy Girl, you get a personal touch aboard a very well laid out vessel, with the opportunity to get involved in wakeboarding, between next level dives. A great option for couples looking seeking a romantic and cosy get away. 

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Brett H from South Africa said:

“This was our first live aboard experience and it exceeded all of our expectations! The food was amazing (courtesy of the onboard chef) and the crew were friendly and attentive. There is an epic chill area with bean bags and a lovely dining table both of which make for gorgeous views of the surrounding scenery. 

The smaller boat size meant that interactions with staff were intimate and dives were tailored to our needs and experience level. Staying on a live aboard gave us exclusive access to many remote dive sites, allowing for once in a lifetime experiences. 

All amenities worked well and were clean, and the cabin was surprisingly spacious. We would highly recommend Busy Girl to divers of all levels”. 

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Written by:
Scuba-fanatic, travel-ecstatic and Grand Admiral of the Diving Squad