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Duyung Baru

Diving Squad Rating:


9.4 / 10

Dayung Baru takes the smallest group of any Komodo liveaboard, making it perfect for those seeking a more personal experience. 

As for keen underwater photographers – look no further than the  “special macro photo cruise”, which allows you to truly delve into Komodo’s southern region. 

It’s also worth noting that Daung Baru is the cheapest of all the luxury Komodo liveaboards

Great for: Underwater Photographers, Tiny Groups, Unique Trips, Dive Veterans. 

Trip Lengths: 7 – 9 days.

Max Group Size: 6

Operates: April – Novemember.


The two itineraries are:

  • Komodo (Labuan Bajo – Labuan Bajo): The most regularly occurring trip; this route explores the stunning underwater landscapes of the north and the insane diversity of the central regions of Komodo; it also includes a trek to meet the Komodo Dragons face to face!
  • Special Macro Photography Cruise in Rinca: Typically occurring around November, this is the ultimate experience for underwater photographers. You’ll explore the seldom visited southern region of Komodo, where the marine biodiversity is insane; especially with regards to macro critters. There will also be the chance to witness a small family of Komodo Dragons on South Rinca, from the safety of the boat.

To further sweeten the deal for underwater photographers, there’s a camera station with charging points as well as a separate rinse for underwater cameras on the dive deck. 

There’s just 3 cabins, catering to a maximum of 6 guests –  not only does this tiny group size make underwater photography more convenient, it also creates a relaxed and intimate atmosphere that will certainly appeal to couples or those seeking more privacy. 

It’s extremely uncommon to find a liveaboard in any country that takes only 6 passengers, usually the lower limit is is 8!

Each cabin has an ensuite bathroom and there’s 2 double options and one twin. Unfortunately the cabins don’t have any sea views, but they’re still very nicely decorated.

However, the stunning komodo views can be easily enjoyed from the spacious sundeck or the partially shaded outdoor lounge, which has very comfortable furniture and leads into the indoor salon with ac and video & audio entertainment.

There’s also kayaks on board as well as free internet and a well stocked book shelf. It would be cool if there was paddleboarding and massages as well, as there are on Gaia Love, Tiare Cruise and Coralia; but then Duyung Baru is that cheaper than all these other options. 

Because it’s recommended that divers come aboard with their advanced open water cert and 70 logged dives; Duyung Baru is mostly aimed towards experienced divers.

An experienced and friendly crew are on hand to attend to every one of your needs and in “Yannies Kitchen”, fresh food is prepared all day; consisting of Indonesian cuisine with western hints. 

The main selling point of this liveaboard is the underwater photography trip and the tiny group size. If either of these qualities is of high importance to you, than you should seriously consider a dive safari with the Duyung Baru. 

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Guest Reviews:

Michaela FGermany
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"Mantas, sharks, turtles, the awesome boat, amazing crew and the food was just great. We also had the chance to see the komodo dragons and had a great sunset from the top of a hill. The tour was just perfect and had a good variety of adventures for us".
Elisabetta SItaly
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"Food was top! all home made, including brad and croissant in the morning. Dive guide - Vovo the owner is super friendly and customised the trip based on what we wanted to see. so we dive both north and south islands".
Thomas WUnited States
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"The Mandarin Fish dives, the dolphins and the Spanish Dancers just scratched the surface of the great diving we had on this trip. Yani and her cooking were outstanding, and I would love to join them again for another adventure"!

Other Features:

  • BBQ Area

  • Daily Housekeeping

  • Non-Smoking Rooms

  • Family Cabins

  • Nearly 1:1 Crew to Guest Ratio

  • Outside Showers

  • Warm Water Showers

Paul B from France said:

“Diving was outstanding, Vovo has his secret (world class) spots where nobody else dives and knows the ocean perfectly. He will bring you to the best spots at the best times, also trying to avoid other divers!

The boat is amazing and everyone is very friendly, Yani is the best and kindest, and also an outstanding cook. The boat itself is great and the cabins are the best in any liveaboard I have ever done, particularly at that price point. 

Let alone that it only caters to 6 guests, which makes for a much better experience. Truly a luxury boat for a very good price. I could not recommend it more”.

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Written by:

Scuba fanatic, travel ecstatic and loveable rogue. A rootless divemaster and perpetual adrenaline-junky, Alex holds the esteemed rank of Grand Admiral of the Diving Squad; a title he most nobly awarded to himself. A scuba-junky since 2014, he's dived much of the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, Red Sea, Ireland, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. It's hard to say where he'll pop up next for he never settles; forever a leaf on the wind... or perhaps a lone bubble blasted along on the current.