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La Galigo

Diving Squad Rating:


8.1 / 10

Personally, I consider the main selling point of this liveaboard to be it’s master cabin. It may seem a strange feature to hone in on, but keep reading and you’ll understand why I think La Galigo has the coolest cabin of any liveaboard, period. 

There’s only two types of trip, but both are pretty good at showing you the best of Komodo with 2 cool additional activities, led by friendly and knowledgeable staff. 

Great for: Awesome Cabin, Beautiful Boat, Cool Trips, Couples, Social Vibes.

Trip Lengths: 6 – 8 days

Max Group Size: 14

Operates: May – September (operates in Raja Ampat for rest of year)


  • The 6 day “Jurassic Komodo” route explores parts of north Komodo for a day, before heading down to central Komodo, where guests will experience a superb range of different dive types.
  • There’s also the 8 day “Ultimate Komodo” which is basically the same but also includes an extra day’s diving in the central region, plus a day of diving Komodo’s elusive southern region. This would be my choice of the two!

Both trips also feature a day trek to spot komodo dragons on rinca island as well as watching thousands of fruit bats at sunset.

Onboard, Galigo’s most defining feature is it’s insanely cool “Suite” cabin which possesses it’s own private balcony, a state of the art HD TV & PS4, ocean view windows, extra large ensuite, a private lounge room and an enormous double bed.

Despite this epic accommodation option, La Galigo is still one of the more affordable mid-price komodo liveaboard options. 

The other cabins feature the same beautiful wooden interior, with sleek ensuite bathrooms and ocean view portholes. 

Outside, you’ll find the outside leisure deck which is the perfect spot to kick back and relax as you take in the epic views. There’s also a spacious main deck & dining area inside, with large TV and speakers for watching movies.

With a camera station and separate rinse for underwater cameras, La Galigo is also ideal for underwater photographers.

So long as you’re happy to spend the majority of your trip exploring Komodo’s central region, then La Galigo is a great option. Sure, you can’t do things like kayaking, as you could with Carpe Diem or Nataraja, but the suite cabin option is simply amazing and the staff are very friendly and accommodating.

As usual, it comes down to a matter of preference. If your number one priority is extra activities, La Galigo doens’t have as many as other options, but if you’re seeking the hands down coolest cabin available, this is the choice to go for. 

Guest Reviews:

Catherine TSwitzerland
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"Lots of fantastic dives, each one in a different spot, amasing coral reefs and walls full of life, schools of fishes, mantas... A dream! Great atmosphere on the boat. Staff top ten! Excellent food, too much perhaps... Cruising through hundreds of small islands covered with dense vegetation, wild climbing on island to enjoy a top view, mesmerizing pirate landscapes. A really fabulous trip on an authentic nice boat La Galigo. We missed her and her staff already! We will definitaly come back to see again her red sails cruising the Raja Ampat marine paradise".
Katie RUnited States
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"We had the best time on the La Galigo back in September 2018! We took the Komodo trip and the entire crew made the experience beyond incredible! The rooms are large, the food was excellent and the diving was superb. We absolutely want to join a trip in Raja Ampat in the future aboard the La Galigo"!
Gary MIreland
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"Visiting the Komodo Dragons, BBQ at the end of the week, diving with Manta Rays".

Other Features:

  • Bar

  • Sundeck

  • BBQ Area

  • Library

  • Daily Housekeeping

  • Non-smoking Rooms

  • Camera Room with Table and Charging Point

  • Outdoor Dining

  • Snorkeling Equipment

Nanae G from Switzerland said:

“All of the dive sites in Komodo NP were amazing but specially one dive site called “Shot Gun” was the best and so much fun—-this is a narrow passage between 2 islands. We wait for the tides to change and dive in with a reef hook ready, then wait in the middle of the channel to see all sorts of creatures flying by. 

A huge Manta flew by just 1m from me was an unforgettable experience! The sights of Komodo dragons on the island of Rinca on the last day of our trip was another highlight for me. The crew was so polite and well trained who pampered us from the beginning to the end of our trip. The equipment I hired was a top quality and the food was awesome”!

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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.