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Coralia Review

Diving Squad Rating:

10/10

10 / 10!

Coralia runs the hands down most sustainable and environmentally supportive diving trips of any liveaboard in Komodo.

There are few other liveaboards where you get to make such a strong contribution towards marine conservation, whilst having the dive trip of a lifetime. 

Great for: Marine Conservation, Luxury Cabins, Onboard Amenities, Beginners, All Encompassing Dive Trips. 

Trip Lengths: 8 – 11 days

Max Group Size: 16

Operates: May to September (Komodo). August – April (Other Indonesian regions).

Review:

In my opinion, the best trip to choose is the “Komodo: Coral Explorers” option, where all proceeds go towards coral reef restoration and future protection of marine environments!

Throughout the week, there’s informative talks with world-famous coral reef science communicator Russel Kelley, plus a marine park manager; Rachel Pears. 

You’ll be encouraged to contribute hands on to one of the conservative projects: monitoring, ID, transplantation or otherwise. 

There’s three dives a day and this route covers the north, central and south regions of Komodo, meaning you get to explore the national park in it’s entirety!

Coralia offers a variety of other itineraries to. On all of these, only open water cert and 5 logged dives are required, making this liveaboard a good option for beginners. 

The standard “Komodo” trips also cover the north, central and southern regions of Komodo National Park. Of this, there’s several varieties; in which the destinations of Bali, Bima and/or Labuan Bajo can also be added to the route. 

Similar routes (those that explore Komodo and beyond) are run only by Adeelar and Tiare Cruise.

All trips include a land excursion to Komodo National Park to meet the komodo dragons as well as several short viewpoint treks.

At a whopping 48 meters long, Coralia caters to just 16 guests in 8 cabins. The 4 master cabins all have private balconies with an outdoor sofa, whereas all cabins feature ensuite bathrooms and a day bed. 

The only other luxury liveaboard with cabins to rival this is Gaia Love, which has cabins with balconies and private tvs. 

Onboard facilities include a massage zone, outdoor lounge & al-fresco dining area, sundeck and indoor saloon with large flat-screen TV. 

Guests can also enjoy kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, free internet, a BBQ area, daily housekeeping, a well stocked bar and also a camera station. 

I would choose Coralia every time for my dream Komodo liveaboard, especially the environmentally supportive “Komodo: Coral Explorers” option; although all the main “Komodo” routes are excellent for exploring the national park in it’s entirety. 

With it’s beautiful wooden interior and exquisite dining, this is an extremely luxurious vessel; with a professional and friendly team of staff.

Everything that Coralia stands for resonates environmental responsibility and marine conservation. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this?!

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Guest Reviews:

Arriana APhilippines
"The service really made the trip. From the deck hand that knew I liked to keep my camera in the water tank for longer to the hot chocolate mix I like after the night dive. Its the attention to detail and the crew noticed for each guest. Superb".
Wendy MUnited States
"This trip exceeded my expectations. The Coralia is spacious, the food was delicious (says the vegetarian), the staff spoiled us rotten, and the diving was unmatched. I felt totally spoiled and learned a lot and made new friend. This was the experience of a lifetime and I cannot recommend it more! Thank you, Coralia".
Johannes RSwitzerland
"The boat is beautiful and very spacious. There is a lot of comfortable space to relax indoor and outdoor. The crew on deck is extremely nice and helpful. Food was plentiful and very good. I could not recommend this boat enough in terms of comfort and service. Diving experience was not as exceptional as we expected, especially during the second part of the trip in Misool. On two days, visibility was very poor. Choice of dive sites was questionable. Cruise director (not diving) did not appear to consider time of day or conditions to adapt the choice of dive sites and did not attempt to move a few miles to a different location to try and find better dive conditions (we are on a boat)".
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Other Features:

  • Laundry Service

  • Family Cabins

  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly

  • Seaview Cabins

  • Nearly 1:1 Crew to Guest Ratio

  • Library

  • Non-Smoking Rooms

  • Charging Stations

  • Custom Built for Diving

Melanie B from Australia said:

“Excellent diving, excellent people (other divers and staff), not having to think! Blown away! We can honestly say the Coralia experience completely over achieved expectations. The staff on Coralia are professional, informed, take safety seriously and clearly love what they do.

The boat is in pristine shape – our room (one of the master cabins) was incredible. Glass views and windows a spotless modern bathroom and toilet and decent air con. GReat comfortable bed and enough space to pack things away.

The staff did everything plus including hot chocolate after a cold night dive and little chocolates on our pillows after dinner. The food was exceptional.

We have been on a liveaboard 3 years earlier in Kimono and I had brought heaps of snacks based on that experience and we didn’t open a single one! The diving was of course exceptional and the quality of the dive instructors and the equipment was top class. I cannot recommend this boat enough and hope I get to go on it again before the word gets out”!

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Alex

Alex

Scuba fanatic. Travel ecstatic. Erratic. The name's Alex.