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Tiare Cruise Review

Diving Squad Rating:

9.7/10

9.7 / 10

When it comes to amenities, extra services and fun activities; few luxury komodo liveaboards can rival Tiare Cruise! 

Best of all, the itineraries are totally different – you can choose to explore all of komodo, hone in on a specific region; or combine discovering komodo with other parts of nearby Indonesia.

Great for: Amenities, Extra Activities, Unique Routes, Family Cabins, Couples, friends, 

Trip Lengths: 6 – 12

Max Group Size: 14

Operates: May – September (In other parts of Indonesia for rest of year)

Review:

Generally, there’s 4 routes available:

  • Komodo South & North (Labuan Bajo – Labuan Bajo): A fantastic, all encompassing trip, in which guests discover the south, central and northern regions of Komodo National Park over a whopping 12 days. This option is perfect for truly delving into komodo national park and discovering all that it has to offer.

  • North & South Komodo (Labuan Bajo – Bali): In this option you also explore the north, central and south regions of Komodo but over just 8 days, more convenient for some. Plus, you finish or start at Bali which can make your overall Indonesia itinerary easier to plan!

  • Komodo North (Labuan Bajo – Labuan Bajo): With this choice, the diving focus is mainly around the northern region of Komodo; which is well known for having the most dramatic underwater scenery of the entire park and many large pelagics including manta rays, reef sharks and turtles! This option lasts 6 – 7 days.

  • Eastern Flores & Komodo (Maumere – Labuan Bajo) – Discover a variety of dive sites, starting along eastern Flores as you travel west, into Komodo National Park over 12 days..or vica versa, if you select the “Komodo & Maumere” trip, which is very similar but in reverse order and only 10 days. Either of these are a great option for anyone wanting to discover not only the Komodo, but also what lies beyond in the waters around Flores.

Additional activities on every trip include welcome cocktails, a beach bbq, kayaking, snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding, massage services and land excursions and usually a trek to witness the komodo dragons up close!

For maximum convenience, each diver gets their own personal diving station with personal storage, plus access to hot showers on the dive deck. You’ll also get issued an “enos” beacon for added safety precautions

There’s a dedicated camera room for underwater photographers and this is comprised of multiple charging stations and camera benches. 

Double, twin and triple cabin options are available and all feature ensuite bathrooms, complimentary toiletries and fresh drinking water. 

These cabins have a very nice wooden interior, although they do only have porthole views, which can leave a little to be desired, when you think of liveaboards like Coralia and Gaia Love,  which both have private balconies. 

Then again, most of your time will hopefully not be spent cooped up in your cabin!

With a drink in hand, guests can unwind on the spacious sundeck or the partially shaded “bow lounge”, which is outfitted with comfortable furniture and offers superb views. 

There’s also an air conditioned indoor lounge with an ice machine, coffee machine, herbal tea station, juice extractor, drinks fridge and even a red and white wine cellar as well a free internet and video & audio entertainment with a large plasma tv. 

Meals are freshly prepared and consist of a wide variety of local gourmet cuisine and international dishes. 

Tiare cruise really does have it all when it comes to amenities, extra activities and varied trips. It’d be nice if some of the cabins had better ocean views, but this is the soul area in which this liveaboard is lacking. In all other areas Tiare; and her spectacular crew excel. 

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Guest Reviews:

Tashi BUnited States
"The crew lines up and cheers every time you return from a dive, reflection of a positive, friendly, helpful attitude that makes for a great voyage".
Eng Hwee OSingapore
"We were impressed by everything on board. Food served on board was excellent, boat facility is new and nice, dive trips are very well organised. Highly recommended".
Robert BUnited States
"Celebrating my 73rd birthday on board with my daughter, the crew and other divers was a wonderful and very special experience. Time spent talking with the other divers and the crew. The epic diving including the manta cleaning station and school of devil rays, the various sharks (e.g., woebegone and walking), staggering beautiful coral and abundant and unusual fish life. The services connected with the diving including the terrific dive guides. The nights spent on the deck looking at the stars. All in all a perfect vacation and the Tiare is recommended without any hesitation".
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Other Features:

  • Daily Housekeeping

  • Nearly 1:1 Crew to Guest Ratio

  • Non-Smoking Rooms

  • Warm Water Showers

  • Snorkelling Equipment

  • Al Fresco Dining

  • Laundry Services

  • Dedicated Local & International Crew

Narelle B from Australia said:

“Too many highlights. Relaxed holiday with range of 2 to 4 dives per day combined with onshore activities including some hard (staired) climbs for amazing views, a trip to Jellyfish lake and culminating on a wonderful dinner on the beach. 

The diving was simply more than I imagined – frequent mantas, large schools of fish, octopus, endless soft and hard corals healthier than anywhere I have been, and amazing night dive at Sapokreng – the flamboyant cuttlefish! Mixed nationality passengers made for interesting conversations – a wonderful trip. Will definitely try to go again”!

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Alex

Alex

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