Diving Squad Rating:
9.1 / 10
Pindito is the only liveaboard to have been touring Raja Ampat for over two decades and as such her crew are exceptionally experienced.
The most unique points of this option are the special “Whale and Dolphin Cruise” as well as the chance for water skiing, wake boarding and stand up paddle boarding.
Great For: Whale & Dolphin Watching, Watersports, Non-Divers, Extra Activities, Beginners
Trip Lengths: 12 – 13 days.
Max Guest Capacity: 16
Tours Raja Ampat: Oct – Nov & April – June (tours other parts of Indonesia for rest of year).
Pindito runs a variety of itineraries through Raja Ampat, but the most unique of these is the “Whale – Macro Cruise”, led by marine biologist Benjamin Kahn , who specialises in dolphins and whales.
Kahn, who knows which areas are preferred by these marine mammals, uses hydrophones to locate them; meanwhile the crew watch for signs of activity on the waters surface.
When animals are sighted, Kahn gives detailed briefings about the species and it’s behaviour. It’s also possible to snorkel with the whales and dolphins!
In between, guests can enjoy dives over pristine coral reef with an excellent chance of spotting Manta Rays, and an almost guarantee of reef sharks, large pelagic fish and seahorses.
This tour departs from Sorong and heads through the Dampier Strait to Waigeo and Batanta. This means you don’t explore the northern or southern regions of Raja Ampat, but stick to the central area – however this is where you’ll have the absolute best chance of spotting whales and rare species of dolphin!
Guests can dive so long as they at least have their open water certification, without needing any additional logged dives, making this a good option for beginners.
There are many additional experiences, including watersports like water skiing, wake boarding and stand-up paddle boards as well as beach visits and viewpoint treks through the jungle.
In total, there’s six double cabins, all of which features ensuite bathrooms and individual climate control with daily house keeping. These cabins are fairly basic compared to the other luxury raja ampat liveaboard options but they are still spacious and comfortable enough.
The upper deck consists of a shaded lounge and huge sundeck, outfitted with loungers and multiple seating areas, whilst up top is the observation deck – the best place to look for whales and dolphins!
Inside, there’s a large dining room with a large plasma screen for video and audio entertainment as well as a bar and a well stocked library.
Whilst the Pindito vessel does feel a little more dated than other liveabaords, she is the number one choice for anyone who is serious about spotting dolphins and whales at Raja Ampat!
“Our second diving escapade in Raja ampat proved to be so much better, and more riveting! The diversity of marine life in this place is really remarkable. This is the first time that I boarded Pindito, and it was a wonderful liveaboard experience. I liked the layout of the boat. The cabins were also impeccably clean and organized.
The dive deck has massive space. I was given a large box for my gear, in which I can keep for the entire trip. When it was my time to dive, the crew took my gear to the speed boat.
You don’t need to worry about your gear for they were very good in handling any equipment. After diving, they also assisted me in bringing my gear back to the deck. I really appreciated it.
We gathered a lot of facts and data from them that were very important to enhance our diving experience. And did I mention that the local Indonesian cuisine was mind-blowing? Yes! The chef was talented. He can creatively cook a lot of dishes.
Another thing that I’m grateful about Pindito is that they really care for their customers. Making things easier and more convenient for their guests is their utmost priority.
Thanks Edi, for sharing your great liveaboard, Pindito, with us and for making our diving adventure fun and awesome