Pindito Liveaboard the Pioneer of Raja Ampat Diving
MV Pindito offers exciting diving cruises year round in RAJA AMPAT, KOMODO, BANDA SEA, FLORES AND ALOR, FLORES AND BANDA SEA and is always exploring for the best diving spot of Indonesia. When more than 20 years ago Edi Frommemwiler took a chance and decided to navigate Pindito from northern Flores to the far and wild eastern edge of Indonesia, beyond the route of the Spice Islands, through Ceram Sea towards Irian Jaya, Raja Ampat was quite far of being the talk of the diving world like it is now. In fact, Edi Frommemwiler's adventurous journey had taken him to discover "the Holy Grail of reef fish diversity" as was later recognized by the international science community, after many surveys and research conducted by international authorities on the classification of coral reef fishes. The most biodiverse coral reef ecosystem of the planet had been uncovered and it had a name: Raja Ampat.
Pindito Liveaboard is a 38m luxury Phinisi focused on creating exceptional diving holidays in the best dive spots of Indonesia: Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Forgotten Islands, Alor, Flores, Komodo. The knowledgeable and friendly 17 member crew offers 5 star service to ensure guest comfort and satisfaction.
Pindito provides six double cabins and two twin cabins. All cabins feature ensuite bathrooms, individual climate control and daily housekeeping service and fresh towels in their cabins and on deck. The 5 star service extends to the dining room where passengers are served delicious, international cuisine prepared by expert chefs. The food is influenced by international and above all Indonesian or Asian dishes. And save room for special sweets, delightful desserts and snacks between meals. After your last dive of the day, alcoholic beverages are available (included). Only wine needs to be ordered in advanced and paid separately.
Pindito Indonesia offers 4 hassle free dives each day. The dive deck is spacious enough for all divers, with gear storage and rinse tanks. Diving is done from a spacious, well equipped zodiac. The dive crew will handle your gear and see to it that it carefully arrives at the dive site for you. MV Pindito has 3 experienced and knowledgeable dive guides on hand to create unforgettable diving experiences. The waters of the Indonesian archipelago are teaming with marine life and vibrant corals. Scuba divers will be astounded by the variety and beauty of this underwater playground.
Photographers and videographers will love the convenience and functionality of the Pindito's camera room, located aft of the Lounge on the Main Deck. The Camera Room was built with the needs of modern digital underwater photographers and videographers in mind. Here you will find plenty of storage space, professional-grade work areas, and both 220v and 110v AC charging stations at your disposal. We also offer overflow space for photographers on the spacious tables in the salon (please clear for meals) and on the lounge deck when more space is needed for image-makers. In the salon you will also find the large flat panel television and computer center where you can plug into and watch video and stills created during your dives.
If making high-definition video underwater is your focus, top European videographer Edi Frommenweiler and American videographer Clay Wiseman offer high definition (Sony HDCam) and even 4K (Red Cam) broadcast-quality professional production seminars aboard Pindito, during which you can create professional quality reels and video productions. Learn about broadcast video production, using tripod stabilization underwater, maintenance and preparation of your video housing, capturing unique marine life behaviors, and editing your video in Final Cut Pro.
The dive deck offers enough space for all divers. Each guest receives his own box where he can store his dive gear. On the front of the ship are some hangers where you can hang up your wet dive suite. For cleaning your gear there are 2 big sweet water tanks available. For Photo- and Videographer there is an extra box for cleaning the cameras.on the dive deck. On the dive deck you will be given a detailed briefing and shown a graphical representation of the dive site. After the briefing the crew will transfer your gear to the 3 Zodiacs. We load a maximum compliment of 6 divers on each Zodiac (small group diving protects the reef!). There is no need for you to haul your own heavy gear; just climb into the Zodiac and your gear will be waiting for you there. Further, once you explain the particulars of your camera system to your guides - they will make sure that it is delivered to your Zodiac with care and consideration.
PINDITO LIVEABOARD PHOTO GALLERY
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SCUBA DIVING DESTINATIONS
Pundito Liveaboard offers the best of Indonesia following the highest standards of safety and quality of service in the diving industry. Pindito Liveaboard operates year-round trips to RAJA AMPAT, BANDA SEA, KOMODO, FLORES AND ALOR, FLORES AND BANDA SEA. Trips are custom length ranging from 11 nights. Pindito Liveaboard is also available for charter cruises and explorative cruises throughout the Indonesian archipelago.
Pindito LiveAboard is an Indonesian traditional wooden vessel Phinisi and have been built by skilled master shipwrights and boat builders of the famous ethnic Bugis from Sulawesi. Pindito was refitted in 2006 to meet the expectations of the most demanding photographers and videographers with large camera tables and plenty of electricity plugs.
PINDITO LIVEABOARD TECHNICAL DATA
Year of built: 1991. Refit 2006
Launching: March 1992
Type: Two mast wooden Phinisi Schooner with BKI classification
Length over all: 38 meters
Length over deck: 34 meters
Beam: 9 meters
Cruising Speed: 8-9 knots
Engines: Baudouin 330 hp diesel
Voltage: 220v, 50Hz - 110v available in Camera Room. Power US and EUR standards - 2 pole
Generators: 02 x 40 KWA
Fuel Capacity: 11,000 liters
Water Storage: 7,000 liters
Water Makers: Desalinator reverse-osmosis watermaker
Cabins: 8 cabins. 6 cabins with double bed, 2 cabins with twin bed. Extra bank available upon request for double cabins. All the cabins have individually controlled a/c, electricity 24 hours a day anden-suite bathroom with cold & hot freshwater shower, hand basin, toilet. Max 16 pax.
Relax: TV, DVD/CD player, library, water skis, wakeboard
Navigation & Communication: 2x Radar, 2x Ecosounder, 2x GPS, VHF radio, Satellite communication Irridium Seawave, E-mail access.
Safety & Rescue: 2x life rafts, Venol oxygen unit, O2, First-aid kit.
Diving: 2 Mariner Bauer compressor, Nitrox membrane compressor (32%); 40 x 80cf tanks with DIN adaptors available; 4 Zodiacs -3 active, 1 standby-; diving gear available; Rebreather support; Nitrox course available; training courses available only upon request.
Special UW Features: Camera Room fitted for modern digital underwater photographers and videographers and plenty of storage space, professional-grade work areas, and both 220v and 110v AC charging stations. All overflow space for photographers on the spacious tables in the salon and on the lounge deck when more space is needed for image-makers. Large flat panel television and computer center.
Crew: 17 Indonesian crewmembers and 3 European dive guides (multilingual).
RATES AND SERVICE ON BOARD
On various trips you shall meet many underwater photographers and videographers as well as scientist on board of the Pindito. Look for the special hosts and special cruises in schedule and booking status section.
The rates of Pindito Liveaboard are published in USD, EUR, CHF but we can deal the better ex-change rate for you: GBP, AUD, NZD, CAD, YEN, HKD, SGD, and many others, ask for a quotation in your preferred currency.
- Arrival and departure airport transfer
- Accommodation on board, meals, snacks, and all drinks excluding wine
- 3 dives a day + 1 night dives
- Excursions according on board program
- Tanks and weights
- Port Fees
- Free advice about connecting flights and eventual stop over in Indonesia
- Wine and alcoholic beverages
- National Park Entrance Fees
- Tips to the crew
- International and domestic airfare
- One transit night depending of your connecting flights
- All do not included in "Inclusions"
Special Surcharges & Reductions:
- Surcharge for single cabin: 50%
- Non-diver reduction: -10%
- Child-reduction (6-16 years): for normal cruises 50% reduction, for family diving cruises 80% redcution, as long as the child shares the cabin with the parents.
- From the 2nd booked trip: 2%
- From the 3rd booked trip: 5%
SCHEDULE AND BOOKING STATUS
The timetable of Pindito Liveaboard has been scheduled with year around diving trips in to KOMODO, RAJA AMPAT, BANDA SEA, FLORES AND ALOR, FLORES AND BANDA SEA. Pindito Liveaboard is also available for private dive cruises, naturalist cruises and explorative trips throughout the Indonesian archipelago, contact us for a customised diving trip.
Whale watching: Pindito Whale-Macro Cruise
The whale-macro trips are guided by Benjamin Kahn, a marine ecologist specializing in whales and dolphins. In addition to his constant visual watches from the upper deck, Benjamin also uses hydrophones to locate the whales and dolphins by picking up their unique sounds. The crew is organized into "observation teams" and also keep a sharp eye on the water surface for blows or other signs of whale activity, as some species can't be located by acoustics alone. Benjamin knows the areas which are preferred by these large marine mammals (including sperm, Bryde's and orcas or killer whales) and his long experience and a trained eye do the rest. At the beginning of the journey Benjamin Kahn will present a special briefing to inform the guests about the process. When animals are sighted, Benjamin will give us detailed information about the species and the occurrence, its routines and hunting behavior. Morning until noon will be planned for whales and dolphin tracking and monitoring. In the afternoon and evening Pindito offers "normal" dives - if you can call the diving here normal. As we deal with nature, this sequence might be reversed, i.e. diving in the morning, whale watching the afternoon. With a little luck you can snorkel with the animals (Benjamin decides if it is suitable). Guests of the first ever tour in March 2011 reported an incredible snorkeling experience with orcas.
Special Family Diving Cruise to Komodo
Once a year Pindito organises a dive cruise especially suited for families with children that usually begin in Bali and end in Maumere, with a routing into Komodo National Park, a World Heritage Site and location for incredible diving. During this special cruise kids can participate in “Discover Scuba”. Meanwhile, parents can explore Komodo’s coral reefs or they can join the kids and instructors during these fun and mellow intro-dives. Participants will also be offered many opportunities for land excursions into Komodo National Park to see and photograph Komodo Dragons. Parents with children as young as 2 years old are welcome aboard the Pindito for this special kid-friendly cruise. Discover Scuba is available for Kids from the age of 7 and older and younger kids can snorkel with their parents or under the supervision of our dive staff.
Special Snorkel Cruises to Komodo and Raja Ampat
Pindito is more than just the expert in Scuba Diving! She and her crew are also the aspiring expert in leading snorkel tours. Being the unrivaled diving pioneer in Raja Ampat and Komodo National Park has provided Pindito and her crew with an intimate knowledge of healthy shallow reef areas that are perfect sites for snorkelers! Now you can join Pindito as she brings dedicated snorkelers to experience the very best shallow reefs of Raja Ampat and Komodo. Traveling on a live-aboard dedicated to snorkeling is a dream-come-true. It is a remarkable way to get to remote and pristine reefs that would be impossible to reach otherwise. Most live-aboards are for divers only and focus largely on deeper reefs. The Pindito crew has a designed a special trip for us that will feature shallow reef systems that highlight the marine diversity of this astonishingly beautiful area.
Pindito Private Cruises & Charters
If you have a dive club, group of divers, a family or friends, rent a yacht could be the best solution. In fact having a boat in exclusivity you can choose the return and departure dates closest to your needs, you can define the route and your favorite dive points, visiting the best areas calmly, unlike an ordinary programmed trip with other passengers. You can also combine diving with snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, water skiing, trips to the islands and beaches.
Rent a yacht is the ideal solution for families or groups who have different interests than diving. You can request your favorite food and beverages, as well as preparing special arrangements to private celebrations and events. Often a group estimate is able to get a cheaper quote. Sailboats dedicated to dive cruises must be booked in advance, as soon as they are reserved by customers for a regular cruise program, may no longer be available exclusively. Usually privatise a boat cruise gives you a "free" passage on board, compared to normal charging. However if you are have a dive center or a diving school your diving instructor or divemaster following the group, can get more "free" spaces.
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