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Tambora Liveaboard

Tambora is a luxury liveaboard diving experience Indonesia

Tambora have been custom-designed and built with the aim to offer a truly efficient liveaboard experience, in fact this liveaboard offers great comfort and flair, and at the same time is optimally geared towards supporting a diving operation in terms of safety, convenience, and efficiency.








Tambora "State of Art" of Liveaboards in Indonesia

Tambora Liveaboard has an old world’s charm and style as a result of has been built by traditional boat builders on the island of Sulawesi, in the centuries-old tradition of a wooden Phinisi. The design and materials used guarantee immense strength and resilience of all key structural elements, especially the keel, hull and decks. Slight adjustments have been made to the original design, which is geared rather for cargo ships ferrying goods and commodities across the Indonesian archipelago, as compared to a modern liveaboard carrying passengers. Among others, they include a double keel and relatively smaller beam, to minimize rolling of the vessel in rough seas.

The old charm and style of the Traditional Indonesian Phinisi for a modern and efficient LiveAboard

The vessel has been entirely constructed out of Sulawesi iron wood and chosen Javanese teak. While her hull has been painted white, the superstructure, decks and roofs have all been finished with a view towards preserving the natural beauty of the teak wood. All decks and the salon rooftop feature teak parquet flooring. This way, the rustic charm and warmth of a traditional wooden vessel could be preserved. All guest suites and rooms on board have been designed by a renowned Indonesian interior designer, and built-to-design by an experienced interior architect. Guest suites are well appointed and tastefully designed in a perfect blend of traditional Indonesian motifs and modern functionality.


Tambora Liveaboard offers all 21st century amenities that you can imagine. At the same time, she makes away with many shortcomings frequently encountered on boat. Space is at a premium on a ship. Hence, Tambora has been sized and configured to comfortably accommodate a maximum of 16 divers in eight spacious guest suites, each at least 15m2 in size, and with a large en-suite bathroom with the choice of double and large twin beds and no bunk beds. All beds longitudinally aligned with the vessel, so our guests sleep in the direction of the vessel movement. Each guest suite comes with a writing desk and ample storage space for cloths, bags, books, magazines, etc.


The large salon with separate dining and relaxing sections, offers enough space during mealtimes, as well as for chilling out over a chat and drinks with fellow divers, with a book in your hands, or working on your laptop. Three separate lounge decks – bow, aft and salon rooftop – provide enough space and privacy, and can be fully shielded from the sun.

A Truly Experience of Comfort Liveaboard

Throughout the entire vessel, separating walls have been soundproofed with noise absorbing materials. This helps mitigate noise, as well as guarantee the privacy of our guest suites. The engine room bulkheads are extra thick to absorb engine noise. Similarly, all ceilings and decks have been soundproofed to mitigate step noise. Her five-blade propeller is made of a special, very stiff alloy, minimizing internal vibration of the blades which are a key source of structural noise. All engines under deck sit on flexible, shock-absorbing mountings. The water-cooled air conditioning system does not need noisy radiator fans. Tambora’s power train employs a flexible coupling to reduce vibration and thus structure-borne noise.


Tambora is a Liveaboard Custom-built and Outfitted to Dive in Indonesia

The large room on the upper deck has been custom-built and outfitted as a full dive station, divided up into two separate wet and dry sections. The wet section features: personal dive baskets for all guests, to store your BCD, regulators, fins and mask away from the elements, as well as individual wet suit hangers. Two large rinsing tanks, one for regulators and the other for cameras and computers (2 x 6.5 tons/day reverse osmosis and large freshwater tanks allow us to change water as often as required), as well the filling station and storage for dive tanks.


The dry section provides a safe place to open your camera, dive light or computer and also a large desktop area as work space, as well as to store sensitive (and often bulky) equipment when not in use.

The dive gear available for rental is from AquaLung, UWATEC and Underwater Kinetics.

The large dive platform is located at the backboard side of the vessel, three easy steps down from the main deck. You will board one of our two dive tenders from here. Of course, in between dives, you can use the platform for swimming, snorkeling, or just relaxing over the water.


All dives are conducted from a tender boat. There are two very large aluminum dive tenders, each offering plenty of space for up to 10 divers, their dive gear, and even the largest underwater camera rigs.

The tenders are equipped with dive tank racks holding your gear while on the way to/from the dive site. For additional comfort and to prevent slipping, the entire floor, the bow and all benches are laminated. And, each boat is equipped with a large ladder at the stern for easy re-entry after the dive.

The boat have great stability even in a choppy sea and are propelled by silent, smooth four-stroke engines, making your ride to and from the dive site a very pleasant one.

Where dive sites are close by, your gear remains on the rack in between dives, and your tank can be refilled right in the tender boat. Where dive sites are further apart, the experienced crew will carry all your dive gear to/from the tenders to the main vessel.

The Culinary Experience on Board Tambora

A dining choice buffet of Indonesian, European and Japanese specialties, are freshly prepared by the chef on board. Three meals per day are served as well snack prior the first dive and another after the third dive. All the drinks are on a help-yourself basis available in the salon and are included in the cruise fare. The only exclusions are wine and liquors charged on a separate basis.

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Safety Standards on Board and Ecology

Tambora carries the full range of IMO (International Marine Organization) standard for comfort, safety, communication, and navigation equipment. Great care has been taken during planning, design, and outfitting of the vessel to minimize potential safety hazards. And this focus on safety continues all the way through daily operations.

Finally, Tambora’s propulsion system has been engineered for maximum fuel efficiency, which is significantly lower on fuel consumption in order to reach the lowest possible carbon emission.


Tambora Liveaboard offers the best of Indonesia following the highest standards of safety and quality of service in the diving industry. Tambora Liveaboard diving destinations includes RAJA AMPAT, TRITON BAY and Etna Bay, CENDRAWASIH BAY, MALUKU, FLORES & BANDA SEA and FORGOTTEN ISLANDS, a INDONESIAN BORNEO itinerary with Sangalaki, Derawan, Maratua and Kakaban. Sulawesi from Palu to Manado, LEMBEH STARIT & BUNAKEN. And last but not least HALMAHERA. This last named spot has recently discovered by divers and marine biologists and it seems they had world record fish counts in an area within Halmahera... apparently even more than the RAJA AMPAT!

Tambora Liveaboard can take up to 16 passengers and is available for charter in any combination of diving and leisure expeditions, anywhere in the archipelago. Please find the infosheet with information about destination and schedules, here below.



Tambora Liveaboard is a Indonesian traditional wooden vessel Phinisi and have been built by skilled master shipwrights and boat builders of the very famous ethnic Bugis from Sulawesi. Find the infosheet with the technical data of Tambora Liveaboard here below or ask for your personal copy in PDF.



Year of built: 2008
Type: Two mast wooden Phinisi Schooner
Length over deck: 34 meters
Length over all: 40 meters
Beam: 8.5 meters
Total displacement:
Cruising speed: 9 knots
Engines: MAN 380 HP
Fuel Capacity:
Generators: 4 Deutz MAN
Water Storage: 10,000 liters
Water Makers: 6,5000 liters a day
Voltage: 220V power outlets european type
Navigation & Communication: GPS, Eco sounder, radio WHF, Satellite-based communication for phone calls, your personal email and internet access
Cabins: 8 cabins: 4 doubles and 4 twins, all with air conditioning control in room and en-suite bathroom with hot water.
Diving: 2x240 lt/min CAT Compressor, 1x500lt/min Atlas Copco Nitrox 21/36% Compressor, 40 inox tanks 12lt/80cf with your choice of DIN or INT connection, as well as a few extra large (15 Liter / 100cf), small (10 Liter / 63cf) and extra small (emergency spare air) tanks
Special UW Features: Complete range of AquaLung, UWATEC, Underwater Kinetics dive gear available for rental





Arrival and departure airport transfer
Accommodation on board, meals and snacks
Aqua, tea and coffee
3 dives a day + 1 night dives
Tanks and weights


Soft drinks, beer, and alcoholic beverages
National Park Entrance Fees & Port Fees


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