For the level of service, attention to detail, diving experience and drive to be inclusive, all at a mid-range price. The MSY Ilike gets our vote for one of Indonesia’s best mid-range priced dive liveaboards.
Constructed in Bira, Sulawesi, in 2010, the MSY Ilike is a traditional style Indonesian Phinisi. She is a spacious, comfortable dive liveaboard that cruises Indonesia’s best scuba locations. Boasting two marine engines for speed and safety, she heads to Raja Ampat, Komodo, the Banda Sea and Alor. The yacht maintains all the necessary equipment to ensure your well being onboard.
The MSY Ilike liveaboard caters for up to 16 guests in 8 cabins. All cabins have individually controlled air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, and hot and cold showers. In addition, the thoughtfully designed rooms can be laid out as twins or doubles, so can easily provide for your requirements. The yacht offers a large comfortable outside deck where you can chill out after an incredible days diving.
Food onboard the Ilike liveaboard combines Indonesian and international cuisine freshly prepared by the talented chef. Served in the outdoor covered area towards the vessel’s stern, you can eat as you enjoy the Indonesian scenery. Meals can be prepared for plant-based diets. Let Infinite Blue make sure your dietary preferences are taken care of.
Kindly note trip cost excludes Marine Park | Port | Fuel surcharge (payable onboard), equipment rental (if any), and PADI course fees (if any).
Don’t hesitate to contact us for exact details, as the above charges may alter depending on which dive cruise itinerary interests you.
Day 1: The crew will welcome you upon arrival at the local airport, and guide you to Ilike.
Day 2 – 7: Up to 3 dives per day + Night dive where possible
World-class macro dive site as your check-out dive in Bima Bay. The visibility might not be as far as you like, but this muck dive will surprise you with the number of critters you can find.
Next, you will visit Sangeang Island. A volcanic island that last erupted in 2015. There are still a few islanders remaining on this island. The diving is spectacular. There are fantastic black sandy slopes with excellent macro. Hot Rocks is a unique dive as tiny bubbles emerge from the bottom and the rocks, giving the site an amazing effect.
Entering Komodo National Park in the North, the water temperature is usually still nice and warm from the Flores Sea. Fish are abundant on these underwater pinnacles; schooling surgeons, big eye jacks, snapper or barracudas and pelagics are a common sight.
The diversity of sites is unbelievable here in Komodo, from underwater pinnacles to sloping sandy bottoms with manta cleaning stations to driving along a beautiful coral reef.
The further South you travel, the water temperature will also drop. Padar Island has some beautiful sites where we can start to feel the influence of the Indian Ocean. More water nutrients give the corals a different look, colours are sharper, and fish life changes.
Even further South is Nusa Kode. This horseshoe-shaped bay has stunning corals in a rainbow of colours and sizes. Fish live in abundance, and creatures you may have never seen before may remind you of the monsters that live under your bed as a child.
These nutrients also bring bigger pelagic fish, like the majestic manta rays. We can see them chasing each other or getting cleaned at the cleaning station. Also, there have been sightings of the elusive sunfish or Mola Mola.
Your trip is incomplete without meeting with the last living dinosaurs, the Komodo Dragons. You will get to see them up close at the National Park. With some luck, you will also see macaque monkeys, some deer, wild pigs, and wild horses.
Day 8: On the day of disembarkation, the crew will transport you to the airport for a domestic flight back.
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