With thousands of miles of tropical coastlines stretching from the Indian Ocean in the West to the Pacific Ocean in the East, Indonesia undoubtedly offers some of the world’s best scuba diving.
Covering most of the so-called Coral Triangle, the seas of this vast archipelago will spoil divers with their unrivalled amounts and diversity of reef fish and coral species and with unknown amounts of yet to be documented critters and species of marine life to discover.
Inside the Indonesian part of the Coral Triangle, all kinds of new species of fish, corals, critters and nudibranchs are still being found here on an almost daily basis, in an unparalleled variety of dive sites ranging from reefs and steep walls jampacked in corals, over deep trenches and mysterious canyons, to surprising new wrecks and submerged active volcanos. List everything you’ve ever seen on all your different dives, multiply the numbers by ten, throw in a bunch of stuff you didn’t know existed yet and then put it all together on one single dive site: that’s diving in the Coral Triangle!
MSY Mutiara Laut carries state of the art scuba installations on board, including air compressors and an on-deck tank refill station, as well as an air dryer and a high-end Nitrox installation. We use a membrane system to produce our diving gases, which is a very safe and accurate method. We have several O2 analyzers on board for Nitrox divers to use and it is mandatory that divers analyze and log their personal dive cylinders with every new fill. Instruction is available on how to analyze and log a mix accurately.
With our two high-speed tenders, we can quickly take you to and from the best diving spots in the area, and we employ very experienced and knowledgeable certified Dive Guides to accompany you on some of the most dazzling and mindboggling dive sites on the planet. For your comfort and safety, we limit dive groups to a maximum of 4 divers per guide and we always carry a smaller, third tender on standby to lend assistance if needed.
A standard diving day will start with a small breakfast of toast and coffee or tea, while the Dive Guides are already out to check the currents and conditions on the scheduled dive site. Tanks are topped off, equipment is checked and for enriched air divers the O-levels are registered, while the guides have already started to give their briefing on the dive site with a graphical representation.
In the meantime, the crew will transfer your diving gear into the waiting tender boats: there is no need for you to haul your own heavy gear. And once you explain the particulars of your camera system to our crew, they will make sure that it is handled and stored with care and consideration.
In general, no more than 5 or 6 divers will go on a speedboat together and diving will mostly be in small groups. Where possible, we’ll coordinate our diving schedule with other liveaboards and dive resorts in order to avoid crowds on dive sites, not only for your comfort but also to protect the reefs
Most dive sites will only be a very quick and short speedboat-ride away from the ship, and once on the dive site our tender drivers will assist you with the mounting of your gear. At least one speedboat will always stay in the close vicinity of the divers, during the entire dive. Dive times are usually limited to 60 minutes and we rarely need to go below 25 meters, but our Dive Guides will stay with you the entire dive to look out for your safety and comfort.
When you surface, our tender drivers will help you with getting your gear back on board, and upon arrival at the ship beverages and towels will be waiting for you. Just kick back, relax and recount your underwater experiences with your dive buddies, while our crew takes care of your equipment and refills the tanks for the next dive.
Typically, we schedule three and sometimes up to four dives a day, depending on the cruising schedule, the weather conditions and suitable dive sites in the vicinity of the ship:
When dive courses, young divers, novice divers or many non-diving guests come into play, the schedule will be tailormade to suit the situation. Certain itineraries, or unforeseen weather conditions, may also demand adjustments be made to the standard schedule, especially in remote areas and for exploratory dives on uncharted or undocumented sites.
In any case, Mutiara Laut’s crew is all about safety and service, and with anywhere between 15 to 18 crew members and Dive Guides at your service, you can look forward to diving with the greatest level of comfort and ease.
Dive courses with Mutiara Laut follow PADI teaching guidelines and are conducted by PADI certified Dive Instructors. If you wish to do a course during your cruise, then we need to be informed well in advance in order to prepare course materials and instruction.
Contact us for more details on the following PADI courses:
Please be aware you will be diving in some very remote locations. Recompression chambers in Indonesia are few and far between, and most of the time they will be almost impossible to reach in a sufficiently expedient way when needed. We can only carry so much O2 and emergency evacuation by air or by fast boat from the far-flung destinations we visit will rarely be an option.
For this reason, we insist on applying safe diving practices to the fullest extent. Dives are carefully planned and executed by our Dive Team, they will always be limited to 60 minutes bottom time and they will rarely go deeper than 25 meters/80 feet. Surface interval times will be carefully monitored and diving will not be allowed within 24 hours of any flight. Please note as well that you’ll need to provide proof of a valid Dive Insurance policy before being allowed to participate in any diving activity.
Furthermore, dive groups never consist of more than 4 divers per Dive Guide. A private guide can be arranged on request and at a surcharge, provided the booking for the guide is made well ahead of the planned cruise.
Our core crew will be supplemented with experienced local Dive Guides who are at the very least certified PADI or SSI Dive Masters with Rescue Diver certifications, and often they are Dive Instructors with an active status. They are selected based on their experience and knowledge of the areas we visit.
On the first day of the trip, a full dive briefing is conducted to inform you on general dive procedures, safety issues and local regulations, especially in regards to local marine life awareness concerns in the national parks and conservation areas we visit.
Directly preceding every dive and after a current check, a dive briefing is given with information concerning the type and conditions of the particular dive site, suggested depths and marine life expectations. Hand-drawn sitemaps will often be used for these briefings and where necessary or recommended you will be reminded to bring your torch, your reef hook or your SMB.
While we recommend you bring your own safety equipment, we do provide certain items for free use, such as SMBs and reef hooks, on sites where it is advisable to carry them. For those who are used to bring a diver alert system, we offer Nautilus Marine Rescue GPS locators for rent, which will transmit your exact position to the ship when triggered.