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Nataraja

An elegant, traditional wooden phinisi schooner offering chic charter cruises across Indonesia.

Overview

Nataraja Liveaboard is a traditional, 105-foot, wooden phinisi schooner, specializing in charter cruises through the stunning scenery and graceful underwater life of the Indonesian Archipelago. Built by the craftsmen of South Sulawesi and meeting the highest industry standards, she is designed to comfortably accommodate nine adults and up to four children for land and sea adventure cruises with scuba diving as an option.

Life On Board

Characterized by tropical hardwood throughout the interior, and an expansive open concept living area with glorious views in all directions from the lounging spots, Nataraja boasts a a spacious open deck area, featuring a large dining table for al-fresco dining, with a canopy that can be quickly setup for shade. In keeping with the spice-trader tradition, there is a cargo hatch-styled seating area with a skylight providing light to the saloon below.

There is also an open kitchen-galley, bar, and a lounge at the stern. The rooftop sundeck offers restful options for yoga practice, sunbathing, relaxing, reading, sunset cocktails, and stargazing.

Accommodation

Nataraja provides four comfortable air-conditioned cabins, each with a private bathroom with a hot water shower. The Master Cabin in the stern offers a private terrace at the back and two large windows, presenting a splendid view at all times. It has one large bed and two small ones, as well as a bench and a desk. The three staterooms are fitted with either twin beds or a double bed and an additional child’s bed in case you wish to travel with your family.

Dining

Your healthy meals on board Nataraja are a mix of Western & Indonesian dishes, and you can also choose vegetarian and vegan options if pre-arranged at the time of booking. Special diets are also catered for upon request.

Activities and Facilities

Nataraja is fully equipped for scuba diving with dive equipment, two compressors, weights and a line for freediving. You’ll also find snorkeling and fishing gear, sea kayaks, a speed boat, audio and video entertainment facilities, a library and a coffee machine.

Destinations

The Nataraja boat is available for diving, snorkeling, yoga practice, wildlife encounters and bird-watching cruises, making it the perfect choice whatever your chosen activity. There are many options for itineraries that range from three nights to twenty nights and takes you to explore the incredible waters of Raja Ampat, of the most bio-diverse areas on earth with stops at Penemu, Kri, Misool and the Dampier Strait.

In the Komodo National Park, you can go trekking in search of Komodo dragons, snorkel or dive with giant manta rays and turtles, and visit the Pink Beach and the island of Padar. Or you can join one of the twice-yearly crossings of the Banda Sea between Raja Ampat and Ambon. Visit the Forgotten Islands and the Ring of Fire.

Nataraja is perfect for a family or a group of friends looking for the ultimate escape and adventure through the waters of eastern Indonesia. The qualified crew and western cruise director will guide you through the most exquisite sights of one of the most diverse archipelagos in the world.

Itineraries & Prices

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9-Day A
12-Day B

9 Day - Raja Ampat

Sample Itinerary
itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Be picked up in style at your hotel or Sorong Airport and driven to the fast boat that will bring you to Waisai, the capital of Raja Ampat where the cruise starts. Settle into your traditional Phinisi liveaboard that you will be calling home for the next few days.

PM: Cruise west and enjoy a swim, a check dive and relax, whilst contemplating the white sandy beaches of Mioskon Island and its famous seamount, Blue Magic. Enjoy an evening drink as you watch the sunset ballet of fruit bats flying away to feed.

Nataraja's 9-Day Raja Ampat - Day 1 - Sailing
Location
Sorong - Waisai
Day
1 / 9

North Batanta

AM: North Batanta offers shining waters and dozens of islets and sandbanks where it is easy to find manta rays or even witness history in the form of a well-barnacled World War II Japanese aircraft.

PM: On land, take a short walk to a beautiful and refreshing waterfall. Finish your day relaxing and dreaming on the sun deck as you continue sailing south to Misool Island.

Nataraja's 9-Day Raja Ampat - Day 2 - Shark Snorkeling
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
2 / 9

Daram Islands

AM: The Daram Islands are the easternmost island group in the Misool area. Thanks to a strict no-fishing policy, you will be able to see some of the most impressive sea fan forests and soft corals known to the world.

PM: With easy snorkeling and diving, sites such as Andiamo or Candy Store are truly psychedelic underwater wonderlands where barracudas gliding above the pygmy seahorses are a common sight.

Nataraja's 9-Day Raja Ampat - Day 3 - Wayag
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
3 / 9

Wayil

AM: Feel the love around you after climbing to get a bird’s eye view of the famous heart-shaped blue lagoon encircled by the vibrant coral reefs. Or take a speed boat tour or your kayak to get lost in the maze of rocks and channels of Wayil Islands.

PM: Here lie some of the most iconic and lush dive sites of Raja Ampat: Wedding Cake, Four Kings or Neptune’s Fantasea. End your day with your flashlight on to explore the dark side of the reef: night dive!

Nataraja's 9-Day Raja Ampat - Day 4 - Breakfast
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
4 / 9

Balbulol, Farondi

AM: Misool North Eastern line of islands is a natural labyrinth made of cone-shaped rocks, sheer cliffs and hidden pools. At the right time of year, some of the inner lagoons play host to thousands of stingless jellyfish, offering fantastic photo opportunities for undersea photo lovers.

PM: Explore the above and underwater caves of the area where nudibranchs, rare mollusks and crustaceans crawl on the rich soft coral cover.

Nataraja's 9-Day Raja Ampat - Day 5 - Crew Carving Talent
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
5 / 9

Piaynemo

AM: At this Western tip of Central Raja Ampat, 3 internationally renowned dive sites are on the menu: Galaxy, Keruo Channel and Melissa’s Garden, where you can observe the most impressive shallow coral gardens on the planet. In between dives, you can also enjoy surface activities like kayaking, or walk up to the top of the hill above the Star Lagoon and look down on its hundreds of limestone rocks.

PM: Some hidden rock-pools are just waiting for you to float in them – sheer heaven!

Nataraja's 9-Day Raja Ampat - Day 6 - Raja Ampat
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
6 / 9

Wayag

AM: On the way to the Wayag Islands, we cross the Equator to the Northern hemisphere to reach the last paradise on earth, a large bay with hundreds of mushroom-like islets, white sandy beaches, blacktip reef sharks and manta rays cruising in the turquoise-blue water.

PM: Spend a day gliding through this piece of heaven or climb the rocky Mount Pindito for an unforgettable view. Dive or swim around pelagic fish and the Figure 8 Rock and enjoy special moments on the perfect beach.

Nataraja's 9-Day Raja Ampat - Day 7 - Raja Ampat
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
7 / 9

Dampier Strait

AM: Visit Airborek or Sawandarek Jetty and experience some world-class diving, probably watched by some of the local children!

PM: Then cruise on to more fish-rich waters like Sardine Reef or Cape Kri and enjoy a fantastic night dive at Batu Lima where you are likely to spot the elusive walking shark!

Nataraja's 9-Day Raja Ampat - Day 8 - Waterfall Excursion
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
8 / 9

Disembarkation

AM: We will cruise back to Waisai for our last, scrumptious breakfast and check-out before noon. After sharing photos and farewells, our crew will arrange your transfer to your hotel or airport and your return trip back home, your head filled with unforgettable memories of the trip of a lifetime.

Nataraja's 9-Day Raja Ampat - Day 9 - Waterfall Excursion
Location
Waisai Ferry
Day
9 / 9
1 / 9

12 Day - Raja Ampat

Sample Itinerary
itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Be picked up in style at your hotel or Sorong Airport and driven to the fast boat that will bring you to Waisai, the capital of Raja Ampat where the cruise starts. Settle into your traditional Phinisi liveaboard that you will be calling home for the next few days.

PM: Cruise west and enjoy a swim, a check dive and relax, whilst contemplating the white sandy beaches of Mioskon Island and its famous seamount, Blue Magic. Enjoy an evening drink as you watch the sunset ballet of fruit bats flying away to feed.

Nataraja's 12-Day Raja Ampat - Day 1 - Sailing
Location
Sorong - Waisai
Day
1 / 12

North Batanta

AM: North Batanta offers shining waters and dozens of islets and sandbanks where it is easy to find manta rays or even witness history in the form of a well-barnacled World War II Japanese aircraft.

PM: On land, take a short walk to a beautiful and refreshing waterfall. Finish your day relaxing and dreaming on the sun deck as you continue sailing south to Misool Island.

Nataraja's 12-Day Raja Ampat - Day 2 - Shark Snorkeling
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
2 / 12

Daram Islands

AM: The Daram Islands are the easternmost island group in the Misool area. Thanks to a strict no-fishing policy, you will be able to see some of the most impressive sea fan forests and soft corals known to the world.

PM: With easy snorkeling and diving, sites such as Andiamo or Candy Store are truly psychedelic underwater wonderlands where barracudas gliding above the pygmy seahorses are a common sight.

Nataraja's 12-Day Raja Ampat - Day 3 - Wayag
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
3 / 12

South East Misool

AM: Swim round the famous dive sites of Boo Window and Magic Mountain, with some of the highest concentrations of biodiversity in the world, a true story of successful conservation, thanks to the talented and friendly local park rangers who are happy to meet you on the white sandy beaches of Yillet Island.

PM: South East Misool is one of these extremely rare places where dreams and reality merge, with scenery as lush and dramatic above the water as below.

Nataraja's 12-Day Raja Ampat - Day 4 - Local Village
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
4 / 12

Wayil

AM: Feel the love around you after climbing to get a bird’s eye view of the famous heart-shaped blue lagoon encircled by the vibrant coral reefs. Or take a speed boat tour or your kayak to get lost in the maze of rocks and channels of Wayil Islands.

PM: Here lie some of the most iconic and lush dive sites of Raja Ampat: Wedding Cake, Four Kings or Neptune’s Fantasea. End your day with your flashlight on to explore the dark side of the reef: night dive!

Nataraja's 12-Day Raja Ampat - Day 5 - Breakfast
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
5 / 12

Balbulol, Farondi

AM: Misool North Eastern line of islands is a natural labyrinth made of cone-shaped rocks, sheer cliffs and hidden pools. At the right time of year, some of the inner lagoons play host to thousands of stingless jellyfish, offering fantastic photo opportunities for undersea photo lovers.

PM: Explore the above and underwater caves of the area where nudibranchs, rare mollusks and crustaceans crawl on the rich soft coral cover.

Nataraja's 12-Day Raja Ampat - Day 6 - Crew Carving Talent
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
6 / 12

Piaynemo

AM: At this Western tip of Central Raja Ampat, 3 internationally renowned dive sites are on the menu: Galaxy, Keruo Channel and Melissa’s Garden, where you can observe the most impressive shallow coral gardens on the planet. In between dives, you can also enjoy surface activities like kayaking, or walk up to the top of the hill above the Star Lagoon and look down on its hundreds of limestone rocks.

PM: Some hidden rock-pools are just waiting for you to float in them – sheer heaven!

Nataraja's 12-Day Raja Ampat - Day 7 - Raja Ampat
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
7 / 12

Kawe & Aljui Bay

AM: South Kawe is one of Raja Ampat’s greatest treasures. Here, you will probably see manta rays grooming in one of their many cleaning stations or feeding on the surface of the channel between the two Eagle Rocks. There is also the opportunity to visit Alyui Bay where you can learn everything about pearl farming, from seeding to harvest.

PM: The Aljuy Bay waters are also perfect for seeing rare sea creatures and wonderfully rich night dives.

Nataraja's 12-Day Raja Ampat - Day 8 - Sunset
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
8 / 12

Wayag

AM: On the way to the Wayag Islands, we cross the Equator to the Northern hemisphere to reach the last paradise on earth, a large bay with hundreds of mushroom-like islets, white sandy beaches, blacktip reef sharks and manta rays cruising in the turquoise-blue water.

PM: Spend a day gliding through this piece of heaven or climb the rocky Mount Pindito for an unforgettable view. Dive or swim around pelagic fish and the Figure 8 Rock and enjoy special moments on the perfect beach.

Nataraja's 12-Day Raja Ampat - Day 9 - Raja Ampat
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
9 / 12

Yangeffo

AM: Continue your adventure with a day at Yanggefo and take the kayak out to the Mangroves for a change of scenery. The contrast of the lush green mangrove forest and the clear waters is breathtaking. This area is home to as many birds as fish.

PM: Colorful coral grows within the roots of the trees making snorkeling and diving in Citrus and Mangrove Ridge a unique experience.

Nataraja's 12-Day Raja Ampat - Day 10 - Diving Tanks
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
10 / 12

Dampier Strait

AM: Visit Airborek or Sawandarek Jetty and experience some world-class diving, probably watched by some of the local children!

PM: Then cruise on to more fish-rich waters like Sardine Reef or Cape Kri and enjoy a fantastic night dive at Batu Lima where you are likely to spot the elusive walking shark!

Nataraja's 12-Day Raja Ampat - Day 11 - Waterfall Excursion
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
11 / 12

Disembarkation

AM: We will cruise back to Waisai for our last, scrumptious breakfast and check-out before noon. After sharing photos and farewells, our crew will arrange your transfer to your hotel or airport and your return trip back home, your head filled with unforgettable memories of the trip of a lifetime.

Nataraja's 12-Day Raja Ampat - Day 12 - Raja Ampat
Location
Waisai Ferry
Day
12 / 12
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Deck
Living Room
Living Room
The Deck
Dining
The Deck
Sunbeds
Deck open space
Table and the hammock on the deck
Hammocks on the deck
Open space on the deck
Dining table on the deck
Crew on the deck
Women sunbathing on the deck

Suites & Cabins

Nataraja's Standard Cabin Nataraja's Standard Cabin
3 Cabins

Standard Cabin

Guests
2 - 3
Size
2.5 m² / 26 ft² (approximately)
Beds
King + Child's

The Nataraja's three standard cabins are equipped with one double king-size bed and one optional child's bed for triple occupancy. Each cabin has a private toilet, shower, air conditioning, hot water and fresh linens.

Nataraja's Master Cabin Nataraja's Master Cabin - Bathroom
1 Cabin

Master Cabin

Guests
2 - 4
Size
3.2 m² / 34 ft² (approximately)
Beds
King + Single + Child's

The Nataraja's Master Cabin is ideal for families as it has one double (Australian) king-sized bed, a single and a child's bed for quadruple occupancy. With a private terrace in the back, two large windows provide a fantastic view at all times. There is also a bench and desk. Every cabin has a private toilet, shower, air conditioning, hot water and fresh linens

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • WIFI available
  • Hot showers
  • Family Room (Triple or Quadruple)

Equipment

  • Diving gear
  • Satellite phone
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Kayaks / Canoes
  • Yoga mats
  • Rubber boots
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details