GAIA LOVE LIVEABOARD
About Gaia Love
The beautiful Gaia Love liveaboard diving offers year-round luxurious dive trips in Indonesia. The Gaia Love 40 m yacht caters for 20 guests in 11 spacious cabins. It features 6 upper deck en-suite rooms with patio doors opening to a balcony, 5 lower deck en-suite rooms, air conditioning, ample storage space, entertainment, camera room, free nitrox, 45 scuba tanks, camera rinse tanks, and sun deck bar. The upper deck cabins feature picture windows and private balconies.
The Gaia Love liveaboard diving is spread out over four decks and structures a fashionable, modern design. The yacht amenities include activities such, diving, and land excursions. The restaurant caters both local and international cuisines. Drinks and massage services are available while on the deck. This may be one of the most stable ships diving Indonesia’s waters!
Gaia Love liveaboard diving yacht’s additional facilities include an outdoor salon, charging stations, sea view cabins, leisure deck, onboard kayaks, snorkeling equipment, camera room with table and charging points, outdoor salon, laundry services, and paid internet. Diving activities which include up to 4 dives a day are included.
Social areas include a dining room, salon, sun deck, outdoor lounge, and the al-fresco bar. The large dive deck situated in the rear of the boat provides room big enough to accommodate 28 divers as they get kitted up. There are 11 large rinse tanks of different sizes around the dive deck for washing and rinsing equipment such as camera and dive suits. The Gaia Love liveaboard diving yacht provide three 5.5m skiffs that allow easy dive drop off and pick up.
The itineraries include the Banda Sea, Raja Ampat North and South, Komodo, and Lesser Sunda. When it comes to safety, Gaia Love liveaboard diving yacht is well equipped with an up to date navigation wheelhouse. Additional back up RIB is available if needed. Emergency facilities include life vests, two life rafts, first aid kit, emergency oxygen kit, smoke detectors, and firefighting equipment. Gaia Love second to none!
The Gaia Love is a modern 40 meter, steel-hull vessel built from the ground up in Batam, Indonesia. It was built to sail and explore the far regions of Indonesia and complies with class requirements of BKI (Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia). Designed with a modern, contemporary look and an emphasis on diving in comfort. Gaia Love can accommodate up to 20 guests in 11 spacious ensuite rooms; six on the upper deck and five on the lower deck. Each room averages approximately 20 square meters, includes individual air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms with hot water. Upper deck rooms feature an additional private, outdoor balcony.
Gaia Love has 4 decks, including a lower, main, upper and top/sundeck. A lounge, restaurant and camera room are located on the main deck. The lounge includes an entertainment center, pantry and luxurious facilities to make your stay more comfortable. Photographers and videographers can use the dedicated camera room to prepare and maintain their equipment between dives.
At the rear of the luxury liveaboard boat is a large dive deck which can accommodate up to 28 divers, and provides ample space for guests to move around comfortably. The dive deck includes eleven large rinse tanks of various sizes for varying camera setups. A boat deck is slightly aft of the dive deck where two 5.5 meter diving skiffs are always ready and accessible for divers to board.
The top deck and sundeck feature a bar for evening gatherings and relaxation under the stars. If you prefer to dine outdoors, this is the perfect area to enjoy your meal. Sufficient shade is available on the top deck, as well as unshaded areas for those who wish to soak up some sun.
Safety is a top priority on the Gaia Love and is well-equipped with the most up-to-date navigation systems, including advanced communication systems, life rafts, life vests, EPRIB, fire protection and fire-fighting systems. An additional back-up RIB is stored on the top deck, which is easily and swiftly deployable by a one-ton crane, if necessary.
The Gaia Love is the perfect choice for your liveaboard travel to experience the best diving in Indonesia.
Raja Ampat is located within the Indonesian archipelago off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua (Irian Jaya). It comprises hundreds of jungle-covered islands, and is known for its beaches and coral reefs flowing with marine life. Raja Ampat, translated directly as “four kings”, was named for the 4 main islands in the area: Weigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool.
Liveaboard diving via the Gaia Love offers divers the opportunity to explore this entire region.
Scuba diving in Raja Ampat will take your breath away with a thriving marine life from the sea floor to the surface, and a colorful reef teeming with activity. Some of the best dive sites in Indonesia, these sites are so pristine and packed with growth, a photographer is hard-pressed to find a spot to place a steadying finger. Exotic sea life and macro critters will overwhelm any macro photography enthusiast. West of Sorong, Batanta Island also offers incredible critter sites for the macro enthusiast.
The only problem diving these areas is that you’ll be so spoiled by the near-perfect conditions, you may never want to leave or dive anywhere else again!
South of Raja Ampat is the island of Misool. Be astonished by the colorful soft corals and sea fans beautifully draping the reefs. Expect encounters with both the oceanic and reef mantas. Near the western tip of Misool, your liveaboard diving trip will take you to one of the world’s most stunning mangroves.
In Dampier Strait, located in central Raja Ampat, and flowing between Waigeo and Batanta, you will dive in an incredible underwater environment created by nutrient-rich ocean currents. Everything which makes for a wonderful dive can be found here. Your liveaboard diving boat will travel to iconic dive sites Cape Kri and Blue Magic where you will be surrounded by schools of fish and enjoy the unique thrill of “fish thunder”, the loud booming sound made when a large number of fish move rapidly through open water.
Further west is the island of Arborek, known for its jetty dive and beauty. North-west of Dampier Strait are the Penemu Islands, famous for their hard coral gardens and stunning lagoon views.
Northern Raja Ampat covers the islands of Weigeo, Kawe and Wayag. Visit the pearl farm of Aljui Bay, famous for its unique underwater critters and sleeping woobegongs. West of Waigeo, the rocks and seamounts in the Kawe area are truly singular as they actually sit on the equator. Kawe is one of the few places in the world where you can travel between the northern and southern hemispheres while diving! This is not the only reason to be excited about this unique dive; a combination of currents and feeding stations in this area combine to attract abundant fish life, as well as huge mantas. As your luxury liveaboard boat cruises further to the north, you will visit the Wayag waters. This isolated, uninhabited area, sprinkled with verdant limestone islands, and bordered by slivers of white sandy beaches and palm trees, is truly paradise. The only thing that rivals the landscape is the diving. The scuba diving is truly spectacular, with extensive and untouched, hard-coral reefs. The majority of Wayag’s islands have yet to be explored, and it is very likely many more dive sites will be found in this still remote area.
Other attractions include ancient rock paintings in the caves off the island of Misool, and the rare crimson bird of paradise on Waigeo.
Liveaboard diving offers charters out of Sorong that enable you to explore this area extensively while pampering you with the hospitality and comfort the luxurious Gaia Love liveaboard boat provides.
This region features an extremely rich, underwater biodiversity born of a land of contrasts from warm waters and tropical species, to cooler currents with temperate ocean life. The Komodo region offers an incredibly varied range of some of the best diving in Indonesia, it’s no surprise the Komodo National Park was named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature status in 2011.
In this charming dive destination, located within the Coral Triangle, the area boasts the world’s highest marine biodiversity. Under the jurisdiction of the park rangers, over 1,000 species of fish and hundreds of different corals are protected. Dive sites stretch from the warm waters of the Flores Sea (Pacific Ocean) in the north to the chillier waters down south in the Indian Ocean. Boasting some of the best scuba diving in Indonesia, the underwater terrain presents many distinct attractions, with sheer cliff walls, pinnacles, sandy flat bottoms, underwater plateaus, slopes, caves, swim-throughs, and channels, each with differing colors, sizes and types of both hard and soft corals. Expect encounters with pelagics; and as your liveaboard guides, we promise no dull, underwater moments! Get your macro lens ready for unusual creatures and critters that are unique to this area.
Komodo National Park boasts countless deserted beaches, hiking trails, wildlife and lagoons, and is home to a large species of lizard known as the Komodo dragon.
Although scuba diving in Komodo is available year-round, the peak season is considered to be April through November. Since currents in parts of Komodo can be strong, we dive according to the tides. With so many remarkable sites to choose from, Gaia Love diving guides adapt the schedule for the greatest diving.
Indonesia’s “Forgotten Islands”, also known as the Southeast Moluccas (Maluku Tenggara), are not a single destination, but rather a 1,000 km long chain of archipelagos stretching from Timor to West Papua on the island of New Guinea. Undeveloped, distant from population centers, and far off the beaten path, these “Forgotten Islands” have been largely isolated from the rest of Indonesia and the world.
The terrain of these islands varies from forested mountainous peaks in the Inner Banda Arc of islands (Wetar, Damar, Nila), with peaks as high as 868 meters (2,848 feet), to the flat islands of the easternmost Aru and Kei island groups which are dominated by savannah, mangroves and broadleaf forests. The Inner Arc islands are volcanic, while the island groups in the Outer Banda Arc (Leti, Luang, Sermata, Babar and Tanimbar islands) consist mostly of up-thrust coralline limestone, often characterized by terracing resulting from periodic uplift and changes in sea level.
While scuba diving in the Forgotten Islands, one can expect long walls with extremely healthy coral life and immaculate, untouched seamounts. Look for giant barrel sponges and immense sea fans. In the shallows, the hard-coral gardens are decorated with colorful anthias. ‘Big stuff’ includes schooling hammerhead, silver, white and blacktip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, mobula rays, bumphead parrotfish, eagle rays, turtles, and thresher sharks; along with schooling jacks, barracuda, surgeonfish and fusiliers. ‘Small stuff’ includes pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, ghost pipefish, octopus, triggerfish, lionfish, moray eels, scorpionfish and dragon shrimp.
Generally, all seasons provide incredible scuba diving in Indonesia and diving trips are not prohibited by extreme temperatures. Instead, it is more important to consider the weather and the turbulence of the seas in order to enjoy the crossings, when planning your liveaboard scuba diving trip to this remote archipelago.
The Forgotten Islands itinerary with Dive Gaia offers divers the opportunity to cruise around this chain of remote, beautiful islands while you enjoy the casual comfort, amenities the Gaia Love provides.
Diving in the Banda Sea offers some of the most unique scuba diving adventures in Indonesia. Once sought by Columbus and Marco Polo, the Banda Islands were the original Spice Islands and the most coveted destination on earth, particularly by the Dutch and Portuguese who colonized the islands and exported the indigenous nutmeg and cloves. History tells of a violent past under colonial rule.
Now, the seas around these tropical paradise islands are coveted for their spectacular diving and snorkeling on some of the world’s richest reefs and unspoiled corals. Steep drop offs, impressive hard-coral and fast currents make this area absolutely breathtaking. Schools of jacks are a familiar sight, as are large tuna, turtles, Napoleon wrasse, groupers, rays, sharks, large lobsters and sea snakes. There are also unique critter sites for the macro enthusiast which include the chance to dive with unusual critters at sites around Ambon Bay. Along the crossing, you will experience the breathtaking spectacle of thousands of seabirds, including the comical, yet attractive, frigate birds and boobies.
Enjoy a land excursion that covers the historical Banda Neira and surrounding islands. Visit the local museum and enjoy the artwork and many antiquities from the Portuguese and Dutch. Learn about the land trade between the Dutch and the British on the island of Run and Manhattan. Continue a few steps up the hill to be intrigued by the old fort building and its design. Next, head to the nutmeg and spice farm. Enjoy Tante’s homemade cinnamon tea accompanied by her secret recipe snacks and nutmeg jam. Along with cinnamon sticks, you can purchase these items in her shop. On your walk back to the pier visit the old Dutch governor’s mansion, “House of VOC”, which was recently converted to a hotel. View original masterpieces, kept in their original location on the property, which include the six old tiles.
Lesser Sunda Area
While scuba diving the eastern waters of Lesser Sunda, you will be constantly surprised by the marine life and a wealth of tiny creatures, large fish species, and other marine mammals. You will encounter some of the best dive sites, covering eastern Flores, Adunara, Solor, Lembata (Kawula), Pantar, Alor, Pura Reta and Ternate, to be explored which charm divers from all levels of experience. Be inspired by stunning sunrises, magical sunsets, and witness the fireworks of one of the country’s most active volcanoes.
A recent protection order by the Indonesian government for this area has provided a safe route for migrating cetaceans as they travel through the straits to their feeding grounds in the deep waters of the Banda Sea.
Our liveaboard diving trips offer divers the opportunity to see some of the most spectacular and untouched coral reefs in Indonesia, along with the chance to witness unique behaviors of the many rare and wonderful critters in the Pantar Strait. Divers can expect to see rhinopias (lacey scorpionfish), pygmy seahorses, manta rays, schooling dolphins, pilot whales, and even the occasional migrating blue whale! Be smitten by the charming, free-diving children of North Pura and catch the ladies of Pulau Ternate weaving colorful ikats.
There are a range of trip dates to ensure you can experience this superb destination extensively.