Duyung Baru is a small traditional Phinisi, 27m long and 5,6m wide. Volker Korth, nicknamed Vovo, owns this gorgeous boat. This passionate Divemaster, a German citizen, has been living in Indonesia for more than 15 years. Duyung Baru is his second boat and needless to say she has been thought of in the smallest details.
Vovo, his wife Yani and their crew, welcome you on their small boat for private liveaboards. Duyung Baru sails from March to October with min.7-day trips in Komodo area, accessible to rather experienced divers. Departure is guaranteed from at least 2 divers, which means you can possibly think about a private trip just for you and your behalf.
The boat, with her 3 cabins, has a maximum capacity of 6 divers
The boat’s equipment’s are basic but well thought-out; we can see that Vovo has a great experience in life at sea. Electronic sailing equipment includes a GPS, a sounder and a VHF radio system. A 6-cylinder Yanmar 150HP engine, with an 8-knot cruising speed, powers the boat.
A power generator for electricity, a solar panels system and a battery ensure 12 volts for toilets, lights and hot water, even when the generator is switched off (especially at night, which guarantees quiet and silent nights). Duyung Baru is also equipped with a watermaker and 3 compressors, one of which is Nitrox
This boat operates between 6 and 8 Nights liveaboards, in Komodo, in and out of Labuan Bajo, few longer trips (18/10/11 Nights) in Wakatobi in Sulawesi in beginning and end of season.
Vovo has a great experience of dive sites in the area, he’ll surely let you discover his secret places. A divemaster will guide you for each dive. There is not max. duration for your dives : you can dive for as long as you want, for as long as you have air ! However security is an absolute priority, signaling devices and whistles are mandatory. If you don’t own them, there are available on board for free. There are of course first aid kit and oxygen supplies on board.
In Komodo, you will see everything that makes a diver heart beat: sharks, turtles, eagle rays, sometimes in schools, Mantas, especially from February to May. As for macro: pygmy seahorses, pipefish, shrimps, frog fish and a certain type of nudibranches.
Visibility is at its best from May to October, up to 40m, and 15m from October to March.
In this area, tides’ powerful wave actions regularly cause very strong currents. They bring a lot of nutrients, which makes underwater life especially rich in here. Down south, water can reach 22° ! A 5mm wetsuit is recommended. These liveaboards are not for Open Water divers who just graduated, N2 or AOWD with 75 dives is the minimum request. You will have to show : certifications, dive books and recent doctor’s certificate.
An aluminium dinghy, powered by 2 40HP engines is used for divers’ transfers and visits of the islands.
Nitrox, with membrane compressor, is available for certified divers..
Duyung Baru is built on 2 decks : on the main deck at the front, is the outdoor shaded lounge, with a table, sofas and comfortable armchairs. It is the perfect place to relax in between dives. Next is the dining room where you’ll enjoy delicious meals prepared by Yani and the boat’s crew. In this saloon, you can also find a large TV screen to watch your day’s movies and pictures. Behind this room, is the captain’s cabin.
The 3 guest cabins are on the lower deck. There are 2 Double and 1 Twin cabins, each about 8m2. There are perfect for a group of friends. Each cabin has a porthole or big trap, as well as air-con and private bathrooms with hot water and toilets ; reading lights are available above each bed.
Guest cabins are located on the lower deck ; all have air-con and private bathrooms with hot water and storage space.