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Why you should choose Gaia:
Gaia Liveaboard offers a luxurious and unforgettable diving experience. With a focus on sustainable travel and personalized service, you can explore the pristine waters of Indonesia while enjoying luxury amenities. Gaia's experienced crew and knowledgeable guides ensure that every dive is safe and exciting. The boat's spacious cabins, delicious cuisine and stunning panoramic views make it the perfect choice for those seeking adventure and relaxation in one trip.

Gaia Love is a modern 40 meters steel hull vessel purpose built to sail and explore the far reaches of Indonesia.
Gaia can accommodates up to 20 guest in 11 spacious ensuite rooms; six on the upper deck and five on the lower deck. Each room averages in size of approximately 20 square meters and has individual air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms with hot water. The upper deck rooms will feature an additional private outdoor balcony.

Gaia Love has a total of 4 decks (lower, main, upper and top/sundeck).
The lounge, restaurant and camera room is located on the main deck. In the lounge is an entertainment center, pantry and all the facilities and creature comforts to make your stay more comfortable and photographers can use the dedicated camera room for the preparation and storage of their equipment.
At the rear is a large dive deck so there is lots of space for guest to move around. On the dive deck are also eleven large rinse tanks of various sizes, for camera setups of all sorts.
The top deck or sundeck features a bar for evening gatherings and relaxation under the stars or if you prefer to dine outdoors this will be the perfect area to enjoy your meal.

Some of the most frequently asked questions about Indonesian Diving
When is the best time to dive Raja - How to get to Raja - Raja Diving and Dive sites - When is the best time to dive Komodo - How to get to Komodo - Komodo Diving and Dive sites - What are the advantage of a Liveaboard over Shore diving - Are these trips suitable for non-divers / snorkellers - The Latest Indonesian Travel Information - Other general FAQs

Gaia - schedule

Gaia - prices and what's included

Prices are per person per trip and based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

The price includes
Air-conditioned twin share accommodation with attached bathroom.
Any shore activities or excursions organized by Dive Gaia.
All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
Guided diving activities (up to 4 dives a day).
Use of aluminum 12L dive cylinders, weights and weight belts.
Same day land transfer to and from the nearest embarkation or disembarkation airport.
Airport transfer to and from port for embarkation or disembarkation.
Government taxes.
Complimentary glass of wine per person at dinner.
Use of entertainment system in cabins and saloon where available.
Shared use of the camera room.

The price does not includes
Harbor clearance and national park fees and fuel surcharge (where applicable).
Any international and domestic air, land, sea transportation, visas and any other taxes or fees associated.
Courses and certifications.
Accommodation and meals before and after the cruise.
Alcoholic drinks (unless otherwise stated).
Gear rental (subject to availability).
Enriched Air Nitrox (available for certified divers only).
Massages and Spa treatments (other than welcome massage).
Dive insurance is mandatory as is your own personal dive computer (You can rent one for the trip if you do not have your own).
As well as the Mandatory Dive Insurance we highly recommend Trip and Travel Insurance on the off chance of missed or cancelled flights / lost baggage, documents, money or passport / Covid issues or any other unforeseen problems that could possibly occur.
Dive Assure Insurance offers cover for all these eventualities as well as complete Dive Insurance all in one package.
Onboard purchases.
Private tours.
On-board telecommunication and satellite broadband.
Crew gratuity.
Please note: Unfortunately until further notice, a Fuel Surcharge of USD $20 per person per night has been applied to all itineraries by the boat due to the massive increase of fuel prices around the world, we apologise for this but it is beyond our control.

Single Occupancy
For single occupancy (Single cabin), not sharing a cabin, there will be a +70% surcharge.
If you are happy to share with a diver of the same sex in a twin cabin then the price is as quoted in the schedule

Booking and Cancellation Terms and Conditions.
Booking deposit: 30% of your invoice total is required within 7 days of booking to confirm your booking.
Final payment of 70% is due to 90 days prior to the departure date to complete your invoice payment.
Individual bookings made less than 90 days before the departure date will be payable in full upon booking to confirm your booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.
Payment can be made via bank transfer or Credit or Debit card (Visa, AMEX, Mastercard) at no extra charge.

Diving Equipment Rentals (USD) Per day
Full Set (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins, dive computer) $ 50
Regulator with octopus $ 12
Computer $ 12
BCD $ 12
Wetsuit (shorty 3mm) $ 8
Mask $ 5
Fins (+ booties as required) $ 5
Torch $ 12
Nitrox $ 10
15L tank $ 12

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Gaia - cabins

Gaia can accommodates up to 20 guest in 11 spacious ensuite rooms; six on the upper deck and five on the lower deck.

Upper Deck Cabin
The Upper Deck Cabin are available in king, queen and super-single size bed configurations.
Each room averages in size of approximately 20 square meters and has individual air-conditioning and ensuite bathroom with hot water.
The Upper Deck Cabins will feature an additional private outdoor balcony.

Lower Deck Cabin
The Lower Deck Cabin are available in king, queen and super-single size bed configurations.
Each room averages in size of approximately 20 square meters and has individual air-conditioning and ensuite bathroom with hot water.

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    Under Bed Storage

For single occupancy, not sharing a cabin, there will be a 70% surcharge.
If you are happy to share with a diver of the same sex in a twin cabin then the price is as quoted in the schedule

To see more photos of the cabins please visit the schedule and click on the cabin name to see the photos of each cabin, availability and price.

Gaia - diving

About the Diving
Raja Diving and Dive sites - Komodo Diving and Dive sites - When is the best time to dive Raja - When is the best time to dive Komodo - What are the advantage of a Liveaboard over Shore diving - Are these trips suitable for non-divers / snorkellers

Gaia - itineraries

Sample itinerary Raja Ampat

Located within the Indonesian archipelago off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua (Irian Jaya). Comprising hundreds of jungle-covered islands, the area is known for it’s beaches and coral reefs rich 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.
Diving Raja Ampat, will take your breath away with the marine life thriving from the sea floor to the surface and the colorful reef teeming with activity. There are sites that are so pristine and packed with growth, that a photographer is hard-pressed to find a spot to place a steadying finger. Exotic sea life and macro critters will overwhelm any marco photography enthusiast. The only problem with diving here is that you’ll be so spoiled by the near-perfect conditions that you may never want to leave or dive anywhere else again!
Dive Gaia trips offer divers the opportunity to explore the entire region.
West of Sorong, Batanta Island offers incredible critter sites for the macro enthusiast.

In the south of Raja Ampat is the island of Misool. Be wow-ed by the profusion of colorful soft corals and sea fans beautifully draping the reefs. Expect to encounter both the oceanic and reef mantas. Towards the western tip of Misool, be intrigued by one of the world’s most stunning mangroves.
Located in central Raja Ampat is Dampier Strait (which flows between Waigeo and Batanta), where nutrient-rich ocean currents create an incredible underwater environment. Everything which makes for a wonderful dive can be found here. Home to iconic dive sites Cape Kri and Blue Magic, be surrounded by schools of fish and 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 it’s jetty dive and it’s cleanliness. Travelling north west of Dampier Strait is the Penemu Islands famous of it’s hard coral gardens and stunning lagoon view.
Northern Raja Ampat covers the islands of Weigeo, Kawe and Wayag. Visit the pearl farm of Aljui Bay in between exploring the pearl farm’s jetties famous for it’s unique 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! Yet, this is not the only reason to be excited about this dive. A combination of currents and feeding stations in this area combine to draw in a profuse amount of fish life, as well as huge mantas. Cruising even further to the north, we visit the Wayag area. This isolated, uninhabited area sprinkled with verdant limestone islands, bordered by slivers of white sandy beaches and palm trees, represents what people usually have in mind when they think of paradise. The only thing to rival the landscape here is the diving. It is truly spectacular, with extensive and untouched hard coral reefs. As the majority of Wayag’s islands have yet to be explored, it is very likely that many more dive sites will be found in this still remote area.
Other attractions includes ancient rock paintings and caves off the island of Misool and the rare crimson bird of paradise on Waigeo,
Luxury liveaboard diving with Dive Gaia offers charters out of Sorong that enables you to explore this area extensively while pampering yourself with the hospitality and comfort we provide. Shorter Raja Ampat dive itinerary is also offered in our Ambon (Ceram) to Sorong (West Papua) trip. Click here (website link) for our Raja Ampat itineraries and (website link) for route map - how to get to Raja Ampat.

Sample Itinerary – Komodo

This region features an extremely rich biodiversity born of a land of contrasts: from warm waters and tropical species, to cooler currents with temperate ocean life. Offering such a diverse range of dive sites and special features, it’s no surprise the Komodo National Park was awarded ‘New 7 Wonder of Nature’ status in 2011.
Diving this famous dive destination, which is 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. The underwater terrain presents many contrasts, with sheer cliff walls, pinnacles, sandy flat bottoms, underwater plateaus, slopes, caves, swim-throughs and channels – all with differing colors, sizes and types of both hard and soft corals. Expect encounters with pelagics and we promise no dull moment any macro enthusiast with a wide range of critters.
Get your macro lens ready for unusual critters and critters that are only special to this area.
Komodo National Park boast countless deserted beaches, hiking trails, great wildlife, lagoons and home to a large species of lizard world known as the Komodo dragons.
Although there is diving year-round in Komodo, the best period is considered to be April through November. Currents in parts of Komodo can be strong – so we dive according to the tides … but with so many great sites to choose from we can always adapt the schedule for the best diving.
Dive Gaia offers Komodo National Park trip itineraries on it’s own and in our Bali-Labuan Bajo (Flores), Bima (Sumbawa) to Labuan Bajo (Flores) and Labuan Bajo (Flores) to Maumere (Flores) itineraries.

Sample Itinerary – Forgotten Islands

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 any 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 that goes as high as 868 meters / 2,848 feet to essentially flat islands of the easternmost Aru and Kei island groups, 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) are mostly up thrust coralline limestone, often characterized by terracing resulting from periodic uplift and changes in sea level.
Diving the Forgotten Islands, one can expect long walls with extremely healthy coral life and immaculate, untouched seamounts. Look for the giant barrel sponges and immense sea fans. In the shallows the hard coral gardens are decorated with colorful anthias. ‘Big stuff’ can include schooling hammerheads, silver, white and black tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, mobula rays, bumphead parrotfish, eagle rays, turtles, 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 shrimps.
Indonesia is not greatly affected by seasons that prohibit diving, so instead it is more important to factor in the weather and the calmness of the seas in terms of enjoying the crossings, when planning a trip to this remote archipelago.
The Forgotten Islands on board Dive Gaia offers divers the opportunity to cruise around this chain of remote beautiful islands while enjoying the casual comfort, amenities and unique service that we offer. Itinerary embarks in Maumere (Flores) and disembarks in Tual (Kei Islands). Click here for trip dates (weblink) and route map (weblink). Smaller dive itinerary coverage is also offered in our Banda Sea itinerary.

Sample Itinerary – Banda Sea

Diving in the Banda Sea offers some of the most unique diving adventures to be found 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, unspoiled corals, and large pelagic fish. Steep drop offs, impressive hard coral and some fast currents make this area absolutely breathtaking. Schools of jacks are a familiar sight, as are large tuna, many turtles, Napoleon wrasse, groupers, rays, sharks, large lobsters and sea snakes. There are also special critter sites for the macro enthusiast including the chance to dive with unusual critters at sites around Ambon Bay. Along the crossing, it is possible to revel in the 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 art work and many antiquities from the Portuguese and Dutch. Learn about the land trade of the island of Run and Manhattan between the Dutch and the British. 150 steps or so up a hill and you will be intrigued by the old fort building design. Next, we head to the nutmeg and spice farm. Enjoy Tante’s homemade cinnamon tea accompanied with her secret recipe snacks and nutmeg jam . Fresh nutmeg jam, nutmeg and yours to order cinnamon sticks are for sale. On your walk back to the pier visit the old Dutch governor’s mansion “House of VOC”, which was recently converted to a hotel. Original master pieces including the 6 old tiles were restored and kept in it’s original location within the property.
Dive Gaia offers trip itinerary that embarks in Maumere (Flores) and disembarks in Ambon (Ceram). Click here for trip dates (enter weblink) and (weblink) for route map. Part of the Banda Sea itinerary is also covered in our Tual (Kei Islands) to Ambon (Ceram) itinerary and in our Ambon (Ceram) to Sorong(West Papua) itinerary.

Gaia - specs

Length: 40m
Breadth: 10m
Draft: 2.1m
Hull Type: Marine Steel
Engine: 2 Yanmar 829 bhp
Generator: 2 Kohler 80kw Power System (Shielded)
Fresh Water: 52,000 L
Desalination: 2 Spectra 2,800 Gallons/day system
Vetus Bow thruster
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Max Speed: 12 knots
Fuel Oil Capacity: 66,000L
Range: 6,570 Nm
Furuno Open Array Radar
Simrad AutoPilot
Icom Marine VHF Radios
Icom GMDSS Air Band Radios
ENC Marine Charts
Garmin GPS Chart Plotter
Navtex Receiver
Depth Sonar
Satellite Phone
VOIP Phone
Intellian Satellite Broadband
Simrad Global Positioning System Compass
1,000 kgs Lift Crane

6 Upper Deck En-suite Rooms with balcony (approx. 20 sq.m)
5 Lower Deck En-suite Rooms (approx. 20 sq.m)
Independently Controlled Air-conditioning System
Modern Contemporary Design Saloon
Network Entertainment System
Massage Services
Top/Sun Deck and Bar
Camera Room
3 Bauer PE250 Compressors
1 550L 15kw Nitrox Membrane System
45 Scuba Tank: 12L & 15L Aluminium Tanks
11 Large compartmentalize camera rinse tanks
3 5.5m Aluminium Diving Tenders with 85hp OB
Large compartmentalize camera rinse tanks
Multiple rinse area on boat deck
Safety Equipment
Emergency DAN Oxygen Kits
Oxygen Banks
First Aid Kits
4 Life Raft
Life Vests
Fire Detection System
Smoke Detectors
Fire Fighting Equipment
GMDSS Air Band Radios