Built in South Sulawesi by one of Indonesia’s most prestigious boat builders, the Damai I is a 131-foot phinisi that cruises the archipelago’s wildlife-rich waters. It caters to just 12 guests in some of the most spacious cabins in the industry, with spa services, cultural visits and other water activities all part of their Indonesian liveaboard itineraries.
Experience the legendary drift dives of the Komodo Islands, dive on lava flows in the Banda Sea and witness the magical coral gardens of Raja Ampat. Together with its sister ship, the Damai I cruises the Indonesian archipelago throughout the year to take advantage of the best weather and diving conditions available. Get up close to whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay, discover the underwater wonders of Alor or experience the little-visited Forgotten Islands.
Cabins 1 & 3
Each of these air-conditioned cabins is 236 square feet and can be configured with either a double bed or two single beds. They also feature a desk, wardrobe and bedside table, as well as an en-suite bathroom.
Cabins 2 & 4
Each of these cabins is 193 square feet and can be configured with either a double bed or two single beds. The cabins are fully air-conditioned, with a desk, wardrobe, bedside table and an en-suite bathroom.
At 430 square feet, this spacious cabin accommodates a king-size bed or two large single beds, as well as two wardrobes, two writing desks and two bedside tables. There are panoramic ocean views and an en-suite bathroom with a separate shower and toilet.
This Master Cabin offers 376 square feet of floor area, with enough room for a king-size bed or two large single beds. There are also two desks, two bedside tables and a separate shower and toilet, as well as a private balcony.
This 161-square-foot cabin on the Upper Deck can be configured with either a king double or twin beds and features an en-suite with combined toilet and shower. There are a desk and in-room sink, as well as direct access to the sun decks.
The menu onboard the Damai I includes a variety of Indonesian and Western dishes, with delicious buffets and barbecues served. Snacks are provided throughout the day to ensure you never go hungry between dives and most special dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notification.
Fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, tea and coffee are complimentary throughout your Indonesian liveaboard vacation, with a glass of wine provided at dinner. A selection of local beers and spirits are available on board for a surcharge.
The Damai I features large deck areas where you can relax in the sun or the shade, with plenty of comfortable lounges on the Bridge Deck’s forward and aft. There’s also an alfresco dining area beside the bridge, with another interior dining room on the Main Deck. You’ll also find a lounge and TV area here, as well as a tea and coffee making station. The onboard library has a good selection of books to peruse, including fish identification and marine life books, while massage services and spa treatments are also available on board.
Specifically designed for divers, the Damai I has a spacious dive deck with large dive stations and individual rinse tanks, as well as a dedicated camera room with integrated 110v and 220v charging stations. It prides itself on being one of the first Indonesian liveaboards to offer a dive guide to guest ratio of 4 to 1, ensuring you’re treated to the best underwater service. A full line of high-quality rental gear is available, with weights and tanks provided on board.
All diving is conducted from the Damai I’s custom-designed high-speed tender boats, with guests invited to take advantage of the vessel’s Diving a la Carte service. Logistics permitting, this means you can dive where and when you wish, without dive limits and the option to re-dive sites if you desire. Private guides and Nitrox are also available on request, together with a range of bespoke land tours that can be added to your itinerary.
The Damai I follows the trade winds to offer year-round liveaboard trips throughout the Indonesian archipelago. Their 7 to 12-night itineraries venture to Alor, Bali, the Banda Sea, Cenderawasih Bay, Gorontalo, Halmahera, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Triton Bay and the Forgotten Islands.
Indonesia experiences a tropical year-round climate, with temperatures ranging from around 70°F (21°C) to 90°F (33°C) and distinct wet and dry seasons that vary depending on where you are in the archipelago.
The waters around the Komodo Islands range in temperature from around 78-82°F (26-28°C) and most guests are comfortable with a 3-5mm long wetsuit. However, the Sumba Sea in the southern part of the Komodo Islands can drop to around 75°F (24°C) with a 5mm long wetsuit, hood, gloves and boots advisable. Raja Ampat experiences water temperatures of around 82-86°F (28-30°C) while the Banda Sea is around 68°F (26°C), with a 3mm wetsuit adequate in both destinations.