Constructed by master boat builder Pak Hadji Baso in South Sulawesi, the Damai II is Dive Damai’s newest vessel. It’s slightly larger than its sister ship, the Damai I, at 131-feet in length and with a beam of 29 feet at its widest point. It’s been built to the highest standard and fitted with all the latest in navigation and safety equipment, not to mention state-of-the-art dive facilities.
Complete with an onboard spa, it’s a luxurious way to experience the current-swept dive sites of the Komodo Islands and the majestic coral gardens of Raja Ampat, as well as the colourful walls of Alor. Following the trade winds through the archipelago, the vessel also offers Indonesian liveaboard vacations to Triton Bay, the Banda Sea and the Forgotten Islands that stretch from Timor to West Papua.
Each of the seven cabins onboard the Damai II are spacious and with individually controlled air conditioning, as well as windows or portholes for taking in the outside views. The en-suite bathrooms come with hot water showers and separate toilet cubicles while there’s a writing desk and reading lights available.
Each of these air-conditioned cabins features a double bed that can be utilized by couples or as a single room, as well as a private en-suite bathroom and writing desk.
Cabins 3 & 4
Each of these cabins can either be configured with a double bed or two single beds. They’re fully air-conditioned and complete with an en-suite bathroom and writing desk.
Cabin 5 and 6
There are two master staterooms with a king-size bed and a narrow day bed, with one situated on the Lower Deck and the other on the Main Deck. Both feature two desks, a private balcony and en-suite bathrooms, as well as flat screen TVs.
This spacious cabin on the Bridge Deck can be configured with either a queen-size or twin beds and features a separate day bed, en-suite bathroom and writing desk.
The menu onboard the Damai II draws on both traditional Indonesian dishes and Western favourites, with a combination of delicious buffets and a la carte meals served. Homemade snacks are provided throughout the day to ensure you never go hungry between dives while fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, tea and coffee are complimentary throughout your Indonesian liveaboard vacation.
A glass of wine is also provided complimentarily at dinner, with a selection of local beers and spirits available on board for a surcharge. Most special dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notification, so be sure to let the team know at the time of booking.
Slightly larger in size when compared to the Damai I, the Damai II boasts three large outside deck areas and alfresco dining space, with plenty of spots where you can sunbathe and lounge. There’s both a forward and aft sun deck on the Bridge Deck, with a spacious saloon and interior dining room on the Main Deck. Here you’ll also find a TV area and tea/coffee making station, as well as a library of marine-related books to peruse. The Damai II also offers a massage and spa treatment area where you can be pampered during your Indonesian dive vacation.
The Damai II has been custom-designed for divers, with a slightly larger dive station compared to its sister ship, the Damai I. There are large individual rinse tanks and a more spacious camera room, with a diver-to-guide ratio of 4-to-1 to ensure personalized service.
All diving is conducted from the Damai II’s high-speed tender boats, with the liveaboard operating a Diving a la Carte service that allows guests to determine the dive locations they prefer and even re-dive sites if they desire. A full line of high-quality rental gear is available (with weights and tanks provided onboard) while Nitrox is also available on request.
The Damai II takes advantage of the best dive conditions around the Indonesian archipelago and offers year-round trips. Their 7 to 12-night liveaboard itineraries explore the underwater worlds of Alor, Bali, the Banda Sea, 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). However, the archipelago does experience distinct wet and dry seasons that vary depending on where you are, with the Damai II itineraries avoiding the most extreme weather conditions.
If you’re heading to the Komodo Islands, you can expect water temperatures between around 78-82°F (26-28°C), with most guests comfortable with a 3-5mm long wetsuit. Raja Ampat usually experiences warmer water temperatures of around 82-86°F (28-30°C) while the Banda Sea hovers around 68°F (26°C) throughout the year. A 3mm wetsuit is adequate for most divers at both of these Indonesian dive destinations.