Launching in July 2020, the Emperor Harmoni is the second dive liveaboard in the Emperor Indonesia fleet. She’s one of only a few liveaboards operating in the archipelago to boast two engines and has been custom-built from Sulawesi ironwood to thrive in the region’s unique and diverse conditions.
With the capacity for 20 guests, the Emperor Harmoni offers exciting itineraries through the Komodo Islands, Raja Ampat and the Banda Sea, accessing some of Indonesia’s most sought-after dive locations. She’s been designed to the highest international standards and with the latest safety equipment while offering spacious dining and relaxation areas.
There are 10 cabins onboard the Emperor Harmoni - six on the Lower Deck and four on the Upper Deck. They can be configured as either twin or double cabins, with an en-suite bathroom, individually controlled air-conditioning, a fan and mini-safe in each.
Indonesian dive liveaboard itineraries on the Emperor Harmoni include three meals a day, as well as snacks in between dives to keep you refuelled. Buffet-style breakfasts and lunches are followed by relaxed dinners, with a glass of wine provided complimentarily. Unlimited drinking water, tea and coffee are also included, with juices, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Special dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.
The Emperor Harmoni dive liveaboard is set across three decks, with guest cabins on the Lower Deck and Upper Deck. The Main Deck features a spacious restaurant and a lounge area with a 49-inch HD flatscreen TV, as well as a library stocked with DVDs, board games and books. There’s also a bar and camera room on the Main Deck, together with the galley kitchen, while sun loungers are located on the Upper Deck where you can relax in between dives.
Indonesian dive vacations on the Emperor Harmoni liveaboard access the exceptional dive sites of the Komodo Islands, the Banda Sea and Raja Ampat, with up to three dives offered each day. All diving is done from two large RIBs with outboards that access the best dive spots, dependent on the current weather and water conditions. This Indonesian dive liveaboard is equipped with all the latest safety equipment (including complimentary SMBs for divers), as well as a First Aid kit, oxygen and life rafts.
The Emperor Harmoni is staffed by experienced dive instructors and divemasters, with up to four dive guides on every trip. Tanks, weight belts and weights are included on all liveaboard trips and there’s a range of high-quality equipment available for rent. Certification courses can be organized with advance notice and Nitrox is available for a surcharge.
There’s a full camera room on the Main Deck for underwater photographers to utilize, including power sockets for your battery chargers and flash. Camera rinsing tanks and a preparation area are also accessible on the dive deck.
Indonesia has a warm year-round climate, with temperatures ranging from around 21°C (70°F) to 33°C (90°F). However, the archipelago is marked by distinct wet and dry seasons, with the west monsoon arriving from around December to March and bringing the heaviest rains.
The water temperatures in Raja Ampat are around 82-86°F (28-30°C) while the Banda Sea is around 68°F (26°C), with a 3mm long wetsuit adequate protection for most divers. 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 with a hood and booties. Visibility ranges from around 30 to 90 feet (10 to 30 meters) in Raja Ampat and Komodo while the Banda Sea often experiences slightly better visibility.
The Komodo Islands are renowned for exhilarating, current-swept dives and generally experience the best dive conditions between March to October. However, the rainy season months of December to February are known for incredible manta encounters. Raja Ampat boasts exceptional biodiversity, including more than 1,000 types of reef fish, with dive conditions at their best between November and May. The Banda Sea is famed for its sightings of hammerhead and thresher sharks (as well as an enticing spice trade history) and is best explored between March and October.