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With over 25 years experience, the MV Pindito is the pioneer of liveaboard diving in Indonesia. Lovingly built to the highest standard, by owner Edi Frommenwiler, and meticulously maintained, Pindito continues to set the standard with her thoughtfully laid out floor plan and smooth sailing. In continuous operation since 1992 the MV Pindito's crew is unmatched for it's diving knowledge and experience in Indonesia.
The MV Pindito launched operation in the Banda Sea and quickly expanded her routes to include Raja Ampat, Komodo, Ambon, Alor and many places in between.
In 2006 the Pindito was due for a complete refit. An additional deck was built for the urgently needed camera room. Since then the Pindito meets even the expectations of the most demanding photographers and videographers with large camera tables and plenty of electricity plugs (110 and 220 volt). The bridge was moved to the top deck. The newly build sun deck is a hit with our guests, especially in the mornings and evenings.
All the cabins and the restaurant area received a complete refit as well. The Pindito certainly belongs into the top league when it comes to the standard and service offered to her guests. Teak wood components in all the cabins and on all the decks give the Pindito a classy appearance.
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MV Pindito has 6 double cabins which feature individually controlled air conditioning, as well as newly renovated (June 2017) ensuite, appointed with a shower, washbasin and toilet. An upper bunk can also be added to accommodate a family with one child or two people who just want an extra surface on which to place their gear.
MV Pindito has two twin cabin “Ambon” and “Aru” named after the islands in the Maluku region. Our cabins with one twin bed and a bunk offer more floor space than double cabins. Twin cabins are ideal for single guests — there is no surcharge for booking half a twin cabin. Twin cabins also have newly renovated (June 2017) ensuite, appointed with a shower, washbasin, and toilet.
Route Description - Raja Ampat
Explore the most colorful reefs of the world together with the Pindito!
West Papua is a unique dive region. The best known archipelago is "Raja Ampat" which means "4 kings". The area has over 1,500 islands. The four main islands are Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo.
The Indonesian archipelago of Raja Ampat lies in the Coral Triangle. This expanse of 40,000 square kilometers of marine territory and pristine reefs make these waters a diving haven second to none. Reputed to be the most biodiverse marine habitat on Earth, Raja Ampat is home to many species not found anywhere else. Spectacular, is a word often used to describe this region and is irresistible to divers.
Pindito puts great importance to plan the best possible tour for their guests. When planning the route, many factors play an important role. The most important factor is the weather. Since there can be storms in the tropics at any time, Pindito might change routes and itineraries at short notice.
There are basically two ways to navigate the Raja Ampat area. One begins from Sorong, the capital of West Papua, to the south. We’ll do most dives around the island maze of Misool. On the return journey you’ll visit Dampier Straight and maybe Sele Pele or Kofian before you go back to Sorong.
The second tour leads north from Sorong. On this trip we’ll visit Wayag Island, which lies west of Waigeo. The dive areas are the Dampier Straight, Jef Fam, Sele Pele and Wayag. The tour ends in Sorong.
Diving in the endless maze of the islands of Misool is a very special treat for any diver. It is paradise for macro enthusiasts, but encounters with larger fish such as manta rays are often possible. Misool is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world with fish, corals, sponges, soft corals, shrimps, crabs and countless nudibranchs and other invertebrates. Huge shoals of sardines are a definite highlight. Soft corals and sea fans (diameter of 3-4 meters) in all sizes and colors dominate the underwater landscape.
One of Pindito’s special places is called "Vreni’s Garden. It is a legendary dive site that has it all, due to it’s diverse landscape. Overhangs, huge caverns with swimthroughs, lush steep walls with all kinds of corals are found here.
A special feature of this tour is the crossing of the equator. This area has a fascinating landscape. Many famous Raja Ampat landscape photographs were shot here. On the north, on the island of Wayag, is the famous "Mount Pindito". From here you get a fantastic view of the many islands. Pindito on anchor in the middle of the Bay, completes the beautiful landscape. “Sele Pele” offers the opportunity to look at a pearl farm up close. Depending on the production stage you will be invited to witness the fertilization or harvest! A unique opportunity you cannot afford to miss
"Jef Fam" is the name of a group of karst islands with great diving, lots of fish and colorful corals. Night dives at the "Red Wall" are always a special experience. In the sand under the pearl diving pier, a lot of special and peculiar creatures, especially wobbegongs and epaulette sharks (walking sharks) can be found. Countless nudibranchs, pipefish, seahorses, frogfish, scorpion fish cannot escape the well trained eye. A great highlight is the manta cleaning station near Mansuar.
The Dampier straight separates the “Birdshead” Peninsula from Waigeo and Mansuar. The name comes from Dutch colonial times. It refers to the shape of the peninsula on the map, but it is also a paradise for many rare bird species.
Here the Pacific Ocean meets the Halmahera Sea, with an explosion of marine life as consequence. With regular strong currents, big fish feel especially comfortable. Manta rays, reef sharks, different schools of mackerel, tuna and barracuda are seen again and again.
Even dolphins and whales (Bryde's whales, pilot whales) keep spending time in the Dampier straight. Since May 2011, we offer a special Whale-Macro tour that combines the macro-diving with whale and dolphin watching. This tour is accompanied by a marine expert in whale and dolphin behavior.