Dive Centre: Calico Jack Liveaboard Komodo, Raja Ampat

Calico Jack Liveaboard phinisi schooner is based in Raja Ampat October to May and cruises in and around Komodo and the Gilis Islands June to mid-August

Overview

Calico Jack is a traditionally built Indonesian sailing liveaboard, newly built from the finest tropical hardwoods to the highest of standards by the craftsmen of Konjo master boat builders of Sulawesi. Blending the best of the traditional with all the modern amenities and safety features one would expect and deserve. The Calico Jack liveaboard is 33m (108ft) long and 7m (20ft) wide.

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Accommodation

Calico Jack has been tastefully and comfortably furnished throughout with all the modern facilities you would expect. The boat sleeps up to 10 guests. There are 5 luxury cabins to choose from, all with en suite toilets, hot showers, air conditioning. There are 4 double bed cabins and 1 twin bed cabin, all below deck. Main areas of Calico Jack liveaboard include a large galley and a salon, a camera servicing area, an outside dining area, a roof terrace and a diving platform. Electricity is 220V throughout.

Cuisine

Expect some wonderful Asian fusion culinary delights during your stay on board Calico Jack. Dinner is a 3-course gourmet affair served by the crew. You can both choose your own menus and enjoy your favourites just how you like them or, much like your vacation, you can adventure into an unknown journey of discovery! The kitchen crew are even happy to share their culinary knowledge with you if you would like to do some cooking classes. Like many liveaboards, eating aboard the Calico Jack is an event to be enjoyed and savoured.

Location

The departure and arrival ports vary with the itinerary.

What to expect

Aboard the Calico Jack, guests are invited to take a hands-on approach. So if you wish to help with the sailing rig, or just pull a line, then the crew will embrace your help; of course, if your holiday involves lying in the world’s biggest on-board beanbags, then the crew will be equally happy to top up your drinks. The water sports equipment below will meet all your water play needs. Onboard, you will find quality gear and expert tuition. Aboard the boat you will find:

  • Diving Gear
  • Wetsuits in all sizes
  • 20 x 12L dive tanks (4x 15L for hire)
  • Dive computers
  • Dive Instructor/Dive Guide
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Photography and Videography equipment
  • Kayaks doubles and singles
  • 2 x Wakeboards
  • Oxygen
  • Extensive first aid equipment

Dive areas

Calico Jack cruises around Raja Ampat from October through to early May. From late June to mid-August, Calico Jack is based out of Labuan Bajo with cruises in and around Komodo and the Gili Islands. September through to October Calico Jack offers relocation trips of 11 nights. These trips explore and discover areas like Alor, the Forgotten Islands on the trail of hammerheads, the Banda Sea and Ambon, before returning to Raja Ampat for the season.

Komodo National Park is one of the greatest dive destinations, and one of the most diverse and rich marine environments in the world. These small islands fringed with sandy beaches are home to the famous Komodo dragon that you may see patrolling the beach or view you from a shady spot.

The coral reefs in the north of the park are rich with colourful combination of hard and soft corals. You’ll be delighted with the schools of anthias, wrasses, majestic angelfish, and also large predators – reef sharks, tunas and giant trevallies.

The area known as Raja Ampat, in West Papua province of Indonesia, is an archipelago consisting in 4 main islands surrounded by over 1500 smaller islands and cays.

It is certainly the world’s most biodiverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and molluscs species than anywhere else on the planet. Some areas boast enormous schools of fishes; there are spots with large groups of manta rays, others with schools of barracudas, trevallies, bump head parrot fish, large groupers, and of course always a great variety of critters. The reefs are as varied as their inhabitants, with vertical walls, seamounts, pinnacles, slopes, caves, lagoons, some covered with hard corals, other displaying colourful soft corals and some covered with gorgonians with their resident pygmy seahorses. Everywhere you will find a profusion of colours and life.

Staying Connected

Many of the trips are in remote locations and neither mobile phone coverage nor internet service is available.

You should know…

Minimum diving experience required is Advanced Open Water Certification and a minimum of 50 logged ocean dives.

We think…

Calico Jack offers great service, fantastic food, comfortable cabins and of course some truly special diving.

Trip dates & Availability



Calico Jack Bitung, Sorong Extras Payable Locally (as of August 2018)

National Park & port fees Komodo AUD140EUR
National Park & port fees Raja Ampat AUD180EUR
National Park & port fees Exploration cruises (11 nights) AUD200EUR
Full set of dive gear rental incl. computer (per day) AUD25EUR
Important Information
Special payment and cancellation terms apply for this operator.
Single occupancy cabin +80%
Note: Special excursions such as Christmas, New Year, Eclipse, etc. attract a surcharge
Included
Double/twin cabin, all meals, snacks, drinking water, tea, coffee, soft drinks, all offered dives (3 guided day dives + alternating additional night dive), tanks, weights, air fills, dive guide, transfers at location to/from vessel on charter days