La Galigo Vessel

La Galigo Vessel is a traditional two mast style sailboat, which the local tribes of Bugis heritage refer to as a ‘Phinisi’

The Boat

La Galigo Liveaboard was built by traditional Southern Sulawesi craftsmen in Bira in 2012. She is a traditional two-mast style sailboat, which the local tribes of Bugis heritage refer to as a ‘Phinisi’. The Bugis are thought to have been inspired by old Dutch Clipper sailing vessels which may have been deserted during the days of Dutch exploration, and with an abundance of tropical hardwoods in their land, have been producing these types of boats for hundreds of years.

The hull of La Galigo has been constructed from what is known locally as ‘Kayu Besi’ which translates as ‘Iron Wood’.

All interiors and the remainder of the vessel have been thoughtfully finished in tropical teak, with a combined weight of over 169 gross tons.

The Cabins

La Galigo Liveaboard was designed and project managed by an avid liveaboard diver with comforts and practicality in mind, and to this day, with such features as a dedicated dive platform located at the rear of the vessel.

Motor and generator noise have been engineered out by isolating the engine room away from cabins with thick soundproofing, which even though not silent, makes for a better night’s sleep.

All cabins are fitted with en-suite facilities and are filled with plentiful natural light and spectacular views of the passing seas and islands.

 

Cabin Reviews

The diving

⦿  Dedicated dive platform 

⦿  12L Aluminium tanks

⦿  Full Aqualung rental equipment*

⦿  32% Nitrox*

⦿  SMB, Reef hook, and computers (FOC)*

⦿  Personal diving and deck towels

⦿  2m x 6m dive tenders

⦿  15L Aluminium tanks available

⦿  Dive courses available

 

The dining

Western & Asian buffet meals  ⦿

4 meals per day  ⦿

Post-dive snacks  ⦿

Vegetarian options available  ⦿

Vegan options available (Heads up required)  ⦿

Possible catering for various allergies  ⦿

Selection of international wines for sale  ⦿

Local beers for sale  ⦿

Self-service drinks and snacks  ⦿

 

Boat Specifications

Safety All Around

La Galigo
Vessel

La Galigo vessel is a traditional two mast style sailboat, which the local tribes of Bugis heritage refer to as a ‘Phinisi’

The Boat

La Galigo Liveaboard was built by traditional Southern Sulawesi craftsmen in Bira in 2012. She is a traditional two-mast style sailboat, which the local tribes of Bugis heritage refer to as a ‘Phinisi’.

The Bugis are thought to have been inspired by old Dutch Clipper sailing vessels which may have been deserted during the days of Dutch exploration, and with an abundance of tropical hardwoods in their land, have been producing these types of boats for hundreds of years.

The hull of La Galigo has been constructed from what is known locally as ‘Kayu Besi’ which translates as ‘Iron Wood’.

All interiors and the remainder of the vessel have been thoughtfully finished in tropical teak, with a combined weight of over 169 gross tons.

The Cabins

La Galigo Liveaboard was designed and project managed by an avid liveaboard diver with comforts and practicality in mind, and to this day, with such features as a dedicated dive platform located at the rear of the vessel.

Motor and generator noise have been engineered out by isolating the engine room away from cabins with thick soundproofing, which even though not silent, makes for a better night’s sleep.

All cabins are fitted with en-suite facilities and are filled with plentiful natural light and spectacular views of the passing seas and islands.

 

Deluxe Cabin

All of our Deluxe cabins come with a private en-suite bathroom with hot water showers, climate control, and American spring mattresses.

The Deluxe option is perfect for anyone who might suffer from sea sickness due to their lower positioning on the vessel and their tendency to move less if there is some swell.

The rear two deluxe cabins may be altered to accommodate 2 singles or 1 double, so please make us aware of your preference when booking with us.

Max occupancy: 2 people
Bedding: Double OR Twin (amenable)
Ensuite Bathroom: Yes
Aircon: Aircon with control in the room
Cabin size – 12m²

 

Master Cabin

The Master cabins are located on the upper deck, a little more secluded, and a great place to wake up in the morning to witness the sunrise, a room with a world-class view.

Both of our Master cabins have private en-suite facilities with hot running water, A/C with in-room control, and American spring mattresses for your comfort.

Both our Master cabins can either be prepared as two single beds or a double, so please let us know what is required when booking direct with us.

 

Max Occupancy: 2 people
Bedding: 1 x Queen Double OR Twin (amenable)
Ensuite Bathroom: Yes
Aircon: Aircon with control in the room
Cabin size – 14m²

 

The Suite

The Suite is our premium option when it comes to your liveaboard experience, with a 48” HD flatscreen TV, a private lounge room with sofas and coffee tables, and an exquisite private balcony with seating for both dining and relaxing.

The balcony offers 270-degree panoramic views of the Archipelago and is a delightful place to unwind after a hard day diving. With an oversized en-suite, powerful A/C system, and large American spring mattress, prepare to be comfy.

The Suite also has its own refrigerator, so please let our customer service team know during the booking phase if you would like us to fill it with anything prior to your embarkation, and we will do our best to assist you.

 

Max Occupancy: 2 people
Bedding: 1 x King Double ONLY
Ensuite Bathroom: Yes
Aircon: Aircon with control in the room
Cabin size – 22m²

 

 

Cabin Reviews

The diving

⦿  Dedicated dive platform

⦿  12L Aluminium tanks

⦿  Full Aqualung rental equipment*

⦿  32% Nitrox*

⦿  SMB, Reef hook, and computers (FOC)*

⦿  Personal diving and deck towels

⦿  2m x 6m dive tenders

⦿  15L Aluminium tanks available

⦿  Dive courses available

The dining

⦿  Western & Asian buffet meals

⦿  4 meals per day

⦿  Post-dive snacks

⦿  Vegetarian options available

⦿  Vegan options available (Heads up required)

⦿  Possible catering for various allergies

⦿  Selection of international wines for sale

⦿  Local beers for sale

⦿  Self-service drinks and snacks

 

Boat
Specifications

Lower Deck

Lower Deck

⦿  Four Deluxe Cabins  ⦿  Engine Room

 

Main Deck

Main Deck

⦿  Lounge / Restaurant  ⦿  Galley / Kitchen  ⦿  Bar  ⦿  Head / Toilet  ⦿  Dive Deck  ⦿  Dive Platform

 
Upper Deck

Upper Deck

⦿  Bridge  ⦿  Crew Quarters  ⦿  Two Master Cabins  ⦿  Suite Cabin  ⦿  Suite Private Balcony

 

Roof Top

Roof Top

⦿  Sun Deck

 

The Boat

The Boat

⦿  Year built 2012

⦿  Length/width: 33m/8m

⦿  Industry standard vessel safety and equipment

⦿  Large Restaurant/Bar

⦿  48″ Flat-screen TV

⦿  Library of movies, books, and games

⦿  Sundeck & shaded areas

⦿  12 hours of emergency breathing oxygen

⦿  Satellite phone

⦿  All crew trained in first aid

⦿  Primary and secondary care kits

 

The Cabins

The Cabins

⦿  7 Cabins with 3 class types (Deluxe, Master, Suite)

⦿  Individual air-con control

⦿  Ensuite bathrooms with hot water

⦿  Cupboards for personal items

⦿  Bath & hand towels

⦿  Complimentary toiletries

⦿  Universal charging points

⦿  American spring mattresses

 

Safety
All Around

Covid-19 Health
Protocols

Covid-19 Health Protocols

These liveaboard industry outlines were compiled by Ibu Prameswari Gita and Mr Tom Simpson of La Galigo Liveaboard and Ibu Rani Bustar from KLM Kurabesi at the request of the Ministry of Tourism for Raja Ampat. The following practices have been considered based on communications from the World Health Organization (WHO), Divers Alert Network (DAN), PADI, and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Please feel free to contact us or direct call or email our support team with any questions or concerns you may have.

MINIMUM STANDARDS OF EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT REQUIRED DUE TO COVID-19

  1. Disinfectant equipment for public areas and personal effects.
  2. Hand washing facilities with running water and soap.
  3. Hand-sanitiser
    + Automatic hand sanitizer stations throughout common areas.
  4. Reef-safe disinfectant for rinsing diving equipment
    + Preferably non-communal tanks for wash stations.
    + Updated protocols and training on washing and handling dive equipment
  5. Thermometers without contact (thermo-gun / contact-less thermometer)
  6. At least 1 set of Covid-19 preparedness responder equipment, including medical masks, rubber / medical gloves, and personal and face protective equipment, for emergency scenarios.
  7. A sealable quarantine cabin/space must be available onboard.
  8. Garbage bins (disposal) or special waste treatment for items that may be contaminated.

This guide was published for the following:
1. Dive Centre / Liveaboard Operators
2. Staff / Employees / Crew
3. Dive Guides
4. Guests

VESSEL PREPARATION

  1. Disinfect all public areas and surfaces that are frequently touched periodically, both when there are guests onboard and no guests.
  2. Arranging and stipulating signs to limit movement and avoid the occurrence of overcrowding in ship spaces.
  3. Ensuring good air circulation in areas that may be covered.
  4. Provide washing facilities with running water and soap.
  5. Provide hand-sanitizer.
  6. Provides options for payment methods electronically.
  7. Post guidelines or infographics on health protocols.
  8. Have a guide or infographic about handling emergencies.
  9. Have a Sustainability Code of Conduct implemented in the local area.
  10. For each trip, an EAP must be produced and managed by the Captain and Cruise Director.
  11. Air conditioning / HEPA filters are to be washed prior to guest embarkation.
  12. A risk assessment document must be completed by the Cruise Director prior to guest embarkation.

CREW & STAFF

  1. All crew or staff members who fall sick or complain of chest pains / dry cough/fever symptoms/loss of taste and/or smell and excessive tiredness are prohibited from working and must isolate.
  2. Before work, the crew must have their body temperature checked and recorded so that it may be monitored by the relevant authorities/management.
  3. All working crew must show self-discipline to maintain hygiene and cleanliness protocols.
  4. All Crew / Staff must wash their hands regularly and use a mask.
    + Masks are to be used throughout the day.
  5. The crew is required to maintain a social distance from guests when and where possible of 1 meter.
  6. All crew must be willing to be examined by health workers and other authorized officials in order to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  7. All crew must have an up-to-date understanding of COVID-19 and its current handling by attending periodic training.
  8. Under certain conditions, use personal protective equipment when engaging in activities with guests.
  9. Each ship has a minimum of 1 (one) crew/staff dedicated to being able to handle and make decisions if an emergency situation occurs
  10. Kitchen access for the crew must be limited to essential personnel only.
  11. All heads of department must attend training meetings and be available to communicate with office staff in relation to updates on COVID-19 protocols.

SHIP SERVICE

  1. Maintain cleanliness and sanitation in all rooms, including public/communal areas such as sitting rooms, dining areas, camera rooms, diving stations, etc.
  2. Disinfect public areas and surfaces that are often touched regularly.
  3. Sterilise all guests’ cabins before and after use.
  4. Provide adequate handwashing and hand sanitizer for access in / out, public areas, guest cabins, and other places if needed.
  5. Maintain social distance in public areas, access in / out, access between rooms, stairs, and so on where possible.
  6. Food services should be carried out by taking care of distance and hygiene.
    + No self-service buffet; buffets must be managed by an authorised crew to minimize contact.
  7. All eating and drinking utensils must be sterilized before use.
    + Must be washed thoroughly and regularly
  8. In certain areas throughout the vessel; primarily kitchens and storage areas for food, the certain crew must be identified, trained, and designated to operate within the area with minimal assistance.
  9. Pay attention to cleanliness and air circulation to reduce the potential spread of virus.
  10. Regular disinfecting of toilet facilities.

ACTIVITY ON SHIP

  1. Considerations are to be made in relation to activities on the vessel with limiting Covid-19 transmission in mind.
  2. Maintain practicing healthy behaviours and social distancing, both between the crew and guests, as well as guests with the community or wildlife outside of the vessel.
  3. It is recommended guests maintain mask use whilst onboard.
    + Crew = at all times.
    + Guests = recommended but not enforced.
    + Guests are to bring their own PPE or guest may purchase from the operator.
  4. Avoid and reduce direct contact between individuals on the vessel.
  5. Guests are recommended to use personal equipment and store the items in a designated area to limit the potential for contamination.

DIVE ACTIVITIES

  1. Dive guests are advised to use personal diving equipment.
  2. Rental diving equipment must be cleaned using a reef-safe disinfectant or fresh water, and separated with clear user identification.
  3. Prepare a basket / special place for each guest-owned equipment that will be used so that the diving equipment is not mixed.
  4. It is mandatory for guests to prepare their own dive equipment for diving. Any staff assisting with manoeuvring personal dive equipment must wear a mask and have washed their hands beforehand.
  5. Equipment that has been set up must be placed so that it does not come into contact with another person’s equipment. It is forbidden to touch each other’s equipment.
  6. Preparing washing / rinsing facilities for diving equipment that will and have been used. Do not mix equipment when washing or rinsing diving equipment

WASTE / WASTE HANDLING

  1. Avoid using disposable items.
    + Using a cloth mask is not recommended; only use disposable masks
  2. Guests are permitted to use a reusable cloth mask.
    + Crew may not use a cloth mask unless they are able to wash them at 70 degrees on a daily basis; disposable masks only.
  3. Pay attention to the possibility of accumulation of plastic waste for hygienic reasons so that the possibility of adding trash cans if needed. The use of plastic does not necessarily guarantee the potential for contamination.
  4. Items that are likely to be a source of contamination, such as medical masks, personal protective equipment, and gloves, must be specially packaged before disposal and must be disposed of in a closed landfill to avoid spreading potential contamination.
  5. If necessary, use rubber gloves made from latex, rather than plastic, vinyl, or nitrile gloves.
  6. Pay attention to procedures for disposing of chemical solutions so that they are disposed of after chemicals have broken down and do not directly contaminate ground and seawater. The chemical decomposition process for disinfectants based on Sodium hypochlorite (Bleach) and Chlorine dioxide takes 24 hours in the sun and is declared safe for the environment.

 

Dive Safety

Dive Safety

Here at La Galigo, we pride ourselves on our diving safety record, which is why all crew departments have been trained in primary first aid and secondary care, and no expense has been spared in all relevant safety aspects. Onboard, we have a fully stocked first aid kit, as well as 12 hours of emergency breathing oxygen, and a defibrillator.

Every effort has been made to attain the highest safety & security standards, in the bridge we have an EPIRB emergency locator, long-range radio phone for use in emergencies, FM and SW Radio, 4 VHF and SSB radio. Fire detectors and extinguishers are strategically  located throughout the boat, and all of our permanent staff members are trained by a fire control specialist in the unlikely event of an outbreak. There is also an adequate number of personal flotation devices and lifebuoys for up to 40 people.

All divers wishing to dive with La Galigo must hold either an Advanced Open Water certification with at least 20 logged dives, or an Open Water certification, with at least 40 logged dives, and have dived within the past 5 years. A mandatory refresher shall take place at our first dive site for anyone who hasn’t dived in the past year, which is included in the cost of the trip.

We accept certifications from relevant international agencies such as PADI, NAUI, SSI, BSAC. You will be requested to provide details from your dive card upon booking, if we cannot find your details online from your certifying agency, a photocopy or scan of the card will be requested. If it is not possible for you to send us a copy, it will be requested that you bring your card with you. Please present your card on the day of the charter to the Cruise Director.

*Due to our remote location a Dive Insurance policy is mandatory to dive with us. In our experience, DAN provides both excellent service and coverage.  Please note, that all policies must include medical evacuation.

In both Komodo & Raja Ampat, the closest Hyperbaric Chambers are located in the port towns from which you embark. We have an ample supply of Oxygen for dive emergencies, however, breathing Oxygen is insufficient treatment for Decompression Sickness.

DAN insurance policies are free for the duration of your trip when you book directly with La Galigo, this will be added to your booking automatically unless you request otherwise.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we now kindly request & highly recommend that all our guests have a valid travel insurance policy including ‘Force-Majeur’.

Our dive guides are under strict instruction to guide all dives conservatively as specified by the management. All dives will be no deeper than 30m / 100ft, as the best marine life show is in the shallower water, therefore we don’t need to spend too much time in the deep water. We do not offer decompression diving, and anyone found not adhering to this request may be banned from diving for the remainder of their trip.

It is important to become acquainted with your dive computer, and if you have not dived recently please let us know, we offer a free refresher / check dive to all our customers upon boarding as part of the schedule, so do not worry if you are the only one!

Before every dive, a member of our staff will enter the water and perform a condition check for the dive. This will ensure that we can offer you the best and safest conditions for your dive.


 

Short-term pricing options for non-direct guests:

⦿ 6 – 10 Days of Coverage USD$50

⦿ 11 – 30 Days of Coverage USD$60

 

 

Boat Safety

Boat Safety

⦿  Satellite phone

 ⦿  All crew trained in first aid

 ⦿  Primary and secondary care kits

 ⦿  12 hours of emergency breathing oxygen

⦿  Defibrillator

 ⦿  Industry standard vessel safety and equipment

⦿  Life rafts and life vests for all guests

⦿  Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers