We have had one of the most wonderful experience of our life aboard the DUYUNG. 3 hilarious couples with a very knowledgeable diving instructor and cruise leader: Laurent.
Laurent is full of stories and experiences and therefore makes this trip not only safe and fun but also extremely human.
Could not recommend more. Best value for money, awesome food, wonderful crew.
Above water: insanely beautiful and pleasant, cruising the waters of Komodo park
Below water: one of the richest aquamarine life accessible to all (divers and snorkelers) with giant turtles, huge manta rays, reef sharks and endless fishes
The owner, Vovo is very experienced in Komodo islands, he is a truly Komodo Pro, he knows every stone of Komodo underwater. Our trip departured just on the time of new moon, he monitoring the tide and current before every dive, make sure the site we go is fun and most important safety. He will find the best site we could go with best condition, and not crowded at all. We enjoyed the amazing and tailored diving very much because of his efforts.
Vovo's wife, Yani, the captain and the chef, she wake up on 4:00am every morning to bake the fresh bread, I will never forget the fresh German Prezels she made, is the one of the best I've tasted.
Me and the other two are may the first group of Chinese guests of Vovo's liveaboard, hope will have more divers know them and dive with them.
One of the best, if not THE BEST, liveaboard trip we have ever had (and we had taken many, including the luxury ones)! We are usually looking for deep dives, strong currents, many fish (the bigger the better:)), not many other divers and good food. Duyung Baru exceeded our expectations in all those areas!!! Diving is indeed quite hard considering the strong currents, but Vovo knows how to dive currents and takes safety very seriously (we are real "safety sausage experts" after this trip)! The boat itself is very comfortable - nice cabins with proper matrasses and separate toilet/shower rooms, plenty of space for relaxation both in sun and shadow. And the last but definetely not the least is Yani's hospitality and food! She is the heart and soul of the boat and her food is soooooo tasty and always fresh!!!! I cannot recomment Duyung Baru more! We will be back!
Amazing trip on the Duyung Baru in Komodo. Yani is extremely nice and cooks amazing food. Vovo knows the dive sites inside out and even proposes some free diving for those who wants (of course before the dives). He has his secret spot which no one knows about, avoiding the crowded dive sites where the marine life could be scared by all the divers. We still dove the best sites but at times where less boats were there and were greated by sharks and schools of tunas. Crew knows the currents and the ocean, which makes for an amazing experience.
Our week aboard the Duyung Bari was an incredible experience. It felt like we did a homestay with Yani, who treated and accepted us as family from the moment we connected. Her warmth and generosity is unparalleled. She literally gave me the shirt off her back when I asked if they sold t-shirts! She woke before dawn every day to bake delicious bread, Indonesian specialities and yummy desserts (including a birthday cake for one of our fellow guests). This is not a boat for weight watchers - you will return home with extra baggage.
As for the diving, our guide, Nick, did a fantastic job of managing currents and tides to keep us safe and diving within our abilities. He choose the best dive sites with a mix of popular destinations and those lesser known. We saw heaps of reef sharks, manta rays, turtles and spotted more rare specimens including frogfish, octopus, cuttlefish, and brightly colored nudibranches. The diving was challenging for me, as it was my first time using a reef hook and diving with strong currents, but I felt safe and improved my skills with Nick. Be sure to bring mask, fins, computer. They’ve got the rest if you dont want to haul it there. They have nitrox too.
The rest of the crew was equally exceptional. Hendri, the speedboat driver,scooped us up no matter where we popped up from our dive. Saptu kept the boat and kitchen spotless and tidy. Meraj captained with ease and with a smile.
This is a small boat, with 3 passenger cabins. They are cozy yet well designed and supremely comfortable, with en suites and hot showers. The bed is restful and Yani sewed all the bedding by hand.
This was one of the most memorable vacations my partner and I have taken. Every aspect of the trip was curated with love and careful attention. I will look back to this wonderful cruise with fond memories and with with warmth towards the crew.