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Dive Review of MY Liburan now Maluku Explorer in
Indonesia/Halmahera

MY Liburan now Maluku Explorer: "Great diving and we were alone!", Oct, 2016,

by Lisa C. Evans, CO, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9915.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving GBR, Philippines x 5, Raja Ampat x 3, Komodo, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Lembeh, Caribbean, Bali, Palau, Yap, Red Sea, Maldives, Ambon, etc
Closest Airport Labuha, North Maluku Getting There We started in Ternate, after a flight from Manado and flew from Labuha back to Ternate to Manado (then Singapore..) It looks like they are now starting and ending in Labuha, which you can reach on Lion Air via Makassar from Denpasar or Jakarta. You cannot book directly on Lion Air without an Indonesia credit card - use Nusatrip.com

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Could dive own profile in buddy teams if you wanted, or stay with the guide. 60 minutes-ish.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
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Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments I did this trip in Sept/Oct of 2016 and loved it. It was hard to find - the Liburan is mostly marketed to the German market, though there were 2 Brits and us 4 Americans on our cruise as well. I heard the boat was for sale and there were no cruises past December 2017 - that's now changed, along with the name of the boat. See links above.

So this review applies to previous owners/cruise director/itinerary. We started in Ternate and ended in Labuha; cruises now are a loop out of Labuha.

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