Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of Maluku Explorer, formerly MV Liburan in

Maluku Explorer, formerly MV Liburan: "Good Liveaboard, Great Uncrowded Diving", Oct, 2018,

by Lisa C. Evans, CO, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 10563.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Second time on this boat, with a slightly different itinerary this time. We were the only liveaboard we saw in 8 days of diving. Where the corals are healthy, they are generally great, with huge sponges and sea fans. However, this time we encountered several spots at the end of dives that had been dynamited, which is so sad. But many of the sites were beautiful and amazing!

Fish life was great - not a ton of huge fish, but I lots of sweetlips, snappers, fusiliers, trevallies, etc, and actually the biggest grouper I have ever seen - probably literally 7 feet long. Often big schools of medium and small fish. Reef sharks everywhere. Great diversity.

Some strong currents, but great action at the split! Lots of sea mounts. Good night diving.

The boat is not luxury, but perfectly fine and well set up. Comfortable salon, good dive deck. You do put on your BC/tank at your station and walk down 3 steps to get in the tenders, but if requested they will happily take your BC to the tender for you.

Food was tasty, but not as much variety as I would have liked.

Cruise Director and DMs were great, though one new DM was still learning the sites, which can be a bit problematic.
Websites Maluku Explorer, formerly MV Liburan   

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, Sulawesi, etc
Closest Airport Ternate Getting There You can fly on domestic airlines from Jakarta to Ternate via Makassar.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Generally stayed with DM/groups, though they let those of us who don't use much air stay down on our own after we showed we were competent. Then we were also able to go off on our own on dive sites that warranted it.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
Was this report helpful to you?
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 1378 dive reviews of Indonesia and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Reef & Rainforest, Let our experience be your guide -- Reef and Rainforest
Reef & Rainforest
is an agency for travelers that scuba dive. Looking for Biodiversity, critters, Komodo, Raja Ampat, temples? We specialize in adventures to Indonesia.

Want to assemble your own collection of Indonesia reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home

Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!

Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2024 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page computed and displayed in 0.15 seconds