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Dive Review of Tiger Blue Liveaboard in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Tiger Blue Liveaboard : "Live aboard luxury and fun", Nov, 2016,

by Chrys Martin, OR, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 9328.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [None]this liveaboard is one of the best in Raja Ampat from our experience and seeing some of the other boats. It is a philisti style Indonesian boat as are all others in the region. 10 passengers max and plenty of room. One room on main deck which makes it easy to go back and forth to; but generator noise is louder than the rooms below. It is not exclusively a dive boat but since we were all divers or snorkelers they were happy to do at least 3 dives a day among other activities. Would probably do 4 if you wanted to. Even if only one person wanted to dive or snorkel, they took you gladly! Kayaks available too.
Nicely appointed rooms with AC and nice linens changed daily; free laundry service any time wanted; seasoned staff most have been there 2-6 years which is good for a liveaboard. All staff are delightful and cater to your every need. Superb food and plenty of it. Mostly Indonesian as that is what we all asked for, will certainly do western food if desired.
Large dining table under cover but open air sides which we loved; most other boats looked like they had all under cover and probably full of AC instead of natural air.
Diving from rigid inflatables ; backroll off side, sites 2-5 minutes from main boat anchoring locations, very safe and two DMs or instructors with us at all times.
Very customer service oriented and a really fun crew! DM tried very hard to show us what we wanted and dive safely and own profile . Also runs longer trips in Raja as well as Komodo and Alor.
We were very sad to leave. Double the cost of land based resorts but worth every penny. A once in a lifetime trip! Hiking for views and saw the elusive red Bird of Paradise mating ritual.
The sailing itself was also a wonderful way to see all the major areas of Raha. Exact itinerary varies by length of trip and weather. We made it from Sorong up almost to Kawe.Anchored in remote bays all alone , peaceful and lovely; dove some remote sites as well as some of the popular but at times when land based resort boats were not there yet. Standouts were Melissa's Garden, mayhem and Citrus Ridge. All sites were unusual and with huge schools of both large and small fish; sometimes so thick you couldn't see the walls! Found pipefish, Pygmy sea horses, unusual nidibranchs and worms and pristine corals both hard and soft. Had mostly good weather but it can pour for an hour or even once most of the day. Raja has rockin currents at most dive sites that can change instantly or stop to calm, so learn how to use a pointer or reef hook. Mantas not there yet although they should have been. Research project all over the area where you can learne more. Bring non-plastic pencils or crayons for the village kids, they are a delight.
Websites Tiger Blue Liveaboard   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Belize, Australia, Wakatobi, Hawaii; all over Caribbean, Honduras
Closest Airport Sorong, Papua Getting There Singapore or Jakarta

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 85-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]about 60 minutes but could go more if had air
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]on a small liveaboard like this no separate camera room but small desk in each room; dive boats are too small for a camera bucket, but staff handled cameras carefully, probably not best for huge camera set ups.
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