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“Fabulous diving, food and company!”
Review of Duyung Baru

Duyung Baru
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Prime liveaboard in Labuan Bajo (Komodo National Park) - operating in Komodo since 1998 Small groups of max 6 guests, great food (Yani Korth) and unbelievable diving!
Reviewed 6 August 2017

We had such a great time aboard the Duyung Baru!

Not only was the diving excellent and exciting, but the boat was a perfect place to spend a week! Yani went above and beyond baking her famous German bread, and delicious meals every day. Vovo was such a fun dive guide, and even gave us the basics of free-diving!

I don't know how I'll dive again without a Henri helping me with my gear!

Thanks again for such a fantastic week!!

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1  Thank Jessica W
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Reviewed 31 July 2017

My girlfriend and I had the best time on the Duying Bary, and we would highly recommend! Completely outstanding!

The Duyung Baru boat had great accommodation - air conditioning, comfort, and on the deck, we could relax and have ample room in getting around. The boat was purposely built for scuba diving, and didn't feel crowded in the slightest. The food was spectacular - fresh and plentiful food encouraged overeating, argh!

Scuba diving around Komodo was awesome. A few of the dive sites are world class, and had everything - colour, excellent visibility, corals galore, huge abundancy of marine life, sharks, turtles, lionfish, macro! We also saw a few manta rays that were frolicking around us.

Crews were great, and again, couldn't ask for anything more. Yani, resident chef/captain, went beyond the call of duty in getting up early to ensure we had great breakfasts (waking up to fresh bread), and Indonesian crews were always helpful. We had scuba diving guide Vovo, and his passion was very infectious. We had a lot of joking around with him, and allowed us to scuba dive within our limits whilst still being support when we needed him. As a bonus, he taught us freediving whilst on board, and was a great alternative skill.

We booked this trip primarily as the dates lined up for our availability, however we realised during the trip how lucky we were! There are only six places for divers, which means dive sites were never overcrowded, but still allowed us to get along with one another and point things out when something was cool.

Komodo scuba diving itself was fantastic, day trips trekking up island mountains and seeing komodo dragons, all while getting spoilt eating and diving - what more to love?!

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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Absolutely fabulous. One of the best live-a-boards that we have ever stayed on. The traditional wooden yacht is beautiful & extremely comfortable. With just three double cabins it's also very personalized. Yannie & her crew were always very attentive, friendly & knowledgable.
Yannie is an incredible cook, each meal is freshly prepared & home cooked. (Making her own bread & fresh noodles amongst many things. There is a mix of Indonesian & Western dishes, always nicely presented & always plenty for everyone.
We were diving in the Komodo sea & we were not disappointed, the diving there really is spectacular, lots of fish & beautiful corals & good visibility. The diving can be challenging at times but we always felt very safe in the hands of our dive masters/guides, who always gave very detailed briefings & instructions for safety. We prefer to dive with nitrox & pre-requested it when we made the booking. In between dives there is plenty of time to rest & relax on the yacht, Sun or shade there is plenty of both provided.
From our experience we highly recommend this live-a-board.

Thank Jan B
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Reviewed 5 July 2017

Our experience was fantastic. Being on a boat for only 6 guests/divers has a LOT of benefits. First, the space in the cabins is way more than you'd expect. The 3 cabins are beautiful with separate toiler and shower. The mattresses are so comfy and the AC is quite and makes for a great night's sleep. Yani's cooking was spectacular. You get fresh bread baked daily for breakfast, charcoal BBQ and homemade ice-cream on the boat! The food was always delicious and plenty. Having a small group aso means the diving can be tailored to accommodate everyone's expectations. If you're planning on going to Komodo, this is the way to go!

Thank r0drig0brav0
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Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Spent a week diving awesome Komodo sites (third LOB trip to Komodo and our favorite!!). Slept like a baby, our cabin is beautifully finished and had everything you need. The bed was so comfortable, and good AC too! Yani makes delicious food--it is home-cooked healthy and tasty! It is yummy local cuisine! I couldn't resist the fresh daily bread, local fruit and charcoal BBQ!! I strongly recommend the small group LOB. (I have done many large-group LOB and the experience is more cookie cutter). With a small group, we got around quicker and were able to tailor our diving to please everyone. Flexibility reigns! The entire experience is much more personalized and rewarding, and I strongly recommend you travel on Duyung Baru if you want to get the most out of your trip to Komodo.

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