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Calico Jack

Calico Jack

3600€ / 11 Nights Raja Ampat 3800€ / 11 Nights Triton Bay



Construction: Traditional phinisi design, wood hull construction
Length: 30 meters / 98 feet
Beam: 7 meters / 21 feet
Cruise: 7-8 knots
Divers: 10
Fresh Water: 5 tons
Engine: 2 x 220 Hp Mitsubishi diesel
Electricity: 12v and 220v throughout
Nitrox $

Schedules & Availability


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02 APR2023
11 nights
Raja Ampat
1 available space
+1 option
EUR 3600.-
1 available space
+1 option

Departure/Arrival

embark:
02 Apr 2023
10:00
Sorong - Irian Jaya
disembark:
13 Apr 2023
06:00
Sorong - Irian Jaya

Prices & Availability

Double Convertible to Twin
Lower Deck
EUR 3600.-
1 space only male
Double
Lower Deck
EUR 3600.-
fully booked
Twin
Lower Deck
EUR 3600.-
fully booked
+1 option

Surcharges payable with booking

Fuel Surcharge
EUR
150.-
 Booking Request
07 MAY2023
11 nights
Raja Ampat
10 available spaces
EUR 3600.-
10 available spaces

Departure/Arrival

embark:
07 May 2023
10:00
Sorong - Irian Jaya
disembark:
18 May 2023
06:00
Sorong - Irian Jaya

Prices & Availability

Double Convertible to Twin
Lower Deck
EUR 3600.-
4 spaces
1 space only male
1 space only female
Double
Lower Deck
EUR 3600.-
4 spaces
Twin
Lower Deck
EUR 3600.-
2 spaces
1 space only male
1 space only female

Surcharges payable with booking

Fuel Surcharge
EUR
150.-
 Booking Request
21 MAY2023
11 nights
Raja Ampat
10 available spaces
EUR 3600.-
10 available spaces

Departure/Arrival

embark:
21 May 2023
10:00
Sorong - Irian Jaya
disembark:
01 Jun 2023
06:00
Sorong - Irian Jaya

Prices & Availability

Double Convertible to Twin
Lower Deck
EUR 3600.-
4 spaces
1 space only male
1 space only female
Double
Lower Deck
EUR 3600.-
4 spaces
Twin
Lower Deck
EUR 3600.-
2 spaces
1 space only male
1 space only female

Surcharges payable with booking

Fuel Surcharge
EUR
150.-
 Booking Request
04 JUN2023
11 nights
Raja Ampat
7 available spaces
EUR 3600.-
7 available spaces

Departure/Arrival

embark:
04 Jun 2023
10:00
Sorong - Irian Jaya
disembark:
15 Jun 2023
06:00
Sorong - Irian Jaya

Prices & Availability

Double Convertible to Twin
Lower Deck
EUR 3600.-
2 spaces
1 space only male
1 space only female
Double
Lower Deck
EUR 3600.-
4 spaces
Twin
Lower Deck
EUR 3600.-
1 space only male

Surcharges payable with booking

Fuel Surcharge
EUR
150.-
 Booking Request
13 AUG2023
11 nights
Cenderawasih Bay (Manokwari - Nabire)
1 available space
+2 options
EUR 3800.-
1 available space
+2 options

Departure/Arrival

embark:
13 Aug 2023
12:00
Manokwari
disembark:
24 Aug 2023
06:00
Manokwari

Prices & Availability

Double Convertible to Twin
Lower Deck
EUR 3800.-
fully booked
+2 options
Double
Lower Deck
EUR 3800.-
fully booked
Twin
Lower Deck
EUR 3800.-
1 space only male

Surcharges payable with booking

Marine Park Fees Cenderawasih Bay
EUR
200.-
Fuel Surcharge
EUR
150.-
 Booking Request
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With a traditional Phinisi build, Calico Jack is a 30-meter wooden schooner that primarily explores the Coral Triangle, a biodiversity hotspot in Indonesia. Arriving on the liveaboard begins by flying into Indonesia from Bali or Jakarta but can also be done from Manokwari and Nabire.
Calico Jack’s build is historic but features a modern design and includes amenities such as private bathrooms, individual climate control, fans, ceiling ventilation, shelves, outlets, and hot water. The ship accommodates ten guests across five lower deck cabins, ranging from twin to double rooms. Shared spaces include a large galley with an outdoor dining area, a saloon, diving platform, sundeck terrace, library, and lounging areas. The ship provides a projector, board games, sound system, hammocks, and sunbeds. Three inclusive meals are prepared onboard by a chef each day and include Asian fusion and international cuisines. Dinner each night consists of a three-course meal and one barbecue bonfire on a secluded beach per trip. Local and international alcohol is offered on board.
The itineraries explore several top destinations, including Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay, Triton Bay, Banda Sea, and Komodo. The Raja Ampat trip runs for eight and 11 nights, primarily exploring south, central, and northern Raja Ampat. These sites are famous for their diverse coral reefs and exotic birds. In southern Raja Ampat, divers will explore steep rocks, vertical walls, and colorful marine life at dive sites like Love Potion and Pet Rock. Cenderawasih Bay itinerary lasts for 11 nights and explores World War II wrecks, primarily Japanese ships such as Shinwa Maru, which rests port side up and sank after being hit by bombs. Divers can spot cables and machines on the boat and flourishing corals. Triton Bay is a ten-night trip that departs from Raja Ampat and explores the Andiamo reef with pinnacles and sea fans, which teems with blacktip reef sharks and napoleon wrasse. Other dives include night dives and Momon reef, home to schools of bigeye trevally. The Banda Sea itinerary lasts 11 nights and has sightings of hammerhead shark schools and walls covered in soft corals. Divers can also experience a five-meter hole in a Banda Island reef and find a coral-covered bridge.
Marine life in the Coral Triangle includes barracuda, wobbegong sharks, nudibranchs, manta rays, and pelagic life such as whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, and whales. Black coral forests, gorgonian fields, and soft corals are popular sights in Indonesia.
With a guide to diver ratio of 1:5, the Calico Jack crew makes an effort to get to know guests personally. Guides take guests on three to four dives a day with alternating night dives. Typically, the water temperature ranges from 28°C to 30°C (80°F to 86°F), and visibility ranges from 15 m to 30 m (50 ft to 100 ft). The current ranges from calm to harsh depending on the site. Trips to certain reefs and pinnacles are done on the current facing side as this provides the best views of marine life; however, it is best suited for experienced divers. The ship offers safety equipment such as reef hooks on challenging dives. Divers must have advanced PADI/CMAS level two or higher with 30 logged dives. Two speedboats bring guests to dive sites, and the yacht offers a hot shower for rinsing equipment, dive tanks, compressors, dive computers, Nitrox, and oxygen.
Non-diving activities include snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding, surfing, yoga retreats, wilderness trekking, and birdwatching. Rates include transfers to and from hotels and the airport, accommodation, meals, daily dives, fishing and snorkeling equipment, kayaks, wakeboards, and stand-up paddleboards. Rates do not include park and port fees, dive rentals, alcohol, laundry services, tips, or taxes. Calico Jack offers nitrox but does not support technical diving or rebreathers.
Narrative text and photographs courtesy of Calico Jack Indonesia.



Dive Conditions

Conditions can make or break your trip. Temperature, visibility and the current vary greatly across this expansive country. Be sure to check the conditions of each destination you’re planning to dive before you leave. Diving is excellent year-round, but the best time is from May to September. Monsoon season is from December to June. Visibility may not be as good during the monsoon, however, certain locations like the Komodo Islands are a diver’s dream during this time due to an influx of mantas.
Most of Indonesia can be dived year-round with March to October being the most popular time of year to dive. This period of time marks the dry season in most parts of the country, with the exception of some dive areas like Ambon and southern Raja Ampat where most rainfall occurs in May/June to October/September due to the southern monsoon. It's best to visit these areas in the months of November to April for optimal dive conditions.
Generally speaking, Indonesia's climate is almost entirely tropical, with May to September as the dry season, and October to April the rainy season, and with heavier rainfall from December through February. However, the opposite might be true for certain dive areas in Indonesia like Raja Ampat and Ambon, and the best time of year to visit Indonesia really depends on where you intend to stay in the country.
The water temperatures remain quite consistent through the country, hovering at 26°-29°C (82°- 85°F) year-round. Typically, you won't need anything more than a 3-5mm wetsuit, or even a skinsuit. However, the diving conditions and difficulty in Indonesia hugely vary, depending on where and when you dive in the country.
Ambon Bay, Maluku – world class muck diving. Critters that can be seen here include rhinopias, frogfish, ghost pipefish, lots of juvenile fish, stonefish, mandarin fish, nudibranchs, harlequin and coleman shrimps, wonderpus, mimic and flamboyant cuttlefish, and even the much-sought-after psychedelic frogfish.
Alor, East Nusa Tenggara – the hidden gem. This off-the-beaten-path dive destination offers a mix of both world-class wide-angle and macro sites. Pristine coral reefs, steep walls, sloping muck sites--the diving in Alor is really diverse and would please the most discerning diver and underwater photographer.
Banda Sea, Maluku – sea snakes and hammerheads. Most of the diving around the Banda Sea involves excellent wall dives, and great macro sites, but the biggest draw is probably the resident sea snakes at Manuk and Gunung Api islands.
Bali – wrecks and mola molas. Unique critters, fascinating wrecks, beautiful walls, colorful corals, excellent muck dives, huge schools of fish, pelagics--Bali has it all. Technical diving and freediving are also possible in Bali with a good number of reputable dive operations.
Derawan Islands, Borneo – manta rays and whalesharks. Derawan is a remote group of islands in East Kalimantan (East Borneo), and is home to one of the three jellyfish lakes known to men, with the other two located in Palau and Misool Island in Raja Ampat.
Komodo, East Nusa Tenggara – drift dives and world class reefs. Komodo National Park is a group of volcanic islands with over 5,700 giant lizards known as Komodo dragons. This UNESCO World Heritage Site also hosts a world-class scuba diving scene. Imagine drift dives with colorful corals in various formations teeming with marine life, big and small. Divers can see big schools of fish pretty much year-round, as well as eagle and manta rays.
Lembeh, North Sulawesi – muck diving capital. Known as the world's capital for muck diving, Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi offers second-to-none macro biodiversity. The number species that you can cross off your list within a week of diving Lembeh is staggering.
Manado and Bunaken, North Sulawesi – wall dives and reefs. Manado Bay offers a mix of great muck and reef sites, treating divers to unique critters like mimic octopus and flamboyant cuttlefish, as well as various seahorses, squid, nudibranchs, and frogfish.
Raja Ampat, West Papua – the holy grail of Indonesia. Alongside Kaimana Regency and Triton Bay in the south, and Cenderawasih Bay in the east, Raja Ampat archipelago makes up a massive area, collectively known as the Bird’s Head Seascape. Divers can visit the Raja Ampat area many times in their lifes and discover something new each time.
Wakatobi, South East Sulawesi – beautiful coral reefs. Wakatobi's reefs are extremely healthy and offer unique large coral formations, various sea fans, and sponges which are overflowing with marine life. The underwater topography is no less unique, featuring various walls, ridges, and overhangs. While it's not the place for large pelagics, eagle rays and reef sharks can typically be seen.