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Cheng Ho

Cheng Ho

$2000 / 6 Days 5 Nights



Built: 2002
Construction: Phinisi Buginese Schooner
Length: 35 meters / 115 feet
Beam: 10.5 meters / 34.5 feet
Cruise: 7-10 knots
Divers: 26
Fuel Capacity: 40,000L
Fresh Water: 50,000L
Engine: 1 x 447HP Yanmar
Nitrox $
WIFI Available

Schedules & Availability


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03 OCT2022
3 nights
Labuan Bajo - Komodo - Labuan Bajo
> 20 available spaces
> 20 available spaces

Departure/Arrival

embark:
03 Oct 2022
12:00
Labuan Bajo
disembark:
06 Oct 2022
12:00
Labuan Bajo

Prices & Availability

Lower Twin Bed
Lower Deck
on request
>4 spaces
Lower Double Bed
Lower Deck
on request
6 spaces
Middle Single Bed
Main Deck
on request
4 spaces
Upper Double Bed
Upper Deck
on request
6 spaces
 Booking Request
09 OCT2022
1 nights
Labuan Bajo - Komodo - Labuan Bajo
> 20 available spaces
> 20 available spaces

Departure/Arrival

embark:
09 Oct 2022
12:00
Labuan Bajo
disembark:
10 Oct 2022
12:00
Labuan Bajo

Prices & Availability

Lower Twin Bed
Lower Deck
on request
>4 spaces
Lower Double Bed
Lower Deck
on request
6 spaces
Middle Single Bed
Main Deck
on request
4 spaces
Upper Double Bed
Upper Deck
on request
6 spaces
 Booking Request
09 OCT2022
2 nights
Labuan Bajo - Komodo - Labuan Bajo
> 20 available spaces
> 20 available spaces

Departure/Arrival

embark:
09 Oct 2022
12:00
Labuan Bajo
disembark:
11 Oct 2022
12:00
Labuan Bajo

Prices & Availability

Lower Twin Bed
Lower Deck
on request
>4 spaces
Lower Double Bed
Lower Deck
on request
6 spaces
Middle Single Bed
Main Deck
on request
4 spaces
Upper Double Bed
Upper Deck
on request
6 spaces
 Booking Request
23 OCT2022
5 nights
Alor - Maumere
> 20 available spaces
from
USD 2150.-
> 20 available spaces

Departure/Arrival

embark:
23 Oct 2022
12:00
Alor
disembark:
28 Oct 2022
12:00
Maumere

Prices & Availability

Lower Twin Bed
Lower Deck
USD 2150.-
>4 spaces
Lower Double Bed
Lower Deck
USD 2150.-
6 spaces
Middle Single Bed
Main Deck
USD 2350.-
4 spaces
Upper Double Bed
Upper Deck
USD 2350.-
6 spaces
 Booking Request
29 OCT2022
5 nights
Maumere - Labuan Bajo
> 20 available spaces
from
USD 2150.-
> 20 available spaces

Departure/Arrival

embark:
29 Oct 2022
12:00
Maumere
disembark:
03 Nov 2022
12:00
Labuan Bajo

Prices & Availability

Lower Twin Bed
Lower Deck
USD 2150.-
>4 spaces
Lower Double Bed
Lower Deck
USD 2150.-
6 spaces
Middle Single Bed
Main Deck
USD 2350.-
4 spaces
Upper Double Bed
Upper Deck
USD 2350.-
6 spaces
 Booking Request
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Cheng Ho is a phinisi schooner that travels to Labuan Bajo, Nali, and the Banda Sea. With diving and non-diving itineraries, the schooner offers aquatic and land-based activities for any traveler. The ship has two aluminum speedboats, life rafts, buoys, life jackets, and oxygen tanks. The schooner accommodates up to 26 guests across 14 ensuite cabins. The air-conditioned cabins range from single, twin, and double beds and include a hot and cold shower, a hair dryer, a bathrobe, towels, and a safety box. On board, there is a restaurant, bar, lounge, sun deck, and Jacuzzi.
With a dive deck and camera station, Cheng Ho provides divers with many experiences. Itineraries include a five- to seven-night trip exploring Labuan Bajo and Komodo, including stops like Manta Alley and Crystal Rock. This itinerary sets sail from Sabolan before stopping at Banana Island, where frogfish, zebra crabs, and nudibranchs swarm a submerged rock. Popular sights on this trip include manta ray cleaning stations, a small wreck in Lohok Sera, and Castle Rock, a site where gray reef sharks roam. Banda Sea itineraries range from eight to 11 nights and are known for swarms of hammerheads off the shores of Suanggi Island. Guests can dive up to four times a day and trek through tropical islands, depending on the itinerary and weather. Non-diving itineraries include exploring Rinca Island, home to komodo dragons, and Kalong Island’s mangrove forest. Other non-diving activities include snorkeling, trekking, and birdwatching.
Rates include accommodation, meals, compressors, regular air fills, ENOS diver emergency GPS locator, snorkeling gear, kayaks, and cruise and diving accident insurance. Flights, soft drinks, alcohol, personal travel insurance, tips, laundry service, entrance fees, EAN 32% Nitrox, and dive gear are not included. The Cheng Ho offers nitrox but does not support technical diving or rebreathers.
Narrative text and photographs courtesy of the Cheng Ho Libeavoard.



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.