About Ratu Motu
Off the coast of Indonesia’s sparsely populated West Papua province lays the Raja Ampat archipelago. This seemingly endless maze of nearly 1,500 islands, signified by sheer–sided mushroom–shaped formations scattered across azure seas, were first explored in the mid-19th century by Alfred Russell Wallace, contemporary of Darwin and co–founder of the theory of natural selection.
You'll cruise effortlessly through sparkling azure seas and lose yourself on pristine white sand of rarely visited beaches in some of the world’s most beautiful locations. This is the perfect way to see the best beaches and diving in the Indonesian archipelago.
The region was not explored in detail until a 2001 survey, when a team of Conservation International marine biologists catalogued 500 species of coral and more than 1,300 species of fish. Designated a marine sanctuary by the Indonesian government, efforts are underway to protect the area further through designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
West Papua bound passengers can transit through Jakarta, Bali or Singapore on a variety of domestic Indonesian carriers to Sorong (SOQ). Transfer to the Ratu Motu from the airport is a seamless 20-minute private car transfer. Hotel accommodation can be arranged if flight schedules do not align.
At a Glance
- Luxury Dive Charter
- Sailing the Indonesian seas including Komodo, Raja Ampat and Banda
- All cabins are ensuite and with air-con
Be delivered to paradise with first class treatment all the way. This luxury live-aboard experience is without equal. Ratu Motu is without question the most luxuriant escape to remote Indonesia and will be the highlight of your diving life
Sophistication, style and class
Yes, this charter has it all - sophistication, style and class. You'll find all these things whilst onboard the incomparable Ratu Motu. Formerly operating as the Indies Trader IV, Ratu Motu is the dreamiest and most luxurious dive vessel in operation in Indonesia today and possibly the World.
Awake to a new destination each morning, as large windows frame ever-changing views of a land that time forgot. All cabins are air-conditioned with ensuite facilities and equipped with Plasma/LCD screen televisions, internet connection and Apple TV’s. Cabins are serviced twice daily.
This is one dive charter without equal. Every aspect has been designed to maximize your experience. From arrival to departure, the Ratu Motu team create a guest experience that is enviable. Dive Indonesia in complete style whilst surrounded by all the creature comforts of a 5 star resort.
Indonesia is renowned for its incredible marine bio-diversity including an abundance of fish life, warm pristine waters and close encounters with numerous forms of marine life. The ship is one of the most well–equipped sport diving vessels in the world. The scuba tank fill stations with multiple whips and Dual Bauer compressors will maximize your dive time. You can dive directly from the ship’s swim platform or use the tenders to access the most exhilarating dive locations on the globe, many of which you may be the first to experience. As one of Indonesia’s fastest-cruising live-aboard yachts, the Ratu Motu gives divers access to a wide variety of secluded hot spots, including exciting channel dives with sharks and rays, vibrant thilas, cleaning stations, wrecks, and coral overhangs.
The delicious meals presented on-board Ratu Motu are both healthy and satisfying. The Head Chef and his team are 'on point' from dawn ’til late at night delivering everything from traditional feasts to a quick snack. Fresh fruit such as bananas, watermelon, mandarins, apples or papaya are available for you to help yourself at all times while aboard. As is tea, coffee, fruit juice and bottled water. All you need to do is ask one of the staff.
Breakfast:Breakfast is typically served in the open air Observation Deck area from 7.00am to 8.00am and includes everything from fresh fruit salad, various cereals, bacon and eggs, French toast, banana pancakes and omelettes. There’s always plenty of fresh toast and all the various spreads.
Lunch: A sit-down affair served after guests return from the morning dive and activities. Lunch times vary from 11.00am to 2.00pm and are served in the Main Cabin dining area. The lunch menu changes daily and you will generally not eat the same meal twice during your stay. Some of the lunch offerings may include fresh salads and cold meats, sandwich selections, burgers & fries, pastas, Mexican buffets or a traditional lunch of Indonesian “Nasi Champur”.
Evening Bar Snacks: It is tradition to serve fresh seafood snacks around sunset drinks, or when guests return from the day's activities. These vary from sashimi, king prawns or calamari, all fresh from the local fishermen. Nothing tastes better than a snack and a cold beer after a day on the ocean.
Dinner: Dinner is the pride & joy of Chef Andre and you will not be disappointed. Whole grilled fresh reef fish, roasted meats, traditional Indonesian banquets, mud crabs, curries, crumbed or grilled fish, pasta dishes, a variety of fresh salads, exotic fruits, the list goes on.
Dessert: Usually a hand-prepared dessert... Chef Andre makes everything from ice cream to cakes, pies, and traditional desserts.
Stand-Up Paddle-Boarding (SUP) Whether you’re a dedicated enthusiast, an opportunistic part-timer, or a curious first-timer, you’ll find the friendly, un-crowded waves are ideal for stand-up paddle-boarding. Bring your own equipment or use Ratu Muto’s to catch a few waves or simply gaze down at the reef through gin-clear waters. An outing on an SUP in this part of the world has to be ranked as one of the great marine experiences.
Touring around on one of Ratu Motu's many single or double Kayaks is a fun experience that lets you experience the best "Lounge Chair" ride in Indonesia. The various Kayaks are sitting tied off to the stern for instant access whenever required.
Jet Ski and Tenders
Throughout your holiday, three Tenders and one Jet Ski are always available for your use. These crafts are quickly launched and you’ll be embarking on your day’s adventure in no time. Of course it’s just a short ride to the secluded beach of your choice if you are feeling less adventurous.
Health and Treatments
With notice we are able to bring aboard specialists who can provide a menu of massage treatments to soothe the active body and mind. We also offer preventative maintenance to help you take advantage of your full trip, or recover from an injury. Or just relax and enjoy soothing hands in an environment like no other. In addition, multiple decks and empty beaches create perfect opportunities for low-impact exercises such as yoga or light resistance training. If you require one of the traveling exercise kits, please let us know upon booking.
Eco and Cultural Tours
In an area as bio diverse as Indonesia the opportunity to go ashore and experience the wonder up close and personal is not to be missed. Everything from hikes to the top of a mountain or visits to a secluded village are at your fingertips. In addition (if requested) we can bring aboard some of the world’s foremost authorities on the region to accompany your visit.
- Shared cabin, 3 meals a day
- Afternoon snacks
- 1 cocktail party on a local island (weather allowing)
- Unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee, guide, 12 litre air tanks, weights, return airport transfer
- Flights, diving equipment, 15 litre tanks, nitrox, alcohol, soft drinks, juices