General

This Indonesian traditional Phinisi was build in Bira, a famous boat building village in South Sulawesi. It combines the luxury of a traditional sailing boat with the comfort of a modern yacht. In 2016, she was converted to a diving liveaboard, catering all the needs of the modern and demanding scuba diver. As a guest on board of this charming vessel, we guarantee you a unique liveaboard and spectacular diving in the rich waters of Indonesia.

We schedule top diving destinations like Komodo, Alor, Maluku/Banda Sea, Triton Bay, Raja Ampat and Cenderawasih Bay. Rich marine life, healthy corals and stunning landscapes may soon become your memories after a stay on board of MSY Ilike.

In general our schedule is as follows:

  • From june till september we operate in Komodo: most of our trips are a combination of Komodo NP (amazing reefs, Manta Alley, and not to forget: the famous Komodo Dragon) and Sangean island (a vulcanis island that last erupted in 2015: top class critter diving)
  • From november till march we operate in Raja Ampat: diving in the area with the highest bio-diversity in the world, huge schools of fish, and amazing macro.
  • Between the operation in both top class destinations, we schedule trips to remote area’s like Maluku, Banda Sea, forgotten islands and Triton Bay. If you think you have seen it all, you better try this!

We look forward to welcome you on board!

Technical details

Length:    40 metres

Width:    8.4 metres

Depth:    3.75 metres

Cabins:    7 cabins, each cabin has its own marble bathroom and toilet: • 2 budget cabins withs 2 bunk beds each, bathroom in budget cabins is smaller than other cabin types. • 4 standard cabins for 2-3 persons: double bed below + single bunk bed on top. • 1 large double cabin for 2 persons: double bed.

Motors:    2 x 320 PS/6 cylinders / 11051 ccm

Speed:    approx. 10 knots

Electrical:    2 diesel generators (24 kva ultrasilent, 45 kva silent) 1 wind generator 24 V 600 W, 6 inverters with 12 kW for 12000 Ah 24V

Water:    desalting plant 10 000 litre per day

Thrusters:    Bow: 35KW hydrolic, Stern: 35KW hydrolic

Tanks:    8000 litres diesel, 6500 litres water

Other:    Air conditioning WEBASTO, cool water

The rates include:

  • Accommodation aboard the MSY Ilike, based on cabin to share
  • All local transfers
  • Full board (on the day of departure: breakfast only)
  • Mineral Water, Tea, coffee & snacks
  • 3 to 4 dives on air a day (during long crossings limited to 2 or 3 dives depending on schedule)
  • Tanks & weights

Not included:

  • All flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Soft drinks
  • Crew tips
  • Insurance
  • Nitrox: 3,50 EUR per tank, or special Nitrox package for the trip (equals 9 EUR/diving day)
  • 15L tanks: 4 EUR per diving day
  • No dives on first & last day
  • Marin Park Fees, Taxes and licenses (between 135 and 225 EUR) per person to be paid on board, depending on chosen route)
  • Single supplement, if required.
  • Cancelation policy: • Until 90 days before departure: 30% cancelation fees • Starting from 90 days until 7 days before departure: 80% cancelation fees • Starting 7 days before departure: 100% cancelation fees

Raja Ampat

Route: Sorong – Misool – Batanta – Mansuar – Yangefo – Wayak/Kawe – Dampier Strait – Cape Kri – Sorong

Raja Ampat translated from the Indonesian language it means Four Kings. it refers to an archipelago with more than 1500 islands with the four main islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool and is part of the Coral Triangle making it one of the richest bio diversity of the world.

We embark in Sorong, Western Papua. The first night we will be traveling all night to arrive in Misool early the next morning. You will be amazed by the diversity you will find here. An abundance of marine life, a variety of underwater seamounts, smaller pinnacles, coral walls and coral gardens, covered in giant sea fans, soft corals in all colours, massive table corals and countless fish. This is a great place to find the elusive epaulette shark, or walking shark. This nocturnal shark sneaks up on its pray by ‘walking’ closer and closer to it.

Batanta has fantastic muck dive sites with the most colourful nudibranchs you can imagine, alien looking critters and beautiful coral bummies.

The Dampier Strait is where we can find even more nutrients bringing in bigger predators like giant trevallies, yellow fin tuna, rainbow runners and even some sharks like blacktip, grey reef, white tip sharks. It is also one of the few places in the world where we can find two species of Manta rays on the same dive sites.

Night dives are a joy in Raja Ampat,

We offer you the opportunity to visit one of the local villages.


Komodo

Route: Bima – Sangeang – Gili Lawa – Komodo Central – Padar – Nusa Kode – Mana Alley – Gili Lawa – Komodo Central – Labuan Bajo

World class macro dive site as your check out dive in Bima Bay. Yes the visibility might not be as far as you might like but this muck dive will surprise you with the amount of critters you can find.

We will visit Sangeang Island. A volcanic island that last erupted in 2015. There are still a few islanders remaining on this island. The diving is spectacular. There are fantastic black sandy slopes with amazing macro. Hot Rocks is a one of a kind dive as tiny little bubbles emerge from the bottom and the rocks, giving the site a never seen before effect.

Entering Komodo National Park in the North, here the water temperature is usually still nice and warm from the Flores Sea. There is an abundance of fish on these underwater pinnacles, schooling surgeons, big eye jacks, snapper or barracudas and pelagic are a common site. The diversity of sites is unbelievable here in Komodo. From underwater pinnacles to sloping sandy bottoms with manta cleaning stations to driving along a beautiful coral reef.

The further South we travel the water temperature will also drop. Padar island has some beautiful sites where we can start to feel the influence of the Indian Ocean. More nutrients in the water is giving the corals a different look, colours are sharper, fish life is about to change. Even further South we have Nusa Kode this horseshoe shaped bay has stunning corals. Not only in a rainbow of colours but also the size. Fish live in abundance and creatures you may have never seen before in your life, they may remind you the monsters that live under your bed as a child.

These nutrients also bring bigger pelagic fish, like the majestic manta rays. We can see them chasing each other or getting cleaned at the cleaning station. Also there has been sightings of the elusive sunfish or Mola Mola.

Your trip is not complete without a meeting with the last living dinosaurs, the Komodo Dragons. You will get to chance to see them up close at the National Park. With a bit of luck you will also see the macaque monkeys, some deers,wild pig and wild horse.


Triton Bay – Maluku (or vice versa)

Route: Ambon – Nusa Luat – Banda Islands – Pulau Koon – Triton Bay – Kaimana

Laha Bay in Ambon is just too good to miss. It has some world class muck dive sites right in the bay. Here we can find such critters as a harlequin shrimp or hairy frogfish, rhynopia, flamboyant cuttlefish, seahorses, mototi, hairy, starry wonderpus are just a few of the many different species of octopi you can find here.

Nausa Laut incredible diving as Ahmed the small village that protects the area against illegal fishing does a great job conserving this area. Big schools of jacks, rainbow runners, tuna, spanish mackerel, but there is also chance for big pelagics.

The Banda Sea is spectacular as it is very remote due to its location and possibility of rougher seas. Crystal clear waters, bottomless drop-offs, colourful coral pinnacles and so much more. After the eruption (1988) of Gunung Api close to Banda Neira, the lava flowed into the sea covering and over throwing the coral below. You will be amazed by the fast recovery of the hard coral garden that grew in its place. For the night/dusk dive we can see the mating dance of the the very colourful mandarin fish, search for frogfish, seahorses, razorfish and octopus.

We offer you the opportunity to visit the old historic town of Banda Neira. Here you will find many remanents of the Dutch and English spice trade. We will visit an old nutmeg plantation and have a little taste of how you can make great use of this famous spice that once was believed to cure the plague. The fort Belgica offers great views of the port and Gunung Api.

Pulau Koon again a very remote location. It lays between the Ceram and the Banda Sea, feeding of both very nutritious currents fish and corals thrive here. Triton Bay or the last frontier as we like to call it. In 2008 it was declared a Marine Protected area of 6000km sq km. Beautiful soft coral gardens, to lush black coral forests, steep walls to sloping coral bommies and underwater pinnacles. Because of the huge plankton blooms in Triton Bay it attracts some gentle giants. There have been regular sightings of the whalesharks. This is an area that has still so many places to explore and discover, we would love to take you on his spectacular adventure.


Raja Ampat – Triton Bay (or vice versa)

Route: Kaimana – Triton Bay – Misool – Penemu – Yanggeffo – Dampier Strait – Sorong

We embark in Kaimana, Western Papua. In 2008 it was declared a Marine Protected area of 6000km sq km. Beautiful soft coral gardens, to lush black coral forests, steep walls to sloping coral bommies and underwater pinnacles. Because of the huge plankton blooms in Triton Bay it attracts some gentle giants. There have been regular sightings of the whalesharks. Soft corals also get benefit of the excess of plankton growing to a massive sizes. This is an area that has still so many places to explore and discover, we would love to take you on his spectacular adventure.

Entering Misool thru Daram Islands where you will be amazed by the diversity you will find here. An abundance of marine life, a variety of underwater seamounts, smaller pinnacles, coral walls and coral gardens, covered in giant sea fans, soft corals in all colours, massive table corals and countless fish. This is a great place to find the elusive epaulette shark, or walking shark. This nocturnal shark sneaks up on its pray by ‘walking’ closer and closer to it.

Raja Ampat translated from the Indonesian language it means Four Kings. it refers to an archipelago with more than 1500 islands with the four main islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool and is part of the Coral Triangle making it one of the richest bio diversity of the world.

The Dampier Strait is where we can find even more nutrients bringing in bigger predators like giant trevallies, yellow fin tuna, rainbow runners and even some sharks like blacktip, grey reef, white tip sharks. It is also one of the few places in the world where we can find two species of Manta rays on the same dive sites.

Night dives are a joy in Raja Ampat,

We offer you the opportunity to visit one of the local villages.


East Flores – Alor – Forgotten Islands

Route: Maumere – Bacatan/Komba Volcano – Alor – Wetar – Gunung Api – Banda Terbang Selatan Utara – Dusbourgh – Nil Desperandum – Pulau Dawera – Saumlaki

This is quite a special trip that visits very remote places where not many people have dived. We start our adventure in central north of Flores From there we will visit the islands of Lembata. The scenery above water is also spectacular as we can see 3 volcanos from our anchor place. Here we can find beautiful coral walls with overhangs and crevices, where you can find the tiniest pygmy seahorse to white tip reef sharks sleeping in the corals.

In Alor we find yet again great diversity, from vertical coral walls to a sloping gardens covered in anemones for miles on end. We can dive an active volcano were you can see hot air bubbles coming from the rocks. Because we are in the Pantar Strait that brings lots of nutrients, we can also expect to see some dolphins or even whales welcoming us into the bay. With a bit of luck the coolers currents bring us the Mola Mola. Kalabahi bay in West Alor, has world class muck diving in the bay, many different ghost pipefish hide in the mucky bottom, many nudi’s and all families of scorpion fish even the elusive rhynopia we have spotted here.

Wetar island has spectacular drop offs, walls covered in black coral bushes that have been over taken by white anemones. Giving you the feeling you are diving a winter wonderland. Gunung Api is an active volcano, but is most famous for it population of sea snakes and seabirds. The birds will come and greet you far before you reach the island. From the moment you jump in you are surrounded by sea snakes. They are very friendly and will leave you alone to enjoy the dramatic lava formations in this unique underwater location. Huge barrel sponges, sea wipes, sea fans, hard and soft corals. We have been very lucky to spot hammerheads here. In Damar, Terbang Selatan and Terbang Utara deserted islands with with steep walls and the most pristine coral garden on top of the reef. Dusbourg and Nil Desperandum are underwater seamounts rising from the depths to about 3 meter bellow the surface. Besides the the unspoiled coral encounters with the bigger pelagic tuna, rainbow runners, Spanish mackerel and hammerheads are common. On Pulau Dawera we can visit a small but very self sustainable village. They have solar power panels and a generator. There is a school and a doctors office and is full of overly friendly people to welcome you and show you around the village where the streets even have names. They have a good understanding of self sustainability therefor are very protective and regulate their fish population. They have shown us 3 amazing underwater pinnacles booming with fish life. If you have time to spend in Saumlaki on Tanimbar island, we recommend you to go visit the woodcarvers….


Forgotten Islands – Maluku

Route: Saumlaki – Palau Dewera – Nil Desperandum – Manuk – Banda Islands – Nusa Laut – Ambon

Our journey starts in Saumlaki on the Tanimbar islands. The island of Tanimbar has a population of about 700.000 people. These are mostly farmers that live of export of coconuts. There is a small airport the building finished in July 2014. At time of writing there where still working on the road itself. There is one village that does wood crafting of the traditional boat out of ebony wood.

On Pulau Dawera we can visit a small but very self sustainable village. They have solar power panels and a generator. There is a school and a doctors office and is full of overly friendly people to welcome you and show you around the village where the streets even have names. They have a good understanding of self sustainability therefor are very protective and regulate their fish population. They have shown us 3 amazing underwater pinnacles booming with fish life.

Nil Desperandum are underwater seamounts rising from the depths to about 3 meter bellow the surface. Besides the the unspoiled coral encounters with the bigger pelagic tuna, rainbow runners, spanish mackerel and hammerheads are common.

Manuk is another active volcano with many seabirds and sea snakes, very similar to Gunung Api only a little smaller. Hundreds of sea snakes will accompany you on this dive while you enjoy the lava ridges covered in coral. Keep your eyes open for big pelagic.

The Banda Sea is spectacular as it is very remote due to its location and possibility of rougher seas. Crystal clear waters, bottomless drop-offs, colourful coral pinnacles and so much more. After the eruption (1988) of Gunung Api close to Banda Neira, the lava flowed into the sea covering and over throwing the coral below. You will be amazed by the fast recovery of the hard coral garden that grew in its place. For the night/dusk dive we can see the mating dance of the the very colourful mandarin fish, search for frogfish, seahorses, razorfish and octopus.

We offer you the opportunity to visit the old historic town of Banda Neira. Here you will find many remanents of the Dutch and English spice trade. We will visit an old nutmeg plantation and have a little taste of how you can make great use of this famous spice that once was believed to cure the plague. The fort Belgica offers great views of the port and Gunung Api. away.

Nausa Laut incredible diving as Ahmed the small village that protects the area against illegal fishing does a great job conserving this area. Big schools of jacks, rainbow runners, tuna, spanish mackerel, but there is also chance for big pelagic.

Laha Bay in Ambon is just too good to miss. It has some world class muck dive sites right in the bay. Here we can find such critters as a harlequin shrimp or hairy frogfish, rhynopia, flamboyant cuttlefish, seahorses, mototi, hairy, starry wonderpus are just a few of the many different species of octopuses you can find here.


Maluku – Raja Ampat (or vice versa)

Route: Ambon – Nusa Laut – Banda Islands – Pulau Koon – Misool – Dampier Strait – Sorong

Laha Bay in Ambon is just too good not to dive. It has some world class muck dive sites right in the bay. Here we can find such critters as a harlequin shrimp or hairy frogfish, rhynopia, flamboyend cuttlefish, seahorses, mototi, hairy, starry wonderpus are just a few of the many different species of octopi you can find here.

Nausa Laut incredible diving as Ahmed the small village that protects the area against illegal fishing does a great job conserving this area. Big schools of jacks, rainbow runners, tuna, spanish mackerel, but there is also chance for big pelagics.

The Banda Sea is spectacular as it is very remote due to its location and possibility of rougher seas. Crystal clear waters, bottomless dropoffs, colourful coral pinnacles and so much more. After the eruption (1988) of Gunung Api close to Banda Neira, the lava flowed into the sea covering and over throwing the coral below. You will be amazed by the fast recovery of the hard coral garden that grew in its place. For the night/dusk dive we can see the mating dance of the the very colourful mandarin fish, search for frogfish, seahorses, razorfish and octopus.

We offer you the opportunity to visit the old historic town of Banda Neira. Here you will find many remanents of the Dutch and English spice trade. We will visit an old nutmeg plantation and have a little taste of how you can make great use of this famous spice that once was believed to cure the plague. The fort Belgica offers great views of the port and Gunung Api.

Pulau Koon again a very remote location. It lays between the Ceram and the Banda Sea, feeding of both very nutritious currents fish and corals thrive here.

Raja Ampat translated from the Indonesian language it means Four Kings. it refers to an archipelago with more than 1500 islands with the four main islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool and is part of the Coral Triangle making it one of the richest bio diversity of the world. During this trip we will dive around Misool and finish our trip in the damper strait between Waigeo and Batanta.

Misool is a spectacular place where fish and coral have found the perfect balance. Every where are small islands or rock formations, you could jump in and be amazed. Coral gardens reach up till a meter under the surface. Sheer drop offs, pinnacles, soft coral gardens and rock formations are all part of it geography. Massive sea fans house the smallest seahorses. Table corals prove a great hiding place for wobbegongs or baby white tip sharks.

Dampier Strait underwater ridges and seamounts, coral bommies and coral gardens is what we can expect from the damper strait. Here we have a dive site thats frequently gets visits of manta rays, you can enjoy watching them get a good clean, chasing each other or watch them feed of the plankton blooms. If you like a break from diving you could even snorkel with them. The seamounts are covered in coral, that is if you can see them, they can get so full of fish that its hard to see the reef.


Komodo Short

Route: Labuan Bajo – Komodo Central – Gili Lawa – Padar – Labuan Bajo

We will start our journey in North/Central of Komodo, here we have a variety of dive sites and snorkel sites for every level. Sloping sandy bottomUnderwater pinnacles, sloping sandy bottoms, coral walls and gorgeous coral gardens.

Entering Komodo National Park in the North, here the water temperature is usually still nice and warm from the Flores Sea. There is an abundance of fish on these underwater pinnacles, schooling surgeons, big eye jacks, snapper or barracudas and pelagic are a common site. The diversity of sites is unbelievable here in Komodo. From underwater pinnacles to sloping sandy bottoms with manta cleaning stations to driving along a beautiful coral reef.

Your trip is not complete without a meeting with the last living dinosaurs, the Komodo Dragons. You will get the chance to see them up close at the National Park. With a bit of luck you will also see the macaque monkeys, deers, wild pigs and wild horse.


Komodo – East Flores

Route: Labuan Bajo – Komodo Central – Gili Lawa – Komodo Central – Padar – Nusa Kode – Manta Alley – Sabolan – Pulau Palu – Maumere

We will start our journey in North/Central Komodo, here we have a variety of dive sites to get you comfortable in your gear. Underwater pinnacles, sloping sandy bottoms, coral walls and nice clear water.

We will visit Sangeyang Island. A volcanic island that last erupted in 2015. There are still a few islanders remaining on this island. The diving is spectacular. There are fantastic black sandy slopes with amazing macro. Hot Rocks is a one of a kind dive as tiny little bubbles emerge from the bottom and the rocks, giving the site a never seen before effect.

Entering Komodo National Park in the North, here the water temperature is usually still nice and warm from the Flores Sea. There is an abundance of fish on these underwater pinnacles, schooling surgeons, big eye jacks, snapper or barracudas and pelagic are a common site. The diversity of sites is unbelievable here in Komodo. From underwater pinnacles to sloping sandy bottoms with manta cleaning stations to driving along a beautiful coral reef.

The further South we travel the water temperature will also drop. Padar island has some beautiful sites where we can start to feel the influence of the Indian Ocean. More nutrients in the water is giving the corals a different look, colors are sharper, fish life is about to change. Even further South we have Nusa Koda this horseshoe shaped bay has stunning corals. Not only in a rainbow of colors but also the size. Fish live in abundance and creatures you may have never seen before in your life, they may remind you the monsters that live under your bed as a child.

These nutrients also bring bigger pelagic fish, like the majestic manta rays. We can see them chasing each other or getting cleaned at the cleaning station. Also there has been sightings of the elusive sunfish or Mola Mola.

Your trip is not complete without a meeting with the last living dinosaurs, the Komodo Dragons. You will get the chance to see them up close at the National Park. With a bit of luck you will also see the macaque monkeys, deers, wild pigs and wild horses.


Triton Bay – Forgotten Islands (or vice versa)

Route: Kaimana – Saumlaki


Alor – Forgotten Islands (or vice versa)

Route: Alor – Wetar – Gunung Api – Banda Terbang Selatan Utara – Dusbourgh – Nil Desperandum – Pulau Dawera – Saumlaki

In Alor we find yet again great diversity, from vertical coral walls to a sloping gardens covered in anemones for miles on end. We can dive an active volcano were you can see hot air bubbles coming from the rocks. Because we are in the Pantar Strait that brings lots of nutrients, we can also expect to see some dolphins or even whales welcoming us into the bay. With a bit of luck the coolers currents bring us the Mola Mola. Kalabahi bay in West Alor, has world class muck diving in the bay, many different ghost pipefish hide in the mucky bottom, many nudi’s and all families of scorpion fish even the elusive rhynopia we have spotted here.

Wetar island has spectacular drop offs, walls covered in black coral bushes that have been over taken by white anemones. Giving you the feeling you are diving a winter wonderland. Gunung Api is an active volcano, but is most famous for it population of sea snakes and seabirds. The birds will come and greet you far before you reach the island. From the moment you jump in you are surrounded by sea snakes. They are very friendly and will leave you alone to enjoy the dramatic lava formations in this unique underwater location. Huge barrel sponges, sea wipes, sea fans, hard and soft corals. We have been very lucky to spot hammerheads here. In Damar, Terbang Selatan and Terbang Utara deserted islands with with steep walls and the most pristine coral garden on top of the reef. Dusbourg and Nil Desperandum are underwater seamounts rising from the depths to about 3 meter bellow the surface. Besides the the unspoiled coral encounters with the bigger pelagic tuna, rainbow runners, Spanish mackerel and hammerheads are common. On Pulau Dawera we can visit a small but very self sustainable village. They have solar power panels and a generator. There is a school and a doctors office and is full of overly friendly people to welcome you and show you around the village where the streets even have names. They have a good understanding of self sustainability therefor are very protective and regulate their fish population. They have shown us 3 amazing underwater pinnacles booming with fish life. If you have time to spend in Saumlaki on Tanimbar island, we recommend you to go visit the woodcarvers….


Alor – East Flores

Route: Alor – Maumere

 


East Flores

Route: Maumere


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