SS Duke of Sparta Wreck in Ambon

SS Duke of Sparta wreck in Ambon Bay Coralia Liveaboard Indonesia by Debbie Arriaga

In Ambon Bay there is a little-dived shipwreck and there’s an interesting story behind it. The wreck lies with her stern at around 15 metres and her bow down at 35 metres. It is a huge ship, and the wreck is over 100 metres long. Due to the wreck being close to the busy port of Ambon, the visibility is rarely great! But the shipwreck is intact and covered in amazing coral growth. Sponges, hard coral, and soft corals, along with the wreck itself have created amazing spaces for a wide variety of marine life. The mast and the upper parts of the wreck are covered in colourful soft corals. It’s in these areas where the light will be best […]

Pygmy Seahorse ‘Santa Claus’ & its Friends

Santa Claus denise pygmy seahorses in Raja Ampat with Coralia Liveaboard in Indonesia

Santa Claus Pygmy in Raja Ampat There is a very special little seahorse who lives in Raja Ampat. It is red and white and particularly popular on social media at this time of year! It is of course the Santa Claus Pygmy Seahorse! The Santa Claus pygmy seahorse is actually a special colour variation of the Denise pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise). When they are born pygmy seahorses are released into the water column by their father pygmy. Like all seahorses it is the male who carries the brood. The tiny baby pygmies will float around in the currents for two to three weeks. They will then settle on a gorgonian sea fan of their own. Once the little pygmy settles […]

Black Water Diving

fish circeling a jellyfish with black background

Black water diving is a special type of night dive. Typically a night dive is close to shore, either on a reef or sandy slope. On a black water dive you will dive in deep open water and wait for platonic creatures to come floating past on the currents. What’s Black Water Diving like? This kind of night dive is a very specialist type of dive, usually attracting photographers. It involves hanging out under the boat, in the black water, and waiting to see what floats by. Marine life that scuba divers could see on a black water dive are usually very small. We are looking for planktonic creatures, most of them in their larval or juvenile stage of life. […]

Shrimps in Indonesia

Harlequin shrimp with its blue spots

Shrimps in Indonesia Shrimps in Indonesia come in all shapes, sizes, colours and forms. There is a wide range of amazing shrimps that can be found while scuba diving. Coralia Liveaboard can take you on cruises all over Indonesia. We can find you some of these magnificent shrimps! This article is more like a gallery of shrimps. Because what can we say about shrimps, except they are totally wonderful and fun to see! We will show you some of the more common shrimps. Plus the weird and wonderful ones that are a bit harder to find and rarer to see! Squat Shrimp Squat shrimps (Thor amboinensis) are a fairly common sight in Indonesia. They constantly wiggle their bums and so […]

Liveaboard Packing List

our phinisi cruise ship Coralia at sea next to a tiny tropical island in Raja Ampat

Coralia Liveaboard Packing List Liveaboard holidays are all about relaxing, diving or snorkelling, eating, relaxing a bit more and repeat! While on your scuba diving cruise with Coralia you will spend a lot of time in the water. The rest of the time you will spend relaxing on deck, in our comfortable air-conditioned lounge or in your luxurious cabin. Have a look below at our liveaboard packing list to find out what to bring and what to leave at home. Basically, our motto is: Put out what you want to pack and then half it!!! Basics for your Travels Passport – your passport must be valid for at least six months at the time of travel. Visa – most nationalities […]

Juvenile to Adult – the Amazing Transformations of Fish

Adult barramundi cod with corals with Coralia Liveaboard in Triton Bay in Indonesia

Juvenile to Adult – the Amazing Transformations of Fish There are so many fascinating things to see in the ocean. One of the most intriguing is the difference between the adult and juvenile stages of some fish. There are some fish who completely transform and you wouldn’t believe that it is the same fish! In this blog we will show you some great examples of the most often encountered fish with the most outstanding transformations.

Komodo Dragons

Komodo dragon in Horseshoe Bay on Rinca Island in Komodo with Coralia Liveaboard in Indonesia

Komodo dragons are the world’s largest lizard. They live on only a few islands in the Komodo National Park in Indonesia. Komodo National Park is a World Heritage Site. It was also voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. It is a highlight of any liveaboard scuba diving cruise to Komodo to see the dragons.  During a Coralia Liveaboard trip in Komodo you will have the opportunity to see these amazing animals. King of Komodo Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) are also known as the Komodo monitor. They were first documented by Western scientists in 1910. They called them ‘land crocodiles’. Or in Indonesian ‘buaya darat’. In 1926 Douglas Burden went on an expedition to Komodo Island. […]

Top 5 Big Marine Life Encounters in Indonesia

Giant manta ray with diver in Raja Ampat with Coralia Liveaboard in Indonesia

Big Marine Life in Indonesia Indonesia has so many great liveaboard scuba diving destinations to satisfy all divers. But if ‘big stuff’ is what you are looking then Indonesia can tick all those boxes too. Big marine life encounters in Indonesia can be found in many destinations. Manta rays in Komodo and Raja Ampat. Hammerhead sharks in the Forgotten Islands, Banda Sea. Whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay. Molas, sunfish, in Alor. Whales and dolphins – everywhere! Manta Rays in Raja Ampat & Komodo The two best destinations to see manta rays are Raja Ampat and Komodo. In Komodo there are multiple dive sites that can be visited by manta rays. Coralia Liveaboard will cruise in Komodo from May to September […]

Abui Tribe in Alor

members of the Abui tribe dance in Alor

In Alor there is a traditional tribe from the Abui people. Abui means “mountain” in the Abui language.  They live in Takpapa Village in Benlelang Bay on the island of Alor. Approximately 16,000 people speak the Abui language.  The tribe still actively hunts with bows and arrows and is one of the only Abui tribes continuing their traditions. The local legend tells that the Abui tribe was the founder of the oldest kingdom that ever existed in Alor. During a liveaboard cruise, on board Coralia, through Alor we will organise a land excursion to visit the Abui people. Takpala Village is on the island of Alor a 45 minute bus ride from Kalabahi Bay. Inside Kalabahi Bay there is some […]

Marine Life Cleaning Stations

Coral grouper at a marine life cleaning station in Raja Ampat with Coralia Liveaboard in Indonesia

Various marine life regularly visit cleaning stations. A cleaning station is where a special type of cleaner fish or shrimp live. At these areas on the reef these cleaners offer their services! On a scuba diving liveaboard in Indonesia, such as Coralia Liveaboard, you can witness this amazing behaviour at many dive destinations. In the photo above a coral grouper has a cleaner shrimp inside its mouth. We find it amazing the trust between the cleaners and the fish. One big gulp and this shrimp could be a tasty meal for the grouper!! Coral groupers are a regular on the reefs in Raja Ampat and other places like Komodo. They are usually quite shy fish but here our Cruise Director […]