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We are different!

MOANA is cozy and professional, traditional and modern, relaxed but well organized. Our packages are nearly “all inclusive” and small groups (max 10) give space for lots of individual attention. The Moana crew will always do their best to fulfill all your requests.

Since our launch, in 2004, MOANA & Crew have pampered all her guests – lots of experience and steady improvements are the basis for our program this year.

MOANA THE BOAT is a classic 30m Phinisi Schooner, able to take up to 10 passengers. All cabins have air-conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Built in a traditional style during 2003 and 2004 but equipped with all the comforts of a new boat. She is entirely made from teak and ironwood, which lends a warm and comfortable atmosphere to the boat.

The upper deck offers a huge amount of space. There is an air-conditioned indoor salon and a lot of deck area to relax. On deck you find a big spacious dining table with romantic indirect lightening. For outdoor lovers we offer blankets to sleep on deck watching the stars.

Purpose built to comfort divers, MOANA has, since many years enjoyed the reputation of being THE LIVEABOARD SPECIALIST for the KOMODO NATIONAL PARK.

MOANA is more than just a boat – she is a Dream came true.

We offer:

  • 5 Days & 6 Days Dive safaris and Snorkel Tours (on request longer trips possible)
  • organize domestic flights
  • Airport-Ship-Airport Transfers
  • visit the famous KOMODO DRAGONS (biggest lizards worldwide)
  • show you the WORLD CLASS DIVING this area offers

We are looking forward to welcoming you aboard our MOANA!


Made of Ironwood and Teak / 2-mast sailing boat, gaff rig (phinisi system)
length over all: 30m / length over deck: 24m / beam: 6,5m / gross tonnage: 73, net tonnage: 58
sail area: 270 squaremeter


All cabins with toilet and shower and aircondition

5 Cabins
max. 10 Passengers

Three double bed cabins
Two twin bed cabins

  • very experienced dive guides
  • maximum 10 Divers
  • 4 meals/day (Indonesian & International food) + Snacks
  • non-alcoholic drinks: Water, CocaCola, Sprite, Coffee and Tea
  • Transfers Airport - Ship - Airport
  • visit of the famous KOMODO DRAGONS 
  • 2 compressors(Bauer Mariner),12l aluminium INT and DIN , weights
  • dive- and snorkelequipment rental
  • 2 Speedboats per 5 m lenght each, 3x 40PS Yamaha Outboards
Crew Captain, 2 Mechanics, 2 Cooks, 2 Deckhands, 2 Waiter, 2 Diveguides, Cruise Director
Anchorage Labuhan Bajo, Flores/Komodo
Power 270 HP, Mitsubishi 8 Cylinder average travel speed: 8 knots
Shipyard Tanah Beru (Sulawesi/Indonesien)
Boat-builder Haji Abdullah
Construction period April 2003 to April 2004

The Cabins

Cabin 1: 1x double bed (possible to have child sleeping with parents)

Cabin 2 / 3: 1x double bed

Cabin 4 / 5: 2x single beds

  • Each cabin has a private bathroom with toilet and shower
  • Wash basin and soap provided
  • All Cabins have individually controlled air conditioning
  • Towels are provided
  • Valuables and travel documents can be stored in our ship's safe
  • Teak wooden furniture in cabins and on deck
  • European standard sockets 220V

There are 5 cabins on Moana, all of them below deck and very comfortable. Cabin allocations are dependent on gender, travel buddies etc. Therefore we can cater personal preferences like couples are allocated to doubles and single guests are allocated to twin rooms etc. (providing availability).

The Cuisine - healthy & colorful

We get vegetables and fruits from organic farmers from the hills around Labuhan Bajo/Flores, fresh fish from the local market. Meat and oven fresh bread we fly in from Bali every week. All best quality and guaranteed free from MSG and other Asian flavor enhancers!   

Your day onboard starts with a light and healthy breakfast around 6am. Fresh fruits according to the season (papaya, mango, pineapple, melon), cornflakes, oats, local honey and more is waiting for the early birds.

Around 8am, after the first dive, the “real breakfast” will be prepared. We change daily between omelets, pancakes, breakfast sausages, ham and bacon as well as fresh farmers bread and toast. Buffet style - all you can eat!

Lunch and Dinner varies from Western, Indonesian, International and Asian specialties as the cruise goes on. This good mix of Asian and Western food caters for all desires.
2 courses for lunch and 3 courses for dinner (soup/salad, main, dessert) are served. The portions are suitable for our hungry divers. On request we also serve vegetarian meals or special diets – please let us know your food preferences in advance.

Around 3pm we call for a “snack time” where Indonesian snacks such as baked pineapples or fried bananas will be served.


A traditional Pinisi Schooner

Pinisi Schooner - the classical beauty of the wooden sailing boat combines traditional atmosphere with all modern conveniences and safety features. The most impressive fleet of wooden sailing vessels are the so-called Bugis prahus of Indonesia, commonly known as Pinisi Schooner.

These antique looking sailing boats have been built for centuries on isolated beaches by local people working from an oral tradition without any drawings or plans, according to some sources since prior to the 1500's.


Ironnwood is preferred for boat structures. Obtained from the low land forests of Sulawesi, Kalimantan and Irian Jaya, Ironwood is locally called "Kayu Besi".

Ironwood has a specific gravity of 0.88 to 1.19...! Although quite heavy, it has excellent physical properties and is not vulnerable to termites or other tropical wood eating insects or fungus.


Historically, several interesting rituals and ceremonies have been part of building such a vessel, beginning with choosing the right trees for critical parts of the structure. Just as with traditional wooden boat building in the West, various rituals continue throughout the building process to initiate and celebrate each stage, such as the all important laying of the keel.