Amanikan Liveaboard

Combine a stay at Amanwana, with a Komodo Expedition. The Aman group are now offering this amazing adventure - from the incomparable and original Amanwana on Moyo Island to the dragon-infested islands of Komodo with their pristine reefs and sensational marine life staying on the Amanikan boat.

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Dive, snorkel (you will struggle to find better) or see this wilderness with its prehistoric 12ft Komodo lizards. The Amanikan boat is 32 metres long with 3 vaulted air conditioned bedroom suites; all are on the main deck - so no portholes here. This is a floating Aman resort with all the style and luxury you could imagine.

Custom made teak furnishings, rattan weave walls, and a soothing palette of taupe; honey and white provide the setting. The master cabin with king size bed offers sweeping 270 degree views and a large private sun deck. The second cabin with queen size bed also boasts incredible views and again has its own balcony, whilst the smaller third bedroom which can be made up as either two singles or as a queen has a semi private sun deck.

It goes without saying that everything else you would expect is on board, outdoor galley, outdoor BBQ for that catch of the day, outside dining, dive gear, lounge space etc etc. Quite simply, if we had just one more trip in us, it would be a 5-day stay at Amanwana and a cruise on the Amanikan.

Komodo National Park has some of the best diving in the world, with over 1,200 species of fish and 250 types of coral - and new ones are still being discovered. The sheer biodiversity is amazing and virtually anything can be found in these waters, from the rare mimic octopus to warm-water killer whales. The quantity of marine life is staggering, and much of it is remarkably unafraid of divers.

Komodo's underwater seascape is absolutely stunning, offering outstanding variety. It may be one of the planet's most sought-after dive destinations, but you don't have to be a diver to enjoy it. Snorkellers will be spoilt with some of the best sites in Indonesia, while those who stay above water will have an equally amazing time, fending off the 12' Komodo Dragon.

The Komodo Expedition runs from May to October. From November to January, Amanikan runs a Banda Expedition, a seven-night adventure through a cluster of seven tiny islands, part of the fabled Moluccas 'Spice Islands' in Eastern Indonesia's vast Banda Sea. Now it also runs expeditions to Raja Ampat which gives even more reason to go!

Why we love it

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If we had one trip left in us it might well be a stay at Amanwana followed by a Komodo cruise on Amanikan. This is something VERY special.

Louisa, Original Diver

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Key Info

Number of rooms

3

Eco Rating

4

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