Sokoraja Liveaboard (Diver’s Review)

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Dive into the depths of Komodo National Park’s underwater wonders without diving deep into your pockets.

Meet the Sokaraja Liveaboard (click to view available dates and prices) – your gateway to a budget-friendly scuba diving experience unlike any other in Komodo.

In this review, I’ll uncover whether the Sokaraja is the perfect vessel for those seeking adventure without compromising quality.

Key facts

Year Built: 2013
Max Divers: 10 (2 Double Cabins + 1 Dorm)
Nitrox: No
Minimum logged dives: Open water + 30 dives logged (I would recommend Advanced open water to enjoy Komodo)
Wifi: No
Aircon: No

Diving on the Sokaraja

Let’s dive into what to expect and explore the two distinct itineraries Sokaraja offers, each designed to deliver unforgettable moments.

Safety First: Equipped for Your Protection

Sokaraja prioritizes safety without compromise. As you gear up for your underwater explorations, rest assured that essential safety gear, such as life jackets, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, and emergency oxygen kits, are on board to provide a secure environment.

With a focus on customer well-being, the crew maintains strict adherence to safety procedures, ensuring that your diving experiences are not only thrilling but also secure.


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Sokaraja Liveaboard offers two distinct itineraries, each crafted to showcase the best of Komodo National Park’s underwater beauty:

4 Days, 3 Nights Itinerary

Delve into Komodo’s treasures with a carefully curated 4-day adventure. Visit dive sites such as Sebayur Kecil, Pengah Kecil, and Manta Point, where encounters with marine life like Manta Rays and turtles await

Immerse yourself in dragon trekking on RINCA Island, and experience the enchantment of night dives under starlit skies.

5 Days, 4 Nights Itinerary

For those seeking an extended exploration, the 5-day itinerary offers an extra day of underwater magic. Embark on an adventure that includes Police Corner, Tatawa Kecil, and the awe-inspiring Batu Bolong.

Dive into the heart of Komodo’s marine diversity, from majestic Manta Rays to vibrant coral formations.

Life on Board

Sokaraja Liveaboard offers more than just diving; it provides a cozy home away from home as you explore the wonders of Komodo National Park. From comfortable accommodations to delectable meals and convenient amenities, let’s take a closer look at the exceptional life on board this budget-friendly vessel.


After a day of underwater adventures, finding a comfortable space to unwind is crucial. Sokaraja provides various accommodation options to suit your preferences.

Choose from the two available private double cabins for those seeking intimacy or a 6-person dormitory with bunk beds for sociable travelers.

While budget-friendly, each option ensures a good night’s sleep, enhanced by the soothing sounds of the sea.

The food

fresh food on a diving liveaboard

Exploring Komodo’s marine marvels requires energy, and Sokaraja’s onboard chef ensures you’re well-fed throughout your journey.

Indulge in Indonesian-style cuisine prepared daily and served buffet-style alfresco in the open-air dining area.

Enjoy three full meals daily, complemented by snacks, to keep your energy levels up between dives.

Plus, the chef can accommodate special dietary requirements with advance notice, ensuring everyone’s needs are met.


Sokaraja’s thoughtful amenities contribute to a seamless and enjoyable liveaboard experience:

  • Open-Air Sundeck: Bask in the sun’s warmth or recline on the spacious sundeck’s comfortable mattresses. It’s the perfect spot for catching up on reading, taking a refreshing nap, or simply marveling at the breathtaking vistas.
  • Chill-Out Area: A shaded space at the back of the boat offers respite from the sun, ideal for relaxation and mingling with fellow travelers.
  • Living Room: Review your underwater photos and videos on the HD screen in the living room. It’s also a space to connect with other divers and share stories.
  • Free-Flow Beverages: Stay hydrated with mineral water, tea, and coffee available all day to quench your thirst.

What’s missing? (The cons)

With a more budget-friendly price tag, you will have to make some compromises; so what are you giving up compared to more expensive liveaboards?

  • Ensuite bathrooms: No cabin has its own bathroom, and guests will share the two shared toilets and three shared showers.
  • No Wifi: No internet is available on the Sokaraja, and you won’t have mobile network in the komodo national park. More expensive options often have satellite internet available for guests
  • No air conditioning: It can get hot in indonesia, and you won’t have A/C on board with this liveaboard. In my opinion, It’s not a big problem; the wind is enough to cool down, and I don’t really want to stay in the cabin during the day anyway.

Conclusion: Worth it?

Sokaraja Liveaboard invites you to embark on a budget-friendly odyssey through Komodo’s captivating underwater realm.

While it asks you to trade some luxuries – like Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and private bathrooms – in return, it offers an exceptional opportunity to explore Komodo’s incredible dive sites. If your heart is set on diving, this liveaboard ensures you won’t miss out on the best that Komodo has to offer.

From Manta Rays to vibrant corals, Sokaraja lets you experience the marine wonders in their true splendor.

With cozy accommodations, sumptuous meals, and a range of thoughtful amenities, your focus remains firmly on the underwater adventures that await. The lack of frills is a trade-off you’d gladly make for a journey filled with underwater thrills.

If diving takes precedence over luxury, Sokaraja Liveaboard is a must-consider option. This vessel presents a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the enchanting depths of Komodo National Park without straining your budget.

So, don your diving gear, leave behind the distractions, and set sail for a budget-friendly live-aboard adventure that centers on the world beneath the waves.

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