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Discover Forgotten Island


Marine Life

Bumphead parrotfish, Big-eye and Giant trevallies, mackerel, barracuda.

Dive Info

Advanced AND minimum 75 logged dives.


Reefs, coral bommies, drop-offs.

Scenery & Beach

Last frontier! No connection to the rest of the world for several days.


Strong daily tidal flows with nutrient-rich upwellings.

Water Temperature

26°C to 30°C

This is quite a special trip that visits very remote places where not many people have dived. Also, very interesting seeing to different worlds just divided by islands. We will start in Maumere Bay, we will visit some islands like Pulau Babi, that suffer and devastating earthquake on December 1992, originating a Tsunami and creating a crack on the island that can be seen underwater. 

The scenery above water is also spectacular as we can see 3 volcanos from our anchor place. In the north Flores Sea, 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. 

Weather depending, we could visit the south of Pantar Island as Pulau Lembata that has to offer a very different landscaping. In the South Savu Sea has currents with different nutrients and a colder water temperature give life to another dimension. Bays full of exceptional world-class macro and isolated rocks out at sea make this especial diving were the critters seems from another planet. 

In Alor, we find yet again great diversity, from vertical coral walls to sloping gardens covered in anemones for miles on end. We can dive an active volcano where 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 or even Thresher shark

We can visit a village that still lives the traditional ways and they will invite us for a traditional ceremony with dance performance. Near our anchoring in Pura Island we get the village kids with their wooden crafted goggles, showing off their free diving skills. Almost always locals approach the boat with their finest handcrafted “Ikat” Fabrics made by a traditional technique in which they wrap threads and tie-dyed before weaving.

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 rhy-nopia commonly spotted here. 

Wetar island has spectacular drop offs, walls covered in black coral bushes with massive barrel sponges

Gunung Api is an active volcano, but is most famous for its 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 steep walls and the most pristine coral garden on top of the reef. 

Nil Desperandum is an underwater seamount rising from the depths to about 3 meters below the surface right in the middle of Banda Sea. Besides the unspoiled coral encounters with the bigger pelagic tuna, rainbow runners, spanish mackerel. Serua Island from September to November is known as migrations areas for Hammerheads sharks. 

On Dawera Island we can visit a small but very self-sustainable village. They have solar power panels and a generator. There is a school and a doctor’s 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 and therefore are very protective and regulate their fish population. They have shown us 2 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


Destination FAQ

Diving around Alor and Indonesia’s Southern Forgotten Islands offers divers world-class muck diving, pristine reefs, steep walls and a huge variety of sponges. On top of this, there are incredibly diverse and dense, colorful soft corals in addition to which occasional special encounters in the cooler water include mola mola and thresher sharks. Hammerhead sharks also sometimes visit the area and, if you’re lucky, possible Whaleshark sightings too. Marine Life

Manta’s, Komodo dragon, Pygmies seahorses, reef sharks, Mimic octopus, frogfishes,

Dawera island, Nil Desparandum, Damar Island, Gunung Api, Reong Island, Alor/Kalabahi Lembata island, Babi island 

The Forgotten Islands offer some of the best diving in Indonesian waters. Attractions include gin-clear waters, patch reefs and coral bommies, spectacular wall dives and unbelievable drop-offs. seeing schools of massive Bumphead parrotfish, tornadoes of Big-eye trevallies, Giant trevallies, Spanish mackerel, schooling barracuda, hammerhead sharks and a whale shark to mention a few highlights only.

The terrain of these islands varies from forested mountainous peaks in the Inner Banda Arc of islands (Wetar, Roma, Damar, Nila), with peaks as high as 868 m (on Damer) to essentially flat islands of the easternmost Aru and Kei island groups, dominated by savannah, mangroves and broadleaf forests.

The Inner Arc islands are volcanic, while the island groups in the Outer Banda Arc (Leti, Luang, Sermata, Babar and Tanimbar islands) are mostly up thrust coralline limestone, often characterized by terracing resulting from periodic uplift and changes in sea level.

Strong daily tidal flows combine with nutrient-rich water upwelling from the depths of the Indian Ocean to create ideal conditions for thousands of species of corals and tropical fish to flourish.

Around 26 till 29 degrees

Destinations & Itineraries

Discover the hidden gems and breathtaking dive sites that this tropical paradise has to offer. Prepare to be enchanted by the unparalleled beauty of Indonesia's underwater world.



  • Year built 2010
  • Length 32m
  • Width 8m
  • Capacity 16guests / 16 crew
  • Hull Ironwood
  • Body Teak
  • Ratio guests/Dive guide 4/1

The Iliké

The ILIKE was built on Sulawesi in Bira in 2010. It is the area where the local tribe is famous for building the strong and reliable phinisi boats, the traditional ships specifically designed and built for travelling the Indonesian archipelago.

Ilike hosts a total of 16 guests in 8 cabins that are fully air-conditioned with ensuite bathroom with hot water shower, toilet and sink. Indonesian and International meals will be served in the spacious saloon with open kitchen, or in the outdoor sitting area at the stern of the boat, well protected from wind while sailing. The comfortable dive deck in front of the boat is one of the most spacious on Indonesian liveaboards. As a diver you can choose to dive on Air or Nitrox from our membrane Nitrox compressor. Between dives you are invited to catch some sun on our sun deck, where you will also enjoy spectacular sunsets, sipping a cool drink!

The yacht is powered by 2 x 320HP marine engines, allowing us to cruise at an average speed of 9-10 knots across Indonesia. We schedule top diving destinations like Komodo, Alor, Maluku, Banda Sea, Triton Bay, Raja Ampat and Kalimantan. Rich marine life, healthy corals and stunning landscapes may soon become your memories after a stay on board of Ilike. We look forward to welcome you on board!

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