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Discover Halmahera & Sulawesi


Marine Life

Schools of fish pelagics flying mantas.

Dive Info

Advanced AND minimum 75 logged dives.


Drops offs and untouched reefs.

Scenery & Beach

Majestic volcanoes come out of a calm sea. Hotspot for drop offs, drift diving and even wrecks.


Strong daily tidal flows with nutrient-rich upwellings.

Water Temperature

26°C to 29°C.

Bitung, capital of Lembeh Strait. In Lembeh most of the macro photographer’s dreams can become reality in a matter of a couple of dives. 

Muck diving at its best!!! 

Once in the middle of the Moluccan Sea we will visit Tifore Island, separated from main land by more than 70 miles. An underwater pinnacle close to the island hides when the current is favorable, a big school of Barracudas between other big pelagic fish.

Arriving to Halmahera, Goraichi Island is a system of islands right at the edge of the Molucca Sea offering a big diversity in Macro or big pelagic. 

Then in the heart of Halmahera, we find a channel in the Patintie Strait where pinnacles and coral formations are different due to currents being funneled thru the channel as two seas meet


Destination FAQ

We would like to tick all the boxes in this trip, best macro diving, best coral reefs, schooling fishes, flying Mantas, outstanding drops off, old Indonesian history and much more… 

In the heart of Halmahera, we find a channel in the Patintie Strait where pinnacles and coral formations are different due to currents being funneled thru the channel as two seas meet.

Lembeh strait, Tifore Island, Goriachi Island, Patinie, Saleh Kecil, Pisang island

Diving in Halmahera is not only exceptional but also extraordinarily varied: wrecks in Ternate, emerald waters and schools of fish in Tidore, vertiginous and pelagic walls in Bacan, drifting dives in the Patinti Strait, not to mention its beautiful coral gardens.

The islands stretch between the Philippines, Sulawesi, and New Guinea and are connected to the open Northeast Pacific Ocean.

Halmahera is the largest island in the whole Maluku Islands. Tropical, it is covered with lush forests. Everywhere majestic volcanoes come out of a calm sea and the deep forests of Halmahera have remained intact. Its pristine beaches of white sand and coral reefs offer exceptional conditions for scuba diving

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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