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THE VESSEL

The Blue Dragon is a traditional and magnificent Phinisi - a classic Indonesian wooden sailing vessel - set to explore the majesticdiving sites world of the Indonesian archipelago. If you've dreamed of setting sail aboard an old-fashioned pirate ship, then this is for you. If you want to experience the culture and style of the country, as you sail through its beautiful islands, then this if for you. Unlike modern-style vessels, we offer you the chance to step aboard a truly Indonesian experience, to enhance your time in this special destination.

Our main objective, in creating the Blue Dragon, was to provide something unique and special for our guests, which promoted all the very best elements of Indonesia's rich heritage and traditions. . In addition, we wanted to reflect our connection to our environment, since this industry will only survive if we care for the world and ocean around us. With this in mind, we used as much recycled and reclaimed material as possible. We applied long-term vision to the layout and features, to ensure that the boat remains in good working condition for many years to come.


HISTORY AND FEATURES


The Blue Dragon began life in July 2010. The main hull was crafted from ironwood by over 50 local craftsmen in South Sulawesi.
We are pleased to announce that 70 percent of the wood used to build the Blue Dragon is recycled wood. 10 different types of wood have been used in the crafting of the Blue Dragon.

17 different types of finishing techniques have been used. All wood finishing has been done by hand, using traditional materials and techniques


Blue Dragon-Layout

Our guests' safety and comfort were paramount when creating the Blue Dragon structure and layout. We chose just 2 decks - and a higher draft than most other Phinisi - to maximize stability and avoid rolling in rough seas. We also wanted to maximize flexibility in terms of rooms.


Blue Dragon-Technical-Data

Safety is a top priority on the Blue Dragon. All precautions have been taken to ensure that the Blue Dragon fully complies with current international safety standards.

The Blue Dragon is dry docked every year so that the hull can be stripped and repainted while the main engine and generators are fully serviced. In addition, the vessel frequently receives additional maintenance as part of its regular daily operations. All of this is to make certain that the highest standards of reliability and safety are met.


We consider your security and safety while on board our priority. This includes providing an efficient crew, led by a qualified captain with experience on domestic and western cruise ships, and the most up-to-date navigational and safety equipment.



Life rafts
- 2 x 8 meter dinghies
- VHF & SSB radio
- Global Positioning System (GPS)
- Radar
- Echo sounder
- Satellite telephone
- Mobile telephone and satellite internet access
- Complete first-aid kit
- Oxygen kit
- Life jackets in each cabin
- Smoke detectors and extinguishers

Dive insurance for passengers is not included. It is highly recommended that all divers purchase international diving and medical insurance.

Cabins

The Blue Dragon has been designed to host a maximum of 12 passengers in 6 cabins (2cabin king size bed an 4 cabin double bed).

Each cabin has a private bathroom and individual air conditioning.

Restaurant

One of the key features of the Blue Dragon is our expansive restaurant and lounge area, which takes up the central space on the main deck and reaches across the full width of the vessel. - to offer the most relaxing environment for our guests - in keeping with the traditional Indonesian theme of the boat.

At one end we have a counter for our buffets and snack items, as well as tea and coffee facilities. as well as cold soft drinks and juices. Above the counter are 1 LCD screens for showing movies, slideshows and also displaying dive briefings.


Outdoor-Areas

The Blue Dragon has 2 main outdoor areas, including the largest deck you're likely to find on an Indonesian liveaboard. Our primary concern, when designing the outdoor spaces, was our guests' safety and comfort. The walkways are well equipped with hand-rails and the open spaces are uncluttered to make it easy to move around.


DIVE DECK

The dive deck is in the back of the boat, on the main deck. As wide as the boat, this area has plenty of space for guests to kit-up together for a dive and also store personal dive equipment. Along the two edges are wooden counters for camera equipment, with drawers below for pelican cases, masks, snorkels, rash-guards, SMBs and other small items, plus 2 rinse tanks.


SKY RESTAURANT

The sky restaurant, on the upper deck above the indoor restaurant, is a perfect place for al fresco meals and watching the changing landscapes. We have a large table in the centre, which can accommodate up to 14 people.


SKY LOUNGE

Behind the sky restaurant is the sky lounge - Relax up here with a book or some music, chat with fellow guests or get an outdoor massage on request before departure. There are spaces open to the elements for the sun-lovers among you but also a large canopy for shade.


Crew

We are proud and pleased to have one of the finest crews in Indonesia. With 14 crew serving a maximum of 12 guests, we aim to make your cruise a truly relaxing and very nice experience.

Our 3 Indonesian divemasters are rated amongst the most knowledgeable in the region, our chef is arguably the most famous liveaboard chef in Indonesia, and the whole operation is led by our experienced western cruise director.

Rest assured that besides our very experienced divemasters, chef and cruise director, we have a further 14 well-trained crew members onboard from captains and engineers stewards. Most of the crew have vast experience working on other liveaboards operating in the area but, prior to the Blue Dragon's very first cruise, every member of staff was trained so their skill and performance would meet our high standard of operation.