The ship

Detailed ship information

With over 25 years experience, the MV Pindito is the pioneer of liveaboard diving in Indonesia. Lovingly built to the highest standard, by owner Edi Frommenwiler, and meticulously maintained, Pindito continues to set the standard with her thoughtfully laid out floor plan and smooth sailing.



The Lounge is the place where everybody meets for meals, shares photos and videos between dives, and socializes. A satellite phone and Email access is 24h available (an extra fee is charged on board).


Also you can enjoy a variety of music and new video releases here, and feel free to plug in your laptop, camcorder or dSLR to view your images on our big screen TV. The Pindito also offers an extensive library to learn about the reefs and fishes you've seen on dives in our Marine Life Library, or curl up with a book between dives. Novels are available on a "take one/leave one" basis.



Relax in the luxury of our teakwood-paneled cabins. Each 10' x 10' cabin is named after a mystical Indonesian island and, depending on your reservation, is appointed either with a twin bed plus an upper bunk, or with a spacious double bed…your choice. All cabins feature newly renovated (June 2017) ensuite with hot and cold running water (vanity and shower as well as toilet), individually controlled air conditioning and five 220v AC electrical outlets (German 2-pole plugs), available 24 hours a day.


Our crew is devoted to your comfort and will attend to your cabin daily, keeping it clean and tidy and providing fresh towels as necessary. Additional towels are available for you on deck as needed.


The boat offers six double cabins and two twin cabins, creating very comfortable accommodations for up to 16 guests.



Photographers and videographers will love the convenience and functionality of the Pindito's camera room, located aft of the Lounge on the Main Deck.


We built the Camera Room with the needs of modern digital underwater photographers and videographers in mind. Here you will find plenty of storage space, professional-grade work areas, and both 220v and 110v AC charging stations at your disposal. We also offer overflow space for photographers on the spacious tables in the salon (please clear for meals) and on the lounge deck when more space is needed for image-makers.


In the salon you will also find the large flat panel television and computer center where you can plug into and watch video and stills created during your dives. And be sure to take advantage of the extensive knowledge base of the ship’s onboard photo and video professionals by asking questions should you have them.



Remember that the crew and guides and of course the Galapagos Whale Shark Project team are there to help you if you need help. Do not hesitate to ask for such a friendly group.


Savor our international cuisine, prepared by expert chefs. The food is influenced by international and above all Indonesian (or Asian) dishes. Breakfast is served in two slots. Continental breakfast before the first dive and a sumptuous breakfast after the first dive.


Lunch and dinner with an Asian flair, featuring meat, fish, and a variety of side dishes. And save room for special sweets and delightful desserts! Between meals, our crew will serve you snacks, including cake and cookies. Tea, coffee, juice, soda and cold water are always available.


After your last dive of the day, alcoholic beverages are available (included). Only wine needs to be ordered in advanced and paid separately.

Galapagos Shark Diving - Boat Dive Expedition Galapagos Islands

Technical specifications and equipment:

Construction:  Wooden ship with BKI classification, Type Pinisi 

Length overall:   142 ft (43 meters)

Beam:                 29 ft (8.8 meters)

Draft:                  8.2 ft (2.5 meters)

Tonnage:            169 ITC

Main engines:    Yanmar 6HA2M-WHT, 350 PS

Generators:       2 x 40 kw

Max. Speed:       8-9 knots

Fuel Capacity:    3000 gallons (20,000 liters)

Water Tank:       2000 gallons and Desalinator Reverse-osmosis Watermaker

Range:                1300 nautical miles

Safety Equip.:    2x life rafts, Venol oxygen unit, O2, First-aud kit

Air Systems:      2 Mariner Bauer, Nitrox membrane compressor (32%)

Tenders:            4 Zodiacs (3 active, 1 standby)

Crew:                 17 indonesian crewmembers and 3 european Dive Guides (multilingual)