The story of Duyung Baru

German born Korth Vovo arrived in Bali in 1993 set to enjoy the uncrowded and world-class surf breaks of Indonesia. He spent 5 years surfing and setting up his own clothing and beachwear export company. The export company was successful and was sold for a good price. With this money Vovo was able to afford his very first boat- ‘The Phinisi sailboat named: Duyung’ (Mermaid).

first-liveaboard-duyung       duyung-komodo-first-boat-Bira-sulawesi

The sailboat was purchased in 1998 with the intention of discovering new surf breaks only accessible by boat. Although it quickly became apparent that the boats engine was too small and coming into proximity of these breaks was too dangerous. It was at this point Vovo was re-introduced to Scuba diving. Vovo and his crew sailed the Indonesian archipelago exploring, spearfishing and scuba diving in unexplored territory for the next 3 years. In this time Vovo met his soon to be wife- Yani. The two formed a great relationship and complimented each other perfectly, they held a common goal, to enjoy their lives and to share their joy with friends and guests aboard the liveaboard Duyung.

yani-cook-liveaboard       vovo the operator of the duyung baru and his son

After 3 years of sailing the archipelago the choice was made, the place that inspired Vovo and Yani the most was Komodo. In these waters marine life was in abundance and diving with mantas was all but a common occurrence.  A compressor was purchased and the underwater exploration of the Komodo National Park really began. At the time there was only one other liveaboard boat operating in the Komodo national park, consequently a lot of pioneering work went into exploring, discovering and learning how to dive in these tricky waters and currents below the sea. There are not many people alive who have more knowledge on the dive sites and waters of komodo than Vovo and his crew.

duyung-komodo-first-boat-diving-national-park       the duyung baru was one of the first liveaboard in Labuan bajo

The liveaboard Duyung operated for another successful and enjoyable 10 years before it was sold in 2011 to make way for a new Vessel. Vovo was able to draw on his previous 13 years of experience living aboard the Duyung and to channel this knowledge into designing his new liveaboard boat-‘The Duyung Baru’ (The new mermaid). Consequently the Duyung Baru  is organised close to perfection and today’s guests enjoy extremely comfortable and clean living onboard.