Adelaar Cruise Itineraries 2022

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Cruise Itineraries & Destinations 2022

 

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ADELAAR CRUISE DESTINATIONS 2022

Alor & Banda Sea (Ambon-Maumere)

Alor & Banda Sea (Maumere – Ambon)

Komodo & Beyond (Bali – Maumere)

Komodo & Beyond (Maumere – Bali)

The Banda Sea 
 

 

 

 

 

Alor & Banda Sea (10 Nights)
Departure: Ambon – Arrival: Maumere

DAY 1 AMBON
After boarding Adelaar in Ambon, you will enjoy your first day on board
whilst cruising straight into the heart of the blue Banda Sea.

DAY 2 LUCIPARA PENYU ARCHIPELAGO
The Lucipara archipelago consists of several uninhabited low profile
sandy islands with lush tropical vegetation. The islands themselves are
inaccessible, protected by very shallow fringing reefs that extend
several hundred meters from the islands themselves. At the edge
these huge coral shallows plunge steeply into the typically crystal-clear
abyss of the Banda Sea. Diving these remote locations has by definition
an exploratory character – their location in the middle of the deep sea
with no other islands around is very inviting for passing pelagics to
hang around, thus increasing chances of close encounters between
divers and bigger species such as tunas, rainbow runners, thresher
sharks, silky sharks or hammerhead sharks. (4 day dives)

DAY 3 LUCIPARA MAISEL ARCHIPELAGO
Similar kind of diving to yesterday spoils us today. Apart from the
chances to see pelagics other strong points of these dives are the
general healthiness and sheer vastness of the reefs. Some of the walls
and steep slopes are studded with luxuriant soft coral growth, in other
parts the landscape is dominated by huge barrel sponges or immense
sea fans. The shallows are mainly intact hard coral gardens inhabited
by myriads of different species of reef fish. (4 day dives)

DAY 4 GUNUNG API
Gunung Api means simply volcano in Indonesian. It is an old, lonely
volcano that arises from the depth of the Banda sea. It attracts a huge
colony of resident seabirds above the waves, while under water the
island is home to schools of jacks, surgeonfish, tunas, barracudas and
other pelagic fish species – as well as a lot of sea snakes. These
venomous but unaggressive reptiles can be encountered on each dive
around Gunung Api, sometimes in great numbers, which makes these
dives absolutely unique. (4 day dives)

DAY 5 WETAR
During our last stop in the Moluccas we are diving the walls and slopes
of Reong and Wetar. Depending on the prevailing current they can be
very rich in fish. Grey reef sharks, bamboo sharks, giant trevally,
schooling big eyed jacks, rainbow runners and tunas are often seen
here. On the quieter dives there are areas completely covered in zebra
anemones. With a bit of luck, we may spot the beautiful but rare
leopard shrimp that lives in symbiosis with them. We will set the sails
as we start our crossing away from the Moluccas toward Alor and Nusa
Tenggara Timur. With a bit of luck, we may see some of the whales that
migrate through these waters during this time of the year. (3 day dives)

DAY 6 PANTAR
Today’s four dives in the scenically beautiful Pantar strait are distinctly
different from one another: from an adrenalin filled dive with the
objective to see schooling hammerhead sharks, and a second morning
dive on a stunning wall that is covered so completely in soft corals that
we might get a sensory overload, over an afternoon dive on a unique
site that is covered in carpets of anemones and known for attracting
mola molas and thresher sharks, to finally one of the richest black sand
critter spotting night dives – it is really a day that demonstrates
Indonesia’s underwater richness in nutshell!. 3 day dives, 1 night dive)

Day 7 BEANGABANG
Hairy frogfish, mimic octopus, rhinopias, ambon scorpionfish, hairy
octopus, thorny seahorse, hairy shrimp, halimeda ghostpipefish are
just a few stars we might be lucky enough to spot on the rich dark
sands of Beangabang Bay in the South of Pantar. Another highlight will
be the enthusiastic welcome we’ll get by the village kids when we go
and let them guide us through their place. (3 day dives, 1 night dive)

Day 8 ALOR STRAIT
The weather this time of the year typically provides good conditions to
dive the exposed sites off the barren, dry south of the Alor archipelago.
Apart from iconic huge soft coral ‘trees’ growing on the seafloor and
profuse coral growth all around, we can expect a lot of pelagics, clouds
of anthias and may even be lucky enough to meet mola molas or
thresher sharks. (3 day dives)

Day 9 BOLING STRAIT
Another chance to find some macro treasures! Critters hiding in the
patch reefs and bright sandy substrates below the waters underneath
the towering volcano Lewotolo include, but are not limited to, blue ring
octopus, roughsnout ghostpipefish, rhinopias, frog fish, tiger shrimp or
wonderpus. (3 day dives, 1 night dive)

Day 10 ADONARA
The submerged seamounts off Adonara are covered by a diverse mix
of hard and soft corals. They provide shelter for a variety of reef fish
and attract bigger predators such as jacks, tunas, and black tip and grey
reef sharks. Juvenile silvertip sharks are often seen patrolling the
typically clear blue water. After the dive we cruise back into the sunset
and arrive in Maumere at night for a farewell dinner. (2 day dives)

DAY 11 MAUMERE
After a last delicious breakfast, it is time to say goodbye and disembark
– until the next time.

 
 

 

 

 

 

Alor & Banda Sea (10 Nights)
Departure: Maumere – Arrival: Ambon

DAY 1 MAUMERE
After boarding Adelaar in Maumere in the North of Flores, you will
enjoy your first day on board whilst cruising eastwards along the Flores
coast.

DAY 2 ADONARA
The submerged seamounts off Adonara are covered by a diverse mix
of hard and soft corals. They provide shelter for a variety of reef fish
and attract bigger predators such as jacks, tunas, and black tip and grey
reef sharks. Juvenile silvertip sharks are often seen patrolling the
typically clear blue water. (3 day dives)

DAY 3 PANTAR
We start the day with an adrenalin filled dive with the objective to see
schooling hammerhead sharks, followed by a second morning dive on
a stunning wall that is covered so completely in soft corals that we
might get a sensory overload. The afternoon and night dive take place
on a patch reef that is well known for harboring rhinopias. After the
afternoon dive, we let the locals show us around their picturesque
village. (3 day dives, 1 night dive)

DAY 4 PURA
Today’s diving takes us on a unique site that is dominated by sheer
endless carpets of anemones and regularly visited by thresher sharks
and mola molas, a spectacularly beautiful hard coral reef, where one
of the attractions is observing local freediving fishermen and a
impressive big overhang where critters such as clown frogfish, pontohi
seahorses or halimeda ghost pipefish can be found. Very likely Adelaar
will be boarded in between dives by a group of local ikat weavers that
offer their beautiful tissues for purchase. (3 day dives)

DAY 5 WETAR
After a night’s crossing we arrive in the morning in the Moluccas! We
are diving the walls and slopes of Reong and Wetar. Depending on the
prevailing current they can be very rich in fish. Grey reef sharks,
bamboo sharks, giant trevally, schooling big eyed jacks, rainbow
runners and tunas are often seen here. On the quieter dives there are
areas completely covered in zebra anemones. With a bit of luck, we
may spot the beautiful but rare leopard shrimp that lives in symbiosis
with them. We will set the sails as we start our journey into the heart
of the Banda Sea. With a bit of luck, we may see some of the whales
that migrate through these waters during this time of the year. (3 day
dives)

DAY 6 GUNUNG API
Gunung Api means simply volcano in Indonesian. It is an old, lonely
volcano that arises from the depth of the Banda sea.
It attracts a huge colony of resident seabirds above the waves, while
under water the island is home to schools of jacks, surgeonfish, tunas,
barracudas and other pelagic fish species – as well as a lot of sea
snakes.These venomous but unaggressive reptiles can be encountered
on each dive around Gunung Api, sometimes in great numbers, which
makes these dives absolutely unique. (4 day dives)

DAY 7 LUCIPARA MAISEL ARCHIPELAGO
The Lucipara archipelago consists of several uninhabited low profile
sandy islands with lush tropical vegetation. The islands themselves are
inaccessible, protected by very shallow fringing reefs that extend
several hundred meters from the islands themselves. At the edge
these huge coral shallows plunge steeply into the typically crystal-clear
abyss of the Banda Sea. Diving these remote locations has by definition
an exploratory character – their location in the middle of the deep sea
with no other islands around is very inviting for passing pelagics to
hang around, thus increasing chances of close encounters between
divers and bigger species such as tunas, rainbow runners, thresher
sharks, silky sharks or hammerhead sharks. (4 day dives)

DAY 8 LUCIPARA PENYU ARCHIPELAGO
Similar kind of diving to yesterday spoils us today. Apart from the
chances to see pelagics other strong points of these dives are the
general healthiness and sheer vastness of the reefs. Some of the walls
and steep slopes are studded with luxuriant soft coral growth, in other
parts the landscape is dominated by huge barrel sponges or immense
sea fans. The shallows are mainly intact hard coral gardens inhabited
by myriads of different species of reef fish. (4 day dives)

DAY 9 SOUTH AMBON
After two morning dives on the exposed south coast of Ambon island
that are both stunning from a topographical and coral cover point of
view, we enter Ambon Bay where we will go hunting for critters.
Thorny seahorses, ornate ghost pipefish, rhinopias, frogfish and ribbon
eels are just a few examples to illustrate the extraordinarily rich muck
diving of Ambon Bay. (3 day dives, 1 night dive)

DAY 10 LAHA
Laha’s muck diving sites are world renowned. Apart from a plethora of
nudibranchs, cephalopods, ambon scorpionfish and different species
of leaf scorpionfish, Laha is also famously the only place in the world
where – with some luck! – the beautifully weird psychedelic frogfish
may be spotted. (2 day dives)

DAY 11 AMBON
After a last delicious breakfast, it is time to say goodbye and disembark
– until the next time

 

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Komodo & Beyond (10 Nights)
Departure: Bali – Arrival: Maumere

Day 1 BALI
After boarding Adelaar in Serangan in the South of Bali,
you will enjoy your first day on board whilst cruising
along the Bali coast in the afternoon before crossing the
Wallace line in the evening.

Day 2 MOYO
Clear, warm water with lots of fish await you on the first
day of diving on the seamounts off the island of Moyo.
An optional village visit with a stroll to a nearby waterfall
is also possible. (2 to 3 day dives)

Day 3 SANGEANG
After a second night’s crossing, the critters inhabiting
the colourful reefs of Sangeangs rich black sandy slopes
are waiting to be discovered. (3 day dives, 1 night dive)

Day 4 BANTA
A completely different underwater landscape provides
the setting for today’s underwater adventure. The hard
coral formations on Bantas white sandy substrate are
the home of a multitude of fish, turtles, sea snakes, reef
sharks and the occasional eagle and manta rays. (3 day
dives, 1 night dive)

Day 5 SOUTH KOMODO
This whole day is dedicated to rays: during the day we
check out ‘Manta Alley’, arguably one of the world’s best
sites to observe the gentle giants – and in the evening
we look for their smaller cousins, the elusive torpedo
rays. (3 day dives, 1 night dive)

Day 6 SOUTH RINCA
Extraordinarily healthy and unique reefs that shelter an
abundance of weird and wonderful critters make this
part of the Komodo national park a photographer’s
dream. (3 day dives, 1 night dive)

DAY 7 CENTRAL KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
In the morning we visit the island of Rinca to spot some
of the terrestrial wild life found in the park – with the
Komodo dragons as highlights. After the walk we’ll dive
some of the action packed sites of the central section of
the park – stunning coral reefs bathed in a dazzling
explosion of colourful fish life, that will make any diver
beg for more of the same. (2 day dives, 1 night dive)

DAY 8 GILI LAWA
The seamounts and drift dives around the Gili Lawa
islands in the northernmost part of the park are
deservedly amongst the signature dive sites of the
Komodo archipelago – a real diver’s dream. In the
evening, the effort of climbing up to the view point will
be rewarded with a glorious sunset over the whole
national park. (3 day dives, 1 night dive)

DAY 9 TATAWA
The constant current feeding the corals around the
Tatawa islands make sure that the surrounding reefs are
as colorful as tropical reefs can get – an adequate setting
for our last dives in the park. (3 day dives)

DAY 10 PALUE
The steep walls of the volcanic Island Palue to the North
of Central Flores are covered in soft corals and
gorgonians – with a bit of luck we might even spot a
pygmy seahorse or some of the rare nudibranchs found
on these reefs. After the morning’s diving, we’ll pull up
the sails and start the final stretch of our voyage. (2 day
dives)

DAY 11 MAUMERE
After a last delicious breakfast it is time to say goodbye
and disembark – until the next time.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Komodo & Beyond (10 Nights)
Departure: Maumere – Arrival: Bali

DAY 1 MAUMERE
After boarding Adelaar in Maumere in the North of
Flores, you will enjoy your first day on board whilst
cruising along the Flores coast into the sunset.

DAY 2 PALUE
The steep walls of the volcanic Island Palue to the North
of Central Flores are covered in soft corals and
gorgonians – with a bit of luck we might even spot a
pygmy seahorse or some of the rare nudibranchs found
on these reefs. (2 day dives)

DAY 3 TATAWA
The constant current feeding the corals around the
Tatawa islands make sure that the surrounding reefs are
as colorful as tropical reefs can get. The dusk dive gives
us a rare chance to observe the beautiful mandarin fish’s
mating rituals. (3 day dives, 1 dusk dive)

DAY 4 CENTRAL KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
In the morning we visit the island of Rinca to spot some
of the terrestrial wild life found in the park – with the
Komodo dragons as highlights. After the walk we’ll dive
some of the action packed sites of the central section of
the park – stunning coral reefs bathed in a dazzling
explosion of colourful fish life, that will make any diver
beg for more of the same. (2 day dives, 1 night dive)

DAY 5 GILI LAWA
The seamounts and drift dives around the Gili Lawa
islands in the northernmost part of the park are
deservedly amongst the signature dive sites of the
Komodo archipelago – a real diver’s dream. In the
evening, the effort of climbing up to the view point will
be rewarded with a glorious sunset over the whole
national park. (3 day dives, 1 night dive)

DAY 6 SOUTH RINCA
Extraordinarily healthy and unique reefs that shelter an
abundance of weird and wonderful critters make this
part of the Komodo national park a photographer’s
dream. (3 day dives, 1 night dive)

DAY 7 SOUTH KOMODO
Today is dedicated to manta rays: we check out ‘Manta
Alley’, arguably one of the world’s best sites to observe
the gentle giants. (3 day dives, 1 night dive)

DAY 8 BANTA
Hard coral formations on Bantas white sandy substrate
dominate the underwater landscape that provides the
setting for today’s underwater adventure. They are the
home of a multitude of fish, turtles, sea snakes, reef
sharks and the occasional eagle and manta rays. (3 day
dives, 1 night dive)

DAY 9 SANGEANG
The critters inhabiting the colorful reefs of Sangeangs
rich black sandy slopes are waiting to be discovered.
After a day of underwater marvels we will put up the
sails and head further west. (3 day dives)

DAY 10 MOYO
Clear, warm water with lots of fish await you on the last
day of diving on the seamounts off the island of Moyo.
An optional village visit with a stroll to a nearby waterfall
is also possible. (2 day dives)

DAY 11 BALI
After a last delicious breakfast it is time to say goodbye
and disembark – until the next time.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

The Banda Sea (10 Nights)
Departure: Ambon – Arrival: Ambon

DAY 1 AMBON
After boarding Adelaar in Ambon, you will enjoy your first day on
board whilst cruising straight into the heart of the blue Banda Sea.

DAY 2 AI & GUNUNG API
Our first day of diving is along the steep walls surrounding the
whole island of Ai. From a plateau with pretty hard coral gardens,
these walls, beautifully decorated in yellow soft corals, plunge
deep into the dark blue clear Banda Sea. With a bit of luck, we
might already meet the first hammerhead shark of the trip. In the
late afternoon everybody will be on deck to witness the goose
bump moment of arriving into one of the most spectacular and
beautiful natural harbours in the world between the islands of
Banda Neira, Gunung Api and Lonthor (Banda Besar). (3 day dives,
1 night dive)

DAY 3 BANDA NEIRA
After a guided visit to the historic town of Banda Neira, the fort,
museum and spice plantations, we have traditional Bandanese
breakfast before strolling back to port through the bustling market
of this lovely town. One of today’s dives is on a new reef that has
been growing naturally on the spur of the lava from Gunung Apis
1988 eruption – it is a fantastic example of nature’s ability to
recover from natural disaster. In the evening we will dive at dusk
to try and spot some romantic mandarin fish. (2 day dives, 1 dusk
dive)

DAY 4 BANDA BESAR & SJAHRIR
On today’s menu is a spectacular submerged pinnacle covered in
dense schools of fish and a couple of drift dives. The unique
location of the Banda archipelago enhances chances of close
encounters with pelagics such as big tunas, Spanish mackerels,
giant jacks or even thresher sharks. In the evening we have a
farewell dinner from Banda Neira in the tropical garden of a
beautiful house from the colonial period. (3 day dives)

DAY 5 HATTA
The diving off Hatta, the easternmost Island of the Banda
archipelago, named after Indonesia’s first vice-president, is our
first day of diving dedicated to seeing schooling hammerhead
sharks. The sight of groups ranging from a handful to literally
hundreds of those majestic animals is an unforgettable experience
– and one of the main reasons diving in the Banda Sea is so special.
(4 day dives)

DAY 6 MANUK
Manuk – meaning ‘bird’ in Javanese – is an old, lonely volcano that
arises from the depth of the Banda sea. It attracts a huge colony
of resident seabirds above the waves, while under water the island
is home to schools of jacks, surgeonfish, tunas, barracudas and
other pelagic fish species – as well as a lot of sea snakes. These
venomous but absolutely unaggressive reptiles can be
encountered on each dive around Manuk, sometimes in great
numbers, which makes these dives absolutely unique. (4 day dives)

DAY 7 SARUA
There are no words that can do justice to the sheer awesomeness
of the hammerhead site of Sarua. So we do not even try. (4 day
dives)

DAY 8 SARUA
One day would simply not be enough. (3 day dives)

DAY 9 RUN & NAILAKKA
Back in the Banda archipelago we dive around Run, an island that
used to be the most desirable piece of real estate in the whole
world. So desirable that it was reluctantly and under a lot of
pressure traded by the English to the Dutch against an undesirable
piece of land on the other side of the world called Manhattan.
Apart from its history, Run is beautiful – on the surface covered in
nutmeg trees and under the water the steep slopes are studded
with huge gorgonian sea fans. It is yet another place that attracts
schooling hammerhead sharks and other pelagics. We finish the
day with a few drinks on the beach of Nailakka, the beautiful, but
tiny island that was home to the English for several years after they
lost Run to the Dutch. (3 day dives)

DAY 10 MANUKANG
On the way between Run and Ambon we stop for a couple of dives
on a volcanic outcrop that is according to Moluccan lore known to
be haunted – this we cannot judge, but what we do know, is that
it attracts its fair share of pelagic visitors that swim along its
underwater ridges that are covered in huge barrel sponges. After
the last dive we set sails and start our trip back to reality. (2 day
dives)

DAY 11 AMBON
After a last delicious breakfast it is time to say goodbye and
disembark – until the next time.

Please Note: All Itineraries may vary depending on weather and sea conditions