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MV AMBAI  CRUISE DESTINATIONS 2022

– Derawan Islands (Tarakan-Tarakan)

– Banda Sea-Sulawesi-Halmahera (Bitung – Ambon)

– Raja Ampat-Banda Sea (Ambon – Sorong)

– Ring of Fire-Triton Bay-Misool (Maumere – Bali)

– Raja Ampat Sorong – Sorong)

 

Derawan Islands (10 Nights)
Departure: Tarakan – Arrival: Tarakan

One of Indonesia’s most underrated hidden gems for scuba divers, Derawan Islands in East Kalimantan (East Borneo) offers some of Indonesia’s richest underwater life. In fact, Derawan ranks just second to Raja Ampat in terms of coral diversity with over 460 different species of corals. While Derawan is mostly known in the scuba diving sphere for its manta rays and whales sharks, there are actually over 870 fish species inhabiting this area. Whether you’re into tiny critters or bigger fish, there will be no shortage of marine life to see!

This archipelago also hosts Indonesia’s largest nesting site of the endangered hawksbill turtles and giant green turtles, where you can watch them lay their eggs in the sand! Furthermore, Derawan is also one of the 4 places in the world where you can swim with stingless jellyfish. You rarely find a dive destination as varied as Derawan. 

Other species that may be seen in the area include hammerhead sharks, thresher sharks,  leopard sharks, dolphins, dugongs, and barracudas. 

While there is still large room for exploration, four islands stand out for diving and snorkeling.

DERAWAN DIVE SITES MAP

dive sites deriwan islandsThere is still room for further exploration, but the main dive sites in Derawan are currently spread across its 4 main islands: Kakaban, Sangalaki, Maratua, and Derawan. The dive sites greatly vary with plenty of caves, wrecks, muck, walls, and reefs to choose from.

Diving in Maratua

The world-renowned dive sites “The channel” AKA “Big Fish Country” are predominantly located on the east part of this 35.5 square kilometers U-shape island. On the drop-offs the current is strong: prepare your hook and get ready for the show! Outstanding schools of barracudas, reef and grey sharks, eagle rays, thresher sharks, giant grouper, school of Jackfish, schools of Bumphead parrotfish, turtles, and many more are frequent encounters, not to say, residents.

Pelagic of course but also colorful and super healthy corals. Another dive site for turtle fanatics: “Turtle Traffic”. If you manage to count all the turtles you see there: then you’ve been unlucky as it was a bad day. 13 caves are connected to the sea  White sand beach to chill and tan: a taste of paradise.

Diving in Kakaban

This is where you get to swim with various species of endemic jellyfish!

This island which consists of a salty lake fridged by a mangrove was originally a lagoon surrounded by a coral atoll. Thousands of years ago a geological motion raised this atoll creating the island and its lake. The species stays isolated since then created a unique biota. The brackish water and bottom covered marine green algae host many species. 4 different species of endemic jellyfishes, tunicates, nudibranchs, crustaceans, sea cucumbers, anemones, and other critters. Just like is Palau in Micronesia. The harmless jellyfishes are non-stinging: no need to wear a wetsuit. 

Barracuda point is another highlight of this island. Pelagic such as sharks and tunas hunt around big time!

The outer ring of Kakaban island offers divers a wide variety of spots from corals, big pelagic, and also the thrilling cave dive (experienced divers only).

Diving in Sangalaki

Well known for its manta ray cleaning station all year round while there are several other spots to encounter mantas, Sangalaki Island is also home to a turtle nursery run by the local government. Thousands of eggs laid there! When they hatch baby green sea turtles orient themselves with the moonlight reflected on the sea. So any other light would mislead them in the right direction to take.  The outstanding coral gardens and a drink during Sunset on the sandy beaches will make your trip-to-paradise and unforgettable experience.

Diving in Derawan

Scuba diving in Derawan is mostly drift and muck diving. Flamboyant cuttlefish, mandarin fish, ghost pipefish, frogfish, blue ring octopus, harlequin shrimp, and tiger shrimp to name a few. Especially a place for photographers, who always want to get a picture of jawfish with eggs.

Diving in Talisayan

Just like in Triton Bay and Cendrawasi, Derawan’s Bagans (fishing platforms) are frequented by whale sharks who come early in the morning to suck the fishing nets full of anchovies. During the southwest monsoon (June to September), bagans usually move out to Talisayan. Whale sharks follow and so we will. Divers and snorkelers can approach them for as long as they like. With a depth never exciding 8 meters, it’s frequent to see divers around for up to 2 hours!

Diving in Pulau Panjang

Muck diving. Recently seen Satomi Pigmy and sea dragon.

Species that can be will be encountered

Hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, thresher sharks,  leopard sharks, manta rays, dolphins, giant turtles, dugongs, barracudas, stingless jellyfish, surgeonfishes, Bumphead parrotfishes, Trevallies and giant trevallies, spadefish.  Seahorse, frogfish, leaf fish etc…

WHAT IS INCLUDED

 Accommodation in a shared twin or double cabin
 All meals & snacks. Drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks
 All guided dives (1 guide /4 divers maximum)
 Aluminum tanks (12 lts), weights and belts
 Nitrox
 Airport-boat transfers from departure and arrival airports
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

 Anchorage, port & distance fees: 200€/pax
 International and domestic flights
 Alcoholic beverages (you can BYOB)
Diving equipment rental
 100 cf (15 litre) tanks : 65 € / cruise
 Massage
Crew gratuities

 

Banda Sea-Sulawesi-Halmahera (11 Nights)
Departure: Bitung – Arrival: Ambon

The Bitung-Ambon cruise crosses West to East about a quarter of Indonesia. Leaving from Bitung, we will dive in the Lembeh Strait first before crossing over to the west coast of Halmahera, a few days of diving west and South of Halmahera, with a mix of sites for macro and some other more fishy, stop on some small islands in the middle of Molluca sea Halmahera. The cruise will end in Ambon, after some dives in Banda Neira Islands.

What makes this trip very special

  • ✔︎ Lembeh Strait: the world’s best muck diving in the world: nothing less!
  • ✔︎ Halmahera: beautiful hard coral with sme reef fish, leaf fishs. The general color is all shade of brown violet and green. A lot of coral sticks.
  • ✔︎ The northern part of the Ring of Fire with several spots where we expect to encounter hammerhead sharks
  • ✔︎ Ambon with some fabulous muck and night dives (mandarin fish)

Some of the species you will encounter

  • Barracudas, surgeonfishes, Bumphead parrotfish, Trevallies and giant trevallies, spadefish. Napoleon wrasse, tunas, bonitos, waow, manta rays, mobulas, hammerheads
  • Seahorse, frogfish, leaf fish, scorpionfish, mandarin fish
  • Black corals forests, gorgonian fields, soft corals, gorgonian fields and so much more…

Land-based excursions during your trip

You will discover the incredible landscapes of this area; during our cruise, we will propose you to visit at least one village, a short trek and many short trips with the dinghies to explore the beaches and lagoons. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

 Accommodation in a shared twin or double cabin
 All meals & snacks. Drinking water, soft drinks and hot drinks, espresso.
 All guided dives (1 guide /4 divers maximum)
 Aluminum tanks (12 lts), weights and belts
 Nitrox
 Airport-boat transfers from/to the closest airport (departure and arrival)
 
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

 Park, Port, and distance fees: 250 €/pax (paid onboard)
 International and domestic flights
 Alcoholic beverages (you can BYOB)
Diving equipment rental
 100 cf (15 litre) tanks : 65 € / cruise
 Massage
 Crew gratuities

Day by Day:

  • Day 1: Reception at Manado airport. Transfer to the boat. Welcome drink, briefing. Check dive in Lembeh.
  • Day 2: Lembeh Strait
    World-class muck dives and wreck diving Mawali wreck). 4 dives out of the 100’s collection of the strait. Hairball, TK3, Air Bajo 3, Bianca (mandarin fish), Nudi falls, Coral garden etc…
  • Days 3-4: Tidore/Ternate
    Tanjung Tifore: Nice and easy morning check dive. Beautiful hard coral with some reef fish, 1 leaf fish. The general color is all shade of brown violet and green. Lot of coral sticks. Small swinging by wave motion Barracuda point: strong current. School of bumphead, then a lot of tunas. A huge school of barracudas. The current is not strong so we can follow them for a while. Big napoleons and schools of yellow snappers too. Fantastic dive Barracuda point 2: the other side of the rock. Big murray eels, yellow leaf fish, sea snakes, boxer crabs In North Ternate, we dive at Hiri Island, at this site we can find large population of barracuda schooling, dugong, dolphins, reef sharks, turtles, and wall with exceptional visibility of 30-40 m. However Hiri Island has a relatively strong current. For those who do not enjoy dive in current can dive in black sand-Sulamadaha and Jikomalamo with white sand, has a dense coral garden, soft coral, turtles, bumphead schooling, and other pelagic fish. Diving the Km Pari Wreck: one of the shipwrecks on the depth of 12-20m, also 3 buses that serve as a fish house. At night you can see the endemic fish of Walking Shark (walking Shark / Hemiscyllium Halmahera). More south: a very unique bottom structured with some big pinacles, and mini cave found in depth of ± 27 m and exit at 30 m. Also wall filled with colorful small fish, and sharks, stingrays, nudibranchs are also often can be found in here. In Tidore, we dive on Failonga Island which takes about 40 minutes from Ternate, which is located between Tidore Island and Halmahera Island. It has a diverse large sea fans and snapper fish hordes, fusiliers, sweetlips, and sharks. Dives on Maitara Island and Tanjung Rum, which has a solid and very hard coral cover with colorful reef fish such as butterfly, damsel, anthias, wrasse and many more.
  • Days 4-5: Patinti Strait
    Selat Proco: Blacktips, grey reef sharks, tasars, dog tooth tuna, mini canyons and overhangs… Saleh Besar, drifting in the channel with a succession of mini canyons and rock blocks… Less big pelagics but very fishy. Jabu, vibrant coral reefs, inhabited by numerous “smalls” and others bigger. The South/South East point is certainly the most spectacular. Kusu: very nice garden coral, millions of glassfish, nice coral, Pygmy, leaf fish, school of sweetlips under a small rock, bamboo shark, and hundreds of reef fish Pulau Pokal, high rock right in the middle of the channel, long plateau at approximately 30 meters. Then diving in the East of a succession of pinnacles and overhangs. Giant trevallies, grey reef or black tips sharks, tunas, tasars, school of fusiliers and surgeons. Spectacular. Saleh Kecil, splendid corals, tortured topography and big fish for this dive! Pulau Nanas: very nice spot beautiful and colourful coral. Glass fish schools,various nudis, blue hairy crab, lobster, scorpion fish, crocodile fish
  • Days 6-11: Bacan/Goraichi Islands
    Batu Tajam: black tip, napoleon, big sweetlips. Ecuador: black tip, big red scorpionfishes, nudis, crabs, nice and quiet reef. Lilai jetty: hectic current, black manta passing by near the jetty, bamboo sharks. Pipe fish, crabs Pulau Goweba, small group of islands in West of Pulau Siko. In North, pinnacles, rocks and splendid wall that go straight to the outside of the reef then go down to 50 meters. Some napoleons as well as jack fish and bumphead parrots. A tunnel waits for us at 10 meters. Pintu Manis, the best dive in Goriachi. Extended rock from West to East that owns a superb coral. Black tips, napoleons, tasars, sweetlips, etc… Pulau Laigoma, nice drifting in shallow water, perfect for a first dive of the day. Black tips, bumphead parrots, tasars and beautiful hard corals in the 5 meters.
  • Days 11: check-out! Breakfast, Check-out according to guests’ flight schedule. Transfer to Manado airport, check-in assistance. If you plan to extend your journey in a Resort in strait, we arrange your transfer directly with the resort by speed boat.
     

Raja Ampat-Banda Sea (12 Nights)
Departure: Ambon – Arrival: Sorong

This Sorong-Ambon cruise liveaboard will visit the Dampier Strait, then Misool, the North part of the Ring of Fire before ending in Ambon. Great selection of the very best scuba dive sites of this unique itinerary.

To reach the departure of this cruise

This cruise departs from Sorong,

Sorong is a little coastal city on the northwest part of the Indonesian  Papua well served with many daily morning flights from the main International  Indonesian Airports such as  Jakarta,  Manado, Makassar, and Denpasar. Return Ambon-Jakarta on the last day of the cruise. International flight at last Day+1 with EK 357 at 00:15 (15 minutes after midnight).

ambai raja ampat liveaboard cruise
Itinerary Highlights

The main highlight of the area is the gorgeous abundance of life, both the fixed fauna such as corals and gorgonians and the stunning abundance of fish. Trevallies, barracudas, bump-head parrotfish, spadefish, surgeonfish, fusiliers often form big schools on the reefs. Mantas rays are generally present on at least two dive sites, and encounters with bigger fishes as tunas, Spanish mackerels, reef sharks and the “carpet shark” – Wobbegong – are frequent.

What makes this trip very special

That’s a biodiversity 3-in-1 package

Misool & Dampier Strait: Excellent wide-angle, amazing biodiversity with mantas and lots of fish. Colorful soft corals and macro.

The Banda Sea – Ring of fire: best visibility of all Indonesian Archipelago, likely encounter with Hammerhead sharks

Ambon: great muck dives

Some of the species you will encounter

  • Barracudas, reef sharks, surgeonfishes, Bumphead parrotfish, Trevallies and giant trevallies, spadefish. Hammerhead sharks, Napoleon wrasse, wobbegong, tunas, bonitos, waow, manta rays, mobulas
  • Seahorse, frogfish, leaf fish, scorpionfish
  • Black corals forests, soft corals, gorgonian fields and so much more…
WHAT IS INCLUDED

 Accommodation in a shared twin or double cabin
 All meals & snacks. Drinking water, soft drinks and hot drinks
 All guided dives (1 guide /4 divers maximum)
 Aluminum tanks (12 lts), weights and belts
Nitrox
 Airport-boat transfers from/to the closest airport (departure/arrival)
 
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

 Park, Port& distance fees: 275 €/pax (paid onboard)
 International and domestic flights
 Alcoholic beverages (you can BYOB)
Diving equipment rental
 100 cf (15 litre) tanks : 65 € / cruise
 Massage
 Crew gratuities

The Cruise Day by Day:

  • DAY 1: Reception at Sorong airport according to guest arrival flight. Transfer to the boat, installation on board, briefing. Departure in the afternoon.
  • DAY 2: For our first diving day, two other famous and fabulous dives in the Dampier strait, Chicken reef and sardine reef. The boat will then sail to Misool where it will arrive the next morning
  • DAY 3-5: MISOOL EAST – Some more dives in Misool in the area of Balbulol. Pet rock, candy store and Andiamo MISOOL EAST – Three rocks, a marvelous small pass between two rocks, lined with sea fans and whip corals. Caves and Wall and No contest will probably be the two other dives of the day, but there are other possibilities according to current and visibility. In the evening, we enter a lagoon and go to visit another lagoon hidden deep into the rocks. Night dive outside of the lagoon. We reach the South East of Misool at midday. 2 dives in the area of Yellet and Boo. Batu Kecil is an excellent dive, a pinnacles reef system with great soft corals and dense fish life. Boo point East is another soft coral rich dive, where you can observe schools of batfishes, turtles and napoleon wrasses. We finish the day with a night dive at Yellit Kecil.
  • DAY 6: KOON ISLAND. An incredible reef with walls, slopes, overhangs, caves, huge sponges, also named too many fishes, is really one of the best dive sites for fish life in Indonesia, with the possibility to see big fishes. Macro life is also pretty good with leaf fishes, rubeen eels and some more. Departure in the evening, after a night dive.
  • DAY 7: Banda islands with Lava flow dive. After the last eruption in 1988, corals regrowth boosted by minerals is impressive. After a second dive in Batu Kapal, pinnacles covered with sea fans and sponges, the afternoon will be dedicated to some shore visits: the fort and some spices plantations. Night Dive
  • DAY 8: SUANGGI ISLAND – Opportunities for pelagic with sharks, Manta rays and profusion of life. 2dives in this area befre to sail to Banda Neira where we arrive with the sunset for a mandarin fish dive.
  • DAY 9: NUSA LAUT – 3 dives close to Ameth village. Excellent coral reef with large acropora stands, schools of fishes, lot of life.
  • DAY 10: Dives in Ambon Bay. Critters and muck diving. Ship wreck, a Dutch ship wreck, Twilight zone a muck dive site and Aviation jetty with frogfishes, devil fish, Coleman’s shrimp and many other critters.
  • DAY 11: Breakfast, Check-out according to guests’ flight schedule. Transfer to the airport, check-in assistance.

 

Ring of Fire-Triton Bay-Misool (14 Nights)
Departure: Sorong – Arrival: Ambon

ambai ring of fire cruiseThis Ambon-Sorong cruise liveaboard will visit the Northern part of the Ring of Fire before heading to Triton bay,  then Misool before ending in Sorong. Great selection of the very best scuba dive sites of this unique itinerary.

To reach the departure of our cruises

This cruise departure is from Ambon (AMQ). That city is well served with some daily flights from the main Indonesian International Airports such as Jakarta, Manado, Makassar, and Denpasar.

Jakarta is the International airport recommended.

Landing with Emirates EK 356 (the day before the departure of the cruise at 15:40) works well to continue with the domestic flights to Sorong. Garuda Indonesia and Nam Air offer direct 4-hour flights Jakarta-Sorong taking-off a bit after midnight.

Return Sorong-Jakarta the last day of the cruise. International flight at last Day+1 with EK 357 at 00:15 (15 minutes after midnight).

Itinerary Highlights

The main highlight of the area is the gorgeous abundance of life, both the fixed fauna such as corals and gorgonians and the stunning abundance of fish. Trevallies, barracudas, bump-head parrotfish, spadefish, surgeonfish, fusiliers often form big schools on the reefs. Mantas rays are generally present on at least two dive sites, and encounters with bigger fishes as tunas, Spanish mackerels, reef sharks and the “carpet shark” – Wobbegong – are frequent.

What makes this trip very special

First, this pristine diving destinations combined are only reachable with liveaboards.

Second, like most of the Asian countries, Indonesian is subject to the monsoons. Southeast monsoon and upwelling primarily on the eastern side make the Banda Sea practicable with safety during the Inter monsoons only.

Last but not least, that’s a 3-in-1 package of gems. Check this out:

 Ring of Fire:

The Banda Sea is characterized by a generally very good visibility. Warm waters. On the top 5 areas to encounter Squat-headed and Scalloped Hammerheads, most of the time in large shoals, our cruises will take you to remote spots for an unforgettable diving-with-schools-of-hammerhead sharks experience.

Whales also frequently pass through the strait. Walls, drop-offs, and pinnacles so colorful and so healthy!

 Triton Bay:

The beauty of its amazing soft corals that stick out to the surface is definitely one of the major marine attractions in Triton Bay. There are over 959 different kinds of coral fish and 471 known types of coral in this area. The other highlights include black coral forests, overflowing schools of sweetlips, vibrant macro lives, and a good chance to encounter whale sharks on “bagan”—the fishing platforms where these giants come to visit from time to time.

 Misool:

Excellent wide-angle, amazing biodiversity with lots of fish. Colorful soft corals and macro. Wrold class diving sites!

Raja Ampat has often been qualified as the “last frontier” and this is really the feeling you will get in this area: one of the rare untouched places on earth. The topographies of the dive sites are also very diverse and interesting: pinnacles, ridges, walls, caves, rock formations and lagoons…

Some of the species you will encounter

  • Barracudas, surgeonfishes, Bumphead parrotfish, Trevallies and giant trevallies, spadefish. Hammerhead sharks, Napoleon wrasse, wobbegong, tunas, bonitos, waow, manta rays, mobulas
  • Seahorse, frogfish, leaf fish, scorpionfish, Mandarin fish
  • Black corals forests, gorgonian fields, soft corals, gorgonian fields and so much more…
WHAT IS INCLUDED

 Accommodation in a shared twin or double cabin
 All meals & snacks. Drinking water, soft drinks and hot drinks, espresso.
 All guided dives (1 guide /4 divers maximum)
 Aluminum tanks (12 lts), weights and belts
 Nitrox
 Airport-boat transfers from/to the closest airport (departure and arrival)
 
 
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

 Park and Port fees: 300 €/pax (paid onboard)
 International and domestic flights
 Alcoholic beverages (you can BYOB)
Diving equipment rental
 100 cf (15 litre) tanks : 65 € / cruise
 Massage
 Crew gratuities
 

This Cruise dat by Day:

  • DAY 1: Reception at Ambon airport according to guest arrival flight. Transfer to the boat, installation on board, briefing. Departure in the afternoon.
  • DAY 2: Dives in Ambon Bay. Critters and muck diving. Ship wreck, a Dutch ship wreck, Twilight zone a muck dive site and Aviation jetty with frogfishes, devil fish, Coleman’s shrimp and many other critters.
  • DAY 3:NUSA LAUT – 3 dives close to Ameth village. Excellent coral reef with large acropora stands, schools of fishes, lot of life.
  • DAY 4: SUANGGI ISLAND – Opportunities for pelagic with sharks, Manta rays and a profusion of life. 2 dives in this area before sailing to Banda Neira where we arrive with the sunset for a mandarin fish dive.
  • DAY 5: Banda islands with Lava flow dive. After the last eruption in 1988, corals regrowth boosted by minerals is impressive. After a second dive in Batu Kapal, pinnacles covered with sea fans and sponges, the afternoon will be dedicated to some shore visits: the fort and some spices plantations. Night Dive
  • DAY 6: KOON ISLAND. An incredible reef with walls, slopes, overhangs, caves, huge sponges, also named too many fishes, is really one of the best dive sites for fish life in Indonesia, with the possibility to see big fishes. Macro life is also pretty good with leaf fishes, rubeen eels and some more. Departure in the evening, after a night dive.
  • DAY 7-9: MISOOL EAST – Some more dives in Misool in the area of Balbulol. Pet rock, candy store and Andiamo MISOOL EAST – Three rocks, a marvelous small pass between two rocks, lined with sea fans and whip corals. Caves and Wall and No contest will probably be the two other dives of the day, but there are other possibilities according to current and visibility. In the evening, we enter a lagoon and go to visit another lagoon hidden deep into the rocks. Night dive outside of the lagoon. We reach the South East of Misool at midday. 2 dives in the area of Yellet and Boo. Batu Kecil is an excellent dive, a pinnacles reef system with great soft corals and dense fish life. Boo point East is another soft coral rich dive, where you can observe schools of batfishes, turtles and napoleon wrasses. The boat will then sail to the Dampier Strait
  • DAYS 10-11: A first morning dive at Citrus – at the entrance of the Dampier strait, a channel with sloping sides covered with soft corals and life-then with a reliable manta ray congregation at manta sandy . Cape Kri , one of the largest concentrations of big fish on the northern Raja Ampat; schools of trevally, barracudas, bannerfish, sweetlips. Night diveTwo other famous and fabulous dives in the Dampier Strait, Chicken reef and sardine reef. The boat will sail to Sorong where it will arrive during the evening.
  • DAY 12:Breakfast, Check-out according to guests’ flight schedule. Transfer to the airport, check-in assistance.

 

Raja Ampat (12 Nights)
Departure: Sorong – Arrival: Sorong

Our « Raja Ampat » cruise departures are from Sorong (SOQ). That city is well served with some daily flights from the main Indonesian International Airports such as Jakarta, Manado, Makassar, and Denpasar.To reach the departure of our cruises.
ambai raja ampat liveaboard cruiseJakarta is the International airport recommended. Landing with Emirates EK 356 (the day before the departure of the cruise at 15:40) works well to continue with the domestic flights to Sorong. Garuda Indonesia and Nam Air offer direct 4-hour flights Jakarta-Sorong taking-off a bit after midnight.\

Itinerary Highlights

ambai raja ampat liveaboard cruiseThe main highlight of the area is the gorgeous abundance of life, both the fixed fauna such as corals and gorgonians and the stunning abundance of fish. Trevallies, barracudas, bump-head parrotfish, spadefish, surgeonfish, fusiliers often form big schools on the reefs. Mantas rays are generally present on at least two dive sites, and encounters with bigger fishes as tunas, Spanish mackerels, reef sharks and the “carpet shark” – Wobbegong – are frequent.

What makes this trip very special

That’s an all-in-1:

 Misool & Dampier Strait: Excellent wide-angle, amazing biodiversity with mantas and lots of fish. Colorful soft corals and macro. Batanta in this area is known for the macro dives.

 The North: Amazing landscape of the small islands. Great underwater life although less spectacular than the South.

Raja Ampat has often been qualified as the “last frontier” and this is really the feeling you will get in this area: one of the rare untouched places on earth. The topographies of the dive sites are also very diverse and interesting: pinnacles, ridges, walls, caves, rock formations, and lagoons…

Some of the species you will encounter

  • Barracudas, surgeonfishes, Bumphead parrotfish, Trevallies and giant trevallies, spadefish. Napoleon wrasse, wobbegong, tunas, bonitos, waow, manta rays, mobulas
  • Seahorse, frogfish, leaf fish, scorpionfish
  • Black corals forests, gorgonian fields, soft corals, gorgonian fields and so much more…

Land-based excursions during your trip

You will discover the incredible landscapes of this area; during our cruise, we will propose you to visit at least one village, a short trek and many short trips with the dinghies to explore the beaches and other lagoons. Another optional trek is also proposed to look for the Birds of Paradise.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

 Accommodation in a shared twin or double cabin
 All meals & snacks. Drinking water, soft drinks and hot drinks, espresso.
 All guided dives (1 guide /4 divers maximum)
 Aluminum tanks (12 lts), weights and belts
 Nitrox
 Airport-boat transfers from/to the closest airport (departure and arrival)
 
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

 Park, Port & Distance fees: 250 €/pax (paid onboard)
 International and domestic flights
 Alcoholic beverages (you can BYOB)
Diving equipment rental
 100 cf (15 litre) tanks : 65 € / cruise
 Massage
 Crew gratuities

Raja Ampat Cruise Day by Day:

  • DAY 1: Spots : Dampier Straitfiber_manual_record Wayag | Kawefiber_manual_record Misool
    Guest reception at Sorong airport, check in, welcome drink, briefing, departure in early afternoon. According to the weather forecast, we will start the tour by the south or the North. In this schedule, we present the option of starting with the South. Overnight Navigation through Sele Strait to reach the East of Misool. Arrival in the early morning.
  • DAYS 2-5: In East Misool you will discover 3 fantastic dives: No contest, Love potion, 3 Rocks. Rocks with vertical walls and fantastic coverage of soft corals, lot of fishes with schools of Platax, aggregations of snappers, bump head parrotfishes. We spend the night in the hidden lagoon, a very special anchorage inside an almost closed bay surrounded by high rocks. From the boat, we can hear and see the cachants before the night falls. We will go with the dinghies to have a look at another lagoon. After a short morning navigation, we will go to Misool South East and start another day of diving in the vicinity of Misool eco-resort: Boo Rocks with 2 large openings in the rock that completely pierce the island from the surface to 5 meters deep, Fiabacet, Fantasea.A gain an explosion of colors and fish density. In the evening, we organize a dinner on the beach of a small island. Misool east. Fashion dives in Misool, Yellit Kecil , a great wall with excellent fans and soft corals, rock tank, Nudi rock . Night navigation to Penemu and Fam Islands. Overnight navigation to Penemu
  • DAYS 6: Spots : Black Rockfiber_manual_record Black forest Penemu North, Barracuda , has a long, long life with great aggregations of fishes (barracudas, fusiliers and banner fish), Galaxy , a great reef with excellent fish life, an excellent site for it’s hard corals. Navigation to Aljuy bay
  • DAYS 7-8: Spots : Chango Dive Sitefiber_manual_record EAGLE ROCK After an early morning dive at Mayhem, a very high voltage submerged reef, we enter in Aljui Bay, has 20 long indentation kilometers on the western side of Waigeo. We do 2 dives in the bay ( wofoh and Intersection ), then one of the best night dives of the Raja Empat under the peer of a pearl farm that is settled there. We still do 2 dives in Aljuy bay, Aljui 1 and the Channel . These two dives we will have a short visit to the pearl farm if their work schedule allows it. Night navigation to Wayag islands.
  • DAY 9: Wayag, the northern point of our cruise is a fantastic quartz islets labyrinth. We dive Quoy, rock cathedrale and Wayag ridge. In the late afternoon, we climb to a small mountain to admire the wonderful landscape of the area.
  • DAY 10: After a first dive in Wayag ( figure eight ), we go to the Kawe island where we dive Black rock and eagle rock . Night dive. Night navigation to Dampier strait.
  • DAYS 11-12: A first morning dive at Citrus – at the entrance of the Dampier strait, a channel with sloping sides covered with soft corals and life-then with a reliable manta ray congregation at manta sandy . Cape Kri , one of the largest concentrations of big fish on the northern Raja Ampat; schools of trevally, barracudas, bannerfish, sweetlips. Night diveTwo other famous and fabulous dives in the Dampier Strait, Chicken reef and sardine reef. The boat will sail to Sorong where it will arrive during the evening.
  • DAY 13: Breakfast, Check-out according to guests’ flight schedule. Transfer to the airport, check-in assistance.