Cheng Ho Liveaboard Cruise Itineraries & Destinations

Cheng Ho Liveaboard

Cruise Destinations & Itineraries

 

Cheng Ho Boat Details 

Cruise Schedules 2022    Cruise Schedules 2023 

 

Sea Safari Cheng Ho Premier Voyager

Diving cruises to:

Komodo-6 Days / 5 Nights – via Labuan Bajo/Flores

Komodo-7 Days / 6 Nights – via Labuan Bajo/Flores

Komodo-7 Days / 6 Nights – via Maumere-Labuan Bajo/Flores

Raja Ampat-7 Days / 6 Nights – via Sorong/Papua

Banda Sea-7 Days / 6 Nights – via Ambon/Maluku (also 9 Days/8 Nights)

 

NON Diving Exploration cruises to:

Komodo – 6 Days / 5 Nights – via Lombok

Komodo – 3 Days / 2 Nights – via Labuan Bajo/Flores

Komodo – 2 Days / 1 Nights – via Labuan Bajo/Flores

 

NON Diving Exploration 1 Day Trips to Komodo

Please read cruise terms & conditions!

 

About the Komodo Archipelago

UNWIND IN A TROPICAL PARADISE

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Surrounded by seductive waters, panoramic hills and soft white sand, Labuan Bajo is your tropical paradise. Each islands offers its own unique trait and holds some of the most exclusive hideaways and sophisticated beach properties. Ideal for a romantic escape or idyllic family holiday.

SECLUDED BAYS AND PICTURESQUE PANORAMA

The Komodo National Park constitutes unquestionably one of the most dramatic landscapes in all of Indonesia with a landscape of contrasts between starkly rugged hillsides of dry savanna, pockets of thorny green vegetation, brilliant white sandy beaches and blue waters surging over coral. Take your pick from every nautical pastime under the sun.

REMARKABLE SPECIES

Existing nowhere else in the world, the most remarkable inhabitant of Komodo National Park is the Komodo Dragon. Besides the largest living lizard, the Park is a nature reserve for a great diversity of species such as manta rays, sea turtles, whales, dolphins and dugongs. The coral reefs fringing the coast of Komodo are diverse and luxuriant due to the clear water, intense sunlight, and rapid exchange of nutrient-rich water from deeper areas of the archipelago.

Komodo National Park is an exiting and sometimes very challenging place to dive and liveaboardKomodo island is one of most diverse and rich marine environments in the world, home to over 1,000 species of fish and 250 types of reef-building coral. The coral reefs in the north of the park are rich with colourful combinations of hard and soft corals. Be delighted by the ever present schools of Anthias, Wrasses, majestic angel fish, and larger predators – reef sharks and giant trevally.

Komodo offers a wide range of diving experiences: high-voltage current divesgentle drift dives, cliff dives along walls of colour, dives around monumental boulders, caves dives and swim-throughs, colorful reefs, seamounts and pinnacles, and sand slope dives composed of both black and white sand. Also awaiting discovery during a Komodo dive are large pelagic fish, mantas, 18 species of cetaceans, green and hawksbill turtles and much more.

 

Komodo Dragon

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Disclaimer: All itineraries below are only for orientation and might be modified due to weather conditions, sea conditions and other external causes. Departures are only guaranteed with a minimum of 12 paying passengers.
 

 
 

Diving Cruises – Komodo Itineraries

 

6 Days / 5 Nights – via Labuan Bajo and return

Day 1: Labuhan Bajo – Sabolan
Arrive at the newly built Labuan Bajo airport in Flores. Our representative will be waiting outside the arrival hall and ready to escort you to the ship for immediate boarding. Safety Breifing, Safety DVD, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour. During the journey to our first dive site, Sabolan for a check dive, take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.
Meals : Lunch, Dinner – 1-2 Dives

Day 2: Canibal Rock – Banana Island – Yellow Wall – Torpedo Alley
Unbelievable amounts of rare nudibranchs fight for space on the rock with the thousands of multi colored feather stars and unusual sea apples that hide juvenile painted frogfish and ghost pipefish. Adult frogfish swim around the rock that hosts such surprises as Coleman Shrimp, Zebra crabs, Rhinopias, hawksbill turtles, blue ringed octopus and Torpedo Rays.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – 4 Dives (5 mm wet suit is recommended)

Day 3 : Manta Alley – Lohok Sera Bay – Komodo Island
First 2 dives of the day will be for Mantas, we will start our dive at The Stadium to the west of the rocks. In the lee area in this small bay, where the maximum depth is 30 meters, there are almost always Mantas cleaning here or travelling through to the other side of the islets. Second dive we will start in “The Channel”

We then move to Lohok Sera bay to enjoy the small wreck here, many nudi’s and other macro life can be found here. Our fourth dive will be a dusk dive to go in search of the elusive mandarin fish. This spot is well known to have some large specimens.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – 4 Dives

Day 4: Castle Rock – Gili Lawa Laut – Crystal Rock
We will dive the famous Castle Rock, well known for curious bat fish, trevally, mackerels and white tip reef sharks. Down at 30 metres you can see Grey Reef sharks. There is also excellent soft coral coverage. Close by there is another dive site, Crystal Rock, known for schools of surgeon fish and snappers and the occasional manta. Dive 3 will be at Shotgun, this is really a unique dive. Between the 2 islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat is a small channel and wall. The current here attracts Giant Trevallies, Mantas, Turtles and Barracudas. Night dive on Gili Lawa Laut reef, known for huge Spanish Dancers and other nigh time critters.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – 4 Dives

Day 5 : Batu Bolong – Tatawa Kecil – Rinca
Before we land to see the Komodo dragons on Rinca Island, we will visit one of the finest pinnacles you will ever see, Batu Bolong. The reef is covered in colorful corals, invertebrate life and thousands Anthias and other brilliant reef fish. Along the steep walls in deeper water many large fish including sharks, napoleon wrasse, giant trevally, dogtooth tuna. Large schools of rainbow runners and fusilers can be observed on almost every occasion. Tatawa Kecil offers a drift dive along some of the largest fields of branching corals in Komodo. Batfish, Eagle Rays, and Turtles are some of the highlights. The afternoon will be spent trekking with park rangers as guides looking for Komodo Dragons on Rinca island. Be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen and your camera.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – 2 Dives

Day 6 : Labuhan Bajo
The ship will arrive in Labuan Bajo early in the morning. You will be served breakfast and afterwards prepare for disembarkation. You will be transferred to the airport. Trip end.
Meals : Breakfast – No dives

 

 
 

Komodo

 

7 Days / 6 Nights via Labuan Bajo and return

Day 1: Labuan Bajo – Sabolan
Arrive at the newly built Labuan Bajo airport in Flores. Our representative will be waiting outside the arrival hall and ready to escort you to the ship for immediate boarding. Safety Breifing, Safety DVD, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour. During the journey to our first dive site, Sabolan for a check dive, take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.
Meals : Lunch, Dinner – 1-2 Dives

Day 2: Gili Lawa Laut – Gili Lawa Darat
Arrive early in the morning around the bay of Gili Lawa, an outstanding diving location in this region, which will includes the sea mound and the drift diving of the point. A few dive points such as GPS Point and Crystal Bomie will leave you the opportunity to spot napoleon wrasse, sharks as well as turtles. Stunning corals and reefs will excite you on your full days diving in this area
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – 3 Dives + 1 night dive

Day 3: Sangeang – Banta Island
The boat arrives early in the stunning volcanic island, SangeangSea Safari welcomes you to enjoy the half days of diving at the one of the best dive site in the island. Lunch will be served onboard while the boat is sailing toward to Banta Island where you will be treated to an enormous array of fish life as well as stunning above water scenery.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – 3 Dives + 1 night dive

Day 4: Tora Longkoy – Padar – Lohoksera
Arrive in Toro Longkoi. Here, one of the well-known dive sites is ‘Manta Ale’, located in the south west of Komodo. This is a home to famous manta cleaning station. This area is excellent wide-angle opportunity as the topography of this island is facing towards the wide-open Indian Ocean. The three rocks between this deep bay is all covered by multicolor of soft coral and hard coral garden, leather coral, shark and number of large fish with many different species such as Jack, Tuna, Napoleon, Barracuda, and many other schools of fish. During the season of October – November, you have a golden opportunity to snorkel and dive with Manta as they circle around you. This site is entitled with the most active area in Komodo.
Next will be in Padar, Pillarsteen is also known as ‘Pillar Rock’. This site is identified by a tiny pinnacle, just off the southern tip of Small Island east of Padar’s southern point. In honor to its designation on our old Dutch map. There are good caves at about 40 meters. Visibility averaged 10-12 meters. Then night dive in Lohoksera. After night dive and dinner, we proceed to Tatawa Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – 3 Dives + 1 night dive

Day 5: Tatawa Besar – Tatawa Kecil
Our morning, after light breakfast, we begin with diving in Tatawa Besar and Kecil. The prevailing current, north or south, will dictate where you enter at the main dive site of Tatawa Besar. Turtles seem to be everywhere and you can expect to see many as you navigate the site. Before you leave the currents behind watch out of the balcktip reef sharks, giant trevallies, great and black-tail barracudas. Manta Rays also make occasional guest appearances.

Also to the south of Tatawa Besar is Tatawa Kecil. It’s best to dive the west coast of this island to explore its vibrant shallow coral gardens full of anthias. Its caves and boulders are perfect harbours for larger groupers. There are also large schools of humpback snapper, titan triggerfish and the occasional orange-spotted trevally.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – 3 Dives + 1 night dive

Day 6: Pink Beach – Komodo
Our boat anchors early in the morning in the famous Komodo Island. Before your encounter with Komodo Dragons, we will have 2 dives in surrounding area of Pink Beach. Lunch will be served onboard. After the dive, a park ranger will escort you across the island (about 4,5 km there and back ) to a viewing spot to safely watch the “ Komodo Dragons” at very close range. After this breathtaking encounter, the boat will sail to Labuan Bajo.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – 2 Dives

Day 7: Labuan Bajo – Bali
The ship will arrive in Labuan Bajo early in the morning. You will be served breakfast and afterwards prepare for disembarkation. And you will transferred to the airport to catch 1,5 hours domestic flight to Denpasar, Bali. Meals : Breakfast

 
 

Komodo

 

7 Days / 6 Nights via Maumere return to Labuan Bajo

See previous sample itinerary (Labuan Bajo – Komodo – Labuan Bajo)
 
Start from Maumere and finish in Labuan Bajo. Maumere is the seat capital of the Sikka Regency and the largest town in Flores, Indonesia. It lies on the north coast of the island and the port is in the north-west part of the town. Frans Seda Airport is located in Maumere. The best time of year for diving Flores is from April to December as this usually forms the majority of the dry season. The rainy season from January to March has an increased chance of rain during your time there. Sea temperatures do not change much during the year from a low of around 25°C and a high of 30°C, Depth: 12 – 28m, Visibility: 8 – 30m, Currents: Can be strong, Water temperature: 25 – 30°C, Experience level: Intermediate – advanced, Distance: ~800 km east of Bali.
 

Facilities and Services Onboard

  • Deck state cabin located on the middle and upper deck with a sea-view
  • Deluxe cabin located on the lower deck
  • Air- conditioned cabins with private bathroom (hot and cold showers)
  • A tray of toiletries in each cabin
  • Dining room and Bar
  • 24 hours tea and coffee making facilities
  • Vegetarian food available on request
  • Easy access swim/boarding platform
  • Fresh water on deck shower
  • Complete scuba dive equipment
  • Snorkel, canoe and fishing equipment
  • TV, Karaoke & DVD entertainment units
  • Computer with Adobe Photoshop application
  • Laundry service
  • On Board telecommunication
  • EAN 32% Nitrox
  • ENOS Diver Locator System

Includes:

  • Accommodation onboard & meals (Light breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Tea/coffee, bottled water, tea-time snacks
  • Certified Dive Master (ratio 1 DM : 5 divers)
  • Cruise Accident Insurance
  • Harbor and anchor fee
  • Government tax
  • Compressor, regular air fills 3000 psi or 200 bar, tank, weight belt

Excludes:

  • International/domestic airfare and airport tax
  • Soft drinks and alcohol beverages
  • Personal travel Insurance
  • Gratuities to guide and crew
  • Onboard telecommunication
  • Laundry service
  • Komodo National Park fee
  • EAN 32% Nitrox
Note: Please email us if you need full set dive gear 1 week prior departure

Note: Charter is also available upon request with your preferable cruise itinerary and dates.

 

NON Diving Komodo Itineraries

 

6 Days / 5 Nights, Lombok –  Komodo

Welcome aboard Sea Safari Cruises. You join our boat in Nara Bay, Lombok where welcome drinks will be offered, cabin allocation will take place and…

 
 

NON Diving Komodo Cruise

 

3 Days / 2 Nights, Komodo, Rinca & Padar Island

On arrival in Labuan Bajo our representative will be waiting for you at the new airport. A welcome drink will be served once you arrive on our vessel. A full safety briefing will be given before room allocation and orientation…

Day 1: Labuan Bajo – Rinca – Kalong
Welcome to Labuan Bajo! Our representative will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the harbor to board the Sea Safari Cruises vessel. A welcome drink will be served to welcome you on board and introduction and safety procedure briefing will take place while we sail on the way to our first destination, Rinca Island. We will do trekking at the home of the mighty Komodo dragon where you will get the opportunities to spot them up close in their natural habitat. In the late afternoon, we will cruise to Kalong Island, a small mangrove forest dwelt by thousands of bat fruit, and spend the sunset mesmerising the exotic attraction of bats flying over the island.

Day 2: Padar Island – Pink beach
After breakfast, we will cruise and hike to the third largest island in the Komodo National Park, Padar Island. The island is formed by rolling hills that stretch out facing the blue sea. The best thing to do here is viewing the panorama from the top of the hill where you can witness a surreal landscape fringed by bright green-capped mountains and three turquoise bays.

Later in the day, we will head to the exotic Pink Beach where you can swim or snorkel over one of the richest reefs in eastern Indonesia, relishing an unforgettable spectacle of the region’s magnificent surroundings and uncover the marine beauty Pink Beach has to offer.

Day 3: Labuan Bajo
On our last day, we will head to the harbor and get ready for disembarkation. We wish you had a pleasant trip with us and hope to see you again.

 
 

NON Diving Komodo Cruise

 

2 Days / 1 Night, Kelor-, Rinca-, & Kalong Island

We are happy to announce our new mini program, consisting of two days one night. The boat leaves from Labuan Bajo to the main destination of Komodo island. During this short trip we have time to explore Komodo island and Rinca Island. You will see the Komodo Dragons…

Day 1: Kelor Island – Rinca Island – Kalong Island
Welcome to Labuan Bajo! Our representative will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the harbor to board the Sea Safari Cruises vessel. A welcome drink will be served to welcome you on board and introduction and safety procedure briefing will take place while we sail on the way to our first destination, Kelor Island. The island is famous for its serenity and unspoiled scenery where you can relax and perform hiking. Once you get to the top of the hill, you will be able to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of beautiful beaches and hills.

Our next destination would be trekking at the home of the mighty Komodo dragon where you will get the opportunities to spot them up close in their natural habitat. In the late afternoon, we will cruise to Kalong Island, a small mangrove forest dwelt by thousands of bat fruit, and spend the sunset mesmerising the exotic attraction of bats flying over the island.

Day 2: Padar Island
After breakfast onboard, we will go ashore and hike to the third largest island in the Komodo National Park, Padar Island. The island is formed by rolling hills that stretch out facing the blue sea. The best thing to do here is viewing the panorama from the top of the hill where you can witness a surreal landscape fringed by bright green-capped mountains and three turquoise bays.

We will then head to the harbor and get ready for disembarkation. We wish you had a pleasant trip with us and hope to see you again.

 

 
 

Komodo NON Diving 1 Day Exploration Trips:

 

 

1 Day Cruise – Komodo (Taka Makassar – Rinca Island – Kalong Island)

Welcome to Labuan Bajo, please find our representative in the airport. They will send you to Habour to meet Sea Safari Boat. Welcome drink will be served to welcome you on board…

Departure time: 8 AM – Labuan Bajo

Arrival time: 8 PM – Labuan Bajo

Cruise Duration: 12 hours

Destinations: Taka Makassar – Rinca Island – Kalong Island

ITINERARY

Welcome to Labuan Bajo! Our representative will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the harbor to board the Sea Safari Cruises vessel. A welcome drink will be served to welcome you on board and introduction and safety procedure briefing will take place while we sail on the way to our first destination, Taka Makassar. This small island features soft and beautiful sand with crystal clear water where you can swim comfortably due to its shallowness. Expect to find some sea creatures like jellyfishes, starfishes, sea turtles, and small corals.

Rinca Island is our next spot, trekking at the home of the mighty Komodo dragon where you will get the opportunities to spot them up close in their natural habitat. In the late afternoon, we will cruise to Kalong Island, a small mangrove forest dwelt by thousands of bat fruit. Prepare to see the little critters emerging out of their homes in a synchronized manner for a food hunt mission with a fiery sunset backdrop.

We will then head to the harbor and get ready for disembarkation. We wish you had a pleasant trip with us and hope to see you again.

 

1 Day Cruise – Komodo (Padar Island – Pink Beach)

This is a full 1 day trip to Rinca Island and the surrounding areas. We will search for Komodo Dragons, go snorkeling on beautiful reefs and relax on the beach. This trip is ideal…

Departure time: 8 AM – Labuan Bajo

Arrival time: 8 PM – Labuan Bajo

Cruise Duration: 12 hours

Destinations: Padar Island – Pink Beach

ITINERARY

Welcome to Labuan Bajo! Our representative will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the harbor to board the Sea Safari Cruises vessel. A welcome drink will be served to welcome you on board and introduction and safety procedure briefing will take place while we sail on the way to our first destination, Padar Island.

Padar island is formed by rolling hills that stretch out facing the blue sea. The best thing to do here is viewing the panorama from the top of the hill where you can witness a surreal landscape fringed by bright green-capped mountains and three turquoise bays.

Later in the day, we will head to the exotic Pink Beach where you can swim or snorkel over one of the richest reefs in eastern Indonesia, relishing an unforgettable spectacle of the region’s magnificent surroundings and uncover the marine beauty Pink Beach has to offer.

We will then head to the harbor and get ready for disembarkation. We wish you had a pleasant trip with us and hope to see you again.

 

1 Day Cruise – Komodo (Komodo Island – Pink Beach)

This is a full 1 day trip to Rinca Island and the surrounding areas. We will search for Komodo Dragons, go snorkeling on beautiful reefs and relax on the beach. This trip is ideal…

Departure time: 8 AM – Labuan Bajo

Arrival time: 8 PM – Labuan Bajo

Cruise Duration: 12 hours

Destinations: Komodo Island – Pink Beach

ITINERARY

Welcome to Labuan Bajo! Our representative will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the harbor to board the Sea Safari Cruises vessel. A welcome drink will be served to welcome you on board and introduction and safety procedure briefing will take place while we sail on the way to our first destination, Komodo Island. We will do trekking at the home of the mighty Komodo Dragon where you will get the opportunities to spot them up close in their natural habitat. Prepare to witness a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding hills at the top of the island.

Later in the day, we will head to the exotic Pink Beach where you can swim or snorkel over one of the richest reefs in eastern Indonesia, relishing an unforgettable spectacle of the region’s magnificent surroundings and uncover the marine beauty Pink Beach has to offer.

We will then head to the harbor and get ready for disembarkation. We wish you had a pleasant trip with us and hope to see you again.

 

1 Day Cruise – Komodo (Kelor Island – Menjerite Island – Rinca Island – Kalong Island)

This is a full 1 day trip to Rinca Island and the surrounding areas. We will search for Komodo Dragons, go snorkeling on beautiful reefs and relax on the beach. This trip is ideal…

Departure time: 8 AM – Labuan Bajo

Arrival time: 8 PM – Labuan Bajo

Cruise Duration: 12 hours

Destinations: Kelor Island – Menjerite Island – Rinca Island – Kalong Island

ITINERARY

Welcome to Labuan Bajo! Our representative will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the harbor to board the Sea Safari Cruises vessel. A welcome drink will be served to welcome you on board and introduction and safety procedure briefing will take place while we sail on the way to our first destination, Kelor Island. The island is famous for its serenity and unspoiled scenery where you can relax and perform hiking. Once you get to the top of the hill, you will be able to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of beautiful beaches and hills.

Our second destination is Menjerite Island, known for its crystal-clear waters and color coral underwater. Blessed with a sublime view, the island is famous for its long wooden bridge over the waters overlooking a stunning view of the lush green trees of hills surrounding it.

Rinca Island is our next spot, trekking at the home of the mighty Komodo dragon where you will get the opportunities to spot them up close in their natural habitat. In the late afternoon, we will cruise to Kalong Island, a small mangrove forest dwelt by thousands of bat fruit, and spend the sunset mesmerizing the exotic attraction of bats flying over the island.

We will then head to the harbor and get ready for disembarkation. We wish you had a pleasant trip with us and hope to see you again.

 
 
 

Raja Ampat

About The Raja Ampat Archipelago
“A true Paradise”

ESCAPE TO A MAGICAL PLACE

Located at the heart of the world’s Coral Triangle, almost every corner of this archipelago is worth discovering, with promises of rich wildlife and glorious views. It doesn’t matter where you plunge for a dive or snorkel in Raja Ampat.

UNADULTERED BEAUTY

Raja Ampat is a stunning archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands. These host thousands of species some of which are endemic to the region. With their sublime scenery of steep, jungle-covered islands, fine white-sand beaches, hidden lagoons, spooky caves, weird mushroom-shaped islets and pellucid turquoise waters, Raja Ampat is without question one of the most beautiful island chains in the world.

BIOLOGICAL HOT SPOT – ABUNDANT WILDLIFE

The Coral Triangle is recognized as the worldwide epicenter of marine biodiversity. Not only for corals and fish but many other marine organisms as well and therefore a global priority for conservation. The region covers only a very small portion of the planet’s oceanic area. Yet, it has the majority of all known coral species in the world. It is habitat for roughly half of all Indo-Pacific reef fishes and almost half of the world’s reef fishes.

The Raja Ampat, or “Four Kings,” archipelago encompasses more than 9.8 million acres of land and sea off the northwestern tip of Indonesia’s West Papua Province. Located in the Coral Triangle, the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, the seas around Raja Ampat possibly hold the richest variety of species in the world. The area’s massive coral colonies show that its reefs are resistant to threats like coral bleaching and disease —threats that now jeopardize the survival of corals around the world.

In addition, Raja Ampat’s strong ocean currents sweep coral larvae across the Indian and Pacific Oceans to replenish other reef ecosystems. Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience to threats, and ability to replenish reefs make it a global priority for marine protection.

 

Raja Ampat Archipelago Liveaboard Dive Cruises

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Disclaimer: All itineraries below are only for orientation and might be modified due to weather conditions, sea conditions and other external causes. Departures are only guaranteed with a minimum of 12 passengers.

 

DIVING CRUISE – 7 Days / 6 Nights

DAY 1: Sorong
Arrive in Sorong at the newly built Dominique Edward Osok airport. Our representative will be waiting outside the arrival hall and ready to escort you to the ship for immediate boarding. Our Safety Briefing, Safety DVD, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing from Sorong Harbour. During the journey to our first dive site take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Dives: Check Dive at Black Rock or Yum Slope

DAY 2: Piaynemo Island
Melissa’s Garden, Barracuda Reef, Galaxy, Anita’s Garden. All of these dive sites offer world class diving, fantastic corals and a huge amount of fish. Because the substrate at Melissa’s Garden is exceedingly delicate, absolute attention to good buoyancy is required. Also this is a good chance to trek to one of the most famous view points in the region.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dives: 3 day dives + 1 night dive + trekking.

DAY 3: Yanggefo Island
Myhem, Citrus Ridge, Gam Ridge, and Mangroves. This area offers some truely unique environments to dive in. The vibrant orange soft corals of Citrus Ridge provide a stunning back drop to this site, home to barracudas, bumphead parrot fish and sea snakes are common here. Myhem offers schools of bat fish, surgeon fish and snappers with the occasional Wobbegong sleeping under the coral heads. Gam Ridge is a good place to spot Eagle and Mobula rays. The Mangroves offer some stunning photo opportunities, diving late in the day around 4 pm when the sun is low in the sky gives some stunning shafts of light in the mangrove shallows.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dives: 3 day dives + 1 night dive

DAY 4: Arborek Island
Manta Sandy, Manta Ridge, Airborek Island & Jetty. Manta Sandy and Manta Ridge are two of the most reliable Manta congregation spots in the Dampier Strait. Here you can look at the majestic animals somersaulting through the water while they are cleaned by several species of Wrasse and even Butterflyfish. The Jetty at Airborek offers unique photo opportunities of the long wooden pillars covered with soft corals and seafans, if your lucky the local kids will be at play, jumping in the water eager to get on your photo reel. Airborek Jetty offers one of the best night dives in Raja Ampat where Blue Ring Octopus, Harlequin Shrimp and Wobbegong are often seen.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dives: 3 day dives + 1 night dive

DAY 5: Dampier Strait + Swingkrai
Mikes Point, Sardine Reef, Mioskon and Friwinbondan. Before dive activities begin we have an early rise, we go in search of the Red Bird of Paradise at Sawingkrai Village on Gam. We then continue to Mike’s Point. Schooling sweetlips, patroling black tip reef sharks and interesting macro subjects such as small octopus and shrimp thrive in these craggy coral niches. Sardine Reef. Actually sardines are not found at this site but you won’t miss them. Fusiliers, Surgeonfish, Trevally, Rainbow Runners, Sweetlips and Bannerfish crowd the open water and swarm over a reef decorated with sea fans. Mioskon Reef is home to hundreds of lined snappers that usually cover the slope, schools of glass fish hide in coral bommies and Wobbegongs are very common here. Friwinbondan offers an good night dive with Nudibranches, many shrimps and if your lucky a Walking Shark (Epaulette shark)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Dive: 3 day dives + 1 night dive + trekking

DAY 6: Kri Island
Cape Kri, Cape Mansuar, Located in the Dampier Strait on Mansuar & Kri Islands. This site is one of the top dives in Raja. Cape Kri is recorded as having the most amount of fish species counted on a single dive by reknown icthylologist Dr Gerald Allen. Cape Mansuar is not far behind with large schools of barracuda, surgeon fish, bumphead parrotfish and many friendly turtles. A perfect way to end your trip.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Dives: 2 morning dives

DAY 7: Sorong
After breakfast, prepare for disembarkation. Be ready to leave the boat and you will be transferred to Sorong Airport. Your diving journey has ended and we shall look forward to welcoming you onboard again. Meals: Breakfast

 

RAJA AMPAT CRUISE DETAILS

WHAT’S INCLUDED?​

En-suite accommodation with air-conditioner

Full day meals (light breakfast, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, dinner)

Free flow tea/coffee and mineral water

Sea Safari Cruises souvenir

Certified Dive Master (ratio 1 DM : 4 divers)

Compressor, regular air fills 3000 psi or 200 bar, tank, weight belt

ENOS diver emergency GPS locator

Snorkeling gear and Kayak

Jasaraharja cruise & diving accident insurance
*DAN insurance for an additional charge can be arranged

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

International/domestic airfare and airport tax

Soft drinks and alcohol beverages

Personal travel Insurance

Gratuities to guide and crew

Onboard telecommunication

Laundry service

Entrance fee

EAN 32% Nitrox

Dive gear (available for rent)

 
 

Ambon & Banda Sea

 

 

UNTOUCHED UNDERWATER WORLD

Blessed with a colorful underwater world with a vibrant and healthy reef system, the untouched Banda Sea has clear waters that make it a comfortable home for large pelagic fish, beautiful reefs, and unspoiled corals bursting with life. Discover unique and spectacular landscapes above and below the waves, where volcanic activity has created a remote island paradise that divers can enter only through liveaboard.

UNFORGETTABLE DIVING EXPERIENCE & SPECTACULAR DIVING

Diving varies from island to island, and you will be able to see some great muck diving sites with droppings, great wall dives, some places that attract big pelagics, such as hammerhead sharks, and beautiful coral gardens. The diving sites have excellent conditions, great visibility, and mild to strong ocean currents. Not only that it offers an unforgettable diving experience, Banda Sea also has a rich and interesting history from their successful spice trades.

EXTRAORDINARY VARIETY

ABUNDANT MARINE LIFE

With no shortage of magnificent macro sites, Banda Sea is also home to many large pelagic fish. Large fish includes hammerhead sharks, dolphins, and even various whales. Mantas, Mobula rays, and large tuna often visit the area too. Macro species and small critters enthusiasts will not be disappointed either. Nudibranch, seahorses, frogfish, scorpion fish, mandarin fish, and many other small creatures can be spotted at various dive sites.

 

Ambon & Banda Sea Liveaboard Cruise

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DIVING CONDITIONS

Depth: 5 – 40m+
Visibility: 15 – 30m
Currents: Gentle, but can be strong
Surface conditions: Calm
Water temperature: 26 – 29°C
Diving difficulty: Intermediate – advanced
Number of dive sites: 25+

Best time to dive: March – April, mid-September – December
Recommended length of stay: minimum 7 days

 

DIVING CRUISE – 7 Days / 6 Nights Northern Ambon – Bandanaira – Ambon
(also available as 9 Days / 8 Nights Cruise)

Reef dives around Ambon are also spectacular with good coral coverage, schooling fish and unusual formations. There are so many species of fish present in the Ambon region that specialists cannot give the exact total number. What is known is that there are more than 3000 species of fish and several hundred species of corals accounted for with the numbers still rising. Even the healthiest of Caribbean reefs has only 10 or 20 percent of the species diversity of a comparable reef in Ambon.

Ambon’s diving was one of the mecca’s of Indonesia’s diving. The near-mythical Twilight Zone, king of the Muck Dives in Ambon at Laha is still great. Previously this site was filled with devil scorpionfish, strange octopus, boxer crabs, leaf scorpionfish, nudibranchs galore, weird frogfish, shrimps, stargazers, the list goes on.

This is an amazing opportunity to explore Ambon’s and Banda Neira’s underwater world.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Ambon
Well-known as one of the best spots for dive aficionados, Ambon harbor is a long, deep harbor surrounded on both sides by steep, verdant volcanic slopes. A true sense of history overcomes one; imagining the great seafarers like Magellan, Cook and others sailing down the same bay’s mouth. One gets the impression that the area cannot have changed much since the days of these great explorers. The first dive site is under a pier close to the Ambon airport and has the boasting rights of being able to call itself the first great muck site in the world; this is normally where one can get a glimpse of the rare Ambon scorpion fish.

Also on offer is a pristine wreck covered with hard and soft corals, lots of fish and resting upright in relatively shallow water.

Day 2, 3 & 4: Banda Neira (12 dives)
Banda, has an important place in Indonesian and world history. Dominated by a 2500-foot active volcano, for more than three hundred years these tiny islands were the centre of wealth for the Dutch colonies.
The diving is also well-known for its good reef dives on the east and north sides of the islands. Here not only marine life treasures such as pipe fish of all varieties, frog fish of many varieties and color variations, and a plethora of juvenile fish seeking sanctuary in the calm waters, but also the least bashful and largest mandarin fish ever! These colorful gems are out of their hiding places all day and are in such shallow water that they can be seen from the pier.

Several famous dive sites are Suangi IslandLava Flow BandaBatu Kapal, Next Village as well as dive spot next to the Banda Harbour. Besides, we have an opportunity for trekking to Gunung Api. Next, we go back to Ambon

Day 5: Ambon – Nusa Laut (4 dives)
Nusa Laut is just east of Ambon was made famous from two of east Indonesia’s famous diving pioneers, Larry Smith and Edi Frommenweiler. Larry had said it was his favorite reef in the entire eastern region of this great archipelago. It is truly a spectacular location and a full days diving will be on offer. A dive next to the harbour will also be offered.

Day 6: Ambon( 4 dives)
Famous dive sites are wreck Ambon and Laha Muck Critters. We will offer four dives today.

Day 7: Ambon (2 dives)
Last two dives of the trip is offered.

Day 8: Ambon
Disembarkation. Trip ends

Facilities and Services Onboard

  • Deck state cabin located on the middle and upper deck with a sea-view
  • Deluxe cabin located on the lower deck
  • Air- conditioned cabins with private bathroom (hot and cold showers)
  • A tray of toiletries in each cabin
  • Dining room and Bar
  • 24 hours tea and coffee making facilities
  • Vegetarian food available on request
  • Easy access swim/boarding platform
  • Fresh water on deck shower
  • Complete scuba dive equipment
  • Snorkel, canoe and fishing equipment
  • TV, Karaoke & DVD entertainment units
  • Computer with Adobe Photoshop application
  • Laundry service
  • On Board telecommunication
  • 32% EAN Nitrox

Includes:

  • Accommodation onboard & meals (Light breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Tea/coffee, bottled water, tea-time snacks
  • National Park fee
  • Certified Dive Master (ratio 1 DM : 5 divers)
  • Cruise Accident Insurance
  • Harbor and anchor fee
  • Government tax
  • Compressor, regular air fills 3000 psi or 200 bar, tank, weight belt

Excludes:

  • International/domestic airfare and airport tax
  • Soft drinks and alcohol beverages
  • Personal travel Insurance
  • Gratuities to guide and crew
  • Onboard telecommunication
  • Laundry service
  • 32% EAN Nitrox – $20 per person per day

 

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