Indonesia Liveaboard Cruise Destinations
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Seven Seas Cruise Destinations
Komodo National Park
With dragons on land and a utopia underwater, you’ll find an array of dive sites to suit every level of experience. Great landscapes, superb hikes, exotic wildlife and stunning views and beaches complete the picture. Hardly surprising then that this is one of our favorite choices.
Komodo National Park is a World Heritage site situated in the straits between Sumba and Flores and consists of the three larger islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller ones. Because of its unique geology, the islands have developed equally unique wildlife. With dragons on land and a utopia underwater, you will find an array of dive sites and hiking trails to suit every level of experience.
Komodo sits on the boundary between two great Oceans, with the Flores Sea as part of the Pacific in the north and the Indian Ocean in the South. Two completely different marine environments, with greatly different habitats and rapidly changing species compositions over the North to South gradient. The Indonesian Flow Through results in a net current from North to South, but tidal currents bring Indian Ocean water up North on strong rising tides and offer a mix of species throughout Komodo. Basically the best of both worlds, and all within very short distances making it easy to cover a huge variety of sites with a minimal amount of steaming.
From pristine corals, mantas, sharks, turtles, dolphins, dugong and giant pelagics to tiny pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs and frog fish, you’ll find the diversity of marine life inspiring if not mind boggling. The islands feature a dramatic wild savannah landscape with patches of forest especially on the southern hills of Komodo and Rinca. White and red sand beaches, blue lagoons teeming with fish and some of the most spectacular underwater scenery in the world entice divers and guests from around the world.The underwater topography is as varied as the marine life it homes. Dive sites vary from gentle coral slopes to sheer cliff walls, channels, flat bottoms, pinnacles, caves, swim-throughs and a host of hard and soft corals. From the Flores Sea in the north, the warm waters gradually become cooler as you travel southwards into the Indian Ocean.Komodo boasts countless beautiful deserted beaches, hiking trails, great wildlife, shallow reefs for snorkeling and lagoons for water-skiing. Perfect for divers to take their family on a holiday, as there is something to be discovered for everyone.CLIMATE INFORMATION
|Southeast Monsoon Season:||May through October|
|North West Monsoon Season:||December through March|
|Change-over Months:||April and November|
|Air temperature:||27 – 32°C|
|Water temperature:||Generally ranging from 24 to 30°C. Warmest in the North and coolest in the South during the Southeast Monsoon season while patterns are reversed during the North West Monsoon season.|
|Best time to dive:||Year Round with best diving in the North during South East Monsoon and best diving in the South during North West Monsoon.|
|Other interesting info:||Dive conditions vary with the tides, throughout the day. Therefore it is important to dive with the tide tables to hit every site at the optimal time. This is where your Seven Seas crew and dive guides excel!|
Southern waters: Generally provide better visibility from December through April. Lower visibility in the dry season – in the south – is due to oceanic up-welling and plankton richness, which makes this area very rich in marine life, especially invertebrates. An underwater photographers dream! Highest temperatures in the south are during the rainy season. Click here for our Deep South Komodo cruises.
Northern waters: Generally provide better visibility year round. Water temperature is usually higher. Fish are abundant everywhere but the rocks and reefs in ‘current’ areas provide the best chances for spotting the bigger fish, especially the sharks and pelagics.
– Superb for diving and snorkeling
– Hikes of 45 mins to 2.5 hrs to see the Komodo dragons, wild deer, horses and buffaloes
– Deserted beaches and surrounding hills are ideal for your sunset drinks on the beach
– Bays where the boat will anchor are perfect for afternoon water-skiing
– Slow tours with one of the tenders or kayaks to explore the coastline from the water
– Fishing is allowed in the pelagic fishing zone and outside the National Park
– Near Sangean Island, troll for tuna, Spanish mackerel, sail fish and giant trevally
HOW TO GET THERE
– Bali to Labuan Bajo on the mainland of Flores (daily), and
– Bali to Bima in Sumbawa at the other side of the Park (daily)
Board The Seven Seas in Benoa Harbour, Bali, and sail to Komodo National Park in 5 days. You get to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Lombok, Sumbawa and Sangean Volcano. Delight in some excellent dives on the way and don’t forget to catch a tuna at Sangean! This cruise is also offered in reverse direction, from Komodo to Bali.
Raja Ampat Archipelago
The legendary Raja Ampat archipelago to the northwest, Cenderawasih Bay to the north, and Triton Bay to the south, the variety of experiences available in West Papua range from unforgettable scuba dives, sea kayaking / SUP paddling across a constellation of beautiful islands, world-class hiking and bird-watching opportunities, and so much more.
Known as the Bird’s Head Seascape, this ecological treasure trove covers more than 225,000 square kilometers and is home to the world’s most biodiverse coral reefs. Exploring Raja Ampat and the surrounding Seascape is one of our signature trips aboard the Seven Seas – let us show you the very very best of this amazing paradise in Eastern Indonesia.
The islands of Raja Ampat invite you to explore, experience, immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of the Coral Triangle’s crown jewel. From Wayag, Misool, Batanta, to the Fam Islands and Wagmab Island chain (just to name a few) – the variety of activities available in and around this natural wonderland are among the most diverse to be found on any liveaboard dive trip.
Explore the iconic islands of Wayag by sea kayak, pausing to take a swim on a secluded beach before paddling into a wonderland of shallow coral reefs and hidden coves. Karst limestone cliffs project like castle walls from the sapphire blue water – arguably one of the best places on earth to explore by sea kayak or stand up paddle board.
Further south, the beehive-shaped karst islands of the Wagmab Island chain offer a stunning network of kayaking and dive spots.
Divers dream of the legendary dive spots around Misool, where an encyclopedia’s worth of marine creatures can be found. The rocky islands to the Southeast of Misool offer excellent snorkeling as well as the chance to explore networks of caves and underground rivers.
An enormous atoll can be found in the Pacific waters to the north, around Ayau Island.
With so many highlights spread over such a wide area, and with land access difficult or non-existent, The Seven Seas liveaboard offers the perfect platform for getting the most out of your time in Raja Ampat.
You’ll wake up in a new, jaw-dropping destination every morning – spend the day diving, trekking the rainforest, sea kayaking, stand up paddling, or just pausing to take in another stunning panoramic view from the comfort of our upper lounge while sipping a sunset drink or enjoying a pre-dinner snack.
Our core itinerary usually requires the full fourteen days of cruising, allowing enough time to explore several of the highlights of Raja Ampat as well as allowing time to explore new areas away from the typical route.
For most divers, Raja Ampat is truly the trip of a lifetime – an unforgettable opportunity to experience one of the most incredible marine environments on the planet.
With more species than anywhere else on earth, diving in and around Raja Ampat can feel like the underwater equivalent of bird watching – you’ll have a chance to see species that you’ve not found anywhere else. From rare invertebrates and coral species, all the way up to whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, and even migrating orcas, sperm whales and baleen whales – Raja Ampat offers the ultimate variety of dive sites to suit even the most experienced underwater explorer.
From the unforgettable reefs of the Fam Island group, the pelagic fish and manta rays of the Dampier Strait, the incredible critter & macro diving at Batanta and Aljui Bay, to the beautiful coral gardens and snorkeling spots around Misool, you’ll have the chance to fill up your camera’s memory card (or your own memory bank) with something you’ve never seen underwater before.
Our newest cruises have ventured to Triton Bay, where divers and snorkelers have the chance to dive and snorkel with whale sharks (and sometimes dolphins) below the traditional ‘bagan’ used by local fishermen to catch small fish.
With new dives and snorkels discovered on many of our voyages here, your divemasters aboard the Seven Seas invite you to experience an unbelievable variety of dive spots in Raja Ampat.
– Spectacular diving and snorkeling
– Sensational kayaking in the shallow bays, especially in the mangrove forests
– Slow afternoon cruise with one of the tenders – get up-close-and-personal with the stunning land scenery
– Bird spotting – find the illusive Bird of Paradise from the water
– Hiking into the forest to experience the diversity of birds and animals
– We have a number of contacts with the local people who can guide you on your search for mysterious birds and plants
– Fishing – unexplored fly-fishing for bonefish or deep water trolling for marlin and sailfish
HOW TO GET THERE
Flights: To Sorong, then simply stroll from the airport and board The Seven Seas. Seven Seas also offers itineraries that start in Ambon, visit sites in the Banda Sea, then continue through Raja Ampat to end in Sorong. And the other way around.
East of Flores
THE ISLANDS – Adunara, Solor, Lembata, Pantar, to the Island of Alor in the East of the Nusa Tenggara – the islands east of Flores and Komodo are some of the least explored in the entire Indonesian archipelago. The relative difficulty in reaching these enchanted islands by land means the chance to experience some of the world’s top dive sites in relative solitude. The Seven Seas liveaboard offers the ultimate platform for getting the most out of your time here – you’ll wake up in a new, jaw-dropping destination every morning, spend the day diving, visiting villages, sea kayaking, or just taking in each new panorama from the comfort of our upper lounge before sunset drinks and dinner under the stars.
With new dives discovered on nearly every one of our voyages here, your divemasters aboard the Seven Seas invite you to experience an unparalleled diversity of dive sites on our East of Flores cruise.
From classic wall dives and panoramic gardens of hard and soft corals to newly-discovered muck dives in Lembata and Pantar, the incredible range of dives we offer our guests has earned enthusiastic reviews from even the most well-traveled underwater explorers.
Experienced divers thrill at the opportunity to drift rocky corners, islets and pinnacles along the Southern shores and in the straits between these islands – adrenaline diving at its most exciting, offering the chance to see large pelagic species and schools of tuna.
Underwater naturalists can explore a stunning array of diverse habitats, with hard coral reefs, pinnacles and walls covered in combinations of hard and soft corals and other invertebrates. Other sites offer sandy habitats (volcanic black, reef white), sea grass beds and even a few blue water mangrove forests.
In Lembata we have a fantastic new site believed to be one of the region’s best new muck dives. At this site we have found the ‘Holy Grail of underwater photography’, the rare Rhinopias or “weedy” scorpionfish on every visit to date.
Numerous other rare and unusual forms of marine life are found here, such as frog fish and various species of octopus. Combined with existing critter sites at Maumere, the Brewery at Lembata, Beang Abeng in Pantar, Clownfish Alley at Pura and Ghost Town in Alor we can offer a wide range of sites to build the ultimate dive itinerary.
Indonesia’s “Forgotten Islands” – also known as the Southeast Moluccas (Maluku Tenggara) – are not a single destination, but rather a 1,000 km long chain of archipelagos stretching from Timor to West Papua on the island of New Guinea. Undeveloped, distant from population centers and far off any beaten path, these “Forgotten Islands” have been largely isolated from the rest of Indonesia and the world.
The terrain of these islands varies from forested mountainous peaks in the Inner Banda Arc of islands (Wetar, Roma, Damar, Nila), with peaks as high as 868 m (on Damer) to essentially flat islands of the easternmost Aru and Kei island groups, dominated by savannah, mangroves and broadleaf forests.
The Inner Arc islands are volcanic, while the island groups in the Outer Banda Arc (Leti, Luang, Sermata, Babar and Tanimbar islands) are mostly up thrust coralline limestone, often characterized by terracing resulting from periodic uplift and changes in sea level.
Together, the islands of Maluku Tenggara make up the eastern end of the bio-geographic province of Wallacea, a transitional region between continental Southeast Asia and Australia-New Guinea, with flora and fauna of the easternmost islands the most similar to New Guinea.
Culturally, most of the Austronesian peoples of the islands of Maluku Tenggara appear to be closely related, sharing similar languages, myths, and traditional beliefs. They are known for their powerful woodcarvings and sculptures depicting ancestral figures, distinctive hand woven ikat fabrics, and plaited bamboo and palm baskets.
The Forgotten Islands offer some of the best diving in Indonesian waters. Attractions include gin-clear waters, patch reefs and coral bommies, spectacular wall dives and unbelievable drop-offs. On our inaugural trips to the Forgotten Islands in 2010, our excited visitors enjoyed seeing schools of massive Bumphead parrotfish, tornadoes of Big-eye trevallies, Giant trevallies, Spanish mackerel, schooling barracuda, hammerhead sharks and a whale shark to mention a few highlights only.
Since 2012 we are offering three expeditions to the Forgotten Islands each year between late October and early December. The first trip each year starts in Maumere (Flores), heads East through the Forgotten Islands, and ends in Saumlaki, in the Tanimbar Group. The second cruise starts in Saumlaki and circles around the outer and inner Banda Arcs to returns to Saumlaki after a full circle of the South East Maluku archipelago.
The third and final cruise of the season starts in Saumlaki, hits all the best spots of the Forgotten Islands, and then crosses the Banda Sea via a number of stops at remote sites to head further north via Koon at East Seram and through the South East Misool area of Raja Ampat, to end this epic trip in Sorong. Detailed itineraries in this area will vary according to weather and diving conditions and other factors.
Steep drop offs, impressive hard coral and some fast currents make this area absolutely breathtaking. Schools of jacks are a familiar sight, as are large tuna, many turtles, Napoleon wrasse, groupers, rays, sharks and large lobsters. Great visibility is a blessing here, and there are also some special critter sites.
The Banda Sea is surrounded by islands from the large islands of Buru, Halmahera, Ambon and Seram in the north towards Gorom, Kei and Aru in the east, the islands of Tanimbar, Wetar and Reong, and a series of smaller islands such as Babar and Moa, touching East Timor in the south. Ambon Bay is host to some of Indonesia’s best critter diving. The nearby island of Halmahera is still largely unexplored and has recently produced some stunning sites.Gunung Api is an isolated volcanic peak rising from the heart of the Banda Sea. Surrounded by crystal clear waters this uninhabited island is home to thousands of nesting seabirds. Exuding sulphur both above and below the landmark, the water is also home to extraordinary numbers of banded kraits (sea snakes), which have become a special attraction for divers. It’s not unusual to have swarms of these non-aggressive sea snakes around you while diving on Gunung Api.The 5 tiny atolls of Lucipara in the middle of the Banda Sea are the tops of undersea mountains rising up over a mile from the ocean floor. The uninhabited beaches are ideal green turtle nesting sites, while the reef’s breathtaking drop off to ocean waters is ideal for diving and snorkeling. A highlight here is night diving with the rare Photoblepheron bandanensis or more commonly known as the “flash light fish”.
Also known as the Tukang Besi Archipelago, the Wakatobi Marine National Park is the second largest Marine Park in Indonesia. Its four main islands of Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko each lend the first two letters of their names to give the area its name.
Fast attracting a reputation as one of the top dive spots in the world, it’s hardly surprising as the islands enjoy some of the healthiest coral reefs you are likely to dive. Wakatobi has the largest atoll in the world (Kaledupa), which is home to some of the most bio-diverse marine life in the world. Dolphins, manta rays, whales, turtles, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and dugongs can all be found here.
Especially the small outer Islands, with their colonies of nesting seabirds and steep drop-offs for fantastic wall diving, will bring you eye to eye with some impressive schools of fish and some massive dogtooth tuna.
|Dry season:||May – November|
|Rainy season:||December – April|
|Air temperature:||27 – 32°C|
|Best time to dive:||October – December & March – May|
|Other interesting info:||March to May & October to December are usually periods of relatively calm weather.|
– Superb for wall-diving on the outer atolls and invertebrates at the larger islands
– Village trips to visit the Bajo communities, living in houses on stilts over the water
– Bays or atolls where the boat will anchor are perfect for afternoon water-skiing
– Explore the coastline in one of the tenders or kayaks
– Fishing for dogtooth tuna, yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel and trevally
HOW TO GET THERE
– Bali to Kendari then 1 hour transfer to the harbor and board The Seven Seas. Sail overnight to northern Wakatobi National Park
– Bali to Maumere then across to southern Wakatobi and leave from Kendari