Raja Ampat & Banda Sea Liveaboard Ondina

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  • Banda Sea / Raja Ampat
  • 12 Days/11 Nights
  • 0 Review
  • Unlimited
  • Not Available
  • Additional Dives
  • Airport Pick Up
  • Boat Cabin Accommodation
  • Daily Scheduled Dives
  • Dive Guide
  • ENOS
  • Full Board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Hotel/Airport to Boat Transfer
  • Land Excursions
  • Meals
  • NITROX
  • Port and/or National Park Entrance Fees
  • Soft Drinks
  • Tour Guide
From 4.396,00$
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Raja Ampat & Banda Sea Liveaboard Ondina

Raja Ampat & Banda Sea

Liveaboard Cruise with S.M.Y ONDINA

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Cruise Duration & Rates:

Embarkation is on the first day and disembarkation on the last published day early in the morning.

Embark: Sorong  Disembark: Ambon …or reverse

12 Days/11 Nights – 4.070 Euro

Please Note: ONDINA Liveaboard is charging it’s liveaboard cruise rates in Euro! This websites general currency setting in US$ are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations.

 

raja ampat north banda ondina liveaboard route

 

Price includes

  • The same number of nights as of days of the cruise, disembarking in the morning of the last published date.
  • Transfers from the airport or hotel to the boat, and back at the end of the cruise.
  • Full board, soft drinks, tea, coffee, fruits and snacks.
  • Full Board on board, Tea, Coffee, Snacks and 1 Soft Drink at lunch and Dinner.
  • An average of 3 or 4 dives per day. Night dives almost every day unless conditions or long sailing distance do not permit it. Check dive in the afternoon plus night dive on the day of arrival, and two morning dives on the last day to allow for desaturation before departure the following day.
  • Land tours as specified in the schedule of the cruise.
  • Diving tanks and weights for divers. Snorkeling gear and one intro dive for non-divers.
  • Additional complimentary services onboard such as library, music or first aids.

Price does NOT include

  • Any other way of transportation than SMY Ondina or MY Oceanic.
  • Alcoholic drinks, tips & gratuities and any other onboard service not specified above like, equipment rental, nitrox… etc
  • Harbour fee of 250 Euros to be paid onboard or transferred together with the price of the cruise. This is to cover the expenses of National Park and M.P.A. fees, fuel surcharge and harbor clearance.

Land Tours

  • Every cruise we run short excursions to visit spectacular landscapes, local villages, wildlife, deserted beaches… etc. This doesn’t affect the number of dives scheduled unless agreed upon by the guests.
  • If you want to visit any other place in Indonesia before or after the cruise we can refer you to our local partner that specializes in organizing land tours and extensions across the country.

 

Raja Ampat & Banda Sea Cruise

 
The image of Raja Ampat is a maze of limestone islands topped with greenery and surrounded by turquoise lagoons has captivated westerners since the first sailors set foot on this region in the fifteenth century. The same soft limestone creates a very interesting topography underwater, with caves, canyons, passages and swim-throughs in virtually every dive. Fed by the nutrient-rich tidal currents from the Pacific, the myriad of little islets produce exuberant reefs, with pastel-colored soft corals, gigantic sea fans on many different shades and colors, and countless other forms of sessile life. More of 75% of the world’s reef building coral species known to science occur here, and fish life boasts a similar record, with over 1.400 species of fish, from which more than 20 are endemic to the waters of Raja Ampat.
 
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The Four Kings (or Raja Ampat, as the four islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool are commonly referred to), are a true diving paradise. With its outstanding landscapes of limestone karst spires, primitive fishing villages, vast expanses of mangroves, and of course birds of Paradise, it is without a shadow of a doubt one of the best diving destinations in the world.
 
 

The Banda Sea is the deepest in the world. Reaching 8.000 m. in some points (Mariana’s trench, the deepest point in the world, is 11.000), is also part of the Ring of Fire, the chain of volcanic islands that follow the faulty line from the western end of Indonesia up to Sulawesi and the Philippines… These are the famed Spice Islands, the heart of the spice trade during the Dutch occupation of the Banda islands, where nutmeg and mace were originally from, or Ambon, where pepper was the main trade. To the east, the Kay islands offer a radically different look from its volcanic counterparts, with low sandy islands with powder white sand beaches, fringed with coconut palm trees.

 

banda sea liveaboard ondina

 

The Banda Sea is also the most exposed of the Inner Seas of Indonesia, thus requiring careful planning. These routes only take place in October and November, in the interval between the two monsoons, when the waters are more likely to be calm. Cruising the Banda sea involves more night powering than other routes, as we sail most nights, just to wake up every morning in a different location. But the adventurous divers are rewarded by impressive walls with giant sea fans, massive barrel sponges, thick schools of fish, and the common sights of pelagic fauna, including hammerheads.

 

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Sample Itinerary: 12 Days / 11 Nights Raja Ampat & Banda Sea
Liveaboard Cruise
From Sorong to Sorong 

Disclaimer: Itineraries 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 6 paying passengers.

1

Day 1: Sorong

Pick up at Sorong airport, transfer to the boat, welcome drink and accommodation. Check dive in the afternoon at one of the reefs surrounding Sorong. Overnight sailing to Misool.

  • Pelabuhan Sorong, Indonesia
  • 1 Dive
2

Day 2: Misool

Three day dives and night dive in the colorful reefs of Daram Islands (Misool): Andiamo, Candy Store and Warna Bewarna among others.

  • Misool, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua, Indonesia
  • 3-4 Dives Daily
3

Day 3-4: Boo Island

Diving around the main area of Misool, in some of the “classics” such as Nudi and Tank Rocks, Pulau Boo or Shadow Reef (Magic Mountain), as well as visit the black tip shark nursery in the beach at Yilliet. Evening of day 4 overnight sail to Pulau Koon.

  • Pulau Boo-besar, Tolobi, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua, Indonesia
  • 3-4 Dives Daily
4

Day 5: Koon Island

Three day dives around the very strategic eastern point of Pulau Koon, where the walls on both sides of the island converge into a sandy plateau facing a deep trench, congregating large masses of fish and the added excitement of some pelagic sightings. Overnight sail to Banda Islands.

  • Pulau Koon, Indonesia
  • 3-4 Dives Daily
5

Day 6: Banda islands

Full diving day in the Banda group, at famous sites such as Karang Hatta, Batu Kapal and Lava Flows amongst others. Mandarin dive at dusk and traditional dinner at a restored colonial house in Bandaneira, probably the most beautiful natural anchorage of Indonesia.

  • Banda Islands, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 3-4 Dives Daily
6

Day 7: Bandaneira

Cultural visit around Bandaneira, the heart of the Spice Islands: Fort Rotterdam, the Governors House and the nutmeg plantation. Dive Batu Kapal and Pulau Soanggi, and sail to Nusa Laut.

  • Banda Neira, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
  • Land Excursion & 2 Dives
7

Day 8: Pombo Island

Two morning dives at the famous site Ameth’s Knoll, a reef parallel to the coast that the local villagers have protected since the old times, to allow fish to spawn and spill over to adjacent areas. Afternoon and night dives in Pulau Pombo. Overnight sail to Ambon.

  • Pulau Pombo, Waai, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 3-4 Dives Daily
8

Day 9: Ambon

Two muck dives around the jetties at the Twilight Zone, with a vast array of critters and oddities to be found. Preparation for departure the morning after.

  • Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 2 Dives
9

Day 10: Ambon

Disembarkation

  • Port lotniczy Ambon (AMQ), Jl. Propinsi, Urimesing, Kota Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 0 Dives

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