Raja Ampat, Banda Sea & Triton Bay Liveaboard MV Ambai

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  • 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
  • Welcome Drink
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Raja Ampat, Banda Sea & Triton Bay Liveaboard MV Ambai

Raja Ampat, Banda Sea & Triton Bay 

Liveaboard Cruise with MV AMBAI

 

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Cruise Duration & Rates start from:

From: Sorong  Disembark: Ambon or reverse

15 Days/14 Nights – 5.710 €

Please Note: MV AMBAI Liveaboard is charging it’s liveaboard cruise rates in Euro!
Published prices in US$ are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations.

 

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WHALE SHARKS, ALCYONIUMS & CORALS IN TRITON BAY

The beauty of its incredible soft corals that emerge from the surface is certainly one of the main marine attractions of Triton Bay. There are more than 959 different types of corals and 471 types of corals known in this area. Other highlights include black coral forests, overflowing sweetlips benches, vibrant macro lives, and a good chance to encounter whale sharks on Triton bay Bagan,  the fishing platforms that these giants come to visit to suck the fishermen net full of fish. In Triton Bay, the forests of black coral, the proliferation of gigantic sponges of all colors will delight the most jaded divers.

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Macro photography is also well represented in this region with antennae, ghost fish, and many cephalopods. Bagan fishing platforms are frequented by whale sharks who let themselves be approached and observe for as long as you like.

The destination is special: although superb, we never devote an entire cruise. Thus Triton Bay is either at the beginning or at the arrival of a cruise which also visits the Raja Ampat, the Banda Sea and its Ring of Fire or even, in 14 nights, both!

In our safaris, we take you not only to dive and cruise Triton Bay in Kaimana District but also to the famous Raja Ampat and the northern part of the Banda Sea and the Ring of Fire!

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This 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. World 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 & Port fees – Fuel surcharge: 350 €/pax (paid onboard)
 International and domestic flights
 Alcoholic beverages (you can BYOB)
 Diving equipment rental (see pricing below)
 100 cf (15 litre) tanks : 65 € / cruise
 Massage
 Crew gratuities
 

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Sample Cruise Itinerary: 15 Days / 14 Nights Ambon to Sorong or reverse

Raja Ampat, Banda Sea & Triton Bay Dive & Exploration Liveaboard Cruise

MV Ambai reserves the right to change the travel itinerary or any agreed services, if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require to do so.

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Day 1: Ambon

Reception at Ambon airport according to guest arrival flight. Transfer to the boat, installation on board, briefing. Departure in the afternoon.

  • Pattimura International Airport Ambon (AMQ), Jl. Propinsi, Urimesing, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia
  • Boarding - 0 Dives
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Day 2: Ambon Bay

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, Colemans shrimp and many other critters.

  • Ambon Bay, Indonesia
  • 3-4 Dives
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Day 3: Nusa Laut

Close to Ameth village. Excellent coral reef with large acropora stands, schools of fishes, lot of life.

  • Nusa Laut, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 3 Dives
4

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.

  • Pulau Suanggi, Tuniwara, West Seram Regency, Maluku, Indonesia
  • 3 Dives
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Day 5: Banda Islands

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

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

  • Pulau Koon, Indonesia
  • 3-4 Dives
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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

  • East Misool, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua, Indonesia
  • 3-4 Dives
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Day 10-11: Dampier Strait

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.

  • Dampier Strait, Papua New Guinea
  • 3-4 Dives
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Day 12: Sorong

Breakfast, Check-out according to guests flight schedule. Transfer to the airport, check-in assistance.

  • Port of Sorong, Indonesia
  • 0 Dives

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