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Banda Sea

The Banda Sea is located at the middle of the Maluku Islands between the two top diving destinations Papau and Java. The plankton-rich waters support reefs and sea mounts with abundant marine life. This itinerary includes a visit to Manuk, the island of snakes and the best place to dive with sea snakes. Excellent muck diving will also be found diving around Ambon where you will find world-class macro life all waiting to be photographed.  

Dive:  Ambon, Komba, Nusa Laut, Ring of Fire

Diving:

  • Number of dives:  28 – 40 depending on length of trip
  • Highlights:  Frogfish, nudibranchs, cuttlefish, seahorses, pipefish, juvenile spadefish and batfish and harlequin shrimp.  Large animals will be mobula and eagle rays, sharks, and possibly schooling hammerheads. Big animals such as sharks, barracudas, tuna and trevallies can be seen.
  • Skill level:  We recommend at least 50 dives of experience and advanced open water certification. Most dives are conducted as drift dives.
  • Reefs:  Healthy and lush hard and soft corals

Travel Details:

  • When to go:  April, October
  • Water temperature:  North of islands 80 – 84F, 27 – 28C except south of Forgotten Islands     75 – 77F, 24 – 25C
  • Shore excursions:  Hot springs

Wakatobi

Jacques Cousteau referred to diving the Wakatobi National Park, the third largest in Indonesia, as “diving nirvana”. Wakatobi includes the four (4) main islands of Wangi Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko encompassed by the park. Corals abound in prolific colors in all types of formations. This is a unique itinerary to a very pristine and isolated area with exceptional diving. 

Dive: Water surrounding Wangi Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko

Diving:

  • Number of dives:  28 – 40 depending on length of trip
  • Highlights: Schools of surgeonfish, big eye trevallies, fusiliers, dogtooth tuna, eagle rays, barracudas, turtles, batfish, giant groupers, manta rays, wobbegong sharks, dolphins and whales.
  • Skill level:  Intermediate to advanced, mostly drift diving, recommended at least 50 dives experience
  • Reefs:  On the reef, soft corals, leather corals, tunnels, caverns, walls, coral gardens

Travel Details:

  • When to go:  April and May
  • Water temperature:  84F, 29C
  • Shore excursions:  Local fishermen village, birdwatching

Komodo

Often overlooked on divers’ “bucket lists”, we believe Komodo to be an exceptional dive destination. In addition to an abundant variety of corals and marine life, it includes a protected national park with Komodo dragons, pink sand beaches, Manta Alley (aptly named), nudibranchs, frogfish, octopus and drift diving. Home to hundreds of colorful coral species, pipefish, scorpion fish, batfish, trevallies and plenty of mantas and sharks.

Dive: 

  • Komodo National Park
  • Gili Lawah Luat and Gili Lawah Darat
  • Padar, North and South Rinca

Diving:  

  • Number of dives:  18 – 29 depending upon length of trip
  • Highlights:  Macro life includes pygmy seahorses, ornate ghost pipefish and nudibranchs. Fish species range in the hundreds. Larger marine life includes manta rays, ocean sunfish, dolphins and eagle rays.
  • Skill level:  We recommend at least 50 dives of experience and advanced open water certification as most dives are conducted as drift dives with some current.
  • Reefs:  A variety of topography: wall dives, sea mounts and pinnacles, deep swim-throughs and shallow reefs. 260 reef-building corals and 70 types of sponges. Tidal currents originate from deeper, cooler water holding large amounts of nutrients and planktonic organisms that fertilize reefs.

Travel Details:

  • When to go:  May to September
  • Water temperature:  79 – 85F, 26 – 30C
  • Shore excursions:  Pink sand beaches and a Komodo National Park visit to see Komodo dragon

Forgotten Islands (Alor)

The Forgotten Islands are remote and isolated and stretch across one thousand miles of ocean with the Indian Ocean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south (water temperature can vary depending on the current). This secluded setting gives way to crystal clear waters and pristine corals, the perfect journey for liveaboard diving. Here you will find good visibility, big animals and fish and macro life associated with this very biodiverse part of the world.  

Dive:

  • Kuwala, Pantar and Alor Strait
  • Kalawasi Bay and East Flores depending on length of stay

Diving:  

  • Number of dives:  23 – 40 depending upon length of trip
  • Highlights:  Thresher sharks, possible mola mola, gray reef and white tipped sharks, sea snakes and barracuda. Macro life includes mandarin fish, blue ringed octopus and frogfish
  • Skill level:  We recommend at least 50 dives of experience and advanced open water certification. Most dives are conducted as drift dives.
  • Reefs:  Hard and soft corals galore in vibrant colors, sizes, structures and textures

Travel Details:

  • When to go:  March to May or October to November
  • Water temperature:  South of islands 75 – 77F, 24 – 25C, north of islands 80 – 84F, 27 – 28C
  • Shore excursions:  Visit hot springs and view an active volcano

 

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat, is an archipelago that sits off the northwestern tip of New Guinea Island and encompasses over 1,500 cays, islands and shoals in Indonesia. Renowned as a popular dive destination for its healthy reefs and exceptional biodiversity and its location within the Coral Triangle. Here you can see richly hued coral gardens along with marine mammals. This is truly a place to see it all.

Dive:

  • The waters surrounding Waigei, Batanta, Salawati and Misool
  • Misool National Park and Dampier Strait
  • Penemu, Farondi and Arborek depending on length of the trip

Diving:

  • Number of dives:  26 – 42 depending upon trip length
  • Highlights:  Unique and plentiful fish populations and marine animals range from sharks – spotted regularly, manta rays, turtles and wobbegong sharks to pygmy seahorses. Home to 1,500 species of fish, 500 species of coral and 15 species of mammals.  
  • Skill level:  We recommend at least 50 dives experience with intermediate to advanced skills. Most dives are drift dives.
  • Reefs:  Soft and hard corals, sloping reefs, vertical walls, tunnels, caverns

Travel Details:

  • When to go:  December to March
  • Water temperature:  81 – 86F, 27 – 30C

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