This cruise, rich and varied, brings you to explore three stunning scubadiving areas of Indonesia. Your journey starts in the Ambon’s bay. Temple of the muck diving with the famous Lembeh’s strait, Laha is the mecca for underwater photographers looking for Critters. Hairy frog fish, Indian walkman, Ambon scorpion fish, Rhinopias, Ghost pipe fish, Seahorses and other creatures could be spotted there.
The next stop is in the historical Banda islands.
This Archipelago is composed of 7 main Islands. Pulau Ai and Run are off the West coast of Naira Island, where the harbor is located. The active volcano Island Gunung Api is the highest peak and protects Bandaneira from the western wind. With Banda Besar on its south, it creates a magnificent Bay in the middle of nowhere. On the Northeast off Banda Besar, Pisang and Hatta islands are the two last islands. The diving there is amazing, in warm and clear waters. Walls, great-shaped topography and beautiful hard coral garden are waiting for you. Hammerheads and oceanic sunfish have also been observed there…
Bandaneira’s museum, former Dutch Fort, Market and nutmeg plantations will be planned for a visit in the Banda Islands. A trek to the top of the Gunung Api volcano would be also possible, for the most morning and motivated ones.
Crossing the Seram Sea will drop us in Koon Island, protected by WWF, known as a giant grouper mating place and a heaven for turtles to bury their eggs. Our last stop will be in the famous Raja Ampat National Park, in Misool, epicenter of the biodiversity in the world. This underwater wonderland is an Eden for the divers. It hosts some of the best reefs of the world, with dramatic topography and a rich marine life. Schools of fish are hovering up to colorful soft coral, massive sea fans, and huge sponges… Misool is also wonderful on land with some picturesque karst formation, mysterious caves, and mangroves…
Pickup Ambon airport.
Dedicated to the muck diving, we will have 2 – 3 dives around the village of Laha.
Ghost pipe fish, Frog fish, Rhinopias, Indian Walkman, Nudis of all shapes and colours, Triggerfish, Ribbon eels, Leaf fish, many kind of schrimps, morays and other critters … spectacular!
Overnight sailing to Suanggi.
Banda Islands (West)
We will dive twice the Suanggi Rock. Underwater plateau with hills and valleys, curving walls with overhangs full of life. Quick visit of Bandaneira and a magical sunset dive with the Mandarin fish. Less shy than usual, photographers will be able to get the perfect shot. A unique experience!
Banda Islands (North)
Possibility to climb the Gunung Api volcano.
Diving on the former lava flow, swimming through the tunnel of Pohon Miring, and the exhilarating underwater pinnacles of Batu Kapal will be in the program of the day.
Banda Islands (East)
With the arch of Hole in the Wall, and the submerged reef of Karang Hatta we keep enjoying worldclass diving.
Koon Island (Misool)
We will dive twice the same site. A steep wall and a sandy slope with big boulders. Exposed to the current flows, this place is an explosion of life. Giant groupers, barracudas and all kind of reef fish congregate there.
Starting from the seamount of Magic Mountain, we are going to dive the underwater ridge, which connects Nudi and Tank Rock. Welcome in the colorful world of Misool, full pack of seafans (hosting the pygmee seahorse), corals and also oceanic manta rays, yellow tail barracudas, trevally, tuna, grey reef sharks and much more…
The most eastern group of rocks in Misool is again, a really special place with pinnacles, underwater ridges and walls with beautiful coral gardens. We never stop discovering new dive sites in this area.
Balbulol and Farondi (Misool)
We will explore the lagoon aboard the speed boa and watch the karst rock formations. We will have three great dives. Underwater ridge exposed to the current flow in Balbulol, caves and walls in Farondi.
Overnight sailing to the Dampier Strait.
Penemu and Manta Sandy, Dampier strait.
We will explore again an inside lagoon and walk to a nice panorama. Melissa’s garden and Keruo’s Wall would be our dives in Penemu. For the last dive of the day, we will try to observe the beautiful Manta Ray in their cleaning stations.
Kri, Dampier strait
Only 2 dives during the last day. Nothing better than finishing as a fest: diving the seamount of Blue Magic and Sardine. Manta ray, schools of fish, grey reef sharks…
End of the trip and transfer to the airport according to your flight schedules