This cruise, rich and varied, brings you to explore the most stunning scuba diving area 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 frogfish, Indian walkman, Ambon scorpionfish, Rhinopias, Ghost pipefish, Seahorses and other creatures could be spotted there. The next stop is in the historical Banda islands. Then we head to the fabulous Raja Ampat National Park, more precisely in Misool, epicenter of the biodiversity in the world. This underwater wonderland is an Eden for divers!
Upon arrival in Ambon, you will be picked up by our team to join the boat. We’re leaving the anchorage for a few hours of navigation with a welcome drink accompanied with a light meal. Two muck dives around the jetty at the Twilight Zone, with a vast array of critters and oddities to be found.
Two dives at the famous site Ameth’s Knoll, a reef along 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 at the next village to the south.
Day 3 & 4
Cultural visit around Banda neira, the heart of the Spice Islands: Fort Rotterdam, the Governors House and the nutmeg plantation. Dive Batu Kapal around noon and Pulau Soanggi in the afternoon.
Dive the famous sites in Ai and Run Islands, with sheer walls offering excellent drift dives along massive barrel sponges, giant fans and schools of fish, and the eventual presence of larger fish. Afternoon dive in the Lava Flows, a stunning hard coral garden that grew at a astounding speed after Gunung Api’s last eruption in 1988.
Day 5 & 6
BANDA NEIRA – PULAU KOON
Dive around Karang Hatta and other sites in the Banda group. Night in Banda neira, the most beautiful natural anchorage of Indonesia. Dusk dive at the mandarinfish site.
Dive 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.
Day 7 & 8
PULAU KOON – YILLIET
Dive the fabulous reefs of the Fiabacet group, such as Nudi Rock, Tank Rock, Whale Rock and Shadow Reef (aka Manta Mountain). Optional visit to Misool Eco Resort and overnight sailing to Pulau Koon.
Two dives in Jamur Boo (Boo Rocks) and night dive in Yilliet.
Day 9 – 11
Two dives in Sagof, afternoon in Baby Rock and night dive in Nudi City (Gamfi).
Dive in the afternoon at one of the reefs surrounding Sorong.
End of the trip, our tenders will take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.
The route and dives are always organized according to the weather conditions, the currents and tides.