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This cruise, rich and varied, brings you to explore the most stunning scuba diving area of Indonesia. We start by the highlight of Raja Ampat, the fabulous Misool archipelago before heading slowly in the Moluccas sea. The unknown Weda’s Bay, with its otherworldly walls and underwater ridges and seamounts. The Patinti Strait hosts some healthy reefs and a rich marine life with incredible topographies and powerful currents and the virgin islands of Goriachi with their numerous seamounts.
The minimum level of certification is OWD + Adventure Deep Dive or AOW. Possibility to do the Adventure Deep Dive certification on board (40EUR to pay on board), or in any dive centers on land.
While this is the description of a typical Snorkeling trip, actual trips may vary due to wind and sea conditions, weather or guests preference
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Sorong – Misool
Upon arrival in Ternate, you will be picked up at airport by our team to join the boat. Welcome drink, boat briefing including safety rules on board and introduction of the crew members.
After approximately 1 hour of navigation, we will have our first dive check in Lampu Merah.
Overnight sailing to Misool.
Dive 1: Farondi Cave, surprising site with a cave, a swimthrough and a nice wall with overhangs.
Dive 2: Batu Tiga, a beautiful dive with the midday light… 3 rocks connected together by 2 passages covered of colorful dendronephthya corals and sea fans. The Northern part is the most colonized with a nice pinnacle. The endemic walking-shark already had been spotted there.
Dive 3: Razerback Rock, this rock can be explored on the exposed or the protected side depending of the divers’ level. With a short plateau, the site owns nice walls on its sides. Possible encounter with devil rays or spanish mackerel.
From Farondi to Boo (Misool)
Dive 1: Balbulol Corner, shallow dive in a wonderful cave. Entrance via a canyon full of soft coral. Haven of peace for all the nudibranchs.
Dinghy ride in the stunning lagoon of Balbulol. Sugar loafs, crystal clear water and breathtaking landscapes.
Dive 2: Taka Saleh, this seamount is made of four pinnacles. From the smallest to the biggest, this underwater reef has an explosive marine life.
Dive 3: Boo Window, for the wide angle’s photographers!! After spending your non-decompression time following the ridge and the pinnacles of the site, you will be excited to cross a beautiful 10 meters deep plateau covered of bid boulders and surprised by the famous Boo windows in the last 5 meters. By calm sea, you would have fun to cross this passage back and forth.
Magic Mountain (Misool)
Dive 1: Whalerock, just like almost everywhere in Misool, you can find here a great variety of pygmy seahorses such as Barbiganti and Denise.
Dive 2: Magic Mountain, another highlight! Seamount in the Eastern part of Warakaraket, a theater of marine life at its best. Sharks and pelagics are part of the show!
Dive 3: Yilliet Kecil, famous for all the red sea fans covered with white dots.
From Fiabiacet to Wayilbatan (Misool)
Dive 1: Tank Rock, another highlight of the M.P.A. That’s the kind of dive you won’t know where to look. Barracudas, sharks, fusiliers, spanish mackerel, trevallies are congregating around this ridge-shaped reef, with pinnacles covered of soft coral. Manta rays can show up.
Dive 2: Neptune’s fan, special dive for pygmies and sea fans. Try to find the red Denise! For the topography, we have a nice wall, falling to 30 meters. Colonies of Tunicates and sponges are numerous. Lots of colors and life.
Dive 3: 4 kings, one of the highlight of Misool. 4 submerged pinnacles in the middle of nowhere. Pelagic action, soft corals, fishes and fishes…
Pulau Pisang (Moluccas)
Dive 1: Batuanyer besar, other Island off the South-East coast of Pisang, it offers some nice surprises with possible encounter with sharks and dolphins….
Dive 2: Banana reef, nice reef in South of Pisang.
Dive 3: Batuanyer Kecil, those 2 Islands are located on the East part of Pisang and have really dense vegetation. Really rich underwater life too, they are connected by a submerged ridge. Awesome dive.
In the night, departure to Pulau Joronga, 5 hours of sailing.
Pulau Joronga (Moluccas)
Dive 1: Rainbow Rush, the Domoro point is over-populated of rainbow Jacks but also napoleons and some black tip sharks.
Dive 2: Karang Batuanyer, big rock in South of Joronga. Lots of actions on this site.
Dive 3: Pulau Ganone, attractive dive along a wall full of fish.
At the end of the day, departure to Selat Patinti for about ten hours of sailing.
Selat Patinti (Moluccas)
Dive 1: Jabu, vibrant coral reefs, inhabited by numerous “smalls” and others bigger. The South/South East point is certainly the most spectacular.
Dive 2: Saleh Besar, drifting in the channel with a succession of mini canyons and rock blocks… Less big pelagics but very fishy.
Dive 3: Selat Proco, the best dive in this area. Really surprising topography. Black tips, grey reef sharks, tasars, dog tooth tuna, mini canyons and overhangs… Unmissable!
In the evening, departure to the Goriachis, about ten hours sailing.
Goriachi Islands (Moluccas)
Dive 1: Pulau Laigoma, nice drifting in shallow water, perfect for a first dive of the day. Black tips, bumphead parrots, tasars and beautiful hard corals in the 5 meters.
Dive 2: Pintu Manis, the best dive in Goriachi. Extended rock from West to East that owns a superb coral. Black tips, napoleons, tasars, sweetlips, etc…
Dive 3: Pulau Goweba, small group of islands in West of Pulau Siko. In North, pinnacles, rocks and splendid wall that go straight to the outside of the reef then go down to 50 meters. Some napoleons as well as jack fish and bumphead parrots. A tunnel waits for us at 10 meters.
Departure after the 3rd dive, arriving in the morning.
Jailolo Bay (Moluccas)
Dive 1: Matui seamount, submerged plateau which culminates in 5 meters depth. Relatively exposed to currents, it has an active marine wildlife. While diving off the exposed side, you will have a big chance to see predators.
Dive 2: Batu Babua, rock with falling walls up to 90 meters that allow encounter with numerous pelagics.
End of the trip and transfer to airport according to your flight schedule.
The route is always organized according to the weather conditions, the currents and tides.