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Woawis a three masted sailing vessel, constructed entirely from wood using traditional methods, evoking the southern seas, liberty, adventure, comfort, quality and style. With nine cabins for the guests (1 master, 2 superior and 6 deluxe), crew accommodation, dive equipment, multi media equipment and fantastic destinations, we wish to achieve the best trip for all those aboard. Each of the cabins is luxurious, spacious and provides all of the amenities expected of a vessel of this standing including en-suite bathroom, entertainment system in each cabin involving a media player and flat screen TV complete with music and hundreds of movies to keep you entertained on your surface intervals.
Woaw has been designed with the diver in mind to provide the ultimate experience. Scuba Diving is the principle past time offered on board and Waow is therefore equipped to an extremely high level drawing on the dive teams 30 years plus experience in the industry.
Prices are per person and in USD based on 2 persons sharing a cabin, however, all cabins have a double bed plus a large single bed and therefore being able to welcome an additional 3rd passenger on request.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.
|Master cabin||from US$ 9,050||from US$ 9,090|
|Superior cabin||from US$ 7,450||from US$ 7,430|
|Deluxe cabin||from US$ 6,530||from US$ 6,470|
Price 3rd passanger in cabine: 6 - 12 years old - 50%; 13 years and older -25%
Price for one person per cabin: + 80% on the retail price
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
90 days before departure - non-refundable
We highly recommend taking out an insurance policy covering accidents and repatriation. This insurance should take into consideration the costs involved in accident treatment including hyperbaric treatment and/or repatriation. In the case of a diving accident, or other accident, where the accident was not caused by a service provided by PTWC or their employees, PTWC or your agent will not be held responsible and any requests for compensation will be refused.
|15 litres tank||8.00|
|SMB (surface marker buoy)||free|
|Weights with belt||free|
Waow has 9 cabins available catering for a guest list of 18 passengers*. Each of the cabins is luxurious, spacious and provides all of the amenities expected of a vessel of this standing. The disposition of the cabins is as follows:
6 “Deluxe” cabins each of approx. 23m2 located below the main deck. This is a size well above that proposed on most charter vessels, especially sailing vessels.
2 “Superior” cabins of approx. 21m2 located on the rear of the main deck, and with an aft deck area including lounging and dining area
1 “Master” cabin of approx. 45m2 is located at the rear of the upper deck. This cabin will also have a spacious private sundeck furnished for private use. A totally luxurious cabin providing you the feeling of being “The Master and Commander”.
All of the cabins have private bathrooms with shower, separate WC and air conditioning, desk, entertainment system and LED lighting. In 4 of the 6 Deluxe cabins the double bed can be converted into 2 seperated single beds.
Cruise Key: Black sand diving, colorful muck dives, dolphin manta dives, challenging current dives, big and small stuff, colorful reefs, sea apples, Komodo dragon trekking, savannah scenery.
|Sea Conditions||Generally calm except when crossing the Lombok Strait and sometimes when cruising along the South of Rinca and Komodo if it's windy.|
|Weather Conditions||Tropical weather, sunshine and nice sea breezes that can be windy at nighttime, light jacket is ideal.|
|Currents||Can be strong. Dive-guides generally checks currents before entering the water. A reef hook can be helpful while watching and filming in the current.|
|Water Temperature||Avg. 27C and generally a bit colder towards the South. Can be as low as 18C to 22C.|
|Nature of dives||Diving is very varied from muck diving to whirlpools, critters to pelagic and schooling fish, crystal clear warm water to cooler, murkier rich in plankton soup.|
The Komodo National Park is a World Heritage site just 300NM East of Bali in the Flores Sea and consists of the three larger islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar. Because of its unique geology, as a result of volcanic activity, this makes for stunning scenery both above and below the water. The islands feature a dramatic wild savannah landscape with patches of forest especially on the southern hills of Komodo and Rinca. White and reddish sandy beaches, blue lagoons teeming with fish and some of the most spectacular underwater sceneries in the world entice divers and guests from all around the globe. The underwater topography is as varied as the marine life it protects. Dive sites vary from volcanic black sand, gentle coral slopes to sheer cliff walls, and a host of hard and soft corals as well as sponges in all variations. From the Flores Sea in the north, the clear warm waters gradually become rich in plankton and a lot cooler as you travel south into the Indian Ocean. From colourful corals, mantas, sharks, turtles, dolphins and giant pelagics to tiny pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs and frogfish, you’ll find the diversity of marine life inspiring if not mind boggling.
Starting from Bali, the “Island of Gods” enjoy stunning views as SMY Waow cruises past all spectacular volcanic islands toward the savannah like scenery in Komodo, the “Island of Dragons”. This cruise offers an all-in-one destination, above and below the water. Enjoy the walk along the fresh water lake of Satonda Island for a moment of tranquility. There’s a great chance to see some unique animals such as the Komodo dragons in their wild habitat, and if in the mating season, it becomes even more exciting when male dragons are chasing and fighting one another. Wild boar run freely along the beaches with small herds of “Luza” (Indonesia local deer) during the time you are relaxing onboard Waow.
All long distance passengers should arrive in Bali one night before departure day. The boat departs at noon sharp from Benoa harbor.
Day 1: Bali
The Waow staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at Denpasar Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY Waow in Benoa harbour, only a short drive of around 20-30mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY Waow while you enjoy our “refreshing welcome drink”. As soon as the last guests are onboard around 12:00pm, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us.
Day 2: Moyo Satonda Island
Good morning at the serene sight of Moyo. First check out dive along the beautiful Angel reef slope before cruising over to Satonda, where a fresh Water Lake is located. Today’s diving will be in warm and clear water with plenty of reef fish.
Day 3: Diving around Sangeang Volcano Gili Banta.
Welcome to the black sand diving of the Sangeang Volcano, where rainbow dives await you with colourful anemones, sponges, crinoids, black coral bushes, long whip corals, and bright encrusting soft coral and sea fans in different colours surrounded by fine volcanic black sand, teaming with bright colourful reef fish.
Day 4: Diving around Gili Lawa Laut.
Here comes the savannah like scenery of Komodo, surrounded by many shades of turquoise blue water, white sandy beaches and rough rock surfaces. As stunningly as the islands themselves, the underwater scenery of Gili Lawa Laut will take your breath away with frizzy colours, schooling fish action, you name it, it’s all here! It’s truly a diver’s paradise.
Day 5: Diving around Current City.
The real Komodo diving starts here where, like the name suggests, the currents play a big role in this part of the cruise. When you are in the water at the right place and right time, the reefs spring to life! Fish are abundant everywhere but the rocks and reefs in ‘current’ areas provide the best chances for spotting the bigger fish, especially sharks and other pelagics.
Day 6: Diving Padar Island.
After a morning walk with the dragons, it’s time to get back in the water where diving changes completely from clear, warm water from the Pacific Ocean to the murkier rich plankton soup of the Indian Ocean that attracts lots of life.
Day 7: Diving in Nusa Kode.
In the most Southern bay of Rinca, the upwelling of the Indian Ocean brings water full of nutrients that makes this location stunning in a way that is hard to beat anywhere else. The reefs are completely covered with hard soft corals, crinoids, sea apples, sponges, black coral, sea fans, whip and wire coral. It is almost impossible to find an empty space without life!
Day 8: Diving around Manta Alley.
This is the place that makes Komodo stand out as a destination representing the variety of diving in Indonesia. After the critter hunt at Nusa Kode, here you will dive with manta rays, lots of them! With the rich nutrients from the Indian Ocean, this place is thick with plankton therefore do not expect great visibility but who cares; mantas are just everywhere and sometimes, if you’re lucky even mola-mola, the famous giant sun fish, show up especially when the water is becoming a near bone-chilling 18 to 22 degrees…
Day 9: Diving around Current City and Gili Lawa Laut.
Welcome back to the crystal clear warm waters of North komodo where the action is on every corner!
Day 10: Diving in Gili Banta and Sangeang Volcano.
Day 11: Diving in Bima, 3 day dives.
The true muck diving paradise, your critter list is achieved here with mimic octopus, wonderpus, endless varieties of nudibranchs, frogfish galore, seahorses, sawblade shrimp, zebra crabs, inimicus, stonefish etc.
Day 6: Dragon walk in Rinca.
An amazing walk in Rinca’s “savannah” searching for this unique creature, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). Only 3 places in the world are there Komodo dragons, in Padar, Rinca and Komodo. Avoiding the heat we start just after dawn and are rewarded by being the first group of visitors to arrive. Our walk will start from the little jetty of Rinca Island where you will walk on the dry dirt track towards the National Park office, where the park rangers will give you instructions and guide your trek looking for Komodo dragons in the wild. The walk will take you up to the high grounds overlooking the bay of Rinca, it might take up to 1:30-2:00 hrs., depending on where we find the dragon. We begin a walk along one of the promising paths on the lookout for megapode birds, flying lizards, and of course Komodo Dragons. Most of the time the Komodo Dragons are resting not very far from the park ranger’s office. The crew always loves to walk along and pick up some fruits or even be guide themselves. After the walk, we will head back for breakfast on SMY Waow and get ready for the dive in Padar.
Day 12: Bima.
West meets East.
Benoa, Bali to Maumere, Flores or reversed way (please check our “Agenda”for your date).
All programs and itineraries are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.
Maumere, Flores to Ambon
or reversed way (please check our agenda for your dates)
All programs and itineraries are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.
Cruise Key: Critter, unspoilt dive sites, wall drift dives, sea of snakes, clear/ warm water, volcano sightseeing, unexpected encounters, spice trek.
|Sea Conditions||Generally calm especially in the Bay of Maumere and Ambon. Can be choppy while crossing in open sea.|
|Weather Conditions||Most of the climate is determined by monsoon winds. Refreshing breezes onboard throughout most of the season.|
|Currents||Can be varied, depending on the moon phase. Especially in the bay of Ambon.|
|Nature of dives||This may not be the cruise destination for every diver, more for adventure divers and not for novice divers. Unexpected sightings can happen though they may not occur on every trip. This area changes and every trip is very different.|
Located in the warm tropical waters of The Flores Sea, only 160 NM South of Sulawesi and 500 NM from Bali, this area is generally calm all year around. All these huge, mountainous Island chains are the result of volcanic activity, which makes for stunning scenery both above and below water. Some of the islands are volcanic and dressed in luxuriant vegetation. Others are coral atolls. They are blessed with some of the finest beaches in the world. Underwater offers an outstanding frontier with fantastic exploratory diving to be had. The cruise covers the best parts of the coral triangle; the most bio-diverse marine region on earth and starts in the Bay of Ambon, where some of Indonesia’s best critter diving is to be had. SMY Waow takes you past the historical island of Banda, once sought by Columbus and Marco Polo, where anything can happen to really make your day. Each of these Islands - from the nutrient-rich bay of Ambon 0ver stark wave-pounded volcanic rocks that drop vertically to great depths, to the current swept narrow strait between Alor and Pantar - are home to unique combinations of species, that when added together, produce the most impressive “Spices Snakes” cruise.
All long distance passengers arrive in Bali one night before embarkation day. The boat departs at 04:00pm from Maumere Harbour.
Day 1: Maumere.
The Waow staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at Maumere Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY Waow at Maumere harbour, only a short drive of around 10-15mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY Waow while you enjoy our “refreshing welcome drink”. As soon as the last guests are onboard around 04:00pm, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us.
Day 2:Diving Maumere Bay
Maumere is a beautiful bay on the north coast of Flores. It is an area that is famous for its diversity once held the title of the most diverse spot on earth. The islands on the outer edge of the bay have nice coral reefs with steep walls covered with hard corals and large sea fans.Its marine life diversity has also made Maumere a perfect place to start our cruise.
Day 3: Divingaround Lembata
Beneath the towering Gunumg Api, an active volcano 1,450 metres above sea level to the north of Lembata island, are wonderful sites, dramatic sheer walls, plateaus with beautiful hard corals, overhangs, and black sand critter dives. It’s not uncommon to see predators like reef sharks swim along the reef.
Day 4 - 5 - 6: Diving around Alor
The 3 inactive volcano islands in the Strait between Alor and Pantar make it a perfect combination for some world class diving, with vertical sheer walls, numerous small coves, a good mix of fresh water, slightly sloping silky sand with swift currents that bring so many nutrients in to the bay and provide shelter for critters that take habitat here. From colourful coral to rare pelagic and critters on the seabed, the bay of Alor has it all.
Day 7:Diving around Pulau Wetar
The coast of Pulau Wetar features excellent drop offs, colourful reefs and abundant fish life that swim amongst sea fans, barrel sponges and encrusting soft corals. Because of the deep waters of the Banda Sea the visibility is great and there are good chances for pelagics on the wall.
Day 8:Diving around Gunung Api
Gunung Api is a volcano that last erupted in 1988 and subsequently covered the reef in lava, however the reef has recovered faster than anyone expected. This Volcano sits alone in the middle of the Banda Sea and is home to an amazing variety of birds including shearwaters, terns, boobies, frigates and red-tailed tropic birds to mention a few, but also to sea snakes. For some reason this island in the middle of nowhere is home to hundreds if not thousands of sea snakes, banded olive sea snakes. They are curious and swim right for you and it seems like every time you look down there is a snake poking around your fin tips! They also wind around to look at their reflection in your camera dome port and are posing for you. They are treating you as part of their environment and have no malicious intent at all.
Day 9: Diving aroundLucipara Atoll
The 5 Atolls in the middle of the Banda Sea are the tops of undersea mountains, hidden world-class sites with sheer walls surrounded by crystal clear, blue water. An amazing site with lots of barrel sponges in the deep blue which is alive with rainbow runners, schooling surgeonfish, dogtooth tunas, jacks and barracudas which occasionally fade away from sight of hammerhead sharks. The uninhabited beaches around the atolls are also ideal green turtle nesting sites.
Day 10:Divingaround Banda Neira
The Banda area offers a good variety of dive sites, from Volcanic rock at Pohon Miring to The black sand in Banda’s harbour, muck diving with Flying gurnards spreading their electric blue wings, nervously moving sea moth, nudibranchs and the mandarin fish, which are seen in many places around the harbor of Banda Neira.
Day 11:Diving around Pulau Suanggi
A secret place in the middle of the Banda Sea, reached by live-aboard only, makes this another unspoilt reef where not many divers witness the true nature of Pulau Suanggi and Pulau Ai. This area acts like an oasis for pelagics that cruise by these pristine hard coral reefs full of fish, which they all call home. Napoleon wrasse, green hawksbill turtle, tuna, rainbow runner, huge schools of barracuda mixing with schools of bannerfish, redtooth triggers and fusiliers that sometimes-just cloud the whole reef.
Day 12: Diving aroundAmbon Bay
The Intensity of marine life in this Bay is unrivalled; with a combination of nutrients pushed into this large bay with lots of small coves where critters can benefit from the passing currents but are still protected by sheltered waters. A unique combination creates conditions that nourish an incredible eco system that makes this bay one of the richest and interesting places to dive. Ambon Bay is also famous for weird species like the Psychedelic Frogfish, right here at a dive site named the twilight zone, where many different kinds of moray eel, sea moth, ribbon eel, stonefish take habitat too. The Ambon shipwreck, a Dutch cargo vessel that sunk during 1950s, is also a very photogenic site and teeming with life.
Day 3: Trecking at Gunung Ile ape Volcano, in Teluk Waihinga.
Day 11: Walking around Banda Neira.
Enjoy the view of Gunung Api, a 650 metre high active volcano, from the top of Fort Belgica, built by the Dutch in 1611 and located in the historical town of Banda Neira. Clove, Nutmeg, Marc and cinnamon are still the main spices that are grown here. During the cruise SMY Waow will walk you through the magical smell of the spices that once ruled the world.
Day 13: Ambon
Disembark at 06.15am to the airport for your flight
Sorong to Sorong, Papua Barat
alternative “North” or “South”
All programs and itineraries are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.
Cruise Key: Unspoilt dive sites, sea fan forests as far as the eye can see, pristine coral gardens, all in one-weird critters to schooling fish and big fish, non-stop pygmy seahorses, warm water, lagoon - sightseeing, unexpected encounters, pearl farms, birds of paradise.
|Sea Conditions||Calm and mostly short motoring between destinations.|
|Weather Conditions||Tropical climate, nice breezes in the evening.|
|Currents||Mild currents. The currents can be varied and need to be checked before entering the water.|
|Nature of dives||This cruise has so much to offer and just suits everyone with an open mind. It's truly one of the best places in the world.|
Raja Ampat, located right off the Bird’s Head Peninsula at the western tip of New Guinea, is being appointed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, one of the few hotspots of underwaterbiodiversityin the world.In the whole area scientists have counted more than 1800 different species of animals, more than anywhere else in the world. Raja Ampat (The 4 Kings) is a group of four big islands (Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool) and a large number of small of sand and rock islands west of Sorong. When you are descending on the plane towards Sorong you can see Raja Ampat below in shades of blue, with many green, jungle covered islands and white sandy beaches with thousands of Isles. The 4 Kings is really two destinations, the north and the south. It is possible to see both in one trip but you’ll only barely see the highlights. If you have the time it really makes sense to visit twice or do back-to back trips with different itineraries. The 4 Kings is all about diversity - not only diversity of species, but also of dive sites. There are some areas where soft corals and sea fans dominate, others with amazing diverse hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, drop offs, caves, white sand…Then there are the fish, lots of them, in more shapes and sizes than anywhere else in the world. Not only are there loads of fish, but all the levels of the food chain are well. The reefs in Raja Ampat just buzz with life!
Raja Ampat is huge, 50,000 sq km, with hundreds of islands and an astounding diversity of habitats, which translates to wildly different diving experiences from pelagic drift dives to magic muck dives and even some habitats that are special to Raja Ampat such as clear water mangroves with coral growing right next to them! There are thousands of potential dive sites. Exploration is still continuing, and on every trip there are chances for new and amazing discoveries. Even on a 12 day trip you will only have a chance to see some of what Raja Ampat has to offer.Many species are believed to be endemic to the seascape, meaning that they are found nowhere else on Earth. Among the new species are two kinds of epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium sp.) - small, slender-bodied bottom-dwellers that use their pectoral fins to “walk”.
All long distance passengers arrive in Bali, Jakarta or Manado one night before embarkation day. The boat leaves Sorong harbour at 04:00pm
Day 1: Sorong.
The Waow staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at Sorong Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY Waow at Sorong Harbour, only a short drive of around 15-20mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY Waow while you enjoy our “refreshing welcome drink”. As soon as the last guests are onboard around 04:00pm, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle down, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us.
Day 2:Dive around Cape Kri, Dampier Straits
When the conditions are right, the dive sites in Dampier straits are nothing short of excellent. On dive sites like Sardine Reef, Cape Kri and Mioskon are some of the very finest wide-angle photo opportunities. When the visibility is right, this can be an underwater photographer’s heaven.
Day 3:Dive around Airborei
Welcome to the majestic land of magnificent rays. Here is the most reliable site to observe manta ray’s behaviour, especially when you approach them right! If you keep your position, they will make loop after loop or swoop by again and again and often somersaulting through the water while being cleaned. Besides cleaning, the manta rays also come to feed on current borne plankton, so be prepared for strong currents and reduced visibility. This is one of the sites that you will never have enough of.
Day 4:Dive around Aljui Bay
One of the best macro sites around the northern part of The 4 Kings, the bay’s sheltered waters provide good habitat for many kinds of critters. The jetties have become overgrown with encrusting marine life over time and attract a nice mix of critters. Aljui bay will fill out your critter list; blue ring octopus, bobtail squid, ghost pipefish, ribbon eel, toadfish or wobbegong shark and especially on night dives this is one of the places that you would not want to miss…the best!
Day 5:Dive around Wayag
Most spectacular view above and below the surface, Wayag is the place where Raja Ampat images are taken for dive magazines. The most diverse underwater scenery The 4 Kings can offer ranges from lovely hard coral gardens, leisurely swim-through’s, colourful coral bommies that are completely covered with all sorts of invertebrates, overhangs, underwater caverns full of windows that you can lookthrough, and outstanding fish life that vibrates the reef with excellent fish action as the current sweeps past. If the current is right…paradise is waiting for you.
Day 6:Dive around Kawe
Kawe’s advantageous geographical position and varied habitats translate into world-class sites that attract marine life like powerful magnets. Some of The 4 Kings richest fish life, especially when the currents run through the off shore coral labyrinths. An outstanding site where reefs are vibrant with multicolour sea fans that are home to several kind of pygmy seahorse, massive bommies where shy blennies hide among encrusting sponges, with thick black coral bushes surrounded by glassfish dashing above, wobbegong sharks, manta rays and schooling barracudas as well as the occasional reef shark checking out the area. Kawe sites are perfect for both wide and macro scenery.
Day 7: Transition day to the South. Dive around Yeben, Penemu Fam.
Beneath Penemu’s surface, submerged ridges extend in all directions, schooling fish whipped into feeding frenzies by the gusting current that count as some of the strongest currents in the Dampier Strait. With the decent water flow, massive schools of fusiliers swarm over the divers, while underneath the reef becomes a diffusion with huge patches of pastel colours, anthias, turtle, and napoleon wrasse. Bumphead parrotfish and giant trevallies join in the frenzy as well as rainbow runners and barracudas that gather in the blue near by. Fam’s delicate hard coral gardens, are full of life in the shallows and make it a wonderful snorkelling spot during your surface interval or you can just explore the picturesque white sandy beaches surrounded by clear turquoise blue water.
Day 8:Dive around East Misool, Wagmab Farondi
A labyrinth of thousands of small mushroom like islands form tiny dots of lagoons with sparking white sand surrounded by extensive karst formations that make the Misool area one of the most wonderful places on earth. Not only the land scenery will take your breath away but the underwater scenery is even better and holds one of the richest species in the world! Massive seamounts, rocky outcrops, lime stone arches with windows that are overgrown by fountains of life; clouds of glassfish dancing away from tuna and golden jacks, a ground for mobula rays drifting by in sweeping of currents. It’s really hard to take it all in, so much action happening all at once.
Day 9:Dive aroundFiabajet, Boo
Not to be missed, “Boo Rock”, the gully called “The Windows”, where two rocks connected by magnificent soft coral and sizzling with fish. The surface crashes through the top of these window arches creating a constant pounding noise, which can be felt through your whole body. The fish life is outstanding with jacks and dogtooth tuna feeding in the surge and schooling bannerfish sitting behind sea fans catching tiny bits of plankton floating in the current. Hardly a spot on the reef is left uncovered by sea fans, soft coral and thick schools of baitfish.
Day 10:Dive aroundDaram
One of the most radiant reefs in all of The 4 Kings, each dive is never an ordinary dive, it’s always special and there’s always a new scene to be found. The reef is covered in short growth pastel soft corals that form larger purple and pink soft coral, red and white sea fans and enormous barrel sponges jutting out from the steep slopes and walls. Excellent fish life: Fusiliers, surgeonfish, small schools of barracuda and profuse schools of anthias all milling about in the rising and falling tides.
Day 11:Dive aroundBatanta
With the numerous shallow bays along Batanta’s coastline, it makes a perfect home for weird critters. A good combination of dark sand, fresh water inlets, and small bays or coves where critters can benefit from passing currents but still thrive in basically sheltered waters. Batanta has become known as a muck diving spot, where critter hunting is rewarded with the sights of rare halimeda ghost pipefish, mimic octopus and wonderpus, tiger shrimps, frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish and many more. If it still doesn’t satisfy your appetite, Batanta is also one of the wonderful places for nudibranch hunters and lovers.
Day 4: Visit Pearl Farm
Cendena Indo Pearl’ farm is one of the big productions for the best pearls on the market. Here you will see how they work on the giant pearl oysters (Pintada Maxima) and also have a chance to own one of these beautiful gems.
Day 5: Canoeing, Land trips
The spectacular picturesque view of lime stone Islands rising above the sea level of Wayag always make you wish that time would stop! Either take a walk up the top of the limestone ridge overlooking the island or do some canoeing along the limestone cliff. It’s just another of those unforgettable moments in life.
Day 7: Beautiful Lagoon in Penemu
Sit back and relax in our comfortable tenders while we take you cruising into the labyrinths of a thousand lagoons, caves and the magic surrounds of Misool Island. A Water proof bag is ideal here to transport your camera and other electronic devices.
Day 12: Sorong
Light breakfast around 07:00 a.m. before disembarking between 08.00 and 10.00 a.m. for your flight to Jakarta.
The cuisine will permit guests to sample local specialities on board, sometimes spicy, yet able to be adapted to the occidental pallet. European meals will be available in addition to the local dishes. The chef will be Indonesian, however, for luxuryprivate charters it will be possible to have a French Chef and staff aboard. No effort will be spared in assuring your pallet is completely satisfied. It will be of course possible to cater to the vegetarian and those with special dietary requirements on simple request.
Non alcoholic drinks and Fruit-Shakes are included in the price of the charter. Beer, wines and spirits will be available on a bar tab basis.
|LAO ......||60 meters|
|LOD ......||46 meters|
|Beam ....||11 meters|
|Draft ....||>3.8 meters|
|Weight ...||800 gross Tonnes|
|Rigging ..||3 steel masts with maximum height of 42 meters|
|Motors ...||2 YanmarMarine Diesels of 500 hp each|
|Electrical .||2 x 100 kVa generators, 1x 40 kVa. 220V and 110V, also available in photo room|
|Speed ...||Cruising speed of between 8 - 10 knots under motors only|
|Navigation||Equipment package including high and low frequency Sonar, GPS, Chart Plotters, Computer mapping, HF and VHF Radios, Radar, Satcomm, Weather fax Sat Phone|
|Fuel capacity||32'000 Liters|
|Water||12'000 Liters, plus 2 water makers with 2'500 Liters per day capacity each|
|Black Water||6'000 Liters|
|9 Cabins||6 below deck (23m2),2 on aft main deck(>21m2),1 on upper deck(>45m2)|
Raja Ampat (or the Four Kings) is an archipelago consisting of the islands of Misoool, Salawati, Batanta, and Wiageo which are surrounded by over 1,500 small islands and cays. Formerly known as Irian Jaya, this area is now part of the newly named West Papua province of Indonesia and is located on the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula, on the island of New Guinea.
Put simply, Raja Ampat could quite possibly be the best diving in the world. It certainly is the world’s most bio diverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusc species than anywhere else on Earth. The variety of marine life can be staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, you may encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to don your snorkelling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales. Other highlights include the innumerable war wrecks, both ships and planes (with new wrecks being discovered constantly).
The reefs of Raja Ampat are just as varied as the marine life. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, sea mounts, mucky mangroves, lagoons and pinnacles. The reefs are in pristine condition with miles of perfect hard corals and many varied colourful species of soft corals. The diving is predominantly drift dives due to the moderate prevalent currents in the area which provide nutrients for the myriad fish and coral. Currents are average to moderate and vary from none to very strong. Visibility is normally very good but can vary and is normally at its best earlier in the day so your pre-breakfast dives are not to be slept through!
This is truly “Frontier Diving”. Topside the beautiful islands stretch as far as you can see and are largely uninhabited. At night the lights of local fishing boats twinkle in the dark along the few inhabited shorelines while in more remote areas you may only see a distant spec of light over the entire horizon.
Not many liveaboards dive the Raja Ampat area, making this adventure even more unique and special.
Raja Ampat has a high season from October to May and weirdly enough it is during their rainy season due to the winds in the dry season making parts of the park inaccessable. The rainy season should not be mis-construed though. It is generally mostly a shower in the late afternoon and evening and most of the time the days are nice, wind is minimal and the skys are generally clear or slightly over cast. The seas are calmer at this time of the year as the oppposite season has winds that kick up waves and make it very difficult to dive the more exposed sites in the Southern part of Raja Ampat. The water temperature stays around the 27-30 degrees celcius mark all year round.
Recently due to the popularity of Raja Ampat a lot of boats have been running trips in the so called low season but this is also the dry season and so promotes nicer weather and better visibility but the trade of is that only the northern more sheltered part of the park is accessable but as the area is so vast and there are so many quality dive sites the reports from these northern trips have been glowing so far.
Diving in Komodo is not a new idea but recently it’s being recognised as a premier destination due to the awesome variety of diving to be had. Crystal clear water and dive sites where you never see another diver provide a little something for everyone whether it’s macro or massive you love. One day you can be crawling along the bottom looking at pygmy seahorses, frogfish and unusual nudibranch and the next you are in the big blue on an open water pinnacle as the mantas fly by, the sharks circle and the dolphins hunt and the next day diving a live volcano!! For sheer variety there is no better place on earth.
Komodo is one of the few places left in the world where sharks are not rare and down south is one of the places where manta rays have their legendary aggregations, meaning they are here in the area in their hundreds!!!
One of the highlights of these trips is the rare opportunity to walk with the lengendary Komodo dragons. These truly awesome beasts can reach 3 metres plus and can reportedly run at 20km an hour chasing their prey. It’s the icing on the cake, Stunning diving and one of the world’s last surviving dinosaur descendants all one amazing package.
Covering the best of both worlds, from up close and personal with aggragating mantas to shy pygmy seahorses and rare nudibranches Komodo diving has it all. The beauty of Komodo liveaboard diving is in the balance between the large and small animals. One day you will be in the blue swimming with mantas and sharks and the next swimming along a bubbling volcanic reef covered with venting submerged fumeroles blowing bubbles into the water and hiding one of the worlds best kept secret macro dive sites.
These are some of the top sites that most liveaboards visit.
We start our Komodo liveaboard with the first dive of the trip and the check out dive. This dive site doesn’t disappoint. A beautiful wall stretching down to 50 metres covered in hard and soft corals very reminiscent of Bunaken in North Sulawesi. Schools of bannerfish and trevally patrol the walls with the occasional reef sharks making an appearance. Ribbon eels hide in crevices and many different nudibranchs crawl over the vast elephant ear sponges that hang from the beautiful soft coral infested wall.
A protected bay on Satonda island north of Sumbawa hosts a treasure trove of macro critters, the more we dive here the more we find. The rare Denise pygmy seahorse lives in fans here, frogfish hang out in big barrel sponges and ghost pipefish hide amongst the featherstars that cover the reef slope. In the sandy bottom you can find jawfish with their mouths full of eggs, myriads of anemonefish, mushroom coral pipefish and spearer mantis shrimps.
Sangieng island is a perfectly round volcanic island jutting up from the sea bed. Still active and last blowing in 1996 this well kept secret is one of the world’s finest macro dive areas. With diving available all around the island there is not one specific spot but always new ones to be discovered. Bubbles of volcanic gas seep through the sand creating a surreal atmosphere and a warm black sand bottom hosting rare and unusual nudibranch. Pygmy seahorses, frogfish, Pegasus sea moths and carnivorous shells and all common here, this is my personal favourite dive site as every time we dive here there is a surprise in store of something new that is often not in the books - this site is why you go Komodo liveaboard diving.
Gps point is an open sea mount prone to strong currents at certain times of the day. This provides prolific hard and soft coral growth that is home to hundreds of different types of reef fish. Loved by sharks, white tip sharks cruise around the whole dive in amongst the hunting giant trevallies and schooling jacks and surgeon fish, an exciting dive.
This is one of my favourite sites on the Komodo liveaboard itinerary and is very similar to Gps point this site takes it to the next level. Grey reef shark, white tip sharks, occassional dolphins and a literal fish soup created by jacks, surgeonfish, giant trevallies and bannerfish surround this large sea mount as you hang on to the reef edge and watch the action. Again this site is prone to strong currents but we time our dives to hit around slack tide and a little current brings in the big fish. Great pelagic action, my favourite blue water dive.
An adrenalin pounding drift dive along the wall and around the corner under the lighthouse. Sharks, mantas, dolphins are all frequent visitors on the dive with some of the best coral reef top in the area around the corner out of the current at the end of the dive you can hunt for porcelain crabs, cuttlefish and unusual seahorses whilst waiting for the adrenalin to funnel out of your system and your heart rate to return to normal-this is what Komodo liveaboard diving is all about!.
A stunning soft coral and sea fan covered pinnacle with crystal water clarity this is a great site for those magazine cover wide angle shots. With at least 5 different types of angelfish, 4 types of trigger and butterflyfish everywhere it is a excellent reef fish dive with frequent visits from eagle and manta rays and the resident sleepy hawksbill turtle.
Colder water and lower vis here due to the huge amounts of organic matter in the water due to the southern currents but this is more than made up for by the astounding life available to see here due to this phenomenon. Normally done as a night dive it also makes a good day dive with everything from white tip sharks to pygmy seahorses; zebra crabs, Coleman shrimp, many coloured frogfish, xeno crabs, Spanish dancers, and unusual nudibranchs are hidden amongst the dense coral growth.
Colder water than the north but touted by many as one of the worlds best 10 sites, yes I know there seems to be way more than 10 “top 10 sites” but this one really is one if you like macro. Everything is here even the rarest of the rare, the Rhinopias scorpionfish. It’s nudi heaven with only the special and the rare getting to appear here, more species than I care to mention along with large and different frogfish mixed in with schools of fish and the resident dopy turtle we do 2 dives here and it’s still not enough!! You will love it, I personally adore this dive site.
Just next to cannibal rock and where the boat moors is a beach that has wild pigs, monkeys and Komodo dragons in the daytime and hosts a myriad of critters in the waters in front if it at night. Named for the large amount of torpedo rays found here, a member of the electric ray family- no touching! They cover the sandy bottom along with loads of nudis obvious on the black sand bottom along with bizarre crabs and octopus.
In the cooler waters in the south of Komodo there is a bay in which there are a series of pinnacles that seem to be a magnet for aggregating mantas. They are here in their tens, often we come up having seen over 20 different individuals. Often a little shy, their evasive spins and pirouettes makes the watching of them that much more enjoyable.
This is our other manta site. A little bit more of a risk to see them as it is a huge area and we drift along the bottom in about 10 metres but along the way we always run into loads of turtles, napoleon and humphead wrasse, white tip sharks and very very occasionally you will be incredibly lucky and run into the resident dugong that inhabits this area along with scores of mantas as they migrate north.
A series of underwater pinnacles reaching nearly to the the surface off the coast of Padar island next to Komodo this site constantly springs surprises on you from silvertip sharks and mobular ray schools to marbled rays and rare nudibranchs.
Sorong is the harbour town in West Papua and the normal departure point to dive Raja Ampat. If you are unsure of how to get to Sorong to start your trip it will depend on where your international flight into Indonesia is landing. We recommend Jakarta or Bali to make your entry point into Indonesia amnd each has it’s pros and cons.
From Jakarta to Sorong most flights route through Makassar (UPG) in South Sulawesi and are over night flights arriving in the morning perfect for a pick up by your liveaboard crew at the airport. The downside of this is that you may be awake most of the night before your board the liveaboard but most boats cruise only on the first day so you can catch up on your sleep during the day.
Flights from Bali are not quite so simple and cannot be done in one day, you will need to fly from Bali to UPG the day before your liveaboard and over night in Makassar and the continue on with the UPG to Sorong flight the following morning, the day of your liveaboard departure, and this ends up being perfect tining to be picked up on your arrival in Sorong at the airport to then be taken to the boat. This takes longer but you will arrive more refreshed than the Jakarta rooute and of course you could always factor in a stay in Bali before or after your trip.
In the past it has not been possible for someone outside of Indonesia to purchase domestic flights in Indonesia so these can be purchased for you by us, if you would like, and added to your invoice. It will be about $650 return dependant on exchange rates, availability and where your entry airport is in Indonesia. The cost of the domestic flights are not included in the trip price.
Recently Garuda, our recommended airline, has made it possible to purchase their tickets online and we recommend you take this approach as it is often cheaper than the set price we have to charge. Other airlines are cheaper but are not so trustworthy or have such good luggage allowances. Again, we highly recommend trip as well as diving insurance just in case something were to go wrong with your flights.
Premier liveaboard diving and its local flight agent can purchase the tickets on your behalf, however, in doing so, Premier liveaboard diving is only acting as an agent for the airline and is not responsible for, and can accept no responsibility for, cancellations, delays, schedule changes, or problems caused by the air carrier. We highly recommend trip interruption and cancellation insurance.