Pindito - Whale-Macro Cruise 12 Days

Antall dager

12

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Pindito Liveaboards

Pris kr

41 033

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37474

Oversikt

The whale-macro trips are guided by Dr. Heike Vester, an ecologist specializing in social behaviour and bio-acoustics of marine animals. In addition to her constant visual watches from the upper deck, Heike also uses hydrophones to locate the whales and dolphins by picking up their unique sounds. The crew is organized into "observation teams" who also keep a sharp eye on the water surface for blows or other signs of whale activity, as some species can't be located by acoustics alone.

Dag til dag reiseplan

Day 1: Join the cruise in Ambom
Day 2-11: Dive, Eat, Sleep - Repeat...
Day 12: Cruise ends in Sorong


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The whale-macro trips are guided by Dr. Heike Vester, an ecologist specializing in social behaviour and bio-acoustics of marine animals. In addition to her constant visual watches from the upper deck, Heike also uses hydrophones to locate the whales and dolphins by picking up their unique sounds. The crew is organized into "observation teams" who also keep a sharp eye on the water surface for blows or other signs of whale activity, as some species can't be located by acoustics alone. Heike knows the areas that are preferred by these large marine mammals (including sperm, Bryde's and orcas or killer whales) and her long experience and trained eyes do the rest.

Dive into the world of whales and dolphins together with the Pindito!
This special cruise offers guests a glimpse into the world of the largest mammals on earth. Learn incredible details from a qualified expert on whales and dolphins and watch them with your own eyes!

For example, did you know why the family of whales & dolphin are called Cetaceans? Ceta comes from ancient Greek and today means whale. In the past this term was used for large sea animals, or even sea monsters. This explains some of the sailor stories about sea monsters. Cetaceans are also the only air breathing animals that can spend 7-30 minutes under water on one breath without surfacing, just incredible! On this tour you will learn much more about these unique creatures!

Itinerary
The tour departs from Sorong and heads towards Waigeo before it leads to Batanta. As dolphins and whales are the focus of this cruise the itinerary is laid out to maximize the encounters. From experience we know that most whales are sighted in the Dampier Straight near Batanta. Because it often has strong currents you cannot only see Cetaceans. Manta rays are also frequent visitors.

On this cruise we offer approx. 24 dives. Macro enthusiasts will love it: A whale in the morning, a sea horse at noon. And of course you will be diving Raja Ampat's famous and beautiful reefs.

At the beginning of the journey Heike Vester will present a special briefing to inform the guests about the process. When animals are sighted, Heike will give us detailed information about the species and the occurrence, its routines and hunting behavior. Morning until noon will be planned for whales and dolphin tracking and monitoring. In the afternoon and evening Pindito offers "normal" dives - if you can call diving here normal. As we deal with nature, this sequence might be reversed, i.e. diving in the morning, whale watching the afternoon. With a little luck you can snorkel with the animals (Heike decides if it is suitable). Guests of the first ever tour in March 2011 enjoyed an incredible snorkeling experience with orcas.

Impressions of the Whale-Macro cruise
With a little bit of luck the whales and dolphins can be observed and escorted at close range. During prior tours the following species were located: Blue whale, Bryde's whale, Sperm whale, Pygmy sperm whale, Killer whale (also known as Orca), False killer whale, Pygmy killer whale, Short-finned pilot whale, Risso's dolphin, Long-beaked spinner dolphin, Dwarf spinner dolphin, Pantropical spottet dolphin, Indo-pacific Bottlenose dolphin, Common Bottlenose dolphin, Fraser's dolphin and Dugong. As we deal with wild animals sightings cannot be guaranteed. The chances are very good to be able to observe different species of whales and extremely rare species of dolphins.

Viktig Informasjon

Package includes:
  • Transfers from/to airport Sorong to/from the MV Pindito
  • Accommodation in a double or twin bed cabin with en-suite shower bath, toilet and AC 
  • Full board including all drinks on board (excluding wine) 
  • Daily 2-3 dives PLUS snorkelling wit the whale (no diving on departure/arrival day) accompanied through a Whale-Expert. He can localise the whales with his underwater microphone 8 miles away.
  • NITROX fillings for the whole cruise 
  • Multilingual guides on board 
  • All offered land excursions

NOT included in the price are:
  • Nationalpark fee for Raja Ampat: EUR 95.00 / USD 120.00, payable on board
  • Airport taxes for domestic flights and departure fees, payable at the airport
  • Tips for the crew (we recommend per guest/day EUR 15.00 / USD 20.00)
  • Insurance for cancellation fee 
  • Dive insurance (from 2013 onwards mandatory for all cruises)
  • Souvenirs onboard 
  • Dive courses (i.e. Nitrox course EUR 150.00 / USD 180.00)

Other useful information:
Surcharge for single cabin: 50% 
Non-diver reduction: 10%
Child-reduction (6-16 years): for normal cruises 50% reduction, for family diving cruises 80% reduction, as long as the child shares the cabin with the parents.
Repeater reduction: from the 2. booked cruise 3% reduction on the Pindito price and from the 3. booked cruise 5% reduction on the Pindito price (without fees and surcharges).
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