Wallacea Dive Cruises - MSY Seahorse (11 nights Banda Sea - Ring of fire) - Tour code: SH191123

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Over 1,200 fish species - a world record 284 on 1 single dive at Kofiau Island, the benchmark figure for an excellent dive site of 200 fish species surpassed on 51% of Raja Ampat dives (another world record), 600 coral species (a remarkable 97% of all scleratinia recorded from Indonesia are likely to occur in these islands), 699 mollusc species - again another world high.

Dag til dag reiseplan

Day 1: Fly to Saumlaki and check in (check dive eventually depending on guests arrival time)
Day 2-11: Diving the Banda Sea, Triton Bay & Ring Of Fire
Day 12: Tour ends in Kaimana - Check out 


Diving Raja Ampat, IndonesiaThe area known as Raja Ampat is an archipelago  consisting in 4 main islands surrounded by over 1500 smaller islands and cays. It is certainly the world’s most biodiverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusks species than anywhere else on the planet. Some areas boost enormous schools of fishes ; there are spots with large groups of manta rays, other with schools of barracudas, trevallies, bump head parrot fish, large groupers, and of course always a great variety of critters.

The reefs are varied as their inhabitants, with vertical walls, seamounts, pinnacles, slopes, caves, lagoons, some more covered with hard corals and other displaying colorful soft corals. Everywhere you will find a lot of gorgonians with their resident pygmy seahorses. Everywhere you will find a profusion of colors and life.

Above the sea you’ll discover incredibly beautiful landscapes : quartz islands labyrinths, extensive mangrove forests, deserted beaches and tiny villages, that are as many opportunities for a visit to shore. During the trip we will organize some shore visits in villages and in wonderful lagoon. We will climb the montain to reach a fantastic view point in Wayag and last but not least we will discover the beauty of the bird of paradise parade.

The Banda Sea
Prepare yourself for a magic kingdom as this region treats divers to an explosion of marine life on the pristine reefs, as well as steep drop-offs, huge schools of fish, a plethora of pelagic species, sea mounts and critters galore. Expect to see schools of jacks and tuna, turtles, Napolean wrasse, grouper, various species of rays, sharks, whales and dolphin. 
Enjoy an unique dive at Gunung Api volcano where sea snakes abound, and incredible pelagic encounters at the Lucipara atolls, where five seamounts rise up over a mile from the ocean floor, and which are also home to green turtle nesting sites. Everything a diver could wish for can be seen in this canal which flows towards the Banda Sea. It guarantees a unique spectacle of schooling fish; giant groupers, large schools of barracudas, snapper, surgeon fish, sweet lips in the midst of beautiful coral. This is an underwater photographers haven, there are so many things to photograph, it becomes confusing. The sometimes violent currents cannot guarantee the best visibility, but there is a big chance to see large fish such as manta rays, sharks and even mobulas.

Triton Bay
There are also areas in the Triton Bay region which promise all manner of critter appearances including frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, wonderpus, pygmy seahorses and nudibranchs galore. Epaulette sharks can be seen walking over the reefs as giant groupers lurk in sheltered spots, while schools of jacks and fusiliers dart around en masse. Triton Bay boasts a resident pod of pilot whales, the sight of which will linger long in the memories of those who dive with them. Not many liveaboard diving charters visit this region and the pioneering spirit and sense of privilege you feel while visiting Triton Bay is palpable. These enormous fish approach the 'bagans' of fishermen at the surface, sometimes many at a time.

Triton Bay's black coral forests are awesome in scale and never fail to impress. The bay also features excellent whale shark action. Squadrons of bumphead parrotfish charge around chomping the coral into fine sand, watched by ever-present turtles.

What other parts of Papua Province have over Raja Ampat could be the almost guaranteed presence of some of the larger creatures scuba divers are ever likely to encounter. Above the water is also fascinating with lush green landscapes, local people whose lives are a million miles from your own, and ancient cave paintings which root the people to their ancestral land. Photographers are advised not to leave their macros lenses at home!Triton Bay is known for displaying a similarly impressive level of soft coral coverage as places like Misool Island. To see so many of these majestic sharks gulping for scraps at the surface is a sight to behold!

Viktig Informasjon

Package includes:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or double cabin.
  • All meals. Drinking water, soft drinks and hot drinks.
  • Nitrox
  • All guided dives
  • 80 cf tanks, weights and belts
  • The airport-ship transfers and from the place of departure and arrival.
  • 3 daily dives + 6 night dives (min number of dives on the trip 33)
  • DAN Europe dive insurance (only apply when purchasing flights from DYKKEbazaar/DIVEplanet or for members of the Norwegian Dive Federation)

Not included:
  • Park and Port fees: 200€ / cruise
  • Alcoholic beverages, espresso (1€)
  • Possible diving equipment rental
  • International and domestic flights, visas and airport taxes
  • Laundry (1 € / piece)
  • Crew gratuities (is optional as they reflect your level of satisfaction about the service on board. FYI: we consider that 10€/day/passenger expresses a pleasant cruise)
  • International and domestic flights

Other useful information:
based on twin share cabins. If traveling as single person you will be allocated a cabin with another diver of the same sex.
Surcharges: Upgrade to seaview cabin €220/cruise. 100 cf tank surcharge €65/cruise. Dive equipment rentals and extra surcharges - click here
Destination known for:  
Barracudas, surgeonfishes, Bumphead parrot fishes, Trevallies and giant trevallies, pafefishes. Napoleon wrasse, wobbegon, tunas, bonitos, waow, manta rays, mobulas, Seahorse, frogfish, leaf fish, scorpionfish . Black corals forests, gorgonian fields, soft corals , gorgonian fields. We will navigate up to Nil Desperandum and several spots where we expect to encounter hammerhead sharks in this period of the year
Currents: Currents are slow to medium on this cruise. However, always a certain amount of current is needed to enjoy the fish life.
Visibility: The visibility is good, 20 meters and more on this itinerary. Conditions however can vary locally according to tides.
Boarding/check-out: Check in time: depending on flight arrival—before 1 PM // Check out time: depending on flight departure—before 1 PM
Climate & diving conditions: The Banda Sea - Ring of Fire & the Ceram Sea (Misool) are subject to consistent winds, waves and swell during the monsoon periods, especially during the South East monsoon from May to October. That's why we organize this itinerary during November and April that are an inter monsoon periods with quiet seas. However, some temporary storms can arise, with waves developing for a few hours only.
Best time to dive this destination: October to April is considered the best season for Triton Bay and the Banda Sea. 
Water temperature: The sea water temperature is averaging at 28-29°C throughout the year.
Diving regulations and info - click here
To see the dive map and itinerary - click here
See yacht specification and layout - click here

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