Wallacea Dive Cruises - MSY Seahorse (12 nights Banda Sea - Ring of fire) - Tour code: SH191014

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This area, administratively part of the South East Mollucas, is a long chain of islands stretching from Timor to West Papua. Distant from population centers these "forgotten islands" have been largely isolated from the rest of Indonesia and the world. They are the eastern end of the Wallacea bio-geographic area, the transition region between Asia and Australia flora and fauna.

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Day 1: Fly to Saumlaki and check in (check dive eventually depending on guests arrival time)
Day 2-12: Diving the Banda Sea
Day 13: Tour ends in Kaimana - Check out 


Diving Raja Ampat, IndonesiaThis cruise makes a journey of about 500 nautical miles and crossing a large part of eastern Indonesia through the Banda Sea, from Ambon in the hearth of Mollucas to Tanimbar, the easternmost island of Indonesia.

During your visit to this area you will see big numbers of pelagic fish, most notably impressive numbers of Napoleon wrasse, dog-toothed tuna and squadrons of mobula rays at sites throughout the Banda Islands area. The waters of Banda and Ambon promise riches beyond the wildest dreams of many 'big name' dive destinations worldwide. There are the small and beautiful macro creatures that are more often seen around Ambon, such as the scorpionfish which carries its name. The Spice islands are full of historical significance and you can visit old Dutch forts and learn all about the history of this once great trading route. If you luck is in then you can find yourself diving with schooling hammerheads - a sight not easily forgotten! Nowadays the region is attracting overseas visitors for very different reasons.
The Banda Sea is located in the central region of Indonesia and was once known for its lucrative spice trade where foreigners came from all over the world to trade in that most valuable of commodities, nutmeg. Limited human impact has left the reefs in great health, and the rich waters that they lie in are home to an unbelievable array of life. And the schools of fish in the Banda Sea need to be seen to be believed.

The so called ring of fire is part of the cruise, with still active volcanoes like Manuk islands, whose reefs are home for thousands of sea snakes. Schooling hammerheads are one of the highlight of this cruise and can generally be seen on a few dive sites of the itinerary.

Why choose the Banda Sea as your next dive destination?
One of Indonesia’s best kept secrets is the Banda Sea, which is part of the (Pacific) Ring of Fire – a massive horseshoe-shaped, seismically active area that stretches all the way from South America to New Zealand and measures about 40,000 kilometres. The South East Asian section of the Ring of Fire includes a chain of volcanic islands from the north of Pulau Seram to the tip of Pulau Wetar in the Banda Sea.

Known for its incredible biodiversity, healthy reefs, and, of course, unpredictable conditions, this remote part of the Ring of Fire is only reachable via liveaboard and – needless to say – offers spectacular diving. Need more convincing to get you all the way out there? Here are six reasons for you to chew on.

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 €240/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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