Wallacea Dive Cruises - MV Ambai (11 nigths North Sulawesi & Togians islands) - Tour code: A180509

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For those who know us, this is a kind of "back to the roots" cruise in an area that we very well know since we started our operation, in the early 2000, in these areas of Sulawesi.

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Day 1: Join cruise in Manado
Day 2: East cost of Northern Sulawesi
Day 3: Bolsel area
Day 4: Gorontalo
Day 5 - 8: Togian Islands
day 9 - 11: Pulau Dua
Day 12: Cruise ends in Luwuk


Diving IndonesiaFor those who know us, this is a kind of "back to the roots" cruise in an area that we very well know since we started our operation, in the early 2000, in these areas of Sulawesi.

Departing From Bitung, close to Manado International Airport the "central Sulawesi" visits the East coast of Sulawesi and the Togian islands. It ends in Luwuk. Beautiful dive sites of the East coast in the areas of Ratatotok, Tanjung Flesko, and Gorontalo (fabulous walls and whale sharks !). We then dive the best spots of the Togian islands, especially around the islands of Una2. the two last days are spent in the Tompotika area where Wallacea recentlys did set up a dive resort, Tompotika Dive Lodge, just because we found there spots that are among of the best dive sites of Indonesia!

Day 1: 
Arrival at Manado International airport where you are welcomed by the Wallacea staff. Transfer to the boat in air conditioned vehicles (transfer takes around 1hour 20 minutes) which is moored in Bitung. Welcome drink, lunch, briefing. Departure during the night for Ratotok.

Day 2: Diving along the East coast of North and Central Sulawesi: ratatotok will be our check dive, on a gentle slope with nice corals and lot of critters. Dive will follow at Tanjung Flesko with more action around this rock packed with fishes. Napoleon wrasses, schools of surgeons fishes and baracudas, enormous murenas. The 3rd dive is a beautiful slope with many critters in the bay of Flesko, where we will do a night dive and spend the night. 

Day 3: 
Going West, we will dive along the coast in Bolsel area, a  recently discovered zone that looks very promising. 4 dives and a night dive.

Day 4: Gorontalo area. Fantastic walls with overhangs, crevasses, beautiful soft corals and the famous "Dali" sponge (so called because of it's intricate swirling surface pattern). Also possibility to see whale sharks. we'l do thres dives + a night dive there before to navigate to Togian islands during the night.

Day 5:  Togian, Una-Una island. We will stay 2 days around this vocanic island (last eruption was in 1984 and the traces are clearly visible) where the dive sites look like boosted by the volcanic ashes. The dive site of Apollo is home for probably what is the biggest school of barracudas in Indonesia, tunas, napoleon wrasse, and lot of other fishes. Other dive sites have also very rich fish life; sponges of all shapes around Una-Una are enormous. 3 dives + night dive.

Day 6: 3 day dives + 1 night dive around the island of Una-Una.

Day 7: Togian islands, Kadidiri area. 2 dives in Kadidiri including the sea mount of "Batu Gila" (crazy stone), where fish life is impressive, including generally grey reef sharks and eventually hammerhead sharks. We will then pass a narrow strait between the islands to reach the site of B24 plane wreck.

Day 8: During the night we reach the Eastern part of the Togian islands, and we will spend the day diving in Waleabahi area. Walls dropping in the blue, abundant fish and critter life and eventually manta rays. During the night we will steam to the end of the Peninsula that closes the South of Tomini Bay, the area of Pulau Dua. Wallacea loved so much the diving in this area that we did build a resort there. 

Day 9: Pulau Dua area. The diving take places on rocky ridges and pinacles or big boulders on sandy bottom. Colorfull soft corals, black corals, sea fans cover the rocky substrat; the fish life is exremely wealthy; While some reef dive sites are very fishy, some others are more for critters and macrophotography.

Day 10:  3 Dives and night dive in Pulau Dua area.

Day 11: 
One or two dives in Pulau-Dua area, then we will go to visit a beach where we can observe Maleo birds, a rare bird that digs holes on beaches to borrow their egg. Here is protected one of the bigest remaining population of these birds. In the evening we steam to Luwuk, our disembarkation port.

Day 12: Breakfast, farewell, and transport to the Luwuk airport.

Remark : Itineraries and  dive sites choice in Komodo are highly dependent on tides and meteorological conditions. Many dives have to be performed at a particular moment of the tide and the South of Komodo may be difficult to access if the winds are too strong. For these reasons the itinerary displayed here is not a fixed itinerary, but more an example of the multiple ways this cruise can be done.

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 + 4 night dives (min number of dives on the trip 34)

Not included:
  • Park and Port fees: 50€ / 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 travelling as single person you will be allocated a cabin with another diver of the same sex.
Surcharges: Upper deck cabin extra charge €440/cruise. 100 cf tank surcharge €65/cruise. 
Equipment rental: We have a limited number of equipment on board, please drop us an email with the requested equipment and corresponding size - click here
Destination known for: Large animals, small animals, walls, underwater photography, drift dives, reef life.
Currents: Currents can be consistent on a number of dives while some others are really quiet. Some dives on reefs or pinnacles have to be done on the current exposed side in order to enjoy the best fish life and can therefore be slightly “sporty”. Our dive guides always check the current before the dive and will inform you of the conditions. A reef hook is recommended.
Visibility: Commonly you can see 30 meters away, but visibility can be even better in certain areas or punctually.
Boarding/check-out: Check in time: Depending on arrival flight / Check out time: Depending on return flight, not later than 1 PM 
Climate & diving conditions: The weather is generally dry and sunny with a refreshing breeze. The sea can at times be a little choppy.
Extensions: Suggested extensions is Lembeh Strait. Also if extending your stay at Tompotika Dive Lodge you get a 20% discount.
Water temperature: The temperature is all year long between 28° and 31°C.
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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