Damai - komodo / raja ampat Liveaboard

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Damai Indonesia

Free DAN coverage included in the trip price

MY Damai I was built in Tanjung Bira, South Sulawesi, by Pak Hadji Baso, the most prestigious builder in the area in 2009.

The collaboration of traditional skills with years of experience in the Indonesian liveaboard diving industry has created a remarkable vessel.

MY Damai I has been designed to offer a personal service that only a vessel of this size that is dedicated to small groups can provide. With an overall length of 40 meters (130 feet) and a beam of over 8 meters (26 feet) the vessel has 7 staterooms with a choice of single cabins, twins, doubles or two spacious master cabins. With sizes ranging from 18sq. meters for the single cabin to +40sq. meters for the master cabin, all are furnished with either queen or king sized beds, ensuite toiletts and showers.

The vessel has been designed with three large deck areas for relaxing in both the sun or shade and for enjoying relaxing massage and spa treatments. Specifically designed for divers, the vessel offers large dive stations with individual rinse tanks and a camera room with separate camera work stations with integrated 110v and 220v charging station for each photographer.

The vessel is the first in Indonesia to offer a divemaster/guide to customer ratio of 4 to 1 ensuring the best service underwater as well as onboard.

Diving A La Carte is a new concept created by Dive Damai and the objective to give the ultimate personal service. Logistics permitting Dive Damai allows you to dive where and when you wish. It is our aim to bring you as much of the underwater highlights of our itineraries as possible. We do not set dive time limits, we do not tell you that you cannot redive a dive site, we will bend over backwards to fulfill your every wish to return to a location time and again. But it’s not just the diving… We aim to satisfy every desire. That means you have a menu choice for each meal and if you have any special food requests we will do everything in our power to ensure your favourite foods are onboard. A La Carte reflects your freedom to choose and our desire to fulfill your wishes.

A "boutique liveaboard" - a place where the smallest details will be taken care of, where every customer is treated personally and where his or her needs can be addressed in no time at all - Damai liveaboard photos

Damai - prices

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2016 and 2017

Rates are per person per night, based upon two people sharing a twin or double cabin. Each boat has two double cabins that could be used as SINGLE CABIN for an additional US$175 per night, and two MASTER CABINS that have a supplement of US$50 per person and night.

Price per night per person US$560

2018

Price per night per person US$560

Inclusions :

Return transfers to/from the airport to the vessel or from/to any hotel and the airport the day of embarkation or disembarkation, within a distance of 20km Accommodation with A/C in twin or double bed cabin with en-suite showers and toilet. All meals and drinks while on board (excluding wine and Spirits). One glass of wine per person each night will be complimentary Air Tanks, weight belt and weights. Cruise director Experienced Dive Guides, with a maximum of 4 customers per guide Unlimited daytime diving and night dives (schedule permitting) Government taxes Land tours and group activities organized by Dive Damai First spa treatment of each person on board

Not included :

All vessel port and harbour fees: between USD5 and USD25 per day depending on the destination Enriched Air Nitrox: USD10 per diving day Dive/snorkel gear: USD3 per item or USD10 per full set per day National Park/maritime areas entrances fee Dive insurance: compulsory – please contact Damai for short term insurance options Laundry: USD1 per item Spa treatments after the first complimentary one: USD10 per 45 minutes treatment Travel insurance (please see note below): highly recommended Crew gratuities International and domestic air, land, sea transportation, and excess baggage Visa, hotels and food ashore before and after the cruise VIP service at the airport- if available * FREE NITROX AND COMPLEMENTARY DIVE EQUIPMENT FOR ALL REPEAT CUSTOMERS * ANY TRIP CAN BE ALSO BOOKED AT AN ALL INCLUSIVE RATE. PLEASE KINDLY CONTACT THE OFFICE FOR DETAILS * ALL PAYMENTS ON BOARD WILL BE DONE IN INDONESIAN RUPIAH (IDR)

Chartering one of our boat will give you the chance to select the route you prefer to do, we will tailor make the trip. The advantages are multiple and among them we could mention the chance to stay as long as you want in one spot without having to be worried about the preferences of the rest of the customers. Being able to spend your diving holidays with your friends, with the whole crew dedicated entirely to you is very tempting, astherearethe rates we offer when you select this option…you are the real master and comander!

Please note that you must have a minimum of 6 months left on your passport and one full clean page for your visa on arrival.

Damai - schedule

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09Jun17
16Jun17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
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18Jun17
25Jun17
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Raja Ampat
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26Jun17
02Jul17
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Raja Ampat
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05Jul17
16Jul17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Biak
Raja Ampat,Cendrawasih
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18Jul17
25Jul17
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Cendrawasih
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27Jul17
03Aug17
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Cendrawasih
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05Aug17
12Aug17
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Cendrawasih
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14Aug17
25Aug17
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Cendrawasih
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25Aug17
30Aug17
Embark: Biak
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Cendrawasih
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01Sep17
15Sep17
Embark: Biak
Disembark: Sorong
Cendrawasih Raja Ampat
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17Sep17
28Sep17
Embark: Sorong
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Raja Ampat
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30Sep17
06Oct17
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Raja Ampat
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09Oct17
20Oct17
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Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
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22Oct17
02Nov17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Ambon
Raja Ampat
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04Nov17
15Nov17
Embark: Ambon
Disembark: Maumere
Forgoitten islands
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17Nov17
26Nov17
Embark: maumere
Disembark: Kupang
Flores
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28Nov17
09Dec17
Embark: Kupang
Disembark: Laboanbajo
Flores/Komodo
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09Jan18
20Jan18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
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21Jan18
01Feb18
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Raja Ampat
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04Feb18
15Feb18
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Raja Ampat
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17Feb18
24Feb18
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Raja Ampat
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27Feb18
06Mar18
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Raja Ampat
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08Mar18
19Mar18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Kaimana
Raja/Triton bay
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21Mar18
04Apr18
Embark: Kaimana
Disembark: Timika
Triton Bay/Asmats
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06Apr18
20Apr18
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Disembark: Sorong
Asmats/triton/Raja
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22Apr18
29Apr18
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Raja Ampat
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30Apr18
07May18
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Raja Ampat
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10May18
21May18
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Raja Ampat
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24May18
01Jun18
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Raja Ampat
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04Jun18
11Jun18
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Alor
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04Jul18
16Jul18
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Alor/Komodo
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18Jul18
25Jul18
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Komodo
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27Jul18
05Aug18
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Komodo
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12Sep18
19Sep18
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Raja Ampat
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21Sep18
28Sep18
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Raja Ampat
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30Sep18
06Oct18
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Raja Ampat
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08Oct18
19Oct18
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Raja Ampat/Tirton Bay
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20Oct18
31Oct18
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tiron bay/Forgotten/banda
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04Nov18
15Nov18
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Forgotten islands
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17Nov18
26Nov18
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Alor
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28Nov18
09Dec18
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Alor/Komodo
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29Dec18
10Jan19
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Komodo
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30Dec19
11Jan19
Embark: sorong
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Raja Ampat
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Damai - cabins

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Single cabin #2 and #4 - Twin cabin #1 - Master cabin #5

Damai - itinerary

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Main Area Single Cabin Twin / Double Cabin Master Cabin
Main Area Single Cabin Twin / Double Cabin Master Cabin
Alor US$625 US$525 US$575
Bali US$625 US$525 US$575
Banda Sea US$625 US$525 US$575
Cendrawasih US$625 US$525 US$575
Komodo US$625 US$525 US$575
Raja Ampat US$625 US$525 US$575
The forgotten islands US$625 US$525 US$575
Triton bay US$625 US$525 US$575
Main Area Single Cabin Twin / Double Cabin Master Cabin
Komodo US$660 US$560 US$610
Triton bay US$660 US$560 US$610
Raja Ampat US$660 US$560 US$610
Alor US$660 US$560 US$610
Forgotten islands US$660 US$560 US$610
Banda Sea US$660 US$560 US$610
Bali US$660 US$560 US$610

Underwater photography on Damai is one of the reasons why we decided to go to a 4-1 ratio divers to divemaster. We want our customers to feel free underwater, without the pressure of many other divers around them as they work with their cameras.

Our guides are among the best in Indonesia, and constantly strive to meet your every need and exceed your expectations. Whatever your diving goals, our team will spare no effort to help you achieve them. Personalized service is our specialty, with groups limited to 3 divers per guide, allowing us to stay close and look for special creatures while you while you concentrate on your photography. This approach also gives us more time to spend with each diver, whether you are interested in photography or not. And, by keeping groups so small, you will have more special moments surrounded by marine life and less by strobes, cameras and other divers.

Like many of you, we love to take underwater photos and video. We do not claim to get better results than anyone else, but we do have years of first hand experience. We understand the passion and dedication that is required for successful underwater imaging, and realize its importance our guests, whether amateur or seasoned professional. Through the years we have learned much about what it takes to capture good images, helping us design a program to match the needs of even the most experienced image makers - Damai liveaboard photos

In order to achive these goals we will be offering the following:

  • FOC Pony bottles on board for your own safety and comfort
  • Individual rinse tanks
  • Individual space, clearly independent,at the camerastation with both 110V and 220V connections
  • Underwater photo-video pro at your disposal (please, consult our schedule for more information) to assit our customers in any field they might need
  • Projector lounge
  • 32% or 36% FOC nitrox fro added safety and / orto prolong your bottom time
  • NikonD200 and Sony HDR-HC7 video with all the ports, lightsetc, to be used by our customersFOC in case of damage oftheir own one.

Indonesia is unique, and so are you. At Dive Damai, we appreciate how valuable your time and resources are, and believe that you deserve the very best in facilities and personalized service to create special memories for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Damai donates Us$1 per person per night to Project Damai and 50% of every image which is sold from our own gallery. We will have an open account giving transparency to the fund so that you can see exactly how the funds are spent.

Our well trained and professional dive master team will be at your disposal. The low number of customers allows us to pay individual attention underwater and being able to know exactly what is that you want to achieve on the trip and try to provided, if Mother Nature behaves… We just want to see crowds of fish and corals surrounded but…you!!!!

Every destination in Indonesia has its own strength, let us share with you the different places we will be diving at and see what to find in each of them

Bali

Not only a great island, more famous for its culture than for its diving, Bali has treasures underwater: Great macro in the north and the Mola Mola in Nusa penida are just examples of it.

Komodo

The diversity of marine life in Komodo is amazing. The colors are stunning. The mix of large and small animals, reef creatures and pelagics, invertebrates and vertebrates, shallow reefs, drop-offs and drift dives produces exceptional diving.

The idea of comparing dive destinations has always made me uncomfortable. But I am very comfortable saying that as an avid diver and an underwater photographer, Komodo provided me with some of the most memorable diving I have ever done. I love this place.

Triton Bay

Of all the tropical reefs we have seen in our combined 70 years of diving, Triton Bay is at the top of the list for fish diversity, soft corals and topside scenery. Rightly called a “species factory” by leading marine scientists, the region’s dive sites are swarming with fish and almost every nook is occupied by an exotic invertebrate. For us as adventurers and lovers of exotic dive travel, probably the best thing about Triton Bay is that it remains largely unexplored, and liveaboard divers still have the opportunity to dive on untouched reefs. Here is where we firs introduce our special “dive a la Carte” programm.

Raja Ampat

These jewel like islands are caressed by a convergence of swift nutrient rich currents. Herethe pulse of marine life thrives from the sea floor to the surface where the kaleidoscope of corals can start in less than a meter of water. There are sites that are so pristine and packed with growth, that a photographer is hard pressed to find a spot to place a steadying finger. Exotic sea life and macro critters abound of course, and photo opportunities border on overwhelming. But at the end of the day, the most memorable moments for us are what can rarely be captured in digital format: The incredible experience of drifting along miles of exquisite reef brimming with hues and activity the likes of which few have ever experienced.

Derawan

The east coast of Kalimantan offers some of the most spectacular walls in indonesia.Schools of thousands of Barracudas, mantas, the unique jelly fish lake and the nesting turtles are its highlights

Banda Sea

Located between the much publicized Raja Ampat islands to the north andthe venerable Komodo islands to the south, the Banda Sea is an exciting outpost that offers some of the most unique diving adventures to be found in the Indo-Pacific regions. Distant atolls rise from thedepths featuring superb wall diving and boundless marine life. The historically significant island of Bandaneira, once the center of the Dutch/Portuguese Spice Trade dating back to the early 1600s, is now a virtually inaccessible outpost offering amazing macro subjects and encounters with the rare mandarin fish and their lively mating rituals. Just to the south, Lucipara offers endless visibility and dropoffs teeming with tropicals and pelagics. But the jewel in the crown of the Banda Sea lies further south at Gunung Api: pristine reefs, caves and walls surrounded by hundreds of these marine reptiles for an adrenaline charge unequaled. The Banda Sea, an ocean oasis of indescribable beauty and biodiversity.

Project Damai aims to help educate the underprivileged who live in the areas we visit whilst diving. We will work both independently and with NGO’s. One of our core goals will be the training of locals as dive guides so we can offer them work whenever we visit the area. Guests will be able to login and monitor exactly where funds are allocated and see where their donations are being spent.

We will also establish a fund to help our loyal crew when they retire. After a standard period of service to the company, staff will gain access to shares which will help to sustain them after retiring in the form of a monthly pension.

Triton Bay A La Carte

“A la carte” is a revolutionary concept that Dive Damai introduce in the industry.

The vessel will be moving inside the Triton Bay area and our customers can join in any day they want. There are flights either from Ambon or from Sorong and the transfer from the harbour of Kaimana to the boat will be done in around 45 minutes by a fast speed boat allowing divers to tailor their trip to this new destination.

Triton Bay is bound to be the next hot spot. The diversity of colours and shape of the soft corals are a dream come true for every diver, not to forget the fish life, in general extremely healthy reefs with all kind of fish in them. The visibility tends to improve during this period of time and we will be ready to show this underwater wonder.

A few characteristics are particular to this part of Irian Jaya: There is no much fishing, and as a result the amount of fish is spectacular; Gt Rock is the perfect example; it has hundreds of grunts and red snappers hiding behind the small pinnacles. Enourmous sweet lips in a frozen image posing for you, giant trevallies and tunas are constantly patrolling and the fusiliers aggregate by the thousands.

The possibility of seeing giant groupers, the general out of proportion size of the angle fish, the mantas and the gigantic school of bat fish at the edge of the reef are the highlights of 7th heaven. Legendary Larry Smith did his last dive trip to this area, and he became amazed with the biodiversity that it is found here, We have a lot to thank Larry, he introduce Indonesia to the rest of us, if not for him, we would not be looking for small critters and certainly Indonesia would not be as famous as it is now. A little tribute of the diving community was to name this dive site after him. Larry´s heaven honours his memory and all what he fought for. It is the dive site that broke the world record in counting different species; it has more biodiversity that any other place in the planet!!! There is also the amazing experience of getting on the middle of fields of black coral, not seen anywhere else.

To top it off, it is home of some of the latest discoveries in the underwater world, the walking shark and a few new flashing wrasse. For those chartering the boat we offer the possibility of combining some days of diving in Triton Bay with either Raja Ampat in the north or visiting the Agats and Asmats in the south.

Sorong - Kaimana 14 Nights

A way to dive the highlights of the north and south of Raja Ampat as well as Triton bay.

Day 1

Arrival to Sorong and departure

Day 2

Direct into the good fun with an early dive in Kri Corner, outstanding diving, concentrations of big fish, jacks and trevalies, white tips in the depths, let us not forget the shallow hard coral garden, one of the best we have ever seen, because of the corals and the life, out of this world. Sardine reef has everything but sardines, schooling fusiliers, snappers, grunts, bumpheads, encounters with turtles, wobbies and if you like to stay an admire a reef, some of the pinnacles are perfect for that. We will spend our first night in Batanta on our firs try for the picturesque dragonet.

Day 3

we start the day with a superb manta dive near Airborei, a cleaning station on top of which shyless mantas hang. We move to Gam .Here we dive the reefs of Yanggelo, the entrance of a channel where barracudas patrol in the search of food. . The corner offers a spectacular slope-wall, with fantastic fans, hard corals and incredible fish life.

Day 4

Penemu. Another fishy day, 2 fantastic reefs, Barracuda Point and Melissa´s Garden are home to thousand of fish, with a bit of current they will all go, one looking for plankton others looking for bigger food, the whole chain concentrated in a small area, in the shallows healthy hard corals and giant clams. The walls in Penemu are also impressive, many colours decorating it, and a huge school of bat fish in the sand at the bottom.

Day 5

Kofiau: Dedicated to Macro, in front of the pier there is great macro, frog fish, pipe fish, mandarin and if lucky also the picturesque dragonet.

Day 6

Blue water mangroves: A recent hot spot. A few places in the world offer you the chance to dive under mangroves in crystal clear water, a truly unique experience. The pyjama cardinal and the archer fish are very charismatic, but there is a much more, healthy coral reef a few feet from the mangroves, and looking good onto it slat water crocs have been spotted as well as mantas, on the mainland the locals claim to have dugongs, we shall see…

Day 7

Missol. Pulau Pele will be the firs stop, and kaleidoscope reef is an amazing dive. A combination of fans, soft corals of beautiful colours, fish and dancing anchovies in the shallows will make the morning unforgettable. In Wayilbatan the passage offers another spectacular dive, in between two islands the mild currents have created a gallery of fans, of all kinds and sizes. At the entrance nice bommies with soft corals, sweet lips and turtles..great!! Pulau Boo is yet another 5 star dive, towards the south part schooling batfish, in the north a nice wall completely decorated and in the middle the 3 holes where either early in the morning or late in the afternoon the light can create many effects.

Day 8

Missol: Fiabacet. The most famous site of the area, a few small rocks the, once you get in the water, will surprises even the most expert diver for its display: the soft corals are great and the forest of fans out of this world…The fish life cannot be forgotten, as plenty of trevalies, jacks and mackerel come close to look for a prey, the area is protected and already juvenile grey reefs are setting there…U must for every diver!!

Day 9

Pulau Pisang. Beautiful archipelago some 30 miles south of Missol. Giant elephant ears, super healthy corals, schools of fish, mantas and turtles will be waiting for us in this remote and untouched treasure.

Day 10

Air Tanjung. Incredible waterfalls, unique to take pictures, great for fun. Nice and relaxing diving near Mommon bay. A mandatory stop that will refresh our minds and bodies and get us ready for what is next…

Day 11

Triton bay. This is bound to be the next hot spot. The diversity of colours and shape of the soft corals are a dream come true for every diver, not to forget the fish life, in general extremely healthy reefs with all kind of fish in them.7th heaven will be our firs stop and it will give a real touch of the area, crowded with fish, schooling grunts, giant trevalies, giant jacks, barracudas, some solitary manta, giant turtles, walking shark, giant…

There is no much fishing in the bay, and as a result the amount of fish is spectacular; Gt Rock is the perfect example; it has hundreds of grunts and red snappers hiding behind the small pinnacles. Enormous sweet lips in a frozen image posing for you while getting cleaned, giant trevallies and tunas are constantly patrolling and the fusiliers aggregate by the thousands…another must in your list.

Day 12

Triton bay. Legendary Larry Smith did his last dive trip to this area, and he became amazed with the biodiversity that it is found here, We have a lot to thank Larry, he introduce Indonesia to the rest of us, if not for him, we would not be looking for small critters and certainly Indonesia would not be as famous as it is now. A little tribute of the diving community was to name this dive site after him. Larry´s heaven honours his memory and all what he fought for. It is the dive site that broke the world record in counting different species; it has more biodiversity that any other place in the planet!!! The south corner is like Larry said heaven…. Pay attention: amazing is the experience of getting on the middle of fields of black coral, not seen anywhere else, but don´t get too absorved by the vieuw, you would not be the first pro in forgetting everything and loosing a camera down there!!!

Day 13

Triton bay: This first dives will be dedicated to spot the new species of flasher wrasse, just beautiful. After that, in front of the bay of Lobo, where sulphur from volcanic action hits the sand we will do afternoon and night dive, the best place for critters in the area, lots of nudies, crabs etc.

Day 14

After the last two dives, we will proceed to go with the tenders through hundreds of tiny islands, turquoise water under us…a top side wonder, we will finish the trip with a cultural visit to the ancient paintings on the rocks.

Kaimana - Sorong 11 Nights

A way to go through the highlights ofTriton Bay,north and south of Raja Ampat.

Day 1

Arrival toKaimana and departure

Days 2,3 and 4

Triton bay. This is bound to be the next hot spot. The diversity of colours and shape of the soft corals are a dream come true for every diver, not to forget the fish life, in general extremely healthy reefs with all kind of fish in them.7th heaven will be our firs stop and it will give a real touch of the area, crowded with fis, schooling grunts, giant trevalies, giant jacks, barracudas, some solitary manta, giant turtles, walking shark, giant…

There is no much fishing in the bay, and as a result the amount of fish is spectacular; Gt Rock is the perfect example; it has hundreds of grunts and red snappers hiding behind the small pinnacles. Enourmous sweet lips in a frozen image posing for you while getting cleaned, giant trevallies and tunas are constantly patrolling and the fusiliers aggregate by the thousands…another must in your list Legendary Larry Smith did his last dive trip to this area, and he became amazed with the biodiversity that it is found here, We have a lot to thank Larry, he introduce Indonesia to the rest of us, if not for him, we would not be looking for small critters and certainly Indonesia would not be as famous as it is now. A little tribute of the diving community was to name this dive site after him. Larry´s heaven honours his memory and all what he fought for. It is the dive site that broke the world record in counting different species; it has more biodiversity that any other place in the planet!!! The south corner is like Larry said heaven…. Pay attention: amazing is the experience of getting on the middle of fields of black coral, not seen anywhere else, but do not get too amazed, you would not be the first pro in forgetting…and loosing a camera down there!!! The last dives will be dedicated to spot the new species of flasher wrasse, just beautiful. We will proceed to go with the tenders through hundreds of tiny islands, turquoise water under us…a top side wonder, we willcomplete the area with a cultural visit to the ancient paintings on the rocks.

Day5

Air Tanjung. Incredible waterfalls, unique to take pictures, great for fun. Nice and relaxing diving near Mommon bay. A mandatory stop that will refresh our minds and bodies and get us ready for what is next…

Day 6

Pulau Pisang. Beautiful archipelago some 30 miles south of Missol. Giant elephant ears, super healthy corals, schools of fish, mantas and turtles will be waiting for us in this remote and untouched treasure. Days 7 and 8

Missol

Fiabacet. The most famous site of the area, a few small rocks the, once you get in the water, will suprises even the mostg expert diver for its display: the soft corals are great and the forest of fans out of this world…The fish life cannot be forgotten, as plenty of trevalies, jacks and mackerel come close to look for a prey, the area is protected and already juvenile grey reefs are setting there In Wayilbatan the passage offers another spectacular dive, in between two islands the mild currents have created a gallery of fans, of all kinds and sizes. At the entrance nice bommies with soft corals, sweet lips and turtles..great!! Pulau Boo is yet another 5 star dive, towards the south part schooling batfish, in the north a nice wall compeltly decorated and in the middle the 3 holes where either early in the morning or late in the afternoon the light can create many effects.

Day 9

Missol. Pulau pele will be thenext stop, and kaleidoscope reef is an amazing dive. A combination of fans, soft corals of beautiful colours, fish and dancing anchovies in the shallows will make the morning unforgettable.Otside the main island small pinnacles offer some of the most incredible underwater formations of the trip.

Day 10

Blue water mangroves: A recent hot spot. A few places in the world offer you the chance to dive under mangroves in crystal clear water, a truly unique experience. The pyjama cardinal and the archer fish are very charismatic, but there is much more, healthy coral reefs a few feet from the mangroves, and looking good onto it slat water crocs have been spotted as well as mantas, on the mainland the locals claim to have dugongs, we shall see… We must say that afteran attack by asalt water crocodile, the diving in the area has been stppoed for a while. we need to keep up with reports about the situation.

Day 11

Wefinish the trip with a superb manta dive near Airborei, a cleaning station on top of which shyless mantas hang. We move toKri to do the last dive among schooling jacks and barracudas, and looking for wobbiegong and white tip sharks.

Day 12

Arrival and transfer to the airport

  • 12 nights or 14 night trips will add nights in the north of Raja Ampat. As the area still isunder exploration, some of the spots might be altered and new ones added to offer our customers new and exciting dives.

Ternate - Bitung 11 Nights

An exploratory trip from the heart of the Moluccas to the North of Sulawesi.

Day 1

  • Departure from Ternate

Day 2 - Exploratory Ternate Bay

Day3

  • Exploratory Halmahera north

Day 4 - Eploratory Halmahera north

Day 5

  • Exploratory Halmahera north

Day 6 - Exploratory Mayu

Day 7

  • Exploratory Tifore

Day 8 - Exploratory Gangga

Day 9

  • Bunaken national Park

Day 10 - Bunaken national

Day 11

  • Exploratory Bangka

Day 12

Arrival to Bitung and transfer to the airport

Tarakan - Tarakan 11 Nights

Day 1 Tarakan:

Embarking and departure. Sunset cruising to arrive to the destination early in the morning. Day 2 and 3

Sangalaki:

2 full days to enjoy diving with the super famous mantas of Sanagalaki. They come in very shallow waters, which will give us plenty of bottom time. Leopard sharks, and turtles area expected as well. Day 4 and 5

Maratua:

The walls of Maratua are legendary and provides home to one of the biggest school of barracuda in South East Asia. The entrance of the 2 channel of the island are full with life when the current is flowing, and apart from the barracudas, we will we looking for some grey reefs, jacks, mackerel and eagle rays among the fusiliers and bait fish. When the current is not the desires, we can automatic change and still enjoy terrific diving; the walls give shelter to a grand variety of small crustaceous, pygmies or nudies.

Day 6 Kakaban:

The magic of the Jelly fish lake inside: 4 species of non poison jellies are in their hundreds, 5 species of gobies, sponges and invertebrates complete this underwater wonder. UNIQUE!!!

Day 7 , 8 and 9 Muara:

A few miles south of the regular dive sites, a whole new area opens for us. We will spend 3 days exploring this truly remote area…ready for the surprises!!!

Day 10 and 11 Derawan:

The best critter dives in the area. Leaf fish, frog fish, pygmies, small cuttle fish, ghost pipe fish, ornate and robust, flamboyant etc. The rubble in the slopes are the perfect environment for this kind of diving!! Fabulous!!

Day 12 Arrival at

Tarakan and departure.

PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THOSE TRIPS ARRIVING IN BALIKPAPAN WE WILL SPEND ONE MORE DAY IN KAKABAN AND ONE DAY BETWEEN MUARA AND BALIKPAPAN AROUND BIRAHBIRAHAN

Maumere - Maumere 11nights

Day 1:

Arrival at Maumere, Dive underneath Maumere Pier, great for Macro. Lots of Nudies, mantis, crabs, school of resident juvenile bat fish, late in the afternoon mandarin and picturesque dragonets. Night dive at Wodong, sandy bottom with some coral formation, we will be in the search of mimic octopus!!

Day 2:

Papagarang: A very nice slope with some nice hard and soft corals. Very abundant fish life, among them juvenile and blue ribbon eel, leaf fish or soft coral crabs, in Pula Babi we will be diving the wall, great fish life: bumphead parrots, green and hawksbill turtles and around here is one of the few places we have spotted a whale shark??

Day 3:

Serbete: The south west side offers a lovely wall, combining “big stuff” like yellow fin tuna or rainbow runners with a numerous variety of nudies and soft coral crabs. Adonara ofeers us some spectacular diving, its slopes give shelter to amazing concentration of glass fish and their eaters: frog fish, leaf fish or stone fish among them. Lovely macro life and great bummies

Day 4:

Pulau Soangi: a small island outside the Adonara strait, the reefs are a mixed between slope and walls, hard coral, soft coral and rock formation. Lots of fish habitat its waters and here there are big chances of close encounters with white tips or nurse sharks. These waters are part of the migration route of some species of whales, especially sperm whales and in Lamalera traditional hunting whales is their mean of living. Protected by the Unesco, this style of life has preserved to more modern system and it is entirely orientated to provide food to its people; a mixed feeling of sadness for the whale and excitement about the remote possibility of seeing how the use traditional ways of whale hunting. The rock formation at the entrance of the bay offers an interesting dive, decorator and boxer crabs, lobsters, and other crustaceous will be coming at night

Day 5 and 6:

Biangaban: One of the best macro-muck dives in Indonesia!!! A combination of black sand and some hard coral reef, its bottom is famous for its critters: blue fin lion fish, juvenile, blue and yellow ribbon eels, coleman shrimp, zebra crabs, different kind of frog fish, rinophias… all we can imagine can be seen there. Here is when the policy of unlimited diving plays a major role, you could be diving there forever!!!!

Day 7:

Pulau Pura: Some of the most friendly people of Indonesia live in this small island, always ready with a smile and free diving close to us with their “out of coconut and glass” home made goggles. Fantastic diving around the island, the impressive “clown alley” where for miles we can dive among hundreds of anemonies, the mandarin fish dive near the village, the walls at both sides of it, where incredible fish life aggregates together with great macro are examples of it. Near the school of the village there are chances of encounters with fox sharks, only diveable with slag tide, due to the down currents, this wall is a truly spectacular dive, plenty of fish and pelagic action!!

Day 8:

Alor kecil: The signature dive of the area is “Karl´dream”. An underwater seamountain only diveable under certain conditions, the presence of the currents bring uncountable fish life and the excitment of pelagians, on the other hand, we need to be caution with the currentn and time the dive perfectly. But the dream it is a reality and it is one of the top dives in the country: big schools of snapper, banner fish, millions of fish and around them, giant trevalliers, tunas, some sharks…amaizing. Let our team programm those dives in the best interest of the trip, according to the tides and keep your eyes open…the show is down there!!!! The night dive close to the Pertamina Pier is fantastic with lots of “mucky” friendly critters easy to be spotted.

Day 9:North

Pantar: Beautiful coral bummies on the slope give way little by little to a dramatic wall. Lots of crinoids with shrimps and cling fish and numerous nudiebranchs can be seen on the slope. Sponges with hary squat lobsters, orangutan crabs and pygmeys are to be expected on the wall.

Day 10:

Lamalera island: Near Ili Ape Vulcano there are a series of u nderwater seamountains not to be mished by any diver. A very complete dive area, large ammount of reef fish mixed with schools of surgeons, bumphead parrots and turtles. If you are interested in macro, there are many different species of nudies and often the ornate and robust goshts pipe fish are found as well. Delighful place!!

Day 11:

Pasir Pangang: we will finish the trip diving the east wall. There is a nice cave, where often white tips like to lay down. The wall has got some of the biggest sponges of the area and nice fans and soft corals, a very nice way to finish an exciting trip

Komodo (Labuanbajo - Labuanbajo) 11 nights

We believe Komodo is still on the top of the diving scale in Indonesia. A few years of protection have paid off, the state of the hard corals in the north is outstanding, the amount of fish, its size and the critter life has increased, and so have the arrival and regular encounter with pelagic. The current will play a major role, and it is essential to know the area in order to pick up the best time for each dive, as for the south, we have FOC new 5mm wetsuits at your disposal, to be able to truly enjoy this area without the inconvenience of getting cold too soon.

Day 1:

Arrival in Laboanbajo and departure.

Dive Tatawa Besar: a classic in komodo, covered with orange soft corals, schooling bat fish, a beautiful shallow hard coral garden. Night dive in Sabolan. Look for the Star gazers.

Day 2:

Tatawa Kecil offers great dive, a different topography formation and the plush of the mantas. Batu balong is a small island in the middle of current city, plenty of sharks in the depths and a visibility forever makes this dive very productive. We will easily enjoy the whole day around this area.

Day 3, 4:

Horseshoe Bay in Rinca, the home to the famous Cannibal Rock, Yellow wall or torpedo Alley. It is difficult to describe Cannibal Rock; the waters will be colder than before and the visibility a bit less, but there is such an abundance of all kind of life’s that it will be stick in our memories for a long time: all kind of critters can be spotted here, giant frog fish or rinophias, whte tips or turtles, resident unique nudies or blue octopus… Yellow wall, as its name indicates, is covered with soft corals, no place for our hands, the only way will be to find a spot and lean on the pointers. The lady bug, the sea apple, the fire urchins with coleman shrimps or zebra crabs are particularly easy to spot in this areas. Torpedo alley is another of the legendary night dives in Indonesia, apart from the rays there are frog fish, innumerable crabs, Bobbitt worm.

Day 5:

Langkoi: mantas, mantas and mantas and sometimes MolaMola at Manta Point.A great day!!! At night we find shelter and do a nice night dive in an easy wreck, look for the frog fish.

Day 6, 7:

8: Gilli Lawa Laut and Gillin Darat: The biggest concentration of life in Komodo. Schools of surgeon fish, barracudas, jacks passing sharks, sweet lips and napoleon fish, turtles lately we had dolphins fishing in front of us. Unbelievable dives!!! Worth the whole trip!!

Day 9:

Sangeang: The Volcano slopes give way to a black sand bottom. In bubble reef one can experience the sensation of hot gases coming from the sand and the misture between a coral reef and black sand, one of everybody’s favourites with some leaf fish, blue and juvenile ribbon eel and big school of snappers among it.Black magic has some nice black coral formation on the sand and there is a chance to see ornate ghost pipe fish and tozeuma shrimps. Both night dives, either there or in Bontho are fantastic, let us find the elusive boxer crab.

Day 10:

Banta: We will be targeting one of the most beautiful reefs in Indonesia: GPS; expect some pelagic action and one of the good places to see grey reef sharks, barracudas, green and hawksbill turtle and the rare oceanic trigger fish. On the northwest corner Stairway to heaven is a very healthy wall, lots of action all over, mantas may pass by. K2 and star wars are nice alternatives for bit of a less demanding dives, due to the lack of strong current, nice reefs, lots of life, big cuttle fish, leaf fish, Pegasus sea moth and green turtles will be the highlights.

Is a small world is one of the best night dives of the trip, potential to see everything, from hunting lionfish to bobbit worm, stone fish, stargazer, bobtail squid..a great chance.

Day 11:

Sebayor Kecil Sebayor Besar: Very good hard corals, good fish life in between the islands. Perfect for wide angle. Bat fish, Bumphead parrots or mobluas among their visitors.

Day 12:

Arrival to Laboanbajo and departure: Starts the count down for your next trip.

Days 3,4 and 5 require a 5mm wet suit for most of the divers. Dive Damai will have them ready for every customer FOC. Please order them in advance.

Dragons Molas

Mola-molas, or ocean sunfish, visit the reefs of Bali only for a few months every year. The rest of the time they have a pelagic existence in the open sea. We depart at the end of their season and shouyld be able to glimpse the molas. They like deep dropoffs and upwellings and can be found anywhere from 40 to 130 feet. The come in to get cleaned by bannerfish and angelfish as well as assorted wrasses.

Komodo will be at its peak in the north with excellent visibility and the famous critters arriving in big numbers.

Dive will be done in the region from Sangeang and Rinca. The Komodo National Park has been a huge success and is one of the best model programs the country has to offer in terms of preservation and conservation. This is why we believe Komodo park diving is still at the top of the diving scale in Indonesia. The state of the hard corals in the north is outstanding, the fish numbers have increased and the critter life has been abundant. To top it off, regular encounter with pelagic creatures like mantas and even sharks is on the rise. Rinca and Horseshoe Bay can be cooler than northern sites so we have free (FOC) new 5mm wetsuits for our guests.

Day 1: Embarkment in Laboanbajo

Departure to Tatawa already in the Komodo national Park : Tatawa Kecil. It has different undersea topography than what we will have been experiencing and also the great chance of seeing mantas. Batu Balong is a small island in the middle of a currenty area that attracts plenty of sharks and provides excellent visibilty. The drift in Tatawa Besar is a classic in Komodo. The site is covered with orange soft corals, schooling batfish and a beautiful shallow hard coral garden.

Day 2

Early in the morning for a walk to see the famous dragons. Very close to the station we find Pantai Merah, a nice, small and very fishy reef with plenty of life. Look for painted frogfish and lots of nudies. We then move the boat a few miles to Padar to dive W reef, a submerged reef made out of 3 mini sae mountains. Great for nudies!!!

Day 3 Horseshoe Bay in Rinca

The home to the famous Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall and Torpedo Alley. Waters will be colder than before and the visibility a bit less, but there is such an abundance of all kind of life that divers are too busy looking at the reef to notice. All kind of critters can be spotted here including giant frogfish and rhinopias, whitetip reef sharks and turtles, resident unique nudies and a blue octopus. Yellow Wall, as its name indicates, is covered with soft corals. The unique lady bug, the sea apple, the fire urchins with Coleman shrimps and zebra crabs are particularly easy to spot in this area. Torpedo alley is another of the legendary night dives in Indonesia, apart from the rays there are frogfish, sea pens, numerous crabs and Bobbitt worms.

Day 4

Langkoi:Mantas, mantas and mantas and sometimes MolaMola as well. We will have many opprtunties to cavort with mantas here.

Day 5

Gilli Lawa Laut: This has the biggest concentration of life in Komodo. Schools of surgeonfish, barracudas, jacks, passing sharks, sweetlips, Napoleon fish and sea turtles are common. Lately we have had dolphins fishing right in front of us. Unbelievable dives!!! Worth the whole trip!!

Day 6

Gili Lawa Laut and the passages in Gilli Lawa Darat: This is another day of adrenaline and incredible fish life!!!

Day 7

Banta: We will be targeting one of the most beautiful reefs in Indonesia: GPS. Expect good, manageble currents that bring in pelagic action. We can see grey reef sharks, barracudas, green and hawksbill turtles and the rare oceanic trigger fish. On the northwest corner Stairway to Heaven is a very healthy wall full of varied action. Mantas may pass by. K2 and Star Wars are nice alternatives as less demanding dives. They have nice reef with low current and big cuttlefish, leaf fish, Pegasus sea moths and green turtles. It´s a Small World is one of the best night dives of the trip. Ther is potential to see everything from hunting lionfish to bobbit worms, stonefish, stargazers and bobtail squid.

Day 8

Sangeang: The Volcanic slopes give way to a black sand bottom. At Bubble Reef one can experience the sensation of warm gases percolating through the sand. The mixture of coral reef and black sand is fascinating and all divers like to search for leaf fish, blue and juvenile ribbon eels and big schools of snappers.The dive site Black magic has some nice black coral formation on the sand and there is a chance to see ornate ghost pipefish and tozeuma shrimps. Both night dives, either there or in Bontho are fantastic. One almost sure bet is seeing the outstanding boxer crab.

Day 9

Moyo and Satonda. Moyo has absolutely great macro dive including the wonderpuss octopus as its most notable inhabitant. Satonda has a nice reef that is quite colorful. There’s also a white sand slope where we can find some bommies with plenty to see like stonefish, pipefish, inimicus and pygmy seahorses among them. The island also has a marine lake and a colony of thousands of flying foxes that appear at night for an eerie show.

Day 10 and 11

Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. Mola search. The Molas will be found in can be found anywhere from 40 to 130 feet. The come in to get cleaned by bannerfish and angelfish as well as assorted wrasses.. The low impact size of our dive groups enhances our chances of multiple mola encounters. Molas can reach sizes of 4 tons and be over 15 feet tall.

Day 12

Arrival at Benoa harbour in Bali.

Molas Dragons

Mola-molas, or ocean sunfish, visit the reefs of Bali only for a few months every year. The rest of the time they have a pelagic existence in the open sea. We depart at the end of their season and shouyld be able to glimpse the molas. They like deep dropoffs and upwellings and can be found anywhere from 40 to 130 feet. The come in to get cleaned by bannerfish and angelfish as well as assorted wrasses.

Komodo will be at its peak in the north with excellent visibility and the famous critters arriving in big numbers. Dive will be done in the region from Sangeang and Rinca.

The Komodo National Park

has been a huge success and is one of the best model programs the country has to offer in terms of preservation and conservation. This is why we believe Komodo park diving is still at the top of the diving scale in Indonesia. The state of the hard corals in the north is outstanding, the fish numbers have increased and the critter life has been abundant. To top it off, regular encounter with pelagic creatures like mantas and even sharks is on the rise. Rinca and Horseshoe Bay can be cooler than northern sites so we have free (FOC) new 5mm wetsuits for our guests.

Day 1

Embarkment in Benoa Bali, departure to Nusa Lembongan for Mola Mola search. The Molas will be found in can be found anywhere from 40 to 130 feet. The come in to get cleaned by bannerfish and angelfish as well as assorted wrasses.. The low impact size of our dive groups enhances our chances of multiple mola encounters. Molas can reach sizes of 4 tons and be over 15 feet tall.

Day 2

More mola mola search in Nusa Penida -Lembongan as well as some nice soft coral, hard coral and fish dives. Departure in the afternoon

Day 3 Moyo and Satonda.

Moyo has absolutely great macro dive including the wonderpuss octopus as its most notable inhabitant. Satonda has a nice reef that is quite colorful. There’s also a white sand slope where we can find some bommies with plenty to see like stonefish, pipefish, inimicus and pygmy seahorses among them. The island also has a marine lake and a colony of thousands of flying foxes that appear at night for an eerie show.

Day 4 Sangeang:

The Volcanic slopes give way to a black sand bottom. At Bubble Reef one can experience the sensation of warm gases percolating through the sand. The mixture of coral reef and black sand is fascinating and all divers like to search for leaf fish, blue and juvenile ribbon eels and big schools of snappers.The dive site Black magic has some nice black coral formation on the sand and there is a chance to see ornate ghost pipefish and tozeuma shrimps. Both night dives, either there or in Bontho are fantastic. One almost sure bet is seeing the outstanding boxer crab.

Day 5 Banta:

We will be targeting one of the most beautiful reefs in Indonesia: GPS. Expect good, manageble currents that bring in pelagic action.

We can see grey reef sharks, barracudas, green and hawksbill turtles and the rare oceanic trigger fish. On the northwest corner Stairway to Heaven is a very healthy wall full of varied action. Mantas may pass by. K2 and Star Wars are nice alternatives as less demanding dives. They have nice reef with low current and big cuttlefish, leaf fish, Pegasus sea moths and green turtles.

It`s a Small World is one of the best night dives of the trip. Ther is potential to see everything from hunting lionfish to bobbit worms, stonefish, stargazers and bobtail squid.

Day 6

Now we enter the Komodo National Park, report to the rangers and go early in the morning for a walk to see the famous dragons. Very close to the station we find Pantai Merah, a nice, small and very fishy reef with plenty of life. Look for painted frogfish and lots of nudies. We then move the boat a few miles to Padar to dive W reef, a submerged reef made out of 3 mini sae mountains. Great for nudies!!!

Day 7 Horseshoe Bay in Rinca

The home to the famous Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall and Torpedo Alley. Waters will be colder than before and the visibility a bit less, but there is such an abundance of all kind of life that divers are too busy looking at the reef to notice. All kind of critters can be spotted here including giant frogfish and rhinopias, whitetip reef sharks and turtles, resident unique nudies and a blue octopus.

Yellow Wall, as its name indicates, is covered with soft corals. The unique lady bug, the sea apple, the fire urchins with Coleman shrimps and zebra crabs are particularly easy to spot in this area. Torpedo alleyis another of the legendary night dives in Indonesia, apart from the rays there are frogfish, sea pens, numerous crabs and Bobbitt worms.

Day 8 Langkoi:

Mantas,mantas and mantas and sometimes MolaMola as well. We will have many opprtunties to cavort with mantas here.

Day 9 Gilli Lawa Laut:

This has the biggest concentration of life in Komodo. Schools of surgeonfish, barracudas, jacks, passing sharks, sweetlips, Napoleon fish and sea turtles are common. Lately we have had dolphins fishing right in front of us. Unbelievable dives!!! Worth the whole trip!!

Day 10

Lawa Laut and the passages in Gilli Lawa Darat: This is another day of adrenaline and incredible fish life!!!

Day 11 Tatawa:

The last day of diving is at Tatawa Kecil. It has different undersea topography than what we will have been experiencing and also the great chance of seeing mantas.

Batu Balong is a small island in the middle of a currenty area that attracts plenty of sharks and provides excellent visibilty. The drift in

Tatawa Besar is a classic in Komodo. The site is covered with orange soft corals, schooling batfish and a beautiful shallow hard coral garden.

Day 12

Plenty of good memories as we arrive to Laboanbajo. Unfortunately is time to go.

Banda Sea

Day 1

Arrival to Maumere. Boarding and departure.

Day 2 Adunara:

Through this narrow straits flow big amounts of water, so rich that attracts all kind of live, from the tiny pygmey to the majestic sperm whale. Adunara mixes all, and here we can focus on great macro dives or go for fishy reefs and some pelagic action. Pygmies or tunas, mantis or bumpheads.

Day 3 Pulau Soangi-Lamalera

A small island outside Kawula. Soangi offers a dive full of adrenaline. A rocky bottom, often hit by the swells during the windy season, it is a very interesting dive. White tips and nurse sharks, schools of surgeon, snappers. Lamalera is a world heritage side. One of the few places in the world where they still hunt for whales in a traditional way. Extremly interesting to see it, to talk to its people, and who knows…. The chance to experience in first hand such a tradition. The diving outside is very nice, for both an afternoon macro dive or a night dive. Orang-utan crabs, nudies, ribbon eels,. Quite a show.

Day 4

Pantar. Beangaban. The capital of the” muck dive” in this area. A fantastic spot!! Black sand and a coral reef create the perfect enviorment for the critter fans: rinophias, big or babies, frog fish, ribbon eals, coleman shrimps, dwarf and blue lion fish…a delight for our eyes and the lenses. The unlimited diving policy pays off well in such a site.

Day 5

Pulau Pura. The wall south of the village is beautiful, fishy and healthy. In Pura is where we can get the children in the water, they are a friendly community. They love to interact. We visit the village and they visit us underwater, with their wooden goggles. In the afternoon, we have a chance to dive with mandarin fish and the night dive in front of the village is fantastic.

Day 6

Gunung Api. Capital of the sea snakes in the world and another of the reasons to join the trip. This remote island has created the right shelter for the snakes; both olive and banded are found there in numbers never seen before. They are known to collaborate with jacks in a symbiotic alliance to hunt together, so far we have not witnessed such behaviour, but we keep on trying. Great vis, thousands of fish, nice walls and huge fans and barrel sponges are the attraction for those not so interested in snakes.

Day 7

Lucipara. A series of atolls half way in the Banda sea. Perfect visibility, healthy walls and the constant patrolling of tunas, mackerel, rainbow runners or wahoo make this, area very special.

Day 8

Banda NeiraAt the heart of the spice islands, Banda Neira offers not only some of the mostinteresting cultural experiences in Indonesia, but fantastic diving. Under its pier, the manadrine fish have become almost as famous as the nut meg. The lava Flow will teach us how a reef can grow in less than 20 years..amazing!!

Day 9

BandaTime to dive some of the most fascinating pinacles in the Banda Sea: Batu Kapal. On our way out of the island, we will be diving Pulau Soangi, great walls, and good pelagic action includinga few sharks.

Day 10

Nusa Laut. One of our favourite reefs, great combination of hard corals and white sand; an extremly healthy reef, lots of fish, bumpheads, schooling jacks, grey reefs, leopard sharks and dugongshave beenspotted in several occasions.

Day 11

Ambon.The last day will be dedicated to more Macro in one of the top places in the world. A trip to the city, with its amazing history in the afternoon, and an evening to enjoy a drink while remembering the good times of the trip.

Day 12

Ambon: Transfer to the airport and deparure There is, on this trip, the possibility of staying one more day in Ambon and have a full moreday of diving in the bay; macro in Laha and the pertamina Wreck are underwater wonders!!

Ambon - Sorong 11 nights

Day 1 2

Arrival to Ambon. Boarding and departure. Two great spots are attracting divers to this beautiful island: Laha and the Pertamina Wreck. The first one give us some of the best critters in Indonesia, among them the recently discover new species of Frog fish, rinophias, mimin octopus, zebra crabs. The wreck is a good alternative for those wanting a different dive, very fishy andnice soft corals.

Day 3

Nusa Laut. One of our favourite reefs, great combination of hard corals and white sand; an extremly healthy reef, lots of fish, bumpheads, schooling jacks, grey reefs, leopard sharks and dugongshave beenspotted in several occasions.

Day 4 5

Banda It should be compulsory to pay a visit to this archipelago once in your lifetime. The people are incredible friendly, one can smell history in each corner, sightseeing along fort Belgica or Nutmeg plantations it is worth a trip on its own. But Banda has also fabulous diving. Batu kapal has some of the most beautiful fans in Indonesia, a series of underwater pinnacles are their home as they are for schools of pyramid, surgeon, banners… The lava flow is the next must. How may divers are not interested anymore in “just” dive across a hard coral garden?? Many. But no one will get bored while diving here. Since the last eruption in 1988, the lava flow has been transformed into a marvellous hard coral garden, an underwater Eden. The mandarin fi8sh under the pier are the biggest ever to bee seen.

Day 6

Manuk is a very special island some 60 miles south of the Bandas. The biggest school of Barracudas in the Banda Sea are found here, impressive reefs, nice vis, turtles, dozen of snakes, sharks…a must!!

Day 7

Karang Hata.Great hard corals in the shallow, plenty of fish life with schools of Bumphead or white tip reefs sharks among its visitors. The Arch in Banda Besar is impressive. Highly decorated with fans and soft corals is a remarkable site. The corner of the reef gets busy when the current starts to hit.

Day 8

Koon: Too many fishes, has traditionally been a very productive dive. How its name indicates, the concentration of fish and schools can be outstanding, depending on the current. This is one the spots where we will be opening to do some exploration, in the last few times the diving has not been quite outstanding and the channels going through Seram look very promsing.

Day 9

Missol: We arrive to the southern part of Raja Ampat. Pulau pele will be the firs stop, and kaleidoscope reef is an amazing dive. A combination of fans, soft corals of beautiful colours, fish and dancing anchovies in the shallows will make the morning unforgettable. In Wayilbatan the passage offers another spectacular dive, in between two islands the mild currents have created a gallery of fans, of all kinds and sizes. At the entrance nice bommies with soft corals, sweet lips and turtles..great!! Pulau Boo is yet another 5 star dive, towards the south part schooling batfish, in the north a nice wall compeltly decorated and in the middle the 3 holes where either early in the morning or late in the afternoon the light can create many effects.

Day 10

Missol: Fiabacet. The most famous site of the area, a few small rocks the, once you get in the water, will surprises even the most expert diver for its display: the soft corals are great and the forest of fans out of this world…The fish life cannot be forgotten, as plenty of trevalies, jacks and mackerel come close to look for a prey, the area is protected and already juvenile grey reefs are setting there…U must for every diver!!

Day 11

Missol: Farondi. With the right current the three sisters can be one of the top dives in raja Ampat. In the swim through there are schools of surgeon and snappers. Looking in the shallows me might see anchovies and the trevallies coming for them, the other surprise, mobulas!!! Outside the swim through, in both sides the walls held the biggest concentration of different tonalities of soft corals, all the colours of the spectrum are present: unbelievable!!! Killer Cave offers much more than the cave itself. South east from the cave the wall is indeed a great dive, plenty of fans and soft corals, in front of the cave, lots of cleaning station for bat fish and snappers.

Day 12

Arrival at Sorong and transfer to the airport

Raja Ampat (Sorong - Sorong) 11 Nights

On this trip we will bring you all around Misool, for the first part of the trip, Shopping on the mangroves and finishing with a couple of days of very fishy dives in the north side of Raja Ampat.

Day 1

Sorong: Arrival and departure

Day 2

Missol Farondi: With the right current the “three sisters” can be one of the top dives in Raja Ampat. In the swim through there are schools of surgeon and snappers. Looking in the shallows me might see anchovies and the trevallies coming for them, the other surprise, mobulas!!! Outside the swim through, in both sides the walls held the biggest concentration of different tonalities of soft corals, all the colours of the spectrum are present: unbelievable!!! “Killer Cave” offers much more than the cave itself. South east from the cave the wall is indeed a great dive, plenty of fans and soft corals, in front of the cave, lots of cleaning station for bat fish and snappers. Inside the lagoon, the excursion is very exciting, great shallows to discover with the tenders, a bat cave. Both Gamfi and Damau also offer extraordinary diving, a wonderful way to start the trip.

Day 3

East Missol: Not much is yet known about this area of Pulau pulau Daram, and that is exactly why we will be heading there, to explore this remote archipelago, for sure some great dives are waiting for us. As soon as we know more details we will updated in the web.

Day 4

Yilliet has a great dive, plenty of fish and nice corals, one of the fishiest dives on the south, “the windows” in Pulau Boo is memorable. Towards the south part schooling batfish, in the north a nice wall compeltly decorated and in the middle the 3 holes where either early in the morning or late in the afternoon the light can create many effects.

Day 5

Fiabacet The most famous site of the area, a few small rocks the, once you get in the water, will surprises even the most expert diver for its display: the soft corals are great and the forest of fans out of this world…The fish life cannot be forgotten, as plenty of trevalies, jacks and mackerel come close to look for a prey, the area is protected and already juvenile grey reefs are setting there…U must for every diver!!

Day 6

In Wayilbatan “the passage” offers another spectacular dive, in between two islands the mild currents have created a gallery of fans, of all kinds and sizes. At the entrance nice bommies with soft corals, sweet lips and turtles. Great!! Pulau Pele will be the last stop in this firs part, and “ kaleidoscope reef” is a great tribute. A combination of fans, soft corals of beautiful colours, fish and dancing anchovies in the shallows will make it unforgettable.

Day 7

Blue water mangroves A recent hot spot. A few places in the world offer you the chance to dive under mangroves in crystal clear water, a truly unique experience. The pyjama cardinal and the archer fish are very charismatic, but there is much more, healthy coral reefs a few feet from the mangroves, and looking good onto it slat water crocs have been spotted as well as mantas, on the mainland the locals claim to have dugongs, we shall see.

Day 8

Explore west missol here we go, it is day D, for…Dugons

Day 9

Penemu . The fish life on this last part of the trip is amazing, and in any of these dives we can spot the majestic wobbegong shark. Bat fish and bumheads are regularly spotted as well as black tips in the shallows. 2 fantastic reefs, “ Barracuda Point” and “ Melissa´s Garden” are home to thousand of fish, with a bit of current they will all go, one looking for plankton otheres looking for bigger food, the whole chain concentrated in a small area, in the shallows healthy hard corals and giant clams. The walls in Penemu are also impressive, many colours decorating it, and a huge school of bat fish in the sand at the bottom.

Day 10

Gam. Here we dive the reefs of Yanggelo, the entrance of a channel where barracudas patrol in the search of food. . The corner offers a spectacular slope-wall, with fantastic fans, hard corals and incredible fish life.

Day 11

we finish the trip with a superb manta dive near Airborei, a cleaning station on top of which shyless mantas hang. A fantastic way to finish a trip that show us the very best of all the areas in western Papua: North Raja Ampat, the mangroves, The south of Raja Ampat and Triton Bay.

Day 12

arrival and transfer to the airport.

Special Papua

Sorong - Kaimana 14 nights

DAY 1

Arrival to Sorong and departure.

DAY 2

Direct into the good fun with an early dive in Kri Corner, outstanding diving, concentrations of big fish, jacks and trevalies, white tips in the depths, let us not forget the shallow hard coral garden, one of the best we have ever seen, because of the corals and the life, out of this world. Sardine reef has everything but sardines, schooling fusiliers, snappers, grunts, bumpheads, encounters with turtles, wobbies and if you like to stay an admire a reef, some of the pinnacles are perfect for that. We will spend our first night in Batanta on our firs try for the picturesque dragonet.

DAY 3

We start the day with a superb manta dive near Airborei, a cleaning station on top of which shy less mantas hang.

DAY4

Penemu. Another fishy day, 2 fantastic reefs, Barracuda Point and Melissa´s Garden are home to thousand of fish, with a bit of current they will all go, one looking for plankton others looking for bigger food, the whole chain concentrated in a small area, in the shallows healthy hard corals and giant clams. The walls in Penemu are also impressive, many colours decorating it, and a huge school of bat fish in the sand at the bottom.

DAY 5

Wayag Great scenery. Excellent fish life in the pinnacles outside the bay. Schooling pyramid butterfly, surgeons. Opportunities to see some white tips or wobbiegong, bumphead parrots or turtles. There is a good trip to the top of an island with a superb view of the lagoon and the boat.

DAY 6

Waigeo. A day dedicated to Macro. Crustaceous crazy has an apealing name and to honour it we can find hairy squat lobsters, tozeuma and coleman shrimps, a good variety of nudies and many pygmy seahorses complete wonderful dives. At night the pearl farm pier is a must: epaulette sharks, octopus, frog fish..great!!

DAY 7

Waigeo-Gam. The passage gives an adrenaline shoot!! In between this small channel the currents pick up and we can easily drift for an hour flying on top of sharks, schooling fish and finding shelter in small protected areas where archer fish spit and soft corals come to the surface giving us a different feeling. The pinnacles outside the west tip of Gam, offer encounters with barracudas, black and white tips and incredible amount of fish have selected theses healthy hard coral reefs as their home. Just beautiful!

DAY 8

Batanta. The capital of the muck dive in Raja Ampat: we have seen, almost all there is to be seen there: mimic and wonderpus, inimicus, picturesque and mandarin dragonets, frog fish. Excellent critter habitat!!!

DAY 9

Missol Farondi: With the right current the “three sisters” can be one of the top dives in Raja Ampat. In the swim through there are schools of surgeon and snappers. Looking in the shallows me might see anchovies and the trevallies coming for them, the other surprise, mobulas!!! Outside the swim through, in both sides the walls held the biggest concentration of different tonalities of soft corals, all the colours of the spectrum are present: unbelievable!!! “Killer Cave” offers much more than the cave itself. South east from the cave the wall is indeed a great dive, plenty of fans and soft corals, in front of the cave, lots of cleaning station for bat fish and snappers. Inside the lagoon, the excursion is very exciting, great shallows to discover with the tenders, a bat cave. Both Gamfi and Damau also offer extraordinary diving, a wonderful way to start the trip.

DAY 10

East Missol: Not much is yet known about this area of Pulau pulau Daram, and that is exactly why we will be heading there, to explore this remote archipelago, for sure some great dives are waiting for us. As soon as we know more details we will updated in the web.

DAY 11

Yilliet has a great dive, plenty of fish and nice corals, one of the fishiest dives on the south, “the windows” in Pulau Boo is memorable. Towards the south part schooling batfish, in the north a nice wall completely decorated and in the middle the 3 holes where either early in the morning or late in the afternoon the light can create many effects. Nice fish life around it and a huge school of bat fish to top it off.

DAY 12

Fiabacet The most famous site of the area, a few small rocks the, once you get in the water, will surprises even the most expert diver for its display: the soft corals are great and the forest of fans out of this world…The fish life cannot be forgotten, as plenty of trevalies, jacks and mackerel come close to look for a prey, the area is protected and already juvenile grey reefs are setting there…U must for every diver!!

DAY 13

Missol. Pulau Pele will be the firs stop, and kaleidoscope reef is an amazing dive. A combination of fans, soft corals of beautiful colours, fish and dancing anchovies in the shallows will make the morning unforgettable. In Wayilbatan the passage offers another spectacular dive, in between two islands the mild currents have created a gallery of fans, of all kinds and sizes. At the entrance nice bommies with soft corals, sweet lips and turtles..great!!

DAY 14

Blue water mangroves A unique enviorment in east Missol, soft corals meet in the shallows with mangroves in clear pristine waters, extremly appealing for our eyes… We keep an eye for the salt water crocs, since here is where a diver got bitten by one.

DAY 15

Arrival to Sorong Bye bye

Banda sea and Triton bay

Day 1:

Arrival to Ambon. Boarding and departure. The Pertamina wreck is a great way of starting the trip, a combination of soft corals, good fish life and abundant critters. Lots of possibilities for afternoon dives among manadin fish and great night dives, stargazers, bobtail squid, flamboyant cuttlefish etc.

Day 2:

Ambon.The first diving day will be dedicated to more Macro in one of the top places in the world, Laha . The repertoire is extensive: rinophias, fire urchins, seahorses, nudies, mimics, frog fish. A memorable dive site!!

Day 3:

Nusa Laut. One of our favourite reefs, great combination of hard corals and white sand; an extremely healthy reef, lots of fish, bumpheads, schooling jacks, grey reefs, leopard sharks and dugongs have been spotted in several occasions.

Days 4,5 and 6:

Banda: It should be compulsory to pay a visit to this archipelago once in your lifetime. The people are incredible friendly; one can smell history in each corner, sightseeing along fort Belgica or Nutmeg plantations it is worth a trip on its own. But Banda has also fabulous diving. Batu kapal has some of the most beautiful fans in Indonesia, a series of underwater pinnacles are their home as they are for schools of pyramid, surgeon, banners… The lava flow is the next must. How many divers are not interested anymore in “just” dive across a hard coral garden?? Many. But no one will get bored while diving here. Since the last eruption in 1988, the lava flow has been transformed into a marvellous hard coral garden, an underwater Eden. The mandarin fish under the pier have become a legend.

Karang Hatta and Banda Besar are our next stops. Hatta has got a superb reef; Juvenile white tips tend to concentrate here. Turtles and bumpheads are also regularly spotted on this shallow reef. The window offers a different topography; a big underwater arch is the highest attraction. It is cover with black coral and fans and to go through is spectacular. At the end, towards the point the current can pick up and attract big amounts of fish, excellent way to finish the dive. Manuk is a special place. The biggest schools of Jacks and barracudas in the Banda Sea are found here and together with the snakes, yes here there are also snakes.

Day 6:

Koon: Too many fishes, has traditionally been a very productive dive. How its name indicates, the concentration of fish and schools can be outstanding, depending on the current. This is one the spots where we will be opening to do some exploration, in the last few times the diving has not been quite outstanding and the channels going through Seram look very promising.

Day 8:

Triton Bay. This is bound to be the next hot spot. The diversity of colours and shape of the soft corals are a dream come true for every diver, not to forget the fish life, in general extremely healthy reefs with all kind of fish in them.7th heaven will be our firs stop and it will give a real touch of the area, crowded with fish, schooling grunts, giant trevalies, giant jacks, barracudas, some solitary manta, giant turtles, walking shark, giant… There is no much fishing in the bay, and as a result the amount of fish is spectacular; Gt Rock is the perfect example; it has hundreds of grunts and red snappers hiding behind the small pinnacles. Enormous sweet lips in a frozen image posing for you while getting cleaned, giant trevalies and tunas are constantly patrolling and the fusiliers aggregate by the thousands…another must in your list

Day 9:

Triton Bay. Legendary Larry Smith did his last dive trip to this area, and he became amazed with the biodiversity that it is found here, We have a lot to thank Larry, he introduce Indonesia to the rest of us, if not for him, we would not be looking for small critters and certainly Indonesia would not be as famous as it is now. A little tribute of the diving community was to name this dive site after him. Larry´s heaven honours his memory and all what he fought for. It is the dive site that broke the world record in counting different species; it has more biodiversity that any other place in the planet!!! The south corner is like Larry said heaven…. Pay attention: amazing is the experience of getting on the middle of fields of black coral, not seen anywhere else, but don´t get too absorved by the vieuw, you would not be the first pro in forgetting everything and loosing a camera down there!!!

Day 10:

Triton Bay: These first dives will be dedicated to spot the new species of flasher wrasse, that swim to the water column at shallow depth just beautiful. After that, in front of the bay of Lobo, where sulphur from volcanic action hits the sand we will do afternoon and night dive, the best place for critters in the area, lots of nudies, crabs etc

Day 11:

After the last two dives, we will proceed to go with the tenders through hundreds of tiny islands, turquoise water under us…a top side wonder, we will finish the trip with a cultural visit to the ancient paintings on the rocks.

Day 12

Arrival and transfer to the airport

Damai - diving

Inquiry

Diving a la carte is a new concept created by Dive Damai and directed to give the ultimate personal service.In some destinations like Triton Bay we introduce a revolutionary system in which customers can come on board and leave the vessel on any given day.

The vessel will be moving around the area and we will have a fastcomfortable speed boatready to take the customersto and from the airport in less than 40 minutes, allowing that to give more flexibility to distribute your holiday’s time.Dive a la carte means we will dive when and where you want,meanslunch anddinner at you favorite time; our crew will work based on your individual preferences.In order to achieve that we will have 12 crew dedicated to our cutomers at all times,3 tender boats and4 professional guides ready at any given time to help you to make this really special.

The coral triangle is home to the world’s most bio-diverse population of marine species with Indonesia representing its hottest spot. Nowhere else has a comparable density, not to mention diversity, of underwater creatures and life been recorded.

In order to fully appreciate the exceptional status of this region, suffice it to say that the whole Caribbean area has only 9% of the corals and 35% of the fish species found in Indonesian waters. The reason for such a big difference is that the entire area of the Atlantic Ocean underwent a mass extinction of species during the last ice age. All types of corals and animals vanished during this period and the other species never regained the strength of their former numbers.

In Indonesia - the centre of this biodiversity triangle - the variety seen underwater is truly astonishing. In certain bays and around small islands, you can find more species than in the entire Caribbean. In a research report conducted in 1997 on the island of Flores, respected marine biologists Rudie Kuiter and Gerald Allen counted 1,133 species of fish just in Maumere bay. This is still the highest number of species of fish ever counted in a specific area.

In Wakatobi, the recorded number of species of fish is at least 430, and in Raja Ampat, the same Gerald Allen, world-famous ichthyologist, counted the incredible number of 284 different species of fish counted during a single dive. In the same area, 465 different species of corals were found. As a result, scientists nowadays believe that this destination is the world’s current no. 1 spot in terms of biodiversity. Other world-class hubs of biodiversity include Manado and Lembeh, Central and South Sulawesi, Komodo, Flores, Alor and the Banda Sea, to name just a few. It should therefore come as no surprise that these hotspots are considered among the ultimate destinations for divers - Raja Ampat diving photos - Komodo diving photos

Komodo

Drift diving, pelagics melting pot and critters maze: dive in one of the world’s hubs of underwater activity- read the Komodo diving blog

Bone rate and Selayar

One of Indonesia’s last unveiled treasures

Alor and Flores

An undisclosed diving treasure. Your craving for adventure will be fulfilled while sailing on the Damai Liveaboard in these awe-inspiring waters full of unexplored treasures

Maluku

The unspoiled beauty of a remote paradise. These rarely visited seas have some of the world’s richest marine environments filled with unspoiled corals, tiny critters as well as pelagics

Raja Ampat

The most striking biodiversity on our planet

Cenderwasih bay: Biak, Manokwari, Mapia atoll The best exploratory dive trip you can imagine

Central Sulawesi: Togean and Bangaii

One of the world’s most remarkable places for coral reef diversity

North Sulaweis: Manando and Lembeh

Critters extravaganza and breathtaking walls

Damai - specs

Inquiry

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. If you check this link it will give you more of an idea of the timings and even a map of the possible routes to show you your possible options.

It is not possible for someone outside of Indonesia to purchase domestic flights in Indonesia so these can be purchased for you by me, if you would like, and added to your invoice. It will be about $600 return dependant on exchange rates, availability and where your entry airport is in Indonesia. We recommend coming through Jakarta as the quickest and easiest route to take. The cost of the domestic flights are not included in the trip price.

We recommend coming through Jakarta as it is the easiest and fastest route. From Jakarta it is possible to reach Sorong in one day.

From To Date Dep Arr
Jakarta (CGK) Sorong (SOQ) Day of departure 01:10 07.20

The return trip from Sorong to Jakarta

From To Date Dep Arr
Sorong (SOQ Jakarta (CGK) Day of disembarkation 10:40 12:40

If you come from Bali to Sorong it is a 2 stage process, from Bali (DPS) to Makassar (UPG) and from Makassar (UPG) to Sorong (SOQ), there would be a night in a hotel in Makassar on the way out (Ujung Pandang and Makassar are the same place and the half way point to Sorong). We recommend the Imperial Aryaduta in Makassar- http://www.aryaduta.com/hotels_home_makassar.php

These would be your flights from Bali to Sorong.

From To Date Dep Arr
Bali (DPS) Makassar (UPG) Day before departure 18.30 19.50
From To Date Dep Arr
Makassar (UPG Sorong (SOQ) Day of departure 10:00 13:10

The return trip from Sorong to Denpasar (Bali) is done in one day using 2 flights - SOQ-UPG and UPG-DPS

From To Date Dep Arr
Sorong (SOQ Makassar (UPG) Day of disembarkation 11:40 12:55
From To Date Dep Arr
Makassar (UPG) Bali (DPS) Day of disembarkation 16:30 17:50

Domestic Air Carrier Notes:

It is generally not possible for someone outside of Indonesia to purchase domestic flights in Indonesia so these can be purchased for you by Premier Liveaboard diving and added to your invoice. It will be $600 return normally dependant on where your entry airport is in Indonesia.

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.

Damai - faqs

Inquiry

Q: What documents will I need to show on the boat?
A: A copy of the photo page of your passport, certification cards and dive logbook.

Q: What money will I need?
A: Damai accepts payment by Visa or Mastercard, Indonesian Rupiah, Euro or US Dollar. Please be advised that foreign notes should be clean, new and crisp. Indonesian banks and money changers will not accept old notes or notes which are damaged in any way. You can also use your credit or debit card at ATM machines in towns prior to boarding the boat to withdraw Rupiah, which is better should you wish to purchase local souvenirs or for tips. It is advisable to inform your bank or credit card company that you will be visiting Indonesia prior to your departure, as it is not uncommon for the bank to put a block on the card if they suspect it has been misappropriated.

Q: What type of food is available on board?
A: Meals are prepared by our onboard chef and consist of a delicious mix of international and local dishes. Please advise us as soon as possible if you have any special dietary requirements. Certain special dietary requests and beverage requests may not be available on a consistent basis due to the remote nature of the locations.

Q: Will there be any opportunities to go ashore during the cruise?
A: There are many different land excursions which are dependent on the schedule and guest preferences. Some land excursions available are beach visits, village visit, a trek to see the Birds of Paradise, pearl farm visit, a trek up the limestone cliffs in Wayag and kayaking on the lagoon at Fam.

Q: What if I am prone to sea sickness?
A: If you are prone to sea sickness we strongly urge you to bring some motion sickness medication.

Q: Will I have to share a cabin if I am travelling as a single?
A: All rates are quoted on a share basis therefore, unless you require a guaranteed single room and pay an additional supplement you will share your cabin with one other guest.

Q: What is the voltage on the boat?
A: Voltage in Indonesia is 220-240. However both 220 and 110 volts are available on the boat, as well as universal power strips which take plugs from all countries.

Q: Do you have batteries on the boat?
A: We have local AA, AAA, C and D cell batteries. Long-lasting batteries are difficult to find in some parts of Indonesia. We therefore recommend that you bring batteries with you, preferably rechargeable with charger to minimize weight. International battery chargers will be available on board.

Q: Does the boat provide any toiletries?
A: In all cabins there is shampoo, soap, hand wash and towels.

Q: Are there laundry facilities available?
A: Yes. We have a wash and dry service.

Q: What time zone is Indonesia located?
A: Komodo is 8 hours ahead of GMT. Raja Ampat is covered by Eastern Indonesia Standard Time which is 9 hours ahead of GMT.

Q: How can my family contact me in the event of an emergency at home?
A: Please call our Bali office on +62361 281311

Q: Is there telephone and email services available?
A: The Damai is equipped with satellite telephones for emergency communications. Email is available when there is mobile telephone signal.

Q: Is there entertainment onboard?
A: The Damai has televisions, a music system and a DVD player in the main salon. A small library of books for exchange is available, as well as fish identification books for reference.

Q: What about crew gratuities?
A: Gratuities for the crew are not included in your trip price. If the crew performs to your expectations, we suggest a gratuity of approximately 10%-15% of the published package price per person be considered normal aboard a liveaboard dive boat. All tips are split equally among the boat crew (approximately 21 employees). No personal tipping is allowed. Payment of gratuities can be by cash or credit card.

Diving Information

Q: Do I need evacuation/dive insurance?
A: We strongly recommend that each guest purchase comprehensive evacuation and dive accident insurance. We will be operating in extremely remote areas. Emergency evacuations from remote locations can cost in excess of USD $100,000. We recommend Divers Alert Network (DAN): www.DiversAlertNetwork.org (in USA), www.daneurope.org (in Europe).

Q: How many dives will we do each day?
A: There will be up to 4 dives per day weather and itinerary permitting.

Q: Are there any limitations or restrictions on the diving?
A: You should stay within the limits and standards of your qualifying agency. All dives should be no- decompression dives.

Q: What dive equipment do I need?
A: Tanks, weights and weight belts are provided onboard. Divers will need to bring BCD, regulator, wetsuit, fins, mask, snorkel and dive light if they like but equipment is included in the price (see under “prices”). We have SMBs available for use.

Q: What can I expect the water temperature to be and what wetsuit do you recommend?
A: This is always a difficult question to answer because people have different reactions to temperature. Typically temperatures range from 25-30C or 80-86F so usually a 3mm suit or even a skin is fine. The southern waters of Komodo can be colder with 20-25C or 70-75F so a 5mm suit with a hood is recommended.

Q: Do you have Int or DIN valves?
A: We have tanks with Int and DIN valves.

Q: How do we dive from the Damai?
A: All dives will be made from the tenders. Equipment will be transferred to the tenders and guests will board the tender with only their wetsuit on.

Q: Is enriched air nitrox available?
A: Nitrox fills of up to 32% are available. We recommend diving with nitrox for all dives.

Q: Can I take a speciality course onboard?
A: As well as Enriched Air Nitrox we can offer several dive speciality courses onboard. It is necessary to give us notice to ensure we have the relevant academic material available.

Q: Can I drink alcohol and dive?
A: No. Drinking alcohol and diving can increase your risk of decompression problems. You can drink alcohol once your have completed your last dive of the day.

Q: Can I fish or spear fish?
A: Fishing and spear fishing are not available onboard. We will be diving in marine protected areas where any type of fishing is prohibited.

Q: Can I pay by Credit card on board?
A: Yes you can but there is a bank charge of 3%, normal in Indonesia.