Damai - komodo / raja ampat Liveaboard

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Damai in Raja Ampat

Special offer 17-28Sep17 25% off and a free all inclusive upgrade, 11 nights in Raja Ampat for $420 per person per night and 11-25Oct17 Alor-Forgotten Islands -Triton Bay 25% Discount
Free DAN coverage included in all trip prices

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.

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.

Damai - prices

Prices are per person per night and in USD based on 2 persons sharing a 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.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

Cabin type 2017 2018
Deluxe cabin from US$ 560 from 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)

Terms and conditions:

Booking deposit:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Group charter:

Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

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

04Aug17
13Aug17
Embark: Biak
Disembark: Biak
Cendrawasih
Spaces available
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Price from 5040 USD
14Aug17
25Aug17
Embark: Biak
Disembark: Biak
Cendrawasih
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
25Aug17
30Aug17
Embark: Biak
Disembark: Biak
Cendrawasih
Spaces available
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Price from 2800 USD
01Sep17
15Sep17
Embark: Biak
Disembark: Sorong
Cendrawasih Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 7840 USD
17Sep17
28Sep17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
30Sep17
07Oct17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
09Oct17
20Oct17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
22Oct17
02Nov17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Ambon
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
04Nov17
15Nov17
Embark: Ambon
Disembark: Maumere
Forgoitten islands
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
17Nov17
26Nov17
Embark: maumere
Disembark: Kupang
Flores
Spaces available
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Price from 5040 USD
28Nov17
09Dec17
Embark: Kupang
Disembark: Laboanbajo
Flores/Komodo
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
09Jan18
20Jan18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
21Jan18
01Feb18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
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04Feb18
15Feb18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
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19Feb18
26Feb18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
26Feb18
06Mar18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
07Mar18
18Mar18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Kaimana
Raja/Triton bay
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
19Mar18
31Mar18
Embark: Ambon
Disembark: Saumlaki
Banda Sea
Spaces available
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Price from 6720 USD

Embark:
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relocation
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06Apr18
20Apr18
Embark: Timika
Disembark: Sorong
Asmats/triton/Raja
Spaces available
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Price from 7840 USD
22Apr18
29Apr18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
30Apr18
07May18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
10May18
21May18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
24May18
31May18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3360 USD
01Jun18
08Jun18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3360 USD

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relocation
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19Jun18
01Jul18
Embark: Maumere
Disembark: laboanbajo
Alor/Komodo
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Price from 6720 USD
03Jul18
13Jul18
Embark: Laboanbajo
Disembark: Bima
Komodo
Spaces available
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Price from 5600 USD
18Jul18
25Jul18
Embark: Bima
Disembark: Laboanbajo
Komodo
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
27Jul18
04Aug18
Embark: Laboanbajo
Disembark: Laboanbajo
Komodo
Spaces available
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Price from 4480 USD
05Aug18
11Aug18
Embark: Laboanbajo
Disembark: Laboanbajo
Komodo
Spaces available
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Price from 3360 USD
12Aug18
19Aug18
Embark: Laboanbajo
Disembark: Laboanbajo
Komodo
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
21Aug18
29Aug18
Embark: Laboanbajo
Disembark: Bali
Komodo
Spaces available
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Price from 4480 USD
30Sep18
06Oct18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
08Oct18
19Oct18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: kaimana
Raja Ampat/Triton Bay
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
20Oct18
31Oct18
Embark: Kaimana
Disembark: Ambon
triton bay/Forgotten/banda
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Price from 6160 USD
04Nov18
15Nov18
Embark: Ambon
Disembark: Maumere
Forgotten islands
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Price from 6160 USD
17Nov18
26Nov18
Embark: maumere
Disembark: Maumere
Alor
Spaces available
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Price from 5040 USD
28Nov18
09Dec18
Embark: maumere
Disembark: Laboanbajo
Alor/Komodo
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
29Dec18
10Jan19
Embark: Laboanbajo
Disembark: Laboanbajo
Komodo
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Price from 6720 USD
11Jan19
20Jan19
Embark: Labuan bajo
Disembark: Labuan bajo
Komodo
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Price from 5040 USD
04Feb19
15Feb19
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
19Feb19
26Feb19
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
27Feb19
06Mar19
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
08Mar19
19Mar19
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Kaimana
Raja/Triton bay
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Price from 6160 USD
22Mar19
02Apr19
Embark: Kaimana
Disembark: Sorong
Triton Bay/Raja Ampat
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Price from 6160 USD
04Apr19
15Apr19
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Kei
Raja Ampat/Banda Sea
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Price from 6160 USD
17Apr19
28Apr19
Embark: Kei
Disembark: Sorong
banda Sea/Raja Ampat
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Price from 6160 USD
30Apr19
07May19
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
09May19
20May19
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Kaimana
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
21May19
01Jun19
Embark: Kaimana
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
06Jun19
13Jun19
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
14Jun19
25Jun19
Embark: Maumere
Disembark: Maumere
Alor
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
26Jun19
03Jul19
Embark: Maumere
Disembark: Bima
Alor/Komodo
Spaces available
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Price from 6720 USD
18Jul19
25Jul19
Embark: Bima
Disembark: Laboanbajo
Komodo
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
27Jul19
08Aug19
Embark: Laboanbajo
Disembark: Laboanbajo
Komodo
Spaces available
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Price from 6720 USD
30Sep19
12Oct19
Embark: Maumere
Disembark: Saumlaki
Forgotten islands
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
13Oct19
24Oct19
Embark: Saumlaki
Disembark: Ambon
Forgotten/Banda
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
25Oct19
01Nov19
Embark: Ambon
Disembark: Ambon
Banda Sea
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
03Nov19
11Nov19
Embark: Ambon
Disembark: Saumlaki
Forgotten islands
Spaces available
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Price from 4480 USD
12Nov19
22Nov19
Embark: Saumlaki
Disembark: Sorong
Forgotten/Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 5600 USD
24Nov19
04Dec19
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 5600 USD
05Dec19
12Dec19
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
14Dec19
21Dec19
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
23Dec19
02Jan20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 2240 USD
11Jan20
20Jan20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 5040 USD
21Jan20
01Feb20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
04Feb20
15Feb20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
19Feb20
26Feb20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
27Feb20
06Mar20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
08Mar20
19Mar20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Kaimana
Raja/Triton bay
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
22Mar20
02Apr20
Embark: Kaimana
Disembark: Sorong
Triton Bay/Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
04Apr20
15Apr20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
17Apr20
24Apr20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
26Apr20
02May20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
04May20
11May20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
13May20
21May20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 4480 USD
24May20
01Jun20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
04Jun20
11Jun20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
12Jun20
23Jun20
Embark:
Disembark:
Relocation
Inquire about spaces
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24Jun20
01Jul20
Embark: Maumere
Disembark: Maumere
Alor
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
04Jul20
16Jul20
Embark: Maumere
Disembark: Bima
Alor/Komodo
Spaces available
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Price from 6720 USD
18Jul20
25Jul20
Embark: Bima
Disembark: Laboanbajo
Komodo
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
27Jul20
08Aug20
Embark: Laboanbajo
Disembark: Laboanbajo
Komodo
Spaces available
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Price from 6720 USD
09Aug20
10Aug20
Embark: Laboanbajo
Disembark: Laboanbajo
Komodo
Spaces available
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Price from 560 USD
12Aug20
19Aug20
Embark: Laboanbajo
Disembark: bali
Komodo/Bali
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
19Aug20
15Sep20
Embark:
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Maintenance
Spaces available
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Price from 0 USD
16Sep20
27Sep20
Embark: Bali
Disembark: Maumere
Komodo/Alor
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
30Sep20
12Oct20
Embark: Maumere
Disembark: Saumlaki
Alor/ Forgotten islands
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
14Oct20
22Oct20
Embark: Saumlaki
Disembark: Tual
Forgotten islands
Spaces available
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Price from 4480 USD
24Oct20
01Nov20
Embark: Tual
Disembark: Saumlaki
Forgotten islands
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
03Nov20
11Nov20
Embark: Saumlaki
Disembark: Tual
Forgotten islands
Spaces available
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Price from 4480 USD
12Nov20
22Nov20
Embark: Tual
Disembark: Sorong
Forgten islands/Raja AMpat
Spaces available
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Price from 5600 USD
24Nov20
03Dec20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 5600 USD
05Dec20
12Dec20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
14Dec20
21Dec20
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 3920 USD
23Dec20
02Jan21
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Spaces available
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Price from 6160 USD
03Jan21
07Jan21
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Maintenance
Spaces available
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Price from 2240 USD

Damai - cabins

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

Damai - itinerary

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 .

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
  • 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 but be assured Damai will show you best of every destination.

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.

Damai - specs

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Damai - diving

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.

Raja Ampat diving

Raja Ampat (or the Four Kings) is an archipelago consisting of the islands of Misoool, Salawati, Batanta, and Wiageo which are surrounded by over 1,500 small islands and cays. Formerly known as Irian Jaya, this area is now part of the newly named West Papua province of Indonesia and is located on the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula, on the island of New Guinea.

Put simply, Raja Ampat could quite possibly be the best diving in the world. It certainly is the world’s most bio diverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusc species than anywhere else on Earth. The variety of marine life can be staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, you may encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to don your snorkelling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales. Other highlights include the innumerable war wrecks, both ships and planes (with new wrecks being discovered constantly).

The reefs of Raja Ampat are just as varied as the marine life. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, sea mounts, mucky mangroves, lagoons and pinnacles. The reefs are in pristine condition with miles of perfect hard corals and many varied colourful species of soft corals. The diving is predominantly drift dives due to the moderate prevalent currents in the area which provide nutrients for the myriad fish and coral. Currents are average to moderate and vary from none to very strong. Visibility is normally very good but can vary and is normally at its best earlier in the day so your pre-breakfast dives are not to be slept through!

This is truly “Frontier Diving”. Topside the beautiful islands stretch as far as you can see and are largely uninhabited. At night the lights of local fishing boats twinkle in the dark along the few inhabited shorelines while in more remote areas you may only see a distant spec of light over the entire horizon.

Not many liveaboards dive the Raja Ampat area, making this adventure even more unique and special.

Raja Ampat has a high season from October to May and weirdly enough it is during their rainy season due to the winds in the dry season making parts of the park inaccessable. The rainy season should not be mis-construed though. It is generally mostly a shower in the late afternoon and evening and most of the time the days are nice, wind is minimal and the skys are generally clear or slightly over cast. The seas are calmer at this time of the year as the oppposite season has winds that kick up waves and make it very difficult to dive the more exposed sites in the Southern part of Raja Ampat. The water temperature stays around the 27-30 degrees celcius mark all year round.

Recently due to the popularity of Raja Ampat a lot of boats have been running trips in the so called low season but this is also the dry season and so promotes nicer weather and better visibility but the trade of is that only the northern more sheltered part of the park is accessable but as the area is so vast and there are so many quality dive sites the reports from these northern trips have been glowing so far.

Komodo diving

Diving in Komodo is not a new idea but recently it’s being recognised as a premier destination due to the awesome variety of diving to be had. Crystal clear water and dive sites where you never see another diver provide a little something for everyone whether it’s macro or massive you love. One day you can be crawling along the bottom looking at pygmy seahorses, frogfish and unusual nudibranch and the next you are in the big blue on an open water pinnacle as the mantas fly by, the sharks circle and the dolphins hunt and the next day diving a live volcano!! For sheer variety there is no better place on earth.

Komodo is one of the few places left in the world where sharks are not rare and down south is one of the places where manta rays have their legendary aggregations, meaning they are here in the area in their hundreds!!!

One of the highlights of these trips is the rare opportunity to walk with the lengendary Komodo dragons. These truly awesome beasts can reach 3 metres plus and can reportedly run at 20km an hour chasing their prey. It’s the icing on the cake, Stunning diving and one of the world’s last surviving dinosaur descendants all one amazing package.

Covering the best of both worlds, from up close and personal with aggragating mantas to shy pygmy seahorses and rare nudibranches Komodo diving has it all. The beauty of Komodo liveaboard diving is in the balance between the large and small animals. One day you will be in the blue swimming with mantas and sharks and the next swimming along a bubbling volcanic reef covered with venting submerged fumeroles blowing bubbles into the water and hiding one of the worlds best kept secret macro dive sites.

These are some of the top sites that most liveaboards visit.

Angel reef, Moyo, Sumbawa diving

We start our Komodo liveaboard with the first dive of the trip and the check out dive. This dive site doesn’t disappoint. A beautiful wall stretching down to 50 metres covered in hard and soft corals very reminiscent of Bunaken in North Sulawesi. Schools of bannerfish and trevally patrol the walls with the occasional reef sharks making an appearance. Ribbon eels hide in crevices and many different nudibranchs crawl over the vast elephant ear sponges that hang from the beautiful soft coral infested wall.

Satonda island bay

A protected bay on Satonda island north of Sumbawa hosts a treasure trove of macro critters, the more we dive here the more we find. The rare Denise pygmy seahorse lives in fans here, frogfish hang out in big barrel sponges and ghost pipefish hide amongst the featherstars that cover the reef slope. In the sandy bottom you can find jawfish with their mouths full of eggs, myriads of anemonefish, mushroom coral pipefish and spearer mantis shrimps.

Sangeang island diving

Sangieng island is a perfectly round volcanic island jutting up from the sea bed. Still active and last blowing in 1996 this well kept secret is one of the world’s finest macro dive areas. With diving available all around the island there is not one specific spot but always new ones to be discovered. Bubbles of volcanic gas seep through the sand creating a surreal atmosphere and a warm black sand bottom hosting rare and unusual nudibranch. Pygmy seahorses, frogfish, Pegasus sea moths and carnivorous shells and all common here, this is my personal favourite dive site as every time we dive here there is a surprise in store of something new that is often not in the books - this site is why you go Komodo liveaboard diving.

Gps point - Gili Banta diving

Gps point is an open sea mount prone to strong currents at certain times of the day. This provides prolific hard and soft coral growth that is home to hundreds of different types of reef fish. Loved by sharks, white tip sharks cruise around the whole dive in amongst the hunting giant trevallies and schooling jacks and surgeon fish, an exciting dive.

Takat Toko, Gili Lawalaut diving

This is one of my favourite sites on the Komodo liveaboard itinerary and is very similar to Gps point this site takes it to the next level. Grey reef shark, white tip sharks, occassional dolphins and a literal fish soup created by jacks, surgeonfish, giant trevallies and bannerfish surround this large sea mount as you hang on to the reef edge and watch the action. Again this site is prone to strong currents but we time our dives to hit around slack tide and a little current brings in the big fish. Great pelagic action, my favourite blue water dive.

Lighthouse reef, Gili Lawalaut diving

An adrenalin pounding drift dive along the wall and around the corner under the lighthouse. Sharks, mantas, dolphins are all frequent visitors on the dive with some of the best coral reef top in the area around the corner out of the current at the end of the dive you can hunt for porcelain crabs, cuttlefish and unusual seahorses whilst waiting for the adrenalin to funnel out of your system and your heart rate to return to normal-this is what Komodo liveaboard diving is all about!.

Crystal rock, Gili Lawalaut diving

A stunning soft coral and sea fan covered pinnacle with crystal water clarity this is a great site for those magazine cover wide angle shots. With at least 5 different types of angelfish, 4 types of trigger and butterflyfish everywhere it is a excellent reef fish dive with frequent visits from eagle and manta rays and the resident sleepy hawksbill turtle.

Pink beach, Komodo diving

Colder water and lower vis here due to the huge amounts of organic matter in the water due to the southern currents but this is more than made up for by the astounding life available to see here due to this phenomenon. Normally done as a night dive it also makes a good day dive with everything from white tip sharks to pygmy seahorses; zebra crabs, Coleman shrimp, many coloured frogfish, xeno crabs, Spanish dancers, and unusual nudibranchs are hidden amongst the dense coral growth.

Cannibal rock, Rinca island diving

Colder water than the north but touted by many as one of the worlds best 10 sites, yes I know there seems to be way more than 10 “top 10 sites” but this one really is one if you like macro. Everything is here even the rarest of the rare, the Rhinopias scorpionfish. It’s nudi heaven with only the special and the rare getting to appear here, more species than I care to mention along with large and different frogfish mixed in with schools of fish and the resident dopy turtle we do 2 dives here and it’s still not enough!! You will love it, I personally adore this dive site.

Torpedo alley, Rinca island diving

Just next to cannibal rock and where the boat moors is a beach that has wild pigs, monkeys and Komodo dragons in the daytime and hosts a myriad of critters in the waters in front if it at night. Named for the large amount of torpedo rays found here, a member of the electric ray family- no touching! They cover the sandy bottom along with loads of nudis obvious on the black sand bottom along with bizarre crabs and octopus.

Manta alley, Komodo diving

In the cooler waters in the south of Komodo there is a bay in which there are a series of pinnacles that seem to be a magnet for aggregating mantas. They are here in their tens, often we come up having seen over 20 different individuals. Often a little shy, their evasive spins and pirouettes makes the watching of them that much more enjoyable.

Takat Makassar, Komodo diving

This is our other manta site. A little bit more of a risk to see them as it is a huge area and we drift along the bottom in about 10 metres but along the way we always run into loads of turtles, napoleon and humphead wrasse, white tip sharks and very very occasionally you will be incredibly lucky and run into the resident dugong that inhabits this area along with scores of mantas as they migrate north.

3 sisters, Padar island diving

A series of underwater pinnacles reaching nearly to the the surface off the coast of Padar island next to Komodo this site constantly springs surprises on you from silvertip sharks and mobular ray schools to marbled rays and rare nudibranchs.

How to get to Raja Ampat

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. We recommend Jakarta or Bali to make your entry point into Indonesia amnd each has it’s pros and cons.

From Jakarta to Sorong most flights route through Makassar (UPG) in South Sulawesi and are over night flights arriving in the morning perfect for a pick up by your liveaboard crew at the airport. The downside of this is that you may be awake most of the night before your board the liveaboard but most boats cruise only on the first day so you can catch up on your sleep during the day.

Flights from Bali are not quite so simple and cannot be done in one day, you will need to fly from Bali to UPG the day before your liveaboard and over night in Makassar and the continue on with the UPG to Sorong flight the following morning, the day of your liveaboard departure, and this ends up being perfect tining to be picked up on your arrival in Sorong at the airport to then be taken to the boat. This takes longer but you will arrive more refreshed than the Jakarta rooute and of course you could always factor in a stay in Bali before or after your trip.

In the past it has not been possible for someone outside of Indonesia to purchase domestic flights in Indonesia so these can be purchased for you by us, if you would like, and added to your invoice. It will be about $650 return dependant on exchange rates, availability and where your entry airport is in Indonesia. The cost of the domestic flights are not included in the trip price.

Recently Garuda, our recommended airline, has made it possible to purchase their tickets online and we recommend you take this approach as it is often cheaper than the set price we have to charge. Other airlines are cheaper but are not so trustworthy or have such good luggage allowances. Again, we highly recommend trip as well as diving insurance just in case something were to go wrong with your flights.

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

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.