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The Aurora is a Pinisi style schooner and is 40 metres in length and is designed for the discerning dive clientele.  A beautifully designed romantic liveaboard and can accommodate both divers and non divers who want to explore the Indonesia Archipelago.  The Aurora can accommodate 15 passengers in 7 double cabins.  There are 3 double cabins, 3 twin bed and 1 combined double/twin.  All tastefully decorated in a traditional style with portholes, individually controlled air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. The meals are served overlooking the sea in the dining room.  There is a spacious foredeck for our divers to prepare and following the dives you can relax on one of the deck chairs on the sundeck looking at the spectacular views.

 SPECIFICATIONS

SAMPLE ITINERARY

SCHEDULES 2015

SCHEDULES 2016

DIVE SITES

THE AURORA DECK PLAN

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Length – 40 metres overall, 32 metres deck.

Width – 9 metres

Tonnage – 189 Tons

Draught 2.6 metres

Sailing area – 300 m2

Engine – Nissan 420 HP marinized

Speed – 7-8 knots

Speed with sails – 9-10+ knots

Power supply/ Electricity

2 x power generators Mitsubishi, 1 generator Cummings Stabilizer 220 volt, 50 Hz (110 Volt possible with mobile transformers on board )

2- pole plugs all over the ship and cabins

Emergency current through battery.

Diesel Solar tank – 12,000 Ltr

Water Tank- 12,000 Ltr

Water Maker – 6000 Ltr per day

SAFETY

GPS

Echo Sounder

VHF-Radio

Radar

Compass

2 life rafts for 50 pax

Lifevests

Fire extinguisher

Emergency Oxygen

First Aid Kits

Mobile Phone

Sat-Phone with possibility to download emails on onboard computer.

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RAJA AMPAT

•  DAY 1 - SORONG

Aurora Crew will pick you up from Sorong airport; usually flights arrive in the morning via Makassar or Manado. As soon as all the guests are onboard, Aurora will lift the anchor and start to cruise toward Dampier Strait.

 

•  DAY 2 to 3 - DAMPIER STRAIT

We will arrive early morning in Mansuar area, where we will dive some famous sites, like Sardines Reef, Mioskon, Blue Magic and other incredible places. This area prone to current is charachterized by untouched corals and many different fish schools, while on surface we will be surrounded by lush green islands, with tiny dazzeling white beaches.

 

•  DAY 4 - PENEMU

Gettting further south, we stop at Fam. We will be diving on My Reef, a seamount with abundant fish schools of fusiliers and sweetlips, and Keruo Channel, a fascinating passage between 2 islands, its slopes covered with hardcorals and fan corals, and dense schools of tiny silversides. Don't miss the chance to take a short landtour for a breathtaking view from above of the typical Raja Ampat landscape.

 

•  DAY 5 to 6 - FARONDI

We will wake up in Misool National Park a region with thousands of islands. Here you will be able to see the most rich variations of fish, soft and hard corals, all kind of macro, wobbegong and epaulette sharks. Misool is also one of the rare places with the most breath keeping landscape. Don’t miss the show offered by mobulas feeding on a huge school of silversides!

 

•  DAYS 7 to 9 - MISOOL NATIONAL PARK

So many Islands to visit and so many different dives spot. We will cruise around JILLIET, FIABAJET, WALIB, WAJIL, JEF PELE, MESENTA, BOO etc… and Aurora Crew will assure you as many dives as possible to completely appreciate this wonderful and beautiful area.

 

•  DAY 10 - FAM SOUTH

Melissa’s Garden is our next dive site in the morning. A huge reef with wonderful coral and spectacular fish life. Wobbegongs are one of the highlights here. Sea snakes, pygmy seahorses and enormous tridacna clams can be seen in the shallows. On “Fam Wall” for the night dive we can see Harlequin shrimp, frogfish and many species of nudibranchs.

 

•  DAY 11 - ARBOREK

Here you will have the chance to visit a typical local fishermen village, but the morning will be dedicated to spot manta rays, wobbegong sharks and much more, and have a superb end of trip memory!

 

•  DAY 12 - SORONG

Big breakfast on board,  and then Aurora's Crew will organize the transfer from the boat to Sorong airport, depending on the flight schedule of the guests.

BANDA SEA

• DAY 1 - MAUMERE

Guest will be welcoming onboard of Aurora. You will be shown around the boat to start to feel to cruise to Komba Island.

 

• DAY 2 - KOMBA

After cruising all night we will arrive to Komba where we will do 2-3 dives around the Volcanic Island to enjoy the black sand and colorful corals contrast.

 

• DAY 3 - REONG AND WETAR

We will arrive in the morning to Reong Island. After 2 dives we will move to Wetar Island where we will enjoy an afternoon and night dive. Aurora will start a long night cruise to arrive in the morning to Gunung Api.

 

• DAY 4 - GUNUNG API

This Volcanic Island will surprise you. You will be diving with hundred of snakes and a lot fishes. After the 3 dives we will have to cruise one more night.

 

• DAY 5 - LUCI PARA

This 7 Island have beautiful beaches and incredible walls to dive. After the afternoon dive Aurora will start to move toward the Ancient Banda Neira, The Island of Spices.

 

• DAY 6 TO 7 - BANDA NEIRA OUTER REEFS

We will start the dive day on the outer reefs of Banda Neira. The reefs here are full of marine fauna of all colours and shapes. Schooling fish gather and the macro life is rich. We will dive on the rich reefs of Pulau Run, Ai and Hatta with incredible slopes and walls, beautiful corals, some shark sightings, possibly whales on the surface, darting frigate birds and white boobies nesting on the islets.

 

• DAY 8 - SUANGGI

Also Suanggi offer amazing dive sites like The Pinnacle and the East Corner.

 

• DAY 9 to 10 - NUSA LAUT AND MOLANA

We are moving north to Nusa Laut. The village of Ahmed is one of the places where we stop. Nusa Laut has spectacular reefs and wonderful coral gardens. Schools of surgeonfish, big eye trevally, and plenty of reef fish are found here. For the night dive we will be critter hunting under a pier. Molana offers some large schools of pelagic fish among which tunas, jackfish and some sharks.

The island of Saparua is a great alternative in case the weather conditions are not fine.

 

• DAY 11 - AMBON

Our trip will come to an end in the Harbor of Ambon. In the morning Aurora will organize the transfer to the airport and unfortunately we will have to say goodbye to you for this time.

KOMODO

•  DAY 1 LABUANBAJO

Labuan Bajo, Arrival & Boarding: A 1 hour flight from Denpasar, Bali and you will arrive in the small port town of Labuan Bajo, Flores. Aurora staff will pick you up at the airport for immediate boarding and departure. After snack/lunch we have the boat briefing and depending on the time of arrival, also the diving briefing and we will get ready for our check dive.

Only a few miles from Labuan Bajo’s harbour, lies the small island of Sebayur with nice diving including bronze sweepers, lionfish, eels, and possibly the resident ghost pipefish which makes the perfect “warm-up dive”. The staggered tiers of the neighbouring patch reef is home to many different species of nudis, pipefish, sea fans, sponges and even a few twin-spot lionfish. During the night dive, we might see nurse sharks, nudis and crustaceans.

 

•  DAY 2 - GILI LAWA

Gililawah Laut & Gililawah Darat: Literally “Island Facing the Sea”, Gililawa Laut is home to two of the best pinnacles in all of Indonesia, Crystal Rock and Hard Rock. These two pinnacles, both displaying an impressive amount of soft and hard coral cover, are also the gathering ground for huge schools of jacks, giant trevally, white tip reef sharks, surgeonfish, and a whole host of smaller reef fish that float amongst the fields of staghorn coral. Often times dolphins will make an appearance, chasing the large schools of fusiliers around the pinnacles, putting on quite a show. A challenging site, but certainly worth a couple of dives!

Apart from the pinnacles, Gililawa Laut also features a dive known to many as the “Washing Machine”. The swift moving current between Gililawa Laut and its neighbor Gililawa Darat moves divers down a shallow channel and empties into a large bowl-shaped depression with walls 10 meters high. The vortex effect caused by this seems to appeal to sharks, mantas, and jacks, who will often spend time swimming around the bowl, waiting for something good to drop in for lunch.

 

•  DAY 3 - KOMODO NATIONAL PARK

Komodo National Park: Early in the morning or in the afternoon depending on our dive schedule, we will begin our magnificent walk of Komodo Island to see the infamous dragons. Usually a few hours is spent on shore viewing the dragon and we are back in the water by noon.

Pantai Merah: “Pink Beach” lies just across a large bay from Kampung Komodo, the only village on the island of Komodo. A beautiful white sand beach, popular with snorkelers for it’s rich shallow coral reef, the diving is just as popular. A rocky pinnacle, Valerie’s Rock, rises to the surface at its southern end and shelters large schools of reef fish, cuttlefish, and a few giant frogfish. In addition to the abundant fish life, macro is also on the menu. Nudibranchs and pleurobranchs as well as longnose hawkfish and pipefish make their home amongst the black coral covered slopes. Pantai Merah is often subject to strong currents and at times a challenging down current.

 

•  DAY 4 to 5 - PADAR AND RINCA

Padar & Rinca: Sitting in the channel between Komodo and Rinca, Padar’s claim to fame is W-Reef. Home to some very unique species of nudibranch, including the Nembrotha Purpolienolata and gorgeous Ceratosoma Magnifica (formerly Miamira Magnifica). The coral pillars of W-Reef, which sit in a strange “W” shaped configuration are literally alive with color. Holothurians cover almost every bare surface, from the bright red and purple sea apples, to the yellow and white cucumbers that clean the reef top. Lionfish and wrasse populate the tops of the pillars, some coming with 5 meters of the surface. Subject to strong currents and an almost permanent surge, this can be a challenging yet beautiful dive. A quick hike up the gentle slopes of Padar provides an outstanding view of both Komodo and Rinca Islands for those so inclined.

 

•  DAY 6 TO 7 - HORSESHOE BAY

Rinca; Horseshoe Bay & Nusa Kode: Horseshoe Bay is shaped like its namesake with Rinca Island forming the outer arc and Nusa Kode forming the inner one. The colder plankton-rich waters of the Indian Ocean make this area a bit colder than the northern regions of the Park. Despite the temperature drop, the incredible amount and bizarre array of sea-life still gets everyone in the water even four times each day. Home to some of the most written-about dive sites in Indonesia, Horseshoe Bay is a literal treasure trove of things large and small.

The Indian Ocean waters cause the dive sites here to be overflowing with life, from huge amounts of yellow and orange soft corals to schools of fish so thick they block out the sun. The reef-top of famous Cannibal Rock is littered with anemones, soft corals, and wrasse-choked hard corals. The deeper rocks provide hiding places for an unbelievable array of nudibranchs and crustaceans. Frogfish of different species populate the walls and slopes. Sea apples and other holothurians abound on the rocky tiers.

"Torpedo Alley", in addition to being home to the electrified rays it gets its name from, is also home to ghost pipefish, frogfish, and its own share of the dazzling array of nudis that call Horseshoe Bay home. With everything from turtles, mantas, and whale sharks coming by, Horseshoe Bay is well worth the extra neoprene. "Yellow Wall", where the yellow soft corals share space with barrel sponges and huge sea fans that are home to several kinds of pygmy seahorses. Sea apples, fire urchins with Coleman shrimp and zebra crab are particularly easy to spot on this site.

 

•  DAY 8 TO 9 - RINCA NORTH

Rinca Nord / Loh Buaya & Komodo Channel: Making it our way back to the north we can stop in front of the second Ranger Station Loh Buaya, next to the macro paradise of Wainilu Island. A somewhat boring underwater topography reveals to the trained eye true marvels displaying in front of your camera and astonished face - many different and rare kinds of nudis and slugs, frogs, ghost fish and many other surprises.

Komodo Channel: "Tatawa Besar" gives us one of the most colorful drift dives in all of Komodo. The eastern stretch of coastline is alternating rocky walls and mangroves. A gentle slope runs out from the coastline to about 30 meters where it becomes a sandy flat. During rising and falling tides, the soft corals covering the slope open up for the passing divers. Eagle rays and turtles are typical customers along this rich coral slope. The coastline is long enough that the drift can last up to 40 minutes and cover almost 2 kilometers. "Batu Bolong", a huge rock in the middle of an area swathed by the current, attracts plenty of sharks and offers excellent visibility. This dive is also called “Current City”, and can only be dived when the conditions are fine.

We might stop in "Taka Makassar", if currents allow, and look out for yet other manta rays. The dive here leads over a channel with rubble and with a few coral blocks. Mantas come here to get cleaned so you can go relatively close to them to observe them. Alternatively, Takat Makassar West (Komodo Channel) is a great night dive.

 

•  DAY 10 - LABUANBAJO

Labuan Bajo: Unfortunately our trip arrived at an end and we have to say goodbye but we hope to see you again soon!

You will be served breakfast and afterwards transferred to the Labuan Bajo Airport and checked in by Aurora’s staff. Estimated time of arrival after your 1 hour flight back to Bali.

 

WHATS INCLUDED

  •  full board in a double/triple cabin
  •  soft drinks, local coffee and tea, all meals
  •  up to 4 dives a day
  •  tanks, weights/weight belt
  •  excursions on land
  • transfer from/to nearest airport

 

 

NOT INCLUDED

  •  international and domestic flights
  •  national park tickets (Komodo and Banda Sea € 55, Raja Ampat € 95, Cenderawasih € 150 – these fees are subject to change without prior otice)
  •  accommodation before and after the cruise
  •  alcoholic drinks
  •  rental of scuba diving/snorkeling equipment
  •  nitrox package (see Pricelist)
  •  massages
  •  travel insurance
  •  private tours
  •  laundry service on board
  • use of sat-phone (emails/calls)
  • minimum recommended Service charge €8 per night

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DEPART RETURN FROM TO DESCRIPTION NIGHTS PRICE
30.03.2015 06.04.2015 Sorong Sorong Raja Ampat 7 USD 2730.00
08.04.2015 20.04.2015 Sorong Ambon North Maluku 12 USD 4680.00
23.04.2015 04.05.2015 Ambon Maumere Banda Sea 11 USD 4290.00
25.06.2015 04.07.2015 Bali Bima Komodo 9 USD 3240.00
07.07.2015 14.07.2015 Bima Labuan Bajo Komodo 7 USD 2520.00
17.07.2015 24.07.2015 Labuan Bajo Labuan Bajo Komodo 7 USD 2520.00
26.07.2015 02.08.2015 Labuan Bajo Labuan Bajo Komodo 7 USD 2520.00
04.08.2015 11.08.2015 Labuan Bajo Bima Komodo 7 USD 2520.00
13.08.2015 20.08.2015 Bima Labuan Bajo Komodo 7 USD 2520.00
27.08.2015 03.09.2015 Labuan Bajo Bima Komodo 7 USD 2520.00
08.09.2015 15.09.2015 Bima Labuan Bajo Komodo 7 USD 2520.00
18.09.2015 28.09.2015 Labuan Bajo Labuan Bajo Komodo 10 USD 3600.00
01.10.2015 09.10.2015 Maumere Maumere Alor 8 USD 2880.00
12.10.2015 23.10.2015 Maumere Ambon Banda Sea 11 USD 4290.00
26.10.2015 06.11.2015 Ambon Sorong North Maluku 11 USD 4290.00
08.11.2015 16.11.2015 Sorong Sorong Raja Ampat 8 USD 3120.00
19.11.2015 30.11.2015 Sorong Sorong Raja Ampat 11 USD 4290.00
03.12.2015 10.12.2015 Sorong Sorong Raja Ampat 7 USD 2730.00
13.12.2015 22.12.2015 Sorong Sorong Raja Ampat 9 USD 3510.00
25.12.2015 05.01.2016 Sorong Sorong Raja Ampat 11 USD 4290.00

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

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DEPART RETURN FROM TO DESCRIPTION NIGHTS PRICE
08.01.2016 18.01.2016 Sorong Sorong Raja Ampat 10 USD 3,900.00
21.01.2016 30.01.2016 Sorong Sorong Raja Ampat 9 USD 3,510.00
02.02.2016 13.02.2016 Sorong Sorong Raja Ampat 11 USD 4,290.00
16.02.2016 01.03.2016 Sorong Sorong Raja Ampat 14 USD 5,460.00
09.03.2016 17.03.2016 Halmahera Sorong Raja Ampat 8 USD 3,120.00
20.03.2016 30.03.2016 Sorong Sorong Raja Ampat 10 USD 3,900.00
02.04.2016 11.04.2016 Sorong Sorong Raja Ampat 9 USD 3,510.00
14.04.2016 25.04.2016 Sorong Ambon North Maluku 7 USD 4,290.00
28.04.2016 10.05.2016 Ambon Maumere Banda Sea 12 USD 4,680.00
13.05.2016 22.05.2016 Labuan Bajo Bali Komodo 9 USD 3,240.00
20.06.2016 01.07.2016 Bali Labuan Bajo Komodo 11 USD 3,960.00
03.07.2016 12.07.2016 Labuan Bajo Labuan Bajo Komodo 9 USD 3,240.00
14.07.2016 23.07.2016 Labuan Bajo Labuan Bajo Komodo 9 USD 3,240.00
25.07.2016 03.08.2016 Labuan Bajo Labuan Bajo Komodo 9 USD 3,240.00
05.08.2016 14.08.2016 Labuan Bajo Labuan Bajo Komodo 9 USD 3,240.00
16.08.2016 27.08.2016 Labuan Bajo Labuan Bajo Komodo 11 USD 3,960.00
29.08.2016 07.09.2016 Labuan Bajo Labuan Bajo Komodo 9 USD 3,240.00
09.09.2016 18.09.2016 Labuan Bajo Labuan Bajo Komodo 9 USD 3,240.00
22.09.2016 02.10.2016 Maumere Maumere Alor 10 USD 3,600.00
05.10.2016 16.10.2016 Maumere Maumere Alor 11 USD 3,960.00
19.10.2016 01.11.2016 Maumere Ambon Banda Sea 13 USD 5,070.00
05.11.2016 16.11.2016 Ambon Sorong North Maluku 11 USD 4,290.00
19.11.2016 28.11.2016 Sorong Sorong Raja Ampat 9 USD 3,510.00
01.12.2016 10.12.2016 Sorong Sorong Raja Ampat 9 USD 3,510.00
13.12.2016 22.12.2016 Sorong Sorong Raja Ampat 9 USD 3,510.00
25.12.2016 05.01.2017 Sorong Sorong Raja Ampat 11 USD 4,290.00

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

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INDONESIA DIVE SITES

INDONESIA DIVE SITE INFORMATION

ALOR

Cruising between the macro wonders of maumere to the incredible colors of Alor

 

Komodo

A journey leading us through two oceans, separating, and uniting here at the same time. A current constantly crosses Indonesia, flowing from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean. Due to trade winds, the oceans have a different sea level of about 2 inches.... As the Pacific mixes with the colder Indian Ocean, at the south of the Lesser Sunda Islands, we find Pacific fauna scattered to the north and in-between the islands.

 

Banda Sea

The Spice Islands, that have become famous for their cloves, nutmeg and historical stories about pirates. From the intense blue Banda Sea, steep pinnacles pierce the surface, surrounding them surreal emerald-green lagoons and islands made from coral sand. These aptly named Coral Keys and are colonised by rich vegetation.

 

Raja Ampat

The huge area of Raja Ampat represents a big marine reserve, that stretches out to the north (Waigeo and neighbouring island) and to the south-west (Misool). The whole region is a labyrinth of straits between small sandstone islands eroded by the waves. The dry season is between September to March, however, rainfalls are to be expected throughout the whole year.

KOMODO DIVE SITE MAP

Map showing scuba diving sites in Komodo accessible with The Aurora Liveaboard

BANDA SEA DIVE SITE MAP

Map showing scuba diving sites in the Banda Sea accessible with The Aurora Liveaboard

RAJA AMPAT DIVE SITE MAP

Map showing scuba diving sites in Raja Ampat accessible with The Aurora Liveaboard

THE AURORA VIDEO

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