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The WAOW is a 60 metre  3 masted wooden sailing vessel. She exudes class, style, charm and style and has 9 cabins for guests and can accommodate up to 18 passengers. Each cabin is luxurious, spacious and provides all the amenities you would expect from this type of vessel.  All have private bathrooms with separate shower, separate WC, air conditioning, desk, entertainment system and LED lighting.  All cabins also have a day bed which can accommodate a third person taking the maximum of 24 guests. Your comfort is of great importance for us and we have a restaurant and bar area which seats up to 26 people.  The lounge has TV projection and music facilities.  A dedicated camera room and a 40 m2 dedicated dive area provide ample space for divers to prepare. Our local chef will provide you with the opportunity to sample local specialities on board together with European cuisine. All your needs will be taken care of by our 24 crew which also include a European guide and a Cruise Director.

 SPECIFICATIONS

 ITINERARY

SCHEDULES 2015

SCHEDULES 2016

SCHEDULES 2017

KIT RENTAL &

ONBOARD COSTS

DIVE SITES

WAOW DECK PLAN

Deck plan of the WAOW showing lower deck, upper deck and main deck

360 TOUR OF THE WAOW

TECHNICAL

LAO ...... 60 meters

LOD ..... 46 meters

Beam .... 11.15 meters

Draft .... > 3.8 meters

Weight ... > 800 gross Tonnes

Rigging .. 3 steel masts of a height of 42; 45; 42 meters, 950m2 of sales

Motors ... 2 Yanmar Marine Diesels of 500 hp each

Electrical . 2 x 100 kVa generators, 1x 40 kVa. 220V and 110V, also available in photo room

Speed ... Cruising speed of between 8 - 10 knots under motors only

Navigation Equipment package including high and low frequency Sonar, GPS, Computer mapping, HF and VHF Radios, Radar, Satcomm, Weather Fax & Sat Phone, etc.

Fuel capacity 32'000 Liters

Water 12'000 Liters, produced with 2 water makers of 2'500 Liters/day capacity each

Black Water 6'000 Liters

ACCOMMODATION

6 Deluxe cabins 24 metre2 located below the main deck.  2 cabins can be converted to twins.

2 superior cabins each 21 metre 2 plus an aft deck lounging area located on the rear of the main deck.

1 master cabin of approx. 45 metre2 with a spacious private sundeck furnished for private use. Located at the rear of the upper deck.

FACILITIES

Restaurant and Bar area. Seating for 26 people

Lounge area with TV projection and music facilities

Dedicated camera room with charging stations 220V/110V plus computer system

40m2 dedicated dive area shaded in the bow of the vessel

Sun deck on the foredeck of 40m2

Shaded main deck area of 120m2 with tables, deck furniture and showers

Upper sun deck in front of the wheelhouse of 50m2

Shaded rear deck area of 25m2

Air conditioning throughout the vessel including cabins and restaurant/lounge areas

In room entertainment systems including monitor and onboard movie system

Wi-Fi Internet access with download data allowance in each cabin

Massage service

Full catering service including 3 main meals per day plus snacks after dives

Full service bar including non alcoholic beverages, wine, beer and spirits

Full service dive operation including courses and equipment rental

Canoes & SUP's (Stand Up Paddleboards)

Land excursions

DIVE FACILITIES

2 Compressors

12 litre scuba tanks (200bar, single INT or DIN valves). A limited number of 15 litre tanks are available on requested (with supplement - see our page "Rental Equipment")

10 full sets of hire equipment

NITROX fills (with supplement - see our page "Rental Equipment")

Oxygen therapy and full safety equipment

A full complement of both Western and Asian experienced dive guides and instructors

3 dive tenders are available, each with the capability of taking between 6-8 passengers.  For all excursions from the main ship such as diving, snorkelling and land visits

2 kayak's & 2 SUP's (Stand Up Paddle boards)

SPEED BOAT TENDERS

For excursions away from the main vessel (land excursions, diving) 3 tenders are available. 2 are built from fibreglass for up to 8 divers, are approximately 7 meters long with tank racks, out board motors and radio communications with the main ship.

The 3rd tender is a semi inflatable fast RIB, for up to 6 divers, approximately 6 meters long, can handle bigger seas and also be used for land transfers to and from the main ship.

This will provide the ability to separate small dive groups, quickly and comfortably dive areas several miles away from the ships anchorage.

BACK TO TOP

KOMODO DRAGONS AND GODS LB

From  Labuan Bajo, Flores  to  Benoa, Bali

or reversed way (please check our "Agenda" for your date)

 

All programs and itineraries are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.

 

Komodo  -  11 or 12 days  -  2 to 4 dives per day depending on conditions and program

Cruise Key: Black sand diving, colorful muck dives, dolphin & manta dives, challenging current dives, all in one location, colorful reefs, sea apples, Komodo dragon trek, savannah like scenery.

Sea Conditions Generally calm except when crossing the Lombok Strait and sometimes when cruising along the South of Rinca and Komodo if it’s windy.

Weather Conditions Tropical weather, sunshine and nice sea breeze that can be windy at nighttime, light jacket is ideal.

Currents Can be strong. Dive-guides generally checks currents before entering the water. A reef hook can be helpful while watching and filming in the current.

Water Temperature Avg. 27C and generally a bit colder towards the South. Can be as low as 18C to 22C.

Nature of the Dives Diving is very varied from muck diving to whirlpools, critters to pelagic and schooling fish, crystal clear warm water to cooler, murkier rich in plankton soup.

 

Cruise Information:

The Komodo National Park is a World Heritage site just 300NM East of Bali, in the Flores Sea and consists of the three larger islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar. Because of its unique geology, as a result of volcanic activity, this makes for stunning scenery both above and below the water. The islands feature a dramatic wild savannah landscape with patches of forest especially on the southern hills of Komodo and Rinca. White and reddish sandy beaches, blue lagoons teeming with fish and some of the most spectacular underwater sceneries in the world entice divers and guests from all around the globe. The underwater topography is as varied as the marine life it homes. Dive sites vary from volcanic black sand, gentle coral slopes to sheer cliff walls and a host of hard and soft corals, mantas, sharks, turtles, dolphins and giant pelagics to tiny pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs and frogfish, you'll find the diversity of marine life inspiring if not mind boggling.

Starting from the small harbor- and fishing town of Labuan Bajo on Fl0res’ west coast, enjoy stunning views as SMY WAOW cruises passed lush green small islets towards the savannah like scenery in Komodo, the “Island of Dragons”. This cruise offers an all-in-one destination, above as well as below. There’s a great chance to see some unique animals such as the Komodo dragons in their wild habitat, and if in the mating season, it becomes even more exciting when male dragons are chasing and fighting one another. Wild boar run freely along the beaches with small herds of “Luza” (Indonesia local deer) during the time you are relaxing onboard SMY WAOW.

 

Recommendation:

All long distance passengers should arrive in Bali one night before departure day. The boat departs at around 10:00am from Labuan Bajo harbor.

 

Embarkation :

Labuan Bajo

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at Labuan Bajo Airport to assist and accompany you to the liveaboard SMY WAOW in the harbour of Labuan Bajo, only a short drive of around 10-15mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard at around 09:30am, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get everything ready and enjoy 2dives with us.

 

Typical dice sites :

  • Gili Lawa Laut
  • Current City
  • Padar Island
  • Nusa Kode
  • Manta Alley & Padar Island
  • Current City and Gili Lawa Laut
  • Gili Banta
  • Sangeang Volcano
  • Around Sumbawa & Moyo Island

 

Activity day:

An amazing walk in Rinca’s “savannah” searching for this unique creature that nature can offer, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). Only 3 places in the world are there Komodo dragons, in Padar, Rinca and Komodo. Avoiding the heat we start just after dawn and are rewarded with being the first group of visitors to arrive. Our walk will start from the little jetty of Rinca Island where you will walk on the dry dirt track toward the national park office, where the park rangers will give you instructions and guide your trek looking for Komodo dragons in the wild. The walk will take you up to the high grounds overlooking the bay of Rinca, it might take up to 1:30-2:00 hrs., depending on where we find the dragons. We begin a walk along one of the promising paths on the lookout for megapode birds, flying lizards, and of course Komodo Dragons. Most of the time the Komodo Dragons are resting not very far from the park ranger’s office. The crew always loves to walk along and pick up some fruit or be the guide themselves. After the walk, we will head back for breakfast on SMY WAOW and get ready for the dive in Padar.

 

Disembarkation :

In Bali

Light breakfast around 06:30AM, disembarkation at 08:00AM and transfer to the airport

DRAGONS AND GODS BB

From  Benoa, Bali  to  Bima, Sumbawa,

 or reversed way (please check our "Agenda" for your date)

 All programs and itineraries are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.

 

Komodo  - between 8 - 12 days  -  2 to 4 dives per day depending on conditions and program

Cruise Key: Black sand diving, colorful muck dives, dolphin & manta dives, challenging current dives, big and small stuff, colorful reefs, sea apples, Komodo dragon trekking, savannah scenery.

Sea Conditions Generally calm except when crossing the Lombok Strait and sometimes when cruising along the South of Rinca and Komodo if it’s windy.

Weather Conditions Tropical weather, sunshine and nice sea breezes that can be windy at nighttime, light jacket is ideal.

Currents Can be strong. Dive-guides generally checks currents before entering the water. A reef hook can be helpful while watching and filming in the current.

Water Temperature Avg. 27C and generally a bit colder towards the South. Can be as low as 18C to 22C.

Nature of dives Diving is very varied from muck diving to whirlpools, critters to pelagic and schooling fish, crystal clear warm water to cooler, murkier rich in plankton soup.

 

Cruise information:

The Komodo National Park is a World Heritage site just 300NM East of Bali in the Flores Sea and consists of the three larger islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar. Because of its unique geology, as a result of volcanic activity, this makes for stunning scenery both above and below the water. The islands feature a dramatic wild savannah landscape with patches of forest especially on the southern hills of Komodo and Rinca. White and reddish sandy beaches, blue lagoons teeming with fish and some of the most spectacular underwater sceneries in the world entice divers and guests from all around the globe. The underwater topography is as varied as the marine life it protects. Dive sites vary from volcanic black sand, gentle coral slopes to sheer cliff walls, and a host of hard and soft corals as well as sponges in all variations. From the Flores Sea in the north, the clear warm waters gradually become rich in plankton and a lot cooler as you travel south into the Indian Ocean. From colourful corals, mantas, sharks, turtles, dolphins and giant pelagics to tiny pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs and frogfish, you'll find the diversity of marine life inspiring if not mind boggling.

Starting from Bali, the “Island of Gods” enjoy stunning views as SMY WAOW cruises past all spectacular volcanic islands toward the savannah like scenery in Komodo, the “Island of Dragons”. This cruise offers an all-in-one destination, above and below the water. Enjoy the walk along the fresh water lake of Satonda Island for a moment of tranquility. There’s a great chance to see some unique animals such as the Komodo dragons in their wild habitat, and if in the mating season, it becomes even more exciting when male dragons are chasing and fighting one another. Wild boar run freely along the beaches with small herds of “Luza” (Indonesia local deer) during the time you are relaxing onboard SMY WAOW.

 

Recommendation:

All long distance passengers should arrive in Bali one night before departure day. The boat departs at noon sharp from the harbor.

 

Embarkation:

Benoa, Bali

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at Denpasar Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY WAOW, only a short drive of around 20-30mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin on the liveaboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard around 12:00pm, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us.

 

Typical dive sites:

  • Moyo & Satonda Islan
  • Around Sangeang Volcano & Gili Banta
  • Around Gili Lawa Laut
  • Around "Current City"
  • Around Padar Island
  • Around Nusa Kode
  • "Manta Alley"
  • In Bima ba

 

Activity day:

Dragonwalk in Rinca

An amazing walk in Rinca’s “savannah” searching for this unique creature, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). Only 3 places in the world are there Komodo dragons, in Padar, Rinca and Komodo. Avoiding the heat we start just after dawn and are rewarded by being the first group of visitors to arrive. Our walk will start from the little jetty of Rinca Island where you will walk on the dry dirt track towards the National Park office, where the park rangers will give you instructions and guide your trek looking for Komodo dragons in the wild. The walk will take you up to the high grounds overlooking the bay of Rinca, it might take up to 1:30-2:00 hrs., depending on where we find the dragon. We begin a walk along one of the promising paths on the lookout for megapode birds, flying lizards, and of course Komodo Dragons. Most of the time the Komodo Dragons are resting not very far from the park ranger’s office. The crew always loves to walk along and pick up some fruits or even be guide themselves. After the walk, we will head back for breakfast on SMY WAOW and get ready for the dive in Padar.

 

Disembarkation:

In Bima

Light breakfast around 07:00AM,  disembarkation at around 08.30AM and transfer to the airport

KOMODO WEST MEETS EAST

From  Benoa, Bali  to  Maumere, Flores,

 or reversed way (please check our "Agenda" for your date)

 

All programs and itineraries are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.

 

 Komodo  -  12 days  -  2 to 4 dives per day depending on conditions and program

Cruise Key: Black sand diving, clear blue water muck dives, dolphins & manta dives, challenging current dives, colorful reefs, sea apples, Komodo dragon trek, savannah like scenery

Sea Conditions Generally calm except when crossing the Lombok Strait and sometimes when cruising along the South of Rinca and Komodo if it’s windy.

Weather Conditions Tropical weather, sunshine and nice sea breeze that can be windy at nighttime, light jacket is ideal.

Currents Can be strong. Dive guides generally check currents before entering the water.

Water Temperature Avg. 27C and generally a bit colder towards the South. Can be as low as 18C to 22C.

Nature of dives Diving is very varied from muck diving to whirlpools, critters to pelagics and schooling fish, crystal clear warm waters to murkier rich plankton soup.

 

Cruise Information:

The Komodo National Park is a World Heritage site just 300NM East of Bali in the Flores Sea and consists of the three larger islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar. Because of its unique geology, as a result of volcanic activity, this makes for stunning scenery both above and below the water. The islands feature a dramatic wild savannah landscape with patches of forest especially on the southern hills of Komodo and Rinca. White and reddish sandy beaches, blue lagoons teeming with fish and some of the most spectacular underwater sceneries in the world entice divers and guests from all around the globe. The underwater topography is as varied as the marine life it homes. Dive sites vary from volcanic black sand, gentle coral slopes to sheer cliff walls and a host of hard and soft corals, and even muck dives. Some of the sloping sandy bottoms offer remarkable critter hunting grounds. There are plenty of opportunities to find rare critters like frogfish, mimic octopus, fire sea urchin and even rare rhinopias in the hundreds of bays and coves that are featured in the island chain.

Starting from Bali, the “Island of Gods”, enjoy stunning views as SMY WAOW cruises past all the spectacular volcanic islands further East, towards the savannah like scenery of Komodo, along the chain of islands known as "East Nusa Tengarra". This cruise is an all-in-one destination, above as well as below water. For those who are more adventurous there is also a good chance to enjoy walking along the cliffs to the top of the islands for an amazing sunset over the village of Palue Island, or even enjoy the walk along the fresh water lake of Satonda Island. There are also opportunities to see some unique animals such as the Komodo dragons in their wild habitat, and if in the mating season, it becomes even more exciting when the male dragons are chasing and fighting one another. Wild boar run freely along the beaches with small herds of “Luza” (Indonesia local deer) during the time you are relaxing onboard SMY WAOW.

 

Recommendation:

All long distance passengers should arrive in Bali (or Flores for the reversed itinerary) one night before departure day. The boat departs at 12:00pm sharp from Benoa (or Maumere) harbour.

 

Embarkation day:

Bali - Benoa (ou Maumere)

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at Denpasar Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY WAOW in Benoa harbour, only a short drive of around 20-30mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard around 12:00pm, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us.

 

Typical divesites :

  • Moyo, Satonda, Sumbawa Island
  • Sangeang Volcano & Gili Banta
  • Gili Lawa Laut
  • Current City
  • Padar Island
  • Nusa Kode
  • Manta Alley
  • Pulau Palue
  • Maumere bay

 

Activity day:

An amazing walk in Rinca’s “savannah” searching for this unique creature that nature can offer, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). Only 3 places in the world are there Komodo dragons, in Padar, Rinca and Komodo. Avoiding the heat we start just after dawn and are rewarded with being the first group of visitors to arrive. Our walk will start from the little jetty of Rinca Island where you will walk on the dry dirt trek toward the national park office, where the park rangers will give you instructions and guide your trek looking for Komodo dragons in the wild. The walk will take you up to the high grounds overlooking the bay of Rinca, it might take up to 1:30-2:00 hrs., depending on where we find the dragons. We begin a walk along one of the promising paths on the lookout for megapode birds, flying lizards, and of course Komodo Dragons. Most of the time the Komodo Dragons are resting not very far from the park ranger’s office. The crew always loves to walk along and pick up some fruit or be the guide themselves. After the walk, we will head back for breakfast on SMY WAOW and get ready for the dive in Padar.

 

Trekking to village on top of Pulau Palue, ~ 3 hrs. -> not faesable at the moment due to a recent volcano erruption

This is a real hike up a steep hill with fantastic views over looking the village of Pulau Palue.

 

Disembarkation day:

Maumere - Flores (or Benoa - Bali)

Early breakfast and disembarkation as from 06.00 or 07.00am and transfer to Airport

TOTAL KOMODO

From  Bima, Sumbawa  to  Labuan Bajo, Flores

 or reversed way (please check our "Agenda" for your date)

 

All informations herafter are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.

 

Komodo  -  between 8 - 12 days  -  2 to 4 dives per day depending on conditions and program

Cruise Key: Black sand diving, colorful muck dive, dolphin & manta dive, challenging current dives, all in one location, colorful reef, sea apple, Komodo dragon trek, savannah scenery.

Sea Conditions Generally calm except sometimes when cruising along the South of Rinca and Komodo if it's windy.

Weather Conditions Tropical weather, sunshine and nice sea breezes that can be windy at nighttime, light jacket is ideal.

Currents Can be strong. Dive-guides generally checks currents before entering the water. A reef hook can be helpful while watching and filming in the current.

Water Temperature Avg. 27C and generally a bit colder towards the South. Can be as low as 18C to 22C.

Nature of dives Diving is very varied from muck diving to whirlpools, critters to pelagic and schooling fish, crystal clear warm water to cooler, murkier rich in plankton soup.

 

Cruise Information:

The Komodo National Park is a World Heritage site just 300NM East of Bali in the Flores Sea and consists of the three larger islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar. Because of its unique geology, as a result of volcanic activity, this makes for stunning scenery both above and below water. The islands feature a dramatic wild savannah landscape with patches of forest especially on the southern hills of Komodo and Rinca. White and reddish sandy beaches, blue lagoons teeming with fish and some of the most spectacular underwater sceneries in the world entice divers and guests from all around the globe. The underwater topography is as varied as the marine life it protects. Dive sites vary from volcanic black sand, slight sloping, silty sand and gravel bottom composition, gentle coral slopes to sheer cliff walls and a host of hard and soft corals. From the Flores Sea in the north, the clear warm waters gradually become rich in plankton and lots cooler as you travel southwards into the Indian Ocean.  There are plenty of opportunities to find fauna ranging from those rare pelagics to critters; you'll find the diversity of marine life inspiring if not mind boggling.

Starting from Bima, east of Sumbawa, or Labuan Bajo, west of Flores, where you feel like you have stepped back in time where they still use horse and cart to transport all the goods including petrol drums! SMY WAOW cruises past the spectacular Sangeang volcano, the savannah like scenery in Komodo, the "Island of Dragons". This cruise is an all-in-one destination, above and below water. There's a great chance to see some unique animals like the Komodo dragons in their wild habitat, and if mating season, it becomes even more exciting when male dragons are chasing and fighting one another. Wild boar run freely along the beaches with small herds of "Luza" (Indonesia local deer) during the time you are relaxing onboard SMY WAOW.

 

Recommendation:

All long distance passengers should arrive in Bali one night before departure day. The boat departs at around 12:00 a.m. from Bima or Labuan Bajo Harbour.

 

Embarkation day:

Bima or Labuan Bajo

The WAOW staff will await your arrival at the Airport to assist and accompany you to the liveaboard SMY WAOW at Bima or Labuan Bajo harbour, only a short drive of around 20-30 mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink" and settle in and enjoy your life onboard SMY WAOW. As soon as the last guests are onboard you will be introduced to our team and life aboard SMY WAOW.

 

Typical dive sites:

  • Around Sangeang Volcano & Gili Banta
  • Around Gili Lawa Laut
  • Around "Current City"
  • Around Padar Island
  • Around Nusa Kode
  • Diving "Manta Alley"

 

Activity day:

An amazing walk in Rinca's "savannah" searching for this unique creature, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). Only 3 places in the world are there Komodo dragons, in Padar, Rinca and Komodo. Avoiding the heat we start just after dawn and are rewarded by being the first group of tourists to arrive. Our walk will start from the little jetty of Rinca Island where you will walk on the dry dirt track towards the National Park office, where the park rangers will give you instructions and guide your trek looking for Komodo dragons in the wild. The walk will take you up to the high grounds overlooking the bay of Rinca, it might take up to 1:30-2:00 hrs., depending on where we find the dragons. We begin a walk along one of the promising paths on the lookout for megapode birds, flying lizards, and of course Komodo Dragons. Most of the time the Komodo Dragons are resting not very far from the park ranger's office. The crew always loves to walk along and pick up some fruits or even be guide themselves. After the walk, we will head back for breakfast on SMY WAOW and get ready for the dive in Padar.

 

Disembarkation day:

Bima or Labuan Bajo

Light breakfast around 07:00AM, disembarkation and transfer to the Airport at 08.30AM

KOMODO DRAGON TALES BL

From  Bima, Sumbawa  to  Labuan Bajo, Flores

or  from  Benoa, Bali  to  Labuan Bajo, Flores

 

All programs and itineraries are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.

 

 Komodo  - 8 or 9 days (see agenda) -  2 to 4 dives per day depending on conditions and program

Cruise Key: Black sand diving, colorful muck dives, bubble dives, dolphin & manta dives, challenging current dives, all in one location, colorful reefs, sea apples, Komodo dragon trek, savannah like scenery.

Sea Conditions Generally calm except when crossing the Lombok Strait and sometimes when cruising along the South of Rinca and Komodo if it's windy.

Weather Conditions Tropical weather, sunshine and nice sea breeze that can be windy at nighttime, light jacket is ideal.

Currents Can be strong. Dive-guides generally check currents before entering the water. A reef hook can be helpful while watching and filming in the current.

Water Temperature Avg. 27C and generally a bit colder towards the South. Can be as low as 18C to 22C.

Nature of dives Diving is very varied from muck diving to whirlpools, critters to pelagic and schooling fish, crystal clear warm water to cooler, murkier rich in plankton soup.

 

Cruise Information:

The Komodo National Park is a World Heritage site just 300NM East of Bali in the Flores Sea and consists of the three larger islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar. Because of its unique geology, as a result of volcanic activity, this makes for stunning scenery both above and below the water. The islands feature a dramatic wild savannah landscape with patches of forest especially on the southern hills of Komodo and Rinca. White and reddish sandy beaches, blue lagoons teeming with fish and some of the most spectacular underwater sceneries in the world entice divers and guests from around the globe. The underwater topography is as varied as the marine life it homes. Dive sites vary from volcanic black sand, gentle coral slopes to sheer cliff walls and a host of hard and soft corals. Plenty of fish; mantas, sharks, turtles, dolphins and giant pelagics to tiny pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs and frogfish, you'll find the diversity of marine life inspiring if not mind boggling.

Starting from Bima on Sumbawa's North coast, where you feel like drifting back in time when they still used horse carting to transport all the goods including petrol drums! From the green mangrove bay of Bima, SMY WAOW cruises past the spectacular Sangeang volcano towards the savannah like scenery in Komodo, the "Island of Dragons". This cruise is an all-in-one destination, above and below water. There's a great chance to see some unique animals like the Komodo dragons in their wild habitat, and if in the mating season, even more exciting when male dragons are chasing and fighting one another. Wild boar run freely along the beaches with small herds of "Luza" (Indonesia local deer) during the time you are relaxing onboard SMY WAOW.

 

 

Recommendation:

All long distance passengers should arrive in Bali one night before departure day. The boat departs at around 12:00pm from Bima Harbour.

 

Embarkation day:

Day 1: Bima Bay

The WAOW staff will await your arrival at Bima Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY WAOW at Bima harbour, only a short drive of around 15-20mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our refreshing "welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard around 11:30am you will be introduced to our team onboard SMY WAOW and have time to either do a check out dive at our Bizarre Bima Bay, a true muck site with all types of creatures, or just settle in and enjoy your life onboard SMY WAOW.

 

Diving days:

Day 2: Diving around Sangeang Volcano & Gili Banta

Welcome to the black sand diving of Sangeang Volcano, where rainbow dives await you with colorful anemones, sponges, crinoids, black coral bushes, long whip corals, and bright encrusting soft coral and sea fans in different colours surrounded by fine volcanic black sand, teaming with bright colourful reef fish. Today is one of those beautiful scenery days when you just want to be in the water all day long.

 

Day 3: Diving around Gili Lawa Laut

Here comes the savannah like scenery of Komodo, surrounded by many shades of turquoise blue water, white sandy beaches and rough rock surfaces. As stunningly as the islands themselves, the underwater scenery of Gili Lawa Laut will take your breath away with frizzy colours, schooling fish action, you name it, it's all here! Truly a diver's paradise.

 

Day 4: Diving around Current City

The real Komodo diving starts here where, like the name suggests, the currents play a big role in this part of the cruise. When you are in the water at the right place and right time, the reefs spring to life! Fish are abundant everywhere but the rocks and reefs in 'current' areas provide the best chances for spotting the bigger fish, especially sharks and other pelagics.

 

Day 5: Diving in Nusa Kode

In the most Southern bay of Rinca, where the upwelling of the Indian Ocean brings water full of nutrients, this zone is stunning in the way that is hard to beat. The reefs are completely covered with hard & soft corals, crinoids, sea apples, sponges, black coral, sea fans and whip and wire coral. It is almost impossible to find an empty space without life!- It's all here at Nusa Kode!

 

Day 6: Diving around Manta Alley & Padar Island

This is the place that makes Komodo stand out as a destination of all the kinds of diving Indonesia has to offer, big and small. After the critter hunt at Nusa Kode, here you will dive with manta rays, lots of them! With the rich nutrients from the Indian Ocean, this place is thick with plankton therefore do not expect great visibility, but who cares; mantas are just everywhere and sometimes, if you're lucky even mola-mola, the famous giant ocean sun fish, show up especially when the water is becoming a near bone-chilling 18 to 22 degrees...

 

Day 7: Dive Pulau Tenggah & Dragonwalk

This small little island lays only 5 NM north of Rinca Bay, Pulau Tenngah – A. k. A. Dead man's Island. Sounds scary? Actually this is one of the prettiest dive sites, starting with healthy hard coral gardens up shallow combined with steep slopes with cracks that are completely overgrown by soft coral, sea fans and encrusting sponges and small pinnacles around the corner full of reef fish. Especially when the current is running, this reef is fantastic!

 

Activity day:

An amazing walk in Rinca's "savannah" searching for this unique creature that nature can offer, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). Only 3 places in the world there are Komodo dragons, in Padar, Rinca and Komodo. Avoiding the heat we start just after dawn and are rewarded with being the first group of tourists to arrive. Our walk will start from the little jetty of Rinca Island where you will walk on the dry dirt trek toward the national park office, where the park rangers will give you instructions and guide your trek looking for Komodo dragons in the wild. The walk will take you up to the high grounds overlooking the bay of Rinca, it might take up to 1:30-2:00 hrs., depending on where we find the dragons. We begin a walk along one of the promising paths on the lookout for megapode birds, flying lizards, and of course Komodo Dragons. Most of the time the Komodo Dragons are resting not very far from the park ranger's office. The crew always loves to walk along and pick up some fruit or be the guide themselves. After the walk, we will head back for breakfast on SMY WAOW and get ready for the dive in Pulau Tenggah.

 

Disembarkation day:

Day 8: Labuan Bajo

Disembarkation at 07.00AM and transfer to the airport

 ALOR – GEMS OF ALOR

From  Maumere  to  Maumere, Flores

or  Maumere  to  Labuan Bajo, Flores

(see "Agenda")

 

All programs and itineraries are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.

 

 Alor  - 10 days  -  2 to 4 dives per day depending on conditions and program

Cruise Key: Critters, unspoiled dive sites, drifts along the walls, clear and warm water, volcano sightseeing, unexpected encounters, and local products.

Sea Conditions Generally calm all year round, can be windy towards the South

Weather Conditions Tropical weather, sunshine and nice sea breeze that can be windy at night time, a light jacket is ideal.

Currents Can be strong especially between channels.

Water Temperature Avg. 27C° and, towards the South, generally a bit colde. Can be as low as 18C° to 23C°

Nature of dives Dive sites are very varied from clear water critter dives to drift and adrenalin dives with action

 Cruise information:

Further East of the famous Komodo National park lays the island group also known as "East Nusa Tengarra ". Located in the warm tropical waters of The Flores Sea, this huge island chain is the mountainous result of volcanic activity, which makes for stunning scenery both above and below the water.

From white sandy beaches, crystal blue sea to the lush green rain forests and golden brown shades of savannah like scenery, we dive down to the sparkling coral gardens, teeming with huge shoals of reef fish. Sea fan covered walls, seamounts and ledges with spectacular visibility and a huge array of marine life. Some of the sloping sandy bottoms offer remarkable critter hunting grounds. There are plenty of opportunities to find those rare critters like frogfish, mimic octopus, fire sea urchin and even rare rhinopias in the hundreds of bays and coves that are featured in the island chain.

The Flores Sea is rich in large marine life and each year whales and dolphins travel from the Pacific and Indian Oceans through the deep but narrow Nusa Tenggara island chain, which has been identified as an important migration route for numerous whale species as well as great schools of tuna.

 

 

Recommendation:

All long distance passengers arrive in Bali one night before embarkation day. The boat departs at 04:00pm from Maumere Harbour.

 

Embarkation day:

Maumere

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at Maumere Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY WAOW at Maumere harbour, only a short drive of around 10-15mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard around 04:00pm, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us.

 

Typical dive sites :

  • Around North Adonara
  • Diving around Alor
  • Diving around North Lembata
  • Diving North East Flores
  • Diving around Maumere Bay

 

Activity day:

trecking at gunung api volcano, in teluk waihinga

Disembarkation day:

Maumere

Disembarkation early in the morning and transfer to the airport

BANDA SPICES AND SNAKES

From Maumere, Flores  to Ambon,

 or reversed way? (please check our agenda for your dates)

 

All programs and itineraries are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.

 

 Banda Sea  -  13 days  -  2 to 4 dives per day depending on conditions and program

Cruise Key: Critter, unspoilt dive sites, wall drift dives, sea of snakes, clear/ warm water, volcano sightseeing, unexpected encounters, spice trek.

Sea Conditions Generally calm especially in the Bay of Maumere and Ambon. Can be choppy while crossing in open sea.

Weather Conditions Most of the climate is determined by monsoon winds. Refreshing breezes onboard throughout most of the season.

Currents Can be varied, depending on the moon phase. Especially in the bay of Ambon.

Water Temperature 27-30C

Nature of dives This may not be the cruise destination for every diver, more for adventure divers and not for novice divers.  Unexpected sightings can happen though they may not occur on every trip. This area changes and every trip is very different.

 

Cruise Information:

Located in the warm tropical waters of The Flores Sea, only 160 NM South of Sulawesi and 500 NM from Bali, this area is generally calm all year around.  All these huge, mountainous Island chains are the result of volcanic activity, which makes for stunning scenery both above and below water. Some of the islands are volcanic and dressed in luxuriant vegetation. Others are coral atolls. They are blessed with some of the finest beaches in the world. Underwater offers an outstanding frontier with fantastic exploratory diving to be had.  The cruise covers the best parts of the coral triangle; the most bio-diverse marine region on earth and starts in the Bay of Ambon, where some of Indonesia's best critter diving is to be had. SMY Waow takes you past the historical island of Banda, once sought by Columbus and Marco Polo, where anything can happen to really make your day. Each of these Islands– from the nutrient-rich bay of Ambon 0ver stark wave-pounded volcanic rocks that drop vertically to great depths, to the current swept narrow strait between Alor and Pantar - are home to unique combinations of species, that when added together, produce the most impressive “Spices & Snakes” cruise.

 

Recommendation:

 

All long distance passengers arrive in Bali one night before embarkation day. The boat departs at 04:00pm from Maumere Harbour.

 

Alternative "North Route", the comfortable route

Embarkation day:

In Maumere (or Ambon)

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at Maumere Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY WAOW at Maumere harbour, only a short drive of around 10-15mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard around 04:00pm, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us.

 

Typical dive sites :

  • Maumere Bay
  • Lembata
  • Alor
  • Pulau Wetar
  • Gunung Api
  • Lucipara Atoll
  • Banda Neira
  • Pulau Suanggi
  • Ambon Bay

 

Activity days: Description of the day’s plan. What to do, where to do and when to do it?

trecking at gunung api volcano, in teluk waihinga Trecking at Gunung Ape Volcano, in Teluk Waihinga.

Walking around Banda Neira.  Enjoy the view of Gunung Api, a 650 metre high active volcano, from the top of Fort Belgica, built by the Dutch in 1611 and located in the historical town of Banda Neira. Clove, Nutmeg, Marc and cinnamon are still the main spices that are grown here. During the cruise SMY WAOW will walk you through the magical smell of the spices that once ruled the world.

Disembarkation :

In Ambon (or Maumere)

Disembark at 06.15am to the airport for your flight

 

Alternative "Eastern Route", the preferred route when conditions allow

 

Embarkation :

In Maumere (or Ambon)

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at Maumere Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY WAOW at Maumere harbour, only a short drive of around 10-15mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard around 04:00pm, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us.

 

Typical dive sites :

  • Maumere Bay
  • Lembata
  • Alor
  • Pulau Wetar, Palau Romang, Pulau Terbang
  • Dusborgh Reef & Nil Desperandum
  • Manoek Island
  • Around Banda Neira
  • Pulau Suanggi
  • Ambon Area

 

Activity days : Description of the day’s plan. What to do, where to do and when to do it?

trecking at gunung api volcano, in teluk waihingaTrecking at Gunung Ape Volcano, in Teluk Waihinga.

Walking around Banda Neira.  Enjoy the view of Gunung Api, a 650 metre high active volcano, from the top of Fort Belgica, built by the Dutch in 1611 and located in the historical town of Banda Neira. Clove, Nutmeg, Marc and cinnamon are still the main spices that are grown here. During the cruise SMY WAOW will walk you through the magical smell of the spices that once ruled the world.

 

Disembarkation :

In Ambon (or Maumere)

Disembark at 06.15am to the airport for your flight

BANDA – FORGOTTEN ISLANDS

Forgotten Islands" is a new itinerary. First trip in April 2015, during which a number of exploratory dives are scheduled:

 

Banda  Sea  -  12 days  -  2 to 4 dives per day depending on conditions and program

Sea  Conditions:    Our cruises have been programed during the best possible season of the year. The sea is generally very  calm but larger ocean swells can be present during the crossings.

Weather Conditions:    Tropical climate. Tropical weather, sunshine and nice sea breeze that can be windy at nighttime, light  jacket is ideal.

Dive Conditions:   Dives normally conducted on reef edges, around coral atolls, some sand based diving and some drop offs.  Exploration diving in certain areas.

Water Temperature:  27° -30°C


The Cruise:

The Forgotten Islands definitely don’t carry their name by chance. A 1’000 km chain of Islands reaching from Timor to their West and Papua New Guinea to their North East, they are separated from population centers, definitely forgotten, and off the beaten track.  Luxurious vegetation originates from the combination of volcanic beginnings (Wetar, Roma, Damar, Nila) and also coral reef limestone plates surrounded by mangroves. These isolated islands are culturally Austronesian and are linked by similar populations, languages and religious traditions. Myths and beliefs can be seen and linked via the wood sculptures representing strong ancestral figures.
The dive sites around the islands are among some of the most beautiful sites of all Indonesia. Waters are clear, reefs are of great variety and beauty, and drop offs are spectacular. Amongst other discoveries divers can also come across the rare weedy scorpion fish, hump head parrot fish, schools of jacks and barracuda , giant Spanish mackerel, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks or manta rays. We can also, in certain known areas, observe salt water crocodiles, from a dive tender and from a distance.

Embarkation day:

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your hotel, or await your arrival at Maumere or Saumlaki airport, to assist and accompany you to the liveaboard SMY WAOW in the harbor.  Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our
"refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get
everything ready and enjoy your first day with us.

Disembarkation day:

Light breakfast around 06:30AM, disembarkation at 08:00AM and transfer to the airport.

SERAM – SECRETS OF SERAM

From  Ambon, Seram  to  Sorong, Papua Barat,

or reversed way (please check our agenda for your dates)

 

All programs and itineraries are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.

 

 Seram Sea  -  12 days  -  2 to 4 dives per day depending on conditions and program

Cruise Key: Critters, rare species like “psychedelic frogfish”, unspoilt dive sites, wall drift dives, clear/warm water, new lava flow, unexpected encounters, walk through the past, spice trek.

Sea Conditions Cruises are scheduled at the ideal times of the year and conditions should generally be calm. Except while crossing or in the open sea. The waters around the open sea sites are very deep and the sites are mostly exposed to the weather.

Weather Conditions Most of the climate is determined by monsoon winds. Refreshing breezes onboard throughout most of the season.

Current Can be varied, depending on the moon phase. Especially in the bay of Ambon.

Water Temperature 27-30C

Nature of dives This may not be the cruise destination for every diver, more for adventure divers but not for novices.  Unexpected sightings can happen though maybe not happen on every trip. In this area every trip is very different.

 

Cruise Information:

The Seram Sea is host to a thousand-odd islands in a vast expanse of blue and lays well beyond Bali and the usual Indonesian tourist circuit. Barely a few degrees south of the Equator ensure a warm tropical climate all year around. Some of the islands are volcanic and adorned with thick, luxuriant vegetation. Others are coral atolls. Underwater offers an outstanding frontier with fantastic exploratory diving to be had. The cruise covers the best parts of the coral triangle, the most bio-diverse marine region on earth. Starting from the Bay of Ambon, some of Indonesia's best critter diving, SMY WAOW takes you past the historical islands of Banda, once sought by Columbus and Marco Polo, all the way to Raja Ampat with its startling diversity of habitats to explore above water as well as below. The Secrets of Seram is all about diversity - not only diversity of species, but also of dive sites. There are some areas where soft corals and sea fans dominate, others with amazing diverse hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, drop offs, muck, caves, black sand, white sand, new lava flow…Then there are the fish, lots of them, in more shapes and sizes than anywhere else in the world. Not only are there loads of fish, but also all the levels of the food chain are well represented – from pygmy seahorses to top predators. In many places brightly coloured soft corals can be found close to the surface which, illuminated by natural sunlight, make these dive sites spectacularly colourful, A shining "Secret of Seram".

 

 

Recommendation:

All long distance passengers arrive in Bali one night before embarkation day. The boat will be on anchor in Ambon Bay.

 

Embarkation day:

Day 1: Ambon

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at Ambon Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY WAOW at Ambon Bay, only a short drive of around 15-20mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard at 04:00pm, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us.

 

Diving days:

Day 2:  Diving Ambon

The Intensity of marine life in this Bay is unrivalled; with a combination of nutrients pushed into this large bay with lots of small coves where critters can benefit from the passing currents but are still protected by sheltered waters. A unique combination creates conditions that nourish an incredible eco system that makes this bay one of the richest and interesting places to dive. Ambon bay is also famous for weird species like the psychedelic frogfish; right here at a dive site named the twilight zone, where many different kinds of moray eel, sea moth, ribbon eel, stonefish take habitat too. The Ambon shipwreck, a Dutch cargo vessel that sunk during 1950s, is a very photogenic site too and teeming with life.

 

Day 3: Diving around Suanggi, Pulau Ai or Batu Kapal.

A secret place in the middle of the Banda Sea, reached by live-aboard only, makes this one another unspoilt reef where not many divers witness the true nature of Pulau Suanggi and Pulau Ai. Surrounded by the rich, deep waters of the Banda Sea, this area acts like an oasis for all pelagics that crise these pristine hard coral reefs full of fish, which they all call home.

 

Day 4: Diving around Banda.

The Banda area offers a good variety of dive sites, from volcanic rock at Pohon Miring to the black sand in Banda’s harbor. Muck diving with flying gurnards spreading their electric blue wings, nervously moving sea moth, nudibranchs and the mandarin fish, which are seen in many places around the harbor of Banda Neira.

 

Day 5: Diving around Karang Hatta and Pulau Hatta.

These areas have a spectacular reef, with hundreds of redtooth triggerfish and schools of fusiliers in mid water. Several good sized napoleon wrasse, reef sharks, mackerels and jacks are cruising along the steep slopes, vertical walls with overhangs, cracks and ledges that are all covered with all sorts of colours. Look out and away from these colourful walls and you might get the chance to see some of rare creatures like mola mola or even hammerhead shark. Keep your fingers crossed before you enter this wonderful water.

 

Day 6: Diving around Pulau Koon

The south eastern part of Seram, is one of the top sites. The profusion of fish life and healthy vibrant coral is amazing. The reef is stunning and teeming with life that will take your breath away.

 

Day 7: Diving around Fiabatjet.

Not to be missed, “Boo Rock”, the gully called “The Windows”, where two rocks connected by magnificent soft coral and sizzling with fish. The surface crashes through the top of these window arches creating a constant pounding noise which can be felt through your whole body. The fish life is outstanding with jacks and dogtooth tuna feeding in the surge and schooling bannerfish sitting behind sea fans catching tiny bits of plankton floating in the current. Hardly a spot on the reef is left uncovered by sea fans, soft coral and thick schools of baitfish.

 

Day 8: Diving around Daram.

One of the most radiant reefs in all of The 4 Kings, each dive is never an ordinary dive, it’s always special and there’s always a new scene to be found. The reef is covered in short growth pastel soft corals that form larger purple and pink soft coral, red and white sea fans and enormous barrel sponges jutting out from the steep slopes and walls. Excellent fish life: fusiliers, surgeonfish, small schools of barracuda and profuse schools of anthias all milling about in the rising and falling tides.

 

Day 9: Diving around Farondi

A labyrinth of thousands of small mushroom like islands form tiny dots of lagoons with sparking white sand surrounded by extensive formations that make the Misool area one of the most wonderful places on earth. Not only the land scenery will take your breath away but the underwater scenery is even better and holds the richest biodiversity in the world! Massive seamounts, rocky outcrops, lime stone arches with windows that are overgrown by fountains of life; clouds of glassfish dancing away from tuna and golden jacks, a ground for mobula rays drifting by with the sweeping of currents. It’s really hard to take it all in, so much happening at one.

 

Day 10: Diving Dampier strait

Welcome to the majestic land of magnificent rays. Here is the most reliable site to observe manta ray‘s behaviour, especially when you approach them right! If you keep your position, they will make loop after loop or swoop by again and again and often somersaulting through the water while being cleaned.  Besides cleaning, the manta rays also come to feed on current borne plankton, so be prepared for strong currents and reduced visibility. This is one of the sites that you will never have enough of it.

 

Day 11:  Diving around Cape Kri

When the conditions are right, the dive sites in Dampier straits are nothing short of excellent. On dive sites like Sardine Reef, Cape Kri and Mioskon are some of the very finest wide-angle photo opportunities. Beautiful hard coral bommies are hosts to dazzling soft corals and rainbow-colored crinoids with a foreground of oriental sweet lips, snappers, a swirl of glassfish and anthias, and a background of schooling surgeonfish, batfish, barracuda, jacks and the occasional tuna. When the visibility is right, this can be an underwater photographer's heaven.

 

Activity day:

Day 4: Walking in Banda Neira.

Enjoy the view of Gunung Api, a 650 metre high active volcano, from the top of Fort Belgica, built by the Dutch in 1611 and located in the historical town of Banda Neira. Clove, nutmeg, marc and cinnamon are still the main spices that are grown here.

 

Disembarkation day:

Day 12: Sorong

Disembark between 08.00 and 10.00am and transfer to the airport for your flight

SERAM – SECRETS OF SERAM II

From  Saumlaki, Jamdena  to  Sorong, Papua Barat ,

or reversed way (please check our "Agenda" for your dates)

 

All informations herafter are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.

 

"Secrets of Seram II" is a new itinerary, first trip in 2015:

Seram Sea  -  12 days  -  2 to 4 dives per day depending on conditions and program

Cruise Key: Critters, rare species like “psychedelic frogfish”, unspoilt dive sites, wall drift dives, clear/warm water, new lava flow, unexpected encounters, walk through the past, spice trek.

 

Sea  Conditions Our cruises have been programed during the best possible season of the year. The sea is generally very calm but larger ocean swells can be present during the crossings.

Weather Conditions: Tropical climate. Tropical weather, sunshine and nice sea breeze that can be windy at nighttime, light jacket is ideal

Dive Conditions: Dives normally conducted on reef edges, around coral atolls, some sand based diving and some drop offs. Exploration diving in certain areas

Water Temperature: 27° -30°C

Cruise Information:

The Seram Sea is host to a thousand-odd islands in a vast expanse of blue and lays well beyond Bali and the usual Indonesian tourist circuit. Barely a few degrees south of the Equator ensure a warm tropical climate all year around. Some of the islands are volcanic and adorned with thick, luxuriant vegetation. Others are coral atolls. Underwater offers an outstanding frontier with fantastic exploratory diving to be had. The cruise covers the best parts of the coral triangle, the most bio-diverse marine region on earth. Starting from the Bay of Ambon, some of Indonesia's best critter diving, SMY WAOW takes you past the historical islands of Banda, once sought by Columbus and Marco Polo, all the way to Raja Ampat with its startling diversity of habitats to explore above water as well as below. The Secrets of Seram is all about diversity - not only diversity of species, but also of dive sites. There are some areas where soft corals and sea fans dominate, others with amazing diverse hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, drop offs, muck, caves, black sand, white sand, new lava flow…Then there are the fish, lots of them, in more shapes and sizes than anywhere else in the world. Not only are there loads of fish, but also all the levels of the food chain are well represented – from pygmy seahorses to top predators. In many places brightly coloured soft corals can be found close to the surface which, illuminated by natural sunlight, make these dive sites spectacularly colourful.

 

Recommendation:

All long distance passengers arrive in Jakarta, Bali or Manado one night before embarkation day. The boat will be on anchor in Saumlaki (or Sorong) Bay

 

Embarkation:

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at  Saumlaki (or Sorong)  Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY WAOW. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard, at 04:00pm, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us.

 

Typical dive sites:

  • Dusborgh Reef and Desperandum
  • Manoek Island
  • Banda Neira
  • Suanggi, Pulau Ai or Batu Kapal.
  • Pulau Koon
  • Misool - Wagmab & Farondi
  • Misool - Fiabajet, Boo
  • Misool - Daram
  • Cape Kri, Dampier Straits

 

Other Activities:

Banda Neira.

Enjoy the view of Gunung Api, a 650 metre high active volcano, from the top of Fort Belgica, built by the Dutch in 1611 and located in the historical town of Banda Neira. Clove, nutmeg, marc and cinnamon are still the main spices that are grown here.

 

Disembarkation day:

Sorong (or Saumlaki)

Disembark between 08.00 and 10.00am and transfer to the airport for your flight

RAJA AMPAT – THE 4 KINGS

From  Sorong  to  Sorong, Papua Barat,

 

All programs and itineraries are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.

 

Raja Ampat  -  12 days  -  2 to 4 dives per day depending on conditions and program

Cruise Key: Unspoilt dive sites, sea fan forests as far as the eye can see, pristine coral gardens, all in one-weird critters to schooling fish and big fish, non-stop pygmy seahorses, warm water, lagoon - sightseeing, unexpected encounters, pearl farms, birds of paradise.

Sea Conditions Calm and mostly short motoring between destinations.

Weather Conditions Tropical climate, nice breezes in the evening.

Currents Mild currents. The currents can be varied and need to be checked before entering the water.

Water Temperature 27-30C

Nature of dives This cruise has so much to offer and just suits everyone with an open mind. It’s truly one of the best places in the world.

 

Cruise Information:

Raja Ampat, located right off the Bird’s Head Peninsula at the western tip of New Guinea, is being appointed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, one of the few hotspots of underwater biodiversity in the world. In the whole area scientists have counted more than 1800 different species of animals, more than anywhere else in the world. Raja Ampat (The 4 Kings) is a group of four big islands (Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool) and a large number of small of sand and rock islands west of Sorong. When you are descending on the plane towards Sorong you can see Raja Ampat below in shades of blue, with many green, jungle covered islands and white sandy beaches with thousands of Isles. The 4 Kings is really two destinations, the north and the south. It is possible to see both in one trip but you'll only barely see the highlights. If you have the time it really makes sense to visit twice or do back-to back trips with different itineraries. The 4 Kings is all about diversity - not only diversity of species, but also of dive sites. There are some areas where soft corals and sea fans dominate, others with amazing diverse hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, drop offs, caves, white sand…Then there are the fish, lots of them, in more shapes and sizes than anywhere else in the world. Not only are there loads of fish, but all the levels of the food chain are well. The reefs in Raja Ampat just buzz with life!

Raja Ampat is huge, 50,000 sq km, with hundreds of islands and an astounding diversity of habitats, which translates to wildly different diving experiences from pelagic drift dives to magic muck dives and even some habitats that are special to Raja Ampat such as clear water mangroves with coral growing right next to them! There are thousands of potential dive sites. Exploration is still continuing, and on every trip there are chances for new and amazing discoveries. Even on a 12 day trip you will only have a chance to see some of what Raja Ampat has to offer. Many species are believed to be endemic to the seascape, meaning that they are found nowhere else on Earth. Among the new species are two kinds of epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium sp.) – small, slender-bodied bottom-dwellers that use their pectoral fins to "walk"

 

Recommendation:

All long distance passengers arrive in Bali, Jakarta or Manado one night before embarkation day. The boat leaves Sorong harbour at 04:00pm

 

Embarkation:

Sorong

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at Sorong Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY WAOW at Sorong Harbour, only a short drive of around 15-20mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard around 04:00pm, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle down, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us.

 

Typical dive sites:

Cape Kri, Dampier Straits

Airborei Island, Manta Sandy

Aljui Bay

Wayag Bay

Kawe

Yeben, Penemu & Fam

Misool - Wagmab & Farondi

Misool - Fiabajet, Boo

Misool - Daram

Manta & Airplane Wreck or South Batanta

 

Other Activities:

Visit a Pearl Farm

Cendena Indo Pearl’ farm is one of the big productions for the best pearls on the market. Here you will see how they work on the giant pearl oysters (Pintada Maxima) and also have a chance to own one of these beautiful gems.

 

Canoeing, Land trips

The spectacular picturesque view of lime stone Islands rising above the sea level of Wayag always make you wish that time would stop! Either take a walk up the top of the limestone ridge overlooking the island or do some canoeing along the limestone cliff. It’s just another of those unforgettable moments in life.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: For the moment dive charter boats are avoiding Wayag Bay in Raja Ampat. Due to a conflict between the village and the authorities, vessels are less welcome.

 

Beautiful Lagoon in Penemu

Sit back and relax in our comfortable tenders while we take you cruising into the labyrinths of a thousand lagoons, caves and the magic surrounds of Misool Island. A Water proof bag is ideal here to transport your camera and other electronic devices

 

Wagmab’s  Cave

Enjoy the gorgeous views of stalactites and stalagmites in front of Wagmab’s air cave

 

Disembarkation:

Sorong

Light breakfast around 07:00 a.m. before disembarking between 08.00 and 10.00 a.m. for your flight to Jakarta.

RAJA AMPAT – MISOOL AND TRITON BAY

From  Sorong  to  Kaimana, Papua Barat,

 or reversed way? (please check our agenda for your dates)

 

All programs and itineraries are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.

 

 Triton Bay  - 12 days  -  2 to 4 dives per day depending on conditions and program

 

Cruise Key: Unspoilt dive sites, soft & black coral galore, new species photo opportunities, the last frontier, non-stop pygmy seahorses, warm water, lagoon-sightseeing, river cruising, rock art painting, pearl farm.

Sea Conditions Calm and mostly short motoring between destinations. One crossing from Misool area to the Bird’s Head Peninsula.

Weather Conditions Tropical climate, nice breeze in the evening.

Currents Mild currents. The currents can be varied and need to be checked before entering the water. Especially around Triton Bay.

Water Temperature 27-30C

Nature of dives This is a truly wonderful place but may not be the cruise destination for every diver, more for the adventure diver.  The visibility can be very low, as low as 5-10m, the water around the Bird’s Head Peninsula does not always have crystal clear water, though it might not happen on every trip, this area changes and every trip can be very different.

 

Cruise Information:

Raja Ampat, located right off the Bird’s Head Peninsula at the western tip of New Guinea, is being appointed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, one of the few hotspots of underwater biodiversity remaining in the world. In the whole area scientists have counted more than 1800 different species of animals, more than anywhere else in the world. From Raja Ampat, The 4 Kings, all the way down to the bay of Triton, “Heaven on Earth”, the topography changes dramatically from canyons and lagoons speckled with white sand beaches to a mixture of deep basins and shallow waters where spectacular waterfalls flow down from the hilly rainforest straight into the sea. This cruise however will venture deep into the untouched nature of the southern limits of Raja Ampat, into the largely unexplored waters of the Triton Regency. From the stark wave-pounded slopes that drop away beneath the karst cliffs of Triton bay to the nutrient-rich bays around Larry’s heaven, to the plankton-rich upwelling areas of Misool and the Dampier Strait – are home to unique assemblages of species that, when taken together, add to produce a most impressive cruise - The “Heaven on Earth”. This cruise is all about diversity - not only diversity of species, but also of dive sites. There are some areas where soft corals and sea fans dominate, others with amazing diverse hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, drop offs, caves, white sands…Then there are the fish, lots of them, in more shapes and sizes than anywhere else in the world, from pygmy seahorses to top predators. In many places brightly coloured soft corals can be found close to the surface which, illuminated by natural sunlight, make these dive sites spectacularly colourful. There is also a price to pay for the great biodiversity in Triton Bay… Visibility is generally not the greatest, especially in comparison to the rest of Indonesia, due to the incredibly nutrient-rich water, but this is easy to overcome due to the sheer amount of life found in “Heaven on Earth”.

 

Recommendation:

All long distance passengers arrive in Bali, Jakarta or Manado one night before embarkation day. The boat leaves Sorong harbour at 04:00pm

 

Embarkation day:

Day 1: Sorong.

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at Sorong Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY WAOW at Sorong Harbour, only a short drive of around 15-20mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard around 04:00pm, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us

 

Diving days:

Day 2: Diving around Dampier Straits, Airborei, Manta Mantra/Manta Sandy

Welcome to the majestic land of magnificent Manta rays. Here is the most reliable site to observe manta ray‘s behaviour, especially when you approach them right! If you keep your position, they will make loop after loop or swoop by again and again often somersaulting through the water while being cleaned.  Besides cleaning, the manta rays also come to feed on current borne plankton, so be prepared for strong currents and reduced visibility. This is one of the sites that you will never have enough of.

 

Day 3: Diving around SE Misol, Wagmab, Farondi

A labyrinth of thousands of small mushroom like islands form tiny dots of lagoons with sparking white sand surrounded by extensive formations that make the Misool area one of the most wonderful places on earth. Not only will the land scenery take your breath away but the underwater scenery is even better and holds some of the richest species in the world! Massive seamounts, rocky outcrops, lime stone arches with windows that are overgrown by fountains of life; clouds of glassfish dancing away from tuna and golden jacks, a ground for mobula rays drifting by with the sweeping of currents. It’s really hard to take it all in, with so much action happening at once.

 

Day 4: Diving around SE Misol, Fiabatjet, Boo & Wajil Batan

Not to be missed, “Boo Rock”, the gully called “The Windows”, where two rocks connected by magnificent soft corals and sizzling with fish. The surface crashes through the top of these window arches creating a constant pounding noise, which can be felt through your whole body. The fish life is outstanding with jacks and dogtooth tuna feeding in the surge and schooling bannerfish sitting behind sea fans catching tiny bits of plankton floating in the current. Hardly a spot on the reef is left uncovered by sea fans, soft coral and thick schools of baitfish.

 

Day 5: Diving around SE Misool, Daram

One of the most radiant reefs in all of The 4 Kings, each dive is never an ordinary dive, it’s always special and there’s always a new scene to be found. The reef is covered in short growth pastel soft corals that form larger purple and pink soft coral, red and white sea fans and enormous barrel sponges jutting out from the steep slopes and walls. Excellent fish life: Fusiliers, surgeonfish, small schools of barracuda and profuse schools of anthias all milling about in the rising and falling tides.

 

Day 6: Diving around Pulau Koon or Pulau Pisang

Today’s diving location is depending on the weather and the sea conditions.

Palau Koon; The southeastern part of Seram, is one of the top sites. The profusion of fish life and healthy vibrant coral is amazing. The reef is stunning and teeming with life that will take your breath away.

Pulau Pisang; Situated half way between Misool and Fak Fak is another incredible wide-angle site. An intricate web of hard coral covers a rounded sea­mount where the sides become more vertical as they plunge into deeper water. Sea whips and fans grow at right angles to the colorful walls around Pulau Pisang. The reefs are healthy and fish life is abundant with turtles, bumpheads, napoleon wrasse and schools of fusiliers that attract jacks and mackerels, even mantas have been spotted here on several occasions.

 

Day 7: Diving around Tanjung Papisoi and "river cruise day"

Midway between Fak Fak and Triton Bay’s calm waters, sheltered by a hard coral-dominated reef, where Dr. Gerry Allan broke his record for the most species counted on a single site, lays Tanjung Papisoi, with 330 species – also the name of the dive site. The reef is nothing spectacular as such but on the other hand, the many different kinds of fish species are. Also the landscape is quite unique, with channels, inlets and bays, with beautiful sandy beaches around the fresh water bay and channels that lead to a lush and rich green tropical forest behind.

 

Day 8: Diving around Triton Bay

Triton Bay, a place where scientists have recorded a total of eight different mantis shrimp species, 24 new fish species, and 20 species of coral that are new. Many are believed to be endemic to the region, meaning that they are found nowhere else on Earth. Scientists also first spotted the new species of two kinds of epaulette shark (the walking shark) here – small, slender-bodied bottom-dwellers that use their pectoral fins to "walk" across the seafloor, mostly at nighttime. This area is known for its underwater beauty and extensive biodiversity.

 

Day 9: Diving Larry's Heaven in Triton Bay

Larry’s heaven is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places ever and has been given its name by the late Larry Smith. As soon as you plunge into the water, the colors and the sheer diversity you encounter will blow your mind away! Fields of soft coral, a thick forest of black coral trees, sea fans and hard coral all dominat the reef and there is hardly a bare spot on these boulders. It is very special when the water rushes through this channel and it springs to life. Fish, fish and fish are just everywhere, all kinds, and all sizes, a true “Heaven on Earth”.

 

Day 10:  Diving around Aiduma

An island outside the mouth of Triton Bay contains a mixture of deep basins and shallower waters. Every inch is occupied by some type of invertebrate and there’s an abundance of tunicates and encrusting sponges with soft and hard coral. This is a Triton bay dive site with huge groupers, jacks, mackerels and tasseled wobbegongs in abundance. But there’s not only big fish that light up the reef, small critters are found on every corner too.

 

Day 11: Diving around Orembaie and Faukate (Lauzaro)

Right in front of Triton Bay lays another wonderful dive site with colourful coral and plenty of fish.

 

Activity days: Description of the day’s plan. What to do, where to do and when to do it?

Day 7: Take the dinghies up the river if possible…

An easy, relaxing day when adventurers can take a tender ride up the river and explore the nature above the water in the rich, tropical rain forest.

 

Day 11: Visit the amazing Lagoons and stop by the Rock Art paintings on the way to Kaimana!

On the way to the port of Kaimana, SMY WAOW will take you past steep cliffs marked with red palm prints, yellow lizards and black outlines of fish, getting a close view of the Rock Art paintings from WAOW’s roof top or from the tenders. These paintings, between 3000-5000 years old, are found on sea-side cliffs of Bitsyara Bay, on Papua’s west coast. Just before Kaimana Bay there are amazing lagoons speckled with sandy beaches ideal for a boat ride with the skiffs, a perfect way to finish a cruise through Heaven on Earth.

 

Disembarkation day:

Day 12: Kaimana

Disembark between 08.00am and 12.00pm depending on flights

CENDERWASIH – WHALE SHARK FESTIVAL

From/to  Manokwari, Papua Barat  from/to  Biak, Supiori ,

 or from/to Biak (please check our "Agenda" for your date)

 

All programs and itineraries are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.

 

Cenderawasih Bay  -  11 days  -  2 to 4 dives/day depending on conditions and program

Sea Conditions Our cruises have been programed during the best possible season of the year. The sea is generally very calm as Cenderawasih is a bay almost closed at the entrance and protected from ocean swells

Weather Conditions Tropical climate. Tropical weather, sunshine and nice sea breeze that can be windy at nighttime, light jacket is ideal.

Nature of dives & Currents Dives normally conducted on reef edges, around coral atolls, some sand based diving and some drop offs. Certain stationary dives in mid water to observe the whale-sharks under the fishing platforms.

Water Temperature  27 - 30 °C

 

The cruise:

Close your eyes and just imagine for a moment….. on a beautiful blue sea, WAOW is approaching a sort of platform, floating about 100 meters from us. On the platform we meet the first locals we have seen for several days after cruising deserted locations, this is definitely something straight out of a Robinson Crusoe story.

Cenderawasih Bay is a large bay in northern Province of Papua and West Papua, Indonesia. The western part of the bay was declared a marine national park in 2002. Cenderawasih was ignored by diving guides for long periods of time until the endemic species in this area began to be studied by the scientific community. The bay still remains a little off the beaten track despite the exceptional diving opportunities and the biodiversity of the marine life.

The platforms that we approach are traditional fishing platforms that go by the name of “bagan”. Fishermen live there for months on end and spend their days fishing with hand-lines. At night time they catch small anchovies in their nets, hung from, under the platform by using projected lights. These nets hanging from the platforms attract the interest of the largest residents of Cenderawasih, the whale-sharks.

These opportunistic whale-sharks have a feeding behavior well outside the ordinary. Normally whale-sharks feed by filtering plankton, but in this instance they await the dead fish, or almost dead, that fall or filter thru the nets. In most locations a whale-shark siting is a less than a guaranteed affair and relies on a certain amount of good fortune. Not in Cenderawasih, we often see them before during and after being in the water.

The locals believe that the whale-sharks are under the protection of the spirits and therefore fishing them is traditionally prohibited. This seems to be in contrast with the name they have been given by the locals “Ikan bodoh” or “stupid fish”.

The whale-sharks are not the only attraction in Cenderawasih Bay. We also find beautiful coral gardens, abundant and diverse schools of fish, surrounding atolls and rich drop-offs covered in black coral, sponges, sea fans and rich fauna. Cenderawasih also presents a unique particularity in that the bay is geographically isolated. Limited exchanges with the attached ocean have permitted a large number of varied and colorful species to develop in the bay. In some instances we find species that generally would only be found in much deeper waters.

In addition to these exclusive elements mentioned, Cenderawasih Bay also offers the rich marine biodiversity native to Indonesia: Pygmy sea horses, frog fish, rare and classic nudibranches, several species of ghost pipe fish, mimic octopus, large varieties of crab and shrimp. Five new species of marine life have been discovered recently including a new dotty-back, and new garden eel. The number of species listed has now risen to 1’596. Some scientists consider Cenderawasih Bay to be “The Galapagos of Indonesia”.

 

Embarkation day:

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your hotel, or await your arrival at Manokwari or Biak airport, to assist and accompany you to the liveaboard SMY WAOW in the harbor.  Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get everything ready and enjoy your first day with us.

 

Disembarkation day:

Light breakfast around 06:30AM, disembarkation at 08:00AM and transfer to the airport.

HALMAHERA SEA – HALMAHERA’S CROWN

From Sorong, Papua Barat  to  Bitung, Sulawesi,

 or reversed way? (please check our agenda for your dates)

 

All programs and itineraries are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.

 

Halmahera Sea  -  12 days  -  2 to 4 dives per day depending on conditions and program

Cruise Key: Unspoilt dive sites, wall drift dives, crystal clear warm blue water, non-stop pygmy seahorse, lagoon sightseeing, unexpected encounters, all in one-weird critters to schooling fish, black sand dives.

Sea Conditions Generally calm, except while crossing in the open sea through the Malukus where it could be a bit choppy.

Weather Conditions March to November is dry season. Most of the climate is determined by monsoon winds. Refreshing breezes onboard throughout most of the season.

Currents Like many places in Indonesia, currents can be varied. A reef hook can be very helpful while watching and filming in the currents.

Water Temperature 27 – 30 C

Nature of dives This is one of the cruises that offer adventurers the possibility to dive in the large unexplored area of Halmahera, and dive on untouched reefs where unexpected encounters may occur.

 

Cruise Information:

From the easternmost part of Indonesia, where the limestone karsts meet the lagoon labyrinths in the nutrient rich waters of Raja Ampat, to the green mountainous islands, where coastlines are white sand and beautiful turquoise waters with active volcanic islands in the distance of Halmahera, all the way to the black volcanic sand of North Sulawesi, sitting just above the Equator in nice, warm, tropical waters.

This cruise lifts the anchor in Sorong, the heart of the triangle of marine biodiversity, then cruises across the lagoon labyrinth of Misool in the Seram Sea, passes through the historical crown of Halmahera, the

‘Ring of Fire” right in the Maluku Sea and all the way through to the world Mecca of muck diving, the famous “Lembeh Straits” in Bitung, a small harbour town in the North of Sulawesi. This is one of the cruises that takes you across 3 major Seas of Indonesia, the Seram – Banda and the Maluku Sea. We cover many nautical miles on our way, roughly 650 NM. One of the great things about this cruise is the variety of reefs and their topography. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, ridges, sea mounds, mucky mangroves, lagoons and pinnacles, soft coral, and then there are the fish, lots of them, in more shapes and sizes than anywhere else in the world. Not only are there loads of fish, but all the levels of the food chain are well represented – from pygmy seahorses to top predators or masses of schooling fish all of which are affected by varying degrees of current bringing life to the reefs. In a place “off the beaten track”, don’t be surprised if you hit on a new species without even knowing it, or an opportunity to dive one of the unexplored sites that wait for you in Halmahera’s Crown! For adventurous divers, probably one of the best things about Halmahera’s Crown is that it remains largely unexplored.

 

 

Recommendation:

All long distance passengers arrive in Bali, Jakarta or Manado one night before embarkation day. The boat leaves Sorong harbour at 04:00pm

 

 Embarkation day:

Sorong

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at Sorong Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY WAOW at Sorong Harbour, only a short drive of around 15-20mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard at 04:00 p.m., you will be introduced to our team onboard SMY WAOW and have plenty of time to settle down, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us.

 

Typical dive sites:

  • Dampier Straits
  • Around Arborek Island
  • Daram, Fiabatjet
  • Wajil Batan, Jef Pelee or Blue Water Mangroves
  • Pulau Pisang
  • Patinti Straits
  • Pulau Pulau Goraici and Terumbu Gora
  • Around Tifore
  • Lembeh Strait

 

Disembarkation day:

Bitung

Light breakfast around 07:00AM before disembarkation at 09.00AM for your transfer to the airport

TOGGIAN – HIDDEN SULAWESI

From  Bitung  to  Kendari, Sulawesi

 

All programs and itineraries are indicative and can be modified according to various circumstances.

 

 Toggian  -  12 days  - 2 to 4 dives per day depending on conditions and program

Cruise Key: Unspoilt dive sites, diving on atolls, wall drift diving, all in one - weird critters to schooling fish, exploratory diving, endemic species; banggai cardinalfish, Salvador Dali sponges, crystal clear blue water

Sea Condition Cruises are scheduled at the ideal times of the year and conditions should generally be calm. (April – May)

Weather Condition Tropical weather, sunshine and nice sea breezes that can be windy at nighttime, light jacket is ideal.

Weather Condition Like many places in Indonesia, currents can be varied.

Water Temperature 25 – 30C

Nature of dives This may not be the cruise destination for every diver, more for adventurous divers who wish to visit places not many people have seen.

 Cruise Information:

Sulawesi is the huge "K" shaped Island in the Maluku Sea and the fourth largest Island of Indonesia. With thousands of bays and many kilometers of coastline of white sandy beaches, it has the backdrop of rising mists and mountainous terrain in the centre. Travelling by sea is the best way to explore the unknown underwater nature of the "Hidden Sulawesi". This cruise offers the most diverse dive sites apart from the Black sand dives around the Lembeh Straits, most of the dives on this cruise are on different kinds of reefs, from large barrier reefs stretching from one end of the archipelago in the north to smaller fringing reefs. In addition, there are a few atolls in the south and off shore reefs with vertical drop-offs down to several hundred meters, steep slopes with a lot of gorgonians and black coral bushes, small caves, overhangs and lots of swim - throughs. The reefs and large coastal mangrove areas are habitat and breeding areas for the hawksbill turtle, the green turtle and the dugong. On the inner islands there are fringing reefs with coral gardens populated by reef fish and also special animals like frogfish, ribbon eels, bobtail squid and more. From the rich volcanic black sand up in the North of Sulawesi to the turquoise crystal clear waters surrounding the Togian Islands and the white sandy atolls around Banggai and Ganggai, Hidden Sulawesi is an all in one destination – not only because of unspoiled dive sites but also due to the diversity of life, from funny critters crawling over black sand to weird shaped sponges to at least 3 difference kinds of Pygmy seahorses, huge green turtles to the endemic - Banggai cardinal fish. For us as adventurous divers, probably one of the best things about diving in Sulawesi is that it largely remains unexplored. This is one of the cruises that offers an adventure route that opens up the beauty of Sulawesi, from the north to the south, in a way that not many people have heard of or seen yet - the "Hidden Sulawesi".

 

Recommendation:

All long distance passengers arrive in Bali one day before or with direct intl. flights to Manado on embarkation day. The boat will be on anchor in the Lembeh Strait over night.

 

 

Embarkation day:

Day 1: Bitung

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your Lembeh straits resort or await your arrival at Manado Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY WAOW in Bitung Harbour; A small harbour town around 35km away from Manado, the drive will take around 60mins. It's an interesting drive through Manado's countryside.

Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard aaroundt 04:00pm, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us.

 

Diving days:

Day 2 - 3: Diving around Lembeh.

Welcome to the macro mecca - Lembeh Strait - well known for the volcanic black sand that is home to many weird and wonderful critters that the sea has to offer, where "muck diving" all began. Very often the divers tend to disappear in this underwater world of Lembeh longer than they expected, with performances of those rare critters, all playing hide and seek in their homes of those manmade debris along the sea bed. This is one of those places where, before the dive you can easily hand out your critter list and at the end of your day, it will mostly be ticked off– That's how rich the wonderfully weird marine life in Lembeh is.

 

Day 4: Diving around Buyat area.

Only 40 n.m. from the famous Lembeh Strait, the crystal clear waters & reefs are filled with coral growth: carpets of coral, slopes covered in sea fans, soft corals and barrel sponges. Not too much in terms of schooling fish life, however the hard and soft corals are stunningly beautiful and very pristine. Buyat combines the best of both, wide and macro scenery. A lovely topography, loads of hard and soft coral, a healthy number of reef fish, an abundance of critters and a variety of nudibranchs on nearly every dive.

 

Day 5 – 6: Diving around Gorontalo.

Gorontalo, located right in Tomoni bay, centre Sulawesi, has a good combination of dive sites with steep drop offs, overhangs, caverns, caves, pinnacles and chimneys clogged with white fans, numerous gorgonian sea fans, dramatic walls with dense coral growth and mixed coral gardens up shallow in addition to black coral bushes and large sponges. Divers can find several large Salvador Dali sponges (Petrosia lignosa), including a huge cluster of barrel sponges. This species of large sponges was discovered in Tomini Bay in the 1920s and is only found on deep walls around this area.

 

Day 7 – 8: 4 day dives around Togian island group.

Togian Island Group (Kepulauan Togian) is an archipelago of six main and about 60 smaller islands that are of volcanic origin; actually Una Una in the northwest is an active volcano. The islands unique geography has created three distinct types of reefs - atolls, barrier reef & fringing reefs - one of the few areas of the world where all three can be found in the same area. There are numerous fascinating dive sites here, from a large barrier reef, where there are caves, overhangs, and swim throughs along with exciting schooling fish action and swift currents to smaller fringing reefs as well as a few atolls. The reefs and large coastal mangrove areas are habitat and breeding areas for the hawksbill turtle, the green turtle and the dugong. Fish life is abundant, with sightings of reef sharks, rays, tunas and barracudas being common. There are plenty of turtles, napoleon wrasse, bumphead parrotfish and realms of colourful reef- inhabitants. Apart from the number & variety of fish, the Togians feature amazing corals & black coral bushes, huge gorgonians & whip corals stretching high into the blue and stunning barrel sponges on the reef.

 

Day 9: Diving around Bualemo Peninsula.

The walls here are spectacular sites with soft corals and good chances to see a lot of fish like mackerels, tunas, barracudas, surgeonfishes, sweetlips and triggerfish in the blue especially when the current is running.

 

Day 10: Diving around Banggai.

The Banggai island group is located in the eastern part of central Sulawesi, at the border between the Banda Sea and the Maluku Sea. Most of the dives are on off shore reefs with vertical walls down to several hundred meters. You can easily drift along these beautiful walls, with a lot of gorgonians and black coral bushes, small caves and overhangs. On some fringing reefs you may also encounter larger animals like turtles, groupers and occasionally sharks and rays. The inner islands, the atolls, are more protected for critters like frogfish, ribbon eel, bobtail squid and endemic species like the Banggai cardinalfish.

Day 11:  Diving around Kendari, Manui & Saponda.

 

Disembarkation day:

Day 12: Kendari

 After breakfast disembarkation between 10.00AM and 2.00PM and transfer to Kendari airport

WAKATOBI – FLORES SEA

From  Kendari, Sulawesi  to  Maumere, Flores

 

All programs and itineraries are indicative and can be modified any time according to various circumstances.

 

Wakatobi  -  12 days  -  2 to 4 dives per day depending on conditions and program

Cruise Key: Critters, Unspoiled dives sites, Pioneer diving, Drift along the walls of Wakatobi national park, Clear & warm water, dive the world's third largest atoll, Volcanoes, black sand diving, Local products.

 

Sea Conditions Cruises are scheduled at the ideal times of the year and conditions should generally be good, except during long crossings or in open sea. The waters of the open sea sites are very deep and the sites mostly exposed to the weather.

Weather Conditions Tropical climate, nice and breezy in the evening.

Current Can be strong, depending on the tides and times although schooling fish tend to be more active when current is running.

Water Temperatures 22 – 30C

Nature of dives The diving is varied and ranges from drift dives along walls, fringing reefs, roller coaster rides, volcanic rocks in the open sea, atolls, muck diving and a chance to explore new dive sites. This may not be the cruise for everyone but is definitively more for the adventurer who loves the feeling of pioneer diving.

 

Cruise Information:

Sulawesi is the huge "K" shaped Island that is dominated by four large peninsulas: the Semenanjung Minahasa, the East Peninsula, the South peninsula, and the South East Peninsula. At the southeast Peninsula, where the white sandy atolls spread into the turquoise coloured waters of the Flores Sea, the atolls rise sharply from the sides of a submerged ridge as a result of volcanic activity connected 2,000 meters below the surface, all the way to the Flores island chain. Positioned in the midst of a remote island archipelago group known to adventure travellers as Tukang Besi, home of the world famous dive destination – WaKaToBi – named after the first two letters of each of the four islands surrounding it, Wangi Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko. The cruise starts from a small little port town – Kendari – on the southeastern peninsula of Sulawesi, where SMY WAOW will cruise straight out of the bay past mountainous islands all the way down to the third largest atoll in the world, Tukang Besi, a wide ring of coral. From north to south lay WaKaToBi with numerous atolls around – Karang Kaledupa on the west, Karang Maha on the east and Karang Koka on the southern end. WaKaToBi National Park itself offers more than 40 dive sites, most of them are beautiful and present a tremendously colourful cross-section of biodiversity, miles of pristine reef diving and a bountiful array of colourful tropical fishes. Flores Sea Atolls takes you from the southernmost tip of Sulawesi all the way past Komba, a very active volcano that still spits out fire to the heart of the Flores Sea, to the current sweeping straits of Alor in Nusa Tengara Timur. The cruise ends at the very beautiful bay of Maumere, where a lot of critters have their habitats. The Flores Sea Atoll offers a variety of diving from delightful walls with schooling reef fish to stunning volcanic rocks encrusted with soft & hard corals, sponges the size of humans and sea fans of 2 to 3 meters across. Some places feature whip corals stretching several meters, whole fields of them. In this location, there are miles of expansive coral reefs, so pristine, definitely some of the most beautiful and prolific dive sites. Far off the beaten path of tourism, it offers a supremely tropical vacation, truly a pioneer's dream. If you look hard enough you can find just about everything you desire in the Flores Sea Atolls.

 

 Recommendation:

All long distance passengers arrive in Indonesia the day before embarkation day. The boat departs at 04:00p.m. from Kendari Harbour.

 

 Embarkation:  Kendari

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at Kendari Airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY WAOW at Kendari harbour, only a short drive of around 20-30mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard at 04:00pm, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us.

 

Typical dive sites:    

  • Wakatobi National Park
  • Exploration dives around Komba Volcano
  • Alor Area
  • North Lembata
  • Maumere Bay

 

Activity day:

Trecking Gunung Api Volcano, in Teluk Waihinga

 

Disembarkation: Maumere

Disembarkation between in the morning, in time with your flight schedule, and transfer to Maumere Airport

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DEPART RETURN NO. OF NIGHTS START END DESTINATION TOUR NAME DELUXE SUPERIOR MASTER
02.03.2015 13.03.2015 11 SORONG KAIMANA RAJA AMPAT MISOOL & TRITON BAY CHF 5,640 CHF 6,410 CHF 7,840
16.03.2015 27.03.2015 11 KAIMANA SORONG RAJA AMPAT MISOOL & TRITON BAY CHF 5,640 CHF 6,410 CHF 7,840
30.03.2015 11.04.2015 12 SORONG SAUMLAKI SERAM SEA SECRETS OF SERAM II CHF 6,140 CHF 6,980 CHF 8,540
14.04.2015 26.04.2015 12 SAUMLAKI MAUMERE BANDA SEA FORGOTTEN ISLANDS CHF 6,140 CHF 6,980 CHF 8,540
29.04.2015 10.05.2015 11 MAUMERE BALI KOMODO WEST MEETS EAST CHF 5,640 CHF 6,410 CHF 7,840
12.06.2015 20.06.2015 8 BALI BIMA KOMODO DRAGONS & GODS BB CHF 4,140 CHF 4,700 CHF 5,740
22.06.2015 03.07.2015 11 BIMA LABUAN BAJO KOMODO TOTAL KOMODO CHF 5,640 CHF 6,410 CHF 7,840
05.07.2015 12.07.2015 7 LABUAN BAJO BIMA KOMODO TOTAL KOMODO CHF 3,640 CHF 4,130 CHF 5,040
14.07.2015 23.07.2015 9 BIMA LABUAN BAJO KOMODO TOTAL KOMODO CHF 4,640 CHF 5,270 CHF 6,440
25.07.2015 01.08.2015 7 LABUAN BAJO BIMA KOMODO TOTAL KOMODO CHF 3,640 CHF 4,130 CHF 5,040
03.08.2015 12.08.2015 9 BIMA LABUAN BAJO KOMODO TOTAL KOMODO CHF 4,640 CHF 5,270 CHF 6,440
14.08.2015 21.08.2015 7 LABUAN BAJO BIMA KOMODO TOTAL KOMODO CHF 3,640 CHF 4,130 CHF 5,040
23.08.2015 01.09.2015 9 BIMA BALI KOMODO DRAGONS & GODS BB CHF 4,640 CHF 5,270 CHF 6,440
04.09.2015 15.09.2015 11 BALI MAUMERE KOMODO WEST MEETS EAST CHF 5,640 CHF 6,410 CHF 7,840
18.09.2015 27.09.2015 9 MAUMERE MAUMERE ALOR GEMS OF ALOR CHF 4,640 CHF 5,270 CHF 6,440
30.09.2015 09.10.2015 9 MAUMERE MAUMERE ALOR GEMS OF ALOR CHF 4,500 CHF 5,270 CHF 6,440
12.10.2015 24.10.2015 12 MAUMERE AMBON BANDA SEA SPICES AND SNAKES CHF 6,140 CHF 6,980 CHF 8,540
27.10.2015 08.11.2015 12 AMBON SORONG SERAM SEA SECRETS OF SERAM CHF 6,140 CHF 6,980 CHF 8,540
12.11.2015 22.11.2015 10 MANOKWARI BIAK CENDERWASIH BAY WHALE SHARK FESTIVAL CHF 5,140 CHF 5,840 CHF 7,140
25.11.2015 05.12.2015 10 BIAK BIAK CENDERWASIH BAY WHALE SHARK FESTIVAL CHF 5,140 CHF 5,840 CHF 7,140
08.12.2015 18.12.2015 10 BIAK MANUKWARI CENDERWASIH BAY WHALE SHARK FESTIVAL CHF 5,140 CHF 5,840 CHF 7,140
23.12.2015 03.01.2016 11 SORONG SORONG RAJA AMPAT TREASURES OF 4 KINGS CHF 6,140 CHF 7,040 CHF 8,540

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DEPART RETURN NO. OF NIGHTS START END DESTINATION TOUR NAME DELUXE SUPERIOR MASTER
06.01.2016 17.01.2016 11 SORONG SORONG RAJA AMPAT TREASURES OF 4 KINGS CHF 5,590.00 CHF 6,380.00 CHF 7,760.00
20.01.2016 31.01.2016 11 SORONG SORONG RAJA AMPAT TREASURES OF 4 KINGS CHF 5,590.00 CHF 6,380.00 CHF 7,760.00
03.02.2016 14.02.2016 11 SORONG SORONG RAJA AMPAT TREASURES OF 4 KINGS CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
17.02.2016 28.02.2016 11 SORONG SORONG RAJA AMPAT TREASURES OF 4 KINGS CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
02.03.2016 13.03.2016 11 SORONG BITUNG HALMAHERA HALMAHERA'S CROWN CHF 6,790.00 CHF 7,670.00 CHF 9,210.00
16.03.2016 27.03.2016 11 BITUNG KENDARI TOGGIAN HIDDEN SULAWESI CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
30.03.2016 10.04.2016 11 KENDARI MAUMERE WAKATOBI FLORES SEA ATOLLS CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
13.04.2016 24.04.2016 11 MAUMERE BALI KOMODO WEST MEETS EAST CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
01.06.2016 12.06.2016 11 BALI LABUAN BAJO KOMODO DRAGONS & GODS LB CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
14.06.2016 23.06.2016 9 LABUAN BAJO BIMA KOMODO TOTAL KOMODO CHF 5,090.00 CHF 5,810.00 CHF 7,070.00
25.06.2016 02.07.2016 7 BIMA LABUAN BAJO KOMODO TOTAL KOMODO CHF 3,990.00 CHF 4,550.00 CHF 5,530.00
03.07.2016 10.07.2016 7 LABUAN BAJO BIMA KOMODO TOTAL KOMODO CHF 3,990.00 CHF 4,550.00 CHF 5,530.00
12.07.2016 21.07.2016 9 BIMA LABUAN BAJO KOMODO TOTAL KOMODO CHF 5,090.00 CHF 5,810.00 CHF 7,070.00
23.07.2016 30.07.2016 7 LABUAN BAJO BIMA KOMODO TOTAL KOMODO CHF 3,990.00 CHF 4,550.00 CHF 5,530.00
31.07.2016 07.08.2016 7 BIMA LABUAN BAJO KOMODO TOTAL KOMODO CHF 3,990.00 CHF 4,550.00 CHF 5,530.00
09.08.2016 18.08.2016 9 LABUAN BAJO BALI KOMODO DRAGONS & GODS LB CHF 5,090.00 CHF 5,810.00 CHF 7,070.00
23.08.2016 03.09.2016 11 BALI MAUMERE KOMODO WEST MEETS EAST CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
06.09.2016 15.09.2016 9 MAUMERE MAUMERE ALOR GEMS OF ALOR CHF 5,090.00 CHF 5,810.00 CHF 7,070.00
18.09.2016 27.09.2016 9 MAUMERE MAUMERE ALOR GEMS OF ALOR CHF 5,090.00 CHF 5,810.00 CHF 7,070.00
30.09.2016 12.10.2016 12 MAUMERE SAUMLAKI BANDA SEA FORGOTTEN ISLANDS CHF 6,740.00 CHF 7,700.00 CHF 9,380.00
15.10.2016 27.10.2016 12 SAUMLAKI SORONG SERAM SEA SECRETS OF SERAM II CHF 6,740.00 CHF 7,700.00 CHF 9,380.00
30.10.2016 10.11.2016 11 SORONG SORONG RAJA AMPAT TREASURES OF 4 KINGS CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
12.11.2016 23.11.2016 11 SORONG SORONG RAJA AMPAT TREASURES OF 4 KINGS CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
26.11.2016 07.12.2016 11 SORONG SORONG RAJA AMPAT TREASURES OF 4 KINGS CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
09.12.2016 20.12.2016 11 SORONG SORONG RAJA AMPAT TREASURES OF 4 KINGS CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
23.12.2016 03.01.2017 11 SORONG SORONG RAJA AMPAT TREASURES OF 4 KINGS CHF 6,800.00 CHF 7,760.00 CHF 9,460.00

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DEPART RETURN NO OF NIGHTS START END DESTINATION TOUR NAME DELUXE SUPERIOR MASTER
07.01.2017 18.01.2017 11 SORONG SORONG RAJA AMPAT TREASURES OF THE 4 KINGS CHF 5,570.00 CHF 6,360.00 CHF 7,740.00
21.01.2017 01.02.2017 11 SORONG SORONG RAJA AMPAT TREASURES OF THE 4 KINGS CHF 5,570.00 CHF 6,360.00 CHF 7,740.00
04.02.2017 15.02.2017 11 SORONG KAIMANA RAJA AMPAT MISOOL & TRITON BAY CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
18.02.2017 01.03.2017 11 KAIMANA SORONG RAJA AMPAT MISOOL & TRITON BAY CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
04.03.2017 15.03.2017 11 SORONG BITUNG HALMAHERA HALMAHERA'S CROWN CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
18.03.2017 29.03.2017 11 BITUNG BITUNG CELEBES SEA SANGIHE - PEARLS OF THE NORTH CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
01.04.2017 13.04.2017 12 BITUNG AMBON MOLUCCA & SERAM SEA BANDA DISCOVERY CHF 6,740.00 CHF 7,700.00 CHF 9,380.00
01.05.2017 12.05.2017 11 MAUMERE BALI KOMODO WEST MEETS EAST CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
19.06.2017 30.06.2017 11 BALI LABUAN BAJO KOMODO DRAGONS & GODS LB CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
03.07.2017 12.07.2017 9 LABUAN BAJO BIMA KOMODO TOTAL KOMODO CHF 5,090.00 CHF 5,810.00 CHF 7,070.00
15.07.2017 22.07.2017 7 BIMA LABUAN BAJO KOMODO TOTAL KOMODO CHF 3,990.00 CHF 4,550.00 CHF 5,530.00
24.07.2017 02.08.2017 9 LABUAN BAJO BIMA KOMODO TOTAL KOMODO CHF 5,090.00 CHF 5,810.00 CHF 7,070.00
05.08.2017 14.08.2017 9 BIMA LABUAN BAJO KOMODO TOTAL KOMODO CHF 5,090.00 CHF 5,810.00 CHF 7,070.00
17.08.2017 27.08.2017 10 LABUAN BAJO BALI KOMODO DRAGONS & GODS LB CHF 5,640.00 CHF 6,440.00 CHF 7,840.00
01.09.2017 12.09.2017 11 BALI MAUMERE KOMODO WEST MEETS EAST CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
15.09.2017 26.09.2017 11 MAUMERE ALOR ALOR GEMS OF ALOR CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
29.09.2017 10.10.2017 11 ALOR MAUMERE BANDA SEA FURTHER EAST CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
13.10.2017 25.10.2017 12 MAUMERE AMBON BANDA SEA SPICES AND SNAKES CHF 6,740.00 CHF 7,700.00 CHF 9,380.00
28.10.2017 08.11.2017 11 AMBON SORONG BANDA SEA SECRETS OF SERAM CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
11.11.2017 22.11.2017 11 SORONG SORONG RAJA AMPAT TREASURES OF THE 4 KINGS CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
25.11.2017 06.12.2017 11 SORONG SORONG RAJA AMPAT TREASURES OF THE 4 KINGS CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
09.12.2017 20.12.2017 11 SORONG SORONG RAJA AMPAT TREASURES OF THE 4 KINGS CHF 6,190.00 CHF 7,070.00 CHF 8,610.00
23.12.2017 03.01.2018 11 SORONG SORONG RAJA AMPAT TREASURES OF THE 4 KINGS CHF 6,800.00 CHF 7,760.00 CHF 9,460.00

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TO BE PAID ON BOARD - PRICES PER CRUISE PER PERSON

NO ITINERARY DESTINATION PORT & NTL PARK FEES LONG DISTANCE FUEL ADD NITROX PER DIVE NITROX PER DAY
1 DRAGONS & GODS LB KOMODO USD 120.00 USD 120.00 USD 6.00 USD 12.00
2 DRAGONS & GODS BB KOMODO USD 130.00 USD 120.00 USD 6.00 USD 12.00
3 WEST MEETS EAST KOMODO USD 130.00 USD 150.00 USD 6.00 USD 12.00
4 TOTAL KOMODO KOMODO USD 110.00 - USD 6.00 USD 12.00
5 DRAGON TALES BL KOMODO USD 90.00 - USD 6.00 USD 12.00
7 SECRETS OF SERAM SERAM SEA USD 200.00 USD 120.00 USD 6.00 USD 12.00
8 SPICES AND SNAKES BANDA SEA USD 200.00 USD 180.00 USD 6.00 USD 12.00
9 HALMAHERA'S CROWN HALMAHERA SEA USD 200.00 USD 120.00 USD 6.00 USD 12.00
10 MISOOL & TRITON BAY TRITON BAY USD 200.00 USD 120.00 USD 6.00 USD 12.00
11 TREASURES OF 4 KINGS RAJA AMPAT USD 200.00 USD 120.00 USD 6.00 USD 12.00
12 GEMS OF ALOR ALOR USD 100.00 - USD 6.00 USD 12.00
13 HIDDEN SULAWESI TOGGIAN USD 120.00 USD 150.00 USD 6.00 USD 12.00
14 FLORES SEA WAKATOBI USD 120.00 - USD 6.00 USD 12.00
15 WHALE SHARKS FESTIVAL CENDERAWASIH USD 300.00 USD 150.00 USD 6.00 USD 12.00
16 SECRETS OF SERAM II SERAM SEA USD 200.00 USD 150.00 USD 6.00 USD 12.00
17 FORGOTTEN ISLANDS BANDA SEA USD 200.00 USD 150.00 USD 6.00 USD 12.00

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ITEM PRICE PER DIVE PRICE PER DAY
BCD - USD 8.00
REGULATOR - USD 12.00
TORCH USD 3.00 USD 6.00
DIVE COMPUTER - USD 8.00
15 LITRE TANK - USD 8.00
MASK AND SNORKEL - USD 3.00
FINS - USD 3.00
WETSUIT USD 3.00 USD 6.00
3MM VEST W/HOOD USD 2.50 USD 5.00
SMB FREE FREE
WEIGHTS WITH BELT FREE FREE
NAUTILUS LIFELINE FREE FREE
FULL SET (BCD, REGULATOR, COMPUTER, MASK, SNORKEL, FINS - USD 30.00

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KOMODO DIVE SITES

KOMODO DIVE SITE INFORMATION

Pulau Weh is located on the northwestern tip of Sumatra, a 350 meter wide channel fills the gap between Pulau Weh and its reef-encircled sister iMaumere Bay

Maumere is a beautiful bay on the north coast of Flores. It is an area that is famous for its diversity & once held the title of the most diverse spot on earth. The islands on the outer edge of the bay have nice coral reefs with steep walls covered with hard corals and large sea fans. Dolphins and pilot whales are common and can be seen the whole year, mostly if the sea is calm. There is a wealth of macro life to keep any diver fascinated for hours. Its diversity has also made Maumere a perfect place to end our cruise.

 

North Lembata

Beneath the towering Gunung Api, an active volcano 1,450 metre above sea level at the north of Lembata island, lay wonderful sites, dramatic sheer walls, plateaus with beautiful hard coral, overhangs, and black sand critter dives. It's common to see top predators like reef sharks swimming along the reef.

 

Wakatobi National Park

SMY WAOW plans to have 5 full days of diving around this amazing national park, which has been well protected thanks to Lorenz Maeder, the Swiss founder of the now famous Wakatobi Dive Resort, established in 1996. Wakatobi's reefs are among the most diverse in the world. Wakatobi is blessed with nutrient – rich water that favors brightly colored soft coral, sponges and gorgonian sea fans over hard corals. Hard corals are very pristine but limited to the shallows, creating vivid reef scenery from the surface down to the deeper areas. From drift dives along the stunning walls, to muck dives with wonderful critters, Wakatobi has a lot to offer… Just about everything!

 

Exploration dives around Komba Volcano

Komba is a very active volcano in the Flores Sea with the smell of sulphur in the air when you are nearby. You'll find sheer walls all around the island with black volcanic sandy slopes up in the shallows. Colourful walls with soft coral, sea fans and encrusting sponges, lots of reef fish along the walls and out in the blue there's a good chance for bigger stuff like dogtooth tunas, mackerels, jacks, rays, turtles and reef sharks. Diving around Komba is not guaranteed as it does depend on the volcano's current activity status!

 

Alor Area

The 3 inactive volcanic islands in the strait between Alor and Pantar make a perfect combination for some world class diving, with vertical sheer walls, numerous small coves, a good mix of fresh water, slightly sloping silty sand with swift currents that bring nutrients in to the bay providing enough shelter for critters that take habitat here. From colourful walls, sea mounds full of life, sloping reefs to muck diving in the sand or rubble bottom; as much variety in coral and sponges as in the fish life – rare  pelagics, rays,  jacks, mackerels, schooling barracudas to critters on the seabed, the bay of Alor has it all.

 

Dampier Straits

When the conditions are right, the dive sites in Dampier straits are nothing short of excellent. On dive sites like Sardine Reef, Cape Kri and Mioskon are some of the finest wide-angle photographic opportunities. Beautiful hard coral bommies are hosts to dazzling soft corals and rainbow-colored crinoids with a foreground of oriental sweet lips, snappers, swirls of glassfish and anthias, and a background of schooling surgeonfish, batfish, barracuda, jacks and the occasional tuna. When the visibility is right, this can be an underwater photographer's heaven.

 

Around Arborek Island

Welcome to the majestic land of magnificent Manta rays. Here is the most reliable site to observe manta ray‘s behaviour, especially when you approach them correctly! If you keep your position, they will make loop after loop or swoop by again and again often somersaulting through the water while being cleaned.  Besides cleaning, the manta rays also come to feed on current borne plankton, so be prepared for strong currents and reduced visibility. This is one of the sites that you will never have enough of.

 

Daram, Fiabatjet

One of the most radiant reefs in all of The 4 Kings, no dive is an ordinary dive, it’s always special and there’s always a new scene to be found. Hard to miss these colors that fill the reefs of Daram. The reef is covered in short growth pastel soft corals that form larger purple and pink soft coral, red and white sea fans and enormous barrel sponges jutting out from the steep slopes and walls. Excellent fish life: Fusiliers, surgeonfish, small schools of barracuda and profuse schools of Anthias all milling about in the rising and falling tides.

 

Wajil Batan, Jef Pelee or Blue Water Mangroves

Not to be missed, “Boo Rock”, the gully called “The Windows”, where two rocks are connected by magnificent soft coral and sizzling with fish. The surface crashes through the top of these window arches creating a constant pounding noise which can be felt through your whole body.

When SMY WAOW cruises toward the north western side of Misool closer to the deep sea, the visibility will increase, especially around the blue water mangroves, with the daily incoming tide that supply these living labyrinths with water so clear, that divers often see schooling fish dancing between the reflections of clouds and leafy trees among the mangrove umbrella roots.

 

Pulau Pisang

Don’t be confused by the name as in Indonesia any island with bananas growing on it is called Pulau Pisang, meaning Banana Island! This one here lays just half way between Misool and Halmahera, surrounded by very deep water. Dive sites are mostly steep sloping reefs with some swim-through’s and overhangs but not as special as the Misool area and not as rich in terms of hard and soft coral. Just a few sea fans and barrel sponges, however the schooling fish life here is excellent! As an oasis in the middle of the sea, and especially when the current is flowing, anything can happen in this oasis.

 

Patinti Straits

The Patinti Strait is a channel between Halmahera and Bacan Island which holds excellent reefs full of blooming orange soft corals packed with anthias, plenty of large soft coral covered bommies in all different colours and different species. It is a good drift dive area with lots of reef sharks; black tip, white tip and grey reef sharks are resident here as well as rays and many big napoleon wrasse. The sites around the Patinti Strait offer great day and night dive sites with many calm bays which provide good shelter for many critters like robust & ornate ghost pipefish, bobtail squid, even blue ring octopus and includes rare encounters with epaulette sharks “the walking sharks” which are also found here.

 

Pulau Pulau Goraici and Terumbu Gora

The Pulau Goraici group has many great dive sites with one of the most amazing fish life zones in Halmahera. The reef is covered with hard & soft coral, sponges teaming up with sweetlips on the foreground and lots of red and black snapper, napoleon wrasse in the distance, huge size dogtooth tuna and reef sharks while the current flows around these sea mounds.

 

Around Tifore

Rising midway between Halmahera and Sulawesi, in the very deep open Sea of the Maluku, the dive sites around Tifore are mostly plateau’s with sheer walls and steep slopes plus great visibility in clear blue water. The topography here makes all the dives seem like just floating in the deep blue with lots of action around. This is one great adrenalin dive.

 

Lembeh Strait

Welcome to the macro mecca - Lembeh Strait - well known for the volcanic black sand that is home to many weird and wonderful critters that the sea has to offer, where “muck diving” all began. Very often the divers tend to disappear in this underwater world of Lembeh longer than they expected, with performances of those rare critters, all playing hide and seek in their homes of manmade debris along the sea bed. This is one of those places, where, before the dive, you can easily hand out your critter list, and at the end of your day, it will mostly be ticked off– That’s how rich the wonderfully weird marine life in Lembeh is

 

Cape Kri, Dampier Straits

When the conditions are right, the dive sites in Dampier straits are nothing short of excellent. On dive sites like Sardine Reef, Cape Kri and Mioskon are some of the very finest wide-angle photo opportunities. When the visibility is right, this can be an underwater photographer's heaven.

 

Airborei Island, Manta Sandy

Welcome to the majestic land of magnificent rays. Here is the most reliable site to observe manta ray‘s behaviour, especially when you approach them right! If you keep your position, they will make loop after loop or swoop by again and again and often somersaulting through the water while being cleaned.  Besides cleaning, the manta rays also come to feed on current borne plankton, so be prepared for strong currents and reduced visibility. This is one of the sites that you will never have enough of.

 

Aljui Bay

One of the best macro sites around the northern part of The 4 Kings, the bay’s sheltered waters provide good habitat for many kinds of critters. The jetties have become overgrown with encrusting marine life over time and attract a nice mix of critters. Aljui bay will fill out your critter list; blue ring octopus, bobtail squid, ghost pipefish, ribbon eel, toadfish or wobbegong shark and especially on night dives this is one of the places that you would not want to miss…the best!

 

Wayag Bay

Most spectacular view above and below the surface, Wayag is the place where Raja Ampat images are taken for dive magazines. The most diverse underwater scenery The 4 Kings can offer ranges from lovely hard coral gardens, leisurely swim-through's, colourful coral bommies that are completely covered with all sorts of invertebrates, overhangs, underwater caverns full of windows that you can look through, and outstanding fish life that vibrates the reef with excellent fish action as the current sweeps past. If the current is right…paradise is waiting for you.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: For the moment dive charter boats are avoiding Wayag Bay in Raja Ampat. Due to a conflict between the village and the authorities, vessels are less welcome.

 

Kawe

Kawe’s advantageous geographical position and varied habitats translate into world-class sites that attract marine life like powerful magnets. Some of The 4 Kings richest fish life, especially when the currents run through the off shore coral labyrinths. An outstanding site where reefs are vibrant with multicolour sea fans that are home to several kind of pygmy seahorse, massive bommies where shy blennies hide among encrusting sponges, with thick black coral bushes surrounded by glassfish dashing above, wobbegong sharks, manta rays and schooling barracudas as well as the occasional reef shark checking out the area. Kawe sites are perfect for both wide and macro scenery.

 

Yeben, Penemu & Fam

Beneath Penemu’s surface, submerged ridges extend in all directions, schooling fish whipped into feeding frenzies by the gusting current that count as some of the strongest currents in the Dampier Strait. With the decent water flow, massive schools of fusiliers swarm over the divers, while underneath the reef becomes a diffusion with huge patches of pastel colours, anthias, turtle, and napoleon wrasse. Bumphead parrotfish and giant trevallies join in the frenzy as well as rainbow runners and barracudas that gather in the blue near by. Fam’s delicate hard coral gardens, are full of life in the shallows and make it a wonderful snorkelling spot during your surface interval or you can just explore the picturesque white sandy beaches surrounded by clear turquoise blue water.

 

Misool - Wagmab & Farondi

A labyrinth of thousands of small mushroom like islands form tiny dots of lagoons with sparking white sand surrounded by extensive karst formations that make the Misool area one of the most wonderful places on earth. Not only the land scenery will take your breath away but the underwater scenery is even better and holds one of the richest species in the world! Massive seamounts, rocky outcrops, lime stone arches with windows that are overgrown by fountains of life; clouds of glassfish dancing away from tuna and golden jacks, a ground for mobula rays drifting by in sweeping of currents. It’s really hard to take it all in, so much action happening all at once.

 

Misool - Fiabajet, Boo

Not to be missed, “Boo Rock”, the gully called “The Windows”, where two rocks connected by magnificent soft coral and sizzling with fish. The surface crashes through the top of these window arches creating a constant pounding noise, which can be felt through your whole body. The fish life is outstanding with jacks and dogtooth tuna feeding in the surge and schooling bannerfish sitting behind sea fans catching tiny bits of plankton floating in the current. Hardly a spot on the reef is left uncovered by sea fans, soft coral and thick schools of baitfish.

 

Misool - Daram

One of the most radiant reefs in all of The 4 Kings, each dive is never an ordinary dive, it’s always special and there’s always a new scene to be found. The reef is covered in short growth pastel soft corals that form larger purple and pink soft coral, red and white sea fans and enormous barrel sponges jutting out from the steep slopes and walls. Excellent fish life: Fusiliers, surgeonfish, small schools of barracuda and profuse schools of anthias all milling about in the rising and falling tides.

 

Manta & Airplane Wreck or South Batanta

With the numerous shallow bays along Batanta’s coastline, it makes a perfect home for weird critters. A good combination of dark sand, fresh water inlets, and small bays or coves where critters can benefit from passing currents but still thrive in basically sheltered waters. Batanta has become known as a muck diving spot, where critter hunting is rewarded with the sights of rare halimeda ghost pipefish, mimic octopus and wonderpus, tiger shrimps, frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish and many more. If it still doesn’t satisfy your appetite, Batanta is also one of the wonderful places for nudibranch hunters and lovers.

 

Dusborgh Reef and Desperandum

The volcanic islands and submerged reefs in the middle of the Banda Sea are calling out for exploration. Drop offs, drift dives, great visibility and the possibility of “pelagic action”.

 

Manoek Island

Approaching Manoek Island the odor of sulfur and the sight of fumaroles escaping the steep slopes reminds us that we are definitely in a volcanic zone. Once underwater the hot rocks and ascending bubbles are another reminder of this. Manoek is also one of the largest shelters for thousands of birds. Not only birds but sea snakes, lots and lots of sea snakes.

 

Banda Neira

The Banda area offers a good variety of dive sites, from Volcanic rock at Pohon Miring to The black sand in Banda’s harbour, muck diving with Flying gurnards spreading their electric blue wings, nervously moving sea moth, nudibranchs and the mandarin fish, which are seen in many places around the harbor of Banda Neira.

 

Suanggi, Pulau Ai or Batu Kapal.

A secret place in the middle of the Banda Sea, reached by live-aboard only, makes this one another unspoilt reef where not many divers witness the true nature of Pulau Suanggi and Pulau Ai. Surrounded by the rich, deep waters of the Banda Sea, this area acts like an oasis for all pelagics that crise these pristine hard coral reefs full of fish, which they all call home.

 

Pulau Koon

The south eastern part of Seram, is one of the top sites. The profusion of fish life and healthy vibrant coral is amazing. The reef is stunning and teeming with life that will take your breath away.

 

Misool - Wagmab & Farondi

A labyrinth of thousands of small mushroom like islands form tiny dots of lagoons with sparking white sand surrounded by extensive karst formations that make the Misool area one of the most wonderful places on earth. Not only the land scenery will take your breath away but the underwater scenery is even better and holds one of the richest species in the world! Massive seamounts, rocky outcrops, lime stone arches with windows that are overgrown by fountains of life; clouds of glassfish dancing away from tuna and golden jacks, a ground for mobula rays drifting by in sweeping of currents. It’s really hard to take it all in, so much action happening all at once.

 

Misool - Fiabajet, Boo

Not to be missed, “Boo Rock”, the gully called “The Windows”, where two rocks connected by magnificent soft coral and sizzling with fish. The surface crashes through the top of these window arches creating a constant pounding noise, which can be felt through your whole body. The fish life is outstanding with jacks and dogtooth tuna feeding in the surge and schooling bannerfish sitting behind sea fans catching tiny bits of plankton floating in the current. Hardly a spot on the reef is left uncovered by sea fans, soft coral and thick schools of baitfish.

 

Misool - Daram

One of the most radiant reefs in all of The 4 Kings, each dive is never an ordinary dive, it’s always special and there’s always a new scene to be found. The reef is covered in short growth pastel soft corals that form larger purple and pink soft coral, red and white sea fans and enormous barrel sponges jutting out from the steep slopes and walls. Excellent fish life: Fusiliers, surgeonfish, small schools of barracuda and profuse schools of anthias all milling about in the rising and falling tides.

 

Cape Kri, Dampier Straits

When the conditions are right, the dive sites in Dampier straits are nothing short of excellent. On dive sites like Sardine Reef, Cape Kri and Mioskon are some of the very finest wide-angle photo opportunities. When the visibility is right, this can be an underwater photographer's heaven

 

Maumere Bay

Maumere is a beautiful bay on the north coast of Flores. It is an area that is famous for its diversity & once held the title of the most diverse spot on earth. The islands on the outer edge of the bay have nice coral reefs with steep walls covered with hard corals and large sea fans. Its marine life diversity has also made Maumere a perfect place to start our cruise.

 

Lembata

Beneath the towering Gunumg Api, an active volcano 1,450s metres above sea level to the north of Lembata island, are wonderful sites, dramatic sheer walls, plateaus with beautiful hard corals, overhangs, and black sand critter dives.

 

Alor

The 3 inactive volcano islands in the Strait between Alor and Pantar make it a perfect combination for some world class diving, with vertical sheer walls, numerous small coves, a good mix of fresh water, slightly sloping silty sand with swift currents that bring many nutrients in to the bay and provide shelter for critters that take habitat here. From colourful coral to rare pelagic and critters on the seabed, the bay of Alor has it all.

 

Pulau Wetar, Palau Romang, Pulau Terbang

The coast of Pulau Wetar features excellent drop offs, colourful reefs and abundant fish life that swim amongst sea fans, barrel sponges and encrusting soft corals. Because of the deep waters of the Banda Sea the visibility is great and there are good chances for pelagics on the wall.

 

Dusborgh Reef & Nil Desperandum

Volcanic Island and submerged reefs in the middle of the Banda Sea, waiting to be explored!

 

Manoek Island

You can smell the stench of sulphur as you get closer to Manoek and there is even a visible plume of steam rising from one of the vents in the steep sides of the island. There are hot rocks in the shallows too, streams of bubbles rising up from the seabed indicating volcanic activity. Manoek is also one of the great islands which is home to thousands of birds and just like Gunung Api... Not only birds... Manoek is also home to olive sea snakes, lots of them!

 

Around Banda Neira

The Banda area offers a good variety of dive sites, from Volcanic rock at Pohon Miring to the black sand in Banda’s harbor., Muck diving with Flying gurnards spreading their electric blue wings, nervously moving sea moth, nudibranchs and the mandarin fish, which are seen in many places around the harbor of Banda Neira.

 

Pulau Suanggi

A secret place in the middle of the Banda Sea, reached by live-aboard only, make this one another unspoiled reef and not many witness the true nature of Pulau Suanggi and Pulau Ai. This area acts like an oasis for all pelagics that cruise these pristine hard coral reefs full of fish, which they all call home. Napoleon wrasse, green & hawksbill turtle, tuna, rainbow runner, huge school of barracuda mixing with schools of bannerfish, redtooth triggers and fusiliers that sometime just cloud the whole reef.

 

Ambon Area

The Intensity of marine life in this Bay is unrivalled; with a combination of nutrients pushed into this large bay with lots of small coves where critters can benefit from the passing currents but are still protected by sheltered waters. A unique combination creates conditions that nourish an incredible eco system that makes this bay one of the richest and most interesting places to dive. Ambon Bay is also famous for weird species like the Psychedelic Frogfish, right here at a dive site named the twilight zone, where many different kinds of moray eel, sea moth, ribbon eel, stonefish take habitat too. The Ambon shipwreck, a Dutch cargo vessel that sunk during 1950s, is also a very photogenic site teeming with life

 

Maumere Bay

Maumere is a beautiful bay on the north coast of Flores. It is an area that is famous for its diversity & once held the title of the most diverse spot on earth. The islands on the outer edge of the bay have nice coral reefs with steep walls covered with hard corals and large sea fans. Its marine life diversity has also made Maumere a perfect place to start our cruise.

 

Lembata

Beneath the towering Gunumg Api, an active volcano 1,450 metres above sea level to the north of Lembata island, are wonderful sites, dramatic sheer walls, plateaus with beautiful hard corals, overhangs, and black sand critter dives. It’s not uncommon to see predators like reef sharks swim along the reef.

 

Pulau Wetar

The coast of Pulau Wetar features excellent drop offs, colourful reefs and abundant fish life that swim amongst sea fans, barrel sponges and encrusting soft corals. Because of the deep waters of the Banda Sea the visibility is great and there are good chances for pelagics on the wall.

 

Gunung Api

Gunung Api is a volcano that last erupted in 1988 and subsequently covered the reef in lava, however the reef has recovered faster than anyone expected. This Volcano sits alone in the middle of the Banda Sea and is home to an amazing variety of birds including shearwaters, terns, boobies, frigates and red-tailed tropic birds to mention a few, but also to sea snakes. For some reason this island in the middle of nowhere is home to hundreds if not thousands of sea snakes, banded & olive sea snakes. They are curious and swim right for you and it seems like every time you look down there is a snake poking around your fin tips! They also wind around to look at their reflection in your camera dome port and are posing for you. They are treating you as part of their environment and have no malicious intent at all.

 

Lucipara Atoll

The 5 Atolls in the middle of the Banda Sea are the tops of undersea mountains, hidden world-class sites with sheer walls surrounded by crystal clear, blue water. An amazing site with lots of barrel sponges in the deep blue which is alive with rainbow runners, schooling surgeonfish, dogtooth tunas, jacks and barracudas which occasionally fade away from sight of hammerhead sharks. The uninhabited beaches around the atolls are also ideal green turtle nesting sites.

 

Banda Neira

The Banda area offers a good variety of dive sites, from Volcanic rock at Pohon Miring to The black sand in Banda’s harbour, muck diving with Flying gurnards spreading their electric blue wings, nervously moving sea moth, nudibranchs and the mandarin fish, which are seen in many places around the harbor of Banda Neira.

 

Pulau Suanggi

A secret place in the middle of the Banda Sea, reached by live-aboard only, makes this another unspoilt reef where not many divers witness the true nature of Pulau Suanggi and Pulau Ai. This area acts like an oasis for pelagics that cruise by these pristine hard coral reefs full of fish, which they all call home. Napoleon wrasse, green & hawksbill turtle, tuna, rainbow runner, huge schools of barracuda mixing with schools of bannerfish, redtooth triggers and fusiliers that sometimes-just cloud the whole reef.

 

Ambon Bay

The Intensity of marine life in this Bay is unrivalled; with a combination of nutrients pushed into this large bay with lots of small coves where critters can benefit from the passing currents but are still protected by sheltered waters. A unique combination creates conditions that nourish an incredible eco system that makes this bay one of the richest and interesting places to dive. Ambon Bay is also famous for weird species like the Psychedelic Frogfish, right here at a dive site named the twilight zone, where many different kinds of moray eel, sea moth, ribbon eel, stonefish take habitat too. The Ambon shipwreck, a Dutch cargo vessel that sunk during 1950s, is also a very photogenic site and teeming with life.

 

Around North Adonara 

The diving along the north coast of Adonara offers very nice gentle sloping coral reefs with quite a few coral bommies on sandy patches. Very good for critters; ornate ghost pipefish, pipefish, frogfish, seahorse, leaf scorpion fish, and ribbon eels. This area remains an opportunity to dive unexplored sites to reveal the Gems of Alor.

 

Diving around North Lembata

Beneath Gunung Api Ile Ape, a towering active volcano 1,450 metres above sea level at the north of Lembata island, lay wonderful sites, dramatic sheer walls, plateaus with beautiful hard coral, overhangs, and black sand critter dives. It’s common to see top predator like reef sharks swim along the reef.

 

Diving North East Flores

TJ. Bunga has excellent diving; nice shallow reef tops with fine hard corals and abounds with soft corals and sea fans covering the walls & crevices hiding macro delights such as frogfish, pygmy seahorses and ghost pipefish. Often sharks and eagle rays are cruising in the blue. There are also reports of Hammerhead sightings here.

 

Diving around Maumere Bay

Maumere is a beautiful bay on the north coast of Flores. It is an area that is famous for its diversity and once held the title of the most diverse spot on earth. The islands on the outer edge of the bay have nice coral reefs with steep walls covered in hard corals and large sea fans. Dolphins can be seen during the whole year, mostly if the sea is calm.

 

Around Sangeang Volcano & Gili Banta

Welcome to the black sand diving of Sangeang Volcano, where rainbow dives await you with colourful anemones, sponges, crinoids, black coral bushes, long whip corals, and bright encrusting soft coral and sea fans in different colours surrounded by fine volcanic black sand and teeming with bright colourful reef fish. Today is one of the beautiful scenery days when you just want to be in the water all day long.

 

Around Gili Lawa Laut

Here comes the savannah like scenery of Komodo, surrounded by many shades of turquoise blue water, white sandy beaches and rough rock surfaces. As stunningly as the islands themselves, the underwater scenery of Gili Lawa Laut will take your breath away with frizzy colours, schooling fish action, you name it, it's all here! It's truly a diver's paradise.

 

Around "Current City"

The real Komodo diving starts here where, like the name suggests, the currents play a big role in this part of the cruise. When you are in the water at the right place and time, the reefs spring to life! Fish are abundant everywhere but the rocks and reefs in 'current' areas provide the best chances for spotting the bigger fish, especially sharks and other pelagics.

 

Around Padar Island

Back in the water where diving changes completely from clear, warm water from the Pacific Ocean to the murkier rich plankton soup of the Indian Ocean that attracts lots of life.

 

Around Nusa Kode

In the most Southern bay of Rinca, the upwelling of the Indian Ocean brings water full of nutrients that makes this location stunning in a way that is hard to beat anywhere else. The reefs are completely covered with hard & soft corals, crinoids, sea apples, sponges, black coral, sea fans, whip and wire coral. It is almost impossible to find an empty space without life! - It's all here at Nusa Kode!

 

Diving "Manta Alley"

This is the place that makes Komodo stand out as a destination that represents the variety od diving in Indonesia. Oposite to the critter hunt at Nusa Kode, here you will dive with manta rays, lots of them! With the rich nutrients from the Indian Ocean, this place is thick with plankton therefore do not expect great visibility but who cares, mantas are just everywhere and sometimes, if you're lucky even mola-mola, the famous giant sun fish, show up especially when the water is becoming a near bone-chilling 18 to 22 degrees...

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