Siren Indonesia - komodo / raja ampat Liveaboard

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Siren Indonesia in Komodo

Between 1st July and 30th September there will be a 25% discount on the following cruises
10 - 20Aug 2017 in Komodo - 10 Nights: Was 4290 €, Now 3217 €
12 - 22Sep 2017 in Komodo - 10 Nights: Was 4290 €, Now 3217 €

intro: “Pindito liveaboard is the only safari boat in Indonesia that has 15+ years of operating experience in Raja Ampat, Komodo, Flores and the Banda sea. Offering 8 cabins for 16 guests in 6 double and 2 twin all cabins feature ensuite heads with hot and cold running water (vanity and shower as well as toilet), individually controlled air conditioning and five 220v AC electrical outlets available 24hours a day.

Our crew is devoted to your comfort and will attend to your cabin daily, keeping it clean and tidy and providing fresh towels as necessary. Additional towels are available for you on deck as needed. Now you can join Pindito as she sails to and dives upon the most biodiverse coral reefs in the world. With a crew off 17 standing-by to look after you during your expedition you will be sure to discover the best diving in the world in style”

The 40 metre S/Y Indo Siren luxury liveaboard, launched in April 2011, has the same specifications as her sister yacht, the S/Y Philippine Siren. She can accommodate 16 guests in 8 large air-conditioned cabins. The cabins are either fixed double or twin bed, however we offer flexibility with 2 cabins which can be converted from twin to double to suit the needs of our guests. The outdoor dining area is very comfortable offering a great setting for all your meals. The dive deck is perhaps the most spacious and comfortable you will have ever experienced.

The S/Y Indo Siren is not only owned and managed by Worldwide Dive and Sail but was built by our team to ensure every thought for the modern diver has been taken into account. Our fun and friendly crew offer attentive personal service and will go out of their way to make your time aboard truly memorable.

The Indo Siren has designated indoor and outdoor workstations for charging, preparation and maintenance of your camera and video equipment. Large storage drawers for your peripheral items are available, as well as numerous charging points, with adapters available (sockets are 2-pin European style at 220v or 110v) Naturally, we also have large rinse tanks with fresh water solely for camera and video equipment – the S/Y Indo Siren truly sets out to be the pros choice for underwater photography and videography.

Siren Indonesia - prices

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

Cabin type 2017 2018
Standard cabin from E 3,250 from E 3,350

Rate includes:
• All meals, refreshments & snacks such as coffee, tea, herbal tea, fresh water, carbonated soft drinks, fruit juice, fresh fruit & cookies.
• Diving
• Local transfers to/from the yacht to/from the local airport
• Essential dive equipment of Aqua Lung Wave BCD, Calypso regulator, 3mm shorty wetsuit, mask and fins.* 12 litre aluminium tank and weights, SMB
• Free Nitrox fills for all certified Nitrox divers!
• Free local brand beer

Rate does not include:
• Airfare (international and domestic)

• Insurance

• Equipment rentals (torch / dive computer 5 Euro / day)

• Certification or specialty courses

• Hotel stays/day rooms
• marine par, port fees & taxes from 130 Euro / person

• Crew gratuity


Terms and conditions:

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

Group charter:

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

What time is the embarkation, boarding and departure?
Typical schedules allow for arrival into Sorong before 12pm and your departure flight should arrive to your international destination by 2pm.

Diving Equipment Rentals (Euro) Per day
Regulator with octopus Included in the trip price
Computer E 5
BCD Included in the trip price
Wetsuit (shorty 3mm) Included in the trip price
Mask Included in the trip price
Fins Included in the trip price
Torch E 5

Siren Indonesia - schedule

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10Aug17
20Aug17
Embark: Bima
Disembark: Bima
Komodo National Park
5 spaces available
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21Aug17
31Aug17
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Komodo National Park
8 spaces available
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01Sep17
11Sep17
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12Sep17
22Sep17
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22Sep17
02Oct17
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Komodo National Park
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05Oct17
19Oct17
Embark: Maumere
Disembark: Sorong
Flores to Raja Ampat Last spaces are in separate cabins 1 x female share, 1 x male share.
2 spaces available
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24Oct17
03Nov17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
0 spaces available
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04Nov17
14Nov17
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Raja Ampat
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15Nov17
25Nov17
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Raja Ampat
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26Nov17
06Dec17
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07Dec17
17Dec17
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18Dec17
28Dec17
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29Dec17
08Jan18
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09Jan18
19Jan18
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Raja Ampat
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20Jan18
30Jan18
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Raja Ampat
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30Jan18
06Feb18
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Raja Ampat
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06Feb18
13Feb18
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Raja Ampat
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14Feb18
24Feb18
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25Feb18
07Mar18
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08Mar18
18Mar18
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21Mar18
31Mar18
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01Apr18
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14Apr18
22Apr18
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Indonesia
16 spaces available
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23Apr18
30Apr18
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Raja Ampat
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30Apr18
07May18
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Raja Ampat
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07May18
14May18
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15May18
25May18
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Raja Ampat
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26May18
05Jun18
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Raja Ampat
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15Jun18
22Jun18
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Komodo National Park
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23Jun18
30Jun18
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Komodo National Park
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01Jul18
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12Jul18
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23Jul18
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05Aug18
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16Aug18
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Komodo National Park
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27Aug18
06Sep18
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07Sep18
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18Sep18
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29Sep18
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16Oct18
30Oct18
Embark: Maumere
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Flores to Raja Ampat
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04Nov18
14Nov18
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Raja Ampat
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15Nov18
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Raja Ampat
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26Nov18
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Raja Ampat
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07Dec18
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Raja Ampat
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18Dec18
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Raja Ampat
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29Dec18
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Raja Ampat
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09Jan19
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Raja Ampat
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20Jan19
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Raja Ampat
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02Feb19
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07Mar19
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11Apr19
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Raja Ampat
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22Apr19
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Raja Ampat
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03May19
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Raja Ampat
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14May19
24May19
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Raja Ampat
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25May19
04Jun19
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Raja Ampat
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17Jul19
27Jul19
Embark: Bima
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Komodo National Park
16 spaces available
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28Jul19
07Aug19
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Komodo National Park
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08Aug19
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19Aug19
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30Aug19
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10Sep19
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21Sep19
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05Oct19
19Oct19
Embark: Maumere
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Flores to Raja Ampat
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23Oct19
02Nov19
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Raja Ampat
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03Nov19
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25Nov19
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06Dec19
16Dec19
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Raja Ampat
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17Dec19
27Dec19
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28Dec19
07Jan20
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Siren Indonesia - cabins

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Indo siren has 8 large airconditioned cabins. The cabins are either fixed double or twin bed, however we offer flexibility with 2 cabins which can be converted from twin to double to suit the needs of our guests. Each cabin is equipped with individual aircon control, personal audio/video system, ensuite bathroom with hot water, overhead reading lights, lockable safety box, cupboards for personal items, bath & hand towels, bathrobe.

  • Cabin 1

  • Cabin 3

  • Cabin 4

  • Cabin 5

  • Cabin 6

  • Cabin 7

  • Cabin 8

  • Saloon

Siren Indonesia - itinerary

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Raja Ampat – 10 Night itinerary.
Trip itinerary can be subject to changed in the event of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
Departs / Returns: Sorong

  • 3 days in the Misool area
  • Fam Penemu & Yangeffo islands
  • Citrus Ridge (Wonderful soft corals)
  • Airborek Island (Famous pier dive)
  • Mansuar (Manta Ray action)
  • Dampier Strait (seahorses to pelagics)
  • Cape Kri and Sardine (speedy drift dives)

Komodo – 10 night itinerary
Trip itinerary can be subject to changed in the event of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
Departs / Returns: Bima, Sumbawa island

  • Gili Islands (Gili Banta & Gili Lawa Laut)
  • Komodo National Park (Incl. Komodo Island)
  • Batu Balong
  • Kusa Node
  • Torpedo Alley
  • Yellow Wall
  • Manta Alley (Mantas Galore!)

Banda Sea – 14 night itinerary
Trip itinerary can be subject to changed in the event of adverse weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
Departs: Flores and Returns: Sorong

  • Waigeo
  • Raja Ampat (Misool & Fiabacet Islands)
  • Palau Koon
  • Banda Neira
  • Adunara Island (14 night trip only)
  • Lesser Sunda Islands (14 night trip only)
  • Lucipara atolls (14 night trip only)

Siren Indonesia - specs

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Technical details.
Built :2010
Length :40 metres
Breadth :9.7 metres
Draft :3 metres
Construction Material :Ironwood
Engines : Marinized Nissan RH-10 Mitsubishi 6D-22
Max Speed :9knots
Generators :3 x Yanmar
Water Storage :16 tonnes

The crew.
Captain :1
Engineer :1
Chefs :2
Deck Hands :1
Tender Drivers: 2
Housekeeper :1
Host :1
Dive Team :3

Onboard safety.
First Aid : Yes
Emergency Responders : Yes
Emergency Oxygen : Yes
Life Jackets : Yes
Life Rafts : Yes
Life Rings : Yes
Radios : Yes
EPIRB : Yes
Fire Fighting Equipment : Yes
Smoke Detectors : Yes

Siren Indonesia - diving

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Raja Ampat diving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Komodo diving

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

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

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

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

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

Angel reef, Moyo, Sumbawa diving

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

Satonda island bay

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

Sangeang island diving

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

Gps point - Gili Banta diving

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

Takat Toko, Gili Lawalaut diving

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

Lighthouse reef, Gili Lawalaut diving

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

Crystal rock, Gili Lawalaut diving

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

Pink beach, Komodo diving

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

Cannibal rock, Rinca island diving

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

Torpedo alley, Rinca island diving

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

Manta alley, Komodo diving

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

Takat Makassar, Komodo diving

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

3 sisters, Padar island diving

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

How to get to Raja Ampat

Sorong is the harbour town in West Papua and the normal departure point to dive Raja Ampat. If you are unsure of how to get to Sorong to start your trip it will depend on where your international flight into Indonesia is landing. We recommend Jakarta or Bali to make your entry point into Indonesia amnd each has it’s pros and cons.

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

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

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

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

Premier liveaboard diving and its local flight agent can purchase the tickets on your behalf, however, in doing so, Premier liveaboard diving is only acting as an agent for the airline and is not responsible for, and can accept no responsibility for, cancellations, delays, schedule changes, or problems caused by the air carrier. We highly recommend trip interruption and cancellation insurance.

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