Calico Jack - komodo / raja ampat Liveaboard

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Calico Jack is a newly built and beautifully hand-made 30m traditional Indonesian sailing boat. Built from the finest tropical sustainable forest hardwoods to the highest standards by the master builders of Sulawesi, the Calico Jack blends the best of traditional with modern amenities and green technology.

The professional and friendly crew are on hand to ensure you have the best journey you could wish for whether it is a journey of discovery and relaxation to fantastic ‘castaway’ islands or superb diving locations.

Calico Jack has been tastefully and comfortably furnished throughout with all the modern facilities you would expect and can host a maximum of 10 guests in 5 luxury cabins to choose from; 2 double bed cabins and 3 cabins each with 2 single beds all with en-suite toilets, hot showers, Air Conditioning.

The wide front deck offers a large sheltered dining area equipped with a sound system and plenty of space for relaxation. The top sun deck thoughtfully laid out with loungers, Is a great spot to unwind and watch the sunset with a cocktail.

Expect some wonderful Asian fusion culinary delights during your stay on board. Dinner is a 3 course gourmet affair served by the crew. You can either choose your own menus or enjoy your favourites just how you like them or, much like your vacation, you can adventure into an unknown journey of discovery! The kitchen crew are even happy to share their culinary knowledge with you if you would like to enjoy some cooking classes.

With two tenders and a compressor, the boat is well equipped for diving, surfing, kite surfing and exploration trips around the beautiful islands of Indonesia. Everyone, young and old, will enjoy the extras available on board : snorkelling equipment, kayaks, fishing gear.

Calico Jack - prices

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Full pricing is available on the schedule here.
Prices are in US dollars for one week based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.

Inclusions in the price

  • All the dives, guided, 3 dives a day + night dive when possible. No dive on the arrival day, 2 dives on the last day of the cruise, no dive on the check out day.
  • Aluminium 80CF tank, diving weights, weights belts.
  • All meal and snacks onboard. Drinking water, hot drinks (the, coffee, milk, chocolate), soft drinks.
  • Airport, boat, airport transfers at cruise departure & arrival location

Exclusions in the price

  • Harbor and national park entry, local diving taxes
  • Beers, wines and liquors
  • Expresso coffee
  • Dive equipment rental
  • 100cf tank
  • Travel insurance - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
  • Dive insurance – MANDATORY - we recommend Divers Alert Network (DAN) -Crew gratuities
  • International and domestic air, land, sea transportation, tax and excess baggage charges
  • Visa, hotels and food ashore before and after the cruise.

Terms and conditions:

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

Group charter:

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

Calico Jack - schedule

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09Jul17
14Jul17
Embark: Komodo
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Komodo
6 spaces available
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17Jul17
25Jul17
Embark: Komodo - Gilis
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Komodo - Gilis
10 spaces available
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30Jul17
07Aug17
Embark: Gilis - Komodo
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Gilis - Komodo
8 spaces available
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13Aug17
18Aug17
Embark: Komodo
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Komodo
0 spaces available
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Relocate to Maumere
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24Aug17
04Sep17
Embark: Maumere -Alor
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Maumere -Alor
10 spaces available
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08Sep17
19Sep17
Embark: Alor -Saumlaki
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Alor -Saumlaki
10 spaces available
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24Sep17
05Oct17
Embark: Saumlaki /Ambon
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Saumlaki /Ambon
10 spaces available
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08Oct17
19Oct17
Embark: Ambon/Raja Ampat
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Ambon/Raja Ampat
10 spaces available
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22Oct17
02Nov17
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
2 spaces available
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05Nov17
16Nov17
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
0 spaces available
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19Nov17
30Nov17
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
8 spaces available
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03Dec17
12Dec17
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
8 spaces available
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18Dec17
26Dec17
Embark: Raja Ampat Xmas
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Raja Ampat Xmas
10 spaces available
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28Dec17
05Jan18
Embark: Raja Ampat NYE
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Raja Ampat NYE
8 spaces available
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08Jan18
18Jan18
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
10 spaces available
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21Jan18
01Feb18
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
10 spaces available
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04Feb18
15Feb18
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
8 spaces available
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18Feb18
01Mar18
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
10 spaces available
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04Mar18
15Mar18
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
0 spaces available
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18Mar18
29Mar18
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
10 spaces available
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01Apr18
12Apr18
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
10 spaces available
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15Apr18
26Apr18
Embark: The Maluku (Sorong - Ambon)
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The Maluku (Sorong - Ambon)
10 spaces available
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15Apr18
26Apr18
Embark: The Maluku (Sorong - Ambon)
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The Maluku (Sorong - Ambon)
10 spaces available
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10Jun18
15Jun17
Embark: Komodo
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Komodo
28 spaces available
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17Jun18
25Jun18
Embark: Komodo-Gilis (Lombok)
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Komodo-Gilis (Lombok)
10 spaces available
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02Jul18
10Jul18
Embark: Gilis -Komodo
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Gilis -Komodo
10 spaces available
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15Jul18
20Jul18
Embark: Komodo
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Komodo
10 spaces available
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22Jul18
27Jul18
Embark: Komodo
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Komodo
10 spaces available
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29Jul18
09Aug18
Embark: MAUMERE-ALOR
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MAUMERE-ALOR
10 spaces available
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13Aug18
25Aug18
Embark: Alor -Saumlaki
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Alor -Saumlaki
10 spaces available
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02Sep18
13Sep18
Embark: Saumlaki /Ambon
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Saumlaki /Ambon
10 spaces available
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16Sep18
27Sep18
Embark: Ambon/Raja Ampat
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Ambon/Raja Ampat
10 spaces available
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07Oct18
18Oct18
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
10 spaces available
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21Oct18
01Nov18
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
10 spaces available
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04Nov18
15Nov18
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
10 spaces available
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18Nov18
29Nov18
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
10 spaces available
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02Dec18
13Dec18
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
10 spaces available
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16Dec18
27Dec18
Embark: Raja Ampat Xmas (North)
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Raja Ampat Xmas (North)
10 spaces available
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30Dec18
10Jan19
Embark: Raja Ampat NYE (North)
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Raja Ampat NYE (North)
10 spaces available
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20Jan19
31Jan19
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
10 spaces available
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03Feb19
14Feb19
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
10 spaces available
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17Feb19
28Feb19
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
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03Mar19
14Mar19
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
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24Mar19
04Apr19
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
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07Apr19
18Apr19
Embark: Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat
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21Apr19
02May19
Embark: Raja Ampat-Ambon
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Raja Ampat-Ambon
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Calico Jack - cabins

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Calico Jack has been tastefully and comfortably furnished throughout with all the modern facilities you would expect and can host a maximum of 10 guests in 5 luxury cabins to choose from; 2 double bed cabins and 3 cabins each with 2 single beds all with en-suite toilets, hot showers and air conditioning.

Calico Jack - itinerary

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Raja Ampat itinerary 11nights

Itineraries and dive sites choice in Raja Ampat are highly dependant on tides and meteorological conditions. Many dives have to be performed at a particular moment of the tide and the South of Raja Ampat park may be difficult to acess if the winds are too strong. For these reasons the itineray displayed here is not a fixed itinerary, but more an example of the multiple ways this cruise can be done.

Day 1

Guest reception at Sorong airport, transfer to the boat, Check in, welcome drink, briefing, departure in the evening. According to weather forecast, we will start the tour by the south or the North. In this schedule, we present the option starting with the South. Navigation through Sele Strait to reach the East of Misool.

Day 2

In East Misool we will dive Balbulol area.

Day 3

After a short morning navigation, we reach Misool South East and start another great day of diving in the vicinity of Misool eco resort, and Boo area, then we’ll move further south Misool to the west and overnight in Wayilbatan area.

Day 4

in Wayilbatan area we will manage the whole diving day and we’ll take time in the afternoon to do some kayaking and visit some hidden lagoons.

Day 5

We’ll be on our way to Pele and manage fantastic dives on the way.

Day 6

We will dive Fiabacet area and night navigation to Penemu and Fam islands.

Day 7

We’ll spend the whole day in Penemu area for diving, and in the late afternoon, we’ll climb a small mountain to admire the wonderful landscape of the area and at night, we’ll organise a dinner on the beach.

Day 8

We’ll dive Yanggefo area and enter the Dampier’s Strait.

Day 9

We’ll dive Dampier’s Strait area and discover the largest concentrations of big fish on northern Raja Ampat.

Day 10

If the weather conditions are favorable we’ll trek in the jungle for an early morning bird watching to admire the Red Bird of Paradise then manage diving in Dampier’s strait.

Day 11

Two other famous and fabulous dives in the Dampier strait, then the boat will sail back to Sorong where it will arrive during the evening.

Day 12

Breakfast, Check out according to guest flight schedule. Transfer to the airport.

Komodo itinerary

Itineraries and dive sites choice in Komodo are highly dependant on tides and meteorological conditions. Many dives have to be performed at a particular moment of the tide and the South of Komodo may be difficult to acess if the winds are too strong -the waters are also colders with a limited visibility so the guests could prefer to stay in the North-. For these reasons the itineray displayed here is not a fixed itinerary, but more an example of the multiple ways this cruise can be done.

Day 1

2 dives:
Arrival from Denpasar (Bali) with Garuda GA 7026 (0600-0735) or Lion Air IW 1886 flight (0650-0800) at Labuanbajo. Welcoming at airport, transfer to the boat.

Check in, Welcome drink, lunch, briefing. Navigation to Sebayor. Check dive at Sebayor kecil, and a night dive close to the same Island

Day 2

4 Dives:
Dive on 3 sisters, on the Padar Island. A wonderful set of 3 pinacles: soft corals, feather stars, sea apples, great fish life. We keep going south to Langkoi, in the very South Komodo to dive Manta alley, one of best site in Indoensia to admire mantas in Indonesia. We generally repeat this dive as the divers love it, then we go to East Komodo (Pink beach) for the night dive.

Day 3

4 dives:
North komodo strait : Batu Bolong, a rock in the middle of the strait with incredible fish life, great walls and dramatic underwater landscape. Tatawa besar, a colorful drift dive well known for the orange soft corals, Tatawa kecil a dive with rocks and walls that are home to numerous groupers, school of snappers and trevallies. The dive topography is also very nice, with big boulders, walls, overhangs and caves.

Day 4

4 dives:
In the North of the park, we dive the famous dive sites of Cristal and Castel rock: a profusion of marine life including various kind of sharks, hunting giant trevallies, clouds of fusilers, thunas, giant groupers, etc. Shotgun, a drift into a channel between 2 islands is an amazing dive site too: Sponges and corals boulders on a flat sandy area that evoluates into a channel unwhich walls are covered with soft corals. School of giant trevallies, groupers, white tip sharks. Night dive

Day 5

2 dives:
We dive again one of Castel or Cristal rock and the drift dive of Lampu: a slope going down to 20 meters, sand and boulders on the bottom where often lies white tip sharks. The corner, at the end of the dive, is rich with schools of snappers, orientalis sweetlips, spade fish, napoleon wrasse. In the afternoon we will do a short trek in Rinca to see more Komodo dragons and other animals living on the savannah of Rinca. Back to Labuanbajo in the evening

Day 6

Check out in the morning (before midday), transfer to the airport or hotel.

Calico Jack - specs

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Dimensions & Specifications
Hull material Iron wood Type motor / sail
Decks 3 levels Mast(s) Twin 2
Tonnage 68 ton Beam 6m 42s
Length over all 33 meter Engine power twin 220 hp 440hp total
Draught 3m Cruising range 1400 nautical miles
Cruising speed 8.5 knots Fresh water maker 175 liters/ hour
Fresh water storage 3.8 ton Voltage 12 yes
Voltage 220 yes Max. diving passengers 10
Max. total passengers 10 Crew 11
Navigation & Communication
GPS Garmin/Furuno/Navionics Plotter yes
Depth sounder yes Fish finder yes
Satellite phone yes Mariphone SSB / VHF
Radar yes Navtex no
Safety
Life raft(s) 1x 20 persons Life jackets 25
Life ring buoys yes First aid kit yes
Fire extinguishers yes Fire & smoke alarm yes
EPIRP yes Oxygen yes
ENOS no Defibrillator no
Hyperbaric chamber no
Dive facilities
Compressors 2x Coltri Tropical Dive courses not available
Tanks 20 Camera rinsing tub yes
NITROX no Weights/ belts yes
Camera workstation yes Dive platform yes
Rental dive gear yes Tender 1 5.5m Rib 85hp Yamaha
Deck shower(s) yes/no Tender 2 5m wooden 40 hp
English speaking guide yes Tender 3 -
Cabin facilities
4 x Double bed cabin (lower deck)
Private bathroom yes Private toilet yes
Shower hot and cold Extra bed yes
Cupboard/ wardrobe yes 220 volt yes
Air conditioning yes Fan yes 12v
Porthole yes 4 Window yes
... x other cabin (lower deck) ??
Private bathroom yes Private toilet yes
Shower cold Extra bed no
Cupboard/ wardrobe yes 220 volt yes
Air conditioning yes Fan yes
Porthole yes Window no
Lounge facilities
Air conditioning no Fan(s) yes
Sofa(s) yes Dining table yes
Television yes DVD player yes
Sound system yes Computer yes
Deck(s) facilities
Sun deck area yes Covered deck area yes
Reclining chairs yes Mattresses yes
Hammocks yes Sofa(s) yes
Dining table yes
Bar facilities
Beer yes Wine yes
Spirits yes Soft drinks yes
Juices yes Ice cubes yes
Services & Entertainment
Laundry service yes Towel service yes
Massage no Library yes
Indoor games yes Beach games yes
DVD's yes iPod connection yes
Snorkel gear yes Fishing gear yes
Kayak(s) yes Wake board no
Water ski no Jet ski no
Extra's
e.g.:
3x Large capacity dive tanks available to hire. Yoga area on top deck, huge bean bags
Hair dryers to come
Hot water in all cabins June 2015
June 2015 -3rd Rib 5m 40hp/ Wake boards x 2 and new additional double kayaks

Calico Jack - 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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MARINE LIFE:

The areas where we dive are unmatched for small and unusual marine wildlife. The species list is endless and new ones are still being discovered in these areas. Whales, manta rays, sharks and larger pelagic species are found in the dive sites with higher currents. Strong currents and up-wellings transport nutrient-rich waters throughout these areas.

CLIMATE:

The average air temperature in the regions we visit ranges from 25 - 32o Celsius or 77-90o Fahrenheit.

HEALTH AND INOCULATIONS:

Vaccinations for typhoid, paratyphoid, tetanus, Cholera, Polio, and Hepatitis A are recommended. Malaria is endemic in many parts of Indonesia, please check with your local Tropical Disease Centre for anti-malaria/diver friendly medication.

MONEY:

The Indonesian currency is Rupiah. Rates fluctuate enormously, please check with our cruise directors for your cruise exchange rates.

POPULATION AND PEOPLE:

Regarded as the fifth most populous nation in the world, there are approximately 200,000,000 in Indonesia. The majority, around 60% reside on the island of Java.

RELIGION:

An amazing diversity of religions exists. Predominantly a Muslim nation, islands like Timor, North Sulawesi and Flores are Christian. Hinduism is found mainly in Bali. Scattered throughout the region are a variety of other beliefs.

LANGUAGE:

Bahasa Indonesia, almost identical to Malay is the one national language. Several local dialects exist in each region as well. English is widely spoken in the more popular tourist destinations such as Bali.

Diving Indonesia

Out of 14,000+ islands in the archipelago, there are a plethora of exclusive dive locations in Indonesia, boasting up to 80% of the worlds species of undersea life. With Indocruises we take you to pristine spots not that known in your average dive travel guide and which are still being explored. Explore this vast archipelago in comfort, safety and luxury aboard the Pearl of Papua with our experienced and qualified crew.

Dive conditions in Indonesia

  • Diving all year around is possible.
  • Watertemperature 24°(75°F) to 30°C(86°F) (In the south of Komodo it drops down to 21°C (70°F)
  • Visibility is mostly very good (up to 30m) Diving rules

Safety Procedures and Emergency Evacuation Information:

Hyperbaric chambers (or recompression chamber) in Indonesia There are 6 recompression chambers in Indonesia to treat decompression sickness

Bali: Sanglah General Hospital (in Indonesian language) USUP Sanglah Denpasar JI. Diponegoro, Denpasar 80114 Bali, Indonesia: Phone 62-361-227911 through -15 ext. 232 (hyperbaric medical department) Fax 62-361-22426 Run by Dr. Antonius Natasamudra and Dr. Etty Herawati

Manado (Sulawesi): At the Malalayang Hospital (chamber for 3 to 4 persons) Phone: 0811430913 and ask for Dr Jimmy Waleleng (Phone home 860953). Makassar (Sulawesi): Rumah Sakit Umum Wahidin Sudirohusodo. Contact person: Pak Daniel Address: Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan Km. 11, Tamalanrea Kampus UNHAS Indonesia TEL:++ 62 - 0411 (584677) , 584675. Said to be for 3 to 4 persons.

Jakarta (Java): Rumah Sakit Angkatan Laut (Navy Hospital) in Jl. Bendungan Hilir No.17, Central Jakarta (see text in italian with some addresses - list of help) Kalimantan: The Borneo Divers have the only professional recompression chamber located on Sipadan island (Borneo - Malaysia)

Surabaya (Java): Rumah Sakit Angkatan Laut (RSAL) (Military Marine hospital) Jl. Gadung no. 1, Surabaya: Phone 031-45750 and 41731 (another number given was 031-838153 and fax 031- 837511) Run by Dr Suharsono Available SAR (search and rescue) contact information:

  • SAR Bali : ph 0361 - 751111 Radio : 13545.0
  • SAR Lombok : Ph 0370 - 633253 Radio : 13545.0
  • SAR Makassar : Ph 0411 - 554111 Radio : 13545.0
  • SAR Manado : Ph 0431 - 825986
  • SAR Kupang : Ph 0380 - 831111
  • SAR Ambon : Ph 0911 - 351111
  • SAR Sorong : Ph 0951 - 323816

Available SAR (search and rescue) contact information:
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