Alor / Forgotten Islands / Banda Sea

Damai 2

12 Days 11 Nights

Start Date: 

Oct 03, 2021

From:

Kupang

Availability:

Cancelled

End Date:

Oct 14, 2021

To:

Ambon

Remarks:

Chartered by Wiro Dive

Cabin Availability

Go into the microenvironment fed but currents of the Indian and the Pacific oceans of Alor. Dive in the incredibly rich waters and the area is typified by crystal clear water, deep walls and pinnacles, awesome overhangs and swim-throughs, beautiful pristine corals, huge barrel sponges and large schools of fish of the Forgotten Islands. Visit the chain of islands where he spices trade took place: sheer walls, and unique encounters of Banda Sea. Below will be the draft itinerary when you are onboard of Damai:

Day 1: Arrive into Kupang

Guests will arrive in Kupang and have time to get comfortable on the boat. There is a large crossing towards the Alor region, and we will depart once we have settled on the boat.

No. of Dives:

0

Day 2: Pantar Straits (East)

Beautiful rocky formation, and abundant life around the patches between the walls. We do see timid Mola Molas on the surface and and schooling dolphins hang in the near open waters.

On the south-east of Pantar, Beangabang Bay has one of the top night dives in the country: the chance to hunt for octopus, ghost pipefish, unusual shrimp, Bobbitt worms colourful nudibranchs and lots of juvenile fish.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 2: Pantar Straits & Kalabahi

The always impressive Valley of the clowns early morning, where a mile long reef is decorated with a carpet of anemones. Muck dive in the afternoon in Kalabahi bay, looking for Rinophias or octopus.

No. of Dives:

3

Day 4: Reong

Further to the east Wetar provides some good diving on sloping reefs. We will then move further southeast to the sand channels at Nautilus is an interesting dive with some excellent hard coral formations with excellent reef life including giant clams. Schooling grunts, turtles and white tips are to be expected.

No. of Dives:

3

Day 5: Nyata

The islands around Nyata boast white sand beaches which stretch into beautiful blue water down to pristine hard coral gardens and walls. An amazing contrast of white sand and isolated coral formations will be our first dive of the day, followed by sheered walls with enormous sponges, overhands and swim-through. There are plenty of schools of small reef fish but watch the blue for passing pelagic.

No. of Dives:

3 or 4

Day 6: Dai

The south tip of the island has two large coral formation, coming put from the island where life accumulates, A superb large school of Barracudas and jacks are hanging there. The hard corals in the shallows count among the best ones in the area and the whole island is pristine, well balance with healthy abundant life.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 7: Dawera

An underwater pinnacle will be the highlight of the day. A world class dive site, where schooling fusiliers, and snappers take shelter from the numerous sharks that patrol it. Mostly grey reefs and white tips, and occasionally silver tips. Interesting hard coral gardens and walls can also be explored.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 8: Nils Desperandum

The best place in Indonesia to have a chance to spot school of Hammerheads. An atoll with walls all around it, large pelagic patrol the reefs, and the ridges in the corners are timing with life, schooling fish, large barrel sponges and fans. Great diving experience.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 9: Manuk

The island of the snakes is a smoking volcano in the middle of the Banda Sea. There is the opportunity to see both Olive Sea Snakes and the more common Banded Sea Krait which can lead to quite an exhilirating dive. There are a couple of Mobula Ray cleaning stations nestled in the black sand shallows and always the possibility of cruising sharks.

No. of Dives:

3 or 4

Day 10: Bandar Neira

Spend some quality time around the Spice Islands in the shadow of Gunung Api volcano. There are a selection of unique dive sites including the hard coral at Lava Flow and the very fishy underwater pinnacles at Batu Kapal.

Tour the island in the afternoon, visit its historical buildings, Banda was the center of the spice trade and of capital importance at the time. Late in the afternoon, we will go back in the water for a world class mandarin dive experience.

No. of Dives:

3

Day 11: Nusa Laut

There are two distinct dive sites at Nusa Laut. Akon Wall is beautiful drop off with a natural limestone swim through in the wall. There are clouds of colorful Anthias and Damselfish hanging off the wall. Amed Slope is a sloping reef with excellent hard corals and schooling fish.

No. of Dives:

2

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Day 12: Departure

Guests will be escorted to the airport in Ambon and assisted with check in procedures, no doubt full of talk about the wonders of the most popular dive destination in the world.

DISCLAIMERS

The trip will be weather dependent and there might be long crossing required throughout. We will, try to adjust the best we can to the conditions and fulfil all itinerary briefed when you’re on the boat.

Due to the need to report to the local village, divers will need to be flexible with the start time of the first dive at some of the dive sites. We will ensure that you’re given timely update on this during the trip, however your understanding on last minute changes would be appreciate. This is because divers are only allowed in the water once permission is granted by the local villages and officers.

Damai are flexible to change itinerary suggested based on customer’s preference in the event that weather and time allow us to do so and if changes is agreeable by all participants on board

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