Banda Sea / Raja Ampat / Halmahera

Damai 2

12 Days 11 Nights

Start Date: 

Oct 16, 2021

From:

Ambon

Availability:

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End Date:

Oct 27, 2021

To:

Ternate

Remarks:

Chartered by Planet Deep / Ocean Society

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Do some critter hunting in the world class muck diving destination of Ambon harbor. Visit the chain of islands where he spices trade took place: sheer walls, and unique encounters of Banda Sea. Passing through Raja Ampat for the most magical diving in Indonesia and the Blue Water Mangrove for a one of a kind mangrove experience. Moving all the way to the Northern Maluku Islands; destinations is famous for its second to number schooling of Barracuda and Jacks. Below will be the draft itinerary when you are onboard of Damai:

Day 1 and 2: Arrive into Ambon

Guests will arrive in Ambon and have time to get comfortable on the boat. We will do a couple of dives in the mucky Bay of Ambon, a heaven for critter hunters: Rhinopias, Frog fish. Gosts pipe fish, Seahorses, pretty much the whole collection can be found in these waters.

A short trip to the reefs outside the bay will give us the first impression of the different bottom contour of these area: A large underwater arch in Pintu Kota will delight our senses and provide great wide angle opportunities for those with a camera

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2 and 4

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Day 3: 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:

4

Day 4: Run, Hatta & Banda Sea

We'll first pass through the Island of Run for a dive before moving towards Hatta for the second dive. Both islands are sites that invites big ocean pelagic and great fish life. After the first 2 dives of the morning, we will 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.

If time permit, we can even tour around the island and 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:

4

Day 5: Koon

At the far eastern end of Seram there is the island of Koon. There is only a single dive site, but it is well worth diving twice. Too Many Fish! is a sloping reef that drops off into the deep and there are plenty of pelagic hanging around here; giant trevally and large tunas come in to feed, schools of snapper and barracuda hang off the drop off. There are some cool coral heads in the shallows to explore at the end of the dive.

Long crossing at night: Around 105 miles or 16-17 hours

No. of Dives:

2 or 3

Day 6: Boo & Fiabacet

This amazing string of small islands has a colourful array of great dives sites. The signature sites in the area include Boo Windows, Nudi Rock, Tank Rock and Whale Rock. The whole place is a delight for the eyes.

On a calm day you can visit the amazing seamount Magic Mountain and experience cruising sharks, schooling fish and mantas cleaning. A truly spectacular dive!

No. of Dives:

4

Day 7: Blue Water Mangrove

Travel down to the most southern of the Four Kings to a special place where the blue water of the reef meets the roots of the mangrove's trees. A photographer's paradise with colorful soft corals growing on the roots, hard corals nestling up to the shallows and a sandy-rubble slope for critter hunting.

**for safety reasons, we do not recommend night dive as there have been sightings of crocodile in the area.

No. of Dives:

3

Day 8: Pulau Pisang

This small island in the middle of Seram Sea has some great fish action; snapper, barracuda, fusiliers, rainbow runners.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 9: Bacan

Begin the day with a dramatic wall dive off Tanjung Marengarango. Check out the schooling fish; barracuda, snapper, fusiliers and the potential for some great passing pelagics.

Spend the afternoon enjoying some excellent muck diving along the boat-building beach at Penambuan; excellent habitat amongst the variety of black sand, pebbles, algae and coral heads. Hunt for octopus, colourful nudibranchs, frogfish, seahorses, cuttlefish, unusual shrimp.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 10: Goraici

The small islands of Sikko have some good pinnacle diving current permitting. Lots of fish and passing pelagics. For a more sedate dive Sikko Gardens is a beautiful white sand coral plateau with garden eels, rays, nudibranch and lots reef fish.

In the region the dive site of Equator has something for everybody. Excellent fish life, interesting macro subjects and sometimes majestic manta rays and eagle rays passing by. For the afternoon the pretty corals of Leilei Jetty are usually a perfect spot to enjoy the brilliant colors and the unique macro subject of Halmahera.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 12: Halmahera Sea

Will be looking for undersea mountains with vibrant reefs and the highest congregation of fish in the area. Oceanic trigger fish, Snappers, fusiliers, black and white tip reef sharks.

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Day 12: Departure

Guests will be escorted to the airport in Ternate 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

Cabin 1

This room is 20 sq meters / 215 sq feet in size and is fitted with a double bed (160cm x 200cm / 5.25 feet x 6.56 feet) and a day bed (100cm x 200cm / 3.28 feet x 6.56 feet), desk, wardrobe, reading lights and bed side table. It's fully air-conditioned and have a flat screen TV that are pre-loaded a good collection of entertainment. The en-suite facilities of dry and wet zone, of which the shower is divided with a glass door.

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