Forgotten Islands / Banda Sea / Raja Ampat

Damai 2

15 Days 14 Nights

Start Date: 

Nov 16, 2022

From:

Saumlaki

Availability:

Sold Out

End Date:

Nov 30, 2022

To:

Sorong

Remarks:

Chartered by Tanya Burnett

Cabin Availability

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. Finalize your trip in Raja Ampat, center of marine biodiversity in the world. Below will be the draft itinerary when you are onboard of Damai:

Day 1: Arrive into Saumlaki

Guests will arrive in Saumlaki and have time to get comfortable on the boat. We will start travelling towards the Forgotten Islands once all customer are on board and clearance is granted by the local authorities

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Day 2: Pulau Dawera

Some of the healthiest and balanced coral reef. Abundant life which consists of school of bigeye trevally, fusiliers, enormous Napoleon Wrasse, patrolling Dogtooth Tuna and a series of Sharks. A perfect way to complete the trip with the last 2 dives here to enjoy the beautiful reef and amazing fish life.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 3: Dai

Tertuti Wall is a beautiful wall carpeted in vibrant orange and yellow softcorals and huge seafans. There are schools of butterflyfish and anthias hanging just off the wall and larger schools further out. With plenty of ledges and overhangs to make the dive interesting, there is even an arch for photo opportunities.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 4: Damar

Just south are the Terbang islands with their steep walls and passing pelagics. Another chance to spot hammerheads and bigger fish: bump head Parrot fish, Napoleon fish swimming among extremely heathy corals.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 5 and 6: Nils Desperandum & Sika

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.

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Day 7: 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

Day 8: Bui

Just north of Kei we have the long line of Watubela islands with some great diving off the east side. We have two extensive seamounts, Ultima Frontera and Gunung Laut, to explore with schools of fish, excellent hard coral coverage, huge sponges, black spotted morays and passing pelagics.

No. of Dives:

2

Day 9: 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 it 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. After the second dive, we will move towards the center of the Spice Island trade: Banda

No. of Dives:

2

Day 10 and 11: 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!

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Day 12: Wayilbatan

The Four Kings is a series of colorful underwater pinnacles which make an amazing dive with plenty of cool fish action. Moving later to a more sheltered spot we are in the vicinity of some great dive spots: drift along the channel at Neptune Fan Sea; explore wall at Wedding Cake or enjoy the fish action on the ridge at Barracuda Rock.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 13: Daram

The islands further east in the Misool region, are booming with colors, unreal collection of soft corals and fans along the walls of their most iconic dive sites: Andiamo and the Candy Store.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 14: Farondi / Balbulol

No Contest and Love Potion No.9 near the island of Balbulol are a string of underwater ridges rich in current and therefore colourful soft corals and seafans. Spend your time looking in the blue for schooling pelagics and often the beautiful Mobula Rays.

To the east is the island of Farondi. Visit the unique underwater caves at Goa Farondi and hunt for cool pygmy seahorses on the different varieties of sea fans. Nearby in the channel are the current rich pinnacles of the Three Sisters. This area is teeming with life and there is a good chance of seeing a lot of fish action.

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Day 15: Departure

Guests will be escorted to the airport in Sorong 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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