Alor / Forgotten Islands

Damai 2

12 Days 11 Nights

Start Date: 

Sep 28, 2024

From:

Kupang

Availability:

Sold Out

End Date:

Oct 9, 2024

To:

Saumlaki

Remarks:

Chartered by Nick Jennings

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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. 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: Treweng & Beangabang

Boulders hosting schooling snappers and surgeon fish. Mola Molas tend to come to the surface near the island that is as well aa a strategic place for whale watching.

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 3: Rusa

This is a collection of 3 small islands in the middle of the cold water currents that flow between the islands of Kawula and Pantar. Spectacular rock formation, totally covered with corals, hard and soft, crinoids, anemones. Almost impossible to find any space. In the shallow clouds of red anthias, deeper large snappers, sweetlips, giant groupers, passing sharks. As pure as it gets.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 4: Pantar Straits

Beautiful walls of macro and wide-angle subjects. Clean walls, abundant life and the always cooperative smile of the local community, specially the children who would like to be your underwater model. Clown Alley s the signature dive, over a mile-long reef covered with anemones. A truly underwater spectacle!! Get ready for some chilly thermoclines.

No. of Dives:

3

Day 5: Kalabahi & East Alor

Another day dedicated to pure muck dive in the Kalabahi bay where we can look for wonderous, Rhinopias, Ghost pipe fish, seahorses: underwater macro heaven.

In East Alor, we will be looking for the rather elusive Dugongs.

No. of Dives:

3

Day 6: 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 7: 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

Day 8: Moora

Adrenaline diving when the current sweeps over the ridge on the north west of the island. There are big schools of Bumphead parrotfish, trevally, longfin spadefish, blackfin barracuda, whitemouth unicornfish and some cool critters to find when you can catch your breath.

No. of Dives:

3

Day 9: Dai

The south tip of the island has two large coral formation, coming out 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 10: 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 11: Saumlaki Outer Atolls

Last day of diving, explore some un-chartered reefs in search of then unknown.

Exploring reefs around the Tanimbar islands

No. of Dives:

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Day 12: Departure

Guests will be escorted to the airport in Saumlaki 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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