Forgotten Islands / Banda Sea

Damai 2

12 Days 11 Nights

Start Date: 

Oct 11, 2024

From:

Saumlaki

Availability:

Available for Charter

End Date:

Oct 22, 2024

To:

Tual

Remarks:

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

No. of Dives:

0

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: Babar

Seamount on the southwest of Babar, great hard corals in the shallows and sloping reefs with giant barrel sponges. Large schooling of fusiliers that will attack tunas, wahoos and other pelagic. Good chances to see reef sharks.

No. of Dives:

4

Day 4: 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 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: Banda 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:

4

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 or 3

Day 10: 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:

4

Day 11: Kei Outer Atolls

Exploratory dives on the very las diving day, outside the Kei islands. Looking for surprises to finish the trip with a deeper sense of adventure.

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2

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Day 12: Departure

Guests will be escorted to the airport in Tual 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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