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Mar-Oct

Indonesia

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MV Mermaid I - Indonesia

The smaller sister ship to Mermaid II.

The Mermaid I offerslivebaord trips around Bali, Komodo and Raja Ampat. The diving in this region is wildly diverse, you can encounter a variety of marine life from the smallest of seahorses to the giant Mola, Mola Sunfish.



Our luxurious MV Mermaid I is a 28 metre, twin-engine steel motor yacht. She comfortably holds 15 guests and offers all amenities you can dream of for your next adventure.

MV Mermaid I has 8 cabins: 1 master cabin, 1 single cabin, 4 deluxe cabins that can be twin or double bed and 2 lower deck cabins that can be double bed or twin. All our cabins in MV Mermaid I are fully air-conditioned and are equipped with entertainment. All cabins have a large wardrobe, plenty of storage room and an en suite bathroom with hot water shower, toilet and sink. We also provide fresh bath towels daily, beach towels, bathrobes, hairdryers, soap and shampoo for your comfort.

We offer all our guests the opportunity to dive Indonesia’s best sites including Komodo, Raja Ampat, The Ring of Fire in the Banda Sea, Alor and Ambon in style and comfort. MV Mermaid I has a huge comfortable dive deck, and a dive platform that provides our divers with easy exits and entries to the dive boats to ensure a relaxing dive experience. Our professional and friendly crew on board MV Mermaid I is always available to assist you as needed. MV Mermaid I schedule year-round cruises to Indonesia’s most diverse dive sites.

Master Stateroom

The master cabin has a king size bed and panoramic sea view windows and a door opening on to the gangway. The cabin is air-conditioned and has an en suite bathroom, mini bar, iPad for entertainment, bathrobes, toiletries and fluffy towels. You can be assured of a fantastic night’s rest on a quality bed with minimum 300 thread count bed linens.

  • King size bed
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Flatscreen TV and DVD player
  • Refrigerator

Single Cabin

The single cabin has a single bed and panoramic sea view windows and a door opening on to the gangway. The cabin is air-conditioned and has an en suite bathroom, mini bar, iPad for entertainment, a bathrobe, toiletries and fluffy towels. You can be assured of a fantastic night’s rest on a quality bed fitted with minimum 300 thread count bed linens.

  • Single bed
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV and DVD player

Lower Deck Cabin

The two Lower Deck cabins are located in the lower deck. Cabins are air-conditioned and have an en suite bathroom, refrigerator, iPad for entertainment, bathrobes, toiletries and loads of fluffy towels. You can be assured of a fantastic night’s rest on a quality bed with base, fitted with minimum 300 thread count bed linens.

  • Doube or twin beds
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV and DVD player

Deluxe AC Cabins

The four deluxe cabins have either a double bed or twin beds and panoramic sea view windows and a door opening on to the gangway. Cabins are air-conditioned and have an en suite bathroom, mini bar, iPad for entertainment, bathrobes, toiletries and fluffy towels. You can be assured of a fantastic night’s rest on a quality bed with minimum 300 thread count bed linens.

  • Double or twin beds
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV and DVD player

Route Options

The 8 day and 7 night itinerary will take you to the best dive sites around the Komodo National Park in Bali. Departing from Benoa Harbour, the Mermaid II will cruise to Moyo, Satonda, Sangeang, Gili Bantra, Komodo and Rinja before heading back to Benoa Harbour. A range of marine life will be spotted along the way including banner fish, eels, red tooth trigger and many more.

Bali - Komodo - Bali - 8 Days/7 Nights

Day 1

Check-in aboard the MV Mermaid II is between 14:00 and 16:00 in Benoa Harbour in Bali. After the safety briefing, the crew will set the equipment up and you can settle into your cabin. Dinner will be served at approximately 19:00 as you cruise into the sunset on the overnight journey to Moyo Island, North West Sumbawa.

Day 2

Start your adventure with a great dive in the calm, clear waters of Angel Reef at Moyo Island. Here you will see massive elephant ear, barrel sponges, schools of long fin banner fish, red tooth triggers, frog fish, nudibrancs, eels, surgeon fish, snapper and dog tooth tuna. A visit to the local village is followed by lunch before an afternoon dive at Panjang Reef where you will be able to find pygmy seahorses. The boat will cruise 2 hours to Satonda Island for dinner and a night dive before cruising overnight to Sangeang Island, off the north coats of Sumbawa.

Day 3

2 dives will take place at Sangeang Island for sightings of rare nudibrancs, pygmy seahorse and underwater hot springs that supports the unique marine life. A cruise to Gili Banta for a dive at Tanduk Rusa famous for its sharks and pelagics. The boats enters the Komodo National Park and a night dive is done at Gili Darat South Passage, where you will have the opportunity to see sleeping turtles, colourful reef stone fish and Spanish dancers.

Day 4

If the tide is right you will look for grey reef sharks and dolphins at Taka Toko Gili Lawalaut. The second dive is a fast drift with pelagics and mantas at Lighthouse Reef or the Old Passage followed by a dive at Crystal Rock where you will see soft corals, sharks, turtles, giant maori wrasse and eagle rays. A cruise south for a night dive at Pink Beach near the entrance to the Komodo National Park will take place after dinner.

Day 5

A visit to Komodo National Park takes place in the morning to walk with the dragons followed by a 2 hour cruise to Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island. Diving takes place at the world famous site Cannibal Rock where you will see rare nudibranchs, frogfish, spectacular corals, sponges, ascidians, huge black coral bushes, turtles, cuttlefish and reef fish. You might have the chance to follow whales and dolphin feeding in the calm bay on one of your dives. A night dive is done at one of the many diving spots followed by an overnight stay in the peaceful bay.

Day 6

A cruise to Padar Island for sightings of sharks, nudibranchs, surgeon fish and devil Rays takes place in the morning followed by a dive to Manta Alley (Takat Makasar) for a chance to see manta aggregation. Batu Bolung Aka “Current City” is the home to large napoleon wrasse, turtles and blue fin trevally. Guests say goodbye to Komodo National Park with a night dive at Gili Banta where coral cat shark and many more cruise the water with a post dinner night dive taking place along the way. The boat cruises overnight to Satonda Island.

Day 7

You will enjoy two dives at Satonda and Moyo Islands for more chances to see ghost pipe fish, ribbon eels, turtle and cuttlefish before cruising overnight back to Benoa in the south of Bali.

Day 8

After breakfast the crew transfer you ashore at 9am to continue your holiday or for your flight home.

Raja Ampat has been documented as one of the last frontiers of unspoilt diving. The archipelago’s pristine reefs are not only rich but the region also proves to have the greatest coral reef biodiversity for its size in the world. Raja Ampat holds: 600 islands and reefs, 1,320 fish species, 550 coral species and all that is yet to be discovered.

Raja Ampat is the seascape’s crown jewel. Fittingly, the name means “four kings.” The four main islands or “Kings” of the archipelago: Waigeo in the north, Salawati west of Sorong, Batanta north of Salawati, and Misool in the south.

Visit Waigeo and dive the famous Dampier Strait, some of Raja Ampat´s most action-packed dive sites. Exhilarating current dives and reliable manta cleaning stations where you can experience these majestic giant pelagics dance for hours along with many other treasures such as the tasselled wobbegong shark.

Dive the beautiful and unique mangrove areas of Yanggefo and Gam islands where the tips of healthy acropora corals contrast with the lush green of the mangroves making excellent split images, while just beneath the surface schools of archerfish hunt among the forest of mangrove roots. Batanta Island, known for its excellent muck diving and amazing variety of nudibranchs including the endemic Thecacera sp. Black sand slopes full of wonderful critters and frequent sightings of the rare mimic octopus. Misool area in southern Raja Ampat is a must for those who enjoy radiant coloured soft corals. There are stunning walls, pinnacles and reefs with masses of huge gorgonian fans and sea fans hosting an array of the famous pygmy seahorses. The vast area and variety of dive sites makes it the ideal location to be discovered via liveaboard.

It is almost impossible to put together a daily itinerary due to the magnificent diving everywhere Mermaid I goes. No trip is the same, with so many different sites to visit and explore. If there is somewhere in particular you really have your heart set on, please discuss with the Cruise Director who will do their utmost to get you there – conditions, ship and your safety allowing!

Mermaid Liveaboards with many years experience exploring the best of Indonesia scuba diving, now doing special cruises on the Alor archipelago. The port of embarkation and disembarkation is at Maumere port.

We dive the best of the best, we know where and when it’s running ! Return guests will also appreciate some new sites and experiences we can share through our extensive experience with the Nusa Tenggara.

Below is a sample itinerary:

Day 1

Check-in on board MV Mermaid I between 12:00-15:00 hours in Maumere Harbour, Flores. After the boat and safety briefing, we'll set up equipment and you can settle into your cabin. Dinner will be served at 19:00 hours as we cruise into the sunset on our overnight journey to Kawula Island, east of Flores.

Day 2

We will start the trip by spending the day at Lewaling Bay, in the north of Kawula Island. The scenery of the bay is amazing since there are 2 volcanos in each side of the bay. There we will do 4 dives. The diving at Lewaling Bay is very diverse, consisting of walls, slopes and muck dives. With a great combination of large and small critters, from schooling barracudas and lots of schooling fish to pygmy seahorses. We will finish the day with a muck dive as a night dive in front of the village of Watu Warawutun, which stands at the bottom of one of the volcanos. After dinner we will cruise overnight to the Alor Islands, which are about 7 to 8 hours away.

Day 3-5

The next 2 days we will spend diving around the Pantar Strait, which is the strait between the 2 major islands of Alor and Pantar Island. There are 4 islands in the Pantar Strait, Ternate in the north, Reta and Pura in the middle and Treweg in the south. Between these 4 islands plus the islands of Pantar and Alor, there are several dozen dive sites with an incredible variety of diving sceneries: walls with huge overhangs and hard coral gardens in the shallows, fringing reefs covered with pristine hard and soft corals and all kind of sponges surrounded by zillions of anthias and damsels, black sandy slopes covered with thousands of anemones, and muck dives where we can find rhinophias, fire sea urchins with coleman’s shrimps and zebra crabs, channels between the islands where you just drift with some strong currents and look out for pelagic fish passing by. The water temperature can vary greatly in this area. In the northern and middle area, the temperature is usually around 27 C. And in the south, it can vary from 21C to 25C. Currents can be extremely strong in the Pantar Strait, which usually makes for 30m-plus visibility.

Day 6

On the fifth day of the trip, we will skip the 2 morning dives in order to visit a traditional village at Alor Island, where the locals will perform a local dance and where the guests will be able to buy locally made handicrafts. Then we will return to Mermaid I in order to have lunch and do 2 more dives at the Pantar Strait.

Day 7

Today Mermaid I will start cruising early in the morning in order to get to a small bay at the south tip of the Pantar Strait called Beanbagan, where we will spend the whole day. Or we will do 1 or 2 dives at Treweg Island and then move to Beanbagan. The dive sites at Treweg island consist of rocky slopes covered in all sorts of soft corals, and where one can just drift looking for all kind of pelagic fish such as dogtooth tunas and giant trevallies. The diving at Beanbagan Bay and village is very different from the rest of Alor. It consists mainly of blackish and grayish sand which is the perfect environment to find all kinds of different critters such as frogfish, ghost pipefish and different species of octopi. There is also a jetty at the village with large schools of scads and batfish. And it is also a great place to find more critters and all kind of nudis. The water temperature in the south of the Alor Islands can vary from 21C to 25C. After dinner we will cruise overnight to the village of Lamakera, in the south of Kawula Island.

Day 8

We start the day doing a dive at a fringing reef in front of the whaling village of Lamalera. And then we will move to the small island of Suangi, in the south of Kawula Island, to do 1 more dive. The waters surrounding Suangi and streaming with schooling fish, pelagic fish and it is also a place where sharks are usually spotted. We will again move the boat after the 3rd dive to finish the day in the Solar Strait, south of Adonara Island, in order to do a muck dive as a night dive.

Day 9

The last day of diving will be at the small island of Serbete, just northwest of Adonara island, where we will finish with 2 dives. Spectacular walls covered in soft corals and sponges, where one can spend time looking for tiny critters among the soft corals and sponges, or just drift along the wall looking at the spectacular views of the walls. Sadly, after the 2nd we will start heading back to Maumere, approximately 6 hours away.

Day 10

Disembark after breakfast at 8 am.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to changes beyond the operator’s control. The exact itinerary, route and amount of dives for your cruise may be adapted to best suit the weather conditions, tides and currents, season and other prevailing events.

Raja Ampat has been documented as one of the last frontiers of unspoilt diving. The archipelago’s pristine reefs are not only rich, but the region also proves to have the greatest coral reef biodiversity for its size in the world. The Bird’s Head Seascape holds: 2,500 islands and reefs, 1,320 fish species, 550 coral species and all that is yet to be discovered.

Raja Ampat is the seascape’s crown jewel. Fittingly, the name means “four kings.” The four main islands or “Kings” of the archipelago: Waigeo in the north, Salawati west of Sorong, Batanta north of Salawati, and Misool in the south.

Visit Waigeo and dive the famous Dampier Strait, some of Raja Ampat´s most action-packed dive sites. Exhilarating current dives and reliable manta cleaning stations where you can experience these majestic giant pelagics dance for hours along with many other treasures such as the tasselled wobbegong shark.

Dive the beautiful and unique mangrove areas of Yanggefo and Gam islands where the tips of healthy acropora corals contrast with the lush green of the mangroves making excellent split images, while just beneath the surface schools of archerfish hunt among the forest of mangrove roots. Batanta Island, known for its excellent muck diving and amazing variety of nudibranchs including the endemic Thecacera sp. Black sand slopes full of wonderful critters and frequent sightings of the rare mimic octopus. Misool area in southern Raja Ampat is a must for those who enjoy radiant coloured soft corals. There are stunning walls, pinnacles and reefs with masses of huge gorgonian fans and sea fans hosting an array of the famous pygmy seahorses. The vast area and variety of dive sites makes it the ideal location to be discovered via liveaboard.

Dive the famous Banda islands and visit the main port in Banda Neira where there is so much to see, learn and explore. Finish this fantastic trip in the second capital of muck diving Ambon Bay.

DAY 1
Check-in on board MV Mermaid I. As our guest arrivals take place all through the day depending on flights, you are welcome to board when you arrive and spend some time unpacking and setting up your equipment, etc. Following the boat and safety briefing, Mermaid I will cruise for 5 to 6 hours to the Dampier Strait, 40 nautical miles.

DAY 2-3.
The next two days will be spent around the Dampier Strait, the strait between the island of Waigeo, the Bird’s Head Peninsula and the northern side of Batanta Island..

The Dampier Strait is known for a huge variety of diving, from giant mantas to mangroves, beautiful reefs, many pinnacles and sea mounts covered in schooling fish, aggregations of sweetlips, schooling barracudas, bumphead parrotfish, fusiliers and lots of wobbegong sharks. It is also a great location for critters and macro subjects, with several species of pygmy seahorses and a large variety of nudibranchs..

There are also several jetties to do some great night dives, where you can see Raja epaulette sharks, toadfish, frogfish and crocodile fish. Cruise overnight to Misool, 90 nautical miles..

DAY 4-6.
The next three days will be spent around the island of Misool, where there are literally hundreds of dive sites. Misool is heaven for wide angle photographers. The prettiest soft coral reefs in the world are located in Misool. In addition, there are multiple pinnacles surrounded by masses of schooling fish, barracudas, jacks and snappers..

There will be some excursions with the tenders through some amazing inner lagoons, with fantastic scenery and wildlife sightings. Cruise overnight to Pulau Koon, 100 nautical miles..

DAY 7.
Pulau Koon is a small island on the southeast of Ceram, half way between Raja Ampat and the Banda Islands. Here you will find walls covered in soft corals and sandy slopes with hard coral bommies. But the most interesting feature of this island is the amount of schooling fish and pelagics, including barracudas, bigeye trevallies, aggregations of red snappers, pompanos, batfish and giant groupers. Cruise overnight to Manuk, 108 nautical miles.

DAY 8.
Manuk, an active volcano about 55 nautical miles south of the Banda Islands, is one of two places in Indonesia where there are huge aggregations of sea snakes: Chinese sea snakes and banded sea kraits. It is an incredible experience to dive surrounded on all sides by sea snakes. The island is surrounded by black sandy slopes with hard coral reefs and volcanic ridges covered in gorgonians with zillions of fusiliers and pelagic fishes such as Spanish mackerels and dogtooth tunas passing through. Cruise overnight to the Banda Islands, 55 nautical miles.

DAY 9-10.
The next two days will be spent in the Banda Islands, formerly known as the Spice Islands. Many of the dive sites around the Banda islands are wall dives. The walls are covered in massive gorgonians, soft corals, barrel sponges and have some very interesting swim throughs. But there are other attractive dive sites such as pinnacles with enormous groups of schooling pyramid butterflyfish, triggerfish and pelagic fishes such as tunas passing through, spectacular hard coral reefs next to the volcano, and great muck dives with lots of mandarin fish at the local jetty..

The Banda Islands are much more than diving. It is also a cultural and historical experience. You will spend one morning walking around the village of Banda Neira the main island, with a local guide, visiting the local museum, the old Dutch fort, the old colonial governor’s house, the local fish market and a nutmeg plantation, where you will have breakfast. Cruise overnight to Nusa Laut (77 nautical miles) or to Ambon (110 nautical miles)..

DAY 11.
The last diving day of the trip will be around either the island of Nusa Laut or in Ambon Bay. Nusa Laut is a small island, next to the island of Saparua, which has some beautiful hard coral fringing reefs as well as walls similar to those of the Banda Islands. Or, you will spend the day around Ambon, where there are several options such as wrecks, caves or some really interesting muck dives looking for Rhinopias, frogfish (including the psychedelic frogfish), harlequin shrimps and many other critters..

DAY 12 Disembark at 8am. Mermaid I staff will transfer you to the airport or local hotel in Ambon. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to changes beyond the operator’s control. The exact itinerary, route and amount of dives for your cruise may be adapted to best suit the weather conditions, tides and currents, season and other prevailing events.

Vessel Details

Year Built / Refurbished 2008
Guest Numbers 15
Length & Width 28 meters long and a 7 meter beam
Speed 9.5 knots
Engines Hino 2 x 450 HP
Generators Hino 2 x 100 kw
Number of Cabins 4 deluxe cabins, 2 standard cabins, 1 master and 1 single cabin, all with air conditioning
Communication & Navigation VHF & SSB radio, global positioning system (GPS), radar, echo sounder, sonic altimeter and a mobile telephone
Salon & Dining Area Large dining area with tables and chairs
Entertainment TV/DVD, music center and a library with a full selection of books
Emergency Equipment D.A.N oxygen/ Medic First Aid Kit
Air Compressors Compressor bauer 3 x 200 min
Dive Deck Large dive deck with individual boxes and plenty camera rinse tanks
Equipment Rental Scuba diving equipment rental available onboard - please see price list below
Full equipment USD25
Mask, Fins & Snorkel USD10
Wetsuits USD15
BCD USD14
Regulator USD10
Equipment Rental The equipment rental prices listed above are per person per day and will be paid directly by you on board

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Nudi Falls

Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

This is a beautiful mini wall that gives way to a sand and rubble slope. This site is well known for it's variety of nudibranchs, comet fish and pygmy seahorses.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Wreck Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 28m

Barracuda Point

Manado, Indonesia

Yes- the name says it all - barracuda, and if they're there, a lot of them (sometimes 100+)! Not only barracuda but big tuna and jacks too. However they're not always around and this reef isn't the most spectacular. The wall/slope has not much to offer but dead coral and sand. It's definitely not a spot for beginners as there can be strong currents, both upwards and downward! That's why Barracuda's like it so much here! We think this site is worth the risk of one dive during your stay, on the hope of seeing a big school.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Cannibal Rock

Komodo & Lesser Sunda, Indonesia

The Cannibal Rock has marginal visibility, but more than makes up for it in terms of density of life. This small seamount rises to within a few feet of the surface, and it is easy to circumnavigate in a single dive. Sea apples and other varieties of the sea cucumber family are especially abundant here, as are nudibranchs, puffer fish, octopus, and all weird and wonderful manner of blennies.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Manta Alley

Bali, Indonesia

At Manta Alley the water clarity can sometimes be only about 40 feet, but the plankton that steps on visibility also consistently attracts manta rays to this site. Here divers can see manta rays cruising the shallows along the sloping face of the reef, and with a bit of luck and a careful approach they could get fairly close.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30

Crystal Rock

Komodo & Lesser Sunda, Indonesia

Crystal Rock is a large seamount that barely breaks the surface, but below is very rich in marine life, particularly lionfish, anthias, coral grouper, and butterfly fish. Some of the current underwater is swift, but nothing that divers cannot swim against and the rich wide-angle potential of the colourful filter feeders make it worthwhile.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 23

Gili Lawaw Darat

Komodo & Lesser Sunda, Indonesia

This site is also known as the Pygmy Paradise and the Flamenco Reef and it offers divers the opportunity to see a variety of Spanish dancer nudibranchs and pygmy seahorses.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Gili Banta

Komodo & Lesser Sunda, Indonesia

This site offers divers the opportunity to encounter an incredible amount of healthy hard corals at the entry point, which is at the northern tip of the headland. Excellent site to find frogfish on the sponges off the reef slope, as well as many varieties of nudibranchs, flatworms, numerous shrimps and other critters.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Lighthouse Reef

Komodo & Lesser Sunda, Indonesia

The northeast tip of Gililawa Laut is forever a great site to dive if you are into fish but not corals. On the corner of the reef sits rests a very large rock, behind which a drop off covered with boulders many holes in between is found. Excellent grouper country and if divers are there at the right time, especially in October and November, will see many groupers aggregate to spawn; then there are many golden trevallies, snappers and sometimes huge napoleon wrasses. The best time to dive this site is in slight current before or after slack-tide.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Pink Beach

Komodo & Lesser Sunda, Indonesia

This is the most frequently visited site in theKomodo National Park. Snorkeling is excellent from the beach and there is an amazing dive site in a small area around a rock that breaks the surface only at low tide. There as a great variety of marine life here with a good selection of critters such as leaf scorpionfish, blueribbon eels, crocodile fishes, nudibranchs and more. This site is also excellent for night dives.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Three Sisters

Komodo & Lesser Sunda, Indonesia

Three Sisters are three quite large flooded pinnacles within easy swimming distance of each other at about 10 meters apart. They are about five meters below the surface, making them a bit hard to find, and bottoms out at about maximum 30 meters onto rubble and sand. The rocks run to the East in line at about 100 meters from a small reef that sticks out on the Eastern side of an island. It is not too affected by current and can usually be dived. The walls of the pinnacles are covered in soft corals, Tubastrea, and Crinoids. The tops of the pinnacles offer stunning hard and soft coral gardens.

Three Sisters dive site in the Komodo Islands seems to be pure with an incredible coral cover and a great fish life.

The three sisters are 3 big rocks on a 30 m deep sandy bottom. The top part of the rocks is about 3 m deep, perfect to finish the dive in the shallow water.

On this dive site you can find many species of nudibranchs. In the blue, pellagic fishes swim around and whitetip sharks are often on the deeper part of the site.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Manta Sandy

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Manta Sandy also known as Manta Mantra is one of the signature dive sites in Raja Ampat located at the far end of Mansour Island. As the name implies the sandy bottom is a great place to watch these magnificent underwater creatures. The cleaning station is only 12 metres away and here you can watch the mantas being cleaned with some staying as long as 10 minutes.

  • Min Dives: 10
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Whale Rock

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

The rocky islet has a distinctive whale shape when it is viewed from the south, hence the name. Due to the exposed position of the island, most dives here are drift dives, and it will be enjoyable for divers to drift along the gently sloping reef beautifully encrusted with corals and sponges.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Boo Windows

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

The dive site showcases large underwater windows that rest just below the surface. Aside from this, the site is dripping with soft corals and schooling fish.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Mioskon

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Schools of Yellow Snapper, Napoleon Wrasse, big groupers and many Wobbegong sharks can be found in Mioskon. Pigmy seahorses, different species of nudibranch can be seen as well.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Sardine Reef

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Soft coral, gorgonian fans, black coral bushes and slopes of coral heads populate the whole Sardine Reef area. Large schools of fusiliers, sardines, damsels, banner fish, butterfly fish, sweetlips and snappers frequent the site, picking tasty morsels out of the current. Triggerfish and predators such as barracuda, Spanish mackerel, Jacks and giant trevallies can be seen as well. At the top of the food-chain, black tipped reef sharks, white tipped reef sharks and even grey reef sharks usually cruise the surroundings.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Blue Magic

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

One of the most popular sites in northern Raja Ampat. Almost anything can be seen from mantas, sharks and tuna to massive schools of jacks and barracuda. Along the slopes and onto the reef top are a variety of fans, sponges and soft and hard corals.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Friwinbonda

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

The fans are home to many smaller marine life including pygmy seahorses, which are easily spotted hiding amongst the fans. Divers can also spot shrimp, gobies, and blennies darting amongst the coral. The large and beautiful fans make it a great spot for underwater photography and divers can get excellent pictures of lionfish hunting glassfish or great shots of different types of butterflyfish. Photographers will also get excellent macro shots of the shrimps, crabs, and pipefish that live amongst the sea fans. Some divers may also meet reef sharks, batfish, barracuda, jack fish, and tuna.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Batu Lima

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

While following this slope you will be amazed at the scores of Fusiliers, Triggerfish, Unicorn Fish and Black Tip Reef Sharks frequenting this astonishing site. As you ascend at the end of your dive, you may encounter countless hunting Trevallies in the shallows, and as one goes through the canyons that separate these rocks, Nudibranches and Flatworms that make their home among the vast array of colorful coral on the sides of these rocks can be seen.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Cape Kri

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

At the Northeast point of Kri island the currents sweep into a channel between Kri and the small island of Koh. At this point beneath waters churning in the current, huge schools of Big-eye trevallies, Barracudas and Snappers can be seen hanging over the drop-off. At the base of the reef an ancient snagged anchor rests next to a bommie with a dense school of Banded sweetlips. A large shallow coral garden crowns the reef top with blacktip reef sharks patrolling amongst the overlapping maze of hard corals with feeding hawksbill turtles. Car-sized Queensland groupers down to the diminutive ever-present pygmy seahorse can be seen on this phenomenal dive site.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Chicken Reef

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

It is a reef with various soft and hard corals and some rock formations. The reef has an enormous number of magnificent reef fish. Some of the life here includes table corals, black staghorn corals, feather corals, angelfish, clown triggerfish, butterflyfish, trevallies, surgeonfish, and red-margin shrimpgobies.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Cape Mansuar

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

A more suddenly dropping reef than Cape Kri, but the marine life here is excellent with an abundance of species.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Farondi Wall

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

With a tunnel that is inhabited by midnight snapper and shy Indonesian sweetlips. The 20 metre long tunnel is framed with sponges and soft corals. Look in black coral bushes for ornate ghost pipefish. Further along the wall huge gorgonian seafans are home to many pygmy seahorses. There are more than one variety here including Hippocampus Bargibanti which is commonly pink/white and bobbly plus Hippocampus Denise which is slightly smaller and often more orange in colour. Large schools of fish cover the wall including fusilier and surgeon fish, damsels and anthias.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Arborek Jetty

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

While down in the coral rubble on the slope around the jetties you will find jawfish, pipefish and other critters. Further down are several bommies which are home to some schooling sweetlips and numerous critters.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Melissa's Garden

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

The dive site features an oval-shaped reef with a flat top where extended areas of coral gardens impress divers with their intense colors and beautiful forms. Bright soft-coral outcrops, sponges, and masses of crinoids are densely scattered between impressive hard-coral formations, where a large array of small marine creatures found their shelters.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Torpedo Alley

Komodo & Lesser Sunda, Indonesia

In Nusa Kode, the dark sandy slope is littered with torpedo rays which give the site its name. Pygmy seahorses can be spotted in the gorgonian fans in deeper water and many nudibranchs and crustaceans are found all over the sloping reef.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18
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18 Aug 2022
27 Aug 2022
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Deluxe AC Cabins £3491
28 Aug 2022
6 Sep 2022
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Deluxe AC Cabins £3491
28 Aug 2022
6 Sep 2022
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Lower Deck Cabin £3142
1 Dec 2022
10 Dec 2022
9 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £3578
11 Dec 2022
22 Dec 2022
11 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £4015
23 Dec 2022
3 Jan 2023
11 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £4015
4 Jan 2023
13 Jan 2023
9 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £3927
14 Jan 2023
23 Jan 2023
9 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £3927
14 Jan 2023
23 Jan 2023
9 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £3578
14 Mar 2023
23 Mar 2023
9 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £3927
14 Mar 2023
23 Mar 2023
9 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £3578
24 Mar 2023
2 Apr 2023
9 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £3927
24 Mar 2023
2 Apr 2023
9 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £3578
3 Apr 2023
14 Apr 2023
11 Nights Raja Ampat - Banda Sea - Ambon Lower Deck Cabin £4015
14 May 2023
23 May 2023
9 Nights Maumere-Alor-Maumere Deluxe AC Cabins £3665
23 Jun 2023
2 Jul 2023
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Deluxe AC Cabins £3142
23 Jun 2023
2 Jul 2023
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Lower Deck Cabin £2828
3 Jul 2023
12 Jul 2023
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Deluxe AC Cabins £3142
3 Jul 2023
12 Jul 2023
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Lower Deck Cabin £2845
13 Jul 2023
22 Jul 2023
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Deluxe AC Cabins £3142
13 Jul 2023
22 Jul 2023
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Lower Deck Cabin £2828
23 Jul 2023
1 Aug 2023
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Deluxe AC Cabins £3142
23 Jul 2023
1 Aug 2023
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Lower Deck Cabin £2828
2 Aug 2023
11 Aug 2023
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Deluxe AC Cabins £3142
2 Aug 2023
11 Aug 2023
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Lower Deck Cabin £2828
12 Aug 2023
21 Aug 2023
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Deluxe AC Cabins £3142
12 Aug 2023
21 Aug 2023
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Lower Deck Cabin £3535
22 Aug 2023
31 Aug 2023
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Deluxe AC Cabins £3142
22 Aug 2023
31 Aug 2023
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Lower Deck Cabin £2828
12 Nov 2023
25 Nov 2023
13 Nights Raja Ampat - Banda Sea - Ambon Deluxe AC Cabins £4364
8 Dec 2023
17 Dec 2023
9 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £3927
8 Dec 2023
17 Dec 2023
9 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £3578
18 Dec 2023
27 Dec 2023
9 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £3927
18 Dec 2023
27 Dec 2023
9 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £3578
28 Dec 2023
6 Jan 2024
9 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £3927
28 Dec 2023
6 Jan 2024
9 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £3578
7 Jan 2024
16 Jan 2024
9 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £3927
7 Jan 2024
16 Jan 2024
9 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £3613
17 Jan 2024
26 Jan 2024
9 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £3927
17 Jan 2024
26 Jan 2024
9 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £3613
25 Mar 2024
3 Apr 2024
9 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £4364
25 Mar 2024
3 Apr 2024
9 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £4015
4 Apr 2024
15 Apr 2024
11 Nights Raja Ampat - Banda Sea - Ambon Deluxe AC Cabins £4320
4 Apr 2024
15 Apr 2024
11 Nights Raja Ampat - Banda Sea - Ambon Lower Deck Cabin £3927
14 May 2024
23 May 2024
9 Nights Maumere-Alor-Maumere Deluxe AC Cabins £3665
14 May 2024
23 May 2024
9 Nights Maumere-Alor-Maumere Lower Deck Cabin £3316
23 Jun 2024
2 Jul 2024
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Deluxe AC Cabins £3665
23 Jun 2024
2 Jul 2024
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Lower Deck Cabin £3316
3 Jul 2024
12 Jul 2024
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Deluxe AC Cabins £3665
3 Jul 2024
12 Jul 2024
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Lower Deck Cabin £3316
13 Jul 2024
22 Jul 2024
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Deluxe AC Cabins £3665
13 Jul 2024
22 Jul 2024
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Lower Deck Cabin £3316
23 Jul 2024
1 Aug 2024
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Deluxe AC Cabins £3665
23 Jul 2024
1 Aug 2024
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Lower Deck Cabin £3316
2 Aug 2024
11 Aug 2024
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Deluxe AC Cabins £3665
2 Aug 2024
11 Aug 2024
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Lower Deck Cabin £3316
12 Aug 2024
21 Aug 2024
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Deluxe AC Cabins £3665
12 Aug 2024
21 Aug 2024
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Lower Deck Cabin £3316
22 Aug 2024
31 Aug 2024
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Deluxe AC Cabins £3665
22 Aug 2024
31 Aug 2024
9 Nights Bali/Komodo/Bali Safari 8 Days 7 Nights Lower Deck Cabin £3316
11 Nov 2024
24 Nov 2024
13 Nights Raja Ampat - Banda Sea - Ambon Deluxe AC Cabins £5236
11 Nov 2024
24 Nov 2024
13 Nights Raja Ampat - Banda Sea - Ambon Lower Deck Cabin £4800
8 Dec 2024
17 Dec 2024
9 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £4364
8 Dec 2024
17 Dec 2024
9 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £4015
18 Dec 2024
27 Dec 2024
9 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £4364
18 Dec 2024
27 Dec 2024
9 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £4015
28 Dec 2024
6 Jan 2025
9 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £4364
28 Dec 2024
6 Jan 2025
9 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £4015
7 Jan 2025
16 Jan 2025
9 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £4364
7 Jan 2025
16 Jan 2025
9 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £4015
17 Jan 2025
26 Jan 2025
9 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £4364
17 Jan 2025
26 Jan 2025
9 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £4015
15 Mar 2025
26 Mar 2025
11 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £4800
27 Mar 2025
5 Apr 2025
9 Nights Raja Ampat Deluxe AC Cabins £4800
27 Mar 2025
5 Apr 2025
9 Nights Raja Ampat Lower Deck Cabin £4364
6 Apr 2025
17 Apr 2025
11 Nights Raja Ampat - Banda Sea - Ambon Deluxe AC Cabins £4800
6 Apr 2025
17 Apr 2025
11 Nights Raja Ampat - Banda Sea - Ambon Lower Deck Cabin £4364