Maluku Explorer, the refitted Liburan, a liveaboard to dive Halmahera
Maluku Explorer is still the only liveaboard in HALMAHERA the whole year, being the only one in a region of Indonesia still uncovered: Northern Moluccas. The huge island of HALMAHERA is placed on the heart of the Coral Triangle and recent scientific surveys shown world record fish counts, apparently even more than those of Raja Ampat. The Liveaboard Maluku Explorer -formerly Liburan Liveaboard-, keeps exploring HALMAHERA the largest island of Northern Moluccas or Maluku as is named too in divers circles. The dive boat after a comprehensive refurbishment and renovation, was relaunched on October 2017, so divers and guests can look forward for new exciting dives and astonishing marine landscapes. Liburan Liveaboard was enchanting its guests since 2011 in Halmahera, and now the 34m length and 8m wide dive boat, renamed as Maluku Explorer, is exploring new and unspoilt areas of Northern Maluku.
Maluku Explorer counts with 2 spacious master cabins on the main deck and also provides a different range of accommodation on board: 1 large premium cabin on the upper deck and 6 cozy standard cabins, 4 double and 2 single cabins on the lower deck, all the cabins are comfortable and equipped with air conditioning and private bathroom with shower and wc.
The Maluku Explorer was built from divers for divers so it's spacious compare to other liveaboards you may dive with and provides comfortable spaces ideally for a dive cruise on the three spacious decks: a cozy lower deck, plenty of room on the dive deck and a beautiful lounge and sun deck on the upper deck. The lounge is air conditioned with comfortable sitting areas, TV and DVD player.
The dive deck is very spacious -45 sqm-, and also provides a huge camera table for photographers and charging stations. On the dive deck there are 2 showers outside ideally for after the night dive.
In the dining area, meals are served at several tables. The cruise’s price includes full board, included three meals a day offered in buffet style, coffee, tea and water, snacks and fresh fruit. Most meals are a combination of Indonesian, Chinese and Western cuisine. A larger variety of drinks, fruit juices, as well as beer are available for purchase. For coffee fans, we'll offer you every day a selection of fine Indonesian coffees which are actually one of the best in the world.
DIVING DESTINATIONS IN INDONESIA
Located in Northern Moluccas HALMAHERA, is not so known for divers yet if you compare with RAJA AMPAT, at the moment with 50-60 liveaboard in the area; instead in Halmahera and Northern Maluku, a region placed on the heart of the Coral Triangle and where recent scientific studies shows world record fish counts in area within Halmahera -yes, apparently even more than those of Raja Ampat- there are only one liveaboard diving all year round: Maluku Explorer.
The Liveaboard Maluku Explorer operates year-round trips to HALMAHERA, and is also available for dive, leisure, research or explorative cruises on Maluku Sea from Manado to Halmahera out of our regular itineraries.
Maluku Explorer Itinerary
Maluku Explorer dives a region that was only accessible for a little amount of divers: the Northern Moluccas, Halmahera.
The turns usually start in Ternate, a few begin in Manado and reach the area of Halmahera within two day.
In route from Manado to Halmahera we'll offer you also some fantastic dive sites.
The region of Halmahera comprises 399 islands and has scarcely been visited by divers and no divers, is truly a hard-to-reach-place also for the Maluku-Indonesian people, due this remoteness, tourism is practically inexistent, so the feeling is of the out-of-the-way and remote place, ruled by ancient volcanic islands arisen from the sea.
On board are offered some land tours to discover the history of Halmahera that was closely related to those of Ternate and Tidore, both the sites of major kingdoms in the era, before Dutch East India Company colonised the entire archipelago.
We will visit a former rubber plantation, an ancient Portuguese fortress, a gemstone manufacturing or the traditional local market, well known since centuries for it's spices.
Or you just have a look at a village with 250 inhabitants, we decided to support this village so they built a school and a first-did-station and a well.
Feel free to bring some gifts. We recommend some useful stuff like papers and pens for the kids, also some toys like soap bubbles.
Please avoid of bringing sweets because most of the time it's wrapped in plastic and this will have an impact to this village. Thank You!
Halmahera dives sites
As you will have already understood many of the dive sites of Halmahera are true explorative dives.
Halmahera's location on the heart of the Coral Triangle and its proximity to Raja Ampat suggests that soon will become a new and very hot dive destination in the Asia.
In this area there are breathtaking cliffs and overhangs that are overgrown terrific.
The character of the dive sites will vary nearly every day.
From small to big staff you'll see reef slope diving, wall diving and you'll explore amazing under water landscapes might it be a pinnacle or huge under water rock formation.
The magnificent coral diversity is home to a multitude of small creatures such as pygmy seahorses, blue ring octopus, hairy octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, snails and crabs.
Every dive our guides will show the astonishing variety of small creatures which is Indonesia world-famous for.
NudIbranches in all colour variations, pipefish and other critters waiting for your exploration.
But don't forget to mention the enormous amount of big staff waiting for you nearly every dive like reef sharks, Napoleon wrasse schools of butterfly fish, bat fish, surgeonfish, longfin bannerfish, hump head parrot fish families passing by and from time to time nice visits from eagle rays, mobulas and - with a little luck on your site - Manta rays.
We also have minimum two spots where you have a fair chance to spot a huge school of adult and healthy barracudas.
We discovered a few month ago a dive site which we called 'Manta Bay'. If you dove in Southeast-Asia already you maybe get bored of all the Manta- and Shark points they offer.
Of course we can not guarantee that you'll see them but 8 out of ten trips we spot them.
Best season for this amazing creatures is September / October.
With luck you can encounter the rare Epaulette shark during our night dives, which was formerly known to live only in Raja Ampat.
The biodiversity in this area is amazing and impressive so you'll be flashed by huge and healthy hard and soft coral gardens colourised by sponges in all sizes and colours.
No El Niño nor tsunamis destroyed this reefs and we take care that only traditional fishery is made to preserve this amazing spots.
Diving with Maluku Explorer
3-4 dives are offered daily. You should have a minimum of 50 dives and you should be prepared that we have strong currents. Check the moon calendar but if you do a two week trip you will have new moon or full moon phases and strong currents will occur - and the big stuff is coming out.
Before each dive, an English-language briefing by the Indonesian dive guides will take place.
Responsible individual diving in Buddy system is not a problem with adequate experience after talking to the tour management.
Normally your group will join one of three experienced Indonesian guides which are proud and enthusiastic to show you their pristine under water world.
During your time on board you won't need to take care of your equipment anymore.
We take care for everything from re-filling your tank to rinsing your equipment at the end of the trip.
RATES AND SERVICE ON BOARD
The rates of Maluku Explorer are in EUR but we can deal the better ex-change rate for you: USD, GBP, AUD, NZD, CAD, YEN, HKD, SGD, and many others, ASK FOR A QUOTATION IN YOUR PREFERRED CURRENCY
What is included?
- Arrival and departure airport transfer
- Accommodation on board
- Full board: meals and snacks
- Drinking waters, tea and coffee
- 3-4 dives a day, except for the first and last day
- Excursions according to on board program
- Tanks and weights
- Diving Fees to be paid on board -Marine Park, Local Taxes, Harbour Clearance: €200 per person
Optional Bookable and Payable in Advance
- Domestic flights
- Transit night in airport hotel after or before your cruise
Optional Payable on Board
- Soft drinks, beer, alcoholic beverages, expresso coffee
- Tips to the crew
- Onboard communications
- Dive courses
SCHEDULE AND BOOKING STATUS
SCUBA DIVING DEALS
Special Offer Diving Vacations -20% off - February 2019 - EUR 1716
Before EUR 2145 - Now from EUR 1716 + FREE 1 night at Airport Hotel at your arrival in Indonesia to be fit since your first dive, complimentary by Cruising Indonesia
Diving Trip Sulawesi-Halmahera, 09-FEB-19 to 20-FEB-19, 11 Nights, Itinerary: Bitung-Ternate, Liveaboard: Maluku Explorer
PRIVATE CRUISES AND CHARTERS
Maluku Explorer is ideally for private cruises and charters in Northern Moluccas, un uncovered region of Indonesia with a lot of pioneering opportunities. Take look of our review of HALMAHERA, GORAICI AND BACAN to know more.
All the images of this page were snaped on the last private dive charter cruise organised by Cruising Indonesia on Maluku Explorer.