LAST MINUTE TO DIVE BANDA SEA: ALOR-SAUMLAKI
Dive Alor and Forgotten Islands with Seahorse Liveaboard this Autumn 2018
A Dive Cruise in the Ring of Fire - September 16-27 2018 - 11 nights - Before EUR 3.900 now EUR 3.510 + Nitrox Free + Free Airport Hotel Transit Night
Alor and Forgotten Islands are the new diving hotspots of Banda Sea and on this dive trip you will have the rare chance to meet schools of hammerhead sharks in Indonesia: great hammerhead sharks, squat-headed and scalloped hammerheads; as well as the opportunity to find schooling of large fish: barracudas, surgeonfishes, bumphead parrotfishes, trevallies and giant trevallies, spadefish, napoleon wrasse, sunfish (mola-mola), dogtooth tunas, reef sharks, sailfishes, bonitos, waow, manta rays, mobulas, seahorse, frogfish, leaf fish, scorpionfish; all of this while we will be diving surrounded by splendid corals: black corals forests, gorgonian fields, soft corals.
Diving Itinerary the Ring of Fire in Banda Sea
This cruise departs from Kalabahi (Alor) and reaches Saumlaki on Tanimbar island, South Mollucas. A 650 nautical miles journey into one of the Indonesian most remote area, East Nusa Tengarah and Forgotten islands. After a first day of diving on Adosara, you will dive in Alor Strait on the islands of Pura, Ternate, for 2-days. Then the cruise will cross the all banda sea up to Banda Neira, down to Babar before reaching the large Tanimbar island. Forgotten Islands is a long chain of islands and reefs, administratively considered as part of Maluku Islands, and formally denominated Tanimbar Islands. The entire region ranging from Timor to West Papua following the Sunda Islands. Remote and sparsely populated the Forgotten Islands remained largely isolated from the rest of Indonesia and the world. The trip proposed includes some of these "forgotten islands" in combination with some of the islands of the Alor Strait. Because the islands are not only remote, but most of all, too far of shore, they are exposed to waves and vagues, being accessible to diving only during calm inter-monsoon periods. Here scuba divers are rare and many sites are still waiting to be overdrafts. Visibility is generally good to excellent, and the variety of dives is important: large reefs lost in the sea on an island arc with the inside presence of pelagic species -including hammerheads in autumn-.
Banda Sea Diving season
All our dive cruises to Forgotten Island are preset on the Indonesian transitional seasons only: April-May and September-October.
Seahorse Liveaboard has a careful scheduling of dives and cruises in remote Forgotten Islands set on the weather calm period of Banda Sea: from April to May and form September to October, when the winds are light or non-existent due to the transitional seasons between the dominant monsoons in the region. On these two periods of the year, Banda Sea -one of the most exposed and windy areas of Indonesia-, became calm and very pleasant for navigate and dive.
Diving Trip to Banda Sea from Alor to Saumlaki on Seahorse Liveaboard
Dive cruise Alor-Saumlaki -11 nights- Factsheet
All you need to know about this diving trip
- 3 daily dives + 1 night dive
- 80 cf tank
- All meals and snacks on board
- Drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks
- Airport- boat transfers at arrival an departure
- Fuel surcharge
- Nitrox fills for certified nitrox divers (it's possible get the certification on board)
- Free advice about connecting flights and eventual stop over in Indonesia
- Harbour fees: 200€/cruise/pax
- Upper deck cabin extra charge: 160€/cruise/pax
- 100 cf dive tank: 50€/cruise/pax
- Dive equipment rental, beers, wine and spirits, expresso, laundry
- International and domestic airfare
- One transit night depending of your connecting flights
Terms & Conditions
- A 20% deposit for booking confirmation
- The total balance must be paid 60 days before cruise departure
Embark - Disembark
- Embarking port: Kalabahi
- Disembarking port: Saumlaki
At your arrival at airport, our staff will be there to pick you up: you will easily identify them wearing the Liveaboard t-shirt and a folder mentioning your name and our logotype.
- Check in: the cruise starting date, before 12:00pm.
- Check out: at the cruise ending date, before 12:00pm.
Domestic Flights & in Transit Accommodations
You will need a flight from Jakarta-Alor and Saumlaki-Jakarta in connection with your international flights.
You might need spend one transit night before and after your diving trip depending of your international flights.
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Diving Banda Sea in Forgotten Islands
Forgotten Islands became famous for the school of hammerhead sharks that can be seen there, in large groups of hundreds or individuals, the sharks have been seen in Nil Desperandum, Manuk and Banda Islands.
This cruise goes through a wide range of geological landscapes and formations of Indonesia, from volcanic islands to limestone pinnacles developed from ancient coral reefs, diving is all in deep walls with plentiful coral and sea life, the platform of the islands always falls for hundreds of meters not far from the coast, the visibility is excellent. We will dive in very little visited places, usually rich in pelagic and abundant reef fish.
Forgotten Islands Diving Environment
The corals are beautiful in Forgotten Islands and of many different species and large density. For lack of space, a species often grows above the other in a continuous struggle for a few inches of rock to cling to. A coral reef system very interesting for the uw photographer: wonders, mimic octopus, blue ringed octopus ghost pipefish, sexy shrimp, transparent shrimps, porcelain crab, decorator crabs and many other photogenic subject are the habitual residents of Forgotten Islands coral reefs.
The marine life offers a lot of pelagic, the impressive number of groupers -some of them really huge-, big napoleons, rivers of trevally and whirlpool of barracuda, carangids, tunas -even these often very large-, groups of 50-60 bump head parrot fish, then turtles, batfish, surgeons, fusiliers, and all the fish barrier –a diving paradise-. Sharks we have seen of each species, fox, silvertips, white and black tip, gray nurse.
In Forgotten Islands you will re-discover the meaning of clear waters. Wall diving plentiful of beautiful fauna overhanging, black corals and huge sponges, schools of surgeon fishes, trevallies, barracudas, many schools of fish (platax, horse-eye jackfishes, sweet lips), eagle ray, reef sharks and occasionally moon fish. We chose the Banda Islands as a strong point of this unique cruise for the rewards that every new exploration in the area gave us, in fact we can affirm that Forgotten Islands offer some of the best diving in Indonesian seas. Attractions include gin-clear waters, patch reefs and coral bommies, spectacular wall dives on impossible drop-offs.
Forgotten Islands are depth-gin-clear waters, where visibility often reach 30-50 meters.
The temperature all year around is between 28-29 ̊C. A 3 mm long wetsuit is enough. Hoods are recommended for this diving trip.
Some dives are carried out offshore reefs. On this itinerary we expect slow to medium currents. The guides will always check the current before each immersion and inform the divers. However, as we will also probably perform some exploratory dives, a solid dive experience is recommended for this cruise. A reef hook is recommended.
This cruise is proposed only during calm inter-monsoon periods, when the weather is dry and sunny with refreshing breeze and calm seas, ideally for the navigation.
Navigation & Itinerary
The itinerary varies slightly between each cruise depending on weather conditions, currents, visibility and suitability for diving activities.
Seahorse Liveaboard Technical Data
Cruising Indonesia is proud to re-introduce MSY SEAHORSE LIVEABOARD, a 33m Phinisi Schooner built as luxury sailing yacht on 2014 and refitted on 2018. MSY Seahorse is a great liveaboard that offers excellent facilities for underwater photographers. In fact, the MSY Seahorse iwas currently chartered for expeditions conducted by Ocean Geographic Society and it counts as its regular guests, UW PROs like Micheal Aw, Thomas Ozanne, Steve Jones or Tim Rock.
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