Seven Seas - komodo / raja ampat LiveaboardInquiry
Seven Seas IndonesiaFree Nitrox for qualified Nitrox divers
Seven Seas is a 33m, traditionally built Buginese schooner and has set new standards in Indonesian liveaboard luxury. Custom-designed to accommodate up to 16 guests in spacious comfort over three decks she is perfect for both diving and relaxation. The galley is fitted with the latest in culinary kits and chef welcomes guests who want to join in and prepare special snacks or meals. The Seven Seas features the latest diving and safety equipment, Nitrox, 3 speed boats and satellite communication, all of which means that we can sail where we want in comfort and in confidence. Our dive guides share their knowledge of marine life and the local area as well as guiding you to the best dive sites.
With over 9 years culinary expertise, the chef prepares truly mouth-watering cuisine. Buffets form the main menu of the day so that we can give you a wider choice and suit the majority of taste buds, including vegetarians. The chef uses as much fresh local produce as she can, including fresh seafood. Do please let us know if you have any particular food requirements when you book. That way we will be well prepared to meet your needs. Nitrox is included free in the trip price for qualified divers.
The bar has a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Water, coffee and tea are included and you can enjoy as much as you like. Your waitresses are happy to help advise you on the full drinks menu. All drinks will be tallied and you will receive the bill at the end of your trip.
Imagine being perfectly pampered while relaxing on the deck of your own sailing spa! Now you can make the dream a reality as The Seven Seas leads the way in liveaboard Spa treatments, guaranteed to help you unwind. Enjoy the rest, relaxation and rejuvenation you so deserve with Jovin and Juli, who have been trained in Balinese massages, pedicures and manicures. Depending on the level of activities on the boat, they should be able to do the Spa treatment of your choice between 14.00 and 16.00 each day. Please ask at the time of booking or discuss with Jovin and Juli once onboard.
Spa treatments are provided in the privacy of the aft lounging area. Only selected Indonesian products are used from famous beauty houses such as Martha Tilaar. If you prefer to use your own beauty products, please bring them onboard and discuss this with the girls. We will be adding other treatments later in the season. Spa services will be added to your bill.
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Seven Seas - pricesInquiry
Prices are per person per night and in USD based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.
The trip price includes :
meals and snacks,
coffee, tea and drinking water.
Included in the diving are the services of a qualified dive master, full dive tanks, weights and weight belts.
Nitrox is included free in the trip price for qualified divers.
Port clearance and park fees.
The trip price does not include :
Not included in the cruise fee are soft drinks, beer, wine or spirits,
spa services (massage),
international or domestic air transportation,
hotels and meals before and after the cruise, or
personal and medical insurances.
Seven Seas will be expecting guests to settle their onboard expenses (drinks, gear rental, massage etc.) by cash (US Dollar, Euro or Rupiah), Traveller’s Cheques or credit card (Visa or Mastercard) at the end of their trip.
Only one bottle of wine or spirits per passenger may be brought on board. For extensive land excursions Seven Seas may need to charge for additional related expenses
Please note: There is NO FUEL SURCHARGE and NITROX is FREE OF CHARGE. Also any and all port clearance and conservation fees are INCLUDED in the above pricing. NO SURCHARGES!
|Dive Gear Rental|| BCD
Full set (BCD, reg, wetsuit, mask, fins, snorkel)
Underwater Camera & Housing (Olympus)
Underwater Photo Equipment Package (Nikon)
|Courses|| PADI Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox)
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
Introduction to Underwater Photography
Introduction to Underwater Videography
|Beach Wear & Boutique|| T-shirt
Ladies' V-neck tee
Ladies' hooded sweatshirt
Mens' Polo Shirt
Seven Seas Batik Shirt
Seven Seas Batik Sarong
Seven Seas Sarong
Seven Seas mask strap
Seven Seas can holder
|Books|| Diving Indonesia's Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat Through the Lens of
Ring of Fire
Essential Guide to U/W Digital Photography
Hi Definition Underwater Video
|Alcoholic Beverages|| Beer
Red/White Wine Category A
Red/White Wine Category B
Red/White Wine Category C
|Softdrinks|| Coke, soda, tonic water
|Misc|| Satellite Phone / Minute
Souvenir Trip DVD
Seven Seas - cabinsInquiry
- 8 state rooms with air-conditioning warm-water en-suite bathrooms as follows:
- 4 rooms with royal size double beds
- 2 rooms with small double and large single beds in bunk-style
- 2 rooms with large single beds in bunk-style
Seven Seas - itineraryInquiry
Komodo National Park is a World Heritage site situated in the straits between Sumba and Flores and consists of the three larger islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller ones. Because of its unique geology, the islands have developed equally unique wildlife. With dragons on land and a utopia underwater, you will find an array of dive sites and hiking trails to suit every level of experience.
From pristine corals, mantas, sharks, turtles, dolphins, dugong and giant pelagics to tiny pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs and frog fish, you’ll find the diversity of marine life inspiring if not mind boggling. The islandsfeature a dramatic wild savannah landscape with patches of forestespecially on the southern hills of Komodo and Rinca. White and red sand beaches, blue lagoons teeming with fish and some of the most spectacular underwater scenery in the world entice divers and guests from around the world.
The underwater topography is as varied as the marine life it homes. Dive sites vary from gentle coral slopes to sheer cliff walls, channels, flat bottoms, pinnacles, caves, swim-throughs and a host of hard and soft corals. From the Flores Sea in the north, the warm waters gradually become cooler as you travel southwards into the Indian Ocean.
Komodo boasts countless beautiful deserted beaches, hiking trails, great wildlife, shallow reefs for snorkeling and lagoons for water-skiing. Perfect for divers to take their family on a holiday, as there is something to be discovered for everyone.
April - November
December - March
27 - 32C
25 - 30C. Warmest in the north and coolest in the south
Best time to dive:
Year round with best weather April - November
Other interesting info:
Dive conditions vary with the tides, throughout the day. Therefore it is important to dive with the tide tables to hit every site at the optimal time. This is where your Seven Seas crew and dive guides excel!
Generally provide better visibility from December through April. Lower visibility in the dry season - in the south - is due to oceanic up-welling and plankton richness, which makes this area very rich in marine life, especially invertebrates. An underwater photographers dream! Highest temperatures in the south are during the rainy season.
Generally provide better visibility year round. Water temperature is usually higher. Fish are abundant everywhere but the rocks and reefs in ‘current’ areas provide the best chances for spotting the bigger fish, especially the sharks and pelagics.
Superb for diving and snorkeling Hikes of 45 mins to 2.5 hrs to see the Komodo dragons, wild deer, horses and buffaloes Deserted beaches and surrounding hills are ideal for your sunset drinks on the beach Bays where the boat will anchor are perfect for afternoon water-skiing Slow tours with one of the tenders or kayaks to explore the coastline from the water Fishing is allowed in the pelagic fishing zone and outside the National Park Near Sangean Island, troll for tuna, Spanish mackerel, sail fish and giant trevally
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There aren’t many liveaboards the calibre of The Seven Seas that cover this area, which makes this adventure even more special. More than 1500 islands make up this archipelago off mainland New Guinea, and those islands support the richest tropical coral reef bio-diversity anywhere in the world.
1,000 species of fish 700 molluscs 540 species of scleractinian (hard) corals = 75% of the world total 4.6 million hectares of reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves and rocky coastline low resident human population and minimal industrial development No wonder that this ecosystem attracts more and more divers and is earmarked by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Culture for future eco-tourism development. With this in mind, the Government of Indonesia is looking to nominate the archipelago as a WorldHeritage Site.
Some of the highlights include the great dives and under as well as above water caves of Misool, the blue water mangroves, the reefs of the Fam Islands, the fish and manta rays of the Dampier straight, the pearl farm at Aljui Bay and the great karst islands of the Wayag Archipelago. Then there are the extensive mangrove forests and the many deserted beaches. Some excellent diving can be found in the “blue water mangroves” just west of the Island of Misool. In the north there is some superb critter diving at Waigeo Island and great coral and fish dives in Dampier Straight - see how to get there.
October - April
May - September
27 - 32C
Best time to dive:
October - April (more wind and rain in the rest of the season)
Spectacular diving and snorkeling Sensational kayaking in the shallow bays, especially in the mangrove forests Slow afternoon cruise with one of the tenders - get up-close-and-personal with the stunning land scenery Bird spotting - find the illusive Bird of Paradise from the water Hiking into the forest to experience the diversity of birds and animals We have a number of contacts with the local people who can guide you on your search for mysterious birds and plants Fishing - unexplored fly-fishing for bonefish or deep water trolling for marlin and sailfish
Seven Seas - Banda Sea and Halmahera
Once sought by Columbus and Marco Polo, the Banda Islands were the original Spice Islands and the most coveted destination on earth, particularly by the Dutch and Portuguese who colonized the islands and exported the indigenous nutmeg and cloves. History tells of a violent past under colonial rule. Now, the seas around these tropical paradise islands are coveted for their spectacular diving and snorkelling on some of the world’s richest reefs, unspoiled corals, and large pelagic fish.
Steep drop offs, impressive hard coral and some fast currents make this area absolutely breathtaking. Schools of jacks are a familiar sight, as are large tuna, many turtles, Napoleon wrasse, groupers, rays, sharks and large lobsters. Great visibility is a blessing here, and there are also some special critter sites.
The Banda Sea is surrounded by islands from the large islands of Buru, Halmahera, Ambon and Seram in the north towards Gorom, Kei and Aru in the east, the islands of Tanimbar, Wetar and Reong, and a series of smaller islands such as Babar and Moa, touching East Timor in the south.Ambon Bay is host to some of Indonesia’s best critter diving.The nearby island of Halmahera is still largely unexplored and has recently produced some stunning sites.
an isolated volcanic peak rising from the heart of the Banda Sea. Surrounded by crystal clear waters this uninhabited island is home to thousands of nesting seabirds. Exuding sulphur both above and below the landmark, the water is also home to extraordinary numbers of banded kraits (sea snakes), which have become a special attraction for divers. It’s not unusual to have swarms of these non-aggressive sea snakes around you while diving on Gunung Api.
these 5 tiny atolls in the middle of the Banda Sea are the tops of undersea mountains rising up over a mile from the ocean floor. The uninhabited beaches are ideal green turtle nesting sites, while the reef’s breathtaking drop off to ocean waters is ideal for diving and snorkeling. A highlight here is night diving with the rare Photoblepheron bandanensis or more commonly known as the “flash light fish”.
May - November
December - April (high rainfall Jan/Feb)
27 - 32C
27 - 30C
Best time to dive:
October - December March - April
Other interesting info:
Most of the climate is determined by monsoon winds. Northern area is more predictable than the south. Refreshing breezes onboard throughout most of the season.
Wall diving with great visibility Excellent and colourful hard coral Very healthy fish life Spectacular island backdrops with many volcanoes Beautiful uninhabited beaches for sunset strolls Fishing around the islands in deeper waters has been spectacular, especially for tuna Most guests come to enjoy the combination of superb diving and intriguing history
Seven Seas - Alor and Wetar
Unspoiled, remote, yet bewitchingly accessible aboard The Seven Seas, Alor and its 18 islands are now recognized as one of Asia’s top ten dive destinations. Muck diving is a must here as is diving with the huge shoals of reef fish who live on the pristine coral reefs. Marvel at the wondrous walls and grand coral gardens that are home to a huge array of marine life.
On land, the area is mountainous as a result of volcanic activity, which makes for stunning scenery. The waters around the islands are known for their strong currents, particularly in the narrow strait between Pantar and Alor and also between Lembata and Pantar. The straits in the area play an important role in the exchange of marine life between the Indian and Pacific Ocean. Each year whales and dolphins travel from the Pacific and Indian Oceans through the deep but narrow Nusa Tenggara island chain, which has been identified as an important migration route for numerous whale species as well and great schools of tuna.
Flores and Alor are rich in large marine life, especially whales and dolphins. Coastal communities living along eastern Indonesia’s marine migratory routes, especially in the villages of Lamalera and Lamakera, have been hunting whales for centuries. Equipped with simple spears, they take only what their village needs to eat and barter in return for vegetables and rice.
Coral reefs are mostly found along the northern coast of the Solor and Alor island group with some coral reefs lining the channels in between major islands. The southern coastline of the islands, particularly on the island of Lembata, is lined with rocks and only little coral. The reefs also include rocky bottoms along the northwest tip of Alor starting in the strait between Alor and Pantar.
The small limestone island of Reong lies off the northwest coast of Wetar. Spectacular walls and an interesting critter dive are on the agenda and, if you’re adventurous, you have a good chance to see resident saltwater crocodiles. Blue whales also frequently visit here.
May - October
May - October
November - April
27 - 32C
Best time to dive:
27C on average but often colder in the south All year round, best is May - October
Whale & large marine life watching Spot whales surfacing & slip into the tenders to take a closer look (seasonal) Visit traditional whale hunters Option to go with whale hunters on a trip (plan in advance) Land trips including: Visits to traditional weaving villages Option to see crocodiles on Wetar Island Spectacular diving especially for experienced divers Fishing for Spanish mackerel, dogtooth and yellowfin tuna
Seven Seas - Wakatobi
Also known as the Tukang Besi Archipelago, the Wakatobi Marine National Park is the second largest Marine Park in Indonesia. Its four main islands of Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko each lend the first two letters of their names to give the area its name.
Fast attracting a reputation as one of the top dive spots in the world, it’s hardly surprising as the islands enjoy some of the healthiest coral reefs you are likely to dive. Wakatobi has the largest atoll in the world (Kaledupa), which is home to some of the most bio-diverse marine life in the world. Dolphins, manta rays, whales, turtles, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and dugongs can all be found here.
Especially the small outer Islands, with their colonies of nesting seabirds and steep drop-offs for fantastic wall diving, will bring you eye to eye with some impressive schools of fish and some massive dogtooth tuna.
May - November
December - April
27 - 32C
Best time to dive:
October - December & March - May
Other interesting info:
March to May & October to December are usually periods of relatively calm weather.
Superb for wall-diving on the outer atolls and invertebrates at the larger islands Village trips to visit the Bajo communities, living in houses on stilts over the water Bays or atolls where the boat will anchor are perfect for afternoon water-skiing Explore the coastline in one of the tenders or kayaks Fishing for dogtooth tuna, yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel and trevally
Seven Seas - specsInquiry
8 state rooms with air-conditioning warm-water en-suite bathrooms as follows: 4 rooms with royal size double beds 2 rooms with small double and large single beds in bunk-style 2 rooms with large single beds in bunk-style
Upper deck with 2 shaded sun decks Large sun deck with lounge chairs and day beds. Also used for outdoor dining Sun deck at the rear with comfortable day beds Two double state rooms (1 can be connected to adjoining bunk bed cabin) Wheel house where the captain welcomes you to have a turn at the helm
Air conditioned lounge and dining area Working table for camera preparations and editing DVD, radio, books, toys Galley with state-of-the-art facilities Shaded dive deck with deck showers and dive gear storage Crew’s quarters and day heads
6 state rooms - 2 double & 4 twin Emergency escape hatch Dry storage Engine room divided by insulated isolation wall
Engine room divided by insulated isolation wall
- Length 33m, Beam 8m
- Mitsubishi 8M22 450HP V8
- Cruising Speed
- 8 knots
- Water Capacity
- 9 tons per day, 2 freshwater-makers
- Fuel Capacity
- 18 tons
- 14 people
- Full Air Conditioning
- All rooms and indoor guest areas
- Entertainment System
- DVD, TV, Stereo sound
- 3:2 x twin-40hp 6.5m fibre boats (center console, taking 6 diving guests each), 1 x inflatable single engine taking 4 diving guests
- Irridium Satellite phone, SSB, VHF
- Radar Furono, Sat Nav. Furono, Sounder RayMarine, Back-up GPS plotter: Navman Tracker
- Safety Equipment
- 2 life rafts (20 persons each), 40 adult and 10 infant life jackets, AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
- Dive Equipment
- Twin 9 CFM compressors (Schiffauer), 24 aluminium 12lt tanks, 9 sets rental dive equipment, snorkeling gear, wet suits, Nitrox available
- Deck Showers
- Full Service Bar
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Raja Ampat diving
All our boats run fantastic Raja Ampat liveaboards of varying length visiting all the best places each with their own unique itinerary and features.
They are all different prices dependant on the length of the trip and standard of the liveaboard.
All our boats are liveaboards for people enthusiastic or serious about their diving but also welcome snorkellers and non-divers who will have their own separate itinerary." author: "Raja Ampat liveaboard
Raja Ampat (or the Four Kings) is an archipelago consisting of the islands of Misoool, Salawati, Batanta, and Wiageo which are surrounded by over 1,500 small islands and cays. Formerly known as Irian Jaya, this area is now part of the newly named West Papua province of Indonesia and is located on the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula, on the island of New Guinea.
Put simply, Raja Ampat could quite possibly be the best diving in the world. It certainly is the world’s most bio diverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusc species than anywhere else on Earth. The variety of marine life can be staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, you may encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to don your snorkelling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales. Other highlights include the innumerable war wrecks, both ships and planes (with new wrecks being discovered constantly).
The reefs of Raja Ampat are just as varied as the marine life. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, sea mounts, mucky mangroves, lagoons and pinnacles. The reefs are in pristine condition with miles of perfect hard corals and many varied colourful species of soft corals. The diving is predominantly drift dives due to the moderate prevalent currents in the area which provide nutrients for the myriad fish and coral. Currents are average to moderate and vary from none to very strong. Visibility is normally very good but can vary and is normally at its best earlier in the day so your pre-breakfast dives are not to be slept through!
This is truly “Frontier Diving”. Topside the beautiful islands stretch as far as you can see and are largely uninhabited. At night the lights of local fishing boats twinkle in the dark along the few inhabited shorelines while in more remote areas you may only see a distant spec of light over the entire horizon.
Not many liveaboards dive the Raja Ampat area, making this adventure even more unique and special.
Raja Ampat has a high season from October to May and weirdly enough it is during their rainy season due to the winds in the dry season making parts of the park inaccessable. The rainy season should not be mis-construed though. It is generally mostly a shower in the late afternoon and evening and most of the time the days are nice, wind is minimal and the skys are generally clear or slightly over cast. The seas are calmer at this time of the year as the oppposite season has winds that kick up waves and make it very difficult to dive the more exposed sites in the Southern part of Raja Ampat. The water temperature stays around the 27-30 degrees celcius mark all year round.
Recently due to the popularity of Raja Ampat a lot of boats have been running trips in the so called low season but this is also the dry season and so promotes nicer weather and better visibility but the trade of is that only the northern more sheltered part of the park is accessable but as the area is so vast and there are so many quality dive sites the reports from these northern trips have been glowing so far.
Diving in Komodo is not a new idea but recently it’s being recognised as a premier destination due to the awesome variety of diving to be had. Crystal clear water and dive sites where you never see another diver provide a little something for everyone whether it’s macro or massive you love. One day you can be crawling along the bottom looking at pygmy seahorses, frogfish and unusual nudibranch and the next you are in the big blue on an open water pinnacle as the mantas fly by, the sharks circle and the dolphins hunt and the next day diving a live volcano!! For sheer variety there is no better place on earth.
Komodo is one of the few places left in the world where sharks are not rare and down south is one of the places where manta rays have their legendary aggregations, meaning they are here in the area in their hundreds!!!
One of the highlights of these trips is the rare opportunity to walk with the lengendary Komodo dragons. These truly awesome beasts can reach 3 metres plus and can reportedly run at 20km an hour chasing their prey. It’s the icing on the cake, Stunning diving and one of the world’s last surviving dinosaur descendants all one amazing package.
Covering the best of both worlds, from up close and personal with aggragating mantas to shy pygmy seahorses and rare nudibranches Komodo diving has it all. The beauty of Komodo liveaboard diving is in the balance between the large and small animals. One day you will be in the blue swimming with mantas and sharks and the next swimming along a bubbling volcanic reef covered with venting submerged fumeroles blowing bubbles into the water and hiding one of the worlds best kept secret macro dive sites.
In North Komodo the water temperature is normally 27-29°C. Around Southern Komodo and Rinca Islands the water temperature drops can drop a bit to 22-26°C. A 5mm long suit is advised and hood and booties are strongly recommended for the southern area.
These are some of the top sites that most liveaboards visit.
Angel reef, Moyo, Sumbawa diving
We start our Komodo liveaboard with the first dive of the trip and the check out dive. This dive site doesn’t disappoint. A beautiful wall stretching down to 50 metres covered in hard and soft corals very reminiscent of Bunaken in North Sulawesi. Schools of bannerfish and trevally patrol the walls with the occasional reef sharks making an appearance. Ribbon eels hide in crevices and many different nudibranchs crawl over the vast elephant ear sponges that hang from the beautiful soft coral infested wall.
Satonda island bay
A protected bay on Satonda island north of Sumbawa hosts a treasure trove of macro critters, the more we dive here the more we find. The rare Denise pygmy seahorse lives in fans here, frogfish hang out in big barrel sponges and ghost pipefish hide amongst the featherstars that cover the reef slope. In the sandy bottom you can find jawfish with their mouths full of eggs, myriads of anemonefish, mushroom coral pipefish and spearer mantis shrimps.
Sangeang island diving
Sangieng island is a perfectly round volcanic island jutting up from the sea bed. Still active and last blowing in 1996 this well kept secret is one of the world’s finest macro dive areas. With diving available all around the island there is not one specific spot but always new ones to be discovered. Bubbles of volcanic gas seep through the sand creating a surreal atmosphere and a warm black sand bottom hosting rare and unusual nudibranch. Pygmy seahorses, frogfish, Pegasus sea moths and carnivorous shells and all common here, this is my personal favourite dive site as every time we dive here there is a surprise in store of something new that is often not in the books - this site is why you go Komodo liveaboard diving.
Gps point - Gili Banta diving
Gps point is an open sea mount prone to strong currents at certain times of the day. This provides prolific hard and soft coral growth that is home to hundreds of different types of reef fish. Loved by sharks, white tip sharks cruise around the whole dive in amongst the hunting giant trevallies and schooling jacks and surgeon fish, an exciting dive.
Takat Toko, Gili Lawalaut diving
This is one of my favourite sites on the Komodo liveaboard itinerary and is very similar to Gps point this site takes it to the next level. Grey reef shark, white tip sharks, occassional dolphins and a literal fish soup created by jacks, surgeonfish, giant trevallies and bannerfish surround this large sea mount as you hang on to the reef edge and watch the action. Again this site is prone to strong currents but we time our dives to hit around slack tide and a little current brings in the big fish. Great pelagic action, my favourite blue water dive.
Lighthouse reef, Gili Lawalaut diving
An adrenalin pounding drift dive along the wall and around the corner under the lighthouse. Sharks, mantas, dolphins are all frequent visitors on the dive with some of the best coral reef top in the area around the corner out of the current at the end of the dive you can hunt for porcelain crabs, cuttlefish and unusual seahorses whilst waiting for the adrenalin to funnel out of your system and your heart rate to return to normal-this is what Komodo liveaboard diving is all about!.
Crystal rock, Gili Lawalaut diving
A stunning soft coral and sea fan covered pinnacle with crystal water clarity this is a great site for those magazine cover wide angle shots. With at least 5 different types of angelfish, 4 types of trigger and butterflyfish everywhere it is a excellent reef fish dive with frequent visits from eagle and manta rays and the resident sleepy hawksbill turtle.
Pink beach, Komodo diving
Colder water and lower vis here due to the huge amounts of organic matter in the water due to the southern currents but this is more than made up for by the astounding life available to see here due to this phenomenon. Normally done as a night dive it also makes a good day dive with everything from white tip sharks to pygmy seahorses; zebra crabs, Coleman shrimp, many coloured frogfish, xeno crabs, Spanish dancers, and unusual nudibranchs are hidden amongst the dense coral growth.
Cannibal rock, Rinca island diving
Colder water than the north but touted by many as one of the worlds best 10 sites, yes I know there seems to be way more than 10 “top 10 sites” but this one really is one if you like macro. Everything is here even the rarest of the rare, the Rhinopias scorpionfish. It’s nudi heaven with only the special and the rare getting to appear here, more species than I care to mention along with large and different frogfish mixed in with schools of fish and the resident dopy turtle we do 2 dives here and it’s still not enough!! You will love it, I personally adore this dive site.
Torpedo alley, Rinca island diving
Just next to cannibal rock and where the boat moors is a beach that has wild pigs, monkeys and Komodo dragons in the daytime and hosts a myriad of critters in the waters in front if it at night. Named for the large amount of torpedo rays found here, a member of the electric ray family- no touching! They cover the sandy bottom along with loads of nudis obvious on the black sand bottom along with bizarre crabs and octopus.
Manta alley, Komodo diving
In the cooler waters in the south of Komodo there is a bay in which there are a series of pinnacles that seem to be a magnet for aggregating mantas. They are here in their tens, often we come up having seen over 20 different individuals. Often a little shy, their evasive spins and pirouettes makes the watching of them that much more enjoyable.
Takat Makassar, Komodo diving
This is our other manta site. A little bit more of a risk to see them as it is a huge area and we drift along the bottom in about 10 metres but along the way we always run into loads of turtles, napoleon and humphead wrasse, white tip sharks and very very occasionally you will be incredibly lucky and run into the resident dugong that inhabits this area along with scores of mantas as they migrate north.
3 sisters, Padar island diving
A series of underwater pinnacles reaching nearly to the the surface off the coast of Padar island next to Komodo this site constantly springs surprises on you from silvertip sharks and mobular ray schools to marbled rays and rare nudibranchs.
How to get to Raja Ampat
Sorong is the harbour town in West Papua and the normal departure point to dive Raja Ampat.
If you are unsure of how to get to Sorong to start your trip it will depend on where your international flight into Indonesia is landing.
We recommend flying to Jakarta or Bali to make your entry point into Indonesia and each has it’s pros and cons as explained below.
From Jakarta to Sorong with Garuda air is an over night flight arriving in the morning perfect for a pick up by your liveaboard crew at the airport.
The downside of this is that you may be awake most of the night before your board the liveaboard depending on if you sleep on flights but most boats cruise only on the first day so you can catch up on your sleep during the day.
Garuda currenlty also offers a 23K sports bag allowance which includes diving equipment on top of the usual 20 Kilos and bearing in mind it is Indonesia’s most reliable airline this is the one we recommend as you can also purchase the tickets yourself (most other Indonesian airlines won’t let you purchase tickets without an Indonesia creit card). Garuda JAKARTA - SORONG GA682 etd 00.30am eta 06.35am direct.
Flights from Bali to Sorong are not quite so simple and cannot be done in one day, you will need to fly from DPS (Bali) to UPG (Makassar) the day before your liveaboard and stay over night in Makassar in a hotel or guesthouse and then continue on with the UPG (Makassar) to SOQ (Sorong) flight the following morning, arriving the day of your liveaboard departure.
This ends up being perfect timing to be picked up on your arrival in Sorong at the airport to then be taken to the boat.
This takes longer but you might arrive more refreshed than the Jakarta rooute and of course you could always factor in a stay in Bali before or after your trip, this flight is also by Garuda airlines.
DENPASAR - MAKASSAR Garuda Indonesia GA620 etd 1720 eta 1855
MAKASSAR - SORONG Garuda Indonesia GA698 etd 0330 eta 0645
Recently Garuda, our recommended airline, has made it possible to purchase their tickets online and we recommend you take this approach as it is often cheaper than the set price we have to charge using other airlines and Indonesian flight agents.
Other airlines are cheaper but are not so trustworthy or have such good luggage allowances.
Again, we highly recommend TRIP and BAGGAGE insurance as well as diving insurance just in case something were to go wrong with your flights or luggage.
It is also possible to come throught Kuala Lumpur (KUL) in Malaysia to Denpasar (DPS) in Bali or Jakarta (JKT) with Malaysian Airlines and then join one of the above 2 options above to get to Sorong, here are the flights from KUL to Jakarta and Bali
by Malaysia Airlines
KUALA LUMPUR - DENPASAR MH715 etd 0900 eta 1205
KUALA LUMPUR - DENPASAR MH851 etd 1225 eta 1530
KUALA LUMPUR - DENPASAR MH853 etd 1500 eta 1830
KUALA LUMPUR - JAKARTA MH713 etd 0720 eta 0830
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Seven Seas - faqsInquiry
Please note these are generic FAQs about Indonesia in general and not always boat specific.
If you are unsure about something please ask us to get confirmation.
What documents will I need to show on the boat?
Dive certification cards and dive logbook.
What money will I need?
Most boats accepts payment by Visa or Mastercard, Indonesian Rupiah, Euro or US Dollar. Please be advised that foreign notes should be clean, new and crisp. Indonesian banks and money changers will not accept old notes or notes which are damaged in any way. You can also use your credit or debit card at ATM machines in towns prior to boarding the boat to withdraw Rupiah, which is better should you wish to purchase local souvenirs or for tips. It is advisable to inform your bank or credit card company that you will be visiting Indonesia prior to your departure, as it is not uncommon for the bank to put a block on the card if they suspect it has been misappropriated.
What type of food is available on board?
Meals are prepared by the onboard chef and consist of a delicious mix of international and local dishes. Please advise us as soon as possible if you have any special dietary requirements. Certain special dietary requests and beverage requests may not be available on a consistent basis due to the remote nature of the locations.
Will there be any opportunities to go ashore during the cruise?
There are many different land excursions which are dependent on the schedule and guest preferences. Some land excursions available are beach visits, village visit and other treks dependant on the area, weather and local conditions.
What if I am prone to sea sickness?
If you are prone to sea sickness we strongly urge you to bring some motion sickness medication.
Will I have to share a cabin if I am travelling as a single?
All rates are quoted on a share basis therefore, unless you require a guaranteed single room and pay an additional supplement you will share your cabin with one other guest.
What is the voltage on the boat?
Voltage in Indonesia is 220-240 V. Is you feel you will need an adaptor please bring one.
Does the boat provide any toiletries?
There is soap, shampoo, hand wash and towels.
What time zone is Indonesia located?
Komodo is 8 hours ahead of GMT. Raja Ampat is covered by Eastern Indonesia Standard Time which is 9 hours ahead of GMT.
Is smoking permitted?
A designated area on the boat is available for smoking. Smoking is not permitted in any other area for any reason.
What about crew gratuities?
Gratuities for the crew are not included in your trip price. If the crew performs to your expectations, we suggest a gratuity of approximately 10%-15% of the published package price per person be considered normal aboard a liveaboard dive boat. All tips are split equally among the boat crew. Personal tipping is frowned upon. Payment of gratuities can be by cash or credit card.
Do I need evacuation/dive insurance?
It is mandatory that each guest purchase comprehensive evacuation and dive accident insurance. We will be operating in extremely remote areas. Emergency evacuations from remote locations can cost in excess of USD $100,000. We recommend Divers Alert Network (DAN): www.DiversAlertNetwork.org (in USA), www.daneurope.org (in Europe).
How many dives will we do each day?
There will be up to 4 dives per day with 3-4 dives being normal dependant on the distances travelled between sites and possibly at nightime.
Are there any limitations or restrictions on the diving?
You should stay within the limits and standards of your qualifying agency. All dives should be no- decompression dives. Solo diving is not permitted.
What dive equipment do I need?
Tanks, weights and weight belts are provided onboard. Divers will need to bring BCD, regulator, wetsuit,fins, mask, snorkel and dive light. We have SMBs available for use snd rental equipment
What can I expect the water temperature to be and what wetsuit do you recommend?
This is always a difficult question to answer because people have different reactions to temperature. Typically temperatures range from 25-30C or 80-86F so usually a 3mm suit or even a skin is fine. The southern waters of Komodo can be colder with 20-25C or 70-75F so a 5mm suit with a hood is recommended.
Do you have Int or DIN valves?
We have tanks with Int and DIN valve adaptors.
How do we dive from the boat?
All dives will be made from the tenders. Equipment will be transferred to the tenders and guests will board the tender with only their wetsuit on.
Can I drink alcohol and dive?
No. Drinking alcohol and diving can increase your risk of decompression problems. You can drink alcohol once your have completed your last dive of the day.
Can I fish or spear fish?
Fishing and spear fishing are not available onboard. We will be diving in marine protected areas where any type of fishing is prohibited.
What facilities are available for photographers?
There are ample camera tables and cubby holes with charging stations with 110V and 220V above your dive gear. There are ‘camera only’ rinse buckets for the exclusive use of photographers onboard.
Can I pay by Credit card on board?
For most things yes you can but there is a bank charge of 3%, normal in Indonesia. Please check with us beforehand about this.
Depending on the season the visibility range is between 10-40 metres or 30-120 feet.
All diving areas are subject to currents that range from slight to extremely strong. Dive sites are selected according to currents with some great year round drift diving opportunities.
An opportunity to see some of the world’s most unique marine species that emerge only after the sun has set.
The areas where you will dive are unmatched for small and unusual marine wildlife. The species list is endless and new ones are still being discovered in these areas.
The average air temperature in the regions you will visit ranges from 25 - 32 Celsius or 77-90 Fahrenheit.
Health and innoculations:
Vaccinations for typhoid, paratyphoid, tetanus, Cholera, Polio, and Hepatitis A are recommended. Malaria is endemic in many parts of Indonesia, please check with your local Tropical Disease Centre for anti-malaria/diver friendly medication.
The Indonesian currency is Rupiah. Rates fluctuate enormously, please check with our cruise directors for your cruise exchange rates.
Population and people:
Regarded as the fifth most populous nation in the world, there are approximately 200,000,000 in Indonesia. The majority, around 60% reside on the island of Java.
An amazing diversity of religions exists. Predominantly a Muslim nation, islands like Timor, North Sulawesi and Flores are Christian. Hinduism is found mainly in Bali. Scattered throughout the region are a variety of other beliefs.
Bahasa Indonesia, almost identical to Malay is the one national language. Several local dialects exist in each region as well. English is widely spoken in the more popular tourist destinations such as Bali.
Out of 14,000+ islands in the archipelago, there are a plethora of exclusive dive locations in Indonesia, boasting up to 80% of the worlds species of undersea life. With Indocruises we take you to pristine spots not that known in your average dive travel guide and which are still being explored.
Dive conditions in Indonesia
- Diving all year around is possible.
- Watertemperature 24°(75°F) to 30°C(86°F) (In the south of Komodo it drops down to 21°C (70°F)
- Visibility is mostly very good (up to 30m) Diving rules
Safety Procedures and Emergency Evacuation Information:
Hyperbaric chambers (or recompression chamber) in Indonesia There are 6 recompression chambers in Indonesia to treat decompression sickness
Bali: Sanglah General Hospital (in Indonesian language) USUP Sanglah Denpasar JI. Diponegoro, Denpasar 80114 Bali, IndonesiPhone 62-361-227911 through -15 ext. 232 (hyperbaric medical department) Fax 62-361-22426 Run by Dr. Antonius Natasamudra and Dr. Etty Herawati
Manado (Sulawesi): At the Malalayang Hospital (chamber for 3 to 4 persons) Phone: 0811430913 and ask for Dr Jimmy Waleleng (Phone home 860953). Makassar (Sulawesi): Rumah Sakit Umum Wahidin Sudirohusodo. Contact person: Pak Daniel Address: Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan Km. 11, Tamalanrea Kampus UNHAS Indonesia TEL:++ 62 - 0411 (584677) , 584675. Said to be for 3 to 4 persons.
Jakarta (Java): Rumah Sakit Angkatan Laut (Navy Hospital) in Jl. Bendungan Hilir No.17, Central Jakarta (see text in italian with some addresses - list of help) Kalimantan: The Borneo Divers have the only professional recompression chamber located on Sipadan island (Borneo - Malaysia)
Surabaya (Java): Rumah Sakit Angkatan Laut (RSAL) (Military Marine hospital) Jl. Gadung no. 1, SurabayPhone 031-45750 and 41731 (another number given was 031-838153 and fax 031- 837511) Run by Dr Suharsono Available SAR (search and rescue) contact information:
- SAR Bali : ph 0361 - 751111 Radio : 13545.0
- SAR Lombok : Ph 0370 - 633253 Radio : 13545.0
- SAR Makassar : Ph 0411 - 554111 Radio : 13545.0
- SAR Manado : Ph 0431 - 825986
- SAR Kupang : Ph 0380 - 831111
- SAR Ambon : Ph 0911 - 351111
- SAR Sorong : Ph 0951 - 323816
**Available SAR (search and rescue) contact information: Medivac facilities from Travira Air www.travira-air.com