Cruise Raja Ampat & Banda Neira 11 nights (Ambon - Sorong)


Take the road of spices and discover a marvellous world of crystal clear water and amazing beaches. You will dive to deep walls, smalls reefs, untouched coral gardens, abundent fauna and encounter majestic pelagics. The bird lovers will have the unique chance to observe the beautiful brown and red-footed boobies. A place full of beauty you will never forget.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Ambon

    Ambon Our staff will pick up at the airport and bring you to Aurora for immediate boarding. As soon as all the guests are on board, we will lift the anchor and sail to our first destination.

  • Day 2 Nusa Laut and Sarapurana

    Nusa Laut and Sarapurana Nusa Laut has spectacular reefs and wonderful coral gardens. Schools of surgeonfish, big eye trevallies and plenty of reef fish can be found here.
    For the night dive we will be critter hunting under a pier.
    The island of Saparua is a great alternative in case the weather conditions are not fine.

  • Day 3 Banda Neira outer reefs

    Banda Neira outer reefs The waters here are full of fish, reef sharks and tuna. As a small bonus for bird lovers, many species can be observed around the island: brown boobies, red-footed boobies and frigate birds.
    Pulau hatta / Karang hatta: We will dive both sloping reefs and vertical walls. The current attracts many fish: fusiliers, dogtooth tuna, eagle rays, barracudas and sometimes sharks. On the reef, soft corals, leather corals, big eye trevallies and turtles.

  • Day 4 Banda Neira outer reefs

    The waters here are full of fish, reef sharks and tuna. As a small bonus for bird lovers, many species can be observed around the island: brown boobies, red-footed boobies and frigate birds.
    Pulau hatta / Karang hatta: We will dive both sloping reefs and vertical walls. The current attracts many fish: fusiliers, dogtooth tuna, eagle rays, barracudas and sometimes sharks. On the reef, soft corals, leather corals, big eye trevallies and turtles.

  • Day 5 Koon

    Koon The small island of Koon has a vertical wall and a slope where the current curls, pushing schools of trevallies, batfish and barracuda in. Reef sharks are common, but the stars of the show are the giant groupers, the largest of which reaches a size of 3m! Quite exciting dives!

  • Day 6 Misool National Park

    Misool National Park So many Islands to visit and so many different dive spots. We will cruise around JILLIET, FIABAJET, WALIB, WAJIL, JEF PELE, MESENTA, BOO etc... The Aurora Crew will assure you as many dives as possible to completely appreciate this wonderful and beautiful area.

  • Day 7 Misool National Park

    Misool National Park So many Islands to visit and so many different dive spots. We will cruise around JILLIET, FIABAJET, WALIB, WAJIL, JEF PELE, MESENTA, BOO etc... The Aurora Crew will assure you as many dives as possible to completely appreciate this wonderful and beautiful area.

  • Day 8 Misool National Park

    Misool National Park So many Islands to visit and so many different dive spots. We will cruise around JILLIET, FIABAJET, WALIB, WAJIL, JEF PELE, MESENTA, BOO etc... The Aurora Crew will assure you as many dives as possible to completely appreciate this wonderful and beautiful area.

  • Day 9 Farondi

    Farondi Farondi Islands, about 20km east of Misool, are a popular destination for divers because of the unique seascape: tunnels, caverns and diving to colourful walls.

  • Day 10 Fam island

    Fam island The Fam Island is the definition of paradise. A combination of stunning landscapes, marvellous coral gardens and an exceptionally rich marine biodiversity.

  • Day 11 Arborek

    Arborek Here we will have the chance to visit a typical fishermen village, but the morning will be dedicated to spot Manta rays, Wobbegong sharks and much more.

  • Day 12 Sorong

    Sorong After a nice breakfast on board, our Aurora crew will organize, according to your flight schedules, your transfer to the airport of Sorong.
    Unfortunately our trip will arrive at an end and we have to say goodbye but we hope to see you again on board.


Please note that this itinerary is a diving program, and can be changed depending on many factors.

Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Departures for English-speaking groups:

From To Price / pers. Boat Places Options Booking
€4,430 Aurora 0 / 16 16 Fully booked

Departures for Spanish-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Departures for Italian-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Trip code: 435

Practical info

Food


Please let us know if you have any allergy or any specific diet (Diabet,Vegetarian, vegan…)

Accommodation


Depending on your itinerary, it might be necessary to book a night in a hotel before or after your cruise or before your domestic flights.
We can take care of your hotels' bookings if needed.

Transportation


International Flights
You will arrive at the international airport of Jakarta, Denpasar, Makassar or Manado and continue your travel with a domestic flight to your final destination (Komodo, Raja Ampat…). 

Domestic Flights
Please note, that the standard of Indonesian companies equals the European standard. We note that there may be some delay.
Make sure to have enought time for your stopovers (4 hours).

Important : The extra luggage must be paid in cash with Indonesian Rupiah.  Do not forget to have enough change before registration at the airport.
Nevertheless, you will be able to find currency exchange office or ATM in most of the airports.

The boarding on Aurora will be no later than 1 pm, thank you to book a flight arriving in the morning the day of the cruise departure
Disembarkation the last day will be after breakfast.
Please note that  only the transfers domestic airport/boat on arrival and departure dates cruise are included.
If you are already on the spot the day before departure, the meeting point will be at the harbor. Likewise, for the return if you want to extent your stay after the cruise.

Budget & exchange


We recommend to travel with Euros and/or USD.
There is also the possibility to travel with Swiss Francs or British Pounds.  We suggest you to change Indonesia Rupiah on arrival at the airport.

Tips

Crew Tips on board : 15 USD/Pers/day

Supplied equipment

Aluminium tanks of 12L with DIN/INT
Weight

Vital equipment


 Insurance and certification :

 - We recommend you to have a repatriation insurance once you travel abroad, because your traditional insurances might not pay for it.
-  A travel insurance will cover a range of problems, such as luggage theft, cancellation or delay of flights and medical treatments   

 
 Important for all divers:
- An insurance for the practice of scuba diving is mandatory on Aurora.  Please bring a justification (membership number and contact details)
- Please remember to bring your diving certification and logbook
- A medical clearance from a doctor is necessary
- We recommend a 3mm wetsuit for diving in Raja Ampat, Banda Sea and Maluku. For South
Komodo, we recommend a 5mm wetsuit as the temperature might drop to 21-22°C
- Dive equipment can be rented on board, please book before

Each diver must be equipped with his dive computer, sausage and dive torch.

Luggage


 We recommend to have indonesian Roupiah for your domestic flights in case of extra luggage.

Medicine


No vaccination required.
Malaria is a risk, mainly in rural areas (Java's main cities, Bali are considered malaria-free).Dengue is a major problem in Indonesia. There is no vaccination so we highly recommend to take measure to avoid mosquito bites (repellent, long sleeved t-shirt and long pants). We recommend you to check with your physician before departure.

As the sunrays are quite strong in Indonesia, it is absolutely necessary to bring sun-protections such assunscreen, after-sun and headgears (cap etc.) and we also advise you to bring earplugs

Passport


 Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia

Visa


Visa
Visa On Arrival can be obtained free of charge at the airport. It is valid for 30 days and not extendable. Formore information about your country, please check on the Indonesian Embassy website. http://www.indonesiadhaka.org/

Communication
 The mobile network only works in major cities and tourist centers. The country code for Indonesia is +62. You can also buy a local SIM card, do not hesitate to ask when you arrive on board, we can manage it for you

Language
 English is spoken in all tourist destinations, also on board on Aurora

Mandatory vaccines


No vaccination required. Malaria is a risk, mainly in rural areas (Java's main cities, Bali are considered malaria-free).Dengue is a major problem in Indonesia. There is no vaccination so we highly recommend to take measure to avoid mosquito bites (repellent, long sleeved t-shirt and long pants). We recommend you to check with your physician before departure.

Health information & recommendations


As the sunrays are quite strong in Indonesia, it is absolutely necessary to bring sun-protections such assunscreen, after-sun and headgears (cap etc.) and we also advise you to bring earplugs

Weather


Water Temperature :
- Raja Ampat 27° - 30°C
- Komodo 24° - 28°C  (Sud: 20°-23°C
- Alor 27° - 29°C  (Sud: 24°-25°C)
- Banda Sea 26° - 29°C
- Maluku 26° - 30°C

Best season :
- Raja Ampat:  November to  April
- Komodo:        April to à October
- Alor:                 August to October 
- Banda Sea:   March to May   &  October -November
- Maluku:         March to May   &  October -November

Electricity


 220 volt outlets (two poles only, so for British clients, please bring adaptor! ).

Local time

                                                                                   Winter       Summer              
Indonésie Ouest, Jakarta:                         CET + 6      CET + 5
Indonésie Central, Denpasar Bali:       CET + 7      CET + 6
Indonésie Est, Sorong Raja Ampat:     CET + 8      CET + 7
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Johana

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Johana

  • Graduated from a reputable business school in France, Johana has always been passionate by travelling and discovering new cultures.
  • When she arrived in Indonesia, in Bali 3 years ago, she immediatly fell in love with its culture but especially with its incredible underwater world.
  • Johana shares now her time between her passion of diving and the office of Dune Aurora where she is Manager of Guest Relations and Booking.
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Destination
RAJA AMPAT
Activity
Exception
Duration
12 days
Group
2 to 16 persons
Code
435
Price
From €4,430
Level
5/5
Comfort
5/5
Language(s)
French / English / Spanish / Italian
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