The best of Banda Sea in 9 nights

Enjoy the best of what Banda Sea has to offer in 10 days ! From muck dive to hammerhead sharks, be prepared for the trip of your life!

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Ambon

    Aurora Crew will pick you up at the airport for immediate boarding. After a refreshing welcome drink We going to prepare all our dive gears and start our cruise. 1st Stop, Nusa Laut.

  • Day 2 Nusa Laut

    South of Seram, fantastic diving experiences on the reefs of Nusa Laut. These rather picturesque islands of Maluku are popular dive destinations due to their diversity in reef fish species, ghost pipefish, frogfish and a variety of well-preserved hard corals.

  • Day 3 Suanggi

    We will now arrive at the northern end of the outer reefs of the Banda Sea: Pulau Suanggi. 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.

  • Day 4 Manuk

    Manuk, the ‘Snake Island’, a volcanic island with lower interest on land. It takes its nickname from the large amount of sea snakes found there. You will surely see a lot! The drop-offs here are amazing and sharks, mackerels, tunas and barracudas are often observed.

  • Day 5 Serua

    Serua offer great slopes and walls full of Soft and hard Coral full of colour and life. The big prize here are the schooling Hammerhead often spotted cruising along the reefs.

  • Day 6 Pulau Hatta & Banda Neira

    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. The picturesque Banda Neira Harbour is also home of the Mandarin Fish, a very colourful fish that every single night come out to perform their mating ritual.

  • Day 7 Banda Neira (Treck & Dive)

    Time for some land and cultural excursion. We will visit the Fort Belgica, Main feature that domain the Island view. Also We will have the chance to visit the Maritime Museum and a Nutmeg, Vanilla plantation to taste some aromatic Tea and Cakes. Of course this location also offers beautiful dive spots, including Lava Flow: after a volcano eruption in 1988, the existing coral got destroyed, but after 10 years new coral regrow and created this now beautiful dive spot.

  • Day 8 Ambon

    We will wake up in the south cost of Seram Island, very close to Ambon Harbour where We will make 2 dives in its beautiful walls and slopes along the cost. And at the end of the day we will enjoy a night dive right in the heart of this magnificent muck dive area.

  • Day 9 Ambon

    We will dive 2 times more in Laha or Tuleu Bay, area known for its fabulous muck dives, probably among the best in the world for macro diving: only the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia can compete.

  • Day 10 Ambon

    After a tasty breakfast is time to say good bye. We will organize your transfer to the Airport and hope to see you soon aboard Aurora.

Dates & prices

Departures for English-speaking groups:

From To Price / pers. Boat Places Options Booking
€3,705 Liveaboard Aurora 18 / 18 Book now!
€3,705 Liveaboard Aurora 18 / 18 Book now!
€3,705 Liveaboard Aurora 18 / 18 Book now!
€3,705 Liveaboard Aurora 18 / 18 Book now!

Departures for French-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Departures for Chinese-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Departures for Spanish-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Trip code: 132

Notes


Price List
Valid from until 31 December 2020 

Rates per person per NIGHT
  • Raja Ampat Cruise (Sorong-Sorong) 420 USD
  • North Maluku Cruise (Ambon-Sorong) 420 USD
  • Banda Sea Cruise (Maumere – Ambon) 420 USD
  • Forgotten Islands ( Ambon - Saumlaki) 420 USD 
  • Alor Cruise (Maumere – Alor – Maumere) 360 USD
  • Komodo Cruise (Labuan Bajo/Bali/Bima) 360 USD

Supplements:
• National Park Fees and Contributions to villages: 130 USD/ pers Raja Ampat, 20USD/day: pers Komodo and 95 USD/pers for Alor, Banda sea and Forgotten Islands.
Note: Park fees are subject to changes without prior notice.
• Fuel surcharge and port fees per pax: 200 USD for Raja Ampat,  Alor, Banda Sea, Forgotten Islands, and Maluku. The fuel surcharge applies if harbours like Bali, Alor or similar are scheduled. For Komodo cruises, no fuel surcharge applies if the port of departure and arrival is  Labuan Bajo but there is a departure or return in Bali fuel surcharge is applied. We retain the right to increase the fuel surcharge when the general gas price increase makes this necessary.

Starting from January 1st 2021, we decided to include the fuel surcharges on the prices above however we retain ourselves the right to add fuel surcharges without prior notice in case of high rise of fuel prices.

Important information
- All prices are in USD (or depending the daily rates)
- Included: Full board on MSY Aurora, 3 dives plus 1 night dive per day according to program and weather conditions, guide, tank, weights, belt, meals, soft drinks on board, airport transfer B-F
- Not included: Nitrox tanks, diving and snorkelling gear, beer, wine and spirits, national park tickets, PADI courses (subject to instructor availability, upon request), fuel surcharge & port fees as defined above
- Group policy: with 7 paying persons, 8th person is free of charge. Free person still pays supplements.
- Full boat charter: The max capacity is 18 persons in 9 double cabins. The total price is calculated on the basis of 15 paying persons. With 15 pax, 3 pax are free of charge.
Please note that free of charge pax still pay individual supplements. 
- Children (5 - 9 years): 50% of full price (sharing the parent’s cabin)
- Non divers: 80% of full price
- Single cabin supplement: USD 190/night for all cruises.
- Payment:
individual booking: Upon booking: 30% of the cruise price 91 days prior to departure date: remaining 70% of the price
full boat charter: 10% deposit at the moment of booking Further 15% within 180 days from the date of departure Further 25% more within 91 days from the date of departure Total balance within 60 days from the date of departure
- Short Notice Bookings: 100% must be paid when booking is done less than 91 days prior to cruise departure

- Cancellation fees individual bookings
  • 120 – 91 days prior to cruise departure 30% of the cruise price
  • 90 – 60 days prior to cruise departure 50% of the cruise price
  • 59 – 0 days prior to cruise departure 100% of the cruise price


 - Cancellation fees  Full Charter  bookings
In case of cancellation before 180 days, the deposit will be returned, except a 5% penalty for administrative costs.
Other penalties for cancellation:

  • From 180 to 91 days prior departure: 25%
  • From 90 to 60 days prior departure: 50%
  • Less than 60 days prior departure: 100%

Concerning the number of nights for the different itineraries, changes can be applied upon full boat charter requests and we are open to create special itineraries on request (e.g.: trip to Cenderewasih Bay).

Rental Rates* (by unit)
  • Snorkel Kit 10 USD / day
  • BCD/Regulator/Wetsuit 10 USD / day
  • 15L Tanks 10 USD / day
  • Diving Computer / Torch 12 USD / day
  • Full Gear**, excluding diving computer and torch 25 USD / day

* All rental applications must be done upon booking or at least 30 days prior to departure
** Full gear includes snorkel kit, BCD, Regulator and wetsuit

Provided: belt, weights and 12L tank (Any lost or damaged materials will be at your charge)
Lost weight 5 USD / kilo

Nitrox min. 28%
  • 1 Tank 5 USD / tank
  • 1 diving day (3-4 dives) 12 USD / day

Certified PADI Courses*
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
5 dives + theory + PADI Kit 260 USD / pax
  • PADI Deep Diver Specialty
4 dives + theory + PADI Kit 380 USD / pax
  • PADI Nitrox Specialty
2 dives + theory + PADI Kit 1490USD / pax

For more information or requests for other courses than mentioned above, contact us.

* Please book at least 30 days in advance your course(s), so we can organize your study material.

Diving Supervision
Please be aware that the included guide will help you to discover the different dive sites and rich biodiversity in the best conditions. For any technical problems, please book:
  • Pedagogic Support Staff (CMAS* or OWD) (max 4divers) 8 USD / dive / diver
  • Private Guide (upon request in advance) 65 USD / day

Do not hesitate to contact us for any further questions: info@dune-aurora.com

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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
LIVEABOARD BANDA SEA
Activity
LIVEABOARD
Duration
10 days
Group
8 to 18 people
Code
132
Price
From €3,705
Level
5/5
Comfort
5/5
Language(s)
English / French / Chinese / Spanish
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