MSY Seahorse (Wallacea Dive Cruises) Liveaboard

 

Destination: Indonesia

Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda Sea, Alor, Cendrawasih Bay (7-11 Nights) | From $366++/night

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MSY Seahorse Quick Pitch

At 33 meters long and 8.5 meters wide, the MSY Seahorse is a majestic and spacious vessel, accommodating up to 16 guests attended by 12 crew. Starting in 2018, Wallacea Dive Cruises is operating the MSY Seahorse alongside its flagship vessel the MV Ambai.

 

Why Choose MSY Seahorse?

  • Operator with 16 years experience diving and cruising Indonesia
  • One of the boats with the best feedback & reviews among 60+ liveaboards in Indonesia
  • Free NITROX
  • 4:1 divers to guide ratio 
  • Excellent service, pre and post-travel as well as onboard 
 

 

Location

The Seahorse liveaboard safaris normally depart from Sorong (sometimes Manokwari) in West Papua or from Ambon.

 

Locations of MSY Seahorse Locations of MSY Seahorse

Dive Overview

Indonesia is a scuba diving gem, featuring volcanic geography, wrecks, and vibrant marine life.

[See: Komodo, Raja Ampat, & Ambon & Alor Dive Travel Guides]

 

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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MSY Seahorse Accommodation Overview

The 6 standard double cabins are 12 square meters and have two single 90 X 200 cm beds, the 2 deluxe cabins are 13.5 sq. meters, have a 150 x 200 cm bed, desk, TV and DVD player. All cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning, private en-suite bathrooms with hot water and plenty of room for storage.

 

MSY Seahorse Liveaboard's Double Cabin MSY Seahorse Liveaboard's Twin Cabin

The Cabins

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General Facilities

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MSY Seahorse Liveaboard's restaurant MSY Seahorse Liveaboard's sundeck

Seahorse's Restaurant (LEFT) & Sundeck (RIGHT)

MSY Seahorse Liveaboard's camera room MSY Seahorse Liveaboard

Seahorse's Camera room (LEFT) & Dive Deck (RIGHT)

 

MSY Seahorse Boat Features

  • A/C dining room
  • Laundry
  • Small Library
  • Open and shaded sundeck with sun chairs
  • A/C saloon on main deck

 

MSY Seahorse Dive Facilities

  • Dive deck
  • Fresh hot water shower
  • Nitrox
  • 3 dive tenders
  • Camera rinse tank
  • Table for cameras

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Food & Drinks Aboard MSY Seahorse

All-inclusive meals and snacks. Hailing from a long tradition of big family homecooked meals in Spain, MSY Seahorse takes pride in offering you a delicious menu with the carefully selected & professional chef on board the Seahorse.

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MSY Seahorse Liveaboard Deck Plan

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Schedule, Rates & Availability

The actual rates are based in EUR. The starting price indicated above may vary based on the current exchange rate.

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The prices shown below are per person in USD and do not include port & park fees. The pricing at the time of booking may vary depending on the latest EUR/USD exchange rate.

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation in twin or double bed shared cabin. (Single supplement will be applied for single occupancies at an additional charge of 50% of the cruise price)
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner (while on board)
  • Drinks: coffee, tea, mineral water (while on board)
  • Air Tanks, weight belt and weights
  • Transfer from hotel to harbor on departure and return dates
  • Dive guide
  • Land tours included in the itinerary are included, additional tours are extra
  • FREE Nitrox

 

Exclusions

  • Dive insurance – MANDATORY we recommend Divers Alert Network (DAN)
  • Travel insurance – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
  • Dive Equipment rental, and any dive courses taken on board
  • Onboard telecommunication (Satellite Phone)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry
  • Crew gratuities
  • Visa
  • National park fees (Port and Park fees vary depending on destination)
  • International and domestic air, land, sea transportation, tax, and excess baggage
  • Hotels and food ashore before and after the cruise.

 

RATES & AVAILABILITY

For more information on other departure dates, rates, and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Destinations

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Komodo Sample Itinerary

  • Day 1-3:
  • Sangeang and Banta
  • The sometimes forgotten volcanic island of Sangeang is one of many customer's favorite, black sand, and freshwater create the perfect habitat for critters, so this is a critters´ fans destination.
  • Sites with black sandy slopes and black corals offer perfect protection for ghost pipefish, zeno crabs, tozeuma shrimps, etc.
  • The gases from the volcano can be seen mixing with the sand. The union of fresh water and volcanic action has helped to develop colorful coral reefs in contrast with the black sand sea bottom. There are few fans in the area, but the ones that are there are favorite places for the pygmy seahorse to settle.
  • Bontoh is a never-ending critters discovery night dive with tiny baby frogfish, boxer crabs and stargazers among them.
  • Banta offers a bit more of action; the currents here play an important factor to decide where to dive and when and our DM will be monitoring the tide tables and the currents to dive at the best moment, just before or after slack tide. In the right circumstances dives like "GPS" or "Stairway to heaven" are among the best in Indonesia.
  • The hard corals are amazing, and if we consider that the status of health of a reef is determined by its hard corals, this place is Mr. Healthy itself! All kind of fish and the always guaranteed presence of pelagics and reef sharks, make this area a "big fish fans" favorite.
  • K2 with its bommies and sandy bottom gives us a relaxing dive with cuttlefish and turtles sharing territory with mushroom coral pipefish and pegasus sea moth.
  • At night another collection of stargazers, bobtail squid, and hungry lionfish will be performing for us.
  • Day 4-5:
  • North of Komodo
  • Stunning hard coral gardens, millions of tropical fish, white tips, friendly turtles, schooling barracudas, jacks and rainbow runners happen to be all living in harmony around Gilli Lawa Laut. Especially between June and September the daily show is observed with good visibility and the necessity of a neck massage after the dive will be a priority, you never know where to look, to many things happening at the same time!
  • Tatawa is a must, the big island has a slope with nice hard corals and is fully decorated with orange soft coral. Expect bumphead parrot fish, cuttlefish, and some cruising mantas just to mention a few... The small island of Tatawa gives shelter to lots of sweet lips among its rocks and mantas like to pay us a visit very often. And Batu Bolong completes our journey in the north, a nice wall where encounters with big fish and a couple of big napoleon wrasses will be the highlight.
  • Day 6-7:
  • South Komodo
  • The upwelling of the Indian Ocean brings waters full of nutrients and cold water! The visibility drops and the water is cold... so why should we go there, you ask? Komodo would not be Komodo without Cannibal Rock, the only place we know of where it is almost impossible to find an empty space to park your pointer. Hard and soft corals, crinoids, black coral… the density of invertebrates per square inch, (meter or whatever) is in the top position already for a record of years and it will stay that way.
  • The menu of the critter's restaurant in Rinca and Padar is endless, including the elusive blue-ringed octopus, rhinophias if we are lucky and not to forget the parade of nudibranchs!
  • Small life only? The ladybugs may agree, orangutan crabs, hairy squat lobsters will join the group, but some others? Ask the giant frogfish! Or the schooling fish! Or… just simply come and decide for yourself.
  • Day 8:
  • Just across the strait, we arrive in Tora Langkoi, our tired eyes after so many critters will appreciate the view of bigger stuff. In German flag and Manta alley, we will just relax and enjoy the big flying plankton feeders! This is Komodo, a perfect combination of all kind of diving Indonesia can offer, easy to access and plenty to see. By the way, did we forget to mention the world famous Komodo dragons…where do you think Cannibal Rock got its name? ; )
  • Day 9:
  • Fly out of Labuan Bajo

 

Raja Ampat Itinerary Overview

  • MISOOL
  • Once you arrive in Misool, you are surrounded by one of the most fascinating landscapes you can imagine. Hundreds of small islands all shaped by time into sculptures that only nature can produce. The topside is out of this world but once your head is under the water you start to understand the concept of a variety of colors. The soft corals are unbelievable, all kind of colors and at all depths. It is not unusual to be among a dozen of different ones only a meter or two down!!!
  • In between the islands, the currents flow and countless fans have decided to live there and surprise us during every dive. There are some nudies and lots of pygmies (different species at every possible depth). For sure the amount of tropical colorful fish among those fans and the beautiful colors of the soft corals will stay in our memories for a long time!!
  • KRI AREA
  • Close to the Kri resort, there is outstanding diving. Probably the corals are less spectacular than in Misool, but that is compensated by the schools of fish like in Sardine reef and Kri corner. These sites are just fabulously filled with fish and pelagic action is always expected. At the west site of Mansuar area, mantas can be seen in great numbers.
  • PENEMU
  • Dive sites like Melissa's Garden and Barracuda Point are not to be missed.
  • Here we have a change in scenery. The hard corals are more abundant, and although the fish life is as good as it gets, the barracudas and the wobbegong sharks will be our main goals.
  • In between the islands, there are great drift dives among gorgonians. We are normally welcomed by a school of friendly bumphead parrot fish and sweetlips.
  • WAIGEO
  • For fans of macro photography, here you will get the best chance of the trip. Pygmies, small crustaceans of all kind, nudies…The night dive under the pier of the pearl farm will be probably the best of the trip. A couple of wobbies sleep there, epaulette sharks come curiously to see us and all the night lovers wake up and expose themselves to our lights. Of course for some others, this place means shopping at the pearl farm!
  • Raja Ampat is the center of the area with the biggest variety of underwater life in the whole world. Other options for you to choose from: going north to Kawe (diving crossing the equator…) and Wayag ( the best top site ever seen by our eyes) or spend some time in Batanta. Among the rare picturesque dragonets, spotting mandarin fish, mimic octopus and blue-ringed octopus. This is the only real muck dive area.

 

Raja Ampat - Banda Sea Itinerary Overview

  • MISOOL
  • Once you arrive in Misool, you are surrounded by one of the most fascinating landscapes you can imagine. Hundreds of small islands all shaped by time into sculptures that only nature can produce. The topside is out of this world but once your head is under the water you start to understand the concept of a variety of colors. The soft corals are unbelievable, all kind of colors and at all depths. It is not unusual to be among a dozen of different ones only a meter or two down!
  • AIR TERJUN
  • Between Kaimana and Misool we´ll make another stop. Let us say that the diving, although not disappointing, is not at the same level as the others, but seeing the spectacular waterfall flowing down from the hilly rainforest straight into the sea is a breathtaking view! Lagoons where we can swim in and the possibility of a refreshing waterfall shower? A great sensation! In this are, for the first and only time our main goal will not be underwater one. It will be a pigmy, but not the seahorse kind; we'll be looking for the rarely seen Papua pigmy Kangaroo, which happens to live there!
  • KRI AREA
  • Close to the Kri resort, there is outstanding diving. Probably the corals are less spectacular than in Misool, but that is compensated by the schools of fish like in Sardine reef and Kri corner. These sites are just fabulously filled with fish and pelagic action is always expected. At the west site of Mansuar area, mantas can be seen in great numbers.
  • PULAU PISANG
  • Pulau Pisang is situated halfway between Misool and Fak Fak and offers a great stop on the way. The reefs are healthy, no bleaching and fish life is abundant, turtles, bump heads, napoleon wrasse and the usual schools of fusiliers that attract trevallies are among their residents and mantas have been spotted on several occasions. We still haven't found a cleaning station, so we are supposing they are migrating without the intention of staying permanently... neither are we.
  • PULAU SOANGI
  • A few miles sailing from the Bandas we arrive at Pulau Soangi. A nice wall that ends up in a ridge where encounters with pelagics (tunas, rainbow runners, barracudas, trevallies) are always a thrill, as is the presence of a number of hammerheads that we spot regularly.
  • The wall itself is worth the dive, huge barrel sponges, even bigger fans, colors, soft corals on the wall and hard ones in the shallows... immaculate conditions!
  • BANDA ISLANDS
  • Obligated stop to go for a cultural tour, the fort, the governor's house, the church, nutmeg plantations, the chance to have a beer on land with the locals...
  • Let's not forget the diving, both Pulau Run and Pulau Ai have pristine clear waters, lovely walls and good fish life, we might go a bit deeper in search of more hammerheads, big fish can be seen here as well, napoleons, schools of black snappers, bumpheads etc.
  • In diving, there are a few really unique areas in the world and the dive under the pier of Banda Neira is one of them... The size of the mandarin fish are just out of this world, you might need a wide angle lens!
  • Hey, if you have the perfect shot of the mandarin fish and you are looking for other critters, cockatoo wasp fish, flying gurnards, frogfish, juvenile barramundis, juvenile emperor angelfish, juvenile sweetlips, juvenile local kids... plenty of chances!
  • We will not miss the hard coral garden under the lava flow of Gunung Api, the impressive volcano that dominates Banda. It erupted in 1988 and now it is a miracle to dive in a garden that has grown in such a short period of time.
  • Batu Kapal, at the entrance of Banda, offers some of the bigger fans you will see and it is full of life, a real fishy dive.
  • A bit south is Hatta, consisting of an underwater coral garden with a friendly school of bumpheads and some white tips among its highlights. To finish the area in Banda Besar we will dive the underwater window.
  • NUSA LAUT
  • Only a few hours away from Ambon, but so different, it is the best example we know of a village taking care of a reef. The reef is as it was hundreds of years ago. The locals have protected it and now it is an outstanding diving site, many people's favorite dive. The hard corals on the slope are unbeatable, the sandy bottom in the middle offers shelter to stingrays of different sizes, sharks patrolling the depths (white tips and grey reefs), if we are lucky leopard sharks sleeping on the sand, and turtles that will pose for us. By the way, apart from all the fish, life, the perfect state of the reef and the pelagics approaching and patrolling the slope, there are mangroves in the neighborhood and we have been lucky enough to dive with a resident dugong.
  • AMBON
  • The diving around the island is great, the wreck in the bay is full of life, pilot whales sometimes come close to the pier, but without a doubt, Laha offers the best diving and is an unforgettable experience. Laha could be compared with Lembeh, it is pure muck at its best: mimics, flamboyant cuttlefish, rhinopias, ribbon eels, Ambon scorpionfish, frogfish by the dozens, ghost pipefish... you name it, it is all there, and Murphy is normally not around. Photographers... get ready!

 

Raja Ampat - Triton Bay Itinerary Overview

  • MISOOL
  • Once you arrive in Misool, you are surrounded by one of the most fascinating landscapes you can imagine. Hundreds of small islands all shaped by time into sculptures that only nature can produce. The topside is out of this world, but once your head is under the water you start to understand the concept of a variety of colors. The soft corals are unbelievable, all kind of colors and at all depths. It is not unusual to be among a dozen of different ones only a meter or two down!
  • AIR TERJUN
  • Between Kaimana and Misool we´ll make another stop. Let us say that the diving, although not disappointing, is not at the same level as the others, but seeing the spectacular waterfall flowing down from the hilly rainforest straight into the sea is a breathtaking view!!! Lagoons where we can swim in and the possibility of a refreshing waterfall -shower? A great sensation! In this are, for the first and only time our main goal will not be underwater one. It will be a pigmy, but not the seahorse kind; we'll be looking for the rarely seen Papua pigmy Kangaroo, which happens to live there!
  • KRI AREA
  • Close to the Kri resort, there is outstanding diving. Probably the corals are less spectacular than in Misool, but that is compensated by the schools of fish like in Sardine reef and Kri corner. These sites are just fabulously filled with fish and pelagic action is always expected. At the west site of Mansuar area, mantas can be seen in great numbers.
  • PULAU PISANG
  • Pulau Pisang is situated halfway between Misool and Fak Fak and offers a great stop on the way. The reefs are healthy, no bleaching and fish life is abundant, turtles, bump heads, napoleon wrasse and the usual schools of fusiliers that attract trevallies are among their residents and mantas have been spotted on several occasions. We still haven't found a cleaning station, so we are supposing they are migrating without the intention of staying permanently... neither are we
  • PENEMU
  • Dive sites like Melissa's Garden, and Barracuda Point are not to be missed.
  • Here we have a change in scenery. The hard corals are more abundant, and although the fish life is as good as it gets, the barracudas and the wobbegong sharks will be our main goals. In between the island, there are great drift dives among gorgonians. We are normally welcomed by a school of friendly bumphead parrot fish and sweetlips.
  • TRITON BAY
  • The highlight of the area, the record breaker (a couple of dozens of new species of fish, and another couple of newly found coral species…and we are just starting…), so far the star of the show is the recently found Epaulette shark, the only known shark which walks on its pectoral fins!
  • We have over 20 dive sites; the soft corals are as good as in Misool area. The black coral forest never seems to end and the reefs are boiling with life. All kind of colourfull fish move around, new species of wrasses and gobies fight to introduce themselves to the divers. The topography is varied, bommies, some caves, and a few hard corals.
  • In places like Bat Cave and Little Komodo giant groupers are hiding under the rocks. In Little Komodo and 7th Heaven, everything can be experienced. If Komodo is a sum up of diving in Indonesia, Little Komodo has it all in only one dive!! Do you want turtles?? Or bump heads?? Or millions of fusiliers?? Wobbegongs? Jacks??... Go for it!!!
  • But Triton Bay is more than that. There are more reasons to come to this remote area: the landscape is gorgeous, ancient paintings decorating caves and the village of Lobo is a friendly place surrounded by a 1000 meters high cliff...
  • Not enough?? What about enjoying the resident pod of pilot whales?
  • Yes, we know you like to take some macro shots and do some muck diving, well, here is the biggest difference with Misool, we can regularly find critters and some dives are just perfect for that: pygmies (denise and bargibanti), nudies, devil scorpionfish, wonder puss, frogfish, leaf fish, ornate ghost pipefish...

 

Banda Sea - Triton Bay Sample Itinerary

  • Day 1:
  • AMBON
  • The diving around the island is great, the wreck in the bay is full of life, pilot whales sometimes come close to the pier, but without a doubt, Laha offers the best diving and is an unforgettable experience. Laha could be compared with Lembeh, it is pure muck at its best: mimics, flamboyant cuttlefish, rhinopias, ribbon eels, Ambon scorpionfish, frogfish by the dozens, ghost pipefish... you name it, it is all there, and Murphy is normally not around. Photographers... get ready!
  • Day 2:
  • NUSA LAUT
  • Only a few hours away from Ambon, but so different, it is the best example we know of a village taking care of a reef. The reef is as it was hundreds of years ago. The locals have protected it and now it is an outstanding diving site, many people's favorite dive.
  • The hard corals on the slope are unbeatable, the sandy bottom in the middle offers shelter to stingrays of different sizes, sharks patrolling the depths (white tips and grey reefs), if we are lucky leopard sharks sleeping on the sand, and turtles that will pose for us.
  • By the way, apart from all the fish, life, the perfect state of the reef and the pelagics approaching and patrolling the slope, there are mangroves in the neighborhood and we have been lucky enough to dive with a resident dugong (I think Murphy's law is more present here).
  • Day 3:
  • PULAU SOANGI
  • A few miles sailing from the Bandas we arrive at Pulau Soangi. A nice wall that ends up in a ridge where encounters with pelagics (tunas, rainbow runners, barracudas, trevallies) are always a thrill, as is the presence of a number of hammerheads that we spot regularly.
  • The wall itself is worth the dive, huge barrel sponges, even bigger fans, colors, soft corals on the wall and hard ones in the shallows... immaculate conditions!
  • Day 4-5:
  • BANDA ISLANDS
  • Obligated stop to go for a cultural tour, the fort, the governor's house, the church, nutmeg plantations, the chance to have a beer on land with the locals...
  • Let's not forget the diving, both Pulau Run and Pulau Ai have pristine clear waters, lovely walls and good fish life, we might go a bit deeper in search of more hammerheads, big fish can be seen here as well, napoleons, schools of black snappers, bumpheads etc.
  • In diving, there are a few really unique areas in the world and the dive under the pier of Banda Neira is one of them... The size of the mandarin fish are just out of this world, you might need a wide angle lens!
  • Hey, if you have the perfect shot of the mandarin fish and you are looking for other critters, cockatoo wasp fish, flying gurnards, frogfish, juvenile barramundis, juvenile emperor angelfish, juvenile sweetlips, juvenile local kids... plenty of chances!
  • We will not miss the hard coral garden under the lava flow of Gunung Api, the impressive volcano that dominates Banda. It erupted in 1988 and now it is a miracle to dive in a garden that has grown in such a short period of time.
  • Batu Kapal, at the entrance of Banda, offers some of the bigger fans you will see and it is full of life, a real fishy dive.
  • A bit south is Hatta, consisting of an underwater coral garden with a friendly school of bumpheads and some white tips among its highlights. To finish the area in Banda Besar we will dive the underwater window.
  • Day 6-7:
  • LUCIPARA
  • In the middle of the Banda sea, here is where our vessel will compensate the open seas with one of her better qualities... stability! Sit back and relax in comfort as we sail the open seas to our next dive destination: Lucipara.
  • Lucipara means wall diving, atolls surrounded by a stunning wall system. This remote archipelago is often visited by dolphins and pilot whales. The walls are in a great state, good fans, nice schools of fusiliers, snappers, banners, but keep an eye in the blue: schools of rainbow runners, big tunas, yellowfin, and dogtooth will be there!
  • Day 8:
  • GUNUNG API
  • Already a legend, what Cocos is for sharks and Sipadan for turtles, Gunung Api is for sea snakes!
  • The snakes just swim across the reef in search of food, sometimes they will come curiously close to you, and you might find yourself among a dozen of them, enjoy it! This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You'll see olive green and banded sea crates, to be honest, not only the snakes are worth diving for, the walls are amazing, the size of the barrel sponges enormous and great hammerheads have been spotted there.
  • Day 9:
  • KOON
  • On the way from the Bandas to Papua a stop in Koon is mandatory. The name of the dive site says it all: "Too many fishes". With the right current the diving could be unforgettable, millions of fish, schooling jacks, barracudas, sharks... but never too many... we always need more!
  • Day 10-11:
  • TRITON BAY
  • The highlight of the area, the record breaker (a couple of dozens of new species of fish, and another couple of newly found coral species…and we are just starting…), so far the star of the show is the recently found Epaulette shark, the only known shark which walks on its pectoral fins!
  • We have over 20 dive sites; the soft corals are as good as in Misool area. The black coral forest never seems to end and the reefs are boiling with life. All kind of colourfull fish move around, new species of wrasses and gobies fight to introduce themselves to the divers. The topography is varied, bommies, some caves, and a few hard corals.
  • In places like Bat Cave and Little Komodo giant groupers are hiding under the rocks. In Little Komodo and 7th Heaven, everything can be experienced. If Komodo is a sum up of diving in Indonesia, Little Komodo has it all in only one dive!! Do you want turtles? Or bump heads? Or millions of fusiliers? Wobbegongs? Jacks? Go for it!!!
  • But Triton Bay is more than that. There are more reasons to come to this remote area: the landscape is gorgeous, ancient paintings decorating caves and the village of Lobo is a friendly place surrounded by a 1000 meters high cliff...
  • Not enough?? What about enjoying the resident pod of pilot whales?
  • Yes, we know you like to take some macro shots and do some muck diving, well, here is the biggest difference with Misool, we can regularly find critters and some dives are just perfect for that: pygmies (denise and bargibanti), nudies, devil scorpionfish, wonder puss, frogfish, leaf fish, ornate ghost pipefish...

 

Cenderawasih Bay & Whale Sharks Itinerary Overview

  • Cenderawasih Bay is located on the north coast of West Papua and is in the main a place where time has stood still due to the small human population in and around the largest national park in Indonesia encompassing 1.5 million hectares of sea.
  • This dive destination is now becoming increasingly famous as the only place in the world where sightings of whale sharks are virtually guaranteed, due to the self-learned behavior they come shallow to the bagans (small fishing boats) to feed on the ikan puri (bait fish) that is left in nets by the fisherman. The whale sharks can number in between 1 and over 10 in just one dive and usually stay underneath the bagan for the whole day enabling divers to enter as much as you like all day long.
  • The bay is also dotted by hundreds of small islands and atolls that are home to some of the most pristine hard coral garden’s in Indonesia, and home to a variety of endemic marine life due to the separation of the bay from open seas for thousands of years.
  • The island of Biak where we embark and disembark also have great dive sites as they were a base for the Japanese navy in the 2nd world war where not only sunken navy cargo ships can be found but plane wrecks too.

 

Kei Islands Itinerary Overview

  • Kei is famous for the beauty of its paradise-like beaches. The infrastructure is not very much developed, so the best way to explore and enjoy this pristine part of Eastern Indonesia is indeed by liveaboard.
  • The Kei islands are part of Wallacea, the group of Indonesian islands that are separated by deep water from both the Asian and Australian continents, and were never linked to either of them during the history of tectonic plate movement. As a result, the Kei Islands have few native mammals and are part of the Banda Sea Islands moist deciduous forests Eco region.
  • The most accessible part of southern Maluku, the Kei Islands are rapidly regaining their reputation as the place to go to look for perfect, unspoiled, white sandy beaches, fringed with palm trees inviting for a hang out for sunset or incredible sunrises.
  • The most popular destination is the island of Kei Kecil, which is connected by a bridge to the closest neighbor island of Dullah. The bridge also connects the twin towns of Tual and Langgur that make up the capital of the entire Kei archipelago, and as such, the two islands form a practical unit.
  • In contrast to these two flat, deforested islands, Kei Besar, the largest of the Kei’s, is long, mountainous and forested. The other islands in the Kei archipelago tend to be of the little white sands and coconut palms type, but the remotest of them, Tanimbar Kei, is noted for its traditional culture.
  • The Kei’s are located on the edge of the so-called ‘Coral Triangle’, which outlines the world’s richest waters on our planet. Not only does this overall region describe the highest diversity in terms of fish but also invertebrates, mollusks, and corals. Rich fringing and barrier reefs burry a huge variety of most colorful reef fishes, nudibranchs, cephalopods and an abundance of kaleidoscopic coral scapes.
  • Big fish like cruising by Spanish mackerels, dogtooth tuna, eagle or manta rays are common encounters if you can take your gaze off of the mesmerizing maze of marine life on those rich reefs.
  • Both macro fans, as well as wide-angle photographers, are not going to be disappointed.

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Boat Specifications

  • Length: 33 m
  • Beam: 8,5 m
  • Draft: 3.5 m
  • Displacement: 220 tons
  • Construction: Wooden ship, Type Pinisi
  • Engines: M.A.N. 380 HP marine engine
  • Speed: 9-12 knots
  • Range: 3,000 nautical miles
  • Tenders: 1 x 620cm with Yamaha 85 HP OB, 1 x 520cm with Yamaha 40HP OB
  • Generators: 1 x Mitsubishi 40 KVA 220-380 v, 1 x Mitsubishi 60 KVA 220-380 v, 1 x Yanmar 12 KVA 220-380 v
  • Available Voltage: 220 V, 50 Herz
  • Water Tank: 11,000 liters fresh water storage, 6,000 l/day water maker
  • Fuel Tank: 20,000 liter
  • Safety: 3 x 12 man self-inflatable lift-rafts, smoke detectors in all cabins, 2 emergency oxygen units
  • Scuba Gear: Rental diving gear from Seemannsub & Oceanic
  • Scuba Tanks: 30 SCUBA tanks, l/min Seemannsub compressors
  • Electronics: EPIRB emergency locator, Sat-phone, FM & SW Radio, 4 VHF and SSB Radio, E.P.I.R.B., Furuno 90 NM radar, 2 x GPS w/plotter depth-sounder Furuno
  • Miscellaneous: Small Library
  • Guest Accommodations: For 16 guests 3 double bed lux cabins. All guest cabins have own shower/toilet + hot water and individual AC control
  • Crew: 12

 

Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+8 & UTC+9
  • Local Currency: IDR (Indonesian Rupiah)
  • Language Spoken: English, Spanish & Indonesian
  • Electricity: 220 V

 

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