Seven Seas

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Destination: Indonesia

Komodo, Deep South Komodo, Raja Ampat, East of Flores, the Forgotten Islands, the Banda Sea & Wakatobi | From $495/night

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The Seven Seas is a traditionally built Buginese schooner with a custom design to accommodate dive travelers' every need.

 

Location

Excursions originate in various areas depending on itinerary.

 

Dive Overview

Indonesia is a diving gem, featuring volcanic geography, wrecks, and vibrant marine life. The Seven Seas boasts knowledgeable staff and top-notch equipment so guests can make the most of their dive vacations.

[See: Komodo Dive Travel Guide, Raja Ampat Dive Travel Guide, Wakatobi Dive Travel Guide, & Alor Dive Travel Guide]


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Accommodations

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Seven Seas Accommodation Overview

The Seven Seas accommodates up to 16 passengers in 8 staterooms with air-conditioning & warm-water en-suite bathrooms as follows:

  • 4 rooms with royal size double beds
  • 2 rooms with large single beds in bunk style
  • 2 rooms with small double and large single beds in bunk style
 

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General Facilities

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Dining Area & Lounging Area

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Front Deck Lounge & Kayaks on Roof


Seven Seas Boat Features

  • Large sun deck with lounge chairs and day beds. Also used for outdoor dining
  • Sundeck at the rear with comfortable day beds
  • Air-conditioned lounge and dining area
  • Working table for camera preparations and editing
  • DVD, radio, books, toys
  • Galley with state-of-the-art facilities
  • Emergency escape hatch
  • Dry storage
  • 6 double sea kayaks

 

Seven Seas Boat Features

  • Shaded dive deck with deck showers and dive gear storage
  • Multiple compressors
  • Fully equipped dive shops
  • Comfortable speedboats
  • First-rate dive guides
 

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Food & Drinks Aboard Seven Seas

  • With many 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.
  • The bar has a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Water, tea and freshly brewed coffee from our espresso machine are included and you can enjoy as much as you like. All drinks will be tallied and you will receive the bill at the end of your trip.
 

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 Schedule & Rates

Seven Seas 2018 - 2021 Schedule & Rates

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Schedule: 2018 - 2019 - 2020 - 2021

Rates - Inclusions & Exclusions

 

2018 Schedule

Dates

Trip length

Route

Dep from

Arrive at

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04/11 - 19/11

15 nights

Forgotten Islands

Saumlaki

Saumlaki

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21/11 - 06/12

15 nights

Forgotten Islands

Saumlaki

Sorong

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09/12 - 21/12

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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23/12 - 04/01

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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2019 Schedule

Dates

Trip length

Route

Dep from

Arrive at

Availability

06/01 - 18/01

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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20/01 - 01/02

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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03/02 - 15/02

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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17/02 - 01/03

12 nights

Raja Ampat & Birds Head

Sorong

Kaimana

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03/03 - 15/03

12 nights

Birds Head & Raja Ampat

Kaimana

Sorong

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17/03 - 29/03

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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31/03 - 14/04

14 nights

Raja Ampat & Banda Sea

Sorong

Ambon

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16/04 - 28/04

12 nights

Banda Sea

Ambon

Ambon

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05/05 - 19/05

14 nights

East of Flores and Komodo

Maumere

Labuan Bajo

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21/05 - 02/06

12 nights

Komodo National Park

Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo

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13/07 - 25/07

12 nights

Komodo National Park

Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo

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27/07 - 10/08

14 nights

Komodo and East of Flores

Labuan Bajo

Maumere

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12/08 - 22/08

10 nights

East of Flores and Komodo

Maumere

Labuan Bajo

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24/08 - 07/09

14 nights

Komodo and East of Flores

Labuan Bajo

Maumere

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09/09 - 23/09

14 nights

East of Flores and Komodo

Maumere

Labuan Bajo

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26/09 - 06/10

10 nights

East of Flores

Maumere

Maumere

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08/10 - 17/10

9 nights

Komodo National Park

Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo

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20/10 - 01/11

12 nights

Forgotten Islands

Maumere

Saumlaki

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03/11 - 18/11

15 nights

Forgotten Islands

Saumlaki

Saumlaki

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20/11 - 05/12

15 nights

Forgotten Islands

Saumlaki

Sorong

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08/12 - 20/12

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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22/12 - 03/01

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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2020 Schedule

Dates

Trip length

Route

Dep from

Arrive at

Availability

06/01 - 17/01

11 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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19/01 - 31/01

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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02/02 - 14/02

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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16/02 - 28/02

12 nights

Raja Ampat & Birds Head

Sorong

Fak Fak

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01/03 - 14/03

13 nights

Papua Birds Head

Fak Fak

Kaimana

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16/03 - 28/03

12 nights

Papua Birds Head

Kaimana

Kaimana

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30/03 - 13/04

14 nights

Birds Head - Banda Sea

Kaimana

Ambon

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15/04 - 29/04

14 nights

Banda Sea

Ambon

Ambon

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07/05 - 21/05

14 nights

East of Flores and Komodo

Maumere

Labuan Bajo

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27/05 - 08/06

12 nights

Komodo National Park

Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo

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20/07 - 01/08

12 nights

Komodo National Park

Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo

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03/08 - 15/08

12 nights

Komodo National Park

Labuan Bajo

Maumere

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17/08 - 31/08

14 nights

East of Flores and Komodo

Maumere

Labuan Bajo

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02/09 - 16/09

14 nights

Komodo and East of Flores

Labuan Bajo

Maumere

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18/09 - 02/10

14 nights

East of Flores and Komodo

Maumere

Labuan Bajo

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04/10 - 16/10

12 nights

Komodo National Park

Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo

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18/10 - 31/10

13 nights

Forgotten Islands

Maumere

Saumlaki

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02/11 - 18/11

16 nights

Forgotten Islands

Saumlaki

Saumlaki

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20/11 - 05/12

15 nights

Forgotten Islands

Saumlaki

Sorong

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07/12 - 19/12

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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21/12 - 02/01

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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2021 Schedule

Dates

Trip length

Route

Dep from

Arrive at

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04/01 - 16/01

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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18/01 - 28/01

10 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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30/01 - 11/02

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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13/02 - 25/02

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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27/02 - 13/03

14 nights

Raja Ampat & Triton Bay

Sorong

Kaimana

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15/03 - 30/03

15 nights

Raja Ampat & Triton Bay

Kaimana

Sorong

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01/04 - 15/04

14 nights

Raja Ampat & Triton Bay

Sorong

Kaimana

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17/04 - 03/05

16 nights

Birds Head - Banda Sea

Kaimana

Ambon

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15/05 - 29/05

14 nights

Komodo and East of Flores

Labuan Bajo

Maumere

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31/05 - 14/06

14 nights

East of Flores and Komodo

Maumere

Labuan Bajo

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25/07 - 06/08

12 nights

Komodo National Park

Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo

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08/08 - 20/08

12 nights

Komodo National Park

Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo

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22/08 - 04/09

13 nights

Komodo and East of Flores

Labuan Bajo

Maumere

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06/09 - 20/09

14 nights

East of Flores and Komodo

Maumere

Labuan Bajo

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22/09 - 06/10

14 nights

Komodo and East of Flores

Labuan Bajo

Maumere

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08/10 - 20/10

12 nights

East of Flores

Maumere

Maumere

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22/10 - 06/11

15 nights

Forgotten Islands

Maumere

Saumlaki

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08/11 - 23/11

15 nights

Forgotten Islands

Saumlaki

Saumlaki

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25/11 - 10/12

15 nights

Forgotten Islands

Saumlaki

Sorong

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12/12 - 24/12

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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26/12 - 07/01

12 nights

Raja Ampat

Sorong

Sorong

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Rates

Rates for 2018 through 2020 cruises are fixed at US$ 495 per person per night. The rate for 2021 cruises will be US$ 525 per person per night on cabin sharing basis. Total cruise fee is calculated from this base price and the number of nights that make up the cruise duration. 

There is NO FUEL SURCHARGE for 2018-2021 and NITROX is FREE OF CHARGE. Any and all port clearance and conservation fees are INCLUDED in the above pricing. NO SURCHARGES.

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Inclusions

  • On-board accommodation
  • All diving
  • Beach visits
  • Meals and snacks
  • Coffee, tea and drinking water
  • Services of a qualified dive master
  • Full dive tanks, weights and weight belts

 

Exclusions

  • Domestic air or land-transfers
  • Soft drinks, beer, wine or spirits
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Gear rental
  • Massage
  • Courses (nitrox, advanced, photo, video
  • Use of satellite phone
  • Trip DVD
  • International or domestic air transportation
  • Hotels and meals before and after the cruise
  • Personal and medical insurances
 

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Other Dates & Availability

For more information on other departure dates that are not listed above and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at 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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The Komodo National Park

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.

Komodo sits on the boundary between two great Oceans, with the Flores Sea as part of the Pacific in the north and the Indian Ocean in the South. Two completely different marine environments, with greatly different habitats and rapidly changing species compositions over the North to South gradient. The Indonesian Flow Through results in a net current from North to South, but tidal currents bring Indian Ocean water up North on strong rising tides and offer a mix of species throughout Komodo. Basically the best of both worlds, and all within very short distances making it easy to cover a huge variety of sites with a minimal amount of steaming.

From pristine corals, mantas, sharks, turtles, dolphins, dugong and giant pelagics to tiny pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs and frogfish, you'll find the diversity of marine life inspiring if not mind-boggling. The islands feature a dramatic wild savannah landscape with patches of forest especially 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.

 

Raja Ampat and Triton Bay (Papua)

More than 1500 islands make up the Raja Ampat archipelago off the Bird’s Head of West Papua. These islands and their surrounding coral reefs support the richest tropical marine bio-diversity found anywhere in the world.

The area includes 4.6 million hectares of diverse marine habitats and is home to more than 1,000 species of fish, 700 species of mollusks and some 540 species of hard corals (75% of the world's total!). Larger marine life includes sperm whales, baleen whales and even orcas coming through this area and there are green turtle nesting beaches on the island of Sayang in the North.

No wonder that this ecosystem attracts more and more divers and other tourists and is a focus area for the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Culture as well as for the private sector for eco-tourism development. Several resorts are have started up in the Raja Ampat archipelago, but due to the immense size of the area, the large distances between the top sites and the great variety of islands in different parts of this region, a comfortable liveaboard like the Seven Seas is still the very best way to explore Raja Ampat. And the Seven Seas has all the local knowledge and experience to be your number one choice for this adventure.

Some of the highlights of a Raja Ampat cruise with the Seven Seas include the great diving, snorkeling and cave exploring around the rocky islands off 

South East Misool, the coral reefs of the Fam Island group, the fish and manta rays of the Dampier straight, the critter diving at Batanta and in Aljui Bay, and of course the great karst formations of the Wayag Archipelago up North.

Kayaking among the beehive-shaped karst formations in the Wagmab Island chain in the South is nothing short of stunning, and scattered deserted beaches throughout the Raja Ampat islands make for excellent sunset hideaways. Village visits are unique throughout this region, birds of Paradise can be seen at various locations, and an enormously extended Atoll can be found around Ayau Island in Pacific waters in the far North. Of course, for the real adventurers willing to explore this vast archipelago, there are many islands and reefs still unexplored and many new highlights yet to be discovered...

 

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 snorkeling 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.

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.

Gunung Api is 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.

The 5 tiny atolls of Lucipara 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 "flashlight fish".

 

East of Flores

Unspoiled, remote, yet bewitchingly accessible aboard The Seven Seas, the 2 dozen islands East of Flores are now recognized as one of Asia's top ten dive destinations. This area ranges from the Eastern tip of Flores itself, in the West, via the islands of Adunara, Solor, Lembata and Pantar, plus numerous smaller islands in between, to the Island of Alor in the East of the Nusa Tenggara Timor island chain. Not only World Class muck diving at our new sites in Lembata and Pantar, not only the classical walls and coral reefs that made this area famous, but now also plenty of high voltage diving on rocky corners, islets and pinnacles along the Southern shores and in the straits between these islands.

Highly diverse habitats, with hard coral dominated reefs, pinnacles and walls covered in combinations of hard and soft corals and other invertebrates, various types of sandy habitats (volcanic black, reef white), seagrass beds and even some blue water mangroves! Great fish life on some of the rocky pinnacles and promontories in the South as well as on some of the new reef and wall dives that we have explored in the North. Last but not least some of the very best cetacean diversity and abundance all around and right through this area which forms a migrating and feeding area for several great whales (notably sperm and blue whales) as well as a preferred habitat from many species of dolphins that occur here in staggering numbers. This area like no other lends itself beautifully for a day of whale watching, whether that is close inshore around the deep volcanic slopes in search of blue whales or out wide where the sperm whales are diving! Too much to do and see but do take the time also for some cultural trips in these remote and interesting islands, with arguably the most stunning volcanic scenery that the entire Coral Triangle has to offer.

The waters around the islands hold a great diversity in marine life, due to its variety in marine habitats. From dark sandy slopes full of the strangest critters, through lovely coral gardens and into the stronger currents in the narrow straits around Pantar island. 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 is lined with rocks that hold great soft corals in selected places. The reefs also include rocky bottom habitats with diverse invertebrate life and good fish at some sites in the straits between most of the islands. Spectacular walls, great reefs, rocky corners, pinnacles full of life as well as most interesting critter dive are all on the agenda.

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. Massive blue whales also frequently visit here and sometimes spend time resting in Kalebahi Bay in Alor. 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.

Our trips to the islands East of Flores are fast becoming one of our favorite cruising destinations both above and below the water surface. Every trip we are adding new dive sites and activities to the list of "have to include". We have recently discovered some great new high adrenalin & big fish dives in an area that is still very much unexplored, and where the potential for finding more untouched sites is still very good. In Lembata we have a fantastic new site claimed to be the latest and greatest muck diving area recently discovered in this region. At this site, we have found the rare and sought after Rhinopias or "weedy" scorpionfish on every visit to date. Also numerous other rare and unusual forms of marine life are found here, such as frogfish and various species of octopus. Combined with existing critter sites at Maumere, the Brewery at Lembata, Beang Abeng in Pantar, Clownfish Alley at Pura and Ghost Town in Alor we can offer a wide range of sites and custom build an itinerary to suit your interests. We can even take you to see the saltwater crocodiles in Wetar, and swim with them if you are game for something like that), if you are ready to take the time out for the extra steam and if weather permits. Wetar is the next island to the East of Alor, way off the beaten track, and this is where the "Forgotten Islands" begin...

The area offers without a doubt the most complete all-round adventure cruise experience that Indonesia has to offer. From the breathtaking erupting volcano of Komba with a fireworks display at night that has to be seen to be believed, to spectacular tranquil lagoon anchorages surrounded by towering volcanoes. The simple villages and the friendly, welcoming people make cruising in this area a great experience for all who are open to taking it in.

 

Indonesia's Forgotten Islands

Indonesia's "Forgotten Islands" - also known as the Southeast Moluccas (Maluku Tenggara), are not a single destination, but rather a 1,000 km long chain of archipelagos stretching from Timor to West Papua on the island of New Guinea. Undeveloped, distant from population centers and far off any beaten path, these "Forgotten Islands" have been largely isolated from the rest of Indonesia and the world.

The Forgotten Islands offer some of the best diving in Indonesian waters. Attractions include gin-clear waters, patch reefs and coral bommies, spectacular wall dives on impossible drop-offs.

On our inaugural trips to the Forgotten Islands in 2010, our excited visitors enjoyed seeing rare Weedy, Bumphead parrotfish, Jacks (Big-eye trevallies), Giant trevallies, Spanish mackerel, schooling barracuda, hammerhead sharks, a 3-meter saltwater crocodile, and a whale shark!

 

Wakatobi National Park

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.

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Boat Specifications

  • Size: Length overall 45m, Beam 8m
  • Tonnage: 250
  • Engine: Mitsubishi 8M22 450HP V8
  • Cruising Speed: 8 knots
  • Water Capacity: 9 tons per day, 2 freshwater-makers
  • Fuel Capacity: 18 tons
  • Passengers: 16
  • Crew: 18
  • Full Air Conditioning: All rooms and indoor guest areas
  • Entertainment System: DVD, TV, Stereo sound
  • Tenders: 3: 2 x twin-40hp 6.5m fiber boats (center console, taking 6 diving guests each), 1 x inflatable single engine taking 4 diving guests
  • Navigation: 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 aluminum 12lt tanks, 12 sets rental dive equipment, snorkeling gear, wetsuits, Nitrox

 

Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+8 & UTC+9
  • Local Currency: IDR (Indonesian Rupiah)
  • Language Spoken: English & Indonesian
  • Payment Onboard: cash (US Dollar, Euro, Australian Dollar or Rupiah) or credit card (Visa or Mastercard)

 

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Photos by Linda Johnston, Edward Lang, H.D. Voegel, Matthew Oldfield & Robert Delfs.

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We went to Komodo in Jan 2014 on Seven Seas. Dove at Cannibal Rock about 15 times while we were there. Fantastic dive site. Our trip manager was Mark, and he is very knowledgeable in Komodo diving. We had great time. Food was pretty decent. When it rained, water was leaking from the ceiling in our room, but they have put plastic containers to cover it. So there wasn't any problem.

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My teenage daughter and I spent 10 days on the Seven Seas in July of 2008. Getting there is relatively easy with a short flight out of Bali and landing in Labuan Banjo where the boat is ready to go. Of course, don't miss a chance to spend a few days in Bali. We dove Crystal Bay and got to see three mola mola fish which was a pleasant bonus for the trip.

While not specifically a family trip, the week was definitely more oriented in that way than any other liveaboard that I have been on. Jos Pet, the owner of the boat, had his entire family. Several other families from Bali were on the boat as well. Thus, it had a different feel to it than every other liveaboard that I have been on.

Despite this, the boat did a good job of accomodating divers such as myself who were a bit more experienced.

The land walks to see the Komodo dragons were spectacular. I have since seen these beasts in zoos and it is always disappointing to see them through the glass. One hike was fairly lengthy and we got to see some spectacular vistss. We also saw nesting sites were the dragons had their young. Impressive sites.

The rooms were pretty small, but comfortable. I do understand that since we were on the boat, the rooms have been redone (2 eliminated) to make for a bigger space. If you are going to Komodo, you have lots of options. If room size is important, I would compare square footage and get the space you want.

The food was very good and we had special meals on the top side of the boat that were especially good. On two nights we had "picnics" with a bonfire on small spits of sand. That was special and I don't remember doing that anywhere else.

Summer in Komodo means north and south maybe. North was great with some very classic sites such as Chimney Rock. These pinnacles are exposed to current which is good for fish but bad for humans. The crew was extremely careful to make sure the current was quiet when we got in. I am sure their caution was extra high because of the children on board. For that, this crew was actually perfect.

The setup for dive photography was good, but not fantastic as it is on the Damai and Arenui. Because of the folks on board (only one other very serious photographer), it worked fine. However, with a boat load of photo guys, it would have been very crowded.

The highlight of the trip was mantas. We had mantas on a half dozen dives. Even the couple of swimmers had mantas with them. A handful of gray tips were seen on several dives. The Cauldran dive was specacular and filled with purple corals. But the currents were strong so this is not a dive for the beginner. But my favorite dive was Batu Bolong which is out in the open current. Our boat was very careful with the currents. (Just two weeks earlier, two British divers had been swept away from here). It is also easy to go deep. We blew up a picture of my daughter's dive computer display to see that she was at 140 ft in depth.

Our only disappointment is that we were totally unable to go to the south at all. We had strong winds which kept us totally in the north. That wasn't awful, but we did miss half of the park. That was unusual, but it did happen occasionally.

The coral was very good, but not quite as good as Raja Ampat. This is probably the best shark diving in all of Indonesia and certainly a great place to see mantas.

Visited on 07/2008 - Submitted on 02/11/2014

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