03/06/2019 - 03/17/2019

Indonesia

Incredible biodiversity in the coral triangle

Where we are diving

The only way to visit all of the fantastic reefs in the large Raja Ampat region is by a liveaboard like the luxurious Aurora. The archipelago includes over 1,500 small isles, cays and shoals surrounding four main islands Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo. The area is a labyrinth of straits between small sandstone islands eroded by waves. The marine life diversity is considerably greater than all other areas sampled in the coral triangle. The moderate currents bring nutrients which means lots of healthy fish and coral. You can expect to see enormous schools of fish, sharks like wobbegongs, large groups of manta rays and turtles, pygmy seahorse, and possibly even get to snorkel with dolphins or passing whales. Advanced Open Water certification is recommended for this trip.

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Where we are staying

The Aurora is a spacious, double-masted, teak motor-sail liveaboard, built in the traditional Pinisi style and designed for discerning dive clientele. You will experience modern comfort combined with the charm of a traditional boat. Each of the eight large cabins have ensuite baths and plenty of storage space. The Aurora has three dive guides and tenders so you will be diving in small groups. The 14 crew members will take care of your every need. Shore excursions include visiting local villages, watching an active volcano and a BBQ dinner on a deserted island.

Price

  • $5,550 per diver
  • Group airfare pricing available April 2018

Deposit and payments

  • $1,000 deposit due upon sign up
  • $1,000 due March 1, 2018
  • $1,000 due August 15, 2018
  • Full payment due November 1, 2018

Other info

  • Prices are based upon double occupancy
  • Airfare closes 90 days prior to departure
  • All payments are non-refundable
  • Prices are subject to change due to events outside of our control

 

Seasonal weather

Raja Ampat lies on the equator and enjoys a year-round day length of about twelve hours. Air temperatures are also reliably constant with a daytime average maximum of 89°F and a nightly minimum of 78°F, although it can often feel hotter than that due to the region’s average relative humidity of 83%. The ocean is warm year-round too, having an average surface temperature of 84°F.

What prior travelers say

“The diving was EPIC! I have dived the Caribbean my whole life and the trip to Raja Ampat offered me the chance to meet a whole new world fish and coral life. Everywhere you look, there are fish of all sizes and massive schools hovering above. The corals, both hard and soft are so colorful- peach, coral, red, purple, bright blue and even neon green in table like plates that overlap each other and provide a field of visual madness. I spent just as much time looking at the tiniest creatures as I did ogling in awe at the largest bumphead parrotfish or manta. I swear I needed a swivel for a neck on this trip so I could see everything at once!  It’s named the coral triangle for a reason and I will definitely go back for more. ”

– Beth O.

What’s included

  • 11 nights aboard the Aurora
  • 2-3 day dives and 1 night dive per day
  • Shore excursions
  • Meals and drinks

What’s not included

  • Airfare, DiVentures will assist with group airfare April 2018
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Nitrox
  • Gratuity
  • Travel insurance (recommended)

Recommended courses

  • Waves, Tides and Currents
  • Underwater Photography
  • Night and Limited Visibility

Recommended equipment

  • Safety sausage and reel
  • SeaLife Micro 2.0
  • GoBe 850 wide dive light

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