THE GREAT CRUISE FROM THE BANDA ISLANDS TO THE RAJA-AMPAT ARCHIPELAGOAmbon - Sorong
ITINERARY 12 DAYS – 11 NIGHTS
Approximately 30 dives
Amazing liveaboard dive holiday in one of the best world richest marine biodiversity !
Day 1 – Embarkation in Ambon
After a welcome mocktail and during the safety briefing, the crew will weigh anchor and the Captain will set sail for Suanggi Island, the first part of the Banda Islands.
It’s a 12-hour sail that will allow you to prepare your diving gear and cameras, as well as socialise with the crew and fellow passengers. Keep an eye on the sea as many whales are present in this area
Day 2 to 5 – The Banda Archipelago
The Wisesa will then sail to the main island of Pulau Hatta where you will dive past the west coast beach, where a 5 metre hole in the reef opens into the depths. You can dive through this hole to find yourself on what appears to be a bridge within the reef. Its “deck” is covered in soft corals and large gorgonians which are home to various pygmy seahorses. At the end of the afternoon, you will snorkel dive at sunset under the Banda jetty. In the shallow waters and among the stones of the collapsed dykes, you will be in one of the best places in the world to observe mandarin fish.
Pulau Ai & Pulau Run:
Day 6 – Koon island
Witness the exuberance of Koon Island where all the currents of Seram and the Banda Sea converge, producing an explosion of marine life near surreal white sand beaches. Magnificent dive sites like the aptly named “so many fish”!
Day 7 to 10 – Misool area, South Raja Ampat
Here is a description of the places and dive sites we will visit in the Misool area:
A large underwater reef that is home to an exceptionally varied fauna! Of course, what made the nickname of this majestic site “Magic Mountain” is an underwater ridge that sinks to 20m, above which oceanic Manta Rays are very regularly seen. These giants stand out from the deep blue of the ocean to come hovering above us with their absolute grace. Nearby you will also find “Boo Est”, another site that offers sumptuous corals and intense life, or “Eagle nest”, where the oceanic Manta Rays are also one of the wonders observable here.
Nearby on an underwater pinnacle is the hunting ground for various sharks, king mackerels, or even barracudas that are easily approached. A site you won’t forget! You can also dive “Tank rock” or “Whale rock” 5-star dive site with surprising coral cover, where the fish gather in tight formation to face the current! Big gorgonians where pygmy seahorses live, sublime coral gardens and life-covered pinnacles are the least you can expect from the Misool Archipelago.
The clarity of the water and the colour of the corals give this underwater landscape the look of a painting. Another site such as “Warna berwarna” also awaits you for more vertical walls, more corals and more fish!
Juliet (& Romeo)
Romeo and Juliet will never come together, but these two islets will be side by side forever! And above all, we will be able to explore their two reefs. On Yuliet beach is one of Misool’s “Ranger” stations.
The coral plateaus of the two islands are the habitat of barracudas, napoleon fish and blacktip sharks. But it is especially home to the epaulette shark (or walking shark) endemic to Raja Ampat! Large coral potatoes on the top of the reef offer an original topography where reef fish sneak in their meanders, giving this site a dramatic effect.
“Wedding Cake” is a site where the pinnacle features superb corals in front of which trevally, tuna and sharks swim gracefully. If the current allows it, we will be able to do the entire tour of the site to finish the dive in a luminous coral garden with some Batfish.
Another site, “Neptune fan”, offers a valley of gorgonians whose scale is insane! A paradise for pygmy seahorses, or even “Barracuda rock” with its underwater ridge where turtles and schools of soldier fish huddle under huge overhangs. In Wayilbatan, you will also have the opportunity to admire the “Love Lake”! After a 20-minute ascent you will reach a platform overlooking this wonder of nature. The reef and the hills that border this marine lake have naturally given it the shape of a heart. With the sea in the distance, the turquoise blue of the reef and the deep blue of the center of the heart, this lake is an exceptional landscape.
A paradise in paradise!
Day 11 – From Misool to Sorong
Relax and enjoy the comfort aboard the Wisesa, a perfect time to share your memories and the many photos you will have taken during this cruise. And above all, keep your eyes on the ocean because it can always have good surprises in store for us
Day 12 – Disembarkation in Sorong
We will meet again soon !