Raja Ampat: A Leisurely Southern

Start:Wednesday, 28 April 2010
End:Thursday, 06 May 2010
Duration:9 days
Experience level:Intermediate to Experienced divers with minimum 30 dives logged. Not suitable for absolute beginners. If you fall somewhere in between, please contact trip organizer below.

Maximum 18 divers.
Highlights:All the great sights of Southern Raja Ampat plus new ones over a relaxing 9 days/8 nights. Time enough to familiarize yourself with pygmy seahorses bargibantis, pontohis, denises etc amongst luscious sea fans or dive with schools of reef fishes, mantas and turtles! Pristine coral reefs as nature had intended.

The Boat: Sea Safari VIII

Welcome Aboard on Sea Safari Diving Sea Safari Liveaboard Indonesia & Voyage offers a wide range of Indonesia liveaboard activities with Indonesian Phinisi - rigged Bugis Schooners, constructed with three decks, the boat gives you plenty of space to lose one's self, whether it is in the air-conditioned comfort of the large saloon or lazing under the shade of one of the ship's huge sails.

All Sea Safari vessels are equipped with modern navigation systems, updated safety and first aid equipment. Sea Safari liveaboard offered a perfect mixture of diving and comfortable cruising experience.

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Itinerary:Day 1: All participants required to arrive in Sorong by early afternoon. One check out dive on the way south.

Day 2: Farondi - Located some 20 km east from Misool Island, the limestone cliffs of the islet of Farondi are a firm favourite on any Raja Ampat diving trip because of the unique landscapes that they offer. Tunnels, caverns and diving on sumptuously coloured walls are the order of the day here. Heavy currents make some of the dive sites in between Farondi and Wagmab challenging, but if the visibility is good it is one of the most various and stunning dives you can do. Caves, sandy slopes covered in black coral bushes, gorgonion fans, sea whips etc. Also big schools of baraccudas and bumphead parrotfishes are seen on the sites.

Day 3: Daram - Colorful soft corals and black corals cover the rocks and in the numerous sea fans you find pygmy seahorses and spider crabs. Thousands of little reef fishes add one more dimension to this amazing under water landscape.
Often big schools of batfish, bannerfish or red tooth trigger fish are cruising by.

Day 4: Fiabacet - is really a breath of fresh air for all of us that wish we could always dive on reefs with fish life as prolific as nature intended. The surrounding waters around these pinnacles and islands are very deep and clear. Here you'll find some of the best visibility in Raja Ampat - up of 40 metres - and the fish life is truly excellent, so bring your wide-angle camera lenses. Great hammerhead sharks can be found here, as the adjacent water is deep and they sometimes come up to shallower water to check out what the noisy, yellow and black rubber-clad, bubble-blowing creatures are doing in the water.

Day 5: Wajil and Jefpele - From schooling fish to different species of pygmy seahorses, almost everything can be seen here if you have good eyes. The diving scenery is impressive with cliffs and overhangs covered in soft corals and bathed in sunlight. You will want to go back for the night dive.

Day 6: SW Batanta - A few very good macro sites here both on the south and north of this island. A small village on the south, Wailebet is where you can take a trek to see the birds of paradise.

Day 7: Mansuar area - An excellent area for vast amounts of fish, great coral scenery, mantas and a few decent critters on the reefs here. Quite a few sites best dived with current running the right way to see the best fish life, not so much current means not so many fish!

Day 8: Airborek, rinse gear and pack.

Day 9: Breakfast and depart Sorong.

* Please note this is the suggested itinerary which can be adjusted due to group preferences, weather, etc.
** Descriptions of dive sites copyright Diving 4 Images and various other Raja Ampat dive websites.

All days except the last day will offer 3 day dives and 1 night dive. Last day will usually have two dives in the morning and finish off before lunch.
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Flight schedule as follows: tbc
Domestic: depending on departure points via Jakarta and Denpasar/Manado.
IXL: connections can be dealt with offline typically Air Asia or SilkAir.

*You are responsible for your own ticketing, however the organizer will help provide you with an update for schedules later.
**Organizers are not liable for any changes or cancellation cause by the flight operators.
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Divemasters:Cruise Director: Graham Abbott

Graham is one of the most experienced and leading dive guides around the Indonesia region. This included guiding for the BBC, scientific expeditions with Dr Gerry Allen and Conservation International and numerous photographic expeditions including David Doubilet and Wetpixel. He has also spent much time diving Raja Ampat and has in-depth knowledge of a lot of the sites that are slowly opening up for liveaboard diving as well as exploring/diving lesser known yet excellent sites.

"Since 1997 I have been a professional dive guide in north Sulawesi, West Australia, the Wakatobi island group, Komodo, Irian Jaya, the eastern islands of the Nusa Tengarra like Flores, Alor & beyond, through the Banda Sea, of course my home island of Bali and since 2005 I have been leading trips various areas of Papua New Guinea. It has been a dream come true to be able to work with some of the worlds' best underwater photographers, journalists, film makers, marine life enthusiasts and for sure I would enjoy the opportunity to work with you, showing you the real treats of underwater Indonesia!"

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