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Waters surrounding Indonesia are recognized as being amongst the richest on earth in variety and number of species. The reputation of locations such as Sulawesi, West Java and Bali is already well established amongst divers. But Indonesia is still the least known of the world`s best dive locations.

Hundreds of islands and coral cays, white sandy beaches and tropical vegetation: a dream of unlimited diving, far away from the crowd and the "dive industry".

MOANA LIVEABOARD SCUBA CRUISES:

++ 8 Days Cruises "Bali – Komodo" U$ 1.980 p. Person

++ 10 Days Cruises  "Bali – Komodo – Bali" U$ 2.280 p. Person

++ 12 Days/11 Nights "Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong" U$ 3.200 p. Person

++ 4 Days/3 Nights "BALI - LOMBOK - NUSA PENIDA - BALI"
Price US$ 810 / p. Person - Trip on request!!

1. Day: Boarding 21:00h Serangan/Bali
After an introduction to all facilities onboard we start our overnight cruise to Tulamben/East Bali. Late night snacks will be served. Imagine sailing through the night, the stars are shining and 3 days of diving in front of you… In between the dives, you spend the rest of your time spotting dolphins and manta rays, island hopping, reading, sun bathing or just being pampered and doing nothing…
 
2. Day: Tulamben/Bali (4 dives)
After Breakfast we start with a dive to the wreck of the Liberty at Tulamben. Just 30 meters from the beach at Tulamben is a World War One - cargo ship, broken up but impressively large, stretching along more than 100 meters of steeply sloping sand. The top of the wreck is just 3 meters underwater, the bottom is at 29 meters. 1942 this ship was hit by torpedoes from a Japanese submarine while crossing the Lombok Strait. Small groupers, cornetfish and trumpethfish, parrotfish and a few morays inhabited patches of coral are often along our route. The black sand bottom around the wreck makes an excellent photo background.
The Tulamben coral garden starts at a depth of 2-15m and is wonderfully grown featuring stone- and soft coral alike. Besides numerous species of reef fish, the beautiful blue-yellow ribbon moray eel has found a home here.
The Tulamben Wall has a nice overhang around the 18m mark, and drops to a sand bottom at just over 60m. We explore only to the 30m mark, following the ridge to its furthest extension. The Tulamben Wall is known for rare species, including the cornet, a beautiful fish with elaborate finnage and a false eye-spot.
Shark Point is close to the wall. Commonly seen are whitetip- and blacktip reef sharks and may rest at a depth of 20 to 30m in a sandy area. Occasionally even grey reef sharks and even hammerhead sharks.
After a nice dinner on board of Moana we set sail to Lombok, crossing the Lombok street on our second overnight cruise.
 
3. Day: Lombok, the Gilis (3 dives)
Lombok is often described as "Bali before the tourist" – an island with unspoiled white beaches, craft villages and rice terraces carved into landscapes of stunning beauty. The Gili coral islets surrounding Lombok are an underwater paradise for snorkelers and divers.
Shark Point east of Gili Trawangan is a popular dive spot in the morning. This dive site consists of different levels (24m, 20m, 18m); it starts with a slope out of hard and soft corals, the "native country" of green and hawksbill turtles. The different levels are sandy areas with small coral blocks - the variety is very big starting with schools of trevally, napoleon fish over white tip reef sharks and rays in the sandy areas…. ending up with ribbon eels, leaf fishes and even mantas. “Volkers' Golf course” is about 500m east of Shark point and starts at a depth of about 30m. It looks green like on a golf course and is the best site, to see sharks, schools of mackerels and doctor fishes. Because of its depth and the sometimes very strong currents, it is a dive for advanced divers.
Also popular for morning dives are the two dive spots in the North of Gili Trawangan, Coral Fan Garden and Basket Coral Garden. The first few meters you have the feeling of being in an aquarium - schools of colored fairy bass lets, fusiliers, banner fishes… and deeper, around the big coral and stone blocks, groupers, batfish, trumpet fish, hiding octopus and bearded scorpion fish. Look out to the blue: sometimes eagle rays, mantas or reef sharks can be seen.
Meno Wall in the West of Gili Meno goes down to 18m. It offers a lot of small coral fish like lionfish, soldier fish, gobies, crabs and a lot of wart slugs and nudibranches coming out of hiding. It is also called “Turtle Heaven” because of the many resident hawksbill and green turtles.
In the West of Gili Air is the very beautiful Air Wall that, due to the soft coral cover, shines yellow-orange depending on the position of the sun. The highlight of this wall is a coral block at 22m in which leaf fishes (scorpion fish) found their "home", surrounded by shrimps, pipefish, white-banded cleaner shrimps and thousands of glass fishes... Look out into the deeper parts for white tip reef sharks. One of our favorite dive spot is Frog Fish Point in the East of Gili Air, famous for small things and rarities. A huge coral block from 5m - 18m welcomes you - there are a lot of sandy areas, where the garden eels let off steam and corals are overgrown with anemones and their clownfish. You can find for example ghost pipefish, frogfish and a lot of scorpion fish. Have a manicure there by one of the many cleaner shrimps.
Malang Reef: Underwater canyons create the landscape here with a plateau starting at 10m and dropping down to 40m. Here you can see “everything”. Mantas, blue spotted stingrays, scorpion fish, lionfish, and white tips have been encountered here as well as spiny lobsters.
After Dinner you can go for a walk on the main stripe of Gili Trawangan which is full of bars, restaurants, and dive shops. This Island is also known as "Party Island", where mostly young Europeans find themselves "Lost in Paradise". Overnight cruise to Nusa Penida.


4. Day: Nusa Penida – Bali (1 or 2 dives)

Early morning arrival at Nusa Penida.

The best of Nusa Penida are the large pelagics such as giant trevallys, sharks, mantas, eagle rays and turtles. But the special animal to find here is the rare giant ocean sunfish “Mola Mola”. Sunfish normally live up to 300m deep, but around Nusa Penida they come close to the surface between August and October each year. The Mola Mola come very close to the reef to certain cleaning stations. They don't get cleaned by the usual cleaner wrasses or cleaner shrimps, but by schooling bannerfishes.

The best time to dive is during slack tide (= when there is little water movement) just before, during and after high tide, when for a short time the currents are not so strong. Arriving at Nusa Penida our dive instructor will choose the dive spot due to sea and weather conditions.
For drift dives very popular is for example Ped on Penida’s north coast. Healthy low lying hard coral reef banks slope gently to 20m, then down to 40m. Occasional manta rays and schools of chevron barracuda add to the rich variety of smaller fish which seem to prefer the calmer waters of Ped. Wonderful barrel sponges and gorgonians can be seen in the deeper waters, and sea snakes can be seen on almost every dive. With the reef extending up to within five meters of the surface your safety stop will allow time to spot moray eels, titan triggerfish and the brilliantly coloured emporer angelfish. Be careful not to touch the reef as the local scorpionfish are notoriously difficult to spot.
Following the dive you are invited to join a guided village tour. A fresh Coconut will be served on the beach before lunch.

After lunch on board of Moana we set sails for our cruise back with direction to Bali. Enjoy Moana’s Sundeck. Sailing in the region of Lombok Street there is a good chance if seeing pods of Dolphins.

At sunset time we enter the harbour of Bali
 
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8 Days / 7 Nights "Bali - Komodo"
Price: US$ 1.580
+ airfares US$ 60 (Bima-Bali / Bali-Bima)

1. Day: Bali – Satonda
Transfer from your Hotel to the 'MOANA' at Serangan, South Bali.
09:00 Embarkation, 9:30 Depart for Satonda. After a refreshing welcome drink, we set sail heading east. Now it’s time for a short introduction to the facilities of our vessel, the diving operation and the tour program. Afterwards, there is only one thing left to do: relax and enjoy great views, while we are steaming along the shores of Bali, through Lombok Street, towards our first stop: Satonda.


2. Day: Satonda
This small circular volcano island off Northern Sumbawa has many interesting dive sites, from sandy terraces to rocky walls all with fascinating underwater life. A check-out dive is conducted on a shallow slope with giant barrel sponges & seafans. We dive Lake Entrance Bay and Sand Chute.
There is also an interesting on-shore excursion to the mysterious crater lake: local people come here to tie pieces of stones or corals with thin strings to the branches of the trees around the lake, trusting, that once the stone falls into the water of the lake, a wish will come true… After Sunset Dinner depart for Gili Banta.


3. Day: Gili Banta
This is the first of the islands in the Komodo Archipelago. Located in North Komodo, this island provides a crescent shaped bay that offers beautiful anchorage from where several dives may be conducted. The famous “Dive GPS Point“, a submerged sea mount, is one of the best sites to see sharks, jacks, dogtooth tuna, schools of barracuda and surgeonfish. “Dive Star Wars“ has excellent fish numbers, very good coral growth, and the occasional mantas. “Dive K2“ where are plenty of clownfish but don’t forget to concentrate also on the tiny, bizarre subjects that define Indonesia diving like hawkfish, leaffish, and pipefish. Late afternoon setting sail, heading west to Komodo National Park.

4. Day: Komodo National Park
Morning arrival in Komodo Island. We start our 2hours “Dragon walk” to see the last representative of the Jurassic Park on earth, the infamous Komodo Lizard.
“Dive Pink Beach“: Thousands of fish of every colour and shape are here including regal angelfish, checkerboard wrasse and masked unicornfish, against a beautiful backdrop of acripora corals, gorgonian fans and sponges. Nature walk at Pink Beach. After lunch depart for Padar. “Dive W Reef”. Possible “Night dive Pasir Putih“.


5. Day: Komodo National Park
After breakfast cruise to Rinca/Horseshoe Bay. “Dive Yellow Wall“ as the name implies, drops vertically along the face of the island and is thick with yellow soft corals. “Dive Cannibal Rock“: This small seamount rises to within a few meters of the surface. Sea apples and other varieties of the sea cucumber family are especially abundant here, as are nudibranchs, pufferfish, octopus, and all weird and wonderful manner of blennies. “Dive Pelican Head West“. Move to Gili Lawah Laut.

6. Day: Komodo National Park
Arrive Gili Lawah Laut. The reef is packed with bronze and rust coloured sponges and soft tree corals. You'll see black snappers, large cuttlefish, pyramid butterflyfish, and several red octopus. “Dive Crystal Rock”, “Dive Castle Rock”. Later in the afternoon we climb the local summit and enjoy a splendid panorama over the moon-scape islands of the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores. Move to Batu Moncho.

7. Day: Batu Moncho
Our first dive site today is “Moncho - Inner Bay“ where the hard corals are outstanding. While enjoying a wonderful breakfast, we sail towards Banta Island where we will anchor and “dive inside Banta Bay“. Later in the afternoon we have another look at “GPS point“ - now with different inhabitants to admire than in the morning. We start our cruise back to Sape for overnight.

8. Day: Bima - Bali
After breakfast you will be transferred to Bima where your airplane to Bali is waiting for you.

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10Days / 9 Nights "BALI - KOMODO - BALI"
Price: US$ 1.820

25% of all reefs are in Indonesia. With over 3,500 species we have one of the richest diversities of marine life. In comparison, the Great Barrier Reef with 1,500 species and the Red Sea only 600. Our drop-offs, plateaus and slopes reflect a good cross-section of what Indonesia has to offer. Dive in and be fascinated!

1. Day: Bali – Satonda
Transfer from your Hotel to the 'MOANA' at Serangan, South Bali.
09:00 Embarkation, 9:30 Depart for Satonda. After a refreshing welcome drink, we set sail heading east. Now it’s time for a short introduction to the facilities of our vessel, the diving operation and the tour program. Afterwards, there is only one thing left to do: relax and enjoy great views, while we are steaming along the shores of Bali, through Lombok Street, towards our first stop: Satonda.


2. Day: Satonda
This small circular volcano island off Northern Sumbawa has many interesting dive sites, from sandy terraces to rocky walls all with fascinating underwater life. A check-out dive is conducted on a shallow slope with giant barrel sponges & seafans. We dive Lake Entrance Bay and Sand Chute.
There is also an interesting on-shore excursion to the mysterious crater lake: local people come here to tie pieces of stones or corals with thin strings to the branches of the trees around the lake, trusting, that once the stone falls into the water of the lake, a wish will come true… After Sunset Dinner depart for Gili Banta.


3. Day: Gili Banta
This is the first of the islands in the Komodo Archipelago. Located in North Komodo, this island provides a crescent shaped bay that offers beautiful anchorage from where several dives may be conducted. The famous “Dive GPS Point“, a submerged sea mount, is one of the best sites to see sharks, jacks, dogtooth tuna, schools of barracuda and surgeonfish. “Dive Star Wars“ has excellent fish numbers, very good coral growth, and the occasional mantas. “Dive K2“ where are plenty of clownfish but don’t forget to concentrate also on the tiny, bizarre subjects that define Indonesia diving like hawkfish, leaffish, and pipefish. Late afternoon setting sail, heading west to Komodo National Park.

4. Day: Komodo National Park
Morning arrival in Komodo Island. We start our 2hours “Dragon walk” to see the last representative of the Jurassic Park on earth, the infamous Komodo Lizard.
“Dive Pink Beach“: Thousands of fish of every colour and shape are here including regal angelfish, checkerboard wrasse and masked unicornfish, against a beautiful backdrop of acripora corals, gorgonian fans and sponges. Nature walk at Pink Beach. After lunch depart for Padar. “Dive W Reef”. Possible “Night dive Pasir Putih“.


5. Day: Komodo National Park
After breakfast cruise to Rinca/Horseshoe Bay. “Dive Yellow Wall“ as the name implies, drops vertically along the face of the island and is thick with yellow soft corals. “Dive Cannibal Rock“: This small seamount rises to within a few meters of the surface. Sea apples and other varieties of the sea cucumber family are especially abundant here, as are nudibranchs, pufferfish, octopus, and all weird and wonderful manner of blennies. “Dive Pelican Head West“. Move to Gili Lawah Laut.

6. Day: Komodo National Park
Arrive Gili Lawah Laut. The reef is packed with bronze and rust coloured sponges and soft tree corals. You'll see black snappers, large cuttlefish, pyramid butterflyfish, and several red octopus. “Dive Crystal Rock”, “Dive Castle Rock”. Later in the afternoon we climb the local summit and enjoy a splendid panorama over the moon-scape islands of the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores. Move to Batu Moncho.

7. Day: Komodo National Park
Our first dive site today is “Moncho - Inner Bay“ where the hard corals are outstanding. While enjoying a wonderful breakfast, we sail towards Banta Island where we will anchor and “dive inside Banta Bay“. Later in the afternoon we have another look at “GPS point“ - now with different inhabitants to admire than in the morning. Depart for Satonda.

8. Day: Satonda & Medang
As we steam through the night, we arrive early in the morning in Satonda, the right time to “dive Lake Entrance Bay“. The beautiful wild beach of Satonda invites for a relaxing breakfast on shore to prepare us for the next dive in Medang: “Shark Reef“! Slowly we are heading back towards civilization, our next stop in Tulamben/Bali.

9. Day: East Bali
Early morning we arrive in Tulamben to be the first divers at the famous “Shipwreck SS Liberty“ which is a must for all Divers. But also “Batu Kelibit“ and the “Drop Off“ offer stunning views as well. As our journey is slowly coming to an end, our crew prepares are delicious farewell Dinner, while we are heading back towards Serangan.

10. Day: Bali
Enjoy the last breakfast on board of the Moana, before disembarkation at Serangan Island at around 9 am.

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12Days / 11 Nights "SORONG - RAJA AMPAT - SORONG "
Price: US$ 3.200 (Sole use charter per day 2.270 U$)

SAMPLE ITINERARY:
These islands are very close together. We plan not to make long journeys, but to keep the boat in an area for several days and dive the sites surrounding that area as conditions (current, angle of the sun, time of day) provide the best photo ops on a site. We aren't into crossing oceans, we're here to see the marine life and get those images. Water temperature: The water temperature is 1mm neoprene or polartec diving, usual temperature is 28-30C (84-86F) with an occasional "chilly" 27C (82F) spot.
1. Day: Arrival Sorong Airport
Moana’s crew will meet you at the airport and you will be escorted to the ship for immediate boarding. Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departure at 3:00 PM. Take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel, make yourself comfortable. Dinner will be served while sailing towards our first destination.
2. Day : Kri Island
Kri is a great start for the cruise with the most fish and coral species accounted on a single divesite. Truly pristine reefs, you will want to dive these sites around this island again and again. A night dive will be offered.
3. & 4. Day: Waigeo Island Group
Welcome to the incredible Waigeo Island group. You will be in awe at the beauty of yellow Wall boasting a very large amount of yellow soft coral. In the afternoon a dive on the sheer wall undercut at the edge from millions of years of oceanic erosion will truly amaze. An interesting pearl farm is nearby (the 5th biggest in Asia) and can be visited upon request. The night dive here is not to be missed! The chances to see bigger animals including mantas are high in this area.
5. Day: Kawe Island
Draping directly over the equator lies Kawe Island. Moana will arrive early morning and anchor right on the equator. Enjoy breakfast while watching the stunning scenery. You will be offered up to five dives today to take advantage of this world-class dive region.
You will be treated to an enormous array of fish life as well as stunning above water scenery.
6. & 7. Day: Waiag and Southern Islands
You will move on to our most northerly area of Irian Jaya with many unnamed groups of islets. From mild sloping coral gardens with huge coral rocks and colorful soft corals, to steep walls and schooling fish, this region is truly spectacular. Here you can make the famous ‘hike” to view the breath taking scenery over the island group here. Fantastic night dives with rare wobbygong shark spottings are also on the agenda.
8. & 9. Day: Manosuar Island
Arriving early morning in Manosuar, you can expect to dive the famous sardine reef as well as 3 other incredible sites. The fish life is prolific and the topside scenery will truly astound. Two full days diving will be offered in this amazing region as well as a great barbeque to satisfy those hungry divers.
10. Day: Batanta Island
To start your day, you will take a two hour morning hike in search of the Red Bird of Paradise. A true jungle trek, you will hear giant hornbills, cockatoos flying by and perhaps if lucky, the mesmerizing song of the bird of Paradise. Today’s diving day can host anything form wobbygong sharks to pigmy seahorses.
11. Day: Wai Island
After a light breakfast, a beautiful dive will be offered at the American plane wreck that crashed in these waters in the 1940’s. The wreck is upside down and between 24 – 34 m (90-115’) deep. The wreck is fairly intact with excellent coral covering it especially on the lower side of the tail section. The guns are also visible on this truly great dive. The rest of the day will be spent around the incredible sites of Wai Island. If desired, you may take a short trip on shore to see the resident cassowary bird.
12. Day: Arrival in Sorong
The ship will arrive at 6:00 AM at Sorong. You will be served breakfast and afterwards prepare for disembarkation. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
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HOW TO GO THERE:
There are International flights to Bali, Manado and Ujung Pandang in Indonesia connecting through, Singapore, Hong Kong and other countries. Sometimes it will require an overnight in one of these places.
The 2 hour flight from Manado or Ujung Pandang to Sorong is by jet, no problem with lots of luggage, although there is a reasonable charge for overweight.
You will be met at the airport in Sorong and escorted directly onto KLM Moana. In Manado/Ujung Pandang you will be met at the airport, transferred to your hotel and back. Your paperwork for visiting Papua will be taken care of overnight. Note hotel and air travel is not included in the trip price.
We are not travel agents but will help you organize your travel which you will purchase directly from an airline wholesaler or an agent in Indonesia.
We do not charge for our help.
If you are interested in this trip we REALLY must speak with you about it. There is no way to emphasize how special this area is or whether this trip will be suitable for you without some detailed communication. So, please call or schedule for us to call you.



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