Aurora - komodo / raja ampat Liveaboard

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Aurora is a spacious, double masted, teak motor-sail yacht, built according to the 'traditional Pinisi style' and designed for a discerning dive clientele. As a guest aboard, you will experience modern comfort combined with the charm of a traditional boat. Aurora has been built following modern and environmentally friendly principles and gives us the opportunity to explore remote areas which only a few - if any - have seen.

Aurora is a romantic liveaboard designed specifically for scuba divers, but also non-divers will have their time of a life onboard. Aurora is a typical Phinisi style motor sailor with two masts, 42m long and our clients will enjoy the charm of a traditional boat combined with the comfort of a modern one. In addition, its romantic appearance, the family atmosphere and the proposed itineraries are ideal for non-divers and lovers of exploration.

Aurora can accommodate up to 14 passengers in 7 double cabins: 3 double bed cabins, 3 twin bed cabins and 1 combined use double/twin. We can host other 2 passengers in a rear cabin (n.8), with private but external bathroom. This is as well a combined double/twin use cabin.

While we can actually accommodate up to 16 passengers, please take into account that best comfort for all guests would be with maximum 14 passengers.

Each cabin is tastefully decorated in a traditional style and has portholes, individually controlled air conditioning, en-suite bathroom with bath towels, shower gel and shampoo.

Aurora - prices

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Full pricing is available on the schedule here.
Prices are in US dollars for one week based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.

Rates include

  • full board in a double/triple cabin
  • soft drinks, local coffee and tea, all meals • up to 4 dives a day
  • tanks, weights/weight belt
  • excursions on land
  • transfer from/to nearest airport

Rates do not include:

  • International and domestic flights • National park tickets (Komodo and Banda Sea USD 75, Raja Ampat USD 130, Cenderawasih USD 200 - these are subject to change without prior notice)
  • Accommodation before and after the cruise
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Rental of scuba diving/snorkeling equipment
  • Nitrox package (see Pricelist) • massages
  • Travel insurance
  • Private tours
  • Laundry service on board
  • Use of sat-phone (emails/calls)
  • minimum Service charge USD 10 per night (obligatory)
  • Fuel Surcharge of USD 200 for all cruises other than Komodo (no fuel surcharge applies if the port of arrival/departure is Bima/Labuan Bajo/Maumere. The fuel surcharge applies if harbours like Bali, Alor or milar are scheduled. We retain the right to adjust fuel surcharges any time when necessary.)

Aurora - schedule

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27Jun17
06Jul17
Embark: Bali
Disembark: Labuan Bajo
Komodo
Available
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Price from 3240 USD
08Jul17
15Jul17
Embark: Labuan Bajo
Disembark: Labuan Bajo
Komodo
Available Special Trip
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Price from 2520 USD
17Jul17
26Jul17
Embark: Labuan Bajo
Disembark: Labuan Bajo
Komodo Promotion
Available
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Price from 2520 USD
28Jul17
06Aug17
Embark: Labuan Bajo
Disembark: Labuan Bajo
Komodo
Available
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Price from 3240 USD
09Aug17
18Aug17
Embark: Labuan Bajo
Disembark: Labuan Bajo
Komodo Promotion
Available
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Price from 2520 USD
19Aug17
26Aug17
Embark: Labuan Bajo
Disembark: Labuan Bajo
Komodo
Special Trip Full
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Price from 2520 USD
28Aug17
07Sep17
Embark: Labuan Bajo
Disembark: Labuan Bajo
Komodo
Full
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Price from 3600 USD
09Sep17
15Sep17
Embark: Labuan Bajo
Disembark: Labuan Bajo
Komodo
Full
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Price from 2160 USD
17Sep17
23Sep17
Embark: Labuan Bajo
Disembark: Labuan Bajo
Komodo
Full
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Price from 2160 USD
25Sep17
02Oct17
Embark: Labuan Bajo
Disembark: Labuan Bajo
Komodo
Special Trip Full
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Price from 2520 USD
05Oct17
16Oct17
Embark: Maumere
Disembark: Ambon
Banda Sea
Full
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Price from 4290 USD
18Oct17
28Oct17
Embark: Ambon
Disembark: Sorong
North Maluku
Full
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Price from 3900 USD
31Oct17
10Nov17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Full
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Price from 3900 USD
12Nov17
24Nov17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Available
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Price from 4680 USD
26Nov17
07Dec17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Special Trip Full
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Price from 4290 USD
10Dec17
21Dec17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Available
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Price from 4290 USD
28Dec17
06Jan17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Special Trip Full
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Price from 3510 USD
14Jan17
25Jan17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
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Price from 4290 USD
28Jan17
08Feb17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Special Trip Full
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Price from 4290 USD
11Feb17
23Feb17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
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Price from 4680 USD
26Feb17
09Mar17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
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Price from 4290 USD
12Mar17
20Mar17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Full
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Price from 3120 USD
22Mar17
30Apr17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Full
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Price from 15210 USD
05Apr17
14Apr17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Available Special Trip
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Price from 3510 USD
17Apr17
28Apr17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Ambon
North Maluku
Available
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Price from 4290 USD
01May17
14May17
Embark: Ambon
Disembark: Maumere
Banda Sea
Full
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Price from 5070 USD
18May17
25May17
Embark: Labuan Bajo
Disembark: Labuan Bajo
Komodo
Available
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Price from 2520 USD
27May17
02Jun17
Embark: Labuan Bajo
Disembark: Labuan Bajo
Komodo
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Price from 2160 USD
05Jun17
14Jun17
Embark: LABUA BAJO / LABUAN BAJO
Disembark:
Komodo
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Price from 3240 USD
30Jul17
08Aug17
Embark: BALI
Disembark: LABUAN BAJO
Komodo
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11Aug17
18Aug17
Embark: LABUAN BAJO
Disembark: LABUAN BAJO
Komodo
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Price from 2520 USD
21Aug17
28Aug17
Embark: LABUAN BAJO
Disembark: LABUAN BAJO
Komodo
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Price from 2520 USD
31Aug17
07Sep17
Embark: LABUAN BAJO
Disembark: LABUAN BAJO
Komodo
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Price from 2520 USD
09Sep17
18Sep17
Embark: LABUAN BAJO
Disembark: LABUAN BAJO
Komodo
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Price from 3240 USD
20Sep17
27Sep17
Embark: LABUAN BAJO
Disembark: LABUAN BAJO
Komodo
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Price from 2520 USD
01Oct17
08Oct17
Embark: LABUAN BAJO
Disembark: LABUAN BAJO
Komodo
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Price from 2520 USD
11Oct17
23Oct17
Embark: MAUMERE
Disembark: AMBON
Banda Sea
Full
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Price from 4680 USD
27Oct17
08Nov17
Embark: AMBON
Disembark: SORONG
North Maluku
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Price from 4680 USD
11Nov17
22Nov17
Embark: SORONG
Disembark: SORONG
Raja Ampat
Available
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Price from 4290 USD
25Nov17
06Dec17
Embark: SORONG
Disembark: SORONG
Raja Ampat
Special Trip Full
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Price from 4290 USD
09Dec17
20Dec17
Embark: RAJA AMPAT
Disembark:
Raja Ampat
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Price from 4290 USD
25Dec17
05Jan17
Embark: SORONG
Disembark: SORONG
Raja Ampat
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Price from 4290 USD
09Dec17
20Dec17
Embark: RAJA AMPAT
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Raja Ampat
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25Dec17
05Jan17
Embark: SORONG
Disembark: SORONG
Raja Ampat
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08Jan17
19Jan17
Embark: SORONG
Disembark: SORONG
Raja Ampat
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22Jan17
02Feb17
Embark: SORONG
Disembark: SORONG
Raja Ampat
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05Feb17
17Feb17
Embark: SORONG
Disembark: SORONG
Raja Ampat
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Price from 4680 USD
20Feb17
03Mar17
Embark: SORONG
Disembark: SORONG
Raja Ampat
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Price from 4290 USD
06Mar17
17Mar17
Embark: SORONG
Disembark: SORONG
Raja Ampat
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Price from 4290 USD
20Mar17
31Mar17
Embark: SORONG
Disembark: SORONG
Raja Ampat
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Price from 4290 USD
03Apr17
14Apr17
Embark: SORONG
Disembark: SORONG
Raja Ampat
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Price from 4290 USD
17Apr17
01May17
Embark: AMBON
Disembark: MAUMERE
Banda Sea
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Price from 5460 USD
05May17
12May17
Embark: LABUAN BAJO
Disembark: LABUAN BAJO
Komodo
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Price from 2520 USD
05May17
12May17
Embark: LABUAN BAJO
Disembark: LABUAN BAJO
Komodo
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Price from 2520 USD
15May17
22May17
Embark: LABUA BAJO
Disembark: LABUAN BAJO
Komodo
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Price from 2520 USD

Aurora - cabins

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Cabins:

7 x corridor/bow:

  • Cabin 1: Kudalaut [Seahorse] -> king size bed plus small sofa for child
  • Cabin 2: Ikan Dujung [Dugong] -> 2 x separate beds
  • Cabin 3: Ikan Pari [Sting Ray] -> king size bed
  • Cabin 4: Baruna [God of the Sea] -> king size bed plus single bed at bow
  • Cabin 5: Lumba Lumba [Dolphin] -> king size bed
  • Cabin 6: Ikan Hiu [Shark] -> 2 x separate beds
  • Cabin 7: Ikan Paus [Whale] -> 2 x separate beds
  • Cabin 8: Cumi Cumi [Calamari] -> king size bed plus single bed
  • Cabin 9: Ikan Kupu Kupu [Butterfly Fish] -> Cruise director cabin and not for sale
  • All cabins with individually controlled AC, en suite bathroom / shower and porthole/window
  • Cabin 1 - Kudalaut (Seahorse)
    King size bed plus small sofa for child

  • Cabin 1 - Kudalaut (Seahorse)
    King size bed plus small sofa for child

  • Cabin 3 - Ikan Pari (Stingray)
    King size bed

  • Cabin 4 - Baruna (God of the sea)
    King size bed plus single bed at bow

  • Cabin 5 - Lumba Lumba (Dolphin)
    King size bed

  • Cabin 6 - Ikan Hiu (Shark)
    2 x single beds

  • Cabin 7 - Ikan Paus [Whale]
    2 x separate beds

  • Cabin 8 - Ikan Kupu Kupu (Butterfly fish)
    King size bed plus single bed

Aurora - itinerary

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Raja Ampat 11 Nights / 12 Days Itinerary Sample. Please contact us for itineraries descriptions of other Raja Ampat trips

DAY 1 - SORONG

Aurora Crew will pick you up from Sorong airport; usually flights arrive in the morning via Makassar or Manado. As soon as all the guests are onboard, Aurora will lift the anchor and start to cruise toward Dampier Strait.

DAY 2 to 3 - DAMPIER STRAIT

We will arrive early morning in Mansuar area, where we will dive some famous sites, like Sardines Reef, Mioskon, Blue Magic and other incredible places. This area prone to current is charachterized by untouched corals and many different fish schools, while on surface we will be surrounded by lush green islands, with tiny dazzeling white beaches.

DAY 4 - PENEMU

Gettting further south, we stop at Fam. We will be diving on My Reef, a seamount with abundant fish schools of fusiliers and sweetlips, and Keruo Channel, a fascinating passage between 2 islands, its slopes covered with hardcorals and fan corals, and dense schools of tiny silversides. Don’t miss the chance to take a short landtour for a breathtaking view from above of the typical Raja Ampat landscape.

DAY 5 to 6 - FARONDI

We will wake up in Misool National Park a region with thousands of islands. Here you will be able to see the most rich variations of fish, soft and hard corals, all kind of macro, wobbegong and epaulette sharks. Misool is also one of the rare places with the most breath keeping landscape. Don’t miss the show offered by mobulas feeding on a huge school of silversides!

DAYS 7 to 9 - MISOOL NATIONAL PARK

So many Islands to visit and so many different dives spot. We will cruise around JILLIET, FIABAJET, WALIB, WAJIL, JEF PELE, MESENTA, BOO etc… and Aurora Crew will assure you as many dives as possible to completely appreciate this wonderful and beautiful area.

DAY 10 - FAM SOUTH

Melissa’s Garden is our next dive site in the morning. A huge reef with wonderful coral and spectacular fish life. Wobbegongs are one of the highlights here. Sea snakes, pygmy seahorses and enormous tridacna clams can be seen in the shallows. On “Fam Wall” for the night dive we can see Harlequin shrimp, frogfish and many species of nudibranchs.

DAY 11 - ARBOREK

Here you will have the chance to visit a typical local fishermen village, but the morning will be dedicated to spot manta rays, wobbegong sharks and much more, and have a superb end of trip memory!

DAY 12 - SORONG

Big breakfast on board, and then Aurora’s Crew will organize the transfer from the boat to Sorong airport, depending on the flight schedule of the guests.

Proposed Itinerary Labuanbajo to Labuanbajo (subject to cruise directors discretion)

DAY 1 LABUANBAJO

Labuan Bajo, Arrival & Boarding: A 1 hour flight from Denpasar, Bali and you will arrive in the small port town of Labuan Bajo, Flores. Aurora staff will pick you up at the airport for immediate boarding and departure. After snack/lunch we have the boat briefing and depending on the time of arrival, also the diving briefing and we will get ready for our check dive.

Only a few miles from Labuan Bajo’s harbour, lies the small island of Sebayur with nice diving including bronze sweepers, lionfish, eels, and possibly the resident ghost pipefish which makes the perfect “warm-up dive”. The staggered tiers of the neighbouring patch reef is home to many different species of nudis, pipefish, sea fans, sponges and even a few twin-spot lionfish. During the night dive, we might see nurse sharks, nudis and crustaceans.

DAY 2 - GILI LAWA

Gililawah Laut & Gililawah Darat: Literally “Island Facing the Sea”, Gililawa Laut is home to two of the best pinnacles in all of Indonesia, Crystal Rock and Hard Rock. These two pinnacles, both displaying an impressive amount of soft and hard coral cover, are also the gathering ground for huge schools of jacks, giant trevally, white tip reef sharks, surgeonfish, and a whole host of smaller reef fish that float amongst the fields of staghorn coral. Often times dolphins will make an appearance, chasing the large schools of fusiliers around the pinnacles, putting on quite a show. A challenging site, but certainly worth a couple of dives!

Apart from the pinnacles, Gililawa Laut also features a dive known to many as the “Washing Machine”. The swift moving current between Gililawa Laut and its neighbor Gililawa Darat moves divers down a shallow channel and empties into a large bowl-shaped depression with walls 10 meters high. The vortex effect caused by this seems to appeal to sharks, mantas, and jacks, who will often spend time swimming around the bowl, waiting for something good to drop in for lunch.

DAY 3 - KOMODO NATIONAL PARK

Komodo National Park: Early in the morning or in the afternoon depending on our dive schedule, we will begin our magnificent walk of Komodo Island to see the infamous dragons. Usually a few hours is spent on shore viewing the dragon and we are back in the water by noon.

Pantai Merah: “Pink Beach” lies just across a large bay from Kampung Komodo, the only village on the island of Komodo. A beautiful white sand beach, popular with snorkelers for it’s rich shallow coral reef, the diving is just as popular. A rocky pinnacle, Valerie’s Rock, rises to the surface at its southern end and shelters large schools of reef fish, cuttlefish, and a few giant frogfish. In addition to the abundant fish life, macro is also on the menu. Nudibranchs and pleurobranchs as well as longnose hawkfish and pipefish make their home amongst the black coral covered slopes. Pantai Merah is often subject to strong currents and at times a challenging down current.

DAY 4 to 5 - PADAR AND RINCA

Padar & Rinca: Sitting in the channel between Komodo and Rinca, Padar’s claim to fame is W-Reef. Home to some very unique species of nudibranch, including the Nembrotha Purpolienolata and gorgeous Ceratosoma Magnifica (formerly Miamira Magnifica). The coral pillars of W-Reef, which sit in a strange “W” shaped configuration are literally alive with color. Holothurians cover almost every bare surface, from the bright red and purple sea apples, to the yellow and white cucumbers that clean the reef top. Lionfish and wrasse populate the tops of the pillars, some coming with 5 meters of the surface. Subject to strong currents and an almost permanent surge, this can be a challenging yet beautiful dive. A quick hike up the gentle slopes of Padar provides an outstanding view of both Komodo and Rinca Islands for those so inclined.

DAY 6 TO 7 - HORSESHOE BAY

Rinca; Horseshoe Bay & Nusa Kode: Horseshoe Bay is shaped like its namesake with Rinca Island forming the outer arc and Nusa Kode forming the inner one. The colder plankton-rich waters of the Indian Ocean make this area a bit colder than the northern regions of the Park. Despite the temperature drop, the incredible amount and bizarre array of sea-life still gets everyone in the water even four times each day. Home to some of the most written-about dive sites in Indonesia, Horseshoe Bay is a literal treasure trove of things large and small.

The Indian Ocean waters cause the dive sites here to be overflowing with life, from huge amounts of yellow and orange soft corals to schools of fish so thick they block out the sun. The reef-top of famous Cannibal Rock is littered with anemones, soft corals, and wrasse-choked hard corals. The deeper rocks provide hiding places for an unbelievable array of nudibranchs and crustaceans. Frogfish of different species populate the walls and slopes. Sea apples and other holothurians abound on the rocky tiers.

“Torpedo Alley”, in addition to being home to the electrified rays it gets its name from, is also home to ghost pipefish, frogfish, and its own share of the dazzling array of nudis that call Horseshoe Bay home. With everything from turtles, mantas, and whale sharks coming by, Horseshoe Bay is well worth the extra neoprene. “Yellow Wall”, where the yellow soft corals share space with barrel sponges and huge sea fans that are home to several kinds of pygmy seahorses. Sea apples, fire urchins with Coleman shrimp and zebra crab are particularly easy to spot on this site.

DAY 8 TO 9 - RINCA NORTH

Rinca Nord / Loh Buaya & Komodo Channel: Making it our way back to the north we can stop in front of the second Ranger Station Loh Buaya, next to the macro paradise of Wainilu Island. A somewhat boring underwater topography reveals to the trained eye true marvels displaying in front of your camera and astonished face - many different and rare kinds of nudis and slugs, frogs, ghost fish and many other surprises.

Komodo Channel: “Tatawa Besar” gives us one of the most colorful drift dives in all of Komodo. The eastern stretch of coastline is alternating rocky walls and mangroves. A gentle slope runs out from the coastline to about 30 meters where it becomes a sandy flat. During rising and falling tides, the soft corals covering the slope open up for the passing divers. Eagle rays and turtles are typical customers along this rich coral slope. The coastline is long enough that the drift can last up to 40 minutes and cover almost 2 kilometers. “Batu Bolong”, a huge rock in the middle of an area swathed by the current, attracts plenty of sharks and offers excellent visibility. This dive is also called “Current City”, and can only be dived when the conditions are fine.

We might stop in “Taka Makassar”, if currents allow, and look out for yet other manta rays. The dive here leads over a channel with rubble and with a few coral blocks. Mantas come here to get cleaned so you can go relatively close to them to observe them. Alternatively, Takat Makassar West (Komodo Channel) is a great night dive.

DAY 10 - LABUANBAJO

Labuan Bajo: Unfortunately our trip arrived at an end and we have to say goodbye but we hope to see you again soon!

You will be served breakfast and afterwards transferred to the Labuan Bajo Airport and checked in by Aurora’s staff. Estimated time of arrival after your 1 hour flight back to Bali.

Aurora - specs

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Construction:
start of construction in December 2007, operational since 2010
Tonnage:
189
Length:
40 m overall, 32 m on deck
Width:
9 m
Draught:
2,6 m
Sailing area:
300 m2
Engine:
Nissan 420 HP marinized
Speed:
7-8 knots
With sails:
9-10+ knots
Power supply/Electricity:
2 x generators Mitsubishi, 1 generator Cummings, stabilizer 220 Volt, 50Hz (110 Volt possible with mobile transformers on board) 2-pole plugs all over the ship and cabins Emergency current through battery
Diesel/solar tank:
12.000 Ltr
Water tanks:
12.000 Ltr
Water maker:
6000 lt/day
Safety:
GPS, echo sounder, VHF-radio, radar, compass, 2 life rafts for 50 pax, lifevests, fire extinguisher, emergency oxygen, first-aid kits, mobile phone, Sat-phone with possibility to download emails on board computer
Payment on board:
Cash:
Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), EUR, US$
CCard:
Visa, Mastercard, American Express

Dive insurance for the passengers is not included. It is highly recommended that all divers purchase international diving and medical insurance.

Aurora - diving

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The coral triangle is home to the world’s most bio-diverse population of marine species with Indonesia representing its hottest spot. Nowhere else has a comparable density, not to mention diversity, of underwater creatures and life been recorded.

In order to fully appreciate the exceptional status of this region, suffice it to say that the whole Caribbean area has only 9% of the corals and 35% of the fish species found in Indonesian waters.

The reason for such a big difference is that the entire area of the Atlantic Ocean underwent a mass extinction of species during the last ice age. All types of corals and animals vanished during this period and the other species never regained the strength of their former numbers.

In Indonesia - the centre of this biodiversity triangle - the variety seen underwater is truly astonishing. In certain bays and around small islands, you can find more species than in the entire Caribbean. In a research report conducted in 1997 on the island of Flores, respected marine biologists Rudie Kuiter and Gerald Allen counted 1,133 species of fish just in Maumere bay. This is still the highest number of species of fish ever counted in a specific area.

In Wakatobi, the recorded number of species of fish is at least 430, and in Raja Ampat, the same Gerald Allen, world-famous ichthyologist, counted the incredible number of 284 different species of fish counted during a single dive. In the same area, 465 different species of corals were found. As a result, scientists nowadays believe that this destination is the world’s current no. 1 spot in terms of biodiversity.

Other world-class hubs of biodiversity include Manado and Lembeh, Central and South Sulawesi, Komodo, Flores, Alor and the Banda sea, to name just a few. It should therefore come as no surprise that these hotspots are considered among the ultimate destinations for divers - Raja Ampat diving photos - Komodo diving photos

Komodo

Drift diving, pelagics melting pot and critters maze: dive in one of the world’s hubs of underwater activity - read the Komodo diving blog

Bone rate and Selayar

One of Indonesia’s last unveiled treasures

Alor and Flores

An undisclosed diving treasure. Your craving for adventure will be fulfilled while sailing on the Atasita Liveaboard in these awe-inspiring waters full of unexplored treasures

Maluku

The unspoiled beauty of a remote paradise. These rarely visited seas have some of the world’s richest marine environments filled with unspoiled corals, tiny critters as well as pelagics

Raja Ampat

The most striking biodiversity on our planet

Cenderwasih bay: Biak, Manokwari, Mapia atoll

The best exploratory dive trip you can imagine

Central Sulawesi: Togean and Bangaii

One of the world’s most remarkable places for coral reef diversity

North Sulaweis: Manando and Lembeh

Critters extravaganza and breathtaking walls

Sorong is the harbour town in West Papua and the normal departure point to dive Raja Ampat. If you are unsure of how to get to Sorong to start your trip it will depend on where your international flight into Indonesia is landing. If you check this link it will give you more of an idea of the timings and even a map of the possible routes to show you your possible options.

It is not possible for someone outside of Indonesia to purchase domestic flights in Indonesia so these can be purchased for you by me, if you would like, and added to your invoice. It will be about $600 return dependant on exchange rates, availability and where your entry airport is in Indonesia. We recommend coming through Jakarta as the quickest and easiest route to take. The cost of the domestic flights are not included in the trip price.

We recommend coming through Jakarta as it is the easiest and fastest route. From Jakarta it is possible to reach Sorong in one day.

From To Date Dep Arr
Jakarta (CGK) Sorong (SOQ) Day of departure 01:10 07.20

The return trip from Sorong to Jakarta

From To Date Dep Arr
Sorong (SOQ Jakarta (CGK) Day of disembarkation 10:40 12:40

If you come from Bali to Sorong it is a 2 stage process, from Bali (DPS) to Makassar (UPG) and from Makassar (UPG) to Sorong (SOQ), there would be a night in a hotel in Makassar on the way out (Ujung Pandang and Makassar are the same place and the half way point to Sorong). We recommend the Imperial Aryaduta in Makassar- http://www.aryaduta.com/hotels_home_makassar.php

These would be your flights from Bali to Sorong.

From To Date Dep Arr
Bali (DPS) Makassar (UPG) Day before departure 18.30 19.50
From To Date Dep Arr
Makassar (UPG Sorong (SOQ) Day of departure 10:00 13:10

The return trip from Sorong to Denpasar (Bali) is done in one day using 2 flights - SOQ-UPG and UPG-DPS

From To Date Dep Arr
Sorong (SOQ Makassar (UPG) Day of disembarkation 11:40 12:55
From To Date Dep Arr
Makassar (UPG) Bali (DPS) Day of disembarkation 16:30 17:50

Domestic Air Carrier Notes:

It is generally not possible for someone outside of Indonesia to purchase domestic flights in Indonesia so these can be purchased for you by Premier Liveaboard diving and added to your invoice. It will be $600 return normally dependant on where your entry airport is in Indonesia.

Premier liveaboard diving and its local flight agent can purchase the tickets on your behalf, however, in doing so, Premier liveaboard diving is only acting as an agent for the airline and is not responsible for, and can accept no responsibility for, cancellations, delays, schedule changes, or problems caused by the air carrier. We highly recommend trip interruption and cancellation insurance.

Aurora - faqs

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MARINE LIFE:

The areas where we dive are unmatched for small and unusual marine wildlife. The species list is endless and new ones are still being discovered in these areas. Whales, manta rays, sharks and larger pelagic species are found in the dive sites with higher currents. Strong currents and up-wellings transport nutrient-rich waters throughout these areas.

CLIMATE:

The average air temperature in the regions we visit ranges from 25 - 32o Celsius or 77-90o Fahrenheit.

HEALTH AND INOCULATIONS:

Vaccinations for typhoid, paratyphoid, tetanus, Cholera, Polio, and Hepatitis A are recommended. Malaria is endemic in many parts of Indonesia, please check with your local Tropical Disease Centre for anti-malaria/diver friendly medication.

MONEY:

The Indonesian currency is Rupiah. Rates fluctuate enormously, please check with our cruise directors for your cruise exchange rates.

POPULATION AND PEOPLE:

Regarded as the fifth most populous nation in the world, there are approximately 200,000,000 in Indonesia. The majority, around 60% reside on the island of Java.

RELIGION:

An amazing diversity of religions exists. Predominantly a Muslim nation, islands like Timor, North Sulawesi and Flores are Christian. Hinduism is found mainly in Bali. Scattered throughout the region are a variety of other beliefs.

LANGUAGE:

Bahasa Indonesia, almost identical to Malay is the one national language. Several local dialects exist in each region as well. English is widely spoken in the more popular tourist destinations such as Bali.

Diving Indonesia

Out of 14,000+ islands in the archipelago, there are a plethora of exclusive dive locations in Indonesia, boasting up to 80% of the worlds species of undersea life. With Indocruises we take you to pristine spots not that known in your average dive travel guide and which are still being explored. Explore this vast archipelago in comfort, safety and luxury aboard the Pearl of Papua with our experienced and qualified crew.

Dive conditions in Indonesia

  • Diving all year around is possible.
  • Watertemperature 24°(75°F) to 30°C(86°F) (In the south of Komodo it drops down to 21°C (70°F)
  • Visibility is mostly very good (up to 30m) Diving rules

Safety Procedures and Emergency Evacuation Information:

Hyperbaric chambers (or recompression chamber) in Indonesia There are 6 recompression chambers in Indonesia to treat decompression sickness

Bali: Sanglah General Hospital (in Indonesian language) USUP Sanglah Denpasar JI. Diponegoro, Denpasar 80114 Bali, Indonesia: Phone 62-361-227911 through -15 ext. 232 (hyperbaric medical department) Fax 62-361-22426 Run by Dr. Antonius Natasamudra and Dr. Etty Herawati

Manado (Sulawesi): At the Malalayang Hospital (chamber for 3 to 4 persons) Phone: 0811430913 and ask for Dr Jimmy Waleleng (Phone home 860953). Makassar (Sulawesi): Rumah Sakit Umum Wahidin Sudirohusodo. Contact person: Pak Daniel Address: Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan Km. 11, Tamalanrea Kampus UNHAS Indonesia TEL:++ 62 - 0411 (584677) , 584675. Said to be for 3 to 4 persons.

Jakarta (Java): Rumah Sakit Angkatan Laut (Navy Hospital) in Jl. Bendungan Hilir No.17, Central Jakarta (see text in italian with some addresses - list of help) Kalimantan: The Borneo Divers have the only professional recompression chamber located on Sipadan island (Borneo - Malaysia)

Surabaya (Java): Rumah Sakit Angkatan Laut (RSAL) (Military Marine hospital) Jl. Gadung no. 1, Surabaya: Phone 031-45750 and 41731 (another number given was 031-838153 and fax 031- 837511) Run by Dr Suharsono Available SAR (search and rescue) contact information:

  • SAR Bali : ph 0361 - 751111 Radio : 13545.0
  • SAR Lombok : Ph 0370 - 633253 Radio : 13545.0
  • SAR Makassar : Ph 0411 - 554111 Radio : 13545.0
  • SAR Manado : Ph 0431 - 825986
  • SAR Kupang : Ph 0380 - 831111
  • SAR Ambon : Ph 0911 - 351111
  • SAR Sorong : Ph 0951 - 323816

Available SAR (search and rescue) contact information:
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