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Calico Jack

CALICO JACK; THE PIRATE THAT WON’T ROB YOUR WALLET.

Our pretty 2014 liveaboard was specially built for scuba tourism. The dimensions of this recreational wooden vessel are 30 by 7 meters. We organise friendly priced and short escapes for 10 participants maximum. Having fun while upholding safety measures is our raison d’être. We want everybody to have a great time, regardless of diving experience. Possible itineraries include Alor, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Moluccas and the Forgotten Islands. The length of the trip varies from 6 to 12 days. Treasures can still be found in the Indonesian archipelago.

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Included: VAT, Accommodation, Complimentary toiletries, Transfers/pickups from airport, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals, Towels Provided

Excluded: Entry fee in National park and local diving taxes (Raja Ampat: €180euro, Komodo €140euro, Exploration cruises: €200euro / cash onboard), Rental dive equipment, Alcohol, Crew tips, Anything else not under “inclusions”

ACCOMMODATION

Calico Jack lodges his guests in 5 cabins. 2 double bed cabins, 2 double or single cabins (the double beds can be separated into 2 single beds) and 1 twin cabin. All have an en-suite bathroom and individual aircon, daily housekeeping, including towels and toiletries is part of the service.

COMFORT

The cool and pleasant lounge area is furnished with comfy sofas, charging points, audio and video entertainment, computer, library etc. The partly shaded sundeck has lounge chairs, bean bags and hammocks to relax. Our international crew of ocean devotees and other pirates consists of 14 friendly and highly trained members. They consider their main task to ensure the happiness and wellbeing of all guests.

CATERING

Delicious and healthy food is served 3 times a day as a buffet. Enjoy your meal in the lounge or in the outside dining area. Beach barbeques are optional. In-between snacks and drinks are offered to you after every dive. If you have special dietary requests of an allergic or religious kind, let us know at the time of booking. A wide range of beverages can be ordered from the bar.

DIVING

The dazzling beauty of the Indonesian sea life is something everybody should experience. It will be your playground for only a short time but will leaf a lifelong impression. So, gear up on our dive deck with rinse tanks and showers. A dive tender will bring you and a guide to the most terrific sites. You can join in for 3 dives per day, with alternate night dives We have a special camera and photography station with storage for underwater camera set-ups. A rental service for diving gear is available on board. As a bonus, our guests can make use of fishing tackle, snorkelling equipment for the shallow lagoons, surfboards, kayaks and wakeboards. Let’s have some fun!.

ITINERARIES

These are example itineraries to give you an indication of the liveaboard cruises. The final cruise might be different due to weather, sea conditions and/or guest experience. The final call is always with the boat manager and the captain of the liveaboard. This to ensure your safety as well as to give you a dive holiday never to forget.

Raja Ampat
  • Departure Port: Sorong
  • Return Port: Sorong
  • Length: 12 Days / 11 Nights (Approximately 32 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Advanced Open Water – 50 minimum logged dives required.

DAY 1 | Embarkation in Sorong

We will pick you up either at your hotel or Sorong airport and take you to the harbour where our crew will welcome you onboard Calico Jack. Following refreshments and a short tour of the ship, you will be briefed on safety, the diving operations, and life onboard. We will set sail at approximately 11 am (or when the last guest has boarded) and cruise through Sele Strait to reach the East of Misool, a navigation of approximately 12 hours. This will allow time for you to get acquainted with the ship, set up your dive gear & cameras and to meet and socialise with the other guests and friendly crew.

DAY 2-6 | Southern Raja Ampat/Misool (16-18 Dives)

Misool is located South of Raja Ampat and is famous for its steep rocks with vertical walls, a profusion of soft, colourful corals, sea fans draped brilliantly over the reefs and plenty of fish. The islands around East Misool are grouped by areas. These are the areas you can expect to visit (weather permitting) and the most popular dive sites we frequent:

1) Balbulol

(No Contest, Dangerous Kayak, Love Potion, Number 9, Pet Rock)
Schools of platax, snapper and bump head parrotfish can be found at these dive sites, including barracudas and jacks surrounding the pinnacles. You will spend the night in the hidden lagoon; a very special anchorage inside a narrow bay enclosed by towering rocks. We will take the dinghies to explore another lagoon located further into the rocks and as night falls, you will see and hear the magnificent Palm Cockatoos roosting along the rainforest edges.

2) Daram

(Candy Store, Warna Berwana, Andiamo)
Andiamo is a large, stunning reef with a submerged pinnacle covered in sea fans and surrounded by schools of fusiliers and batfish. Blacktip reef sharks and Napoleon wrasse can also be found here. Candy Store, named so as the first divers to explore this reef felt like kids in a candy store, is covered in huge sponges, beautiful soft corals and sea fans. In the valleys, schools of Fusiliers, butterfly fish and barracuda gather.

3) Warokaraket/Boo Island

(Shadow Reef, Jamur Boo, Yellit Kecil or Besar) + Night Dive
Shadow Reef, also known as Magic Mountain is one of the top rated diving sites in Raja Ampat. An offshore pinnacle with a long and narrow ridge, shoals of bannerfish, pyramid butterfly and yellow snappers can be seen cavorting on top of the ridge, persistently stalked by giant trevallies, orange-spotted jacks & longnose emperors. The ridge goes progressively down, with yellowtail barracudas patrolling the upper sector and white tip and grey reef sharks found nestled under the large coral tables. At the end of the peninsula is a cleaning station where oceanic manta rays come to be cleaned from parasites by wrasse and other reef fish.

Boo Rock or Jamur Boo is known for the “windows” or rounded openings on the end of the largest rock that completely pierce the reef from the surface down to five meters deep. Although the two rocks appear separate from the surface, they are in fact connected underwater by a magnificent reef draped in soft corals and brimming with fish. Reef sharks, parrotfish, surgeonfish, schooling batfish, fusiliers, snappers and moray eels are all found here, as well as a wide variety of nudibranchs, unicornfish, octopus and green turtles. Yellit Kecil’s (whilst sharing all of the attributes of its neighbouring sites) main characteristic is a large number of nembrotha nudibranchs that can be observed on the ridge.

4) Wayilbatan

(Dunia Kecil, Barracuda Rock, Four Kings, Wedding Cake) + Night Dive
The Wayilbatan area offers impressive dive sites with a remarkable range of marine diversity as well as topography. At Wedding Cake, schools of batfish, trevallies, barracuda and pygmy seahorses congregate. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to take in the scenic landscapes with some kayaking and paddle boarding amongst the most spectacular hidden lagoons in the region. Four Kings dive site is made up of four underwater pinnacles covered in soft coral and colourful tunicates. You can swim from one rock to the next, enjoying the soft corals, psychedelic colours and abundant fish life. Be sure to look out for turtles here.

5) Yilliet

(No Contest, Dangerous Kayak, Love Potion, Number 9, Pet Rock)
In the early morning, we will take a short navigation to dive the Fiabacet area where colourful soft corals and beautiful sea fans smother the reefs. A deep underwater ridge connects the islands of Boo in the East, to Kalig in the West. In certain areas, the ridge moves up shallower to form the most unforgettable dive sites of the park. These include Batu Kecil (also known as Tank Rock), Nudi Rock and Whale Rock. Here you will find one of the most extensive reef systems in all of Raja Ampat; offering an amazing range of marine diversity. You can expect to see abundant and healthy fish life, a galore of pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, colourful anemones and reef sharks.

6) Wagmab

(3 Rocks, Goa Farondi)
Located 20 km’s from Misool Island, this islet of Farondi is a favoured dive site in Raja Ampat due to its unique and distinctive landscape which consists of tunnels, caverns, boulders and colourful walls. The western face of Farondi Island has two large caves with a shallow reef and a dramatic cliff north of the headland. Here, a shallow garden of stony corals gradually becomes a sandy slope which is home to large gorgonian fans and barbiganti pygmy seahorses.

Goa Besar, situated south of Farondi, consists of superficial shelved gardens of yellow-coloured soft corals, wall tops blanketed with plate corals, leather corals, yellow and purple sea squirts, and rounded hollows filled with coral shrubberies, sponges and red ornamental ghost pipefish. Tunnels in the caves collide with green soft coral trees and sponges, and house night-time snapper and sweetlips. Late in the afternoon after your third dive, we will depart North and set sail for an overnight cruise to Penemu Island; a navigation of approximately 12 hours.

DAY 7 | Penemu (3 Dives)

Early in the morning, we will arrive at Penemu’s My Reef dive site where you will enjoy one of the largest populations of fish in the area. This site is very impressive, particularly when the current is strong. After breakfast, you will dive Melissa’s Garden; the most well-known site in the region, famous for its extensive and healthy hard coral reefs as well as Galaxy; a large reef with abundant marine life. In the afternoon after your third dive, you will take a short boat tour to Penemu and walk up to the famous viewpoint above Penemu’s star-shaped lagoons. Here, you will have time to kayak and paddleboard amongst the incredible karst limestone landscape before sunset and dinner onboard.

DAY 8 | Wofo (4 Dives)

We start the day with an early navigation to the Wofo Island area, the most northern point of our cruise. Here, in the morning you will dive at Wofo’s Black Forest, a stunning dive traversing the deep black fan landscape rising to a beautiful and pristine shallow reef. The second dive is at Wofo Tembok (a wall dive) and finally Teman Wofo. The evening will be passed on the beach experiencing one of Calico Jack’s famous beach BBQ parties, where the crew will entertain and socialise with you as you relax on our giant bean bags under a pagoda, explore the beach and meet the local hermit crabs.

DAY 9 | Gam (3 Dives)

An early morning’s navigation brings us to the stunning Mangrove Anchorage in the passage of Gam and Yangeffo. Here you will find some of the most stunning dive sites in West Waigeo: Citrus Ridge, Mayhem and Way Pretty Shallow. In the right conditions, you can expect some of the highest voltage diving in Raja Ampat, with currents bringing massive schools of barracudas, three species of Fusiliers, trevallies, batfish, bump head parrotfish, wobbegongs, as well as black and white tip reef sharks.

DAY 10 | Arborek (4 dives)

After waking within the mangroves, we will make the short journey to dive at Lalosi, a hard coral sea-mount with an extremely diverse range of sea life when the currents are strong. From here we dive at one of the most reliable Manta ray congregation spots in all of Raja Ampat, the famous cleaning station, Manta Sandy. It is easy to spend a whole day observing these majestic creatures as they somersault through the water, feeding on plankton and being cleaned by several species of wrasse and butterfly fish. In the afternoon we’ll make our way to Arborek in Dampier Strait, where you will visit the local village and see the traditional way of life for these island people, before enjoying a night dive at the Arborek Pier. In the shallows, the posts at Arborek Pier are covered in soft corals, with pipefish and cuttlefish dwelling deeper below. On the reef, giant clams nestle among soft corals, which also provide shelter for hermit crabs, flatworms and skeleton shrimp.

DAY 11 | Dampier Straight (2 Dive)

The final dive will be in the morning at Cape Kri where you will discover some of the largest concentrations of big fish in Raja Ampat. Large schools of trevallies, barracudas, bannerfish, sweetlips, tuna and snappers congregate on these sites.
Large grey reef sharks can also be seen. In the afternoon, we have time to relax on one of Kri’s stunning secluded beaches before sailing back to Sorong where you will arrive later in the evening.

DAY 12 | Disembarkation in Sorong

After breakfast and the last exchange of photos and memories, the crew and Calico Jack will say our fondest farewell’s and transport you either to your hotel or airport.

Marine Life:

At least 75 percent of all coral species can be found in Raja Ampat, divers can expect a range of topography from soft corals and sea fans, to hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, deep drop-offs, caves, black sand and white sand. Giant manta rays, sea turtles, sharks, cuttlefish, pipefish, various seahorse species and massive schools of reef fish are the norm, plus the delightful wobbegong sharks and epaulette sharks inhabit these waters too

Komodo
  • Departure Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Return Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Length: 6 Days / 5 Nights (Approximately 16 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Advanced Open Water – 50 minimum logged dives required.

Komodo national park is one of the greatest dive destinations, and one of the most diverse and rich marine environments in the world. These Small islands fringed with sandy beaches are home to the famous Komodo dragon that you may see patrolling the beach or be viewing you from a rock.

The coral reefs in the north of the park are rich with a colourful combination of hard and soft corals. Be delighted with the schools of anthias, wrasses, majestic angelfish, and also large predators –reef sharks, tunas, and giant trevallies.

Komodo offers a wide range of diving experience: high voltage current dives, gentle drift dives, walls dives along colourful drop-offs, monumental boulders, seamounts, pinnacles and sandy slopes. You can also see Manta rays, turtles, and sometimes even whale sharks.

DAY 1 | 2 Dives:

Following a short flight to Labuan Bajo (Flores), you will arrive at the airport where we will pick you up to take you to the harbour. Our crew will welcome you aboard Calico Jack. After refreshments and a short tour and explanation about the ship, your safety on board and the plan for the day, we set off in the direction of Sebayur where we will do a check dive near Sebayur Kecil. That night we will also enjoy the first-night dive of the trip close to the same island.

DAY 2 | 4 Dives:

The morning starts with a light breakfast followed by a first dive at a World Class Dive site named Batu Bolong (Hollow Rock) in the North of the Komodo strait. This dramatic underwater landscape is home to an incredible variety of fish and soft corals. Sharks, Giant Trevallies, Turtles, Barracudas and Napoleon Wrasses are often spotted here. Later in the day, we enjoy a colourful drift dive at Tatawa besar, a site famous for its orange soft corals. We then dive Tatawa kecil, a great site home numerous groupers, snappers and trevallies. We will do our last night dive for the day in the same area.

DAY 3 | 4 Dives:

Early in the morning, we dive the southern part of Batu Bolong one of the most amazing dive sites of Komodo archipelago that you will have the chance to fully discover. We will then enjoy a drift dive running through amazing canyons that lies 15 to 30 meter deep at Siaba Kecil. The canyons with spectacular caves are home to big pelagic fish, sharks, barracudas and schools of giant trevallies and sweet lips. Lots of turtles can also be seen here. Our third dive will be at Siaba Besar, a lovely Coral Garden and a magical underwater playground. Satellite reefs grow beautifully in this protected bay and a short swim over the sand will allow you to look at many different kinds of hard corals. This sheltered bay with a shallow reef is home to rare creatures such as dugongs, silver-tip sharks, ornate ghost pipefish, frogfish and octopus. We will end that great diving day with a night dive in the same location.

DAY 4 | 4 Dives:

Early morning we move North to Gilli Lawa where we have 3 great dives planned for you: Cauldron and the Golden Passage are 2 action packed drift dives in channels between two islands, and very good sites to experience Komodo’s famous currents. Here we will find an amazing variety of marine life and underwater topography. The currents are perfect for schools of giant trevallies, groupers, turtles, white tip sharks and sometimes Manta Rays. The 3rd dive for the day will be at Coral Garden, a nice relaxing dive amongst some of Komodos’ healthiest coral gardens and great for spotting turtles and critters. In the afternoon, we trek up to the famous Gilli Lawa viewpoint to enjoy the sunset over the magnificent landscape. Night dive offered in the area.

DAY 5 | 2 Dives:

In the morning we dive the world-class dive sites of Crystal and Castle rock: a profusion of marine life with over 1000 fish species and 300 different corals to explore on these sites, including various kind of sharks, hunting giant trevallies, clouds of Fusiliers, tunas, giant groupers and occasionally dolphins.
While enjoying lunch we navigate south onto Rinca Island to enjoy a “Dragon Walk” to see the last representative of the Jurassic Park on earth, the infamous Komodo Lizard. At sunset, we set sail again to the Flying fox island where every evening around 6 pm thousands of fruit bats return to the main island of Rinca. After watching their flight, we enjoy our last BBQ dinner.

DAY 6:

Early morning we make our way back to Labuan Bajo where we have time for breakfast, final farewells, exchange of photos and memories that will last a lifetime. Check out in the morning (before midday), transfer to the airport or hotel.

Marine Life:

Manta rays in large numbers, leaf Scorpionfish, Crocodile fish, Mandarin fish, Nudibranch, Frogfish, sea turtles, white or black tip sharks, huge trevallies, dugongs, Silver-tip sharks, ornate ghost Pipefish, octopus

Itineraries and dive sites choice in Komodo is highly dependent on tides and meteorological conditions. Many dives have to be performed at a particular moment of the tide and the South of Komodo may be difficult to access if the winds are too strong. The waters are also colder with a limited visibility so the guests may prefer to stay in the North. For these reasons the itinerary displayed here is not a fixed itinerary, but more an example of the multiple ways this cruise can be done.

Komodo - Gili
  • Departure Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Return Port: Gili Islands
  • Length: 9 Days / 8 Nights (Approximately 22 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Advanced Open Water – 50 minimum logged dives required.

The following itinerary includes visits to the most exciting diving spots along the route Komodo National Park to Gili/Lombok area with the goal of diving three or four times per day. Please note that any trip plan is subject to change based on the currents, waves and weather in the region. Strong currents, for example, may mean that the exact location and/or timing of the planned dives may have to be altered on safety grounds and to suit the local conditions. It is always possible to discuss and agree on an alternative itinerary following consultation with the Captain and guests.

Day 1:

Following a short flight to Labuan Bajo (Flores), we will be waiting at the airport to take you to the harbour where our crew will welcome you aboard Calico Jack. After refreshments and a short tour and explanation about the ship, your safety on board and the plan for the day, we set off in the direction of Sebaya where we will do a check dive near Sebayor Kecil. That night we will also enjoy the first-night dive of the trip close to the same island

Day 2:

The morning starts with a light breakfast followed by a first dive at a World
Class Dive site named Batu Bolong (Hollow Rock) in the North of the Komodo strait. This dramatic underwater landscape is home to an incredible variety of fish and soft corals. Sharks, Giant Trevallies, Turtles, Barracudas and Napoleon Wrasses are often spotted here. Later in the day, we will enjoy a colourful drift dive at Tatawa Besar, a site famous for its orange soft corals. We will then dive Tatawa Kecil, a great site home numerous groupers, snappers and trevallies. We will do our last night dive for the day in the same area.

Day 3:

We will start the day with an exciting visit to the Komodo Ranger Station where we will take a stroll with the famous Komodo dragons! During our exploration, we will also be on the lookout for deer, wild boars, tropical birds and giant lizards. We will then sail the heart of the Komodo Park and dive at Pink beach. The simple topography makes this site an ideal afternoon dive: a mini wall can be found in the middle of the reef, where clouds of glassfish swarm in the cracks and crevices. Unusual critters such as leaf Scorpionfish, Crocodile fish, Mandarin fish, Nudibranch and Frogfish also live here. For our second dive, we will head to Karang Makassar also known as Manta Point. It is the best site to see Manta rays in large numbers (up to 20 or 30 if you’re lucky). In this place, also perfect for drift diving, you may also meet sea turtles, White or Blacktip sharks, huge trevallies and even Bamboo sharks. In the evening we will do a night dive in the same area.

Day 4:

Early in the morning we will dive the southern part of Batu Bolong one of the most amazing dive sites of Komodo archipelago that you will have the chance to discover fully. We will then enjoy a drift dive running through amazing canyons that lies 15 to 30 meter deep at Siaba Kecil. The canyons with spectacular caves are home to big Pelagic fish, sharks, Barracudas and schools of giant trevallies and sweet lips. Lots of turtles can also be seen here. Our third dive will be at Siaba Besar, a lovely coral garden and magical underwater playground. Satellite reefs grow beautifully in this protected bay and a short swim over the sand will allow you to look at many different kinds of hard corals. This sheltered bay with a shallow reef is home to rare creatures such as dugongs, silver-tip sharks, ornate ghost Pipefish, Frogfish and Octopus. We will end that great diving day with a night dive in the same location

Day 5:

Early morning we move North to Gilli Lawa where we have 3 great dives planned for you. Cauldron and the Goldern Passage are 2 action packed drift dives in channels between Towo islands, and very good sites to experience Komodo’s Famous currents. Here we will find an amazing variety of marine life and underwater topography. The Currents are perfect for schools of giant trevallies, groupers, turtles white tip sharks and sometimes Manta rays. In the afternoon we dive at the Lighthouse, a lovely drift dive where schools of trevallies, barracudas and grey reef sharks and sometimes mantas rays can be spotted. The afternoon we trek up to the famous. Gilli Lawa viewpoint to enjoy the sunset over the magnificent landscape. Night dive offered in the area.

Day 6:

In the morning we dive the world-class dive sites of Crystal and Castle rock: a profusion of marine life. With over 1000 fish species and 300 different corals to explore on these sites, including various kind of sharks, hunting giant trevallies, clouds of Fusiliers, tunas, giant groupers and occasionally dolphins. The afternoon will be dedicated to relaxation on one of Gili Lawa’s stunning beaches where you’ll be able to set off for snorkelling, kayaking and paddle boarding explorations. We will spend a delightful evening under the stars enjoying one of Calico’s signature beach barbecue.

Day 7:

After an early morning departure we arrive at Gili Banta where we will dive in the largest passage between land masses in the Nusa Tenggara region. In this
place, also known as the Sape Strait, diverse coral species and pelagics thrive. We
will then travel to Sagean volcano to enjoy an afternoon dive at Space Invaders
followed by a short land visit to a boat building area where you will have a feel
of the traditional boat building trade in Indonesia. We will enjoy an overnight
navigation to the island of Moyo.

Day 8:

Anchoring for the day at Labuan Haji will give us the chance to conclude this diving extravaganza with two incredible dives amongst the walls and pinnacles of North East Moyo. In the afternoon we will trek to the local waterfalls to bathe in the cool, clear waters that flow from the peaks. We will end this perfect day with sunset drinks and a beach BBQ. We sail overnight to the Gili Islands.

Day 9:

After a Breakfast, the crew and Calico Jack will say their fond farewells and guests will have the choice to disembark on either one of the 3 Gilis (Trewangan, Air or Meno) or in Lombok (Teluk Nara harbour).

Marine Life:

Manta rays, dugongs, silver-tip sharks, ornate ghost Pipefish, Frogfish, Octopus, trevallies, barracudas

Ambon - Banda - Raja Ampat
  • Departure Port: Ambon
  • Return Port: Sorong
  • Length: 12 Days / 11 Nights (Approximately 33 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

The sample itinerary below highlights what you can expect on one of our cruises in the areas of Ambon, Banda and Misool (Raja Ampat). Please note that each cruise is unique and subject to change; navigation and dive sites may vary due to weather conditions, currents, waves and visibility. Exact routes for each cruise will be organised in accordance with the weather forecast for that region. Strong currents, for example, may mean that the exact location and/or timing of planned dives may be altered on safety grounds and to suit local conditions. It is always possible to discuss and agree on alternative itineraries following consultation with the Captain and other guests.

Day 1 – Embarkation in Ambon. Maluku (1 dive)

  • We will pick you up at Ambon airport and take you to the harbour where our crew will welcome you onboard Calico Jack. Following refreshments and a short tour of the ship, you will be briefed on safety, the diving operations, and life onboard. You will be served a delicious lunch and have time to get acquainted with the ship, set up your dive gear & cameras and to meet and socialise with the other guests and friendly crew. We will do a check dive in the area later in the afternoon. Early morning we will navigate to Nusa Laut.

Day 2 – Nusa Laut & Molana (3 dives)

  • Early morning, we arrive at the beautiful Amet Reef. Whilst situated only a few hours from Ambon, it is a great example of successful grassroots conservation efforts. The locals have instilled sustainable methods to protect their reef and as a result, the corals are outstanding and a favourite amongst dive enthusiasts. White tips and reef sharks patrol the depths and playful turtles can be spotted.
  • For the incredibly lucky, hammerhead sharks and dugongs have also been spotted at this site. After lunch, we will navigate to Molana Wall. The shallow wall breaks in places and in the sandy slopes, ribbon eels, small pipefish and moray eels can be found. Above the reef, turtles are seen feeding in the beautiful coral garden. In the afternoon, we will navigate towards Pulau Ai & PulauRun (Banda Islands).

Day 3 – Pulau Ai & Pulau Run Banda Islands(3 dives)

  • Early morning, we arrive in Pulau Ai. This dive site, on the island of Ai, translates to Umbrella Rock as there are many overhangs along the walls of the island. You will be able to drift along the wall and enjoy the view of thousands of tiny reef fish darting in and out of the cracks and crevices. For the second dive of the day, we’ll move onto Little Manhattan which is next to the island of Run. In 1667, the English traded the island of Run for Manhattan, giving the Dutch full control of the Banda archipelago.
  • White sandy slopes interspaced with large coral heads and a healthy reef makes this a very beautiful dive site. A resident school of bumphead parrotfish may be spotted here, as well as passing eagle rays. The third dive for the day will be an exploratory dive off Pulau Run. This region is full of unexplored dive sites and the Banda Sea is the perfect location for the discovery of new underwater treasures.

Day 4 – Banda Neira Tour & Banda Islands (3 dives)

  • Early morning, we will head to Banda Neira where you will have the chance to explore the remaining remnants of the former lucrative spice trade as well as take in the historic and cultural legacies of the islands.
  • You will spend the morning walking through the town and be given the chance to observe the Dutch colonial architecture which remains to this day, as well as Fort Belgica with its incredible views overlooking the bay around the island. Before lunch, you will dive at Batu Kapal, which when translated means ‘boat rock’. A submerged pinnacle, the site has a rock breaking the surface of the water in the shape of a boat, hence the name.
  • Various types of fish are present here in vast numbers, along with huge gorgonian fans and some truly monumental sponges. Your second dive will be at Pohon Miring. At this site, a large crack in the reef creates a deep swim-through which you can drift through and view the sponge-covered wall on the other side. Moray eels can be spotted at the top of the wall as well as schools of bumphead parrotfish. Late in the afternoon, you will have a sunset dive at Banda’s jetty. In the shallows and amongst the stones from collapsed seawalls and jetties, mandarin fish congregate. This particular spot is one of the best in the world to spot mandarin fish.

Day 5 – Banda Islands (3 dives)

  • Karang Hatta is a reef located South East of Pulau Hatta. The dive sites in this region are closest to the 6,000 meters deep Banda trench, making it an intriguing area as the chances of encountering pig pelagic species are quite high. Schooling trevallies, barracudas, tuna, turtles, as well as hammerhead and grey reef sharks can be spotted close to this underwater mount. You will have two dives in this area, dependent upon the conditions, and then sail to the main island of Pulau Hatta were you will dive in front of the West shore beach where a 5-metre hole in the reef opens up to the sea. You can dive down into the hole and find yourself looking back to what appears to be a bridge in the reef. The bridge is covered with soft corals, and large gorgonian fans underneath are home to various pigmy seahorses Overnight navigation to Pulau Koon.

Day 6 – Pulau Koon. Ceram (3 dives)

  • Pulau Koon is a small island in the southeast of Ceram, half way between Raja Ampat and the Banda Islands. Underwater there are walls covered in soft corals and sandy slopes with hard coral bommies. But the most interesting feature of this island is the amount of schooling fish and pelagic, barracudas, bigeye trevallies, aggregation of red snappers, pompanos, batfish, and giant groupers.3 great dives in this area before setting sailing towards Misool Raja Ampat.

Day 7 – 11 – Southern Raja Ampat/Misool (16 – 18 dives)

Misool is located South of Raja Ampat and is famous for its steep rocks with vertical walls, a profusion of soft, colourful corals, sea fans draped brilliantly over the reefs and plenty of fish.
The islands around East Misool are grouped by areas. These are the areas you can expect to visit (weather permitting) and the most popular dive sites we frequent:

Day 8 – Wayilbatan (Dunia Kecil, Barracuda Rock, Four Kings, Wedding Cake) + Night Dive

  • The Wayilbatan area offers impressive dive sites with a remarkable range of marine diversity as well as topography. At Wedding Cake, schools of batfish, trevallies, barracuda and pygmy seahorses congregate. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to take in the scenic landscapes with some kayaking and paddle boarding amongst the most spectacular hidden lagoons in the region. Four Kings dive site is made up of four underwater pinnacles covered in soft coral and colourful tunicates. You can swim from one rock to the next, enjoying the soft corals, psychedelic colours and abundant fish life. Be sure to look out for turtles here.

Day 9 – Warokaraket/Boo Island – (Shadow Reef, Jamur Boo, Yellit Kecil or Besar) + Night Dive

  • Shadow Reef, also known as Magic Mountain is one of the top rated diving sites in Raja Ampat.
  • An offshore pinnacle with a long and narrow ridge, shoals of bannerfish, pyramid butterfly and yellow snappers can be seen cavorting on top of the ridge, persistently stalked by giant trevallies, orange-spotted jacks & longnose emperors.
  • The ridge goes progressively down, with yellowtail barracudas patrolling the upper sector and white tip and grey reef sharks found nestled under the large coral tables. At the end of the peninsula is a cleaning station where oceanic manta rays come to be cleaned from parasites by wrasse and other reef fish.
  • Boo Rock or Jamur Boo is known for the “windows” or rounded openings on the end of the largest rock that completely pierce the reef from the surface down to five meters deep. Although the two rocks appear separate from the surface, they are in fact connected underwater by a magnificent reef draped in soft corals and brimming with fish. Reef sharks, parrotfish, surgeonfish, schooling batfish, fusiliers, snappers and moray eels are all found here, as well as a wide variety of nudibranchs, unicornfish, octopus and green turtles.
  • Yellit Kecil’s (whilst sharing all of the attributes of its neighbouring sites) main characteristic is a large number of nembrotha nudibranchs that can be observed on the ridge.

Day 10 – Yilliet – (Whale Rock, Nudi Rock and Tank Rock)

  • In the early morning, we will take a short navigation to dive the Fiabacet area where colourful soft corals and beautiful sea fans smother the reefs. A deep underwater ridge connects the islands of Boo in the East, to Kalig in the West. In certain areas, the ridge moves up shallower to form the most unforgettable dive sites of the park.
  • These include Batu Kecil (also known as Tank Rock), Nudi Rock and Whale Rock. Here you will find one of the most extensive reef systems in all of Raja Ampat; offering an amazing range of marine diversity. You can expect to see abundant and healthy fish life, a galore of pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, colourful anemones and reef sharks.

Day 11 – Daram – (Candy Store, Warna Berwana, Andiamo)

  • Andiamo is a large, stunning reef with a submerged pinnacle covered in sea fans and surrounded by schools of fusiliers and batfish. Blacktip reef sharks and Napoleon wrasse can also be found here.
  • Candy Store, named so as the first divers to explore this reef felt like kids in a candy store, is covered in huge sponges, beautiful soft corals and sea fans. In the valleys, schools of Fusiliers, butterfly fish and barracuda gather.

Day 12 – Balbulol – (No Contest, Love Potion, Number 9, Pet Rock)

  • Schools of platax, snapper and bump head parrotfish can be found at these dive sites, including barracudas and jacks surrounding the pinnacles. You will spend the afternoon in the hidden lagoon; a very special anchorage inside a narrow bay enclosed by towering rocks. We will take the dinghies to explore another lagoon located further into the rocks and as night falls, you will see and hear the magnificent Palm Cockatoos roosting along the rainforest edges.
  • Late in the afternoon, we will depart North and set sail for an overnight cruise back to Sorong; a navigation of approximately 12 hours.

Day 13 – Disembarkation in Sorong

  • After breakfast and the last exchange of photos and memories, the crew and Calico Jack will say our fondest farewell’s and transport you either to your hotel or airport.

Marine Life:

Snapper, bumphead, blunthead parrotfish, turtles, sharks, moray eels, dog-toothed tuna, fusiliers, jacks, Hammerhead, thresher and silvertip sharks, mobula rays, whales, dolphins and much more.

  • Year built: 2014
  • Length: 30 meters
  • Beam: 7 meters
  • Top speed: 12 knots
  • Cruising speed: 8 knots
  • Engines: 2 x 220 Hp Mitsubishi diesel
  • Max guests: 10
  • Number of cabins: 5
  • Number of bathrooms: 5
  • Tenders: 5.5m Rib Centre console 85HP + 4.8m Wooden 40HP Yamaha
  • Water capacity: 5000 litres
  • Fuel capacity: 8000 litres
  • Freshwater maker: 5000 litres per day
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
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