Aurora

AURORA LIVEABOARD INDONESIA; GREAT YACHT, GREAT CREW, GREAT DIVING.

In 2010 Aurora liveaboard majestic 40-meter vessel started scuba diving cruises to Indonesia’s most remote and idyllic locations.

Aurora Liveaboard is a spacious, double masted, teak motor-sail yacht. The traditional phinisi schooner style was built in Sulawesi and designed for a discerning international dive clientele.

Guests will experience modern comfort combined with traditional allure. Seven till 14-day trips are scheduled year-round to the best diving sites around the Indonesian Archipelago

Accommodation

Aurora Liveaboard Indonesia has eight comfortable cabins for a maximum of 16 guests. Every nine sqm cabin has an en suite bathroom with hot water showers, individually controlled air-conditioned, and portholes.

Some cabins offer twin accommodation, and other cabins have a king-size bed. Some also have an extra single bed for a possible third occupant.

Twin Cabin

Twin Cabin

Room size: 9 m²
Max. occupancy: 2
Beds:
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:
Double Cabin

Double Cabin

Room size: 9 m²
Max. occupancy: 2
Beds: King + Single
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:

Comfort

Aurora Liveaboard Indonesia offers a professional level of service, and assistance might well be the highest to be found. Our dive crew includes a marine biologist and an underwater photo and video-expert next to our team of deckhands, engineers, stewards, chefs, and dive guides.

English is our lingua franca. The overall ambiance on Aurora liveaboard is one of great warmth and luxury. The indoor lounge has a vast central table for festive dining and gathering.

The stern of the ship is a covered seating area with tables for al fresco dining and relaxation. The top deck is furnished with cushioned loungers, ideal for sun lovers and stargazers. The ship also features a boutique and a laundry service.

Catering

Experience the delicious Asian cuisine or enjoy western gourmet food on Aurora liveaboard cruises in Indonesia. We serve our meals three times a day as delightful buffets. Our chefs will satisfy everyone’s taste and surprise you with delicious entremets.

Fresh vegetables and fruits are part of every day’s menu. If you have special alimentary requests, please inform us at the time of your booking. We can serve vegetarian, halal, and gluten-free menus.

Diving

On MSY Aurora Liveaboard, you gear up on our dive deck with rinse tanks, showers, and drying facilities. One of our three dive tenders will bring you and your dive guide to the most pristine dive sites.

We have something to offer on your Indonesian Liveaboard vacation for every scuba diver, from Muck diving in the Banda Sea to beautiful coral reefs and cleaning stations for manta rays in Raja Ampat.

The Indonesian seas contain so much natural beauty that you won’t believe your eyes and can’t stop clicking your camera. If you want to enjoy a longer bottom time, nitrox is available. We provide courses if you are not a certified enriched air diver. We manage a rental service for all your diving gear.

When you need some time on land Dune Aurora also offers land excursions on some cruises such as Komodo national park, where you can encounter the Komodo dragon from up close.

SPECIFICATIONS

Year built: 2007

Year Renovated: 2010

Length: 42 m

Beam: 9 m

Top speed: 8 knots

Cruising speed: 6-7 knots

Engines: Nissan 420 HP marinized

Max guests: 16

Number of cabins: 8

Number of bathrooms: 9

Tenders: 3 x RIB 465m – Yamaha 40hp

Water capacity: 12000 liters

Fuel capacity: 12000 liters

Freshwater maker: 6000 liters/day

NAVIGATION, COMMUNICATION, AND SAFETY FEATURES

 Radar

 GPS

 Radio VHF/DSC/SSB

 Life Jackets

 Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers

 Oxygen

 First Aid Kits

 Depth Sounder

 Satellite & mobile phones

 E.P.I.R.B. Distress System

 Emergency flares

 Crew trained in first aid

Dive in the crystal clear waters in Indonesia from Luxury Liveaboard MSY Aurora. Itineraries include the coral triangle and Komodo.

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12 Oct 2021
Forgotten Island - Banda Sea (Saumlaki-Ambon)
Arrival: 12 Oct 2021
Departure: 23 Oct 2021
Days/nights: 10 Days / 9 Nights
Forgotten Island - Banda Sea (Saumlaki-Ambon)

Itinerary Extras: National Park Fees and Contributions to villages: US$ 155 Fuel surcharge and port fees per pax: US$ 200.

Day 1 – Saumlaki
Our team will pick you up at the airport for immediate boarding. Depending on the arrival time, we will have a check dive in the area.

Day 2 – Sermata
Sermata offers coral reefs with deep laying coral walls, which are amazing to explore.

Day 3 – Nyata
Crystal clear waters and reefs on different levels, like in a theatre, with hard and soft coral gardens. Keep your eyes open: pelagic encounters are to be expected!

Day 4 – Damar
Terbang Utara / Terbang Selatan, two small islands located south of Damar. Usually, we can expect easy but very fast drifts along marvelous coral drop-offs.
Nuss Leur: several pinnacles with all the colorful life of coral reefs.

Day 5 – Serua, Nil Desperandum, Nila
Nil Desperandum (‘no despair’) takes its name from a ship stranded on the reef. This atoll is sometimes called ‘the forgotten islands.’ You may be lucky enough to come across an excellent school of hammerhead sharks.

Day 6 – Manuk, Snake Island
Manuk, the ‘Snake Island,’ a volcanic island with lower interest on land. It takes its nickname from the large number of sea snakes found there. You will surely see a lot! The drop-offs here are impressive, and sharks, mackerels, tunas, and barracudas are often observed.

Day 7 – Banda Neira
On the fifth day, you will arrive at Banda Neira, famous for its nutmeg plantation. You will also have the chance to visit the Maritime Museum and the historic forts the island holds. Of course, this location also offers beautiful dive spots, including Lava Flow: after a volcano eruption in 1988, the existing coral got destroyed, but after ten years, new coral regrows and created this now beautiful dive spot.
This dive spot is also home to the Mandarin Fish, a very colorful fish that exclusively lives around Banda Neira. Every single night they come out to perform their mating ritual.

Day 8 – Manuk, Snake Island
Manuk, the ‘Snake Island,’ a volcanic island with lower interest on land. It takes its nickname from a large number of sea snakes found there. You will surely see a lot! The drop-offs here are incredible, and sharks, mackerels, tunas, and barracudas are often observed.

Day 9 – Pulau Suanggi
You will now arrive at the northern end of the Banda Sea’s outer reefs: Pulau Suanggi. The waters here are full of fish, reef sharks, and tuna. As a small bonus for bird lovers, many species can be observed around the island: brown boobies, red-footed boobies, and frigate birds.
Pulau hatta / Karang hatta: We will dive both sloping reefs and vertical walls. The current attracts many fish: fusiliers, dogtooth tuna, eagle rays, barracuda, and sometimes sharks. On the reef: soft corals, leather corals, big eye trevallies, and turtles.

Day 10 – Nusa Laut & Molana
South of Seram, fantastic diving experiences on the reefs of Molana and Nusa Laut. These rather picturesque islands of Maluku are popular dive destinations due to their diversity in reef fish species, ghost pipefish, frogfish, and various well-preserved hard corals.
Flash News: we have seen sperm whales in the area on previous trips, so keep your eyes wide open.

Day 11 – Ambon
We will dive around Laha or Tulehu Bay: the area known for its fabulous muck dives, probably among the best in the world for macro diving: only the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia can compete.

Day 12 – Ambon
And on the last day, after an excellent breakfast on board, our Aurora crew will organize, according to your flight schedules, your transfer to the airport of Ambon.
Unfortunately, our trip will come to an end, and we have to say goodbye, but we hope to see you again on board.

Please note that the itineraries are examples only; we reserve the right to change the itinerary or specific agreed services if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require us to do so.

The last dive will be on the penultimate day of the trip at around 4 pm. Divers are recommended to wait for 24hours before flying after the last dive.

20 Nov 2021
Raja Ampat
Arrival: 20 Nov 2021
Departure: 01 Dec 2021
Days/nights: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Raja Ampat

Day 1: SORONG

Aurora Crew will pick you up from Sorong airport and take you to the ferry port, ready for the ferry over to Wasai, where the boat will be waiting. It is essential to ensure that all domestic flights arrive early in the morning at Sorong, to be able to transfer guests from Sorong to Waisai by ferry for the cruise’s departure. For your information, there are only two ferries daily from Sorong to Wasai:9.00am and 2:00 PM; So we highly recommend booking flights with arrival into Sorong early in the morning, so in the case of a delay on arrival, there is still the opportunity to catch the 2:00 pm ferry.

Day 2: FARONDI

We will wake up in Misool National Park, a region with thousands of islands. Here you will see the richest variations of fish, soft and hard corals, all kinds of macro, wobbegong sharks, and epaulet sharks. Misool is also one of the rare places with the most breath keeping landscape. Around Farondi, we will do our three-day dives and, of course, our first night dive.

Days 3 – 7 Day: MISOOL NATIONAL PARK

So many Islands to visit and so many different dive spots. We will cruise around JILLIET, FIABAJET, WALIB, WAJIL, JEF PELE, MESENTA, BOO, etc. Aurora Crew will assure you as many dives as possible to fully enjoy this wonderful and beautiful area. We will offer you a day excursion with the speedboat around the incredible island labyrinth of Misool. We will visit caves, have a delicious pick-nick, and snorkel inside some stunning caves. Whoever, if some guests decide to remain on board, Aurora 3 day dives will be on schedule.

Day 8: FARONDI

We will cruise back to Farondi to dive into different and fantastic places, or we can decide to cruise further up north until WAIGEO, SEL PELE, where we can have the chance to visit a pearl farm.

Day 9: JEF FAM

Diving around the Island of Jef Fam will surprise you with huge Hard Tables, Corals, and Clams Shells, not to mention wobbegong sharks and the breathtaking landscape.

Day 10: MANSUAR

Around the Island of Mansuar, we will have the chance to see manta rays and much more!

Day 11: KRI

On our way back to Sorong Harbor, we will make our last two dives in front of Kri Island. We end our diving cruise with superlatives!

Day 12: SORONG

Aurora will organize the boat transfer to Sorong airport, depending on our guests’ flight schedules.

Please Note: This is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors.

Marine Life: A striking characteristic in the Raja Ampat biology is the tight relationship between different ecosystems. The tropical rainforest conquers the sea by pushing itself out through a complex system of small islands. Looking towards the top from the reef’s border, you can see the forest’s dark green in a symbolic sight.

 

In absolute, Raja Ampat is the diving site with the highest biodiversity, regarding both the amount of species of fish and invertebrates. An incredible amount of fish crowds the areas near the hard corals. The diversity of the settings is simply spectacular, all due to the geography of the site.

Ort for immediate boarding. Depending on the arrival time, we will have a check dive in the area.

Day 2 – Sermata
Sermata offers coral reefs with deep laying coral walls, which are amazing to explore.

Day 3 – Nyata
Crystal clear waters and reefs on different levels, like in a theatre, with hard and soft coral gardens. Keep your eyes open: pelagic encounters are to be expected!

Day 4 – Damar
Terbang Utara / Terbang Selatan, two small islands located south of Damar. Usually, we can expect easy but very fast drifts along marvelous coral drop-offs.
Nuss Leur: several pinnacles with all the colorful life of coral reefs.

Day 5 – Serua, Nil Desperandum, Nila
Nil Desperandum (‘no despair’) takes its name from a ship stranded on the reef. This atoll is sometimes called ‘the forgotten islands.’ You may be lucky enough to come across an excellent school of hammerhead sharks.

Day 6 – Manuk, Snake Island
Manuk, the ‘Snake Island,’ a volcanic island with lower interest on land. It takes its nickname from the large number of sea snakes found there. You will surely see a lot! The drop-offs here are impressive, and sharks, mackerels, tunas, and barracudas are often observed.

Day 7 – Banda Neira
On the fifth day, you will arrive at Banda Neira, famous for its nutmeg plantation. You will also have the chance to visit the Maritime Museum and the historic forts the island holds. Of course, this location also offers beautiful dive spots, including Lava Flow: after a volcano eruption in 1988, the existing coral got destroyed, but after ten years, new coral regrows and created this now beautiful dive spot.
This dive spot is also home to the Mandarin Fish, a very colorful fish that exclusively lives around Banda Neira. Every single night they come out to perform their mating ritual.

Day 8 – Manuk, Snake Island
Manuk, the ‘Snake Island,’ a volcanic island with lower interest on land. It takes its nickname from a large number of sea snakes found there. You will surely see a lot! The drop-offs here are incredible, and sharks, mackerels, tunas, and barracudas are often observed.

Day 9 – Pulau Suanggi
You will now arrive at the northern end of the Banda Sea’s outer reefs: Pulau Suanggi. The waters here are full of fish, reef sharks, and tuna. As a small bonus for bird lovers, many species can be observed around the island: brown boobies, red-footed boobies, and frigate birds.
Pulau hatta / Karang hatta: We will dive both sloping reefs and vertical walls. The current attracts many fish: fusiliers, dogtooth tuna, eagle rays, barracuda, and sometimes sharks. On the reef: soft corals, leather corals, big eye trevallies, and turtles.

Day 10 – Nusa Laut & Molana
South of Seram, fantastic diving experiences on the reefs of Molana and Nusa Laut. These rather picturesque islands of Maluku are popular dive destinations due to their diversity in reef fish species, ghost pipefish, frogfish, and various well-preserved hard corals.
Flash News: we have seen sperm whales in the area on previous trips, so keep your eyes wide open.

Day 11 – Ambon
We will dive around Laha or Tulehu Bay: the area known for its fabulous muck dives, probably among the best in the world for macro diving: only the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia can compete.

Day 12 – Ambon
And on the last day, after an excellent breakfast on board, our Aurora crew will organize, according to your flight schedules, your transfer to the airport of Ambon.
Unfortunately, our trip will come to an end, and we have to say goodbye, but we hope to see you again on board.

Please note that the itineraries are examples only; we reserve the right to change the itinerary or specific agreed services if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require us to do so.

The last dive will be on the penultimate day of the trip at around 4 pm. Divers are recommended to wait for 24hours before flying after the last dive.

30 Jan 2022
Raja Ampat
$ 3204 10% discount
Arrival: 30 Jan 2022
Departure: 07 Feb 2022
Days/nights: 9 Days / 8 Nights
Raja Ampat

Day 1: SORONG

Aurora Crew will pick you up from Sorong airport and take you to the ferry port, ready for the ferry over to Wasai, where the boat will be waiting. It is essential to ensure that all domestic flights arrive early in the morning at Sorong, to be able to transfer guests from Sorong to Waisai by ferry for the cruise’s departure. For your information, there are only two ferries daily from Sorong to Wasai:9.00am and 2:00 PM; So we highly recommend booking flights with arrival into Sorong early in the morning, so in the case of a delay on arrival, there is still the opportunity to catch the 2:00 pm ferry.

Day 2: FARONDI

We will wake up in Misool National Park, a region with thousands of islands. Here you will see the richest variations of fish, soft and hard corals, all kinds of macro, wobbegong sharks, and epaulet sharks. Misool is also one of the rare places with the most breath keeping landscape. Around Farondi, we will do our three-day dives and, of course, our first night dive.

Days 3 & 4: MISOOL NATIONAL PARK

So many Islands to visit and so many different dives spots. We will cruise around JILLIET, FIABAJET, WALIB, WAJIL, JEF PELE, MESENTA, BOO, etc. Aurora Crew will assure you as many dives as possible to fully enjoy this wonderful and beautiful area. We will offer you a day excursion with the speedboat around the incredible island labyrinth of Misool. We will visit caves, have a delicious pick-nick, and snorkel inside some incredible caves. Whoever if some guests decide to remain on board, Aurora 3 day dives will be on schedule.

Day 5: FARONDI

We will cruise back to Farondi to dive into different and fantastic places, or we can decide to cruise further up north until WAIGEO, SEL PELE, where we can have the chance to visit a pearl farm.

Day 6: JEF FAM

Diving around the Island of Jef Fam will surprise you with huge Hard Tables, Corals, and Clams Shells, not to mention wobbegong sharks and the breathtaking landscape.

Day 7: MANSUAR

Around the Island of Mansuar, we will have the chance to see manta rays and much more!

Day 8: KRI

On our way back to Sorong Harbor, we will make our last two dives in front of Kri Island. We end our diving cruise with superlatives!

Day 9: SORONG

Aurora will organize the boat transfer to Sorong airport, depending on our guests’ flight schedules.

Please Note: This is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors.

Marine Life: A striking characteristic in the Raja Ampat biology is the tight relationship between different ecosystems. The tropical rainforest conquers the sea by pushing itself out through a complex system of small islands. Looking towards the top from the reef’s border, you can see the forest’s dark green in a symbolic sight.

 

In absolute, Raja Ampat is the diving site with the highest biodiversity regarding both the number of fish species and invertebrates. An incredible amount of fish crowds the areas near the hard corals. The diversity of the settings is simply spectacular, all due to the geography of the site.

Ort for immediate boarding. Depending on the arrival time, we will have a check dive in the area.

Day 2 – Sermata
Sermata offers coral reefs with deep laying coral walls, which are amazing to explore.

Day 3 – Nyata
Crystal clear waters and reefs on different levels, like in a theatre, with hard and soft coral gardens. Keep your eyes open: pelagic encounters are to be expected!

Day 4 – Damar
Terbang Utara / Terbang Selatan, two small islands located south of Damar. Usually, we can expect easy but very fast drifts along marvelous coral drop-offs.
Nuss Leur: several pinnacles with all the colorful life of coral reefs.

Day 5 – Serua, Nil Desperandum, Nila
Nil Desperandum (‘no despair’) takes its name from a ship stranded on the reef. This atoll is sometimes called ‘the forgotten islands.’ You may be lucky enough to come across an excellent school of hammerhead sharks.

Day 6 – Manuk, Snake Island
Manuk, the ‘Snake Island,’ a volcanic island with lower interest on land. It takes its nickname from the large number of sea snakes found there. You will surely see a lot! The drop-offs here are impressive, and sharks, mackerels, tunas, and barracudas are often observed.

Day 7 – Banda Neira
On the fifth day, you will arrive at Banda Neira, famous for its nutmeg plantation. You will also have the chance to visit the Maritime Museum and the historic forts the island holds. Of course, this location also offers beautiful dive spots, including Lava Flow: after a volcano eruption in 1988, the existing coral got destroyed, but after ten years, new coral regrows and created this now beautiful dive spot.
This dive spot is also home to the Mandarin Fish, a very colorful fish that exclusively lives around Banda Neira. Every single night they come out to perform their mating ritual.

Day 8 – Manuk, Snake Island
Manuk, the ‘Snake Island,’ a volcanic island with lower interest on land. It takes its nickname from a large number of sea snakes found there. You will surely see a lot! The drop-offs here are incredible, and sharks, mackerels, tunas, and barracudas are often observed.

Day 9 – Pulau Suanggi
You will now arrive at the northern end of the Banda Sea’s outer reefs: Pulau Suanggi. The waters here are full of fish, reef sharks, and tuna. As a small bonus for bird lovers, many species can be observed around the island: brown boobies, red-footed boobies, and frigate birds.
Pulau hatta / Karang hatta: We will dive both sloping reefs and vertical walls. The current attracts many fish: fusiliers, dogtooth tuna, eagle rays, barracuda, and sometimes sharks. On the reef: soft corals, leather corals, big eye trevallies, and turtles.

Day 10 – Nusa Laut & Molana
South of Seram, fantastic diving experiences on the reefs of Molana and Nusa Laut. These rather picturesque islands of Maluku are popular dive destinations due to their diversity in reef fish species, ghost pipefish, frogfish, and various well-preserved hard corals.
Flash News: we have seen sperm whales in the area on previous trips, so keep your eyes wide open.

Day 11 – Ambon
We will dive around Laha or Tulehu Bay: the area known for its fabulous muck dives, probably among the best in the world for macro diving: only the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia can compete.

Day 12 – Ambon
And on the last day, after an excellent breakfast on board, our Aurora crew will organize, according to your flight schedules, your transfer to the airport of Ambon.
Unfortunately, our trip will come to an end, and we have to say goodbye, but we hope to see you again on board.

Please note that the itineraries are examples only; we reserve the right to change the itinerary or specific agreed services if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require us to do so.

The last dive will be on the penultimate day of the trip at around 4 pm. Divers are recommended to wait for 24hours before flying after the last dive.

10 Mar 2022
Raja Ampat
$ 3605 10% discount
Arrival: 10 Mar 2022
Departure: 19 Mar 2022
Days/nights: 9 Days / 8 Nights
Raja Ampat

Day 1: SORONG

Aurora Crew will pick you up from Sorong airport and take you to the ferry port, ready for the ferry over to Wasai, where the boat will be waiting. It is essential to ensure that all domestic flights arrive early in the morning at Sorong, to be able to transfer guests from Sorong to Waisai by ferry for the cruise’s departure. For your information, there are only two ferries daily from Sorong to Wasai:9.00am and 2:00 PM; So we highly recommend booking flights with arrival into Sorong early in the morning, so in the case of a delay on arrival, there is still the opportunity to catch the 2:00 pm ferry.

Day 2: FARONDI

We will wake up in Misool National Park, a region with thousands of islands. Here you will see the richest variations of fish, soft and hard corals, all kinds of macro, wobbegong sharks, and epaulet sharks. Misool is also one of the rare places with the most breath keeping landscape. Around Farondi, we will do our three-day dives and, of course, our first night dive.

Days 3 – 5: MISOOL NATIONAL PARK

So many Islands to visit and so many different dives spots. We will cruise around JILLIET, FIABAJET, WALIB, WAJIL, JEF PELE, MESENTA, BOO, etc. Aurora Crew will assure you as many dives as possible to fully enjoy this wonderful and beautiful area. We will offer you a day excursion with the speedboat around the incredible island labyrinth of Misool. We will visit caves, have a delicious pick-nick, and snorkel inside some incredible caves. Whoever if some guests decide to remain on board, Aurora 3 day dives will be on schedule.

Day 5: FARONDI

We will cruise back to Farondi to dive into different and fantastic places, or we can decide to cruise further up north until WAIGEO, SEL PELE, where we can have the chance to visit a pearl farm.

Day 7: JEF FAM

Diving around the Island of Jef Fam will surprise you with huge Hard Tables, Corals, and Clams Shells, not to mention wobbegong sharks and the breathtaking landscape.

Day 8: MANSUAR

Around the Island of Mansuar, we will have the chance to see manta rays and much more!

Day 9: KRI

On our way back to Sorong Harbor, we will make our last two dives in front of Kri Island. We end our diving cruise with superlatives!

Day 10: SORONG

Aurora will organize the boat transfer to Sorong airport, depending on our guests’ flight schedules.

Please Note: This is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors.

Marine Life: A striking characteristic in the Raja Ampat biology is the tight relationship between different ecosystems. The tropical rainforest conquers the sea by pushing itself out through a complex system of small islands. Looking towards the top from the reef’s border, you can see the forest’s dark green in a symbolic sight.

 

In absolute, Raja Ampat is the diving site with the highest biodiversity regarding both the number of fish species and invertebrates. An incredible amount of fish crowds the areas near the hard corals. The diversity of the settings is simply spectacular, all due to the geography of the site.

Ort for immediate boarding. Depending on the arrival time, we will have a check dive in the area.

Day 2 – Sermata
Sermata offers coral reefs with deep laying coral walls, which are amazing to explore.

Day 3 – Nyata
Crystal clear waters and reefs on different levels, like in a theatre, with hard and soft coral gardens. Keep your eyes open: pelagic encounters are to be expected!

Day 4 – Damar
Terbang Utara / Terbang Selatan, two small islands located south of Damar. Usually, we can expect easy but very fast drifts along marvelous coral drop-offs.
Nuss Leur: several pinnacles with all the colorful life of coral reefs.

Day 5 – Serua, Nil Desperandum, Nila
Nil Desperandum (‘no despair’) takes its name from a ship stranded on the reef. This atoll is sometimes called ‘the forgotten islands.’ You may be lucky enough to come across an excellent school of hammerhead sharks.

Day 6 – Manuk, Snake Island
Manuk, the ‘Snake Island,’ a volcanic island with lower interest on land. It takes its nickname from the large number of sea snakes found there. You will surely see a lot! The drop-offs here are impressive, and sharks, mackerels, tunas, and barracudas are often observed.

Day 7 – Banda Neira
On the fifth day, you will arrive at Banda Neira, famous for its nutmeg plantation. You will also have the chance to visit the Maritime Museum and the historic forts the island holds. Of course, this location also offers beautiful dive spots, including Lava Flow: after a volcano eruption in 1988, the existing coral got destroyed, but after ten years, new coral regrows and created this now beautiful dive spot.
This dive spot is also home to the Mandarin Fish, a very colorful fish that exclusively lives around Banda Neira. Every single night they come out to perform their mating ritual.

Day 8 – Manuk, Snake Island
Manuk, the ‘Snake Island,’ a volcanic island with lower interest on land. It takes its nickname from a large number of sea snakes found there. You will surely see a lot! The drop-offs here are incredible, and sharks, mackerels, tunas, and barracudas are often observed.

Day 9 – Pulau Suanggi
You will now arrive at the northern end of the Banda Sea’s outer reefs: Pulau Suanggi. The waters here are full of fish, reef sharks, and tuna. As a small bonus for bird lovers, many species can be observed around the island: brown boobies, red-footed boobies, and frigate birds.
Pulau hatta / Karang hatta: We will dive both sloping reefs and vertical walls. The current attracts many fish: fusiliers, dogtooth tuna, eagle rays, barracuda, and sometimes sharks. On the reef: soft corals, leather corals, big eye trevallies, and turtles.

Day 10 – Nusa Laut & Molana
South of Seram, fantastic diving experiences on the reefs of Molana and Nusa Laut. These rather picturesque islands of Maluku are popular dive destinations due to their diversity in reef fish species, ghost pipefish, frogfish, and various well-preserved hard corals.
Flash News: we have seen sperm whales in the area on previous trips, so keep your eyes wide open.

Day 11 – Ambon
We will dive around Laha or Tulehu Bay: the area known for its fabulous muck dives, probably among the best in the world for macro diving: only the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia can compete.

Day 12 – Ambon
And on the last day, after an excellent breakfast on board, our Aurora crew will organize, according to your flight schedules, your transfer to the airport of Ambon.
Unfortunately, our trip will come to an end, and we have to say goodbye, but we hope to see you again on board.

Please note that the itineraries are examples only; we reserve the right to change the itinerary or specific agreed services if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require us to do so.

The last dive will be on the penultimate day of the trip at around 4 pm. Divers are recommended to wait for 24hours before flying after the last dive.

Included: VAT, Accommodation, Transfers/pickups from airport, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Divemaster services, All meals, drinking water Towels Provided

Excluded: Nitrox tanks, diving and snorkeling gear, soft drinks, beer, wine, spirits and espresso coffee, PADI courses (subject to instructor availability, upon request). National Park Fees and Contributions to villages: Raja Ampat 130US$/person, Komodo 20US$/person, North Maluku 130US$/person, Banda Sea 90 US$/person (not including Banda Neira fee: 100 US$ extra/person), and Alor 95 US$/person. Note: Park fees are subject to change without prior notice *Fuel surcharge and port/marina fees per pax: 200 USD per person if the Harbour of departure/arrival is Bali, Maumere, Sorong, Ambon. For Komodo cruises, no fuel surcharge applies if the port of arrival/departure is Labuan Bajo. We retain the right to adjust fuel surcharges any time when necessary.

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