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Ambai

Ambai, the opportunity of a lifetime on our liveaboard

Our modern (2012) liveaboard is a practical and comfortable vessel built for recreational diving in the Indonesian waters. The iron-wooden Ambai has a length of 32 meters and a width of 7.5 meters. It can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests. We offer the unique combination of amazing diving cruises and exceptional value for money! Destinations include Raja Ampat, Komodo, Forgotten Islands, Banda Sea, Alor, Triton Bay, Ring of Fire and East Flores. The length of the trip varies from 8 to 14 days.

SCHEDULE

Step 1. Choose your preferred departure date – Step 2. Select your destination – step 3. Green is the Available date

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

Excluded: International & Domestic flights, Raja Ampat park and port fees (200 euros/pax), Komodo park and port fees (5 night cruise: 100 euros/pax, 6 nights: 125 euros, 10 nights: 150 euros/pax), Alcoholic drinks, Dive equipment rental & 100 cf dive tank, Massage Service, Visas, Tips on board (recommended 5-10%), Upper deck cabin supplement – additonal EUR 20/person/night

ACCOMMODATION

There are 8 cabins to choose from, all individually designed. Each cabin features climate control and ensuite bathroom with shower, comfortable beds/bunks and good storage space. The lower deck has 6 cabins of which 4 have double beds with bunk on top, 2 cabins are a twin, all have porthole windows. 2 upper deck cabins have bigger windows and king-size beds.

COMFORT

Our guests can relax in the lounge on the main deck. This cool and spacious area is furnished with comfortable sofas, dining table, wide screen television, library etc. The partly shaded sundeck is situated on the upper deck. It’s a magnificent place to rest and enjoy the views. For a small fee, you can recharge in the massage room. Our crew consists of 16 dedicated and highly trained members.

CATERING

Onboard we serve breakfast as a buffet. Lunch and a la carte dinner, as well as intermezzo snacks and fruits, will be served al fresco as well as inside the lounge, according to your wishes. Our kitchen will always consider your special dietary preferences. Cold beers are available from the bar.

DIVING

The dazzling diversity of Indonesian sealife and the breathtaking colours of the reefs will make an unforgettable impression. Gear up on the dive deck to plunge into adventure. Each diver can choose to dive with either air or (free!) nitrox. Relevant courses are available on board. All dives start from an easily accessible diving zodiac. Our instructors and divemasters will assist you in every way and take care of your safety. The chance to experience spectacular night diving is offered to you as a bonus. After your dive, you can rinse your gear and take a shower on the dive deck. For those with photo- or video equipment: check your footage at the especially camera room and share it on the large screen in the lounge

Itinerary

Raja Ampat
  • Departure Port: Sorong
  • Return Port: Sorong
  • Length: 12 Days / 11 Nights (Approximately 33 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Advanced Open Water – 50 minimum logged dives required.

DAY 1:

We will be waiting for you at Sorong airport to take you to the harbour where our crew will welcome you aboard Ambai. Following refreshments and a short tour and explanation about the ship, your safety on board and the plan for the trip, we will set sail in the evening and cruise through Sele Strait to reach the East of Misool.

DAY 2:

In East Misool you will discover 3 fantastic dive sites: No contest, Love potion & 3 Rocks. You will enjoy the sight of rocks with vertical walls and fantastic coverage of soft corals, lots of fish with schools of platax, aggregations of nappers and bump head parrotfish. We spend the night in the hidden lagoon, a very special anchorage inside an almost closed bay surrounded by high rocks. From the boat, we can hear and see the cockatoos before the night falls. We will go with the dinghies to have a look at another lagoon located further into the rocks.

DAY 3:

After a short morning navigation, we reach Misool South East and start another great day of diving in the vicinity of Misool eco-resort: Boo Rocks – with 2 large openings windows in the rock that completely pierce the island from the surface to 5 meters deep – Fiabacet and Fantasea. Again, expect an explosion of colours and fish density. We then sail further south Misool to the West and overnight to Wayilbatan area. Night dive in the area.

DAY 4:

In Wayilbatan area we enjoy a complete diving day at 3 fantastic dive sites: Barracuda Rock, Wedding Cake and Neptune’s Sea Fan. These dive sites offer an impressive range of marine diversity and topography, huge gorgonian sea fans, overhangs and caves, black forest corals, trevallies, turtles, eagle rays, pygmy seahorses and more. In the afternoon, we take time for some kayaking and paddle boarding amongst some of the most spectacular hidden lagoons in the area.

Day 5:

We will navigate to Pele in the very South East of Misool area. Along the way, we will dive the famous dive site named Four Kings: 4 pinnacles each covered in more soft coral and colourful tunicates than the last. The range of colours on this site is simply amazing. We will then continue on to Pele where we will dive 2 of Peles more famous sites: Kaleidoscope and Pulau Kecil. In the evening we make our way to Blue Hole for a spectacular night dive.

Day 6:

Short navigation in the early morning to dive in Fiabacet area. The 3 sites Tank Rock, Nudi Rock and Whale Rock are some of the more unforgettable dive sites of the Park. Here you will find one of the most wondrous and extensive reef systems in Raja Ampat offering an amazing range of marine diversity. Late in the afternoon, we will set sail for an overnight navigation to Penemu and Fam islands.

Day 7:

Early in the morning we arrive in Penemu‘s My Reef dive site, home to one of the largest population of fish in the area, very impressive, especially in brisk current. After breakfast, we dive at Melissa’s Garden, an extraordinary dive site famous for its extensive hard coral fields. In the afternoon, we have time for a short trek to admire Raja’s wonderful lagoons and landscape. We spend the evening under the stars enjoying a barbecue on a deserted beach.

Day 8

: We start the day with a short navigation to Yanggefo area where 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 fish, barracudas, at least three species of Fusiliers, trevallies, batfish, bump head parrotfish, wobbegongs and reef tip sharks. In the afternoon we make our way to Arborek in Dampier Strait where we have time to visit the local village before enjoying a night dive at the Arborek Pier.

Day 9:

We start the morning with a dive at one of the most reliable Manta ray congregation spots in the Raja Ampat. After breakfast, we dive at Lalosi, a hard coral seamounts with extremely diverse fish life when the currents are running. In the afternoon, we dive at Mike’s Point: during World War II, the US air forces mistook this rock for a camouflaged Japanese ship and bombed it repeatedly. The half top side of the island is blown away but underwater the reef has come back to life in an amazing way and is now home to large concentrations of fish and other marine life.

Day 10:

If the weather conditions are favourable, we trek into the jungle for an early morning bird watching adventure to find the famous Red Bird of Paradise. We follow the day’s program with two dives at Mioskon and Sardine Reef. Both of them are excellent dive sites with reefs full of schooling fish, fusiliers, surgeonfish, trevallies, rainbow runners, sweetlips and bannerfish. The reefs there are also very beautiful and decorated with sea fans, soft corals and orange elephant ear sponges. We end the day with a night dive at Batu Lima.

Day 11:

We save the very best for the last. During our final diving day, we discover two fabulous dive sites: Blue Magic and Cape Kri. Both of these sites offer 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 at Cape Kri. In the afternoon, we have time to relax on one of Kri’s secluded beaches before sailing back to Sorong where we arrive later in the evening.

Day 12:

After breakfast and the last exchange of photos and memories, the crew and Ambai will say their fond farewells and transport will be provided to the Airport or at your hotel.

Marine Life

It is certainly the world’s most biodiverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusks species than anywhere else on the planet. Some areas boost enormous schools of fishes; there are spots with large groups of manta rays, other with schools of barracudas, trevallies, bump head parrot fish, large groupers, and of course always a great variety of critters. The reefs are varied as their inhabitants, with vertical walls, seamounts, pinnacles, slopes, caves, lagoons, some more covered with hard corals and other displaying colourful soft corals. Everywhere you will find a lot of gorgonians with their resident pygmy seahorses. Everywhere you will find a profusion of colours and life.

Komodo
  • Departure Port: Denpasar
  • Return Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Length: 11 Days / 10 Nights (Approximately 33 dives in total)
  • Experience level: 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.

Komodo - Alor - East Flores
  • Departure Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Return Port: Alor
  • Length: 15 Days / 14 Nights (Approximately 45 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Advanced Open Water – 50 minimum logged dives required.

15 days/ 14 nights in the Komodo National Park, crossing Flores to end in Alor.

The cruise visits North and South areas, starting in Labuanbajo (Flores) and ending in Bima (Sumbawa) 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. After one week spent in the Komodo Park, the cruise will cross the whole Flores Island and its best diving spots then continue in the Alor Strait for 5 days: from North to South: the islands of Pantar, Kumba, Ternate, Pura and the Bay of Kalabahi. The very clear and nutrient-rich upwelling waters bring in pelagics: sunfish (mola-mola), reef sharks and sometime hammerhead sharks, sailfishes. Whales also frequently pass through the strait. Walls, drop-offs, boomies and pinnacles are colourfully coloured –one dive site has a bottom literally covered with anemones-; In Alor, critters can be encountered in colourful reef environment and in the black sand bays of Kalabahi and Biang. Be delighted with the schools of anthias, wrasses, angelfish majestic, and predators like wide -reef sharks, tunas, and giant – trevallies. In the South, soft corals colours explode in variety and intensity together with numerous critters subjects.

Marine Life:

Barracudas, Surgeonfishes, Bumphead parrotfishes, Trevallies and giant trevallies, spadefish. Napoleon wrasse, Wobegon, tunas, bonitos, manta rays, mobulas, Seahorse, frogfish, leaf fish, scorpionfish, black corals forests, gorgonian fields, soft corals, gorgonian fields.

Alor - Komodo
  • Departure Port: Alor
  • Return Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 22 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Advanced Open Water – 50 minimum logged dives required.

This cruise is the first leg of the 15 days/ 14 nights cruise from Alor to Bima. 8 days /7 nights this cruise will depart from Alor to end in Labuanbajo (Flores). This cruise will visit and dive the Alor Strait for 6 days, from North to South: the islands of Pantar, Kumba, Ternate, Pura and the Bay of Kalabahi. The very clear and nutrient-rich upwelling waters bring in pelagics: sunfish (mola-mola), reef sharks and sometime hammerhead sharks, sailfishes. Whales also frequently pass through the strait. Walls, drop-offs, boomies and pinnacles are colourfully coloured –one dive site has a bottom literally covered with anemones-; In Alor, critters can be encountered in colourful reef environment and in the black sand bays of Kalabahi and Biang. The second part of the cruise, we will cross the whole Flores Island to reach the Komodo National Park where we will dive for 7 days (North and South).

Marine Life:

Swarms of anthias, schools of Fusiliers, surgeons and snappers, rays and patrolling grey reef sharks, barracudas, snake eels, mantis shrimps, octopus, Bobbit worms, flying gurnard, lionfish and rhinopias

Wakatobi - Takabonereta
  • Departure Port: Bau-Bau
  • Return Port: Kendari
  • Length: 7 Days / 6 Nights (Approximately 17 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Advanced Open Water – 50 minimum logged dives required.

This cruise starts from Wangi-Wangi in the Tukan besi islands, better known as Wakatobi. We spend 4 to 5 days on the wonderful reefs of this area: drop off, crystal clear waters, macro and pelagics. We will also dive around Buton islands some of the best muck dives of Indonesia before to reach the Takabonerate archipelago and national park for another 4-5 days of great diving.

DAY 1:

Welcome to Wangi-Wangi airport in Tukan Besi Archipelago. Transfer to the boat, welcome drink, installation, briefing, departure. Check dive in the afternoon for the guests who are not too tired…

DAY 2:

4 dives in the Tukan Besi islands, around the islands of Wangi-Wangi and Kalepdupa.

DAY 3:

Takabonerate archipelago. 4 dives

DAY 4:

Takabonerate. 3 dives. Passage to Buton

DAY 5:

3 dives in Tukan Besi islands. passage to East Buton island during the night.

DAY 6:

2 dives on the wall islands of South-West Buton.

DAY 7:

Checkout after breakfast and transfer to the airport.

TRAVEL INFORMATION:

  • Landing airport: Wangi-Wangi (WNI) on Tukan Besi archipelago
  • Check-in time: 10:20 (Wings Air flight from Jakarta departing at 0400 am)
  • Departing Airport: Bau-Bau (BUW)
  • Check out time: 07:30 (Garuda Indonesia flight to Jakarta at 0745 am)
Banda Sea - Ring of Fire
  • Departure Port: Ambon
  • Return Port: Saumlaki
  • Length: 12 Days / 11 Nights (Approximately 36 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Advanced Open Water – 50 minimum logged dives required.

This unique itinerary might bring you all: from critter to pelagic.

From Ambon to Saumlaki, the cruise will bring you across the Banda Sea and the ring of fire, steeped in history and blessed with some of the finest diving in the country, with an immense variety and volumes of both large and small species. travelling for about 550 nautical miles. We visit many different islands and a great variety of dive sites. We call the Banda Sea the area in the centre of the Banda Sea, including Banda Islands, Seram and South Seram, Ambon Bay. Good conditions are during intermonsoon, about April May then Mid October to end December. Any other months have the risk of waves and potentially stormy weather. The Banda Sea is characterised by a generally very good visibility. Warm waters. Some exceptional dive sites as “Too Many fish” in Koon, a great wall with incredible fish life, Manuk with so many sea snakes, Walls on the islands around Banda Neira.

Raja Ampat - Banda Sea - Ring of Fire
  • Departure Port: Sorong
  • Return Port: Ambon
  • Length: 11 Days / 10 Nights (Approximately 30 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Advanced Open Water – 50 minimum logged dives required.

Day 1:

Guest reception at Sorong airport, transfer to the boat, Check-in, welcome drink, briefing, departure in the evening.

Day 2 – 9:

We offer 3-4 dives daily, including a night dive if possible. When crossing only 2 dives a day can be scheduled. Our cruises will bring you across the Banda sea & the ring of fire, steeped in history and blessed with some of the finest diving in the country, with an immense variety and volumes of both large and small species. travelling for about 550 nautical miles. We visit many different islands and a great variety of dive sites. The very clear and nutrient-rich upwelling waters bring in pelagics: sunfish (mola-mola), dogtooth tunas, reef sharks and sometime hammerhead sharks, sailfishes. Whales also frequently pass through the strait. Walls, drop-offs, boomies and pinnacles so colourful and so healthy! –one dive site has a bottom literally covered with anemones-; In Alor, critters can be encountered in colourful reef environment and in the black sand bays of Kalabahi and Biang. Then the cruise will cross the all banda sea up to Banda Neira, down to Babar before reaching the large Tanimbar island.

Day 10:

One or 2 dives according to your flight back departure time, then after a visit to a beach we will head back to Ambon.

Day 11:

After your breakfast and the traditional crew picture and farewell, it will be time for your transfer to the airport. Our staff will help be there to help you check-in.

Main points:

The Banda Sea is characterised by a generally very good visibility. Warm waters. Some exceptional dive sites as “Too Many fish” in Koon, a great wall with incredible fish life, Manuk with so many sea snakes, Walls on the islands around Banda Neira.

Banda Sea - Ring of Fire - Raja Ampat - Triton Bay
  • Departure Port: Saumlaki
  • Return Port: Kaimana
  • Length: 12 Days / 11 Nights (Approximately 33 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Advanced Open Water – 50 minimum logged dives required.

Day 1:

Arrival at Saumlaki Airport. Welcome at the airport by the Wallacea crew, transfer to the boat, Check-in, welcome drink, briefing, departure in the evening.

Day 2 – 10:

We offer 3-4 dives daily, including a night dive if possible. When crossing only 2 dives a day can be scheduled. This is the perfect cruises to fully enjoy East Indonesia’s finest marine biodiversity. In this program, we take you not only to dive the world famous Raja Ampat but also to explore West Papua further south in Triton Bay in Kaimana district and the north part of the Ring of Fire! The beauty of its amazing soft corals that stick out to the surface is definitely one of the major marine attractions in Triton Bay. There are over 959 different kinds of coral fish and 471 known types of coral in this area. The other highlights include black coral forests, overflowing schools of sweetlips, vibrant macro lives, and a good chance to encounter whale sharks on “bagan”—the fishing platforms where these giants come to visit from time to time. The other part of the cruise will allow you to discover or rediscover Misool with its magnificent reefs that are certainly among the most beautiful reefs in the world.

Day 11:

One or 2 dives according to your flight back departure time, then after a visit to a beach we will head back to Ambon.

Day 12:

After your breakfast and the traditional crew picture and farewell, it will be time for your transfer to the airport. Our staff will help be there to help you check-in.

Visibility

The visibility in Misool and Triton Bay might change abruptly. Rarely exceeding 20 meters, it can lower to less than 10 meters, especially after a lot of raining in Triton Bay.

Temperature

The sea water temperature is approximately 28°C (82F) during our cruises.

Currents

Some sites are subject to strong currents, but we always do our best to avoid diving in strong currents. However, on a number of sites in this cruise, a certain level of currents is necessary to attract interesting fish activities.

Raja Ampat - Triton Bay
  • Departure Port: Kaimana
  • Return Port: Sorong
  • Length: 13 Days / 12 Nights (Approximately 33 dives in total)
  • Experience level: 50 minimum logged dives required.

Black coral forests, groups of sweetlips everywhere, lots of groupers and other fishes, amazing soft corals up to the surface, impressive critters, this is in a few words what we can say about diving in Triton Bay. AND, hopefully, the whale sharks near the fishing platforms. Misool, the southern part of Raja Ampat is really amazing of corals and fish life.

  • Year built: 2012
  • Length: 32 meters
  • Beam: 7.5 meters
  • Cruising speed: 8 knots
  • Engines: Mitsubishi 600 HP
  • Max guests: 16
  • Number of cabins: 8
  • Number of bathrooms: 8
  • Tenders: 3 x 50HP Yamaha
  • Water capacity: 15’000 litres
  • Fuel capacity: 14’000 litres
  • Freshwater maker: 10000 litres per day
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Searchlight
  • Crew trained in first aid
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