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Gaia Love

GAIA LOVE; SETTING NEW STANDARDS IN LIVEABOARD TOURISM.

The MS Gaia Love represents the newest class in recreational liveaboard diving in Indonesia. It breaks with the convention of the traditional wooden sailing boats by setting new standards in comfort and safety. This 2016 yacht with its steel frame has superb qualities in the realm of stability and smooth navigation. Exploration of remote regions becomes easier and less time-consuming. No effort has been spared to customize the boat in detail to every divers’ requirements. We cruise to all the top diving destinations in Indonesia, including Raja Ampat, Komodo, the Forgotten Islands, Alor and the Banda Sea. Séjours on our scheduled cruises vary from 7 to 13 days.

SCHEDULE

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

Excluded: Harbor clearance and national park fees (between USD5 and USD25 per day depending on the destination) and fuel surcharge (where applicable), Any international and domestic air, land, sea transportation, visas and any other taxes or fees associated, Courses and certifications, Accommodation and meals before and after the cruise, Alcoholic drinks (unless otherwise stated), Gear rental (subject to availability), Enriched Air Nitrox (available for certified divers only), Massages and Spa treatments (other than welcome massage), Dive, travel or trip interruption insurance and dive insurance (It is mandatory to have dive insurance on all trips aboard Gaia Love), Onboard purchases, Private tours, Laundry, On-board telecommunication and satellite broadband, Crew gratuity

ACCOMMODATION

Gaia Love can quarter up to 22 passengers. The contemporary interior houses 11 clean and ultramodern cabins on the upper and lower deck levels. The rooms are spacious, averaging 20 sqm in size. All have opening windows, air conditioning, TV and en-suite bathrooms. The 6 upper deck cabins have an additional private balcony.

COMFORT

Our luxury yacht has a total of 4 decks (lower, main, upper and top/sundeck). A grand lounge, restaurant and camera room are located on the main deck. The lounge is fitted with all the facilities for splendid relaxation. The top deck or sundeck features a full-service bar and is the perfect place for outdoor dining and evening gatherings. A canopy gives shelter when you’ve enjoyed enough sunshine for the day. All our guests are offered a welcome massage by our physio-staff.

CATERING

The kitchen serves 3 meals a day. Breakfast and lunch are served as sumptuous buffets. The diner is à la carte with a complimentary glass of wine. Whenever you have a craving in between meals, be satisfied with the choice of savoury and sweet snacks in the pantry or restaurant. Dietary restrictions can be catered for if the crew is notified in advance.

DIVING

At the rear of the ship is a large dive deck with ample space for all divers. We provide all the amenities for making your dive a hassle-free and pleasant experience. This includes a rental shop, nitrox and courses in special scuba skills. We offer 4 diving sessions each day. An easy accessible skiff will bring small groups to the selected dive spots. Photographers and videographers can use the designated camera room for the preparation and maintenance of their equipment.

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: 10 Days / 9 Nights (Approximately 26 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 10 minimum logged dives required.

Located within the Indonesian archipelago off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua (Irian Jaya). Comprising hundreds of jungle-covered islands, the area is known for its beaches and coral reefs rich with marine life. Raja Ampat translated directly as “four kings” was named for the 4 main islands in the area – Weigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool.
Diving Raja Ampat, will take your breath away with the marine life thriving from the sea floor to the surface and the colourful reef teeming with activity. There are sites that are so pristine and packed with growth, that a photographer is hard-pressed to find a spot to place a steadying finger. Exotic sea life and macro critters will overwhelm any macro photography enthusiast. The only problem with diving here is that you’ll be so spoiled by the near-perfect conditions that you may never want to leave or dive anywhere else again!

Dive Gaia trips offer divers the opportunity to explore the entire region.

West of Sorong, Batanta Island offers incredible critter sites for the macro enthusiast.

In the south of Raja Ampat is the island of Misool. Be wowed by the profusion of colourful soft corals and sea fans beautifully draping the reefs. Expect to encounter both the oceanic and reef mantas. Towards the western tip of Misool, be intrigued by one of the world’s most stunning mangroves.

Located in central Raja Ampat is Dampier Strait (which flows between Waigeo and Batanta), where nutrient-rich ocean currents create an incredible underwater environment. Everything which makes for a wonderful dive can be found here. Home to iconic dive sites Cape Kri and Blue Magic, be surrounded by schools of fish and the unique thrill of “fish thunder” – the loud booming sound made when a large school of fish move rapidly through the open water. Further west is the island of Arborek, known for its jetty dive and its cleanliness. Travelling north west of Dampier Strait is the Penemu Islands famous for its hard coral gardens and stunning lagoon view.

Northern Raja Ampat covers the islands of Weigeo, Kawe and Wayag. Visit the pearl farm of Aljui Bay in between exploring the pearl farm’s jetties famous for its unique critters and sleeping wobbegongs. West of Waigeo, the rocks and seamounts in the Kawe area are truly singular as they actually sit on the equator. Kawe is one of the few places in the world where you can travel between the northern and southern hemispheres while diving! Yet, this is not the only reason to be excited about this dive. A combination of currents and feeding stations in this area combine to draw in a profuse amount of fish life, as well as huge mantas. Cruising even further to the north, we visit the Wayag area. This isolated, uninhabited area sprinkled with verdant limestone islands, bordered by slivers of white sandy beaches and palm trees, represents what people usually have in mind when they think of paradise. The only thing to rival the landscape here is the diving. It is truly spectacular, with extensive and untouched hard coral reefs. As the majority of Wayag’s islands have yet to be explored, it is very likely that many more dive sites will be found in this still remote area.
Other attractions include ancient rock paintings and caves off the island of Misool and the rare crimson bird of paradise on Waigeo,

Luxury liveaboard diving with Dive Gaia offers charters out of Sorong that enables you to explore this area extensively while pampering yourself with the hospitality and comfort we provide.

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

Banda Crossing
  • Departure Port: Ambon
  • Return Port: Saumlaki
  • Length: 12 Days / 11 Nights (Approximately 30 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 10 minimum logged dives required.

Diving in the Banda Sea offers some of the unique diving adventures to be found in Indonesia. Once sought by Columbus and Marco Polo, the Banda Islands were the original Spice Islands and the most coveted destination on earth, particularly by the Dutch and Portuguese, who colonized the islands and exported the indigenous nutmeg and cloves. History tells of a violent past under colonial rule.
Now, the seas around these tropical paradise islands are coveted for their spectacular diving and snorkelling on some of the world’s richest reefs, unspoiled corals, and large pelagic fish. Steep drop-offs, impressive hard coral and some fast currents make this area absolutely breathtaking. Schools of jacks are a familiar sight, as are large tuna, many turtles, Napoleon wrasse, groupers, rays, sharks, large lobsters and sea snakes. There are also special critter sites for the macro enthusiast including the chance to dive with unusual critters at sites around Ambon Bay. Along the crossing, it is possible to revel in the spectacle of thousands of seabirds, including the comical yet attractive frigate birds and boobies.

Enjoy a land excursion that covers the historical Banda Neira and surrounding islands. Visit the local museum and enjoy the artwork and many antiquities from the Portuguese and Dutch. Learn about the land trade of the island of Run and Manhattan between the Dutch and the British. 150 steps or so up a hill and you will be intrigued by the old fort building design. Next, we head to the nutmeg and spice farm. Enjoy Tante’s homemade cinnamon tea accompanied with her secret recipe snacks and nutmeg jam. Fresh nutmeg jam, nutmeg and yours to order cinnamon sticks are for sale. On your walk back to the pier visit the old Dutch governor’s mansion “House of VOC”, which was recently converted to a hotel. Original masterpieces including the 6 old tiles were restored and kept in its original location within the property.

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.

Raja Ampat - Ambon
  • Departure Port: Sorong
  • Return Port: Ambon
  • Length: 12 Days / 11 Nights (Approximately 29 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 10 minimum logged dives required.

Located within the Indonesian archipelago off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua (Irian Jaya). Comprising hundreds of jungle-covered islands, the area is known for its beaches and coral reefs rich with marine life. Raja Ampat translated directly as “four kings” was named for the 4 main islands in the area – Weigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool.
Diving Raja Ampat, will take your breath away with the marine life thriving from the sea floor to the surface and the colourful reef teeming with activity. There are sites that are so pristine and packed with growth, that a photographer is hard-pressed to find a spot to place a steadying finger. Exotic sea life and macro critters will overwhelm any macro photography enthusiast. The only problem with diving here is that you’ll be so spoiled by the near-perfect conditions that you may never want to leave or dive anywhere else again!

Dive Gaia trips offer divers the opportunity to explore the entire region.

West of Sorong, Batanta Island offers incredible critter sites for the macro enthusiast.

In the south of Raja Ampat is the island of Misool. Be wowed by the profusion of colourful soft corals and sea fans beautifully draping the reefs. Expect to encounter both the oceanic and reef mantas. Towards the western tip of Misool, be intrigued by one of the world’s most stunning mangroves.

Located in central Raja Ampat is Dampier Strait (which flows between Waigeo and Batanta), where nutrient-rich ocean currents create an incredible underwater environment. Everything which makes for a wonderful dive can be found here. Home to iconic dive sites Cape Kri and Blue Magic, be surrounded by schools of fish and the unique thrill of “fish thunder” – the loud booming sound made when a large school of fish move rapidly through the open water. Further west is the island of Arborek, known for it’s jetty dive and it’s cleanliness. Travelling north west of Dampier Strait is the Penemu Islands famous of it’s hard coral gardens and stunning lagoon view.

Northern Raja Ampat covers the islands of Weigeo, Kawe and Wayag. Visit the pearl farm of Aljui Bay in between exploring the pearl farm’s jetties famous for it’s unique critters and sleeping woobegongs. West of Waigeo, the rocks and seamounts in the Kawe area are truly singular as they actually sit on the equator. Kawe is one of the few places in the world where you can travel between the northern and southern hemispheres while diving! Yet, this is not the only reason to be excited about this dive. A combination of currents and feeding stations in this area combine to draw in a profuse amount of fish life, as well as huge mantas. Cruising even further to the north, we visit the Wayag area. This isolated, uninhabited area sprinkled with verdant limestone islands, bordered by slivers of white sandy beaches and palm trees, represents what people usually have in mind when they think of paradise. The only thing to rival the landscape here is the diving. It is truly spectacular, with extensive and untouched hard coral reefs. As the majority of Wayag’s islands have yet to be explored, it is very likely that many more dive sites will be found in this still remote area.
Other attractions includes ancient rock paintings and caves off the island of Misool and the rare crimson bird of paradise on Waigeo,

Luxury liveaboard diving with Dive Gaia offers charters out of Sorong that enables you to explore this area extensively while pampering yourself with the hospitality and comfort we provide.

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

Alor - Flores
  • Departure Port: Saumlaki
  • Return Port: Maumere
  • Length: 11 Days / 10 Nights (Approximately 27 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 10 minimum logged dives required.

Day 1
Meeting at the airport, transfer to the boat, Cabin arrangement, briefing

Day 2 – 10
Approx 3 dives per day

Day 11
Check out. Transfer to the airport/hotel

ALOR
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

Lesser Sunda
  • Departure Port: Maumere
  • Return Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Length: 9 Days / 8 Nights (Approximately 21 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 10 minimum logged dives required.

Diving the eastern waters of Lesser Sunda brings a constant source of marine life surprises, with a wealth of tiny creatures to the larger fish species and marine mammals. Handsome variety of dive sites covering eastern Flores, Adunara, Solor, Lembata (Kawula), Pantar, Alor, Pura Reta and Ternate to be explored and charm divers from all level of experience from fishy sites to critter hunting, from colourful walls to volcanic black sand. Be aww-ed by stunning sunrises, magical sunsets and witness the fireworks of one of the country’s most active volcanoes.
The Indonesian government has recently agreed to protect this area in order to secure a safe route for migrating cetaceans as they pass through the straits to their feeding grounds in the deep waters of the Banda Sea.

Trips offer divers the opportunity to see some of the most spectacular and untouched coral reefs in Indonesia along with the chance to witness unique behaviours of the many rare and wonderful critters to be found around the Pantar Strait. Divers can expect to see Rhinopias (lacey scorpionfish), pygmy seahorses, manta rays, schooling dolphins, pilot whales and even the occasional migrating blue whale! Be smitten by the charming free diving children of North Pura and catch the ladies of Pulau Ternate weaving colourful ikats.

Dive Gaia offers a range of trip dates to ensure you can experience this superb destination extensively.

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

Bima - Komodo
  • Departure Port: Bima
  • Return Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Length: 9 Days / 8 Nights (Approximately 22 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 10 minimum logged dives required.

This region features an extremely rich biodiversity born of a land of contrasts: from warm waters and tropical species to cooler currents with temperate ocean life. Offering such a diverse range of dive sites and special features, it’s no surprise the Komodo National Park was awarded ‘New 7 Wonder of Nature’ status in 2011.
Diving this famous dive destination, which is located within the Coral Triangle, the area boasts the world’s highest marine biodiversity. Under the jurisdiction of the park rangers over 1,000 species of fish and hundreds of different corals are protected. Dive sites stretch from the warm waters of the Flores Sea (Pacific Ocean) in the north to the chillier waters down south in the Indian Ocean. The underwater terrain presents many contrasts, with sheer cliff walls, pinnacles, sandy flat bottoms, underwater plateaus, slopes, caves, swim-throughs and channels – all with different colours, sizes and types of both hard and soft corals. Expect encounters with pelagics and we promise no dull moment any macro enthusiast with a wide range of critters.
Get your macro lens ready for unusual critters and critters that are only special to this area.

Komodo National Park boasts countless deserted beaches, hiking trails, great wildlife, lagoons and home to a large species of lizard world known as the Komodo dragons.

Although there is diving year-round in Komodo, the best period is considered to be April through November. Currents in parts of Komodo can be strong – so we dive according to the tides … but with so many great sites to choose from, we can always adapt the schedule for the best diving.

Marine Life: Bumphead parrot fish, bamboo sharks, marble rays, nudibranchs, dusky sharks, jawfish, bubble coral shrimps, leaf fish, porcelain crabs, pygmy seahorses, schools of barracudas, trevally, and mackerel, white tips, black tips, grey reef sharks, turtles, octopus, frogfish, manta rays, dugong, banded pipefishes, mandarin fishes, Wonderpus, Indian Walkman

Bima - Sangeang - Komodo
  • Departure Port: Bima
  • Return Port: Labuan Bajo
  • Length: 10 Days / 9 Nights (Approximately 24 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 10 minimum logged dives required.

Day 1
Meeting at the airport, transfer to the boat, Cabin arrangement, briefing

Day 2 – 9
Approx 3 dives per day

Day 10
Check out. Transfer to the airport/hotel

Marine Life: Bumphead parrot fish, bamboo sharks, marble rays, nudibranchs, dusky sharks, jawfish, bubble coral shrimps, leaf fish, porcelain crabs, pygmy seahorses, schools of barracudas, trevally, and mackerel, white tips, black tips, grey reef sharks, turtles, octopus, frogfish, manta rays, dugong, banded pipefishes, mandarin fishes, Wonderpus, Indian Walkman

Bima - Sangeang - Komodo - Maumere
  • Departure Port: Bima
  • Return Port: Maumere
  • Length: 11 Days / 10 Nights (Approximately 27 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 10 minimum logged dives required.

Day 1
Meeting at the airport, transfer to the boat, Cabin arrangement, briefing

Day 2 – 10
Approx 3 dives per day

Day 11
Check out. Transfer to the airport/hotel

Marine Life: Bumphead parrot fish, bamboo sharks, marble rays, nudibranchs, dusky sharks, jawfish, bubble coral shrimps, leaf fish, porcelain crabs, pygmy seahorses, schools of barracudas, trevally, and mackerel, white tips, black tips, grey reef sharks, turtles, octopus, frogfish, manta rays, dugong, banded pipefishes, mandarin fishes, Wonderpus, Indian Walkman

Triton Bay - Raja Ampat
  • Departure Port: Kaimana
  • Return Port: Sorong
  • Length: 12 Days / 11 Nights (Approximately 30 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 10 minimum logged dives required.

Day 1
Meeting at the airport, transfer to the boat, Cabin arrangement, briefing

Day 2 – 11
Approx 3 dives per day

Day 12
Check out. Transfer to the airport/hotel

Raja Ampat
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

  • Length: 40 m
  • Top speed: 12 knots
  • Cruising speed: 10 knots
  • Engines: 2 Yanmar 829 bhp
  • Max guests: 22
  • Number of cabins: 11
  • Number of bathrooms: 11
  • Water capacity:  52000 litres
  • Fuel capacity: 66000 litres
  • Freshwater maker: 2 Spectra 2800 Gallons per day
  • Radar
  • 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
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Searchlight
  • Engine room CCTV

 

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