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Ondina

ONDINA; THE ENTICING WATER NYMPH IN INDONESIA’S AQUATIC WONDERWORLD.

Sailing Motor Yacht Ondina is a 32-meter Buginese schooner, entirely carved out of teak and tropical woods. Since July 2001 she seduces passengers to join romantic diving cruises through the inner seas of Indonesia. Her itineraries follow the seasons best opportunities. A typical day aboard starts at 7 AM when the bell rings for a light breakfast followed by the first dive of the day. On return, a tempting breakfast buffet is waiting. After spending some private time, the midmorning bell rings for the second dive opportunity. Then lunch is enjoyed outside. The anchor is raised and engines are started to navigate to the next diving spot. It’s siesta time. On arrival, the afternoon dive is prepared. and a short island excursion is proposed. Evenings offer a time for exclusive dining and gathering. The ship sets full sail to reach the next destination overnight. Everyone retreats to their quarters for a quiet night sleep.

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

Excluded: Any other way of transportation than S.M.Y. ONDINA, Alcoholic drinks, tips & gratuities and any other onboard service not specified above like Massages, Equipment rental….etc, Any police or diving permit or touristic tax and harbour fees charged per passenger by any local authority, plus fuel increases. Please count on 200eu/pax for cruises starting or ending in Papua/Maluku and 150eu/pax for cruises in Komodo. This amount will be paid once onboard when requested by the Cruise Director.

ACCOMMODATION

On our scheduled trips, we cater up to 16 guests in 8 cabins. When the ship is chartered, a full occupation of 22 passengers is possible. The sleeping quarters are situated on the lower deck. Our cabins have air conditioning, portholes, quality matrasses and private bathrooms.

COMFORT

The cool and spacious lounge area is furnished with comfortable sofas, dining table, charging points, tv, library etc. The partly shaded sundeck is a magnificent place for a lazy sunbathe in a hammock or lounge chair while marvelling the passing views. Our crew consists of 15 dedicated and highly trained members.

CATERING

Our international kitchen serves delicious and healthy dishes. On the menu are a continental and cooked breakfast, lunch, in between snacks and à la carte dinner. Vegetarian- and other dietary requirements will be accommodated by our chefs. Food can be enjoyed inside the saloon as well as on the open-air deck. We have a bar serving coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.

DIVING

Besides all the onboard pleasures, experiencing the Indonesian underwater world is the real purpose of the trip. Our professional guides can fulfil all your dive wishes. They accompany small groups, guaranteeing undiluted attention for the skilled diver as well as the aspirant diver and snorkeler. The dive deck has all the amenities for comfortable diving and the maintenance of your equipment. We have a rental service for all diving gear, including Nitrox. Courses are available.

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.

Central & South Raja Ampat
  • Departure Port: LABUHAN BAJO, FLORES
  • Return Port: LABUHAN BAJO, FLORES
  • Length: 6 Days / 5 Nights (Approximately 20 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

Day 1
Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour. During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable. Check dive in the afternoon at one of the reefs surrounding Sorong. Overnight sailing to Dampier Straits.
Sample itinerary, order of dive areas visited may change driven by local regulation, e.g. Waisai area might be visited first, please Note: This is a sample itinerary and nº of dives, dive sites, etc. may be subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforseeable factors

Day 2
The Raja Ampat archipelago owns the worldwide record of the greatest number of different species found in one single dive. What else do we need to say?…….ok, just add the most pristine and colourfull coral gardens, outstanding landscapes, primitive fishing villages and of course, Paradise Birds !
Leaving from the port of Sorong, in the “Bird’ s head peninsula”, we will travel through the archipelago from the island of Waigeo in the north to Misool in the south. The area where we will sail holds the record of the biggest number of different species counted in a single dive. The reefs of Raja Empat enjoy a healthy marine biodiversity with more than 400 species of coral having been discovered here.
Besides the abundance of fauna, this region contains numerous wrecks of Japanese ships and aeroplanes from the terrible battles held during the Second World War in this area. All the ingredients for a perfect adventure!
Diving in the fabulous reefs in the Dampier Straits: Sardine reef, Blue Magic and Mioskon amongst others. Night dive at Saporkren jetties (muck diving).

Day 3
Early morning excursion under the canopy at Gam to see the birds of paradise. Diving in Mike’s Point, Cape Kri and night dive in Yenbeser.

Day 4
Dive the jetties of Airborek and around the Penemu area, in My Reef, Melissa’s Garden, The Lagoon, etc. Afternoon ascent to viewpoint in Fam. Overnight sail to Misool.

Day 5 – 6
Two dives in Sagof, afternoon in Baby Rock and night dive in Nudi City (Gamfi). Shadow Reef (aka Manta Mountain), two dives in Jamur Boo (Boo Rocks) and night dive in Yilliet.

Day 7 – 9
Few days dive in the fabulous reefs of the Fiabacet group, such as Nudi Rock, Tank Rock, Whale Rock and night dive in the small Yilliet. Optional visit to Misool Eco Resort.
Diving the caves in Goa Farondi, The Friendly Canyon and Razorback, and tender boat tour to the lagoons, plus visit to cave with bats and stalactites in the afternoon. Overnight sailing to Batanta.

Day 10
Two muck dives in the morning on the black sand slopes of South Batanta, such as Black Beauty or Happy Ending.

Cenderawasih & turtles
  • Departure Port: Frans Kaisiepo
  • Return Port: Sorong
  • Length: 6 Days / 5 Nights (Approximately 20 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

Itinerary highlights
Cenderawasih Bay in North East Papua is the largest Marine Park in Indonesia, some of the finest coral gardens and dramatic vertical walls to dive, Cenderawasih Bay is the only place in the World to easily see a large quantity of Whale Sharks.
Get up close and personal with Mantas, Whale sharks, A unique, mind-blowing array of colourful Critters not seen anywhere else in the world. The stunning beauty of Raja Ampat’s exotic & enchanting islands, everything from Pygmy Seahorses to ‘Top Predators’

Day 1
Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour. During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable. Dive the wrecks of the landing barges in Pulau Numfor, completely covered in soft corals and small fish creating a little oasis of life on the white sand slope in which they lay

Day 2
Cenderawasih bay is a marine park located in the north coast of Irian Jaya, east of Birds Head peninsula. This marine park covers an area of approximately 80 square kilometres, which has become the largest National Marine Park throughout Southeast Asia. Because of its isolated location this bay is protected from the Pacific currents which promote the gathering of certain endemic species.
In Cenderawasih Bay we can encounter in the shallows species that normally live in deeper waters. We will also find a wide variety of corals. The good muck diving will keep the lovers of the tiny and strange Critters busy, they will enjoy searching for Pigmy Seahorses, Tiger Prawns and Frog fish among other species. The whale-sharks are not the only attraction in Cenderawasih Bay, it is also popular for the WW2 wrecks in Manokwari and Mansinam, for the beautiful coral gardens in Biak, and for the atolls and rich drop-offs covered in black coral, sponges, sea fans and rich marine biodiversity.
It is also a critter’s heaven and pygmy sea horses, frog fish, nudibranches, ghost pipe fish, mimic octopus and large varieties of crab and shrimp are often spotted. Cenderawasih Bay is since 2002 protected by the National Park Status and new species are still discovered. The number of species listed has now risen to 1,596.

Day 3
Wall diving in the atolls, in Tridacna Wall and Spag Point.

Day 4 – 5
Two days dive the bagans with whalesharks.

Day 6 – 10
Dive around Tanjung Mangguar and muck diving in Nepanyaur bay. Dive north Roon, Pulau Auri and the remains of a Zero plane wreck in Tanjung Ayami. Dive around Pulau Purup. WWII Japanese wrecks (Shinwa Maru, Cross wreck or Pillbox wreck) in Manokwari bay. Dive the wrecks around Pulau Amsterdam. If conditions are favorable, visit to the leatherback turtle rookeries at night.

Day 11
Two dives outside Sorong on a reef patch named “Green Light”

  • Year built: 2000
  • Year Renovated: 2013
  • Length: 32
  • Beam: 8
  • Top speed: 9
  • Cruising speed: 8
  • Engines: 1 x MAN 400HP
  • Max guests: 16
  • Number of cabins: 8
  • Number of bathrooms: 8
  • Tenders: 2 x Yamaha 40hp
  • Water capacity: 10 tons
  • Fuel capacity: 12 Tons
  • Freshwater maker: 2000 litres /day
  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Emergency flares
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