RAJA AMPAT TO LEMBEH LIVEABOARDS – EXPLORATION CRUISES
(or reverse with Mermaid I)
How to get there?
The closest international airport for Lembeh is Manado – North Sulawesi, which easily can be reached from Singapore. From Sam Ratulangi Manado Airport you will be transferred by car for approximately 1.5 hours to Bitung harbour.
Transfers are included on departure/arrival days from Manado International airport (MDC), Manado & Bitung regions.
To go to Raja Ampat, you will need to fly to Sorong – West Papua Airport. Sorong can be easily reached by domestic flights from one of Indonesia below international airports: Jakarta/Makassar/Manado.
Transfers are included on departure/arrival days from/to Sorong airport, Sorong city regions.
|Day||MV MERMAID I ITINERARY – 12 days/11 nights
RAJA AMPAT TO LEMBEH SULAWESI
|Day 1||Check-in on board MV Mermaid I. Start cruising towards the Dampier Strait (South Waigeo)..||0-2|
|Day 2/3||The Strait Of Dampier is the Strait between Waigeo and the Bird’s Head Peninsula. Together with Misool, it is the best known area for diving in Raja Ampat. All the dive sites around the Dampier Strait are known for the huge amount of schooling fish; schooling barracudas, schools of bigeye trevallies, oceanic triggerfish, spadefish, surgeonfish, and snappers. Besides the schooling fish, it is also an area where we get to see blacktips, whitetips, and wobbegongs sharks.Some of the best manta dives are also located in the Dampier Strait. These are Manta Sandy (or Manta Mantra), and Blue Magic. Manta Sandy been a sandy slope with several bommies that the mantas use as a cleaning station. And Blue Magic, a small pinnacle where the giant mantas congregate, and also get cleaned Some of the best mangrove dives are also located in the Dampier Strait, around the island of Yanggefo and the island of Gam.The Dampier Strait is not only known for the amount of schooling fish, the mantas, or the mangroves, but also for the bommies that can be found in the shallow areas of the reefs. Some of these bommies are covered with beautiful soft corals, as well as with glassfish.And of course we cannot forget the dive sites in some of the jetty from the local villages, where the pillars of the jetties are covered in soft corals and small critters.
Best known dive sites in the Dampier Strait :Cape Kri, Sardine Reef, Chicken Reef, Mioskon, Blue Magic, Mike’s Point, Manta Sandy, Arborek Jetty, Mangrove Ridge, Citrus Ridge.Cruise overnight to Misool.
|Day 4-6||Misool is the most southern island in Raja Ampat, and it is surrounded by several hundred small islands and rocks. Some of the nicest soft coral reefs in the world are located in Misool. It is impossible to describe only several dive sites since there are literally hundreds of them. Every year new dive sites are discovered around Misool.Many of the dive sites around Misool are just as fishy as the ones from the Dampier Strait, with same schools of barracudas, spadefish, pinjalo snappers, and zillions of fusiliers. But Misool is also a great macro place. It is known as the kingdom of the pygmy seahorses, as well as having small allied cowries in the gorgonian seafans, and nudibranches.Best known diving areas around Misool:Within each of the following areas, there are always several dive sites. Wagma, Farondi, Balbulol, Sagof, Daram, Yellit, Boo, Warakaraket, Fiabacet, Kalig, Wayilbatan, Wayil, Pele and Nampele (Blue Water Mangroves).Cruise overnight to Pulau Pisang.||11|
|Day 7||Pulau Pisang – These are a set of 2 islands and 2 small rocks between Misool and Halmahera. We spend the whole day here. The diving is pretty nice, sloping reefs with healthy soft on the deeper areas and hard corals bommies in the shallows. When the currents are strong, the dive sites can be very fishy, schooling bumphead parrotfish, zillions of blue triggerfish, and dogtooth tunas passing by.Cruise overnight to the Strait of Patintie (Halmahera).||3|
|Day 8||Strait on Patintie – whole day in the south of Halmahera. 2 great pinnacles break the surface – excellent dive sites due to the amount of schooling fish as well as the healthy state of the soft corals. Blacktips, Whitetips, turtles and napoleons are some of the highlights. Strong currents here will disctate when we dive. Other sites offer great opportunities as well. Procco Channel between 2 islands – starts with a sandy slope with several large bommie then we enter the channel and hook on to see what is passing by ! Wow! After this exhilarating day we cruise overnight to Goraici Islands.||4|
|Day 9||Goraici Islands – located to the cost of Halmahera. They have beautiful white sandy beaches with small villages, and amazing reefs and pinnacles. Colorful soft coral in the deeper parts and hard coral garden in the shallows. The jetty’s from the local villages are a great place to do night dives with lots of critters.||4|
|Day 10||Pulau Tifore: a small island between Halmahera and Lembeh with a great submerged reef about ½ mile from the island. The main attraction here is definitely the barracudas – hundreds and hundreds have made this their home for years. Really amazing especially if you can get inside the swirling vortex of the barracudas. Cruise overnight to Sulawesi.||4|
|Day 11||Lembeh Strait – some of the best muck diving in Indonesia ! Black sand environment full of critters. Frogfish, all kinds of octopi, spiny devilfish, nudi heaven, etc… Everybody more or less knows what diving in Lembeh is like.||2/3|
|Day 12||Disembark in for transfer to your resort or on to Manado for the next leg of your adventure. Lembeh is home to some wonderful dive resorts with the opportunity of hours of fabulous diving. Contact Mermaid Liveaboards or your agent to book you in – while in Lembeh it would be shame not to maximize your opportunity to stay here or perhaps head north for the walls of Bunaken National Park – also brilliant diving.||0|