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Ambon – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

Start your cruise in the second capital of muck diving Ambon Bay. Dive the famous Banda islands and visit the main port in Banda Neira where there is so much to see, learn and explore. Finish this fantastic trip in Raja Ampat.

Raja Ampat is the seascape’s crown jewel. Fittingly, the name means “four kings.” The four main islands or “Kings” of the archipelago: Waigeo in the north, Salawati west of Sorong, Batanta north of Salawati, and Misool in the south.

Raja Ampat has been documented as one of the last frontiers of unspoilt diving. The archipelago’s pristine reefs are not only rich, but the region also proves to have the greatest coral reef biodiversity for its size in the world. The Bird’s Head Seascape holds: 2,500 islands and reefs, 1,320 fish species, 550 coral species and all that is yet to be discovered.

 

Ambon – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

Ambon – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat with

Mermaid I

MV Mermaid I

12 days / 11 nights32 Dives
Mermaid II

MV Mermaid II

12 days / 11 nights32 Dives
Day
Itinerary with MV Mermaid I Ambon – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat
Dives

Day 1

Check-in on board Mermaid I. After arriving at Ambon and a safety briefing. You will do two dives at Ambon Bay in some fabulous muck dives with critters galore. This area is known for many rare and unusual species including the psychedelic frogfish and Rhinopias.

Dives

2

Day 2-3

The next two days will be spent in the Banda Islands, formerly known as the Spice Islands. Many of the dive sites around the Banda islands are wall dives. The walls are covered in massive gorgonians, soft corals, barrel sponges and have some very interesting swim throughs. But there are other attractive dive sites such as pinnacles with enormous groups of schooling pyramid butterflyfish, triggerfish and pelagic fishes such as tunas passing through, spectacular hard coral reefs next to the volcano, and great muck dives with lots of mandarin fish at the local jetty.


The Banda Islands are much more than diving. It is also a cultural and historical experience. You will spend one morning walking around the village of Banda Neira the main island, with a local guide, visiting the local museum, the old Dutch fort, the old colonial governor’s house, the local fish market and a nutmeg plantation, where you will have breakfast.

Dives

6

Day 4

Manuk, an extinct volcano about 65 nautical miles south of the Banda Islands, is one of two places in Indonesia where there are huge aggregations of sea snakes: Chinese sea snakes and banded sea kraits. It is an incredible experience to dive surrounded on all sides by sea snakes. The island is surrounded by black sandy slopes with hard coral reefs and volcanic ridges covered in gorgonians with zillions of fusiliers and pelagic fishes such as Spanish mackerels and dogtooth tunas passing through.


Cruise overnight to Koon.

Dives

3

Day 5

Pulau Koon is a small island on the southeast of Ceram, half way between Raja Ampat and the Banda Islands. Here you will find walls covered in soft corals and sandy slopes with hard coral bommies. But the most interesting feature of this island is the amount of schooling fish and pelagics, including barracudas, bigeye trevallies, aggregations of red snappers, pompanos, batfish and giant groupers.


Cruise overnight to Misool, Raja Ampat.

Dives

3

Day 6-7

The next two days will be spent around the island of Misool, where there are literally hundreds of dive sites. Misool is heaven for wide angle photographers. The prettiest soft coral reefs in the world are located in Misool. In addition, there are multiple pinnacles surrounded by masses of schooling fish, barracudas, jacks and snappers.


There will be some excursions with the tenders through some amazing inner lagoons, with fantastic scenery and wildlife sightings.


Cruise overnight to Dampier Strait.

Dives

6

Day 8-10

The next three days will be spent around the Dampier Strait, the strait between the island of Waigeo, the Bird’s Head Peninsula and the northern side of Batanta Island.


The Dampier Strait is known for a huge variety of diving, from giant mantas to mangroves, beautiful reefs, many pinnacles and sea mounts covered in schooling fish, aggregations of sweetlips, schooling barracudas, schools of bumphead parrotfish, massive schools of fusiliers and lots of wobbegong sharks. It is also a great location for critters and macro subjects, with several species of pygmy seahorses and a large variety of nudibranchs.


There are also several jetties to do some great night dives, where you can see Raja epaulette sharks, toadfish, frogfish and crocodile fish.


In the afternoon between dives, you can visit several traditional Papuan villages, meet the locals and walk on white sandy beaches.

Dives

10

Day 11

The last two dives of your cruise will be done in Dampier Strait area. Where big schools of fish and glorious corals are simply amazing! After the second dive MV Mermaid I must go back to Sorong. The crew will take care of rinsing your equipment and there’s time to pack during this 4-5 hour run.

Dives

2

Day 12

After breakfast, Mermaid I staff will transfer you to the airport.


This is a sample itinerary and is subject to changes beyond the operator’s control. The exact itinerary for your cruise may be adapted to best suit the weather conditions, tides and currents, season and other prevailing events.

Dives

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Total Dives: 32
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Day
Itinerary with MV Mermaid II Ambon – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat
Dives

Day 1

Check-in on board Mermaid II. After arriving at Ambon and a safety briefing. You will do two dives at Ambon Bay in some fabulous muck dives with critters galore. This area is known for many rare and unusual species including the psychedelic frogfish and Rhinopias.

Dives

2

Day 2-3

The next two days will be spent in the Banda Islands, formerly known as the Spice Islands. Many of the dive sites around the Bandas are wall dives. The walls are covered in massive gorgonians, soft corals, barrel sponges and have some very interesting swim throughs. But there are other attractive dive sites such as pinnacles with enormous groups of schooling pyramid butterflyfish, triggerfish and pelagic fishes such as tunas passing through, spectacular hard coral reefs next to the volcano, and great muck dives with lots of mandarin fish at the local jetty.


The Banda Islands are much more than diving. It is also a cultural and historical experience. You will spend one morning walking around the village of Banda Neira with a local guide, visiting the local museum, the old Dutch fort, the old colonial governor’s house, the local fish market and a nutmeg plantation, where you will have breakfast.


Cruise overnight to Manuk.

Dives

6

Day 4

Manuk, an extinct volcano about 65 nautical miles south of the Banda Islands, is one of two places in Indonesia where there are huge aggregations of sea snakes: Chinese sea snakes and banded sea kraits. It is an incredible experience to dive surrounded on all sides by sea snakes. The island is surrounded by black sandy slopes with hard coral reefs and volcanic ridges covered in gorgonians with zillions of fusiliers and pelagic fishes such as Spanish mackerels and dogtooth tunas passing through.


Cruise overnight to Pulau Koon, Ceram.

Dives

3

Day 5

Pulau Koon is a small island on the southeast of Ceram, half way between Raja Ampat and the Banda Islands. Here you will find walls covered in soft corals and sandy slopes with hard coral bommies. But the most interesting feature of this island is the amount of schooling fish and pelagics, including barracudas, bigeye trevallies, aggregations of red snappers, pompanos, batfish and giant groupers.


Cruise overnight to Misool.

Dives

3

Day 6-7

The next two days will be spent around the island of Misool, where there are literally hundreds of dive sites. Misool is heaven for wide angle photographers. The prettiest soft corals reefs in the world are located in Misool. In addition, there are multiple pinnacles surrounded by masses of schooling fish, barracudas, jacks and snappers.


There will be some excursions with the tenders through some amazing inner lagoons, with fantastic scenery and wildlife sightings.


Cruise overnight to Dampier Strait.

Dives

6

Day 8-10

The next three days will be spent around the Dampier Strait, the strait between the island of Waigeo, the Bird’s Head peninsula and the northern side of Batanta island.


The Dampier Strait is known for a huge variety of diving, from giant mantas to mangroves, beautiful reefs, many pinnacles and sea mounts covered in schooling fish, aggregations of sweetlips, schooling barracudas, schools of bumphead parrotfish, massive schools of fusiliers and lots of wobbegongs sharks. It is also a great location for critters and macro subjects, with several species of pygmy seahorses and a large variety of nudibranchs.


There are also several jetties to do some great night dives, where you can see Raja epaulette sharks, toadfish, frogfish and crocodilefish.


In the afternoon between dives, you can visit several traditional Papuan villages, meet the locals and walk on white sandy beaches.

Dives

10

Day 11

Two dives in Dampier Strait. More of the same. Fish, fish, fish, glorious corals and all! Then back to Sorong Mermaid II must go. The crew will take care of rinsing your equipment and there’s time to pack during this 4-5 hour run.

Dives

2

Day 12

After breakfast, Mermaid II staff will transfer you to the airport.


This is a sample itinerary and is subject to changes beyond the operator’s control. The exact itinerary for your cruise may be adapted to best suit the weather conditions, tides and currents, season and other prevailing events.

Dives

-

Total Dives: 32
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Departure Port

Ambon

Arrival Port

Sorong

Free Transfers

Transfers are included on departure days from Ambon airport (AMQ) and on arrival days to Sorong airport (SOQ). The free transfers will ensure hassle free transport to and from Mermaid I & II

Convenient Departure Location

We depart out of Ambon Harbour – which is conveniently located in  main town of Ambon a quick 10 minute ride from the airport.

Departures and Arrivals

All cruise departure will be approximately 1500 hours and arrival time back will be 08:00 hours giving a lot of time to catch a same day flight.

First class luxury liveaboard at affordable prices

We offer exceptional value when compared to other boats operating in the region in both price and in comfort.

Airlines Recommendation

Below are the airlines that fly to this destination. Should you wish to have a streamlined travel experience for your trip, we will be happy to arrange your flight, please inform us when making an inquiry through our inquiry form.

  • Garuda Indonesia

    Garuda Indonesia is the national airline of Indonesia. Named after the holy bird Garuda of Hinduism from the national emblem of Indonesia. Garuda flies to most of our ports of embarkation and disembarkation. At the time of writing they offer an extra 23kg baggage allowance for sports gear, including scuba diving equipment.

  • Batik Air

    Batik Air is a full-service airline which began operations in May 2013. This airline is part of the Lion Air group. Batik Air flies to many of Mermaid’s destinations. They offer some convenient options such as direct flights from Jakarta to Sorong, for our Raja Ampat cruises, or to Ambon to join some of our most exciting cruises.

  • Lion Air

    Lion Air is an Indonesian low-cost airline and is the second largest low-cost airline in Southeast Asia after AirAsia and the largest airline of Indonesia. The airline operates domestic as well as international routes, which connects different destinations of Indonesia. Wings Air is part of Lion Air and flies to the more remote destinations. Batik Air is also part of the Lion Air group. Between all these airlines, Lion, Wings and Batik can fly you to any of the area where we operate.

  • Sriwijaya Air

    Sriwijaya Air is an Indonesian airline based in Jakarta. Garuda Indonesia group recently took over the operation of Sriwijaya Air. This airline is the country’s third largest carrier and offers flights to various Indonesian destinations and a few international destinations. Sriwijaya also offer convenient direct flights from Jakarta to Sorong for our Raja Ampat cruises.

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The boat is in-port for its yearly maintenance schedule

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      Date Trip Code Itinerary Master Single Deluxe Lower Deck Status
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      Feb
      2020
      MMII 06/20AR

      Ambon – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

      Duration: 12D 11N

      Return: 08 Mar 2020

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      MMI 09/20AR

      Ambon – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

      Duration: 12D 11N

      Return: 09 Apr 2020

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      19
      Feb
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      Ambon – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

      Duration: 12D 11N

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      31
      Mar
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      Ambon – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

      Duration: 12D 11N

      Return: 11 Apr 2021

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      26 Feb 2020

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      Ambon – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

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      08 Mar 2020

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      29 Mar 2020

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      Ambon – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

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      19 Feb 2021

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      MMII 06/21AR

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      Ambon – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

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      02 Mar 2021

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      31 Mar 2021

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      Ambon – Banda Sea – Raja Ampat

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      11 Apr 2021

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