Togian Islands April/May 2020

Togian Islands April/May 2020

Togian Islands April/May 2020

Visit Indonesia’s extraordinary & rarely dived Togian Islands

11 nights, 12 days aboard the luxury Dewi Nusantara

Join Richard & Wendy on this ‘Our Beloved Seas‘ expedition and hunt for the Walea Soft Coral Pygmy Seahorse with the expert

Gorontalo

Gorontalo is the start point of this trip

Togian Islands

The Togian Islands are the home of the Walea Soft Coral Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus waleananus)

Bitung

Bitung in Lembeh Strait is the end point of our Togian adventures
22nd April – 3rd May 2020

1 x Male Share & 1 x Female Share in Deluxe Cabins

This trip is immediately followed by 10 nights at Lembeh Resort, please enquire if interested
As Our Beloved Seas, Wendy and I are always looking to push boundaries of diving in Indonesia.  Between us, we have spent 34 years of diving around this fantastic country.  I visited the rarely dived Togian Islands in 2008 to study the area’s unique pygmy seahorse, the Walea Soft Coral Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus waleananus).  This little beauty is very poorly known and few people have ever seen it.  I have been keen to return to the Togians ever since, but the resort I stayed at has since closed.  We will also enjoy the area’s stunning corals and Gorontalo’s Gaudi-esque sponges before ending up in the fabled Lembeh Strait.

Trip start: 22nd April 2020

Trip end: 3rd May 2020

Prices start from: US$ 6999

Availability: 1 x Male share & 1 x Female share in Deluxe Cabins

Depart from: Gorontalo (we can arrange flights via Makassar and Manado)

Return to: Bitung (Lembeh Strait)

We begin the trip in Gorontalo, which, although rarely dived, is renowned for its amazing sponge growths.  From there we will head into the Togian Islands of the Tomini Gulf in search of the endemic Walea Soft Coral Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus waleananus) and the Togian Flasher (Paracheilinus togeanensis), among other unique fauna of the bay.  We end the trip in Lembeh Strait, visiting some unusual muck sites en route.  After the trip, we will spend another 10 days at Lembeh Resort which can be either in combination with this trip or as a stand alone trip.  Please contact us for details.

LIVING ABOARD

Living aboard Dewi Nusantara is as close to a five star experience as is possible in the faraway corners of the Indonesian archipelago.

With an overall length of 57 meters, our three masted topsail schooner moves with a grace and stability that only larger sailing vessels can offer. 2000 square meters of sail are complemented by two 500 horsepower marine engines and two desalinators that each produce 5000 liters of fresh water per day. We purposely designed the Goddess of the Archipelago to be totally independent for long periods at sea while offering unparalleled comfort. There are eight spacious air-conditioned staterooms, that can be adapted to either twin or double use, each with its own en suite bathroom. The master and commanders’ cabin aft is the size of a large hotel suite.

While you experience the romance of a bygone area you will be able to indulge in the sheer luxury of finding lots of space everywhere you go from bow to stern. There is a huge lounge and the dining facilities are those of a superb restaurant.

With her state of the art diving equipment Dewi Nusantara has become the ultimate live-aboard diving platform in Indonesia. Her discreet and attentive Indonesian crew of 18 is complemented by one cruise director and four dive-masters who all have a long experience in the area.

Inclusions:
Food & Beverages
Diving
Marine life talks by Dr Richard Smith
Airport transfers to meet Dewi

Exclusions:
Port & Harbour Fees
Long Distance Fees
Airfares, both domestic and international
Spirits and wine (one serve of wine is provided with dinner)

Prices start from $6999 per person

AMAZING! Richard is able to make scientific talks hugely entertaining . I learnt so much, and every dive after the talks I found myself on the hunt for the new critters I had just learnt all about. Brilliant!

Madeleine

Australia

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The talks enhance the diving experience and encourage new interest outside the obviously spectacular! Friendly, approachable organisation

Martin

United Kingdom