Philippines: Off the Beaten Path – 2024 *NEW TRIP*

Philippines: Off the Beaten Path – 2024 *NEW TRIP*

Philippines: Off the Beaten Path – Feb 2024

Philippines: Off the Beaten Path

10 night trips aboard Atlantis’ Azores

Join Richard and Wendy’s ‘Our Beloved Seas’ expedition to explore some of the less frequently visited areas of the Philippines

Puerto Galera

The start and end location for each of the charters

Romblon

Trip 1: New Muck Diving must-visit location!

Apo Island

Trip 2: Mini, rarely dived, Tubbataha-like remote reef.

Coron Islands

Trips 1 & 2: Coron is full of newly discovered micro-endemics and some yet to be named!

Anilao

Trip 1: We’ll visit Philippine’s other big muck diving location, Anilao

3-13th February 2024

Trip 1: Romblon & Coron

Spaces available – Contact us below
14-24th February 2024

Trip 2: Apo Island, Anilao & Coron

Spaces available – Contact us below
As one of the six Coral Triangle countries, the biodiversity of the Philippines is second to none. We have visited Dumaguete, Tubbataha, Cebu and Anilao in the past and are keen to visit a different part of the archipelago. Rich visited Coron several years ago in search of the many micro-endemic species that are found only there. These include three of the four species of damselfishes found in the Indo-Pacific that brood their young. There are many other new and yet-to-be-named species here too, so both trips will visit this wonderful area! We were also keen to add some muck diving, so each of the two trips will have a different spot on the itinerary. The first trip will visit Romblon, which is the new kid on the block for Asian muck diving. Ordinarily it’s very hard to reach, so liveaboard makes it much easier! The second will visit Apo Island for pelagics, and Anilao for muck. We visit Anilao in the past and saw an array of incredible animals. All round, both of these trips will be unique and have something for divers wanting to dive a bit deeper in the Philippines.

TRIP ONE

Trip start: 3rd February 2024
Trip end: 13th February 2024
Prices start from: US$ 6,000
Availability: Spaces available
Depart from: Puerto Galera (group will meet in Manila)
Return to: Puerto Galera

TRIP TWO

Trip start: 14th February 2024 
Trip end: 24th February 2024
Prices start from: US$ 6,000
Availability: Spaces available
Depart from: Puerto Galera (group will meet in Manila)
Return to: Puerto Galera

The Azores has set new standards in liveaboard diving in the Philippines, and as many of our guests say, in Asia. Azores is the perfect place from which to explore some of the best diving in the world  only possible by liveaboard.

Food & Beverages
Nitrox
Diving
Marine life talks by Dr Richard Smith

Prices start from $5,640.00 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

New Ireland PNG October 2023 *NEW TRIP*

New Ireland PNG October 2023 *NEW TRIP*

New Ireland & New Hanover PNG October 2023 *NEW TRIP*

Visit Papua New Guinea’s Remote New Hanover & New Ireland

Join one of our back to back 10 night expeditions aboard Walindi Resort’s brand new MV Oceania

Join one of Richard and Wendy’s ‘Our Beloved Seas’ expeditions to this very special area of Papua New Guinea

Rabaul

Kavieng

TRIP ONE: Rabaul to Kavieng (via West New Ireland)
1-11th October 2023

 

1 x Cabin & 1 x Male Share Available – Contact us for details
TRIP TWO: Kavieng to Rabaul (via East New Ireland)
13-23rd October 2023
1 x Cabin Available & 1 x Male Share Available – Contact us for details
Rich first visited this remote corner of the world in 1999, and it had a profound influence over his future diving. Although he didn’t see them himself, he first heard of pygmy seahorses during this trip. He remembers outstanding shark action, schooling fish and wrecks. These two trips will have the added adventure of exploring the west coast of New Ireland on the first trip and the east coast on the second (weather permitting of course). These are set to be the trips of a lifetime. The influence of Pacific fauna on our sightings will be interesting to see.

 

* Although this is a remote location, recent updates in the airline routings have made it much more accessible than it used to be. Whilst you can easily fly through Australia, Wendy and Rich will be flying direct from Singapore to Port Moresby and connecting through to Air Niugini domestic to the direct Rabaul flight. What’s more, Air Niugini who do this international/domestic flight give 45kg allowance for economy tickets if you are a diver!

TRIP ONE

Trip start: 1st October 2023

Trip end: 11th October 2023

Prices start from: $6,000 including Nitrox and local Taxes

Availability: 1 x Cabin Available & 1 x Male Share Available

Depart from: Rabaul

Return to: Kavieng

TRIP TWO

Trip start: 13th October 2023

Trip end: 23rd October 2023

Prices start from: $6,000 including Nitrox and local Taxes

Availability: 1 x Female Share Available & 1 x Male Share Available

Depart from: Kavieng

Return to: Rabaul

 

We will be setting sail at the beginning of the first trip from Rabaul on the Papua New Guinean island of New Britain and up the west coast of New Ireland to circumnavigate New Hanover, before ending in Kavieng.

The second trip will be in reverse, but will have a little less time in New Hanover due to the planned routing down the east coast of New Ireland. This is the more exposed side of the island, and this is the correct time of year for this trip but weather conditions these days can be quite unpredicatble, so if needs be we may have to reroute.

Trip One: Green

Trip Two: Red

MV Oceania is the brand new vessel, completed in 2019, from the owners of PNG’s iconic Walindi Resort and MV Febrina. She can accommodate 16 guests in twin/double en suite accommodation.  There are 3 queen-bed cabins and 5 twin shares.

MV Oceania

Food & Beverages (complementary wine with dinner – otherwise alcohol is not included)
8.5 days of Diving
Marine life talks by Dr Richard Smith
Return airport transfers
Light laundry 

Exclusions:
Nitrox
Environmental and safety fees

Please contact us for prices

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

East Timor, Alor & More… Nov/Dec 2022 *NEW TRIP*

East Timor, Alor & More… Nov/Dec 2022 *NEW TRIP*

Indonesia: East Timor, Alor & More… November/December 2022

Explore the diversity of Indonesia from exotic East Timor, to Alor and Beyond

Aboard the luxurious Damai I, we’ll enjoy the range of Indonesia’s dives

Join Richard and Wendy’s ‘Our Beloved Seas‘ expeditions in the heart of the Coral Triangle

Kupang

Kalabahi

Labuan Bajo

Trip 1: Kupang (East Timor) to Kalabahi (Alor) 
23rd November – 3rd December 2022

Full – Contact us to join Waitlist

Trip 2: Kalabahi (Alor) to Labuan Bajo (Komodo) 
4-14th December 2022

1 x Female Share & 1 x Male Share

Indonesia has a huge diversity of marine environments, and hence dive sites.  During these two trips aboard the stunning Damai we will sail from Kupang in East Timor, Indonesia up the Pantar Strait, visiting some of our favourite dive sites at Beangabang, Pura Island and muck diving in the Kalabahi Strait. This area is full of many rare and endemic fishes, many of which have very rarely been recorded alive by scientists.  We will enjoy a diversity of dives, from oceanic reefs, to muck dives and fringing reefs.  Each area has its own community of animals and we will be searching for fishes endemic to each area we visit. Above waters, the scenery is out of this world. Volcanoes punctuate the horizon, making this a once in a life time trip to the edge of the world.

TRIP ONE

Trip start: 23rd November 2022

Trip end: 3rd December 2022

Prices start from: Please contact us.

Availability: Full – contact us for Waitlist

Depart from: Kupang

Return to: Kalabahi

TRIP TWO

Trip start: 4th December 2022

Trip end: 14th December 2022

Prices start from: Please contact us.

Availability: 1 x Female Share & 1 x Male Share

Depart from: Kalabahi

Return to: Labuan Bajo

Trip I:

We will visit some rarely dived areas around Kupang, in Indonesia’s East Timor. This time of year offers a chance to visit some remote and hard-to-access sites, as well as positioning us to also visit some of our favourite sites in all of Indonesia.

 

Trip II:

Again, this time of year is perfect to access other sites that are usually prohibited by exposure to large seas. We have had many of these on our radars for several years and given some of the other discoveries we’ve made in this region, the opportunities are huge! N.B We don’t plan to dive in the Komodo area on this trip, instead taking the time to make the most of the islands east of Komodo which we are very excited to explore.

MY DAMAI I was built in Tanjung Bira, South Sulawesi, by Pak Hadji Baso, the most prestigious builder in the area in 2009. The collaboration of traditional skills with years of experience in the Indonesian liveaboard diving industry has created a remarkable vessel.

MY DAMAI I have been designed to offer a personal service dedicated to small groups. With an overall length of 40 meters (130 feet) and a beam of over 8 meters (26 feet) the vessel has 7 staterooms with a choice of single cabins, twins, doubles or two spacious master cabins. With sizes ranging from 18 sq meters / 194 sq feet for the single cabin to 40 sq meters / 430 sq feet for the master cabin, all are furnished with either queen- or king-sized beds, en-suite toilets, and showers.

The vessel has been designed with three large deck areas for relaxing in sun or shade and enjoying rejuvenating massage and spa treatments. Specifically designed for divers, the vessel offers large dive stations with individual rinse tanks, a camera room with separate workstations, and an integrated 110v and 220v charging station for each photographer.

Trip I: Red
Trip II: Green

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

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

Please contact us for prices

Register your interest or join the waitlist

6 + 7 =

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

Martin

United Kingdom

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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

Fiji Oct/Nov 2024

Fiji Oct/Nov 2024

Fiji Oct/Nov 2024

Fijian Exploration and Fantastic Diving aboard Nai’a

Choose between our two trips on Fiji’s Premier liveaboard

Join Richard and Wendy’s ‘Our Beloved Seas’ expedition in search of Fiji’s unique fishes

Fiji iconic Liveaboard adventure

Fijian exploration around the world famous Bligh Waters and beyond

Lau Group Exploration

Trip One: Bligh Waters – 10 nights
19-29th October 2024
Spaces Available
Trip Two: Special Lau Group Charter – 11 nights
29th October – 9th November 2024
Spaces Available

Wendy and Richard have had many connections with Fiji over the years.  Wendy lived in Fiji as a teenager and even learned to dive there. Richard has made several visits to the islands to dive, but also worked as a marine conservationist for a project based in the islands several years ago.
This time, with their charters of Nai’a they will be able to explore further afield and hunt for those elusive endemics and stunning reefs. They have chosen to dive with Nai’a, the nation’s most iconic and long-standing liveaboard. The first charter is a slightly longer 10 night trip out to the rarely visited and off the beaten path Lau Group with 57 islets to the east of Vitu Levu. The second, 9 night, trip will be more centrally based around the Bligh Waters and beyond. We’ll have any of Fiji’s endemic fishes on our radar. Particularly for Richard, Marjorie’s fairy wrasse and an undescribed syngnathid are musts!

 

 

TRIP ONE: Bligh Waters – 10 nights

Trip start: 19th October 2024

Trip end: 29th October 2024

Prices start from: US$ 6250

Availability: SPACES AVAILABLE 

Depart from: Nadi

Return to: Nadi

TRIP TWO: Special Lau Group Charter – 11 nights

Trip start: 29th October 2024

Trip end: 9th November 2024

Prices start from: US$ 5200

Availability: SPACES AVAILABLE 

Depart from: Nadi

Return to: Nadi

We have two fantastic itineraries aboard the Nai’a liveaboard.  The first trip, 10 nights, will take in the central islands and the world famous Bligh Water between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu over nine nights. The second, 11 nights long, will explore the Lau Group of Islands to the east of Viti Levu. These off the beaten path islands are very rarely visited and dived, so we will look forward to exploring them with the region’s most knowledgeable crew.  Both will of course have stunning reefs and fascinating indigenous species that we shall be hunting for.

 

Designed and built in Holland by the world’s finest steel ship craftsmen, NAI’A is 120ft long and 30ft wide with nine passenger staterooms and room for 14 crew. A solid expeditionary ship, she has the range and stability to sail the far reaches of the Pacific and has travelled from her base in Fiji to Vanuatu and New Caledonia, Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, Funafuti and the Phoenix Islands in Kiribati.

NAI’A has accommodation for 18 passengers in 9 air-conditioned staterooms with private ensuite heads. All the staterooms were entirely rebuilt in 2010 and are larger than those on most dive vessels with plenty of stowage for gear. They are bright, airy, and comfortable and have both 110v and 220v power.

Food & Beverages

Diving

Land tours

Marine life talks by Dr Richard Smith

Transfers from Nadi Airport

 

Prices start from $5200 per person – please contact us for details

 

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

Days to departure

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

Martin

United Kingdom

Milne Bay PNG Feb/March 2023

Milne Bay PNG Feb/March 2023

Milne Bay PNG Feb/March 2023

Visit Papua New Guinea’s Unique Milne Bay

Join one of our three 10 night expeditions aboard Walindi Resort’s brand new MV Oceania

Join one of Richard and Wendy’s ‘Our Beloved Seas’ expeditions to this very special corner of Papua New Guinea

Milne Bay

Rare and unique animals and reefs in PNG’s Milne Bay
15 – 25th February 2023
FULL – Contact us for Waitlist
27th February – 9th March 2023
1 x Male Share – Contact us for Details
 
10 – 20th March 2023

 

1 x Cabin Available + 1 x Female Share – Contact us for Details
After years of trying to get back to Papua New Guinea’s fascinating Milne Bay, we have finally been able to plan two  very special charters aboard Walindi Resort’s brand new MV Oceania.  Many unique organisms make this area their home, including the Milne Bay walking shark (Hemiscyllium michaeli), Vanderloos Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus vanderloosi), Coleman’s pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus colemani – probably this species, or maybe a new one…) and Lacy Scorpionfish (Rhinopias aphanes).  We are so excited to be able to offer these trips,after many years of searching for the ideal trip for our guests.

 

* Although this is a remote location, recent updates in the airline routings have made it much more accessible than it used to be. Whilst you can easily fly through Australia, Wendy and Rich will be flying direct from Singapore to Port Moresby and connecting through on the short direct hop to Alotau. What’s more, Air Niugini who do this international/domestic flight give 45kg allowance for economy tickets if you are a diver!

 

TRIP ONE

Trip start: 15th February 2023

Trip end: 25th February 2023

Prices start from: US$ 5390

Availability: 1 x Cabin Available – Contact us for Details

Depart from: Alotau

Return to: Alotau

TRIP TWO

Trip start: 27th February 2023

Trip end: 9th March 2023

Prices start from: US$ 5390

Availability: 1 x Male Share – Contact us for information

Depart from: Alotau

Return to: Alotau

TRIP THREE

Trip start: 10th March 2023

Trip end: 20th March 2023

Prices start from: US$ 5390

Availability: 1 x Cabin Available – Contact us for Details

Depart from: Alotau

Return to: Alotau

We will be exploring the Greater Milne Bay area during these back to back trips. Since this was the birth place of ‘MuckDiving’, we will of course be doing some of these kinds of dives, whilst also diving the reefs where walking sharks and lacy rhinopias scorpionfish dwell. So few people live around this part of the world, and so few divers are able to dive it that the reefs are as they would have  been  decades ago.  This was the area where I spent time really watching pygmy seahorses and my PhD research questions came to me.
MV Oceania is the brand new vessel, completed in 2019, from the owners of PNG’s iconic Walindi Resort and MV Febrina. She can accommodate 16 guests in twin/double en suite accommodation.  There are 3 queen-bed cabins and 5 twin shares.

MV Oceania

Food & Beverages (complementary wine with dinner – otherwise alcohol is not included)
8.5 days of Diving
Marine life talks by Dr Richard Smith
Return airport transfers
Light laundry 

Exclusions:
Nitrox
Environmental and safety fees $9 per person – per night.

Prices start from $5390 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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12 + 9 =

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

Martin

United Kingdom