Halmahera – March 2025

Halmahera – March 2025

Unexplored Halmahera, Indonesia

March 2025

Unexplored Halmahera from Raja Ampat to Ternate, exploring the northern and eastern coasts of wonderful Halmahera 

All aboard the luxurious Damai II

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

Sorong (Trip Start)

Ternate (Trip End)

Sorong (West Papua) to Ternate (Halmahera)
6-17th March 2025

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Halmahera is one of our favourite places to dive. There are numerous incredible endemic fishes, including the recently described Halmahera walking shark, coral blenny and the matahari dottyback. Most of the diving has been focused around the south and west of the island, but we have chosen this time of year to explore the east and north of Halmahera. We will start the trip in Sorong, before hopping over to Halmahera and exploring the coast there. It’s sure to be a wonderful trip and who knows what other treasures we might discover! 

Trip start: 6th March 2025

Trip end: 17th March 2025

Prices start from: $8,055.00

Availability: Contact us about availability

Depart from: Sorong

Return to: Ternate, Halmahera

DIVE DAMAI’s newest vessel, MY DAMAI II was constructed in Tanjung Bira, South Sulawesi by Pak Hadji Baso in 2011. Pak Hadji Baso is one of the most respected master boat builders in the traditional Indonesian boat building community of Bira and was also the builder of DIVE DAMAI’s first vessel, MY DAMAI I.

MY DAMAI II has a deck length of 40 meters (131 ft) and a beam of 9 meters (29.5 ft) at its widest point. It has been built to an uncompromising standard and fitted with all the latest diving, navigation, and safety equipment to ensure the same level of service appreciated on our first vessel. And, where possible this service has been improved upon through additions such as satellite Wi-Fi capabilities.

The new vessel is slightly larger than the first ensuring three spacious outside deck areas with an outdoor dining facility, our famous massage and spa treatment area and plenty of extra lounging and sunbathing space. The crew to guest ratio remains the same as our first vessel (18 crew to 12 guests). Our hope is that all the new facilities will ensure an even more enjoyable cruise for both our returning and new guests.

Northern Halmahera itinerary

Northern Halmahera itinerary

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

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

Please contact us for prices. Starting at $8,055 for a Deluxe cabin twin share

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2 + 12 =

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

Indonesia: West to East Oct 2025

Indonesia: West to East Oct 2025

Indonesia: From West to East

Togians, Ambon & On…

October/November 2025

Breathtaking Indonesia: Exploring Halmahera’s west coast to the Togian Islands, Ambon and across to Triton Bay

All aboard the luxurious Damai I

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

Ternate (Trip 1 start)

Ambon (Trip 2 end, Trip 3 start)

Gorontalo (Trip 1 end, Trip 2 start)

Kaimana (Trip 3 end)

Trip 1: Ternate (Halmahera) to Gorontalo (Togian Islands) 
15-26th October 2025

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Trip 2: Gorontalo (Togian Islands) to Ambon  
28th October – 8th November 2025

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Trip 3: Ambon to Kaimana (Triton Bay) 
10-21st November 2025

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Both Richard and Wendy have a long history with Indonesia, and it is certainly their second home. Damai offers a wonderful way for us to explore these enchanting isles. This itinerary also offers some of the island chain’s most spectacular diving. Many many endemic and newly discovered marine species will be on our radars. There are almost too many to mention. A top animal for Richard specifically will be the Walea Soft Coral Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus waleananus) in the Togian Islands. There will be a wonderful mix of muck, reef and exploration. What an exciting trio of trips!!

TRIP ONE

Trip start: 15th October 2025

Trip end: 26th October 2025

Prices start from: $6,810.00

Availability: Contact us about availability

Depart from: Ternate

Return to: Gorontalo

TRIP TWO

Trip start: 28th October 2025

Trip end: 8th November 2025

Prices start from: $6,810.00

Availability: Contact us about availability

Depart from: Gorontalo

Return to: Ambon

TRIP THREE

Trip start: 10th November 2025

Trip end: 21st November 2025

Prices start from: $6,810.00

Availability: Contact us about availability

Depart from: Ambon

Return to: Kaimana

Trip I:

Starting on the highly diverse island of Halmahera, famed for its endemic walking shark (Hemiscyllium halmahera), we will head west to the Togian Islands where we will be hunting for the many endemic species including coral blennies and a flahserwrasse. Not least though, the Walea Soft Coral Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus waleananus) will be top of out list!

 

Trip II:

We start in Gorontalo, fabeled for its incredible Dali sponges before again spending some time in the Togian Islands, somewhere that we have been trying to get back to for many years. After that we sail eastwards towards Ambon and it’s incredible muck diving, hopping along the islands on the way.

 

Trip III:

Starting with muck in Ambon we will nead east, likely stopping at Nusa Laut, then over to Momon and the incredible ocean waterfall. Afterwards we will head to Tritron Bay, one of our favourite areas to explore. So many endemics and unusual fishes!

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.

Our Beloved Seas Indonesia Itinerary

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

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

Please contact us for prices. Starting at $6,810 for a Deluxe cabin twin share

Register your interest or join the waitlist

4 + 13 =

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

East Timor, Alor & More… Nov/Dec 2022

East Timor, Alor & More… Nov/Dec 2022

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 + 14 =

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
FULL – Contact us for Waitlist
Trip Two: Special Lau Group Charter – 11 nights
29th October – 9th November 2024
FULL – Contact us for Waitlist

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: 1 x Cabin 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: Full – contact us for waitlist

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

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3 + 14 =

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

Martin

United Kingdom

Solomon Islands – June/July 2024

Solomon Islands – June/July 2024

Solomon Islands – June 2024

Visit the Remote & Pristine Coral Reefs of the Solomon Islands

11 & 10 night trips aboard the Bilikiki

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

Solomon Islands

Remote and Pristine Coral Triangle Reefs
11-22nd June 2024

Full – Contact us for waitlist

22nd June – 2nd July 2024

*CABIN & FEMALE SHARE AVAILABLE – contact us

The reefs of the Solomon Islands fall within the fabled ‘Coral Triangle’, which comprises six countries including parts of Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea.  The further you stray from these reefs, the fewer the number of species they accommodate. Several new species have been described recently from its reefs such as Burt’s Damselfish (Chrysiptera burtjonesi), Lynn’s Pipefish (Festucalex rufus) and Marinda’s Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus marinda). Richard has joined Bilikiki on four previous trips and knows the reefs well and is excited to see what other species we are able to find.

 

 

TRIP ONE – 11 nights

Trip start: 11th June 2024

Trip end: 22nd June 2024

Prices start from: US$ 7,925

Availability: Full – contact us for waitlist

Depart from: Honiara

Return to: Honiara

TRIP TWO – 10 nights

Trip start: 22nd June 2024

Trip end: 2nd July 2024

Prices start from: US$ 7,230

Availability: Female Share / Cabin available

Depart from: Honiara

Return to: Honiara

 

 

 

The Solomon Islands has an amazing array of varied, rarely visited dive sites. Bilikiki Cruises does not have a fixed itinerary for dive sites but goes to the best spots possible for the conditions and the interests of our guests.
We will likely visit the Russell Islands, Mary Island and the Florida Islands to dive the stunning reefs of these areas. We also visit a village to see custom singing and dancing and to see traditional life.
We also visit the Marovo Lagoon area of the Western Province. We will also plan to stop at other villages to see the famous wood carvings of the area. Here you will have to chance to see and buy hand made carvings and other amazing traditionally made items. Village visits are arranged during the surface intervals so as not to effect the number of dives offered per day.  
The Solomon Islands is known for amazing coral reefs as well as bountiful World War II wrecks.

 

 

In 1989 MV Bilikiki sailed as the first full service luxury live aboard dive vessel in the Solomon Islands. She is a large, stable, comfortable vessel and consistently rated one of the best live aboards in the world.
 
MV Bilikiki has 10 deluxe cabins, eight with a double bed and single bunk and two with twin single beds and no bunk (cabins #1 & 2). All cabins are air conditioned and have their own en-suite. There is a large sundeck, comfortable lounge and camera area and spacious dive deck. Her large size and a hull that was built for South Pacific seas are two main reasons why guests from around the world still say that “the Bilikiki” is one of the most spacious and comfortable vessels that they have travelled on.

Food & Beverages

Diving

Land tours

Marine life talks by Dr Richard Smith

Transfers from Honiara Airport

 

Prices start from $7,230 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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3 + 12 =

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

Martin

United Kingdom