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

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6 + 4 =

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

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 Cabin & 1 x Male Share – Contact us for Details
 
10 – 20th March 2023

 

1 x Female Share Available – 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: FULL – Contact us for waitlist

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

Martin

United Kingdom

Lord Howe Island February 2019

Lord Howe Island February 2019

Lord Howe Island February 2019

A Hunt for the Elusive Endemics of Lord Howe Island

February 17-24th 2019

Join this very special trip with Richard and renowned photographers Darren Jew and Jasmine Carey in search of the unique and rare fishes of this Australian World Heritage paradise

Lord Howe Island

We will visit the remote wonderland of Lord Howe Island to hunt for the elusive endemics and pristine seas
17-24th February 2019
SPACES AVAILABLE
Calling intrepid marine enthusiasts, macro and wide-angle photographers alike – this very special one-off trip is for you!  

Have you ever wanted to enjoy exploration diving, specialist fins-on biology and photography guidance exploring unique endemic marine creatures, as well as the adrenalin buzz of exciting shark action?  You can – as very limited bookings are now open for this one-off Lord Howe Island exploration adventure!  

Following their Underwater Tour 2018 road-trip together in May this year, syngnathid specialist, marine biologist and photographer Dr Richard Smith, Canon Master and photographer Darren Jew and ocean photographer Jasmine Carey have teamed up to lead an ‘Endemic Adventure’ like no other.

Lord Howe Island is a UNESCO treasure, a home to extraordinary fauna and flora 600kms off the Australian coast of New South Wales with 500 fish species, 90 coral species and only 400 permanent (human) residents.

In the shadow of stunning basalt peaks, Mt Gower and Mt Lidgbird, diving around this extinct volcano crater dating back 7 million years, you’ll be searching for the extremely elusive Coleman’s Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus colemani), and will be on the look-out for endemic species in the warm waters of the lagoon and around the Admiralty Islands.  Prepare to spot the stars of the show which live on the world’s southern-most true coral reef; McCulloch’s anemone fish, Lord Howe Island butterflyfish, double header wrasse, half-banded angelfish, three stripe butterflyfish and Ballina angelfish.   Let’s not forget LHI’s population of curious, very photogenic Galapagos whaler sharks, and the chance to be the first to dive new sites within the outer volcano crater rim…  to see what’s there!  Balls Pyramid jutting 550m towards the sky is most certainly the most dramatic above and underwater landscape you’ll ever encounter.  And you’ll be sure to see some of the 200 bird species while on dry land or during your surface intervals.

With specialist marine biology lectures (and spotting) from Richard; image processing sessions and fins-on photography advice with Darren and Jasmine, the 17-24 Feb ‘Search for Endemics Island Expedition’ package starts at AU$4850 pp and includes 10 dives with Pro-Dive LHI, snorkelling sessions and accommodation for 7 nights.

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

Indonesia South to North November 2019

Indonesia South to North November 2019

Indonesia: South to North November 2019

Explore the diversity of Indonesia from South to North

Aboard the luxurious Dewi Nusantara, 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

Saumlaki

Ambon

Ternate

Trip 1: Saumlaki (Forgotten Islands) to Ambon

 

24th October – 5th November 2019

SOLD OUT – CONTACT US FOR WAITLIST

Trip 2: Ambon to Ternate (Halmahera)

 

6-16th November 2019

1 x Male Share

Indonesia has a huge diversity of marine environments, and hence dive sites.  During these two trips aboard the stunning Dewi Nusantara we will sail from Saumlaki in the south, through the archipelago, to Ternate in the north.  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.

TRIP ONE

Trip start: 24th October 2019

Trip end: 5th November

Prices start from: US$7475

Availability: SOLD OUT – CONTACT US FOR WAITLIST

Depart from: Saumlaki

Return to: Ambon

TRIP TWO

Trip start: 6th November 2019

Trip end: 16th November

Prices start from: US$6325

Availability: 1 x Male Share in a Deluxe Stateroom

Depart from: Ambon

Return to: Ternate

Trip I:

This first trip starts in Saumlaki, south eastern Indonesia.  Saumlaki belongs to the group of islands of Tanimbar, which are very rarely visited and both culturally and biologically very rich.  Several terrestrial species, such as an endemic cockatoo, skink and python are found nowhere else on earth.  Biologically, the fauna is related to that of Australia but has been isolated for thousands of years.

From here well we head northwards across the eastern Banda Sea, visiting the fabled snake island, where sea kraits can be found in huge abundances and we will dive many of the other famous sites in this difficult to reach area.  The island of Banda is packed with history, having been the centre of the global spice trade, and a neighbouring island was so globally important that it was traded between the UK and the Netherlands for Manhattan. The sites on this itinerary include extremely remote and pristine islets and atolls with fantastic visibility and bountiful fish life.  The tour ends in Ambon, a renowned muck diving mecca. 

Trip II:

Starting in Ambon in central Indonesia, we will explore another rarely visited part of Indonesia as we travel northwards.  Between Ambon and our ultimate destination of Ternate, we will explore the islands of Seram, Obi and of course Halmahera.  The latter being particularly interesting as it is the home of the newest and most western epaulette, or walking shark, species (Hemiscyllium halmahera) named in 2013.  It is also home to Wallace’s Standardwing, a type of Bird of Paradise that also represents the most westerly range of this group also.  It is thought that a land mass migrated here on tectonic plates from eastern New Guinea and many animals rafted along with it, including the shark and BOP.  This itinerary offers a range of fringing reefs, muck dives and exploratory dives in one of the last frontiers of Asian diving.

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.

Trip I: Green
Trip II: Red

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)

Trip I:

Deluxe Stateroom $7475

Trip II:

Deluxe Stateroom $6325

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5 + 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

Tubbataha April 2019

Tubbataha April 2019

Tubbataha Reef April 2019

Unparalleled in Asia, Tubbataha Reef is a reef to behold

A special 8 night itinerary aboard Philippine Siren

Join Richard and Wendy’s second ‘Our Beloved Seas‘ expedition to this pristine and remote wilderness

Tubbataha Reef

A jewel in the crown of Asia’s Oceans

14-22nd April 2019
Sold Out – Contact us to join waitlist
Tubbataha is actually two atolls in the middle of the Sulu Sea.  These atolls are World Heritage Listed and the only inhabitation is a small national park range station that we shall hope to visit during our visit.  Tubbataha can only be reached for a few months a year and as such, the reefs are absolutely pristine.  The shark population is second to none in Asia.
 

TRIP ONE
Trip start: 14th April 2019
Trip end: 22nd April
Prices start from: US$ 
Availability: SOLD OUT – Contact us to join waitlist
Depart from: Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Return to: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

 

 

14th April 2019
Embarkation day – arrive from Manila to Puerto Princesa
Join Philippine Siren for the journey overnight out to Tubbataha Reef, some 8 hours away.

15-21st April
Dive the various sites around Tubbataha

22nd April
Return to Puerto Princesa for flight onwards to Manila and through to International destinations.

Itinerary is subject to change without notice,

The 40 metre S/Y Philippine Siren was designed and built using the lessons learnt from our first yacht the S/Y Siren and has been modified to better suit the growing needs of our guests. The 8 cabins are all situated forward of the engine room with 2 fixed double bed cabins located at the bow and 6 twin bed cabins throughout the remaining lower deck quarters, however we offer flexibility with 2 cabins which can be converted from twin to double should guests require (cabins 5 & 6). The outdoor dining area offers a superb setting for all your meals, with comfortable bench seating set in a semi-circular shape.

Food & Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Diving
Marine life talks by Dr Richard Smith
Transfers from Puerto Princesa airport to the Philippine Siren
Prices start from $ per person

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10 + 13 =

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