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

11 + 11 =

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

Solomon Islands July/August 2022

Solomon Islands July/August 2022

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

Spaces available – Contact me to join us!

22nd June – 2nd July 2024

Spaces Available – Contact me for details

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$ 6680

Availability: Spaces Available

Depart from: Honiara

Return to: Honiara

TRIP TWO – 10 nights

Trip start: 22nd June 2024

Trip end: 2nd July 2024

Prices start from: US$ 6100

Availability: Spaces 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 $6100 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

Days to departure

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Register your interest or join the waitlist

13 + 14 =

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

Martin

United Kingdom