Lembeh Strait 2025

Lembeh Strait 2025

Lembeh Strait 2025

Amazing behaviours and rare species with the experts

9 nights, 10 days at the luxurious Lembeh Resort

Join Richard & Wendy of Our Beloved Seas to explore the lush muck magic of Lembeh Strait and its curious creatures

Lembeh Resort

The world’s best muck diving at its most luxurious resort
Dates TBC 2025 *(Rescheduled 2022)

Limited availability, please message us for waitlist

Lembeh Strait is world renowned for the profusion of unusual organisms that make it their home.  Many new species have been found here, and these will definitely be on our search-list.  In addition, it is a great place for photographers to practice their animal behaviour photography.  It is a wonderland for critter hunters, with Ambon scorpionfish, hairy frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, wunderpus, mimic octopus and many more commonly seen.  Join the experts to help find these critters!

Trip start: TBC 2025

Trip end: TBC 2025

Prices start from: US$ 2785 pp

Availability: Deluxe Ocean View Cottages and Garden View Rooms Available

Depart & Return from: Manado

Lembeh Resort is nestled away in a private cove with a wealth of exotic flora and fauna in a central part of Lembeh Island. The secluded location of the resort ensures a quiet and tranquil experience, while the warm-hearted team offer service with a smile to make certain that your experience of Lembeh will be the best that it possibly can be. You will discover that despite of the seclusion on a tropical island in North Sulawesi you will not have to give up the comforts of a luxury ocean front resort. Our cottages are charming, spacious and comfortable with a wealth of modern amenities.

The Lembeh Strait is widely recognised by marine biologists as having the Worlds highest concentration of rare and unusual marine life. The practice of Muck-Diving, also known as Critter-Diving, began in Lembeh Strait in the mid nineties when marine biologists started to explore the black sand slopes of Lembeh Strait to identify the amazing diversity of animals that inhabit the underwater realm of Lembeh Strait. Today, 20 years later, divers who enjoy both macro as well as wide-angle underwater photography travel from all over the world to experience this magical place in North Sulawesi.

Perched slightly above the beautiful waters of Lembeh Strait and surrounded by lush tropical gardens Lembeh Resort was built to inconspicuously blend into the natural landscape. Westerly views of ancient extinct volcanoes and spectacular sunsets await you. Experience the warm hospitality, tropical beauty and unique wonders of our home, Lembeh Resort. We are committed to delivering North Sulawesi hospitality at its best and making our guests’ stay enjoyable and memorable both above and below the water. With a 4:1 staff ratio to ensure a high level of service, our team looks forward to welcoming you to Lembeh Resort soon.

Inclusions:
– 9 Nights Accommodation in the selected type
– 22 Guided Boat Dives with air
– Unlimited Complimentary Self-Guided House Reef Dives with AIR 
– Arrival airport escort service (upon exiting terminal) 
– Round Trip Transfers 
– All meals & snacks; free-flow drinking water, coffee & tea; taxes and Free Wi-Fi

Exclusions:
Nitrox $187 for 22 dives
Airfares, both domestic and international
Alcoholic and a la carte beverages

Prices start from $2785 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

Raja Ampat 2025

Raja Ampat 2025

Raja Ampat 2025

Visit Indonesia’s extraordinary Raja Ampat Islands

11 nights, 12 days aboard the luxurious Dewi Nusantara

Join Richard & Wendy on this ‘Our Beloved Seas‘ expedition and hunt for rare and unusual animals with the experts

Raja Ampat

Sorong is the start and end point of this trip

Dates TBC 2025 (rescheduled from 2022) 

Spaces Available

This trip is immediately followed by 10 nights at Lembeh Resort, please enquire if interested

We were very happy to be able to visit Raja Ampat again and explore this wonderful region. Although it has become well known, and often dived, there are many new discoveries by the team on a regular basis. Who knows what we might find next!

Trip start: TBC 2025

Trip end: TBC 2025

Prices start from: US$ 6999

Availability: Spaces Available

Depart from: Sorong, West Papua

Return to: Sorong, West Papua

We begin the trip in Sorong and will explore the stunning Raja Ampat region.  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

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

Register your interest or join the waitlist

4 + 10 =

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

Register your interest or join the waitlist

8 + 3 =

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

Anilao April 2019

Anilao April 2019

Anilao, Philippines April 2019

Visit the Philippine’s answer to Lembeh Strait

Enjoy the latest ‘Muck Magic III’ trip for 7 nights at Buceo Resort

Join Richard & Wendy’s newest Our Beloved Seas critter hunting adventure

Anilao 'Muck Magic III'

7-14th April 2019

 

Full – Contact us to waitlist

Anilao has been the Philippine’s best kept secret for many years.  Just a couple of hours drive from Manila, it is easily reached, and is fast becoming the country’s answer to Lembeh Strait.  This is true true muck diving, and so joins our hugely successful previous Muck Magic I & II trips to whet our critter hunting appetites. Anilao is particularly rich in nudibranchs, many of which you’ll probably never have even heard of before.  With the resort dedicated just to our group, it’s sure to be a fantastic trip!
ANILAO

 

Our Beloved Seas Muck Magic III – at Buceo Resort

Trip start: Meet in Manila on 6th April 2019, stay over night before transfer to resort on morning of 7th April

Trip end: 14th April 2019

Prices start from: US$ 1600

Availability: FULL 

Depart from: Manila

Return to: Manila

6th April 2019
Meet in Manila

7th April
Land transfer to Buceo Resort in Anilao

7th – 13th April
5.5 diving days (Inc. one dive on afternoon of 7th and one on morning of 13th), all other days 3 dives per day.

14th April
Morning transfer to Manila Airport, where those guests joining us in Tubbataha will go directly to check-in for flight to Puerto Princesa.

We have taken the entirety of Buceo Resort for our group.

The resort is located at the end of the peninsula at the heart of the Anilao diving.  The resort is built directly on the beach and rooms have stunning views over the ocean and enjoys spectacular sunsets.

It is the ideal place to experience the excellent service and the famous hospitality of the Filipino people. Local and European management, modern facilities, yet maintaining the country’s tropical and relaxed style. Located on a 5,000 sqm coastal property surrounded by reef full of abundant marine life, and designed to satisfy the taste of all divers, especially underwater photographers with highest expectations.

Twin share accommodation (unless otherwise specified)
Food & Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Diving & Nitrox
Marine life talks by Dr Richard Smith

Exclusions
Transfer from Manila ($55 return)
Gear hire

Prices start from $1600 per person, please contact us for more information, availability and prices.

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5 + 9 =

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