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Banda Sea & Forgotten Islands on Tambora, 25 Oct-6 Nov 2019

Banda Sea & Forgotten Islands on Tambora, 25 Oct-6 Nov 2019

This 12 night adventure trip will be run on Tambora Liveaboard to dive two of Indonesia’s best dive destinations, the Banda Sea and the Forgotten Islands. The trip will start in Ambon and finish in Saumlaki in the Tanimbar Islands and dive spots will include Ambon Bay, Nusa Laut, the Banda Islands, Manuk, Nil Desperandum and the Forgotten Islands. The trip promises virgin reefs, hundreds of Sea Snakes (Manuk), incredible biodiversity, big schools of fish, rare critters, migrating Whales and end of the world landscapes! During our dives around Nusa Laut, the Banda Islands and Nil Desperandum we also hope to encounter schooling Hammerheads!

Day 1 – Board Tambora in Ambon
Day 2 – Ambon Bay
Day 3 – Nusa Laut
Day 4 – Banda Islands
Day 5 – Banda Islands
Day 6 – Banda Islands
Day 7 – Manuk
Day 8 – Nil Desperandum
Day 9 – Forgotten Islands
Day 10 – Forgotten Islands
Day 11 – Forgotten Islands
Day 12 – Forgotten Islands
Day 13 – Disembark Tambora in Saumlaki

The Tambora liveaboard was built by traditional boat builders on the island of Sulawesi, in the centuries-old tradition of a wooden Phinisi. She has been entirely constructed out of Sulawesi iron wood and chosen Javanese teak. Tambora has been designed and built from scratch as a liveaboard vessel catering to the needs of divers. The Tambora can accommodate up to 16 divers – there are eight spacious guest suites, each at least 15m2 in size, with twin or double bed, a writing desk, and a large en-suite bathroom with hot shower. All guest suites are equipped with individually controllable air conditioning, reading lights, numerous power outlets, and 2-4 port holes providing plenty of natural light.

All guest suites and rooms on board have been designed by a renowned Indonesian interior designer, and built-to-design by an experienced interior architect. Guest suites are well appointed and tastefully designed in a perfect blend of traditional Indonesian motifs and modern functionality. Throughout the entire vessel, soundproofing has been used to minimise noise commonly found on liveaboards and this combined with a silent air conditioning system ensures a good sleep for all guests. The Tambora has a large salon with separate dining and relaxing sections, offering plenty of space during meal times and for chilling out for a chat with fellow divers, reading a book or working on your laptop. The salon has air conditioning and a large flat screen TV/DVD with home cinema surround sound. If you prefer to be outdoors, three separate lounge decks – bow, aft and salon rooftop – provide enough space and privacy, and can be fully shielded from the sun.

When it is time to eat the Tambora does it in style. Their chef serves a menu of tasty Indonesian, European and Japanese specialties, freshly prepared from the ships well-equipped kitchen. Five meals per day on the Tambora means there is always a tasty bite awaiting you when you surface! Drinks are on a help-yourself basis available in the salon: drinking water, a broad selection of local coffees, tea, milk, a range of soft drinks and beer are all included in the cruise price. Wine, of which Tambora carries a fine selection, and spirits are charged on a separate basis.

Tambora’s large dive platform is located at the backboard side of the vessel. For some dives, the dive deck serves as a starting point, whilst for others, you will board one of Tambora’s two spacious dive tenders. Tambora’s tenders are equipped with dive tank racks holding your gear while on the way to/from your dive site. The Tambora has a dedicated dive station with separate wet and dry sections. In the wet section, personal dive baskets are provided, to store your BCD, regulators, fins and mask away from the elements, as well as individual wet suit hangers. There are two large rinsing tanks, one for regulators and the other for cameras and computers. The dry section provides a safe place to open your camera, with a large desktop area as work space and plenty of power sockets for charging your batteries.

There are spaces available on this trip.

Banda Sea & Forgotten Islands on Tambora, 25 Oct-6 Nov 2019

The cost of the trip is 4,895 USD including 12 nights on Tambora with up to 4 dives per day (inc night dive), tanks/weights/weight belts, all meals, beverages (not included wine and spirits) and return transfers between local airport and the vessel on the day of embarkation and disembarkation. Flights are not included in the price, but can be readily arranged by Equator Diving upon request.

Port/Park fee: 150 USD

Trip prices in GBP and EURO are also available upon request.