The 34 metre SY Oriental Siren is built from the finest Asian teak and ironwood. She is a traditional twin mast junk, rigged with traditional style sails that are both functional and beautiful. Boat features include a spacious air-conditioned saloon with cocktail bar, covered dining area, massage service, and 7 large air-conditioned cabins each with their own personal computer, audio-visual entertainment system and ensuite bathrooms with hot water. All rooms are lavished with luxury extra’s including bathrobes, hair dryers, towels, individually controlled mood lighting and individual controls for your air-conditioning unit. The boat is also perfect for underwater photographers – in-cabin computers feature high-end specifications, 20” high-definition flatscreens and integration with the yachts network server in the saloon. There are also workstations for the preparation and maintenance of cameras and large rinsing tanks with fresh water changed on a regular basis. Nitrox is complimentary on the Oriental Siren ensuring maximum bottom time and safety in this remote corner of the world. Our itinerary on the Siren will take us from Dili to Atauro Island, onto Jaco Island and along the northern coast before the return to Dili.
|Spiny Tiger shrimp in East Timor (Don Silcock)
||Bluefin Trevally on East Timor reef (Don Silcock)|
EAST TIMOR DIVE SITES
The Church, Atauro Island
On the Northwest coast of Atauro Island the steep walls rise up from depths of 50m+. Covered with hard and soft corals this site attracts passing pelagics such as tuna, barracuda, swordfish, some Reef sharks and Hawksbill turtles. A closer look at the wall reveals a startling diversity of crustaceans and molluscs.
The sandy slope gradually descending to 30m is the place to scour the sand in search of amazing and interesting creatures. If Thorny Seahorses, Rhinopias, Mimic Octopus, Pipefish, Frogfish and a range of Nudibranchs are not enough to hold your interest then you can turn your attention to the grazing Dugongs or hunting Sea Snakes.
Off the eastern tip of Timor island lies the small island of Jaco. Currents pass through bringing nutrients that support the life of some large marine animals. Expect to see Mobula rays, Grey and Whitetip Reef sharks and schooling trevally and snappers.
On the northern coast to the east of Dili, the coral garden of K41 attracts schools of midnight snappers, huge batfish and yellow-fin bass. Dolphins are heard and occasionally seen during the dives and Whale sharks often make an appearance. Hiding underneath the coral bommies Whiptail rays can be found, whilst the shallow waters are the place to hunt for Ghost Pipefish and Sawblade shrimps.
The cost of this trip is £2,455 per person and includes:
One-to-one photo tuition from Don Silcock
10 nights on the SY Oriental Siren with up to 33 dives (inc night dives)
Essential dive equipment of wetsuit, regulator, BCD, and fins. There is a large variety of sizes for all aboard the boat.
All refreshments such as coffee, tea, herbal tea, cocoa, fresh water, fruit juice, fresh fruit and all delicious cuisine.
Beverages of soft drinks and beer are free.
Free Nitrox refills for all Nitrox divers!
Return transfers between Dili airport and the vessel
Flights are not included in the price, but can be readily arranged by Equator Diving upon request. There are direct flights to East Timor from Singapore and Bali. Estimated flight cost from the UK-East Timor is £850.
It is easy to combine this East Timor Liveaboard with diving in Indonesia - in particular you may want to consider adding on some diving in Bali as it will be Mola Mola season! Other options include Raja Ampat, Lembeh, Ambon, Wakatobi and Alor. This liveaboard can also be combined with another of our special liveaboard trips: Cendrawasih Bay & Raja Ampat on MSY Seahorse, 12-24 October 2013.
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