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Raja Ampat & Banda Sea on Arenui, 23 March-4 April 2021

Raja Ampat & Banda Sea on Arenui, 23 March-4 April 2021

This 12 night adventure trip will be run on the luxurious Arenui Liveaboard to dive two of Indonesia’s best dive destinations, Raja Ampat and the Banda Sea. In Raja Ampat we will dive the famous dive sites of the Dampier Strait and the remote Southern sites around Misool. In Raja Ampat expect Mantas, Wobbegongs, Walking Sharks, Pygmy Seahorses, schools of Sweetlips, Barracuda and Batfish, and if we’re lucky hunting Mobula Rays! On our way to the Banda Sea we will dive Pulau Koon, renowned for its huge schools of fish. Once in the Banda Sea we will dive Manuk and the Banda Islands where we hope to encounter hundreds of Sea Snakes and schooling Hammerheads! Our final stop on the trip will be Ambon Bay, home to Indonesia’s best critter diving!

Day 1 – Board Arenui in Sorong
Day 2 – Kri and Dampier Strait (Raja Ampat)
Day 3 – Penemu (Raja Ampat)
Day 4 – Misool (Raja Ampat)
Day 5 – Misool (Raja Ampat)
Day 6 – Misool (Raja Ampat)
Day 7 – Koon Island
Day 8 – Manuk
Day 9 – Banda Islands
Day 10 – Banda Islands
Day 11 – Ambon Bay
Day 12 – Ambon Bay
Day 13 – Disembark Arenui in Ambon

Arenui – Sorong to Ambon 12 night itinerary (pdf)

Arenui Banda Sea & Raja Ampat itinerary map

The Arenui is a traditional and magnificent Phinisi – a classic Indonesian wooden sailing vessel – set to explore the majestic underwater world of the Indonesian archipelago. She has been designed to host a maximum of 16 passengers in 8 exceptionally spacious cabins. The cabins all feature individual themes and styles inspired by handicrafts from each of the Indonesian provinces. Each cabin has a private en-suite bathroom, individual air conditioning, a king-size bed or roomy single beds and a distinct lounge area that guarantees maximum comfort. Arenuiā€™s main deck features 2 Master cabins (Rama and Shinta) and 2 Deluxe cabins (Barong and Ganesh), plus the galley, the dive deck and the spacious lounge and restaurant that reaches across the full width of the vessel. On the lower deck there are 4 Deluxe cabins (Garuda, Legong, Toraja and Dayak).

On the skydeck you’ll find the sky restaurant and sun-bathing area, the wheelhouse and the raised sky lounge that stretches across the back half of the boat. The sky restaurant is a perfect place for al fresco meals and watching the changing Indonesian landscapes. The sky lounge is a favourite spot with most guests. In addition to an outdoor shower for cooling off and a wooden bar for drinks, the sky lounge features day-beds and benches all fitted with high-quality, thick mattresses for ultimate comfort. On the skydeck there are spaces open to the elements for the sun-lovers but also a large canopy for shade.

There are spaces available on this trip.

Raja Ampat & Banda Sea on Arenui, 23 March-4 April 2021

The cost of the trip is 7,920 USD in a Deluxe cabin or 8,520 USD in a Master cabin. These prices include 12 nights on Arenui with up to 4 dives per day (inc night dive), tanks/weights/weight belts, all meals, soft drinks, water, tea, American/Balinese coffee, welcome massage (1/2 hour per person) 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 fee: 150 USD
Fuel surcharge fee: 150 USD
National park fee: 240 USD
Nitrox: Price on request

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

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