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Blue Whales, Hammerheads, Mantas & Reefs on Pindito, 9-20 Nov 2020

Blue Whales, Hammerheads, Mantas & Reefs on Pindito, 9-20 Nov 2020

This 11 night adventure trip will be run on Pindito Liveaboard to explore two of Indonesia’s best destinations, the Banda Sea and Raja Ampat. The trip will be accompanied by a Whale expert, able to locate Whales up to 8 miles away with their hydrophone. Whale species we may encounter during the trip include Blue Whales, Sperm Whales, Bryde’s Whales, Pilot Whales and Orcas. Once located we aim to get in the water and snorkel with the Whales! The trip will also offer plenty of diving, including Ambon Bay, home to some of Indonesia’s best critter diving. Once in the Banda Sea we will dive the Banda Islands and Nusa Laut where we hope to encounter schooling Hammerheads! On route to Raja Ampat we will also dive Pulau Koon, renowned for its huge schools of fish. In Raja Ampat we will dive lots of the best sites and expect to find Mantas, Wobbegongs, Walking Sharks, Pygmy Seahorses, schools of Sweetlips, Barracuda and Batfish, and if we’re lucky hunting Mobula Rays!

Example itinerary (exact day-to-day itinerary depends on the Whales!)
Day 1 – Board Pindito in Ambon
Day 2 – Ambon Bay
Day 3 – Nusa Laut
Day 4 – Banda Islands
Day 5 – Banda Islands
Day 6 – Koon Island
Day 7 – Raja Ampat
Day 8 – Raja Ampat
Day 9 – Raja Ampat
Day 10 – Raja Ampat
Day 11 – Raja Ampat
Day 12 – Disembark Pindito in Sorong

Pindito Banda Sea & Raja Ampat itinerary

The Pindito liveaboard started diving trips in the Banda Sea in 1992 and quickly expanded its routes to include Raja Ampat and Komodo. In 2006 the Pindito underwent a full refit and today is one of the finest liveaboards in Indonesia, with a crew unmatched for its diving knowledge and experience. In summer 2017 all cabins as well as the diving deck and the sun deck were renovated. Pindito has 8 cabins, providing comfortable accommodations for up to 16 guests. All cabins feature individually controlled air conditioning, as well as ensuite heads appointed with a shower, washbasin, and toilet. Pindito’s lounge is the place where everyone meets for meals, shares photos and videos between dives, and socialises. The lounge has a big screen TV for watching movies or reviewing your images, as well as plenty of fish ID books.

Photographers and videographers love the convenience and functionality of Pindito’s camera room, located aft of the lounge on the main deck. The camera room has plenty of storage space, professional-grade work areas, and both 220V and 110V charging stations. Meals times on Pindito feature international cuisine, prepared by expert chefs. A continental breakfast is served before the first dive, and a sumptuous breakfast buffet is ready for you after the first dive. Lunch and dinner have an Asian flair, featuring meat, fish, and a variety of side dishes. Remember to save room for special sweets and delightful desserts! Pindito’s dive deck offers enough space for all divers and includes fresh water showers for rinsing off after dives as well as water tanks for washing your dive gear and cameras. Pindito’s sun deck, complete with sun roof and sunbeds, is a great place to hang out in between dives. Nitrox is complimentary on Pindito.

There are spaces available on this trip.

Blue Whales, Hammerheads, Mantas & Reefs on Pindito, 9-20 Nov 2020

The cost of the trip is 5,590 USD including 11 nights on the Pindito with a Whale expert and Whale watching/snorkeling, 2-3 dives per day (inc night dive), free Nitrox, tanks/weights/weight belts, all meals, snacks, all beverages (excluding wine), 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.

Harbour fee: 75 USD
National Park fee: 160 USD

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

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