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Banda Sea & Forgotten Islands on Samambaia, 20-31 Oct 2019

Banda Sea & Forgotten Islands on Samambaia, 20-31 Oct 2019

This 11 night adventure trip will be run on the luxurious Samambaia Liveaboard to dive two of Indonesia’s best dive destinations, the Banda Sea and the Forgotten Islands. The trip will start in Saumlaki in the Tanimbar Islands and finish in Ambon and dive spots will include the Damar Islands, Barbar Islands, Pulau Nila, Nil Desperandum, Manuk, the Banda Islands, Nusa Laut and Ambon Bay. 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 Samambaia in Saumlaki
Day 2 – Damar Islands
Day 3 – Babar Islands
Day 4 – Pulau Nila & Karang Duisborgh
Day 5 – Nil Desperandum
Day 6 – Manuk
Day 7 – Banda Islands
Day 8 – Banda Islands
Day 9 – Banda Islands
Day 10 – Nusa Laut
Day 11 – Ambon Bay
Day 12 – Disembark Samambaia in Ambon

Samambaia – Saumlaki to Ambon itinerary map

Samambaia – Saumlaki to Ambon dive sites (pdf)

Samambaia is a two-mast wooden Phinisi schooner offering sheer luxury and comfort. She has a length of 130 ft. and accommodates only 14 guests on each trip. Attention to detail in the crafting process is reflected throughout all seven cabins. There are 2 double cabins, 2 convertible cabins (double or twin) and 2 twin cabins on the lower deck, plus a beautiful 160 sq. ft. Master cabin with stunning 180 degree sea views on the main deck. Each cabin has a private en-suite bathroom, under bed storage, wardrobes and individually controlled AC. All bathrooms offer a rain shower head paired with a hand shower, toilet and a washbasin carved out of fossil wood. Samambaia features a large restaurant/lounge area, shaded sundeck with comfortable loungers, a camera room with integrated 110v and 220v charging points, a huge dive deck with two hot water showers and two 21 ft. skiffs powered by fume-less 4-cycle 40 HP twin-outboard motors.

On Samambaia up to 22 experienced, professional and friendly crew are always on hand, in order to help create an unforgettable journey. Guests are catered to with delicious and varied international cuisine prepared every day with locally sourced ingredients by the chef, and the menu includes fresh ice-cream and daily baked bread and pastries. For diving Samambaia offers an impressive guest to dive guide ratio of just 4:1 ensuring the best service underwater. On Samambaia you can enjoy spectacular day and night dives, plus a range of activities during the surface intervals such as scenic rides through lagoons and coves, trekking, visits to secluded beaches and whale watching. Last but not least, both Nitrox and beer are free!

Banda Sea & Forgotten Islands on Samambaia, 20-31 Oct 2019

The cost of the trip is 4,970 USD in a Double/Twin cabin or 5,520 USD in a Master cabin. These prices include 11 nights on Samambaia with up to 4 dives per day (inc night dive), free Nitrox, tanks/weights/weight belts, all meals, snacks, soft drinks, juices, beer, tea/coffee 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: 75 USD
Fuel Surcharge fee: 250 USD
National Park fee: 75 USD

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

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