Indonesia

Combo Diving Explorations

Description

Indonesia is an epicenter of biodiversity, hosting a greater variety of marine life than anywhere else on earth. With over 17,508 islands and situated in the heart of the coral triangle, Indonesia is a diver’s paradise.

From tiny pygmy seahorses and macro critters to magnificent manta rays and the mighty Mola, there's plenty to see. Enjoy exhilarating diving experiences on this Combo Diving Explorations.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arriving at Manado International airport, you will be met and greeted by our representation, you will then be transferred by land and boat to the island.

  • Unwind and relish on the tip of a small island located off the coast of Manado in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, called Gangga Island.

  • An unparalleled scuba diving experience is waiting for you in North Sulawesi! Gangga offers sensational diving where you can get up close and personal with diverse and remarkable sea life from both the Indian and the Pacific Oceans. An ideal starting point for the diving sites of Bangka Island, Bunaken National Marine Park and Lembeh Strait, making it a favorite destination for underwater photographers.

  • Lunch and dinner at resort.

 

Day 2

  • Gangga Island in the Bangka Archipelago is famous for its incredible diving, so much so that you’ll see the area on many lists of the top 10 dive sites in the world. Gangga Island house reef is an especially spectacular place to find smaller creatures, and night diving on the volcanic slope covered with soft corals, table corals and sponges, is incredible. North Sulawesi has some of the most diverse marine life in the world. This area is the meeting point of the Indian and Pacific Oceans creating an abundance of underwater creatures of every shape, color and size. Whether you’re looking for tiny critters or giant pelagics, you’ll find there is always something new to see at the 30+ dive sites in the area. You’ll also see so much beautiful, healthy coral you’ll want to spend hours watching the colors and shapes it creates in the water.

  • Bunaken Marine Park has 20 points dive spots with varying depth of up to 1344 meters. From those 20 diving points, the 12 points among them are around is Bunaken Island and the most frequently visited by those who want to enjoy the beauty of the underwater scenery. The 12 points dive in Bunaken Island line from the southeast to the northwest of the island. In this area, there are great underwater walls, also called the hanging walls, giant rock walls that stand vertically and curved upward. These rock walls are also a source of food for fish in the waters around Bunaken Island. There are approximately 91 species of fish found in the waters of Bunaken National Park, including fish gusumi horse (Hippocampus horse), white oci (Seriola rivoliana), yellow tail lolosi (Lutjanus kasmira), goropa (Ephinephelus spilotoceps and Pseudanthias hypselosoma), ila trunk (Scolopsis bilineatus), and others.

  • The Lembeh Strait stretches 16 km long and is only 1.2 kilometers wide, yet in these narrow waters no less than 88 diving spots have been discovered. Although, Lembeh Strait is not as popular as the Bunaken National Park, the charm it has is the same as Bunaken. Go to a depth between 15 to 25 meters. There are hardly any currents, and throughout the year the waters remain at a warm 24 to 30 degrees Centigrade. Its visibility is not too clear reaching between 4 meters to 20 meters only when one happens to be lucky, since its floor is sandy, and there are few corals. This area is the habitat of giant fish that are found almost nowhere else on earth. Among professional divers, the Lembeh Strait is better known as the ”Best muck-diving site in the world”. Its unique eco-system has made this the home of nudibranch, flamboyant squid, and mimic octopus to furry frog fish. Their exceptional beauty has made these creatures become rare subjects for underwater photographers. For this reason, the marine photographers from the Lembeh Strait are also known as the “Mecca of Macro Photography”. Aside from this natural wonder, its surface the Lembeh Strait, remains used as a harbor for local transport, fishery, marine industry, tourism and as a natural laboratory.

  • During your diving exploration, you will have the following experiences:

    • Six Boat Dives within the islands with 5 Star PADI

    • 1x Diving in Bunaken

    • 1x Diving in Lembeh

    • 1x Guided Village excursion

    • 1x One-hour Traditional Massage

    • Daily afternoon tea or coffee with cakes

  • Note:

    • The dive plan will be made day to day and subject to weather conditions.

    • For your diving exploration, a full service 5-star diving facility that operates according to best PADI standards. The personalized service and attention to safety reflect the excellence already widely associated with the image of Gangga Divers. The dive guides are qualified dive masters or Instructors and we pride ourselves on offering a personalized diving services to suit and safely assist divers of all levels of experience.

  • You can dive around Gangga Island all year round but there are times that visibility and weather conditions are better than others. From October to December, when the water is cooler, the visibility is at its best. During this time, visibility can be up to 35 meters. However, from July to September there can be strong currents and surges with high waves, with a negative effect on the visibility. Although the water is warmer, January and February have the lowest visibility. These months, during the rainy season, can also be troublesome due to rougher seas. Certain dive sites can also be off limits altogether because of the weather conditions.

  • Breakfast at hotel and lunch at a local restaurant.

 

Day 3

  • Continue Diving Exploration

  • Breakfast at hotel, lunch at resort or a lunch box and dinner at the resort.

 

Day 4

  • Continue Diving Exploration

  • Breakfast at hotel, lunch at resort or a lunch box and dinner at the resort.

 

Day 5

  • Day at leisure to enjoy the resort facilities or take the guided village tour following with massage or self-exploration the beautiful surrounding.

  • Breakfast at hotel, lunch at resort or a lunch box and dinner at the resort.

 

Day 6

  • Leave the island early in the morning for your flight to Sorong.

  • Fly Lion Air departing Manado at 08:05,

  • Arriving Sorong 10:30.

  • Upon arrival in Domestic Airport, you will be met by our representative.

  • Enjoy your lunch at local restaurant while waiting for your boat to the resort.

  • Afterwards you will take a short drive to the harbor then continue with the resort’s boat for Raja Ampat.

  • Far from the view-blocking skyscrapers, dense and hectic concrete jungles, congested traffics, flickering electric billboards, endless annoying noises, and all the nuisances of modern cities, you will find a pristine paradise where Mother Nature and warm friendly people welcome you with all the exceptional wonders in Raja Ampat, the islands-regency in West Papua Province. With all the spectacular wonders above and beyond its waters, as well as on land and amidst the thick jungles, this is truly the place where words such as beautiful, enchanting, magnificent, and fascinating get its true physical meaning.

  • Note:

    • From Sorong to Resort, boat departure time is 14:00. On occasion, the boat may depart slightly later due to guest flight delays. For morning arrival, the guests will be transferred to a comfortable hotel lobby where complimentary breakfast buffet and/or lunch are provided.

    • We strongly advice to schedule flights arriving Sorong no later than 12:00. Guest who have a scheduled arrival time after 12:00 are required to stay overnight in Sorong in order to catch the resort boat transfer the next day.

  • Breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner at resort.

Day 7

  • Situated off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on Papua, the most eastern island of the Indonesian Archipelago, Raja Ampat or literally meaning ‘The Four Kings’ is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool.

  • For underwater enthusiasts, Raja Ampat definitely offers one of the world’s ultimate experiences. The territory within the islands of the Four Kings is enormous, covering 9.8 million acres of land and sea, home to 540 types of corals, more than 1,000 types of coral fish and 700 types of mollusks. This makes it the most diverse living library for the world's coral reef and underwater biota. Raja Ampat’s sheer numbers and diversity of marine life and its huge pristine coral reef systems are a scuba dream come true – and a fantastic site for snorkelers too. According to The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International, around 75% of the world's species live here!

  • One of the most iconic Raja Ampat sites is a day trip to Passage, a must for guests eager to experience the best of diving in the area. Leave early in the morning and travel across the straight to the passage between Waigeo and Gam Islands. You can snorkel in the area and enjoy diving in the famous Passage, where tropical rain forest just above the surface of the water overhangs the narrow rocky gulley in which divers can see a wide variety of macro marine life.

  • Your second and third dives or snorkels of the day are at the Mangroves of Yangeffo, an amazing place to enjoy the lights filtering through the roots of the mangrove trees, and Citrus Ridge where you can enjoy one of the best soft coral gardens in Raja Ampat. This is one of the most popular excursions on offer at Papua Paradise and is truly an experience not to be missed. (Please note The Passage has moderate to strong currents so divers must be experienced).

  • During your diving exploration, you will have the following experiences:

    • Six Boat Dives within the islands with 5 Star PADI

    • 1x Diving/ Snorkeling at Passage

    • 1x Bird Watching Trip

    • Daily afternoon tea or coffee with cakes

  • Note:

    • The dive plan will be made day to day and subject to weather conditions.

    • For your diving exploration, professional diving facility operates according to best safety and PADI standards, with a personalized service and professionally trained dive guides.

  • Open for Diving and Snorkeling year-round. Unlike other parts of Indonesia, weather pattern in the central Raja Ampat are much stable, with less distinct dry and rainy seasons. Diving and snorkeling condition are good all year round and water temperature is a constant 28° - 30°C (82° - 86°F), with visibility average Open for Diving and Snorkeling year-round. Because of Raja Ampat's tropical climate, rain can unpredictably fall, although much less frequently during the dry season.

  • Breakfast at hotel, lunch at resort or a lunch box and dinner at the resort.

 

Day 8

  • Continue Diving Exploration

  • Breakfast at hotel, lunch at resort or a lunch box and dinner at the resort.

 

Day 9

  • Continue Diving Exploration

  • Breakfast at hotel, lunch at resort or a lunch box and dinner at the resort.

 

Day 10

  • Wilson’s Bird of Paradise is one of the rarest and therefore most exciting species to spot in Raja Ampat.

  • Endemic to the neighboring island of Batanta (and some remote areas on Waigeo), the trail to their nesting site is only 45 minutes by boat from the resort.

  • Leave at dawn and trek through pristine jungle and crisp shallow streams.

  • After about 45-minutes, you’ll reach a steep hill known for the birds. Your guides will follow the song of the birds and take you to a hide where you will quietly wait for the birds to show up. Each male patrols a certain area so you will probably see males only. Females are difficult to spot.

  • After we’ve spent some time watching the birds we’ll track back to the boat and have tea, coffee, and snacks

  • You will see local plantations and traditional wooden farmers’ cottages and will get the chance to sample cacao fruit straight off the trees.

  • This trip has some steep climbs, so requires a moderate level of fitness and good walking shoes.

  • Rest of day at leisure to enjoy the resort facilities or self-exploration the beautiful surrounding.

  • Breakfast at hotel, lunch at resort or a lunch box and dinner at the resort.

 

Day 11

  • Early morning transfer back by resort boat to Sorong for your flight or next destination.

  • Services of this trip end at the domestic airport departure in Sorong.

  • Note:

    • From Resort to Sorong, boat departure time is 07:00. Earliest accepted flight departure from Sorong is at 10:30. Guest having a scheduled departure time before 10:30 will be transferred one day in advance to Sorong.

  • Breakfast at hotel.

Indonesia 

From R 80 321.23

per person sharing

11 Days / 10 Nights

Validity : Immediately - October 2020

Including

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary and based on sharing a double or twin room incl. daily breakfast

  • Entrance fees, parking fees and customary donations throughout the course of the program

  • Services of a licensed, local, foreign speaking guide during excursions, tours and transfers

  • Private air-conditioned vehicle during transfers and tours as described in the above program, unless specified otherwise

  • Meals as specified (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

  • Return land and boat transfers to/from the resort in Gangga Islands and Raja Ampat

  • 6x Boat Dive at Gangga Island, 1x Diving at Bunaken, 1x Diving at Lembeh (Certified Diver)

  • Diving will include scuba tanks, weight belts, beach towel, water, fruits, hot tea and Nitrox for Nitrox certified divers - Maximum ratio is 4 divers to 1 guide

  • 6x Boat Dives at Raja Ampat, 1x Diving at Passage (certified Diver)

  • Diving will include scuba tanks, weight belts, beach towel, water, fruits, hot tea and Nitrox for Nitrox certified divers - Maximum ratio is 4 divers to 1 guide.

  • Guided village trekking and 1-hour massage at Gangga Island

  • Bird Watching trip and entrance fee to the National Park in Raja Ampat

  • Domestic flight Manado MDC – SOQ Sorong by Lion Air

Excluding

  • International Flights

  • All expenses incurred due to flight delay or cancellation or due to other causes which are beyond our control

  • Personal travel insurance

  • Tips for guides and driver. Tipping in Indonesia is a common way of showing your appreciation and is highly recommended

  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Guide/vehicle during days or periods of time marked as ‘(at) leisure/free’ in the itinerary

  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary 

  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, laundry, wellness treatments and any other items not mentioned in in the itinerary. This list is exemplary and not limitative

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary  

 

Surcharges apply for high season or late bookings. Prices are in ZAR, subject to availability & tax fluctuations.

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