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Banda Api, Maluku

Raja Ampat & Spice Islands Expedition, Indonesia

A 13-day long trip on board the Aqua Blu

Length

13 Days

Ship category

Luxury

Ship type

Mid-Sized Ship

Capacity

30 Passengers

Raja Ampat & Spice Islands Expedition

Trip highlights

Kayak through hidden lagoons

Experience the world record site for the most fish species in a single dive

Witness the majestic Reef Manta Rays

Walk through history at the Dutch Fort Belgica

The DiveIndonesia experience

Enjoy gourmet meals prepared by renowned chef Benjamin Cross

Visit remote and pristine locations

A state-of-the-art expedition yacht with world-class amenities

Benefit from the knowledge and expertise of seasoned diving and naturalist guides

Embark on a 13-day Raja Ampat & Spice Islands Expedition aboard the luxurious Aqua Blu. This journey offers a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation, featuring world-class diving, snorkeling, and cultural excursions. Ideal for both divers and non-divers, the trip includes visits to iconic dive sites like Cape Kri, where you can experience the world record for the most fish species spotted in a single dive, and snorkeling with majestic Reef Manta Rays at Dayang Island.

Guests will enjoy the comfort and elegance of Aqua Blu, complete with spacious cabins, gourmet dining, and top-notch service. Each day brings new adventures, from exploring the limestone islets of Wayag Island to learning about the rich history of the spice trade in Banda Neira. With expert guides leading the way, you'll have the opportunity to discover hidden lagoons, witness rare wildlife, and immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of Indonesia's most captivating destinations.

Your ship: Aqua Blu

Aqua Blu, DiveIndonesia
Aqua Blu, DiveIndonesia
Aqua Blu, DiveIndonesia

What we truly love about Aqua Blu is its perfect blend of elegance, adventure, and comfort, setting a new standard for luxury liveaboard expeditions in Indonesia. This stunning expedition yacht, originally built in 1968 and completely refitted in 2019, offers an exceptional journey through some of Indonesia’s most spectacular waters, including the pristine reefs of Raja Ampat, the legendary Komodo National Park, and the culturally rich Spice Islands.

Imagine waking up in your spacious suite to the gentle rocking of the sea, ready for a day of thrilling dives and explorations. Aqua Blu’s itine … Read more about Aqua Blu

Cabins

Aqua Blu, Cabin 401, CAT2
Suite 401

Type:

Matrimonial

Max. occupancy:

2

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 101, CAT1
Suite 101

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 105, CAT1
Suite 105

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 301, CAT 2
Suite 301

Type:

Matrimonial

Max. occupancy:

2

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 302, CAT1
Suite 302

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 203, CAT 2
Suite 203

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 102, CAT3
Suite 102

Type:

Twins

Max. occupancy:

2

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 201, CAT2
Suite 201

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 402, CAT1
Suite 402

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 104, CAT1
Suite 104

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 202, CAT 1
Suite 202

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 103, CAT3
Suite 103

Type:

Twins

Max. occupancy:

2

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 303, CAT 1
Suite 303

Type:

Double/Matrimionial + Sofabed

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 204, CAT 1
Suite 204

Type:

Double/Matrimionial (convertible)

Max. occupancy:

3

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Aqua Blu, Cabin 206, CAT3
Suite 206

Type:

Twins

Max. occupancy:

2

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Map

Itinerary

Your itinerary below may vary, depending on the weather, wildlife breeding, and local conditions.

Sorong, Indonesia
Sorong
Gam Island, Raja Ampat

Embarkation Time: 12:15

Arrive at Sorong to a warm welcome. There will be a private transfer to Swiss-Belhotel Sorong to rest and relax before embarkation at noon. Board Aqua Blu and cruise to Mioskon Island, while enjoying the world-class cuisine of chef Benjamin Cross for dinner.

The Passage, Waigeo, Raja Ampat
Kali Biru, Waigeo, Raja Ampat
Turtle City, Komodo

The Passage

Mioskon Reef

Start with a snorkeling and diving excursion at Mioskon Island, followed by a kayak tour through "The Passage" with sightings of saltwater crocodiles, hawksbill turtles, and hornbills.

Kabui Bay, Waigeo, Raja Ampat
Mayhem, Gam Island
Mangroves, Raja Ampat

Kabui Bay

Mayhem

Mangroves

Cape Kri

Dive at Cape Kri, known for its marine biodiversity, and enjoy an afternoon dive at Mayhem reef or a sunset tour of Yangeffo's mangroves.

 Raja Ampat, Waigeo
Raja Ampat, Waigeo full view
Raja Ampat, Waigeo Pier from Viewpoint

Wofoh Island

Alyui Bay

Visit a pearl farm in Aljui Bay and spend the afternoon diving and snorkeling at Wofoh Island. Relax at Aqua Blu's Beach Club on a private beach.

Wayag full View, Raja Ampat
Wayag with boats, Raja Ampat
Wayag full view, Raja Ampat

Mount Pindito

Wayag Lagoon

Figure Eight Rock

Explore Wayag Island's limestone islets and lagoons, dive at Figure Eight Rock, and kayak through hidden lagoons at "Castaway" beach.

Dayang Island, Raja Ampat
Dayang Island, Raja Ampat
Dayang Island, Raja Ampat

Dayang Island

Arborek Jetty

Snorkel with Reef Manta Rays at Dayang Island and visit the Papuan village on Arborek Island.

Misool, Raja Ampat
Misool Shore View, Raja Ampat
Misool top View, Raja Ampat

Jellyfish Lake

Tomolol Cave

Thousand Temples

Discover cave systems, moon jellyfish lakes, and ancient rock art in Misool. Explore the massive interior of Tomolol Cave.

Misool, Raja Ampat
Misool Shore View, Raja Ampat
Misool top View, Raja Ampat

Wayil Islands

Unwind in Wayil's secret lagoons and limestone peaks, and enjoy sunset cocktails on a tranquil beach.

Misool, Raja Ampat
Misool Shore View, Raja Ampat
Misool top View, Raja Ampat

Fiabacet

Daram

Balbulol

Trek on small sandy coves, snorkel, swim, and kayak in Misool's blue pools with sparkling coral reefs.

Koon Island, Maluku Islands
Koon Island, Maluku Islands
Gorong Island, Maluku

Too Many Fish

Dive at Koon Island's "Marine Superhighway" and kayak into Manawoka's narrow waterway. Sail to the Banda Islands at sunset.

Banda Api, Maluku
Banda Api, Maluku
Banda Island, Maluku

Fort Belgica

Kora-Kora

Approach the Banda Islands as the sun rises and be greeted by Kora-Kora war canoes as the boat enters the harbor. Explore the Dutch Fort Belgica on Banda Neira and learn about the spice trade's colorful history.

Nusa Laut, Maluku Islands
Akoon Village, Maluku
Akoon Village, Maluku

Akoon Village

Swim, dive, and snorkel at Nusa Laut. Visit scenic fishing villages and enjoy a cooking lesson before cruising to Molana Island.

Ambon, Maluku

Port of Ambon

Disembarkation Time: 7:00 am

Disembark in Ambon after a sumptuous breakfast and prepare for your outbound flight.

Dates & Prices

From

Until

Info

Availability

Price

21

Sep

2024

3

Oct

2024

Available

From

USD 16,140

21

Sep

2024

3

Oct

2024

Available

From

USD 16,140

Preferred date unavailable? Contact us

Info

Single Cabin Supplement

When booking online, you can choose the option to "Upgrade to single occupancy". This will guarantee you the whole cabin to yourself, for an additional fee. If you don't select this option, then another traveler of the same sex might be placed into the same cabin with you.

What's included

All meals onboard. Almost all dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice - please ask us about your needs.

Beverages: House wine and beer, non-alcoholic drinks.

Laundry.

All excursions.

Snorkeling equipment and wetsuits

All available non-motorized water sports

Group transfers to/from vessel when travelling on recommended flights (Jakarta to Sorong with Garuda Indonesia GA 682)

Scuba diving for certified divers.

Complimentary access to high speed Starlink Wi-Fi.

Your booking contributes to our Conservation Project.

What's not included

International and domestic flights

Visas

Private transfer

Spa Services

Boutique Purchases

Guide and crewgratuities

FAQs

Indonesia, with its tropical climate, offers two main diving seasons: the wet season from November to March and the dry season from April to October. Each season provides unique diving experiences, ensuring unforgettable adventures year-round.

Wet Season (November to March) During the wet season, expect increased rainfall and humidity, but warm temperatures between 25°C (77°F) and 28°C (82°F). Rain typically falls in short, intense bursts, allowing plenty of sunny intervals for exploration. This season attracts diverse marine life due to nutrient-rich waters, making it ideal for underwater photography. Additionally, fewer tourists mean less crowded dive sites and lush, vibrant landscapes.

Dry Season (April to October) The dry season is the most popular for diving, with minimal rainfall, lower humidity, and clear skies. Water temperatures range from 27°C (81°F) to 30°C (86°F), and visibility often exceeds 30 meters (98 feet). These conditions create perfect settings for diving and snorkeling, offering calm seas and abundant marine life. It's an excellent time to explore Indonesia's breathtaking underwater world.

Whether you prefer the vibrant marine life of the wet season or the clear waters of the dry season, Indonesia's diverse climate ensures a memorable diving experience. Let us help you plan the perfect liveaboard adventure tailored to your preferences.

Yes. Dive insurance is generally mandatory for liveaboard trips in Indonesia. Most operators and booking platforms require divers to have insurance that covers emergency evacuation, medical treatment, and other dive-related incidents.

Please secure adequate insurance that provides coverage for medical treatment, decompression sickness, injuries, and emergency evacuation from remote areas, ensuring safety and peace of mind. Optional coverage for equipment loss is also beneficial.

Several providers offer comprehensive coverage, including DAN (Divers Alert Network), Dive Assure, and World Nomads. These organizations offer tailored plans to suit different diving needs.

We dedicate 1% of our revenue towards environmental protection. From 2024, V Social will begin setting up its own conservation project, working together with local people. We firmly believe that conservation can be impactful and long-lasting, but that it is only truly effective when done together with people living in the territory.

Travel relies on natural resources and is deeply connected with nature and wildlife. Therefore, responsible and sustainable travel has to include conservation efforts and true care for the places we travel to. The V Social Foundation’s conservation project is an initiative that works with local people to give them ownership of their territory, protect the environment through reforestation and regeneration efforts, and empower the community by handing them over control of the project within five years.

We aim to develop a model that contributes to climate protection, adapts to local conditions instead of harming them, and empowers local people to take over the project in the future. The goal is that this model can be replicated and create a snowball effect among the communities we work with and the destinations we travel to, making travel a true force for good.

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