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Two Indonesian Photo Expeditions:
Trip Two: Raja Ampat (Dec 7th to 17, 2020)
Join Optical Ocean Sales for the second of two 10 day all-inclusive Photo Expeditions on the luxurious Damai II liveaboard to and from Sorong around Raja Ampat!
Departing from Sorong, Papua, the Damai II liveaboard will make the first stop at the eastern end of the Dampier Straits for a check-out dive.
Raja Ampat is spread out over a very large area. Generally the conditions and weather are better or worse in the north or south and will somewhat dictate where we cruise. As the first cruise of the two comes from the north, we will try to move to the southeast towards the Misool area, and spend as much time as we can there, then move back north to finish the cruise in the north. This will give a great overview of the area, but focus on the best diving available in the south. However, weather may dictate which direction we take and how long we stay.
Leaving from Sorong we will go a short distance across the straits or to the south and do a checkout dive and acclimatize ourselves to the area.
Penemu The signature sites in Penemu are Barracuda Point; a seamount on the north point; Melissa’s Garden; a beautiful example of a hard coral plateau and Keruo Channel; drift along this colorful slope watching the seascape go by. The highlight of Penemu is a lagoon tour in the tenderboats amongst these turquoise waters and limestone bays. For the energetic there is a short walk to the top of one the hills to be rewarded with an amazing view over the lagoon with Damai moored in the distance.
Wayilbatan The Four Kings is a series of colorful underwater pinnacles which make an amazing dive with plenty of cool fish action. Moving later to a more sheltered spot we are in the vicinity of some great dive spots: drift along the channel at Neptune Fan Sea; explore a wall at Wedding Cake or enjoy the fish action on the ridge at Barracuda Rock.
Misool This amazing string of small islands has a colorful array of great dive sites. In our opinion it can have some of the best diving in Raja Ampat. The signature sites in the area include Boo Windows, Nudi Rock, Tank Rock and Whale Rock. There are awesome seamounts and ridges to explore, loaded with schools of fish and marine life. The whole place is a delight for the eyes. This area is a Marine Park and diving is scheduled with park rangers. This assures divers of a good experience without hordes of divers descending on each other. A fun evening excusion is to the ranger station to take pictures of the baby black tip sharks in the shallows there.
Farondi and Balbulol No Contest and Love Potion No 9 at Balbulol is a series of colorful underwater ridges with huge seafans and schooling fish and the chance of seeing Mobula Rays. In the afternoon head west to Farondi and visit the underwater caves at Goa Farondi and the current rich Three Sisters teeming with life. There is another opportunity for a boat tour around the lagoon.
Dampier Straits We will then move north to use up our remaining time at the eastern end of the famous Dampier Straits. Cape Kriis a sloping reef on the eastern end on the island of Kri; Blue Magic and Sardine reef are seamounts covered in schooling fish and cruising sharks and rays; Mioskon is a great spot for the endemic Wobbegong shark and Pontohi pygmy seahorses.
Our Raja Ampat liveaboard cruise will end in Sorong. Read more about the itinerary here.
MV Damai II:
This beautifully designed wooden boat was designed to offer a personal luxury service, that only a vessel of this size, that is dedicated to small groups can provide. With a length of 40 meters (130 feet) and a beam of over 9 meters (29.5 feet) the vessel has 7 staterooms with a choice of single cabins, twins, doubles or two spacious master cabins with private balconies. All cabins are large and furnished with queen or king sized beds, and en suite heads. There is a spacious indoors camera room like found in a resort. Optical Ocean Sales staff will be aboard to help you get the most of your underwater photography.
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Call 800-359-1295 or signup online!
Included in your Package:
10 Days/11 Nights on board the Damai I Liveaboard • 4 dives a day • Full equipment, nitrox, laundry and massages and port fees included! - a $400 value! • UW photo assistance from OOS • All meals served in a fine dining environment • Beer, drinks and wine each night onboard • Transfers to/from boat.
Single Cabins: (2 cabins): $6995 pp
Twin Share Cabins: (2 cabins): $5995 pp
Master Cabins: (2 cabins): $6595 pp
Not Included: Airfare, transit hotels, park fees. Land tours or resorts before, or after, are available, ask us!
*Deposits are non-refundable, but transferable to another person. Additional periodic payments to be made. 3% surcharge for credit cards.