Two Indonesian Photo Expeditions:
Trip 1: Halmahera to Raja Ampat
Nov 25th to Dec 5th, 2020
Join Optical Ocean Sales for the first of two 10 day all-inclusive Photo Expeditions on the luxurious Damai II liveaboard from Halmahera to Sorong.
These cruises feature a wide range of areas with unique diving opportunities to shoot everything from mantas to nudibranchs, soft coral mangroves to hard coral reefs! Do one or the other – or both!
Halmahera to Raja Ampat (Nov 25th - Dec 5th, 2020):
Diving in Halmahera offers a variety of underwater experiences including a spattering of wrecks in the north, some world class muck diving sites in the south and some of the best examples of hard coral gardens in Indonesia.
Halmahera liveaboard trips offer divers the chance to dive all corners of this remote and diverse archipelago. North of the Banda Sea and west of the world famous Raja Ampat lies this underpopulated island and its neighboring archipelago of volcanoes, sandy islands and mangroves. Visit the drop offs in south Bacan to see Barracuda, the islands of Goraici to enjoy schooling reef fish and bait balls attracting numerous hunters, tunas, and mackerel and hunt under the docks at Makian and Leilei for critters. This is definitely a hot spot and we believe the best is still to be discovered!
Our itineraries are always weather and diving condition dependent, and we hope to spend most of the trip in the Halmahera area. However this is shoulder season and we may have to adjust as necessary.
Departing from the Sultanate of Ternate, the Damai II liveaboard will make the first stop at the volcanic island and seamount of Tifore to enjoy huge schools of barracudas and jacks, reef sharks and some cool macro. From here you will island hop through the picturesque northern Maluku islands; from Makian into the archipelago of Goraici and its seamounts, great reefs and beautiful coral gardens with possible manta sightings. Then we'll go to Pulau Kusu with soft coral fans and lots of fish and onto Pasir Karo with sloping reefs with lots of big and small critters. Our expedition will continue to Bacan with its world class muck diving in the morning along the black sand slopes in front of the boat-building beach, and its schooling barracuda off the wall in the afternoon, reported to be the largest in Indonesia.
Cross the Seram Sea to the remote island of Pulau Pisang with its spectacular topography of pinnacles and plateaus teaming with schooling snapper and tuna. We will continue on to dive the north part of Raja Ampat for this leg, depending on weather.
Blue Water Mangroves. A unique environment where soft corals and small fans grow close to the roots of mangrove, creating a small garden where juvenile fish, archerfish, nudibranchs and some other invertebrates are the most common inhabitants. Extremely interesting for photographers.
Batanta The very last day of diving will be entirely dedicated to pure muck dive: seahorses, ghost pipe fish, mimic octopus… critter hunt!! In the afternoon, after lunch we will be heading towards 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. 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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Visit the Damai website here!
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.
Only 1 spot for a male in a twin share cabin is available - $5995
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.