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A160429 AMBON-YAMDENA.pages
 ON MV AMBAI; AMBON TO SAUMLAKI
13 days/12 nights – minimum 35 dives
Departure from: Ambon 29 April, 2016 Arrival at: Saumlaki 11 May, 2016
From Ambon (Moluccas) to Saumlaki (Tanimbar archipelagoes): The scenery is breathtaking: underwater fallings, pelagic, coral reef. On earth you will ;ind deserted beaches and gorgeous and some ;ishermen using traditional ;ishing techniques with a kite. Objects of war between the English and the Dutch who fought violently counters, long pepper, Java pepper Cubeb, black pepper Bali, cloves of Ternate in North Maluku, salt in Amed Bali, nutmeg, mace, Kenari nut in the Banda islands ...used to be negotiated at very high prices. Context & Environnement
This cruise makes a journey of about 500 nautical miles and crossing a large part of eastern Indonesia through the Banda Sea where visibility often reaches 50 m, revisit beautiful sites around these islands called the Forgotten islands. This will allow us to dive sites very little visited, usually rich in pelagic dive sites (including hammerhead sharks at nil desperandum). We chose the Banda Islands as a strong point of this unique cruise for their historical past (former Dutch counter starting point of a road with spices) and yet still uncrowded. We will have the opportunity to visit the village and the fort of Banda Neira as well spice plantations, sourcing from local producers and admire the many mandarin ;ish in the port of Banda Neira. Diving info:
Some dives are carried out offshore reefs. On this itinerary we expect slow to medium currents. The guides will always check the current before each immersion and inform the divers. However, as we will also probably perform some exploratory dives, a solid dive experience is recommended for this cruise. Visibility is expected to be very good, and the temperature about 28° C. Wide angle and macro subjects (especially in Ambon bay) will alternate. Wall diving with overhangs and caves, black corals and huge sponges, schools of surgeon;ishes, trevallies, barracudas, and occasionally reef sharks and hopefully hammerhead sharks. Daily schedule : dives (60 minutes / 50 bars )
- 1st dive
07:30
- 2nd dive
10:30
- 3rd dive
- Night dive
14:30
18:30
- No dive on the arrival day - 3 dives a day all the other days. When in Banda, 1 dive will probably be skipped for the excursion on the island. - 6 night dives minimum - 1 morning dive on the penultimate day, eventually 2 according to the return ;light schedule (24 hours no ;light desaturation rule applies).
Diving organisation and equipment : All dives have to be conducted within standards no decompression limits. Depending on their diving levels, interest and expectations (photography, macro etc...) and the use of Nitrox (available with extra-­‐charge), groups of divers are formed by the cruise director (after some "check dives") on the 2nd day. These groups, supervised by the cruise leader-­‐Instructor, are composed of up to four divers, and have each an allocated guide for the day. These local guides are rotated: so you will dive with all of them. Each diver is given a tank (DIN & INT available, no need for adapters), and a unique location for their equipment for the duration of the cruise. Wallacea staff always carries your dive tank between Ambai and the dinghies. Hiring all or just a part of the equipment is possible on board: as all sizes are not necessarily available, it is requested to book equipment before departure and to specify the desired sizes. A camera room is dedicated to the storage and charging of cameras and accessories; Round european type plugs, adaptors available on board. MV Ambai: Boat specification
Length : 32 meters
Width: 7,5 meters
Wooden boat
16 Divers
Plugs European format
3 fiberglass dinghies
8 air-­‐conditioned cabins with ensuite bathroom and hot water 4 cabins with double bed and a bunk above (lower deck) 2 cabins with twin single beds (lower deck) 2 cabins with double bed on the upper deck (extra charge)
RATE INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS OF OUR RATE:
Inclusions:
- Accommodation in a double or a twin cabin
- All meals. Drinking water, sodas, hot drinks:"full board”
- All guided dives
- Nitrox
- Belts and aluminium 80 cf tanks
- 4 local dive guides and a Western instructor.
- Airport-ship transfers and return at Ambon and Saumlaki
Exclusions:
- Harbour and diving area fees, 70 €/ pax
- Alcoholic beverages (own bottles accepted), Beers 3 €, alcohol bottle 40 €.
- Diving equipment rental.
- International and domestic flights.
- 100 cf tank (40 €/pax/cruise
- Crew gratuities (10 €/night/pers are suggested)
- Upper deck cabin, 20 €/ night/ pax.
Additional Information: -­‐ Visa : Starting from 10 June 2015, citizens of 45 countries don’t need any visa if they enter the country from one of the main Airport or Port (Medan, Jakarta, Denpasar, Manado, Surabaya) and will be allowed to stay for a period of 30 days. For the others (including the Australians) Indonesian visa costs 35 USD (or equivalent in euros). The visa on arrival (VOA) is valid for 30 days. It is issued at Jakarta, Denpasar, Makassar and Manado airports. -­‐ Insurance:
Repatriation medical evacuation insurance / covering diving accidents is mandatory. It will be requested upon arrival on board. The box closest decompression is Waigeo. Travel insurance is about it, highly recommended.
-­‐ Minimum Level:
Open to N2 cruise or justifying OWD 50 logged dives.
-­‐ Minimum diving Level: Open to N2 and 50 logged dives. Tipping on the MV Ambai: Tipping depends on your satisfaction. As a guideline, a decent tip in the area is about 10 Euros/
day/pax. Check in / check out time Boat departure on April 29th at 14:30; Boarding before 2 PM. Boat arrival on May 10th at 8 PM; Check out on May 11 between 6 AM to 1 PM. Flights: There are a few compagnies deserving Ambon and Saumlaki. Garuda is the only one that is not blacklisted by the CEE, and offering 23 kgs additional free allowance for diving equipment. Towels, soap, shampoo and toothpaste are provided on board. From Jakarta to Ambon Airways
Date
Jakarta-­‐Ambon
Rate
Luggages
Garuda Indonesia
Garuda Indonesia
Batik air
Daily
23:45-­‐06:50
€215
20kg (+ 23 kg free for diving gear)
Daily
08:15-­‐13:50
€215
20kg (+ 23 kg free for diving gear)
Daily
00:30-­‐06:00
€135
20 kg (+2€/ additional kg)
Batik air
Daily
04:30-­‐12:05
€215
20 kg (+2€/ additional kg)
Lion air
Daily
01:30-­‐07:00
€135
20 kg (+2€/ additional kg)
From Saumlaki to Jakarta: Airways
Date
Saumlaki-­‐Jakarta
Rate
Luggages
Garuda Indonesia
Daily
10:00 -­‐ 16:10
€ 250 20kg (+ 23 kg free for diving gear)

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