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Alor & Lembata – 7 nights


Destination: Alor & Lembata


Departure: Kalabahi


Arrival: Kalabahi


Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

Sample Itinerary


Day 1

Board the stunning Tiaré, your home for the next 7 nights, in Kalabahi, Alor Island and be ready to depart around 12pm.

Day 2

After getting settled on the boat and orientation, you’ll have an easy first day in Kalabahi Bay. Mucky Mosque and Rocky Church are two of the excellent muck dive sites we will visit and you might even see the Rhinopias, master of camoflague. Diving at night means you’ll also get the unique opportunity to see strange creatures even more incredible than the ghost pipefish, soft coral crabs, frogfish, wunderpus and mimic octopus, snake eels, sea moths, sand divers and many other remarkable creatures found during the day.

Day 3

The Alor/Pantar Strait has a vast rage of sites; from shear drop-offs, jutting rocks, and shallow reefs where colourful corals can be seen in their full glory. You will see the famous diving villagers of Here you can see Pura Island diving with only homemade googles fashioned from wood and the ends of glass bottles.

Diving during these days at sites like Yan Village, Clown Valley, large pelagics pass through the Pantar Strait and if we hear of whales, dolphins or sunfish, we’ll have the chance to go hunting for them in the tenders and snorkel if we find them.

Day 4

Dive today at Beangabang in the famous Lembeh Strait. This is a protected bay where the water is a little cooler and night dives are incredible for macro life. Recent spottings here are: blue ringed octopus, coconut octopus, frog fish, rhinopias of various kinds, wonderpus, frogfish and ghost pipefish.

Day 5

Off the southern coast of Pantar and Pulau Kambing the marine life is plentiful thanks to upwellings and swells from deep under the sea. Because of this large pelagics are often seen feeding. There are a number of other sites around these islands that we will possibly dive and see all kinds of incredible marine life.

Day 6

More big fish and possible sharks await arounf Alor and Pura Islands. The water is beautifully clear in this area with visibility up to 30 metres but the currents can be strong, so these dives can be challenging. The challenge is all worth it though for the whitetips and huge grey reef sharks, tuna, grouper, sunfish, manta rays and even whalesharks and pilot whales if you’re lucky.

Day 7

Back to the great muck diving in Kalabahi Bay, you’ll dive twice in the morning and then have a wonderful land excursion to a traditional village on the island of Alor.

Day 8

After a last breakfast and goodbyes with the crew it’s time to disembark in Kalabahi.


 

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East Flores & Alor – 7 nights


Destination: East Flores & Alor


Departure: Maumere


Arrival: Kalabahi


Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

Sample Itinerary


Day1

Board the stunning Tiaré, your home for the next 7 nights, in Maumere and be ready to depart around 12pm. 

Day 2

Your first full day of diving wil be arounf Serbete Reef and Adonara Island, just east of Flores. Serbete Reef has shallow reefs and coral gardens with walls where reef sharks, turtles and pygmy seahorses have been spotted.

Moving to to the southwest corner of Adonara Island, you’ll be looking out for juvenile harlequin sweetlips and barramundi cods in the shallow reef. The reef then slopes down to around 25 metres, where varied nudibranchs, white tip reef sharks, and blue spotted stingrays live. Rhinopias have also been spotted here, including the weedy and paddle-flap scorpion fish varieties. 

Day 3

Beneath the impressive active volcano Gunung Api, north of Lembata Island, you’ll be diving incredible sheer walls, plateaus and overhangs covered with hard coral and black sand. Reef sharks patrol the reef looking for pray and plenty of smaller critters living in the black sand are common sights here.

Day 4

On day 4 spend the day experiencing world-class muck diving to the south-west of Kawula Island. Tanjung Waiwowan is known for sightings of allusive scorpionfish that camouflage themselves on the coral slopes. You’ll may also find various pipefish, and octopus, including the blue ringed octopus and wunderpus. At night juvenile brown-banded bamboo sharks and frogfish as well as plenty of other wonderful creatures.

You may also dive at The Frog and Catfish depending on ferry schedules and permissions. This site is a large jetty for local ferries and is home to giant frogfish, rhinopias, ghost pipefish and leaf fish.

Day 5, 6 & 7

The Alor/Pantar Strait has a vast rage of sites; from shear drop-offs, jutting rocks, and shallow reefs where colourful corals can be seen in their full glory. You will see the famous diving villagers of Here you can see Pura Island diving with only homemade googles fashioned from wood and the ends of glass bottles.

Diving during these days at sites like Yan Village, Clown Valley, large pelagics pass through the Pantar Strait and if we hear of whales, dolphins or sunfish, we’ll have the chance to go hunting for them in the tenders and snorkel if we find them.

You’ll also dive at inside Kalabahi Bay. Mucky Mosque and Rocky Church are two of the excellent muck dive sites we will visit and you might even see the Rhinopias, master of camoflague. If you do these dives at you’ll also get the unique opportunity to see strange creatures even more incredible than the ghost pipefish, soft coral crabs, frogfish, wunderpus and mimic octopus, snake eels, sea moths, sand divers and many other remarkable creatures found during the day.

Day 8

After a last breakfast and goodbyes with the crew it’s time to disembark in Kalabahi.


 

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East Flores & Komodo – 11 nights


Destination: East Flores & Komodo


Departure: Maumere


Arrival: Labuanbajo


Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

Sample Itinerary


Day1

Your journey begins when you board the stunning Tiaré in Maumere. After settling in and meeting your crew you will prepare for 1 or 2 dives. For some world-class muck diving you’ll visit Gosong Boni and Tanjung Gedong to the southwest of Kawula Island. At Gosong Boni sponges and sea fans are abundant and blue ringed octopus, pygmy seahorses and algae shrimp can be found. Tajung Gedong has large table corals and often reef sharks and grouper. Pulau Babi or Pig Island is also another option. This site is bordered by a wide coral reef and also offers a deep wall with lots of crevices for creatures to hide in. One large crack was made during a 1992 earthquake and is 30 metres long.

 

Day 2

On day 2 you’ll be anchored off of Palu’e Island north of Flores. There are no roads or vehicles, but the island is home to almost 10,000 people. Today you’ll dive the Wall in the Falls, which is a beautiful wall that drops from 8 to about a depth of 30 meters. This is a dramatic dive and with the wall housing leaf fish, reef octopus, nudibranchs and many juvenile reef fish. You’ll also see huge tube sponges, sea fans and the black coral bushes as well as a hard coral garden in the shallower waters of the site.

Day 3

Cruising on to the Komodo/Flores channel and Sebayur and Sabolon islands you’ll dive 2 or 3 sites today. Tatawa Besar is a beautiful drift dive starting off from the north western tip of Tatawa and continuing west until you are 15 to 20 meters down. Stunning orange corals are home to an incredible array of ocean life like sweetlips and batfish. You also may see turtles and mantas if you’re lucky! Look for leaf fish, ghost pipefish and nudibranchs at your second dive at Sebayur Island. Your last dive of the day at Sabolon Island will allow you to see beautiful sea fans, bump head parrotfish and garden eels. Huge leather corals also hide cuttlefish and lots of other exciting species.

Day 4

Wake up to the beautiful sights of the straits between the islands of Komodo and Rinca. You will dive here at the stunning Manta Reef and the spectacular Batu Bolong, where you will see an incredible amount of coral and tropical fish. Rest and have lunch on board before an afternoon dive at Three Sisters; 3 underwater ridges with massive steps, and towers of stone, caves and overhangs covered in soft corals. Expect to see nudibranchs, frogfish and larger marine life like reef sharks and bump head parrotfish. Your third dive of the day will be a night dive in Padar. Water temperatures at these sites can drop to around 20°c, so be prepared for the possibility of chillier dives. You might also notice the water is greener here than other areas. However, this means there are far more nutrients in the water, which in turn means incredible biodiveristy!

Day 5

On day 5 you will have 4 dives off Nusa Kode Island, where you’ll see some of the most incredible marine creatures in the archipelago. During the day you’ll dive at Canninbal Rock, which has often been listed as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world! With its sand slopes, rocky areas and a plateau covered in marine life, you can expect to see hard and soft corals, sponges, tube anemones, and a huge variety of nudibranchs. Yellow Wall at southern entrance to Horseshoe Bay is your next stop, where you will see the yellow and orange corals that give the site its name. This drift dive allows you to slowly take in all the ladybugs and nudibranchs covering the wall. Entering in to the bay Boulders is home to resting rays and sometimes even hiding nurse sharks. Head back to Tiaré for a rest before a shallow night dive in Torpedo Bay (sometimes called Torpedo Alley). This site is named after the torpedo rays that are found here. You can also expect seahorses, coconut octopus, squid and the odd bobbit worm burrowed into the volcanic black sand.

Day 6

Weather permitting you will do a full day with 4 spectacular dives. This morning you’ll be south of Komodo Island at Manta Alley and German Flag. Manta Alley is in Tora Langkoi Bay and is the most popular dive for spotting the majestic manta rays. There is also a possibility of spotting mantas at German Flag, as well as Malabar groupers, schools of potato cod, red snapper, surgeon fish. In the afternoon you will dive Tanjung Lehoksera or Batu Gajah depending on the weather conditions. At night discover the wreck of a 100-foot wooden Pinisi boat.

Also take the chance to get a tender or kayak to watch komodo dragons, wild pigs, deer and monkeys roam the beach.

Day 7

Today you’ll dive 3 times off the coast of Komodo Island. Pantai Merah (Pink Beach) is famous for not only its beautiful pink sand, but its mini wall in the middle of the reef where the crevices make the perfect home for glassfish, nudibranchs, frogfish, crocodile fish and scorpionfish. In the sandier area opposite the wall juvenile harlequin sweetlips and mandarin fish live. Pulau Hantu also has an incredible array of smaller fish. Komodo dragons on the Tour the island.

Day 8

Today you’ll be diving off Komodo Island where currents can be quite strong. Dives must be timed in accordance with tides and weather conditions so there are a number of dive sites you may visit. Takat Makassar Reef, Batu Bolong and Tatawa Kecil are all stunning dives with soft and hard corals.

Day 9

The challenge continues on day 9 with dive sites off Gili Lawa Laut. Crystal Rock (named for the rock jutting out from crystal blue water) and Castle Rock both boast a wide variety of very healthy corals and an impressive array of marine life. Couldron (sometimes called Shotgun) and Gili Lawa Laut Lighthouse are two of the other thrilling dives in this area and can be dived in the evening or at night. Here you might see crocodilefish, lion fish, sometimes eagle rays and reef sharks and even manta rays. Between dives you’ll have the chance to trek to the highest point of Gili Lawa Laut to see the gorgeous views over the Komodo-Flores channel.

Day 10

Heading back towards Komodo and Rinca, you’ll dive the sites you missed on the way out. Batu Bolong and Tatawa Besar are possibilities. These sites are famous for their endless fields of stunning orange soft corals and manta encounters. Dive at night at Pulau Sebayur.

Day 11

Batu Tengah is right in the middle of the Komodo National Park, hence the name “Middle Rock”, and slopes into a stunning coral garden. Divers often see turtles, cuttlefish, white tip reef sharks and large groups of Napoleon wrasse and snapper here. Your night dive will be at Wainilu where you will see a wide array of nudibranchs, frogfish and other smaller marine creatures perfect for macro photography. Look in the hard coral reef for juvenile harlequin sweetlips and batfish. The sandy slope is scattered with pulsing soft corals where you may find starry night octopus, plus a moray eel found only in Wainilu.

Day 12

After breakfast on board it’s time to check out and leave the Tiaré behind. Departing from Labuan Bajo.


 

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Banda Sea & Raja Ampat – 8 nights


Destination: Banda Sea & Raja Ampat


Departure: Ambon


Arrival: Sorong


Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

Sample Itinerary


Day 1

Board the stunning Tiaré, your home for the next 8 nights in Ambon and be ready to depart around 12pm. You’ll be diving in the area around Ambon, including famous Ambon Pertamina Wreck and Laha. The Pertamina wreck has tons of soft corals and a really incredible of fish swimming through the wreck. Laha is a fantastic muck dive where you may see recently dicovered creatures like new species of frog fish, rinophias, the incredible mimic octopus, and zebra crabs.

Day 2

Moving on to Nusa Laut, you’ll dive over beautiful hard and soft corals in this extremely healthy reef. There is plenty of life here with tons of fish including schooling jacks, grey reefs and bumpheads. Leopard sharks and dugongs have also been spotted here so if you’re lucky you’ll get the chance to see them as well.

Day 3

The Banda Islands may be famous for historical forts and nutmeg plantations, but they also offer some of the most incredible diving in Indonesia. If you love sea fans, you’re in for a treat at Batu Kapal. You’ll also have the unique experience of diving the lava flow, which since the last eruption in 1988 has become a stunning coral garden. You’ll see how nutrient-rich the waters are here by the schools of surgeon fish, banners and so many more reef species. Also, the mandarin fish found here under the pier are some of the biggest you’ll ever lay eyes on.

Day 4

Traveling around 60 miles south of the Bandas, Manuk is home to some of the largest schools of barracuda in the Banda Sea. The healthy reefs are also home to turtles, sea snakes and a variety of sharks. Visibility is great, so photographers will love diving here.

Day 5

Southeast of Hatta Island is Karang Hatta, where the dive sites are some of the closest to the 6000 metre deep Banda Trench. This means the chance of seeing large pelagic like white tip reef sharks, hammerheads, grey reef sharks, barracuda and tuna is much higher. In the shallows hard corals swarm with life as well, especially the edge of the reef where the currents starts to hit.

Day 6

Koon Island off the coast of Seram is a dive with a huge concentration of fish. One site is even called Too Many Fish where, depending on the current, the amount of schooling fish can be almost unbelieveable. You’ll explore this area and choose the best spots depending on the weather conditions and currents. The channels around Seram offer plenty of great dives to choose from.

Day 7

On day 7 you will arrive in Missol in the southern part of Raja Ampat. Your first stop is at Pulau Pele where Kaleidoscope Reef is as amazing a dive as the name suggests. Fans, colourful soft corals, a wide variety of reef fish and dancing anchovies make this an unforgettable morning dive. Later in the day Wayilbatan offers a dive in the mild currents between 2 small islands. This passage is filled with fans, soft corals and bommies, sweet lips and turtles carried on the current. In the late afternoon the light at Pulau Boo a perfect dive thanks to 3 holes in the middle of the wall where the light creates beautiful effects.

Day 8

Still in Missol you’ll dive Fiabacet – one of the most famous dive sites in the area. It doesn’t look like much from the surface but under the water the soft corals and the forest of fans are incredible! You’re likely to trevalleys, jacks and mackerel, as well as juvenile grey reef sharks that are making this protected area home.

Day 9

After breakfast on board it’s time to check out and leave the Tiaré behind at Sorong.


 

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Banda Sea – 8 nights


Destination: Banda Sea


Departure: Ambon


Arrival: Ambon


Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

Sample Itinerary


Day 1

Board the Tiaré and get settled in before departure around 12pm. Straight into diving the reefs around Ambon where spectacular coral and unique rock formations make for the perfect conditions for schooling fish. There are 3000 known species and experts speculate far more than that uncataloged around Ambon. This diversity is incredible considering the healthiest Caribbean reefs have at most 20% of this number. You’ll dive Ambon Harbor close to the Pier, where some of the best muck dives in the world will hopefully reveal the rare Ambon Scorpionfish. There is also a shallow pristine wreck covered in hard and soft corals to explore.

Day 2, 3 & 4

For 3 days you’ll be diving around Banda Neira which is dominated by a 640 meter active volcano. These islands are famous for being the centre of the spice trade for the Dutch but are now also well-known for the incredible diving. The east and north sides of the islands are home to a wide variety of pipe fish, frog fish and juvenile fish of every kind living in the calm waters. You’ll also dive arounf the pier where the largest mandarin fish you’re ever likely to see swim happily around. Depending on the wether conditions and currents you may dive Suangi Island, the Banda Lava Flow, Batu Kapal, and Next Village. You can also take time away from diving to trek up Gunung Api.

Day 5 & 6

Moving on to Nusa Laut, you’ll dive over beautiful hard and soft corals in this extremely healthy reef. There is plenty of life here with tons of fish including schooling jacks, grey reefs and bumpheads. Leopard sharks and dugongs have also been spotted here so if you’re lucky you’ll get the chance to see them as well.

Day 7

Four dives today will include the famous Ambon Pertamina Wreck and Laha. The Pertamina wreck has tons of soft corals and a really incredible of fish swimming through the wreck. Laha is a fantastic muck dive where you may see recently discovered creatures like new species of frog fish, rinophias, the incredible mimic octopus, and zebra crabs.

Day 8

Still in Ambon you’ll dive twice today. The sites for today will be decided depending on weather conditions and currents.

Day 9

After breakfast on board it’s time to check out and leave the Tiaré behind at Ambon.

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Banda Sea – 7 nights


Destination: Banda Sea


Departure: Ambon


Arrival: Ambon


Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

Sample Itinerary


Day 1

Board the Tiaré and get settled in before departure around 12pm. Straight into diving the reefs around Ambon where spectacular coral and unique rock formations make for the perfect conditions for schooling fish. There are 3000 known species and experts speculate far more than that uncataloged around Ambon. This diversity is incredible considering the healthiest Caribbean reefs have at most 20% of this number. You’ll dive Ambon Harbor close to the Pier, where some of the best muck dives in the world will hopefully reveal the rare Ambon Scorpionfish. There is also a shallow pristine wreck covered in hard and soft corals to explore.

Day 2, 3 & 4

For 3 days you’ll be diving around Banda Neira which is dominated by a 640 meter active volcano. These islands are famous for being the centre of the spice trade for the Dutch but are now also well-known for the incredible diving. The east and north sides of the islands are home to a wide variety of pipe fish, frog fish and juvenile fish of every kind living in the calm waters. You’ll also dive arounf the pier where the largest mandarin fish you’re ever likely to see swim happily around. Depending on the wether conditions and currents you may dive Suangi Island, the Banda Lava Flow, Batu Kapal, and Next Village. You can also take time away from diving to trek up Gunung Api.

Day 5

Moving on to Nusa Laut, you’ll dive over beautiful hard and soft corals in this extremely healthy reef. There is plenty of life here with tons of fish including schooling jacks, grey reefs and bumpheads. Leopard sharks and dugongs have also been spotted here so if you’re lucky you’ll get the chance to see them as well.

Day 6

Four dives today will include the famous Ambon Pertamina Wreck and Laha. The Pertamina wreck has tons of soft corals and a really incredible of fish swimming through the wreck. Laha is a fantastic muck dive where you may see recently discovered creatures like new species of frog fish, rinophias, the incredible mimic octopus, and zebra crabs.

Day 7

Still in Ambon you’ll dive twice today. The sites for today will be decided depending on weather conditions and currents.

Day 8

After breakfast on board it’s time to check out and leave the Tiaré behind at Ambon.

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Banda Sea – 11 nights


Destination: Banda Sea


Departure: Saumlaki


Arrival: Ambon


Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

Sample Itinerary


Saumlaki in the Tanimbar Islands group of West Maluku serves as the gateway to a group of remote islands known as the Forgotten Islands. This group of islands stretches for almost 1000 kilometres from Timor across the Banda Sea to West Papua.

Liveaboard boats are the only way to experience the Forgotten Islands and Saumlaki is generally the point of departure. There are endless diving opportunities and some islands and dive sites are so remote you will wonder if anyone has ever seen what you are seeing.

The visibility in the Forgotten Islands is generally excellent, especially arounf the islands formed by volcanic activity. Sites can reach from shallow much dives to over 40 metres deep and water temperatures stay around 27°c – 30°c.

On a liveaboard cruise on Tiaré you can expect to dive 3 or 4 times a day depending on the weather conditions and currents. Some of the most famous dive sites you will visit are Nil Desperandum, Wetar, Nunukae, Leti, Babar, Pantar, Palu and Nusa Laut. We are also open to creating a tailor-made itinerary so you get to do the type of diving you love most.

You’ll have the chance to dive rugged rocky outcrops, spectacular coral reefs and walls with hard and soft corals, black sands where smaller creatures bury themselves and of course huge pelagic species like white and black tip reef sharks, hammerheads, barracuda, majestic manta rays and gigantic groupers.

There is no shortage of sea life to be explored around the Forgotten Islands and you will get to see more than you could ever imagine while on a liveaboard cruise on the luxury Tiaré.

Getting to Saumlaki

Saumlaki is very remote and can take a number of flights to reach. The easiest way is usually flying from Jakarta to Ambon and then on to Saumlaki where Tiare will be waiting for you. You can choose to return to either Saumlaki or Ambon at the end of your cruise.


 

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