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Forgotten Island & Banda Sea – 11 nights


Destination: Forgotten Island & 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 meters 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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Forgotten Island – 11 nights


Destination: Forgotten Island


Departure: Kalabahi


Arrival: Saumlaki


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 get settled in before a dive in the bhay.

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 2, 3 & 4

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.

Days 5 

Heading out further into the Alor/Pantar Strait we’ll be traveling to Reta Island, where no other boat dives. Cave Point won’t disappoint with its coral garden where blue mola have been spotted, dramatic vertical walls with overhangs, undercuts and a deep plateau at around 25 metres. Swim over hard and soft corals, healthy barrel sponges and whip corals.

Days 6-11

For 5 days you will dive around The Forgotten Islands, a remote archipelago in the southeast corner of the Moluccas. These islands are an incredible 1,000 km long chain of islands running all the way from Timor to West Papua.

The itinerary for these 5 days is flexible, depending on weather and current conditions. There are also long distances in between some islands, which means some days you will dive 3 times and others 4 – often a night dive.

The dive sites around this archipelago are characterised by pristine reefs and dramatic walls covered in soft corals, sea fans and huge sponges. These islands have warm water usually around 27-30°c and excellent visibility. During these 5 days you will likely see more marine life than you could possibly imagine; reef sharks, hammerheads, mobula and manta rays, sea snakes, huge schools of fish, massive sponges and carpets of corals as far as the eyes can see.

Day 12

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


 

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Banda Sea & Forgotten Island – 9 nights


Destination: Banda Sea & Forgotten Island


Departure: Ambon


Arrival: Saumlaki


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

Sample Itinerary


Ambon is the main seaport of Ambon Island in Maluku. It 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 Ambon is often 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 around the islands formed by volcanic activity. Sites can reach from shallow much dives to over 40 meters 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 Ambon and Returning from Saumlaki

Direct flights to Ambon fly from Jakarta or connecting flights from Surabaya, Makassar and Bali. Saumlaki in the Tanimbar Islands group is a more remote location to finish your trip, but there is a small airport on the island. Flights to Ambon and on to Makassar, Bali or Jakarta are available from Ambon.


 

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