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Raja Ampat – 8 nights


Destination: Raja Ampat


Departure: Sorong


Arrival: Sorong


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

Sample Itinerary


Day 1

After boarding Tiaré you’ll embark on the journey of a lifetime about 12 o’clock from Sorong into the waters of Raja Ampat. Raja Ampat means ‘Four Kings’, referring to the 4 main islands of Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, Misool (there are actually over 1,500 small islands). Most of Raja Ampat is protected by the Indonesian government so you can expect pristine corals and an abundance of sea life. Of course visibility can vary depending on the weather conditions, but water temperatures stay around 27-30°c (81-86°f).

Days 2 

The first two dives of the day are at Manta Sandy, well-known to divers as it is one of the most consistent spots for finding congregating mantas. It is easy to spend a whole dive observing these majestic animals as they somersault through the water while being cleaned by several species of wrasse and even butterfly fish. They also come to feed on plankton carried along by the currents, so can be seen on the surface as well. With a bit of luck you’ll witness the unforgettable sight of a ”manta train”, where half a dozen or more mantas glide around feeding. Your afternoon and night dives are at Arborek Jetty. In the shallows the jetty posts are covered in soft corals and further down you’re likely to see pipefish and cuttlefish. Watch local children jumping off the jetty and smiling for your cameras and even join in the fun! On the reef giant clams nestle in the pulsing soft corals and at search for blue ringed octopus, hermit crabs, skeleton shrimp and flatworms. At night you might even be able to hear toadfish croaking. Between dives you will have the chance to visit the village on Arborek Island to discover the very traditional way of life these island people live. Bring along some little presents like writing or colouring supplies or hair accessories for the kids of the village and you’ll see them light with smiles like you’ve never seen before.

Day 3, 4, & 5

On days 3, 4 and 5 you’ll be in the Gam or Penemu areas diving the many extraordinary sites there.

Between Gam and Yanggelo Islands, Citrus Ridge offers gorgeous white sand contrasting the yellow and orange corals that teem with glassfish, sweetlips and batfish. Moving on to Takat Yanggelo (north & south) you’ll see similar species as well as huge schools of snappers, barracuda and fusiliers. Dive with black and white tip sharks at Woebegone and also have a search for the tricky blue ringed octopus. Still between the 2 islands, Mangrove Ridge is a ridge extending out from Tangelo covered in black corals and huge sea fans. Explore the shallows of the mangroves where many species of juvenile fish, cardinal fish and archerfish hide in the roots of the trees. You’ll then head to Penemu, an island west of Waigeo with a selection of dives sites, the most famous being Melissa’s Garden. Shallow hard coral reefs here are home to hundreds of anthias dance and also sea snakes. The long, submerged seamount at Takat Penemu has a beautiful coral garden sloping to where where schools of fish hang out in the currents. Have a peek inside the large cup corals where Wobbegong sharks like to sleep, and visit Penemu Wall, My Reef and Harto’s Reef for more incredible sights. At Penemu Island you will also have the chance to stop and climb to the highest point of the island to admire the entire lagoon from above.

Day 6, 7 & 8

The Dampier Strait, located between Waigeo and Batanta Islands is known to have some of the most nutrient-rich and spectacular diving in Raja Ampat. The currents passing through the strait make for the perfect diving situation and you can expect to see incredible corals housing just about every species of fish as well as prized macro subjects like the recently discovered Pontohi pygmy seahorse.

Sardine Reef is a popular dive spot, which ironically isn’t home to any sardines. However, you will see a stunning reef covered in huge sea fans, soft corals, enormous orange elephant ear sponges and schools of fusiliers, surgeonfish, trevallies, rainbow runners, sweetlips and bannerfish. In fact, at this site the fish are so abundant you may hear the unique sound of “fish thunder” – the surprisingly loud sound of a large number of fish moving in synchronisity. Other dives in Dampier Strait include Chicken Reef, Kerupiar Island and Friwin Bonda. Dives over these 3 days will also include Cape Kri, which holds the impressive record of 374 fish species identified during one 90-minute dive, Otdima Reef and Blue Magic. This is a submerged seamount where you may encounter giant manta rays. Saonek Jetty or Jembeser Jetty are ideal for night dives; you’ll have the chance to see bobtail squid, octopus, stargazers, ghost pipefish, toadfish and lots of nudibranchs at these sites. If you’d also like to see some of the incredible animal life above water, take a hike in the jungle to see Papua’s famous Birds of Paradise. There will be an extra charge for this tour and it is dependent on the weather and all of the guest’s preferences. Depending on the weather conditions and flight times the next day, the last full day of the cruise will include 1 or 2 dives at one of the above sites. After the dives you’ll cruise back to Sorong.

Day 9

Say goodbye to your crew over one last Tiaré breakfast and then head on to the airport in Sorong for your outbound flight.


 

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Raja Ampat & Triton Bay – 11 nights


Destination: Raja Ampat & Triton Bay


Departure: Sorong


Arrival: Kaimana


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

Sample Itinerary


Day 1

Raja Ampat means ‘Four Kings’. In an archipelago of over 1,500 small islands there are four main islands or ‘kings’– Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, Misool. The majority of Raja Amat is a Marine Protected Area. These islands usually experience varying visibility depending on the weather conditions and warm water around 27-30C (81-86F).

Days 2-5 

Misool Island, one of the ‘Four Kings’ is in the south of Raja Ampat and is surrounded by a multitude of smaller islands to the southeast. The sites in this area are famous for their colourful soft corals and sea fans swaying in the warm waters of the reef. You’ll dive for 3 days in the Misool area, including Boo Windows, Yuliet and Romeo, Fiabecet, Wayilbatan, Daram Area, Pele and Sagof/Wagmab/Farondi Areas. You’ll encounter an incredible range of sea life during these dives, from turtles, reef sharks, pygmy seahorses, mantas, barracudas and everything in between! In this area you also may have the opportunity to take a ride to a pearl farm and also explore caves and rock formations.

Day 6

30 miles south of Misool is a beautiful archipelago where we’ll dive off of Pualu Koon or Pulau Pisang. The corals are extremely healthy in this remote area and are full of life. You’ll see giant elephant ears, swirling schools of a wide variety of fish, mantas and turtles.

Day 7

Take a trip on land in the morning to an incredible waterfall and enjoy the stunning above-water scenery. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, so don’t forget your camera! In the afternoon take a relaxing dive near Momon Bay.

Day 8

Triton Bay is the next stop and is one of the most spectacular dives you’ll experience in Raja Ampat. The diversity of the coral and marine life are heaven for divers and, thanks to very little fishing in this area, are healthy and plentiful. Your first dive here will be at 7th Heaven where you will probably see giant trevalies, barracuda, giant turtles, grunts, and even mantas and walking sharks. GT Rock, which is named after the multitude of giant trevallys found there is a beautiful dive as well. Swim with the hundreds of grunts, red snappers, huge sweet lips and tuna that feed around the rock.

Day 9

Still in Triton Bay, we’ll continue to discover how extraordinary the area’d biodiversity really is. Larry’s Heaven honors the legendary Larry Smith, who spent years diving and studying the marine creatures of Indonesia. His very last dive was in this area, which boasts the world record for having the most different species in one area. Fields of black coral are home to such densely packed biodiveristy you may think you’re in the middle of an incredible dream. Wrass, gobies, grouper, bump heads, turtles, and millions of fusiliers will surround you as you glide through the water…and that’s just the beginning of the list.

Days 10-11

Spend 2 days diving around Aiduma, Orembate and Faukate (Lauzaro). These are incredible sites for searching for macro species and are especially exciting for dive photographers. You’ll find an incredible variety of reef fish, including schools of large blurring angelfish, clownfish, striped angelfish and lionfish. You might also spot dolphins enjoying leaping and dancing through the waves.

Day 12

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


 

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Raja Ampat – 11 nights


Destination: Raja Ampat


Departure: Sorong


Arrival: Sorong


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

Sample Itinerary


Day 1

After boarding Tiaré you’ll embark on the journey of a lifetime about 12 o’clock from Sorong into the waters of Raja Ampat. Raja Ampat means ‘Four Kings’, referring to the 4 main islands of Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, Misool (there are actually over 1,500 small islands). Most of Raja Ampat is protected by the Indonesian government so you can expect pristine corals and an abundance of sea life. Of course visibility can vary depending on the weather conditions, but water temperatures stay around 27-30°c (81-86°f).

Days 2-5 

Misool Island, one of the ‘Four Kings’ is in the south of Raja Ampat and is surrounded by a multitude of smaller islands to the southeast.  The sites in this area are famous for their colourful soft corals and sea fans swaying in the warm waters of the reef. You’ll dive for 3 days in the Misool area, including Boo Windows, Yuliet and Romeo, Fiabecet, Wayilbatan, Daram Area, Pele and Sagof/Wagmab/Farondi Areas. You’ll encounter an incredible range of sea life during these dives, from turtles, reef sharks, pygmy seahorses, mantas, barracudas and everything in between!

Day 6

On day 6 you’ll move on to Penemu, an island west of Waigeo with a selection of dives sites, the most famous being Melissa’s Garden. Shallow hard coral reefs here are home to hundreds of anthias dance and also sea snakes. The long, submerged seamount at Takat Penemu has a beautiful coral garden sloping to where where schools of fish hang out in the currents. Have a peek inside the large cup corals where Wobbegong sharks like to sleep, and visit Penemu Wall, My Reef and Harto’s Reef for more incredible sights.

At Penemu Island you will also have the chance to stop and climb to the highest point of the island to admire the entire lagoon from above. 

Day 7

Expect 4 incredible dives today in Wofoh and Aljui Bay. Your first 2 dives are at Wofoh Black Forest, which is named after the deep ridge covered in large bushes of black corals, and is quite a unique sight. This shallow reef is covered in large purple soft corals, leather corals and healthy staghorn hard corals. Search the site’s wall for nudibranchs and even Wobbegong sharks resting on the many ledges.

Your 3rd and 4th dives will be in Aljui Bay on the west of Waigeo Island in an area also known as Sel Pele. This area has  a pearl farm, which we can organise tours to, but also has two jetties at the pearl farm that have created great artificial reefs for amazing diving. Underneath the pearl farm you can find wobbegong sharks, stonefish, hundreds of schooling scads, ghost pipefish, juvenile batfish and plenty more. At Channel Island and White Arrow the walls and slopes full of soft corals and sea fans make the perfect home for pygmy seahorses and a huge variety of nudibranchs. To end the day on a high your night dive at Cendana Fuel Jetty is probably the best of the whole cruise. Search for velvet fish, ghost pipefish, waspfish, coconut octopus, Helmut flying gunnards and even the incredible walking shark.

Day 8

Today you will either visit the Gam Island area. Some of the possibilities for dive sites are Citrus Ridge offering gorgeous white sand contrasting the yellow and orange corals that teem with glassfish, sweetlips and batfish. Moving on to Takat Yanggelo (north & south) you’ll see similar species as well as huge schools of snappers, barracuda and fusiliers. Dive with black and white tip sharks at Wobbegong and also have a search for the tricky blue ringed octopus.

Still between the 2 islands, Mangrove Ridge is a ridge extending out from Yanggelo covered in black corals and huge sea fans. Explore the shallows of the mangroves where many species of juvenile fish, cardinal fish and archerfish hide in the roots of the trees.

Day 9

The first two dives of the day are at Manta Sandy, well-known to divers as it is one of the most consistent spots for finding congregating mantas. It is easy to spend a whole dive observing these majestic animals as they somersault through the water while being cleaned by several species of wrasse and even butterfly fish. They also come to feed on plankton carried along by the currents, so can be seen on the surface as well. With a bit of luck you’ll witness the unforgettable sight of a ”manta train”, where half a dozen or more mantas glide around feeding. Your afternoon and night dives are at Arborek Jetty. In the shallows the jetty posts are covered in soft corals and further down you’re likely to see pipefish and cuttlefish.

Watch local children jumping off the jetty and smiling for your cameras and even join in the fun! On the reef giant clams nestle in the pulsing soft corals and at search for blue ringed octopus, hermit crabs, skeleton shrimp and flatworms. At night you might even be able to hear toadfish croaking.

Between dives you will have the chance to visit the village on Arborek Island to discover the very traditional way of life these island people live. Bring along some little presents like writing or colouring supplies or hair accessories for the kids of the village and you’ll see them light with smiles like you’ve never seen before.

Days 10-11

The Dampier Strait, located between Waigeo and Batanta Islands is known to have some of the most nutrient-rich and spectacular diving in Raja Ampat. The currents passing through the strait make for the perfect diving situation and you can expect to see incredible corals housing just about every species of fish as well as prized macro subjects like the recently discovered Pontohi pygmy seahorse.

Sardine Reef is a popular dive spot, which ironically isn’t home to any sardines. However, you will see a stunning reef covered in huge sea fans, soft corals, enormous orange elephant ear sponges and schools of fusiliers, surgeonfish, trevallies, rainbow runners, sweetlips and bannerfish. In fact, at this site the fish are so abundant you may hear the unique sound of “fish thunder” –  the surprisingly loud sound of a large number of fish moving in synchronisity. Other dives in Dampier Strait include Chicken Reef, Kerupiar Island and Friwin Bonda.

Dives over these 2 days will also include Cape Kri, which holds the impressive record of 374 fish species identified during one 90-minute dive, Otdima Reef and Blue Magic. This is a submerged seamount where you may encounter giant manta rays. Saonek Jetty or Jembeser Jetty are ideal for night dives; you’ll have the chance to see bobtail squid, octopus, stargazers, ghost pipefish, toadfish and lots of nudibranchs at these sites.

If you’d also like to see some of the incredible animal life above water, take a hike in the jungle to see Papua’s famous Birds of Paradise. There will be an extra charge for this tour and it is dependent on the weather and all of the guest’s preferences.

Depending on the weather conditions and flight times the next day, the last full day of the cruise will include 1 or 2 dives at one of the above sites. After the dives you’ll cruise back to Sorong.

Day 12

Say goodbye to your crew over one last Tiaré breakfast and then head on to the airport in Sorong for your outbound flight.


 

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South Komodo – 5 Nights


Destination: South Komodo


Departure: Labuanbajo


Arrival: Bima


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

Sample Itinerary


DAY 1

After boarding Tiaré in Labuanbajo you will enjoy a tour of the boat and settle in with breakfast on the boat. Sailing to Sabolan Kecil you will have an afternoon dive before moving on to Sebayur Island for a night dive at the mini wall.

Day 2

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 (Karang Makassar) 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 bumphead 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 3

On day 3 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 4

Day 4 has another 4 incredible dives in store for you: weather permitting of course. 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.

DAY 5

A more restful day 5 includes 2 dives at Pulau Hantu and Pantai Merah (Pink Beach) off of Komodo Island. 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, crocodilefish and scorpionfish. In the sandier area opposite the wall juvenile harlequin sweetlips and mandarin fish live. After so many amazing dives it’s time to meet the magnificent Komodo dragons on their own turf. Tour the island before heading back to the boat and sailing overnight to Bima.

DAY 6

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


 

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North Komodo – 6 nights


Destination: North Komodo


Departure: Bima


Arrival: Labuanbajo


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

Sample Itinerary


DAY 1

Your journey begins when you board the stunning Tiaré in Bima, on the island of Sumbawa. After settling into your accommodation you’ll get ready for some world-class muck diving off the coast of Bima in the Bay. After checking the diving conditions you may dive Bethlehem or Tanjung Batu Putih, 2 other great muck diving sites. A night dive will also be chosen depending on the water conditions.

DAY 2

Waking up you’ll be treated to views of the island of Sangeang off the northeast coast of Sumbawa. This island is home to Gunung Api, one of Indonesia’s many active volcanoes. The volcanic activity here has created the perfect conditions for a number of excellent dive sites with healthy reefs of soft and hard corals as well as many types of anemones. You’ll take 4 dives around the island, including Bubble Reef with underwater vents emerging from the black sand, Critter Creek and Pohon Merah. This are great dives for finding creatures hiding in the black sand. Bontoh Reef on the west side of the island is an excellent final dive of the day with the fabulous sunset.

DAY 3

It’s another 4 dive day, this time off Gili Banta, an island between Sumbawa and Komodo. In the morning you’ll dive GPS point, Highway to Heaven, and Small World. GPS Point and Highway to Heaven are challenging dives as currents can be strong, but the payoff is the possibility of seeing sharks, schools of barracuda, dogtooth tuna and more larger predators. Small World is a more sheltered dive where you might find stargazers buried in the soft sand.

After lunch head under water again for a beautiful drift dive at Golden Passage followed by a night dive off Gili Lawa Laut.

DAY 4

On day 4 you will dive some challenging 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, lionfish, 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 5

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. You’ll have the chance to see white and black tip reef sharks, manta rays, turtles, giant trevally, snapper in various environments, from shallow reefs to canyons and caves. Dive at night at the mini wall at Pulau Sebayur where you should Look for leaffish, ghost pipefish and nudibranchs.

DAY 6

Get up early and dive at Sebayur Besar and then Batu Tengah. Batu Tengah is right in the middle of the Komodo National Park 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.

In the afternoon, the outgoing group visit island of Rinca to meet Komodo dragons up close and personal, while the group staying for the longer cruise carry on to a night dive in Wainilu.

DAY 7:

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


 

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All Komodo – 11 nights


Destination: Komodo


Departure: Bima


Arrival: Bima


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

Sample Itinerary


Day 1

Your journey begins when you board the stunning Tiaré in Bima, on the island of Sumbawa. After settling into your accommodation you’ll get ready for some world-class muck diving off the coast of Bima in the Bay. After checking the diving conditions you may dive Bethlehem or Tanjung Batu Putih, 2 other great muck diving sites. A night dive will also be chosen depending on the water conditions.

Day 2

Waking up you’ll be treated to views of the island of Sangeang off the northeast coast of Sumbawa. This island is home to Gunung Api, one of Indonesia’s many active volcanoes. The volcanic activity here has created the perfect conditions for a number of excellent dive sites with healthy reefs of soft and hard corals as well as many types of anemones. You’ll take 4 dives around the island, including Bubble Reef with underwater vents emerging from the black sand, Critter Creek and Pohon Merah. This are great dives for finding creatures hiding in the black sand. Bontoh Reef on the west side of the island is an excellent final dive of the day with the fabulous sunset.

Day 3

It’s another 4 dive day, this time off Gili Banta, an island between Sumbawa and Komodo. In the morning you’ll dive GPS point, Highway to Heaven, and Small World. GPS Point and Highway to Heaven are challenging dives as currents can be strong, but the payoff is the possibility of seeing sharks, schools of barracuda, dogtooth tuna and more larger predators. Small World is a more sheltered dive where you might find stargazers buried in the soft sand.

After lunch head under water again for a beautiful drift dive at Golden Passage followed by a night dive off Gili Lawa Laut or choose to take a short trek to the highest point on Gili Lawa Laut for a wonderful view over the Komodo-Flores channel.

Day 4

On day 4 you will dive some challenging 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 if you didn’t do it the day before.

Day 5

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. You’ll have the chance to see white and black tip reef sharks, manta rays, turtles, giant trevally, snapper in various environments, from shallow reefs to canyons and caves. Dive at night at the mini wall at Pulau Sebayur where you should Look for leaffish, ghost pipefish and nudibranchs.

Day 6

Get up early and dive at Sebayur Besar and then Batu Tengah. Batu Tengah is right in the middle of the Komodo National Park 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.

In the afternoon, the outgoing group visit island of Rinca to meet Komodo dragons up close and personal, while the group staying for the longer cruise carry on to a night dive in Wainilu. This dive is situated off northern Rinca. In the shallows hard corals house juvenile harlequin sweetlips and batfish, while starry night octopus, mray eels and demon stingers live in the soft corals of the sandy slope.

Day 7

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 (Karang Makassar) 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 bumphead 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 8

On day 3 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 9

Day 4 has another 4 incredible dives in store for you: weather permitting of course. 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.

Day 10 & 11

A more restful day 10 includes 2 dives at Pulau Hantu and Pantai Merah (Pink Beach) off of Komodo Island. 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, crocodilefish and scorpionfish. In the sandier area opposite the wall juvenile harlequin sweetlips and mandarin fish live. After so many amazing dives it’s time to meet the magnificent Komodo dragons on their own turf. Tour the island before heading back to the boat and sailing overnight to Bima.

Day 12:

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


 

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