14 Days/13 Nights Expedition from Maumere to Ambon
October 11th-24th 2019
Base price US$3200 (10% discount to return customers of Scuba Republic and dive professionals)
The expedition starts with muck diving in Maumere and continues with the crossing to the Banda Sea, tracing the perimeter of the mystical Spice Islands. Our experienced crew will show you the pristine reefs and stunning drop-offs of these remote and almost untouched locations. Marine life here is in abundance from macro critters, schooling fish and sea snakes, to the ‘big fish’ favourites such as manta rays, reef sharks and even the chance to encounter some scalloped hammerhead sharks. The final destination is Ambon, for some more muck diving.
Eastern Indonesia and the area between Bali and Papua is part of “The Ring of Fire”, famous for being highly volcanic, full of unique underwater seascapes and extraordinary conditions for marine life.
The Banda Sea is famous for steep walls covered in soft corals, sponges and sea fans. Warm, clear blue waters full of schooling fish attracts divers there pretty much all year around. From September to early November there might also be some bigger surprises passing by – schooling hammerhead sharks and even whales have been spotted in this area!
Visibility: 20-30 meters
Current: medium to strong
Recommended diver level: intermediate to advanced
Best time to dive in the area: mid-March to end of April and mid-September to early December
Water temperature: 26 to 28 degrees centigrade. Deep water upwelling and thermoclines, especially in Sept-Nov, can mean temperatures as low as 25 degrees. It can be colder around Lembetta and Alor, with the temperature around 22-26 degrees, and we do recommend you bring extra exposure suit for this section of the cruise.
Our schedule will always be determined by currents, conditions, weather, marine life on site etc. Maumere – Alor – Banda – Ambon is famous for its spectacular coral reefs and marine biodiversity, so we ensure to select the optimal diving locations the area has to offer at that time of the year.
Day 1. Our staff will pick you up at your local hotel or at Maumere Airport and transfer you to the harbour where the Jaya will depart.
Day 2 to Day 13. We will explore the diving around Maumere – Lembata – Alor – Wetar – Romang – Damar – Serua – Manuk – Banda – Ambon. With a visit to one of the famous Spice Islands.
Day 14. After breakfast & farewells, we transfer you to a local hotel or to the airport in Ambon.
As domestic flights in Indonesia are known to be unreliable, we recommend that you plan to arrive the day before departure. For your departing flight, remember to give yourself at least 24 hours of no fly time after diving, so don’t book your flight any earlier than the evening of the arrival day. These websites are very useful for booking flights in Indonesia: www.tiket.com, www.traveloka.com, www.nusatrip.com, www.skyscanner.net. Please book the domestic flight BEFORE confirming your International flights to ensure you make your connection to Maumere and from Ambon.
Embarkation / Disembarkation: Maumere (MOF) / Ambon (AMQ)
How to get to Maumere (MOF), Flores:
Wings Air, Garuda Indonesia and Nam Air have daily flights from Bali to Maumere, flight time is around 2 hours.
Flight from Ambon (AMQ):
Lion Air, Garuda, Citilink and Batik Air have daily direct flights to Jakarta, or you can get to Bali through Makassar, Sulawesi.
30 or more dives (We aim for 34 dives but cannot guarantee this)
Transfer between your local hotel/the airport, and the harbour in both ends of the journey
3 meals a day
Drinking water, tea and coffee
Light snacks and refreshments
Fresh towel and linen
Weights, weight belts and tanks
What’s not included:
Flights and hotels
Dive and travel insurance
Diving equipment; BCD, regulator, wetsuit, fins, mask, dive computer, full set US$400/14 days. Torch and 15L tank are extra
Marine park fees (foreign nationals) and harbour fee, US$250 per person
Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
Important information for all expedition trips
Note, if we receive your passport details too late, it may very likely lead to delayed departure and significant changes to the itinerary. We MUST receive guests’ details well in advance of the trip.
Visa Exemption or Visa on Arrival (VoA); people of several nationalities now receive a free 30 days stamp on arrival, some pay USD35 to obtain VoA (30 days extendable by 30 days), others will have to obtain Visa BEFORE Arrival.
Passport; ensure your passport is in good order, has enough pages, is valid for at least 6 months from entering the country and that you are able to enter Indonesia. Check with your local Indonesian Embassy if unsure.
Departure Tax; Indonesian Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) has changed (Mar-2015) to be included in your flight ticket price. Please check though as previously it was 200,000 IDR to leave Indonesia and up to 75,000 IDR for Domestic flights. Carry small bills, Indonesia Rupiah preferred, as often no change given. Just in case…
Health & Insurance
Dive Insurance is compulsory for this trip. We also strongly advise you get adequate travel insurance. Please check your travel insurance policy for your diving needs. If diving is not covered, we recommend DAN (Divers Alert Network) or their Asia Pacific branch.
Please note, we cannot be held accountable for airline flight changes, delays or cancellations. We STRONGLY advise you take out adequate insurance to cover such eventualities. We recommend World Nomad for their flexible worldwide cover for travel insurance.
Malaria Zone; in this part of Indonesia we advise you take the proper precautions against malaria. The following anti-malaria drugs are considered safe with diving: Doxycycline or Malarone. Mefloquine (Lariam) is NOT recommended with diving. To protect yourself from mosquitoes, we recommend you use an anti-mosquito spray or cream, wear long sleeves and long trousers in the evenings. If unsure about which measures to take, please consult a medical professional.
Internet / Mobile Signal
Telkomsel has the best coverage and if you are thinking about getting a local SIM-card for internet, but be prepared for the signal to be very limited throughout the trip. A SIM-card costs around US$3 plus the amount of credit you want to add to it.
Paying for things on-board
You can pay with Visa or MasterCard, but 3% of the total will be added to the payment. Cash payments we accept US dollars and Indonesian rupiah.
GoPro (if you have one). Large UW camera setups are not always suitable for the current and all dive sites.
Log book, dive card or proof of certification
Hat and sunglasses
Lightweight long sleeve shirt (for the occasional chili night)
Lightweight trousers (for the occasional chili night)
Sunscreen if you are a sun worshipper
Medical and dive insurance (we recommend DAN)
Dive gear with 3mm wetsuit with a hooded vest or 5mm wetsuit (if bringing)
Spirit of adventure
Once you are happy with the offer, we will send you details for a deposit. A 50% deposit is required to confirm the booking. The rest of the balance can be paid later, before departure.
In the unfortunate event that you should have to cancel your trip with us, refunds will be paid as followed:
Cancellation more than 60 days prior to departure, deposit will be refunded (minus administration fee of 190 USD and bank transaction fees). Return transfer of funds will take place no more than 60 days after requested by client.
Cancellation less than 60 days prior to departure, no refund.