Tual-Banda-Ambon & Ambon-Banda-Tual

 

Tual, Banda, Ambon - 12 Days / 11 Nights

We cross the Banda Sea, tracing the perimeter of islands. Let our experienced crew show you these remote and almost untouched locations with wonderful reefs and stunning drop offs. Marine life here is in abundance from macro critters, sea snakes and schooling fish to the ‘big fish’ favorites such as manta rays, reef sharks and even the chance to encounter Scalloped Hammerheads. The trip concludes with some world class muck diving in Ambon.

Sample Itinerary

(All schedules are subjected to changes according to weather, sea, & diving conditions)

Day 1. (1-2 dives) 10am. Our staff will meet you at Dumatubun Airport and take you to the awaiting Blue Manta. Depending on arrival time we can do check dive(s) around Tual.

Day 2. (3 dives) Kai Islands; exploring dive sites around Kai-Besar, Kai-Kecil, Durao, Rumadan

Day 3-4. (3 dives x2 days) Forgotten Islands; Dai & Dawera.  Rarely visited, pristine corals, pinnacles, & walls. 

Day 5-8. (3 dives x4 days) Ring of Fire; diving around Volcanic Islands and stunning seamounts in search of hammerheads, encounter many sea snakes, huge schools of fish, reef sharks, tunas, & other pelagic superstars. 

Day 9-10. (3 dives x2 days) Diving around Banda Islands with excellent visibility, fantastic coral coverage and tremendous numbers of fish along with potential Hammerhead sightings, plus a visit to one of the Spice Islands.

Day 11. (2 dives) Muck dives in Ambon Bay or Nusa Laut.  Sail back to Laha Bay, Ambon.

Day 11. (0 dives) 6am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport. Take your pre-booked flight to Ujung Pandang, Jakarta or Singapore

Diving days: 11 days (30 dives)

Note: 3 dives are scheduled per diving day in Banda Sea*.  This is due to deeper dives and long distances covered between islands.  Where possible a bonus night dive may be scheduled at the discretion of the Cruise Leader. *Except Trip Departure day & Trip Return day.

Embarkation / Disembarkation

  • Tual (LUV), / Ambon (AMQ)

How to get to Tual (LUV), Kai Islands

  • Via Ambon; you can connect with a flight from Jakarta (CGK), Bali (DPS) via Ujung Pandang (UPG/ aka Makassar) or Manado (MDC).
  • To Langgur/ Tual from Ambon (AMQ) with Lion Wings (Lion Air) & Garuda Indonesia daily.  Lion Wings best for earlier Trip Departure

How to get from Ambon (AMQ)

  • Lion Air daily flights from Ambon to Bali, or with Garuda Indonesia or Sriwijaya Air to Jakarta all via Makassar. Early morning flights should give you best chance of making connecting International flights (flight time around 3 hours).

Trip Schedule

  • Departure; 10am 1st Day - Tual & Langgur, Kai Kecil.  Or earlier if everyone arrives before and all Trip Preparations completed.  Free transfer from Dumatubun Airport or local hotel to Blue Manta on Trip Departure day.
  • Return; 6am, Last Day - Laha Bay, Ambon.  After we give you a breakfast and after farewells take you your or local hotel or Pattimura Airport, Ambon in time for Check-in & flight.  Transfer 10 minutes.  Latest BlueM Check-out midday, Trip Return day.
  • Last dive ends; 12pm, Penultimate Day, then sail back to Ambon where we spend last evening onboard.  If you have booked an early flight, then you may have to skip 1 or 2 dives to allow for your minimum 18 hours' surface interval/ No Fly Time (as recommended by PADI) before flying next day.

Ambon, Banda, Tual - 12 Days / 11 Nights

Starting with muck diving in Ambon and then crossing the Banda Sea, tracing the perimeter of islands. Let our experienced crew show you these remote and almost untouched locations with wonderful reefs and stunning drop offs. Marine life here is in abundance from macro critters, sea snakes and schooling fish to the ‘big fish’ favorites such as manta rays, reef sharks and even the chance to encounter Scalloped Hammerheads.  Finish by exploring the untouched locations with wonderful reefs and stunning drop offs of the Kai Islands, North Banda Sea.

Sample Itinerary

(All schedules are subjected to changes according to weather, sea, & diving conditions)

Day 1. (0-2 dives) 2pm. Our staff will meet you in Pattimura Airport, Ambon, and take you to the waiting Blue Manta.  Early arrivals are best so we can make check dive(s) in Ambon Bay before we get underway by 2pm for overnight sail. 

Day 2-3. (3 dives x2 days) Diving around Banda Islands with excellent visibility, fantastic coral coverage and tremendous numbers of fish along with potential Hammerhead sightings, plus a visit to one of the Spice Islands.

Day 4-7. (3 dives x4 days) Ring of Fire; diving around Volcanic Islands and stunning seamounts in search of hammerheads, encounter many sea snakes, huge schools of fish, reef sharks, tunas, & other pelagic superstars. 

Day 8-9. (3 dives x2 days) Forgotten Islands; Dai & Dawera.  Rarely visited, pristine corals, pinnacles, & walls.

Day 10. (3 dives) Kai Islands; exploring dive sites around Kai-Besar, Kai-Kecil, Durao, Rumadan

Day 11. (2 dives) Kai Islands; final dives then Sail back to Tual Port.  Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.

Day 12. (0 dives) 6am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport. Take your pre-booked flight from Taul & Langgur to Ambon then connect to Ujung Pandang, Jakarta or Singapore

Diving days: 11 days (30 dives)

Note: 3 dives are scheduled per diving day in Banda Sea*.  This is due to deeper dives and long distances covered between islands.  Where possible a bonus night dive may be scheduled at the discretion of the Cruise Leader. *Except Trip Departure day & Trip Return day.

Embarkation / Disembarkation

  • Ambon (AMQ) / Tual (LUV)

How to get to Ambon (AMQ)

How to get from Tual (LUV), Kai Islands

  • From Langgur/ Tual to Ambon (AMQ) with Lion Wings (Lion Air) & Garuda Indonesia daily
  • Via Ambon; after the flight above from Ambon you can connect with Jakarta (CGK), Bali (DPS) via Ujung Pandang (UPG/ aka Makassar) or Manado (MDC).

Trip Schedule

  • Departure; 2pm, 1st Day - Laha Bay, Ambon.  Arrive 1 night early with all meals included without diving for the first day. Free transfer from local hotel or Pattimura Airport, Ambon on Trip Departure day to Blue Manta.
  • Return; 6am, Last Day - Tual & Langgur, Kai Kecil.  After we give you a breakfast and after farewells take you to the Dumatubun Airport or local hotel.
  • Last dive ends; 12pm, Penultimate Day, then sail back to Tual where we spend last evening onboard.  If you have booked an early flight, then you may have to skip 1 or 2 dives to allow for your minimum 18 hours' surface interval/ No Fly Time (as recommended by PADI) before flying next day.

Dive Site Information 

  • Water Temp:  26-28 degrees Celsius, however deep water upwelling’s & thermoclines especially in Sept-Nov can mean temps as low as 25C.
  • Air Temp: 22-31 degrees Celsius
  • Visibility: 20-30 meters
  • Current: medium to strong
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced,
  • Best Time to Dive: March, April, & mid-September to early December

What's included?

  • Round trip transfer local Hotel/Airport - Boat
  • All nights' accommodation on Boat
  • All meals (Western & Indonesian) snacks, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo, soft drinks
  • Towels, toiletries, & cabin services
  • 24 hour Satellite Wi-Fi*
  • FOC replacement if equipment breakdown
  • Warm towel & drink after every dive
  • Regular Air Tanks, weights, belt, 5 dive guides (1x Instructor, 4x Dive Masters)

What's excluded?

  • All flights & hotels stay
  • Marine Park & Harbour fee  
  • Dive & Travel insurance
  • Massage services
  • Laundry services
  • Nespresso coffee, alcohol; beer & wine
  • Satellite Wi-Fi* (US$30/ pax on trips from 2019)
  • Diving Gear; dive computer, torch, 15L tank rental, BCD, regulator, wetsuit, fins mask.  
  • Nitrox Enriched Air fills
  • Note; Nitrox & Diving Gear Items priced per diving day and are subject to availability.
  • Note: Exposure suits; 3mm shorty wetsuits available ONLY.  

Blue Manta Reminders

Domestic Flights

  • Please book BEFORE confirming your International flights to ensure you make your connection to & from start & end ports. 
  • We advise you to stay a night in a local hotel in Jakarta/ Makassar/ Bali before the flight next day.  If your  stopover is in Makassar; you may wish to take advantage of some rest between flights, just remember toset your alarms in good time for your early flight to Sorong.  Ibis Makassar Airport is located right on the side of the exit door.  Alternatively, the Harper Perintis Hotel is just a 15min drive from the airport and offers good value & comfortable rooms.
  • Most Domestic airlines do not allow non-Indo credit card online payments. If you cannot book direct we have a local Indonesian travel agent, who are reliable and efficient and can help you with all flight & hotel needs. Their details on request. If booked with credit card please ensure the card is with you upon Check In or have an official Airline form filled in & signed by card holder authorizing the use of.
  • Our ticketing agents are not responsible for any flight delay or cancellation, luggage lost or delay. In any case, please contact our ground staff in Bali for assistance for flight delay issue.
  • Domestic Airlines normally have 20Kg allowance, although you may pay for 10Kg extra when booking, if needed (around US$3/kilo). With an additional 7kg carryon.

Travel Documents

  • Visa Exemption or Visa on Arrival (VoA); many countries now receive a free 30 days on arrival, some pay USD35 to obtain VoA, 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, and that you are able to enter Indonesia.   Check with your local Indonesia Embassy if unsure.
  • Departure Tax; Indonesia Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) has changed (Mar-2015) to be included in your flight ticket price.  Please check though as previously it was 200,000IDRp to leave Indonesia, & up to 75,000IDRp for Domestic flights.  Carry small bills, Indonesia Rupiah preferred, as often no change given.

Health & Insurance

  • Dive Insurance; compulsory for this trip.  We also strongly advise you get adequate travel insurance. Please check your travel insurance policy for your diving needs.  If not covered them we recommend DAN (Divers Alert Network) or their Asia Pacific branch.
  • Dive Computer; compulsory on this trip.  We have rentals onboard if you do not have.
  • Follow Safe Diving Practices at ALL times plus No Deco Diving and No Solo Diving.
  • Travel Insurance; 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; NOTE that 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 malaroneMefloquine (Lariam) is NOT recommended with diving.  Good preventative measures include DEET and long armed/legged clothing in evenings. If unsure consult a diving doctor.

Internet/ Mobile

  • Satellite Wi-Fi
  • Mobile signal; local Telkomsel is best local card to buy.  Not long after you leave port we have has intermittent/ limited mobile signal until we return.
  • Telkomsel simpati bsim card is the best and cost only 3usd. Plus credit to add on top!!!

Trip Extras payment onboard

  • By Credit card comes with 4.5% additional handling fee.
  • By Cash we accept US Dollars, Euro, Singaporean Dollars, and Indonesian Rupiah.  Please ensure ALL bills are in good order; NOT worn or torn and unmarked or we are UNABLE to accept.  Exchange rates differ for USD100/50 bills and USD20/10 bills. Current Exchange rate. ATMs available in town.
  • Fuel Surcharge; NO fuel surcharge in place at this time but may be implemented to account for any wide fluctuations.

Trip Extras

  • Marine Park & Harbour fee; US$250 per person
  • Massage US$35/ hour,  Laundry services (US$5/ basket)
  • Nespresso coffee: US$2, beer US$4, wine US$30-50
  • Satellite Wi-Fi* (US$30/ pax on trips from 2019)
  • Nitrox; US$15/ diving day or US$5/ fill.

Equipment rental

Diving Gear; Full Set USD50/ diving day (except Large tank) or if individual items then following rates apply per diving day*

  • BCD US$12
  • Regulator US$12
  • Dive Computer US$12
  • Wetsuit US$8
  • Fins, Mask US$5
  • Large Tank US$12
  • Torch* US$12/ night dive.

Diving Gear Items priced per diving day* and is subject to availability.  Note; Torch rental* priced is per night dive.