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Explorer Ventures - Indonesia - M/V Raja Manta Explorer

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   April 14, 2017 07:19

Explorer Ventures Adds 2 New Ships to Their Fleet 

M/V Raja Manta Explorer 

The team at Explorer Ventures has expanded their fantastic liveaboard dive operation. Now you can book an Explorer Ventures charter on either of their two new ships in the Indonesia waters.

Contact us for a discounted package on this great ship...! Toll free 866-690-3483 or email us today.

With a major makeover in 2016, the Raja Manta Explorer is a boat designed for divers, by divers. Offering exciting itineraries through Ambon, Banda, Sangalaki, Raja Ampat and other extended itineraries, the 37 meter vessel is stable, strong and reliable making it perfect for long range travel to the most desirable dive sites. With 8 double & twin shared-bath ensuite cabins and 3 shared cabins with wash basins, the Raja Manta Explorer can comfortably accommodate up to 22 passengers. There is a large salon with a digital media center, sound system and widescreen plasma TV for your entertainment, an expansive sundeck that spans the length of the boat and a large outdoor dining area. A blend of Western and Asian cuisine awaits you after every dive. With up to 18 well-trained crew, excellent service above and below water are ensured.

There is an enormous dive deck with ample space for gearing up. Warm towels, hot drinks and fresh fruits are available after dives. The Captain and dive crew have years of experience in Indonesia including Komodo, Alor, Banda Sea and Raja Ampat. Diving is conducted in small groups. There is a full range of rental equipment available, all tanks have din and yoke fitting and larger tanks are available for those requiring a little extra air. Many of the boat crew are certified scuba divers and share a passion for the underwater world.

Euphoria Liveaboard - Raja Ampat 30% OFF in 2016

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   November 10, 2015 12:09

Euphoria Liveaboard

Raja Ampat 30% OFF in 2016 

Here's a superb liveaboard and we are offering 30% discounts on a number of charters in 2016. Book between November 10 to December 20, 2015 with deposits paid before December 31, 2015 for this special opportunity.

Here are the dates available, and most of these are 12 day trips.

Jan 23, Feb 23, Mar 15, Mar 27, Apr 29, May 14, May 29, Jun 13, Sep 9, Sep 24, Dec 8,and Dec 23, 2016

These charter dates are to Raja Ampat. If you have been considering a live aboard to RA, now is the time to book. Contact us for availability.

Tiger Blue Liveaboard - Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda Islands, Indonesia

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   July 8, 2015 08:25

Tiger Blue Liveaboard - Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda Islands, Indonesia

Looking for a last minute Indonesia liveaboard trip…? Then the Tiger Blue might be the ship for you. Check out these dates and availability. Contact us for discount pricing on these trips.

KOMODO - MAUMERE - KOMBA VOLCANO - ALOR

  • 20 - 29 September 2015 - 3 Cabins
RAJA AMPAT
  • 29 November to 6 December 2015 - 4 Cabins
  • 2 - 9 February 2016 - 2 Cabins
  • 5 - 12 March 2016 Solar Eclipse Trip - 5 Cabins
  • 7 14 November 2016 - 2 Cabins
KOMODO
  • 9 - 13 May 2016 - 5 Cabins
  • 16 - 23 May 2016 - 5 Cabins

AMIRA Liveaboard - Indonesia 2015 Charters

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   January 27, 2015 14:15

AMIRA Liveaboard - Indonesia

We have limited availability on the AMIRA in 2015. Contact us for current availability. Rates on charters below $4707 USD per person.

May 2015

  •  Jewels of Indonesia 4-15 May 2015 - 11 Nights - One (1) Double/Twin Cabin and one (1) Single Cabin available

Itinerary from Sorong to Saumlaki > Raja Ampat, Misool, Koon, Manuk, Banda Sea to Tanimbar (Forgotten Islands)

  • Forgotten Islands Exploration  18-29 May 2015 - 11 Nights - One (1) male share available 

Itinerary Forgotten Islands of Tanimbar - Banda Sea West > Pulau Babar, Pulau Sermata, Pulau Moa, Pulau Romang, Wetar, Alro, Pantar, Lembata, Adonara, Flores

June 2015

  • Komodo  01-12 June 2015 - 11 Nights - Four (4) Double / Twin cabins available 

Itinerary from Maumere to Bali via Komodo region and Lesser Sunda Islands

Mantra Liveaboard - Indonesia

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   December 23, 2014 10:13

We are pleased to announce we are now booking the Mantra Liveaboard cruising the waters of Indonesia. Combining classical appeal with 21st Century technology, Mantra was masterfully crafted on a Sulawesi beach and features a low superstructure with a large deck from bow to stern, resulting in a ship that offers not only a majestic retro form, but also safety for serving private magical journeys.The 75 foot wooden yacht features graceful lines reminiscent of a traditional Phinisi schooner. This classic style harks back to these great vessels of the Bugis tribe that once ruled the waves during the historic spice trade.

Charters are available to Raja Ampat, North Maluku, Komodo, and the Banda Sea. 2015 charters are available and are priced per cabin, not per person. Contact us for charter dates and availability.

  • 7 Nights per Cabin $5700 USD
  • 8 Nights per Cabin $6500 USD
  • 11 Nights per Cabin $9000 USD  

 

Tiger Blue Liveaboard - Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda Islands, Indonesia

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   November 21, 2014 09:00

We are now booking the Tiger Blue Liveaboard in Indonesia


Tiger Blue is a traditional 34m timber phinisi yacht, which sails around the stunning islands of Eastern Indonesia. The boat has five en-suite cabins, sleeping up to 12 adults, leaving you with plenty of room to relax and take in the incredible scenery. She can be chartered privately or on an individual cabin basis with three core itineraries throughout the year, which can easily be tailored to suit your requirements. Perfect for a family adventure, a once in a lifetime trip among friends or a diving and fishing holiday, Tiger Blue offers an ideal opportunity to spend time together.

A journey on board is full of unforgettable moments, be it finding dragons on the Komodo islands, searching for birds of paradise in West Papua or snorkelling with huge manta rays then kayaking over coral gardens in Raja Ampat. Follow in the footsteps of Sir Francis Drake and discover the spice route of olden days in the Banda islands, where nations fought tooth and nail to secure this exotic and lucrative trade. Embark with a sense of adventure. Switch off your phone and reconnect with each other and with nature. Gather around the large dining table at the heart of the boat and enjoy a leisurely meal to tales of the day's activities.

Contact us for cabin availability or full boat group charters. And ask for our discounted rates…!

Amira Liveaboard - Komodo Last Minute 25% Discount

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   July 23, 2014 18:33

Amira Liveaboard - Komodo Last Minute 25% Discount

We have one cabin available offering a last minute 25% discount on the Amira Liveaboard to Komodo for the following dates:

  • 11-22 August 2014 - 11 Nights, One Cabin
  • 8-19 September 2014 - 11 Nights, One cabin
Komodo is surely Indonesia's most famous National Park. Besides a visit to the famous Komodo dragons during a land excursion there are also numerous magnificent dive sites to be found in this area.

Amira's dive trips to the Komodo National Park and surrounding Islands embark either in Bali, Labuan Bajo or Maumere. This way, we are able to offer a variation of dive itineraries for this unique dive region.

Pricing for this trip: $4246 CHF (Swiss franc) or $4705 USD per person less 25% ($1175 USD) = $3530 USD plus the following fees: Port clearance & Harbour tax, $70 USD; National park fee & Local fee, $60 USD; Fuel surcharge, USD $0. Book this trip fast for this discount…!




Arenui Komodo Focus 12 Day / 11 Night Cruise Bima to Labuanbajo 2016

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   June 20, 2014 11:55

2016 Arenui Komodo Focus 12 Day / 11 Night

Bima to Labuanbajo Cruise  $6270 Per Person

Join our group on the Arenui for an amazing excursion in Indonesia, cruising the waters of Komodo. This is another bucket list destination. The charter embarks in Bima and disembarks in Labuanbajo. When you enquire about our charter, ask for our agent's discount. Dates for this charter are 29 July to 09 August 2016. Email us for a detailed trip itinerary.

Added Fees: Port $150; Fuel Surcharge $100; Marine Park Fee $90.

Standard Inclusions: Full board accommodation in deluxe cabin; shore activities/excursions according to the program; soft drinks, water, tea, American/Balinese coffee; five meals per day, up to 4 dives/day; tanks, weights and weight belts; airport transfer; government taxes; 1/2 hour welcome massage.

Standard Exclusions: administration/port clearance fee; National Parks fee; fuel surcharge; international and domestic air; hotels and meals before and after the cruise; alcoholic drinks, espresso, cappuccino; dive equipment rental; nitrox; massages and spa treatments; travel insurance; onboard purchases; private tours; laundry; on-board telecommunications; crew gratuities. 

This famous dive destination is located in the within the Coral Triangle, an area that boasts the world's highest marine biodiversity. Situated 200 nautical miles east of Bali in Nusa Tenggara province - in the Lesser Sunda Islands - the Komodo National Park has a total land area of 75,000 hectares and encompasses a number of islands, the largest of which is Komodo (34,000 hectares). A total of 112,500 hectares of the surrounding waters is also under the jurisdiction of the park rangers, allowing for the protection of over 1,000 species of fish and hundreds of different corals.

Komodo's dive sites stretch from the warm waters of the Flores Sea in the north to the chillier waters down south in the Indian Ocean. The underwater terrain presents many contrasts, with sheer cliff walls, pinnacles, sandy flat bottoms, underwater plateaus, slopes, caves, swim-throughs and channels - all with differing colors, sizes and types of both hard and soft corals.

As an example of how Komodo truly represents diving diversity, 2 popular dive sites at Gili Lawa Laut - Crystal Rock and Castle Rock - offer opportunities for critter spotting, as well as big fish action.In fact, Castle Rock offers a nice opportunity to try out a 'reef-hook' dive, as you secure yourself to the rock and float in the current, watching the schooling fish and predator/prey action!

 

 

Dive at other famous sites such as Cannibal Rock, Manta Alley, Yellow Wall, Angel Reef, Torpedo Alley, Pink Beach, Unusual Suspects, Crinoid Canyon and Gazer Beach. Visit the very best that Komodo has to offer, from Pulau Moyo, Pulau Banta and Bima Bay, to Pulau Satonda and Pulau Sangean.

In Moyo, you'll find spectacular corals and crystal clear waters. Banta is famed for its stunning wall dives and drop-offs, with beautiful corals covering the walls like an Andy Warhol painting. Bima Bay offers world-class muck diving with black coral covered reefs. Satonda is famous above the water for its fruit bats (which take off every sunset for a nights feeding) and below the waves for its sheltered bays and remarkable critters. Try something unique at Sangeang Island as we dive in the shadow of an active volcano, feeling the hot springs bubbling up under the black sand.h, Unusual Suspects, Crinoid Canyon and Gazer Beach. Visit the very best that Komodo has to offer, from Pulau Moyo, Pulau Banta and Bima Bay, to Pulau Satonda and Pulau Sangean.

In Komodo, expect encounters with pelagics, such as manta rays, eagle rays, sharks, mola-mola (sunfish), tuna and even whales. Get your macro lens ready for unusual critters such as ornate ghost pipefish, different kinds of pygmy seahorses, rare clown frogfish, weird and wonderful nudibranchs, blue-ringed octopus, pipefish, scorpion leaf fish, coleman shrimp, boxer crabs, zebra crabs. Fill your memory cards with bumphead parrotfish, napoleon wrasse, juvenile batfish, stonefish, devilfish, seahorses, dragonets, turtles, cuttlefish, banded sea-snakes, snake eels, stargazers, slipper lobsters, fire-urchins and sea-apples.

Arenui Raja Ampat 11 Day / 10 Night Cruise Sorong to Sorong December 2017

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   June 20, 2014 11:48

2017 Arenui Raja Ampat - 11 Day / 10 Night

Sorong to Sorong Cruise $5,900 USD Per Person

Join our group on the Arenui for an end of the year celebration in Indonesia, cruising the waters of Raja Ampat. This is truly a bucket list destination. The charter embarks and disembarks in Sorong. Dates for this charter are December 12-22, 2017. When you enquire about our charter, ask for our agent's discount.

Additional Fees: Fuel Surcharge $100; Port Fee $150; Marine Park Fee $120.

Standard Inclusions: Full board accommodation in deluxe cabin; shore activities/excursions according to the program; soft drinks, water, tea, American/Balinese coffee; five meals per day, up to 4 dives/day; tanks, weights and weight belts; airport transfer; government taxes; 1/2 hour welcome massage.

Standard Exclusions: administration/port clearance fee; National Parks fee; fuel surcharge; international and domestic air; hotels and meals before and after the cruise; alcoholic drinks, espresso, cappuccino; dive equipment rental; nitrox; massages and spa treatments; travel insurance; onboard purchases; private tours; laundry; on-board telecommunications; crew gratuities.

 

Raja Ampat is the world's epicenter of marine biodiversity. In addition to varied corals, critters and pelagics, this destination offers vibrant and colorful underwater scenes plus also majestic landscapes, making it a perfect destination for keen photographers. The only problem with diving here, in Raja Ampat, is that you'll be so spoiled by the near-perfect conditions that you may never want to leave or dive anywhere else again.

Spread across 1,500 virtually untouched islands, the waters of the Raja Ampat region are home to the most colorful, pristine and photogenic soft coral reefs, as well as a wide range of creatures from walking sharks to mantas to pygmies. Raja Ampat can boast over 1,300 reef fish, 13 marine mammals, 5 species of endangered sea turtles, 600 hard corals and 75 % of all known coral species. 

PAPUAN DIVE SITES

West of Sorong, Batanta Island will give you the chance to experience the amazing diversity of diving in Indonesia. Along the south coast are 2 incredible muck dives, where divers enjoy close encounters with all sorts of intriguing critters. At Black Beauty and Happy Ending look for tiger shrimps, ghost pipefish, mimic octopus and many nudibranchs. During the night bobbit worms, white V octopus and frogfish can be found hiding in the black sand.

In the south of Raja Ampat, we dive various sites around the large island of Misool. Dive at Nudi Rock, Whale Rock, Batu Kecil, Fiabecet Corner and Kalig Ridge. Wobbegong sharks hide under colourful coral shelves and the elusive Epaulette "walking" shark comes out at night. Marvel at the overhangs and bommies of Wedding Cake. At Wayili Rock, witness large schools of batfish, trevallies and barracuda. Explore Boo Rock and Boo Point, for large Napoleon Wrasse and Green Turtles. Try out your photo skills at Boo 'windows' as dive-buddies swim through the opening in the submerged rock past a reef draped in soft corals and brimming with fish.

South-east Misool is famous for the profusion of colourful soft corals and sea fans beautifully draped all over the reefs. If you're not one already, then diving in Misool will undoubtedly make you a huge fan of sea fans. Jump in at Neptune Fan Sea for a great drift dive, rushing along a gulley past giant and exquisitely-coloured gorgonian seafans.

East of Misool, we visit the Wagmab area. Drop in at Edi's Cave for something a little different, as we pop up half way through the dive to take a breath inside the cave! At the Wagmab Corner dive site, look for wobbegong sharks resting under ledges or on top of cup corals.

Back in central Raja Ampat, just north of Batanta (in the Gam area, south of Waigeo island), expect huge schools of fusiliers, snappers, surgeons, batfish and barracuda. Wobbegong, black tip and white tip sharks cruise the reefs here and look out for the elusive blue ring octopus creeping around the hard corals.

In south-west Gam, we dive at Arborek Jetty for pipefish, cuttlefish and octopus. The fish life in this area is plentiful. The newly discovered Pontohi pygmy seahorse can be found on the coral heads and see the giant clam nestled among the pulsing soft corals. At night listen for the toad fish croaking from under the rocks.

Also nearby, Manta Sandy is well-known for much bigger visitors, as it is one of the most consistent spots for finding congregating mantas. It's easy to spend a whole dive observing these majestic animals as they somersault through the water while being cleaned. If you're lucky, you'll be able to witness the unforgettable sight of a "manta train" - where a dozen or more mantas glide around and follow each other head-to-tail.

Heading to the northern Raja Ampat area, we visit a pearl farm in Aljui Bay (north-west side of Weigeo), to explore underneath the main jetty for wobbegong sharks, stonefish, hundreds of schooling scads, ghost pipefish, juvenile batfish and more. Nearby, the night dive is probably the best of the whole cruise, with a chance to see velvet fish, ghost pipefish, waspfish, coconut octopus, helmut flying gunnards and even the walking shark.

West of Waigeo, the rocks and seamounts in the Kawe area are truly singular as they actually sit on the equator. Kawe is one of the few places in the world where you can travel between the northern and southern hemispheres while diving! Yet, this is not the only reason to be excited about this dive. A combination of currents and feeding stations in this area combine to draw in a profuse amount of fish life, as well as huge mantas.

Cruising even further to the north, we visit the Wayag area. This isolated, uninhabited area sprinkled with verdant limestone islands, bordered by slivers of white sandy beaches and palm trees, represents what people usually have in mind when they think of paradise. The only thing to rival the landscape here is the diving. It is truly spectacular, with extensive and untouched hard coral reefs. As the majority of Wayag's islands have yet to be explored, it is very likely that many more dive sites will be found in this still remote area.

Returning to central Raja Ampat, we head to Dampier Strait, where nutrient-rich ocean currents create an incredible underwater environment. Everything which makes for a wonderful dive can be found here. Explore the dives sites of Cape Kri, Blue Magic, Chicken Reef, Otdima Reef, Kerupiar Island and Mioskon. Ironically, sardines are about the only reef fish not found at the site of Sardine Reef, but you won't even notice as fusiliers, surgeonfish, trevallies, rainbow runners, sweetlips and bannerfish practically block out the sky, as they swarm over a reef decorated with sea fans, soft corals and huge orange elephant ear sponges encrusted with pastel colonies of tunicates. One of the more unique thrills of this site is being able to hear "fish thunder" - the loud booming sound made when a large number of fish move rapidly through open water.

Damai II Liveaboard - LAST MINUTE 30% discount - Forgotten Islands - April 12-23, 2014

posted by Liquid Diving Adventures    |   February 9, 2014 09:54

Damai II LAST MINUTE 30% DISCOUNT….We have limited space on the Damai II liveaboard trip to the Forgotten Islands. Embark in Maumere and disembark in Ambon, diving along Alor, Nyata, looking for hammerheads in Nil Desperandium, sea snakes in Manuk, the great Banda Neira and Nusa Laut. Indeed an amazing trip. Damai is offering a 30% discount on this trip and we will add an agent's discount on this trip. Contact us for pricing.