Come join us on the Aurora, a luxury, live-aboard scuba ship, for an exhilarating diving adventure you won't soon forget!
Only 8 rooms for a maximum of 16 guests makes the Aurora a very special and intimate experience for any diver. A dream realized...
THE SPECTACULAR DIVING
INDONESIA is an epicenter of biodiversity, hosting a greater variety of marine life than anywhere else on earth. The South China Sea, the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean converge here on the world’s largest archipelago of more than 18,000 islands. Thriving off Indonesia’s coastline are more than 600 coral and 3000 fish species. The scuba diving is nothing short of outstanding. There’s exhilarating drift diving, extensive reef diving, fantastic night diving, unique muck diving and breathtaking steep walls. The top dive areas are Raja Ampat, Komodo and the Banda Sea. East of Bali is Komodo where nutrient rich currents underpin a vibrant ecosystem. Raja Ampat in eastern Indonesia is liveaboard country with waters that boast more than 1200 marine life species. The Banda Sea lies between Komodo and Raja Ampat and has a large variety dives. With more dive sites yet to be discovered, Indonesia has something for divers of all levels.
$4620 USD per person
Deposit $500 per person to book
Included: 11 nights accommodation, all the awesome diving, meals and beverages
Not Included: Airfare, tips,
The huge area of Raja Ampat represents a big marine reserve that stretches out to the north (Waigeo and neighboring island) and to the south-west (Misool). The whole region is a labyrinth of straits between small sandstone islands eroded by the waves. The dry season is between September to March, however, rainfalls are to be expected throughout the whole year.
Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small isles, cays and shoals surrounding the 4 main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo. It is a part of the newly named West Papua Province of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya.
Simply put, Raja Ampat is the bee’s knees in the world of scuba diving. If you don’t enjoy your diving here, you may as well sell your equipment! According to the Conservation International Rapid Assessment Bulletin and their more recent 2006 scientific surveys, the marine life diversity in West Papua is considerably greater than all other areas sampled in the Asia coral triangle of Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. It is quite simply the cream of the crop in world diving!
The term “Frontier Diving” seems to have been invented for the Raja Ampat islands. To visit these waters is to feel at the edge of the earth. To gaze over the crystalline seas from onboard the Aurora at the beehive-shaped, largely uninhabited islands is to be as far away from it all as you can imagine. At many places on the sea in Asia, the night sky is lit up like Piccadilly Circus by fishing boats. At night time in Misool you can peer out at the horizon and maybe see one or two distant specks of light.
Scuba diving in Raja Ampat mostly takes the form of drift dives due to the moderate currents prevalent in the area, which provide nutrients for the myriad fish and coral. The variety of marine life can be staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. At Mansuar it’s highly likely you’ll encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to don your snorkeling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales.
Due to the sometimes strong currents, diving in Raja Ampat is not really considered a good choice for absolute beginners, rather for scuba divers with a few dives under their weight belts looking to get away from the crowds. Visibility is normally very good but can vary and is normally at its best earlier in the day so your pre-breakfast dives are not to be slept through!