RAJA AMPAT EAST, INDONESIA
This is "the Galapagos of Indonesia's Reefs" | Manokwari, Cenderawasih, & Sorong
AUGUST 7-18, 2023
Travel Dates: August 4-20, 2023 | Accommodates 16 divers
$7700 USD Deluxe Cabin (based on double occupancy)
$8950 USD Master Cabin (only 1 available based on double occupancy)
Aquarius Scuba welcomes you to Cenderawasih Bay: a new dive destination on the world dive map!
Most of the diving, other than on Manokwari’s excellent WWII wrecks, is within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, Indonesia’s largest. This park is huge, half again larger than Raja Ampat; even a 14 day dive trip barely scratches the “surface” of this underwater wilderness.
Cenderawasih, along with Raja Ampat and Triton Bay, makes up the Bird’s Head Seascape. Its reefs look nothing like Raja’s colorful, fish-filled reefs, nor are they similar to Triton Bay’s soft coral wonderland. Pristine and vast, the bay’s reef tops comprise some of healthiest hard coral gardens to be seen. Dramatic vertical walls with prolific sponge life abound on the outlying atolls, schooling fish along the reef points and ridges.
Cenderawasih also has a few unique features in Indonesia’s pantheon of rich reefs. The bay was geologically isolated until recently, and if you look at a map you’ll see that it is still somewhat confined. This means that less current moves through Cenderawasih’s waters, and therefore there’s less recruitment of marine larvae than in a place like Raja. This isolation has blessed Cenderawasih with a number of very colorful endemic species. Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that many normally deep-dwelling fish species are found here in relatively shallow water. This topsy-turvy reefscape, along with the presence of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, prompted Dr. Gerald Allen to call Cenderawasih “ the Galapagos of Indonesia’s Reefs”.
Included in chosen Cruise Rate:
11 Nights/12 Days luxury liveaboard cabin accommodation on the Dewi Nusantara
All meals, snacks, and beverages
Up to 5 dives per day included night dives
FREE Nitrox fills (a $300 USD value)
80 cu ft. tank/weights/weight belt
Land excursions to site see wildlife
Service of land excursion guides/divemasters
Transfers in the islands between airport and dock (on cruise departure dates only)
National Park/Harbour fee $285 USD
Long Distance Fee $300 USD
Two Aquarius Scuba trip leaders/instructors at your service
Trip interruption or Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
DAN Diver Insurance (highly recommended)
Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
International Airfare to Indonesia
Domestic Airfare in Indonesia
Gratuities to guides and crew
Scuba equipment (other than tanks and weights)
Deposit: $1000 USD
Travel Insurance: Cancellation insurance and out of province medical insurance is available through Manulife Insurance. We also highly recommend DAN Insurance. For more information, please contact our travel agency at 416-604-4203.
Documentation: Valid passport for at least 6 months prior to the date of return.