Asiaqua.com offer in 2019 for the 2nd years 2 “Biodiversity cruise in Banda Sea.
From October 6th to 20th 2019.
Between Saumlaki & Ambon 13 days 12 nights with 11 diving days in the most remotes & Forgotten islands of Indonesia
SECOND EARLY BIRD 2019*:
3.520€/Diver in Standard Cabin
Join us for this amazing exploration cruise in Banda Sea.
SMY iLiké is a big traditional Indonesian Phinisi, 40m long 9m wide, built in 2010. It sails all year long in Indonesia : Raja Ampat, Triton and Cenderawasih Bay, Komodo National Park, Moluccas, Flores strait and Forgotten Islands, as well as the forgotten islands in Banda Sea, the new rising destination in Indonesia.
SMY Iliké was converted into a diving boat in 2016. It is equipped with 2 320HP engines, 2 24 Kva generators and 2 compressors, including 1 membrane Nitrox for fast filling.
Its navigation equipment consists of a GPS, sounder, and radar for night navigation. Communication is provided by SSB and VHF radio systems, and satellite telephone for emergencies, an EPIRB and Orion geolocation system. A pharmacy, oxygen kit, first aid kit, 2 liferafts of 25 and 10 seats, life jackets and fire extinguishers are available on board, as well as a watermaker (400 Lt / h).
SMY Iliké offers 7 cabins of 3 types, all on the lower deck. They all have air-con, with toilets and private bathrooms : a master cabin at the front, with a large double bed and 4 Standard cabins with double beds plus a bunk bed that can be used either as a Double or a Twin. The 2 Budget cabins at the back of the boat are the smallest ones, with two bunk beds.
On the main deck, a large air-conditioned lounge with kitchen, social corner, library, and a large table for the cameras. At the back is the large dining table, outside but protected with a 180 ° view of the sea and the islands !
At the front, a large diving platform where equipment is stored, away from the sun. On the upper deck, the solarium, with sunbeds and hammocks, is the perfect chilling place between dives, to have drinks or stargaze at night.
Meals are a mix of local Indonesian and European cuisine, to satisfy all tastes. Meals are served either in the indoor lounge near the kitchen, or on the outdoor area with this large, friendly table that you will enjoy.
This boat offers liveaboards in all the most beautiful spots in Indonesia : traditional trips to Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat, but also Triton Bay, and special trips to rarely explored areas : Halmahera, Derawan Sangalaki, Kakaban and Maratua, Banda Sea and Moluccas : Alor, Ambon, and this whole area called : “Forgotten Islands” !
Liveaboards in Komodo are for 8/9 or 11 days, departure from Labuan Bajp. Rotations to Raja are from 10 to 12 days, to the east coast of Borneo for 8 or 9 days. In Banda Sea, 12 or 13 days for Asiaqua liveaboards. This boat is ideal for small groups.
The Banda Sea and the Ring of Fire is part of the Coral Triangle, heart of the coral reef biodiversity, making its sea quite possibly the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world (75% of the different species are to be found there, according to The Nature Conservancy). Figures speak for themselves: 1400 species of fish, 600 species of corals, 700 species of shellfish, 5 different species of marine turtles, 57 species of shrimps.
You will make 4 dives a day, including a night dive.
The dive crew counts 3 members : 1 tour leader and 2 Indonesian guides. They all speak different foreign languages and are PADI professionals. Dive ratio is max. 5 :1 so everyone can enjoy a relaxing dive.
2 semi-inflatable dinghies, with 40HP engines, are used for divers’ pick-ups and visits of the islands.
15L tanks are available on request.
Nitrox is available for certified divers with a membrane compressor.
The boat is made of 3 decks :
On the upper deck is the wheelhouse; just behind is the lounge area equipped with benches, deckchairs, hammocks from where you can look at the marvels of the islands of the archipelago, lying in comfortable Balinese beds / sofas. It’s also a great place to gaze at the stars in the evening
On the main deck, at the back, there is a sheltered space which also serves as a dining room. In the center is an air-conditioned lounge with a lounge dining area, an open kitchen, and a camera area available to divers to prepare their photo and video equipment and finally, at the front of the boat, the diving area where the equipment is stored.
On the lower deck are the 7 cabins : 2 Budget at the back, 4 Standard at the middle and the Master Cabin at the front. You will also find on this deck, at the bow, the crew cabins.
The Indonesian crew consists of a captain, 4 boatmen, 2 mechanics, 1 cook and 2 assistants, 2 maids ; they all have a great experience of liveaboards in Indonesia.
CABIN DETAILS :
All cabins have air con, private bathrooms with hot water, as well as storage space.