12 days Dive Cruise Pindito liveaboard Raja Ampat -
Raja Ampat: diving on board the Pindito
West Papua, known locally as Irian Jaya, is a unique dive region. Probably the best known archipelago is "Raja Ampat" which roughly means "united kingdom". The area has over 1,500 islands. The four main islands are Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo.
The word "fantastic" summarizes the region "Raja Ampat" well. Photo-and videographers find the best opportunities to create macro shots at its finest. But also wide-angle shots of the beautiful reef life are recommended. There are countless dive sites, all with different characters. The attentive viewer can find all sorts of "macro-animals" in crevices and on terraces of steep walls. "Raja Ampat" is also a Mecca for lovers of pygmy seahorses. These cute dwarf seahorses are found here in every shape and color, red, yellow, orange, purple or white.
Other places offer an overflowing abundance of fish along exposed underground rock saddles. An experienced eye will catch sight of the well camouflaged frog fishes, scorpion fishes and ghostpipe fishes. Napoleon fish, mobulas, white tip reef sharks and schools of other pelagic fish can be seen in the blue when you can drag your attention away from the walls. Manta rays, barracuda, rare wobbegong and epaulette sharks (walking shark) guarantee plenty of variety. A highlight of any tour is the famous Zodiac trip around the islands (subject to wind and waves being low to allow it).
Up to 120 days before departure: € 250 per person
120 to 90 days before departure: 25%
90 to 60 days before departure: 50%
Within 60 days before departure: 100%
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12 days Dive Cruise Pindito liveaboard Raja Ampat
double or twin room, both diver
double room, 1 diver 1 non diver
single cabin, diver
Raja Ampat (south)
There are basically two ways to navigate the Raja Ampat area. One leads from Sorong, the capital of West Papua, to the south. We’ll do most dives around the island maze of Misool. On the return journey you’ll visit Dampier Strait and maybe Sele Pele or Kofian before you go back to Sorong.
Raja Ampat (north)
One of Pindito’s special places is called "Vrenelies Gärtli" (in English it means Vreni’s Garden). It is a legendary dive site that has it all, because of it’s very diverse landscape. Overhangs, huge caverns with swimthroughs, lush steep walls with all kinds of corals are found here.
There is also plenty to do on land. With a unique speedboat ride you will explore the beautiful scenery. Crystal clear, turquoise water awaits you as well as a variety of exotic tropical plants such as orchids and even carnivorous plants.
"Jef Fam" is the name of a group of karst islands with great diving, lots of fish and colorful corals. Night dives at the "Red Wall" are always a special experience. In the sand under the pearl diving pier a lot of special and peculiar creatures, especially wobbegongs and epaulette sharks (walking sharks) can be found. Countless nudibranchs, pipefish, seahorses, frogfish, scorpion fish cannot escape the well trained eye. A great highlight is the manta cleaning station near Mansuar.
Here the Pacific Ocean meets the Halmahera Sea, with an explosion of marine life as consequence. With regular strong currents, big fish feel especially comfortable. Manta rays, reef sharks, different schools of mackerel, tuna and barracuda are seen again and again. Even dolphins and whales (Bryde's whales, pilot whales) keep spending time in Dampier strait Since May 2011, we offer a special Whale-Macro tour that combines the macro-diving with whale and dolphin watching. This tour is accompanied by a marine expert in whale and dolphin behavior.
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