South East Asia... diving cruises
The combination of age-old passes, and rich and colourful marine life !
DREAM DESTINATIONS, YOU WANT TO DISCOVER...
The sum of its destinations, represents the whole of the biodiversity of the planet, and the most beautiful underwater wealth accessible to divers and photographers underwater
A summary will allow you to discover and select the destination for your next diving cruise
offers various itineraries to 6 different areas.
Komodo National Park
The most well known, Komodo National Park Indonesia was established in 1980 and was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1986. The park was initially established to conserve the unique Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). Since then conservation goals have expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both marine and terrestrial.
The Komodo National Park encompasses 1,817 square kilometers of spectacular land and marine wilderness, including the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Padar, and Gili Montagne and their surrounding waters. The signature land attraction on your INDO AGGRESSOR™ LiveAboard cruise will be an encounter with the world’s largest lizard - the flesh eating Komodo Dragon.
Wakatobi National Park is located southeast of Sulawesi between the Banda Sea to the northeast and the Flores Sea to the southwest. It consists of four larger islands: Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko, as well as many small islands such as Tokobao, North Lintea, South Lintea, Kampenaune, Hoga and Tolandono. The water depth varies, with the deepest parts reaching 3425 feet.rn
The Wakatobi National Park is the third largest marine park in Indonesia. Legendary underwater explorer, Jacques Cousteau called the Wakatobi islands – then known as the Tukangbesi islands an “Underwater Nirvana”. Now a national marine park covering the entire Waktobi District, 900,000 hectares are decorated with different, colorful species of tropical coral reefs. Wakatobi is widely recognized as having the highest number of reef and fish species in the world. The islands are also famous as the largest barrier reef in Indonesia, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia with large and small fish species, including dolphin, turtles and whales. The island group comprises 143 larger and smaller islands where only 7 are inhabited.
Adventure, unknown dive sites, spectacular scenery off the beaten track.... this is The Forgotten Islands. The Forgotten Islands are part of Indonesia’s south Maluku province, a region located at the extreme south eastern boundary of the country and less than 200 nautical miles from the northern tip of Australia. These cruises concentrate on the most unexplored regions of the country and will start or finish in either Maumere, on the north coastline of east Flores or at Saumlaki on Jamdena, the largest island of the Tanimbar group. These itineraries will give guests the opportunity to dive some of the fabulous sites of East Nusa Tenggara around Lembata, Pantar and Alor during the cruise as well as exploring the fascinating reefs, walls and topside scenery of the islands further east, the mysterious and rarely visited Forgotten Islands.
RAJA AMPAT AGGRESSOR
Raja Ampat or ‘Four Kings’, is the name given to these islands and comes from a local myth. Located in the heart of The Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat is known to have the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world. The four main areas offering itineraries are: Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay, Banda Sea and Triton Bay. If you haven’t experienced the diving in this area, it is fantastic due to the diversity and abundance of marine life.
The area of the Four Kings is comprised of over 1500 islands and home to 600 types of corals, 1,500 fish species and over 600 types of mollusks.
Banda Sea, with its spice islands, played an important role in history during the 15th to 17th century. For centuries the indigenous people traded with nutmeg and thus came into focus of the Europeans, because this special seasoning was found only on these islands. The islands were first colonized by the Portuguese before the Dutch took over the colony in fierce fighting. Meanwhile, the islands are again visited by sailors, fishermen and divers, especially due to the extraordinary amount of fish. Many remains of the colonies are still visible, so this area is especially exciting to visit.
The closest airport is in Ambon. With 290,000 inhabitants, it is an important city for trading in Indonesia and the starting or finishing point for our cruises in Banda Sea.
The Derawan Islands (Kepulauan Derawan) are located off the eastern coast of Borneo (East Kalimantan Province) in Indonesia, in the famous Celebes Sea.Derawan is an archipelago with the main islands being Derawan, Maratua, Kakaban and Sangalaki, forming small and remote atolls with sandy banks. This special place is considered the second most biodiverse place in the world.
Derawan Islands are part of the Coral Triangle, which features 872 species of reef fish, 507 species of coral, and invertebrates, including protected species (5 giants clam species, 2 sea turtles, coconut crab, etc.).
The diving offers abundant marine life with a huge variety of coral reef dives, caves, walls, and lagoons, including a jellyfish lake visit. Guests will see sharks, schooling barracudas, mantas, whalesharks and macro life. Derawan also contains the largest green turtle nesting site in Indonesia, making dives with turtles quite common.
The itinerary starts and ends from Tarakan, a large modern city , which has an international airport and multiple daily direct flights from Jakarta. Making the trip an connections quite easy for international travelers.
The Raja Ampat Aggressor guests will embark and disembark from Taratan. Once guests arrive, they will be greeted at the host hotel or airport and transfered to the yacht which will be docked 30 minutes away.
Triton Bay lies to the south east of Raja Ampat and is located in the center of the Coral Triangle. Triton Bay is the name given to the coastal region located east of Kaimana, a small harbour town on the southwest coast of West Papua. This region offers magnificient diving that includes beautiful soft coral, giant sea fans, black coral forests, large schools of fish and much more. The topside scenery is breathtaking with cliffs, beautiful greenery and ancient cave paintings.