** Route Itinerary subject to change due to inclement weather, sea conditions, and/or restrictions posed by local authorities.
Day 1 – (Embarkation Day) Our crew will be waiting to greet you at Domine Eduard Osok Airport. After you are comfortably settled onboard and have completed registration, we will have the safety/orientation briefing.
Day 2 & 3 – We spend the next two days diving on lively reefs, pinnacles, and sloping walls. Now in the middle of Raja Ampat, we can see a number of species of shark including the tasseled wobbegong shark. There are white and black tip reef sharks on most dives and the occasional grey reef shark as well. Raja Ampat is famous for its high density of marine life concentration and biodiversity. Home to an abundance of macro critters, school fishing, and pelagic species, as well as several species of Rays. Making our way through the Dampier strait to Gam island, and on to the Fam islands, we have a chance to see mangroves and panoramas of lush green tree-covered islands while exploring an array of dives sites. We will have 3-4 dives each day with one optional viewpoint hike. Overnight on the third day, we head south to Misool.
Day 4 & 5 – We continue our adventure to the south of Raja Ampat, in the area surrounding Misool. Misool is full of vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life. Giant gorgonian fans on the reef walls play host to a variety of pygmy seahorse species. Pelagic species can be seen patrolling the reefs looking for a meal. The reefs are abundant with a rainbow of healthy soft and hard corals. There are pinnacles, ridges, reefs, and small islands to explore, making this area sought after by most who venture this far. If you’re lucky you may encounter the endemic Raja Ampat epaulette shark (walking shark) or manta ray.
Day 6 – Koon Island’s reef is a mixture of sloping white sand with patch reef and coral-covered walls descending into the deep. Currents can be strong here and all the dives are drift dives. Schools of big-eye trevally, snapper, sweetlips, and many other small reef fish crowd the reefs. White tip and grey reef sharks can be seen patrolling the area. Big Napoleon wrasse and even goliath groupers can sometimes be found in this area.
Day 7 – We wake up to the sight of a volcano in the middle of nowhere! Manuk Island features beautiful corals, and a multitude of fish species call this place home. You will have a chance to dive with many sea snakes today, as Manuk Island is also called “Snake Island”. The occasional smell of sulfur and the sight of smoke rising from this active volcano gives you a sense that you are in the land of the lost. Keep your fingers crossed for Hammerhead sharks. Day 8 – Serua Island another top spot to search for schooling hammerhead sharks. Shallow reef tops give way to sloping reefs and walls that plunge into the deep. Abundant coral, giant sponges, sea snakes, and schooling fish such as trevally, surgeonfish, and fusiliers fill the water around the island. The currents here can be strong and exciting. In the early hours of the morning, we make the 3-hour journey south to Nil Desperandum Reef.
Day 9 –Nil Desperandum is an extensive submerged reef with a relatively shallow reef top and walls that drops off. There are impressive schools of fish, predatory action, and the chance again to potentially encounter hammerhead sharks. Visibility is normally very good and the reef is healthy with very large sponges and beautiful coral.
Day 10 – We spend the day diving in the area of Terbang’s north and south islands. Characterized by steep walls, abundant coral, clear water, and plenty of fish. Currents can be strong and most dives are wall drift dives.
Day 11 – Nyata Island, more beautiful corals and abundant marine life await. The island has a white sand beach that you may have a chance to visit depending on the tide.
Day 12 – Today we explore the stunning walls and reefs of Wetar and Reong Islands. Clear water, an abundance of marine life, and endless possibilities for exploration await.
Day 13 – We explore the dive sites in the area between Pantar and Alor Island today. Dive sites here are known for excellent visibility, strong current drift dives, abundant hard and soft coral gardens, and world-class muck diving.
Day 14 – Sailing along the northern coast of Flores headed towards Maumere, we stop to enjoy our last day of diving. Today we have 2 morning dives to explore more mesmerizing reefs. After the dives are finished, allow our crew to wash your equipment and hang it to dry. Relax during the afternoon as we continue our cruise.
Day 15 – Farewell briefing & disembarkation (Maumere)
From the very beginning, safety has always been the most important aspect of Solitude and at the forefront of all decision making. Given the remote areas we operate in, it is vital to us that our crew are well trained and we are equipped to handle any scenario should it occur.
During your stay onboard we provide our guests with a complimentary Nautilus Marine Rescue GPS to provide that peace of mind when out diving in the remote parts of Indonesia
Our Features & Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) equipped with:
Emergency Position-Indicating Radiobeacon (EPIRB)
Emergency Survival Packs
Semi-Automated Fire Suppression Sprinkler System
Fleet Broadband Satellite Phone & Internet
Local Navigation Maps with Furuno GPS Chart Plotter
6,000L Water Storage with On-board Water-Maker capable of producing 15,000L of fresh water per day.
We know that time and investment in holidays are valuable and you want to dive as much as you can. We fully understand that, as we take diving holidays too! Be assured that we are committed to providing you with as many dives as we safely can. Besides the obvious reasons why we would not let you go for a dive (stated in your registration form declaration), being well-rested and rehydrated for your first dive is a good first step.
This is why we need to ensure that you have at least 6 hours of proper rest after your arrival before making your first dive. We know you learned about safety during your scuba course(s) but sometimes the excitement and anticipation of a diving holiday can get the better of us and we tend to overlook our own condition for a dive.
Our commitment to safety also includes our crew which is why we limit a maximum of 4 dives (including a night dive) in a day so that they too get ample rest to minimise fatigue, ergo minimise the risk of working on a vessel.
As always, itineraries are subject to weather, logistics, and also, importantly, where sites are better during the week of your cruise. Your cruise directors will constantly be updating you on the schedule/plans on board during your cruise.
Although the standard mix for EAN is 32%, on most dives we have made an educated decision to provide in the proximity of EAN30 instead, to allow a safer M.O.D. EAN30% would provide some degree of depth buffer if you are caught especially in a down current, but will still allow ample extended length of bottom time (compared to normal air). EANitrox prices are as follows: US $8 per dive OR US $135 for 7 days/6 nights Indonesia itinerary, with subsequent additional use US $20 per day.
DIN or International?
We have both.
15L/100cuft Scuba Cylinders?
Yes, we have. It is an additional US $8 per cylinder per diving day.
Additional 12L/80cuft cylinder with air: US $10 per cylinder per diving day
Additional 12L/80cuft cylinder with EANitrox: US $18 per cylinder per diving day. Whole Trip Use discount applies. Please check with your cruise directors or our sales and reservation staff.
Rebreather Diving? Twins?
No, We do not have support for Rebreather or Twin Tank Configuration.