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Aurora liveaboard Indonesia

All Star Aurora

Indonesia liveaboard

The Aurora is a very spacious 40-meter two-masted Pinisi-styled sailing yacht offering a wide selection of itineraries including Raja Ampat & Misool, Triton Bay, Komodo National Park, Banda Sea, Forgotten Islands (Alor) and Wakatobi National Park.

Accommodating just 18 guests in 9 comfortable ensuite cabins, the Aurora combines traditional Indonesian charm with modern facilities.

With a passionate and professional crew made up of 16 people, you can expect a high level of service, delicious food and incredible diving to some of the least visited sites in Indonesia!

To find out more about this area, visit our Indonesia page.

Guide price: 9nts from £4025 per person
Includes: 7nts full board accommodation in a standard twin cabin, all meals and snacks, 2 – 3 dives plus one night dive per day according to program and weather conditions, soft drinks on board, tanks, weights and weight-belts, Nitrox, Wi-Fi, 30-minute welcome massage, eco and cultural excursions, local ground transfers between airport, hotel and vessel

Package excludes; flights, rental gear, beer, wine and spirits, fees, National Park admission, crew gratuity, dive instruction, pre and post hotel stays

*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel. Exchange rate used for above price is USD $1.20 / GBP £1.00

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Quick Guide: All Star Aurora

  • 40m length
  • Max 18 passengers
  • 9 ensuite cabins
  • Recommended diver level: PADI Advanced is advised as some dive sites are deeper than 18m – guests can take the course on board

Accommodation & Facilities

Accommodation
The traditional style cabins are located on the main deck and have either a king or two single beds. All have porthole windows, air conditioning, ample storage space and ensuite with bath towels, shower gel and shampoo.

Facilities
The Aurora offers plenty of space for relaxing, socializing and eating. The main salon features a bar area with comfortable sofas and dining tables, and towards the stern of the boat, there is a second lounge with camera area which includes charging points and work stations enabling you to tweak your photos of the bio-diverse pelagic life you discover on the trip. For those wishing to soak up the sun, there is a very spacious sun deck with sun loungers, which is the perfect to enjoy a drink at the end of the day and watch the stunning Indonesian sunset.

Diving
All diving is from two custom tenders, allowing easy access to dive sites. The shaded dive deck has plenty of space for each diver to gear up and store equipment. This area also features outdoor showers and dedicated camera rinse bins. Diving is offered in small groups and 3 dives plus a night dive are offered whenever possible.

All Star Aurora Indonesia Dive Itineraries

Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat dive trips cruise the West Papua province of Indonesia which encompasses 1,500 small islands, cays and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Waigei, Batanta, Salawati and Misool. The itinerary can include Misool National Park, Dampier Strait, Penemu, Farondi and Arborek depending on length of the trip.

The remote nature of these islands has protected the marine life and maintained their status as the world’s most biodiverse and healthy reefs. Raja Ampat is home to over 1,500 species of fish, 500 species of coral and 15 species of marine mammals. Raja Ampat is a scuba diver’s dreamland where divers can hope to see manta rays, pygmy seahorses, wobbegong sharks and a rainbow of colors along the coral gardens.

Dive: Cape Kri, for most species of fish identified (374) on a single dive.
Number of dives:  26 – 42 depending upon trip length

Highlights:  Enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs, large groups of manta rays and turtles
Reefs:  Soft and hard corals, sloping reefs, vertical walls, tunnels, caverns
Shore excursions:  An oyster farm, hikes to Penemu Landing’s scenic overlook, a local fishermen village.
Skill level:  Intermediate to advanced, mostly drift diving, recommended at least 50 dives experience

When to go:  November to April
Water temperature:  81 – 86F, 27 – 30C

Banda Sea
Located between the two top diving destinations Papau and Java, the Banda Sea is an absolute underwater playground for scuba divers. The plankton blooms mean the reefs and sea mounts are overflowing with marine life. The Banda Sea is also home to a group of the Moluccas Islands to the north and the Forgotten Islands (see separate details) to the south. The itinerary can include East Flores (see also Forgotten Islands (Alor), Komba, Ring of Fire, Nusa Laut and Ambon depending on the length of trip.

Visit Manuk, also known as Snake Island, one of the best spots to view sea snakes. Be sure to keep your eye on the blue on the wall dives as sharks, barracudas, tuna and trevallies are often observed. Ambon (in the Moluccas) is the best place in the world for muck diving with only Lembeh Strait as a close second. This is on every macro photographer’s wish list with frogfish, nudibranchs, cuttlefish, seahorses, pipefish, juvenile spadefish and batfish and harlequin shrimp, all waiting to be found and captured digitally.

Number of dives:  22 – 38 depending on length of stay
Highlights:  Huge shoals of mobula rays, eagle rays, white tipped reef sharks, and if fortunate schooling hammerhead sharks too
Reefs:  Lush hard and soft corals
Shore excursions:  Hot springs
Skill level:  Advanced open water (AOW), mostly drift diving, recommended at least 50 dives experience

When to go:  April, October
Water temperature:  North of islands 80 – 84F, 27 – 28C except south of Forgotten Islands    75 – 77F, 24 – 25C.

Triton Bay
Triton Bay is a relatively unknown dive destination in West Papua with amazing treasures. It is becoming legendary for its beautiful soft and black corals that cover the seafloor and filled with tiny creatures. The area is also home to nesting turtles, Byrde’s whales (pronounced broodus) and migrating whale sharks. Endemic species are wobbegong, long-tailed walking sharks and the Nuraslim flasher wrasse, the latter discovered only in recent years. The nutrient-rich waters attract vast schools of fish. The tradeoff, if there is any, is the visibility is slightly diminished from September to December when the water is cooler, but sea life is plentiful. Protected since 2008, the Kaimana Marine Area, in the center of Triton Bay, showcases numerous species from September to June after the monsoon season. As a bonus, new dive sites continue to be discovered.

Number of dives:  28 – 48 depending upon trip length
Highlights: September to June – wobbegong, schooling reef fish – barracuda, snapper and jacks, trevallies, unique crab and shrimp, bumphead parrotfish, turtles, octopus, pygmy seahorse, giant grouper, eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse. October to June – also whale sharks, mandarinffish
Reefs: Caves, caverns, sheltered bays, overhangs, cascading boulders, islands swept by currents near the mouth of the bay
Shore excursions: One of the best ways to explore the bay is via kayak. Discover the beauty of Mommon Waterfall, where freshwater plunges into crystal clear saltwater. Birdwatchers will revel in sighting the Papuan hornbill, an endemic species that resides in the jungle forest. Prehistoric rock art can be found on the cliffs in Triton Bay, some are considered sacred sites.
Skill level: Advanced open water (AOW) recommended

When to go: Optimum conditions September to June post monsoon
Water temperature: 79 – 82F, 26 – 28C (December to May) and 79 – 84F, 26 – 29C (September to December).

Lembeh Strait
Lembeh Strait is located in a fairly remote region of Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia in the center of the Coral Triangle. This body of water separates Lembeh Island from the mainland’s coastal city of Bitung. The waters are revered among muck divers as the holy grail of critter hunting and it has earned the reputation as the “Muck Diving Capital of the World.” While some dive destinations feature certain aquatic life at select times of year, Lembeh Strait is reputed for its year-round viewing and most dive sites are with little or no current.

Number of dives: Approx. 42 depending on length of stay
Highlights: 3 species of scorpionfish, Pegasus sea moths, cuttlefish, 5 species of octopus – wonderpus, mimic and blue-ringed hairy, nudibranchs and seahorses including the pygmy variety, 8 species of frogfish, ghost pipefish
Reefs: Barren black volcanic sand slopes, rubble zones, sheltered bays, rocky pinnacles, white limestone sand slopes, fringing coral reefs, walls, jetty dives, seagrass plains, shipwrecks and transitional environments
Shore excursions: Should dive guests which to extend their stay, consider a tour of Tangkoko National Park & Nature Reserve, near Manado. In route, take in views of volcanoes and jungles. Exceptional park wildlife includes macaques, spectral tarsiers, Cuscus bears and black tarantulas.
Skill level: Advanced open water (AOW) recommended

When to go: Year-round but optimum conditions August to December
Water temperature: 77 – 84F, 25 – 29C.

Indonesia by region

BALI

 

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Bali 
Rich culture, stunning mountain rice terraces and excellent shore diving

KOMODO

 

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Komodo National Park
Critters, wall diving, mantas - and dragons!

RAJA AMPAT

 

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Raja Ampat
Jungle covered islands, hidden lagoons and idyllic white sandy beaches

MANADO

 

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Manado
Reef walls of the Bunaken Islands and secret critters of Lembeh Strait

 

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