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Velocean liveaboard Indonesia

All Star Velocean

Indonesia liveaboard

The latest addition to the All Star liveaboard fleet, the brand new purpose-built Velocean is an ultra-luxurious 52m liveaboard offering itineraries to Komodo, Raja Ampat, the Banda Sea, Wakatobi and the Forgotten Islands. With a cruising speed of 23mph, exploring these areas can be done with ease and in ultimate comfort.

The Velocean’s three decks have been designed to the highest quality and provide plenty of space to relax, and include a fabulous 360 outdoor sundeck with jacuzzi and indoor private camera station lounge.

The huge dive deck has ample space for everyone, with personal areas to keep your wetsuit and diving equipment separately from others.

The 10 stunning suites all have expansive ocean views and the 24 experienced crew members provide incredible service ensuring an unforgettable scuba diving adventure in beautiful Indonesia.

Guide price: 6nts from £2700 per person
Includes: 6nts full board accommodation in a twin Elite Ocean Suite, 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; air travel, 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.

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Quick Guide: All Star Velocean

  • 52m length
  • Max 18 passengers
  • 6 Elite Suites (3 x twin and 3 x king/twin configuration)
  • 2 Platinum Oceanfront Suites
  • 2 Signature Single Suites
  • 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 2 Platinum Oceanfront Suites are situated on the main deck and offer panoramic ocean views, en-suite bathrooms, writing desk, docking station for music and surround sound speakers. The 6 Elite Double Suites with private bathrooms are located on the upper deck. Cabin numbers 5, 7 and 9 have two twin beds, and cabins 6, 8 and 10 can be configured as twin or king beds. The 2 Signature Single Suites are perfect for solo guests. Located on the main deck with en-suite, ocean views, writing desk and ample storage.

Facilities
When you are not diving, you can choose to relax on the 360◦ sundeck on one of the large comfortable banquettes or take a dip in the jacuzzi while enjoying the spectacular Indonesian ocean scenery. There is also a spacious indoor lounge with private camera stations for those wishing to perfect those underwater shots.

Meals are served in the Continental Dining Room, which provides a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying healthy and nutritious meals with Asian culinary influences.

Diving
All diving is from one of the two zodiacs, allowing easy access to dive sites.  The huge dive deck has ample storage, individual gear stations, hot water showers on dive platform and equipment rinse tanks. Up to 3 dives plus one evening or night dive per day are offered on most itineraries, weather/conditions depending.  Dive groups and site selection is chosen to meet divers safety, comfort and diving ability.

Velocean Indonesia Dive Itineraries

Komodo
Often overlooked on divers’ “bucket lists”, we believe Komodo to be an exceptional dive destination. In addition to an abundant variety of corals and marine life, it includes a protected national park with Komodo dragons, pink sand beaches, Manta Alley (aptly named), nudibranchs, frogfish, octopus and drift diving. Home to hundreds of colorful coral species, pipefish, scorpion fish, batfish, trevallies and plenty of mantas and sharks.

Dive:
Komodo National Park
Gili Lawah Luat and Gili Lawah Darat
Padar, North and South Rinca
No. dives:  18 – 29 depending on trip length

Highlights:  Macro life includes pygmy seahorses, ornate ghost pipefish and nudibranchs. Fish species range in the hundreds. Larger marine life includes manta rays, ocean sunfish, dolphins and eagle rays.
Skill level:  We recommend at least 50 dives of experience and advanced open water certification as most dives are conducted as drift dives with some current.
Reefs:  A variety of topography: wall dives, sea mounts and pinnacles, deep swim-throughs and shallow reefs. 260 reef-building corals and 70 types of sponges. Tidal currents originate from deeper, cooler water holding large amounts of nutrients and planktonic organisms that fertilize reefs.

Travel Details:
When to go:  May to September
Water temperature:  79 – 85F, 26 – 30C
Shore excursions:  Pink sand beaches and a Komodo National Park visit to see Komodo dragon.

Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat is an archipelago that sits off the northwestern tip of New Guinea Island and encompasses over 1,500 cays, islands and shoals in Indonesia. Renowned as a popular dive destination for its healthy reefs and exceptional biodiversity and its location within the Coral Triangle. Here you can see richly hued coral gardens along with marine mammals. This is truly a place to see it all.

Dive:
The waters surrounding Waigei, Batanta, Salawati and Misool
Misool National Park and Dampier Strait
Penemu, Farondi and Arborek depending on length of the trip
Diving: Number of dives:  26 – 42 depending upon trip length

Highlights:  Unique and plentiful fish populations and marine animals range from sharks – spotted regularly, manta rays, turtles and wobbegong sharks to pygmy seahorses. Home to 1,500 species of fish, 500 species of coral and 15 species of mammals. 
Skill level:  We recommend at least 50 dives experience with intermediate to advanced skills. Most dives are drift dives.
Reefs:  Soft and hard corals, sloping reefs, vertical walls, tunnels, caverns

Travel Details:
When to go:  December to March
Water temperature:  81 – 86F, 27 – 30C.

Forgotten Islands (Alor)
The Forgotten Islands are remote and isolated and stretch across one thousand miles of ocean with the Indian Ocean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south (water temperature can vary depending on the current). This secluded setting gives way to crystal clear waters and pristine corals, the perfect journey for liveaboard diving. Here you will find good visibility, big animals and fish and macro life associated with this very biodiverse part of the world.

Dive:
Kuwala, Pantar and Alor Strait
Kalawasi Bay and East Flores depending on length of stay
Diving:
Number of dives:  23 – 40 depending upon length of trip

Highlights:  Thresher sharks, possible mola mola, gray reef and white tipped sharks, sea snakes and barracuda. Macro life includes mandarin fish, blue ringed octopus and frogfish
Skill level:  We recommend at least 50 dives of experience and advanced open water certification. Most dives are conducted as drift dives.
Reefs:  Hard and soft corals galore in vibrant colors, sizes, structures and textures

Travel Details:
When to go:  March to May or October to November
Water temperature:  South of islands 75 – 77F, 24 – 25C, north of islands 80 – 84F, 27 – 28C
Shore excursions:  Visit hot springs and view an active volcano.

Banda Sea
The Banda Sea is located at the middle of the Maluku Islands between the two top diving destinations Papau and Java. The plankton-rich waters support reefs and sea mounts with abundant marine life. This itinerary includes a visit to Manuk, the island of snakes and the best place to dive with sea snakes. Excellent muck diving will also be found diving around Ambon where you will find world-class macro life all waiting to be photographed.

Dive:  Ambon, Komba, Nusa Laut, Ring of Fire
Diving: Number of dives:  28 – 40 depending on length of trip

Highlights:  Frogfish, nudibranchs, cuttlefish, seahorses, pipefish, juvenile spadefish and batfish and harlequin shrimp.  Large animals will be mobula and eagle rays, sharks, and possibly schooling hammerheads. Big animals such as sharks, barracudas, tuna and trevallies can be seen.
Skill level:  We recommend at least 50 dives of experience and advanced open water certification. Most dives are conducted as drift dives.
Reefs:  Healthy and lush hard and soft corals

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

Wakatobi
Jacques Cousteau referred to diving the Wakatobi National Park, the third largest in Indonesia, as “diving nirvana”. Wakatobi includes the four (4) main islands of Wangi Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko encompassed by the park. Corals abound in prolific colors in all types of formations. This is a unique itinerary to a very pristine and isolated area with exceptional diving.

Dive: Water surrounding Wangi Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko
Diving: Number of dives:  28 – 40 depending on length of trip

Highlights: Schools of surgeonfish, big eye trevallies, fusiliers, dogtooth tuna, eagle rays, barracudas, turtles, batfish, giant groupers, manta rays, wobbegong sharks, dolphins and whales.
Skill level:  Intermediate to advanced, mostly drift diving, recommended at least 50 dives experience
Reefs:  On the reef, soft corals, leather corals, tunnels, caverns, walls, coral gardens

Travel Details:
When to go:  April and May
Water temperature:  84F, 29C
Shore excursions:  Local fishermen village, birdwatching.

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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