Day 1: Saumlaki, Yamdena – Welcome Aboard!
An early morning (or on the day before) a flight from Jakarta or Bali brings you to the harbor town of Saumlaki. Its population at the 2010 Census was 12,462. Christianity is the main religion of the village, as the Dutch visited and claimed it in 1629 and 1639. However, a lot of the town also follows original Indonesian religions. Our staff will greet you at the airport upon arrival, and accompany you to the Adelaar. Once on board, our cruise director and steward will introduce you to the crew, your cabin and the ship!
We’ll make our way reaching a small island called Vaiwar, where we’ll make our first check dives of the trip. Vaiwar slope is mostly a critter hunt, with a sandy slope extending out from shore. Corals, small rocks and bommies decorate this sandy patch, and offer a nice scenic backdrop for spotting assorted juveniles. Have a look in the sand for ghost pipefish, nudibranchs and perhaps even a mimic octopus!
Day 2: Dai & Dawera islands
The inhabitants of Pulai Dai still practice traditional hunting with a bow and arrow. Travellers can visit the village on request. The local population is very welcoming, even though they only see divers a few times a year. Steep slopes compose the dive sites, providing hunting grounds for larger fish. The shallows are just as stunning as the deeper parts of the site, as they are full of hard corals decorated with anthias. Dawera is a small island in the northern part of the “Babar” group. The seamount here has a reef that remains untouched and so full of fish, you wouldn’t know where to look first! The dive sites of “Tanjung Raja”, with its amazing marine life and cruising hammerheads, is among the highlights of this location.
We’ll cruise overnight toward the next islet.
Day 3: Terbang & Damar Islands
The Island of Damar is about 20 km², and there are settlements dotted all around the eastern half of the island. The largest of which is the village of Kenili, located inside an inlet on the eastern shore. The best beach features a 900 meter long strip of dazzling white sand, bordered by lush green forest, and fringed by a shallow coral reef. The major dive sites are not actually off Damar Island itself, but rather around the smaller islands of Nusa Leur and Terbang Utara (North) and Selatan (South).
These sites feature an explosion of different colours and forms, and seem to be in constant motion. A busy reef, with schooling fish and marine life that are not used to seeing scuba divers. Another unique attraction, is the wall of sulphur formed as a result of the proximity of the volcano on Damar Island.
We’ll cruise overnight toward the next island.
Day 4: Nyata, Romang & Maapora islands
We wake up enroute and have breakfast as the ship makes its ancorage. The “Romang group”, as it is called in the navigation books, includes Pulau Nyata, Pulan Romang and Pulau Maapora. It spans across 23 nautical miles from West to East. It features some fantastic white sand beaches and at Romang and Nyata, there are gentle terraced slopes, which slip down into the deep blue of the Banda Sea. A big feature of diving on this western side of the island are the collections of huge vividly coloured gorgonian sea fans and large barrel sponges. Fans of bigger animals can see Napoleon wrasses, reef shark, ray, tuna and other pelagic fish patrolling the reefs and walls.
We’ll cruise overnight to the next location.
Day 5: Reong & Wetar Islands
Wetar Island’s star dive site “Tanjung Nunukae”, will be our first stop of the day. Divers have come across the two types of Manta rays here, as current usually is moderate to strong when the moon is full! Its plateau topography drops into a nice wall swathed in gigantic sea fans, cup corals and sponges. The small island of Reong, lies on the north west coast of Wetar, we’ll dive there once or twice depending on the sea conditions. It presents a slight change of scenery as it’s made of limestone. Reef sharks, barracuda and trevallies frequently visit the reef.
We cruise overnight to the next island.