BANDA & SERAM Sea • Secrets of Seram

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Ambon • AMBON or Sorong • PAPUA BARAT
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Sorong • PAPUA BARAT or Ambon • AMBON

*please check our "Agenda" for your date.

Cruise Key
Critters, rare species like "psychedelic frogfish", unspoilt dive sites, wall drift dives, clear/warm water, new lava flow, unexpected encounters, walk through the past, spice trek. 
Sea Conditions
Cruises are scheduled at the ideal times of the year and conditions should generally be calm. Except while crossing or in the open sea. The waters around the open sea sites are very deep and the sites are mostly exposed to the weather.
Weather Conditions
Most of the climate is determined by monsoon winds. Refreshing breezes onboard throughout most of the season. 
Nature of dives & Currents
This may not be the cruise destination for every diver, more for adventure divers but not for novices.  Unexpected sightings can happen though maybe not happen on every trip. In this area every trip is very different. CURRENTS can be varied, depending on the moon phase. Especially in the bay of Ambon.
Water Temperature
Avg. 27° to 30°C
Embarkation
Ambon • AMBON or Sorong • PAPUA BARAT

The WAOW staff will pick you up in your hotel or await your arrival at Ambon or Sorong airport to assist and accompany you on board SMY WAOW, only a short drive of around 15-30mins away. Our experienced staff will look after your luggage and transfer it to your cabin onboard SMY WAOW while you enjoy our "refreshing welcome drink". As soon as the last guests are onboard around 2:00pm, you will be introduced to our team and have plenty of time to settle in, get everything ready and enjoy life onboard with us.

Disembarkation
Sorong • PAPUA BARAT or Ambon • AMBON

Early breakfast befor disembarkation & transfer to the airport or hotel between 06.00am and 11.00am at the latest

Recommandation
All long distance passengers arrive in Jakarta or Bali one day before embarkation day. The boat departs at 2:00pm from Ambon Harbor or 12:00pm from Sorong Harbor.
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The Cruise

Starting from the Bay of Ambon, some of Indonesia's best critter diving, SMY WAOW takes you past the historical islands of Banda, once sought by Columbus and Marco Polo, all the way to Raja Ampat with its startling diversity of habitats to explore above water as well as below. The Secrets of Seram is all about diversity - not only diversity of species, but also of dive sites. There are some areas where soft corals and sea fans dominate, others with amazing diverse hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, drop offs, muck, caves, black sand, white sand, new lava flow…Then there are the fish, lots of them, in more shapes and sizes than anywhere else in the world. Not only are there loads of fish, but also all the levels of the food chain are well represented – from pygmy seahorses to top predators. In many places brightly coloured soft corals can be found close to the surface which, illuminated by natural sunlight, make these dive sites spectacularly colourful, A shining "Secret of Seram".

Typical dive sites

Ambon Bay

The Intensity of marine life in this Bay is unrivalled; with a combination of nutrients pushed into this large bay with lots of small coves where critters can benefit from the passing currents but are still protected by sheltered waters. A unique combination creates conditions that nourish an incredible eco system that makes this bay one of the richest and interesting places to dive. Ambon Bay is also famous for weird species like the Psychedelic Frogfish, right here at a dive site named the twilight zone, where many different kinds of moray eel, sea moth, ribbon eel, stonefish take habitat too. The Ambon shipwreck, a Dutch cargo vessel that sunk during 1950s, is also a very photogenic site and teeming with life.

Pulau Suanggi & Pulau Ai

A secret place in the middle of the Banda Sea, reached by live-aboard only, makes this another unspoilt reef where not many divers witness the true nature of Pulau Suanggi and Pulau Ai. This area acts like an oasis for pelagics that cruise by these pristine hard coral reefs full of fish, which they all call home. Napoleon wrasse, green & hawksbill turtle, tuna, rainbow runner, huge schools of barracuda mixing with schools of bannerfish, redtooth triggers and fusiliers that sometimes-just cloud the whole reef.

Banda Island

The Banda area offers a good variety of dive sites, from volcanic rock at Pohon Miring to the black sand in Banda’s harbour, muck diving with flying gurnards spreading their electric blue wings, nervously moving sea moth, nudibranchs and the mandarin fish, which are seen in many places around the harbor of Banda Neira.

Karang Hatta and Pulau Hatta

These areas have a spectacular reef, with hundreds of redtooth triggerfish and schools of fusiliers in mid water. Several good sized napoleon wrasse, reef sharks, mackerels and jacks are cruising along the steep slopes, vertical walls with overhangs, cracks and ledges that are all covered with all sorts of colours. Look out and away from these colourful walls and you might get the chance to see some of rare creatures like mola mola or even hammerhead shark. Keep your fingers crossed before you enter this wonderful water.

Pulau Koon or Pulau Pisang

Today’s diving location is depending on the weather and the sea conditions. Palau Koon; The southeastern part of Seram, is one of the top sites. The profusion of fish life and healthy vibrant coral is amazing. The reef is stunning and teeming with life that will take your breath away. Pulau Pisang; Situated half way between Misool and Fak Fak is another incredible wide-angle site. An intricate web of hard coral covers a rounded sea­mount where the sides become more vertical as they plunge into deeper water. Sea whips and fans grow at right angles to the colorful walls around Pulau Pisang. The reefs are healthy and fish life is abundant with turtles, bumpheads, napoleon wrasse and schools of fusiliers that attract jacks and mackerels, even mantas have been spotted here on several occasions.

MISOOL, Fiabatjet & Boo

Not to be missed, “Boo Rock”, the gully called “The Windows”, where two rocks connected by magnificent soft corals and sizzling with fish. The surface crashes through the top of these window arches creating a constant pounding noise, which can be felt through your whole body. The fish life is outstanding with jacks and dogtooth tuna feeding in the surge and schooling bannerfish sitting behind sea fans catching tiny bits of plankton floating in the current. Hardly a spot on the reef is left uncovered by sea fans, soft coral and thick schools of baitfish.

MISOOL, Daram

One of the most radiant reefs in all of The 4 Kings, each dive is never an ordinary dive, it’s always special and there’s always a new scene to be found. The reef is covered in short growth pastel soft corals that form larger purple and pink soft coral, red and white sea fans and enormous barrel sponges jutting out from the steep slopes and walls. Excellent fish life: Fusiliers, surgeonfish, small schools of barracuda and profuse schools of anthias all milling about in the rising and falling tides.

MISOOL, Wagmab & Farondi

A labyrinth of thousands of small mushroom like islands form tiny dots of lagoons with sparking white sand surrounded by extensive formations that make the Misool area one of the most wonderful places on earth. Not only will the land scenery take your breath away but the underwater scenery is even better and holds some of the richest species in the world! Massive seamounts, rocky outcrops, lime stone arches with windows that are overgrown by fountains of life; clouds of glassfish dancing away from tuna and golden jacks, a ground for mobula rays drifting by with the sweeping of currents. It’s really hard to take it all in, with so much action happening at once.

DAMPIER Strait, Airborek & Manta Sandy or Cape Kri

Welcome to the majestic land of magnificent Manta rays. Here is the most reliable site to observe manta ray‘s behaviour, especially when you approach them right! If you keep your position, they will make loop after loop or swoop by again and again often somersaulting through the water while being cleaned.  Besides cleaning, the manta rays also come to feed on current borne plankton, so be prepared for strong currents and reduced visibility. 

Other dive sites like Airborek Jetty, Sardine Reef, Cape Kri and Mioskon are some of the very finest wide-angle photo opportunities. Beautiful hard coral bommies are hosts to dazzling soft corals and rainbow-colored crinoids with a foreground of oriental sweet lips, snappers, a swirl of glassfish and anthias, and a background of schooling surgeonfish, batfish, barracuda, jacks and the occasional tuna. When the visibility is right, this can be an underwater photographer's heaven.

Land Excursions

Walking around Banda Neira

Enjoy the view of Gunung Api, a 650 metre high active volcano, from the top of Fort Belgica, built by the Dutch in 1611 and located in the historical town of Banda Neira. Clove, Nutmeg, Marc and cinnamon are still the main spices that are grown here. During the cruise SMY WAOW will walk you through the magical smell of the spices that once ruled the world.

Scuba diving and cruising fron SERAM Sea Ambon to Raja Ampat in Indonesia with the pinisi cruise liveaboard MSY WAOW. Visiting the logoons from Misool

MISOOL Lagoons

Sit back and relax in our comfortable tenders while we take you cruising into the labyrinths of a thousand lagoons, islands and caves through the magic surrounds of Misool Island. Or enjoy a ride with one of our canoes or SUP's among the many islands. 

A Water proof bag is ideal here to transport your camera and other electronic devices

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