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Ambon & Banda Sea
Indonesia

Big Fish, Tiny Critters, Sea Snakes, Blue Whales!
A Spicy Adventure at Sea

Ambon & Banda Sea, Indonesia - Pindito Liveaboard

October 12 – 25, 2024
$9,000 per person

Double Occupancy Cabin

12 of 16 Spots Remaining

Saturday Oct 12, 2024 is when we board the Pindito. We fly from Jakarta to Ambon late night on Friday Oct 11 or early morning on Saturday Oct 12. We all must be in Jakarta on Oct 11, 2024. Once our time aboard the Pindito sadly ends, we fly back to Jakarta on Friday Oct 25, 2024. Final travel plans will be provided as the trip gets closer.

A beautifully shot and created video by bugDreamer. Come experience the wonder of Indonesia with me and Scuba Sensation aboard the MV Pindito. 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Internal Indonesian Flight Jakarta  to Ambon and Back

  • Hotel in Jakarta on Oct 11, 2024

  • Transfer to Hotel and Back to Airport in Jakarta

  • Airport-Harbor Transfers

  • 13 Nights Aboard the MV Pindito in a Double Occupancy Cabin

    • Each Cabin Has Its Own Sink, Toilet and Shower

  • Soap, Shampoo and Towels

  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)​

  • Snacks and Beverages (water, tea, coffee, juice, soda)

  • Beer and Spirits

  • 3 to 4 Dives Per Day Including Night Dives

  • Tanks and Weights

  • Nitrox (must be certified as a Nitrox diver)

  • Government Taxes

  • Fuel Surcharge, Park Fees, and Harbor Fees​

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare to and from Jakarta

  • Tips for the M/V Pindito Crew

  • Any gear rental aboard or larger cylinder.

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  • Wine and Other On Board Purchases

  • Other Personal Expenses or Items Not Listed in the Included Section

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Join us for an adventure made to order for diving enthusiasts yearning to explore far away dive sites.  We begin this trip with some of the world’s best muck diving around the island of Ambon. This muck diving paradise provides divers with the opportunity to see some of the ocean's most amazing small critters including, if lucky, the psychedelic frog fish found only Ambon. After a couple days of diving with amazing critters, we head off to cross the Banda Sea.

 

Away from most human population and mass fishing, the untouched Banda Sea provides divers with a colorful underwater world and healthy coral reefs. The island group in the Banda Sea, in Eastern Indonesia, consists of nine islands from which Great Banda is the largest. The islands themselves have been divided into two chains: volcanic islands in the central area and limestone islands in the eastern area. Some of the volcanoes are still active! The Banda Sea does not only offer unforgettable diving experience but it also allows a glimpse of the rich history of the spice trades. Our crossing of the Banda Sea provides many different sites to explore including shore excursions to see rare birds and other wildlife.

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Big fish are a main attraction for divers in the Banda Sea with whales, hammerhead sharks, dogtooth tuna, and mobula rays making appearances. On occasion, spinner dolphins and orcas join the trip. Joined by a blue whale expert, one of our goals is to find and swim with these giant, majestic creatures of the sea. 

 

Because of the health and abundance of the coral reefs, large schools of fish will also be there for the viewing. The stunning biodiversity of the Band Sea offers you environments ranging from black volcanic sand slopes to huge coral gardens. With water temperatures ranging from 80F to 84F and visibilities reaching upwards of 80 to 100 feet, we can stay underwater for long periods of time and see everything around us.

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The M/V Pindito

This trip will be my third time aboard the Pindito in less than two years. Besides the fact they dive some of the world's best destinations, it is one of the most comfortable liveabords I've been on. And, as Jim, who's been on numerous liveabaords put it, "this is hands down the best service I've experienced on a boat." 

Within minutes if being on the boat, I, and many others, remarked how it felt like home. The boat is roomy with a warm cozy feeling. The crew, all 21 of them, are constantly working with a smile and energy that makes you feel welcome and cared for. The dive deck is spacious and easily accommodates the 16 divers. The food is exquisite. Every meal is different, and you will experience a variety of local Indonesian and other dishes to tantalize you taste buds.

When you need a break from it all, laze in the sun or shade on the rosy sundeck taking in the stunning views surrounding us!

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Trip Requirements

  • Have Current Dive Insurance (DAN Dive Insurance)

  • Be Nitrox Certified

  • Be an Experienced Diver 

  • Have and Use a Dive Computer

  • Have a Safety Sausage/Signal Tube and Finger Spool

  • Have Trip Insurance (not required but recommended)​

Accomodations

There are eight 10' x 10' cabins on the M/V Pindito. Each is equipped with air conditioning, shower, sink and toilet. All cabins are bases on double occupancy. Some cabins have a double bed and other a twin bed with a bunk.

Payment

  • Deposit Due Now to Hold Your Spot: $3,000

  • Jan 1, 2024: Payment of $2,000 ($5,000 Total Due)​​

  • Apr 1, 2024: Payment of $2,000 ($7,000 Total Due)

  • Jul 1, 2024:

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