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Labuan Bajo to Maumere: Critters, Reefs & Magical Villages 4 to 16 October 2013

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#1 fabbey

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:57 PM

We still have some space open for this fantastic trip. If you have any interest or want to know more, do get in touch with us at info@diving4images.com (please mention Wetpixel)

 

 

BOOK NOW TO CHOOSE YOUR CABIN

 

Dates and logistics

  • 3rd October 2013 arrive in Bali, overnight hotel
  • 4th October fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo, board boat, flight times added shortly
  • 16th October depart Maumere back to Bali

Sample Itinerary

This route is one of my all time favourite routes that is fantastic for those who enjoy critter diving in clean and clear water. As usual we will be offering up to 4 dives a day with chances to do more for anyone who is really super keen for more. There may be the odd day when we make 3 dives and offer a fantastic chance to go to villages and there is a great chance to see and hear an active volcano very close.
We will be stopping off on the unique volcanic slopes of Sangeang island before heading east where we will spend a few days diving along the northern shores of Flores. Here we have some outstanding black sand sites, there are also lush wall & reef dives.
We will continue south east to Lembata island where we have plenty of hot new critter sites within great habitats. We dived these spots whilst exploring a few years ago.
Heading further east to the famous Pantar island we have planned at least a full day of super hot diving critter diving and a visit to a very friendly village. There are also lush upwelling reefs here for anyone who wants more than just critter diving too!
For sure we will have to head into the mouth of Kalabahi Bay to dive a few major hotspots and of course we won’t go forgetting to stop off to dive the legendary Valley Of The Clowns where miles of pristine reef is filled with unique endless fields of anemones. This is also where the children will come out to check out divers below and local fisherman come above us sometimes showing off their free diving skills.
Our last day will be heading back towards Maumere and this will be chosen depending on what we have missed during the journey so far.

During this trip there will be a few chances to go on land to visit a few interesting villages along the way too. We will bring some school supplies and any donations to the local school supplies would be very much appreciated. Donations are by no means expected, this is simply a good will gesture from Diving 4 Images to the kind village folks I have grown to know well over the years along this route.

This is going to be one truly fantastic critter trip with some great village visits.

Price:

  • US$4,080 per person (12 nights)
  • Excluded: internal flights, parks & harbour fee and overnight hotels.
  • NOTE: This price will be updated as a package on your invoice as soon as we confirm flight rates, chosen overnight hotel etc.
Optional Extras:
If you are travelling through Bali before or after the trip why not add in North East of the island?

Contact us for more information and prices.Diving 4 Images can look after every aspect of your trip including resorts and hotels before and after the trip. We can help you build a personalised itinerary to make sure that the trip runs like clock-work. If you would like us to arrange resorts or hotels, or any other aspect of your trip, just contact us!
 
The Boat

 

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I was kindly invited onboard over new years to make a check out trip and was treated to a lovely time. Like many Indonesian vessels there was a warm welcoming crew with the added bonus of warm hearted and super friendly, conscientious co-owner Heike Barsch who, all being well will join us on these trips.

There will be no more than 14 divers onboard even though she can take 16. All cabins have individual air conditioning units, private shower and toilets, cabins are spacious with adequate storage space.

Note: those who confirm first will be able to chose their cabins.

The dining room & lounge is a very comfortable and well laid out area for relaxing while all meals guests eat around one central dining table.

There is an upper level sundeck with plenty of shade and comfortable loungers.

The dive deck is located at the front of the boat. Two divers share a basket for dive and  there are plenty of wetsuit hangers. All dive tanks are all organised by an efficient crew which means all divers need to do is turn up for briefing time, check Nitrox if you want the added benefit, don wetsuits, masks, listen to a brief briefing then on each side of Aurora is a wooden boarding ladder where no more than 5 divers enter 3 rigid inflatable tender boats.

Food onboard is all buffet style with a mix of tasty Indonesian with various meat & vegetable choices and the chef also serves up great pasta dishes too! For those with a sweet tooth there is usually a choice of deserts with fresh fruits and cake. Cold coke and sprite is included and available with all meal and there is a variety of local and imported teas with a few local coffee choices and even expresso which is additional along with beer, wine or spirits.

If you are interested in either or both of these trips in 2013 please contact us to hold a place or inquire for  more details…

I look forward to diving with you soon.

Your cruise director & dive guide,

Graham Abbott

 

 

 







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