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2 Critters & nudibranch adventures: October 2013
fabbey posted a topic in Trip Reports and TravelOur critter & nudibranch trips have been proving so popular we are running more in 2013. For 2013 we have two more very unique and exciting trips to offer. Both will venture into our hottest sites around northern Sumbawa which has proven to be one of Indonesia’s best hunting grounds for nudibranchs and critters. On our recent trip to this area we recorded a grand total of 437 different species in 11 days on 41 dives. The much sought after Melibe colemani we hope to show the lucky ones on these forthcoming trips… Trip 1 – Bali-Bima-Labuan Bajo-Bali Dates and logistics 6th September 2013 arrive in Bali, overnight hotel 7th September depart Bali at 10.20am and arrive in Bima at 11.20am 17th September depart Labuan Bajo at 8.30am and arrive back in Bali at 9.50am Sample Itinerary We will be starting our diving in the bay of Bima with a great nudibranch site we found on last years trip before heading out to dive towards the mouth of Bima bay. Our aim on this trip is to possibly explore around the foothills of Mount Tambora (click here to check area map) and heading into Saleh Bay which has always caught my eye every time I fly over this area. The great thing about this route is that if we do not find enough interesting spots on our exploratory dives we simply cruise for a few hours and dive around the guaranteed sites of Sangeang island. We will spend at least 3-4 days on our guaranteed top spots on Sangeang island. For our last few days will be on northern Rinca where we have a killer site with a few really rare and much sought after species that we will be looking to show you. Price: EUR 2,640 per person (10 nights) Included: One night hotel in Bali, flights to & from airport including 30kg luggage, unlimited diving, nitrox, all meals, snacks, tea, coffee & water. Not Included: Canned and alcoholic beverages, equipment rental, gratuities. 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! !!BOOK NOW - few spaces left!! Contact us Unknown Halgerda from Triton Bay October 2012 Trip 2 – Bali-Labuan Bajo-Maumere-Bali Dates and logistics 18th September 2013 arrive in Bali, overnight hotel 19th September depart Bali ar around 8am and arrive in Labuan Bajo around 9.30am 29th September depart Maumere at 7.40am and arrive back in Bali at 9.40am Sample Itinerary We will heading down to northern Rinca and dive on our hot critter/nudibranch site here for a few days before heading over to north Sumbawa where we will be diving on the very best of the last trips sites for at least 3-4 days before heading east. On our way towards Maumere we have a very new and exciting site to show everyone joining this trip. This is a site we called Crazy Beach which proved very productive for some really unusual species of nudibranchs along with a lot of other wish list critters. There is also a lush wall dive that may take a look at, in search of a few different opistobranch species in this very different habitat. We will stop further east on the north coast of Flores for a dive or two before heading north to the island of Raja (Paloe) where rich black sand and scattered reef is often home to a great variety of interesting opistobranch species, including one particular various predatory nudi that eats other opistobranchs. On our way into Maumere we may dive on one of my favorite reefs that is often rich in species before we head into the bay to dive our nudi rich mucky/seagrass site for the last day and a half. Price: EUR 2,684 per person (10 nights) Included: One night hotel in Bali, flights to & from airport including 30kg luggage, unlimited diving, nitrox, all meals, snacks, tea, coffee & water. Not Included: Canned and alcoholic beverages, equipment rental, gratuities. 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! Doing both trips For those wanting to do both trips back to back the rate will be EUR 6,861 which includes additional 2 nights stay in between trips in Labuan Bajo. The Boat Ondina under sail Ondina is fitted throughout in solid wood gives a really warming feeling throughout. The lounge area has good entertainments with videos, music CD’s and games at hand for those who may not be diving as much as others. A recent addition of an upper deck sunshade makes for a better place to dry off between dives, without burning in direct sun. The boat is designed for 16 guests though we will not be filling Ondina to the max to allow for more space onboard and more freedom underwater. Click here for more details about Ondina. If you are interested in nudibranch & critter trips in 2013 please contact us to hold a place or more details… Look forward to diving with you soon. Your cruise director & dive guide, Graham Abbott
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 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