Here’s a liveaboard with a different concept! Coralia is a new boat by Papua Explorers, renowned for exceptional service, quality and commitment to protecting nature, conserving the oceans and developing local communities in Raja Ampat.
Built in Bira, Sulawesi, by the Konjo tribe who have been building ships for centuries, they blend ancient techniques and wisdom with modern design and safety features.
This beautiful wooden sailing boat can cater for 16 guests in eight spacious cabins, two twins, two doubles (can be made trebles) and four Master cabins.
All cabins are tastefully decorated incorporating traditional design elements with modern comfort, air-conditioning and spacious private bathrooms with warm freshwater showers, towels and hairdryer. Environmentally friendly, natural soap and shower amenities are complimentary.
In the cabin itself you will find cosy beds, sofa, desk, closet, safety box, regular and USB charging stations.
The four luxurious Master cabins on the main and upper deck feature a private balcony, sun chair and outside sofa where you can drink in the tropical scenery, sunrise and sunset.
Coralia has a spacious and comfortable dining/lounge and plenty of outside space for relaxing or enjoying a gentle massage.
This year Coralia with be plying the waters around the world-renowned dive sites of Raja Ampat and in 2020 will be adding Komodo and transit trips through Ambon, Banda, the Forgotten Islands, Alor and Maumere.
Specifically built for dive cruises, Coralia is a diver’s dream come true. The shaded dive deck has warm showers, a changing room, hangers, equipment storage and extra towels.
All diving is done from two 8m fibreglass dinghies with outboards to get you to the perfect dive spot every time. There will usually be four dives a day including some night dives.
Underwater photographers are well-catered for with a dedicated air-conditioned camera room providing individual camera stations for charging, extra towels and lighting. The dive deck features a rinsing tank for cameras as well as a camera table.
Diving is in small groups with one dive guide accompanying four guests. The dive team includes two experienced cruise directors, who are also PADI instructors, and three PADI certified local dive guides. The two tenders take divers to the best dive spots and, after a quick current check by the guides, you can immerse yourself into Indonesia’s rich waters.
Nitrox is free of charge on Coralia; the tanks are 12-litre aluminium and both DIN and INT regulators can be catered for. A limited amount of 15 litre tanks are available upon request with a small surcharge. For those who prefer to leave their dive gear at home, rental gear is available for a surcharge but best to reserve it in advance. This is free for Papua Explorer and returning Coralia guests.
Meaning the Four Kings, this is a Marine Park world renowned for being the epicentre of marine biodiversity and one of the last frontiers of unspoilt diving. The Park covers a large area with approximately 170 nautical miles separating the northern and southern areas. It would be possible to dive for weeks and weeks without seeing the same sites twice.
Raja Ampat can be divided into three sections covering North, Central and Southern. Spectacular scenery both above and below the water make this heritage area unique and a bucket list ‘go to’ for divers and lovers of nature.
Visit Waigeo and dive the famous Dampier Strait, some of Raja Ampat´s most action-packed dive sites, where exhilarating current dives and reliable manta cleaning stations await. Experience these majestic giant pelagics along with other memorable sightings such as the tasselled wobbegong shark.
And there’s more; the unique mangrove areas of Yanggefo and Gam, Batanta Island known for its excellent muck diving, Misool with its radiant soft corals and always be on the look-out for those unusual critters like the mimic octopus and pigmy seahorse.
Celebrated for the excellent quality and variety of diving, water temperatures here change between the north and south of the park and provide you with a variety of meetings. In the north are the black sands of the Sangeang Volcano with its critters and bubble flow and the reefs around Gili Banta. The south provides cooler temperatures with manta action and nutrient rich reefs. The central section provides reefs and small islands teeming with life fed by the currents running between the islands of Komodo and Rinca. Add to this the chance to see the famous Komodo Dragon in its natural habitat, beautiful beaches, look-outs to climb and you have a paradise both below and above the water.
Komodo offers world class diving and snorkelling in an amazing variety of sites with walls, coral gardens, pinnacles, drop offs as well as quiet bays for macro photographers. There are a couple of locations where manta rays can usually be encountered as they feed and get cleaned.
This sailing takes in two magnificent regions in one cruise. Beginning or ending in Ambon, it takes in the Banda Islands (original Spice Islands) and also the south and central sections of Raja Ampat. The Banda Islands offer the chance for some pelagic action, hopefully hammerheads too, while also diving possibly one of the best dive locations worldwide, South Raja Ampat.
The Forgotten Islands
The southeast Moluccas, known to divers as the Forgotten Islands, encompass a more than 600-mile-long archipelago south of the Banda Sea. This is really getting off the beaten track with its remoteness and has mainly been explored by divers over the last few years. Diverse topography and bio-diversity are the watchwords here.
With a mixture of volcanic islands, coral covered limestone reefs, shallow seas and drop-offs to deeper ocean, this area has it all. Rhinopias, frogfish, mimic octopuses, right up to the large pelagic schools of barracuda, jacks, mackerels and snapper abound here. When cool upwellings rise to the shallows, schooling scalloped hammerheads, mantas, mobulas and whale sharks become more common. Plus, there’s always the potential for a passing whale or pod of dolphins.
Prices from £2,165 per person (excluding flights) for a 7-night package to Raja Ampat or Komodo based on twin share, including:
- 7 night’s Full Board in double/twin cabin, snacks, soft drinks, water, tea and coffee
- Diving activities (up to 4 dives/day) with cylinders, weights and air or Nitrox
- Cruise director and experienced dive guides with a maximum of 6 divers per guide
- Return transfers to/from the airport to the vessel or from/to any hotel and the airport the day of embarkation or disembarkation
- Various shore activities/excursions
- WiFi (depending of the local cell phone reception)
- Government Taxes
- National Park/maritime areas entrances fee, Port clearance fee and fuel surcharge.
Raja Ampat: $250 per person, Komodo and Alor: $180 per person,
Banda Sea and Forgotten Islands: $280 per person
- International and domestic air, land, sea transportation, excess baggage
- Visa, hotels and meals ashore before and after the cruise
- Alcoholic beverages
- Dive equipment rental. Complimentary dive equipment for all Papua Explorers’ guests and returning Coralia guests
- Dive and travel insurance, onboard purchases, laundry, crew gratuities
- Surcharge for New Year’s Eve trips: $120 per person
Please contact our team for a full package quote including UK flights, overnight hotels, internal flights, transfers and liveaboard. We can also plan land-based extensions such as Bali, Manado, Ambon etc.
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