MY Pindito is a 38 metre liveaboard which sails the iconic dive sites in East Flores, Komodo, Raja Ampat and the unique Biodiversity Cruise. She has six double cabins and two twin cabins all with ensuite, individual climate control and daily housekeeping. Guests always have fresh towels in the cabins and on deck. The knowledgeable and friendly crew offer a 5 star service, which extends to the dining room with international and local food prepared by expert chefs, beer and wines. Snacks are available all day.
The sun deck is a welcoming place to relax and catch the sun’s rays in the morning and evening. There are also Balinese or aromatherapy massages available.
The dive deck is spacious with equipment storage, rinse tanks and camera/charging stations. Diving is done from a well-equipped zodiac and the dive crew handle your gear making sure it arrives at your dive site. There are three experienced and knowledgeable dive guides on hand to create memorable diving experiences. Nitrox is available. New to the Pindito is rebreather diving, where guests can also do the rebreather course.
- 6 double cabins
- 2 twin cabins
- Spacious dive deck
- Paid WiFi available
Komodo National Park
Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the distinctive geology here has developed unique wildlife with dragons on land and a paradise underwater. The National Park includes the three larger islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar, and numerous smaller islands. Originally the Park was established as a sanctuary for the Komodo dragons and went on to include the entire flora and fauna.
Dive sites offer an incredible variety of dives and are easy to cover as they are all within close proximity. Prepare for corals, sharks, turtles, dugong, mantas, dolphins and the smallness of pygmy seahorses and so much marine life.
You can find over 1,000 species of fish in these waters, 260 species of reef corals, 70 different sponges, 17 species of whales and dolphins and two species of sea turtles. Then there are the steep walls, channels, caves and swim-throughs.
A much sought after archipelago, Raja Ampat has over 1500 islands where their surrounding coral reefs promise the richest marine bio-diversity in the world. The four main islands are Misool, Salawati, Batnata and Waigeo where you can dive with over 1,000 fish species and 540 species of hard corals. Sperm whales, baleen whales and even orcas come through the area and green turtles nest on the beaches of Sayang. Photo and videographers have the best opportunities to create fine macro shots as well as wide-angle shots.
Some of the highlights, other than the amazing diving, include snorkelling and exploring caves around the islands off Misool, the coral reefs of the Fam Island group, fish and manta rays, critter diving and the karst formations of the Wayag Archipelago. Village visits are unique throughout this region, birds of paradise can be seen at various locations and an extended atoll can be found around Ayau Island in Pacific waters. Suffice to say, there are countless dive sites all with enchanting characters.
East of Flores – Alor
The unspoilt archipelago of Alor includes six islands with Pantar and Alor being the big ones. There are more than 60 impressive and mostly untouched dive sites around Alor. Most of these lie in the nutrient-rich Pantar Straits between Alor and Pantar.
During dives along this exciting new route guests can expect to see incredible underwater biodiversity. In addition, nutrient rich upwelling waters bring in pelagics such as sunfish (mola-mola), thresher sharks, hammerheads, humpback, sperm and blue whales, dolphins and even marlin and sailfish. The many protected pristine reefs provide a perfect home for smaller colourful creatures, up to 1000 species of coral reef fish and 500 species of corals. Walls, bommies and patch reef formations make for dramatic 3D underwater topography while black sand areas provide perfect habitat for muck diving and cryptic critters.
Here’s a rare chance to dive around Flores, Alor, East Timor and the Banda Sea covering 1100 nautical miles of biodiversity. Visit volcanic islands and coral reefs as well as Raja Ampat, an absolute highlight for every diver. Then there are the whales, dolphins and myriad marine life.
Starting in Maumere on Flores Island the trip goes to Sorong, West Papua (or vice versa). If the weather is good the route continues towards the Banda islands and past the famous Snake Island Gunung Api. In bad weather the alternative route is via Romang, Termang, Seroea and Manuk. Koon and Misool are the last stops before travelling through the Dampier Straight to Sorong.
Discover various pipefish and seahorses, frogfish, scorpion fish, countless colourful nudibranchs as well as barracuda and batfish. Expect occasional visits from big pelagics and along the northern coast of Wetar there can be regular dolphin and whale encounters.
In the blue you see Napoleons, reef sharks and tuna backed by beautiful reefscapes. Night dives are interesting with Spanish dancers, shrimp and the rare bobtail squids. Truly a cruise that delivers on so many species with whom we share our planet.
Prices from £4625 per person for a 12-night package to Komodo, based on twin share, including:
- Return flights from London Heathrow to Bali
- All airline departure taxes
- One way domestic flight from Bali to Maumere
- 11 nights Full Board accommodation
- 3 dives a day & 1 night dive (no diving on departure/arrival day)
- Free Nitrox (for Nitrox-certified divers only)
- 1 night Bed & Breakfast at Parigata Hotel, Sanur, Bali
- All transfers
- Harbour fees
Group offer available – please ask us.
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