MY Emperor Raja LautIndonesia
Raja Laut (‘King of the Sea’) is a beautiful schooner-inspired yacht, built from Indonesian hardwood and providing a truly regal sense of style and comfort to sailing the Indonesian seas. She comfortably accommodates 12 guests in 6 cabins (3 double bed cabins, 3 twin bed cabins), each with ensuite, mini safe, individually controlled air-conditioning and fan.
With an exciting mix of itineraries varying from between 7 and 12 nights, MY Emperor Raja Laut sails the world-renowned diving areas of Raja Ampat, the Banda Sea, Alor and Komodo National Park. Expect to play with mantas, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and pygmy seahorses as well as Komodo Dragons on land.
On the same level as the cabins is a lounge area, fully air-conditioned with a 49″ HD flat screen, movie, music & book library, board games and mini-bar.
On the stunning teak upper deck are multiple beds for sunbathing or lounging, both in the sun and under shade, and a central dining table where meals are served alfresco under a large awning.
All diving is done from two large RIBs with outboards to get you to the perfect dive spot every time. Nitrox is available (for Nitrox-certified divers only), as is safety equipment, diving rental equipment and three dive guides. Lifelines and SMBs are provided free of charge.
Emperor requires that you have 30 logged dives and be PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent to join their trips, as all diving is made from zodiacs and currents can be strong. If you are Open Water or equivalent you will be required to take part in the Advanced Open Water course on board.
Komodo National Park
The Komodo National Park is world renowned for the excellent quality and variety of diving. Water temperatures change between the north and south of the park and provide the diver with varied encounters. In the north are the black sands of the Sangeang Volcano with its critters and bubble flows, and the reefs around Gili Banta. The south provides cooler temperatures with manta action and nutrient rich reefs with ocean flow from the Indian Ocean. 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.
East Flores & Alor
Lying to the east of the famous Komodo National Park is the island group also known as ‘East Nusa Tenggara’, in the warm tropical waters of the Flores Sea. This huge island chain is the mountainous result of volcanic activity, which makes for spectacular scenery both above and below the water.
Our itinerary is a relaxed 180 nautical mile exploration of this region is off the beaten track and away from the crowds. There are plenty of opportunities to find those rare critters like frogfish, mimic octopus, fire sea urchin and rare rhinopias in the bays and coves of this island chain. Dolphins and whales are often seen as this area is this is part of the migration routes between the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
The water can be a bit ‘playful’ sometimes on this itinerary, which is really rather quite extraordinary.
Raja Ampat, which in Indonesian means the Four Kings, is a Marine Park world renowned for being the epicentre of marine biodiversity. The park covers a large area with approximately 170 nautical miles separating the northern and southern extremities. 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 the North, Central and Southern Sections. Spectacular scenery both above and below the water make this heritage area unique and a bucket list item for both divers and lovers of nature.
Raja Ampat & Banda Islands
The Ambon to Sorong cruise is special because it takes in two magnificent regions in the one cruise. Beginning in Ambon, your vessel heads first to the Banda Islands (original Spice Islands) before rounding the east coast of Seram and rejoining the south and central sections of Raja Ampat. The Banda Islands will offer the opportunity for some pelagic action, hopefully hammerheads too, before diving arguably one of the best dive locations worldwide, South Raja Ampat. This cruise will take in the Banda Islands plus the Southern and Central sections of Raja Ampat.
The Banda Sea cruise is for those with the spirit of adventure*, as you set sail to rarely dived sites, islands and atolls. There are several ways to cross the Banda Sea and this depends mostly on the weather and the depths of the thermoclines for the hammerhead sharks. Crossing is generally done in March and October when the prevailing winds are changing between the seasons. Seldom-dived sites, active volcanoes, hammerheads and pelagic action, plus a visit to the mythic Banda Islands (original Spice Islands) make this a once in a lifetime cruise.
* Please note that there are 600-700 nautical miles to cover during this 12-night cruise. You will mostly dive three dives a day and then travel at night. This cruise is not advised for people who get very sea sick or who are unable to sleep whilst the boat is under way. For those with a bit of salty seadog in you, you are definitely looking at the right itinerary!
Alor & Banda Sea
Love adventure? Then the Banda Sea cruise is for you with rarely dived sites, islands and atolls awaiting you. Crossing the Banda Sea depends mostly on the weather and thermoclines for the hammerhead sharks, usually done in March/April and September/October when the prevailing winds are changing. Seldom-dived sites, active volcanoes, hammerheads and pelagic action, plus a visit to the mythic Banda Islands (original Spice Islands), make this a true ‘bucket list’ destination.
Alor promises plenty of opportunity to find rare critters like frogfish, mimic octopus, fire sea urchin and even rare rhinopias in the of bays and coves. Dolphins and whales are often seen as this is part of the migration routes between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. If you don’t mind the water being a bit ‘frisky’ from time to time, this itinerary is extraordinary.
Prices from £2,999 per person for a 7-night package to Raja Ampat, based on twin share, including:
- Return international flights from London Heathrow to Manado
- Return domestic flights from Manado to Sorong
- All airline departure taxes
- 7 nights Shared cabin, 3 meals a day; afternoon snacks; 1 cocktail party on a local island (weather allowing); unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee, guide, 12 litre air tanks, weights.
- 2 nights Half Board (dinner set menu + breakfast) accommodation at Manado Novotel Airport Hotel
- All transfers according to the itinerary
- Harbour fees
- Full ATOL Protection
Not included: Diving equipment, 15 litre tanks, Nitrox, alcohol, soft drinks, juices.
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