Forgotten Islands to Triton Bay: “Journey Through the Banda Sea to West Papua, Indonesia” Diving and Eco Expedition 2020

The Forgotten Islands are called that for a reason -- much of the 1000+ km stretch of the archipelago remains unexplored, untouched, and pristine. Furthermore, this specially customized itinerary focuses on the even less explored area of the Banda Sea, from the heart of the Forgotten Islands through the Kai Islands to Triton Bay (West Papua). During our 500+ mile journey, we will do some exploratory diving in the Kai Islands and be among the very first divers to lay their eyes on their pristine coral reef wonders. There will be amazing deep walls covered with soft corals, sea fans, and sponges. You will be surrounded by schools of jacks, fusiliers, redtooth triggerfish, and surgeonfish. You may have dove in the other parts of the famed Coral Triangle, but this area of the Triangle is truly the world’s last frontier. There is no other place with such endless stretches of amazingly preserved coral reefs in the world. You will also have the privilege of visiting remote villages and witness their unique cultures. You will observe the intimate relationship that some village fishermen have with the whale sharks in the area, and have the chance to snorkel with these majestic animals. The planning stages for this expedition began in 2016 -- it takes four years to get a trip like this to happen! You definitely don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

 

Expedition Itinerary:
Nov 10 (Tue): Depart LAX in the late evening to Jakarta, Indonesia.
Nov 11 (Wed): Cross International Date Line.
Nov 12 (Thur): Arrive in Jakarta, Indonesia early afternoon, check into hotel for rest of day. Go back to airport at 10pm. Fly to Saumlaki via Ambon.
Nov 13 (Fri): Arrive in Saumlaki in the morning. Board the world-renowned, First-class liveaboard, Arenui, which will be our home for the next 12 days and 11 nights. Set sail from the heart of the Forgotten Islands through the Banda Sea.
Nov 14~23 (Sat~Mon): Adventure as underwater explorers through the Forgotten Islands, Kai Islands, and Triton Bay, relax in five star accommodation, feast upon world class meals, and enjoy paradise on board the best liveaboard in the world.
Nov 24 (Tue): Say farewell to the Arenui and her crew in the morning. Depart from Kaimana to Jakarta through Ambon. Arrive in Jakarta in the afternoon. Check into hotel. Free program remainder of day.
Nov 25 (Wed): Depart Jakarta in the afternoon, fly back to Los Angeles. Arrive at LAX the same day.

 

Expedition Includes:
- One night hotel accommodation with breakfast and airport transfer at Jakarta
- 12 days, 11 nights full board accommodation in double/twin cabin on the world’s best dive liveaboard ~Arenui
- All meals and soft drinks on board
- 30+ dives in the world's most wanted to dive sites with 4~1 DM ratio
- Tanks and weights
- Islands land excursion
- All ground transfers in Indonesia
- Welcome massage
- Administration/port clearance fee $150
- National Parks Entrance and Diving Fee $200 (may increase without prior notice)
- Fuel surcharge $150
- Government taxes
- Escort by Ocean Safari professional dive leader/photographer with unparalleled service

 

Exclusions:
- International (currently around 800) and domestic (currently around 500) flights
- Onboard telecommunications
- Onboard alcoholic beverages
- Nitrox
- Laundry service
- Massages other than welcome massage
- Travel and dive insurance
- Crew Gratuities

 

Costs: (based on Double Occupancy)
- Deluxe cabin: $7798 (12 spots)
- Master suite: $8398 (4 spots)

 

Payment:

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

      AMOUNT

PAYMENT DUE DATE

1st Deposit

$1500

Upon Reservation

2nd Deposit

$1500

Nov 10, 2019

3rd Deposit

$1500

Before Apr 10, 2020

Final Payment

Balance Remaining

Before July 10, 2020

For credit card payment please add 3%
(trip insurance is available thru Ocean safari, please ask)

 

Cancellation Policy:
Before Nov. 10, 2019, 1st deposit forfeited, no refund on first deposit.
After Nov. 10, 2019, 1st and 2nd deposit forfeited (unless replacement can be found then 1st deposit forfeited).
After Apr. 10, 2020, 1st, 2nd and 3rd deposit forfeited (unless replacement can be found then 1st deposit forfeited).
After July. 10, 2020, no refund (unless replacement can be found then 1st deposit forfeited).

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