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Raja Ampat - January 2021

UNRESISTABLE RAJA AMPAT. Join Scuba Travel's ambassador Magnus Lundgren to pristine coral gardens in eastern Indonesia. 1500 coral islands surrounded by an abundance of marine life forms. Here are more fish and coral species than anywhere else on earth. A destination that all divers have on their "bucket list".

We dive into legendary cleaning stations frequented by mobula rays and sometimes giant mantas, wobbegong sharks lurking under overhangs and at night we can see a kind of shark "walking forward" over the coral reef. Four million hectares of Raja Ampat's coastal and sea area has become Indonesia's first shark and manta reserve as the population has realized that big game is more worthy alive.

After several expeditions and mission photography in the area, Magnus believes that he has never visited such a complete and complex ecosystem. The dive sites are so varied with unique macro environments where mandarin fish, pygmy seahorses and symbiotic conditions are interspersed with dynamic dive sites where sweetlips, barbed mackerel, barracudas and spade fish are crowded into schools along the crackling coral walls. In the central parts houses soft coral reefs that appear to be directly drawn from fantasy depictions. And there are more environments such as mangroves in blue water, tranquil coral lagoons, action-packed underwater mountains and photogenic cave openings.

Learn more about UW photography - Magnus will give a number of presentations on UW photography, and during the journey he will gladly leave feedback one-on-one on your pictures, ideas, opportunities and technology ..

Your accommodation - Emperor Raja Laut accommodates 12 guests in 6 cabins, 3 with double beds and 3 with two single beds. All cabins have en-suite bathrooms, safes and individual air conditioning. Raja Laut means “king of the sea” and when you step onto the ship built like a schooner in wood, you will feel like a king on the sea ..

Our ambassador Magnus Lundgren - Magnus has 20 years of experience leading expeditions around the world and as a trainer in UW photography. "It has always been my goal to help the participants at their own level of ambition, so that advice and tips can produce results there and then." On the journey Magnus is available as your own Photo Pro.

Under water pictures ©Magnus Lundgren

Features

DESTINATION RAJA AMPAT

START DATE 20 JAN 2021

END DATE 02 FEB 2021

TRIP DURATION 11 NIGHTS

TYPE OF TRIP LIVEABOARD

LODGING EMPEROR RAJA LAUT

TARGET GROUP DIVERS

WORKSHOP WIDE ANGEL AND MACRO TECHNIQUES

GROUP LEADER MAGNUS LUNDGREN

MAXIMUN GUESTS 12

PRICE PER PERSON 54 995 SEK

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Our route

Our 10 day / 9 night cruise will cover large parts of the island. Here are some of the possible dive sites:

Central

Gam - Mayhem, Dalam & Citrus Ridge
Penemu - Barracuda Point, My Reef, Melisa's Garden & Galaxy
Arborek - Arborek Jetty, Manta Sandy & Lolasi
Cape Kri Area: Cape Kri, Chicken Reef, Sardine Reef, Blue Magic, Mioskon & Mike’s Point

North

Wayag - Pelagic Rock, Figure 8 Rock and the world-famous Wayag Lagoon
Kawe: Eagle Rock & Black Rock
Aljui Bay: Pearl Farm Jetty, White Wall, Teardrop & Waterlogged

South

Daram Area - Candy Store, Wet Dream & Two Tree
Wayilbatan Area - Wedding Cake, Barracuda, Dunia Kecil & Four Kings
Fiabacet Area: Boo Windows, Tank Rock, Nudi Rock, Shadow Reef & Whale Rock
Pele Area: Pele Playground, Netted Corner, Kaleidoscope & Tobblerone

To participate in this trip you need at least 30 logged dives and at least be certified as Advanced Open Water or equivalent. Diving can vary from calm dives to strong currents. If you or the dive leader feel that you are unable to cope with strong currents, you will be asked to skip those dives to increase safety.

Itinerary

(itinerary with and without extension in Lembeh)

Day 1

You leave Scandinavia and fly to Jakarta or Manado in Indonesia (depending on whether you want the extension to Lembeh or not after Raja Ampat). It may happen that we find a flight that goes through another city, but usually it will be via Jakarta or Sorong.

Day 2

You land at Jakarta or Manado airport and get a transfer to a hotel near the airport where you check in and stay for one night to secure against any luggage and flight delays. The days here you spend on your own according to your taste and taste.

Day 3

You check out from the hotel in Jakarta or Manado and get a transfer back to the airport where you embark the plane to Sorong. At Sorong Airport you will be picked up by staff from the boat and transferred to the liveaboard boat leaving from Waisai. You will receive a review of the safety on board as well as show your diving certificates and the like and fill in paper that you are in the form of diving. You will also receive a preliminary plan on how the organization during the stay on board will look and places planned to be visited.

Day 4

Today is the time for the first dive day. You will start with a simple check dive to ensure that all equipment works well and that cameras and the like are in place. After the first check dive, you will complete two more day dives and if the weather permits you also do an evening or night dive.

Day 5 - 10

Full diving days! You are out with the liveaboard and go to various dive sites around Raja Ampat. The days usually look as follows: you wake up and if you wish you have a light breakfast. Then you get a tour of the first dive site and jump in to dive. You get out of the sea and enjoy a good breakfast, relax for a while and then get a glimpse of today's other dives and then jump into the ocean. After this it's lunch time.

Afterwards you may relax, soon time again to get a review of today's third dive and also complete this dive. Here again it is time for relaxation and some snacks. For the evening it is time for the fourth dive tour and then you can do an evening dive or night dive.

Dive sites you can visit during this safari are Batanta Island, Misool Islands, Gam and Yangefo Island, Mansuar Island and the Dampier Strait. The final places will be determined by the captain depending on the weather and wind.

Day 11

This is your last dive day and you will therefore only make two morning dives to leave enough space between the last dive and the flight.

Day 12 - 13 (day 12 - 17 for you with extension program)

Today you check out from the liveaboard, disembark and get a transfer to Sorong Airport to return to Jakarta or Manado. Once you arrive you will receive a transfer to the same hotel as the last one, where you will stay one night to protect against any delays. The next day you will receive a transfer back to the airport and board the plane home to Scandinavia.

Day 14 (day 18 for you with extension program)

By this time you should be back in Scandinavia again with memories for life as well as memory card full of amazing pictures.

Please note!
The itinerary is only a preliminary plan. Activities can change or may need to be exchanged, in the case of adverse weather conditions or other unexpected incidents. Accommodation can also change due to availability. We ask you to be flexible.

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