C-Life Dive School
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Located off the northwest tip of Bird's Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in the province of West Papua, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, caves, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, Waigeo and the smaller island of Kofiau..
27th November - 7th December 2019
Raja Ampat is all about diversity - not only diversity of species, but also of dive sites. There are some areas where soft corals and sea fans dominate, others with hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, drop offs, caves, black sand and white sand…and there are more species of fish life here anywhere else in the world. Here, all the levels of the food chain are well represented – from pygmy seahorses to top predators. In many places brightly colored soft corals can be found close to the surface which, illuminated by natural sunlight, make these dive sites spectacularly colorful. The reefs in Raja Ampat just buzz with life!
The stunning beauty of Raja Ampat's exotic & enchanting islands will leave your camera full. Take extra memory sticks for the underwater scenery; great visibility, pristine waters, healthy reefs and a dazzling array of marine life promise pretty pictures indeed!
The jewel of Raja Ampat is found further down south. Misool is also a place of great bio-diversity and wonderful cave diving opportunities. Do take time to experience both the north and the south islands of Raja Ampat.
The Raja Manta is possibly the largest purpose-built dive vessel in the region. Measuring 45m (148 ft) by 9m (29ft), this steel hull vessel will only take 18 guests. We have already used and experienced successfully. The 14 beautifully furnished en-suite cabins, each average 20sqm (200sf) in size, an open outdoor alfresco dining area, an indoor air-conditioned room for finer dining, speaks of the perfect onboard ambiance of a luxurious dive holiday.
With maximum comfort and safety in mind, the Raja Manta is well equipped with safety facilities, cruises at 10 knots and the steel hull makes her an ideal vessel for long haul cruises and blue water crossing trips.
The Raja Manta is built with thick steel designed to withstand the hardest sea conditions, offering the stability wooden boats cannot. The 9m width and weight of 400 ton add to the steadiness, ensures uninterrupted rests and relaxation. The Raja Manta is a world class cruising hotel.
Built for sea-worthiness, the Raja Manta operates on twin engines and is an ultimate dive vessel for long haul cruises and blue water crossing trips. She is dependable for comfort, convenience and a stress-free dive holiday.
Raja Manta will take only 18 guests. There are 14 beautifully furnished en-suite cabins, each average 20sqm (200sf) in size comprising of single cabins and twin/double cabins.
•6 cabins on upper deck with window
•4 cabins on main deck with window
•4 cabins on below deck with a port hole
We do not take risks or compromise on the safety and diving of our guests and crew. In addition to twin engines, the Blue Manta is fitted with the following security and safety features:
•All cabins are with speakers, fire and smoke alarms
•Furuno Radar, GPS plotter, Echo Sounders
•SSB radio, VHF radio, SART, EPIRB
•Standard Fire Fighting Equipment
•2 x 30 Life Rafts
•Life Jackets in all cabins
•2 x rubber dingy
•2 x Anchor System (DC/AC)
•First Aid & Oxygen Kit
•Satellite Telephone & Wi-Fi
•Night Watch Security
The high crew and guest ratio ensures attentive, outstanding and personalised service. With a total of 22 crew members working onboard, we are committed to your comfort and enjoyment.
•3 Captains/Deck Officers
•4 Dive guides
•1 Cruise Leader (Instructor)
•1 Manager (Instructor)
•3 Dinghy Drivers/Deck Hands
The Raja Manta is equipped with camera-friendly facilities, designed for the most avid underwater photographers.
•Individual Rinse Tanks
•Wide Outdoor Work Table
•Indoor Dry Camera Room
•Small dive groups (4 photographers : 1 guide)
Having good food should be one of the most important criteria when choosing a liveaboard. On the Raja Manta you start your day with freshly baked breads. With no less than 5 meals a day, you will be filled and satisfied with an extensive range of treats for your taste buds.
The Wi-Fi is connected via Satellite and with 24/7 Wi-Fi connection, you can be connected with your family and friends anytime, anywhere.
Ensuite Cabin: 14
Total Guests: 18
Length: 45m (148ft)
Width: 9m (29ft)
Cruising Speed: 10knots
Engine: 2 x 826hp Yanmar
Generator: 3 x Yanmar Gensets
Compressor: 3 x 250 litres
Nitrox: 1 x Nitrox system
Dinghy: 3 x 6.5m dinghy with 90hp OBM
Watermakers: 2 x Watermakers 20 ton freshwater daily
Fresh water tank : 20,000 litres
Diesel tank: 45,000 litres
Range : 3500 nm
Please note: Use of a dive computer is obligatory. All divers must be Advanced Open Water or higher qualified.
• Note; all schedules are subjected to changes according to weather, sea, diving, & local conditions.
• Day 1. (0-2 dives) 2pm. Our staff will meet you upon your arrival to Pattimura Airport, Ambon or local hotel and transfer you to the awaiting Raja Manta. Arrivals before midday are best so we can make check dive(s) in Ambon Bay before we get underway by 2pm for overnight sail.
• Day 2-3. (3 dives x2 days) Diving around Banda Islands with excellent visibility, fantastic coral coverage and tremendous numbers of fish along with potential Hammerhead sightings, plus a visit to one of the Spice Islands.
• Day 4-6. (3 dives x3 days) Ring of Fire; diving around Volcanic Islands and stunning seamounts in search of hammerheads, encounter many sea snakes, huge schools of fish, reef sharks, tunas, & other pelagic superstars.
• Day 7. (3 dives) West Seram, Pulau Koon full days diving. Wide angle diving with vibrant corals and a profusion of fish life. Sail to Misool.
• Day 8-9. (3-4 dives x2 days) Misool; Wayil, Fiabacet, & Boo area.
• Day 10. (2 dives) Misool. Sail back to Usahamina pier, Sorong where you spend last night on board. Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, rest & relaxation, and if need be, an early flight on Trip Departure day.
• Day 11. (0 dives) 5am-12pm. Check out after light breakfast & farewells, we transfer to local hotel or airport. Departure from Sorong to Manado/ Makassar/ Jakarta/ Denpasar.
• Diving days: 10 days (30 dives)
• Note: 3 dives are scheduled per diving day in Banda Sea*. This is due to deeper dives and long distances covered between islands. Where possible a bonus night dive may be scheduled at the discretion of the Cruise Leader. *Except Trip Departure day & Trip Return day.
Ambon-Banda-Ring of Fire
• Water Temp; 26-28 degrees Celsius, however deep-water upwelling’s & thermoclines especially in Sept-Nov can mean temps as low as 25C. Air Temp; 22-31 degrees Celsius
• Visibility; 20-30 meters, Currents; medium to strong, Level; intermediate to advanced.
• Best Time to Dive; March, April, & mid-September to early December
• Water Temp; 27-30 degrees Celsius, Air Temp; 27-32 degrees Celsius,
• Visibility; 15-30 meters, Currents; medium to strong, Level; intermediate to advanced,
• Best Time to Dive; October to April (less rain & much less wind; perfect for diving)
• All flights, hotels, pickups outside trip start & end dates fee applies per car, Marine Park & Harbour fee (USD250/ pax), dive & travel insurance, massage services (USD30/ hour), soft drinks (USD2), Nespresso coffee (USD2), alcohol; beer (USD4), wine (USD30-50)
• Diving Gear; Full Set USD50/ diving day (except Large tank) or if individual items then;
BCD (USD12), Regulator (USD12), wetsuit (USD8), fins (USD5), mask (USD5), torch (USD12), dive computer (USD12), 15L tank rental (USD12)
• Nitrox Enriched Air fills (USD15/ diving day or USD5/ fill).
• Note: Nitrox & Diving Gear Items priced per diving day and is subject to availability
• Note: Exposure suits; 3mm shorty wetsuits available ONLY.
• Departure; 2pm, 1st Day - Laha Bay, Ambon. Or earlier if everyone arrives before and if all Trip Preparations are completed. Free transfer from local hotel or Pattimura Airport, Ambon to Raja Manta on Trip Departure day (transfer time 10 mins).
• Return; 5am, Last Day - Sorong, West Papua. After a light breakfast and fond farewells, we take you to local hotel or Domine Edward Osok Airport, Sorong in time for Check-in & flight (transfer time 30 mins). Note; latest RM Check-out midday, Trip Return day.
• Last dive ends; 12pm (midday), Penultimate Day. Plenty of time for R&R while we sail back to Sorong where we spend last night on Raja Manta. This also allows for your minimum 18 hours’ surface interval/ No Fly Time (as recommended by PADI) before flying next day.
UK Regional departures from Heathrow with Singapore Airlines to Singapore change to Silkair arrive Samratulangi (Manado) and last flight with Garuda Indonesia to Jeffman Airport Sorong. Flights are currently about £956.00
•Domestic flights; please book BEFORE confirming your International flights to ensure you make your connection to & from Sorong
•Any prices quoted are based on online searches (at the time) and include all taxes
•We advise you to stay a night in a local hotel in Jakarta/ Makassar/ Bali before the flight next day. Makassar Airport Hotel; Home In and Spa available between flights. Easy.
•Most Domestic airlines do not allow non-Indo credit card online payments. If you cannot book direct we have a local Indonesian travel agent, who are reliable and efficient and can help you with all flight & hotel needs. Their details on request. If booked with credit card please ensure the card is with you upon Check In or have an official Airline form filled in & signed by card holder authorizing the use of.
•Our ticketing agents are not responsible for any flight delay or cancellation, luggage lost or delay. In any case, please contact our ground staff in Bali for assistance for flight delay issue.
•Domestic Airlines normally have 20Kg allowance, although you may pay for 10Kg extra when booking, if needed (around US$3/kilo). With an additional 7kg carryon.
•Visa on Arrival (VoA); cost US$25/ pax. Raja Ampat official website is also provides very useful info along with Departure Tax.
•Malaria Zone; NOTE that in this part of Indonesia we advise you take the proper precautions against malaria. The following anti-malaria drugs are considered safe with diving;Doxycycline or malarone. Mefloquine (Lariam) is NOT recommended with diving. Good preventative measures include DEET and long armed/legged clothing in evenings. If unsure consult a diving doctor.
•Dive Insurance is compulsory for this trip. We also strongly advise you get adequate travel insurance. Please check your travel insurance policy for your diving needs. If not covered them we recommend DAN (Divers Alert Network).
•Fuel Surcharge – although this has been incrementing at this moment, there is no fuel surcharge. However, fuel surcharge may apply without prior notice at US$100-US$150 maximum per guest for the whole cruise.
•Marine Park & Harbour fee; US$250 per person.
•Massage US$25/ hour, beer US$4
Rates per item per diving day:
•Dive Computer, Torch each US$12
•Large Tank US$12
•Nitrox Fills: US$10 per day
Monday 25th November Depart London to Jakarta (30kg baggage allowance)
Tuesday 26th November accomodation at Ibis Styles Jakarta for 1 night in 1 Superior Room on Bed and Breakfast based on 2 sharing
Wednesday 27th November Flight from Jakarta to Ambon
Wednseday 27th November accommodation at K/M Raja Mnat for 10 nights in Twin Share cabin on Full board basis
Saturday 7th December Flight from Sorong to Jakarta
Saturday 7th December accomodation at Ibis Styles Jakarta for 1 night in 1 Supoerior Room on Bed and Breakfast based on 2 sharing
Sunday 8th December Flight from Jakarta arrive London
Costs and Extras
One week Liveaboard transfers & FB
As above With Flights
Marine Park & Harbour Fees
25% balance 2nd September
All you need to do now is call the office for the booking forms and return;
. Kit hire fee payable to C-Life Ltd. Balance required 90 days prior to departure.
Please contact us for a booking form and further details.