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Adelaar

A beautiful and fully renovated Dutch schooner with an extraordinary history dating back to 1902.

Overview

The 128-ft Adelaar Liveaboard is a beautiful old Dutch Schooner with an extraordinary history of adventure and global circumnavigation spanning more than a century. Built in Holland in 1902, she has been sailing the Indonesian archipelago since 1994. In 2011, she was given an exquisite upgrade befitting a classic superyacht. Accommodating just eight guests for dive cruises coupled with land excursions, she blends old-world romance and power with impeccable modern standards.

Sleeping On Board

Adelaar’s four splendid teak and marble staterooms are the epitome of quality and supreme comfort. All are located on the Lower Deck, and all are air-conditioned with state-of-the-art, on-demand movie and music entertainment systems. The spacious Master Stateroom is fitted with generously high ceilings, a queen-size bed, sofa and work desk, as well as abundant closets and drawer space.

Two of the other staterooms include desks, double beds and convertible couches, while the third is fitted with a single bed. Each en-suite bathroom is equipped with a JETS vacuum toilet, Kohler wash basin and Grohe hot water shower. Branded amenities include calming shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.

Dining On Board

On-board cuisine combines the flavors of traditional Indonesian favorites with classic Western dishes, prepared on board from the freshest ingredients. The air-conditioned dining room has large windows, which provide panoramic views of Indonesia’s vivid landscapes. Sometimes, meals are served in the salon or, weather permitting, up on the deck under the stars.

Relaxing On Board

A large table and long comfortable couches situated under an expansive sun awning, make the Main Deck the ultimate spot for gazing at the passing scenery while kicking back after diving, or reading a good book from the ship’s well-stocked library selection. The Forward Deck is fitted with comfortable cushions for relaxing and sunbathing. The cozy main salon is located below deck; here, you can chill out on the sofa, challenge someone to a game of chess at the games table, or listen to music via the ship’s audio streaming system.

The Team

Adelaar’s crew consists of 11 Indonesian seamen, a Western Cruise Manager / PADI Dive Instructor, and a Divemaster. They all are all highly experienced, with a passion for Indonesia and the sea. These considerate, friendly people work tirelessly to ensure that the cruises run smoothly. The captain and crew will welcome you at the upper deck bridge area where you can observe them at work and take a turn at navigating or steering the ship.

Activities

Besides scuba diving, you can enjoy snorkeling, island excursions to meet the local people, bird watching and wildlife spotting, trekking, sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, wakeboarding and waterskiing, coupled with dramatic scenery.

An Adelaar Cruise will take you to the best dive sites and places to see within the Komodo National Park, the Alors, the Forgotten Islands, and the Banda Sea. Several times a year, guests will get the chance to learn about manta rays and whale sharks on special marine conservation cruises.

Itineraries & Prices

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11 Day / 10 Night - Adelaar's Signature: Bali - Komodo - Bali

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Embarkation

AM: The meeting point will be at the Main Passenger Jetty in Serangan Harbor at 8:30 AM, where our crew will welcome you. As soon as everyone is aboard, we depart Serangan and move along the coastline of Bali, cruising overnight to Satonda Island.

PM: We hope for a magnificent sunset over Bali’s majestic Mt Agung.

Adelaar's 11-Day Signature Bali Komodo Bali - Day One - Stand-up Paddle Board
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Bali
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Satonda, Sumbawa

AM: Arrival at Satonda Island will be late morning, with two dives scheduled along a sloping reef.

PM: Satonda is an ancient volcanic island, said to be even older than Tambora, with a saltwater lake that fills the crater. Indeed, a huge tsunami filled the crater after the violent eruption of Mount Tambora, on Sumbawa, in 1814. Don’t miss a chance to cast your wish at the wishing trees along the lakes edge! At sunset we depart and cruise through the night toward Komodo.

Adelaar's 11-Day Signature Bali Komodo Bali - Day Two - Diving
Location
Sumbawa Besar
Day
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North Komodo National Park, Gili Lawa Laut

AM: We are up early for a glimpse of the sunrise as we arrive at Gili Lawa Laut. The park is located in the region known as Wallacea, denoting the overlapping of Australian and Asian biogeographical areas.

PM: There is a splendid assortment of dive sites just outside this picturesque bay. 

Adelaar's 11-Day Signature Bali Komodo Bali - Day Three - Kayaking
Location
Komodo
Day
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Komodo Island

AM: Dragons! We go ashore at 7:00 AM for a ranger guided hike into the interior of Komodo Island, to look for Komodo dragons. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the only natural habitat of these giant monitor lizards. So the area was designated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 1991.

PM: Once safely back aboard, we travel south for a late morning and afternoon dive along the coast of Komodo. At dusk, we dive Lehok Sera to search for the elusive mandarin fish.

Adelaar's 11-Day Signature Bali Komodo Bali - Day Four - Chef Preparing Meals
Location
Komodo
Day
4 / 11

South Komodo National Park, Rinca & Nusa Kode

AM: An early morning departure is planned, as we head to the extreme southern end of Komodo to Manta Alley. This area typically has much cooler temperatures with nutrient-rich waters, perfect for Mantas!

PM: We enjoy lunch as the boat moves to southern Rinca to an area known as Nusa Kode. With the towering cliff walls surrounding all sides, the landscape in this remote area is breathtaking. Between dives, we board the dinghy and head towards the shore, to get up close to the resident dragon population. After the sun sets, we prepare for a night dive, and a late dinner.

Adelaar's 11-Day Signature Bali Komodo Bali - Day Five - Yoga On Board
Location
Komodo
Day
5 / 11

South Komodo National Park, Nusa Kode & Padar

AM: There are two dives planned for this area, one of which will be the famous ‘macro temple” of Cannibal Rock, a photographer's dream come true. From here we journey north to Padar Island for our afternoon dive.

PM: Just before sunset, we go ashore and hike across a beautiful crescent bay, to witness a spectacular sunset. Alternately, for those who prefer to be underwater, a night dive is planned. 

Adelaar's 11-Day Signature Bali Komodo Bali - Day Six - Brief Before Diving
Location
Komodo
Day
6 / 11

Center Komodo National Park, Wainilu

AM: We depart early from Padar and enter the central park area, also known as ‘current city’. This area of the park is subjected to the strong tidal currents that run through the Lintah Strait, bringing with them, plenty of marine life. These currents make for lots of action and exhilarating drift dives. Besides, mantas are often swimming in these parts.

PM: In the late afternoon, we make our way north toward Wainilu and prepare for a night dive.

Adelaar's 11-Day Signature Bali Komodo Bali - Day Seven - Getting Ready for Diving
Location
Komodo
Day
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North Komodo National Park, Gili Lawa Laut & Gili Lawa Darat

AM: We’ve saved the best for last! We spend the morning diving around the northern boundary of the park off the islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat.

PM: We say goodbye to Komodo National Park and start our westward journey back towards Bali. We stop for the night in Banta Island, just outside the park boundary, and prepare for our last night dive.

Adelaar's 11-Day Signature Bali Komodo Bali - Day Eight - Fairy Fish
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Komodo
Day
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Sangeang volcano

AM: A very early morning departure, with destination Sangeang, a volcano whose most recent eruption was in 2014. Upon our sunrise approach, Sangeang rises majestically from the sea, emitting the occasional puff of smoke.

PM: The black sandy bottom of this site makes for spectacular diving. Indeed, in places, a steady stream of gaseous sulfur, bubbles up from the sand making its way towards the surface. Swimming through, you have the feeling of being in an underwater jacuzzi! Tonight, we sail through the night towards Moyo Island.

Adelaar's 11-Day Signature Bali Komodo Bali - Day Nine - Cuisine
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Sumbawa Besar
Day
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Moyo Island

AM: We arrive at Moyo Island early this morning, for our final two dives along the fringing reef, outside the main village. A shore excursion takes you through the local village along a winding path towards a waterfall.

PM: Those daring enough can grab the rope, swing out over the falls and drop into the pool below! We finally sail through the night towards Bali.

Adelaar's 11-Day Signature Bali Komodo Bali - Day Ten - Diving
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Sumbawa Besar
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: Arrival in Serangan Harbor, Bali will be after 9:00 AM. We wish you a nice journey back home or to your next destination. Thank you for joining us on the best Liveaboard in Komodo. 

Adelaar's 11-Day Signature Bali Komodo Bali - Day Eleven - Sailing
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Bali
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11 Day / 10 Night - Komodo Exclusive

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Embarkation

AM: A domestic flight from the island of Bali or Jakarta brings you to the harbor town of Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores. Our staff greets you at the airport and facilitates your transfer to your hotel (on day before departure) or to the harbor where Adelaar is anchored (on the day of departure).

PM: As soon as everyone is aboard, we depart the harbor, with destination Sabolon island, where we will do 2 check dives. Then, we anchor in a quiet bay for the night. 

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Exclusive - Day One - Diving
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
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Sangeang Volcano

AM: A very early morning departure, with destination Sangeang, a volcano whose most recent eruption was in 2014. Upon our sunrise approach, Sangeang rises majestically from the sea, emitting the occasional puff of smoke. The black sandy bottom of this site makes for spectacular diving. In places, a steady stream of gaseous sulfur, bubbles up from the sand making its way towards the surface. While swimming through, you have the feeling of being in an underwater jacuzzi!

PM: We will anchor just outside the village for the night, with a night dive planned. If we arrive early enough, there is a chance to go ashore to visit the village.  

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Exclusive - Day Two - Snorkeling
Location
Sumbawa Besar
Day
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North Komodo National Park

AM: We depart Sangeang Island very early morning with destination Banta Island, which lies just outside the park boundary. We plan two dives here on Banta’s northern coastline.

PM: During lunch we cross to enter the Komodo National Park and plan our first stop in North West Komodo. Our afternoon and night dive will be in this bay. Later, we anchor for the night.

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Exclusive - Day Three - Sailing
Location
Komodo
Day
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North & Central Komodo National Park

AM: During breakfast we move to the north of Komodo. We spend the day diving around the northern boundary of the Park, off the uninhabited islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat.

PM: At sunset we move in closer to Komodo bay for our night dive.

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Exclusive - Day Four - Stand-up Paddle Board
Location
Komodo
Day
4 / 11

Prehistoric Day & Central/South Komodo National Park

AM: Dragons! We go ashore at 7:00 AM for a ranger guided hike into the interior of Komodo Island, to look for Komodo dragons. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the only natural habitat of these giant monitor lizards.

Also the area was designated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 1991. Once safely back aboard, we move around the corner to our dive site just off Komodo’s famous pink beach.

PM: During lunch we travel south for an afternoon dive along the coast of Komodo. At dusk, we dive Lehok Sera to search for the elusive mandarin fish.

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Exclusive - Day Five - Sunset Cocktails
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Komodo
Day
5 / 11

South Komodo Island & South Rinca

AM: This morning we move to the extreme southern end of Komodo Island to our dive site, Manta Alley. This area typically has much cooler temperatures with nutrient-rich waters, perfect for Mantas!

PM: After our two dives here, we enjoy lunch as the boat moves to southern Rinca to an area known as Nusa Kode. With the towering cliff walls surrounding all sides, the landscape in this remote destination is breathtaking. Between dives, we board the dinghy and head towards the shore, to get up close to the resident dragon population. After the sun sets, we prepare for a night dive, and then a late dinner.

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Exclusive - Day Six - Sailing
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Komodo
Day
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South Rinca & Padar island

AM: This morning we are diving the South East corners of Horseshoe Bay in Nusa Koda.

PM: After lunch we move north to Padar for an afternoon dive. Just before sunset, we go ashore and hike across Padar to a beautiful crescent bay, with a perfect view of the sunset. Alternately, for those who prefer to be underwater, a night dive is planned. 

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Exclusive - Day Seven - Guests Swimming
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Padar Island & Central Komodo National Park

AM: We enter the central park area, also known as ‘current city’. This area of the park is subjected to the strong tidal currents that run through the Lintah Strait, bringing with them, plenty of marine life. These currents make for lots of action and exhilarating drift dives. So mantas are often swimming in these parts.

PM: We spend the next two days diving the central park dive sites, with a night dive planned each evening. 

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Exclusive - Day Eight - Sunset on Komodo Island
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Komodo
Day
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Padar Island & Central Komodo National Park

AM: We anchor at the central park area, also known as ‘current city’. This area of the park is subjected to the strong tidal currents that run through the Lintah Strait, bringing with them, plenty of marine life. These currents make for lots of action and exhilarating drift dives. So mantas are often swimming in these parts.

PM: We spend the last day diving the central park dive sites, with a night dive planned in the evening. 

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Exclusive - Day Nine - Wakeboard
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Komodo
Day
9 / 11

Sebayur & Pungu

AM: We spend our last diving day around the island of Sebayur just north of the park.

PM: For the afternoon, keeping our no-fly time in mind, we plan a tour of the Atlas Pearl Farm on Pulau Pungu. With their environmentally friendly approach, they assure a healthy ecosystem, essential for the finest white and silver pearls to be grown. We anchor here for the night. 

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Exclusive - Day Ten - Diving
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Komodo
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: We arrive in Labuan Bajo in the morning at 7:00 AM then disembark after breakfast for your onward journey. We wish you a nice journey back home or to your next destination. Thank you for joining us on the best Liveaboard in Komodo. 

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Exclusive - Day Eleven - Breakfast On Board
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
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11 Day / 10 Night - Komodo Extended: Bali - Komodo

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Embarkation

AM: The meeting point will be at the Main Passenger Jetty in Serangan Harbor at 8:30 AM, where our crew are standing by to welcome you.

PM: As soon as everyone is aboard, we depart Serangan and move along the coastline of Bali, cruising overnight to Satonda Island. We hope for a magnificent sunset over Bali’s majestic Mt Agung.

Adelaar's Komodo Extended Bali - Komodo - Day One - Stunning View from Komodo Island
Location
Bali
Day
1 / 11

Moyo & Satonda Islands

AM: Two morning dives are scheduled at Pulau Moyo along the fringing reef outside the main village.

PM: Arrival in Satonda will be late afternoon with one dive along a sloping reef, with a sandy bottom and with many coral outcroppings. As the sunsets, the sky fills with bats heading to the mainland for their nightly forage. We prepare for the first night dive of the trip, and afterwards will travel through the night to Sangeang.

Adelaar's Komodo Extended Bali - Komodo - Day Two - Relaxing After Dive Trip
Location
Sumbawa Besar
Day
2 / 11

Sangeang Volcano

AM: Sangeang volcano, whose most recent eruption was in 2014, rises on the horizon. As we approach the island at sunrise, be prepared for an occasional puff of smoke from the still active crater.

PM: The black sandy bottom of this site makes for spectacular diving. In places, a steady stream of gaseous sulfur bubbles up from the sand towards the surface, creating the feeling of an underwater jacuzzi! We will anchor for the night here, with a night dive planned.

Adelaar's Komodo Extended Bali - Komodo - Day Three - Adelaar Drone View
Location
Sumbawa Besar
Day
3 / 11

North Komodo National Park

AM: We are up early today for a glimpse of the sunrise as we arrive at Gili Lawa Laut, in the northern area of Komodo National Park. The park is located in the region known as Wallacea, denoting the overlapping of Australian and Asian biogeographical areas. This overlap ensures an interesting mix of bird species. There is a splendid assortment of dive sites just outside this picturesque bay.

PM: In the late afternoon, we move to the outside edge of Komodo Bay and prepare for our night dive.

Adelaar's Komodo Extended Bali - Komodo - Day Four - Staff
Location
Komodo
Day
4 / 11

Komodo Island & Lehok Sera

AM: Dragons! We go ashore at 7:00 AM for a ranger guided hike into the interior of Komodo Island, to look for Komodo dragons. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the only natural habitat of these giant monitor lizards. The area was designated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 1991.

PM: Once safely back aboard, we travel south for a late morning dive along the coast of Komodo. At dusk, we dive Lehok Sera to search for the elusive mandarin fish.

Adelaar's Komodo Extended Bali - Komodo - Day Five - Shoreline
Location
Komodo
Day
5 / 11

South Komodo National Park

AM: An early morning departure is planned, as we head to the extreme southern end of Komodo to Manta Alley. This area typically has much cooler temperatures with nutrient rich waters, perfect for Mantas!

PM: We enjoy lunch as the boat moves to southern Rinca to an area known as Nusa Kode. With the towering cliff walls surrounding all sides, the landscape in this remote area, is breathtaking. Between dives, we board the dinghy and head towards the shore, to get up close to the resident dragon population. After the sun sets, we prepare for a night dive, and a late dinner.

Adelaar's Komodo Extended Bali - Komodo - Day Six - Corals
Location
Komodo
Day
6 / 11

South Rinca

AM: There are two dives planned for this area, one of which will be the famous ‘macro temple” of Cannibal Rock, a photographer's dream come true. From here we journey north to Padar Island for our afternoon dive.

PM: Just before sunset, we go ashore and hike across a beautiful crescent bay, to witness a spectacular sunset. Alternately, for those who prefer to be underwater, a night dive is planned.

Adelaar's Komodo Extended Bali - Komodo - Day Seven - Turtle City
Location
Komodo
Day
7 / 11

Padar & North Rinca

AM: We depart early from Padar and enter the central park area, also known as ‘current city’. This area of the park is subjected to the strong tidal currents that run through the Lintah Strait, bringing with them, plenty of marine life. These currents make for lots of action and exhilarating drift dives. Mantas are often seen in these parts.

PM: In the late afternoon, we make our way north toward Wainilu and prepare for a night dive.

Adelaar's Komodo Extended Bali - Komodo - Day Eight - Sweets & Bakery
Location
Komodo
Day
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Central Komodo

AM: We spend the day diving around the center and northern boundary of the Park off the uninhabited islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat.

PM: We anchor in a quiet bay for the night, and plan a night dive.

Adelaar's Komodo Extended Bali - Komodo - Day Nine - Komodo Dragon
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Komodo
Day
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North Komodo

AM: We enjoy the last dives of the trip around the Northern boundary of the Park and the islands of Sebayor.

PM: Be aware of your “no fly time” and plan your last dive to stay within safe flight limits.

Adelaar's Komodo Extended Bali - Komodo - Day Ten - View from Komodo Island
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Komodo
Day
10 / 11

Disembarkation

We arrive in Labuan Bajo in the morning by 7:00 AM. Disembark after breakfast for your onward journey.

Adelaar's Komodo Extended Bali - Komodo - Day Eleven - Trekking Komodo Island
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
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11 Day / 10 Night - Komodo Extended: Komodo - Bali

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Embarkation

AM: A domestic flight from the island of Bali or Jakarta brings you to the harbor town of Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores. You are greeted at the airport by our staff and transferred to your hotel (on day before departure) or to the harbor where Adelaar is anchored (on the day of departure).

PM: As soon as everyone is aboard, we depart the harbor, with destination Sebayur, where we will do 1-2 check dives. We move to Kalong to anchor for the night. At sunset, the skies are filled with fruit bats taking flight to the mainland for their nightly feed.

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Extended Komodo to Bali - Day One - Sailing
Location
Labuan Bajo - Sebayor Island
Day
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Sebayur & Padar Island

AM: Today we enter Komodo National Park, which is located in the region known as Wallacea, denoting the overlapping of Australian and Asian bio-geographical areas. This overlap ensures an interesting mix of bird species.

PM: Our dives will be around Padar Island, which is located in the center of the park. Just before sunset, we go ashore and hike across a beautiful crescent bay, for a spectacular sunset. Alternately, for those who prefer to be underwater, a night dive is planned.

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Extended Komodo to Bali - Day Two - Komodo Dragon
Location
Komodo
Day
2 / 11

Padar Island & Nusa kode

AM: We depart early morning from Padar and travel south to Nusa Kode. There are three dives and a night dive planned for this area, one of which will be the famous ‘macro temple” of Cannibal Rock, a photographers dream come true. With the towering cliff walls surrounding all sides, the landscape in this remote area, is breathtaking.

PM: Between dives, we board the dinghy and head towards the shore, to get up close to the resident dragon population.

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Extended Komodo to Bali - Day Three - Cuisine
Location
Komodo
Day
3 / 11

South Rinca & South Komodo

AM: An early morning departure is planned, as we head to Manta Alley at the extreme southern end of Komodo Island. This area typically has much cooler temperatures, and nutrient-rich waters, perfect for Mantas!

PM: Once safely back aboard, we travel north for an afternoon dive along the coast of Komodo. A night dive is planned just outside Komodo Bay.

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Extended Komodo to Bali - Day Four - Relaxing On Board
Location
Komodo
Day
4 / 11

Prehistoric day

AM: Dragons! We go ashore at 7:00 AM for a ranger guided hike into the interior of Komodo Island, to look for Komodo dragons. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the only natural habitat of these giant monitor lizards. The area was designated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 1991. A late morning dive is planned at nearby Pink Beach.

PM: After lunch we travel to Manta Point to with the hope to dive with Mantas! We move to a quiet bay and prepare for our night dive.

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Extended Komodo to Bali - Day Five - Stunning View from Komodo Island
Location
Komodo
Day
5 / 11

Central Komodo National Park

AM: We enter the central park area, also known as ‘current city’. This area of the park is subjected to the strong tidal currents that run through the Lintah Strait, bringing with them, plenty of marine life. These currents make for lots of action and exhilarating drift dives. Mantas are often seen in these parts.

PM: We spend the next two days diving the central park dive sites.

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Extended Komodo to Bali - Day Six - Pink Beach
Location
Komodo
Day
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Central Komodo National Park

AM: We anchor the central park area, also known as ‘current city’. This area of the park is subjected to the strong tidal currents that run through the Lintah Strait, bringing with them, plenty of marine life. These currents make for lots of action and exhilarating drift dives. Mantas are often seen in these parts.

PM: We spend the last day diving the central park dive sites.

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Extended Komodo to Bali - Day Seven - Adelaar Sign
Location
Komodo
Day
6 / 11

North Komodo National Park

AM: We spend the day diving around the northern boundary of the Park off the uninhabited islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat.

PM: In late afternoon we say goodbye to Komodo National Park and start our westward journey back towards Bali. We stop for the night in Banta Island, just outside the park boundary, and prepare for our last night dive.

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Extended Komodo to Bali - Day Eight - Side View
Location
Komodo
Day
7 / 11

Sangeang Volcano

AM: A very early morning departure, with destination Sangeang, a volcano whose most recent eruption was in 2014. Upon our sunrise approach, Sangeang rises majestically from the sea, emitting the occasional puff of smoke.

PM: The black sandy bottom of this site makes for spectacular diving. In places, a steady stream of gaseous sulfur, bubbles up from the sand making its way towards the surface. Swimming through, you have the feeling of being in an underwater jacuzzi! Tonight we sail through the night towards Moyo Island.

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Extended Komodo to Bali - Day Nine - Yoga On Board
Location
Sumbawa Besar
Day
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Moyo Island

AM: We arrive at Moyo Island early this morning, for our final two dives along the fringing reef, near the main village. A shore excursion takes you through the local village along a winding path towards a waterfall. Those daring enough can grab the rope, swing out over the falls and drop into the pool below!

PM: We sail through the night towards Bali.

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Extended Komodo to Bali - Day Ten - Volcano
Location
Sumbawa Besar
Day
9 / 11

Disembarkation

Arrival in Serangan Harbor, Bali will be sometime after 9:00 AM. 

Adelaar's 11-Day Komodo Extended Komodo to Bali - Day Eleven - Snorkeling
Location
Bali
Day
10 / 11
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12 Day / 11 Night - Alor & The Forgotten Island: Saumlaki - Maumere

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Embarkation

AM: An early morning (or on the day before) flight from Jakarta or Bali brings you to the harbor town of Saumlaki. Its population at the 2010 Census was 12,462. Christianity is the main religion of the village, as it was visited by the Dutch in 1629 and claimed by them in 1639, although a lot of the town also follows original Indonesian religions. Our staff will greet you at the airport upon arrival, and accompany you to the Adelaar, where our cruise director and steward will introduce you to the crew, your cabin and the ship!

PM: We’ll make our way reaching a small island called Vaiwar, where we’ll make our first check dives of the trip. Vaiwar slope is mostly a critter hunt, with a sandy slope extending out from shore. Corals, small rocks and bommies decorate this sandy patch, and offer a nice scenic backdrop for spotting assorted juveniles. Have a look in the sand for ghost pipefish, nudibranchs and perhaps even a mimic octopus!

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Saumlaki to Maumere - Day One - Sunrise
Location
Saumlaki, Yamdena
Day
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Tanjung Raja

The inhabitants of Pulai Dai still practice traditional hunting with a bow and arrow. The village can be visited on request, as the local population is very welcoming, even though they only see divers a few times a year. The dive sites are composed of steep slopes, providing hunting grounds for larger fish. The shallows are just as stunning as the deeper parts of the site, as they are full of hard corals decorated with anthias. Dawera is a small island in the northern part of the “Babar” group. The seamount here, has a reef that remains untouched and so full of fish, you wouldn’t know where to look first!

The dive sites of “Tanjung Raja”, known for amazing marine life and cruising hammerheads, is among the highlights of this location. We’ll cruise overnight toward the next islet.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Saumlaki to Maumere - Day Two - Snorkeling
Location
Dawera Island
Day
2 / 12

Nusa Leur, Terbang Utara & Selatan

The Island of Damar is about 20 km2, and there are settlements dotted all around the eastern half of the island. The largest of which is the village of Kenili, located inside an inlet on the eastern shore. The best beach features a 900-meter-long strip of dazzling white sand, bordered by lush green forest, and fringed by a shallow coral reef. The major dive sites are not actually off Damar Island itself, but rather around the smaller islands of Nusa Leur and Terbang Utara (North) and Selatan (South). These sites feature an explosion of different colours and forms, and seem to be in constant motion. A busy reef, with schooling fish and marine life that are not used to seeing scuba divers. Another unique attraction in this area, is the wall of sulphur formed as a result of the proximity of the volcano on Damar Island. We’ll cruise overnight toward the next island.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Saumlaki to Maumere - Day Three - Wakeboard
Location
Damar Islands
Day
3 / 12

Pulau Nyata, Pulau Romang & Pulau Maapora

We wake up en route and have breakfast as the ship makes its anchorage. The “Romang group”, as it is called in the navigation books, includes Pulau Nyata, Pulan Romang and Pulau Maapora, spanning 23 nautical miles from West to East. It features some fantastic white sand beaches and at Romang and Nyata, there are gentle terraced slopes, which slip down into the deep blue of the Banda Sea. A big feature of diving on this western side of the island, are the collections of huge vividly colored gorgonian sea fans, and large barrel sponges. Fans of bigger animals can see Napoleon wrasses, reef shark, ray, tuna and other pelagic fish patrolling the reefs and walls. We’ll cruise overnight to the next location.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Saumlaki to Maumere - Day Four - Relaxing On Board
Location
Romang Islands
Day
4 / 12

Tanjung Nunukae

Wetar Island’s star dive site “Tanjung Nunukae”, will be our first stop of the day. Divers have come across the two types of Manta rays here, as the current usually is moderate to strong when the moon is full! It is known for its plateau topography, until it drops into a nice wall swathed in gigantic sea fans, cup corals and sponges. The small island of Reong, lies on the north west coast of Wetar, we’ll dive there once or twice depending on the sea conditions. It presents a slight change of scenery as it’s made of limestone. Reef sharks, barracuda and trevallies frequently visit the reef.

We cruise overnight to the next island.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Saumlaki to Maumere - Day Five - Diving
Location
Wetar Island
Day
5 / 12

Pantar, Pura & Ternate

On this next portion of the trip, world-class dive sites around the untouched islands, await us. The small islets of Alor archipelago tend to attract congregations of fish, along the colorful Indian Ocean reefs. We explore the underwater walls, drop-offs, slopes, valleys and ridges of the islands of Pantar, Pura and Ternate. Diving the pristine site of “Anemone Valley” we drift above the expansive seabed which is completely covered with anemones and clownfish. Be sure to keep one eye out to the blue water, where thresher sharks can often be spotted! Just off the shore of Pulau Ternate, dozens of women approach Adelaar in their dugout canoes, displaying colorful ikats. Woven in unique patterns learned from their mothers, each textile can be traced back to a specific village, and are of course, for sale.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Saumlaki to Maumere - Day Six - Anchoring
Location
Alor Archipelago
Day
6 / 12

Pantar, Pura & Ternate

On this next portion of the trip, world-class dive sites around the untouched islands, await us. The small islets of Alor archipelago tend to attract congregations of fish, along the colorful Indian Ocean reefs. We explore the underwater walls, drop-offs, slopes, valleys and ridges of the islands of Pantar, Pura and Ternate. Diving the pristine site of “Anemone Valley” we drift above the expansive seabed which is completely covered with anemones and clownfish. Be sure to keep one eye out to the blue water, where thresher sharks can often be spotted! Just off the shore of Pulau Ternate, dozens of women approach Adelaar in their dugout canoes, displaying colorful ikats. Woven in unique patterns learned from their mothers, each textile can be traced back to a specific village, and are of course, for sale.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Saumlaki to Maumere - Day Seven - Prepare Tanks for Diving
Location
Alor Archipelago
Day
7 / 12

Abui tribe

AM: On the morning of day 8, we enter the village of the Abui tribe, fierce warriors until 1984. They welcome us in ceremonial dress and perform the lego, an ancient dance passed down through the generations. On our way back to the harbor, we make a stop in the traditional market and a local museum, to further experience Alor’s rich natural history.

PM: In the afternoon, our planned dive in Kalabahi Bay will be refreshing before making our way to North Lembata through the night.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Saumlaki to Maumere - Day Eight - Nightdive
Location
Alor Archipelago
Day
8 / 12

Lembata Bay

Lembata bay is known for its stunning volcanic landscapes surrounded by calm and clear waters. It’s also home to a pearling farm belonging to the second production in the world, and many local fisherman’s villages. As it’ll be migrating season, keep an eye out at dawn and sunrise for whales coming up to the surface! Underwater highlights of Lembata are the dive sites of “Tanjung Bacatan”, situated on a point and consisting of a wall, covered in crevices and home to soft & hard corals. A resident school of barracudas can be sighted there as well as turtles and large trevallies. Alternatively “Takat Prau” or “Padang Pasir” are respectively a small wooden fishing boat next to a sea fan where pygmies have been photographed; and a sandy patch full of macro life, where at night, there is chance to spot Spanish dancers and colorful nudis, stargazers, squids and frogfish. We’ll leave late afternoon and make our way across the high seas to reach Komba Volcano during the night.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Saumlaki to Maumere - Day Nine - Shark in Night Dive
Location
Lembata
Day
9 / 12

Komba Volcano

AM: Approachable only by sea, the remote Komba volcano rises majestically on the horizon, venting a plume of smoke that has been caught by the wind and streams off in the distance. We dive here for the day admiring the surreal underwater landscape. The colorful coral is thriving and offers a beautiful contrast against the dark sand. Since the volcano stopped erupting, the pressure is released underwater in streams of bubbles on one of the Komba slopes.

PM: We’ll leave in the afternoon in order to get closer to Flores Island & do our last dives of the trip.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Saumlaki to Maumere - Day Ten - Diving
Location
Komba
Day
10 / 12

Wooden wreck dive

AM: We plan two dives in Gedong. Depending on your flight’s schedule you can pick the type of dive you wish to do: a very shallow macro dive (5-8m) or a wooden wreck located in the bay, or both!

PM: The afternoon will be dedicated to restful time in this quiet bay.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Saumlaki to Maumere - Day Eleven - Snacks
Location
Gedong
Day
11 / 12

Disembarkation

AM: Maumere harbor has a colorful local market where the women sell an array of handwoven ikats, fresh vegetables, meats and fish. Strategically located on the northern coastline, Maumere has a mixed population of Christians and Muslims, eager to meet tourists interested in their culture.

Breakfast will be served on board before you disembark and are transferred to the airport or to your hotel. We wish you a safe onward journey, and hope you enjoyed your time on Adelaar as we cruised through some of the of the most beautiful diving regions of the world.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Saumlaki to Maumere - Day Twelve - Ship
Location
Maumere (Flores)
Day
12 / 12
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12 Day / 11 Night - Alor & The Forgotten Island: Maumere - Saumlaki

itinerary map

Embarkation

An early morning flight from the island of Bali, brings you to the harbor town of Maumere on the island of Flores. Our staff will greet you at the airport upon arrival, and accompany you to the Adelaar. A main port town for the island, Maumere harbor has a colorful local market where the women sell an array of handwoven ikats, fresh vegetables, meats and fish. Strategically located on the northern coastline, Maumere has a mixed population of Christians and Muslims, eager to meet tourists interested in their culture. Once onboard, we plan to do a check dive in Gedong, not far from Maumere, and jump in the water for 1 or 2 check dives. One of them will be a very shallow macro dive and the second one will be on the wreck located in the bay.

We’ll leave around 5 PM to cruise overnight to Komba Volcano.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Maumere to Saumlaki - Day One - Boat Drone View
Location
Maumere (Flores)
Day
1 / 12

Komba Volcano

Approachable only by sea, the remote Komba volcano rises majestically on the horizon, venting a plume of smoke that has been caught by the wind and streams off in the distance. We dive here for the day admiring the surreal underwater landscape. The colorful coral is thriving and offers a beautiful contrast against the dark sand. Since the volcano stopped erupting, the pressure is released underwater in streams of bubbles on one of the Komba slopes. We’ll leave at the end of the afternoon in order to reach North Lembata Island to anchor and spend the night in a quiet bay.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Maumere to Saumlaki - Day Two - Boat Details
Location
Kompa
Day
2 / 12

Lembata Bay

Lembata bay is known for its stunning volcanic landscapes surrounded by calm and clear waters. It’s also home to a pearling farm belonging to the second production in the world, and many local fisherman’s villages. As it’ll be migrating season, keep an eye out at dawn and sunrise for whales coming up to the surface! Underwater highlights of Lembata are the dive sites of “Tanjung Bacatan”, situated on a point and consisting of a wall, covered in crevices and home to soft & hard corals. A resident school of barracudas can be sighted there as well as turtles and large trevallies. Alternatively “Takat Prau” or “Padang Pasir” are respectively a small wooden fishing boat next to a sea fan where pygmies have been photographed; and a sandy patch full of macro life, where at night, there is chance to spot Spanish dancer and colorful nudis, stargazers, squids and frogfish.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Maumere to Saumlaki - Day Three - Manta Ray
Location
Lembata
Day
3 / 12

Panta Strait, Alor

On this next portion of the trip, world-class dive sites around the untouched islands, await us. The small islets of Alor archipelago tend to attract congregations of fish, along the colorful Indian Ocean reefs. We explore the underwater walls, drop-offs, slopes, valleys and ridges of the islands of Pantar, Pura and Ternate. Diving the pristine site of “Anemone Valley” we drift above the expansive seabed which is completely covered with anemones and clownfish. Be sure to keep one eye out to the blue water, where thresher sharks can often be spotted!

Just off the shore of Pulau Ternate, dozens of women approach Adelaar in their dugout canoes, displaying colorful ikats. Woven in unique patterns learned from their mothers, each textile can be traced back to a specific village, and are of course, for sale.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Maumere to Saumlaki - Day Four - Diving
Location
Alor Archipelago
Day
4 / 12

Panta Strait, Alor

On this next portion of the trip, world-class dive sites around the untouched islands, await us. The small islets of Alor archipelago tend to attract congregations of fish, along the colorful Indian Ocean reefs. We explore the underwater walls, drop-offs, slopes, valleys and ridges of the islands of Pantar, Pura and Ternate. Diving the pristine site of “Anemone Valley” we drift above the expansive seabed which is completely covered with anemones and clownfish. Be sure to keep one eye out to the blue water, where thresher sharks can often be spotted!

Just off the shore of Pulau Ternate, dozens of women approach Adelaar in their dugout canoes, displaying colorful ikats. Woven in unique patterns learned from their mothers, each textile can be traced back to a specific village, and are of course, for sale.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Maumere to Saumlaki - Day Five - Boat Side View
Location
Alor Archipelago
Day
5 / 12

Kalabahi

On the morning of day 6, we enter the village of the Abui tribe, fierce warriors until 1984. They welcome us in ceremonial dress and perform the lego lego, an ancient dance passed down through the generations. On our way back to the harbor, we make a stop in the traditional market and a local museum, to further experience Alor’s rich natural history. In the afternoon, our planned dive in Kalabahi Bay will be refreshing before making our way to Reong Island through the night.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Maumere to Saumlaki - Day Six - Padar Island
Location
Alor Archipelago
Day
6 / 12

Reong

The small island of Reong, lies on the north west coast of Wetar, we’ll dive there once or twice depending on the sea conditions. It presents a slight change of scenery as it’s made of limestone. Reef sharks, barracuda and trevallies frequently visit the reef. Wetar Island’s star dive site “Tanjung Nunukae”, will be our second stop of the day. It is known for its plateau topography, until it drops into a nice wall swathed in gigantic sea fans, cup corals and sponges. Divers have come across the two types of Manta rays here, as current usually is moderate to strong when the moon is full!

We cruise overnight to the next island.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Maumere to Saumlaki - Day Seven - Yoga On Board
Location
Wetar
Day
7 / 12

Nyata, Romang & Maapora Island

We wake up enroute and have breakfast as the ship makes its way to a new island group. The “Romang group”, as it is called in the navigation books, includes Pulau Nyata, Pulau Romang and Pulau Maapora, spanning across 23 nautical miles from West to East. It features some fantastic white sand beaches and at Romang and Nyata, there are gentle terraced slopes, which slip down into the deep blue of the Banda Sea. A big feature of diving on this western side of the island, are the collections of huge vividly coloured gorgonian sea fans, and large barrel sponges. Fans of bigger animals can see Napoleon wrasses, reef shark, ray, tuna and other pelagic fish patrolling the reefs and walls.

We’ll cruise overnight to the next location.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Maumere to Saumlaki - Day Eight - Getting Ready for Diving
Location
Romang Islands
Day
8 / 12

Nusa Leur, Terbang Utara & Selatan

The Island of Damar is about 20 km2, and there are settlements dotted all around the eastern half of the island. The largest of which is the village of Kenili, located inside an inlet on the eastern shore. The best beach features a 900-meter-long strip of dazzling white sand, bordered by lush green forest, and fringed by a shallow coral reef. The major dive sites are not actually off Damar Island itself, but rather around the smaller islands of Nusa Leur and Terbang Utara (North) and Selatan (South). These sites feature an explosion of different colours and forms, and seem to be in constant motion.

A busy reef, with schooling fish and marine life that are not used to seeing scuba divers. Another unique attraction in this area, is the wall of sulphur formed as a result of the proximity of the volcano on Damar Island.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Maumere to Saumlaki - Day Nine - Colorful Octopus
Location
Damar Islands
Day
9 / 12

Tanjung Raja

The inhabitants of Pulai Dai still practice traditional hunting with a bow and arrow. The village can be visited on request, as the local population is very welcoming, even though they only see divers a few times a year. The dive sites are composed of steep slopes, providing hunting grounds for larger fish. The shallows are just as stunning as the deeper parts of the site, as they are full of hard corals decorated with anthias.

Dawera is a small island in the northern part of the “Babar” group. The seamount here, has a reef that remains untouched and so full of fish, you wouldn’t know where to look first! The dive sites of “Tanjung Raja”, known for amazing marine life and cruising hammerheads, is among the highlights of this location. We’ll cruise overnight toward the main Island of Saumlaki, for our last diving day of the trip.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Maumere to Saumlaki - Day Ten - Manta Rays
Location
Dawera Island
Day
10 / 12

Vaiwar

We wake up surrounded by more land than we have seen during the last 10 days. Reaching a small island called Vaiwar in the morning, we make our last dives of the trip. Vaiwar slope is mostly a critter hunt, with a sandy slope extending out from shore. Corals, small rocks and bommies decorate this sandy patch, and offer a nice scenic backdrop for spotting assorted juveniles. Have a look in the sand for ghost pipefish, nudibranchs and perhaps even a mimic octopus!

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Maumere to Saumlaki - Day Eleven - Boat Side View
Location
Tanimbar Island
Day
11 / 12

Disembarkation

Breakfast will be served onboard before you disembark and are transferred to the airport or to your hotel. We wish you a safe onward journey, and hope you enjoyed your time on Adelaar as we cruised through some of the of the most beautiful diving regions of the world.

Adelaar's 12-Day Alor & The Forgotten Island: Maumere to Saumlaki - Day Twelve - Disembarkation
Location
Saumlaki, Yamdena
Day
12 / 12
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12 Day / 11 Night - Banda Sea: Ambon - Saumlaki

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Early morning hotel or airport transfers are organized to collect you for the 11AM boarding on Adelaar. Once settled aboard, there will be a briefing to familiarize you with our safety procedures and to introduce the crew.

PM: Lunch is served as we move to our first dive site, a sandy slope in the bay, perfect for a check dive. We spend time here looking around for small critters who inhabit this area.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Ambon to Saumlaki - Day One - Sundeck Drone View
Location
Ambon
Day
1 / 12

Saparua, Nusa Laut

Leaving the bay of Ambon, we travel eastward to the islands of Saparua and Nusa Laut. Beautiful hard and soft coral reefs await with plenty of schooling fish. Perhaps even a bigger fish encounter as the reef is home to reef sharks, and the occasional pelagic visitor.

With so few human encounters, the fish seem unaware of divers as we swim in for a closer look. Typically, with mild current and good visibility, Nusa Laut is suitable for all levels of divers. The sites of “Akoon” and “Amet jetty” are the stars of this location.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Ambon to Saumlaki - Day Two - Preparing Tanks for Diving
Location
Banda Sea
Day
2 / 12

Saparua, Nusa Laut

Leaving the bay of Ambon, we travel eastward to the islands of Saparua and Nusa Laut. Beautiful hard and soft coral reefs await with plenty of schooling fish. Perhaps even a bigger fish encounter as the reef is home to reef sharks, and the occasional pelagic visitor.

With so few human encounters, the fish seem unaware of divers as we swim in for a closer look. Typically, with mild current and good visibility, Nusa Laut is suitable for all levels of divers. The sites of “Akoon” and “Amet jetty” are the stars of this location.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Ambon to Saumlaki - Day Three - Anchoring
Location
Banda Sea
Day
3 / 12

Spice Islands

We enter the Banda Sea and make our way towards the nine jewel-like volcanic islands which make up the fabled Spice Islands. Although extremely remote, this area was once the global center of the trade in rare and lucrative nutmeg and mace. Banda Neira was once the headquarters of the Dutch East Indies, who forced out the locals to monopolize the trade. Fort Belgica, erected in the 17th century to defend the region, was restored in 2019, and still stands. We will go ashore for a look around, and perhaps wander through the small natural history museum.

Just off the island of Banda Neira are some of the most iconic dive sites: Batu Kapal and Lava Flow. To the east, lies the island of Hatta, named after Mohamad Hatta, Indonesian’s first vice president who lived here in exile, until the eve of the Japanese invasion. Situated closest to the Banda Trench, with a depth of 6000 meters, the area with its sloping reefs and vertical walls, is famous for schools of trevallies, barracudas, and tuna. In the shallows, among the stones, mandarin fish congregate, waiting for dusk to make their appearance. A real bonus for photographers!

But it is the hammerhead and the grey reef shark that draws divers from around the globe to this remote location. We have the chance to see schooling hammerheads along the steep drop-offs of Karang Hatta. As we swim through the dive site, Hole in the Wall, we exit out to a dramatic drop into the open ocean.

Finally we’ll dive Pulau Hatta, a sloping reef filled with reef fish and frequented by turtles.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Ambon to Saumlaki - Day Four - Staff
Location
Banda Sea
Day
4 / 12

Spice Islands

We enter the Banda Sea and make our way towards the nine jewel-like volcanic islands which make up the fabled Spice Islands. Although extremely remote, this area was once the global center of the trade in rare and lucrative nutmeg and mace. Banda Neira was once the headquarters of the Dutch East Indies, who forced out the locals to monopolize the trade. Fort Belgica, erected in the 17th century to defend the region, was restored in 2019, and still stands. We will go ashore for a look around, and perhaps wander through the small natural history museum.

Just off the island of Banda Neira are some of the most iconic dive sites: Batu Kapal and Lava Flow. To the east, lies the island of Hatta, named after Mohamad Hatta, Indonesian’s first vice president who lived here in exile, until the eve of the Japanese invasion. Situated closest to the Banda Trench, with a depth of 6000 meters, the area with its sloping reefs and vertical walls, is famous for schools of trevallies, barracudas, and tuna. In the shallows, among the stones, mandarin fish congregate, waiting for dusk to make their appearance. A real bonus for photographers!

But it is the hammerhead and the grey reef shark that draws divers from around the globe to this remote location. We have the chance to see schooling hammerheads along the steep drop-offs of Karang Hatta. As we swim through the dive site, Hole in the Wall, we exit out to a dramatic drop into the open ocean.

Finally we’ll dive Pulau Hatta, a sloping reef filled with reef fish and frequented by turtles.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Ambon to Saumlaki - Day Five - Mantis Shrimp
Location
Banda Sea
Day
5 / 12

Spice Islands

We enter the Banda Sea and make our way towards the nine jewel-like volcanic islands which make up the fabled Spice Islands. Although extremely remote, this area was once the global center of the trade in rare and lucrative nutmeg and mace. Banda Neira was once the headquarters of the Dutch East Indies, who forced out the locals to monopolize the trade. Fort Belgica, erected in the 17th century to defend the region, was restored in 2019, and still stands. We will go ashore for a look around, and perhaps wander through the small natural history museum.

Just off the island of Banda Neira are some of the most iconic dive sites: Batu Kapal and Lava Flow. To the east, lies the island of Hatta, named after Mohamad Hatta, Indonesian’s first vice president who lived here in exile, until the eve of the Japanese invasion. Situated closest to the Banda Trench, with a depth of 6000 meters, the area with its sloping reefs and vertical walls, is famous for schools of trevallies, barracudas, and tuna. In the shallows, among the stones, mandarin fish congregate, waiting for dusk to make their appearance. A real bonus for photographers!

But it is the hammerhead and the grey reef shark that draws divers from around the globe to this remote location. We have the chance to see schooling hammerheads along the steep drop-offs of Karang Hatta. As we swim through the dive site, Hole in the Wall, we exit out to a dramatic drop into the open ocean.

Finally we’ll dive Pulau Hatta, a sloping reef filled with reef fish and frequented by turtles.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Ambon to Saumlaki - Day Six - Breakfast On Board
Location
Banda Sea
Day
6 / 12

Spice Islands

We enter the Banda Sea and make our way towards the nine jewel-like volcanic islands which make up the fabled Spice Islands. Although extremely remote, this area was once the global center of the trade in rare and lucrative nutmeg and mace. Banda Neira was once the headquarters of the Dutch East Indies, who forced out the locals to monopolize the trade. Fort Belgica, erected in the 17th century to defend the region, was restored in 2019, and still stands. We will go ashore for a look around, and perhaps wander through the small natural history museum.

Just off the island of Banda Neira are some of the most iconic dive sites: Batu Kapal and Lava Flow. To the east, lies the island of Hatta, named after Mohamad Hatta, Indonesian’s first vice president who lived here in exile, until the eve of the Japanese invasion. Situated closest to the Banda Trench, with a depth of 6000 meters, the area with its sloping reefs and vertical walls, is famous for schools of trevallies, barracudas, and tuna. In the shallows, among the stones, mandarin fish congregate, waiting for dusk to make their appearance. A real bonus for photographers!

But it is the hammerhead and the grey reef shark that draws divers from around the globe to this remote location. We have the chance to see schooling hammerheads along the steep drop-offs of Karang Hatta. As we swim through the dive site, Hole in the Wall, we exit out to a dramatic drop into the open ocean.

Finally we’ll dive Pulau Hatta, a sloping reef filled with reef fish and frequented by turtles.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Ambon to Saumlaki - Day Seven - Snorkeling
Location
Banda Sea
Day
7 / 12

Pulau Manuk

We make our way through this evolutionary transition zone between Australia and Asia. Next stop is the island of Manuk, a bird breeding sanctuary also known as ‘the island of serpents’. While the dives here have all the typical volcanic features, bubbling sand and schooling fish, the stars are the sea snakes and sea kraits, which seem to be everywhere.

Current carries us over Nil Desparandum, as we fly among napoleons and jacks, hoping to catch a glimpse of schooling sharks the area is so well known for.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Ambon to Saumlaki - Day Eight - Padar Sunrise
Location
Banda Sea
Day
8 / 12

Pulau Manuk

We make our way through this evolutionary transition zone between Australia and Asia. Next stop is the island of Manuk, a bird breeding sanctuary also known as ‘the island of serpents’. While the dives here have all the typical volcanic features, bubbling sand and schooling fish, the stars are the sea snakes and sea kraits, which seem to be everywhere.

Current carries us over Nil Desparandum, as we fly among napoleons and jacks, hoping to catch a glimpse of schooling sharks the area is so well known for.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Ambon to Saumlaki - Day Nine - Breakfast On Board
Location
Banda Sea
Day
9 / 12

Pulau Nila

We exit the Banda Sea through Pulau Nila, where thriving hard coral gardens are so lovely, and tend to attract tuna, groupers, and barracuda. At Dusborgh, we will drift with the current for an opportunity to see sharks among the jacks & eagle rays.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Ambon to Saumlaki - Day Ten - Turtle
Location
Banda Sea
Day
10 / 12

Pulau Dai

We enter the eastern Forgotten Islands and our next dives will be in Pulau Dai, where we’ll enjoy the many walls and drop-offs. As it will be migrating season, be sure to keep an eye on the blue for pelagics!

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Ambon to Saumlaki - Day Eleven - Traditional Cuisine
Location
Forgotten Islands
Day
11 / 12

Disembarkation

We disembark in Saumlaki, on the main island of the Tanimbar Archipelago, ending our journey across one of the most beautiful diving regions of the world.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Ambon to Saumlaki - Day Twelve - Sunset
Location
Saumlaki
Day
12 / 12
1 / 12

12 Day / 11 Night - Banda Sea: Saumlaki - Ambon

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Early morning hotel or airport transfers are organized to collect you for the 11AM boarding on Adelaar. Once settled aboard, there will be a briefing to familiarize you with our safety procedures and to introduce the crew.

PM: Lunch is served as we move to our first dive site for a check dive on a sandy slope in the bay. We spend time here looking around for small critters who inhabit this area.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Saumlaki to Ambon - Day One - Chef preparing meals
Location
Saumlaki
Day
1 / 12

Pulau Dai

We make our way up through the eastern Forgotten Islands, where our first dives will be in Pulau Dai. While enjoying the many walls and drop-offs, we make sure to keep an eye on the blue for pelagics, as it will be migrating season.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Saumlaki to Ambon - Day Two - Sailing
Location
Forgotten Islands
Day
2 / 12

Pulau Nila

Entering the Banda Sea our first stop will be in Pulau Nila, where the thriving hard coral gardens tend to attract tuna, groupers, and barracuda. At Dusborgh, we will drift with the current for an opportunity to see sharks among the jacks & eagle rays.

Current carries us over Nil Desparandum, as we fly among the napoleons and jacks, hoping to catch a glimpse of schooling sharks the area is so well known for.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Saumlaki to Ambon - Day Three - Canoeing
Location
Banda Sea
Day
3 / 12

Pulau Manuk

As we travel through this evolutionary transition zone between Australia and Asia, we make a stop on the island of Manuk, a bird breeding sanctuary also referred to as ‘the island of serpents’. While the dives here have all the typical volcanic features, bubbling sand and schooling fish, the stars are the sea snakes and sea kraits, which seem to be everywhere.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Saumlaki to Ambon - Day Four - Yoga
Location
Banda Sea
Day
4 / 12

Pulau Manuk

As we travel through this evolutionary transition zone between Australia and Asia, we make a stop on the island of Manuk, a bird breeding sanctuary also referred to as ‘the island of serpents’. While the dives here have all the typical volcanic features, bubbling sand and schooling fish, the stars are the sea snakes and sea kraits, which seem to be everywhere.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Saumlaki to Ambon - Day Five - Dive Briefing
Location
Banda Sea
Day
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Spice Islands

We arrive today in the fabled Spice Islands, nine jewel-like volcanic islands which are extremely remote. This area was once the global center of the trade in rare and lucrative nutmeg and mace. Banda Neira was once the headquarters of the Dutch East Indies, who forced out the locals to monopolize the trade. Fort Belgica, erected in the 17th century to defend the region, was restored in 2019, and still stands. We will go ashore for a look around, and perhaps wander through the small natural history museum.

In the vicinity of the island of Banda Neira are some of the most iconic dive sites: Batu Kapal and Lava Flow. To the east, lies the island of Hatta, named after Mohamad Hatta, Indonesian’s first vice president who lived here in exile, until the eve of the Japanese invasion. Situated closest to the Banda Trench, with a depth of 6000 meters, the area with its sloping reefs and vertical walls, is famous for schools of trevallies, barracudas, and tuna. In the shallows, among the stones, mandarin fish congregate, waiting for dusk to make their appearance. A real bonus for photographers! It is the hammerhead and the grey reef shark that draws divers from around the globe to this remote location. We have the chance to see schooling hammerheads along the steep drop-offs of Karang Hatta.

As we swim through the dive site, Hole in the Wall, we exit out to a dramatic drop into the open ocean.

Finally we’ll dive Pulau Hatta, a sloping reef filled with reef fish and frequented by turtles.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Saumlaki to Ambon - Day Six - Diving
Location
Banda Sea
Day
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Spice Islands

We arrive today in the fabled Spice Islands, nine jewel-like volcanic islands which are extremely remote. This area was once the global center of the trade in rare and lucrative nutmeg and mace. Banda Neira was once the headquarters of the Dutch East Indies, who forced out the locals to monopolize the trade. Fort Belgica, erected in the 17th century to defend the region, was restored in 2019, and still stands. We will go ashore for a look around, and perhaps wander through the small natural history museum.

In the vicinity of the island of Banda Neira are some of the most iconic dive sites: Batu Kapal and Lava Flow. To the east, lies the island of Hatta, named after Mohamad Hatta, Indonesian’s first vice president who lived here in exile, until the eve of the Japanese invasion. Situated closest to the Banda Trench, with a depth of 6000 meters, the area with its sloping reefs and vertical walls, is famous for schools of trevallies, barracudas, and tuna. In the shallows, among the stones, mandarin fish congregate, waiting for dusk to make their appearance. A real bonus for photographers! It is the hammerhead and the grey reef shark that draws divers from around the globe to this remote location. We have the chance to see schooling hammerheads along the steep drop-offs of Karang Hatta.

As we swim through the dive site, Hole in the Wall, we exit out to a dramatic drop into the open ocean.

Finally we’ll dive Pulau Hatta, a sloping reef filled with reef fish and frequented by turtles.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Saumlaki to Ambon - Day Seven - Lion Fish
Location
Banda Sea
Day
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Spice Islands

We arrive today in the fabled Spice Islands, nine jewel-like volcanic islands which are extremely remote. This area was once the global center of the trade in rare and lucrative nutmeg and mace. Banda Neira was once the headquarters of the Dutch East Indies, who forced out the locals to monopolize the trade. Fort Belgica, erected in the 17th century to defend the region, was restored in 2019, and still stands. We will go ashore for a look around, and perhaps wander through the small natural history museum.

In the vicinity of the island of Banda Neira are some of the most iconic dive sites: Batu Kapal and Lava Flow. To the east, lies the island of Hatta, named after Mohamad Hatta, Indonesian’s first vice president who lived here in exile, until the eve of the Japanese invasion. Situated closest to the Banda Trench, with a depth of 6000 meters, the area with its sloping reefs and vertical walls, is famous for schools of trevallies, barracudas, and tuna. In the shallows, among the stones, mandarin fish congregate, waiting for dusk to make their appearance. A real bonus for photographers! It is the hammerhead and the grey reef shark that draws divers from around the globe to this remote location. We have the chance to see schooling hammerheads along the steep drop-offs of Karang Hatta.

As we swim through the dive site, Hole in the Wall, we exit out to a dramatic drop into the open ocean.

Finally we’ll dive Pulau Hatta, a sloping reef filled with reef fish and frequented by turtles.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Saumlaki to Ambon - Day Eight - Cathy Finch
Location
Banda Sea
Day
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Spice Islands

We arrive today in the fabled Spice Islands, nine jewel-like volcanic islands which are extremely remote. This area was once the global center of the trade in rare and lucrative nutmeg and mace. Banda Neira was once the headquarters of the Dutch East Indies, who forced out the locals to monopolize the trade. Fort Belgica, erected in the 17th century to defend the region, was restored in 2019, and still stands. We will go ashore for a look around, and perhaps wander through the small natural history museum.

In the vicinity of the island of Banda Neira are some of the most iconic dive sites: Batu Kapal and Lava Flow. To the east, lies the island of Hatta, named after Mohamad Hatta, Indonesian’s first vice president who lived here in exile, until the eve of the Japanese invasion. Situated closest to the Banda Trench, with a depth of 6000 meters, the area with its sloping reefs and vertical walls, is famous for schools of trevallies, barracudas, and tuna. In the shallows, among the stones, mandarin fish congregate, waiting for dusk to make their appearance. A real bonus for photographers! It is the hammerhead and the grey reef shark that draws divers from around the globe to this remote location. We have the chance to see schooling hammerheads along the steep drop-offs of Karang Hatta.

As we swim through the dive site, Hole in the Wall, we exit out to a dramatic drop into the open ocean.

Finally we’ll dive Pulau Hatta, a sloping reef filled with reef fish and frequented by turtles.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Saumlaki to Ambon - Day Nine - Cuisine
Location
Banda Sea
Day
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Nusa Laut

As we travel toward Ambon, we’ll make a stop in Nusa Laut, where beautiful hard and soft coral reefs await with plenty of schooling fish.

With so few human encounters, the fish seem unaware of divers as we swim in for a closer look. Typically, with mild current and good visibility, Nusa Laut is suitable for all levels of divers. The sites of “Akoon” and “Amet jetty” are the stars of this location.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Saumlaki to Ambon - Day Ten - Adelaar Plate
Location
Banda Sea
Day
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Nusa Laut

As we travel toward Ambon, we’ll make a stop in Nusa Laut, where beautiful hard and soft coral reefs await with plenty of schooling fish.

With so few human encounters, the fish seem unaware of divers as we swim in for a closer look. Typically, with mild current and good visibility, Nusa Laut is suitable for all levels of divers. The sites of “Akoon” and “Amet jetty” are the stars of this location.

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Saumlaki to Ambon - Day Eleven - Boat Drone View
Location
Banda Sea
Day
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Disembarkation

We end our journey in Ambon, as plan the last dive along a sandy slope in the bay. Thank you for joining us on Adelaar, as we cruised through one of the most beautiful diving regions of the world!

Adelaar's 12-Day Banda Sea: Saumlaki to Ambon - Day Twelve - Preparing Tanks for Diving
Location
Ambon
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Top View
Salon
Room
Reading Corner
Salon
Dinning
Bow
Bathroom
View from above
Lounge with chess and sofa
Cabin interior
Desk and bookshelf
Sofas and table with chess board
Group having a meal on the deck
Woman on the bow
Interior with a bathroom

Suites & Cabins

Adelaar's Master Suite

Master Suite

Guests
2
Size
21 m² / 226 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

The spacious master suite is installed with generously high ceilings, a sofa, a work desk, a spacious closet, and drawers. Guests staying in this air-conditioned suite enjoy the movie system. The gorgeous ensuite bathroom is equipped with a hot water shower and branded amenities.

Adelaar's Stateroom

Stateroom

Guests
2
Size
9.5 m² / 102 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

Guests can expect to be thoroughly entertained in these rooms that come with state-of-the-art entertainment systems. The ensuite bathrooms are equipped with a vacuum toilet, a washbasin, a hot water shower, and branded amenities, including calming shampoo, body wash, and conditioner.

Adelaar's Stateroom II

Stateroom II

Guests
2
Size
7 m² / 75 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

These rooms feature various amenities to ensure maximum guest comfort. From state-of-the-art entertainment systems to abundant working and storage space, guests can enjoy their time in these air-conditioned rooms. The bathroom features a hot shower and branded amenities.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Camera room

Equipment

  • Diving gear
  • Nitrox
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Stand up paddleboard
  • Kayaks / Canoes
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details