The Great Crossing – Raja Ampat to Flores
Wicked Adventures is proud to offer several great Diving tours through Indonesia – but our most adventurous and exciting trips are our almost 3 week expeditions. This journey takes you through some of the most remote locations on earth. Our Planned trip for November 10th, 2017 starts us in Maumere (Flores) traveling to Raja Ampat , from the heart of the Coral Triangle where the highest concentration of marine life on earth exists to the land where dragons still roam. We head through some of the most famous sites in the world. Misool, Banda Islands, Alor and Komodo. And we pass dozens of places not yet known and several places yet to be explored. We will visit uninhabited islands, dive in places that no one has ever dived before and see some of the most amazing sites on earth. Join us while we visit one of the last frontiers.
This is not purely a diving trip – this an exploratory expedition! Many of the sites are not named, or even on the maps! Over the past years we have swam with Orcas in the open sea, found a mount with an undocumented number of hammerhead Sharks, found underwater caverns, explored 16th century Dutch East India forts, sailed by an erupting volcano, dived an island saturated with sea snakes, had super-pods of dolphins surround the boat…and even had a few pretty boring dives. There is no strict itinerary and you must be comfortable with that.
Departing from the town of Maumere to explore some of the most amazing places on earth. November 10th is our planned departure date for 2017. Then off for more than 2000 kilometers, almost 3 weeks of travel and some incredible adventures! We end the trip in Sorong on Novmeber 29, 2017.
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November 10, 2017
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We see and do unbelievable things. This is pure expedition diving. We can’t say how many dives, or where. Sure, we hope to have 40-45 dives done by the end of the trip – but who knows? When exploring remote places we don’t know how good (or bad) a dive site may be, so we might stay for a day or move along. Watching volcanoes spew lava before sunrise will take precedent over a set schedule. We do have points along the route we plan on refueling and getting fresh fruits and vegetables, and that will dictate our plans more than anything else.
Expedition: Marine Life
Wanna talk exotic? Rare Wobbegong and Epaulette Sharks (walking sharks) can be seen, passing Hammerheads, keep an eye on the reefs and corals, sponges, soft corals, shrimps, crabs and countless nudibranchs and hundreds other invertebrates. While Manta Rays always please the discerning diver, the vast areas of pristine reefs will bring a smile to anyone! If that is not enough to convince you – the highest concentration of marine life ever surveyed on ONE dive was here. 75% of coral species are found here – there is no equivalent in the terrestrial world! This the heart of the Coral Triangle and there is nothing, anywhere like this.
All of it! The giants – mantas and sharks, as well as the reef creatures – turtles and rays, this is THE trip for the marine life enthusiast. Our experienced and safety oriented staff will guide you to some amazing scenes of vast forests of soft corals and even show you a few incredible animals you would never expect!
- Flights either domestic or international (though we can help arrange these for you).
- We do not include gratuities in our prices – not for the staff, but for the guides we hire or our crew.
- Alcohol or soft drinks are not included.
- Accommodation before or after the trip
- Other incidental expenses can not be covered by Wicked Adventures – this can include souvenirs, snacks before/after trip at hotels and on tours.
This trip is not for beginning divers or those seeking luxury!!! This is almost 3 weeks of remote travels with no phones, no radios and no news. Please understand that we must be selective and cautious in who joins these trips. You must be comfortable spending this much time in remote places, on a sailing schooner with like minded travelers. We ask that our guests be comfortable on boats (not prone to seasickness) as we will pass through many weather patterns. Each guest needs to physically and emotionally prepared to be in remote locations. While this trip is not necessarily for hardcore divers – the conditions we encounter are totally unpredictable (did we mention unexplored dive sites?) and each guest should be prepared for such. As such we ask that each guest have 50 dives and feel comfortable in currents.
ITINERARY EXPEDITION SAFETY AND HEALTH
Please understand that this a very remote location and the medical facilities are limited. Prior to arrival we need any and all medical questions and concerns addressed and remedied. If you do not heed this advice and still attempt to join a trip – our policy is to err on the side of caution and safety for all guests – we will cancel your booking and issue no refund. Neither our staff or the local “doctors” are qualified to decide whether an individual is fit to dive. We will not risk anyone’s safety simply to join a diving trip (albeit an awesome diving trip).
Due to the remote nature of these trips, and the lack of medical facilities – in addition to the potentially erratic airlines – it is mandatory for all our guests to have travel insurance that covers trip cancellations AND evacuations as well as diving accidents. If you can not provide proof of insurance at time of check-in, you will be given opportunity to purchase insurance. If you choose to not do so, it may result in your not permitted aboard the trip. No refund will be issued for guests due to lack of insurance.
With the activities we undertake and, most importantly, the well-being of our guests – we have strict policies regarding health and safety on our liveaboards. If someone suffers from severe allergies or medical conditions – we must strongly urge you to re-consider your options for joining these trips. Psychological conditions can be magnified, behavioral aberrations can be focal points – the well-being of all guests is key to these success of these trips. The medical facilities are minimal and evacuation to the nearest major hospital can take 12-24 hours in good conditions. These are not trips where guests can simply step off the boat and board a plane. This is remote travel.