About Labuan Bajo
Labuan Bajo is a fishing town located on the western tip of Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. This city has a strategic function as the center of government, center of trade, education, and tourism in West Manggararai Regency. Not inferior to other cities in Indonesia which are often used as tourist destinations, LabuanBajo also has unique tour packages that you will not find anywhere else.
First, This place is a storied port city.
Although the coastline is not so wide, Labuan Bajo offers views of the green hills. This also makes Labuan Bajo a very beautiful city. Second, the package of the beauty of Labuan Bajo has also increased with several small uninhabited islands scattered around it. In addition, this busiest tourist center in Flores is also advertised as the main stopping point for tourists who want to visit Komodo Island. Therefore, don’t be surprised if this city never misses the list of Komodo Island tour packages.
About Raja Ampat
Perhaps, every diver desire is to dive in Raja Ampat, a dive area recently known as one of the world’s best diving regions. Not only the as the pulse of recreational diving, Raja Ampat is now also becoming a marine laboratory. The limited facilities never stop people from diving in Raja Ampat. In Raja Ampat, islands are spread over a vast area. Hence a mobile tourism facility is needed if one wants to explore the islands properly. There are 40 diving ships (Liveaboard) operating regularly in Raja Ampat providing full accommodation and service in exploring dive sites. But, if you need a firm ground to stay, there are resorts available around Waisai and Misool. Diving in Raja Ampat, foreign visitor must pay IDR 500.000,- for a year permit and IDR 250.00 for domestic visitor. The amount charges is to finance conservation efforts and community projects. An information center where you can pay the entrance fee to Raja Ampat can be found in Sorong and Bali. You can also purchase your tag through any liveaboards or any land base dive operators. Raja Ampat offers dive with mostly good visibility, minimum 20m and with underwater menu such as colorful school of fish, dense coral covers, and opportunities to meet exotic rare to find critters. In the north, sites with such description are scattered around Dampier Strait. Waisai is the capital city of Raja Ampat district and located just in the heart of Dampier strait. The dive resorts are mostly located in this area..In the south, Misool area is the center of the exotic dive sites providing underwater coral garden full of pelagic, mantas, colorful reef fish and sometime sea mammals. If you wish to encounter schools of fusilier, jack fish, snappers, and anthias, do dive in Sardine Reef, Mike’s Point, The Passage, Cape Kri, and Mansuar Reef. Pigmy seahorses are normally hiding within the polyps of the gorgonians in the area. The shy wobbegong shark also can be spotted here. The wobbegong shark may look calm and easy to be approached but don’t disturb them as they can be quite dangerous and are likely to bite when they feel annoyed. Saunek Island is the center of muck dive where in the shallow water under the jetty you can find wonderpus, the species of mimic octopus that mastered the knowledge of camouflaging into the form of several fishes in order to avoid predator. Here you can also encounter ghost pipefish, mantis shrimp, and crocodile fish In the west, in Arborek Island’s water is the house of schools of Manta Rays. At Manta Point close to Arborek, the current runs swift such a perfect playground for the group and the strong current feed them with abundance of plankton.
In the beginning 0f 16th century, Maluku, known as Moluccas, had been on the list of the world’s trade. Spices produced in the Moluccas sent to all over the world, valued like gold by the Europeans. The Portuguese and the Dutch colonialized the islands and made Ambon as the center of the government.
Underwater, Ambon offers an unforgettable experience, from exploring mysterious underwater structure, stunning caves, underwater valleys, to wreck dive at the shipwreck in Ambon Bay. Those divers’ favorites are Pintu Kota, Hurukila Cave, Aquila wreck, and Laha. However the islands have many more dive sites to be visited, such as Namalatu, Pulau Tiga, Tanjung Sial, Tanjung Setan, and many more.
Pintu Kota can be reached within 10 minutes boat ride from Latuhalat beach. The site boasts huge dome and mysterious sensation. Hurukila Cave has smaller dome but there are some small caves beacon, perfect scene for wide-angle lens. On the other side, Laha one of the best muck diving site in Indonesia. In Laha, the unique and rare species ‘Psychedelic’ frogfish stuns Divers. Aquila wreck is an 80 meters long World War II cargo ship sank by the beach into the depth of 30m. Check the condition of the site with local dive operator or professionals because sometimes the current is quite strong and limited visibility. Wreck penetration diving requires special skills and knowledge due to safety.
Indulge Ambon’s underwater landscape where the colorful coral reefs grow healthily with abundance of colorful Rhinopias swimming close to the reefs, and get a close encounter to a large number of frogfish species, the schools of pelagic fish such as giant trevallies, some shark species, manta rays, and the cute napoleon.
Banda is a compound where 13 small islands nestled; with its prominent islands are Banda Besar Island, Gunung Api Island, Run Island, Ay Island, and Pisang Island which also called Syahrir Island. In the 16th century, Banda was famous as the spice island and became the trade centre to the surrounding islands such as Ternate, Tidore, Aru, and West Papua. Some Indonesian prominent figure, namely Mohamad Hatta, Sjahrir, and Dr. Tjipto Mangunkusumo had live in exile in Banda during the Indonesian struggle for independence.
In 1978, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the legendary ocean explorer, arrived in Banda with his iconic research vessel, Calypso, to dive and filming the underwater jewel of Banda. There are more than 20 dive sites pinned around Banda. It can be said that, in general, dive sites in Banda are the one with the best coral cover in Indonesia, one of the best visibility in Indonesia and also one of the area in Indonesia where you actually dive just next to an active volcano.
For instance is in Gunung Api Island, the volcanic eruption in 1988 had damaged the underwater environment. But nature has its own system and plan, it turned out that minerals that flown the ocean with the lava was very useful for corals regeneration. Hence the natural hazard gave birth to a new dive site called Lava Flow.
The pristine water of Banda may bless with abundance and healthy colorful corals covering the seabed, a view to kill for divers and underwater photographer, but the density level and the variety of fish are far from high. Don’t be sad! Banda is a heaven filled with mandarin fish that belong to the family of dragonet. Up at dawn for a sunrise dive and spend sunset to dusk underwater, you’ll see the unique fish with attractive colors and patterns come out from their cubicle just less 20 meters from the shore.