Banda Sea Raja Ampat Cruise November 2022 on Samambaia

Banda Sea Raja Ampat 2020


An amazing journey that starts in Ambon, visits the Banda Island and Raja Ampat and finishes in Sorong.


31 October to 11 November 2022


We are happy to announce another liveaboard trip for 2022 aboard the wonderful Samambaia. Our Banda Sea Raja Ampat cruise is an 11 nights trip running 31 October to 11 November 2022 from Ambon to Sorong. This itinerary is one of the best in Indonesia with incredible biodiversity. There are limited spaces available for this trip.

The Banda Sea

This trip starts in the city of Ambon, home of world class muck diving. The diving will start in this location in search of rhinopias, frogfish, and the infamous psychadelic frog fish.  From there the boat will sail to Nusa Laut with it’s amazing hard corals, walls, and a chance to encounter hammerhead sharks. After an overnight cruise to the historic Banda Neira, enjoy two days of diving in around this amazing location.  The Banda islands are home to a mix of wall dive, coral gardens, and amazing mandarin fish dives. From Banda the boat will make it’s way to the island of Koon on the far SE end of Seram Island.  The dives here are electric with steep walls, big currents, and some of the biggest schools of fish in Indonesia.

Banda Fort

Raja Ampat – Misool

After enjoying the diving in the Banda Sea, the boat will make it’s way to the Misool region of Raja Ampat. Misool is home to the most prolific and colourful soft corals in all of Indonesia.  November is also the best time of year to experience the annual “sardine run” in Misool.  Each year millions of these small fish cover many of the sites in the area. When these fish are schooling it attracts schools of mobula rays and other large predators close to the reef to feed.  The timing of this phenomenon is never consistent, however, November is historically the best time to witness it.  We will be staying in this area for several days, exploring the best sites that the area has to offer.  Depending on conditions, the boat will either remain in the Misool area for the remainder of the trip or head toward the Dampier Strait.

The trip will finish in the city of Sorong on the 11th of November 2022.  There are a variety of flight departures from Sorong to Jakarta, Manado, Surabaya, Bali, and Makassar for international connections.

Top 5 Dives Sites in Raja Ampat 4 Kings

The Samambaia – The Perfect Host for a Banda Sea Raja Ampat Cruise

The Samambaia is one of the best boats in the region and is fitted with all the features of a modern dive liveaboard.  With a powerful marine engine, which can reach up to 10 knots cruising speed, it’s the best way to explore the Banda Sea. During the design process the focus was on the details which make it such a great boat. Functionality is paired with aesthetics and quality materials. The layout of the ship was built around the needs of the guests. Comfort and service are of highest priority on board, while the atmosphere is relaxed and cozy. The boat offers many areas for both social activity and private time. A large sundeck is available which has a removable shade cover when the sun gets too hot.

The food on the boat is fantastic with a variety of western and Indonesian dishes. Fresh coffee is always avaialable from a top notch espresso machine. Soft drinks and water are available in the salon 24 hours per day.  Beer is also available once diving is done, wine and cocktails are available but not included.

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$6270 per person based on double/twin share plus Harbour/Park Fees $525

Package includes:

  • Transfers from and to the airport or hotel in the location of embarkation to and from MV Samambaia
  • Accommodation on board in double or twin bed. Cabin with ensuite shower, toilet and AC.
  • Full board including all drinks on board (excluding wine and spirits)
  • Up to four dives per day (no diving on embarkation and disembarkation day) accompanied by qualified dive guides. Missed dives do not result in a reimbursement claim.
  • Nitrox fills for certified enriched air nitrox divers (courses available on request and subject to charge)
  • Weights and weight belts
  • Multilingual cruise director on board
  • All offered excursions


Not Included:

  • Pre or post cruise hotels and flights
  • Cost for excess luggage (domestic and international flights)
  • National marine park fees, fuel surcharge, and Harbour Fees ($525 USD)
  • Dive rental gear
  • 15 liter scuba tank
  • Dive courses
  • Dive and travel insurance (we recommend: DAN &
  • Crew gratuities (we recommend 5 – 10% of charter price)
  • On-board massage
  • Wine & spirits

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