CORALIA I 09 - 20 DEC 2020 I RAJA AMPAT I INDONESIA

CORALIA I 09 - 20 DEC 2020 I RAJA AMPAT I INDONESIA
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CORALIA. This traditional, luxurious phinisi is an eco-liveaboard - brand new for 2019 - large staterooms, the master suites have balconies. Free nitrox, repeat guests have free use of dive equipment. Superb air conditioned camera room. staff - guest ratio 1:1



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 11 Nights, 28 - 30 Dives
  • Languages spoken - English Spanish Indonesian
  • Raja Ampat - Sorong, Misool, Farondi, Wayil Batan, Penemu, Wofoh
  • Aluji Bay, Wayag, Gam, Yangeffo, Arborek, Mansuar, Dampier Strait.
  • Shark action, manta rays, turtles, schooling fish & big pelagics
  • Great macro life and marine diversity
  • Healthy reefs, wall diving, drift diving, caverns, advanced divers
  • Free Nitrox
  • Wifi free - when there is signal reception
  • Repeat guests receive free dive equipment usage
  • Small dive groups 1:6 ratio
  • Staff to guest ratio 1:1
  • Kayaks and Paddleboards
  • Hiking and Bird Watching 
  • Massage service
  • Occasional Marine Scientist presentations 

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from tender
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves Tanks With Din Valves Din/Int Adapters 15L Tanks Available Nitrox (Free) Rental Equipment ($) Dive Computer ($)
  • En-Suite Bathroom Wi-Fi ($) Air-Conditioning European (2 Pin) Power Sockets Movies
  • Snorkeling, Stand-Up Paddling, Kayaking, Land Excursions, Hiking, Bird watching
  • Buffet, all snacks, soft drinks, water, tea coffee included while on board
  • Alcohol - available to purchase on board
  • Payments onboard - Cash
  • Fire Alarm. Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets. Life Rafts
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit. First Aid Kits, Vhf Radio

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OUR BOAT

Coralia is a classic Phinisi, built in Bira, Sulawesi by the Konjo tribe that has been building cargo ships for centuries.  Blending ancient techniques and wisdom with modern design and safety features, Coralia is one of the few Phinisi equipped with two engines. 

Coralia is operated by a world-renowned team known for their exceptional service and commitment to protecting the natural environment and developing local communities in Raja Ampat. We use reef friendly laundry detergent and bathroom amenities, biodegradable garbage bags, avoid the usage of single-use plastic, and make a point of employing and training locals on as many jobs as possible 

OUR CABINS

Our eight spacious cabins, offer modern comfort and style while incorporating traditional details. Each cabin is air-conditioned, non-smoking, and has a spacious private bathroom with warm freshwater showers, towels and hairdryer. Environmentally friendly, natural soap and shower amenities are provided free of charge. In the cabin itself guests will find cozy beds, a sofa, working desk and closet.  A safety box, regular and USB charging stations provide further comfort.

  • Our four luxurious master cabins on the main and upper deck additionally feature each a private balcony, sun chair and outside sofa, where guests can indulge in the tropical scenery and never miss a sunrise or sunset.
  • The lower deck has 2 beautiful Double bed cabins and 2 spacious twin bed cabins.

Housekeeping will make up your cabin daily and also do a turn-down service in the evenings. A laundry service is offered against a small fee.

AMENITIES

Coralia has a lounge and a restaurant with a huge relaxation zone, spacious sun deck and a massage area. Photographers have a dedicated camera room for charging and work benches at their disposal. 

Coralia is a diver’s dream come true!  The shaded dive deck has warm showers, a changing room, hangers, equipment storage and extra towels are provided for diving.

Underwater photographers are well-catered for, with a dedicated air-conditioned camera room on the main deck, providing individual camera stations for charging, extra towels and lighting. The dive deck features a rinsing basket for cameras, as well as a camera table.

Not only underwater is Indonesia a paradise – with Coralia we visit secluded places, viewpoints to indulge in spectacular panoramas, bird watching spots and small hiking trails, depending on the cruise itinerary. Kayaks and paddleboards will be available for you to explore the surroundings.

On some cruises we will have the opportunity to hear interesting presentations from marine scientists and other experts of the area.

FOOD ON BOARD

The meals include a variety of dishes to suit everyone served buffet style. All meals and snacks, plus soft drinks, water, tea and coffee are included whilst on board.  For any dietary requests, such as vegetarian or any allergies, please inform us prior to arrival.

DIVING WITH US

We dive in small groups with one dive guide accompanying four guests. Our dive team consists of our two experienced cruise directors who are also PADI instructors, and our three PADI certified local dive guides. Detailed briefings are held in our restaurant and equipment is set up by our lovely crew. The two tenders bring the divers to the best dive spots and after a quick current check by the guides, you can immerse yourself into Indonesia’s abundant waters.

After night dives we’ll get you warmed up with some hot chocolate and warm towels.

Nitrox is free of charge on Coralia, the tanks are 12-litre aluminum and we can cater for DIN as well as INT regulators. A limited amount of 15 litre tanks are available upon request against a small surcharge. For those who prefer to leave their dive gear at home, we have rental gear available for a surcharge and it is recommended to reserve it well in advance.

For guests who would like to refresh their skills, continue their dive education, and also for the newbies, we offer  dive courses and specialities of all sorts.

The management of Coralia believe that as divers, everybody has a duty to do what we can to conserve the areas in which we dive and be ambassadors for healthy marine ecosystems the world over. They participate together with guests in a number of eco-friendly practices to ensure pristine coral reefs in the area and spectacular diving for everyone for many years to come. 

MASTER CABINS - MAIN AND UPPER DECKS

4 Master Cabins are on the main and upper decks are spacious and airy with private deck and a total of 30 m² space. All cabins have their own bathrooms and are tastefully decorated, incorporating traditional design elements with modern features.

Room amenities:-

Air Conditioning Private bathroom Fresh water shower Tea/coffee making facilities Refrigerator Hair dryer In-room safe

  • Room size: 30 m2
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Beds: 1 Queen
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • WiFi in room: No
  • Air conditioning: Yes
  • Shareable:  No

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DOUBLE CABIN - LOWER DECK

2 Double Cabins are on the lower deck, 24 m² and can be turned into a triple room when needed. All cabins have their own bathrooms and are tastefully decorated, incorporating traditional design elements with modern features.

Room amenities:- 

Air Conditioning Private bathroom Fresh water shower Tea/coffee making facilities Refrigerator Hair dryer In-room safe

  • Room size: 24 m2
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Beds: 1 Queen + 1 Futon
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • WiFi in room: No
  • Air conditioning: Yes
  • Shareable: No

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TWIN CABINS -LOWER DECK

2 Twin Cabins are on the lower deck are 22 m². All cabins have their own bathrooms and are tastefully decorated, incorporating traditional design elements with modern features.

Room amenities:-

Air Conditioning Private bathroom Fresh water shower Tea/coffee making facilities Refrigerator Hair dryer In-room safe

  • Room size: 22 m2
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Beds: 2 Twin
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • WiFi in room: No
  • Air conditioning: Yes
  • Shareable:  Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • For this route the boat leaves from Port Sorong and ends at Port Sorong
  • The nearest airport is Dominique Edward Osok (SOQ), Sorong.
  • Attention! The departure/arrival at the marina can change due to the internal logistics of the boat, the bad weather conditions of the previous week or the bad weather forecast. 
  • In case of changes all transfers are provided to the new marina, there cannot be an issue of refund or compensation

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • Pickup time at the airport is around 10:30. Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pickup your bags
  • A representative of the Liveaboard will be waiting for you at the arrival hall and you will be transferred by speedboat .
  • Hotel pickup time is in the morning the Hotel must be reasonably close to the port of embarkation
  • You can check in on the boat as of 11:00
  • The boat departs Sorong in the morning on the same day
  • The liveaboard is moored in front of Papua Explorer Resort Raja Ampat 45 minutes from Sorong
  • The vessel is equipped with European (2 pin) power sockets
  • Accepted payment methods on board: Cash
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board
  • Towels and soap are included

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Sorong in the morning on the last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 10:30 on the last day.
  • Hotel drop-off time is around 11:00 at Hotel must be reasonably close to the port of disembarkation
  • Airport drop-off time is around 11:00
  • Transfer back to the airport

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • Coralia’s Raja Ampat trips start and end at Papua Explorers on Dampier Strait. The resort is 45 minutes away from Waisai with speed boats. Guest need to be in Sorong by 10:30am and transferred to the resort.
  • After the trip guests can reach flights from 11am in Sorong.  
  • 15 liter tanks need to pre-booked

HOW TO GET TO RAJA AMPAT

  • If you are diving in Raja Ampat then Sorong is the main gateway to the rest of Indonesia and the world, even though Jayapura is the provincial capital.
  • You can fly directly to Sorong from Jakarta, Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado. From Bali there are convenient connections via Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Manado.
  • Jakarta International Airport is well connected with most of Asia and Europe.
  • Domestic airlines with direct flights from Jakarta to Sorong include Sriwijaya Air and Express Air. You should be able to book flights with them online and pay with your debit/credit card.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Approx. 28 - 30 dives 
  • Nivel required: Open Water
  • We require you have a minimum of 30 logged dives and Open Water for cruises that visit Raja Ampat, the Bandas and 50 logged dives and Advanced Open Water for cruises that visit the Komodo marine park area.
  • To dive with a dive buddy, you must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following your guide. On some dives the recommended depth is below 18m therefore advanced or Deep Diver training is advised.
  • Many of the dives in Indonesia are suitable for all levels of divers, however, unpredictable and strong currents are to be expected anytime and anywhere.
  • Inexperienced divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience.
  • Number of planned dives depending on the weather conditions and the route are varied but with an average of 4 dives per day - one dive will be a sunset or night dive.
  • Currents in some areas of this route can be strong.

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Arrival and assistance at the airport. Collecting your luggage.
  • At the indicated time, transfer to the port depending the route.
  • Boarding the boat, welcome drink and presentation briefing of the boat and crew (depending on the schedule of flights will be the first day or the next day early morning).
  • Distribution of cabins.
  • Overnight on board.
  • You can take some time this day to prepare your diving equipment.

DAYS 2 - PENULTIMATE

  • 28 -30 dives in this trip.
  • Diving trip with full board and daily diving plan.
  • You will dive the most important dive sites of this route.
  • Every single trip is tailor-made to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • The decision on the itinerary is made by the cruise director based on factors such as weather conditions, dive conditions, requests of guests, schedules of other liveaboards, which we are trying to stay away from.

PENULTIMATE

  • 2 dives in the morning.
  • Afternoon / night, arrival at port.
  • Dinner and accommodation on board.
  • Free time to enjoy the local atmosphere, shopping and / or optional excursions in the area.

LAST DAY

  • Disembark in Port.
  • Transfer to the hotel or airports

DIVING IN RAJA AMPAT

  • Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small isles, cays and shoals surrounding the 4 main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo.
  • The marine life diversity in West Papua is considerably greater than all other areas sampled in the coral triangle of Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. It is quite simply the cream of the crop in world diving!
  • Recent studies have shown that the marine diversity in Indonesia's West Papua Province is considerably greater than all other areas sampled in the Coral Triangle (made up of Indonesia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea), which simply means it is the best of the best.
  • Shark action, manta rays, turtles, schooling fish & big pelagics, great macro life/ marine diversity.
  • Healthy reefs, wall diving, drift diving, caverns, advanced divers.

DIVE ROUTE

  • Starting from Sorong in West Papua we head south to Misool. Misool’s small surrounding islands are soft coral paradise and another area of Raja Ampat. With its abundance of stunning dive sites and the natural beauty of karst limestone, jungle clad islands, this area invites us to linger for several days. Misool can be divided into many areas where we can spend the whole day at a selection of amazing dive sites. 
  • Daram is in the very east of these islands and has inviting names such as Candy Store, Andiamo and Warna Berwarna (meaning Colourful Colour!) The sea fans forests here have to be seen to be believed! In the iconic areas of Boo, Fiabecet and Juliet we look through the iconic Boo Windows, with tonnes of fish surrounding us. 
  • We explore fabulous dive sites like Shadow Reef (aka Magic Mountain), Nudibranch Rock, Batu Kecil, Whale Rock, Boo West Corner and Juliet Kecil. And if we are lucky, we see the majestic Giant and Reef Manta rays around here.
  •  Admire large coral heads covered in soft corals, maybe spotting the famous Santa Clause Pygmy Seahorse, while schools of Barracudas and Batfish might pass by. Our eagle-eyed dive masters will look for a ‘Walking Shark’ (Epaulette Shark) on a night dive at Romeo. Sagof, Wagmab, Farondi offer us stunning underwater walls, overhangs and cave structures plus amazing macro, such as Nudibranchs, Flatworms, Anemone Crabs and all kinds of shrimps. In this area, we have the opportunity to visit the wonderful Lagoons, a must- see place, with its iconic bee-hive shaped karst limestone formations and hard coral colonies at the bases of these amazing geological structures. If the tide is high enough our crew will take you to the secret bay right at the back! 
  • There are also lagoons at Wayilbatan, including the Love Lagoon. The hike up the steep stairs is well worth the view. A drift dive through a channel covered in sea fans at Neptune Fan Sea is the perfect place to cool off after the hot walk. Wedding Cake and Barracuda Rock are other stunning dive sites in this area.
  • It is a long crossing up to Penemu so on the last day of diving in Misool we will do two dives before heading north. Famous Melissa’s Garden awaits us with its spectacular, healthy and wide-spread hard coral plateau in the shallows. At Keruo Wall we can admire large gorgonian sea fans and lovely reef tops, and we might also explore My Reef and Batu Rufus. 
  • A short hike to the viewpoint of Penemu offers a spectacular view of the lagoons and its surrounding islands. 
  • Next, we make our way to Wofoh. Wofoh has several unique dive sites easily reachable from one mooring point, allowing us to relax in this incredibly scenic area. On one side, we will have the backdrop of Wofoh and Taman Wofoh, two small islands with pristine white coral sand beaches and on the other side we can take in vistas of the forested mountains and valleys of West Waigeo. The dive sites at Wofoh are famous for stunning black coral forests, where schooling fish are on the constant run from larger predatory fish. The walls are interesting with ledges and shallow caverns where it is not uncommon to find wobbegong sharks. Wofoh has some very healthy hard corals in the shallows, where dense schools of anthias and damsels can be found. We will do one or two dives at Wofoh before heading into Aluji Bay. 
  • Our afternoon and night dive will be at Aluji Bay, where will be on a critter hunt. Inside this bay, there is also an opportunity to take a little tour to visit the pearl farm and learn all about how pearls are grown. 
  • A late afternoon dive at the pearl farm jetty might be possible and it can be full of schooling fish and wobbegong sharks. During the night dive, it is not unusual to find macro favourites like toadfish, octopus and Epaulette walking sharks. 
  • An even more stunning panorama can be indulged at world-famous Wayag, which is in the very north and across the equator in the northern hemisphere. Uninhabited and incredibly picturesque, Wayag Island is an icon of Raja Ampat. Covering a total area of 155,000 hectares it is known for its beautiful atolls and lagoons. Breath taking at every turn, in Wayag you will find pristine beaches and the unique Karst islands that resemble mushrooms sprouting from the sea. In the morning, for the fit and adventurous, we will climb to the top of Mount Pindito for the fantastic views. We can then do two dives. 
  • The dives at Far Out Rock and Figure Eight are characterised by pretty sloping reefs where we look for nudibranchs, leaf fish and moray eels. In the afternoon, we will go for a scenic tour in the speedboats. Look for baby manta rays and turtle as we cruise around. At the ranger station, we look for black tip reef sharks swimming over the sand in the shallows. 
  • The following day will be spent on the western tip of Gam island, at an island called Yangeffo, which protects a sheltered bay. This small area has multiple world class dive sites. Famous ones like Citrus Ridge and Mayhem always amaze divers with their vibrancy and biodiversity. The area here is probably so abundant due to the surrounding mangroves. Beautiful hard and soft corals grow under and among the roots of the trees, so a dive at Mangrove Ridge is truly enjoyable. 
  • And our crew will be happy to take you out in the dingy to snorkel in the mangroves in between dives. Sunsets and sunrises are very special at our mooring point at Yangeffo: as the sun drops, the surrounding forested hills become alive with flocks of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo's and Blyth’s Hornbills emerge to return to their roosting places. 
  • The remainder of our adventure will be spent diving in the Dampier Strait. We will select the best dives sites for the experience of the divers and according to the current and weather conditions. Here you can expect to dive at some world class, adrenalin-packed dive sites such as Cape Kri, Chicken Reef, Sleeping Barracuda, Sardine Reef, Mioskon and Blue Magic. 
  • Our guides can take you to places where the current meets the reef head on, where you can witness predatory fish like for black tip, white tip and grey reef sharks, giant trevally, Spanish mackerel and dog tooth tuna hunting huge schools of smaller fish like fusiliers and big eye jacks. Sea mounts and long reefs offer this hunting action as well as sightings of bumphead parrotfish, napoleon wrasse, turtles and manta rays. At the other end of the Dampier Strait is the island of Arborek with a great jetty dive. Lalosi is a drift dive completely full of fusiliers and with a chance to see wobbegong sharks. The well-known manta aggregation sites of Manta Sandy and Manta Ridge are also in this area. Sawandarek is on the island of Mansuar and the dive on the reef and jetty in from of the village is a fantastic dive.
  •  You can also visit Papua Explorer’s coral restoration project here. For those interested we can take a walk around the village at Sawandarek or Arborek.  

DAY 11

  • The last day will offer 2 more action-packed dives in the Dampier Strait and we can arrange for a bird watching trip on the last morning to see the enigmatic and endemic Red Bird of Paradise.

DAY 12 

  • Breakfast and disembark from the boat.

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including all meals and snacks, soft drinks, water, tea and coffee - while on board
  • Free WiFi
  • Transfer from/to the airport (round-trip, only on boat arrival & departure days)
  • Transfer from/to local hotels (round-trip, only on boat arrival & departure days)
  • Weight Belt/Weights/Tank(s)
  • 15 liter tanks
  • Dive guides
  • Dive package of up to 4 dives per day
  • Free nitrox
  • Full scuba set (for guests of Papua Explorers Resort and returning Coralia guests)
  • Shore excursions - according to the programme
  • Government taxes

NOT INCLUDED

  • National Park/maritime areas entrances fee & Port clearance fee and fuel surcharge: Raja Ampat: 250 USD per person per trip.
  • International and domestic air, land, sea transportation, excess baggage
  • Visa, hotels and meals ashore before and after the cruise
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Dive equipment rental (other than dive cylinders, weights and weight belt)
  • Dive insurance and travel insurance
  • Onboard purchases
  • Private tours
  • Laundry
  • Crew gratuities

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:

  • 30 % is non-refundable
  • Between 120 days and 90 days before the trip = 70 % is refundable
  • 90 days before the trip = no refund

In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality
  • Make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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