Maluku Explorer is a comfortable standard liveaboard runs by Extra Divers, offering diving trips in North Sulawesi area all year round, it can accommodate 16 guests.

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Description

Boat

Maluku Explorer is 35 meters long and almost 8 meters wide steel ship with three decks and offers everything needed for a successful liveaboard trip. It was built between 2010 and 2011.

Maluku Explorer is entirely air-conditioned. Between dives you can enjoy in the indoor salon, you'll find a library, lounge area, small board games, fish ID books, refriderators with chilled drinks and a TV for the evening briefings and movies.

Full board includes breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets plus additional afternoon snacks, fresh fruit as well as complimentary coffee, tea and water. Most meals are a combination of Indonesian, Chinese and Western cuisine with vegetarian dishes also being served. A selection of soft drinks, fruit juices and beer is available at surcharge.

The spacious dive deck has a large camera and storage space for the diving equipment. In addition, there is a toilet, charging stations and a diving platform with outdoor showers. Two tender boats will be used for diving (6.5m long, taking 6 divers each).


Cabin

Maluku Explorer has 9 guest cabins, it can welcome 18 guests each trip.

All cabins have air conditioning, private bathroom with shower and toilet (shower gel and towels are available), storage area etc.

1 Premium Cabin : Located on the sundeck, it is very large and equipped with one double bed, large panoramic windows.

2 Master Cabins : Located on the upper deck, one is equipped with one double bed and the other with two separate single beds, seaview windows.

4 Twin Standard Cabins : Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with two separate single beds, portholes.

2 Single Cabins : Located on the lower deck, they are slightly smaller, equipped with two single bunk beds, but they are for single use only.


Diving

  • 3 dives per day + alternating additional night dives.
  • No dive on the embarkation and disembarkation day.
  • Only 1 - 2 dives will be provided on the last diving day.
  • All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.
  • Divers should be AOW with 50 logged dives or above.

Other Informations

  • Nitrox:Available with additional cost
  • 15L Tanks:Available with additional cost
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Technical Dive:Available with additional cost, pre-book
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available with additional charge
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Not available at the moment
  • Laundry Service:Not available at the moment
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:Cash only (USD/EUR/IDR)
  • Crew Number:14, including 3 dive guides

Itineraries

Trip Ternate - Labuha (or vice versa)

Ternate
In front of the Mosque there are a few wrecks on diveable depth. A perfect spot to do checkdives at the start of a trip or to end the last diveday with. Crocodile flatheads, nudiebranches, ghostpipe fishes, etc. can be seen.

Tifore (option if booked extra)
Rising between Halmahera and Sulawesi, in the very deep open Sea of the Maluku, the dive sites around Tifore are mostly plateau’s with sheer walls and steep slopes. Here we can find a school of thousands barracudas and trevallys hanging in the current. This is a great divesite where your adrenaline gets going.

Goraichi Islands
The Goraichi Islands have many great dive sites with one of the most amazing fish life zones in Halmahera. Stunning reefs overgrown with colorful hard and soft corals. Also pelagic coming by. Oceanic white tip sharks have been spotted. Mantas can be seen around Pulau's Lilei and To- limao. On Pulau Lilei we have a chance to visit the local village and walk around a bit taking selfies with the local inhabitants.

Patinti Strait
The Patinti Strait is a channel between Halmahera and Bacan Island which holds excellent reefs full of blooming orange soft corals packed with anthias, plenty of large soft coral covered bommies in all different colours and different species. Here we can expect some good currents which gives us the chance to see lots of reef sharks; black tip, white tip and grey reef sharks as well as many other pelagic. Also during nightdives the walking shark can be spotted. But no worries, also for the non-current divers there is plenty of sites to dive and see great underwater life.

Bacan
We can offer a great landtour organised by the Tourism Department of South Halmahera. This nor- mally includes visiting an old Portuguese fort, traditional dancing, local market, and a few more.

Pigaraja
On the South-East of Bacan is a small island with the name Pigaraja, in front of a small village on Bacan. Here we offer a wreck dive amongst diving along amazing coral reefs. This wooden ship sank some time ago and is already covered with sponges and soft corals. A lust for the eye. Around the island are some great coral reefs, where excellent nightdives can be done!

Bacan South-West
Here we have a few divesites with stunning walls and canyons. An absolute feast for the eye! Due to open to the ocean, divers should be aware for some currents. Don’t forget to look ‘into the blue’ because a good size of schooling barracudas and trevallys can be seen as well as reefsharks, na- poleons and bumphead parrotfish coming by.

Panambuang
Black sand diving similar to Lembeh Strait. Here we offer a few different sites, with a jettydive as an absolute highlight! Weird critters, nudibranch, walking shark and even the bobbit worm have been spotted regularly. Good buyoncy skills are a must!


Other Itineraries

Trip Bitung - Ternate (or vice versa) :
Lembeh - Tifore - Goraichi Islands - Bacan - Makian - Ternate

Trip Bitung - Labuha (or vice versa) :
Lembeh - Tifore - Goraichi Islands - Patinti Strait - Bacan - Panambuang

Trip Labuha - Labuha :
Panambuang - Bacan South West - Pigaraja - Patinti Strait - Bacan - Goraichi Islands - Bacan North West

Trip Ternate - Ternate :
Ternate - Tifore (option if booked extra) - Goraichi Islands - Bacan - Patinti Strait - Makian - Ternate

More

Destinations North Sulawesi
Facilities Nitrox support, Tech Friendly, Camera station
Languages spoken English, German

Schedules & routes

Prices & conditions

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

Useful information

North Sulawesi

Period : Diving is conducted year round although conditions will vary throughout the year in the different areas.

Visa's : For most nationalities worldwide, a tourist entry visas valid for 30 days can be obtained on arrival at the first Indonesian airport for USD 25.00 in cash. These entry visas cannot be extended on arrival.

Climat : Manado has a typical equatorial climate, the wet season runs from November to April and the dry season is from May to October. The air temperature remains fairly constant throughout the year, ranging between 23°C – 30°C and the average humidity is 80%.

Water : The water temperature is a fairly constant and warm 27°C - 29°C, (dropping to 25°C in Lembeh Strait in July / August).

Clothing : Rain and sun protection clothes are a good idea, along with light airy clothes for the daytime.

Plugs : Type C Europlug, 230V @ 50Hz

Flights : Manado's Sam Ratulangi Airport fields international flights to/from Singapore (3.5 hours). There are also frequent flights to Jakarta (3hr 15min) and Makassar (1.5 hours).

  • Airport taxes on departure are levied at every Indonesian airport. These taxes need to be paid cash in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). The fees for domestic departures vary between IDR 20.000-40.000 per person. At international airports the charges are higher, between IDR 100.000-150.000 per person.
  • Please note that baggage allowance on any domestic flights ticketed separately may be limited to 15kg (33bs) per person only, and any additional weight will be subject to surcharges per kilo.

Currency : Official currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), Money-Exchanger can be found in most of the place. International ATM's are available (Visa/Masterd Card/Unionpay). Credit Cards not always accepted, Some fees may only be paid in cash.

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