Maluku Explorer is a spacious and luxurious dive vessel providing cruises in the Indonesian island of Halmahera. It can host up to 18 passengers on board.

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Boat

Maluku Explorer is a spacious and luxurious dive liveaboard offering a simple and relaxing lifestyle while visiting the most interesting and beautiful locations around Halmahera Island. She was built between 2010 and 2011 and measures 35m long for 8m wide. She is powered with 2 engines Caterpillar V10 450Hp so she can cruise at 13 knots per hour. You will find on board a 110/220 volt power.

There is one general rule cruising with Maluku Explorer: if your hair is dry it is time to dive and if your hair is wet it is time to eat. The entire day is dedicated to scuba diving. That is why the huge dive platform located on the main deck is fully equipped with individual storage for your gear, a spacious kitting up area and 2 deck showers. Two tender boats will be used for diving (6.5m long, taking 6 divers each).

Maluku Explorer is entirely air-conditioned. Between dives you can enjoy a massage or just relax on the sun deck, the shady rear lounge or in the indoor salon, all located on the upper deck.

On the main deck is the dinning room where you will enjoy delicious meals. You will have a short breakfast before your first dive, with bread, tea or coffee. Next, a real breakfast will be served, chosen from a selection of Chinese and Indonesian favorites. Lunch usually consists of a soup and a variety of warm dishes, both Chinese and Indonesian. An afternoon snack will be offered after your third dive. At around 8PM, the bell will ring for a delicious dinner served by the stewards in the main salon.


Cabin

Maluku Explorer has 9 spacious cabins and can accommodate 18 guests with comfort.

All cabins include air-conditioning, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and towels.

1 Premium Cabin (N°1): Located on the upper deck, it is very large and equipped with one double bed and a large panoramic window.

2 Master Cabins (N°2 & 3): Located on the main deck, one is equipped with one double bed and the other with two single beds, both including a panoramic window.

4 Twin Standard Cabins (N°4 to 7): Located on the lower deck, equipped with two single beds.

2 Single Standard Cabins (N°8 & 9): Located on the lower deck, they are slightly smaller and equipped with two single bunk beds.


Diving

  • 3 dives per day, depending on sea conditions/route.

  • 2 night dives per week, each one of them carefully prepared.

  • All diving will provide expected guide to lead the dive.


Other Information

  • Nitrox:Available.
  • Dive insurance:Divers traveling aboard must have valid dive insurance.
  • Payment on board:Unknown.
  • Crew Number:12, including dive guides.
  • Other activities: Shore excursions.

Itineraries

ITINERARY

The diving with Maluku Explorer is located in an area that is only accessible for a little amount of divers in the North Moluccas: South-Halmahera.

The Turns usually start in Ternate, a few begin in Manado and reach the areas Halmahera within two day. In the middle of the way to Halmahera we'll offer you also some phantastic dives. The area of Halmahera comprises 399 islands and has scarcely been visited by divers. We offer our guest some possibilities to do landtours. Either you join an official landtour organized by the local government and visit a former rubber plantation, an ancient Portugese fortress, a gemstone manufacturing and last but not least a visit at a local market. This area ist well known since centuries for it's spicies. Or you just have a look at a village with 250 inhabitants, we decided to support this village so they built a school, a First-Aid-station and a well. Feel free to bring some gifts. We recommend some usefull stuff like papers and pens for the kids, also some toys like soap bubbles. Please avoid of bringing sweets because most of the time it's wrapped in plastic and this will have an impact to this village.

Some of the dives are therefore still true exploration dives. In this area there are breathtaking cliffs and overhangs that are overgrown terrific. The character of the dive sites will vary enarly every day. From small to big staff you'll see Reef slope diving, wall diving and you'll explore amazing under water landscapes might it be a pinnacle or huge under water rockformation.

The magnificent coral diversity is home to a multitude of small creatures such as pygmy seahorses, blue ring octopus, hairy octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, snails and crabs. Every dive our guides will show the astonishing variety of small creatures which is Indonesia world-famous for. Nudebranches in all colour variations, pipefish and other critters waiting for your exploration. But don't forget to mention the enormous amount of big staff waiting for you nearly every dive like reef sharks, Napoleon wrasse schools of butterfly fish, bat fish, surgeonfish, longfin bannerfish, hump head parriot fish families passing by and from time to time nice visits from eagle rays, mobulas and - with a little luck on your site - Manta rays. We also have minimum two spots where you have a fair chance to spot a huge school of adult and healthy barracudas. We discovered a few month ago a dive site which we called 'Manta Bay'. If you dove in Southeast-Asia already you maybe get bored of all the Manta- and Sharkpoints they offer. Of course we can not guarantee that you'll see them but 8 out of ten trips we spot them. Best season for this amazing creatures is September / October. With luck you can encounter the rare Epaulette shark which was formaly known to live only in Raja Ampat during our night dives.

The biodiversity in this area is amazing and impressive so you'll be flashed by huge and healthy hard- and softcoral gardens colourized by sponges in all sizes and colours. No El Ninjo nor Tsunamis destroyed this reefs and we take care that only traditional fishery is made to preserve this amazing spots.

The route in southern Halmaheras is often flexible during a liveaboard on the Maluku Explorer. Of course, there is a rough plan on where to go, but the weather is the main factor that decides exactly how the route will finally look during a trip. The adjacent map is a possible course, but includes almost all the top spots that are approached on almost every tour! Please note: The map shows a tour from Labuha to Ternate. Upcoming tours will take place from/to Labuah.

DIVING

3-4 dives are offered daily. You should have a minimum of 50 dives and you should be prepared that we have strong currents. Check the moon calendar but if you do a two week trip you will have new moon or full moon phases and strong currents will occur - and the big stuff is coming out.

Before each dive, an English-language briefing by the Indonesian dive guides will take place. Responsible individual diving in Buddy system is not a problem with adequate experience after talking to the Tour management. Normally your group will join one of three experienced Indonesian Guides which are proud and enthusiastic to show you their pristine under water world. During your time on board you won't need to take care of your Equipment anymore. We take care for everything from re-filling your tank to rinsing your equipment at the and of the trip.

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
  • 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
  • Dive courses on board
  • 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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