Ondina is a beautiful wooden schooner, runs by a professional team from Spain, it offering various liveaboard routes in Indonesia according to the season, it can accommodate max. 16 guests.

Pascaline

18/11/2018

Le bateau est très confortable et l'organisation des plongées est top. L'embarquement sur les zodiacs est facile. ...et il y a de l'eau chaude dans les cabines! (contrairement à ce que...

Description

Boat

Ondina is a 32 meters long, 8 meters wide classical wooden buginese schooner entirely built with teak and tropical woods. This dive liveaboard is the BEST choice for a group of 6 divers, ask us for more details and conditions as this is perfectly suitable for your diver gang.

Ondina is ready and prepared to offer the level of service, safety and comfort to guarantee a pleasant diving vacations in a romantic way to enjoy adventure and exploratory diving in the Inner Seas of Indonesia.

The main deck has a beautiful air conditioned salon-dinnig area with a TV/DVD, computer station, a stereo player and an assortment of movies, CDs and books.

The upper deck is a 60 m2 Sundeck with hand shower to refresh yourself, hammacks and shadow canvas for the warmest moments of the day.

For those who enjoy the sun there is sun deck with chaise longues and mattresses.

The dive deck is spacious and well equipped with personal gear boxes and an in-place fill station.

A camera table, a shelf with electrical socket for camera and rinse tanks are conveniently located for washing dive equipment and cameras. As well as charging stations with 220volt electricity 24hrs and 2 round pins EU Std sockets.


Cabin

Ondina has 8 comfortable guest cabins, it can accommodate only 16 guests on board.

All with ensuite freshwater shower (but only warm water), hand basin and toilet, under-bed storage and individual AC unit.

6 Standard Cabins:
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with a double bed and a single in bunk style, portholes.

2 Twin Cabins:
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with two twin bunk beds, portholes.

There are only two hot water showers located on the main deck, and they are shared by the guests and crew.


Diving

  • 3 dives per day + alternating additional night dives.

  • No dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.

  • 2 dives will be provided on the day before departure.

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


Other Informations

  • Nitrox:Available with additional cost
  • 15L Tanks:Available with additional cost
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Technical Dive:Not available at the moment
  • 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 (USD/EUR/IDR)
  • Crew Number:15, include 2 - 3 dive guides

Itineraries

Best of Raja Ampat 10D/9N

DAY 1: Pick up at Sorong airport, transfer to the boat, welcome drink and accommodation. Check dive in the afternoon at one of the reefs surrounding Sorong. Overnight sailing to Dampier Straits.

DAY 2: Diving in the fabulous reefs in the Dampier Straits: Sardine reef, Blue Magic and Mioskon amongst others. Night dive at Saporkren jetties (muck diving).

DAY 3: Early morning excursion under the canopy at Gam to see the birds of paradise. Diving in Mike’s Point, Cape Kri and night dive in Yenbeser.

DAY 4: Dive the jetties of Airborek and around the Penemu area, in My Reef, Melissa’s Garden, The Lagoon, etc. Afternoon ascent to viewpoint in Fam. Overnight sail to Misool.

DAY 5: Two dives in Sagof, afternoon in Baby Rock and night dive in Nudi City (Gamfi).

DAY 6: Shadow Reef (aka Manta Mountain), two dives in Jamur Boo (Boo Rocks) and night dive in Yilliet.

DAY 7: Dive the fabulous reefs of the Fiabacet group, such as Nudi Rock, Tank Rock, Whale Rock and night dive in the small Yilliet. Optional visit to Misool Eco Resort.

DAY 8: Diving the caves in Goa Farondi, The Friendly Canyon and Razorback, and tender boat tour to the lagoons, plus visit to cave with bats and stalactites in the afternoon. Overnight sailing to Batanta.

DAY 9: Two muck dives in the morning on the black sand slopes of South Batanta, such as Black Beauty or Happy Ending. Sail back to Sorong to fly the morning after.

DAY 10: After breakfast, check out and transfer back to Sorong airport.


Banda Sea 11D/10N

DAY 1: Check dive and night dive in one of the muck sites inside Kalabahi Bay, such as Pertamina jetty or Mucky Mosque.

DAY 2: Dive the most emblematic sites of the Alor straits, such as Clownfish Valley (with the largest anemone fields in the world), the walls at Cave Point or Babylon… Overnight to Wetar.

DAY 3: Dive the west coast of Wetar, on the fishy walls around Tanjung Nunukae and the small satellite island of Reong. Visit to the nearby village to look for salt water crocodiles. Overnight to Gunung Api.

DAY 4: Dive around the volcanic island of Gunung Api, literally “Fire mountain”. Although dormant, this island is famous for hosting a large population of sea snakes underwater and myriads of sea birds flying above the surface. Overnight to Lucipara.

DAY 5: Dive the impressive walls of the Lucipara and Penyu island groups, a small group of sandy keys featuring massive barrel sponges, schools of surgeons and carangids underwater, with common sights of pelagic fauna. Overnight to the Banda Islands.

DAY 6: Dive around Karang Hatta and other sites in the Banda group. Night in Bandaneira, the most beautiful natural anchorage of Indonesia. Dusk dive at the mandarinfish site.

DAY 7: Cultural visit around Bandaneira, the heart of the Spice Islands: Fort Rotterdam, the Governors House and the nutmeg plantation. Dive Batu Kapal around noon and Pulau Soanggi in the afternoon. Overnight to Nusa Laut.

DAY 8: 2 dives at the famous site Ameth’s Knoll, a reef parallel to the coast that the local villagers have protected since the old times, to allow fish to spawn and spill over to adjacent areas. Afternoon and night dives at the next village to the south.

DAY 9: Dive the south coast of Ambon, in signature site Pintu Kota (a massive arch underwater with big fans, soft corals and schools of fish.

DAY 10: 2 muck dives around the jetties at the Twilight Zone, with a vast array of critters and oddities to be found.

DAY 11: After breakfast, check out and transfer back to Ambon airport.

More

Destinations Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Cenderawasih Bay
Facilities Nitrox support, Camera station
Languages spoken English, French, Spanish

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
03/09/2019 to 13/09/2019 10 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Biak From $3,681.15 Detail
16/09/2019 to 26/09/2019 10 nights Biak - Manokwari From $3,681.15 Detail
30/09/2019 to 10/10/2019 10 nights Manokwari - Sorong From $3,681.15 Detail
14/10/2019 to 24/10/2019 10 nights Banda Sea Sorong - Ambon From $3,681.15 Detail
27/10/2019 to 06/11/2019 10 nights Banda Sea Ambon - Tual From $3,681.15 Detail
09/11/2019 to 19/11/2019 10 nights Banda Sea Tual - Ambon From $3,681.15 Detail
22/11/2019 to 03/12/2019 11 nights Banda Sea Ambon - Sorong From $4,049.27 Detail
06/12/2019 to 16/12/2019 10 nights Sorong - Biak From $3,681.15 Detail
19/12/2019 to 29/12/2019 10 nights Biak - Sorong From $3,681.15 Detail
02/01/2020 to 12/01/2020 10 nights Raja Ampat Sorong - Sorong From $3,681.15 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
10 nights Double Twin From $3,681.15
Raja Ampat 10 nights Double Twin From $3,681.15
Banda Sea 10 nights Double Twin From $3,681.15
Banda Sea 11 nights Double Twin From $4,049.27

Included

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

Not included

  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • Dive courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

Useful information

Raja Ampat

Period : The diving season is year-round. Best diving season is December to March with the best overall visibility. Most liveaboards avoid Raja Ampat from mid July - mid September due to the likelihood of experiencing both strong winds / surface swells and rain.

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 : Raja Ampat lies on the equator and has a hot and humid tropical climate. The air temperature is fairly contant year round and can drop to 24°C overnight whilst the daytime maximum is 31°C. The average humidity is 83%.

Water : The water temperature is a fairly constant and warm 27°C - 29°C.

Clothing : Light airy clothes are ideal, can be cool with rain. Sun protection is a must.

Plugs : Type C Europlug, 230V @ 50Hz

Flights : The town of Sorong in West Papua is the main gateway to Raja Ampat. Sorong is mainly accessed via connections from Jakarta, Denpasar Bali and Makassar.

  • 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.

Diver's reviews (5)

Pascaline, 18/11/2018

Le bateau est très confortable et l'organisation des plongées est top. L'embarquement sur les zodiacs est facile. ...et il y a de l'eau chaude dans les cabines! (contrairement à ce que l'on pensait). On a fait la croisière Banda sea... Les fonds sont beaux et préservés (mis à part les sites de muck dive à Ambon moins préservés, mais si riches de toutes sortes de créatures). Des coraux magnifiques et variés, on a vu de tout, du gros, requins baleine, marteaux, mantas et du petit, hyppocampes pigmés, poissons fantômes... C'est un itinéraire que je pourrais refaire plusieurs fois...

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Sébastien, 12/01/2018

Bonjour, Noel et nouvel an sur un bateau dans l'un des plus beau site du Monde, Check !!! La croisière fut fantastique, le bateau est vraiment très bien et vraiment adapté. Avec 16 plongeurs, l'organisation des plongées est vraiment super bien rodée, départ en plusieurs groupe afin d'être tranquille et simplement plonger. La cuisine est très variée ce qui est plaisant et le staff est à l'image de l'organisation, toujours présent, toujours le sourire. Le plus dur dans cette croisière, le retour à Sorong ....

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Sophyline, 08/01/2018

Un bateau très bien organisé pour les plongeurs. Tout est fait pour faciliter le séjour. Un équipage de choc attentionné, un chef cuisto aux petits oignons avec les hôtes. Des minis découvertes de la région sont également organisées entre deux plongées.

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Shueri, 12/09/2016

I went onboard Ondina on August 2016 for Komodo, the crew were super helpful and very friendly, the cabin was in a good size and clean, the common area were large and cozy, on the upper deck, on the main deck and on the back of the dive room - you can always find your spaces. The food were really really good, and the diving team were very organised and professional. They even included an Island visit during our trip. The only thing was not perfect : all the cabins only provided warm water (body temp), and after 3 or 4 dives of the day, it's really cold to take shower in the cabins. There were 2 common shower with hot water on the main deck located in the wetsuit/equipment washing room. But just image that there are 7 other divers waiting for shower, you better be fast!! All in all, it was a great trip.

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Alex, 08/07/2014

I spent 10 days diving on Onida, it was a very good boat, excellent friendly crew, great dive guide, Very good value for money, ideal for those who wanna a bugget liveaboard trip in Raja Ampat. Only thing wasn't so good was i have to pay extra for Nitrox, but i guess it was normal for most of liveaboard trip. Food onboard was good also! I enjoyed it. And Raja Ampat was really as amazing as people told me, definitely worth going! I will go back for it again next year!

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