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Far East & Australia - Liveaboards


Australia & the Far East is home to some of the world’s most exciting and sought after scuba diving and perfect diving holiday locations. Visit sites that haven’t changed since the dawn of diving to glide along some of the most picturesque and impressive walls and distant coral seas - dive holidays dreams are made of.

Visit one of the seven wonders of the world – The Great Barrier Reef which runs some 2000 miles along the north western coast of Australia.

Manado and Wakatobi off the north and south east of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Manado's Bunaken Marine park is within 30 minutes of the authentic and unassuming accomodation. Wakatobi offers the best of luxury accommodation & liveaboards. Both are world class diving locations. Photographers will enjoy diving in Lembehwhere there are specialist led diving weeks and camera rooms.

Layang, Layang off the coast of Saba is largely unexplored with 50m visibility and famous for hammerheads. This reclaimed 50 acre island offers spectacular wall diving plus giant mantas and morays.

Offering excellent value in the Far East is in the Philippines with some of the best diving in all asia. dive sites. It has the widest choice of dive sites from deep dives, drift dives, wreck sites and many more. Our latest edition to the programme is our choice of liveaboard to Sipadan, Borneo on the north east coast of Malaysia. See 1000s of schooling pelagics, visit world class muck, reef and wall dive sites - some of the best in the world. And finally, Thailand, ideal for leisurely diving, stunning beaches and perfect for non-divers too.


Raja Ampat Aggressor - Raja Ampat , Far East & Australia

Our recommended Raja Ampat Liveaboard is the Aggressor. The Raja Amat Aggressor luxury liveaboard offers 4 exciting itineraries diving Raja Ampat,   Cenderawasih Bay,    Banda Sea,   Triton Bay the heart of The Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat is known to have the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world. If you haven’t experienced the diving in this area before, it is is known for the diversity and abundance of marine life.

Diving
The area of the Four Kings is comprised of over 1500 islands and home to 600 types of corals, 1,500 fish species and over 600 types of mollusks 14 passenger yacht. Each of the four itineraries offer remote pristine diving, each with something a little different. Dive on healthy and vibrant reefs, seamounts, sheer walls, caves, beautiful coral gardens and magnificent critter dives. A 3mm wetsuit and hood is recommended. All diving is from tenders. The yacht offers up to four dives per day (including night dives) and depending on the weather and itinerary.

Location
Raja Ampat is located off the northwest tip of Bird's Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia's West Papuaprovince, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising of over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau.

The Banda Sea is a sea in the Maluku Islands of Indonesia, connected to the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by hundreds of islands, as well as the Halmahera and Ceram Seas.

Cenderawasih Bay is a large bay in the northern Province of Papua and West Papua, New Guinea, Indonesia. The western part of the bay was declared a marine national park in 2002. Triton Bay is the name given to the coastal region east of Kaimana, a small harbor town on the southwest coast of West.

Due to the varied itineraries on offer a variety of arrival airports and locations are offered.


Accommodation 
This 100ft steel monohull offers a high levels of comfort and a highly personalised service with 5 Twin Staterooms, 2 Deluxe Staterooms and 1 Master Stateroom.
Twin (lower) and twin bed (upper) L-Shaped. All with private head and shower, port hole in #1 & 2, picture window in #6, 7 & 8. Individual climate control, monitor with media player and hair dryer. Deluxe Staterooms have a Queen bed (lower) and twin bed (upper) bunk-style. Private head and shower, picture windows, individual climate control, monitor with media player and hair dryer. The Master Stateroom has a Queen bed. All with private head and shower, picture window, individual climate control, monitor with media player and hair dryer.

Meal plan 7 nights on board including all meals and beverages. Breakfast (cooked to order), buffet lunch and an elegant chef prepared dinner with tableside service are served in addition to mid-afternoon snacks. Beverages (soft beverages, local beer and wine with dinner) are complimentary while onboard. The yacht is equipped with hairdryers and bathrobes in each stateroom. Linens are changed mid-week and fresh towels are placed in each stateroom as needed.

Diving
Filled tanks, weights and weight belts are included. 
 


  
Liveaboard (7 nights) Sample Itinerary:
   
  4 Thrilling Itineraries

  Raja Ampat   •   Cenderawasih Bay   •   Banda Sea   •   Triton Bay

  These itineraries include the best of the Banda Sea and South Raja Ampat (Misool).    
  The   highlights are the amazing macro critters in Ambon Bay, large pelagics in the
  Banda Islands, manta cleaning stations near Mansuar and the huge schools of fish near
  Farondi.  Guests may also see pristine reefs and walls, the rare mandarin fish, sea
  snakes,   hammerhead sharks and much more.

  Cenderawasih Bay National Park is one of the most exciting places to dive in Indonesia
  because of the Whale Sharks. In Cenderawasih Bay guests can spend hours diving with
  multiple Whale Sharks. The bay is also dotted with hundreds of small islands and atoll’s
  that are home to some of the most pristine hard coral garden’s in Indonesia, and home to
  a variety of endemic marine life due to the separation of the bay from open seas for
  thousands of years.

  Triton Bay lies to the south east of Raja Ampat and is located in the center of the Coral
  Triangle. Triton Bay is the name given to the coastal region located east of Kaimana, a
  small harbour town on the southwest coast of West Papua. This region offers magnificient
  diving that includes beautiful soft coral, giant sea fans, black coral forests, large schools
  of fish and much more. The topside scenery is breathtaking with cliffs, beautiful greenery
  and ancient cave paintings.
  
 
  Raja Ampat Itineraries (7, 10, 12 Nights)
  Raja Ampat, Raja Ampat/Banda Sea or Raja Ampat/Cenderawasih.

  Sample Raja Ampat 10 Night Itinerary
  The Raja Ampat itinerary combines the best dive sites of Dampier Strait, Fam, Mansuar
  and the awesome dive sites of Misool, the best diving area of Raja Ampat. The great
  highlights are the manta cleaning station near Mansuar and the huge schools of fish near
  Farondi.

  The Dampier straight separates the Birdhead Peninsula from Waigeo and Mansuar. Here
  the Pacific Ocean meets the Halmahera Sea, with an explosion of marine life as a
  consequence. With regular strong currents, big fish feel especially comfortable. Manta
  rays, reef sharks, different schools of mackerel, tuna and barracuda, dolphin and whales.

  The night dives under the Arborek or Cape Mansuar jetty is a favorite spot with peculiar
  creatures such as wobbegongs, epaulette sharks (walking sharks), nudibranchs, pipefish,
  seahorses, frogfish, scorpion fish and the list goes on.

  Misool is the southeast of the four big islands of the Raja Ampat archipelago. At the
  same   time it is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. The rich variety of reefs
  are also not to be overlooked with vertical walls, slopes, dry rocks, caves and lagoons;
  some covered with hard corals while the others are covered with brightly colored soft
  corals. Also renowned as the center of pygmy seahorses and gorgonians, everywhere
  you go you will be amazed by the profusion of marine life that Raja Ampat has to offer
  you.

  Other itineraries available include:

  Banda Sea Itineraries (10 nights)
 
Banda Sea/Triton Bay or Banda Sea/Raja Ampat.

  Cenderawasih Bay Itineraries (7, 9, 10, & 12 nights)
 
Cenderawasih Bay or Cenderawasih Bay/Raja Ampat

  Triton Bay Itineraries (10 nights)
 
Triton Bay/Raja Ampat or Triton Bay/Banda Sea

   Ask for full itineraries available for your preferred dates.

   Itinerary may vary due to weather conditions.


 

Fact File

Diving Conditions

House Reef Shore Diving Boat Diving Liveaboard Wreck Diving

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

Best Time: All Year.

Average Air temps: 25-17°C

Average Water temps: 28-30°C

Visibility: 5-100m (Jan-June)
Up to 200m (July - December)

Top Dive Sites: Four Kings - Raja Ampat - Cenderawasih Ba - Banda Sea - Triton Bay.

A variety of liveaboad diving itineraries available. More >

Great Reasons to Dive in Raja Ampat

  • Explore the Coral Triangle
  • Fantastic biodiversity & Marine Life
  • Four Kings Area - 1500 islands, 600 types of corals, 1,500 fish species and over 600 types of mollusks
  • Macro critters in Ambon Bay, rare Mandarin fish.
  • Large pelagics in the Banda Sea.
  • Cenderwasih Bay Whale Shark.
  • Triton Bay black coral, sea fans and pristine reef. 
  • Hammerheads, large schooling fish and more.

 

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.