Damai I

 

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Overview:

The MSY Damai was built in Tanjung Bira, South Sulawesi, by Pak Hadji Baso, the most prestigious builder in the area. The collaboration of traditional skills and experience with the years of experience in the Indonesian liveaboard diving industry has created a remarkable vessel.

Accommodations:

The MSY Damai has been designed to offer a personal service that only a vessel of this size and that is dedicated to small groups can provide. With an overall length of over 40 meters (130 feet) and a beam of over 8 meters (26 feet) the vessel has four staterooms measuring over 30 m (300 sq. ft) each with a queen sized bed for single occupants and king sized for couples, separate heads and en-suite bathrooms. Specifically designed for divers the vessel offers a large dive station with individual rinse tanks and a camera room with separated camera work stations with integrated 110v and 220v charging station for each customer.

The vessel is the first in Indonesia to offer a divemaster/guide to customer ratio of 4 to 1 ensuring the best service underwater as well as onboard. The vessel has been designed with three large deck areas for relaxing either in the sun or shade. You can enjoy the all inclusive service onboard where even spa therapy is included in the price of a cruise.

Sample Itinerary:

Ambon- Sorong (11 night trip) 2011

  • Day 1 & 2– Arrival in Ambon. Boarding and departure. Two great spots are attracting divers to Ambon: Laha and the Pertamina Wreck. Laha has some of the best critters in Indonesia among them are the Frog fish, rhinopias, mimick octopae, and zebra crabs. The wreck is a good alternative for those wanting a different dive, very fishy and covered in soft corals.
  • Day 3– Nusa Laut- Great combination of hard corals and white sand; an extremely healthy reef, lots of fish, including bumpheads, schooling jacks, grey reefs, leopard sharks and dugongs have been spotted on several occasions.
  • Day 4 & 5- Banda- Sightseeing can be done at the historical Dutch Fort Belgica and the old settlement as well as the famous Nutmeg plantations. Batu kapal has some of the most beautiful fans in Indonesia, a series of underwater pinnacles are home to schools of pyramids, surgeons and banners. The lava flow is the next must. Since the last eruption in 1988 the lava flow has been transformed into a marvelous hard coral garden, an underwater Eden.
  • Day 6– Manuk- A very special island some 60 miles south of Banda Islands. The biggest school of Barracudas in the Banda Sea are found here, impressive reefs, great visibility, turtles, dozens of snakes, and sharks….a must see!
  • Day 7- Karang Hatta- Great hard corals in the shallows, plenty of fish life with schools of Bumpheads and white tip reef sharks among its visitors. The Arch in Banda Besar is impressive. Highly decorated with fans and soft corals; a remarkable site. The corner of the reef gets busy when the current starts to hit.
  • Day 8– Koon- Known as ‘Too Many Fish’, this site has traditionally been a very productive dive. As its name implies, the concentration of schooling fish can be outstanding, but is current dependent. This is one of the spots where you will carry out more exploration, the channels going through Seram look very promising.
  • Day 9– Misool- You arrive to the southern part of Raja Ampat. Pulau Pele’ will be the first stop, ‘Kaleidoscope Reef’ is an amazing dive. A combination of fans, soft corals, fish and dancing anchovies in the shallows will make the morning unforgettable. In Wayilbatan, the passage offers another spectacular dive, in between two islands the mild currents have created a gallery of fans of all types and sizes. At the entrance nice bommies covered with soft corals, sweet lips and turtles…great! Pulau boo is yet another 5 star dive, in the south there are schooling batfish and in the north a nice wall completely decorated with 3 holes in the middle where either early in the morning or late in the afternoon the light can create many effects.
  • Day 10– Misool- Fiabacet. The most famous site of the area, a few small rocks that will surprise even the most expert diver: the soft corals are great and the forest of fans out of this world. The fish life cannot be forgotten, with plenty of trevalies, jacks and mackerel come close to look for prey, the area is protected and already juvenile grey reefs are settling there. A must for every diver!!
  • Day 11– Misool- Farondi. With the right current the three sisters can be one of the top dives in Raja Ampat. In the swim through there are schools of surgeons and snappers. Looking in the shallows we might see anchovies and the trevallies stalking them, the other surprise, mobulas!!! Outside the swim through, on both sides the walls offer the biggest concentration of different tonalities of soft corals, all the colors of the spectrum are present: unbelievable! Killer Cave offers much more than the cave itself. South east from the cave the wall is indeed a great dive, plenty of fans and soft corals, in front of the cave, lots of cleaning stations for bat fish and snappers.
  • Day 12– Arrival at Sorong and transfer to the airport

The Diving:

Enjoy an unlimited number of dives and a maximum of 4 divers-per-guide ratio aboard the Damai I. Whether dedicated to photography, videography, or just simply enjoying the quality of Indonesian diving; the Dive Damai experience will leave you wanting more. Dive Damai travels to a variety of destinations each one offering a totally different experience.

  • Alor
  • Bali
  • Banda Sea
  • Cendrwasih
  • Gorontalo
  • Halmahera
  • Komodo
  • Mentawai
  • Micronesia Explo
  • Raja Ampat
  • Triton Bay
  • Wakatobi

The vessel is the first in Indonesia to offer a divemaster/guide to customer ratio of 3 to 1 ensuring the best service underwater as well as onboard. It has been designed with three large deck areas for relaxing either in the sun or shade. Their guests can enjoy the all inclusive service onboard where even spa therapy is included in the price of the cruise.

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