Ocean Rover

Overview:

Ocean Rover was built by Fantasea Divers in Phuket, Thailand and launched in August 2000. The vessel operated in the waters of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Malaysia, Indonesia and the Andaman Islands until May 2008 when she changed ownership and was moved to Manado in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Ocean Rover takes a maximum of sixteen passengers in eight cabins which are all located on the main and upper decks. Her unique feature is the “whale-deck”, the lower section of the dive-deck which slopes down to the waterline allowing for optimum ease of diving operations. This whale-deck is where the dighies are stored when the vessel is underway. The huge dive-deck has several camera tables and multiple rinse tanks plus a camera maintenance room.

Accommodations:

Of the 8 cabins, Six cabins are identical and have large double beds with single upper berths and large panoramic windows. The two forward cabins on the main deck feature wide upper and lower single berths and have dual portholes. All cabins have private bathrooms, individually controlled air-conditioning and lots of storage space.

The spacious salon offers a comfortable dining and sitting arrangement, a fully equipped entertainment center and a camera charging area with 220/110 volts connections. The interior has been kept light and airy and has a relaxed atmosphere. The salon has a refreshments corner and the extensive marine life library is kept there as well.

The aft upper deck- or sun deck- is shaded and is everyone’s favorite area for relaxing and socializing between dives. A second refreshments corner is located here and passengers can sit around the large picnic style table or settle down on one of the comfortable lounge chairs.

Dining:

Ocean Rover serves three meals a day, buffet style, as well as snacks and fresh fruits. They offer a combination of Asian and Western cuisine. With prior notice they can cater to certain diets as well. They also carry a selection of soft drinks, fruit juices (which are included in the price), as well as beer and wine which is available for purchase. If you prefer hard liquor please bring your own. The refreshments corner is stocked with tea, instant coffee and cookies. Real coffee lovers will appreciate their espresso machine.

Sample Itinerary:

Ocean Rover offers two different destinations: North Sulawesi & Raja Ampat.

North Sulawesi- Lembeh Strait, Bunaken, Bangka, Siau, Sangihe and more:

Click for a North Sulawesi cruise map

Part of each cruise will take place in the Lembeh Straits. The reefs surrounding Lembeh Island offer an immense variety of marine life and have become the destination of choice for underwater photographers in search of unique macro subjects: wasp fish, weedy/lacy scorpion fish, pygmy seahorses, frog fish and nudibranchs to name but a few.

Passengers on these cruises will also spend time enjoying diving around Bunaken National Marine Park as well as Bangka Island. Here divers will encounter spectacular walls and reefs of hard and soft corals, an underwater environment that has enchanted divers from all over the globe.

Ocean Rover then journeys further north to a chain of volcanic islands, the Sangihe Archipelago: dozens of islands, some of which are over fifteen hundred meters high and densely covered by coconut palms. This area has some of the deepest and clearest water on the planet. Some of the highlights include an underwater lava flow, a natural hot spring jacuzzi and a dive at Mahangatang, an underwater volcano which releases silver bubbles into the sea, an unforgettable sight.

Raja Ampat- Waigeo, gam, Kri, Wai, Batanta, Kawe and more:

Click for a Raja Ampat area map

The cruises visit the best sites of Raja Ampat. Diving here means diving with current, for that reason Ocean Rover has to remain flexible because if the current, which is checked regularly by the dive guides, is too strong they will move to another location.

On cruise departure day Ocean Rover picks up passengers from the airport or from a local hotel if they arrived a few days earlier. After boarding of all guests, there will be a welcome aboard briefing before getting underway.

During the itinerary you will cross the equator several times while enjoying the best of the underwater world of Raja Ampat’s many dive sites, predominately in the north-west region around the islands of Waigeo, Gam, Kri, Wai, Fam and Kawe.

The Diving:

Ocean Rover offers opportunities to do at least four dives per day, with additional night dives when the location is suitable.

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