Journey with us onboard the beautiful Amira Liveaboard as we explore the breathtaking reefs around the Banda Sea’s Forgotten Islands and then continue on into the south of Raja Ampat known as Misool, where we’ll finish this epic journey.
We will board the vessel in Saumlaki, one of the easternmost islands in Indonesia. We’ll then sail north through the Banda Sea through a chain of islands and atolls known as the Forgotten Islands. One of the main attractions of the Banda Sea, outside of the fact that we will most likely be the only boat in the area, is the reefs. They are absolutely mind-blowing. For most of the sites, the coral is so dense you will be hard-pressed to see any patches of the reef’s limestone foundation. Many of the reefs are made up of expansive fringing shallow hard coral plateaus that extend from the island or atoll and then eventually drop off into deep blue as walls or slopes covered in sponges, colorful soft corals, and sea fans. Aside from the stunning coral gardens, you can rest assured that there will also be plenty of everyone’s favorite reef dwellers like dazzling schools of tropical fish, larger pelagic species like tunas, jacks, and batfish passing in the blue, and juvenile reef sharks patrolling the shallows. As it’s also the time of the year when the blue whales start their migration south to Australia, it’s not impossible to spot one or several from the boat.
As we continue north we’ll leave the Banda Sea behind and enter Misool, the southernmost part of Raja Ampat. The last few days of the tour will be spent exploring some of the different regions of Raja where we are likely to encounter the big schools of fish, mantas, and turtles that this area has become famous for. Not to mention more stunning reefs!
This snorkeling safari is escorted by a Snorkel Venture team member.
*Please note that this particular itinerary covers a lot of territories and therefore involves multiple overnight crossings between regions where we will be in the open sea and more exposed to the elements, particularly swell. If you have any reservations or hesitations about what it’s like onboard a liveaboard, please get in touch with us and/or read this blog about what you can expect from a liveaboard itinerary such as this.
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*Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to sea and weather conditions.
On arrival in Jakarta (CGK) you will check into the hotel and relax before a group dinner where you can meet your fellow tour snorkelers and the Snorkel Venture group leader. We will have a very early morning flight to Ambon followed by another flight down to Saumlaki where we’ll board Amira.
The final snorkeling day of the tour will be on the 20th where we’ll do two snorkels in the morning before sailing for Sorong.
Amira was built in 2010 using traditional methods of construction and design, she offers an authentic Indonesian experience. Amira is backed by an experienced crew who have been exploring these waters for many years. Onboard you can expect plenty of space to relax and soak up the atmosphere.
The boat is equipped with a state-of-the-art navigation and security system and top-notch rescue equipment. Amira is 52 meters long and 10 meters wide and offers 10 comfortable and spacious, single and double cabins, each equipped with an ensuite bathroom and natural lighting. In addition, there is a spacious indoor restaurant, a cozy lounge, and a very spacious sun deck plus our huge and comfortable outdoor restaurant. Whether you want to enjoy some privacy or socialize with other guests, you will find a suitable corner for every need on our `Princess`.
The spacious dive deck enables easy and efficient snorkel preparation whilst tender zodiacs are on call for speedy drop-offs and pickups, Amira Liveaboard also boasts its own dedicated camera room for preparation in comfort.
We will be reaching most of the snorkeling sites via a zodiac RIB as pictured below, there is a ladder and the Amira crew are on hand to assist with water entry and exit. A certain level of fitness is required to climb the ladder – if you have any questions on this you can contact us here.
On this page you will find our Tour Dates & Pricing (see below contact form), a Booking Form and Details of Payment schedule including deposit and final balance. If you have any further questions please complete the form and we will reply within 24-48hrs.
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2025 Tour Dates
9 – 21 November
$8,290 USD per person
Single-person supplement upon request
How to book your place?
Initial deposit to secure your booking is $800 per person
12 Months before departure interim deposit of $1000 per person
6 Months before departure interim deposit of $1000 per person
Balance due 3 months before departure
- Domestic flights from/to Jakarta in Economy Class with 40 Ibs of luggage allowance
- One night at a Jakarta hotel at the start of the trip with group dinner included
- Group transfers throughout
- 11 Nights on-board the Amira Liveaboard with all meals and snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, tea, and coffee
- Daily snorkeling activities with Amira snorkel guides
- Services of Snorkel Venture tour leader throughout
- Guided snorkel sessions as specified
- Marine Park and Port Fees (subject to change)
- International flights & visas
- Snorkeling equipment rental
- Travel and health insurance
- Alcoholic drinks, laundry, and general sundries
Please note our cancelation policy:
- 1 Year or more: 150 USD penalty per person to switch to a credit note for use within 2 years
- 12 months or less: Loss of deposit and interim payment
- 90 – 28 days: 25% Refund (includes your final balance payment)
- 28 – 0 days: No Refund
We recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect your deposit in the event that you have to cancel your trip.