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Damai 1, liveaboard, March 26-April 6, 2023 - Trip #2

  • March 17, 2023
  • (UTC+09:00)
  • April 14, 2023
  • (UTC+09:00)
  • Indonesia, W Papua

Indonesia: Triton Bay - Forgotten Islands - Banda Sea - Trip #2

 Damai I, Live aboard – Mar 24 - April 06, 2023

trip is full - wait list only

Triton Bay, Banda Sea is an interesting tropical destination inside the Triangle of Diversity (Green circle). Biodiversity is through the roof; one author said “it feels like the Nudies are throwing themselves in your face”. Indonesia is the biggest country in Southeast Asia. West Papua is the East-most Island in the Indonesian Archipelago, located just south of Equator (the other end of that island is PNG - Papua New Guinea). The latitude is very similar to that of Solomon Islands and located about 2000 miles West of Solomon (Blue Circle). This is a “trip of a lifetime.” Our club in our 51 year history has never been there – we tried in 2005, but the Pelagian got sold to Wakatobi and our trip got rerouted.

Our Trip is highly seasonal and only done a few times a year

The diving is diverse: Plenty of soft coral like Fiji and PNG, hard coral like Kosrae, big animals: Mantas, Sharks, even Whale sharks, Wobbegongs, Napoleons, Turtles, Cuddle Fish, gigantic schools of Jack and Barracudas. There is also plenty of small stuff: Ghost Pipefish, Nudibranchs, and Pygmy Seahorses and of course “Nemo” …Getting there: One of the best routings – for comfort and jetlag management - is from New York (JFK) via Frankfurt to Singapore and then to Manado (for either a short “safety stop” or for a full week of land based diving – Lembeh, Bunaken, etc.). From Manado we connect via Sorong to Kaimana. Return is from Ambon directly to Bali (this routing has less flying than trip 1).

Details – Damai 1 is a typical wooden Indonesian dive boat, very spacious – even the smallest room is bigger than the suites we are used to in the Caribean. The staff is very experienced and has been fully retained during the Covid-19 period. There is a dive guide for each 3 (maybe 4) divers

  • 11 nights on the boat – double occupancy
  • 10 days of diving – night dives when possible
  • All taxes and tips included
  • All ground transfers
  • Nitrox, Dive/Snorkel Gear Rental
  • Massage and Laundry Service.
  • Beer, soda, 1 daily glass of wine  

Not Included:

  • Fuel surcharge (none at the moments)
  • Airfare and hotels and/or land based diving inbound or homebound
  • Park fees - $230 – subject to change

The priority signup period is expired - first come first serve. Single Supplements might be offered based on space available

Trip insurance, I have a detailed write-up that I can share. Note: due to the remote location the boat requires a minimal level of medical travel insurance. Also note that most likely the Indonesian government will require insurance for “acquired” Covid-19. Please only signup for this trip if you are fully vaccinated – both to protect your fellow divers as well as your own economic interest as there is always a risk that the government can add vaccination as an entry criteria at any moment (this did happen to us travelling to Turks and Caicos – with no impact – because everybody was well prepared. It is also highly likely that airlines will require vaccinations

Links: be sure to check out the picture gallery

Replays from the meeting 11/4/2021 - members, only -

Rob Myers presentation (11/4/21): Click here to view the 1st part of Rob's presentation

My trip introduction: Click here for Nils' trip presentation - Damai I - Trip #1 - 3/13-24, 2023

Rob Myers 2nd – photos from our trip: Click here to view the 2nd part of Rob's presentation

Note: Rob talks about several destinations from Trip #2: Banda Sea, Manuk, Nils Desparandum and Ambon

The primary article on Banda Sea: or at least section (pg 12-25)


Read about Triton Bay… or at least section (pg 12-27)


Read about Ambon…  or at least section (pg 56-64)  or at least section (pg 35-46)


Questions? Contact your trip lead Chris Hardham -

Or VP of Overseas Diving Nils by e-mail.

We will have to wait until the ticketing window opens up – in April or later – and schedules gets back to normal “after Covid-19”. PS I have retained a local agent for Airfare inside Indonesia – that is the best way to protect against any late schedule changes

Click here to see full details of the trip. 

Click here to download the signup form.

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