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SMY Ondina liveaboard safaris - Komodo, Fak Fak, Sulawesi and Raja Empat.

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SinceSMY Ondina - Raja Ampat liveaboard July 2001 Ondina has been offering a different way to enjoy adventure and exploration diving in the inner seas of Indonesia. SMY Ondina travels year round moving with the seasons to visit the best diving Indonesia has to offer at the right times - Komodo, Raja Ampat, Fak Fak, Sulawesi and Flores, we have an itinerary like no other. Travelling aboard a classic buginese schooner built entirely of teak and tropical woods you will have the opportunity to explore the most exotic and remote islands of Indonesia seeing places where you could possibly never get to Ondina Komodoby yourself. On board Ondina you will have enough space to relax
alone, or to share a nice chat sitting in the cool atmosphere of our a/c dinning room or enjoy a full moon evening from a comfortable hammock on our spacious sun deck before taking a rest in your a/c cabin.  We have tried to create a comfortable accommodation to be your home and base camp as we sail and dive from island to island.
In the unlikely event you don't feel like diving, swimming or snorkelling, we can arrange a walk through isolated forests, along desert beaches or in the undisturbed villages we will come across during our sail - Smy Ondina's last minute deals

Smy Ondina schedule

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Ondina's schedule for Komodo enables you to do a 5,6 or 11 night trip - the trips grouped together by colour are the ones that you can join together to make the 11 night trip. On the day in Labuanbajo at the end of the 6 night leg there will be a land tour in Labuanbajo (LBJ) in the morning and then there will be dives in Sebayor in the afternoon and a night dive before heading out again after the night dive for the Northern leg of the Komodo trip.
The Bima to Labuanbajo leg covers the South of Komodo - Rinca and Padar (Manta alley, pink peach, Cannibal rock).
The Labuanbajo to Bima covers the North of Komodo (Batu Bolong, Takat Makassar, Castle rock, Crystal rock)
Please see trip itineraries
2014
Dates - 2014
N
Embarking – Disembarking
Destinations
Price per Person (euros) 
15/01 – 27/01
12
Sorong – Sorong (Papua)
Rajah Ampat Archipelago North & Sout
€ 2.880
02/02 – 11/02
9
Sorong – Sorong (Papua)
Rajah Ampat Archipelago Selected Sites
€ 2.250
17/02 – 27/02
10
Manokwari – Biak (Papua)
Cenderawasih Bay-Wrecks &WhaleSharks
€ 2.500
03/03 – 13/03
10
Biak – Manokwari (Papua)
Cenderawasih Bay-Wrecks &WhaleSharks
€ 2.500
16/03 – 26/03
10
Manokwari- Manokwari (Papua)
Cenderawasih Bay-Wrecks &WhaleSharks
€ 2.500
02/04 – 14/04
12
Sorong – Bitung (Papua-Maluku – N.Sulawesi))
Rajah Ampat, Central Maluku and Lembeh
€ 2.400
18/04 – 30/04
12
Bitung – Baubau (N&E.Sulawesi)
Lembeh Strait, East Sulawesi and Wakatobi
€ 2.400
DRY DOCK
   
22/06 – 28/06
6
Bima – Labuanbajo (Sumbawa – Flores)
Komodo Northern trip - Special offer
€ 1.200
28/06 – 03/07
5
Labuanbajo- Bima (Flores – Sumbawa)
Komodo Southern trip (11 nights back to back option = 1.980€) - Special offer
€ 1.000
06/07 – 12/07
6
Bima – Labuanbajo (Sumbawa – Flores)
Komodo Northern trip - Special offer
€ 1.200
12/07 – 17/07
5
Labuanbajo- Bima (Flores – Sumbawa)
Komodo Southern trip (11 nights back to back option = 1.980€) - Special offer
€ 1.000
20/07 – 26/07
6
Bima – Labuanbajo (Sumbawa – Flores)
Komodo Northern trip - Special offer
€ 1.200
26/07 – 31/07
5
Labuanbajo- Bima (Flores – Sumbawa)
Komodo Southern trip (11 nights back to back option = 1.980€) - Special offer
€ 1.000
03/08 – 09/08
6
Bima – Labuanbajo (Sumbawa – Flores)
Komodo Northern trip - Special offer
€ 1.200
09/08 – 14/08
5
Labuanbajo- Bima (Flores – Sumbawa)
Komodo Southern trip (11 nights back to back option = 1.980€) - Special offer
€ 1.000
17/08 – 23/08
6
Bima – Labuanbajo (Sumbawa – Flores)
Komodo Northern trip - Special offer
€ 1.200
23/08 – 28/08
5
Labuanbajo- Bima (Flores – Sumbawa)
Komodo Southern trip (11 nights back to back option = 1.980€) - Special offer
€ 1.000
31/08 – 06/09
6
Bima – Labuanbajo (Sumbawa – Flores)
Komodo Northern trip - Special offer
€ 1.200
06/09 – 11/09
5
Labuanbajo- Bima (Flores – Sumbawa)
Komodo Southern trip (11 nights back to back option = 1.980€) - Special offer
€ 1.000
14/09 – 20/09
6
Bima – Labuanbajo (Sumbawa – Flores)
North Komodo Straits
€ 1.200
20/09 – 26/09
6
Labuanbajo- Maumere (Flores)
Komodo Straits-Maumere bay
€ 1.200
29/09 – 12/10
13
Maumere (Flores) – Saumlaki (Maluku)
Maumere Bay, Alor & Wetar islands & Tanimbar
€ 2.600
15/10 – 28/10
13
Saumlaki (Maluku) – Sorong (Papua) 
Tanimbar, Kai & Rajah Ampat Archipelago
€ 2.600
01/11 – 15/11
14
Sorong – Sorong (Papua)
Limited to 12 lucky divers! - photo special
inquire for the price
18/11 – 30/11
12
Sorong – Sorong (Papua)
Limited to 12 lucky divers! - photo special
inquire for the price
03/12 – 13/12
10
Sorong – Sorong (Papua)
Rajah Ampat Archipelago
€ 2.500
16/12 – 26/12
10
Sorong – Sorong (Papua)
Rajah Ampat Archipelago
€ 2.500
29/12 - 08/01/2015
10
Sorong – Sorong (Papua)
Rajah Ampat Archipelago
€ 2.500
Please don't forget to check out the last minute availabilities for cheap Komodo and Raja Ampat liveaboard trips
* All passengers must account for an additional fee for police permits, tourist fee and marine park charge. of 150€ os/pax if cruise starts or ends in Papua or Maluku and 100€ os/pax if cruise starts and ends in Komodo, Maumere or Bali. It will be payed on board when required by our Cruise Manager.
**** Departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 5 paying passengers.
***** Special Cruises include some Exploration in new or rarely visited areas, that is why they are a bit cheaper.......... though exploration may bring some outstanding surprises in these remote seas!


2015
Dates
N
Embarking – Disembark
Main Destinations
Price per Person
(euros) 
11/01 – 21/01
10
Sorong – Sorong (Papua)
Rajah Ampat ArchipelagoNorth & South Best
E 2.650
24/01 – 03/02
10
Sorong – Sorong (Papua)
Rajah Ampat ArchipelagoNorth & South Best
E 2.650
06/02 – 16/02
10
Sorong – Sorong (Papua)
Rajah Ampat ArchipelagoNorth & South Best
E 2.650
21/02 – 03/03
10
Manokwari – Biak (Papua)
Cenderawashi BayHome of Gentle Giants
E 2.650
06/03 – 16/03
10
Biak – Manokwari (Papua)
Cenderawashi BayHome of Gentle Giants
E 2.650
21/03 – 02/04
Special Cruise!
12
Sorong – Sorong (Papua)
Rajah Ampat ArchipelagoNorth & South Complete
E 3.180
05/04 – 17/04
Special Cruise!
12
Sorong – Sorong (Papua)Limited to 12 lucky divers!
Rajah Ampat ArchipelagoSpecial dedicated Photo Course with extras including Photo Training, diving, services with City Seahorse and Don Silcock!
20/04 – 02/05
Special Cruise!
12
Sorong – Ambon (Papua-Maluku)Limited to 12 lucky divers!
Rajah Ampat Best and AmbonSpecial CitySeahorse Inc. Dive/Photo with extra diving & services and with Deb Fugitt!
28/06 – 04/07
6
Bima – Labuhanbajo(Sumbawa – Flores)
Komodo Straits
E 1.260
04/07 – 09/07
5
Labuhanbajo- Bima (Flores – Sumbawa)
Komodo Straits(11 nights back to back option = 2.080€)
E 1.050
12/07 – 18/07
6
Bima – Labuhanbajo(Sumbawa – Flores)
Komodo Straits
E 1.260
18/07 – 23/07
5
Labuhanbajo- Bima (Flores – Sumbawa)
Komodo Straits(11 nights back to back option = 2.080€)
E 1.050
26/07 – 01/08
6
Bima – Labuhanbajo(Sumbawa – Flores)
Komodo Straits
E 1.260
01/08 – 06/08
5
Labuhanbajo- Bima (Flores – Sumbawa)
Komodo Straits(11 nights back to back option = 2.080€)
E 1.050
09/08 – 15/08
6
Bima – Labuhanbajo(Sumbawa – Flores)
Komodo Straits
E 1.260
15/08 – 20/08
5
Labuhanbajo- Bima (Flores – Sumbawa)
Komodo Straits(11 nights back to back option = 2.080€)
E 1.050
23/08 – 29/08
6
Bima – Labuhanbajo(Sumbawa – Flores)
Komodo Straits
E 1.260
29/08 – 03/09
5
Labuhanbajo- Bima (Flores – Sumbawa)
Komodo Straits(11 nights back to back option = 2.080€)
E 1.050
06/09 – 12/09
6
Bima – Labuhanbajo(Sumbawa – Flores)
Komodo Straits
E 1.260
12/09 – 18/09
6
Labuhanbajo- Maumere (Flores)
Komodo Straits – Maumere bay(12 nights back to back option = 2.270€)
E 1.260
21/09 – 29/09
8
Maumere – Alor(Flores – Alor)
Maumere Bay – Alor Straits
E 1.680
02/10 – 12/10
Special Cruise!
10
Alor – Saumlaki (Maluku)
Alor Straits, Inner seas islands & TanimbarAn Amazing Expedition
E 2.120
Special Price!
15/10 – 27/10
Special Cruise!
12
Saumlaki (Maluku) – Sorong (Papua)
Tanimbar – Rajah Ampat ArchipelagoAn Amazing Expedition 
E 2.540
Special Price!
31/10 – 14/11
Special Cruise!
14
Sorong – Sorong (Papua)Limited to 12 lucky divers! 
Rajah Ampat ArchipelagoSpecial City Seahorse Inc. Dive/Photo with extra diving & services and with Deb Fugitt!
17/11 – 29/11Special Cruise!
12
Sorong – Sorong (Papua)Limited to 12 lucky divers!
Rajah Ampat Archipelago Special dedicated Photo Course. with extras including Photo Training, diving, services with City Seahorse and Don Silcock!
02/12 – 12/12
Special Cruise!
10
Sorong – Ambon(Papua & Maluku)
Rajah Ampat ArchipelagoSouth Best & AmbonSpecial UW Photoworkshop with Multi champs Bruno Van Saen & Els Van den Borre
15/12 – 24/12
Special Cruise!
9
Ambon – Ambon (Maluku)
Ambon at its Best: Special UW Photoworkshop & Critter Cruise with Multi champs Bruno Van Saen & Els Van den Borre
28/12 – 07/01/2016
10
Ambon – Sorong (Papua)
Rajah Ampat ArchipelagoSouth Best & Ambon
E 2.650
* All passengers must account for an additional fee for police permits, diving and tourist fees and fuel surcharge of 150euros/pax if cruise starts or ends in Papua or Maluku and 100euros/pax if cruise starts and ends in Komodo, Maumere or Bali. It can be payed on board when required by our Cruise Manager or together with the cruise payment.
** On all our routes you embark on the first day and disembark on the last published day early in the morning.
**** Departures are only guaranteed with a minimum of 5 paying passengers.
***** Special Cruises include some Exploration in new or rarely visited areas……….exploration may bring some outstanding surprises in these remote seas!

Trip price includes:
• All transfers to/from airport or hotel to/from Ondina in the town of embarkation/disembarkation are included and in the routes starting or ending in Bitung, transfers to/from Manado are also included.
• Full Board on board, Tea, Coffee, Snacks and 1 Soft Drink at lunch and Dinner.
• Average of 3 or 4 dives per day, all in day time or 2 or 3 day dives and 1 night dive unless weather conditions or long sailing distance do not permit it. First and Last Cruise days are excluded due to safety reasons and flight schedules. These dates we will dive accordingly.
• Land Excursions when clearly specified in the cruise planning.
• All Entrance Fees to Natural Parks
• Diving tanks and weights for divers and snorkelling gear for non-divers
• Additional complimentary services available onboard: Library, Music, First aids......
• SMY Ondina will use part of her incomes to encourage and actively collaborate with all local organisations promoting Nature conservancy programs and help for the local communities for improving their living standards. We will actively collaborate with other operators, local governments and nature conservancy organisations in all programs arranged to meet these objectives.
• Same number of nights as number of days in the cruise, you disembark in the morning of the last published date. Good saving in hotels

Trip price does not include:
• Any other way of transportation than S.M.Y. ONDINA, alcoholic drinks, tips & gratuities and any other onboard service not specified above like Massages, Equipment rental....
• Any police or diving permit or touristic tax and harbour fees charged per passenger by any local authority, plus fuel increases. Please count on 150eu/pax for departures in Papua/Maluku and 100eu/pax for departures in Komodo. This amount will be paid once on board when requested by the Cruise Director.
• Your international and/or domestic flights to the point of departure
• Nitrox- €10 per day for the full trip
• Equipment rental
Anything not in the “included in the price” segment


Special trips on 19Oct02Nov13 and 5-19Nov13
Maximum 12 divers with special crew, extra meals and itinerary tailored to guests on board. Special crew experience in Raja Ampat - trip organizer: 14 years, cruise director: 7 years, divemasters: 6 years, local guide 50 years). Anticipate 61 dives offered during this trip. Unlimited bottom time. Ship departs 9AM on Oct. 19 with 2-3 dives first day & 2-3 dives last day. We cater to photographers & videographers however any diver who enjoys going slow to enjoy the marine life will also like this trip.

Price US$5645.
Fees: 150 euro fuel surcharge plus $95 diver tags - to be paid in advance.
Nitrox 130 euro for the trip.

Highly recommend divers arrive in Sorong Oct. 18, spend one night in hotel so they will be rested and so they can meet, assemble camera rigs, stock up on stuff they forgot, go to ATM, & I can organize compatible dive teams. Also so any delayed baggage can catch up and to allow for cancelled flights.

Payments:

30% deposit to confirm space ($1695)
July 8 - payment to total 50% (additional $1130)
Aug 7 - final payment $2820 + fees (150 euro + US$85)

What's Included on City Seahorse Value Added Dive Charters:
• 14 of days & nights, 14 days diving
• Liveaboard accommodations in private cabin with A/C, ensuite bath, double share
• 4+ dives per day
• 1:3 or 1:4 guide to diver ratio (Raja Ampat experienced extra guides hired)
• Specially hired experienced cruise director
• 4 meals per day + afternoon snack, 24 hr. free snacks, tea, coffee & bottled water
• Limited to total 12 guest divers
• On site trip organizer/leader to supervise & assist with problems
• Transfers between the airport (or Sorong hotel) and ship
• Ship fees and taxes
• Your choice of aluminum or steel tank, weights & weight belt
• Not included: Air travel, gear rental, tips, fees mentioned below

Not included:
• Air travel
• Fuel surcharge 2013: 150 euro
• Individual Raja Ampat dive tag ($95)
• Crew gratuities
• Massage, dive gear rental
• Alcoholic beverages & extra soft drinks other than those provided at meals

SMY Ondina - Getting there

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Please choose your prefered route for instructions on getting there:
The birds of Paradise routeThe Dragons routeThe dragons to volcanoes

Birds of paradise - Raja Ampat area - Getting there

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Sorong is the harbour town in West Papua and the normal departure point to dive Raja Ampat. If you are unsure of how to get to Sorong to start your trip it will depend on where your international flight into Indonesia is landing. If you check this link it will give you more of an idea of the timings and even a map of the possible routes to show you your possible options -  www.arenui.liveaboarddiving.net/#getting_there.
It is not possible for someone outside of Indonesia to purchase domestic flights in Indonesia so these can be purchased for you by me, if you would like, and added to your invoice. It will be about $600 return dependant on exchange rates, availability and where your entry airport is in Indonesia. We recommend coming through Jakarta as the quickest and easiest route to take. The cost of the domestic flights are not included in the trip price.
Raja Ampat routes for getting there - click for larger version

We recommend coming through Jakarta as it is the easiest and fastest route.
From Jakarta it is possible to reach Sorong in one day.


From

To

Date

Dep

Arr

Jakarta (CGK)

Sorong (SOQ)

Day of departure

01:10

07.20

The return trip from Sorong to Jakarta


From

To

Date

Dep

Arr

Sorong (SOQ

Jakarta (CGK)

Day of disembarkation

10:40

12:40

If you come from Bali to Sorong it is a 2 stage process, from Bali (DPS) to Makassar (UPG) and from Makassar (UPG) to Sorong (SOQ), there would be a night in a hotel in Makassar on the way out (Ujung Pandang and Makassar are the same place and the half way point to Sorong). We recommend the Imperial Aryaduta in Makassar- http://www.aryaduta.com/hotels_home_makassar.php
These would be your flights from Bali to Sorong.


From

To

Date

Dep

Arr

Bali (DPS)

Makassar (UPG)

Day before departure

18.30

19.50

From

To

Date

Dep

Arr

Makassar (UPG

Sorong (SOQ)

Day of departure

10:00

13:10

The return trip from Sorong to Denpasar (Bali) is done in one day using 2 flights - SOQ-UPG and UPG-DPS


From

To

Date

Dep

Arr

Sorong (SOQ

Makassar (UPG)

Day of disembarkation

11:40

12:55

From

To

Date

Dep

Arr

Makassar (UPG)

Bali (DPS)

Day of disembarkation

16:30

17:50

Domestic Air Carrier Notes:
It is generally not possible for someone outside of Indonesia to purchase domestic flights in Indonesia so these can be purchased for you by Premier Liveaboard diving and added to your invoice. It will be $600 return normally dependant on where your entry airport is in Indonesia. Premier liveaboard diving and its local flight agent can purchase the tickets on your behalf, however, in doing so, Premier liveaboard diving is only acting as an agent for the airline and is not responsible for, and can accept no responsibility for, cancellations, delays, schedule changes, or problems caused by the air carrier. We highly recommend trip interruption and cancellation insurance.


Please choose your prefered route for instructions on getting there:
The birds of Paradise routeThe Dragons routeThe dragons to volcanoes

Dragons route - Komodo area - Getting there

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All passengers should arrive into Bali by air. Bali’s International Airport in Denpasar, Ngurah Rai, (airport code DPS) will be your final international destination. Commercial airlines with service to Bali, Indonesia include Cathay Pacific, Continental Airlines, China Air, Singapore Air, Garuda Indonesia , and Thai Airlines among others.
SMY Ondina departs and returns to Bima in Sumbawa or Labuanbajo in Flores and you will need a one hour domestic flight to reach the departure point. We will organise this for you and invoice you accordingly (Approx $120 per leg or $240 return from either Bima or Labuanbajo).

We recommend you arrive in Bali and overnight in a hotel the night before embarkation and departure as your domestic flights out will occur in the morning.
  • North Route, Bima-Labuanbajo: Sunday to Saturday. 6 days, 20 dives.
  • South Route, Labuanbajo-Bima: Saturday to Thursday. 5 days, 16 dives.
  • All Komodo Route, Bima-Bima: Sunday to Thursday, 11 days, 38 dives.

Itinerary:

    North Komodo route
  • Sunday: Departure from Bima. 2 dives in Bima bay: check dive in the afternoon in Bethlehem or Tanjung Batu Putih, and night dive.
  • Monday: 4 dives in the volcanic island Sangiang. Bubble Reef (a beautiful coral garden at the foothills of a volcano, with bubbles of the underwater vents emerging from the black sand), and critter diving in black sand in Critter Creek, Pohon Merah and Bontoh. 
  • Tuesday: 4 dives in Gili Banta. GPS point (an underwater mountain with sharks), Highway to Heaven, Small World.
  • Wednesday: 4 dives in Gili Lawa. Action dives in UW mounts like Castle Rock and Crystal Bommie, covered in soft coral and packed with schools and pelagics. Also The Lighthouse, Shotgun…
  • Thursday: 3 day dives in the Straits between Komodo and Rinca. Manta site in Karang Makassar and the spectacular sites of Batu Bolong (a pinnacle rising from the depths and concentrating large amounts of sealife) and Tatawa Islands. Night dive in Pulau Sebayor.
  • Friday: Early morning dive in Horseshoe Reef, and second dive in Pulau Tengah. In the afternoon, the outgoing group visit the dragons in Rinca and the group that stays for the entire length dives the critter site Wainilu in the afternoon and night dive.


  • Southern Komodo Route
    Saturday: Outgoing group leaves and second group boards in. The 11-day guests morning land tour in Labuanbajo (to be defined). Afternoon dives in Sabolan Kecil and night dive in Sabolan Besar.
  • Sunday: 2 day dives in the Straits between Komodo and Rinca. Manta site in Karang Makassar and the spectacular site Batu Bolong (a pinnacle rising from the depths and concentrating large amounts of coral and fish) or Tatawa Island. Afternoon dive in Three Sisters (three submerged ridges covered in soft corals and hosting a wide array of marine life). Night dive in Padar.
  • Monday: 4 dives in Nusa Kode, on world famous sites such as Canninbal Rock, an underwater mountain literally coated in marine life and invertebrates, and Yellow Wall, Boulders… Night dive in Torpedo Bay.
  • Tuesday: 2 dives in South Komodo (weather depending), on Manta Alley and German Flag, and afternoon dive in Tanjung Lehoksera of Batu Gajah. Night dive in the wreck of a 100-foot wooden Pinisi boat.
  • Wednesday: 2 dives in Pulau Hantu and Pantai Merah (aka Pink Beach). Afternoon tour to Komodo National Park. Overnight sail back to Bima.
  • Thursday: Check out after breakfast.

(*The itinerary is subject to variation depending on weather conditions, flight schedules or any other variables)
General characteristics of the dives: Walls and slopes, pinnacles and submerged mountains. Muck diving in black sand. Pelagics, but also scenic and good for macro.
Water temperature varies considerably from North to South. Characteristically, the north stays warmer, around 28°C, while the temperature in the south tends to go down by a few degrees, between 22° and 25°C. A 3 mm suit is usually enough for the North Route, whereas a 5 mm is more recommended for the Southern Route.
Visibility also varies between 20 m+ in the North and 10-15 m in the South.
Photography: wide angle, macro and medium zoom for fish portrait.

Indonesia has a VOA (Visa On Arrival) policy that came into affect in August 2004. Visitors have to pay a fee of $25 to immigration officials at the airport; this entitles foreign nationals from 36 countries to a maximum 30 day stay in the country. Visa extensions are available, this however must be arranged in advance in your home country.
The 36 countries eligable for a VOA are listed below:
Argentina - Australia - Austria - Belgium - Brazil - Canada - China - Denmark - Egypt - Finland - France - Germany - Hungary - India - Ireland - Italy - Japan - Kuwait - Luxembourg - Maldives - New Zealand - Norway - Oman - Poland - Portugal - Qatar - Russia - Saudi Arabia - South Africa - South Korea - Spain - Switzerland - Taiwan Territory - UAE - United Kingdom – USA
Citizens of countries not stated above are required to apply for a visa at the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate in their country of domicile.

It is also worth remembering that a Rp.150,000 exit tax is payable on departure and that passports must be valid for at least 6 months on arrival. - read the Komodo diving blog

SMY Ondina prices

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Please see the schedule above for the price for each trip as they vary due to the distance covered and duration - see Ondina special offers for Komodo 2013
Itinerary Price
Bima to Labuanbajo (Komodo) 5 nights 1,200 € - see special offer
Labuanbajo to Bima (Komodo) 6 nights 1,000 € - see special offer
Bima to Bima (Komodo) 11 nights 1,980 € - see special offer

Please note that you must have a minimum of 6 months left on your passport and one full clean page for your visa on arrival.

Trip price includes:
• All transfers to/from airport or hotel to/from Ondina in the town of embarkation/disembarkation are included and in the routes starting or ending in Bitung, transfers to/from Manado are also included.
• Full Board on board, Tea, Coffee, Snacks and 1 Soft Drink at lunch and Dinner.
• Average of 3 or 4 dives per day, all in day time or 2 or 3 day dives and 1 night dive unless weather conditions or long sailing distance do not permit it. First and Last Cruise days are excluded due to safety reasons and flight schedules. These dates we will dive accordingly.
• Land Excursions when clearly specified in the cruise planning.
• All Entrance Fees to Natural Parks
• Diving tanks and weights for divers and snorkelling gear for non-divers
• Additional complimentary services available onboard: Library, Music, First aids......
• SMY Ondina will use part of her incomes to encourage and actively collaborate with all local organisations promoting Nature conservancy programs and help for the local communities for improving their living standards. We will actively collaborate with other operators, local governments and nature conservancy organisations in all programs arranged to meet these objectives.
• Same number of nights as number of days in the cruise, you disembark in the morning of the last published date. Good saving in hotels

Trip price does not include:
• Any other way of transportation than S.M.Y. ONDINA, alcoholic drinks, tips & gratuities and any other onboard service not specified above like Massages, Equipment rental....
• Any police or diving permit or touristic tax and harbour fees charged per passenger by any local authority, plus fuel increases. Please count on 150eu/pax for departures in Papua/Maluku and 100eu/pax for departures in Komodo. This amount will be paid once on board when requested by the Cruise Director.
• Your international and/or domestic flights to the point of departure
• Nitrox- €10 per day for the full trip
• Equipment rental
Anything not in the “included in the price” segment


Available depending on route and number of passengers.
Course Price
Advanced Open Water 250 € o (Available upon request)
Speciality courses: 200 € o each. (Ask about the best options for each route: Marine Biology, UW Photography, wrecks..etc)
Nitrox Courses: 200 € o
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Photographers Special
Item Price
(**)UW Camera 15 € o/day
UW Flash 10 € o/day
Additional Lens 10 € o/day
(*) Daily
(**) with a 35mm lens included

CD Rewriter for freeing memory from Memory cards of Digital Cameras

Diving Equipment for Rent
We have a limited quantity of SCUBAPRO equipment for rent so we strongly recommend you to inform us about your needs at the moment of the booking.
Item Price per Day
(*)Full Equipment 25 €
Regulator 10 €
Mask & Snorkel & Fins 10 €
Wet Suit and Boots 10 €
Computer 10 €
UW Torch 10 €
BCD 10 €
(*) Full Equipment: wet suit, jacket, mask & snorkel, fins and regulator.

Nitrox Refills

Service Price
Per Fill / bottle 5 €
Full Cruise Voucher 10 € day
(*) Nitrox users must show valid certification when starting the cruise.

Other Services Onboard

Service Price per unit

Thuraya Satellite Handphone

2 € min calling - receiving FREE
(***)Massage 15 €
SMY Ondina Polo Shirts 15 €
(***) 45 minutes. Relaxing and Muscle Stretching.

SMY Ondina route map

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SMY Ondina route itineraries

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The birds of Paradise route - Sorong-Rajah Empat-Sorong

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The Rajah EmOndina liveaboard under full sailpat archipelago holds the world record for the greatest number of different species found in a single dive. What else do we need to say? Just add the most pristine and colourful coral gardens, outstanding landscapes, primitive fishing villages and of course, Paradise Birds! The west tip of the greatest island Click for Papua route mapof the world, New Guinea, politically divided in two halves: the independent country of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in its more eastern half, and the province where Indonesia ends towards the east, now called Papua and previously known as Irian Jaya. This really is the last frontier for adventure and exploratory diving to one of the really few remaining wild regions on the planet. Leaving from the port of Sorong, in the "Bird's head peninsula", we will travel through the archipelago of the Four kings (Rajah Empat), among the islands of Waigeo to the north and Misool to the south. The area where we will sail holds the record for the biggest number of different species counted in a single dive. National Geographic compares the number of species to be found here to be of a similar amount found in Palau, Micronesia. The reefs of Rajah Empat enjoy a healthy marine biodiversity with more than 400 species of coral having been discovered here. Besides the abundance of fauna, this region contains numerous wreSMY Ondina's deckcks of Japanese ships and aeroplanes from the terrible battles held during the Second World War in this area. All the ingredients for a perfect adventure!
LAND EXCURSIONS: In addition to the traditional fish barbecue on the beach on this route we will carry out a minimum of three land excursions visiting fishing villages, climbing steep hills to see some of the most magnificent landscapes in the world and, of course, walk through the forest early in the morning to find the magnificent birds of paradise. Pak Ambo, the captain of the SMY Ondina, has worked for 5 years in this region and has a deep knowledge of the area - Raja Ampat photos

The Dragons route - Komodo & Rinca National Park – Bima

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We visit the Komodo & Rinca National Park in full with a liveaboard it would be hard to beat in knowing the best dive sites in this rare and unique place in the world.
Between the narrow straits of the islands of Komodo & Rinca is the meeting point Community areas on-board Ondinafor the Flores Sea and the Indian Ocean. Their tidal currents provide a continuous exchange of water and nutrients between the inner sea and the ocean creating a unique ecosystem, favouring the bio-diversity and the proliferation of peculiarities like the frog fish or endemic species that can only be observed here, like the sea apple. The depths are densely populated with fixed life, with great underwater variety of landscapes, from diving in vertical walls covered with soft corals resembling the Red Sea gardens to stone structures resembling the cold water reefs of the North Sea. Due to the high degree of protection that this National Park enjoys, it is also an area of great abundance of fish, with thick schools of carangids, sweet lips and butterflies, as well as frequent encounters with manta rays and reef sharks - read the Komodo diving blog

LAND EXCURSIONS:
In addition tothe traditional fish barbecue on the beach one of the main attractions of this route is the visit to the Komodo & RiKomodo dragons-an awesome experiencenca National Park to see the famous Komodo Dragons, the world’s largest variety of carnivorous lizard (Varanus Komodiensis) which can grow up to 3 meters in length. Due to the strong currents of the straits surrounding these islands, and inspite of the fact that the dragons can swim, they have remained isolated on these few remote islands with a distinctly prehistoric look. The visit is a two-three hour walk on one of  two islands, Komodo or Rinca, accompanied by a National Park guide, depending on how lucky we are we hopefully will see, apart from the dragons, Timor deer, wild boars, water buffalos, parrots and fowls. Locally made wooden dragon carvings of different sizes and pearls from nearby farms can be bought from the local villagers on the island as souvenirs. During the cruise we will disembark on deserted islands and secluded bays where we can see the flying foxes fly at dusk and also visit some fishing villages during our sail through this incredible and unique place on earth - Komodo diving photos

Dragons to volcanoes special cruise - Bima-Komodo & Rinca-Riung-Maumere Bay-Maumere

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Every single kind of different dive in one single cruise: drift dives, coral gardens, muck diving, wrecks, walls, volcanoes and satisfaction guaranteed!!

Komodo & Rinca National Park:
Between the narrow straits of the islands of Komodo & Rinca is the meeting point for the FOndina liveaboard under full saillores Sea and the Indian Ocean. Their tidal currents provide a continuous exchange of water and nutrients between the inner sea and the ocean creating a unique ecosystem, favouring the bio-diversity and the proliferation of peculiarities like the frog fish or endemic species that can only be observed here, like the sea apple. The depths are densely populated with fixed life, with great underwater variety of landscapes, from diving in vertical walls covered with soft corals resembling the Red Sea gardens to stone structures resembling the cold water reefs of the North Sea. Due to the high degree of protection that this National Park enjoys, it is also an area of great abundance of fish, with thick schools of carangids, sweet lips and butterflies, as well as frequent encounters with manta rays and reef sharks - read the Komodo diving blog
Very few operators dive the whole komodo area like we do !!

Pulau Paloe: North of Flores, this volcanic island is surrounded by deep waters and offers interesting diving on deep wallswith caves aKomodo dragonsnd overhangs where large groupers, lobsters and moray eels live. In the blue batfish, white and black tip sharks and big tuna swim in the open waters. Large formations of black coral, gorgonias and barrel sponges decorate the seascapes on these dives on this exceptional island
Bay of Maumere: Itis extremely interesting to dive in waters that are considered exceptional, the headquarters of the World championship of underwater photography until in 1992 an earthquake followed by a tsunami wave hit the area. Ten years later the walls that surround these islands have managed to recover totally from the natural disaster that befell this area and they offer good dives in mild currents, with a healthy population of gorgonias and sponges, with big groupers lurking in crevices, anthias and butterfly fish. In the blue big tuna and carangids patrol the depths seeking for their prey.

LAND EXCURSIONS:
In addition to the traditional fish barbecue on the beach one of the main attractions of this rVisit deserted islands with SMY Ondinaoute is the visit to the Komodo & Rinca National Park to see the famous Komodo Dragons, the world’s largest variety of carnivorous lizard (Varanus Komodiensis) which can grow up to 3 meters in length. Due to the strong currents of the straits surrounding these islands, and in spite of the fact that the dragons can swim, they have remained isolated on these few remote islands with a distinctly prehistoric look. The visit is a two-three hour walk on one of  two islands, Komodo or Rinca, accompanied by a National Park guide, depending on how lucky we are we hopefully will see, apart from the dragons, Timor deer, wild boars, water buffalos, parrots and fowls. Locally made wooden dragon carvings of different sizes and pearls from nearby farms can be bought from the local villagers on the island as souvenirs. During the cruise we will disembark on deserted islands and secluded bays where we can see the flying foxes fly at dusk and also visit some fishing villages during our sail through this incredible and unique place on earth.

During the cruise we will also disembark on deserted beaches and visit some fishing villages that we may while sailing in this incredible area.

Optional and out of the cruise programm we can arrange an excursion to the Kelimutu National Park in the island of Flores, one of the most visited natural wonders of Indonesia. After a very early drive you arrive early in the morning to the top of the volcano, to be at the summit with the sun rise, the best moment of the day to enjoy the magnificent view of the three different colour lakes, black, red and green. This excursion is not only one of the greatest tourist attractions of the region, but also a very important area of myth and legend. This excursion can be arranged before or after the crusie but always starting from Maumere. Ask for prices depending on how many you are - Komodo diving photos

SMY Ondina - Specifications

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8 cabins are all double occupation and, except two ones in the front both with a double bed, the rest have a double bed and a single bed on top, all with AC and full bathroom.

Smy Ondina cabin
Cabin
Ondina cabin
Cabin
Dining on the Smy Ondina
Dining on Smy Ondina
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Diving on Ondina

Deck Length ·  32 meters
Bean · 8,0 meters
Draft · 2,6 meters
Hull: Teak and Tropical wood
Engine·
400 HP Man Medium Duty
Sails ·
Nearly 400m2 surface
Cruising Speed ·
9 Knots
Cabins · 6 Triple and 2 Double cabins all with ensuite freshwater shower, hand basin, toilet and Air Con.
Electricity onboard · 220v all-around-the-clock
      
12v Emergency Circuit
      Generators: 30 and 20Kw marine sets (Mitshubisi & Isuzu)
Water ·  Watermaker plus 10 Tn deposits
Fuel tanks · 12 Tn = great autonomy

We live security aboard the SMY ONDINA:

2 Solas Life Rafts for 30 pax Buoys Safety Flares Fire extinguishers First Aids equipment Oxygen onboard Hyperbaric Chambers in Makassar and Bali

SMY Ondina frequently asked questions

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What shall I take with me to a SMY ONDINA Cruise?
Just a few things:
Most Important: Check your visa Requirements. Since February 2004, Indonesia has changed the Visa requirements for many countries. Some nationalities can get their visa on arrival, some others must bring the visa issued by an Indonesian Embassy. On August 2005 Visa-On Arrival was extended from 21 countries to 35 countries - cost for these visas are US$10 for a stay of up to 7 days, US$25 for a stay of up to 30 days. On top of that you passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months .....don't forget to check!!
Your diving equipment and all spare parts you may need. We have limited number of equipments for rent and plenty of spare parts onboard but only for SCUBAPRO gear.
Photography equipment, memory cards for your digital camera, although you may empty them on a CD with the rewriter onboard.
Mosquito repelent, just in case we need it in any land excursion (never on board)
Any specific medicine you may be taking (No need for Malaria treatment unless you are extending your stay in a malaria endemic area!). We have a complete First Aid Kit on board for light accidents.
Your personal toiletries
Light and comfortable clothing (shorts & Tshirts) and any kind of shoes you can soak for coming in and out of the dinghies when going ashore.
Your favourite alcoholic drink from the Duty Free shop at the airport. We only have softdrinks and beer onboard.
They are usually very strict with overweight when checking for the domestic flights. You may have to pay a variable fee per kilo if you exceed the 20Kg allowed, so bring the minimum with you.

What is the water temperature? What suit do I bring?
The average water temperature is around 28ºC but in some areas, like S. Komodo, the temperature can drop to 23-24ºC. Normally a 3 or 5 mm wetsuit will be sufficient.

Why only 3 dives per day?

Some days we dive 4 times, some others only 2, this makes an average of 3 duves/day. The reasons for this are:
SMY Ondina sails an average of 200-300 miles in every charter (except for the Exploratory ones where we sail a longer distance) to take you to the best diving places, this forces us to sail from 2 to 4 nights every cruise.
We normally go ashore 2 or 3 times during an 8 days cruise to visit spectacular places in our popular land excursions.
These days we can only dive 3 times.
Moreover, in such a long cruise, with so many dives and having to fly the same day when disembarking or the day after, it is not convenient at all to saturate so much for safety reasons. Embarking and disembarking days we can only dive 2 times.
The rest of the days we normally dive 4 times unless weather conditions or any unexpected.

Are all dives Drift Dives?
This is the black story about diving in Indonesia. The country is too big to generalize and our routes cover a very big area. Most important, our Dive Masters knowing the divers’ skills and interests in every cruise, specially when there are uw photographers onboard, will plan the most suitable dives to satisfy the whole group.
In every route you will find drift dives, a maximum of 50%, but only 10%-15% will be with strong currents and in these cases, don’t worry because our dinghies crew are prepared for them.You will also enjoy shallow dives, muckdiving, seagrass meadows, coral gardens, walls and hangouts....diversity guaranteed.

What, where and when about money to bring.
€ os and Dollars are widely accepted in Indonesia. You only have to be cautious with making sure you bring brand new or clean paper money, not a single scratch or ink mark, or you will have problems to have them accepted. The best exchange rates are in Bali but take care with some “money changers”, count your change twice before leaving the shop.
In the boat we accept cash in rupiahs, € os and dollars, (sorry no credit cards yet) and apart from that you will only need some small money for handicrafts when visiting some villages....rupiah reccomended for this!

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