Liveaboard At A Glance
Launched in Spring 2011, the Indo Siren offers a variety of itineraries throughout the region of Indonesia including Raja Ampat from December to June, Komodo from April to October, and the Banda Sea from October to November. The luxurious Indo Siren is a stunning 40 metre traditional “gaft rigged Phinisi” accommodating 16 divers in 8 spacious air-conditioned cabins, each with their own personal computer and audio-visual entertainment system.
Built on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi, the Indo Siren offers guests extreme comfort and luxury. The 8 spacious en-suite cabins each have their own personal computers, audio visual system, hair dryers, bathrobes, towels, individually controlled lighting and air-conditioning and laundry service. There is a spacious outdoor sun deck and air-conditioned saloon which has a cocktail bar, large flat screen TV, computer and a selection of fish & wildlife books, novels and travel guidebooks. There is even a massage service or, for the more adventurous, you can take one of the kayaks to a deserted beach. The covered outdoor dining area is very spacious and offers a great setting for all your meals. A pre-breakfast is offered before the first dive with main meals following dives 1, 2 and 4. Snacks, such as brownies and banana fritters, coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer, fruit and water are available throughout the day free of charge. The open air dive deck provides lots of space for divers, as well as a cushioned area to relax between dives out of the sun. There are also workstations for the preparation and maintenance of cameras and large rinse tanks used only for your cameras or videos.
All diving is carried out from the 2 high-powered dive tenders in small groups of up to 6 divers. The majority of the diving is drift diving and upon surfacing at the end of your dive the tender will be there waiting for you. Dive time is usually limited to 1 hour and up to four dives are offered each day. Nitrox is available on board free of charge and the Indo Siren is rebreather friendly with Poseidon rebreather courses and rental gear is available. Raja Ampat is an archipelago consisting of the islands of Misoool, Salawati, Batanta and Wiageo and offers thousands of potential dive sites from pelagic drift dives to macro muck dives. Located in the Coral Triangle, the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, the seas around Raja Ampat hold possibly the richest variety of species in the world from pygmy seahorses, blue ringed octopus, ghost pipefish, frogfish and mandarin fish to manta rays, wobbegong sharks, epaulette sharks, large schools of mobula rays, pods of dolphins or even some passing whales. Another great thing about this area is the variety of reefs. Rich and colourful coral bommies dripping with soft corals, untouched reefs teeming with life, pristine blue water mangrove ecosystems, walls and slopes, flat calm waters and adrenalin-filled drift dives - there really is something for everyone! Komodo National Park is located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores in the Lesser Sunda Islands, at a distance of 200 nautical miles to the east of Bali. Komodo is unique because it offers two different marine environments. In the north the warm clear nutrient-rich waters flow from the Flores and Banda seas. The marine life here is similar to that found in most tropical seas world-wide, but with a huge diversity including nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, rare invertebrates, pipefish, and tiny frogfish. Hard coral reefs are extensive and largely pristine, while the water is clear with incredible visibility. In the south you will experience cooler waters that come from the Indian Ocean. this means a constant supply of plankton in the water. It is not unusual to encounter whales, whale sharks, mantas, sunfish and other plankton feeders during dives on the southern sites along with rich coral gardens and an exceptional quantity of marine life. Komodo is also famous for the Komodo Dragon monitor lizard, the largest lizard in the world that can reach 2.5 metres in length and 125 kg, they are known locally as 'Ora' and there is a stable population of about 3,000 to 5,000 Komodo dragons on the islands of Komodo, Gila Motang, Rinca, and Flores. However, poaching, human encroachment and natural disasters have driven the species to endangered status. The Banda Sea is located between Komodo and Raja Ampat. The seven main islands and numerous smaller islets that make up the Banda Islands provide some truly excellent diving with reefs bursting with life and colour. The nutrient rich waters of Banda are teeming with magnificent table corals, huge seafans and sponges and huge schools of dogtooth tuna, sharks, mobula rays, jacks and barracuda along with frequent sightings of mandarinfish, native Ambon scorpionfish, spinner dolphins, hammerhead sharks, napoleon wrasse and various whale species such as melonhead, pilot and humpback whales.
Schedule & Itinerary
The Indo Siren operates three itineraries throughout the year; Raja Ampat from December to June, Komodo from April to October, and the Banda Sea from October to November. The 6 and 10 night Raja Ampat itineraries depart from and return to Sorong and take in the very best of dive sites in both the north and south of Raja Ampat, with the 6 night trips concentrating on the northern region. Departing from Bima Bay, on Sumbabwa Island, just a short flight from Bali, the 10 night Komodo itinerary includes Sangeang Island, Gilli Lawa Laut, Batu Bolong, Rinca, Nusa Kode, Komodo Island and Gilli Banta before returning to Bima Bay. The two Banda Sea itineraries include Flores to Raja Ampat 14 night itinerary departing from Maumere, which is very easily reached via a short flight Bali and includes Adunara Island, the Lesser Sunda Islands, the Pantar Strait, Pulau Pura, Gungung Api, Lucipara Atolls, Banda Neira, Pulau Koon, Misool and the Fiabacet Islands before ending the trip in Sorong. The 10 night Raja Ampat to Ambon itinerary departs Sorong and heads for Misool and the Fiabacet Islands, passing through the channel of Koon Island and into the Banda Sea, Banda Neira, Pula Nusa Laut and finally Ambon. These itineraries are dependent on the prevailing conditions and may be changed to ensure that guests enjoy the best diving available.
For the Komodo cruise you would be required to fly into Denpasar. We recommend flying from the UK on Singapore Airlines to Bali, via Singapore. Malaysian or Emirates Airlines also fly to Bali, and we can arrange 30kgs luggage allowance for divers carrying dive equipment with each of these carriers. From Bali you will take a short domestic flight to Bima where you will meet the Indo Siren and start your tour! For the Raja Ampat cruise you would be required to fly into Manado. We recommend flying from the UK on Singapore Airlines to Singapore. From there a flight on Silk Air will bring you to Manado in North Sulawesi. We can arrange 30kgs of luggage in economy class for divers carrying dive equipment. Singapore is the main gateway for Manado, but you can also fly via Jakarta in Indonesia or Denpasar in Bali. From Manado, you take a short and scenic domestic flight to Sorong, where you would meet the Indo Siren and start your tour. The Banda Sea cruises have 4 different itineraries; Flores to Ambon, Ambon to Sorong, Flores to Raja Ampat, Raja Ampat to Ambon, therefore flights to either Bali or Manado would be required depending on the trips embarkation point.
Depart London Heathrow on Singapore Airlines to Denpasar.
Arrive Bali and transfer to the Puri Santrian Hotel for 1 night.
Depart Puri Santrian Hotel and transfer back to Denpasar airport for domestic flight to Bima. Transfer to Indo Siren Liveaboard for 10 nights diving the Komodo National Park
Depart Indo Siren Liveaboard and transfer back to Bima airport for domestic flight to Denpasar. Transfer to Puri Santrian Hotel for 1 night.
Depart Puri Santrian Hotel and transfer back to Denpasar airport to check-in for your return international flight via Singapore. Arrive UK in the evening.
2nts Bali and 10nts Indo Siren (Komodo Cruise) from £2981 per person plus £417 departure taxes.
Price includes return international flights from the UK to Denpasar, Bali. In Bali it includes 2 nights’ accommodation at the Puri Santrian Hotel (one night either side of the liveaboard) with Breakfast on a twin/double share basis and return airport transfers. Price also includes return flights from Denpasar to Bima. On-board the Indo Siren it includes 10 nights in a twin/double en-suite cabin on a full board basis with snacks, soft drinks and local beer, up to 4 dives a day with BCD, Regulator, 3mm shorty wetsuit, mask, fins, tanks and weights and return airport transfers. Not Included: Port and Komodo National Park fee €65 - payable on board.