Dugong

An incredible animal surrounded by believes

Dugong

A mythic marine animal of South-East Asia

Dugong is a mammal marine animal that has its population spread within the Indo-Pacific Ocean. This animal is part of numerous surprising believes among the different populations and culture of South-East Asia. Luckily, it is easy to encounter this mythic animal on the coasts of Indonesia, especially at some specific dive sites!

Dugong in South-East Asia

Sail along the prestigious Ring of Fire and its numerous islands

Diving Cruise BANDA SEA | 14 Days / 13 Nights

Alor islands & Banda Sea,
Maumere to Ambon
Departures 2022:
20th Sept

450$ per day instead of 509$
Total 6305$/person FULL BOARD

Up to 4 dives/day

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Global
9.8
Vessel
9.9
Life Onboard
9.8
Activities
9.7
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Liveaboard Banda Sea & Alor

Day 1 : Departure from Maumera & route to Lembata

Arrival in Maumere airport in the morning and warm welcome from the crew at the airport. Then, they will drive you to the harbor and to the boat. Once onboard, you will be offered a welcome drink, you will have time for check-in and unpack your luggage. We will have a briefing on security measures onboard and make a quick presentation of the crew and vessel. After that, let’s life the anchor and start our journey to Lembata.

Day 2 : Lembata Island

You will do your check dive in the waters of Lembata Island, this is a perfect spot for your first dive as it is easy going. The second dive will be in the Northern Bay of the island, a macro and critters dive. In the afternoon, we will go for 2 more dives on the Northern side, we will dive on the site of Drop Off where you will admire nice corals and pelagic.

Day 3 : Alor Strait

Alor is one of our favorite destinations and you will certainly like it too. There, you will find healthy reefs, fishy pinnacles, great muck dives, there is everything in Alor. On the first day, in the area, we will remain in the Alor Strait area and enjoy few dives there. Be aware that in the South of the strait the water temperature can drop to 22°C. Anyway, you will have the chance to uncover hundreds of critters but also to admire some majestic pelagic. In the evening, we will go for an incredible night dive.

Day 4 : Alor islands

Today, we will go for 3 wonderful dives in Alor area. The dive sites will be chosen according to the current weather conditions and according to your expectations. At the end of the day, the cruise will sail to Wetar Island.

Day 5 : Wetar Island

We will dive on the Eastern part of the island, where we can find great drop offs and excellent visibility. The area is full of life, big schools and stunning marine flora. We will also go for some incredible macro dives for a total of 4 dives in Wetar.

Day 6 : Romang Island

This large island offers many secret spots to our dive guides as we discover new incredible dive sites on each of our passage in this area. This is full of adventure and the marine life is untouched, ready to be explored. 3 dives are scheduled in Romang area.

Day 7 : Terbang & Damar islands

Today, we will drop the anchor next to these two idyllic islands where the pristine water, coral reef and unspoiled walls make the underwater world extremely precious. The reef is a kaleidoscopic explosion of colors and shape-shifting forms where you will find yourself surrounded by curious schools of fishes. 4 dives are scheduled in this area and we might also do one muck dive if conditions are optimal.

Day 8 : Nila Island & Nil Desperandum

We will go for one dive on Nila Island and 2 dives on the Nil Deperandum reef. This reef is lost in the middle of Banda Sea and offers a magnificent wall that often welcomes hammerhead sharks at this time of the year.

Day 9 : Manuk Island

Today we will explore Manuk Island area, where the signs of volcanic activity are clearly visible underwater. The warm waters of the area attract specific marine life, we will find an important community of cold-blooded sea snakes that enjoy this warmness. We can also admire hundreds of reef fishes as well as tuna, jacks and sharks. Hammerhead sharks have been seen here a few times. 3 dives are scheduled during the day and the evening, we will go for a night dive to uncover a totally new facet of this unique environment.

Day 10 : Hatta Island

We will start with a beautiful dive on Hatta reef and go for another dive on the Drop Off of Hatta Island. This area is full of life, we will see Eagle rays, tunas, reef sharks and corals of every colors. After this great morning, we will enter the Banda harbor and you will be offered the visit of a traditional village, Banda Museum and the Banda fortress. If you prefer staying onto the water, we will have an alternative diving afternoon for you, we will go dive in Batu Kapal, a submerged rock surrounded by other smaller rocks where you can admire gorgonian fields, marbled rays, groupers…

Day 11 : Suanggi islands

Around these small islands, the marine life is prolific in the area and a thousand of sea birds nest on the next island to enjoy this fest. You can find Napoleon wrasses, billions of red tooth Triggerfish and Fusiliers, Eagle rays and eventually Hammerhead sharks. Once arrived in South Seram, we will go for 2 dives in Ahmet, a very nice fishy drop off. The 3rd dive will be on Molana, a famous dive site renowned for its underwater arche. In the evening, we also enjoy a night dive!

Day 12 : Ambon bay

One complete day of diving in the bay of Ambon, famous for the muck dives it offers. 3 dives and a night dive.

Day 13 : Ambon

Last full day of the cruise, we will go for one last muck dive in Ambon. After that, let’s rinse and dry the equipment. We have a great excursion on land for your in the afternoon. Amazing beach and landscapes…

Day 14 : Check-out

Breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport or to the hotel if you plan to continue your adventure in the area.

* Please note that the itinerary and services mentioned above are subject to be changed if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require the captain or the crew to do so. However, we will always do our best to stick to this program.

Where can we find the Dugong?

This species is mostly present in the Indo-Pacific Ocean between the coasts of China and Vietnam in the North to the North coast of Australia in the South. Therefore, Indonesia is at the perfect location to discover this amazing species. You can easily spot it in Banda Sea and West Papua, you will always find Dugongs on the coasts as it feeds and depends on seagrass. More precisely, the best locations to encounter this marine animal are in bays and mangrove channels. With the Liveaboard we offer, your best chance to encounter the Dugong is by going to Alor Island and we can organize a special excursion to admire them. The other possibilities will be during your cruise in Banda Sea, in Triton Bay, or in West Papua region.

Where to see Dugong

An endangered species

Unfortunately, the Dugong is considered as an endangered species due to its overfishing, especially in areas such as Northern Australia and Pacific islands. Hopefully, the Dugong is now listed among the species that are banned from trade of derived products and is protected in many countries. For thousands of years, this species was looked after for its meat and oil. Even though the Dugong has an impressive lifespan of 70 years in average, it has a pretty low reproduction rate that makes it and ageing population.

Dugong family

Animal behavior

The Dugong are often seen in couple or pair, and rarely as large groups. This is due to their feeding habits on seagrass that do not support big population. However, in some rare occasions, it is possible to find them gathering by hundreds. They communicate through chirps, whistles, barks, and other sounds that echo underwater. They have a poor eyesight and use their smell to identify edible plants and constant physical contact with their calves. They spend most of their live at an average of 10 meters deep, and even though they are considered as shy, it is easy to dive with them. They hold their breath for about 2 and a half minutes before heading back to the surface. This fascinating animal does not have fully known behavior and remain mysterious in many ways!

Dugong Behaviour