Kaleidoscope

One of the most colorful underwater environment in the world

Kaleidoscope Raja Ampat

The coral is everywhere

Kaleidoscope, as its name suggests, is a colorful dive site located in the West end of Pele Island, south east of the stunning Misool area, in Raja Ampat. Kaleidoscope is a soft coral sloping wall with amazing reef scenery boasting an unbeatable range of colors. The abundance of colors produced by huge soft corals, draping the shallow rocks and coral heads, is indescribable. This site is truly a kaleidoscope and represents the radiant delights of the area.

Kaleidoscope Colorful Reef

A wonderful combo that will satisfy the most demanding divers

Diving Cruise BANDA SEA & RAJA AMPAT | 12 Days / 11 Nights

Cruise in Banda Sea & South Raja Ampat,
Ambon to Waisai
Departure 2022
- 12th 
Oct

316$ per day instead of 349$
Total 3792$/person FULL BOARD

Up to 4 dives/day


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Boat Rating *

Global
9.8
Vessel
9.7
Life Onboard
10.0
Activities
9.8
Itinerary *
Boat & Cabin
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Liveaboard Banda Sea & Raja Ampat

Day 1 : Ambon - Suanggi

The boat and its crew will be waiting for you in Ambon! The crew will pick you up at the airport and take you to the harbor, the trip is about to begin! Once on the boat, you will be offered a refreshing welcome drink, a mocktail and sit back in the lounge area where the captain will do a quick general briefing while the crew lift the anchor. Then, you will do your check-in, crew & boat presentations before having your first night onboard while cruising to Pulau Suanggi.

Day 2 : Suanggi Island - Banda islands

As you wake up, the boat has now arrived at its destination! Lost north of the Banda Sea, Suanggi Island is an oasis for pelagic fish and has an amazingly beautiful coral reef. Tuna, moray eels, schools of fish of all colors and of course, schools of hammerhead sharks can be seen at these dive sites. Pulau Suanggi is a unique diving spot because of its geographical location but also by the diversity of its topography and the incredible richness of its micro-ecosystem.
You will make 2 deep dives on pinnacles to try to swim with hammerhead sharks. In the afternoon, you will dive along an underwater ridge, with untouched bottoms, the idea is to not miss anything of this majestic place. As the sun sets, you will immerse yourself one last time when all the predators are out. Depending on the conditions, the vessel will resume its journey towards the heart of the Banda islands at the end of the day or very early in the morning. Approximately 3 hours of navigation separate us from our next place of leisure.

Day 3 : Hatta Island

Explore Karang Hatta reef and Hatta Island: the dive sites that border this reef sink to nearly 6000m deep and give birth to vertiginous walls open to the ocean! Here, the chances of encountering pelagic poisons, such as tunas, king mackerels, wahoos and large barracudas are very high! Gray sharks and hammerhead sharks can also be seen around these unique dive sites.
You will do 2 dives at Karang Hatta before approaching Pulau Hatta. In the West of the island awaits you an incredible dive during which you will sink through a hole of 5m diameter, surrounded by corals and multicolored fish. Get up close to the large gorgonians that line its edges and are home to pygmy seahorses. End your dive in a coral garden and re-recharge your batteries before the evening. At the end of the day, we will anchor in the bay in front of Banda Besar and we will offer you a dive of your choice: watch the dance of the Mandarin fish at sunset. At the foot of one of the oldest hotels on the island resides a population of Mandarin fish. The Mandarin made its reputation by its incredible display of colors and by its nuptial dance which combines grace and modesty. A silent immersion and a certain discretion will then give you the opportunity to observe one of the stars of underwater photography Night dive. While the majority of people seek to appreciate the beauty of mandarin fish, wait until nightfall and seek out the "macro" critters of the Banda Besar ! Blue-ringed octopus, toad fish, ghost fish and other wonders await you among the seaweed and black sands of this dive site.

Day 4 : Travel the history of the Bandas'

We can customize the day according to your preferences and what you would like to see but the plan is to go diving in the morning in the North of Banda Besar.
2 dives are part of the program: Batu Kapal which literally means Rock Boat, named after its shape. This island has a dive site where life is at its profusion. Start at the top of a pinnacle where hard and soft corals such as gorgonians grow and around which myriads of fish roam. Don't forget to take a look in the blue where a school of resident tunas pass by regularly. You will then join the fringing reef of the emerged part on site. Monumental sized sponges, large cloud morays, leaf fish and pygmy seahorses inhabit the area. The second dive will take place at the Northeastern tip of Banda Besar Island at the dive site Pohon Miring which means "Leaning tree". Below the surface, a huge crack in the reef creates a unique tunnel through which you will drift to a wall covered with corals and sponges. The inner reef of the tunnel and the outer reef are teeming with life and teeming with color. Trevally, reef sharks, moray eels, humpback parrots, eagle rays and unicorns are present.

During this afternoon, you will be offered to set foot on Banda Neira Island to take a step back in history, through the streets and old buildings of Banda Neira. Take a guided tour of the site to retrace the astonishing history of the Banda Islands and the spice trade. Notably famous for nutmeg, the Banda Islands were the scene of unrelenting conflicts and trade agreements during the 17th and 18th centuries. Admire a hotel with Portuguese architecture, walking the streets and past the former homes of English generals. Visit the fort Belgica built by the Dutch in 1611 and from the top of which the view of the active volcano Gunung Api, 650m high, is breathtaking! Shop for cloves, almonds and nutmeg in what was once the world's heart of the spice trade!

Day 5 : Pulau Koon or Koon Island

Today let's go for 3 dives in the waters of this remarkable island. Koon is an island located Southeast of Seram Island. This is the perfect place to stop along the way, rest the crew and have a blast! There aren't many possibilities to go diving in Koon, but every dive is worth its weight in gold! Pelagic fauna such as tunas, king mackerels and gray sharks abound above a reef that sinks into the gently sloping blue, literally suffocated by coral! Large trevally, groupers and giant trevally are also in the area! In the evening, we keep cruising direction the awaited Misool archipelago.

Day 6 : North of Misool Park

Sagof, Wagmab & Farondi: these three dive areas are the Northernmost of Misool Park. They are ideally placed to start and finish your stay in this part of the park.
In Sagof you will find for example the Two Trees' Island whose overhangs encrusted in the smooth sides of the walls that surround the site are home to myriads of small fish and pygmy seahorses.
At Wagmab, look for carpet sharks waiting for their prey stray too close to their mouth! Also look for the endemic Christmas or Papua pygmy seahorse of Misool!
Farondi is best known for its Farondi cave dive site! The start is done in the very shallow water until the ground opens under your fins to create a huge tunnel that takes you from 5m to 30m deep, followed by a dive drifting along a steep, winding reef covered with hard corals and sea fans. The dive ends in a cellar where the entrance seems to be guarded by riflemen in schools! Often pass in the blue tunas and mobula stingrays which swim through a resident batfish bench.

Day 7 : East of Misool Park

Daram is the most easterly area of ​​Misool and it is full of fabulous sites that can be enjoyed from morning to sunset ! The site of Andiamo is surrounded by a wall and has two underwater pinnacles where sharks and king mackerel are often seen. The clarity of the water gives the aquatic landscape the appearance of a painting and the color of the corals stands out Especially since the sunlight hits them hard. Fusilier fish and batfish school await you at the time you enter the water. Candy Store with its enormous pinnacle and its impressive overhang or niche the pygmy seahorse "Raja Ampat" and its colorful walls, is also a must-see. Other sites such as Warna Berwarna are also waiting for you for more walls, more corals and more fish!

Day 8 : Boo & Fiabacet

Boo lies to the Southeast of Misool and includes some of the most famous and most popular dives in the whole archipelago.
Boo Window has one of the most impressive coral covers in the park Raja Ampat! The site consists of two rocks out of the water linked by a series of small submarine canyons absolutely stunning. Hard and soft corals mix in and are overwhelmed by so many fish that it is sometimes hard to see through. At each end of the site, when the reef sinks into the depths of the ocean, sharks  gray, giant groupers and sometimes oceanic manta rays are the delight of divers. At the end of the dive, go back into this ocean of color along the wall that borders this fabulous site.
Karang bayangan is the dream site of many diver, a large underwater reef is home to an incredibly varied fauna! On one side the batfish beds, on the other the giant trevally. On the one hand the sharks playing in the current, on the other the large groupers sheltering under the coral. And of course, what made the nickname of this majestic site Magic Mountain is an underwater stop which sinks to 20m and above which are very regularly seen, the oceanic mantas that stand out from the the deep blue of the ocean to come soar above this reef, in their absolute grace. We will also find Boo East nearby which offers sumptuous corals and an intense life or even Eagle Nest where the oceanic manta rays are also one of the observable wonders.
Fiabacet is the southernmost part of the archipelago and can boast a selection of dives where colorful soft corals and magnificent gorgonians of truly exceptional beauty literally suffocate the reefs. There are sites of a great quality such as Nudi Rock. With the outward appearance of a nudibranch, this dive site has its coloring to inside! With its magnificent drop-offs or majestic gorgonians and corals of all kinds, with its pinnacle submarine where sharks and king mackerel come and play, with its school of barracudas that let you swim near them, Nudi rock is sure to be a site you won't forget. You can also dive Tank rock or Whale rock which are 5 stars dive sites with surprising coral cover and where the fish come together in a single block to face the current! Sharks, trevally, king mackerel swim in the fish soup while you become one with the reef! Of large gorgonians with pygmy seahorses await you, sublime coral gardens and pinnacles covered with life are the least you can expect in this part of the Misool area.

Day 9 : Wayilbatan

Wayilbatan is located at the West of Fiabacet. This sector of Misool has varied underwater topographies offering landscapes absolutely gorgeous subs!
Depending on the conditions we will dive Four Kings, four submarine pinnacles connected by a reef covered with corals themselves covered with fish! Impressive groupers sometimes roam the site and a large school of giant trevally guard the place. Along its entire length, thousands of colored fishes swim together. Magnificent gorgonians also inhabiting the reef. On the top of the main pinnacle plateau, a small colored cavity explosives form an enchanting setting to start and end this dive. If luck is on your side, oceanic manta rays sometimes pass nearby.
Other sites like Wedding Cake whose deep pinnacle are covered with superb corals and in front of which trevally, tuna and sharks swim gracefully. With its walls and overhangs where gorgonians and other soft corals grow. If the current allows it, make the tour of the site and finish the dive in a luminous coral garden where some batfish await you to finish the dive. We can also talk about Neptune fan and his valley of gorgons whose wingspan is insane! A paradise for pygmy seahorses! Or Barracuda rock and its underwater stop or corals, batfish, turtle and group of soldier fish huddled under a huge overhang can blend into one. Napoleon and trevally fish are also part of the game.
At Wayilbatan, you will also have the opportunity to climb the Lake love! After a 20min ascent on a staircase in good condition, you will reach the platform which overlooks this natural wonder. The reef and the hills bordering this lake have naturally shaped like a heart. With the sun in the distance, the turquoise blue of the reef and the deep blue of its center, this lake is a landscape exceptional. A paradise in paradise!

Day 10 : Pele

Pele is located in the Southwest of the Misool archipelago.
Kaleidoscope dive site will offer you a spectacle of multicolored soft corals that cover the reef and sink with it along an underwater ridge! When the current is strong, the site explodes with life and the chances of crossing manta rays and mobula rays increase considerably! Never forget to look in the blue for passing pelagics like dogtooth tunas!
Blue Hole is a site which takes its name from its obvious dramatic topography. On the descent, follow the curve of the reef to a depth of ten meters, a large hole in the rock pierces it up to 30m below! Covered with hard and soft corals, this tunnel will delight photographers. As you exit, schools of reef fish will escort you to the surface.
Pele’s Playground consists of a long plateau whose underwater ridge, bordered by colored walls, plunges into the blue. Manta and mobula rays are regularly seen here as well as tuna, batfish and groupers!

Day 11 : Misool - Sorong

Today, depending on your flight times, we will do a farewell dive in the North of the Misool Archipelago. After this dive, it will be time to greet one last time these magical places that are located in Raja Ampat region and start our last trip to Sorong. Relax, enjoy the comfort aboard the Phinisi and keep your eyes riveted on the ocean which can always have good surprises in store for us!

Day 12 : Disembarkation

On the last day, it's time to say goodbye. Everything is ready for your departure. After a sharing time with the others (photos, videos, memories...) and saying by to the crew, you will return to land. We will drive you back to the airport or your hotel in Sorong. And of course, we will meet again soon !

* 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.

Big & tiny species

This dive site shows that you won’t only find big marine life in Raja Ampat, as you will encounter that in sloping wall many critters have found a shelter, most of them with bright tones as well, such as ghost pipefish, pygmy seahorses, many different kinds of nudibranchs, shrimps and flatworms. Underwater macro photographers will come back to the surface with a big smile on their faces.

This undercut karst limestone island rises from the sea and beneath the surface lies a submerged ridge. There is also a coral trout cleaning station and in the distance, napoleon wrasse and some mobula rays cruising by. All these varieties of colors and life forms will surely captivate you during your dive.

Thecacera sp White Pikachu

Dive plan

Starting the dive on the protected end of the island and depending on which way the current is running, you will either begin with a relaxed search for some of the exciting flatworms and other of the many critters, or you will take a mild drift towards the end of the ridges. The north side of the ridge, decorated with large sea fans and soft corals, slopes down to beyond 30 meters, however the ridge gets deeper as you continue towards the west. Changing direction to go back to the island and with a slight assent to 18 meters the real action starts. Strong currents sweep over the top of the ridge, so better use a reef hook and sit back in the current, while enjoying the show around. Large schools of fish thrive in this current, where you will often see massive congregations of brightly colored yellow Banded Sweetlips. Mantas also frequent the area when the current is running. If you love high currents underwater, dramatic landscapes above water, colorful marine life and plenty of fishes, then you will love this site.

Sweetlips in Kaleidoscope

Definitely a must-dive in Raja Ampat

Kaleidescope is a dive site where most want to return to after sun down, as night dives are also nothing short of stunning.

The south of Raja Ampat might not be the easiest to get to, but the diving here is absolutely worthwhile. The Misool area, with all the breathtaking dive sites, including Kaleidescope, can be especially surprising. Marine life ranges from kaleidoscopic nudibranchs and pygmy seahorses to oceanic manta rays, pelagic species, and rare dugongs, and the best thing, all is possible during a single dive trip. In addition to this, the region is quite isolated, therefore you will likely have the most impressive sites all to yourself. Plenty of action, glowing corals, eye-catching fish, pleasant water temperatures, all is waiting for you.

Close_up on Xeno Crab

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All boats, Cabins & on-board furniture's have an authentic and sophisticated design, made with quality materials.


Spacious and Comfortable
shared space, Lounge, Sun Deck, Restaurant will grant you a maximum comfort.

You will also enjoy free access to kayaks and stand-up paddles (SUP) if you wish to explore the surrounding.
Then it's up to you to chose if you want to enjoy a stunning sunset from the lounge with a fresh drink or from the SUP in the middle of pristine water.

One of the most, if not the most important part of your cruise, The Crew. They all are experienced, they know when to be discreet and how to treat you well.

Another important part of your journey, the Food., you will enjoy some great dishes cooked with love by some skilled chef. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, you will be delighted all day long. 


You can refer to the label on the boat description to have a quick overview about the class of the cruise.
Luxury
 All cabins are equipped with Air conditioning and Private bathroom (ensuite). 
Comfort: All cabins are equipped with Air conditioning and some cabins may have shared bathroom (Max 2 cabins).

You should definitely consider the full charter option especially if you are planning this cruise with your family or friends. It will make the experience even more exceptional. As we offer a large choice of boat, no matter if you are 6, 10 or more than 12 we will find the best vessel according the standing you are expecting. From 1000$ per night in adventure standing, 2000$ per night in Comfort standing and from 3000$ in Luxury standing. Contact us for more informations.

Not at all, beginners can do discover scuba diving during the cruise (let us know to arrange it)


Open water certified divers or equivalent will have access to most of the dive sites, but to make the best of the cruise Advanced level and experience in drift dive is recommended. You can spend a few days with us in Bali before starting your cruise, by joining our Safari tour or to get your Advanced certification in one of our four dive centers, it will allow you to dive up to 30m depth, to join night dives and be more confident and comfortable while drift diving.

For an even better training we recommend you to join the drift specialty in Nusa Lembongan.

If you are more into Leisure, Yoga or Surfing, we can offer you some great cruise experience while practicing some of your favourite activities. Contact us for more informations.

Indonesia spread over its more than 5000 km along the Equator which offers a tropical climate with only two season, dry & wet.

Dry season is mainly from May to October Wet season from November to April.
Keep in mind that Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, so you can visit year-round as wet season won’t start in the same time in different places.

Landscapes are also pretty different due to Tropical rainforest climate and Tropical savannah climate.

Komodo: All year around
North Komodo: April to December
South Komodo: January to march
Raja Ampat: October to May
Banda Island: September to November
Alor: May to November

We do recommend you to bring your own gears if you already own it. If not it’s not a big deal, you can rent the full set onboard, some of our partners provide rental equipment for free, maximum you can expect another 60$ per day.
As a reminder, every scuba diver should be equipped with: Wetsuite/BCD/Regulator set/Fins/Weight system/Dive computer/SMB/Torchlight/Compass.


Nitrox tanks are available on most of the boats, please refer to the boat description.