dance with mantas in the maldives, august 15-22, 2019 (Liveaboard)
In August 2019, we’re headed to the Maldives to catch the post-monsoon monsoon frenzy! The plankton-filled waters will attract large filter feeders – mantas, whale sharks – and of course the sharks and coral gardens that make the Maldives such an exciting destination. We’ll start in Male and cruise around the central atolls, hitting North Ari, South Male, and the famous Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll to snorkel with the mantas! Expect choppy seas and some current – participants must have at least a PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent certification and 20 – 30 dives to participate.
The Maldives has something for everyone – from tiny jewel-colored critters to mighty whale sharks. And, just because sensory overloads are never enough, dolphins may play in the boat’s wake. You’ll be diving in kandus (channels), sandy bottoms with shark action, coral atolls with hunting dogtooth tuna, swim-throughs with coral overhangs, cleaning stations with mantas, eagle rays and perhaps larger creatures! The post monsoon season boasts plankton-rich waters, so we are looking forward to meeting large filter feeders that are attracted to the plankton blooms.
This trip is closed. Trip report coming soon!
Macro magic: Scuba diving in lembeh, Indonesia, March 9 - 16, 2020 (Land based)
We love Indonesia – the diving (of course), the food, the people, the diversity. In March 2020, we’ll be exploring the black sands of Lembeh Strait – and the freakshow that comes with it.
Lembeh has the world’s highest concentration of rare and unusual marine life, and thus is the original home of ‘muck diving’ and is a macro photographer’s dream. There will be frog fish, countless varieties of nudibranchs seen nowhere else, flamboyant squid, mandarin fish and mimic octopus among so many others. The warm waters and calm, shallow dives are perfect for those looking to fine-tune their macro photography skills, and also those who are learning to dive.
This trip will be led by veteran Managing Partner, Sumer Verma, who will also hold a masterclass in macro photography for those who would like to take photographs. In addition, this trip is open to divers who are early in their diving career and those who would like to get PADI Open Water Certified. Lembeh Resort, where we will be staying, is a stunning family-owned luxury property that works to preserve the environment and work with the communities in its area. Download the details using the button below to learn more!
scuba diving in komodo, indonesia (LIveaboard)
Trip 1: july 11 - 19, 2020 (Full)
Trip 2: July 21 - 29, 2020 (available)
We’re going in search of dragons and pelagic giants. In case you haven’t noticed, we absolutely love Indonesia – the diving, the food, and the people. And because we love the Coralia Liveaboard team, we’ve partnered with them for not one, but THREE epic trips! The first is to Komodo - twice over!
Komodo National Park consists of 3 main islands (Komodo, Rinca and Padar) and several tiny ones scattered across the union of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It’s a dramatic landscape – dry savannah on the island hillsides, white sandy beaches, clear blue water and reefs bursting at the seams with life. Someone once described Komodo as the ‘Texas’ of SCUBA diving – everything is just bigger. Titan trigger fish? Bigger. Barracuda schools? Definitely bigger. Mantas? Huge. Komodo has some of the healthiest and most bio-diverse reefs in Indonesia, and there’s something for everyone – from brilliantly colored frogfish and nudibranchs to manta cleaning stations, staghorn coral meadows and adrenalin-pumping currents. One of the Lacadives team even saw her first Mola mola there! And then, of course, are the giant lizards that roam the islands – the Komodo dragons.
This trip, as usual, will be led by Sumer Verma, and promises to be one for the history books. Participants must be Advanced divers with 30 – 40 dives. Expect drift diving, bait balls and lots of action!
Raja Ampat: Misool & the Dampier Strait, indonesia, November 15 - 22, 2020 (Liveaboard)
In September 2018, we dived over the rainbow with Papua Explorers – careening through coral gardens and overhangs, chasing sharks, jacks, schooling barracuda, Spanish mackerel, and tiny, jewel colored invertebrates. We’ve promised (threatened?) to return, and we’re making good on that promise. We’re going back to the most biodiverse place on earth.
In November 2020 we’re upping the ante – we’re thrilled to partner with Coralia Liveaboard, Papua Explorer’s stunning Phinisi-style luxury yacht. If Papua Explorers’ resort was on Neverland, this is the Jolly Roger – exploring the Dampier Strait between Waigeo and Gam Island, and then heading south to bear witness to Misool’s unbridled beauty – soft coral fields, fish bowls, lime stone formations, tropical jungle, mantas, and, of course, the ever-present Wobbegong shark! There are few places in the world that defy description, and this is one of them.
Our veteran Managing Partner Sumer Verma will be leading this trip. Expect madness, magic, and breathtaking beauty. To enhance guest experience, we like to keep our trips small and intimate – this trip is limited to 12 guests only, so reserve your spot soon as spaces are limited. Divers must have 30+ dives and at least PADI advanced or equivalent certifications to participate.