Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Aurora Dive Live-Aboard in Raja Ampat Papua – Indonesia

MS Aurora welcomes you to a brand new scuba diving liveaboard safari. Adventure, relaxation, comfort and respect for marine biodiversity all come together in the abundant waters and many islands of Indonesia. Marine biologists, professional divers, underwater photographers and video-operators offer professional guidance as you explore coral reefs flaunting the highest biodiversity in the world.

Construction started on the purpose built Pinisi schooner ‘Aurora’ in December 2007 in a traditional shipyard in South Sulawesi. For summer 2009, this regal motor sail yacht started her exploration tours for a demanding clientele of international scuba divers. As a guest aboard this superior live-aboard, you will enjoy the luxury of a traditional boat coupled with the comfort of a modern one. Built using environmentally friendly principles and having the ability to explore remote areas which only a select few – if any – have discovered…

Aurora is a two-mast motor sailor made out of teak, built according to the so called traditional “Pinisi”-style and designed for a demanding clientele of divers. On this live-aboard of superior standard, comfort, luxury and a traditional character are united. The Aurora has been built according to modern and environmentally friendly principles, and gives the opportunity to explore remote areas which only few – if ever – have seen.

Aurora is a spacious, double masted, teak motor-sail yacht, built according to the ‘traditional Pinisi style’ and designed for a discerning dive clientele.
As a guest aboard, you will experience superior standards and comfort together with the luxury of a traditional boat. Aurora has been built following modern and environmentally friendly principles and gives us the opportunity to explore remote areas which only a few – if any – have seen.

We promise you truly unique dives and dive sites, many inspiring island excursions and … we look forward to welcoming you aboard…

The Pinisi
Aurora is a „Pinisi schooner“, a motorized two-masts sailing schooner built according to the traditional Indonesian design.

The Diving:
Please note that prior to participating in any cruise, we highly recommend that you have at least 50 dives and/or hold an advanced certification. This is for your safety, the safety of your dive buddies and will enable you to appreciate fully, the underwater realm of Indonesia. Divers with less experience can engage in continuous training courses onboard Aurora.

Dive Equipment Rental:
Some complete scuba sets are available for rental, but due to the fact that we have only limited space on board, we kindly ask you to communicate in advance if you need rental gear. Please use the appropriate form in the programmes and prices area for this purpose, indicating your approximate size. It is important for us to have a precise idea what rental equipment is needed, before we start the cruise.

Under downloads you will find the current price list for scuba diving rental.
Our standard tanks are 12 ltr aluminium cylinders, with single stage INT/DIN (no adaptor needed). There is also a limited number of 15 ltr cylinders available. Please indicate your needs in advance on the online registration form, we will do our best to meet your requests.

The immersions
All dives are conducted according to safe diving practices and according to your experience level.

Our guests are always guided by qualified and experienced guides, only in exceptional cases (depending on experience level and environmental conditions) dives in buddy-system without one of our guides are allowed.

The dives are usually done by zodiac (we have 3 comfortable zodiacs available). The boat crew will take care of the diving equipment, you just need to look … after yourself and maybe your personal equipment such as video-cameras, computers. A detailed briefing will explain you all about the individual dive sites, including diving route, currents, and possible biological curiosities.

The courses
Diving courses and programmes are offered by PADI instructors who speak English, Italian, German, Spanish and French. Due to the fact that the instructors are not on board all together, and you wish to enrol in a scuba diving course, please let us know (registration form – download), indicating your preferred language. If you book a course well in advance, we will have time to organize the student materials in your mother tongue (manuals, videos etc.). We will always do our best to satisfy your requests.
Please note: All diving courses will be conducted on a very private basis or in extremely small groups.

You don’t hold a scuba diving certification? Non-divers have the opportunity to try out the thrilling adventure of scuba diving with the PADI Discover Scuba Diving programme or to enrol in a certification course (PADI Scuba Diver or PADI Open Water Diver course) on board of MS Aurora. The course fee is to paid directly on board.
You can download the price list here, including the scuba courses we offer on board of MS Aurora.

Some technical data:
Overall length: 42 m
Length on deck: 32 m
Width: 9 m
Tonnage: 75 tons
Sailing surface: 300 m2
Power: 1 engine: Nissan 420 HP, cruising speed: 8-10 knots.

7 double cabins of which 3 dispose over a third bed.
All cabins have individually controlled AC, ensuite bathroom and shower.
Stairs on both sides lead to the diving tenders
Saloon/restaurant with library, computer room/study room with PC, DVD, video, photo, recharging batteries, Spacious sun deck.

Equipment on board:
GPS, radio, sat-phone, echo sounder
2 generators for 220 V in each cabin (2-pole plug, without the third earth pole – like in continental Europe)
2 compressors for air, 1 compressor Nitrox
3 tenders for each 8 persons
water maker 6000 ltr/ day

Safety devices:
First Aid kits
emergency oxygen
manual fire extinguishers
406 EPIRB – Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
life vests for all passengers including crew members
2 life rafts

The Route:
The huge area of Raja Ampat represents a big marine reserve, that stretches out to the north (Waigeo and neighbouring island) and to the south-west (Misool). The whole region is a labyrinth of straits between small sandstone islands eroded by the waves. The dry season is between September to March, however, rainfalls are to be expected throughout the whole year.

Season : November -February

Routes and dates
Two routes: north (1.1) and south (1.2), from Sorong to Sorong.

Raja Ampat north (1.1): Sorong – Jef Fam – Kawe – Wajak – Coquille Uranie – Sei Pele – Wafak – Mansouthar – Kri – Sorong.

Raja Ampat south (1.2): Sorong – Farondi – Misool – Fiabajet – Jef Fam – Mansouthar – Kri – Sorong

Dive Rates is Per Person/night twin share cabin : Euro 260

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