Dive Safari / Maluku Explorer
The simple and very spacious steel ship accommodates a total of 16 divers. The vessel is 35 meters long and almost 8 meters wide with three decks and offers everything needed for a successful liveaboard trip. In addition to various cabin types, there is a sundeck with sun loungers (partially covered), the dining area, a salon with TV and DVD player and a large dive deck. The spacious dive deck has a large camera and storage space for the diving equipment. In addition, there is a toilet, charging stations and a diving platform with outdoor showers. The ship offers great value for money with very good food and simple, spacious cabins. The Maluku Explorer is the right choice for those who are looking for fantastic dives in a pristine dive area and do not put a lot of emphasis on luxurious accommodation.
Equipment and Cabines
The Maluku Explorer has 9 cabins. In addition to two spacious master cabins on the upper deck, four double cabins and two single cabins on the lower deck, the ship also has a spacious premium cabin on the sundeck. The cabins, with the exception of the premium cabin and a master cabin, are equipped with separate beds. The smaller single cabins have a bunk bed but are for single use only. Each cabin has air conditioning, as well as a private bathroom with shower and toilet (shower gel and towels are available).
Full board includes breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets plus additional afternoon snacks, fresh fruit as well as complimentary coffee, tea and water. Most meals are a combination of Indonesian, Chinese and Western cuisine with vegetarian dishes also being served. A selection of soft drinks, fruit juices and beer is available at surcharge.
The area not only matches more famous Raja Ampat, but surely ranks among the best in the world. Breath-taking drop-offs and overhangs with dense coral growth make for impressive photo subjects while the biodiversity can only be deemed unbelievable. Pigmy seahorses, many different species of nudibranchs, flatworms, turtles, bumphead parrotfishes, maori (napoleon) wrasses, jacks, big schools of barracuda and other fish are typical dive companions. During almost every dive black tip reef sharks are present, sometimes also white tip reef sharks and grey reef sharks. With a bit of luck, divers will spot blue-ring octopi, bobbit worms or manta rays. Even the famous “walking shark“ (epaulette shark) is not a rarity during night dives. The diversity and sheer abundance of sea fans and both soft coral and hard coral is unmatched. Hard corals are rather a century old than only decades and thus have grown to impressive sizes. Another unique feature of Halmahera‘s reefs are the sponges, starting with tube sponges to giant barrel sponges. Expect unusual encounters with rare critters: several species of seahorses, frogfishes, harlequin shrimps, flamboyant cuttlefish, ghost pipe fishes and octopi have all been spotted here and every trip brings on the discovery of new highlights.
This fantastic diving area comprises numerous islands and to this day is virtually unspoiled by tourism. Even experienced and well-travelled scuba divers are very enthusiastic about the dive spots! The peculiarity of this dive area is that very few safari boats are based in Halmahera. Therefore, divers are usually always alone at the superb dive sites. Various 7 to 12 night itineraries offer a multitude of trip options in between Labuha, Ternate and Bitung. Every route surprises with different highlights and thus enough variety to keep divers excited even throughout two consecutive trips. Land tours and visits to villages and local markets are typically part of the journey as well.
Diving safaris aboard Maluku Explorer are pure bliss! In general, 3 to 4 dives a day including night dives are offered (except first and last days of the dive safari). There are 3 experienced dive guides on board. The vessel is equipped with 12 litre aluminium tanks (DIN or INT valves). 15 litre tanks are available by pre-booking and surcharge of € 8, - per day. Nitrox costs € 10, - per day of diving. Minimum qualification: Advanced Open Water Diver and 50 logged dives. Depth limit is 30m and deco dives are strictly forbidden. Please consider that rental equipment is not available on board.
- First aid: emergency kit, oxygen, defibrillator
- Safety: Fire extinguisher, life jackets, life rafts
- Navigation: VHF Marine Radio, GPS, Echo Sounder
- satellite phone
• Date built: 2011
• Length: 35m / width: 7.7m
• Engine: Cummins NT855, 2 x 500HP
• Power supply: 110V & 220V charging stations, 220V standard in cabins and in
general onboard Euro-style sockets
• Compressors: 2 LW with 450l/min capacity + LW Nitrox Membrane
• Fresh water supply: 22,000l tank
• 2 Speedboats: Yamaha 40HP
Only cash (Indonesian Rupiah, US-Dollar and Euro) accepted on board.