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The Aurora is a 40-meter long Pinisi, that was constructed in Sulawesi (Indonesian island). It offers all the advantages of a modern boat, while keeping his traditional charm.
We offer 8 ensuite cabins with twin or double beds, all with individual air conditioning and a daily cleaning service, in order to receive up to 16 people on board.
A friendly crew made up of 18 people will welcome you aboard the Aurora. They will also take care of the services on board to guarantee you a great experience.
The Aurora navigates all year long in the Indonesian archipelago so as to offer his guests the opportunity to discover some spectacular sites.
Amazing landscapes and turquoise waters are waiting for you, whether you are a diver, a snorkeller or just an explorer looking for new horizons. After your unforgettable diving experiences and all the unique discoveries our experimented guides will share with you, you can just relax on the Aurora, in the areas provided for that.
Our chef will take care of filling your stomachs by preparing some Indonesian, international or vegetarian specialities, in accordance with your preferences.
The Aurora crew wishes you to have an unrivalled experience at every step of the cruise, so that your stay remain unforgettable.
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Aurora has 3 twin cabins with en-suite bathrooms
Aurora has two double cabins with en-suite bathroom.
Aurora has 3 triple share rooms with a double bed, single bed and en-suite bathroom within the cabin.
Route Description - Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat dive trips cruise the West Papua province of Indonesia which encompasses 1,500 small islands, cays and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Waigei, Batanta, Salawati and Misool. The itinerary can include Misool National Park, Dampier Strait, Penemu, Farondi and Arborek depending on length of the trip.
The remote nature of these islands has protected the marine life and maintained their status as the world’s most biodiverse and healthy reefs. Raja Ampat is home to over 1,500 species of fish, 500 species of coral and 15 species of marine mammals. Raja Ampat is a scuba diver’s dreamland where divers can hope to see manta rays, pygmy seahorses, wobbegong sharks and a rainbow of colors along the coral gardens.
Route Description - Komodo
A journey leading us through two oceans, separating, and uniting here at the same time. A current constantly crosses Indonesia, flowing from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean. Due to trade winds, the oceans have a different sea level of about 2 inches.... As the Pacific mixes with the colder Indian Ocean, at the south of the Lesser Sunda Islands, we find Pacific fauna scattered to the north and in-between the islands.
During June and September, the landscape above the water is unusually dry for Indonesia. On the islands east of Bali rainfalls are rare during the dry season, and the landscape that elsewhere in Indonesia is green all year round, shows here some green and brown patches.
THE ITINERATING ROUTE
Aurora sails around the different islands, and we stop to sleep almost every evening in a different bay.
Warm (27-29º C) and calm water, extemeley rich and diverse reefs and large colonies of hard coral charachterize the pacific side. Rich fishbanks (barracudas and carangidi) patrol the reef expecially in the canals between the islands, and when the sea tide rises (expecially during the time between june and september) the intensity of the current can be noteworthy.
THE SOUTHERN COAST OF THE INDIAN OCEAN
The southern coast of the Indian Ocean, however, is characterized by colder water temperatures (24ºC -25º C/ /75-77ºF), locally with high waves. The reefs is shallower water are rich in soft corals and hard corals with incrusted forms, very resistant to the strong water movement. In the waters with reduced visibility, encounters with pelagic fish such as sharks, manta rays or the rare moon fish (Mola mola) are quite often.
THE NORTHERN SIDE
The reefs on the northern side of Komodo and Rinca and the Lesser Sunda Islands belong to the most versatile reefs in the whole archipelago. Magnificently conserved, rich of big formation of Acropora (table corals). Uncountable reef fish and invertebrates make this underwater landscape very interesting.
The reefs around Komodo are mainly fringing reefs, with a rather narrow reef platform close to the shore while the outer reef descends quite steeply. In the deeper water prevail by fan corals, along with black corals and big sponges.
Route Description - Forgotten Islands
Starting with muck dives, crossing the Banda Sea, and tracing the perimeter of islands. Let our experienced crew show you those almost untouched locations with wonderful reefs and stunning drop-offs. Marine life is in abundance from critters, sea snakes, manta rays, sharks and school of hammerhead and much more. Frequently, whales might be spotted from the surface. You will also be able to spot the rare Mandarin Fish around Banda Neira, performing their mating ritual at night.
The landscape and coral islands alternate with rock formation covered with a green layer, giving our passage from Asia to Oceania an almost unreal magic. We refer here to biological borders that sometimes are quite different from geographical borders. The dry season starts in this region in September and goes until end of March; however, rainfall can be expected throughout the year.
Aurora sails around several islands, such as Ambon, Nusa Laut, Molana, Banda Neira, Manuk, Damar and Saumlaki. This cruise is offered from Ambon to Saumlaki or from Saumlaki to Ambon and includes 11 nights, we will overnight almost every day in a different bay.
The reefs on this cruise are all very beautiful. We will come across both sloping reefs and vertical walls. We will also see and dive around coral drop-offs and coral reefs with deep laying coral walls.