Dewi Nusantara Halmahera - Raja Ampat
Halmahera - Raja Ampat
The following itinerary is for example purposes only. Your actual itinerary may vary due to weather or other environmental conditions and at the Captain's discretion in order to seek out the best available diving during your cruise.
Halmahera top side is very beautiful with many volcanic islands and you really get the feeling of Wallace on his trail. It’s a mixed bag of diving – some very nice areas of hard corals, beautiful reefs and a fair share of muck diving too! This itinerary mainly concentrates on the southern part of Halmahera and when we cross over from Raja we head to Pisang Island. Pisang Island is full of the most beautiful trees and incredible bird life. There are some beautiful little dive spots on the northwest tip of the island with fantastically clear blue waters, great corals (hard and soft) and superb fish life of every size. We also dive the main island of Pisang and that in contrast has black sand, some wall plateaux and sandy areas.
Then the boat normally heads to South Halmahera. There is some lovely diving in the Patientie Strait between the main island of Halmahera and Bacan with large schools of fish, turtles and some incredible hard corals. The white sandy slopes are a great contrast to our next stop. After leaving Patiente you come out to a stretch of volcanic islands with incredible scenery. Makian Island is one of our favourite spots. The anchorage is charming in a little quiet bay directed below the volcano. This is black sand muck diving at its best but it’s very pretty, with lovely patches of coral as well as sand flats. There is an old jetty at Makian that makes a great dive spot with some nice animal life both in day light and at night. Cuttlefish, seahorses, scorpion fish, ghost pipefish and so on, and we have even seen the bobbit worm there at night.
Onto Pulau Pilongga, a small island near Tidore and Ternate Island. This is a tiny island with a light house and nothing else but the northeast tip has some very impressive hard coral, bommies, ridges and a sloped area. Excellent for critter diving, searching for frogfish, cuttlefish, sea snakes, nudibranch, mantis shrimp and more.
In previous years we have done more diving on the West side of Bacan and also the Goriaci Islands. This is a mix of known dive sites and also exciting exploratory trips off the beaten track. A highlight here is the plentiful shark life, more black tips than in many other areas. Usually we also include a little of the Dampier Strait i.e. Mioskon, Sardine Reef, Batanta before crossing to Pisang, and then into Halmahera.