Flores & Alor Cruise

Welcome to Tiaré, a luxurious yet traditional Indonesian Phinisi that will take you on a journey of discovery to some of the most stunning diving spots in the world. The Tiaré began as the dream of five cousins, discussed over a summer dinner party. Experience diving in the rich waters of the Indonesian archipelago and meet people from the many different cultures on the diverse Indonesian islands that you would never have the opportunity to see while staying in more tourist-heavy areas.

Tiaré offers a spectacular experience for divers as well as non-divers, with bright airy cabins, spacious bathrooms and a large front deck where you can socialize, eat under the stars or just relax in the Indonesian sunshine. There is also a separate diving deck with hot water showers to warm up after a night dive. All indoor and outdoor living areas, decks, and cabins are made with antique teak salvaged from old Joglos, which not only gives the feel of “real Indonesia”, but has helped to reduce the use of Indonesia’s disappearing rain forests.

Tiare has six cabins with private bathroom that can accommodate 14 guests.
• 2 double cabins
• 2 twin cabins
• 2 double/twin cabins with 3rd bed can accommodate up to 3 guests.

Welcome on board!

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Boarding Maumere

Board the stunning Tiaré, your home for the next 7 nights, in Maumere and be ready to depart around 12 pm.

Day 2: East of Flores Cruising

Your first full day of diving wil be around Serbete Reef and Adonara Island, just east of Flores. Serbete Reef has shallow reefs and coral gardens with walls where reef sharks, turtles and pygmy seahorses have been spotted. Moving to to the southwest corner of Adonara Island, you’ll be looking out for juvenile harlequin sweetlips and barramundi cods in the shallow reef. The reef then slopes down to around 25 metres, where varied nudibranchs, white tip reef sharks, and blue spotted stingrays live. Rhinopias have also been spotted here, including the weedy and paddleflap scorpion fish varieties.

Day 3: Diving Paradise among Reef Sharks

Beneath the impressive active volcano Gunung Api, north of Lembata Island, you’ll be diving incredible sheer walls, plateaus and overhangs covered with hard coral and black sand. Reef sharks patrol the reef looking for pray and plenty of smaller critters living in the black sand are common sights here.

Day 4: Kawula Island

On day 4 spend the day experiencing world-class muck diving to the south-west of Kawula Island. Tanjung Waiwowan is known for sightings of allusive scorpionfish that camouflage themselves on the coral slopes. You’ll may also find various pipefish, and octopus, including the blue ringed octopus and wunderpus. At night juvenile brownbanded bamboo sharks and frogfish as well as plenty of other wonderful creatures. You may also dive at The Frog and Catfish depending on ferry schedules and permissions. This site is a large jetty for local ferries and is home to giant frogfish, rhinopias, ghost pipefish and leaf fish.

Day 5, 6 & 7: Alor/Pantar Starits

The Alor/Pantar Strait has a vast rage of sites; from shear drop-offs, jutting rocks, and shallow reefs where colorful corals can be seen in their full glory. You will see the famous diving villagers of Here you can see Pura Island diving with only homemade googles fashioned from wood and the ends of glass bottles. Diving during these days at sites like Yan Village, Clown Valley, large pelagics pass through the Pantar Strait and if we hear of whales, dolphins or sunfish, we’ll have the chance to go hunting for them in the tenders and snorkel if we find them. You’ll also dive at inside Kalabahi Bay. Mucky Mosque and Rocky Church are two of the excellent muck dive sites we will visit and you might even see the Rhinopias, master of camoflague. If you do these dives at you’ll also get the unique opportunity to see strange creatures even more incredible than the ghost pipefish, soft coral crabs, frogfish, wunderpus and mimic octopus, snake eels, sea moths, sand divers and many other remarkable creatures found during the day.

Day 8: Goodbye

After a last breakfast and goodbyes with the crew it’s time to disembark in Kalabahi.

 

Note: The itinerary is subject to variation depending on weather conditions, flight schedules or any other variables.



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