Raja Ampat Indonesia Group Dive Trip | Scuba Center | Velocean luxury live-aboard
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Raja Ampat Indonesia:  Mar. 8 - 21, 2021

 
We are excited to announce a trip to Raja Ampat Indonesia with the new Velocean luxury liveaboard. Raja Ampat currently offers what most think to be the best tropical diving in Indonesia -  maybe the world.

Raja Ampat is all about diversity, not only of marine species but also of dive sites. Recently declared a marine sanctuary the 46,000 square km park gives you wildly different dive experiences. From pelagic drift dives to magical dark sand muck dives (and even some habitats that are special to Raja Ampat such as clear water mangroves with corals growing right next to them) there are thousands of potential dive sites in Raja Ampat. Exploration is still continuing and on every trip there are chances for new and amazing discoveries.

 
Papua Paradise Resort on Birie, Raja Ampat | Scuba Center Group TripOur first stop will be Papua Paradise Resort which lies along the pristine shoreline of the uninhabited island of Birie, Raja Ampat. The island is teeming with exotic bird life, lush jungle foliage, and a spectacular array of fauna, while the reefs in the surrounding area offer world class diving.

Built in traditional style, Papua Paradise offers an exceptionally high standard of comfort and service. This ideal retreat away from civilization, echoing with only the sound of the birds and the lapping of the waves under the bungalows, Papua Paradise offers simple yet comfortable accommodation, and a high standard of service. The resort also offers the only luxury spa in Raja Ampat. Spa in Paradise is a place of healing, relaxation and rejuvenation.

This tailor made paradise for divers is the perfect place to see manta rays, sharks, and shoals of schooling fish, and explore reef slopes with some of the widest diversity of corals in the world. Seek out rare dugongs, hike at sunrise to see the stunning birds of paradise, and meet the wonderful local people of Raja Ampat. All this and more before ending the day with a perfect ocean sunset view from your private balcony.
 

VELOCEAN = VELOCITY + OCEAN | After three nights at Papua Paradise Resort, we will depart to board the Velocean luxury liveaboard. Velocean is the brand new 52 Meter scuba purpose-built liveaboard with all Aluminium hull, deck superstructure and powerful twin marine engines providing 20 knots cruising speed making her the fastest diving liveaboard in Indonesia. Velocean is built to comply Lloyd’s Register in United Kingdom and BKI Class in Indonesia to ensure the highest level of world class quality, safety construction and operation of critical infrastructure. She is sophisticatedly designed as luxurious five-stars hotel to accommodate up to 18 guests with 24 experienced crews on board to provide the most unforgettable scuba diving experience with comfort and high quality facilities.

 
Features of the Velocean liveaboard include:
360◦ FIRST CLASS OUTDOOR LIVING ON THE SUNDECK
Lounging on the large banquettes surrounding the JACUZZI, just the perfect place to relax and refresh during the dives. Enjoy fresh air with a 360◦ view of priceless Indonesian ocean scenery, watch the sky transform at sunset and million stars shining at night will surely make your diving holidays the unforgettable one.
THE CONTINENTAL DINING ROOM
Wherever you come from, the “CONTINENTAL” will bond us all together. A spacious lounge and dining room are designed with casual luxury aspects and comfortable atmosphere. Each area allows you to connect with family and friends, or simply unplug and enjoy time for yourself.
LOUNGE AND PRIVATE CAMERA STATIONS WITH SPECTACULAR VIEW
VELOCEAN offers a fully equipped camera station area with spectacular view. Each station is truly designed to meet passionate underwater photographers’ needs.
LARGE DIVE DECK
As a dedicated diving liveaboard, the expansive dive deck has more than enough space for everyone. With private area to keep your personal wet suits and diving equipment separately from others. You gearing up is even more convenient. Showerheads at the diving platform also provide hot shower to keep you warm and refresh your body after each dive.
 
Includes:

  • Day room w/breakfast or lunch in Sorong

  • 3 nights deluxe accommodations Papua Paradise Resort on the island of Birie, Raja Ampat. Includes all meals, round trip boat transfers, 4 dives.

  • 9 nights luxury accommodations on Velocean (Including all meals).

  • Diving: Tanks, weights, and Nitrox on Velocean.

Velocean luxury liveaboard | Raja Ampat, Indonesia | Camera Stations
Itinerary:  
  • Mon March 8: Depart on International flight from gateway city (likely Los Angeles or San Francisco).
  • Wed March 10: Arrive in Sorong, Indonesia. Depending on arrival time we will have a day room and either breakfast or lunch. Boat transfer to Papua Paradise resort.
  • Wed Mar 10 – Sat Mar 13: 3 nights at Papua Paradise Resort, all meals, welcome drink, 4 dives, Wi-Fi in the lounge and round-trip transfers to Sorong.
  • Sat Mar 13 – Sun Mar 21: Transfer back to Sorong to board our vessel. Relax and dive on the liveaboard Velocean.
  • Sun Mar 21 or Mon Mar 22: Return flights arrive back to US.
Not included in the package:  
  • Airfare

  • Raja Ampat Marine Park Fee

  • Incidental charges: Individual group members will be responsible for their own charges including but not limited to beverages and bar bill, telephone, internet usage, sightseeing, equipment rental of any sort, gratuities and any other items of a personal nature.

Please note the following:  
  • Scuba certification card and proof of scuba insurance required. We recommend all divers purchase DAN membership

  • We highly recommend all travelers purchase travel insurance.

  • The Velocean has a port and park fee that will need to be paid on board.

  • This vessel like most, has the right to implement a fuel surcharge.

  • A passport is required for travel.

Velocean luxury liveaboard | Raja Ampat | Continental Dining Room 
Dates: Mar. 8 - 21, 2021
 

Trip Cost:

 
Platinum: $6790 Elite: $5990 Single: $6550
     
 

All rates quoted by Scuba Center include a 2% discount for cash/check payments.

Reservations / Deposit Information:

  • $500 deposit is required at registration

Registration: An application for this trip must be completed by each traveler at the time of registration. You may pick up a trip application at either store or print out our Scuba Center Trip Application. Complete the application and fax, mail or drop off in person with a $500 non-refundable deposit per person.
For more information, contact: Tom Pederson (651) 283-7983

DAN Membership & Diving Insurance

 

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