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Sangalaki-Kakaban-Maratua 4-10 August, 2021 with 15% off

Discussion in 'Indonesia' started by Dan, Dec 15, 2019.

  1. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I’m setting up such a group for Sangalaki-Kakaban-Maratua liveaboard cruise with White Manta from 4 to 10 August, 2021. Afterwards, as an option, we can fly to Bali for 3-4 days scenic land / diving tours before flying home.

    Although the tours will still be 20 months away, good cabin spots for this trip tend to be booked up early. For example for August 2020 trips, the White Manta liveaboard is already fully booked, see trip code WMSG210 & 211 in their webpage, White Manta Diving - Schedules & Rates for New White Manta

    Here is the itinerary:
    White Manta Diving - Diving in Sangalaki, Kakaban & Maratua

    Some of the unique attractions there are:
    1. Sangalaki has turtle nesting & manta cleaning station.
    2. Kakaban has beautiful coral & stingless jellyfish lake, like in Palau.
    3. Maratua has the Channel to reef hook on to see pelagic cruising by, like in Palau’s Blue Corner or Peleliu Cut and thousands of resident schooling barracuda like you would see in Sipadan.
    4. Bagan (fishing platform in the middle of the sea) where whalesharks often visit to suck on small fish / critters off fisherman nets, below the Bagan and the fishermen feed the whaleharks with small fish as a sign of good luck to have those gentle giants to come by & visit them. This is one of the few places in the world that you would have 99% chance to scuba dive (not just snorkel) with whalesharks. The other place is Cendrawasih Bay, Papua.

    Here is one would expect to experience when diving with White Manta in Sangalaki-Kakaban-Maratua.


    August is the peak Mola Mola season in Bali, so I try not to miss it whenever I’m in Indonesia during that time. Here is what I saw there 3 months ago.


    If I can gather a group of 7, 1 spot would be free of charge (FOC). We can split the FOC equally to 7 of us for 1/7 off (~15%). That would bring the lower cabin spot cost from $2300 to $1955 ($345 off). So far I have a group of 4. I need 3 more dive buddies. So, come on and join me.
     
  2. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    6,995
    4,544
    Here is another nice video by Kaufik Anril about Sangalaki, Maratua & Kakaban

     
  3. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
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    Here are cool videos by SZtv about what to see in Kakaban.



     
  4. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
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    Here are nice videos by SCtv and MrUnderwaterVideo about Maratua Atoll.



     
  5. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
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    Here is another nice video by SCtv about Sangalaki's manta cleaning station.

     
  6. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
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    Here is another nice video by SCtv about Bagan of Derawan.

     
  7. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
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    As mentioned in the post #1, after the liveaboard trip, we plan to spend 3-4 days in Bali before heading home to dive with Mola Mola, as August is the peak season for Mola Mola in Nusa Penida.

    Here is a nice video by SCtv about diving in Nusa Penida.

     
  8. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
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    Bali is known as Island of Gods, so we could visit other dive sites like Tulamben or just do land tour. Here are a couple nice videos by OceanShutter & Amazing Places On Our Planet about Bali.



     
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  9. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
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    I’m also putting together a parallel tour for the non-diver significant others to take while the divers are in the liveaboard trip. One of popular excursions there is river cruise, offered by Cruises – WOW Borneo



    One of my dive buddies’ wife (non-diver) seems to like this parallel tour idea. Currently, 2 non-divers are plan to do one of these river cruises combined with other land tours such as visiting OrangUtan sanctuary, like Samboja_Lodge.
     
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  10. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
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    Trip update: 2 spots left available.
     

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