dive liveaboard specialists .... the world's finest diving
The 32-meter (105-foot) motor sailer, Ondina, takes 16 divers in 8 cabins & offers diverse itineraries to Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay, North Banda Sea, Triton Bay and Halmahera.
A word from Dom : "Ondina, a very traditional Phinisi with a fabulous crew, is an excellent value. European owner-operated with a long history & expertise in Indonesia. An all-round fine choice and not too hard on the budget !"..... Dominick Macan
6 lower deck DOUBLE/TWIN cabins double bed + upper twin bed & port windows 2 lower deck TWIN cabins twin bunk beds & port windows
All cabins have a private bathroom, individually controlled air conditioning and storage.
up to 4 dives per day (all from the dive tenders) 12 liter & 15 liter alu tanks (15 liter tank at extra cost) DIN & INT valves scuba gear rental (by advance request) nitrox water temperature: 78 - 82F, 25 - 28C ... 3mm wetsuit recommended
accommodation & diving meals, snacks & non-alcoholic beverags (1 soft drink at each meal) compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts airport or hotel transfers park fees land excursions according to the program
international & domestic airfare alcoholic beverages scuba rental gear (by advance request) nitrox & 15 liter tanks port fees & fuel surcharge (variable depending on itinerary) onboard massage service
EXCELLENT AMENITIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
Ondina's mission is to offer you as much adventurous diving as possible and the crew is proud of knowing where to find unexpected dive sites.
Between dives, you have, in front of the bridge & above the interior lounge, 60 square meters of partially covered sundeck with a shower & a hammock ... perfect for soaking in sun rays, observing the amazing scenery or idling away a bit of time on moonlit nights. The attractive open-air dining is situated on the bow just in front of the the air-conditioned interior dining / lounge area where you'll find, of course, a library & full entertainment system & a self-service bar.
The dive deck & large camera area are situated just behind the lounge and the vessel is very well appointed for the photographer, offering equipment for traditional and digital photography,
In addition, the crew of the Ondina love to show you more of Indonesia than just what's underwater. If you're interested, you can visit the occasional village, go ashore in the evening to walk on white sand beaches and get the flavor of the country you're visiting. Also, Indonesian massages are available.
LAYOUT & SPECS
Deck & cabin layout ... Yacht specifications ... Equipment & safety features ..... open
The diagram indicates double cabins ... but 6 of 8 have double beds with large twin bunks. LOWER DECK
Deck Length: 32 meters Beam: 8,0 meters Draft: 2,6 meters Hull: Teak and Tropical woods Engine: 400 HP Man Medium Duty Sails: 400m2 surface Cruising Speed: 9 Knots
Cruise director and first Dive Master Cruise director and second Dive Master Third Divemaster depending on routes Captain Engineer Second Engineer 4 Deck hands Cook 2 Cooks assistants 2 waiters/room service
Water: Watermaker plus 10 Tn deposits Fuel tanks: 12 Tn 3 power generators 2 Air diving compressors Mariner Nitrox membrane (32%) Diving gear for rent available onboard. (Please, book in advance: 6 full sets) 12 & 15 lts steel and aluminium tanks INT/DIN Weight-belts & safety buoys included in the price of the cruise 3 dinghies: 2 semirigid and 1 rigid Maintenance kits & spare parts for diving equipment
Depth finder GPS Plotter with C-map marine charts Radar 16 miles reach
Radio Multiband SSB Radio VHF GMDSS system. Handheld Radios ICOM VHF Satellite telephone THURAYA for private communications in the most remote locations Satellite telephone ERICSSON R190
First aid kit Oxigen onboard plus Emergency Evacuation DAN “Oxygen Unit” Hiperbaric chambers in Makassar and Bali 2 rescue rafts 30 pax Life jackets Fire extinguishers, flares, fare gun
Ondina concentrates largely on various areas in and around Raja Ampat ... but also offers a few cruises in their prime time to the Banda Sea, Ambon, Forgotten Islands, Cenderawasih & now the Derawan Islands, too.
See an overview of Ondina's itineraries ..... open
Central & South Raja Ampat Raja Ampat & Ambon Raja Ampat & Halmahera Central & North Raja Ampat Forgotten and Raja Ampat Banda & Forgotten Forgotten Islands (north) All Banda Sea Derawan Islands
Ambon – If you love crazy critters, Ambon is hard to beat. Get your lens ready for rhinopias, pegasus sea moths, countless varieties of frog fish, seahorse, flamboyant cuttlefish, ghost pipe fish and star gazers. Lesser known is the south side of Ambon, which features great colourful walls, caves, swim throughs and healthy reef life with large fish … and more critters.
Banda Sea, Alor - In Alor & the Banda Sea, you'll find clear waters full of masses of fish & loads of invertebrates ... plus alluring critters. As to topography, you'll find shear drops, huge pinnacles, great walls ... all covered with rich & thriving corals which attract diverse fish life. Add to that, visiting pelagics and you have a magical mix.
Cenderawasih - The main draw here is the large community of whale sharks which stay year-round and feed off the fish tumbling from the villagers' fishing platforms. You'll also dive plunging vertical walls with prolific sponge life, see great schools of fish and may also have the opportunity to dive on Manokwari's excellent WWII wrecks.
Derawan Islands - Located off the eastern coast of the island of Borneo in the Celebes Sea, diving at Derawan offers coral reef dives, caves, walls, lagoons and includes a jellyfish lake visit. Divers will see grey reef sharks & often thresher sharks, massive schools of barracudas, manta rays & eagle rays, whale sharks and a truly mind-boggling assortment of intriguing macro life. Derawan also contains the largest green turtle nesting site in Indonesia.
Forgotten Islands - The dive sites vary greatly, with many presenting exciting pelagic encounters and large, swirling schools fish ... while others offer up weird and wonderful creatures hidden away in healthy, colorful corals. You get, at one end of the scale: stargazers, stonefish, ghost pipefish ... while at the opposite end jacks, giant trevallies, barracuda, hammerhead sharks, and on certain trips, divers are treated to a salt-water crocodile at one site!
Halmahera - The largest island in the Maluku chain, features sparkling clear water, loads of fish, some super drift dives, healthy, thriving coral reefs, some fascinating mangroves with intriguing critters … and fabulous volcanic landscapes. Some of the sites border on the deep blue and put you up close to grey reef sharks, eagle rays and immense shools of blue fin trevally.
Raja Ampat - Indonesia's shining underwater star, Raja Ampat has something of nearly everything a diver could want. You’ll dive channels, plateaus, walls & caves … and just plain mud, for the delight of “muck” diving. You'll swim amongst great swirls of fish and feast your eyes on sponges & corals in scintillating colors. You’ll meet up close & personal, everything from pygmy seahorses to colossal manta rays.
International flights generally arrive at one of the following airports: Bali-Denpasar (DPS) ... Jakarta (CGK) ... Manado (MDC). We will be pleased to help you book your domestic flights through our Bali agent.
The boat's scheduled departure time varies depending on current domestic airline schedules, which can change, so departure details are not listed here. We'll inform you at time of booking and will keep you posted on any possible changes