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Indo Aggressor Forgotten Islands
Forgotten Islands Itinerary Dates:
4/5/2017 - 4/16/2017Maumere/Tual
4/18/2017 - 4/29/2017Tual/Maumere
3/15/2018 - 3/26/2018Maumere/Saumlaki
3/28/2018 - 4/8/2018Saumlaki/Maumere
4/10/2018 - 4/21/2018Maumere/Saumlakii
4/23/2018 - 5/4/2018Saumlaki/Maumere
10/9/2018 - 10/20/2018Maumere/Saumlaki
10/22/2018 - 11/2/2018Saumlaki/Tual
11/4/2018 - 11/15/2018Tual/Saumlaki
11/17/2018 -11/28/2018Saumlaki/Maumere
3/14/2019 - 3/25/2019Maumere/Saumlaki
3/27/2019 - 4/7/2019Saumlaki/Maumere
4/9/2019 - 4/20/2019Maumere/Saumlaki
4/22/2019 - 5/3/2019Saumlaki/Maumere
10/11/2019 -10/22/2019Maumere/Saumlali
10/24/2019 - 11/4/2019Saumlaki/Tual
11/6/2019 - 11/17/2019Tual/Saumlaki
11/19/2019 -11/30/2019Saumlaki/Maumere

Where are the The Forgotten Islands?
Adventure, unknown dive sites, spectacular scenery off the beaten track.... this is The Forgotten Islands. The Forgotten Islands are part of Indonesia’s south Maluku province, a region located at the extreme south eastern boundary of the country and less than 200 nautical miles from the northern tip of Australia. These cruises concentrate on the most unexplored regions of the country and will start or finish in either Maumere, on the north coastline of east Flores or at Saumlaki on Jamdena, the largest island of the Tanimbar group. These itineraries will give guests the opportunity to dive some of the fabulous sites of East Nusa Tenggara around Lembata, Pantar and Alor during the cruise as well as exploring the fascinating reefs, walls and topside scenery of the islands further east, the mysterious and rarely visited Forgotten Islands.

East Nusa Tenggara
For cruises that start from Maumere, the Indo Aggressor will initially be covering areas that we have been visiting for many years, the line of islands that include Lembata, Pantar and Alor. These areas were part of our initial eastern explorations many years ago when the Indo Aggressor was brand new and features incredible clear water wall and reef dives. The topside scenery during this section of the cruise is dominated by awe inspiring active volcanoes, particularly the fire breathing beast at Komba out in the Flores Sea. Alor, located at the very end of the Nusa Tenggara archipelago is the last large landmass you will see before we move further east and enter the region known as The Forgotten Islands, the most southerly part of Indonesia’s Maluku province. These smaller island groups mark the southern boundary of the immense Banda Sea to the north. The Banda Sea is a huge expanse of open ocean approximately 200 nautical miles from north to south and 450 nautical miles from west to east and in certain parts over 5,000 metres deep. Around the south-east edge there are two distinct lines or arcs of islands that appear as the sea gets shallower, the inner line and the outer line, these are The Forgotten Islands.

The Damar Ridge
The most northern or inner line of islands guests will visit are located along the top of a marine mountain range known as the Damar Ridge and take in the islands of Wetar, Romang, Damar, Nila, Serua and finally Manuk as well as their numerous satellite islands and associated shallow reefs and atolls. Composed of a chain of high jungle clad volcanoes and surface breaking coral reefs that run up in a curve from south-west to north-east, the Damar Ridge is a mini “Ring of Fire” and their close location to the extremely deep waters of the Banda Sea makes them a magnet for all manner of marine life. The southern arc of islands, which extend eastwards from the island of Timor are in shallower water and are larger with the topside consisting of barren limestone hills and mangrove forests. The coastlines are fringed by white sandy beaches shaded by swaying palm trees before the sea begins to run over extensive reefs and atolls.

South to Saumlaki
This southerly line starts in the west at the Leti island group and continues to the atolls and island of Sermata, Barbar, and the Tanimbar Islands before finishing at the Kei and Aru island groups, made famous as the final destination of the “Ring of Fire” television documentary. The diving and anchorages across this southern line are for the most part more sedate than those on in the north, although they are certainly not lacking in vibrant reef life and incredible topside scenery.

Saumlaki to Tual
In addition to the Indo Aggressor’s adventure cruises between Maumere and Saumlaki there will be two more special trips each year from 2018 to 2020 that will concentrate on the region even further east. These will cruise between Saumlaki on Jandema to Tual in the Kei Islands to explore far out to the furthest reaches of this remarkable island nation, Indonesia.


Getting There
The embarkation port for many of these special trips is Maumere, north Flores. This is easily accessible from Bali, sometimes with a non-stop flight. The other ports of embarkation or disembarkation will be Saumlaki on Jamdena for the majority of cruises and Tual, the capital of the Kei Islands for the rest. Both Saumlaki and Tual require transiting through Makassar airport on Sulawesi and Ambon.

Airports
All itineraries will start and end at the following locations. The airports you will fly in and out of are:

Maumere Airport (MOF)
Tual Airport (LUV)
Saumlaki Airport (SXK); on the island of Saumlaki-Yamdena Island, Indonesia
Ambon (AMQ)

Sample Air Itineraries (As of 7/28/2016 these are to be used as a guide only)

Saumlaki to Tual

Jakarta ✈ Ambon
GA 640          CGK 1145P       AMQ 650A
Ambon ✈ Saumlaki
GA 7644          AMQ 755A       SXK 930A
 
Tual ✈ Ambon
GA 7647           LUV   600A       AMQ 725A
Ambon ✈ Jakarta
GA 641             AMQ 825A       CGK 1115A

Tual to Saumlaki  

Tual ✈ Ambon
GA 7647           LUV   600A       AMQ 725A
Ambon ✈ Jakarta
GA 641             AMQ 825A       CGK 1115A
 
Saumlaki ✈ Ambon
GA 7645           SXK 1000A       AMQ 1135A
Ambon ✈ Jakarta
GA 647              AMQ 240P       CGK 415P
Saumlaki to Maumere  

Bali  ✈ Jakarta
GA 425          CGK 940P       CGK 1040P
Jakarta ✈ Ambon
GA 640          CGK 1145P       AMQ 650A

Ambon ✈ Saumlaki
GA 7644          AMQ 755A       SXK 930A
Maumere ✈ Bali
IW 1821         MOF 830A        DPS 1025A                                                       
Maumere to Saumlaki

Bali ✈ Maumere  
IW 1820         DPS 1125A       MOF 125P
Saumlaki ✈ Ambon
GA 7645           SXK 1000A       AMQ 1135A

Ambon ✈ Jakarta
GA 647              AMQ 240P       CGK 415P
Jakarta ✈ Bali
GA 426              CGK  515P       DPS 815P                                       

Sample Itinerary 
Day 1: Arrival and boarding Indo Aggressor
Maumere
Guests are welcomed at Maumere Airport for the short trip down to the quaint local harbor to meet with the Indo Aggressor. The airport is only a few minutes drive from the harbour and there is also a small supermarket on the way if you need to stock up on any supplies before boarding the yacht.
Once everyone is safely onboard, there is a check out dive in the expansive Maumere Bay.

Day 2: Sizzling Critters & Giant Bats
Lewoleba & Ipet Island
The town of Lewoleba is located on the island of Lembata and close by a few miles outside of the town is a remarkable collection of great dive sites that feature the finest critter experiences in the area. Just a little further north is the island of Ipet, this too features some nice dives, scenic sand bars and the sight of thousands of giant fruitbats hanging in the mangroves of the island.

Day 3: Dramatic Walls and Thundering Fireworks
Teluk Waihinga & Komba Volcano
We awake after spending the night in the calm north Lembata’s Bays for an action packed day. The morning will be spent exploring the exciting and diverse dive sites of Lewotolo and Waihinga. One of them, deep inside the bay is a dome like sea mount nearly breaks the surface and this is a great place to observe schooling surgeonfish and snappers as well as pygmy seahorses and pink hairy squat lobsters, it even has its own tiny wooden shipwreck. After the second dive the yacht travels 25 nautical miles due north to visit one of the most remarkable places in the whole of the Indonesian archipelago, Komba island volcano. When approaching the 600 metre high sulphurous mountain your heart jumps into your mouth for every 10 to 15 minutes this beast belches clouds of volcanic dust, ash and fiery rock high into the sky with a resounding bang. The afternoon will be spent diving here over the black sand reef and wall of the Komba Korner dive site, a little reminiscent of the Sangeang volcano sites close to the Komodo National Park. This is just a foretaste of the island before the evening’s firework display. As darkness falls we move the Indo Aggressor around to face Komba’s eastern shores, here the mountain side has been completely blasted away forming a smooth slope of volcanic debris at the top of which is the “blowhole”. Eruptions are generally preceded by a deafening boom before the dust and ash explode out from the mountain top spraying superheated rocks down the sides before fizzing into the sea below. This is about as close as you can get, while having dinner, to an erupting volcano anywhere in the world, a truly awe-inspiring experience.

Day 4: Mythical Alor
The Alor Strait
After the first two days of underwater and topside excitement the yacht arrives at the top end of the strait which separates the islands of Pantar and Alor. This waterway, like the Linta Strait in Komodo, is a channel that endures the full force of the water movement between two much larger bodies of water, the Banda and Savu seas. Again, like Komodo, these huge water movements scatter nutrients over the reefs and walls of this remarkable area. There are several islands in the waterway creating obstacles to the heavy currents and this further disrupts the currents flow making for even more interesting marine environments. We start todays diving at one of these, the island of Buaya, on the site called Cave Point. The flat shallow reefs extends from the island for a short distance before plunging down into the channel forming cracks, ledges and swim throughs for us to explore.
Next the yacht travels down to Ternate to dive Babylon, yet another of Alor’s premier sites before moving into the Kalabahi Sound, a deep water inlet that bites into the west side of the island and our anchorage for the night. The Kalabahi Sound is rapidly gaining credence as one of Indonesia’s finest critter diving locations with a many great sites up and down this highly populated body of water.

Day 5: A Submarine Wonderland
Wetar
After an overnight relocation the yacht starts the next phase of the cruise at the northwest section of the island of Wetar, the last major landmass of the Nusa Tenggara archipelago. The Wetar Strait runs between Alor and Wetar and is extremely deep and is rumored to be of great strategic importance as nuclear powered submarines can cross between the Pacific and Indian oceans unnoticed through this marine thoroughfare.
This part of the island is littered with some fine white sand beaches and bays with a stunning green forest backdrop and fringing coral reefs. There is plenty to do and see along this rugged coastline that sees very few tourists. One particular place of interest is the village of Napar on the north side of the headland. It is rumoured that a local chap is known as the “crocodile whisperer” and has the ability to communicate with these fearsome beasts that inhabit the mangrove creeks. There are a variety of diving opportunities on this part of the island. The offshore islet of Reong features impressive wall dives and further down the coast there is the chance to come across majestic manta and mobular rays feeding and cleaning in the current. Reong Wall is located on the north side of the small island and the site features an impressive and pretty coral wall dive with the chance of spotting sharks, barracuda and schools of large pelagic fish.

Day 6: Hard Coral Ridges
Romang
As the yacht continues east, the islands get smaller as we approach the Romang group that includes Njata, Mitan, Tellang and Maopora as well as the main island of Romang. Some 23 nautical miles from west to east the group features some fantastic white sand beaches, particularly on Romang’s north-western shore and an inlet on the north side that houses a small village could be nice for water-sport excursions.
At Romang and Nyata there are gentle terraced slopes which slip down into the deep blue of the Banda Sea. A big feature of diving on this western side of the island are the collections of large barrel sponges and huge vividly coloured gorgonian sea fans. Fans of bigger animals can see Napoleon wrasses, reef sharks, rays, tunas and other pelagic fish patrolling the reefs and walls.

Day 7: Along The Circle of Fire
Damar
Traveling further east to the volcanic island of Damar, guests will explore the southwest side. Damar is some 17 kilometres from north to south and 19 kilometres from west to east. There are settlements dotted all around the eastern half of the island, the largest of which is the village of Kenili located inside and inlet on the eastern shore. The best beach is close by the known anchorage and features a long (900 metre) strip of dazzling white sand bordered by lush green forest and fringed by shallow coral reef, a great place for a swim or snorkel. The major dive sites are not actually on Damar Island itself but rather on and around the smaller islands of Nusa Leur and Terbang Utara (North) and Selatan (South). These sites feature  an explosion of different colours and forms and seem to be in constant motion with the schooling fish and busy reef action with animals that are unused to seeing scuba divers.

Day 8: Reefs Of Discovery
The Leti Islands
The Leti Islands are at the start of the southern arc of islands that border the Banda Sea and are comprised of three separate landmasses; Tombra, Moa and Lakor. Lying to the east of the world’s newest country, East Timor, all three islands are ripe for exploration diving. Undived coral reefs, and walls surround all three of these sparsely populated islands. They all feature some fabulous beaches and the channels between the islands could produce some thrilling current fuelled underwater adventures.

Day 9: Picture Perfect Atolls
The Sermata Reef Complex
Nothing conjures up the image of a perfect south sea island seascape better than a coral atoll, and the Sermata group can certainly do that. The Sermata group begins only 12 nautical miles to the east of the Leti Islands at the Amortaun reef/atoll complex. There are only three or four surface breaking islands at Amortaun, the rest of the area is taken over by coral reef that extends to deep walls and interesting reef points that are calling for the attention of inquisitive undersea explorers. The next point along the line is the huge reef that extends westward from the island of Sermata itself. Again this will provide plenty of scope for exploration, particularly on the sites in the channel that separates the reef system from Sermata island.

Day 10: More Islands To Explore
Babar
The Babar island group, around 40 nautical miles to the northeast of Sermata, comprises the main island of Babar as well as it’s five satellite islands; Dai on the north side, Dawera and Dawalor to the east, Mesela south and on the west coast of Barbar and much closer than the rest is Wetan.
While the whole island group is open to exploration the known dive sites are around the small island of Dai in the north. There are several known sites on the south side of the island in the channels that divide Babar from Wetan and Dawera and Dawalor.

Day 11: The Tanimbar Islands
West Yamdena
Yamdena is the largest of The Tanimbar Islands and the last day of diving. Guests will explore the islands on the northwest side on a known site or an exploratory site. After the last dive, the yacht travels to the port town of Saumlaki.

Day 12: Disembarkation
Saumlaki
After 11 days of diving and immersing in the sights of The Forgotten Islands, it is time to head home.

Please note: This itinerary is only an example and may at times vary and visit different areas than the above. All is dependant on weather, sea conditions and marine life expectations.
Text by Garry Bevan

Port Fee: USD $180