Great Eastern Arc

Great Eastern Arc

Durch den Süden Raja Ampats via Seram Laut und Watubela nach Kei

Unsere “Great Eastern Arc” Route kombiniert zwei Tauchreviere von Weltklasse in einer einzigartigen Safari: Die südlichen Inseln Raja Ampats um Misool und die Archipele am Ostrand der Banda-See. Beide Regionen haben ihren eigenen Charakter, und die Kombination bietet Tauchplätze der Spitzenklasse in mehrfacher Hinsicht.

Von Sorong aus kommend steuert die Tambora zuerst die Südküste der Insel Batanta an, einer der vier Könige Raja Ampats. Wir tauchen in verschiedenen Buchten mit schwarzem Sand, einem idealen Habitat für Nacktschnecken, Geisterpfeifenfische, Seepferdchen und anderen kleineren Meeresbewohnern. In der folgenden Nacht setzten wir zu der mit Inseln und Felsen gespickten Meereslandschaft im Osten Misools über. Dort verbringen wir mehrere Tage und tauchen an einigen der Top-Tauchplätze Raja Ampats, mit phantastich farbenfroh von Weichkorallen bewachsenen Riffen und grossen Schulen von Rifffisch.

Von Misool aus überqueren wir die Seram-See und gelangen an die kleine Insel Koon im Seram Laut Archipel. Starke Strömung und aus grosser Tiefe hinaufsteigendes Wasser erzeugen hier eine ideale Umgebung, um Fischen aller Grösse bei der Jagd zuzuschauen.

Weiter Richtung Süden erreichen wir den Watubela-Archipel. Kristallklares Wasser mit Sichtweiten von 40m und mehr, Steilwände, atemberaubende Unterwasser-Felsformationen und einige der schönsten Hardkorallengärten Indonesiens stehen hier auf dem Programm. Grosse Schulen von Barrakudas und Napoleons gehören ebenfalls zu den Markenzeichen Watubelas.

Am Abend vor der Abreise laufen wir in den kleinen Hafen von Tual ein, von wo aus gute Flugverbindungen nach Ambon und via Ambon zu anderen Orten in Indonesien bestehen.

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Hier finden Sie Einträge zu unseren spektakulärsten Tauchgängen auf dieser Safari-Route!

27-Apr-14: Sardine Reef
One of the best dives we have ever had on Sardine Reef, with clear water and big schools of just about every fish imaginable, as black tip sharks were dozing in the sand off the slope. And watching a large adult Napoleon wrasse for minutes on end and from very close while she was getting cleaned next to a rock was awesome!

24-Apr-14: Wagmab Wall
Thanks to rather poor visibility (!), there was an abundance of food in the water, resulting in thick clouds of glassfish in the shallows just about everywhere all along the wall. And, their predators were around in large numbers, too: countless mobula rays, large schools of blue and bludger trevally, and even some giant trevally.

21-Apr-14: Batu Kalig
With only a slight current running, we managed to make a full tour around the rock, which is equally beautiful on all sides. However, the clear highlight was the ridge, which was very fishy and had four sharks patrolling it at various depths all the time.

18-Apr-13: Balbulol Ridge
As so often here, visibility was rather poor. However, thanks to hitting this site at slack tide, we had a superb dive. We backrolled from our tenders directly into a mixed school of batfish and giant trevally. As they moved on, a large eagle ray came through, followed by a mobula ray. The first 10 minutes had past already, and we had not moved one inch from where we had dropped in! As we started to swim around, one by one all the other residents of this site appeared: the jacks, barracudas, pinjalo snappers.

17-Apr-13: Nudi Rock
One of the best dives we ever had on Nudi Rock! With only a slight current and good visibility, we drifted back and forth along the north side of the rock and could have take in the two pinnacles to the East. The fish appeared to have agreed separate territories among themselves, with the immediate north face of the rock belonging to thousands of fusiliers, the open water at tiny bit further out to pinjalo snappers, and the pinnacles to jacks and barracuda. Fish soup, and spiced up by three dolphins that swam past!

15-Apr-13: Too Many Fish
It had been a while since we last visited Koon island, the Easternmost island in the Seram Laut Group; and we were all the pleased to see that the diving here, if at all, had been getting even better since! On both dives we did here, we were greeted by crystal clear waters, a stunningly beautiful and intact reef scenery, and abundant fish life: an enormous school of batfish in the deep, and a second one over the reef flats; big-eye trevallies everywhere; the silvery reflections of giant trevallies circling very deep down the undulating wall; and, large snappers and barracuda. And with all this fish actions going on around us, one of our guides still managed to spot a ghost pipefish!

14-Apr-13: Three Drunks
We hit this spot at almost perfect conditions, towards the end of a rising tide, with just enough current running to allow us to drift along without much effort. The variety of underwater topographies this dive site offers is stunning – starting with the large rock boulders covered in blooming soft corals, over the current swept plateau with its low growing sponges, soft coral and large table corals, all the way to the caves and overhangs in the shallows – all in one and the same dive! And the large schools of unicorn surgeonfish and bluefin trevally greeting us on the plateau gave this dive an extra kick!