The Great Crossing – 3 Week Expedition
After running these long trips, gaining unique and extensive experience operating trips like this…we saw that needed to change our plans! The crew who ran these expeditions – together with management have started a new venture that specializes only in expeditions!
Wicked Adventures offers an amazing series of expeditions around SE Asia. These are not just diving…they offer Orangutan conservation, cultural tours, sea kayaking, canyoning, surfing and more. In addition, they are undertaking specialized itineraries for universities to conduct detailed research on volcanoes, shark populations as well as botany.
Wicked Adventures IS running an expedition from Ambon to Raja Ampat through 2018. Please read more if you are interested…or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book now 🙂 Space is limited!
In addition, they are running extensive training programs in the local community, with interns on all trips.
Wicked Diving wholeheartedly recommends these tours and supports all that they do. If you are seeking the very best in adventure travel…Wicked Adventures is the key.
This expedition includes almost all your expenses. All park fees are included in this price. In addition all room and board. Alcohol and soft drinks become the responsibility of the individual (we can not guarantee that drinks can be kept cool). While we do supply 2 sheets, pillow and towel, we do not have laundry facilities on the boat, so please being your own sheet liner and/or sleeping bag.Not included: flights either domestic or international (though we can help arrange these for you). We do not include gratuities in our prices – not for our staff, the guides we hire or our crew. Alcohol or soft drinks are not included. We provide accommodation on the boat for the scheduled dates of the trip, but not land based. Other incidental expenses can not be covered by Wicked Diving.
Finally a note about insurance. As always, Wicked Diving and our staff make every effort to assure your safety but there is no way that we can prevent accidents and acts of God. This is not an ordinary trip, so please purchase travel insurance that covers you for remote locations and potential evacuations. We have continual contact with land and can arrange care for almost any accident or incident that happens – but we may not be near to a facility that can cater to our needs. We recommend Nomads as a very good company designed for these kind of expeditions.
About the Boat
Our Diving Expedition boat is cozy and strong. Air-conditioned cabins, warm water showers and a great atmosphere on board. Still, we also have satellite phone, International and local radios, air-con cabins, life rafts, life jackets and a crew trained in emergency procedures. If you would like to read more about her…check out her page.
Safety and Medical Info
Please understand that this a very remote location and the medical facilities are limited. Prior to arrival we need any and all medical questions and concerns addressed and remedied. If you do not heed this advice and still attempt to join a trip – our policy is to err on the side of caution and safety for all guests – we will cancel your booking and issue no refund. Neither our staff or the local “doctors” are qualified to decide whether an individual is fit to dive. We will not risk anyone’s safety simply to join a diving trip (albeit an awesome diving trip).
Due to the remote nature of these trips, and the lack of medical facilities – in addition to the potentially erratic airlines – it is mandatory for all our guests to have travel insurance that covers trip cancellations AND evacuations as well as diving accidents. If you can not provide proof of insurance at time of check-in, you will be given opportunity to purchase insurance. If you choose to not do so, it may result in your not permitted aboard the trip. No refund will be issued for guests due to lack of insurance.
With the activities we undertake and, most importantly, the well-being of our guests – we have strict policies regarding health and safety on our liveaboards. If someone suffers from severe allergies or medical conditions – we must strongly urge you to re-consider your options for joining these trips. Psychological conditions can be magnified, behavioral aberrations can be focal points – the well-being of all guests is key to these success of these trips. The medical facilities are minimal and evacuation to the nearest major hospital can take 12-24 hours in good conditions. These are not trips where guests can simply step off the boat and board a plane. This is remote travel. Please learn more about these
This trip is not for beginning divers or those seeking luxury!!! This is almost 3 weeks of remote travels with no phones, no radios and no news. Please understand that we must be selective and cautious in who joins these trips. You must be comfortable spending this much time in remote places, on a wooden baot with like minded travelers. We ask that our guests be comfortable on boats (not prone to seasickness) as we will pass through many weather patterns. Each guest needs to physically and emotionally prepared to be in remote locations. While this trip is not necessarily for hardcore divers – the conditions we encounter are totally unpredictable (did we mention unexplored dive sites?) and each guest should be prepared for such. As such we ask that each guest have 50 dives and feel comfortable in currents.