Diving Safaris

In 2019 we are launching a selection of highly customized diving safaris across Indonesia. These safaris range in time from 10-19 days and bring you to some of the most amazing places. From Whale Sharks and Manta Ray research to turtle sanctuaries in the remote islands. Combine the popular Komodo and Bali dive spots with these unique locations and you will have a truly wicked experience. Join one of our team on a fully guided safari throughout a selection of Asia’s premier diving regions. These tours focus on remote locations, incredible diving and exciting land tours – all hand picked, arranged and led by us.

Each trip is also crafted around a specific goal that benefits the communities and marine life. From documenting Manta Ray populations, to helping patrol turtle sanctuaries to assisting on reefs recover from dynamite fishing. Each diving safari also introduces you to the local communities in ways that benefit the communities. We may be teaching in local schools, assisting in recycling programs or even helping the children learn to snorkel. The unique cultures of Indonesia also present each safari with an new perspective – hand-made weavings, ancient boat building techniques, traditional ceremonies or simply an afternoon volleyball game.

These are community benefited tourism projects, and we usually have an intern or trainee along to learn on each trip. While every booking generates 2% of the trip revenue towards the Wicked Good training program, you will also be actively participating in the program itself!

Announcements about the safaris, locations and the programs will be found in our newsletter. please subscribe to get all the details. Or contact pland@wickeddiving.com

 

What's Included

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

The Jaya will be your home during these trips. She is a traditional Phinisi sailing schooner, hand-crafted from local hardwoods like Teak and Ironwood. With her 6 jaunty sails, you cut across the remote seas in style and grace. Still, we also have satellite phone, international and local radios, life rafts, life jackets and a crew trained in emergency procedures. If you would like to read more about the Jaya…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

 

Prerequisites/Experience Required

This Trip is not for beginning divers or those seeking luxury!!! This is 15 days 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 sailing schooner 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. 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.