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Blue Whales of the Banda Sea & Forgotten Islands

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Available between October 29, 2018 — November 09, 2018

Duration of tour 12 days 11 nights


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Imagine cruising with Blue Whales in a zodiac, just like David Attenborough did famously, in Life of Mammals. It's taken us three years to develop this opportunity for you. Everything has now come together for us to offer you a truly amazing Blue Whale experience.   

There are few places in the world where Blue Whales congregate in big numbers and despite being the largest animal that ever lived on Earth, we still know surprisingly little about them.

As recently as 2014, scientists published the first satellite tracking of Blue Whales into the Banda Sea off Indonesia. These are the same Blue Whales that migrate along Australia’s west coast. The Swiss Captain of our vessel has seen many Blue Whales in his lifetime, in this area and in October, not only are there still good numbers of Blues around but the conditions are favourable, as the monsoon will have ended.

On this exclusive expedition, you will travel into the heart of one of the world’s most important Blue Whale areas, in the Banda Sea, off Indonesia. 

Highlights

  • An expedition on board the famous Pindito, led by a highly experienced crew and swiss hospitality.
  • Special focus on visiting areas where, in the last year, Pindito has encountered up to 20 Blue Whales a day, including mothers with newborn calves.
  • Search for the chance to see a whole range of other cetaceans including Sperm Whales and Short-finned Pilot Whales.
  • Discover remote islands and coastlines, snorkel, swim and walk on isolated beaches. 
  • Take time to relax and enjoy the comfort of spacious cabins or find yourself a place to relax on one of two decks with sun-loungers, while your guides spot wildlife.

About

The Pindito has been working in these regions for over 25 years. Despite being a wooden vessel, she provides a level of comfort and hospitality superior to many similar vessels. Her cabins are spacious and comfortable, each with private ensuite and air-conditioning. She is also very sea-worthy, fitted twin stabilisers and very quiet. She rarely raises sales (wind conditions aren’t sufficient) and the engines are quiet-enough to be hardly heard at all on deck. Vibration is minimal so use of telescopes and binoculars on deck is quite reasonable. 

The crew are very experienced and accommodate both divers and non-divers equally. There are three rigid inflatable boats for excursions (including heading out to see whales) and plenty of in-water guides to look after any level of competency. Diving is absolutely not essential. Non-divers automatically get a 10% discount but there is the option to try a ‘discovery dive’ if that interests you. 

The crew are extremely interested in wildlife. While other vessels may cruise on by, they will spend time with animals learning with you and dispensing all their knowledge.

The itineraries on these trips are not fixed. The vessel is a vehicle to explore and there are as many options as there are variations in wind direction and animal behaviour. Passenger comfort is the most important thing, so an itinerary will be sought that focuses on ensuring everyone has a pleasant journey. For the most part, sea conditions in the tropics are quite calm.   

Availability (Months)

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Spatious double cabins with private ensuite. 


Details

Includes

  • All meals and drinks on board (excluding wine). 
  • Expert guides on hand 24/7
  • Continual wildlife-watching and interpretation, plus zodiac excursions. 
  • Transfers from/to airport Ambon to/from the MV Pindito
  • Accommodation in a double or twin bed cabin with en-suite shower bath, toilet and AC
  • Full board including all soft and alcoholic drinks on board (excluding wine)
  • Up to 2 dives per diving day and one down or night-dive (no diving on departure/arrival day) + NITROX fillings for whole cruise
  • Multilingual guides

Price

From $4563.00 * USD

  • Non-divers: $US4,563 per person twin share
  • Divers: $US5,070 per person twin share
  • Single cabin supplement: 50% surcharge on standard rate

Available between October 29, 2018 — November 09, 2018

Duration of tour 12 days 11 nights

Our licensed travel agent can arrange all travel to and from tour locations. We can also arrange fully-guided options as well as tailoring packages for families and groups travelling together.

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