News from Siladen Resort & Spa - Indonesia
* * * Inon Underwater Photography Workshop with Lisa Collins * * *
March 5-13, 2021
It has been a while since we last shared information about Siladen Resort & Spa, and we thought it was about time to let everyone know what’s going on. It has been over six months since we waved goodbye to the last guests to stay with us, and we are yearning for the day that we can wait on the beach for the first guests to arrive back.
Dive Travel Awards
On behalf of all the Siladen Family we would like to say Terima kasih banyak — thank you very much!
Your nominations made the resort eligible for the 2020 Dive Travel Awards! Between a staggering 1100 dive resorts, your nominations got us in the Top 25! This is already a great achievement, but the resort is asking for your help one more time and let's see if we can win this thing! Thanks to all of your votes, the resort came in first place in 2017 and 2018, and came a close second in 2019, and we hope we have done enough to pick up the gold medal once again! Being named best dive resort in the world is as prestigious an award as it sounds, and it would mean even more considering how difficult this year has been.
Inon Underwater Photography Workshop with Lisa Collins
Lisa will be giving hands on teaching, presentations, personal feedback and help with photo editing in this 8 night workshop, from 5th to 13th March 2021.
During the week Lisa will be teaching a range of subjects from creative macro techniques, flash positioning to avoid backscatter, creative lighting for wide angle and shooting the sun.
Siladen and Bunaken are the perfect locations to help you improve your underwater photography – with the professionalism of the PADI 5 star dive centre set up for underwater photographers, the vast amount of dive sites and subjects available in Bunaken for underwater photography, all set against one of the most beautiful and luxurious resorts in Indonesia, first place award winners year after year for best Dive Resort.
Nautilus Belle Amie
Christmas in the Socorro Islands
December 23-31, 2021
* * 8 Cabins Available * *
Christmas with the sharks at Socorro Island on the Belle Ami!
This adventure will take you to the Revillagigedo Archipelago in Mexico. Socorro Island along with Roca Partida, San Benedicto, and Clarión are all amazing spots for scuba diving. These four islands are commonly referred to the Socorro Islands or simply "Socorro".
Socorro is all about amazing interaction with giant mantas. No other mantas in the world behave like this. We don't know why but we love it… and the mantas clearly love us back. November and December boast the warmest water temps of the year in the low 80's. Aside from the usual interaction with mantas, dolphins and 10 kinds of sharks, this is the best time of year to see whale sharks in blue water and often excellent visibility.
This trip is both camera friendly and rebreather friendly!
The Belle Amie is a luxurious, stable vessel custom built for divers to the same SOLAS standards as the largest ocean-going cruise ships. With over 25 years-experience in liveaboard diving, this crew has a pretty good idea of when and how to get you in the water for the best possible diving experiences off Baja California, Mexico.
Our unique adventure package offers 9 days, 8-nights accommodation on the fabulous Nautilus Belle Ami liveaboard where we will visit the Socorro Islands. Over five full dive days you will be able to experience some of our favourite sites such as El Canyon, the Boiler, Red Rocks, Roca Partida, Cabo Pearse, Punta Tosca and Roca Oneal. We know that many of our guests want the option of as many dives as possible and we strive to offer an average of 4 dives a day other than the day that we do our mandatory check-in at the local navy base when you will likely have the option of 3 dives plus our world-famous silky shark night snorkel. Note that weather conditions, Mother Ocean or crowding by some of our competitors may limit some diving. This adventure may include some challenging dive conditions and may not be suitable for novice experience level divers.
This adventure includes single cabin, stateroom or superior cabin accommodation, 3 meals a day (plus snacks, water, coffee, espresso, tea, hot chocolate), nitrox for certified divers, unlimited diving with the dive day built around four daily dives.
Our Christmas Gift to you - FREE nitrox ($100) and a $200 airfare credit
Cost: Single Cabin - $4,325 per person single cabin occupancy including taxes
Stateroom Cabin - $3,460 per person double occupancy including taxes
Superior Cabin - $3,985 per person double occupancy including taxes
Damai I Liveaboard
Cenderawasih Bay & Raja Ampat
July 22 to August 1, 2021
$500 Agent Discount
Featuring U/W Photography Pro Brandi Mueller
* * 2 Cabins Available * *
Diving in Cenderawasih Bay National Marine Park allows you to experience one of Indonesia's most exciting diving destinations. Dive Damai is one of the most experienced operators in the area as one of the original survey trips to this region was conducted from the decks of DAMAI I.
This liveaboard trip to Cenderawasih Bay is a unique way to spend hours diving or snorkelling with whale sharks around the local fishing platforms. It is not uncommon to see the sub-adult giants leisurely swimming around the platforms in only a few meters of water. This trip is not just about whale sharks. Cenderawash Bay and the Manim dive sites are rich in history from the many battles between Allied and Japanese forces leaving the sites littered with submerged aircrafts and shipwrecks. And we will explore some amazing remote reefs at Mapia close to the border of Palau.
The ship has seven staterooms with a choice of single cabins, twins, doubles or two spacious master cabins. All cabins are furnished with either queen or king-sized beds, and ensuite toilets with showers. The ship has been designed with three large deck areas for relaxing in both the sun or shade and for enjoying relaxing massage and spa treatments. Specifically designed for divers, the vessel offers large dive stations with individual rinse tanks and a camera room with separate camera work stations. Damai offers three local dive guides and one Instructor on board throughout your trip. With only twelve guests, this is a good 4:1 guest to dive guide ratio. The ship has two custom-designed high-speed tenders to get all guests to dive sites comfortably. The signature service includes personalized dive station and rinse tank, camera room and storage space for equipment, ala-carte dining catering to all food requirements, laundry and massage service on board, and the ship has an 18-member crew.
This trip will be featuring underwater photography pro Brandi Mueller to offer photo tips and sessions between dives. Bring you camera and be ready to shoot and learn..!
This adventure embarks at Biak and disembarks at Nabire, and includes stateroom accommodation, 3 meals a day, complimentary wine with dinner, nitrox for certified divers, unlimited diving with the dive day built around four daily dives, laundry service, airport transfers.
Cost: Stateroom Cabin - $5,450 per person double occupancy including taxes and a $500 DISCOUNT
Blackwater Dive Adventure
February 6-16, 2021
* * 4 Bungalows Available * *
NAD-Lembeh Resort and the Lembeh Strait are famous all over the world for the peerless macro and muck diving. NAD-Lembeh is expert in photography, nitrox, rebreathers – this resort does it all. The dive team is second-to-none, with 15 full-time dive guides who between them have over 100 years of experience diving in Lembeh. NAD-Lembeh offers a 2:1 diver to guide ratio, and is handicap friendly. We have selected the Beachfront bungalows because of the easy access for our mobility-challenged divers.
Lembeh Strait offers a stunning variety of dives and there are more than 70 individual named dive sites. Divers visiting Lembeh are likely to see a vast list of critters. Frogfish, rhinopias, a huge array of nudibranchs and octopus, the Blue-Ringed Octopus and Mimic Octopus, being a highlight. Lembeh is not just muck diving though! On this adventure we will explore all around the island and beyond to find some of the best reef diving in South East Asia.
This trip is timed to coincide with the new moon phase in February to offer the best opportunities for spotting critters during the Black water Night Dives. Our unique adventure offers 10 nights Beachfront bungalow accommodation, 3 meals a day (plus snacks, water, coffee, espresso, tea), evening dinner on day of arrival and breakfast on day of departure, 3 dives per day (total 26 dives), unlimited house reef dives, nitrox for certified divers, airport transfers, and all taxes. There is the option to upgrade the 3rd dive of the day to a Night/ Mandarin Dive for an additional $20 (not applicable for Blackwater Night Dives).
Cost: $2,102 USD per person double occupancy includes our 5% DISCOUNT
Dewi Nusantara - Indonesia's Premium Liveaboard
Cenderawasih Bay Group Specials
Pay for 5 - 6th Diver is FREE
If you have met some great dive buddies on your travels and talked about taking a future trip together why not have an Indonesian reunion. Travel all together on Dewi Nusantara as a small group in summer 2020 or 2021 taking advantage of this great offer!
Pay for five spaces and get the sixth space free on all Cenderawasih Bay cruises in July & August 2020/2021!
* * * Contact us for additional discounts * * *
Cenderawasih is so much more than whale sharks! It is remote wilderness, endemics, world war wrecks, stunning topography and remote villages with friendly tribal locals. It is also a fabulous snorkelling destination if you have non diver friends or partners that usually have to stay at home when you go on a dive trip.
Current Availability: Year 2020
Cruise 2016: 22nd Jul-2nd August 2020 Cenderawasih Bay (Manokwari to Manokwari)
Cruise 2017: 3rd-14th August 2020 Cenderawasih Bay (Manokwari to Manokwari)
Cruise 2018: 15th-26th August 2020 Cenderawasih Bay (Manokwari to Sorong)
Price per person (11 nights)
Plus US$255 port/park fees & US$275 long distance fees
Current Availability: Year 2021
Cruise 2112: 1-11th July 2021, Cenderawasih Bay (Sorong to Manokwari)
Cruise 2113: 13-23 Jul 2021 Cenderawasih Bay (Manokwari to Manokwari)
Cruise 2114: 25th July-4th August 2021 Cenderawasih Bay (Manokwari to Manokwari)
Price per person (10 nights)
Plus US$255 port/park fees & US$295 long distance fees
August 24 to September 8, 2019
CONTACT US NOW...!
We have 4, 7, 10 and 14 night packages from
$1039, $1709, $2399 and $3239
- Hotel room
- 3, 5 or 11 dive days (2-tank)
- Participation in photo contest
- Seminars and workshops
- Evening Media Presentations
- Shark split photo
- Land/culture Photo opportunities
- Private Beach BBQ
- Land, culture & island tour
- Local dinner buffet/meal;
- Roundtrip airport transfers
- Free Wi-Fi in public areas
- Hotel Taxes
- Wake-up service with coffee and tea
Quino El Guardian Liveaboard
Citizen Science Expedition - November 4-11, 2017
In Search of Mobula Rays - $2200 Per Person Quad Occupancy
Contact us by email for complete details about this amazing adventure with marine biologists Marta D. Palacios and Frida Lara Lizardi.
Pearl of Papua Liveaboard
Raja Ampat 2018
We have limited availability on the Pearl of Papua for two trips in 2018 to Raja Ampat. Dates available are January 9 to January 16 and April 19 to April 26, 2018. Rate for the Standard Cabin is $2310 USD per person plus $125 USD Park fees. Contact us by email for special discounted rates on this great liveaboard.
Explorer Ventures Adds 2 New Ships to Their Fleet
M/V Raja Manta Explorer
The team at Explorer Ventures has expanded their fantastic liveaboard dive operation. Now you can book an Explorer Ventures charter on either of their two new ships in the Indonesia waters.
Contact us for a discounted package on this great ship...! Toll free 866-690-3483 or email us today.
With a major makeover in 2016, the Raja Manta Explorer is a boat designed for divers, by divers. Offering exciting itineraries through Ambon, Banda, Sangalaki, Raja Ampat and other extended itineraries, the 37 meter vessel is stable, strong and reliable making it perfect for long range travel to the most desirable dive sites. With 8 double & twin shared-bath ensuite cabins and 3 shared cabins with wash basins, the Raja Manta Explorer can comfortably accommodate up to 22 passengers. There is a large salon with a digital media center, sound system and widescreen plasma TV for your entertainment, an expansive sundeck that spans the length of the boat and a large outdoor dining area. A blend of Western and Asian cuisine awaits you after every dive. With up to 18 well-trained crew, excellent service above and below water are ensured.
There is an enormous dive deck with ample space for gearing up. Warm towels, hot drinks and fresh fruits are available after dives. The Captain and dive crew have years of experience in Indonesia including Komodo, Alor, Banda Sea and Raja Ampat. Diving is conducted in small groups. There is a full range of rental equipment available, all tanks have din and yoke fitting and larger tanks are available for those requiring a little extra air. Many of the boat crew are certified scuba divers and share a passion for the underwater world.