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DID YOU KNOW?

  • There are around 300 distinctive native ethnic groups and over 740 different languages and dialects spoken in Indonesia
  • Java has in total 38 volcanic mountains.
  • From the 16th to 25th of July Indonesians celebrate the return of the Balinese Gods through an annual music and dance festival.
  • Mount Semeru is the tallest volcano in Java which is as tall as 3676 metres above the clouds.
  • Jakarta, the capital city of Java, has a population of almost 14 million making it the world’s ninth largest city.

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THE BASICS 

temple-indonesiaIndonesia is a wonderful blend of culture, mystical eastern lands and intriguing historical relics. An Asian hub with lots of sea, sand and sunshine, it is a prime location for those who wish to see their money go a long way.

The best time to visit and explore Indonesia is between June and September when temperatures average around 87 ºF (31 ºC). Depending on what you are looking for, you can spend a week relaxing in one of Bali’s tropical beach resorts with the kids, or spend two weeks island hoping and seeking adventure in Indonesia’s captivating islands.

Bali is an exotic holiday destination for couples, families with children as well as lone travellers.  It is considered an ideal place for beaches, historic temples, delightful forests and charming aromatic villages.

If untouched beaches is what you are looking for then hit Ubud, the southern region of Bali, which have them close-by and are best kept such as Jimbaran, Kuta and Sanur.

For city life and a mix of natural scenery, there is Java – the island of megacities, which is fast paced, intricately complex and culturally compelling. It is also known as the volcanic island with savannahs, iridescent rice paddies and tropical mangrove rainforest that grow on the north coast.

If you enjoy trekking and hiking then go to Mount Bromo – one of the islands’ most natural wonders. It is found in the Semeru National Park, which is nestled next to the active volcano Mount Semeru.

If you want to see animal life then visit Komodo which is home to the world’s largest lizard: the incredible Komodo dragon. There are a variety of treks available to track down fierce creatures, local bird life and flora.

Across from Bali is the unspoilt lands of Lombok. It is less developed than Java and Bali but entices those who seek solace through untouched ruins and exquisite hiking trails. Lombok Strait has its own alluring coastline and beaches and should be in your must-visit list if you are looking for something different.

The Gili Islands is one of the most laidback and relaxing regions of Indonesia, North West coast of Lombok. Three islands make up the fabled ‘Gilis’, which is treasure trove for backpackers given its rustic and bohemian feel. It lies offshore from the main island of Lombok. These islands are largely undeveloped and there is hardly any presence of motorised vehicles, only horses, carts and bicycles. Gili Trawangan is a bit busier, livelier and popular with its varied accommodation and dining specialities from freshly grilled seafood, market stalls and diving schools. Gili Meno, however, is considered the prettiest and most suitable for spending a day like a castaway on a coral white beach and viewing hawkbill and green sea turtles.

If you want to find out what it is like on an ideal summer getaway click here for the low down of the untouched Lombok Strait.

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Last Minute Liveaboard Deal – Aug 29-Sep 10 , 2017 Bali-Komodo-Bali

Destination: Bali Komodo Bali
Last Minute Liveaboard Deal – Aug 29-Sep 10 , 2017 Bali-Komodo-Bali and free nitrox for any lucky last minute guests wishing to join Mermaid I and the mantas in Komodo ! Including Overnight 4* Hotel stay both ways in Bali from £3838.00 per person with flights & transfers. Liveaboard Itinerary: Day 1 Check-in on board MV Mermaid I between 13:00-15:00 hours in Benoa Harbour Bali.After the boat and safety briefing, equipment is prepared then settle into your cabin. Dinner is served at approx. 19:00 hours as e cruise overnight to Moyo Island off the north west coast of Sumbawa Day 2 Start your adventure with a great dive in the calm, clear waters of Angel Reef at Moyo Island. Massive elephant ear and barrel sponges, schools of long fin banner fish and red tooth triggers In their hundreds, frog fish, nudibrancs, eels, surgeon fish, snapper, dog tooth tuna checking out what is for lunch ! Visit the local village then its lunch for us ! Then we cruise to Satonda Island for a macro dive followed by a world class night dive after watching a million bats fly at sunset. After a great dive and dinner we cruise overnight to Sangeang Volcano off the north coast of Sumbawa. Day 3 The Nusa Tenggara region has some extremely interesting and unique marine life. Today we spend the day diving around Sangeang Volcano – 2-3 dives for rare nudibrancs, pygmy seahorse, leaf scorpion fish, blue ribbon eels, black sand diving with all its treasures and underwater hot springs that support this very unique marine environment. Night dive here too or head on over to Gili Banta for the chance for Star Gazers and coral cat shark. Day 4 Current depending, we start the day at GPS Point Gili Banta famous for its sharks and pelagic fishes. Then we enter the Komodo National Park and for more exhilarating blue water/fish soup diving !Gili Lawalaut has several great dives – if the tide is right we hunt grey reef shark and dolphin at Taka Toko Gili Lawalaut. Lighthouse Reef and The Old Passage offer fast drifts with pelagics, maybe manta ! Crystal Rock offers awesome soft corals in gold and orange hues plus the chance for sharks, turtles, Giant Maori wrasse, a ‘fish soup” dive. Tonight we dive the famous Pink Beach – spectacular colours and Frogfish, slipper lobster, basket stars, robust sea cucumbers unique to the area plus more ! Day 5 Start your day with an exciting visit to Loh Liang Komodo National Park to walk with the dragons ! And as we quietly walk through the bush setting look out for Komodo dragons, deer, wild boar and birds. Then relax as we cruise south to dive the Three Sisters or Pillarsteen at Padar Island. Next stop is a diver’s paradise – Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island – home of one of the top 10 dives in the world- Cannibal Rock – an abundance of corals, sponges, ascidians, sea apples, black corals, turtle, cuttlefish, loadsof reef fishes too ! Here we can also watch dragons scavenging on the beach, monkey, deer, wild pigs along the shore, go beach combing…. Maybe even a chance to follow whales and dolphin feeding in the calm bay. We overnight at this peaceful place, diving at one of the many fabulous spots. Day 6 More world class dives today as we relax in Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island – the Yellow Wall of Texas is absolutely stunning covered with enormous yellow soft corals. Go slowly along the wall looking for unique creatures but don’t forget to look out into the blue to see what’s coming by…maybe e make a deep dive to check if the tiny yellow pygmy seahorses are on the giant gorgonians at depth. Nusa Kode offers more walls and critter chances coupled with white tip reef sharks etc ! Torpedo Alley is famous for its “electric” rays and perhaps one of the best night dives of your life for critter fanciers Day 7 Today we’ll head on over to Manta Alley to watch in awe as these magnificent creatures feed, play and get cleaned at the many cleaning stations. In the afternoon we can check out more big fish dives maybe at Loh Serah, Tatawa Kecil or the infamous “Current City” Batu Bolong – come face to face with reef sharks, turtles and giant Wrasse. Many good night dives around here – Gili Darat is great for sleeping turtles, colourful reef stonefish, Spanish dancers – calm sea – a good place to sleep. Day 8 The diving around Gili Lawalaut, Tatawa Kecil, Gili Darat is so awesome you will all want more so today we make 2-3 dives in clear arm blue waters – loads of fish both big and small. Then we’ll head off for a night dive at either Gili Banta or maybe Batu Putih in Sumbawa – both interesting sites. Overnight we cruise back to Satonda and Sumbawa – solar powered nudibrancs, ghost pipefish anyone ? Day 9 We enjoy two good dives around Sumbawa and Moyo Islands – a chance to shoot anything you missed at the trip beginning. Then the crew wash your equipment for you while you relax on the sundeck or downloading your pictures, enjoying our trip video as well just before dinner with all your new friends. Total 28 Dives! Day 10 After breakfast we transfer you ashore to continue your vacation… Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book this amazing Last Minute Liveaboard Deal – Aug 29-Sep 10 , 2017 Bali-Komodo-Bali and for further information.
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Last Minute Liveaboard Deal – Aug 29-Sep 10 , 2017 Bali-Komodo-Bali
Destination: Bali Komodo Bali

Last Minute Liveaboard Deal – Aug 29-Sep 10 , 2017 Bali-Komodo-Bali and free nitrox for any lucky last minute guests wishing to join Mermaid I and the mantas in Komodo !

Including Overnight 4* Hotel stay both ways in Bali from £3838.00 per person with flights & transfers.

Liveaboard Itinerary:

Day 1 Check-in on board MV Mermaid I between 13:00-15:00 hours in Benoa Harbour Bali.After the boat and safety briefing, equipment is prepared then settle into your cabin. Dinner is served at approx. 19:00 hours as e cruise overnight to Moyo Island off the north west coast of Sumbawa

Day 2 Start your adventure with a great dive in the calm, clear waters of Angel Reef at Moyo Island. Massive elephant ear and barrel sponges, schools of long fin banner fish and red tooth triggers In their hundreds, frog fish, nudibrancs, eels, surgeon fish, snapper, dog tooth tuna checking out what is for lunch ! Visit the local village then its lunch for us ! Then we cruise to Satonda Island for a macro dive followed by a world class night dive after watching a million bats fly at sunset. After a great dive and dinner we cruise overnight to Sangeang Volcano off the north coast of Sumbawa.

Day 3 The Nusa Tenggara region has some extremely interesting and unique marine life. Today we spend the day diving around Sangeang Volcano – 2-3 dives for rare nudibrancs, pygmy seahorse, leaf scorpion fish, blue ribbon eels, black sand diving with all its treasures and underwater hot springs that support this very unique marine environment. Night dive here too or head on over to Gili Banta for the chance for Star Gazers and coral cat shark.

Day 4 Current depending, we start the day at GPS Point Gili Banta famous for its sharks and pelagic fishes. Then we enter the Komodo National Park and for more exhilarating blue water/fish soup diving !Gili Lawalaut has several great dives – if the tide is right we hunt grey reef shark and dolphin at Taka Toko Gili Lawalaut. Lighthouse Reef and The Old Passage offer fast drifts with pelagics, maybe manta ! Crystal Rock offers awesome soft corals in gold and orange hues plus the chance for sharks, turtles, Giant Maori wrasse, a ‘fish soup” dive. Tonight we dive the famous Pink Beach – spectacular colours and Frogfish, slipper lobster, basket stars, robust sea cucumbers unique to the area plus more !

Day 5 Start your day with an exciting visit to Loh Liang Komodo National Park to walk with the dragons ! And as we quietly walk through the bush setting look out for Komodo dragons, deer, wild boar and birds. Then relax as we cruise south to dive the Three Sisters or Pillarsteen at Padar Island. Next stop is a diver’s paradise – Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island – home of one of the top 10 dives in the world- Cannibal Rock – an abundance of corals, sponges, ascidians, sea apples, black corals, turtle, cuttlefish, loadsof reef fishes too ! Here we can also watch dragons scavenging on the beach, monkey, deer, wild pigs along the shore, go beach combing…. Maybe even a chance to follow whales and dolphin feeding in the calm bay. We overnight at this peaceful place, diving at one of the many fabulous spots.

Day 6 More world class dives today as we relax in Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island – the Yellow Wall of Texas is absolutely stunning covered with enormous yellow soft corals. Go slowly along the wall looking for unique creatures but don’t forget to look out into the blue to see what’s coming by…maybe e make a deep dive to check if the tiny yellow pygmy seahorses are on the giant gorgonians at depth. Nusa Kode offers more walls and critter chances coupled with white tip reef sharks etc ! Torpedo Alley is famous for its “electric” rays and perhaps one of the best night dives of your life for critter fanciers

Day 7 Today we’ll head on over to Manta Alley to watch in awe as these magnificent creatures feed, play and get cleaned at the many cleaning stations. In the afternoon we can check out more big fish dives maybe at Loh Serah, Tatawa Kecil or the infamous “Current City” Batu Bolong – come face to face with reef sharks, turtles and giant Wrasse. Many good night dives around here – Gili Darat is great for sleeping turtles, colourful reef stonefish, Spanish dancers – calm sea – a good place to sleep.

Day 8 The diving around Gili Lawalaut, Tatawa Kecil, Gili Darat is so awesome you will all want more so today we make 2-3 dives in clear arm blue waters – loads of fish both big and small. Then we’ll head off for a night dive at either Gili Banta or maybe Batu Putih in Sumbawa – both interesting sites. Overnight we cruise back to Satonda and Sumbawa – solar powered nudibrancs, ghost pipefish anyone ?

Day 9 We enjoy two good dives around Sumbawa and Moyo Islands – a chance to shoot anything you missed at the trip beginning. Then the crew wash your equipment for you while you relax on the sundeck or downloading your pictures, enjoying our trip video as well just before dinner with all your new friends.

Total 28 Dives!

Day 10 After breakfast we transfer you ashore to continue your vacation…

Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book this amazing Last Minute Liveaboard Deal – Aug 29-Sep 10 , 2017 Bali-Komodo-Bali and for further information.

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