Cruising through the pristine waters of Raja Ampat, the Derawan Islands, the Banda Sea and Triton Bay, the Raja Ampat Aggressor offers access to some of Indonesia’s most remote and spectacular underwater landscapes. It combines state-of-the-art amenities with a highly experienced crew, making it an excellent choice for your Raja Ampat liveaboard.
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The islands of Raja Ampat are renowned for having one of the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world, with a staggering diversity and abundance of marine life, and Triton Bay lies not far away along the southwest coast of West Papua. The Banda Sea in the Maluku Islands boasts unique underwater landscapes and a vibrant colonial history, while the Derawan Islands are the newest addition to this Raja Ampat liveaboard’s itineraries and located off the east coast of Borneo in the marine-rich Celebes Sea.
Each of the eight staterooms on the Raja Ampat Aggressor is air-conditioned and come with en-suite bathrooms, as well as a porthole or picture window.
There is one Master Stateroom with a queen-size bed, picture window and monitor with media player, as well as a hair dryer and individual climate control.
The Raja Ampat Aggressor has two Deluxe Staterooms with a queen-size bed and upper bunk, together with a picture window, a monitor with media player and hairdryer.
There are five Twin Staterooms configured with either two lower twin beds or a lower and upper bunk in an L-shape. Two feature a porthole and three come with picture windows, as well as a monitor with media player and individual climate control.
The menu onboard the Raja Ampat Aggressor is varied and plentiful, with both local Indonesian and international dishes offered. Breakfast is cooked to order with fresh fruits, hot entrees, cereals and juices, while lunches are served buffet-style with a choice of both hot and cold dishes.
Dinners are served table-side each evening, with seafood, beef or chicken dishes accompanied by vegetables, salads and a homemade dessert. Mid-afternoon snacks are also served each day and special dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notification.
Fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, tea and coffee are all served complimentary, together with a selection of local beers and wine. Due to the high duty charged on liquor, guests are invited to bring their own onboard but reminded that drinking and diving don’t mix.
The Raja Ampat Aggressor is a 100-foot steel ship that has been built to sleep 16 guests in comfort, safety and stability. It features a main salon with a TV, DVD player and stereo, as well as a spacious dining area where meals are served.
Relax on the shaded sun deck in one of the lounge chairs or peruse the fish identification books in the small onboard library. There’s a good selection of films and board games available in the salon and guests are invited to bring their own.
Each of the Raja Ampat Aggressor’s four different itineraries accesses remote dive sites and healthy coral gardens, walls, seamounts and caves. Water temperatures vary between 82-86°F (28-30°C) throughout the year and most divers prefer a 3mm wetsuit with an optional hood.
All diving is conducted from tenders, with up to four dives offered per day (including night dives) and you have the option to either dive with a buddy of your choice or one of the crew. Detailed briefings are given at the start of each dive and the Raja Ampat Aggressor’s experienced divemasters and instructors will lead groups at some dive sites to locate specific points of interest.
80 cubic ft. tanks with DIN/yoke adaptable valves are provided, together with weight belts and weights, while a full line of Aqualung equipment can be rented for the duration of your trip. A number of specialty courses are offered on board, including Nitrox, Advanced Open Water and Underwater Photography, with Nitrox available for certified divers at an additional charge.
Freshwater showers are available on the back deck after your dives, as well as warm towels offered by the crew. There’s a dedicated photography room with a spacious camera table and a 110-volt strobe charging station. If you’re interested in learning more about underwater photography, the onboard photo pro is available for free coaching.
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