Dugong

An incredible animal surrounded by believes

Dugong
  • A mythic marine animal of South-East Asia

    Dugong is a mammal marine animal that has its population spread within the Indo-Pacific Ocean. This animal is part of numerous surprising believes among the different populations and culture of South-East Asia. Luckily, it is easy to encounter this mythic animal on the coasts of Indonesia, especially at some specific dive sites!

    Dugong in South-East Asia

    Sail along the prestigious Ring of Fire and its numerous islands

    Diving Cruise BANDA SEA

    | 14 Days / 13 Nights | 5306 € Full Board

    Alor islands & Banda Sea,
    Ambon to Kaimana

    Next Departure:

    2023 November 15th to 28th

    379 per day

    Up to 4 dives/day

    Please refer to the FAQ Section

    Boat Rating *

    Global
    9.8
    Vessel
    9.9
    Life Onboard
    9.8
    Activities
    9.7

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    Where can we find the Dugong?

    This species is mostly present in the Indo-Pacific Ocean between the coasts of China and Vietnam in the North to the North coast of Australia in the South. Therefore, Indonesia is at the perfect location to discover this amazing species. You can easily spot it in Banda Sea and West Papua, you will always find Dugongs on the coasts as it feeds and depends on seagrass. More precisely, the best locations to encounter this marine animal are in bays and mangrove channels. With the Liveaboard we offer, your best chance to encounter the Dugong is by going to Alor Island and we can organize a special excursion to admire them. The other possibilities will be during your cruise in Banda Sea, in Triton Bay, or in West Papua region.

    Where to see Dugong

    An endangered species

    Unfortunately, the Dugong is considered as an endangered species due to its overfishing, especially in areas such as Northern Australia and Pacific islands. Hopefully, the Dugong is now listed among the species that are banned from trade of derived products and is protected in many countries. For thousands of years, this species was looked after for its meat and oil. Even though the Dugong has an impressive lifespan of 70 years in average, it has a pretty low reproduction rate that makes it and ageing population.

    Dugong family

    Animal behavior

    The Dugong are often seen in couple or pair, and rarely as large groups. This is due to their feeding habits on seagrass that do not support big population. However, in some rare occasions, it is possible to find them gathering by hundreds. They communicate through chirps, whistles, barks, and other sounds that echo underwater. They have a poor eyesight and use their smell to identify edible plants and constant physical contact with their calves. They spend most of their live at an average of 10 meters deep, and even though they are considered as shy, it is easy to dive with them. They hold their breath for about 2 and a half minutes before heading back to the surface. This fascinating animal does not have fully known behavior and remain mysterious in many ways!

    Dugong Behaviour

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     All cabins are equipped with Air conditioning and Private bathroom (ensuite). 
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    You should definitely consider the full charter option especially if you are planning this cruise with your family or friends. It will make the experience even more exceptional. As we offer a large choice of boat, no matter if you are 6, 10 or more than 12 we will find the best vessel according the standing you are expecting. From 1000$ per night in adventure standing, 2000$ per night in Comfort standing and from 3000$ in Luxury standing. Contact us for more informations.

    Not at all, beginners can do discover scuba diving during the cruise (let us know to arrange it)


    Open water certified divers or equivalent will have access to most of the dive sites, but to make the best of the cruise Advanced level and experience in drift dive is recommended. You can spend a few days with us in Bali before starting your cruise, by joining our Safari tour or to get your Advanced certification in one of our four dive centers, it will allow you to dive up to 30m depth, to join night dives and be more confident and comfortable while drift diving.

    For an even better training we recommend you to join the drift specialty in Nusa Lembongan.

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    Indonesia spread over its more than 5000 km along the Equator which offers a tropical climate with only two season, dry & wet.

    Dry season is mainly from May to October Wet season from November to April.
    Keep in mind that Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, so you can visit year-round as wet season won’t start in the same time in different places.

    Landscapes are also pretty different due to Tropical rainforest climate and Tropical savannah climate.

    Komodo: All year around
    North Komodo: April to December
    South Komodo: January to march
    Raja Ampat: October to May
    Banda Island: September to November
    Alor: May to November

    We do recommend you to bring your own gears if you already own it. If not it’s not a big deal, you can rent the full set onboard, some of our partners provide rental equipment for free, maximum you can expect another 60$ per day.
    As a reminder, every scuba diver should be equipped with: Wetsuite/BCD/Regulator set/Fins/Weight system/Dive computer/SMB/Torchlight/Compass.


    Nitrox tanks are available on most of the boats, please refer to the boat description.

    Included: Transportation between airport & boat (return)/ Accommodation/ Meals and snacks/ non alcoholic beverage/ 12L tanks and weight system for divers

    Not Included:
    Marine park and Port authority fees / International and domestic flights/ Traveling - Diving Insurance / alcoholic beverage & espresso/ massage/ 15L tanks and dive gears rental for scuba divers

    Most of the time €, Us$ are accepted onboard, but we do recommend you to bring enough cash in local currency IDR. Payement by card are available on some boats, please refer to the boat description.
    Most of electric outlets on board are European type.

    Tipping from 5 to 10% of the cruise amount are expected, it express your satisfaction level. Tips are also an important income part for crew members.