We have been planning this liveaboard dive trip to Indonesia, https://www.indonesia-tourism.com/, since 2019 pre Covid. The Australia part is an add on we attach every time we are in the South Pacific. Our son and daughter-in-law live in Gold Coast, Australia, https://www.australia.com/en-ca/places/gold-coast-and-surrounds/guide-to-the-gold-coast.html, so we stop in and visit.
The Coralia, https://www.coralia-liveaboard.com/, is a liveaboard dive boat that sails the waters basically in the middle of Indonesia. After a very successful trip in September of 2019 we booked another trip on the boat for the fall of 2020. Much to our chagrin that fell through when the Indonesian government sealed their borders. Nobody out, nobody in.
We re-booked the diving on the Coralia and planned the trip with a couple of add on weeks in Australia.
After we leave Australia we will tour Bali, https://www.indonesia.travel/gb/en/destinations/bali-nusa-tenggara/bali, for a week. Bali has been on the bucket list for many years. Since the direct flight from Brisbane lands there we thought we might as well take some time and find out what makes the place tick. As it is central Ubud, https://ubud.id/, will be our hub. It is a tourist magnet but it is also one of the must see places on the island.
Then we will travel by ‘fast boat’ to Nusa Lembongan, https://www.indonesia.travel/gb/en/destinations/bali-nusa-tenggara/nusa-lembongan-luxury-in-discretion, to check it out and do some diving. The diving in the area is suppose to be good and it will be perfect practice for the four dives a day we will be doing on the liveaboard portion of our trip.
Our next stop is Ambon https://www.indonesia-tourism.com/maluku/ambon.html. We are there for two days prior to boarding the Coralia. Ambon is not a tourist destination so it will be good to see how Indonesians really live.
After ten days diving in the Banda Sea we will head home.
We are on our way.