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Cecelia Ann

The “Cecelia Ann”, based in the old port town of Anyer, 2½ hours drive from Jakarta, is the only live-aboard based on, and specializing in the Western Sunda Straits. As such, the crew of the “Cecelia Ann” knows these waters and their attractions like the back of their hands.

The “Cecelia Ann” is a wooden built ketch rigged sailing boat. Based on an American Cruising Ketch design the “Cecelia Ann” offers wide clear decks to optimize out door living, combined with roomy air-conditioned interiors, stylishly finished in teak, to provide maximum comfort to our guests. This design allows us to cater for groups up to 35 people for one day functions such as sun set cruises, birthday parties, etc or accommodate up to 10 guests for live-a-board trips.

The “Cecelia Ann” offers weekend trips to the various islands of the North Western Straits such as Sabuk, the Krakatau Archipelago, Sangyang or the Lagundi Islands, and for longer trips Ujung Kulon National Park, Ujung Genting and Pelabuhan Ratu bay.

The “Cecelia Ann” is equipped to provide a full range of activities to our guests whether they want to go scuba diving, fishing, snorkeling, or just want a relaxing escape away from the made rush of Jakarta.

The Boat

"The Cecelia Ann" is a 60ft wooden built Ketch, designed and built by its owner, who has 12 years marine experience and is qualified Master, based on an American Cruising Ketch design. Modifications to the hull design were made to allow for more room in the interiors and greater deck utilization, also providing greater stability for a more comfortable ride.

The “Cecelia Ann” was built in Ujung Genteng, West Java from 2000 to 2002 from Bungur, a tropical hard wood native to Indonesia and renowned for its suitability for boat building. The vessel was built using traditional Indonesian building techniques by Bapak Abbas of Ujung Genteng. The Cecelia Ann was launched in May 2002.
After sea trials the boat was relocated to Pelabuhan Ratu where it was moored for 6 months while being rigged for sailing. Once all the rigging was finished the boat was relocated to Anyer, Banten where the interior fit outs were completed.

The “Cecelia Ann” is now based in the Villa Marina Village Marina, Anyer, which gives the vessel excellent access to all the wonders of the Western Sunda Straits.

The Sunda Strait

The Sunda Straits, the historic water way separating Java from Sumatra, is bordered by the Thousand Islands to the east and Ujung Kulon National park on the west. These waters still today contain some of the most pristine areas left in Java.
The western entrance to the straits remains the most un-spoilt part of this water way. Located far enough from Jakarta to not be affected by the pollution of the city, but close enough to be easily accessible by road, this part of the Sunda Straits offer some of the regions premier eco-tourism destinations, such as Krakatau Volcano, Ujung Kulon National Park and Tanjung Lesung, and provides excellent scuba diving, trekking, and beaches.
The best way to access the many islands and wilderness areas of the western straits is on board the 60ft sailing ketch “Cecelia Ann”

Other Facilities and Equipment :

The “Cecelia Ann” also has the following facilities and equipment:
 - Galley/Saloon :
 3 burner gas cook topo Gas Grill
 Colour Television
 DVD player and extensive collection of DVD’s
 Fridge/Freezer
 Running Fresh and Salt water.
 Weber BBQ
 Large Ice boxes
 Electric Toilet
 Fresh Water Shower

- Safety Equipment :  
 EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon)
 Smoke and Parachute Flares
 First Aid Kit
 Life Rings
 Solars (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea)
approved Life Jackets for both adults and children
 VHF Radio
 Satellite Phone
 Dry Powder, Foam and CO2 fire extinguishers
 Life Raft

- Navigation Equipment :  
 Magnetic Compass
 GPS (Global Positioning System)
 Radar
 Echo Sounder
 All Charts for the waters around Java and the Java Sea

- Scuba Dive Equipment :  
 Air Compressor
 80 cubic foot tanks
 Masts, snorkels and flippers for a range of sizes from Children to Adults
 Chase Boat
 Weights

- Fishing Equipment :
 4 x Game rods reels and lures
 6 x light rods for fishing off the deck
 Hand lines
 Range of lures and tackle for all types of fishing.

 

OUR DIVE DESTINATIONS

Krakatau and the Islands of the North West Straits:

The North Western Sunda Straits are dominated by several uninhabited or sparsely inhabited islands. The most famous of these is Anak Krakatau; the active volcano that only appeared from beneath the sea in the 1930’s and today reaches up to a height of over 400m. Apart from the Krakatau Archipelago, which comprises of 4 islands, there is also Sibuku, Sebesi, Sangyang and the Lagundi Islands.

These islands offer a range of activities from climbing the active cone of Anak Krakatau volcano to beach combing the deserted white beaches of Sibuku and Lagundi. They also offer a wide range of diving including wrecks, walls and coral reefs.

Diving the Sunda Straits:

The Western Sunda Straits offers a wide variety of excellent diving experiences and the “Cecelia Ann” is well equipped with both diving equipment and diving experience to act as the perfect diving platform to allow you to explore these dive sites. The unique geography of the area means it can offer every thing from well preserved coral reefs to volcanic pinnacles and deep wall diving. Apart from the natural history, the human history also contributes to several excellent wreck dives as well, including the historic HMAS Perth and USS Houston, two Battle Cruisers sunk in the Battle of the Sunda Straits, on the 28th February 1942. The wide range and variety of diving opportunities in the area also means there is something to offer all divers, no matter what your level or experience is.

HMAS Perth and USS Houston
These two wrecks, located not more than three miles apart are well preserved World War Two Battle Cruisers. Exploring the decks of these two great ships, discovering their gun turrets and seeing the damage inflicted on them by the vastly superior Japanese forces they engaged, is a challenging and rewarding dive. Due to the depth of the wrecks, strong currents and low visibility that can prevail in the area, divers intending to dive these wrecks should be experienced.

Sanyang Island
This marine reserve offers a great range of hard and soft coral gardens. Located in the narrowest part of the straights, strong current sweep down the sides of the island bring rich nutrients that support a wonder land of marine life, including pelagic fish, turtles, etc. At the back of the island there are some caves in the cliffs that offer some exciting diving.

Sibuku Island
Sibuku offers a great range of diving from well preserved hard coral fringing reefs, to deep water volcanic pinnacles, and even a WWII wreck to complete its portfolio of diving adventures.
The wreck at Sibuku is an excellent dive for beginners, as it lies in water ranging from 1.5meters to 22 meters, with the bulk of the wreck in only 7 to 8 meters. The wreck which was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine during WWII tried to beach itself, but hit the fringing reef and broke in on the steep slope of the reef. Therefore, a dive here offers a great combination of reef and wreck diving.

Also the many headlands around Sibuku offer some great offshore reef dives. These are usually between 15 and 20m. These reefs are mainly soft coral reefs with clumps of hard corals. Marine life includes lobsters, groupers, small snappers, coral trout, and parrot fish.
About 2 Nautical Miles off the coast of Sibuku are a group of Pinnacles rising out of 35 meters of water. These Pinnacles are a magnet to marine life offering everything from Moray eels to large Groupers, Barramundi Cod, Trevallies, Coral Trout, Lion Fish, etc. However, this area is prone to strong currents, and therefore diving these pinnacles should be left to experienced divers only.

Krakatau Group:
The still very active volcanic activity makes diving in this area unique. Deep walls dropping down to 50m, rich nutrients from the volcanic ash and clear waters combine to make some of the best diving in the region, in the right conditions. Early in the year (February to May usually gives the best visibility) offers some of the best diving. Around Anak Krakatau there is an interesting combination of developed hard coral reefs interspersed with newer lava flows which are raw landscapes with only the first signs of life beginning to appear.
On Rakarta there are some fantastic wall dives that drop strait down from the shore line, where at 30meters you can look up as see the jungle overhanging above you. Pulau Pangang and Rakarta offer some well preserved hard coral reefs offer a wide variety of marine life including pelagics and turtles. The area also offers some lava caves in the deeper water. In these caves you occasionally find Giant Grouper and Large Snappers.

Ujung Kulon
 Offers a wide rang of reef diving. Depths here range from 8 meters to 15 meters. Most dives are on fringing reefs as well as some shallower pinnacle dives. The reefs around the park are well preserved offering spectacular coral formations and rich diversity of tropical reef life. This area is ideal for the beginner or less experienced divers, with some more challenging drift dives for the more experienced.

Ujung Kulon and the South Western Straits

At the South Western end of the Sunda Straits lies Ujung Kulon National Park. Ujung Kulon National Park protects one of the last extensive remaining areas of lowland rain forest in Java and is of special importance for the conservation of Java rhinoceros. In addition, the coastal coral reef environment ranks among the richest in Indonesia. The point to point ocean boundary encloses Ujung Kulon Peninsula and the offshore islands of Pulau Handeuleum and Pulau Peucang, whilst the island of Pulau Panaitan is separated by the 10km wide Panaitan Straits. The eastern boundary follows contours along the eastern foothills of the Gunung Honje massif.

Pulau Panaitan/Pulau Peucang Nature Reserve was established in 1937, Ujung Kulon Nature Reserve in 1958 and Gunung Honje Nature Reserve established in 1967. In 1980, the nature reserves of Ujung Kulon Peninsula, Panaitan Island, South Gunung Honje, North Gunung Honje and the Krakatau Islands were declared a Proposed National Park. On 1 February, 1992, the Proposed Ujung Kulon National Park complex was declared a World Heritage Site following inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List in December 1991.

Schedule 2006

 April :

8th to 10th

Krakatau/Sibuku/Lagundi

Places Available

14th to 16th

Krakatau/Lagundi/Sibuku

Fully Booked

22nd to 23rd

Krakatau/Sibuku

Fully Booked

27th to 1st May

Krakatau/Ujung Kulon

Places Available

 

 

 

May :

 

 

6th to 7th

Available for Charter

 

11th to 14th

Krakatau/Ujung Kulon

Places Available

19th to 21st

Krakatau, Lagundi and Sibuku

Fully Booked

25th to 28th

Krakatau/ Ujung Kulon

Places Available

 

 

 

June :

 

 

3rd to 4th

Available for Charter

 

10th to 11th

Krakatau and Sibuku

Places Available

17th to 18th

Perth and Houston Wrecks

Places Available

24th to 25th

Thousand Islands

Places Available

 

 

 

July :

1st to 8th

Ujung Kulon to Lagundi

Fully Booked

16th to 20th

Panaitan Island

Fully Booked

22nd to 23rd

Available for Charter

 

29th to 30th

Available for Charter

 

 

 

 

August :

 

 

5th to 6th

Available for Charter

 

12th to 6th

Sibuku/Krakatau/Lagundi

Place Available

17th to 20th

Krakatau/Ujung Kulon

Fully Booked

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