Indonesia Raja Ampat
Slightly less accessible than the Banda but no less famous the Raja Ampat is one of the world’s most exciting new yacht charter and liveaboard diving destinations. The Raja Ampat archipelago covers nearly ten million acres of land and sea off the northwestern tip of Indonesia’s West Papua Province. Raja Ampat consists of the four large islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool, plus hundreds of smaller islands.
Please note that this is only a sample itinerary and it can be adjusted and adapted according to your preferences.
Raja Ampat is a good year round destination, but October-November is the best time to go.
This cruise is on the yacht Schooner 100 (click to see the yacht).
Embarkation: Sorong. Fly to Ambon or Sorong from Jakarta or Bali.
Duration: 7 days
Note: The Raja Ampat together with the Banda Sea are a year round cruising and diving destination which can be combined to form an extraordinary liveaboard adventure.
Arriving at Sorong you will be met at the airport and transferred to the point of embarkation aboard your yacht or dive liveaboard. From the port of Sorong set sail for the islands of the 'Raja Ampat' and the adventure of a lifetime. The Raja Ampat islands are home to a 9.8-million acre marine reserve that the Nature Conservancy called "the world's bull's-eye for coral biodiversity."
Sailing into Misool, one of the Rajah Ampats iconic sites, you will be blown away by the incredibly alluring coral fringed bays and clear, sheltered waters that remain calm nearly year round. Here there are world class sites you will want to dive again and again. Welcome to paradise!
|Day 3||Misool - Salawati
Continue exploring the Misool area. We cannot speak highly enough of this astoundingly beautiful, tightly clustered set of islands and islets that support thriving coral reefs and huge biodiversity. Some are characterised by strong currents and exciting diving and others more relaxed. We will depart from the Misool area at night for Pulau Salawati and it's accompanying islands. The glorious scenes at night, one of the few places in the world where you will see no lights, just stars, are a huge allure of this remote area.
In the Salawati area divers and snorkeller can expect to encounter large fish as well as the usually outstandingly healthy coral and abundance of macro life. Littered with 1500 tiny islands each adventure in the Raja Ampat is never the same as the last. In addition to world-class diving and snorkeling, the islands offer great opportunities for hiking, and the nearby coast is home to thickly forested mountains, inland lakes and tribal villages.
|Day 5||Kri Island
The reefs in this area are protected by Max Ammer from the Papua Diving Resort. Kri has a beautiful Lagoon and also has the most fish and coral species accounted on a single divesite.
Batanta will give the possibility of a refreshing two hour hike in search of the Red Bird of Paradise. A true jungle trek, you will hear giant hornbills, cockatoos flying by and perhaps if lucky, the mesmerizing song of the Bird of Paradise.
|Day 7||Salawati - Sorong
Celebrating the last evening with a BBQ and fire on the beach before starting back to Sorong.
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