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Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong (10D9N)


Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong

The Raja Ampat archipelago consists of some 600 Islands and islets that straddle the equator in the area off the “Birds Head” – the Doberoi Peninsula, the extreme north-western tip of the Papua province of Indonesia. The name Raja Ampat literally means ‘the Four Kings’ and dates back to the time that the islands were ruled from the North Moluccan sultanates of Ternate and Tidore (In those days each of the four larger islands in the group, Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta and Misool used to have an independent “raja”). Most of the islands have rugged and steep coastlines and are covered with virgin rain forest. The larger islands are lightly populated, but most others are uninhabited by humans. Until the turn of the century the name Raja Ampat was still completely absent from Indonesian travel brochures. Trailblazing diving expeditions undertaken by some adventurous souls have put the archipelago on the map and nowadays Raja Ampat has become world famous as one of the most noteworthy ecological niches on the planet, on a par with the Great Barrier Reef and Galapagos.

Marine biologists have concluded that Raja Ampat is home to seventy percent of the known coral species on the planet. Many fish, corals and crustaceans that live in these waters are found nowhere else on earth. However, apart from the reefs, this area also has some of the most stunning top-side views in the world. During this 10 day cruise we will take you on a thorough exploration of what is without a doubt one of the least visited but most memorable adventure destinations on our planet. You do not need to be a diver to be able to experience that this is the global epicenter of marine diversity. You do not need to be a seasoned birdwatcher to see the bird life that brought Alfred Russel Wallace to this region over a century ago. We certainly hope to witness the display dance of the dazzling red bird of paradise, to hear the shrieks of the crested cockatoo and the flapping of the wings of passing hornbills….




Nov 7 - Nov 16, 2014
Nov 20 - Nov 29, 2014


Day 1

Your flight arrives in the Papuan port town of Sorong, the gateway to Raja Ampat. From the airport we transfer you to the harbor where the Ombak Putih is waiting at anchor. Once settled into your cabin, your cruise director will familiarize you with the vessel’s facilities and safety procedures. Ready to start our adventure, we weigh anchor and set a southerly course for the Misool archipelago, stopping for a refreshing swim along the way. We enjoy dining al fresco on the main deck while meeting the other passengers and crew and watching the sun set on our first day at sea.

Day 2

This morning we awake to sunrise over the picturesque chain of islands that makes up the Misool archipelago. The landscape is typical of ‘karst dissolution,’ of a great number of tiny islets whose bases over time have been eroded by the relentless motion of the tides. We spend the day making the most of all that this marine wonderland has to offer us, exploring the region’s unique topside and unique underwater features. We can test out our paddling skills in the sea kayaks, watch for birds perched on the rocks, or just sit back and take in the magnificent landscape. After a full day of island hopping through this archipelago, the Ombak Putih will spend a quiet night at anchor in Misool’s Tomolol bay.

Day 3

A swim through Tomolol’s mysterious dome – topped cave is undoubtedly one of Raja Ampat’s more memorable activities. After an early breakfast our tenders will take us in to the heart of the bay to see this partially submerged cave where it is possible to swim, snorkel or just float while gazing up at the cavernous grotto adorned with spectacular stalactites. The more adventurous can swim or paddle through the dark waters to reach the other mouth of the cave. After returning to the ship, we spend the rest of the afternoon using our tenders to explore this impressive maze of karst islands replete prehistoric cave paintings and mysterious skull Cairns. Our vessel cruises north overnight to the island of Batanta.

Day 4

After our days of marine exploration, the jungle-clad island of Batanta offers us a change of scenery and a chance to stretch our legs on an adventurous trek in the island’s interior. We anchor at the foot of Arefi Village nestled on the northern coast of the island, where we will find local guides to escort us through the mangrove waters to our trek starting point. A short trek along the riverbed leads us to the first of two jungle waterfalls complete with a refreshing pool for cooling off. The fit and adventurous may choose to continue the uphill climb along the rocks to where a second, larger cascade awaits. After leaving the wilderness behind us, we find a nearby spot to swim and snorkel before moving north to the island of Waigeo.

Day 5

This morning we awake off the coast of Waigeo Island in the mouth of Mayalibit Bay. After breakfast will take the dinghies to visit Lopintol Village where we will find one of the villagers to guide us on a morning spelunking expedition. We hope to visit two very dramatic and contrasting caves that highlight the fascinating underground formations of the karst landscape. After lunch we freshen up with a well earned swim and snorkel before heading to Sapokren Village on the southwest tip of Waigeo island.

and meet with a local NGO leader to discuss illegal logging, community development and (hopefully) what a new FFI project is doing in these areas.

Day 6

This morning we follow in the footsteps of famous naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace in a quest to spot the remarkable Red Bird of Paradise, one of the species Wallace was most anxious to collect. Those keen to see these unique birds will wake up before sunrise for a pre-dawn trek in to the forest. We hope our efforts pay off and we are fortunate to catch sight of the bird’s elaborate display as dawn breaks over the forest canopy. After our jungle trek, we turn our attention from the skies to the seas as the Ombak Putihs makes it’s way through the Dampier strait, home of some of Raja Ampat’s premier reefs. With a bit of luck, we hope to snorkel with some of the larger marine life attracted to the strait’s nutrient- rich currents. We end our day in front Arborek Village, where we can easily circumnavigate the tiny island by foot and get a sense of the Asai culture that is still kept alive by the villagers living on this tiny isolated island.

Day 7

Another full day of adventure awaits us along the convoluted Western coast of Waigeo. We begin the morning by exploring Wofoh, three island gems linked together by stretches of pristine coral reef. We may use the tenders or kayaks to navigate the islands, put your newly acquired fish identification skills to use in exploring this vibrant reef or just relax on the beach. In the afternoon we move northward to Aljui bay, home to the Cendanda Pearl Farm, on of the larger producers of high quality seawater pearls in the region.

Pearling is an important industry throughout Indonesia and the farms can often be seen in the waters of Raja Ampat and may grant us permission to visit their facilities and explain the pearling process that we have seen along our journey. In the evening make our way across the equator to the northern hemisphere on our journey to the islands of Wayag.

Day 8

Few areas in Indonesia can lay claim to such unsurpassed natural splendor of Raja Ampat’s Wayag islands. The beauty of these picturesque karst spires are perhaps only equaled by the brilliant vibrant reefs and marine life that lay below. These islands was cut into a series of coves and lagoons, narrow channels and inlets, caves and jagged rocks as well as several sandy shaded beaches, Raja Ampat at it’s best. For those sure of foot, there are some spectacular, yet nearly vertical, climbs that are rewarded with spectacular panoramas. We spend a quiet night at anchor.

Day 9

The Wayag islands are Raja Ampat at it’s best, and we take the opportunity to make the most of this unique region for one more morning, exploring the maze of mushroom-shaped islands and swimming and snorkeling. In the afternoon set our compasses to cross back into the southern hemisphere on our way back to mainland Papua. In the evening we will have our farewell dinner with captain and crew.

Daay 10

By morning we have made our way back to the harbor of Sorong. After a final filing breakfast to send you on your way, we bid farewell to the Ombak Putih and her crew. Our tenders will take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.

Participants should be aware that itinerary and program of our sea voyages occasionally may have to be modified, due to factors beyond our control : unfavorable weather conditions, delay in processing harbour clearances, modified schedules of domestic flights. We will adjust the program accordingly in the best interest of all.

Please note that the domestic flights are not included in the price.

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