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Sorong - Raja Ampat - Triton Bay - Kaimana (12D11N)



SORONG - RAJA AMPAT - TRITON BAY - KAIMANA (12D11N)




Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong



Alfred Russel Wallace, the ‘David Attenborough of the Victorian Era’, was an extraordinary explorer and collector. He roamed the Malay Archipelago from 1854 – 1862 and was fêted and honoured in the years following his return to England. 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of Wallace’s death and with Seatrek – the oldest company offering adventure cruises on wonderful, hand-built phinisi schooners – you can follow in Wallace’s wake through some of the remotest parts of Indonesia searching for Birds of Paradise

 

This itinerary will be enhanced by stories and lectures from Dutch Author Alexander Reeuwijk.

Alexander Reeuwijk is an expert in the 
field of the history of evolutionary theory, together with Redmon O’Hanlon’s he wrote the book “Darwin, Wallace and others’ in which the contributions of Darwin and Wallace on evolution are compared.

 

Alexander has traveled extensively through the ‘interior’ of Indonesia, He visited Sumatra, Sulawesi the Moluccas and spending time investigating the richness of the Fauna and Flora of the Archipelago

 




DEPARTURES

 

 

OP1412SK1:  

Dec 3 - Dec 14, 2014

Day 1

Our morning flight arrives in the port town of Sorong, the capital of the Eastern Indonesian province of West Papua. Once transferred to the Ombak Putih, your cruise director will help you settle into your cabin and familiarize you with the vessel’s facilities and safety procedures. Ready to begin our adventure at sea, we leave the harbor behind us and enter the protected area of Raja Ampat, home of unique birdlife and the most biodiverse coral reefs in the world. We cruise towards the island of Waigeo, stopping for a refreshing swim along the way before watching the sun set on our first day at sea.


Day 2

Today we follow in the footsteps of the ‘father of biogeography,’ Alfred Russel Wallace. We wake in the calm and clear waters of Kabui Bay next to ‘Wallace’s Channel’ where this famous British naturalist emerged after his very challenging sail from Seram. We take the dinghies for a morning of exploration through this narrow passage, watching for birds, examining the vegetation clinging to the limestone cliffs, and snorkeling the clear waters, and iridescent reefs. After returning to the ship, we head out of the bay and on to Yenbeser Village where Wallace had spent several months in his quest to find and collect the elusive Birds of Paradise.


Day 3


For the fit and adventurous, our tenders will ferry us in the dark to the village of Sapokren, where a local guide will take us on a challenging trek into the forest. We hope our efforts pay off and we are fortunate enough to see the Wilson’s Birds of Paradise and its elaborate mating display on the forest floor. Making our way back to the ship we will be accompanied by the calls and sounds of the jungle coming to life and we are sure to spot a variety of birds along the way. We spend the rest of the day resting from the morning’s activities and enjoying the waters and reef s of Raja Ampat.


Day 4


Once again we have another opportunity for keen birders, this time in the hopes to spot the remarkable Red Bird of Paradise, one of the species Wallace was most anxious to collect. With the knowledge of our guides and a little luck, we might catch sight of this rare bird’s elaborate display as dawn breaks over the forest canopy. After returning to the ship, we turn our attention from the skies to the seas as the Ombak Putih makes it’s way through the Dampier strait, home of some of Raja Ampat’s premier reefs. With the currents in our favor, we hope to spot some of the area’s larger marine life attracted to the strait’s nutrient- rich waters. We end our day on the tiny island of Arborek where we hope to get a sense of the traditional Asai culture from the village inhabitants.


Day 5


The jungle-clad island of Batanta offers us 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 walk’s starting point. A short walk along the riverbed leads us to the first of two jungle waterfalls complete with a refreshing pool for cooling off. Keen trekkers may choose to continue the uphill climb along the river rocks to where a second, larger cascade awaits. After leaving the jungle wilderness behind us, we find a nearby spot to swim and cool off before moving south to the Misool Archipelago


Day 6


A swim through Tomolol’s impressive vaulted 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 grotto where it is possible to swim, snorkel or just float while gazing up at the cavernous ceiling, adorned with spectacular stalactites. The intrepid can swim or paddle through the dark watery tunnel to reach the opening on the opposite end bof 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 with prehistoric cave paintings and mysterious skull cairns. We spend a quiet night at anchor.


Day 7

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,’ a great number of tiny islets whose bases have been eroded over time 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 spectacular topside and unique underwater features. We can test out our paddling skills in the sea kayaks, watch for tropical birds perched on the rocks, or just sit back and take in the magnificent landscape. After a full day of island hopping along the chain of islands the Ombak Putih begins its overnight journey.


Day 8


In the morning we make landfall at the Pisang Islands. These tiny gems isolated in the vast waters of the Ceram Sea offer us a chance to relax and enjoy the sparkling white-sand beaches, clear waters, and vibrant reefs before making our way to the shores of West Papua. Here we travel along the shores until we reach the village of Sipitnanam. After visiting with the residents who spend their days fishing the nearby waters or tending their nutmeg plantations, we continue south along the coastline through the night.


Day 9




Today we wake up to the unique site of Kiti Kiti waterfall. Here, in complete wilderness, a roaring river cascades down the jungle-clad mountains and crashes into the sea below. We can swim under the waterfall and explore the extraordinary reefs nearby before rounding Cape Papisol to the Karawawi region, where we stop to refresh ourselves before journeying on to Triton Bay.


Day 10




Few areas in Indonesia can lay claim to such unsurpassed natural splendor of Triton Bay. Time and tides have cut the limestone landscape into tall cliffs and numerous islands separated by lagoons and narrow channels. We will spend our time here swimming from secluded beaches, snorkeling the vibrant turquoise waters and kayaking amongst the rocky outcrops. We can also enjoy watching for bird life from the comfort of our tenders as we explore this extraordinary maze of karst islands. Visit the village of Lobo at the feet of towering cliffs


Day 11




We make the most of our last morning in Triton bay amongst the undisturbed coves, caves, and lagoons before heading north through the Namatote passage. Namatote’s cliffs are also well known as a gallery of prehistoric art, boasting an impressive collection of cave paintings, glyphs and pictorial signs left by ancient nomads high on the rock walls. We spend our final evening on the ship resting at anchor and enjoying a farewell dinner with our captain and crew.


Day 12




By morning, we find ourselves at anchor in the harbour of Kaimana. After a last filling breakfast to send you on your way, we say farewell to the crew and disembark to be transferred to the airport for your onward travels.




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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