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Raja Ampat Action and Adventure

Raja Ampat Action and Adventure

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The Raja Ampat archipelago has been described as the ‘Last Paradise on Earth.’ Marine biologists have established that Raja Ampat is the epicenter of marine biodiversity, boasting the most variety of corals and marine fishes on the planet. Yet, while the below-surface world is reminiscent of a living kaleidoscope, the above-surface views are amongst the most stunning that you are likely to behold in a lifetime. These gem-like islands of extreme limestone coastlines, virgin rainforest and pristine beaches are a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. During this ten-day cruise, we will take you on a far-reaching exploration of what is without a doubt one of the least visited but most memorable adventure-destinations on our planet. This trip will be geared towards an active and nature-loving crowd, and is packed with fun ways to explore this marine wonderland. Activities include trekking through the jungles to spot the Bird of Paradise, floating amongst a lake of stingless jellyfish, freediving courses, kayaking, hill climbing, paddle boarding, exploring limestone caves, kayaking through pristine lagoons, plunging into waterfalls and swimming with the currents in search of large marine life. Every day promises to be an unforgettable adventure, and nightly presentations on marine life, and local conservation efforts will surely enhance and enrich this unforgettable experience.

Note: The price of this cruise does not include any domestic airfares to and from our start and end points. If you are booking flights by yourself, please do not book any flights before checking with us first. Our first and last day programmes rely on strict time scheduling, so please confirm with us to ensure that you arrive and depart at your destination with plenty of time to spare and to avoid disruption to other guests’ schedules.

Trip Name
Raja Ampat Action and Adventure
Days
10
Overview
Vessel Type: Yacht Length:  42 metres Passenger Capacity: 24 Built:  1997 / Refurbished 2015 The Ombak Putih is a traditional Indonesian schooner custom built from Iron wood by Buginese ship builders. The Ombak Putih is 42 metres long and provides accommodation for up to 24 guests in 12 comfortable cabins.  With approximately 400 square meters of public space divided over 2 main decks, the Ombak Putih offers both open and covered space in abundance, allowing for privacy and serene relaxing.  All cabins are located below deck and offer private bathroom, portholes, individually controlled air conditioning, and ample storage space including safety deposit box. Led by Captain Feri, 14 dedicated crew members coming from all regions of the archipelago make your stay with us a memorable experience.     Spacious twin shared cabin with twin bunk beds or double bed     Each cabin has a private bathroom with toilet and hot shower     Washbasin and soap toiletries in your cabin     Cabins have individually controlled air conditioning     Towels and beach towels that are regularly changed     Valuables and travel documents can be stored in the ship’s safe     Dining in spacious air conditioned lounge     Teak wooden furniture in lounge, cabins and on deck     Spacious sun and semi-covered decks     Free tea, coffee and mineral water     Excellent food and snacks (vegetarian food on request)     A selction of wines, cold beer and other alcoholic drinksare offered for sale     Fresh water on-deck shower     Outdoor sleeping facilities     Professional cruise director     Unlimited use of our snorkeling equipment and 2 sea canoes     Television, DVD and music center in lounge

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 Sorong
Your flight will arrive in the West Papuan port town of Sorong, the gateway to Raja Ampat. From the airport we will transfer you to the harbour where the Ombak Putih or the Katharina will be waiting at anchor. Once settled into your cabin, your cruise director will familiarise you with the vessel’s facilities and safety procedures. Ready to start our adventure, we will weigh anchor and set a southerly course for the Misool Archipelago, stopping for a refreshing swim along the way. We will then dine alfresco on the main deck while meeting the other passengers and crew and watching the sun set on our first day at sea.
Day 2 - Day 2 Raja Ampat
This morning we will wake to see the sun rise over the picturesque chain of islands that makes up the Misool archipelago. The topography is typical of ‘karst dissolution,’ featuring a great number of tiny islets whose bases have been eroded over time by the relentless motion of the tides. We will spend the day maximising everything that this fascinating area has to offer by marvelling at both the marine wonderland under the water and the magnificent landscape above the surface. 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 glorious scenery. 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 - Day 3 Raja Ampat
A swim through Tomolol’s mysterious dome-topped cave is undoubtedly one of Raja Ampat’s most memorable activities. After an early breakfast, our tenders will take us into the heart of the bay to see this partially submerged cave where it is possible to swim, snorkel or simply float while gazing up at the cavernous grotto adorned with astonishing stalactites. The more adventurous can swim or paddle through the dark waters to the other mouth of the cave. After returning to the ship, we will use our tenders to explore more of this impressive maze of karst islands, both above and below the surface, complete with mysterious skull cairns in sea-cave cemeteries, and prehistoric ‘petroglyph’ cave paintings, estimated to be anything between 3,000 to 5,000 years old and depicting various human figures and huge human palms, fish, flowers and plants, tools and vessels. Overnight, our boat will cruise north to the island of Batanta.
Day 4 - Day 4 Raja Ampat
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 into the island’s interior. We anchor at the foot of Arefi Village, nestled on the north coast of the island, where we will find local guides to escort us through the mangrove waters to the start point of our trek. A short walk along the riverbed brings 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 will find a nearby spot to swim and snorkel before moving north to the island of Waigeo.
Day 5 - Day 5 Raja Ampat
After waking up, before sunrise, we will follow in the footsteps of the famous naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace in a pre-dawn quest to spot the remarkable Red Bird of Paradise, one of the species that Wallace was most anxious to collect. We hope that the efforts of our trek through the forest will pay off, enabling us to catch a rare and privileged sight of the bird’s elaborate courtship dance as the day breaks over the forest canopy. Whether we spot the birds or not, for sure we will experience a wonderful trek. After lunch, we make our way through the Dampier strait, home to some of Raja Ampat’s premier reefs. We finish the day by heading to Arborek Village. Here, we can easily circumnavigate the tiny island by foot and gain a sense of the Asai culture, which is still kept alive by the villagers living in this isolated place.
Day 6 - Day 6 Raja Ampat
Another full day of adventure awaits us along the convoluted western coast of Waigeo. We will begin the morning by exploring Wofoh, three island gems linked together by stretches of pristine coral reef. You can use the tenders or kayaks to navigate the islands, or put your newly-acquired fish identification skills to use in exploring this vibrant reef. Or you may prefer to simply just relax on the beach. In the afternoon we will jump in the water again for another round of fantastic snorkeling and paddling. In the evening we will make our way across the equator to the northern hemisphere on our journey to the islands of Wayag.
Day 7 - Day 7 Raja Ampat
Few areas in Indonesia can lay claim to such unsurpassed natural splendour as Raja Ampat’s Wayag islands. The beauty of these picturesque karst spires is perhaps only equalled by the brilliant colours and vibrancy of the reefs and the marine life that flourishes below. Nature has carved these islands into a series of coves and lagoons, narrow channels and inlets, caves, jagged rocks and shaded, sandy beaches. For those who dare, there are some spectacular but nearly vertical climbs that are rewarded with magnificent panoramas. We will spend a quiet night here at anchor.
Day 8 - Day 8 Raja Ampat
The Wayag islands are Raja Ampat’s best, and we will make the most of this unique region for one more morning, navigating the maze of mushroom-shaped islands, and stopping for swimming and snorkeling. In the afternoon, we will set our compasses to return to the southern hemisphere for a snorkel along the equator.
Day 9 - Day 9 Raja Ampat
Our last full day at sea will be focused on exploring the best snorkel spots in Raja Ampat. We start of our morning in the bay of Yengeffo where a myriad of birds welcome us in the trees above while we explore the wonders of the marine world below. After a chance for a final paddle and lunch, we will make our way back through the Dampier Strait for a final snorkel in one of the best snorkel sites in the park. With a bit of luck, we hope to snorkel among some of the larger specimens of marine life attracted to the strait’s nutrient-rich currents. We will finish our final evening at sea with a Farewell Dinner and party with the captain and crew.
Day 10 - Day 10 Sorong
After a quick stop for a last swim and refreshments on one of the nearby islands, we will make our way back to the harbour of Sorong. Here we will bid farewell to the ship and her crew. Our tenders will take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.

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Inclusions

    • See Raja Ampat
    • the ‘Last Paradise on Earth.’ The islands feature rugged and steep limestone coastlines covered with virgin rainforest, while the below-surface world is reminiscent of a living kaleidoscope. There is an extraordinary wealth of exotic bird life in Raja Ampat including five different bird-of-paradise species.
    • Discover one of four largest islands in Raja Ampat, the wild territory of Misool is a visually breath-taking sight, heavily forested with beaches of pure white sand lapped by turquoise waters. Misool is also home to ancient cultural sites; a number of 5000-year-old petroglyphs can be seen on walls of caves.
    • Enjoy Wayag
    • one of Raja Ampat’s main islands. Wayag’s panoramic fairytale seascape of conical karst islets, sprouting like mushrooms from clear aquamarine waters, is the region’s poster child. You won’t see a tourism promotion or magazine article about Raja Ampat that doesn’t feature this image.
    • Explore Waigeo
    • the largest of the four main islands of the Raja Ampat archipelago. It has a wild, jungle interior, much of which is still unexplored and inaccessible, complete with a sizeable variety of animal species. The "inner sea", known as the Majoli Gulf, nearly cleaves the island in two.

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