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Beautiful wild coast of Raja Ampat, Indonesia

New Year Raja Ampat Adventure

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Ring in the New Year in one of the most enchanting locations in the world. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in a way that you will remember for the rest of your life. Discover the authentic natural splendor of Raja Ampat’s Wayag islands - the beauty of these picturesque karst spires is perhaps only equalled by the brilliant colors and vibrancy of the reefs and the marine life that flourishes below, making it the perfect spot for a magical celebration. Nature has carved these islands into a series of coves and lagoons, narrow channels and inlets, caves, jagged rocks, and shaded, sandy beaches.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Sorong | Embark
Day 2 : Waigeo | Arborek Village
Day 3 : Waigeo | Wofoh
Day 4 : Raja Ampat’s Wayag - New Year’s Eve
Day 5 : Wayang - New Year’s Day
Day 6 : Penemu
Day 7 : Kofiau
Day 8 : Doworas
Day 9 : Bacan
Day 10 : Payahe Bay | Makian Island
Day 11 : Tidore
Day 12 : Ternate | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy Raja Ampat, home to the most biodiverse coral reefs in the world
  • Explore Wofoh's incredible stretches of pristine coral reef
  • Hike through gardens and forests as you make your way to an inland lake
  • Visit Tidore, a perfect volcanic cone rising from the tropical seas

Ship

Ombak Putih

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Beautiful wild coast of Raja Ampat, Indonesia Breathaking view of Kahatola Waterfall in Ternate Sorong, Indonesia Tide during sunset in Indonesia Sealife at Manuar Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Day 1 Sorong | Embark

Your flight arrives in the West Papuan port town of Sorong, the gateway to Raja Ampat. From the airport be transferred to the harbor where the ship is waiting at anchor. Once settled into your cabin, the cruise director introduces you to the vessel’s facilities and safety procedures. Ready to start your adventure, weigh anchor, leave the harbor behind, and enter the marine protected area of Raja Ampat, home to unique birdlife and the most biodiverse coral reefs in the world. Cruise towards the island of Waigeo, stopping for a refreshing swim along the way before watching the sun set on your first day at sea.

Day 2 Waigeo | Arborek Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After waking up before sunrise, set off on a pre-dawn quest to spot the remarkable red bird of paradise, one of the species that Alfred Russel Wallace was most anxious to collect. Hopefully the efforts of your trek through the forest pays off, enabling you to catch a rare and privileged sight of the bird’s elaborate courtship dance as the day breaks over the forest canopy. Later visit Yenbeser village where Wallace spent some months and (if the tides are right) see a faithful replica of Wallace’s small hut, which was built by the villagers using plans from FFI (Flora & Fauna International) and a grant from SeaTrek. End your day by mooring off Pulau Arborek in front of Arborek Village. Here, you 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. Arborek is also home to a local manta conservation project where volunteers happily show you around and explain their efforts and programs in more detail.

Day 3 Waigeo | Wofoh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Another full day of adventure awaits along the convoluted western coast of Waigeo. Begin the morning by exploring Wofoh, three island gems linked together by stretches of pristine coral reef. Snorkel the reef, use the tenders or kayaks to navigate the islands, or simply relax on the beach. In the afternoon move northwards to Aljui Bay, home to the Cendanda Pearl Farm, one of the larger producers of high quality seawater pearls in the region. Pearling is an important industry throughout Indonesia and a number of farms can be seen in the waters of Raja Ampat, where the farmers may grant permission to visit their facilities and receive an explanation of the pearling processes that you have seen during your voyage. In the evening make your way across the Equator to the northern hemisphere on your journey to the islands of Wayag.

Day 4 Raja Ampat’s Wayag - New Year’s Eve

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On New Year’s Eve, wake up within the natural splendor of Raja Ampat’s Wayag islands. The beauty of these picturesque karst spires is perhaps only equalled by the brilliant colors 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. Alternatively you can swim, snorkel, kayak, and paddleboard. At the end of the day, and the end of the year, go ashore to a deserted beach where you can celebrate New Year’s Eve in a way that you are sure to remember for the rest of your life. With your feet in the sand and the stars rising in the vast Indonesian sky, the crew prepares a beach barbecue for a very special and unique New Year’s Eve party, which can later be continued aboard the ship in the safe hands of your captain and crew.

Day 5 Wayang - New Year’s Day

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Happy New Year! This morning, sleep in, if you wish, and hopefully you won’t be too tired to enjoy another relaxing day on the Wayag islands. These are Raja Ampat’s best; make the most of this unique region, navigating the maze of mushroom-shaped islands, and stopping for swimming and snorkeling. Later, set compasses in the direction of Penemu.

Day 6 Penemu

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, the ship is moored in front of the island of Penemu. The heart of this island is home to the scenic wonder known as ‘Hidden Bay’. Take a short hike to the top of Penemu Hill to be awestruck by one of Raja Ampat’s most spellbinding views. The rest of the day explore, kayak, paddleboard, and snorkel in the surrounding areas. 

Day 7 Kofiau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Way off the beaten track, on the western fringes of Raja Ampat, Kofiau is definitely the least visited major island in the region. It has been ignored for so long that several new species of birds have been discovered on the island just in the last decade or so. Take a closer look at the blue water mangrove channels and maybe go on a short hike through gardens and forest to visit the inland lake opposite Deer Village. Further west of Kofiau, and even more obscure, the numerous small Boo Islands are only seasonally inhabited by fishermen from both Kofiau and Maluku. Typically surrounded by white sand beaches, these islands are the blueprint for paradise.

Day 8 Doworas

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today's destination is the Doworas, a group of islands on the eastern side of the south entrance of the Patientie Strait. Here, stop at Doworalamo Island for a few hours of swimming, snorkeling and beach-combing. Visit a village of the famous sea gypsies, known here as Bajao Laut or Orang Sama. Until recently sea gypsies spent their lives entirely on their traditional sailboats. Now the modern world has pushed them ashore, where their homes are always built on stilts over coral reefs or the tidal margins of remote islands such as this one. Later, cruise towards Bacan.

Day 9 Bacan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up today to find yourselves back in the southern hemisphere, off Bacan Island, and explore the coastal area and adjacent forest edge. This is the island on which Wallace discovered the golden birdwing butterfly and the eponymous Wallace’s giant mason bee or ‘chalicodoma pluto.’ Observe plenty of interesting plants and animals to discover including endemic species of parrots, cockatoos, lorikeets and perhaps even the elusive cuscus or a rare black macaque. These macaques are the only monkeys in Maluku; they were introduced here from North Sulawesi. If time allows cruise to Payahe Bay and make a short trek towards a lovely waterfall.

Day 10 Payahe Bay | Makian Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake at sunrise to a view of picture-postcard variety. The three sharp volcanic cones of Ternate, Tidore, and Makian lined up in a row makes for an unforgettable image. Makian Island is dominated by the volcanic Mount Kiebesi (1357 meters). In 1988, a series of eruptions nearly split the island into two, and forced the temporary evacuation of the entire population, which was then about 15,000 people. Makian has palm fringed white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Find a good place to snorkel along the way, and visit some natural hot springs.

Day 11 Tidore

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit the island of Tidore, another perfect volcanic cone rising from the tropical seas. Over breakfast, cruise around the northeast coast of Tidore and have a magnificent view of the extinct Kiematabu volcano that dominates the island. Its slopes feature plantations of graceful clove trees, once found only upon this and a few adjacent islands, and so valuable in world trade that European nations fought for centuries to monopolize them. Reach the old town of Soa Siu, with local vehicles bringing you high up the slope of the volcano to visit the age-old plantations. Here, visit the palace of the Sultan of Tidore, near a Spanish fort and a seashore monument, which marks the 1521 visit of Magellan’s battered fleet on the first circumnavigation of the world. Spend the afternoon snorkeling and exploring the vicinity around one of the adjacent islands, and in the evening enjoy a farewell dinner with the crew.

Day 12 Ternate | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After an early breakfast, explore the city of Ternate, a vital spice-trading outlet which has retained its commercial and political importance as the administrative center and main trading hub of the North Maluku province. Of the four historically powerful spice sultanates, Ternate is the only one where the institution of the sultanate has survived uninterrupted. Visit Fort Toluko built by the Portuguese, Fort Oranje built by the VOC (Dutch East India Company), and the ‘Kedaton,’ the palace of the Sultan of Ternate, with its rich collection of heirlooms. In the late morning return to the boat, say goodbye to the captain and crew, and transfer to the airport for your onward travel.

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  • Full board, tea and coffee, soft drinks, mineral water
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