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Indonesia: Raja Ampat & Asmat Villages

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This stunning 17-day voyage offers an exotic blend of culture and nature, showcasing the incredible diversity of enigmatic Indonesia. Excellent snorkeling and diving are highlights of this voyage, offering visits to the Bunaken National Marine Park, a World Heritage Site, and three full days exploring the Raja Ampat archipelago—considered to hold the richest variety of marine species on the planet.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Singapore
Day 2 : Singapore | Manado | Embark
Day 3 : Bunaken National Marine Park | Siladeng Island
Day 4 : Ternate
Days 5-7 : Raja Ampat
Day 8 : Mommon Peninsula
Day 9 : Aiduma Island
Day 10 : At Sea | Agats, Papua
Days 11-12 : Asmat Villages
Day 13 : At Sea
Day 14 : Thursday Island, Australia
Day 15 : At Sea | Expedition Stop
Day 16 : Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea | Disembark | Brisbane, Australia
Day 17 : Depart Brisbane

Highlights

  • Snorkel or dive the Raja Ampat archipelago, home to over 1200 fish species
  • Spend two exhilarating days in the Asmat and learn about its unique culture
  • Tour West Papua’s breathtaking coastline and meet its seafaring tribes
  • Search for resident birds and wildlife such as flashy birds of paradise
  • Visit fascinating cultural and historical sites on Ternate Island

Ship

Caledonian Sky

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Singapore

Arrive in Singapore and transfer to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, then gather at the hotel in the evening for a welcome dinner and overnight.

Day 2 Singapore | Manado | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, return to the airport for your flight to Manado. Upon arrival, enjoy a city tour visiting the open air produce market and the North Sulawesi Provincial Museum where a local guide presents the history of the region. In the afternoon, board the Caledonian Sky.

Day 3 Bunaken National Marine Park | Siladeng Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The phenomenal biodiversity of Bunaken has been protected as a national park since 1991 and its crystal-clear waters offer some of the best snorkeling and diving in Indonesia. Spend the morning here, exploring the reefs and drop-off walls adorned with myriad soft corals. Dense schools of blue-striped and yellow-tailed fusiliers are some of the 100 species of fish you may spot here. After lunch, visit Siladeng Island for additional snorkeling and diving opportunities.

Day 4 Ternate

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tiny volcanic Ternate is situated just west of Halmahera. This island was once, along with its neighbor Tidore, the only source of cloves in the world. Caught between the tug of the Dutch and Portuguese for its spicy riches, Ternate offers fascinating cultural and historical sites including two impressive forts. After a stop at the local market, enjoy a traditional cultural performance.

Day 5-7 Raja Ampat

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
More than 1,500 karst limestone islands make up the majestic archipelago of Raja Ampat. The marine environment here, known as the Bird’s Head Seascape, is heralded as the most biodiverse on earth and includes 75 percent of all known coral species and more than 1,220 types of reef fish. Spend three days enjoying this unsurpassed coral wonderland and the abundant marine life that calls it home. Birders go ashore to look for species such as the red bird of paradise, sulphur-crested cockatoo, beach kingfisher, varied honeyeater, spice imperial pigeon, and singing starling in the dense forests. 

Day 8 Mommon Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The spectacular Mommon Peninsula is covered in forest, often veiled in wisps of cloud. A strong river empties into the sea as a beautiful waterfall and, if tides permit, you may land on a small nearby beach. Snorkeling and diving reveal huge and colorful soft corals fed by channels teeming with fish. 

Day 9 Aiduma Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Drop anchor off Aiduma Island for snorkeling and diving in the aquamarine waters. Dazzling soft coral “forests” teem with colorful reef fish, including dinner plate-sized blue-ring angelfish, six-bar angelfish, and lionfish.

Day 10 At Sea | Agats, Papua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ten thousand square miles of mangrove forest, bamboo, and sago palms have long sheltered the Asmat region from outsiders. At high tide the ship enters the shallow channel of the Flamingo River to anchor for the night near the village of Agats, the regional capital of the Asmat.

Day 11-12 Asmat Villages

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
A remote riverine world is revealed as Zodiacs carry you along narrow waterways lined with the entwined branches of thick mangrove forests, home to Torres Strait imperial pigeons, sulphur-crested cockatoos, and bright red lorikeets. As you make your way upstream, villagers—whooping and chanting in elaborate warrior gear and war paint—paddle vigorously toward you in intricately carved canoes. You are escorted ashore, where enthusiastic welcomes await. A walk along elevated wooden boardwalk leads to a cathedral with superb carvings, and museum with displays of ancestor poles, drums, body masks, shields, daggers, and skulls, a reminder that cannibalism was practiced by the ancestors of some villagers. Asmat woodcarvings are known for their powerful lines and coarse, expressive motifs, and are widely considered by collectors and scholars to be among the world’s finest. With an anthropologist helping you to communicate, you have the opportunity to purchase carvings directly from village artisans.

Day 13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea and attend informative lectures as you sail into the Torres Strait.  

Day 14 Thursday Island, Australia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Australia’s northernmost point, Thursday Island lies in the strategic Torres Strait. Settled in the late 19th century, its early fame rested on pearling by Japanese fishermen. During WWII, Australian and American troops were stationed at the base here. Explore the small sleepy town and take in the sweeping view from Green Hill Fort, built in 1893, then return to the ship for lunch. There is free time this afternoon to explore on your own.

Day 15 At Sea | Expedition Stop

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Attend lectures today recapping your experiences. 

Day 16 Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea | Disembark | Brisbane, Australia

In the morning, disembark in Port Moresby and enjoy a short city tour. After lunch board your flight to Brisbane and check in to your airport hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 17 Depart Brisbane

  • 1 Breakfast
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Category 6 suites are 215 square feet and pave patio doors leading to private balconies, which are 45 square feet.

Notes

- Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

For most activities, a moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs for snorkel and dive activities and excursions ashore. You must be able to walk moderate distances along beaches and sometimes on rough or slippery terrain. Some stairs may be uneven and without handrails. Temperatures will range in the 80sºF, with the possibility of some days reaching the low 90sºF, though high humidity can make it feel warmer.

Included:
  • All gratuities
  • Accommodations in hotels and on board the Caledonian Sky as outlined in the itinerary
  • All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows
  • All group activities and excursions
  • Landing and port fees
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

Excluded:
  • All air transportation
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above)
  • E-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges

Included

  • 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners
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