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Lesser Bird of Paradise in Raja Ampat Indonesia

Jewels of Raja Ampat

Roundtrip Sorong - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Katharina
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Fall in love with Indonesia on this wonderful round-trip voyage from the enchanting city of Sorong. Indonesia can lay claim to such unsurpassed natural splendor as Raja Ampat’s Wayag Islands. Visit the Arefi Village and walk through its mangrove waters to the start point of an exceptional trek along the riverbed to the first of two jungle waterfalls, complete with a refreshing pool for cooling off. Discover the beauty of picturesque karst spires perhaps only equaled 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.
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Highlights
  • Swim through Tomolol’s mysterious dome-topped cave for a memorable view
  • Take an adventurous trek to explore the jungle-clad island of Batanta
  • Discover Wofoh, three island gems linked by stretches of pristine coral
  • Visit Aljui Bay, home to the Cendanda Pearl Farm
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Day 1: Sorong | Embark

Your SeaTrek tour leader greets you at the airport in the morning and takes you to the boat, and after you settle into your new home for the next ten days, set course for the southernmost islands part of the Raja Ampat National Park.

After an alfresco lunch, stop off for your first swim and snorkel of the voyage on a coral reef before continuing on your way south. Pre-dinner cocktails are served on the back deck as the sun goes down and brings an end to your first day as you cruise on through the night.

Day 2: Arborek Village

Today, wake up at the eastern end of the Misool archipelago, a picturesque chain of jungle-covered limestone islets with spectacular coral reefs offering some fantastic snorkeling.

Spend the day exploring the many inlets, bays, and beaches with some trekking, swimming, and snorkeling. Break out the kayaks and paddle boards for some seaborne adventuring.

After a full day of island-hopping, spend a quiet night at anchor under the stars.

Day 3: Misool Island

After an early breakfast, your day starts with a swim and a snorkel through a giant dome-roofed sea cave filled with massive stalagmites and stalactites, undoubtedly one of the area's most memorable experiences.

Move on to the mysterious stingless jellyfish lake, one of only 20 in the world where these amazing creatures exist and swim amongst the many thousands of stingless animals.

Using tenders, visit some mysterious skull cairns in sea-cave cemeteries, and prehistoric cave paintings, estimated to be anything between 3,000 to 5,000 years old and depicting various human figures and huge human hands, fish, and flowers.

Day 4: Piaynemo Islands

Today, try your best to see the Lesser Birds of Paradise in the wild, an unforgettable experience for anyone lucky enough to see them. Rise early and walk through the forest to hopefully see the birds as they dance around in their ‘lekking’ trees.

In the afternoon, an underwater exploration takes place as you snorkel around one of the best coral reefs in the world. Schools of fish hang out in the deep, and colorful sea fans stick out of the wall.

Late in the afternoon, watch the sunset while sailing your way to Batanta Island.

Day 5: Batanta Island

Today, the island of Batanta offers a change of scenery and a chance to stretch our legs with an adventurous jungle trek filled with birds, butterflies, and insects.

Starting at a local village, guides lead travellers through the forest on a short walk to the first of two waterfalls, where you can swim and cool off. The fitter members of the group can keep heading upriver where a second, larger cascade awaits.

After getting back to the boat and having lunch, go snorkeling and get the paddle boards and kayaks in the water before heading north later in the afternoon and overnight cruising to a beautiful group of islands.

Day 6: Dampier Strait | Pulau Arborek

In the morning, visit a pearl farm tucked away in a protected, deep-water cove and tour the facilities to learn how this precious commodity is produced and harvested. Pearling is an important industry and provides employment for many people in the local area.

Spend the afternoon snorkeling and kayaking amongst three small islands linked together by some pristine coral reefs, or you can simply choose to relax on the beach.

Day 7: Waigeo

This morning, explore a small group of limestone islands filled with coves and beautiful reefs. After breakfast, go ashore for a short climb to a vantage point where you can survey the beautiful surroundings before heading out to snorkel on the beautiful reefs.

During lunch, head to a small island located between Gam and Mansuar where the currents bring rich nutrients to the coral reefs. The three famous jetties offer so much underwater life scenery – schools of fish, the shy black tip reef sharks, the elegant spadefish, and the magnificent giant clams.


 

Day 8: Wayag

Central Raja Ampat stores many magical underwater gems. Today, explore some of them.

Start with a visit to a local village in the central of Mansuar island, which promotes sustainability through their education centre, solar-powered street lights, and sustainable fishing practices through local community efforts. Its house reef offers an abundance of marine life, which is why you spend the rest of your morning snorkelling here, and if you’re lucky, maybe you'll sight a wobbegong shark.

Another underwater adventure awaits in the afternoon as you make your way to the eastern point of Mansuar. Famous for its school of big fish, you can see humphead wrasse and a school of giant trevally swimming next to each other, maybe greeted by the resident hawksbill turtle.

Tonight, we are having a beach BBQ and party with the crew under the stars.



 

Day 9: West Papua

Today, have a super early start as we head off into the forest in search of the incredible Red Bird of Paradise. The walk takes about 40 minutes, and as you arrive at the bird site at dawn, if you are lucky, see the incredible mating displays of these birds in the canopy of the rainforest. This is a David Attenborough moment if ever there was one.

Walk through a colorful local village and meet the people who call this wonderful corner of paradise home and see how they live their daily lives.

Back on the boat, head off for some more great snorkeling on the famous wall on the east of Gam island before you sail overnight to an island nearby Sorong.

Day 10: Sorong | Disembark

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Wake up anchored in Sorong and have one last hearty breakfast on board the Katharina before venturing on our very last adventure on Doom Island with traditional transportation called Becak. During the First World War, the island serves as an administrative center of Dutch Empire administration in West Papua and continues to become the core of Sorong for some time before the city grows in mainland Papua. During the Second World War, Japanese forces occupy and fortify the island, building a network of tunnels and bunkers. The island is attacked by American and Australian aircraft throughout the war. Following the war, a fishing station is briefly established on the island before it is moved to Manokwari.

After your little adventure, bid farewell to the ship and her crew. Tenders take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.


 

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Cabin Deck. Spacious, air-conditioned twin-share cabins with twin bunks or double beds. Private bathroom with toilet, washbasin, and hot shower.

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- All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.75 times the published rate.
Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • First aid kit containing all major medicines.
  • Use of sleeping bags for sleeping on deck.
  • Complimentary cotton backpack, luggage tag, fan, and stainless steel water bottle, which guests are encouraged to take home and keep.
  • Two pieces of laundry each day.
  • Beach BBQ with complimentary wine, beer, and selected cocktails
  • English-speaking SeaTrek tour leaders
  • Full board including all meals and soft drinks, tea, coffee, snacks. Starting and ending with lunch on first and last days.
  • All port fees
  • Welcome drink and cold towel upon boarding the boat on the first day and each time guests return from all off-boat excursions
  • Daily room cleaning
  • Towels and linens
  • Sunscreen lotion but do bring your own
  • Soaps, shampoo and conditioner
  • Selected wines with special farewell dinner
  • Use of on-board TV and multimedia facilities
  • Library of books, kids’ games and TV documentaries
  • Unlimited use of espresso machine
  • All park fees, cultural performances, local guides, and off-boat activities
  • Use of all facilities on board, including snorkeling gear, paddle boards, kayaks, board games
  • All transfers to and from the boats in ports
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Domestic Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks outside of special dinners and beach BBQ.
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately
  • Transit hotels

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