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Sealife at Manuar Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Raja Ampat Christmas Cruise

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Ombak Putih
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Visit the Raja Ampat archipelago, a unique destination straddling the equator off the extreme northwestern tip of the Papua province of Indonesia. The region has been described as the ‘Last Paradise on Earth.’ The islands are distinguished by their rugged and steep limestone coastlines, covered with virgin rainforest extending right down to the water’s edge. Trailblazing diving expeditions, undertaken by modern-day explorers and adventurers, have since put the archipelago on the map, and today Raja Ampat is world famous as one of the most noteworthy ecological niches on the planet, on par with the Great Barrier Reef and the Galápagos. See and appreciate the dazzling birdlife and marine diversity that brought Alfred Russel Wallace to this region over a century ago.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Sorong | Embark
Day 2 : Misool Archipelago
Day 3 : Tomolol Bay
Day 4 : Batanta Island
Day 5 : Waigeo Island
Day 6 : Pulau Arborek
Day 7 : Waigeo Island
Day 8 : Wayag Islands
Day 9 : Wayag Islands
Day 10 : Sorong | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy glorious scenery while testing your paddling skills in sea kayaks
  • Witness the bobbing, flapping, & weaving dance of the red bird of paradise
  • Stretch your legs on an adventurous trek into the Batanta Island interior
  • Explore Wofoh, a three-island gem linked together by pristine coral reefs
  • Observe caves with mysterious skull cairns and prehistoric petroglyphs

Ship

Ombak Putih

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sealife at Manuar Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia Sunset at an ocean resort in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Day 1 Sorong | Embark

Arrive in the West Papuan port town of Sorong, the gateway to Raja Ampat. From the airport be transferred to the harbor where the Ombak Putih is waiting at anchor. Once settled into your cabin, the cruise director familiarizes you with the vessel’s facilities and safety procedures. Ready to start your adventure, weigh anchor and set a southerly course for the Misool archipelago, stopping for a refreshing swim along the way. Then dine alfresco on the main deck while meeting the other passengers and crew and watching the sun set on your first day at sea.

Day 2 Misool Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning wake up 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. Spend the day maximizing everything that this fascinating area has to offer by marveling at both the marine wonderland under the water and the magnificent landscape above the surface. Test out your paddling skills in the sea kayaks, watch for birds perched on the rocks, or just sit back and take in the glorious scenery. 

Day 3 Tomolol Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A swim through Tomolol’s mysterious dome-topped cave is undoubtedly one of Raja Ampat’s most memorable activities. After an early breakfast, your tenders take you 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, use the 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 petroglyphs, 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. 

Day 4 Batanta Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After your days of marine exploration, the jungle-clad island of Batanta offers you a change of scenery and a chance to stretch your legs on an adventurous trek into the island’s interior. Anchor at the foot of Arefi Village, nestled on the north coast of the island, where a local guide escorts you through the mangrove waters to the start point of your trek. A short walk along the riverbed brings you 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 you, find a nearby spot to swim and snorkel before moving north to the island of Waigeo.

Day 5 Waigeo Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up in the south of Mayalibit Bay – the huge and wild bay at the heart of Waigeo, Raja Ampat’s biggest island. The bay, which almost splits the island in two, is entered via a narrow fjord-like channel that meets the ocean just east of Waisai on Waigeo’s south coast. When the tide is running, the huge volumes of water flowing into or out of Mayalibit make the channel look like a swift and powerful river. After breakfast, take the dinghies to Lopintol Village to find one of the villagers to guide you on a morning spelunking expedition. Visit two very dramatic and contrasting caves that highlight the fascinating underground formations of the karst landscape. After lunch, freshen up with a well-earned swim and snorkel before heading to Sapokren Village on the southwest tip of Waigeo Island to meet with a local NGO leader to discuss illegal logging, community development, and (hopefully) details of a new FFI (Flora & Fauna International) project in these areas.

Day 6 Pulau Arborek

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After waking up, before sunrise, 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. Hopefully the efforts of your trek through the forest pay 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. Afterwards, turn your attention from the sky to the sea as the Ombak Putih makes its way through the Dampier Strait, home to some of Raja Ampat’s premier reefs. Snorkel among some of the larger specimens of marine life attracted to the strait’s nutrient-rich currents. End your day by mooring off Pulau Arborek in front of Arborek Village. Here, 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 7 Waigeo Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Another full day of adventure awaits you along the convoluted western coast of Waigeo. 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 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 you 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 8 Wayag Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Few areas in Indonesia can lay claim to such unsurpassed natural splendor as Raja Ampat’s Wayag Islands. The beauty of these picturesque karst spires is 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. For those who dare, there are some spectacular but nearly vertical climbs that are rewarded with magnificent panoramas. 

Day 9 Wayag Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Wayag Islands are Raja Ampat’s best. 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, set your compasses to return to the southern hemisphere on your way back to mainland West Papua. In the evening have your farewell dinner with your captain and crew.

Day 10 Sorong | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After a quick stop for a final swim and refreshments on one of the nearby islands make your way back to the harbor of Sorong, arriving around lunch time. Here bid farewell to the Ombak Putih and the crew. The tenders take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.

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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.

Rates Include:
  • Accommodation in air-conditioned cabins with private shower and toilet
  • Full board, tea and coffee, soft drinks, mineral water
  • Excursions
  • Use of towels
  • Use of snorkeling gear
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Transfer to and from the ship in all harbors with the exception of Serangan Harbor, Bali
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  • Personal insurance
  • Social alcoholic beverages
  • Crew gratuities
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