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Jewels of Raja Ampat cruise

Jewels of Raja Ampat Christmas & New Year Cruise

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To celebrate Christmas & the New Year, the Katharina takes you on a far-reaching exploration of Raja Ampat – one of the least visited but most memorable adventure-destinations on the planet – in search of wildlife, marine life, and birds of paradise. Raja Ampat is world famous as one of the most noteworthy ecological niches on the planet, on a par with the Great Barrier Reef and the Galápagos. 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. See and appreciate the dazzling birdlife and marine diversity that brought Alfred Russel Wallace to this region over a century ago.  
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Highlights
  • 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
Activity Level: Relaxed
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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 Katharina 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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 where you will find one of the villagers to guide us 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: Dampier Strait

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  • 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 7: Waigeo

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Another full day of adventure awaits us 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 you will 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 us permission to visit their facilities and receive an explanation of the pearling processes that we have seen during our voyage. In the evening you will make your way across the equator to the northern hemisphere on your journey to the islands of Wayag

Day 8: Wayag Islands

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

Notes

Included:

- Full board including all meals and soft drinks, tea, coffee, snacks. Starting and ending
with lunch on first and last days.
- All-Indonesian tour leaders.
- All park fees, cultural performances, local guides, and off boat activities.
- Welcome drink and cold towel upon boarding the boat on the first day, as well as each
time guests return from all off-boat excursions.
- Daily room cleaning.
- Two pieces of laundry each day.
- Towels and linens.
- Complimentary cotton backpack, luggage tag, fan, stainless steel water bottle, which
guests are encouraged to take home and keep.
- First aid kit containing all major medicines.
- Sunscreen lotion.
- Soaps, shampoo and conditioner.
- Beach BBQ.
- Free wine, beer and selected cocktails at beach BBQ.
- Selected wines with special farewell dinner.
- All port fees.
- Use of on-board TV and multimedia facilities – (laptop).
- Library of books, kids’ games and TV documentaries.
- Use of all facilities on board including snorkeling gear, paddle boards, kayaks, board
games.
- Use of sleeping bags for sleeping on deck.
- All transfers to and from the boats.

Not included:
- Domestic flights
- Transit hotels
- Alcoholic drinks outside of special dinners and beach BBQ.
- Crew and tour leader tips.
- Incidental expenses on land (souvenirs, private purchases).
Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • If you are interested in purchasing a hiking pass for either Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain or Huchuy Picchu, please contact us asap. These are not included in the cost of the trip and must be arranged in advance. Hiking permits, especially for Huayna Picchu, often sell out months in advance. 

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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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