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Beautiful wild coast of Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Papua's Whale Sharks and Birds of Paradise

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Cruising Raja Ampat must rate as one of life's most beautiful experiences in the world. This special itinerary honors Alfred Russel Wallace, the prominent scientist who was one of the first who dared to raise concerns over the environmental impact of human activity some 150 years ago. In the company of the guest expert, Alexander Reeuwijk, revisit some of the areas that Wallace found so fascinating, and hopefully experience the magic of seeing the bird of paradise in its full glory within its natural habitat. If you're lucky, you'll get to snorkel with whale sharks in Triton Bay.
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Highlights
  • Swim under the beautiful Kitikiti waterfall and explore nearby reefs
  • Follow in the footsteps of British naturalist and explorer, Alfred Russel Wallace
  • Relax while watching for birds of paradise in their natural habitats
  • Enjoy the sparkling white-sand beaches, clear waters, and vibrant reefs
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Sorong | Embark

You will be met at the airport or your hotel by your SeaTrek tour leaders and taken directly to the boat. Once settled into your cabin, we will weigh anchor and head out on our adventure.

We will have lunch as we are under way and stop for your first snorkel and swim amongst the coral gardens in the afternoon.
After sunset drinks we will sit down together for dinner and then meet the crew. It’s an early start the next day, so an early night is recommended.

Day 2: Sorong

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Before dawn we will be ferried to a local village, where local guides will take us on a trek through the jungle in the hope of finding the beautiful Wilson’s Bird of Paradise perform is mating dance ritual upon the forest floor. On our way back to the boat we will be accompanied by the sounds of the jungle coming to life and we will be sure to spot a number of bird species along the way.

After a well-earned late breakfast, we will spend the remainder of the day enjoying snorkeling, swimming and exploring the reefs and islands of the local area by kayak and paddle board.

Day 3: Dampier Strait

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today is our second and final early morning wake up as we head off to see the Red Bird of Paradise, this time high in the canopy of the rainforest. Extremely extroverted show offs, these birds dance and squawk their way around the trees trying to impress the female of the species, making for an incredible show.

After returning to the ship and breakfast it will be time for some snorkeling on some of Raja Ampat’s most spectacular reefs in the Dampier Strait. If the tides are in our favor we might get to see some of the area’s larger species of marine life, which are attracted by the currents in these nutrient rich waters.

We will end the day at a local inhabited island, where the village kids will show us around their beautiful village and then perform some local folk dances for us.
We will weigh anchor before dinner, enjoying sunset cocktails on the back deck as we cruise south.

Day 4: Misool Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we wake up in southern Raja Ampat at the island of Misool, a picturesque archipelago of forest-covered limestone islets just teeming with coral reefs that has adventures aplenty on offer.
We will swim through a massive and ancient sea cave, adorned with giant stalagmites and stalactites. We will then journey to a small, secret lake inhabited by thousands of stingless jellyfish, where we will snorkel among them.

After lunch we will explore the area by ship’s tenders, going in and out of the many bays and inlets looking for birds, and also stopping to see some prehistoric cave paintings said to be between 3,000 and 5,000 years old.

Day 5: Misool

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we will have a relaxing day of snorkeling on the reefs, exploring the inlets and local areas by paddle board and kayak, or swimming and sunbathing from the white sand beaches of this beautiful piece of paradise.

After a full day of fun and relaxation we will head east for our overnight cruise to our next destination.

Day 6: Mainland of Papua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We will wake up off a small group of picture-perfect islands, where we will spend the morning exploring the beaches and crystal clear waters and vibrant reefs with our snorkels.

We will then cruise in the direction of the mainland of Papua, where we will visit a local village and meeting the residents, who will welcome us into their village, sharing with us their way of life which consists or fishing and growing nutmeg.

Back on the boat we will continue southeast overnight, enjoying dinner and sunset drinks along the way.

Day 7: Coast of Papua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We wake up off the coast of Papua to a most serene and primal scene of a jungle waterfall where a roaring river surrounded by virgin rainforest pours into the sea.

Here we will swim and play in the waterfall and the sea as we take in this most tranquil tropical scenery. We will also have the chance to snorkel through the corals on a nearby reef.

Later in the day we will continue our journey east, stopping off late afternoon for another swim and snorkel on our way to see the whale sharks of Triton Bay.

Day 8: Triton Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Triton Bay is a place of unsurpassed natural splendor, where time and tides have sliced the limestone landscape into tall cliffs and numerous islands separated by lagoons and narrow channels. It is also home to fishermen who collect baitfish and keep them in nets attached to specially built platforms, also known as ‘bagans’. It is these and their fish that attract whale sharks.

We will head out in the tenders to see if the sharks are around, and if we are lucky, we will spend a couple of hours in the water with these magnificent creatures.

After lunch we will explore the bays and limestone outcrops aby tender, kayak, and paddle board as well as swim and snorkel from the beautiful white-sand beaches.

This evening we will have a beach BBQ with the crew, with singing and dancing late into the night.

Day 9: Namatote Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We will spend the morning cruising through the undisturbed coves, caves, and lagoons before heading north through the Namatote Passage, where there is an impressive collection of ancient cave paintings high up on the cliffs.

The afternoon will be filled with more snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and paddling as we relax amidst the beauty of the surrounding jungle covered islands.
We will spend our final evening on the ship resting at anchor and enjoying a farewell dinner with our captain and crew.

Day 10: Kaimana | Disembark

In the morning, we will find ourselves at anchor in the harbor of Kaimana, and after an early breakfast our tenders will take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.

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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
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  • Personal insurance
  • Social alcoholic beverages
  • Crew gratuities

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