The Raja Ampat trip takes place in far Eastern Indonesia, in a paradise like no other. It’s 1500 limestone islands have been carved and sculpted by the elements into a vast array of different shapes. Covered in lush vegetation, these islands create a landscape like nowhere else on the planet. The area is well known amongst the scuba diving world for having the undisputed highest concentration of marine biodiversity.
No-where on earth contains more marine life. The expedition begins in Sorong. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the yacht. After moving in,the afternoon will be spent looking around Sorong. We’ll have safety briefing back onboard in the afternoon. Lift anchor in the evening and head north across Dampier Strait. We wake up in the Islands and after breakfast go for our first paddle. Over the next 8 days we’ll endeavor to visit as many of the area’s highlights as possible.
During the Raja Ampat Liveaboard Experience we will kayak or dive up to three times each day. Our journey will take us to the Wayag Islands, Equator Islands, The Passage on Gam Island, Hidden Bay, the Fam group, Manta Ray passage and Arborek Island to name a few. Our luxury home will act as a floating base camp and will transport us in total comfort from one stunning area to the next.
During each outing guests can choose to go kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling or just taking it easy and enjoying the scenery from the ship. Each cabin is well appointed and all have air conditioning and a private ensuite. The diving in Raja Ampat is reputed to be the best in the world, and the sea kayaking is also world class. With so many islands to explore it feels like you’re paddling through a maze of stationary icebergs. Each rock formation more bizarre and astonishing than the last.
The locals are incredibly friendly and welcoming, we’ll aim to visit several villages during our journey, each will provide a unique perspective of what life is like in this remote region of West Papua. While we’re having fun the crew on the ship will be working hard to prepare our meals. The menu will feature a variety of tasty Western and Asian delicacies.
The ship’s bar is fully stocked with Beer, Soft Drinks and a selection of wine to celebrate the end of each incredible day. Returning to Sorong during the evening of our last night, we’ll enjoy our final evening onboard and share some of the incredible experiences and memories we had over the last 9 days.
For this trip we use a 42 meter, traditional South Celebes style wooden vessel. It has five decks, 2 masts, 2 sun decks (one covered, one uncovered), 1 large dining area, a large loading area at the stern and 8 well appointed guest cabins. It cruises nicely at 9 knots. It also has two dive tenders and full diving equipment.The Raja Ampat Liveaboard trip uses full length sit inside kayaks. Doubles and singles are available. All have rudders, bulkheads, front and rear hatches.For those needing less luxury try our camping and kayaking trip in Raja Ampat.