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You often hear words such as stunning, breathtaking, awe-inspiring, and spectacular to describe travel destinations, and just as often the adjectives don’t fit. Raja Ampat is an exception, it has earned these descriptors and more. It is often referred to as “The Last Paradise” and is picturesque both above and below the waterline. It is comprised of over 1500 small jungle-covered jewels, spanning an area of 4 million hectares. It boasts an impressive 540 species of known coral, more than 1000 species of known fish and 700 types of known molluscs. It is literally a living library of biodiversity, housing almost 75% of known species from the world’s oceans.
Obviously, due to the size of the Marine Park, a boat represents the most practical way to not only reach your destinations but also the most comfortable and idyllic way to absorb the surroundings while en route. Whether you travel the north, central, or southern area of the park or a combination of them all, you’re undoubtedly set to experience iconic scenery, volcanic land formations, white sand beaches, serene sunsets, star-filled nights, and of course, some of the healthiest oceans on the planet.

DAY 1: SAONEK KECIL
Several of our crew will be on-site to greet you at the arrivals gate, where they will help you to the pre-arranged taxis for the short ride to the harbour to board tenders to the lead vessel. You will be welcomed on board Majik by her crew, offering a cold towel and seasonal beverage. The Cruise Director will give an introduction, a safety briefing, and a small tour of the vessel and assist with cabin allocation while the vessel departs. The journey to your first destination represents a great opportunity to familiarise yourself with the boat layout and enjoy your first taste of the chefs’ talents.
Following lunch, the vessel will be close to arriving at your first destination. Pulau Saonek Kecil sits at the entrance to the park and is a great introduction to the potential marine life and scenic encounters you can expect for the rest of your journey. The mild conditions of the site offer a perfect opportunity for a check-dive to acquaint yourself with the boat’s equipment and water conditions in Raja Ampat. Rinse off the salt back on board and enjoy a delicious dinner amongst the ocean breeze as your first day comes to a close.

DAY 2: MIOSKON/CAPE KRI
Awake in the morning with an enticing day of underwater site locations on the agenda. Following breakfast jump into “Blue Magic”, a sea mound with a submerged plateau at roughly 6m. This site well deserves the name and is home to a tornado of big-eyed trevally, although sometimes you might want them to move aside so you can have a better view of the visiting Oceanic manta. “Mioskon Reef” is also in the area and on a falling tide the current splits on the northern point with various fish species playing in the currents. Don’t be surprised if your guide spends a bit of time checking beneath the plate corals as this might be your first chance to encounter the Wobbegong shark.
Following a delicious lunch to recover some calories, enjoy a dive at the World famous “Cape Kri”. The site was made famous by Dr. Gerald Allen and in his words, “I went back about two years ago and couldn’t believe the positive changes on the site. Most impressionable to me was the fact that the fish had become accustomed to divers. I didn’t even have to look for fish. They found me! The survey was the highest species count I’ve ever tallied on one dive, 374 distinct species in 90 minutes!”

DAY 3: PIAYNEMO
Awake in Piaynemo among some of the richest marine sites in the central area. The sites were pioneered and named by Max Ammer and there are several on offer. From the enormous “Melissa’s Garden” which regardless of conditions never fails to illicit a “wow” reaction due to its healthy variety of corals and a huge selection of schooling residents, to “My Reef”, an entirely submerged site with strong currents and everything that currents entail. Hope for whitetips and trevally hunting in the blue to wobbegong sharks resting on the plateau.
After lunch enjoy the sloping ridges of “Batu Rufus” and the schools of yellow snapper that play at their furthest points. Expect hawksbill turtles grazing in the shallows and an inviting swim-through that opens into your own private shallows full of colourful soft sponge corals for your safety stop.
In the late afternoon, venture behind the mountainside veil into the iconic cone-shaped landscape that has become synonymous with Raja Ampat. Take the short walk to a raised viewing platform to take in the scenery in its entirety. Descend in the fading light and be welcome back on board with a refreshing beverage and the smell of dinner to come.

DAY 4: WAYAG
Piaynemo was a prelude to the beauty that awaits in Wayag. Needing the early morning light to navigate to the destination, you will travel through the night, crossing the equator to awake at sunrise in a true paradise. Before the temperatures climb too high, you will climb a difficult but relatively short summit to enjoy a truly epic 360-degree view of Wayag in all its glory. After the descent enjoy a refreshing swim on the scenic white sand beach before taking a tender tour through this truly amazing landscape to arrive at a snorkelling site with a small surprise in hand.
Following lunch the options abound, kayak or paddle board to any number of available beaches, simply swim or relax on the beach or if the desire takes you to go for another dive. Due to the geography of the area, the diving is slightly different to what you’ve experienced thus far. All the bays and inlets create an ideal nursery for juvenile marine life, so “Far Away Rock”, “Figure 8” and “Wayag Corner” all have something to offer, and manta is no stranger to the area, perhaps even a manta pup.

DAY 5: KAWE/WOFOH
Following your early morning departure from Wayag you will arrive at Kawe. Today your activities are only a few degree points off the equator and while they’re a geographical novelty, underwater is anything but novel. “Black Rock” and “Eagle Rock” between them offer a variety of topography, from sloping soft coral reefs to tapering pinnacles. Napoleon wrasse, bump head parrot fish and schooling reef manta are frequent visitors to the sites and checking the sand flats can reveal large numbers of blue spotted sting rays, garden eels and the chance for nudis and other macros.
Across lunch, the boat will transit to Wofoh, two isolated islands with inviting beaches backed by palm trees. The site “Black Forrest” offers amazing snorkelling in the shallows, or drops down deeper on the ridge for a chance to witness the black coral, where the site draws its name from. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon paddle boarding or kayaking to the available beaches in the usually calm waters of the area, or prepare for a night dive with amazing potential for critters. Alternatively, simply flick through the day-diving photos with a cocktail in hand and sunset on the horizon.

DAY 6: YANGEFFO/ARBOREK
Circling back to the centre of the park the boat will anchor in Yangeffo. The sites in this area include “Citrus Ridge”, “Mayhem” and “Pretty Shallow”. The sites are well named, and you can expect citrus-coloured soft coral ridges, underwater sea mounds with the potential for strong currents and the fish that come with them, or relaxed shallows with colourful corals and marine life. Schooling barracuda are often in the area, mobula rays cans be seen in the blue, wobbegong sharks can be found with a keen eye, or if time permits search the fan corals for the fabled pygmy sea horses.
During lunch, the boat will move to the small island of Arborek where you will have the opportunity to dive or snorkel with manta. The population is protected here by local rangers and while it is of course not guaranteed it represents a great opportunity to see both oceanic and reef manta. In the afternoon take a relaxing stroll around the small island village for a cultural change before preparing for what is potentially an amazing night dive to see the giant clams and a chance to see the Epaulette Shark, also known as the walking shark.

DAY 7: SAUWANDAREK/KALI BARU/MIOSKON
This morning is the bittersweet opportunity to dive into an amazing site, but likely the last of the trip. The calm waters of Suawandarek offer truly jaw-dropping biomass. Expect large schools of fish and the opportunity to see some elderly green turtles amongst lush coral gardens and a sloping reef. Following the activity the boat will open sails towards one of Raja Ampats’ hidden gems, Kali Biru. This translates to Blue River, and following a short tender ride enjoy swimming and jumping in the clear blue waters of this enchanting location.
For the remainder of the day, the crew will prepare a relaxing site on the beach. Swim, kayak or paddle board before taking a cocktail in hand with a view of Majik backdropped by the setting sun and the smell of a BBQ meal filling the air. Swap tales into the night and share your favourite memories from the hundreds of miles of open ocean you just experienced before turning to bed for your final night’s sleep.

DAY 8: MATAN/SORONG
Wake up for your final delicious breakfast on board and if your flight time allows, feel free to swim, kayak or paddle board on the nearby island of Matan, before you open sails and hoist anchor towards Sorong Harbour.
For your disembarkation the crew will collect your luggage from your rooms and following hugs and goodbyes will escort you to the waiting taxis for your journey to the airport.

 

Depending on navigation, we offer up to 3/4 dives a day.

The last dive will be on the penultimate day of the trip. Divers are recommended to wait for 24hours before flying after the last dive.

Please note this is a sample itinerary and each Cruise is different. The daily schedule may be adjusted during the Cruises according to your preferences as well as due to current weather conditions, tides, and currents. Your Cruise Director will work with you for the day-to-day planning.

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Raja Ampat Central & North

From: $6900 /pp
November 10, 2024
11D/10N
Sorong
Sorong(SOQ)
November 20, 2024
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Sorong
Sorong(SOQ)

Raja Ampat Central & North