DAY 1: WELCOME TO RAJA AMPAT
You will be picked up from your hotel or Sorong airport and driven a short distance to Sorong Port. Settle into your traditional Phinisi boat which will be your home for the next few days. We will head to Waisai, the capital of Raja Ampat, for the usual formalities. During these few hours of sailing you can relax, prepare your diving equipment and enjoy a good meal on board.
Depending on the weather conditions the cruise may start from the north or south. In this sample itinerary, we will head south first.
Enjoy an evening drink while watching the ballet of fruit bats as they fly away to feed at sunset.
DAY 2: NORTH BATANTA
North Batanta offers shining waters and dozens of islets and sandbanks where it is easy to find manta rays or even witness history in the form of a well-barnacled World War II Japanese aircraft.
On land, take a short walk to a beautiful and refreshing waterfall.
Finish your day relaxing and dreaming on the sun deck as you continue sailing south to Misool Island.
DAY 3: DARAM ISLAND
The Daram Islands are the easternmost island group in the Misool area. Thanks to a strict no-fishing policy, you will be able to see some of the most impressive sea fan forests and soft corals known to the world.
With easy snorkelling and diving, sites such as Andiamo or Candy Store are truly psychedelic underwater wonderlands where barracudas gliding above the pygmy seahorses are a common sight.
DAY 4: SOUTH EAST MISOOL
Swim around the famous dive sites of Boo Window and Magic Mountain, with some of the highest concentrations of biodiversity in the world, a true story of successful conservation, thanks to the talented and friendly local park rangers who are happy to meet you on the white sandy beaches of Yillet Island.
South East Misool is one of these extremely rare places where dreams and reality merge, with scenery as lush and dramatic above the water as below.
DAY 5: WAYIL AREA
Feel the love around you after climbing to get a bird’s eye view of the famous heart-shaped blue lagoon encircled by the vibrant coral reefs.
Or take a speed boat tour or your kayak to get lost in the maze of rocks and channels of Wayil Islands.
Here lie some of the most iconic and lush dive sites of Raja Ampat: Wedding Cake, Four Kings, or Neptune’s Fantasea. End your day with your flashlight on to explore the dark side of the reef: night dive!
DAY 6: BALBULOL AND FARONDI
Misool North Eastern line of islands is a natural labyrinth made of cone-shaped rocks, sheer cliffs, and hidden pools. At the right time of year, some of the inner lagoons play host to thousands of stingless jellyfish, offering fantastic photo opportunities for undersea photo lovers.
Explore the above and underwater caves of the area where nudibranchs, rare molluscs, and crustaceans crawl on the rich soft coral cover.
DAY 7: PIAYNEMO
At this Western tip of Central Raja Ampat, discover Keruo Channel and Melissa’s Garden, where you can observe the most impressive shallow coral gardens on the planet.
In between dives, you can also enjoy surface activities like kayaking, or walk up to the top of the hill above the Star Lagoon and look down on its hundreds of limestone rocks. Some hidden rock pools are just waiting for you to float in them – sheer heaven!
DAY 8: KAWE & ALJUY BAY
South Kawe is one of Raja Ampat’s greatest treasures. Here, you will probably see manta rays grooming in one of their many cleaning stations or feeding on the surface of the channel between the two Eagle Rocks.
There is also the opportunity to visit Alyui Bay where you can learn everything about pearl farming, from seed to harvest. The Aljuy Bay waters are also perfect for seeing rare sea creatures and wonderfully rich night dives.
DAY 9: WAYAG ISLAND
On the way to the Wayag Islands, we cross the Equator to the Northern hemisphere to reach the last paradise on earth, a large bay with hundreds of mushroom-like islets, white sandy beaches, black tip reef sharks and manta rays cruising in the turquoise-blue water.
Spend a day gliding through this piece of heaven or climb the rocky Mount Pindito for an unforgettable view. Dive or swim around pelagic fish and the Figure 8 Rock and enjoy special moments on the perfect beach.
DAY 10: YANGGEFO
Continue your adventure with a day at Yanggefo and take the kayak out to the Mangroves for a change of scenery. The contrast between the lush green mangrove forest and the clear waters is breathtaking. This area is home to as many birds as fish.
Colourful coral grows within the roots of the trees making snorkelling and diving in Citrus and Mangrove Ridge a unique experience.
DAY 11: THE DAMPIER STRAIT
Visit Airborek or Sawandarek Jetty and experience some world-class diving, probably watched by some of the local children!
Then cruise on to more fish-rich waters like Sardine Reef or Cape Kri and enjoy a fantastic night dive at Batu Lima where you are likely to spot the elusive walking shark!
DAY 12: SORONG AND FAREWELLS
After your last delicious breakfast and bidding farewells, our crew will arrange your transfer to your hotel or airport and your return trip back home, your head filled with unforgettable memories of the trip of a lifetime.
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.
The last dive will be on the penultimate day of the trip. Divers are recommended to wait for 24 hours before flying after the last dive.