Typical cruise itinerary
Day 1: Arrival at Sorong – Start of Cruise
Arrival at Sorong airport (early morning). Transfer to the boat and breakfast on board. Introducing the crew and general briefing on the life of the boat and the safety rules on board. Navigation (1h) to the island of Matan for a check dive. Then, depart for Misool. Arrived in the early morning.
Day 2: Lenmakana Area
This day is dedicated to the exploration of the Lenmakana area surrounded by beautiful karst landscapes. We will perform diving, visit the jellyfish lake and trek to enjoy the amazing panorama. The outdoor landscapes are equally impressive as underwater with a succession of cavities, crevices, and sharp-tipped rocks.
Day 3: Farondi and Balbulol
After a start at dawn, you will have the chance to wake up in an equally beautiful setting. Limestone rock pitons, tormented by erosion, are also underwater. We will explore the submerged caves of Farondi and Balbulol as well as the underwater ridges where yellow-tailed barracudas and big-eyed jacks live in this amazingly shaped reef colonized by gorgonians and soft corals. We will spend the night in the lagoon of Balbulol.
Day 4: Fiabacet
After an hour and a half of morning sailing, we will stop at the submerged reef of PURI PINNACLE for a first dive. From the smallest to the largest, this submerged reef has an explosive life. Sometimes you can see schools of Mobula rays hunting in the middle of compact schools of anchovies. Further southeast of Misool, an hour from PURI PINNACLE, the Fiabacet area is absolutely amazing. We will dive into sites that are now mythical like NUDI ROCK or WHALE ROCK.
Day 5: Boo and Warakaraket
No passage on Misool without missing the opportunity to dive on the dry of MAGIC MOUNTAIN. This site is famous for its quantity and variety of fish. Napoleon, many species of jacks, schools of barracudas, grey sharks, blacktip, etc. Sometimes with the visit of the majestic oceanic Manta rays. BOO WINDOW also remains a sure value with its shallow arch, and its underwater ridge colonized by countless gorgonians has pygmy seahorses and a very rich underwater life. We will then anchor on the slopes of Yilliet Island. It is home to one of the Park’s rangers on a beautiful white sand beach lined with coconut trees. Known for being a nursery for blacktip sharks, it is also lined with rocks suitable for diving. The boat will set sail at the end of the day to leave the Raja Ampat and begin night sailing toward the deserted islands of Pisang.
Day 6: Pulau Pisang
Away from everything, this string of islands is pristine and deserted. White sand beaches, coconut trees, and lush vegetation. You’ll feel like real Robinsons. The Pisang Islands are the perfect setting to enjoy swimming, pick and especially coconut tasting, or watch the coconut crab in shimmering colors. Departure in the late afternoon for Sangalla Bay.
Day 7: Sangalla Bay
This day takes you to the heart of the primary forests and inaccessible areas of West Papua. This lush bay is home to a spectacular waterfall that flows out of the sea. We will spend a good part of the morning there. We will then head inland to the more sheltered bay to spend the rest of the day and observe the birds. A dive can be organized, although this is not the main attraction. Departure at the end of the day for another night of sailing to Triton Bay.
Day 8: Iris Detroit
We will make the first stop around the island of Orombai for a first morning dive. The boat will continue its route to the Strait of Iris and will anchor near the island of Saruenus, the place of the best dives in the area. Several ways to dive this island of Saruenus. The southeast is (commonly called Little Komodo) is the most interesting. Surrounded by alcyonaries and black coral bushes, this reef is home to schools of anthias, rifles, and damselflies. It extends into a tip attracting larger fish such as snappers, gatrins, and jacks in hunting. We will do another dive around Saruenus. For experienced divers who love current and action, the west of the island offers a fairly technical drift. For divers/photographers, the south of the island is shallow is a paradise.
Day 9: Iris Detroit
We will make two dives in the southern Strait of Iris. One on the beautiful Christmas Rock. One of the best sites in the area with its many schools of fish clustering around rocks covered with soft corals. We will do a second dive on Batu Jeruk, another particularly fishy rock. We will then sail to the site of Larry’s Dive Heaven, south of Aiduma Island for one last dive.
Day 10: Dramai
We will do two dives along the coast of the island of Dramai. Several rocks are located in the south of the island. We will gradually return to the west to reach the site of Boulders, a little further south in the Strait of Iris. Close to the coast of Aiduma, these rocks visible at low tide are a good place to make the last dive of the day in search of pygmy seahorses. Opportunity for a night dive also, on the reef called Saron Reef, in front of the Triton bay eco-resort.
Day 11: Whale Sharks and Mauwara
We’ll go in search of whale sharks. Present year-round in the bay, they move according to the good catches of the fishermen of Bagan. Bagans are large balance-fishing platforms that fish at night with very strong lights. Attracting plankton, they attract schools of small fish, which attract larger fish, etc. Raising their nets full of anchovies at dawn, they attract whale sharks that come to feed under their nets. Diving and snorkeling with whale sharks from 6 am to 9 am. Dolphins and swordfish also come to feed under the platforms around 15 meters. Spectacular! The afternoon will be doomed to relaxation with the exploration of the magnificent lagoon of Mauwara.
Day 12: End of Cruise – Check out
Flights depart early from Kaimana. After a (very) morning snack, transfer to the airport.
A Cruise that offers the Magics of South Raja Ampat combined with the marine protected area of Triton Bay, still confidential.
According to marine biologists’ reports, biodiversity in this area is the highest recorded in the world, with 1508 species of fish, 537 species of coral (75% of the world’s species), and nearly 700 species of mollusks, marine life is impressive wealth.
A diving cruise around Misool, surrounded by this unique karst formation and primary forests is a unique experience. The 425 km2 of Marine Protected Area has been demarcated by the Eco Resort of Misool in agreement with the local owners of this magnificent land. Extended in 2010 to 1220 km2, this area offers divers a veritable festival.
Going further south, the boat will make a stop around the island of Pisang, still little known to Liveaboards, and finally arrive at Triton Bay, a Marine Protected Area of 6000 km2.
Triton Bay is not very popular but is still known to attract a large number of whale sharks. This area has preserved waters and very rich reefs, which makes it one of the world’s capitals of soft coral.
We offer Discovery and Diving Cruises in and outside the National Parks, lasting 12 Days/11 Nights, open for divers and non-divers. Each cruise is unique, and tailor-made based on the group composition and desires. Daily programs are presented, discussed, and confirmed with the guests onboard every evening for the day after. We organize our cruise to suit every need, without compromises.
For the divers, we propose up to 3 dives per day, sometimes 4 dives/day with a night dive. Activities for non-divers and divers include snorkeling, kayaking and Stand up Paddle, trekking, pristine beach discovery, village discovery, bird and animals watching. All locations are carefully selected.
All activities are guided, including snorkeling.
We also propose Yoga/breathing/relaxation and Free Diving activities on demand, with highly qualified and experienced teachers.
Wish lists are sent to the guests 2 months before departure and detailed programs are issued to the guests one month before departure.
We also send our Carnet de Board 2 months before departure, with a compilation of useful and practical information related to the Cruise.
The proposed Itinerary is for planning purposes only and subject to weather and actual conditions on board and at the location.