One of the Last Wild Frontiers on Our Planet

Overview

Set in the heart of the famed Coral Triangle, Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago is an amazing world few travelers ever get to experience. The snorkeling here is world-class, with an underwater kingdom of extravagant coral reefs that support astonishing species—technicolor soft corals, ghost pipefish, tasseled wobbegongs, hawksbill turtles, octopus, eight different species of anemonefish—the diversity is absolutely mind-bending! Topside, you’ll relish a realm of dramatic limestone islands, dazzling aquamarine lagoons, and rare birds, including the red bird of paradise. Our mother ship, a 100-foot Indonesian schooner, makes a comfortable home base, and our evenings are spent in exquisite and remote anchorages savoring the utterly unspoiled beauty of our surroundings.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-6
Sorong / Penemu / Waigeo / Uranie Islands

Boarding our yacht in Sorong, we cruise into the heart of Raja Ampat, one of the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world. Snorkeling excursions around the isle of Penemu reveal a brilliant spectrum hidden beneath the sea surface, from frogfish and opulent lionfish to reef sharks and pygmy seahorses. On Uranie Island, we visit a spectacular beach-lined bay and hike to the summit for a 360-degree view of lush jungle-covered islands. Each evening, we anchor in a serene setting and watch for manta rays gliding around our boat.

 View Lodging
Days 7-12
Wayag Island / Gam Island

At Wayag, a stunning island of jungle-covered rock outcrops, we snorkel through mangroves and among schools of silvery sardines and juvenile reef fish. We’ll search for hawksbill turtles feeding on jellies at Gam Island and enjoy fabulous drift snorkeling near Manta Point. On an island hike, we look for the red bird of paradise, first made known to the Western world by pioneering naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, who made his famous voyage here in 1860. Depart on Day 12.

 View Lodging

Highlights

Highlights

Once-in-a-lifetime expedition to one of the most biologically diverse and remote areas on earth
World-class snorkeling above pristine coral reefs
Travel aboard a traditional double-masted Indonesian schooner, enjoy spectacular stargazing, anchor in coves with no one else around

Details

Length: 12 days
Cost From: $5595  
Arrive: Sorong, Indonesia
Depart: Sorong, Indonesia
Lodging: 11 nights aboard yacht
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Snorkeling, Wildlife & Natural History, Sea Kayaking
Trip Level:

Snorkeling, exploring by dinghy, optional sea kayaking

Recent Photo Blog Posts

Snorkeling Tips
Paradise Found

Recent Photo Blog Posts

Snorkeling Tips
Paradise Found