Head off the map with us into the Raja Ampat archipelago, one of the most phenomenal snorkeling destinations on the planet, renowned for pristine reefs and an astonishing range of marine life. And the setting is jaw-droppingly beautiful. We've chartered our 100-foot Indonesian liveaboard schooner to get you to the best spots in these islands, where shallow reef systems make for idyllic snorkeling. We'll snorkel in amazing ecosystems, from shallow bays with rare shrimp gobies to underwater limestone rock islands covered with corals. We'll also explore the jungle-draped limestone islands themselves, with their aquamarine lagoons and rare birds. Experience this perfect paradise in the Coral Triangle — in WT style!
Arrive: Sorong, Indonesia
Depart: Sorong, Indonesia
Boarding our boat in Waisai, near Sorong, we sail into the Dampier Strait to snorkel on Friwinbonda Island, where the hard coral reefs teem with reef fish. Our small group size—maximum 10 travelers—means you'll have a personalized experience both above and below the water, and you can snorkel at your own pace. En route to Mansuar Island, we have our first chance to snorkel over soft corals with large schools of barracudas and turtles. On the island of Penemu, our idyllic anchorage is in a turquoise bay surrounded by vertical limestone cliffs.
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
At time of reservation: $600
150 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
90 days prior to departure: Balance
*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.
Minimum fee: $600 per person
91-150 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
90 days or less: 100% of trip cost
*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.
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Days 1-11 (11 nights)
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This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. You need to be comfortable snorkeling in a variety of conditions, including drift snorkels and occasionally against strong currents. While snorkeling is usually at your own pace, it is sometimes necessary to be able to keep up with the group.
The seas are generally calm in Raja Ampat, but unexpected squalls or high winds can create rough ocean conditions at any time. There is a higher chance of rough seas on Days 4 and 6 when our crossing takes place in the open ocean. The remainder of the sailing is in much more protected waters, and sea sickness is typically not a problem.
The Raja Ampat journey takes place in an extremely remote and uninhabited archipelago in the Pacific. In the case of serious illness or injury, medical attention and swift evacuation are not available. Once we sail from Sorong, we are far away from towns and medical facilities. In the case of serious illness or injury, we will make every effort to reach medical facilities as soon as possible, but be aware that it may take the boat days to return to the port of Sorong. If you have health or medical issues of concern, please discuss them with your physician before considering this trip.
"I had a wonderful time on this trip. The snorkeling was exceptional and the boat was great!"
"Thank you, Wilderness Travel, for putting together this wonderful experience. Our trip leaders made every minute count. We appreciated all the planning it took to juggle the tides, the winds, and the calendar to make sure we immersed in as many habitats as possible."
"Raja Ampat is not just a snorkeling destination. This is nature at its mind-blowing best. You don't have to settle for watching the Blue Planet on TV, you can live it every day while onboard and then understand why we need to save it."
"A very organized and comfortable way to enjoy an experience in an exotic place we would never visit on our own."
"I was awestruck by the beauty I saw. I felt for the first time in my life that I had been honored to see the world as it was in its beginning. Certainly a life-changing experience."
"I feel like I've experienced the best snorkeling the world has to offer—and who know how much longer we'll have coral reefs to enjoy."
"This was one of the best WT trips that I've had, and I have done quite a few. Being on our ship, the Shakti, was a wonderful experience—made all the more so by the care of the crew, Andrea, Bob and Di."
Grand Junction, CO
"As well-traveled as I am, I marvel that there are still special places like Raja Ampat out there that are a privilege to visit."
"Once again I was sailed off to Shangri La where time has no meaning and only the beauty of the moment surrounds. That is Raja Ampat to me and no one could dream of a more ideal trip."
"Absolutely wonderful. The perfect way to enjoy this beautiful part of the world."
New York, NY
"This is the ultimate snorkel trip—the fauna are in perfect balance so you see a large number of incredibly rare species. This isn’t a vacation, it’s a privilege."
East Peoria, IL
"We had a memorable lifetime adventure on this trip, with incomparable snorkeling, beautiful scenery, and a boatful of nice people."
"It was a fabulous trip. What a unique opportunity to see such a pristine coral reef! I will likely go again."
"The trip was fabulous and I have just now signed up for the May 2019 trip with my niece!!!"
"Raja Ampat is the most beautiful snorkeling place in the world. Bountiful, rich with life and diversity. Can’t be beat!"
Fairfax Station, VA
"I loved the trip and have never been disappointed with Wilderness Travel."
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
"This was an incredible trip. Raja Ampat is so remote and stunning."
"Swimming with a manta ray, the phantasmagoria of color under water, awaiting the dawn and the bird of paradise—awesome!"
"This is the third time I’ve been to Raja Ampat/Misool with WT and I hope to go again. It’s a snorkeler’s paradise, made even better by Trip Leader Ethan Daniels and the boat staff."
"We thoroughly enjoyed Our trip to Raja Ampat. It was the most beautiful snorkeling we ever experienced—a trip of a lifetime for us!"
"A truly great trip—one of the best I’ve ever taken."
Forth Worth, TX
"This was the trip of a lifetime for us! Staying on the boat was fantastic. It wasn't camping, but it had some of that rustic, romantic feel—What a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of Raja Ampat. The snorkeling was unparalleled. We explored two different reefs every day and each was spectacular. The soft coral snorkel was particularly awe-inspiring. I've been snorkeling for many years and have never seen anything like the corals and animals we saw on this trip. The guides were fabulous, pointing out animals and plants I would never have seen on my own. I really enjoyed the company of the other guests as well as the guides and crew. If it weren't so far away, I'd go again next week!"
Mission Viejo, CA
"This was an amazing trip, absolutely the best 12 days I’ve ever experienced."
Santa Fe, NM
"A lifetime experience in this exquisite part of the world, so removed from civilization as we know it."
"This is a truly wonderful snorkeling adventure in a beautiful place with a very experienced guide. It is the trip of a lifetime for people who like to snorkel."
"If lots of snorkel and swim time is your goal, this trip is for you. I have snorkeled all over the world and this trip itinerary is truly fabulous with the different sites chosen with a lot of thought and the the safety boats and crew providing impeccable service to all the guests, no matter what their experience."
Arroyo Grande, CA
"Tremendous trip. It met or exceeded all my expectations; I would recommend it very highly. Environmentally, the area visited is of world-wide significance and this value was respected throughout the trip—right down to being alert to unintended minor damage to reefs that might be caused by less skilled snorkelers."
"This was a mind-blowing experience for me. I've been a diver for many years and have never seen anything like what we saw on this trip. Other areas in the world where I have dived or snorkeled don't even come close to Raja Ampat."
"This was a great snorkeling experience. We got to see 22 different reefs—lots of variety—and didn't see any other boats for 8 days—truly amazing."
Sedro Woolley, WA
"All WT trips are good and often great, but superlatives aren't sufficient for this trip."
"We love to snorkel and this is the best in the world. The fish are incredible—a super underwater experience."
East Falmouth, MA
"A superb trip and extremely good value."
"Very well organized and executed by a most competent leader. I have participated in years of SCUBA live aboard and land-based trips and Din's demeanor and personal attention beats all. Even though it was billed as a snorkeling trip you come away feeling like it was a lot more."
Los Gatos, CA
"Stunning trip and great to have an experienced trip leader who is flexible and knowledgeable of the conditions of the area to ensure we got the best possible experience."
Christchurch, New Zealand
"I loved this trip. Din, my fellow travelers, crew made it a great experience."
New Haven, CT
"The awareness of just how remote we were and the raw beauty of the surroundings seemed like a dream to me! There were moments on this trip that truly filled my soul."
"The remoteness of the region and the colors of the sea, coral, and fish are beyond words!"
"I've gone on at least 12 group trips, and this was one of the very best. I highly recommend that people go to Raja Ampat soon since the coral is still living and beautiful here, unlike most places in the world. I can truly say that I have never been as relaxed as I was on this journey; it was hard coming back to reality! I can't rave about this trip enough—10 out of 10!"
"There are not enough words to describe the trip. It was just amazing and I loved every minute. Lots of laughter and fun out of the water and the snorkeling was beyond what I expected. I would love to go back."
"The beauty of Raja Ampat has to be seen to be believed. It’s hard to imagine that there is a place so remote, pristine, and beautiful left on the planet."
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