Experience the Most Biodiverse Marine Habitat on the Planet

Trip Level

This trip is rated a Level 3 (Moderate) according to our trip grading system.

Average Day
• 4-6 hours snorkeling
• 3-4 hours sailing
• Occasional kayaking, paddle boarding, and short-moderate hikes

Challenge Days
Day 4: 4-5 hours snorkeling, including 2 hours in an area with extremely strong current, 3-4 hours sailing, and 1 hour hike

How Tough is This Trip?
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.

Weather

Raja Ampat is near the Equator and has a warm tropical climate, with year-round temperatures in the low 80s and occasional rain showers. Water temperatures range from 78 to 84°F.

Cuisine

The cook on board prepares simple and tasty meals, a mix of Asian and Western styles with seafood and plenty of fruit and vegetables. There is bread and fruit available for breakfast, as well as eggs on request. Lunch and dinner are served as a group, and snacks are available. There are plenty of vegetarian options.

Transporation

Transportation to/from the ferry is in an air-conditioned van. The ferry to/from Waisai is air-conditioned and takes about 2 hours. During the snorkels and land excursions, we will take a small dinghy to each site. The dinghy will always stay with the group so that you can return to the boat at any time.

OCEAN CONDITIONS

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.

MEDICAL ATTENTION AND EVACUATION IN REMOTE DESTINATIONS

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.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.