Trip Overview

Length:

10 day trip / 8 days kayaking

Difficulty:

2 / 5

Price:

From € 3750 p/p

Location:

Raja Ampat, West Papua

Dates:

November 11- 20, 2019 - Full
Jan 5-14 2021 - 10 spots available

What makes this trip special

  • The undisputed centre of marine diversity in the world
  • 10 days aboard a 4 star yacht with luxuries of the modern world
  • Snorkel and dive with 1200 different species of fish
  • View 600 species of reef building coral
  • Paddle among the 1500 stunning limestone islands and white sand beaches
  • Choose to sea kayak dive or snorkel on three excursions per day
  • Unique cultural experiences

The Tour

This tour allows guests to see the highlights of Raja Ampat with the freedom and comfort of a liveaboard. From the moment you land in Sorong to the moment you take off, you do not have to worry about a thing. Your guides and yacht crew will take care of all safety matters and logistics.

This trip is fantastic in that it allows guests a plethora of adventure activities throughout the day. You choose if you want to kayak, dive, snorkel, or SUP. During the trip we will kayak or dive up to three times each day. Our comfortable home will act as a floating base camp and will transport us in total comfort from one stunning area to the next.

The Place

The island of New Guinea sits just below the equator, bounded by the Pacific Ocean in the north and the Arafura Sea in the south. Raja Ampat can be found on the northwest tip of West Papua. Approximately 1500 limestone islands make up Raja Ampat. The area is untouched and unknown, abounding in pristine tropical beaches, sapphire seas and one of the world’s most spectacular marine habitats.

The Weather

October through to February is considered the dry season. Rainfall consists of short but intense downpours that can occur during the heat of the afternoon. Winds are general very light during this season.

The Sea Kayaking

With so many islands to explore it feels like you are paddling through a maze of stationary icebergs, each rock formation more bizarre and astonishing than the last. Each paddle excursion is unique, and you will never tire of the view. We paddle through mangrove forests with hidden channels and bays. We will explore bays with thousands of mushrooms shaped limestone islands rising straight from the depths. We will explore coastlines with incredible rock formations and see a variety of the bird life that Raja Ampat has to offer.

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The Diving

The diving in Raja Ampat is reputed to be the best in the world. With 42 endemic reef fish, numerous endemic sharks, as well as thousands of colourful soft and hard coral, each dive outing is unique and outstanding. Dives vary from calm water dives, to diving underneath sea arches, diving with currents, drift dives and diving from a boat. Two dive masters will guide each dive.

The Snorkelling

The snorkelling is also world class. Thousands of fish and coral can be seen on each snorkel outing and there are thousands of incredible sites to snorkel during our trip. We will snorkel from the tender, snorkel from the beach, and participate in drift snorkels.

The Stand Up Paddle Boarding

We have two Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP’ing) available for guests to use during the trip. SUP’ing is an incredible way to view the coral reefs from above the water. The perspective from a SUP allows you to see all the green and blue hues of the water, see the fish swimming below and see all the colours of the coral.

What's Included

  • 9 nights accommodation on board
  • Meals on yacht
  • Full length sea kayaks and all equipment
  • Stand up paddle boards and equipment
  • Two dive masters
  • Kayak guide
  • Port transfers at the start and end of trip
  • Raja Ampat Marine Entry Permit

What's Not Included

  • Dive equipment (can be rented from yacht)
  • Snorkel equipment (can be rented from yacht)
  • Meals while in Sorong before and after trip
  • Hotel accommodation in Sorong
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Indonesian Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfares

Trip Itinerary

Your adventure with us will begin as soon as you touch down at the airport in Sorong. You wont have to worry about a thing as we will pick you up from the airport and take you to the yacht, where you can rest and relax from your travels before we begin kayaking, diving and snorkelling.

DAY 1

We will pick you up from the airport and transport you directly to the yacht.
Depending on your time of arrival, you will have some time on the boat to move into your room and relax on the top deck.

By early afternoon everyone will have arrived on the boat.  Once everyone has arrived, we will meet the crew, have a safety briefing and set sail for our first destination, Fam Islands. We will arrive at the Fam Islands around early evening and have the opportunity to head out for our first sea kayak excursion.

DAY 2

We will awake in the Fam Islands to a breakfast buffet with beautiful sunrise views over the islands. We will have two dive and sea kayak options for the day.

The Fam Island’s are an incredibly beautiful archipelago with a hike to a 360 degree viewpoint, a maze of islands to explore, and incredibly diverse diving. Tonight we will make our way to Wayag.

DAY 3 and 4

For the next two days we will explore the uninhabited Wayag group of islands, located just north of the equator. We’ll enjoy the beautiful whitesand beaches with coral reefs just meters from the shoreline: perfect for a snorkel! The limestone islands look like mushrooms sprouting from the sea and are fantastic to circumnavigate in our kayaks.

DAY 5

Our yacht will have an early morning departure and head for the Equator Islands, which as its name implies, lies on the equator. Today we will circumnavigate the Equator Islands with our sea kayaks. Highlights of these islands are a cave and an incredible bay with a mangrove forest to explore via kayaks. These small beautiful Islands are a paradise unto their own.
In the afternoon we will head to Aljui Bay and have the opportunity to tour a pearl farming operation.

DAY 6

A short yacht ride from Aljui Bay is Hidden bay. The entrance to this bay is small and inconspicuous, and hides an incredible maze of mangrove channels, limestone caves and pillar rocks. We often see Horn Bills and Western Crowned Pigeons in this area. 
In the afternoon we will explore Phef Islands, where we will find rock paintings.

DAY 7

Our paddle playground for the next couple of days is around the hundreds of limestone islands in Northern Kaboei Bay. The snorkeling and diving in these islands is world class. On our underwater explorations we’ll view pristine coral, thousands of colourful fish, turtles, black tipped sharks and extraordinary large fish species such as the friendly batfish and the grouper.

DAY 8

Today we will head towards the southern shores of Gam Island and explore a chain of eel grass lakes and paddle through an incredibly mangrove forest. We have the chance to see Dugongs, which are said to feed in this lake chain.

In the afternoon we will snorkel and dive the Freewin Wall. This will be a drift dive/snorkel along a cliff wall that dives deeply into the ocean. An incredible amount of fish and coral can be found in these clear waters.

Day AYToday we will have the opportunity to explore a massive cave while hiking. Bring your headlamp and adventurous spirit as we trek through huge cathedral like openings and small squeezes. We will kayak, snorkel and dive The Passage, a narrow passage the separates Waigeo Island from Gam Island. In the afternoon we will head to Batanta, where we will use the tender to visit a spectacular waterfall and extensive mangrove forest.

DAY 10

We will arrive in the Sorong Harbour early morning and have our last breakfast buffet on the boat. Final farewells and thank you’s will be said to the crew.
We will transport guests to the airport in time for their flights.

The Yacht

 

Built in 2012 our home is a traditional South Celebes Finis Style. It is made of several tropical wood species including teak, ironwood and Merbau.  The ship is modernly equipped and stylishly decorated,  42 meters long and 8.5 meters wide.

Key Features
  • Twin Share cabins that feature
    • Private ensuite with toilet, sink and hot shower
    • Individually controlled air conditioning
    • Cabins serviced daily
    • A range of cabin set ups to suite couples and individual travellers
  • 2 Suites that feature large glass doors and a semi private deck
  • Two large decks for lounging and cocktail hour
  • A huge dining area for meals and relaxing
  • 2 tenders available for diving and snorkeling outings
  • Diving Compressor and diving equipment
  • Stand Up Paddle Boards
  • A full fleet of good quality, expedition style kayaks. Singles and doubles available, all with rudders and bulkheads.

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Cabins

Cabin 1 – Double

  • Fully equipped with bathroom and hot shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Large number of cabinests and closets
  • Huge double bed in V berth. 160cm wide.

Cabin 2-Twin

  • Fully equipped with bathroom and hot shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Large number of cabinets and closets
  • Two 90cm bunk beds

Cabin 3 – Twin

  • Fully equipped with bathroom and hot shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Large number of cabinets and closets
  • Two 90cm bunk beds

Cabin 4 – up to three person

  • Fully equipped with bathroom and hot shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Large number of cabinets and closets
  • Double bed 130 cm wide
  • Single bed 90 cm

Cabin 5 – up to three persons

  • Fully equipped with bathroom and hot shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Large number of cabinets and closets
  • Double bed 140 cm wide
  • Single bed 90 cm

Cabin 6 – up to three persons * Staff Accommodation

  • Fully equipped with bathroom and hot shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Large number of cabinets and closets
  • Double bed 130 cm wide
  • Single bed 90 cm

Cabin 8 – VIP three Person

  • Fully equipped with bathroom and hot shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Large number of cabinets and closets
  • Very bright with cabin with glass wall
  • Sun deck
  • Double bed 180 cm wide
  • Single bed 90 cm

Cabin 9 – VIP three Person

  • Fully equipped with bathroom and hot shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Large number of cabinets and closets
  • Very bright with cabin with glass wall
  • Sun deck
  • Double bed 180 cm wide
  • Single bed 90 cm

The Dining Room 

Sun Deck

Route Map

Expedition Engineering Route map for Raja Ampat Liveaboard Trip

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the meals like on the liveaboard trips?
All meals served on the boat are buffet style with many options for each meal. The meals that are served on the liveaboard are generally traditional Indonesian Fare. This includes fish, chicken, rice, noodles, spinach like vegetable. Breakfast: (Examples) Granola and milk Eggs prepared in a variety of way per meal Pancakes Bread and toast Seared tuna Tomatoes and cucumbers Potatoes Lunch: (Examples) Fish prepared in a variety of ways, fried rice or noodles, vegetable dish: Spinach, carrots, potatoes Supper: Delicious soup starter. Fish or chicken prepared in a variety of ways, fried rice or noodles, vegetable dish such as spinach, carrots.
How much rain will we encounter on our trip?
Our Raja Ampat trips occur in the Northwest Monsoon season. What this means is its less rainy than any other time of year. One out of every four afternoons there quick downpours during the late afternoon in Raja Ampat. They do not last long but are intense.
What sort of winds will we encounter while paddling?
There is very little wind during the northwest monsoon season. Most of the excursions we go out on there will be calm to light winds. Not very often do winds exceed 15 knots.
Will we encounter swell during the trip?
There are about two days of each trip where we will encounter swell. This is generally in the far NW reaches of Raja Ampat. The swell is still fairly gentle and it is a rare occasion where anyone gets seasick, even those who are quite susceptible to motion sickness.
Will we paddle in any larger swell conditions?
There are one or two outings out of the whole trip where we will paddle in swell. The conditions will be assessed by guides, and there are always alternate paddling routes.
What is the average air temperature in Raja Ampat?
Air temperature average is 31C.
What is the average ocean Temperature?
Average ocean temperature is 29C.
What is the average humidity levels?
Average humidity is 83%, and this makes the air temperature feel much hotter than it actually is.
Will the trip be cloudy or sunny?
Cloud cover is rare but welcome.
What sort of kayak will we be paddling?
We have a fleet of Rainbow kayaks on the liveaboard trip. The single kayaks are Lazers 5.15 and the double kayaks are Atlantis boats. The boats are plastic, have forward and rear water tight hatches, rudders, and padded seats.
What kind of paddles will be used?
We have two types of paddles depending on your paddling style. We have a low angle touring blade, Werner Skagits and high angle touring blades, the Werner Tyee. Both are fibreglass reinforced nylon blades.
What kind of kayak sprayskirts will we be using?
Skirts are all nylon with an adjustable waist bungee.
What kind of PFDs will we be using?
We have four different sizes of PFDs for guests. Wearing PFDs is a mandatory safety aspect of the trip.
What is a typical day like on the trip?
A typical day onboard the boat is as follows: 715am coffee, tea and granola breakfast 800 kayak/dive outing #1 900 full buffet breakfast 1100 snorkel/dive outing #2 1300 buffet lunch 1600 kayak/dive outing #3 and optional snorkel 1900 buffet dinner 2000 lecture (every other evening)
Can you explain the type of paddling outings we will have?
Each kayak outing is slightly different depending on the area we are in. Some excursions circumnavigate and explore a set of islands and return to the ship upon completion of the outing. Some excursions start at Point A and paddle to Point B, where the ship will pick us up at the end of the excursion. Some kayak excursions are meandering exploratory paddles where we explore narrow passages in mangroves, and paddle into lagoon after lagoon. Some excursions are more focused on putting in some distance. Every excursion is filled with incredible places to explore with stunning views around every corner.
How many hours will we paddle each day?
Kayak outings are anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours in duration. With an average total of 5 hours kayaking a day.
What sort of distances will we be paddling?
Distances could be anywhere from 5-10 km per excursion.
Should I bring a snorkel?
Yes, a snorkel, mask and fins is a must on this trip! The snorkelling is phenomenal and we often see species endemic to this area on outings, as well as thousands of fish, brightly coloured coral. It is easy to spend hours snorkelling in this amazing place.
What should I expect in terms of water temperature?
The water temperature is an average of 29C.
Should I bring a stinger suit?
Yes, it is nice to have a stinger suit to protect against possible sea lice or stingers. It is possible to get chilly on the snorkel outings, depending on how long you spend in the water.
What type of snorkel outings will we have?
There are a few snorkel sites with some current, so it is nice to have fins. Most of the snorkelling is done from a beach, but sometimes we take the tender to a site and jump from the tender straight into the water. There is a ladder on the side of the tender to reinter with ease. Sometimes we drift snorkel, but more often we enter and exit from a beach where there is very little current.
Will we visit any traditional villages along the way?
Yes, we will have the opportunity to visit 1 or 2 villages on the trip.
Is there a dress code in the villages?
Yes, women should wear shorts past the knee, pants or a sorong and a conservative t-shirt or long sleeve shirt. Men should wear shorts or pants and a t-shirt in the villages.
Are there opportunities to buy anything in the villages?
Some of the villages make coconut oil, hats or carvings for sale to tourists. Most villages will have a small convenience store where guests can buy treats if they want.
Is there anything I can bring to give to the villages and the people?
School supplies are always welcome in the villages. Pens, pencils and notebooks are welcome if you want to help support the villages.
Are there mosquitos on land?
When we go ashore for breaks from kayaking or for short hikes, mosquitos are always a possibility so mosquito spray and optional long pants and shirt are a good idea.
Where does the boat anchor at night?
The boat anchors in protected harbours on most nights where wind and swell are generally not an issue.
Does the boat move locations at night?
There will be a few nights where the boat will bring up anchor and move to a new site so that we will wake up in a new area. There may be one or two nights where we travel all night long. One or two nights we may move for a few hours, and most nights we are anchored.
Who are the crew on the boat?
There are 15 crew on board the boat, all from Indonesian and Papuan descent. Some of the crew speak better English than others. The crew are incredibly helpful and love interacting with guests.
Are there mosquitos on the boat?
We will not encounter any mosquitos while living on the boat.
Are there sharks and are they dangerous?
There are sharks in Raja Ampat. The majority of sharks that we will encounter are reef sharks and they are non-aggressive and curious. It would be very uncommon to encounter an aggressive shark in Raja Ampat.
Are there crocodiles?
There are crocodiles in Raja Ampat. Unfortunately for the crocodile species, the local villages and people have hunted most of them out of the area. There are a few sighted every season and these are generally seen in remote mangrove forests or many kilometers up rivers, far from villages and fisherman. As staff in Raja Ampat, we have not seen a single crocodile since we started coming to Raja Ampat in 2010.
Is there malaria in Raja Ampat?
Malaria does exist in the Island of Raja Ampat. The risk is relatively low due to the absence of large numbers of human carriers. There are surprisingly low numbers of mosquito populations. Malaria transmission rates are currently low in Raja Ampat, it is currently recommended to take malarial pills, wear long sleeves and pants when onshore, and use mosquito spray. You need to consult with your doctor about malarial medication for your trip in Raja Ampat.

Trip Reviews

Tess Watney, AUD

Let me see, what could I say about Raja Ampat….LOVED IT!! I had the most amazing time, getting to kayak around different islands each day was so exciting as each place was stunning. I found that the crew on the Euphoria were so helpful, sweet and happy. I also found that the shared room was comfortable and it was great having our own bathroom. Food was so yummy. I could spend an age in the water as well and found different things in each of the places we snorkelled. Matt and Danny did a fantastic job guiding. I was like a kid in the candy shop… always so happy to see what was round the corner. Thank you all so very much, I had a blast.

 

Di Hoopert, AUD

In 2 words…….absolutely fabulous ! !  It was everything I could have expected & more. The snorkeling was some of the best I have experienced, esp the number & variety of fish. Compared to the conditions I am use to here the kayaking conditions were idyllic, very little wind, swell, current or chop.  Angela, our guide was the ultimate skilled professional & a top person into the bargain, very social & friendly, always helpful,  cheery & positive. She went to great lengths to accommodate my dietary requirements & always provided a variety of  nutritious meals, despite the remoteness & conditions. I have already recommended this trip to many people.

 

Marla Moon, USA

Our experience paddling Raja Ampat with Angela was beyond amazing, beyond any fantasy imagined

 

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