Raja Ampat is famous for the Jurassic-like beauty of its cays and shoals embracing over 1,500 rambling islands set like rough jewels in a cerulean sea. Located off the northwest tip of the island of New Guinea, and part of the Indonesian West Papua Province, you can explore prehistoric caves, visit ancient tribes, kayak around virgin coastlines, and discover dive sites famed for having the most species recorded on a single dive. The romance of this far-flung region is embodied by the history of its fairytale name which literally translates as ‘four kings’. Local mythology tells of a woman who finds seven mysterious eggs.
A TAILORED EXPERIENCE
You will be met at Sorong airport by the yacht’s crew and transferred to the harbor, a 20-minute drive. Once you have settled in on board, the yacht will depart Sorong and begin the cruise to the islands of Raja Ampat while you enjoy lunch on deck.
Enjoy the day around Pulau Dayang in the northwest of Batanta, which is just at the entrance to one of Batanta’s many scenic bays, perfect for a beach set-up and water activities. Dayang also offers a colorful reef with Wobbegong Sharks, schooling Yellow Snappers, and great macro-life, including Pygmy Seahorses and unusual Nudibranchs.
Dayang island also offers a great chance to encounter Manta rays, the gentle giants, at their cleaning stations. Sunsets and sunrises are very special at our mooring point on north Batanta: as the sun drops, the surrounding forested hills become alive with flocks of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo and Blyth's Hornbills emerge to return to their roosting place.
Sailing through the night, you wake up in Cape Kri. After a delicious breakfast, the day will be ruled by ocean activities: snorkeling, diving, wakeboarding, water skiing, and paddleboarding.
Cape Kri is exceptional as it holds the World Record for the largest number of species referenced in one single dive. Tick off the ‘must see’ list of nudibranchs, sea dragons, blue-striped flagtail pipefish, pygmy seahorses, green sea turtles, giant Napoleon wrasse, and Indianionfish. Likewise, there are abundant untouched coral gardens and sea fans that serve as homes for large schools of colorful small fish.
From here we move to Yanbuba which is located right next to Kri. Drop anchor and take to the shores to be met by friendly villagers and appreciate the unspoiled natural beauty of this extraordinary island and the customs of its residents. Wake to a sunrise yoga class and survey this ethereal landscape. After a hearty breakfast take one of the tenders to the island to climb the peaks of Wayag and survey the iconic limestone outcrops from above.
This is the poster child of Raja Ampat filled with surreal conical-shaped karst islands scattered in an emerald sea. Enjoy a delicious fusion lunch and then choose between snorkeling, diving, kayaking, or paddleboarding.
After a lovely lunch, cruises to the small yet beautiful island of Arborek. Divers can simply plunge into the water from the pier to be instantly engulfed in a glittering array of spectacular coral fans and walls of fish, just below the surface. The day starts with a relaxed healthy breakfast followed by an underwater safari in search of the Giant Manta Ray. The Manta Sandy dive site is located close to Mansuar Island and is shallow, suitable for both diving and snorkeling.
The local people in Arborek are very welcoming and industrious, creating unusual handicrafts from sea pandan leaves. They live as they have done for thousands of years and are just one of many indigenous tribes within the region. Return to the boat to be engulfed in luxury, take a massage in the spa before sunset drinks and a delectable fine diningfeast bringing this magical day to a perfect close.
Enjoy a laid-back breakfast on the deck after a sunrise yoga class. Launch kayaks or take a tender to explore the beautiful bay. This spot is just outside of the National Park, so all the watersports are once again at your disposal. The diving here is also unbelievable with endless coral gardens and a high species count. Return to the boat for an informal lunch served on deck by our lovely staff. Snorkeling, diving, and watersports fill the rest of your afternoon, before cocktails and a BBQ on a deserted tropical beach. Take a massage in the salon before falling into bed after another amazing day. Overnight we sailed to the islands of Pef and Yengefo.
After a great breakfast and good coffee take to the shores to explore the rugged coastline on kayaks and appreciate the unspoiled natural beauty of the extraordinary landscapeof Painemo. Hike to extraordinary viewpoints and find a tropical serenity. Alternatively, explore the endless beauty below the surface, swim through coral gardens and wonder at the spectacular array of multicoloured fish.
Later, cruise to the small yet beautiful island of Arborek. The local people here are very welcoming and industrious, creating unusual handicrafts from sea pandan leaves. They live as they have done for thousands of years and are just one of many indigenous tribes within the region.
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