SWIM WITH WHALE SHARKS, AND THE BIRD OF PARADISE in 10 Nights
Rare visitors to this region have described it as one of the most beautiful places on earth. Steep, jungle –clad Karst formations, plunging into gin-clear, life-filled waters. Powdery white beaches, hidden lagoons and waterfalls pouring straight into the sea. This is also the heart of the Coral Triangle, the most marine-species diverse region on the planet.
Raja Ampat’s six hundred islands are remote, undisturbed, and a nature lover’s true paradise. Bursting with color, thanks to its incredible corals, the warm waters are home to reef sharks, manta rays and whale sharks and offer some of the best diving and snorkeling opportunities on earth. On land many species of birds can be seen, including both the extraordinary Red Bird of Paradise and Wilson’s Bird of Paradise. Local villages offer cultural excursions and some of the warmest hospitality you will ever encounter.
DAY 1: KAIMANA
On arrival at Kaimana airport, our crew will transfer you to Lamima (15 min), welcome onboard, safety briefing then set sail to the entrance of Triton bay (3hours) where we can relax in a shelter bay and try all the watersport
DAY 2: TRITON BAY
Early cruise in the dramatic mouth of Triton Bay, which extends some 50 kilometers inland, with coral reefs still flourishing in it. Rising ‘castles’ of limestone, and beyond them the high mountains of New Guinea’s virgin jungle.
Exotic birds and insect-eating plants. Superb diving in crystal clear water with an immense variety of fish and coral species.
DAY 3: NAMATOTE
A short, early cruise brings us to Namatote’. We visit the charming little village of “Maimai” to ask the chief for his permission swim with the whale sharks. This is the only place in the world where they don’t migrate, and haunt the ‘bagans’ or fishing platforms all year round. Sperm whales are often spotted here too. We then take a tender cruise to look for the very ancient cliff paintings which abound in the area.
DAY 4: KITI KITI WATERFALL
Arrive in the Wayag archipelago, the jewel of Raja Kiti Kiti is a large and powerful waterfall cascading directly into the sea in a beautiful bay. It has long been used by the locals to replenish their water supplies. We can enjoy a natural shower, lounge on the beach, or explore the rainforest, and maybe even spot a tree kangaroo. This is an interesting fresh water spot to dive or snorkel in, as it harbors till undescribed endemic species.
DAY 5: PISANG ISLAND
This is a perfect place to spend a day on the way to Misool. In the middle of nowhere, it is a sheltered bay between a group of small islands with a beautiful beach, great diving and perfect for surface water sports.
DAY 6: WAYIL BATAN
Another magic place. Ideal for exploring the island’s shallow bays with paddleboards and spotting for sea turtles. Wakeboarding amongst these little mushroom islands is another way to explore. Abundant birdlife close to the reef, such as lorikeets, parrots and hornbills.
DAY 7: TOMOLOL
Early cruise to reach the amazing Tomolol Bay on Misool Island. The bay bristles with hundreds of small Karst formation islands, each completely different from one another. Dramatic scenery, yet very sheltered, it is a mazelike paradise, with crystal clear water, where it is easy to get lost, We visit a massive cave with stalactites and little windows of light from above, into which we can either swim or paddle into complete and silent darkness. It is a sacred place for the local people. At night we enjoy a memorable barbecue prepared by our crew ashore.
DAY 8: PENEMU
Overnight cruise to Penemu also called ” Fam Islands”. Enjoy hidden bays and sheltered blue lagoons. Explore by kayak or dive to see some of the most beautiful coral gardens in the region. In the early evening we will take a sunset hike where you can reach the highest point on one of the islands and admire the panoramic views.
DAY 9: WAYAG
Eearly morning cruise to Wayag, the jewel of Raja Ampat, and enjoy a day among the region’s most iconic scenery. It’s well worth making the effort to climb one of the many island peaks for breathtaking views of the stunning landscapes.
You will also be able dive or snorkel, experiencing the incredibly rich marine life, or paddle board along the shoreline of the dramatic limestone islands. In the evening we can enjoy a few cocktails and a barbecue on the beach.
DAY 10: KRI
Early walk to witness the bird of paradise. They usually dance every day at sunrise before to leave their home tree for food. On our way back we will visit a local village “Tapokreng” where we share a moment with the local, greet the student of the elementary school and may try some betel nuts. Back on Lamima we will cruise to Kri Islands, long sand bank, good diving and amazing kayaking through the hidden mangrove.
DAY 11: SORONG
Early cruise to Sorong, brunch onboard, before to say goodbye to Lamima, then the crew will transfer you to the airport for your midday flight to Bali or Jakarta.
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Kaimana to Sorong
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