RAJA AMPAT NATIONAL PARK AND THE SPICE ISLAND
Described by some as the world’s most beautiful islands. Raja Ampat offers steep jungle clad landscapes, white sand beaches and hidden lagoons. Not to mention some of the most biodiverse marine life on the planet.
Birds of Paradise still live here in the wild and are part of the local culture. Bird watching can be done in the forest or from your paddleboard in some sheltered bay.
Visiting the Banda Islands is a walk through history. On arrival in Banda Neira, the welcome from the “Kora Kora” will make you soon realize that you have arrived in a special place where the locals are proud of their culture and want to share it with you. These tiny islands were the heart of the spice trade for many years and you can witness many colonial.
DAY 1: SORONG
On arrival at Sorong airport, you will be transferred by taxi then tender to board Lamima. From here, a short cruise will bring you to Matan, this is a nice, small island with a long, white sandy beach ideal for relaxation and do all the watersport you wish during the afternoon. For the diver, this will be a good place for a check dive. Depart for Misool after sunset
DAY 2: MISOOL ARCHIPELAGO
Today we will drop anchor in Tomolol Bay on Misool Island. This bay is home to hundreds of small karts islands, which each island are more appealing than the others, this is a paradise to explore with one of our tenders and you can literally get lost in this maze all for yourself. The sea is crystal clear, very sheltered, and the scenery is exceptional. We will visit a massive cave where you can either go with a canoe, paddleboard or swim through. Stalactites are enormous, light is minimum, and peace is everywhere. This cave is a sacred site for the locals.
DAY 3: SOUTHERN MISOOL
We will spend this day between some islets in south of Misool, sheltered bays and top dive sites.
Misool have one of the best dive site in Raja Ampat called Magic mountain. It is an under water pinnacle where you can dive with the mantas, coral is very colorful and the big fishes are plenty (barracudas, giant trevally, white tip reef sharks). This will be a big day for anybody willing to dive or snorkel
DAY 4: KOON
This is your ideal tropical island with beautiful white sand beach surrounded by a healthy reef. This area is famous for whales and dolphins; if you are lucky you might be able to swim with them. This is the only island where fishing is prohibited. Swimming in this island is like being in an aquarium with crystal clear water and plenty of fishes.
DAY 5: BANDA NEIRA - THE SPICE ISLAND
Here you will be welcomed by the Kora Kora, who will escort you on your final approach on the main of the Spice Islands: Banda Neira. Visit the old town which used to be the heart of the spice trade in the eighteenth century. A possibility to enjoy the sunrise on the top of the volcano, which will give you a panorama on the whole archipelago.
DAY 6: RUN
Run will be all about diving. The divers will enjoy an incredible visibility and will have a unique opportunity to witness schools of hammerhead sharks, wall dives, and big fishes.
DAY 7: NUSA LAUT
We will have to ask permission from the locals to visit their village where we will be able to buy traditional “Ikat”. Snorkeling or diving here are again very rewarding, you will see a huge variety of fishes. During lunch, we will move to Molana where our crew will prepare the beach for a memorable barbecue. During this time, guests can do any water sport and try trawling with the tender.
DAY 8: AMBON
Early morning move to Ambon bay and anchor next to the airport where guests will disembark after breakfast.
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Sorong to Ambon
Some of the locations you will visit on your trip from Sorong to Ambon