SWIM WITH WHALE SHARKS in 7 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 sheltered bay and try all the watersports.
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 will visit the charming little village of “Maimai” to ask the chief for his permission to 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 harbours 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 spots, and perfect for surface water sports.
DAY 6: WAYIL BATAN
Another magical 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 bird life 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 maze-like 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 will enjoy a memorable barbecue prepared by our crew ashore.
DAY 8: SORONG
Overnight 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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