Located in Indonesia's West Papua Province, the Raja Ampat Archipelago is at the heart of the most biodiverse marine region on Earth—the Coral Triangle. Largely unexplored by scientists until recently, new marine species are being discovered here on a regular basis. Oceanic Society's liveaboard snorkeling journeys through this region have been named one of National Geographic Traveler's 50 Tours of a Lifetime. Trip highlights:
Arrive in Jakarta (or Bali) on your own and overnight. If you are originating from the U.S., please note that you will be crossing the international date line. Our in-country flight to Sorong departs at 12:20 AM on the 9 Oct - so you will be checking in for your domestic flight around 10pm on the night of Oct 8 - for that reason it is best to plan to arrive in Jakarta on the 7 Oct or earlier.
Today is the official start of our expedition. Board an early morning flight to Sorong, West Papua, where you will be transferred to the privately-chartered Sea Safari VIII. Departing from Sorong and headed West through the Dampier Strait we will spend 10 days exploring the central and northern waters of Raja Ampat, snorkeling, diving, spotting cetaceans and birds, and learning about this truly breathtaking part of the world and the wildlife within it. (L, D)
Each day we will spend multiple hours in the water, visiting some of the most pristine and diverse coral reefs in the world. There will be diving and/or snorkeling every day, and dropping anchor with destinations like Mansuar, Gam, Fam, Waigeo, and Penemu likely to be feature in our adventure itinerary. However, there are many external factors that can impact the expedition, such as wind and weather, and the creatures being influenced by all of those things, that we have no control over, all of these things can have an influence over the days’ activities and destinations. So we have purposely built in flexibility to our daily schedule so we can take best advantage of the conditions and sightings we are presented with. (B, L, D)
Disembark in Sorong, West Papua and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Jakarta (or Bali), the conclusion of our trip. Depending on your return flight schedule, you may fly home on this day or stay overnight (on your own). (B)
*Itinerary details are tentative and subject to change due to weather or water visibility*
$6,150 per person in double-occupancy cabins; 4 upper deck cabins are available for an additional fee of $400/person; limited single cabins available for an additional fee of $1,500. For detailed price information, contact us using the form below.
Limit of 20 passengers.
RODERIC MAST is Oceanic Society’s President and CEO. He is a lifelong conservationist, a marine biologist, and an experienced travel guide who got his start as a naturalist in the Galápagos Islands. Rod is an expert in sea turtles, and is the both the co-chair of theIUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group and the founder of the State of the World’s Sea TurtlesProgram, which is managed by Oceanic Society. Rod is also a passionate photographer, author, and public speaker.