Raja Ampat Islands Adventure Cruise

A unique adventure cruise in one of the most remote parts of Indonesia, a magnificent world of crystal lagoons, karst peaks and lush green vegetation. As we navigate the rich warm waters, you can expect endless opportunities to interact with the friendly locals who populate these isolated islands and countless snorkelling sessions in an underwater paradise of coral reefs and tropical fish where turtles, manta rays and sharks reside...

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Welcome on board. Sorong, Waisai & Raja Ampat

    Welcome on board. Sorong, Waisai & Raja Ampat We meet at Sorong airport from where it is a 20 minute transfer to the port then a 2 hour ferry crossing to Waisai island where our boat awaits. We settle into our cabins, enjoy lunch altogether on board then rest during a 1h30 navigation through the bright blue waters to Friwibonda Island. Here we join discover the first snorkeling spot of our trip. We set sail for another hour to our anchorage for the night, not far from Sapokren village. Dinner and overnight on board.

    Navigation time: 2 and 1/2 hours in total (1.30 then 1 hour)
    Distance: 12 miles

  • Day 2 Sapokren – Kabui Bay

    Sapokren – Kabui Bay At dawn, we go for a short walk to observe the birds of paradise in the hills above Sapokren village. We follow a local papuan local guide, to uncover an array of wildlife and observe fabulous birds in their natural habitats. We then climb back on board and journey towards Kabui Bay. Lunch on board and an afternoon dedicated to discovering the sublime coral gardens hidden in the deep blue equipped with snorkel, mask and fins. Dinner and overnight on board, anchorage in Kabui Bay.

    Hiking time: approx 45 minutes
    Navigation time: 1 - 2 hours
    Sailing distance: 18 miles

  • Day 3 Kabui Bay and Kri Island

    Kabui Bay and Kri Island Immersed in the beautiful sugar loaf landscapes that Indonesia is famed for, we drop anchor to explore the area on foot. We can also travel up river through the mangroves. We enjoy lunch on board then navigate to Kri Island where we will discover an exceptional range of marine fauna notably including sweetlips Plectorhinchus, barracuda, red snappers, blue tangs, fusiliers, reef sharks, manta rays, turtles and more!

    Navigation time: 2 hours 30 minutes
    Distance: 15 miles

  • Day 4 Manta Rays and Arborek Village

    Manta Rays and Arborek Village This morning, we swim with Manta rays at the Manta Sandy cleaning station. Then we visit the pretty village of Arborek, a Papuan village in the heart of the national park supported by many Non-Governmental Organisations. Today we also discover the stunning coral reef off Arborek pontoon. This evening or later at night, we sail to Alejui Bay.

    Nativation time: 5 heures
    Distance: 40 miles

  • Day 5 Aljui Bay

    Aljui Bay This morning, we visit Atlas pearl farm for a guided tour of the luxury world of pearl culture and its various techniques. We then go snorkelling over walls of colourful coral and walk along the bay as the sun sets painting the sky a backdrop of beautiful colours behind silhouettes of striking limestone pinnacles and intriguing dense vegetation.

  • Day 6 Kawe - Wajag Island

    Kawe - Wajag Island We navigate through the seas before sunrise and enjoy the morning snorkelling around the small islets of Roibe. Then, we continue to Equator Island at zero degrees latitude. After lunch on board, we navigate to Wajag island and enjoy a late afternoon snorkelling session in this truly breathtaking landscape. Night on board anchored between two boulders.

    Navigation time: 2 hours + 3 hours
    Distance: 30 miles

  • Day 7 Wajag Island

    Wajag Island We climb to the top of Mount Pendito and enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Raja Ampat Archipelago. It is a steep and sometimes slippery 30 to 45 minutes climb to breathtaking views. After the hike, we head back to the boat. Then, we alternate between zodiac outings and snorkeling sessions in the paradise of Wajag Island. Evening and night at anchor.

    Hiking time: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Day 8 Wajag - Eagle Rock - Penemu

    Wajag - Eagle Rock - Penemu Today we go snorkelling to the south east of Wajag Island where black tip sharks often swim near a pontoon at the beach. We sail southwards and enjoy lunch on board. We continue our journey past the west of Kawe Island. This afternoon we go snorkelling at Eagle Rock, 3 striking islets where manta rays and other large pelagic species frequent. Then, we continue sailing to Penemu, arrival in the night.

    Navigation time: 3 hours + 6 hours
    Distance: 55 miles

  • Day 9 Penemu Island - Batanta

    Penemu Island - Batanta Today we discover Melissa's Garden, one of the most beautiful coral gardens in Raja Ampat. We enjoy a lovely snorkelling session in this magical place then, we go for a walk in the lagoon annex, surrounded by striking sugar loaf shaped rock formations. We climb the stairs up a sugar loaf to the top of Penemu Island and marvel at the stunning views. This afternoon we sail to Batanta.

    Hiking time: 45 minutes
    Navigation time: 6 hours
    Sailing distance: 33 miles

  • Day 10 Batanta and Dayang Islands

    Batanta and Dayang Islands Today we discover Batana Island. From mangroves to rainforest, this island is rich with beautiful birds and lush vegetation not to mention the magical Batanta waterfall. Bathing in the waterfall possible. Today we will also go snorkelling and discover a lovely beach on Dayang Island Peninsula. At the end of the day we sail to Waisai, South Weigeo.

    Navigation time: 2 hours + 6 hours
    Sailing distance: 50 miles

  • Day 11 Waisai - Sorong

    Waisai - Sorong Early morning arrival in Waisai where we say goodbye to our boat. We take the ferry for Sorong at 9am then are transfered to the airport for your flight to the next destination. End of our service.

    Ferry crossing: 2 hours

Please note that sailing distances are in nautical miles. Sailing times are indicative and may vary depending on tides, weather conditions and route variations. Your guides reserve the right to modify the itinerary or cancel excursions for safety or unforseen logistical reasons.

Plan to arrive on Day 1 before 7am in Sorong. (SOQ)
Plan a return on Day 11 from 3pm from Sorong.(SOQ)

Dates & prices

Departures for English-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Departures for French-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Trip code: AIRAJA

Included

  • All in-country transfers as detailed in itinerary
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • 10 nights accommodation on board our boat
  • All meals from lunch Day 1 to lunch Day 11
  • Unlimited water, coffee and tea on board
  • Full supervision by a qualified, English-speaking guide
  • Accompaniment by our experienced Indonesian boat crew
  • Entrance costs to everything in the itinerary
  • Right to access the National Parks

Not included

  • International and domestic flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks on board ( 25 000 IDR/ 25Cl beer bottle)
  • Tips for locals

Terms and conditions

Booking conditions

Booking a trip with us implies acceptance of the terms and conditions of sale. Each customer is required to complete a registration form and, subject to availability at the time of registration, travellers are expected to pay a deposit of 30% of the total price to complete their booking. Payments can be made online or by bank transfer. You will receive an e-mail with your booking confirmation.

Invoice procedure

Once your booking is confirmed you will receive an invoice by e-mail. The full balance of the trip must be received at least 30 days before your departure date. We reserve the right to cancel your booking, free of charge, if this deadline is not respected.

Cancellation policy

If for any reason you have to cancel your trip, we require written confirmation of your decision so please contact us by e-mail, fax or letter. The money you have paid will then be refunded according to the following deductions:
  • Cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the departure date: No cancellation fees.
  • Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: 30% of trip price will be retained.
  • Cancellation received within 20 days of the departure date: 70% of trip price will be retained.
Please note if you decide to cancel your trip having agreed, in writing, to pay for additional tailor-made services (hotel, additional flights or activities...), these services are usually non-refundable.
If we have to cancel a departure due to an insufficient number of participants, you will be informed no later than 21 days before departure and a full refund will be issued, you will not be entitled to further compensation. We reserve the rights to cancel departures due to exceptional circumstances which may impact the safety of participants. Such circumstances may include those amounting to 'force majeure' in which case participants will receive a full refund but they will not be entitled to any compensation.

Changes to travel contract

If you wish to make a change to your booking please contact us in writing; you will be expected to pay any fee which might arise from this change. In the event of unforeseen external events, Altaï Indonesia may change some aspects of the travel contract. If any changes are necessary you will be informed as quickly as possible.

Pricing

The prices on our website are updated regularly and all of the prices we advertise are accurate when published. We reserve the rights to make changes to any of these prices. Before you make a booking we will give you the up-to-date price of your chosen holiday including any supplements, upgrades or additional activities you may have requested. If the number of travellers is fewer than the indicated number of participants on the website, a small group surcharge may be applied. For all of our trips we include details of services, prices and what is/is not included but please be aware that changes to the prices may be necessary in accordance with exchange rates or price changes of various components of the journey.

Contract transfer

If you are unable to travel for any reason, you can transfer your booking to another person in which case our modification conditions apply. Both the transferor and transferee will be jointly and severally liable for payment of the total holiday price and other associated expenses. Some airline carriers treat name changes as cancellations and you may be required to pay for the cost of a new ticket.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out personal travel insurance for your trip with Altaï Indonesia as soon as your booking is confirmed. We advice you to purchase a travel insurance policy which covers flight cancellations, luggage loss and emergency health care. Please look carefully at which activities are covered by your insurer and do not forget to bring all necessary documents and information with you (name of the company, name of the contract, insurance policy number, telephone number...)

Practical info

Staff

You will be welcomed at the airport by a representative from our friendly team and accompanied for the duration of your holiday. Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of expert knowledge our professional team know Indonesia inside out. All activities are lead by our qualified guides and you are in safe hands with our experienced local boat crew.

Food

Free, unlimited soft drinks and all meals from breakfast Day 2 to lunch Day 11 are included. Most meals are served on board; exceptions are detailed in the itinerary.

We are proud of the varied, fresh and frankly delicious food we provide from our hygenic on board kitchen. You can expect buffet style breakfasts, picnic lunches and three course dinners. Evening meals may include freshly caught fish and you will get to sample many traditional local dishes.

Please be aware that the tap water in Indonesia is not drinkable. Please let us know about any dietary requirements when you book the trip and we will work with you to cater for your needs.

Accommodation

On board:
  • 6 double cabins
  • 2 bathrooms/showers to share ( cold water)
  • Simple comfort

Budget & exchange

The currency in Indonesia is the Indonisian Rupiah, Rp (IDR)
Visit http://www.xe.com for the latest currency converter and exchange rates. You can withdraw Indonesian Rupiahs from in-country ATMs or exchange money at the airport/local currency exchange offices. ATMs and exchange desks are only found on bigger islands like Bali (Denpasar, Ubud, Sanur). The cost of an average meal in Java is around 3€ to 8€; in Bali it is 4€ to 11€.

When purchasing souvenirs, we ask that our travellers resist the tempatation to buy traditional items which are part of local families/the countries heritage. We also ask our travellers to respect the Species Protection Agreements (CITES) which aims to protect more than 2,500 species of animals and 30,000 species of threatened plants by prohibiting the trade of hides, ivory, scales, corals, shells, and the import of live exotic animals.

Tips

Tips are always appreciated - we recommend a budget of 3€ to 6€ per person per day for tips.

Supplied equipment

We will supply you with:

  • A snorkelling mask
  • A snorkel
  • A pair of flippers

If you have your own (good-quality) snorkelling gear feel free to bring it with you.

Vital equipment

We recommend packing:
For your head:
  • A cap or sunhat
  • A good pair of sunglasses (level 3 or 4, glacier)
For your core:
  • 1 or 2 sets of thermals: long-sleeved thermal tops
  • Long sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, appropriate for hiking in
  • 1 fleece or equivalent
  • A breathable wind proof, waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex...)
  • A rain cape or protective waterproof bag  for your daybag
For your legs:
  • 1 or 2 pairs of long shorts
  • 1 pair of walking trousers
For your feet and hands:
  • Your hiking boots (low-cut, thick soles...)
  • A pair of trainers (optional)
  • A pair of sandals for wearing in the sea
  • Thick walking socks
To keep you hydrated:
  • A good water bottle (min. 1.5 l)
For snorkelling:
  • A swimsuit
  • A long-sleeved rash vest to protect you
  • swim short/pants to protect you
And do not forget:
  • A good sun-cream (SPF 50+, water resistant, biodegradable...)
  • Insect repellant ( for the land hike)
  • Towel(s)
  • A wash bag - your personal toiletries... biodegradable soap, shampoo and toothpaste, a toothbrush.

Material

We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

Helpful equipment

You may also want to bring:
  • A camera and spare batteries/portable charger
  • A power plug travel adapter
  • A head torch and spare batteries
  • A fast drying micro-fibre beach towel
  • A sarong
  • Blister plasters
  • A small personal first aid kit
  • Zip lock bags to protect your important documents and electronics
  • A laundry bag/bin bag for your dirty clothes
  • Tissues
  • Earplugs

Luggage

Please bring a small rucksack to use as a day bag. You can bring this as hand luggage on the aeroplane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day in this bag. You will also need a larger bag to store your other clothes and belongings in, please ensure that this is a soft bag like a ruckack or holdall rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical. We recommend packing all of your clothes in plastic bags so that they stay dry in the event of wet weather.

Medicine

Your guide is a trained first-aider and will carry a full first aid kit at all times during the trip. We recommend that you bring a small personal first aid kit containing any medication you may need such as inhalers, plasters, antiseptic and painkillers.

Passport

To go to Indonesia travelers need a passport which is valid for at least six months after the date of entry. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and proof of onward travel is required.

Visa

Travelers staying in Indonesia for less than 30 days do not need to obtain a visa. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific visa requirements.

Mandatory vaccines

No mandatory vaccinations are required to visit Indonesia. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diptheria, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

Health information & recommendations

It is your responsibility to check that your personal insurance covers everything in this trip. A consultation with your doctor is a prerequisite for any trip. Malaria prophylaxis is advised if your trip goes to Flores, Komodo, Sumatra, Sulawesi, the Sundra Islands or Kalimatan. Anti-malaria treatments are not necessary in Bali, Java or Lombok. Avoid contact with mosquitoes as much as possible: apply repellents, wear long trousers/sleeves and sleep with a mosquito net. The World Health Organisation can provide further details of the latest health news and medical advice.

Weather

Indonesia is positioned on both sides of the equator making it subject to a similar climate year round. As a rule the South is generally drier and less hot. The average temperature ranges between 24°C and 35°C (75°F and 95°F). We cannot guarantee no rain but we can suggest that the best season to visit Indonesia is the dry season, from mid-April to October/November.

Electricity

Indonesia uses European-style plugs with two round pins. Voltage is normally 220 V 50 Hz except in a few places where it is 110 V.

Local time

Indonesia is spread across three time zones. The Raja Ampat Islands use Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/ Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +9.  Indonesia does not use Daylight Saving Time (DST).

Sustainable tourism

As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously.

We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...
  1. Be prepared
  2. Stick to trails and camp overnight right
  3. Stash your trash and pick up waste
  4. Leave it as you find it
  5. Be careful with fire
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates.

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.
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  • Lives in Bali
  • Passion for Hiking
  • Customized Trip
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Region
Raja Ampat
Activity
Hiking cruise
Duration
11 days
Group
4 to 12 people
Code
AIRAJA
Price
From €2,190
Level
2/5
Comfort
2/5
Language(s)
English / French

Strengths

  • Coastal exploration of the fabulous Raja Ampat islands and islets
  • Meet local people and explore local settlements
  • Exceptional marine life; pristine coral reefs, colourful fish, manta rays, sharks...
  • Unparralled nature... karst islands, limestone cliffs, sea-stacks, lagoons, white sandy beaches, primary forests, mangroves..
Raja Ampat Islands Adventure Cruise

Required level

This is an active adventure cruise. Travellers should be competent swimmers to participate in water based activities like snorkelling. This trip includes short hikes which venture through dense rainforest with some steep sections.
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