Maluku and the Raja Ampat Islands Adventure Cruise

This trip explores a secret region of the Indonesian archipelago between Moluccas and Papua, a stunning paradise which is very rarely visited. Discover the Raja Ampat archipelago with its exceptional karst formations and dive into crystal clear waters everyday to explore some of the richest and best preserved coral reefs in the world. Traverse the coasts of Papua New Guinea and unlock a world of wild creeks and mountains covered with thick primary forests.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Ambon - Kei

    Ambon - Kei Arrival early morning in Kei island. Your guide is hosting you and you go to Tual Harbour where our boat is waiting for you - welcome on board!

  • Day 2 Deserted Islets

    Deserted Islets First day on board exploring the three deserted islets of Ngaf, Nodan and Er. A picture perfect landscape of pristine beaches, coconut palm trees, thriving coral reefs and warm translucent waters.

    Sailing time: 2 1/2 hours + 8 hours at night
    Navigation distance: 15 miles + 45 miles at night

  • Day 3 Kai Besar

    Kai Besar This morning we explore Ad Village and a magnificent cave. Then, we head up river to bathe under waterfalls. Return to the boat for lunch followed by an afternoon of snorkelling and swimming on our own deserted beach. This evening and tonight we sail to the coast of Papua and Triton Bay.

    Sailing time: 1 1/2 hours + 17 hours afternoon and night
    Navigation distance: 140 miles

  • Day 4 Triton Bay

    Triton Bay Triton Bay is one of the most exceptional places in the Indonesia Archipelago. Explore the karst formations in this unique location by zodiac, stopping to enjoy paradise beaches, snorkelling and to discover Warangara. This afternoon we continue exploring by zodiac, a labyrinth of limestone stacks and shaded beaches. Night at anchor near Lobo village.

    Nous entrons a l'aube dans la baie de Triton, un des sites les plus exceptionnels de l'archipel Indonésien. Le matin, raid en zodiac dans les formations karstiques en s'arrêtant ici et la sur des plages paradisiaques pour s'adonner au snorkeling et découvrir l’intérieur de l’île de Warangara. Nous continuons l'après-midi la découverte en zodiac des dédales de pitons calcaires et plages ombragées. Nuit au mouillage en face du village de Lobo.

    Sailing time: 30 minutes + 1 1/4 hours
    Navigation distance: 15 miles

  • Day 5 Lengguru river & Pulau Nusurumi

    Lengguru river & Pulau Nusurumi Early this morning, take motorized canoes a few kilometres up the river Lengguru. At this time you can expect to meet a whole array of birds, cockatoos, parrots and maybe even a crocodile sunbathing on the banks... Visit two small villages, and enjoy a walk along the river and in the surrounding hills. Return to boat, late afternoon on the desert island of Pulau Nusurumi in the centre of Triton Bay. Navigation to Namatota Island.

    Around 3 hours of walking
    Sailing time: 1 hour + 2 hours
    Navigation distance: 20 miles

  • Day 6 Namatota Island

    Namatota Island Morning snorkelling near Namatota Island with whale sharks! Visit Namatota village and enjoy an afternoon snorkelling between the islets south of the island where a paradise of beautiful beaches, rocky peaks and coral reefs awaits. Night navigation to the Kumafa Mountains.

    Sailing time: 12 hours night nav.
    Navigation distance: 70 miles

  • Day 7 The Kumafa Mountains

    The Kumafa Mountains Dawn arrival at the foot of the dramatic Kumafa Mountains. This morning we venture into the wild primary forest to find an enormous waterfall (60m) hidden in the lush enchanting vegetation. Little zodiac outing to a fresh water sourse, lunch on board and sailing west to Teluk Wap Bay.

    Sailing time: 4 hours
    Navigation distance: 25 miles

  • Day 8 Teluk Wap & Kiti-Kiti Waterfall

    Teluk Wap & Kiti-Kiti Waterfall Morning exploration of Teluk Wap Bay by zodiac, snorkelling with turtles and bluespotted ribbontail rays. Then we sail to Kiti-Kiti Waterfall and go hiking in the rainforest following an impetuous river. Keep your eyes open for small kangeroos and fierce cassowary. On the way back we can pause to swim in the Kiti-Kiti Waterfall overflow which flows directly into the sea. Night sailing to Fakfak and Onin Peninsula.

    3 hours hiking
    Sailing time: 1 hour + 12 hours at night
    Navigation distance: 80 miles

  • Day 9 Onin Peninsula & Sabuda Island

    Onin Peninsula & Sabuda Island Today we journey from the Papuan coast to the southern entrance of the Raja Ampat island cluster. Morning at Onin Peninsula, visit to the village and surroundings of this region which is known for its nutmeg plantations. Navigation to the island of Sabuda and its surrounding islands with their lovely beaches and fabulous snorkelling opportunities. Night sailing East to Misool.

    Sailing time: 6 hours + 13 hours at night
    Navigation distance: 40 + 90 miles

  • Day 10 Raja Ampat: Pulau Balbulol, Wagmab & Lenkafal

    Raja Ampat: Pulau Balbulol, Wagmab & Lenkafal Spend the whole day exploring the extraordinary karst formations of Pulau Balbulol, Pulau Wagmab and Pulau Lenkafal. Go snorkelling over pristine coral reefs and swim off shaded beaches with coconut palm trees.

    Sailing time: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Navigation distance: 10 miles

  • Day 11 Palau Lenkafal and the islets East of Misool

    Palau Lenkafal and the islets East of Misool Continue exploring Raja Ampat and Misool. Walk to a lovely view point, enjoy zodiac outings and snorkelling. This is a truly stunning place...

    1 hour of walking
    Sailing time: 1 hour 30 minutes + 4 hours night nav.
    Navigation distance: 10 + 25 miles

  • Day 12 Southeast coast of Misool

    Southeast coast of Misool Approach the island of Misool from the south, visit the coastal villages of Biga and Kapatcol and wander through the nearby forests and plantations. Canoe up river where beautiful birds of paradise frequent. Lunch on board.

    Sailing time: 1 hour 30 + 14 hours night nav.
    Navigation distance: 10 + 100 miles

  • Day 13 Seram Island

    Seram Island Morning visit to the north coast of Seram Island, Wahai, where magnificent limestone cliffs, small fishing villages and beautiful coral reefs dominate. Spend the afternoon on some of the 7 deserted islands not far from here enjoying stunning beaches and snorkelling.

  • Day 14 Seram - Ambon

    Seram - Ambon Early this morning, we leave the boat and traverse the island of Seram by vehicle. From Masohi on the south coast we take a fast boat to Ambon. Transfer to hotel and evening at leisure.

    3 hours driving + 2 hour boat trip
    Accommodation: Hotel

  • Day 15 Ambon - Flight

    Ambon - Flight Early transfer to the airport for your flight.

Please note that this itinerary, including hiking and sailing times, is indicative. Our guides aim to provide the adventure that is best suited to the various changeable conditions such as the tides, weather and demands of the group. Please be aware that in order to provide you with the most enjoyable trip in complete safety, changes to the programme may be made.

For the trips from 22/10 to 05/11 and from 20/11 to 04/12:
Plan to arrive on J1 around 5pm in Langgur
Plan a return trip on D15 from 8 am from Ambon

For the trip from 05/11 to 19/11:
Plan to arrive on J1 in the morning in Ambon
Plan to return on J15 in the morning from Langgur

Dates & prices

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Trip code: AIMORAJ

Included

  • All in-country transfers as detailed in itinerary
  • 14 nights accommodation on board + hotel
  • All meals from Day 1 to breakfast on day 15
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Unlimited water, coffee and tea on board
  • Full supervision by a qualified Altaï guide (Days 1 - 15)
  • 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
  • Evening meals on days 15
  • Tips for locals ( 4-5 EUR per person per day)

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 Day 2 to lunch Day 15 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
  • Simple comforts
Hotel:
  • Double or twin room
  • Private bathroom

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 4€ 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 and full-length long johns
  • Long sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, appropriate for hiking in
  • 1 fleece or equivilent
  • 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 (high-cut, thick soles...)
  • A pair of trainers
  • A pair of sandels 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
And do not forget:
  • A good sun-cream (SPF 50+, water resistant, biodegradable...)
  • Insect repellant
  • 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 pocket knife
  • A fast drying micro-fibre beach towel
  • A sarong
  • A bath towel
  • A mosquito net
  • 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
  • A small sewing kit
  • 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 travellers 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 onwards travel is required.

Visa

Travellers 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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Region
Raja Ampat
Activity
Hiking cruise Secret destination
Duration
15 days
Group
4 to 12 people
Code
AIMORAJ
Price
From €2,590
Level
2/5
Comfort
2/5
Language(s)
French / English

Strengths

  • Endless snorkelling opportunities - pristine coral reefs, ray, turtles and whale sharks...
  • Meet local people and explore local settlements
  • Unparralled nature... karst islands, limestone cliffs, sea-stacks, lagoons, white sandy beaches, primary forests, mangroves..
Maluku and the 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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