Raja Ampat : Kayaking Gam Island

This program in Raja Ampat islands is for trained paddlers and adventure seekers. You will have great fun kayaking and snorkeling in pristine clear water surrounded by amazing landscapes. 
You will Circumnavigate Gam island, sleeping in local homestays surrounded by mushrooms islands and colorful corals.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kri island ( L-D)

    Arrival in Kri island ( L-D) Arrival on Kri, check in, welcome and briefing. Lunch and the rest of the day planning and preparations for upcoming sea kayaking trip.

    approximately 2h by boat
    Accommodation : Kri Guest House

  • Day 2 From kri to Gam island (B-L-D)

    From kri to Gam island (B-L-D) After breakfast and packing, receive an equipment, meet the local Papuan guide and set off kayaking towards the island of Gam. *Open water crossing of 5,2km* Once on the south coast of Gam, head toward the Blue Water Mangroves and explore the area either in the late afternoon or the following day depending on the tide and the guide’s discretion.

    Kayaking distance : 13.5 km
    Accommodation : Guest House

  • Day 3 Discovery of Gam island (B-L-D)

    Discovery of Gam island  (B-L-D) Departure by kayak after breakfast along south-west coast of Gam. Stop on white sandy beaches along the way for great snorkeling. A brief stop in the village of Yenwaupnor can be made. Arrive at Beser Bay! In the late afternoon explore the southern region of Beser Bay before returning to the guesthouse for the evening.

    Kayaking distance : 22km
    Accommodation : Guest House

  • Day 4 Kayaking and snorkeling Gam island (B-L-D)

    Kayaking and snorkeling Gam island (B-L-D) Depart from Beser Bay shortly after breakfast. Head towards ‘Yenbraimuk’ for a short stop and snorkel before continuing along the western coast of Gam, visiting the small islands of Pef and stopping for lunch on a remote beach. Continue along the north-west coast, entering the Passage where kayakers can take the opportunity to snorkel – many colourful soft corals! Arrival at Warikaf guesthouse. For those keen to kayak more, an exploration of the small limestone cliffs can be made just before dusk.

    Kayaking distance : 36 km
    Accommodation : Guest House

  • Day 5 North of Gam island ( B-L- D)

    North of Gam island ( B-L- D) Departure from Warikaf after breakfast, experience the remote northern coast of Gam. *Note: There are no sandy beaches along this coast and guests are required to keep water-shoes nearby in the event where one needs to land. Once the beach by “Tanjung Bamboo” is reached, stop and snorkel along shallow reefs. Kayak further along the Mushroom Islands before entering Yenanas guesthouse – great snorkeling on the house reef! There will also be an opportunity to view the Red Bird-of-Paradise the following morning at an additional cost of Rp150,000 paid directly to the guesthouse owner. Hike about an hour into the forest each way.

    Kayaking distance : 19km
    Accommodation : Guest House

  • Day 6 From Gam back to Kri island

    From Gam back to Kri island Depart after breakfast and a final snorkel. Head towards Friwen Bonda for a snorkel and short break. Depending upon weather, either kayak directly to Kri from this location, or will kayak towards Blue Water Mangroves area before crossing over to Kri island. A break will be made before the crossing for lunch. *Open water crossing of 5,2km* Arrival on Kri and conclusion of sea kayaking trip. De-brief with managers and wash&store kayak, equipment and personal gear.

    Kayaking distance : 14 km
    Accomodation : Kri Guest House

  • Day 7 Kri island ( at your own leisure) ( B -L-D)

    Kri island ( at your own leisure) ( B -L-D) This will be a day of rest for both staff and guests and no guided activities are offered. Snorkeling can be done from shore or kayaks can be used to explore the island (unguided) - guests are requested to collect, clean and store the kayaks independently. All meals will be provided by Kri Guest House

    Accomodation ; Kri Guest House

  • Day 8 From Kri island to Sorong ( B)

    From Kri island to Sorong ( B) Departure day. After breakfast the managers will escort you to the boat on stand-by for the return journey to Sorong. Depending on independent arrangements guest will either transfer directly to the airport

    approximately 2h by boat

Due to the nature of sea kayaking, guests need to be healthy and in fit condition.

An ‘Estimated Total Distance covered by kayak’ is indicated due to slight changes along the route due to conditions, currents, tides.

Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Price

1 600 euros per person (Based on 2 travelers)

The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.

Included

- Local English speaking kayaking guide
- Transfer to and from Sorong
- Kayaking gear from day 2 to day 7
- Accommodation in Guest House from day 1 to day 7
- Meals from lunch in day 1 to breakfast in day 8

Not included

- International and domestic flights
- Marine Park Entrance fee (Rp1,000,000 in January 2019),
- Optional activities :  bird watching , boat excursions,.. 
- Additional guide fees if requested 
- Tips and drinks ( other than mineral water)

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

- Local Indonesian English speaking guide
- Local Logistic team

Food

Dinners, lunches and breakfasts are served in local home stays or picnics. Be careful not to drink water from a source you are not sure about. When walking, water must be systematically treated, and in the city, capped water only.

Your guide will provide you with mineral water every day to fill your gourd/bottle morning and evening.

--> We also ask you to bring a filtering bottle/person for this stay.

Accommodation

In this trip you will sleep in local guesthouses. These guesthouses are strategically located approximately 15 km from one another. This allows for adventurous paddling through the breathtaking scenery of Raja Ampat, yet does not compromise on the provision of some basic infrastructure.

Most of the time you will have a shared bathroom, no hot water and a room with simple comfort ( Mattress, fan  and mosquito nets).

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

Tipping is not an obligation and must be left to everyone's discretion. However, in Indonesia it is common practice to leave one when you are satisfied with the service provided. Its amount depends on the assessment of the latter and must take into account the local economy. Tips that are too high, given the general standard of living of the country visited, destabilize local economic balances.

An amount of 3 to 6 euros per person/day to be divided for the team is the average.

As a reminder, tips are a supplement and do not replace their remuneration. Indeed, anyone who intervenes on our trips is paid elsewhere.

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 filtering water bottle (min. 1.5 l)
For snorkelling:
  • A swimsuit
  • A long-sleeved rash vest to protect you
  • A short or pants 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.

Camping equipment
- Sleeping bag - comfort 10 degrees
- Headlamp + spare batteries

Helpful equipment

For your comfort:
- multi-purpose pocket knife.
- toiletries kit: biodegradable soap and shampoo, toothbrush, biodegradable toothpaste, razor, "no rinse" hand washing gel,...
- micro-fibre towel: intended for travel, it dries very quickly.
- bath towel or sarong
- waterproof "Zip Lock" pockets: to protect your important documents: passport, money or electronic devices: cameras, phones so they are not wet.
- plastic bags / or garbage bags: for waterproofing your belongings or to put your dirty belongings in.
- camera and/or camcorder and spare batteries and/or batteries. (Don't forget the battery charger).
- earplugs.

Luggage

All your luggage must be divided into 2 bags:

-->A flexible travel bag with side zipper giving easier access to its contents such as a marine bag of about 80 L and a maximum of 15 Kg. Luggage is transported by vehicle/boat

-->A 30-litre backpack to carry your belongings for the day.

--> A 20/30L waterproof bag to carry your personnal belongings in the kayak

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 onwards 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.

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 our trip...
  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
Kayaking Secret destination
Duration
8 days
Code
KAYAKR4GAM
Price
From €1,600
Level
4/5
Comfort
2/5

Strengths

- Remote Mushrooms islands
- Amazing snorkeling spots
- Meet with  the locals

Required level

Moderated / difficult
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