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Raja Ampat Archipelago
Located in the heart of the Coral Triangle- the waters surrounding the Raja Ampat Archipelago in Indonesia's West Papua province are one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet boasting more than 500 species of coral and more than 1,300 species of fish. Aboard our traditional style Indonesian schooner with all the modern comforts and facilities, our small group enjoys an intimate exploration of this underwater paradise located far from the beaten track.
Reefs throughout Raja Ampat are among the world's most pristine. We snorkel along mushroom-shaped rock islands, which harbor miles of hard and soft corals. In addition to snorkeling in aquamarine waters, we also explore some of the larger islands of the region including Waigeo whose lush green forest is inhabited by many variets of bird and animal life. We enjoy strolling along white sand beaches, and at Gam Island there is a possibility to see the magnificent Bird of Paradise.
Accommodations are aboard a 23-passenger, 134-foot-long motored schooner featuring twelve air-conditioned cabins with their own complete en-suite facilities. The Saloon is air-conditioned and comprises of the Dining and Lounge area, comfortable setting where participants can enjoy the library and socialize. It is spacious and attractive with large surrounding windows allowing continuous views of the spectacular outdoor topography. Although the vessel can accommodate 23 individuals, we will only carry 16 total.
With daily diverse snorkeling opportunities, combined with a mix of island exploration, this is one of the best remote snorkeling expeditions possible.
Day 1: Depart hometown, USA, cross dateline.
Day 2; Arrive in Jakarta and overnight in hotel.
Day 3: Jakarta/Sorong, continue to Sorong, West Papua.
Day 4-5: Misool, snorkeling.
Day 6: Penemu
Day 7: Waigeo
Day 8: Gam Island SW Waigeo Islands.Snorkeling activities and hikes inland.
Day 9-10 Mansuar Island reef area and Kri Island reefs.
Day 11: Cruise to Sorong.
Day 12: Debark Sorong, West Papua, transfer to airport for flight to Jakarta and overnight.
Day 13: Transfer to airport fly to USA.