Raja Ampat & the Moluccas 11N/12D
SORONG - KENDARI
MAR TO APR
We propose the following itinerary which adheres to our ‘slow travel’ philosophy. This itinerary is highly recommended but can be modified to suit your taste and needs.
This close to 900 nautical miles odyssey through the Banda Sea and Seram Sea is primarily a voyage for the nature lover. Few areas in Indonesia can lay claim to such a diversity of stunningly beautiful islands: towering mountain ranges covered in thick jungles, huge limestone cliffs, odd-shaped islands with countless coves and inlets, innumerable beaches and lagoons will make the voyage a real feast for the eye.
This cruise is a true voyage of discovery
The spectacular panorama Wayag view point on the surrounding lagoon
on a thorough exploration to the most remote parts of the Indonesia Archipelago.
Great variety of lagoons and pristine beaches lined with swaying palm trees, along the voyage.
Remote picturesque coastal villages and other fisherman settlements
Good chance to observe manta rays
Day by Day
This itinerary should only be used as a guideline and may change according to weather conditions and also the sweet surprises and not-to-be-missed events that we may discover along the way.
Learn more about the 'Nomad experience' on this page.
Upon arrival at Sorong airport we immediately transfer you to the harbour where BUGIS is waiting. Once you are aboard our cruise director will first give you a general briefing to familiarize you with the vessel and our safety procedures. Then we cast off/raise the anchor and the vessel goes on a Northerly course into the Dampier Strait. Our first destination is Waigeo. Here we will enjoy our first experience of white-sand beaches, clear waters, and iridescent reefs with the backdrop of heavy rain forest. We spend the night at anchor.
For those who wake up early our zodiac will take you in the dark to the village where a guide will take you on a hike in the forest to spot the gorgeous Wilson`s Bird of Paradise. After re-embarkation we may go snorkeling then continue our journey to Kri Island to enjoy spectacular snorkeling. Around noon we sail out of the bay to the small picturesque island Arborek. On the reef below the wooden pontoon and along this beautiful beach expect to see brilliant hard coral formations and a dazzling array of fishes. We will also go ashore to have a walk in the village.
DAY 3 :
Early morning, weather permitting, we will rise anchor for Eagle Rock where we have good chance to spot Manta Ray while snorkeling. Then we'll head north to Wayag Islands, a great number of tiny islets whose bases over time, have been eroded by the relentless motion of the tides.
We will explore the beaches around the bay, swimming along shaded beaches, kayaking into narrow channels and inlets and hiking to an amazing point of view ashore a series of cove, lagoons and jagged rocks . Sometime during the sunset the captain will order to raise the anchor and BUGIS will move out of the bay to a southerly course to Kofiau islands.
As the sun rises we arrive on what can better be described as an atoll rather than an Island. . Its official name is Kofiau. Morning we step ashore to a picturesque village meeting their inhabitants and listen to their stories. After that we sail to a deserted island to organise a barbecue on a white sand beach.
Arriving at Pisang Island located on middle of the strait in the Banda sea.
We start our day with an early dive/snorkeling. Today we can expect a Robinson Crusoe experience in splendid uninhabited island surrounded by crystal-clear waters
This will be another day of nature exploration, coastal raids with our zodiac, and some relaxing time on remote beaches
The islands around Obi are appealing to be explored. Surrounded by an ocean crystal clear those islands set off the beaten track and here westerners rarely set foot ashore. Village exploration, nature hike, beach, and exploration snorkelling /dives will be the order of the day. night sailing.
DAYS 7, 8 & 9:
Taliabu Islands is possibly one of the least known Maluku islands. We’ll sail 3 days along the northern coast and explore deserted white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, the coral reefs or to go and visit some hamlets in the interior. the beaches are truly fantastic.
Banggai: at day break, we reach Bokan, a group of islands separated by lagoons. We’ll start the day with a session of snorkeling. Then we visit another “Bajo” village to experience the daily lives of these sea people. In the afternoon, we take our zodiac to explore various coastal areas, in particular some reefs where we can see the endemic Banggai cardinal fish as well as a jellyfish lake
In the afternoon, we explore rarely visited nearby islands where we indulge in the spirit of adventure that defines our slow cruises. Night at anchor.
We arrive early morning in Padea group of islands. We spend the morning on the western islands exploring the many bays and coves with our zodiac and visiting a “Bajo” village.
The afternoon will be spent on the uninhabited islands of the eastern islands: zodiac exploration, beach-combing and snorkeling.
Kendari: After breakfast, you say farewell to the captain and crew and we transfer you to the airport for the return flight to Bali or to any other destination.
Pricing & Inclusions
We apply a simple pricing structure. However, the inclusions and exclusions of each itinerary may vary. Please see the 'Inclusions and Exclusions' below.
Shared Trip: $400/person/night + additional distance fee if applicable
Private Charters: $2880/ 8 persons/night + additional distance fee if applicable
Accommodation in a shared double bed cabin
All meals, snacks soft and hot drinks
Land excursions during the trip
Use of paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling gear and other amenities onboard
Airport transfers from/to the closest airport
International and domestic flights
Visa entry fees (if any)
Port and park fees: $300 / pers
Fuel surcharge: $200 / pers
Beer, wine and liquors
Diving sesions and diving equipment rental