Expedition Cruise to Raja Ampat and West Papua
Raja Anpat, the fabled spice islands, is a natural and cultural melting pot and a marine biodiversity hotspot. Here you will find 75 per cent of the world’s coral species and over 1,500 species of tropical fish. And while truly a paradise for divers and snorkellers, lovers of history, culture and birding will also have their share as we explore the rainforests of the Arfak Mountains looking for Birds-of-Paradise, discover remnants of WW2 and visit an old Dutch fort in Banda Neira.
After an overnight in Bali we fly to Biak in West Papua to board our expedition cruise ship. Our first destination is Cenderawasih Bay Marine National Park where we can swim, snorklen and dive in the crystal clear waters, snorkel among the corals, whale sharks and turtles, and paddle to perhaps see dugong.
Keeping an eye out for many species of birds we will cruise to Totoberi village to get a glimpse of traditional life in the islands. Meanwhile the Arfak Mountains is one of the world’s premier birdwatching destinations, while the coastline offers beautiful beaches and bays to explore.
Four days are dedicated to exploring the coral reefs and shoals, limestone formations and rainforests of Raja Ampat, home to more species of coral anf ish than anywhere else in the world.
Your cruise concludes with visits to the spice islands of Ambon and Banda Neira to learn about the spice trade and the Dutch history before sailing across to Darwin in Australia for your flight home.
Activity / Theme
Expedition Cruise, Nature & Wildlife
Leisurely . Moderate
Purpose-built small luxury expedition ice-strengthened cruise vessel
Luxury triple and twin cabins or suites with balcony, all with private facilities
Months of Operation
Adventure Coordinators Insider Tip:
The best time to visit Raja Ampat is September to April, when large numbers of manta rays can be seen.
DAY 1 Denpasar
DAY 2 Fly to Biak, embarkation
DAY 3 Cenderawasih Bay Marine National Park
DAY 4 Totoberi Village and Ahe Island
DAY 5 Whale sharks at Cenderawasih Bay
DAY 6 Birding in Arfak Mountains & explore Manokwari
DAYS 7-10 Biodiversity in Raja Ampat
DAY 11 Tour Ambon Island
DAY 12 Tour Fort Belgica & market, Banda Neira
DAY 13 At sea
DAY 14 Disembark in Darwin
One night’s hotel accommodation at Denpasar Airport
Charter flight from Denpasar to Biak
Transfer from Biak airport to the vessel
On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
All shore excursions
Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
Complimentary dry bag
Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
Comprehensive pre-departure information
Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
Gratuities for ship crew
Transfer from ship to Darwin airport on day 14
Wayag island image courtesy Aurora Expeditions
Whale Shark image courtesy Aurora Expeditions / Sebastian Pena Lambarri
Sample tour. Itinerary, accommodation, transportation, inclusions and prices are correct at the time of publication but may change without prior notice. Please inquire.
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