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10 Days$7550USD

Activities
  • 10 days adventure cruising, optional kayaking, snorkelling, SUP and hiking
Accommodation
  • 9 nights aboard Katharina
Meals
  • 9 Dinners
  • 9 Lunches
  • 9 Breakfasts
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Discovery and Cruising
 
 

Trip highlights


  • Experience the secretive and seductive dancing of the iconic birds of paradise
  • Cruise the tranquil waters of Raja Ampat
  • Unwind on some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in the world
  • Swim with Whale Sharks
  • Snorkel or kayak and explore the marine life beneath the surface
  • Explore the wondrous landscapes and forests of Triton Bay

Sail through fairy tale landscapes of karst limestone spires, mysterious caves, ancient rock paintings and endless secret coves filled with corals and fish of every colour as we make our way along the coast of West Papua. This trip, aboard a traditional wooden pinisi sailing ship, provides the perfect, comfortable base from which to explore the bays, beaches and islets of Raja Ampat before heading south along the coast of mainland Papua. Hike the forest floor in search of the Wilson’s Bird of Paradise & turn your eyes to the canopy to see the Red Bird of Paradise. Snorkel the warm azure waters or break out the kayaks and paddle boards for some above water exploration. Swim with whale sharks, the gentle giants of the ocean, in Triton Bay and learn more about their unique relationship with local fisherman. Our local Indonesian crew are all expertly trained and passionate about their homeland, there really is no one better placed to share an insight into this fascinating part of Indonesia.

Trip Code: STF

You will be greeted by your tour leader at Sorong airport in the morning and taken to the boat, and after settling into your new home for the next ten days we will set course for the southernmost islands, part of the Raja Ampat National Park. After an alfresco lunch, we will stop for our first swim and snorkel on a coral reef, before continuing on our way south. Pre-dinner cocktails will be served on the back deck as the sun goes down and brings an end to our first day as we cruise on through the night.

Meals:  L,D

Before dawn we will be ferried to a local village, where local guides will take us on a trek through the jungle in the hope of finding the beautiful Wilson’s Bird of Paradise perform is mating dance ritual upon the forest floor. On our way back to the boat we will be accompanied by the sounds of the jungle coming to life and we will be sure to spot a number of bird species along the way. After a well-earned late breakfast, we will spend the remainder of the day enjoying snorkelling, swimming and exploring the reefs and islands of the local area by kayak and paddle board.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is our second and final early morning wake up as we head off to see the Red Bird of Paradise, this time high in the canopy of the rainforest. Extremely extroverted show offs, these birds dance and squawk their way around the trees trying to impress the female of the species, making for an incredible show. After returning to the ship and breakfast it will be time for some snorkelling on some of Raja Ampat’s most spectacular reefs in the Dampier Strait. If the tides are in our favour we might get to see some of the area’s larger species of marine life, which are attracted by the currents in these nutrient rich waters. We will end the day at a local inhabited island, where the village kids will show us around their beautiful village and then perform some local folk dances for us. We will weigh anchor before dinner, enjoying sunset cocktails on the back deck as we cruise south.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we wake up in southern Raja Ampat at the island of Misool, a picturesque archipelago of forest-covered limestone islets just teeming with coral reefs that has adventures aplenty on offer. We will swim through a massive and ancient sea cave, adorned with giant stalagmites and stalactites. We will then journey to a small, secret lake inhabited by thousands of stingless jellyfish, where we will snorkel among them. After lunch we will explore the area by ship’s tenders, going in and out of the many bays and inlets looking for birds, and also stopping to see some prehistoric cave paintings said to be between 3,000 and 5,000 years old.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will have a relaxing day of snorkelling on the reefs, exploring the inlets and local areas by paddle board and kayak, or swimming and sunbathing from the white sand beaches of this beautiful piece of paradise. After a full day of fun and relaxation we will head east for our overnight cruise to our next destination.

Meals:  B,L,D

We will wake up off a small group of picture-perfect islands, where we will spend the morning exploring the beaches and crystal clear waters and vibrant reefs with our snorkels. We will then cruise in the direction of the mainland of Papua, where we will visit a local village and meeting the residents, who will welcome us into their village, sharing with us their way of life which consists or fishing and growing nutmeg. Back on the boat we will continue southeast overnight, enjoying dinner and sunset drinks along the way.

Meals:  B,L,D

We wake up off the coast of Papua to a most serene and primal scene of a jungle waterfall where a roaring river surrounded by virgin rainforest pours into the sea. Here we will swim and play in the waterfall and the sea as we take in this most tranquil tropical scenery.We will also have the chance to snorkel through the corals on a nearby reef. Later in the day we will continue our journey east, stopping off late afternoon for another swim and snorkel on our way to see the whale sharks of Triton Bay.

Meals:  B,L,D

Triton Bay is a place of unsurpassed natural splendour, where time and tides have sliced the limestone landscape into tall cliffs and numerous islands separated by lagoons and narrow channels. It is also home to fishermen who collect baitfish and keep them in nets attached to specially built platforms, also known as ‘bagans’. It is these and their fish that attract whale sharks. We will head out in the tenders to see if the sharks are around, and if we are lucky, we will spend a couple of hours in the water with these magnificent creatures. After lunch we will explore the bays and limestone outcrops aby tender, kayak, and paddle board as well as swim and snorkel from the beautiful white-sand beaches. This evening we will have a beach BBQ with the crew, with singing and dancing late into the night.

Meals:  B,L,D

We will spend the morning cruising through the undisturbed coves, caves, and lagoons before heading north through the Namatote Passage, where there is an impressive collection of ancient cave paintings high up on the cliffs. The afternoon will be filled with more snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and paddling as we relax amidst the beauty of the surrounding jungle covered islands. We will spend our final evening on the ship resting at anchor and enjoying a farewell dinner with our captain and crew.

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning, we will find ourselves at anchor in the harbour of Kaimana, and after an early breakfast our tenders will take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners
  • twin share cabin accommodation
  • Raja Ampat park entrance fees and boat levies
  • snorkelling equipment
  • use of kayaks and paddle boards
  • local guide and crew
  • airport transfers

  • international flights to and from the point of embarkation
  • alcoholic & aerated drinks
  • items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
  • tips
  • airport & departure taxes
  • visas
  • travel insurance

About Your Leader

The all-Indonesian tour leader and crew are highly experienced and competent in the ways of the sea, the islands, and the cultures we visit. They all speak English very well, and are on hand to look after you and ensure you have a very safe and enjoyable time.


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Priceper person from

$7550USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Fuel Surcharge 2024/2025USD$400
  • Single Cabin Supplement 2024 departuresUSD$5665
  • Single Cabin Supplement 2025 departuresUSD$5925
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Papua's Birds of Paradise & Whale Sharks aboard Katharina trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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