Bird's Head Seascape ~ Best sailing and diving holiday (2020) ~ Islander

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Bird’s Head seascape

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Best time

October - June

BOAT TYPE CHARTER | US$ BOAT GALLERY
Catamaran 8 940
Motor yacht 16 080
Sailing yacht 43 560

Final price depends on your choice of the yacht. While you live on-board with your family or friends, no cruise is alike. Chat with Islander team to discover available boats for this itinerary and to see all inclusions.

Sorong

Start

6 DAYS

Kaimana

Finish

Bird’s Head Seascape is a mind-blowingly diverse compilation of tropical marine life and rare endemic birds, mammals, insects, and plants. The centerpiece of this exceptional yacht holiday cruises the south of Raja Ampat across Salawati and Misool islands towards Fakfak, Kamama, and Triton Bay. With the myriad of sea treasures spread across the seascape that can only be described as “sea explorers heaven”, there is always something for everyone.

Harapan Jaya

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Yapap

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Lenmakana lake

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Farondi

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Balbulol

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Fiabacet

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Daram

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Namatote

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Whale shark

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Kiti Kiti

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Papisoi

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Pisang

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Harapan Jaya

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DAY 1

Learn about indigenous Matbat (people of the mountain) and Matlou (people of the sea), their inseparable connection with nature and fascinating ability to read its signs. Centuries-old traditions of the Misoolese including their practice of marine sasi (closure of the sea), weather shamanism, finding and calling animals, fish taboos, traditional ways of sailing and building, are so bewitching you will start questioning your existence!

Yapap

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Yapap Lagoon is a giant pool; over a mile of shallow waters and a high concentration of spiky karsts jutting from ancient temples. There is incredible snorkeling and awaiting divers is the ‘nudibranch kingdom’ - Yapap's nickname due to the enormous array of this bizzare sea creature.

Lenmakana lake

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DAY 2

Lenmakana Island houses a large population of stingless jellyfish in its hidden lake - one of the three mysterious jellyfish lakes in Misool. Swimming amongst hundreds of these delicate, curious creatures as exotic life echoes throughout the forests, will create a magical memory.

Farondi

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Farondi is a cluster of luscious islands with deserted beaches presenting impressive views above the sea and spectacular drop-offs beneath it. The area is filled with caves and overhangs to explore; if you dive, this is gold. But if you don't, the powder-white beach of Farondi is sheltered by a backdrop of trees, making it an idyllic place for a barbecue.

Balbulol

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DAY 3

Home to some of the most engaging views in all of Raja Ampat, the Balbulol Islands will take days to enjoy in full. Best explored by kayaking, witness Christmas tree-shaped karst rocks towering out of picture-perfect lagoons. Inside a series of inlets and passages, water glows with multi-coloured hues from a mix of reef, sandy bottoms, and freshwater ponds with stingless jellyfish.

Fiabacet

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In the heart of Misool's ‘No-Take-Zone,’ (twice as big as Singapore!), lies Fiabacet Island. If you enjoy hunting for critters such as seahorses, pipefish and nudibranches, then this is your place! Fiabacet is a night snorkelling kingdom; colossal sea slugs, crocodile fish, scorpion fish, camouflaged crabs, punching shrimps and walking sharks create an underwater circus!

Daram

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DAY 4

Daram is the eastern-most island of Misool. On the edge of Raja Ampat, its long, uninhabited beaches make ideal nesting sites for endangered green and hawksbill turtles. Local rangers will teach you how to release baby turtles properly, so the beach becomes imprinted in their internal map.

Pisang

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Pisang island is an ideal stopover to make a crossing from Raja Ampat to Triton Bay. Located 100 km east of Fak Fak, Pisang's coastline undulates, forming a series of channels, inlets and bays. Half dozen deserted beaches illuminate in need of a picnic with hornbills patrolling the sky reverberating through the cool air like muted helicopters. Like this is not enough of the Lost World feeling; you can dive in Pisang's extensive patch reef, and you will likely spot manta rays swooping over the ridge feeding on the current-borne plankton passing by.

Kiti Kiti

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DAY 5

In the wilderness, a roaring river slides down the jungle-clad Papuan mountains and cascades straight into the sea, at glorious Mommon Bay. Jump in and swim directly under Kiti Kiti Waterfall and trek into primal rainforest, sheltering native butterflies and radiant birds of paradise.

Papisoi

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Trekking a half day deep into the rainforest of West Papua will reward you with a sensational roar - the 75 meter high drop of Papisoi Waterfall! Originating in the highlands of the Papuan jungle, Papisoi is the voice of the wilderness and by its shores, you can experience excellent snorkelling through its high visibility.

Namatote

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DAY 6

Kayaking south across Namatote Island will introduce you to Triton Bay. Here you’ll discover Papua’s impressive displays of rock art made by early settlers millennia ago, when it was still possible to walk from Australia’s Torres Strait to the island of Papua. This area today is the shallow, muddy Arafuru Sea - where you have the opportunity to spot majestic whale sharks!

Whale shark

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Huge trimaran fishing platforms called ‘Bagans’ often anchor inside the Namatote Strait to lower their nets each night. Whale sharks are attracted to them and dingies are welcome to tie up to a bagan and swim alongside these noble creatures. Snorkelling or diving here is a prime experience of Triton Bay; and there is often not a single soul about, except a few fishermen!