|BOAT TYPE||CHARTER | US$||BOAT GALLERY|
|Catamaran||12 000 pp|
|Motor yacht||8 300 pp|
|Sailing yacht||14 200 pp|
Approximate price per person for 9 days sailing holiday. Final price depends on your choice of Yacht vs. Resort stay. While you live on board with your family and friends, no voyage is alike. Chat with Islander to see all available yachts and accommodation options for this itinerary and to see all inclusions.
An ultimate sailing holiday across the central and northern parts of Raja Ampat; voyaging spectacular seascapes of Waigeo and Gam islands towards the speechless beauty of Pam archipelago and Wayag. Witness the sandbanks of Kri; swim with mantas at Manta Sandy; lose your breath at Blue River in the vastness of Waigeo forest; meet the friendliest Papuans on Arborek island; cross the equator and play on Equator Islands; jungle trek in search of iconic birds of paradise; island-hop to silky beaches; and experience exclusive “blue water” mangrove bays with flourishing corals and record-breaking marine life. GUARANTEED, this sailing holiday will be an experience beyond imagination!
Amidst the dense Waisai forest, after a jungle trek and fishing boat crossing, you'll stumble upon the natural wonder of Kali Biru, or Blue River. When sunlight hits the surface, water molecules absorb long red waves in the light spectrum, followed by yellow, green, purple, and lastly, blue - creating a unique shade of cobalt guaranteed to blow your senses!
Sawinggrai village is one of the best-known locations for viewing red birds of paradise on Gam Island. Walk into the forest at sunrise to see these exquisite birds play from 07:00 to 08:00 am - and afterwards, Sawinggrai has just as much to explore underwater.
Mangrove Bay is a sheltered kayak and snorkel site south of Yenbeser. Raja Ampat has the world's highest population of "blue water" mangrove trees, where mudflats do not build up, so the water is clear, permitting lots of light to penetrate. This aids the growth of soft, multi-coloured coral; home to millions of juvenile fish, reef sharks, turtles and fascinating plants you won’t find on most of the world’s mangroves.
The mangroves of Yanggelo offer vibrant kayaking and snorkeling exploration through the strait that separates the island from Gam. Shallow reefs ring the sides of this channel, with soft coral growing on the roots of the mangrove trees - a phenomenon unique to Raja Ampat as most mangrove habitats on the planet are brackish.
On the way through Yanggelo Strait, explore Citrus Ridge, which has one of the best soft coral gardens in central Raja Ampat. The sloping sides are covered with so much life, divers compare it to swimming through a well-stocked aquarium.
Cape Kri is one of the most loved sites that consistently produce schools of reef fish; holding the world record for the number of fish species recorded in a single dive - 374! This sprawling cape reaches from the eastern tip of Kri to the sandbank of Pasir Timbul, and is pure heaven for snorkelers and divers.
This lookout makes for spectacular views of neighbouring Mansuar Island and Dampier Strait; spotted with the ridges of Batanta in the south and reaching all the way across to Gam, Friwen and Waigeo to the north.
Manta Sandy is an iconic dive and snorkeling site in Raja Ampat, famous due to a consistent population of manta rays between October and April. These gentle giants can be found feeding at the surface or hovering over a cleaning station and are not scared off by respectful snorkelers and divers. There is no feeling on Earth like the sense of wonder when face to face with these humungous rays.
Arborek Jetty is renowned for the large schools of fish spinning around, giant clams sheltering beneath, and soft corals that camouflage its piles in colourful swathes. Snorkeling from almost anywhere on the island is extraordinary, especially between 3 and 6pm when there is a fish feeding frenzy!
Arborek is a tiny island in Raja Ampat that you can easily circumnavigate by foot. Known for its very hospitable 'Tourism Village' and exceptional handicrafts; Arborek is a perfect paradise to gain a sense of the Asai culture, which is still kept alive in this isolated place. Be ready to be warmly greeted by many children who are always willing to pose for photographs. Arborek island paradise is fascinating both above and underwater and is a must-visit during your exploration of Raja Ampat.
A remote Rufas Island in Raja Ampat archipelago is a striking location with a small entry through the rocks to an inner lagoon. This natural swimming pool is encased by sheer cliffs plastered with vibrant foliage, completing Piaynemo and Pam Islands perfection. Just leave me be, for no one to see...
Wofoh is two island gems linked together by stretches of unsullied coral reef. Picture-perfect from above, and covered in pure vegetation, its real charm lies beneath the ocean. At the dive site known as the Black Forest, you can see the most extensive variety of sea fans in a veritable underwater jungle.
The largest island within the Pam (Fam) archipelago, Piaynemo leaves everybody astounded. With attractive snorkeling along its east coast, above water, this long and uninhabited island is home to another of Raja Ampat's scenic wonders - the Hidden Bay. In this heavenly bay of many karst islets punctuated with unspoiled beaches, you’ll discover giant hornbills flapping audibly like tropical pterodactyls.
Three hundred and forty steps upwards, a lookout on top of an impressive limestone peak offers a stunning view across the star-shaped lagoon at Piaynemo. Many karst islets lie scattered amid the turquoise waters; an other-worldly scene, full of such ancient wonder, you expect to see a dinosaur at any moment!
Not just a garden in name, this reef is Mother Nature’s way of showing us how gardening should be done. Patches of hard corals create a smorgasbord of colours that seems to contain all forms of life. Wobbegong sharks, crocodile fish, and centuries-old giant tridacna clams mingle with ubiquitous schools of fusiliers, anthias and damsels.
Kawe is a large, tropical dreamscape of long sandy beaches, with a spectacular coral network threaded among a myriad of tiny isles. Kawe’s advantageous geographical position, right across the equator, attracts marine life like a magnet - so there is always an opportunity to snorkel with shoals of fish, reef sharks, turtles and migrating mantas.
Equator Island is a chunk of shark-grey limestone with a stubble of rainforest, ringed by water as blue as a bottle of Bombay Gin. An incredible place for kayaking across covert lagoons and dramatic sea cliffs.
Aljui Bay is home to a large pearl farm where you can get a glimpse into the skill, time and energy it takes to cultivate these natural miracles. Each pearl grows in the bay for four years before being harvested! The nearby jetty offers an opportunity to spot magnificent micro-critters such as ghost pipefish, blue ring octopus and bobtail squid.
Pindito peak casts one of the most extraordinary views in Raja Ampat, with cones of surreal rock, rising like mushrooms from a shallow, green-blue sea, fringed by turquoise lagoons.
Located just in front of the ranger station on Wayag Island, this incredible bay is an exciting snorkel if you are up for swimming with scores of harmless, baby blacktip sharks.
Just east of Wayag, the Quoy islands have a distinctive look, with vertical, white, cliff walls plunging into the sea. The beaches and reefs here are every bit as good as those on Wayag but see far fewer visitors; leaving crystal-clear turquoise waters all to yourself!
The remote, rough and wild beauty of Uranie rarely sees many visitors. Its sheltered bay in the west features terrific reefs and there are numerous caves along the north coast, home to a large population of grey reef sharks. Uranie forms a dramatic landscape, including an eye-catching little lake, hidden behind a ridge - best gazed upon from a hilltop.
Dayan lies at the remote, western end of Batanta. It’s a snorkeler’s delight, with coral reefs so prolific, there are only a few places you can enter the water without walking on them. There is also a local-owned pearl farm inside the big bay to the south.
Batanta’s high inland peaks create a lot of rain which waters the island rainforest and fuels several waterfalls. Witness misty jungle falls of pristine water, pools inhabited by freshwater shrimp and exotic surrounds full of wildlife. With cuscus watching over you and giant hornbills soaring overhead, it feels a million miles away from civilization.