Indonesia: Sail & Snorkel Raja Ampat

Departures: Indonesia

Indonesia: Sail & Snorkel Raja Ampat

Embark on a multi-island sailing adventure to some of the most beautiful islands in the Indonesian archipelago. Board the sailing schooner Katharina in Sorong for a leisurely 8-day passage to enjoy quiet coastal villages, emerald seas, shimmering white beaches, magnificent coral gardens and marine life.

Beneficiary

We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit the communities we visit. For this trip, we will donate to PATH, a global health NGO whose work on improving child health services in Indonesia is having a very positive impact.

Itinerary

December 5-December 12, 2015

Katharina

Day 1

SORONG—WAIGEO

Arrive in the Papuan port town of Sorong, gateway to Raja Ampat. Board the Katharina, a traditional Pinisi-style schooner, built in Kalimantan. Enroute to the island of Waigeo, stop for a refreshing swim. Dine al fresco as you watch the sunset.

Red Bird of Paradise

Day 2

KABUI BAY

Naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace sought the Red Bird of Paradise here and during a pre-dawn trek into the forest you may sight of one of these magnificent birds. On the way back investigate a replica of Wallace’s small hut. The rest of the day will be devoted to exploring the channels and snorkeling on some beautiful reefs.

Coral reef

Day 3

DAMPIER STRAIT—ARBOREK VILLAGE

Head through Dampier Straits, home of some of Raja Ampat’s premier reefs. The nutrient rich currents attract larger marine life and afford a unique opportunity to snorkel amongst them. End the day at Arborek Village, where we’ll visit a local manta conservation project.

Raja Ampat

Day 4

PENEMU

Awake to the site of Penemu Island. Go ashore via dinghy and after a short hike, enjoy one of the best views in Raja Ampat. Spend the rest of the day kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling in these pristine, marine-rich waters. Early evening sail towards the Wayag Archipelago.

crab

Day 5

WAYAG ARCHIPELAGO

Few areas in Indonesia can lay claim to such unsurpassed natural splendor as Raja Ampat’s Wayag islands. Spend the day exploring these islands rich in vibrant reefs and marine life—Raja Ampat at its best.

orchid

Day 6

WAYAG ARCHIPELAGO

Make the most of this unique region for one more morning, exploring the maze of mushroom-shaped islands, swimming and snorkeling. In the afternoon cross back into the southern hemisphere on the way back to mainland Papua.

sea slug

Day 7

YANGEFFO—MIOSKON

The last full day aboard the Katharina features morning snorkeling at Yangeffo, a lunchtime cruise to Cape Kri, with more opportunities for snorkeling and an evening farewell dinner party on the island of Mioskon. During the night, head back to Sorong.

Raja Ampat

Day 8

SORONG—ONWARD

After a quick stop for a last swim on one of the nearby islands, return to Sorong by lunchtime. Bid farewell to the Katharina and her crew as you head ashore for your transfer to the airport and onward travel.

Bali

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS

Can’t get enough of the gorgeous Raja Ampat islands? Consider staying aboard the Katharina for a week long, in-depth exploration of southern Raja Ampat. Or make your way to Bali, another of the many fascinating islands in Indonesia.

For pricing and hotel information, contact us at HOW TO BOOK. The specifics of this itinerary are subject to change based on local conditions at the discretion of Ponte Travels.