[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_inset=”0px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_inset=”0px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 15px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]Enjoy a splendid cruise in Eastern Indonesia: explore the incredible Raja Ampat archipelago! The following itinerary has been designed to access the most engaging locations Raja Ampat has to offer, with intent to dive three times per day. Depending on the weather forecast, we will either plan a route starting from the Southern or the Northern part of the Park. The following itinerary presents a route starting from the North. 19+ dives are planned during the trip.[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false”]Itinerary[/x_custom_headline][x_slider animation=”slide” slide_time=”7000″ slide_speed=”1000″ slideshow=”false” random=”false” control_nav=”false” prev_next_nav=”true” no_container=”false” ][x_slide]
We will be waiting for you at Sorong airport to take you to the harbor where our crew will welcome you aboard Kira Kira. Following refreshments and a short tour witha boat briefing, your safety on board and intended plans for the voyage, we’ll head to the famous Dampier Straight, the first of many areas we will visit during the trip. While we sail, you can relax and enjoy the first night and hospitality aboard Kira Kira.
The morning will start with a light breakfast followed by the first check dive at Mioskon, to get a feel for the week ahead. After this, we will dive around Cape Kri, one of the most popular sites in Raja Ampat that is well known for great biodiversity. The reef is overgrown by beautifully colored soft and hard corals. The third dive will be at Chicken Reef where the sun is often masked by a magnificent array of schooling Glassfish. Then after a substantial supper, there is the possibility to go night diving close to Mangkur.
In the morning, we’ll start diving at one of the most famous spots in Raja Ampat, Manta Sandy. You will observe giant manta rays while they circle their cleaning stations. It is common to see more than five or six manta rays simultaneously at this station. After a healthy breakfast, we’ll do a second dive at Manta Sandy, revisiting these beautiful creatures should all on board wish, if not an alternative dive site will be selected. Our next location for the third dive of the day is the long Reef of Lalosi. There are some beautiful resident anglerfish and colorful corals which offer a secure home to Wobbegong sharks and the wonderful walking shark. Between dives, we will visit the village that owns the jetty, meet with the locals and see some of the Manta Ray conservation projects based here. A night dive can be organized at the famous Arborek Jetty for those that wish to partake.
Early in the morning, we’ll arrive at Penemu‘s famous reefs, home to one of the largest population of fish in the area, very impressive, especially in a brisk current. After breakfast, we’ll dive at Melissa’s Garden, an extraordinary dive site famous for its extensive hard coral fields. In the afternoon, we’ll have time for a short trekking to admire more of Raja’s wonderful lagoons and landscape. We’ll spend the evening under the stars enjoying a BBQ on a deserted tropical beach.
In the early morning, we’ll sail to the North of the Gam area. After an extensive breakfast, we visit the locations around Takat Yangefo and the surrounding pristine Blue Mangrove forests. Those dive sites are great for schools of Barracuda, Bumphead Parrot Fish, Wobbegong Sharks and a myriad of other marine life. The first dive will be at Mayhem. Then after a short break, we will explore Citrus. In the afternoon it will be time for the third dive at Way Pretty Shallow. You can explore huge orange and purple soft corals covered with thousands of glass fish and a white sandy bottom full of surprises.
We focus on the top diving spots today, heading to and around Aljui. After diving Wofoh at the stunning Black Forest, we will visit a pearl farm and learn more about the pearls and how they are harvested.
The diving around Aljui offers great muck diving and we will provide two further dives, observing a lot of strange marine life beneath another beautiful jetty with big, big schools of fish for one of the best night dives in Raja Ampat. If we are lucky enough, we could observe the walking sharks as they are very common in this area.
Early morning, Kira Kira will move to the North and anchor in the magnificent lagoons of Wayag.
After an early morning dive in paradise, you will enjoy a leisurely breakfast while you savor the breathtaking landscape of Wayag.
From this extraordinarily beautiful location, you can take a kayak and explore the untouched nature surrounding us here. Crystal clear blue water and small islands overgrown with palms and other tropical vegetation.
In the afternoon, we will ascend a ridge and you will be able to take amazing pictures or just relax and enjoy the view. Diving is also possible this day.
Sailing overnight in the direction of Gam.
We will start in the morning with a dive at one of the most reliable Manta Ray congregation spots in the Raja Ampat. After breakfast, we dive at Lalosi, a hard coral seamount with extremely diverse fish life, when the currents are running.
In the afternoon, we dive at Mike’s Point: during World War II, the US Air Force mistook this rock for a camouflaged Japanese ship and bombed it repeatedly.
The top side of the island is blown away but underwater the reef has come back to life in an amazing way and is now home to large concentrations of fish and other marine life.
If the weather conditions are favorable, we’ll trek into the jungle for an early morning bird watching adventure to find the famous Red Bird of Paradise.
We’ll follow the day’s program with two dives at Mike’s Point and Blue Magic. Both of them are excellent dive sites with reefs full of schooling fish, Fusiliers, Surgeonfish, Giant Trevally, Rainbow Runner, Sweetlips and huge schools of Bannerfish. The reefs there are also very beautiful, decorated with Sea Fans, Soft Corals and Orange Elephant Ear Sponges.
We then sail back down the Dampier strait, heading back to Sorong overnight to arrive for sunrise.
End of the trip and transfer to the airport according to your flight schedules.
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