Situated in the Northeast of the island of New Guinea in Indonesia West Papua, Raja Ampat (or the 4 kings) is part of the Coral Triangle where lives the richest marine biodiversity on Earth! This archipelago is composed by 1500 islands for a total area of 40000 Km2, that makes Raja Ampat the biggest marine National park in Indonesia! The Main islands are Batanta, Waigeo, Misool & Salawati. The High Marine biodiversity of Raja Ampat is due by his particular position between Indian & Pacific Ocean, this mix waters are home for plenty of Endemic Species.
Embarkation in Sorong
Wisesa team will pick you up at Sorong airport. Transfer to the boat and while you will enjoy a welcome drink, the team will do a on board safety briefing. as soon as wisesa is done with the clearence from harbour master crew will lift up the anchor and start cruising to Friwen island. This island is one of the highlight snorkeling location in the famous dampier strait of Raja Ampat. Great snorkeling site with colourfull soft coral and many, many fish ! We will spend the night in this island and after dinner you will have opportunity for a night snorkeling.
Early morning wisesa will relocate to “The passage” small sea river between Gam & Waigeo Islands, snorkeling there is amazing, you will drift with the current until some quiet area where forest meet sea, amazing seascape with colorful soft corral growing on trees roots we can see the halfbeak fish, archerfish and cardinal fish, and explore few hiding underwater caves. Wisesa will be back on Captain secret spot island to spend the night. You will enjoy a very nice sunset from the boat or from the beach near by.
After a good breakfast Snorkeling around our secret island,you will enjoy one of the best and richest shallow reef, huge Acropora coral formation, nice walls, and allot of colorful fish ! Wisesa will relocate to Tanjung Putus, but on the way we love to stop next a nice desert sand patch in the middle of the sea where we will swim in pristine waters ! Next snorkeling will be in an amazing landscape in Tanjung Putus ( the broken Cape ). Snorkeling with school of baracuda, Giant travelly, black & white tip sharks. As every late afternoon in Raja Ampat, you will love a colorful sunset to finish the day.
Rufus island & Pianemu
Early morning we will cruise to the Gem Pianemu island ! Often in this part of Raja Ampat sea, Dolphins love to play with the bow of Wisesa. We will stop next to Pianemu to enjoy one of the most mysterious island in Raja Ampat which is Rufus island a ring-shaped island that houses a turkish salt lake communicating with the sea by underwater caves, one of the most beautiful snorkeling in the region !
When the sun will be less strong we will prepare for a short trek to enjoy the most breathtaking view of central Raja Ampat in Pianemu, also call « Small Wayag » as the landscape here is similar with Wayag in the far North, amazing pinnacles in blue & turkish waters. We will spend the night in Pianemu.
We will spend all the morning on a secret paradise, an hidden beach on the south part of Pianemu. White sand beach, pristine waters, great snorkelling, ideal for kayaking & stand up paddle. In the afternoon we will explore the South part of Pianemu enjoy the amazing South Pianemu landscapes, and underwater walls full of coral & fish. At night our crew will organize a nice BBQ party on a desert beach !
Early morning, Wisesa will relocate to Manta Sandy ! Let’s go snorkeling with these graceful giants. Meet with Manta Ray is a uniq experience very impressive, for sure an unforgettable memory. During our Lunch Wisesa will relocate to South Mansuar, and anchor in front of the very nice village of Saundarek, where you will have the opportunity to visit the locals and see how they live. The Saundarek’s pier is our favorite snorkeling in all Raja Ampat, the locals decided to stop fishing here few years ago, and the result is just amazing, so many big fish every where, you could touch them, school of barracuda, giant grouper, Emperor, Giant Sweat lips, snapper red & white, also turtles, sharks, bat fish very familiar, and more. It’s just like an aquarium… Wisesa will relocate in South Waigeo for the night.
Paradise bird – Cap Kri
Wake up at 4h30 for a trekking in the jungle before sunrise, to try to see the Papuan Paradise bird in there habitat, the only time to see them is during sunrise before they go deeper in the forest looking for food. Back to Wisesa you will enjoy a big breakfast. Then we will have a stop at Pasir Timbul a very nice white sand patch ideal for swimming and take nice pictures. After lunch if condition permitting we will have a snorkeling at Cap Kri one of the most famous dive site in Raja Ampat, good also for snorkeling as the shallow here is really reach, so many species of coral and fish. Then Wisesa will anchor for dinner in front of the village of Yenbuba. Wisesa will lift the anchor at 00h00 and cruise back to Sorong.
Wisesa will be back in Sorong at 8h00, and after exchange of huge quantity of photos, it will be time to say bye bye to the crew & Wisesa, then we will transfer you to the airport or to your hotel.
The route and dives are always organized according to the weather conditions, the currents and tides.