Papua’s Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise I
Raja Ampat Islands are situated on West coast of Indonesian’s province West Papua. Although the islands are among the best snorkeling spots of Indonesia, they are still wild, not flooded with a wave of tourists. Just a few villages are located on the largest islands.
Safari covers Kaimana, Triton Bay, Raja Ampat, Misool and Waigeo.
We will embark in the harbour of Sorong. We will depart for the island of Mioskon, about 5 hours north-west of Sorong, near Waigeo. Pulau Mioskon is the ideal place for snorkelling off the beach, water sports, and bird watching.
In the evening we will move to the nearby village of Sapokren on Waigeo.
Trekking and bird watching expedition near the village of Sapokren. We will spend the remainder of the day resting from the morning’s activities and enjoying the waters and reefs of Raja Ampat.
Walk into the forest on a pre-dawn quest to spot the remarkable red bird of paradise.
After returning to the ship, we will turn our attention from the sky to the sea as the Ombak Putih makes her way through the Dampier strait, home of some of Raja Ampat’s premier reefs.
We will end the day by mooring off Pulau Arborek in front Arborek Village.
Swim and snorkel through Tomolol’s mysterious dome-topped cave. We will then spend a quiet night at anchor.
Paddling in the sea kayaks, watch for birds perched on the rocks, in the glorious scenery. After a full day of island hopping, the Ombak Putih will begin her overnight journey.
We will explore the Pisang Islands before making our way to the shores of West Papua. Here we will follow the shoreline until we reach the village of Sipitnanam.
After visiting the village, we will continue south along the coastline through the night.
Today we will wake up to the beautiful sight of Kitikiti waterfall. We can swim under the waterfall and explore the extraordinary reefs nearby before rounding Cape Papisol to the Karawawi region, before journeying on to Triton Bay.
If the Whale Sharks are here we will swim and snorkel with, we will also spend our time swimming from secluded beaches, snorkeling the vibrant turquoise waters and kayaking amongst the rocky outcrops. Finally we will visit the village of Lobo.
We will be cruising through the undisturbed coves, caves, and lagoons before heading north through the Namatote Passage.
We will spend our final evening on the ship resting at anchor and enjoying a farewell dinner with our captain and crew.
In the morning, we will find ourselves at anchor in the harbour of Kaimana, We will say goodbye to the Ombak Putih and her crew.
Our tenders will take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.
The route and dives are always organized according to the weather conditions, the currents and tides.