Tropical island above water and below water, yellow striped fish & colorful coral as seen on the Aqua Blu Raja Ampat Indonesia small ship cruise.
Aerial view of limestone karst gumdrop islands in emerald waters as seen on the Aqua Blu Raja Ampat Indonesia luxury cruise.
Diver floats beside an oceanic manta ray as it preys on a school or small silver fish on the Aqua Blu Raja Ampat dive cruise in Indonesia.
Red, gold and dark green bird of paradise stands on a tree branch as seen on the Aqua Blu Raja Ampat Indonesia birding cruise.
West Papuan children in Arborek Village pose for a picture on the dock during the Aqua Blu Raja Ampat Indonesia culture cruise.
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Asia / Pacific Indonesia Cruise

Aqua Blu Raja Ampat Cruise

Sailing towards the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this 8-day Raja Ampat cruise expedition is a visual spectacle with unmatched marine diversity on show at some of the best dive and snorkel sites on Earth. Indonesia’s Raja Ampat features beautiful limestone karst island clusters that enthrall explorers with secret lagoons, bays and beaches. During this Indonesia cruise aboard the 30-guest luxury yacht Aqua Blu, explore the world’s most biodiverse environments and also tuck into perfect private hideaways.

Enjoy world-class wildlife excursions both on the ground and underwater. Go in search of birds of paradise that exist nowhere else on Earth. These winged wonders live alongside 350 other bird species, including forest kingfishers and king parrots, making the region a mecca for birders. Scour beaches for turtle species including the Pacific leatherback, the largest of all living turtle species on Earth. And don either dive gear or a snorkel and fins to discover the underwater delights of this Marine Protected Area.

Start the trip by relaxing at Swiss-Belhotel before boarding the ship on day 1, then begin enjoying various highlights of the itinerary. Tour “The Passage”–a narrow passage between Waigeo and Gam Island that Alfred Russell Wallace traveled through in 1860, experience Yangeffo Island, enjoy water activities at Wofoh Island, dive at Figure Eight Rock or snorkel at the Ranger station to spot black tip reef sharks while visiting Wayag Island, take in traditional dancing at the Papuan village of Yensawai on Birie Island and visit Mayabilit Bay.

Passage is aboard Aqua Blu, a luxury long-range explorer yacht with a military past, specifically refurbished for cruising among Indonesian waters. This vessel is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter cruises due to her private yacht feel and size. Enjoy her fine appointments, 5-star Indonesian cuisine with menus developed by a world-renowned chef, and state-of-the-art safety equipment for a unique way to cruise Indonesia.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Indonesia cruises.



Itinerary

Raja Ampat Itinerary

The Aqua Blu Raja Ampat Cruise operates Saturday-Saturday, round-trip from Sorong, Indonesia. Highlights include dives operating almost daily, seeking out birds of paradise, visiting a pearl farm, taking in traditional dancing and time to relax in tucked-away coves.

Route map of Aqua Blu Raja Ampat Cruise, operating round-trip from Sorong, Indonesia, with visits to Mioskon Island, Kabui Bay, Cape Kri, Yangeffo Island, Aljui Bay, Wofoh Island,Pulau Pef, Aljui Bay, Wayag Island, Dayang Island, Birie Island & Mayabilit Bay.
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Day 1
SAT - Embark Sorong, Indonesia

Arrive at Sorong to a warm welcome. Take a private transfer to the Swiss-Belhotel Sorong to rest and relax, before embarkation at lunchtime. Board the ship and cruise to Mioskon Island as dinner is served.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 2
SUN - Mioskon Island & Kabui Bay

Awake to the beauty of Mioskon Island. Take an easy dive and snorkel excursion. Enjoy an afternoon tour on tenders or kayak of “The Passage”–a narrow passage between Waigeo and Gam Island that Alfred Russell Wallace traveled through in 1860. Enjoy the mangrove views and catch sight of saltwater crocodiles, hawksbill turtles and hornbills before returning to the ship for sundowners and dinner.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
MON - Cape Kri & Yangeffo Island

Rise in the morning to birdsong for an early tender tour of the magnificent karsts around Kabui Bay. Enjoy breakfast while cruising to Cape Kri. Snorkel or dive at Cape Kri–a dive site which holds the world record for most species spotted in a single 90-minute dive. Arrival at Yangeffo Island, with an exhilarating afternoon dive excursion at the Mayhem reef or a sunset cocktail tender tour of the mangroves. Dine underneath the stars back on board.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
TUE - Aljui Bay & Wofoh Island

Make an early departure to Aljui Bay and an eye-opening visit to a pearl farm before cruising to Wofoh Island for diving, snorkeling and water sports in the afternoon. Lay back and enjoy the ship’s beach club on a private beach, sipping on bespoke cocktails and frolicking in family fun as the sun sets.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
WED - Wayag Island

Watch the magnificence of Wayag Island’s limestone islets and lagoons unveil before your eyes as the sun rises. Jump in for a refreshing early morning swim and listen to the sound of the surrounding nature. Attempt to spot rare birds of paradise before a hearty breakfast back on board and diving at Figure Eight Rock or snorkeling at the Ranger station to spot black tip reef sharks. Spend the afternoon exploring hidden lagoons aboard kayaks from “Castaway” beach.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
THU - Dayang Island & Birie Island

Make an early arrival at Dayang Island, known for its plethora of marine life, especially reef manta rays and occasionally oceanic manta rays. Both snorkelers and divers alike will revel in the close presence of such majestic creatures at the Manta Cleaning Station. Cruise to Birie Island to indulge in a cultural excursion at the Papuan village of Yensawai for traditional dancing. Return on board to dine beneath the stars.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
FRI - Mayabilit Bay

Rise before the sun to embark on a spectacular nature excursion on tender, local canoe and a hike to spot the rare birds of paradise on the island of Waigeo. Test your sense of adventure before a refreshing swim down the shimmering blue Kali Biru river. The afternoon brings a relaxed snorkel excursion at Friwinbonda Island, before departing for Sorong for the last night of the trip.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
SAT - Disembark Sorong, Indonesia

Enjoy a healthy breakfast on board in Sorong before your outbound flight.

Accommodations

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Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board; non-alcoholic beverages, premium wines and beer; all excursions; snorkeling equipment and wetsuits; SCUBA diving (certified divers age 10 and over only); laundry; satellite internet (limited connection); and group transfers to/from vessel on recommended flights.

Exclusions

All air tickets; visas; private transfers; spa services, boutique purchases and items of a personal nature; guide and crew gratuities; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $400 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – full refund except for $200 service charge
120 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Aqua Blu Raja Ampat Cruise begins and ends in Sorong, Indonesia (SOQ). Plan flights to arrive to Sorong by 6:30am ahead of the 8:00am embarkation. On day 8, disembarkation in Sorong is at 6:30am. Plan flights to depart Sorong no earlier than 8:30am on day 8. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level.  Adventure activities may include: tender rides, kayaking, hikes/walks, wildlife viewing from the ship, swimming, snorkeling, diving and visiting local communities.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 25% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount. To book one of four interconnecting suites, please contact your Adventure Specialist.

Families & Children

Kids 7 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Save 20% per child under the age of 12 years old. A child under 12 years old sleeping as the third person on a sofa bed pays $700 per night (2020).

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

This ship is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Dec 12 - Dec 19, 2020
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The recently renovated Aqua Blu carries her 30 guests in high luxury, comfort and safety while sailing through Eastern Indonesia. Embrace history and luxury on this unique cruise ship.

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