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Asia / Pacific Indonesia Cruise

Sailing Indonesia: Jewels of Raja Ampat

Spend 10 days sailing Indonesia in one of the most noteworthy ecological niches on the planet: Raja Ampat. Located in West Papua, just north of Australia, the Raja Ampat archipelago is a region characterized by rugged and steep karst limestone coastlines covered with virgin rainforest extending right down to the water’s edge. Many of the fish, corals and crustaceans that live in these waters are found nowhere else on Earth. Sailing Indonesia: Jewels of Raja Ampat small ship cruise reveals a marine wonderland that has long cast its spell over visitors, whether they be scientists, photographers, kayakers, spelunkers, birders or beach-combers.

Highlights of this trip include a visit to the Misool archipelago and its unique topography of karst dissolution; Tomolo Bay, where various caves reveal stalactites, prehistoric cave paintings and a mysterious jellyfish lake; Batana Island with jungle treks to hidden waterfalls escorted by knowing locals; Waigeo Island for spelunking and snorkeling; Dampier Strait, home to some of Raja Ampat’s premier coral reef; the village of Kapatcol to seek out lesser birds of paradise; and the region’s vibrant reefs, marine life, coves, lagoons, channels, inlets and sandy beaches which represent some of the world’s truest jewels. This voyage also offers an alternative itinerary that heads south into Triton Bay to search for whale sharks.

The 24-guest Ombak Putih and 12-guest Katharina sailing vessels provide a sense of comfort with their traditional yet modern designs. Activities include opportunities for daily snorkeling, kayaking, bird watching and hiking. These traditional pinisi-style ships each an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter cruises due to their romance, Indonesian culture, rustic charm and superior service.

In Raja Ampat, the underwater world is a living kaleidoscope. The surface is what many have described as the Last Paradise on Earth. Sail through Raja Ampat by small ship to experience the global epicenter of marine diversity with cultural and historical undertones intertwined.

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



Itinerary

Jewels of Raja Ampat Itinerary

The main 10-day Jewels of Raja Ampat cruise operates round-trip from Sorong, Indonesia, heading south to the Misool Archipelago; then north to Batanta Island, Waigeo and Mansuar Islands before cruising back to Sorong.

Route map for Sailing Indonesia: Jewels of Raja Ampat small ship cruise, operating round-trip from Sorong with visits to the Misool Archipelago, Tomolol Bay, Batanta Island, the Dampier Strait, west Waigeo, the Wayag Islands & Bay of Yengeffo.
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Day 1
Embark Sorong, Indonesia

Be greeted by the tour leader at the airport in the morning and transferred to the boat. Settle in as the ship sets course for the southernmost islands part of the Raja Ampat National Park. After an alfresco lunch, stop off for the first swim and snorkel of the voyage on a coral reef, before continuing south. Pre-dinner cocktails will be served on the back deck as the sun goes down and brings an end to the first day as the ship cruises through the night.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Misool Archipelago

Wake up at the eastern end of the Misool archipelago, a picturesque chain of jungle-covered limestone islets with spectacular corals reefs offering some fantastic snorkeling. Spend the day exploring the many inlets and bays and beaches with some trekking, swimming and snorkeling. Also make use of the kayaks and paddleboards for some seaborne adventuring. After a full day of island-hopping, spend a quiet night at anchor under the stars.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Tomolol Bay

After an early breakfast, the day starts with a swim and a snorkel through a giant dome-roofed sea cave filled with massive stalagmites and stalactites, undoubtedly one of the area’s most memorable experiences. Move on to the mysterious stingless jellyfish lake, one of only 20 in the world where these amazing creatures exist, and swim among the many thousands of stingless animals. Using the tenders, visit some mysterious skull cairns in sea-cave cemeteries; and prehistoric cave paintings, estimated to be 3,000-5,000 years old, that depicting various human figures and huge human hands, fish and flowers.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Lesser Birds of Paradise & Dampier Strait

Today hope to see the lesser birds of paradise in the wild, an unforgettable experience for anyone lucky enough to see them. Rise early and walk through the forest to hopefully see the birds as they dance around in their “lekking” trees. In the afternoon, snorkel around one of the best coral reefs in the world to see schools of fish hanging out in the deep and colorful sea fans sticking out of the wall. Late in the afternoon, watch the sunset while sailing to Bantanta island.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Batanta Island

Today, the island of Batanta offers a change of scenery and a chance to stretch the legs with an adventurous jungle trek filled with birds, butterflies and insects. Starting at a local village, follow the guides through the forest on a short walk to the first of two waterfalls for swimming. The fitter of the group can keep heading upriver where a second, larger cascade awaits. After lunch back on board, go snorkeling and get the paddleboards and kayaks in the water before heading north later in the afternoon for an overnight cruise to a beautiful group of uninhabited islands north of the equator.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Pearl Farm & West Waigeo Island

In the morning, visit a pearl farm tucked away in a protected, deep water cove and tour the facilities to learn how this precious commodity is produced and harvested. Pearling is an important industry and provides employment for many people in the local area. Spend the afternoon snorkeling and kayaking among three small islands linked together by some pristine coral reefs, or simply relax on the beach.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Piaynemo & Arborek Islands

This morning, explore a small group of limestone islands filled with coves and beautiful reefs. After breakfast, go ashore for a short climb to a vantage point to survey the beautiful surroundings before heading out to snorkel on the stunning reefs. During lunch the ship heads to Arborek, a small island located between Gam and Mansuar where the currents bring rich nutrients to the coral reefs. The three famous jetties offer so much underwater life sceneryschools of fish, the shy black tip reef sharks, the elegant spadefish and the magnificent giant clams.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Mansuar Island

Today, explore some of central Raja Ampat’s magical underwater gems. Start with a visit to a local village in central Mansuar Island. The village promotes sustainability through their education center, solar-powered street lights and sustainable fishing practices. Its house reef offers an abundance of marine life to snorkel through and maybe spot a wobbegong shark.

Another underwater adventure awaits in the afternoon at the eastern point of Mansuar. The area is famous for its school of big fish, with humphead wrasse and schools of giant trevalley swimming next to each other. Possibly be greeted by the resident hawksbill turtle. Tonight, enjoy a beach BBQ and party with the crew under the stars.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Red Bird of Paradise Trek & Gam Island

Today, make a very early start into the forest at Waigeo or Gam Island, in search of the incredible red bird of paradise. The walk takes about 40 minutes. Arrive at the bird site at dawn and hope to see the incredible mating displays of these birds in the canopy of the rainforest. This is a David Attenborough moment if ever there was one.

Next, walk through a colorful local village and meet the people who call this wonderful corner of paradise home and see how they live their daily lives. Back on the boat, head off for some more great snorkeling in the famous wall on the east of Gam island before sailing overnight to an island nearby Sorong.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Doom Island & Disembark Sorong, Indonesia

Wake up anchored in Sorong and have one last hearty breakfast on board before venturing on the last adventure on Doom Island via a traditional mode of transportation called “Becak.” During the First World War, the island served as an administrative center of Dutch Empire administration in West Papua and continued to become the core of Sorong for some time before the city grew in mainland Papua. During the Second World War, Japanese forces occupied and fortified the island, building a network of tunnels and bunkers. The island was attacked by American and Australian aircraft throughout the war. Following the war, a fishing station was briefly established on the island before it was moved to Manokwari. After the morning’s adventure, bid farewell to the ship and her crew and head ashore to be transferred to the airport for your onward travel.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations and meals as indicated in itinerary; beverages including coffee, cocoa, tea, soft drinks and fruit juice; limited laundry service (2 items per day free of charge, service stops 2 days before disembarkation); guided excursions; use of snorkeling gear and sea kayaks/canoes; outdoor sleeping facilities.

Exclusions

International or domestic flights; alcoholic beverages; pre- and post-trip hotel accommodations; gratuities; a 2.5% foreign credit card transaction fee if using a credit card to pay for any onboard purchases.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost 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 91 days – 25% of total trip cost
90 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 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 Sailing Indonesia: Jewels of Raja Ampat cruise begins and ends in Sorong, Indonesia (SOQ). It is possible to arrive on the morning flight and make it to the ship for 10:00am departure on day 1; however, we highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to depart no earlier than 12:00pm Noon on day 10.

Arrival and departure times vary for alternative itineraries; inquire with your Adventure Specialist upon booking for details. AdventureSmith Explorations can assist you in booking local flights from Jakarta, Makassar or Bali to Sorong. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit ourBooking Flights resource page.

Activities

Opportunities to explore the land and sea are made available most days of your trip and might include trekking, cultural tours, snorkeling, swimming or nature exploration. All activities are inclusive and always optional; inform your tour leader if you prefer to stay on board. Other activities may include jumping off the boat, beach volleyball with the crew and fishing (a simple spool of fishing line and hooks are available on board). The vessels are equipped with a sea canoe and stand-up paddleboard for guests to enjoy.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 75% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabins, with age as a consideration.

Families & Children

Families with children age two and older are welcome. Both boats have been built with child safety in mind and the side railings on both ships have been built higher than on normal traditional Buginese schooners. Keep in mind that this is an adventure cruise and parents must watch their children at all times. Children 11 years and younger will be charged 50% of the cruise fare if they share a triple cabin with parents.

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.

Papua's Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise (Sorong-Kaimana) Itinerary

The alternative 10-day Papua’s Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise (Sorong-Kaimana) cruise travels southbound, beginning in Sorong and ending in Kaimana. These departures put more emphasis on seeing birds of paradise and uniquely attempt to swim with whale sharks.

Route map of Papua's Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise Indonesia small ship cruise, with visits along the southern coast of West Papua, in the Ceram Sea.
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Day 1
Embark Sorong, West Papua, Indonesia

Be met at the airport or your hotel by the tour leaders and taken directly to the boat. Get settled in as the ship weighs anchor and heads out. Have lunch while under way and stop for the first snorkel and swim among the coral gardens in the afternoon. After sunset drinks, sit down together for dinner and then meet the crew. It’s an early start the next day, so an early night is recommended.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Sapokren Village & Bird Watching

Before dawn, be ferried to a local village and follow the local guides on a trek through the jungle in the hope of finding the beautiful Wilson’s Bird of Paradise perform its mating dance ritual upon the forest floor. On the way back to the boat, be accompanied by the sounds of the jungle coming to life and we spot a number of bird species along the way. After a well-earned late breakfast, spend the remainder of the day enjoying snorkeling, swimming and exploring the reefs and islands of the local area by kayak and paddleboard.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Bird Watching, Dampier Strait & Arborek Village

Today is the second and final early morning wake up, this time to see the red bird of paradise high in the canopy of the rainforest. Extremely extroverted show-offs, these birds dance and squawk their way around the trees trying to impress the female of the species, making for an incredible show. Return to the ship for breakfast followed by snorkeling on some of Raja Ampat’s most spectacular reefs in the Dampier Strait. If the tides are favorable, see some of the area’s larger species of marine life, which are attracted by the currents in these nutrient rich waters.

End the day at a local inhabited island, where the village kids act as tour guides of their beautiful village and then perform some local folk dances. Weigh anchor before dinner, enjoying sunset cocktails on the back deck as the ship cruises south.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Tomolol

Today wake up in southern Raja Ampat at the island of Misool, a picturesque archipelago of forest-covered limestone islets just teeming with coral reefs that has adventures aplenty on offer. Swim through a massive and ancient sea cave, adorned with giant stalagmites and stalactites. Then journey to a small, secret lake inhabited by thousands of stingless jellyfish to snorkel among them. After lunch, explore the area by ship’s tenders, going in and out of the many bays and inlets looking for birds and also stopping to see some prehistoric cave paintings said to be 3,000-5,000 years old.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Misool Archipelago

Today is a relaxing day of snorkeling on the reefs, exploring the inlets and local areas by paddleboard and kayak, or swimming and sunbathing from the white sand beaches of this beautiful piece of paradise. After a full day of fun and relaxation, head east for an overnight cruise to the next destination.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Pisang Islands & Sipitnanam Village

Wake up off a small group of picture-perfect islands. Spend the morning exploring the beaches and crystal clear waters and vibrant reefs with snorkels. Then cruise in the direction of the mainland of Papua to visit a local village and meet the welcoming residents, who share their way of life which consists of fishing and growing nutmeg. Back on the boat, continue southeast overnight, enjoying dinner and sunset drinks along the way.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Kitikiti Waterfall

Wake up off the coast of Papua to a most serene and primal scene of a jungle waterfall where a roaring river surrounded by virgin rainforest pours into the sea. Swim and play in the waterfall and the sea while taking in the tranquil tropical scenery. Also have the chance to snorkel through the corals on a nearby reef. Later in the day the ship continues her journey east, stopping off in the late afternoon for another swim and snorkel on her way to see the whale sharks of Triton Bay.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Triton Bay

Triton Bay is a place of unsurpassed natural splendor, where time and tides have sliced the limestone landscape into tall cliffs and numerous islands separated by lagoons and narrow channels. It is also home to fishermen who collect baitfish and keep them in nets attached to specially built platforms to attract whale sharks. Head out in the tenders to see if the sharks are around and hope to spend a couple of hours in the water with these magnificent creatures.

After lunch, explore the bays and limestone outcrops by tender, kayak, and paddleboard as well as swim and snorkel from the beautiful white sand beaches. This evening, enjoy a beach barbecue with the crew, with singing and dancing late into the night.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Namatote Passage

Spend the morning cruising through the undisturbed coves, caves and lagoons before heading north through the Namatote Passage, where there is an impressive collection of ancient cave paintings high up on the cliffs. The afternoon is filled with more snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and paddling while relaxing amidst the beauty of the surrounding jungle-covered islands. Spend the final evening on the ship resting at anchor and enjoying a farewell dinner with the captain and crew.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Disembark Kaimana, West Papua, Indonesia

In the morning, the ship is already at anchor in the harbor of Kaimana. After an early breakfast, be transferred ashore and then to the airport for your onward travel.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations and meals as indicated in itinerary; beverages including coffee, cocoa, tea, soft drinks and fruit juice; limited laundry service (2 items per day free of charge, service stops 2 days before disembarkation); guided excursions; use of snorkeling gear and sea kayaks/canoes; outdoor sleeping facilities.

Exclusions

International or domestic flights; alcoholic beverages; pre- and post-trip hotel accommodations; gratuities; a 2.5% foreign credit card transaction fee if using a credit card to pay for any onboard purchases.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost 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 91 days – 25% of total trip cost
90 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 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 Papua’s Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise Cruise begins in Sorong, Indonesia (SOQ), and ends in Kaimana, Indonesia (KNG). It is possible to arrive on the morning flight and make it to the ship for 10:00am departure on day 1; however, we highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to depart no earlier than 12:00pm noon on day 10. AdventureSmith Explorations can assist you in booking local flights from Jakarta, Makassar or Bali to Sorong. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Opportunities to explore the land and sea are made available most days of your trip and might include trekking, cultural tours, snorkeling, swimming or nature exploration. All activities are inclusive and always optional; inform your tour leader if you prefer to stay on board. Other activities may include jumping off the boat, beach volleyball with the crew and fishing (a simple spool of fishing line and hooks are available on board). The vessels are equipped with a sea canoe and stand-up paddleboard for guests to enjoy.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 75% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabins, with age as a consideration.

Families & Children

Families with children age two and older are welcome. Both boats have been built with child safety in mind and the side railings on both ships have been built higher than on normal traditional Buginese schooners. Keep in mind that this is an adventure cruise and parents must watch their children at all times. Children 11 years and younger will be charged 50% of the cruise fare if they share a triple cabin with parents.

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.

Reverse Papua's Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise (Kaimana-Sorong) Itinerary

The reverse 10-day Papua’s Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise (Kaimana-Sorong) cruise travels northbound, beginning in Kaimana and ending in Sorong. These departures put more emphasis on seeing birds of paradise and uniquely attempt to swim with whale sharks.

Route map of Papua's Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise Indonesia small ship cruise, with visits along the southern coast of West Papua, in the Ceram Sea.
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Day 1
Embark Kaimana, West Papua, Indonesia

Be meet at the airport by the tour leader and taken directly to the boat, which will be at anchor in the bay. Settled in as the ship weighs anchor and enjoy lunch while heading toward Triton Bay, stopping off for a refreshing swim and snorkel along the way on the first of many beautiful coral reefs to encounter during the cruise.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Namatote Passage

Spend the morning cruising through undisturbed coves, caves and lagoons before heading north through the Namatote Passage, where there is an impressive collection of ancient cave paintings high up on the cliffs. The afternoon is filled with more snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and paddling while relaxing amidst the beauty of the surrounding jungle-covered islands and cliffs.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Triton Bay

Triton Bay is a place of unsurpassed natural splendor, where time and tides have sliced the limestone landscape into tall cliffs and numerous islands separated by lagoons and narrow channels. It is also home to fishermen who collect baitfish and keep them in nets attached to specially built platforms which attracts whale sharks. Head out in the tenders to see if the sharks are around and hope to spend a couple of hours in the water with these magnificent creatures.

After lunch, explore the bays and limestone outcrops by tender, kayak, and paddleboard as well as swim and snorkel from the beautiful white-sand beaches, before heading west later in the day for an overnight crossing.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Kitikiti Waterfall

Wake up off the coast of Papua to a most serene and primal scene of a jungle waterfall where a roaring river surrounded by virgin rainforest pours into the sea. Swim and play in the waterfall and the sea while taking in the tranquil tropical scenery. Also have the chance to snorkel through the corals on a nearby reef. Later in the day the ship continues her journey west, stopping in the late afternoon for another swim and snorkel on the way.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Sipitnanam Village & Pisang Islands

After breakfast, visit a local village and meet the welcoming residents, who share their way of life which consists of fishing and growing nutmeg. Cruise through the late morning and lunch to reach a small group of picture-perfect islands. Spend the afternoon exploring the beaches and crystal-clear waters and then top it off with a long snorkel over the vibrant reefs. In the late afternoon, the ship weighs anchor and heads west for the Raja Ampat National Park.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Misool Archipelago

Wake up in southern Raja Ampat at the island of Misool, a picturesque archipelago of forest-covered limestone islets teeming with coral reefs that has adventures aplenty on offer. Swim through a massive and ancient sea cave adorned with giant stalagmites and stalactites. Then journey to a small, secret lake inhabited by thousands of stingless jellyfish to snorkel among them.

After lunch, explore the area by ship’s tenders, going in and out of the many bays and inlets looking for birds and also stopping to see some prehistoric cave paintings said to be 3,000-5,000 years old. Enjoy a beach barbecue with the crew as everyone dances and sings through the night before spending a quiet night at anchor.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Tomolol

Today enjoy a relaxing day of snorkeling on the reefs, exploring the inlets and local areas by paddleboard and kayak, or swimming and sunbathing from the white sand beaches of this beautiful piece of paradise. After a full day of fun and relaxation, head north for an overnight cruise to the island of Waigeo for the first of a couple bird of paradise encounters.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Sapokren Village & Bird Watching

Wake before dawn and be ferried to a local village. Follow the local guides on a trek through the jungle in the hope of finding the beautiful Wilson’s Bird of Paradise performing its mating dance ritual upon the forest floor.  On the way back, be accompanied by the sounds of the jungle coming to life and spot a number of bird species along the way. After a well-earned late breakfast, spend the remainder of the day snorkeling, swimming and exploring the reefs and islands of the local area by kayak and paddleboard.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
Bird Watching, Dampier Strait & Arborek Village

Today is the second and final early morning wake up, this time to see the red bird of paradise high in the canopy of the rainforest. Extremely extroverted show-offs, these birds dance and squawk their way around the trees trying to impress the female of the species, making for an incredible show. Return to the ship for breakfast followed by snorkeling on some of Raja Ampat’s most spectacular reefs in the Dampier Strait. If the tides are favorable, see some of the area’s larger species of marine life which are attracted by the currents in these nutrient rich waters.

End the day at a local inhabited island,where the village kids act as tour guides of their beautiful village and then perform some local folk dances. This evening during the journey south, enjoy a final night celebration dinner and party with the crew.

Accommodations

Katharina, Ombak Putih

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Disembark Sorong, West Papua, Indonesia

This morning finds the ship anchored off a white sand beach on a small tropical island, where all can swim, paddleboard and kayak. After lunch on board, say farewell to the crew and tour leaders and head to the airport for your onward journeys.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations and meals as indicated in itinerary; beverages including coffee, cocoa, tea, soft drinks and fruit juice; limited laundry service (2 items per day free of charge, service stops 2 days before disembarkation); guided excursions; use of snorkeling gear and sea kayaks/canoes; outdoor sleeping facilities.

Exclusions

International or domestic flights; alcoholic beverages; pre- and post-trip hotel accommodations; gratuities; a 2.5% foreign credit card transaction fee if using a credit card to pay for any onboard purchases.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost 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 91 days – 25% of total trip cost
90 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 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 Reverse Papua’s Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise Cruise begins in Kaimana, Indonesia (KNG), and ends in Sorong, Indonesia (SOQ). It is possible to arrive on the morning flight and make it to the ship for 10:00am departure on day 1; however, we highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to depart no earlier than 12:00pm noon on day 10. AdventureSmith Explorations can assist you in booking local flights from Jakarta, Makassar or Bali to Kaimana. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Opportunities to explore the land and sea are made available most days of your trip and might include trekking, cultural tours, snorkeling, swimming or nature exploration. All activities are inclusive and always optional; inform your tour leader if you prefer to stay on board. Other activities may include jumping off the boat, beach volleyball with the crew and fishing (a simple spool of fishing line and hooks are available on board). The vessels are equipped with a sea canoe and stand-up paddleboard for guests to enjoy.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 75% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabins, with age as a consideration.

Families & Children

Families with children age two and older are welcome. Both boats have been built with child safety in mind and the side railings on both ships have been built higher than on normal traditional Buginese schooners. Keep in mind that this is an adventure cruise and parents must watch their children at all times. Children 11 years and younger will be charged 50% of the cruise fare if they share a triple cabin with parents.

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

These ships are AdventureSmith favorites for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

Oct 16 - Oct 25, 2020
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Oct 28 - Nov 06, 2020
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Nov 21 - Nov 30, 2020
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Dec 03 - Dec 12, 2020
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Dec 17 - Dec 26, 2020
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Dec 18 - Dec 27, 2020
Katharina • 10 days
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Dec 29 - Jan 07, 2021
Ombak Putih • 10 days
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Dec 30 - Jan 08, 2021
Katharina • 10 days
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Jan 10 - Jan 19, 2021
Ombak Putih • 10 days
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Jan 23 - Feb 01, 2021
Katharina • 10 days
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Feb 04 - Feb 13, 2021
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Feb 16 - Feb 25, 2021
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Oct 05 - Oct 14, 2021
Katharina • 10 days
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Oct 17 - Oct 26, 2021
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Oct 18 - Oct 27, 2021
Ombak Putih • 10 days
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Oct 30 - Nov 08, 2021
Ombak Putih • 10 days
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Nov 11 - Nov 20, 2021
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Nov 23 - Dec 02, 2021
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Dec 05 - Dec 14, 2021
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Dec 17 - Dec 26, 2021
Ombak Putih • 10 days
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Dec 18 - Dec 27, 2021
Katharina • 10 days
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Dec 29 - Jan 07, 2022
Ombak Putih • 10 days
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Dec 30 - Jan 08, 2022
Katharina • 10 days
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Accommodations

Learn About the Small Ships on Your Itinerary

Motorsailer
Ombak Putih

The 24-guest sailing vessel Ombak Putih combines traditional and modern design to bring authenticity and comfort to her itineraries in the Ring of Fire region stretching from Bali to the Philippines.

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Katharina

Katharina is a 12-guest sailing vessel whose adventures explore the Ring of Fire, the string of volcanic islands that stretch out from Bali east to the Philippines.

Expert Reviews

Reviews from Our Experts So You Know What to Expect

Justin Massoni • April 26th, 2018
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AdventureSmith's Director of Sales & Operations reviews his Raja Ampat cruise aboard the 24-guest Ombak Putih. Follow his adventures swimming with stingless jellyfish and seeking out the famed bird-of-paradise.

Lis Larson • January 17th, 2020
Expert Aboard: Katharina & Ombak Putih Ship Review

Learn about the food, cabins, crew and more from AdventureSmith experts who've been aboard these unique Indonesian sailing vessels.

Testimonial
"Excellent Trip For Our Honeymoon"

The trip overall was unforgettable. One of the best parts was not having to figure out every step of the trip after/during planning a wedding. Knowing that AdventureSmith was in charge of the major details and 10 days of our trip, as well as internal flights were all organized was an important load-lifted off our shoulders.

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