We have partnered up with the very best to offer you the ultimate dive experience; a luxury liveaboard dive adventure on either of two beautiful sailing yachts in Indonesia.
With an archipelago consisting of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is considered to be the worlds best country for for diving, consisting of the most diverse and enchanting sea life.
Secluded bays, picturesque white sand beaches, jungle, volcanoes, turquoise waters, extensive marine life, fascinating cultural attractions and its own delicious cuisine make Indonesia one of the best places to go diving.
Highlights of this trip include:
This trip of a lifetime we are offering is to Raja Ampat, located in the heart of the Coral Triangle, which spreads from The Philippines to Timor to Papua New Guinea. And while the Coral Triangle only covers 1.6% of the planet’s oceanic area, the region has 76% of all known coral species in the world and is the global centre of marine biodiversity.
Mantas, barracuda, pale or blue tail surgeonfish, parrotfish, anemonefish, mandarinfish, the rare pygmy seahorse, turtle and shark species are just a few of the incredible sea life you are likely to come across on this amazing experience. The very best way to visit Raja Ampat and see all this incredible marine life is on a liveaboard and we have two beautiful boats for you to choose from depending on the size of your group.
Experienced PADI dive instructors will escort you to the most enchanting underwater paradise, accomplished chefs will prepare delicious meals including freshly-caught seafood, fruits and pastries for your meals on deck. With almost two to one crew on each boat available to you, your group’s every needs will almost certainly be catered for.
The beauty of private chartering either of these luxury sailing yachts is you can stop when you want, not only dive but to kayak secluded bays, snorkel coral reefs, water ski, wake board or windsurf. The boats are very well equipped. You can eat when you would like and if a picnic takes your fancy on a white sandy beach on route this can be arranged. Massage and spa treatments can be discussed when preparing your trip and we can arrange for a masseuse to be on board to help relax you after the days activities and prepare you for your dinners under the stars.
Our itinerary below is an idea of what can be covered on this amazing experience however we will tailor this to your requirements. We look forward to your enquiries!
The boats depart from Sorong in West Papua which is the gateway to Raja Ampat. International flights do not fly direct to Sorong but via connections from either Jakarta, Denpasar and Makassar.
Whilst liveaboards in this region can operate all year round, between October and April is largely considered to be the best time to dive in Raja Ampat, as it avoids strong winds and choppy waters that can occur outside these months. The sea temperatures range from 27-30°C with visibility from 10-30 metres. The months of December to March usually have the best overall visibility.
We recommend at least 9 nights to be able to cruise the whole of Raja Ampat as there is a lot of distance to cover between north (Wayag) and south (Misool). Shorter trips are possible (5 to 7 nights), but then you would just focus on one area.
Our travel specialists are available to answer any questions you have regarding your itinerary and travel. You can reach us on: +44(0)1730 260 263 E: [email protected]
Silolona Sojourns reserves the right to apply a surcharge for exceptional additional expenses due to sudden changes in government policies, large fluctuations in exchange rates or rising fuel costs. All efforts will be made to minimize the implementation of surcharges.
Day 1 ~ Arrival in Sorong
Met and transferred to the harbour to board Silolona or Si Datu Bua to set sail for the Raja Amat Archipelago.
Day 2 ~ The Dampier Strait
Morning: Alfresco breakfast on deck followed by a dive to the shallows to wait for giant mantas to circle overhead and to join for an awe inspiring swim along side.
Afternoon: A local Papuan guided forest trek through Sawingrai village on Pulau Gam to see the mating rituals of the exquisite Red Bird of Paradise.
Day 3-4 ~ Wayag
Tender or kayak through this paradise of Karst Islands sprouting up in the lagoon waters of Wayag. Enjoy the pristine beaches, amazing underwater sea life and the Wayag Peak to climb for breath-taking views.
Day 5-6 ~ Aljui Bay, Fam and Yeben Island clusters
Sail into stunning Aljui Bay, an extensive mangrove-lined inlet where you will visit Cendana pearl farm. See how they cultivate natural pearls, considered amongst the finest in the world and which can be purchased too.
Explore the abundant crustaceans here including zebra crabs and Coleman’s shrimps. Muck dive or snorkel to see stonefish, ghost pipefish and frogfish too.
If our itinerary takes your fancy, please don’t hesitate to call us for a quote on +44 (0)1730 260 263 or if you would like us to tailor-make an itinerary to suit your requirements we would be more than happy to do so.