Described as one of the most extraordinary environments on the planet, Raja Ampat is as remote as you get – located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on West Papua. The name translates as ‘Four Kings,’ referring to the four main islands of Misool, Batanta, Waigeo and Salawati, which are in turn surrounded by approximately 1,500 wild islands with pristine beaches and sheer limestone cliffs plunging into aqua seas. Above water, the islands’ cultural heritage is diverse, with prehistoric cave paintings and relics from the era of the Four Kings who once ruled here. Resounding with bird calls, the Raja Ampat archipelago houses the largest number of freshwater bird species in the region; parrots, hornbills, lorikeets, marbled frogmouths and the famous Bird of Paradise. Beneath the surface, Raja Ampat is recognized as the world’s most bio-diverse marine ecosystem with 1,200 species of fish including legendary Manta, 550 species of hard and soft coral, and 6 of the world’s 7 species of sea turtle. Every year, fascinating and previously unrecorded creatures are discovered here. We will spend 6 days exploring the archipelago on the Mutiara Laut yacht - combining ultimate relaxation with inspiring adventure. Spend quality time with your loved ones in the most inspiring, secluded environment in the world. Laugh and love life.
Originally from Sydney, Australia, James is now based in Bali, where he initially moved to finish studies in sales and marketing and get involved in local charity work. Having spent over three years working with the prestigious Alila Hotels group and managing one of the region’s most luxurious and experienced yachts, James has had the opportunity to travel Indonesia extensively, from Sumatra to West Papua. His in-depth knowledge of the islands, high service levels and yacht operations perfectly suits his passion for the ocean and water sports.Ultimate Indonesian Yachts was founded in 2012 with the aim of bringing together Indonesia’s finest charter yachts and curating tailored journeys in this magnificent corner of the world.
Arrive in Sorong airport from where it is a short 20-minute journey by private vehicle and tender to the Mutiara Laut, your home for the next seven nights. Once aboard, set sail for Batanta Island where we will anchor for our first night. The smallest of Raja Ampat’s four main islands, Batanta is the perfect introduction to the beauty of the reef and rainforest.
In the morning, we will sail to the beautiful Fam Islands to enjoy hidden bays and sheltered blue lagoons. Explore the island by kayak or dive to see some of the most beautiful coral gardens in the region. In the early evening, we will take a sunset hike where you can reach the highest point on one of the islands and admire the panoramic views.
Arrive in the Wayag Archipelago, the jewel of Raja Ampat, and enjoy a day amongst the region’s most iconic scenery. It’s well worth making the effort to climb one of the many island peaks for breathtaking views of the stunning landscapes. You will also be able to dive or snorkel; experiencing the incredibly rich marine life, or paddle board along the shoreline of the dramatic limestone islands. In the evening we can enjoy a few cocktails and a barbecue on the beach.
Wofoh Island is ideal for divers and non-divers alike. Multiple dive sites offer a mix of hard coral, barrel sponges, and soft corals teeming with colorful fish. The calm surrounding waters are ideal for kayaking and paddle-boarding while the islands’ gorgeous white sand beaches are the perfect location for sundowners and barbecue dinner.
The waters of Kri Island offer some of the very best diving in all of Raja Ampat and its spectacular reef holds the world record for the number of fish species recorded in a single dive. As well as great schools of trevallies, tuna, and barracuda, this is one of the few locations where you can spot wobbegongs. A nearby long white sandbank is the perfect place to relax at the end of the day.
Arrive in Sorong airport from where it is a short 20-minute journey by private vehicle and tender to Lamima, your home for the next seven nights. Once aboard, set sail for Batanta Island where we will anchor for our first night. The smallest of Raja Ampat’s four main islands, Batanta is the perfect introduction to the beauty of the reef and rainforest
Enjoy a final swim before cruising back to Sorong where our journey ends. A tender and private vehicle will transfer you to Sorong airport for your journey home or onward travel.
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