If you've ever wished you were a pirate at the helm of your very own ship, this might be the trip for you. This 11-day journey through the islands of Raja Ampat has you snorkeling, waterskiing, and hiking through some of the most scenic places in all of Indonesia.
from $5,300 pp 8 Days/ 7 Nights $662/Day
SORONG | WAYAG | ALJUI BAY | PULAU PEF
If you've ever wished you were a pirate at the helm of your very own ship, this might be the trip for you.
The Tiger Blue is a beautiful traditional timber yacht with blood red sails and turquoise accents. The 111-foot vessel sails around the stunning islands of Eastern Indonesia, carrying everyone from couples to families and private parties who want to see this part of the world in the most fitting way possible. The crew is at your behest while aboard the Tiger Blue. Whether you would like to take it easy and read in a hammock on an uninhabited beach all day or pretend you're on a treasure hunt, you get to design each and every moment. This 8-day journey through the islands of Raja Ampat suggests certain activities as a way to optimize your stay, but the details of your nautical vacation–like whether you'll go snorkeling, waterskiing, or hiking after breakfast–is very much in your own hands.
Raja Ampat is an archipelago with more than 1,500 islands, cays, and shoals surrounding four main islands: Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo. It's likely what you think of when you envision Indonesia. Located just off the northwest tip of Bird's Head peninsula on the island of New Guinea, these islands are exceedingly remote. Here you'll find diverse marine life with one of the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world. The perfect playground for your week at sea.
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Days 1, 2, 3
SORONG TO WAYAG
After arriving in Sorong, you'll have a short transfer to where the Tiger Blue is moored nearby. Get settled and tuck into a late lunch on board before setting sail for Penemu. On the way, toss in a line. Whatever you catch will be transformed by the chefs into dinner. Mouth-watering sashimi, ceviche, or other delectable fish are all on the menu.
The next day, you'll rise and find yourself in Penemu. After a truly decadent breakfast, snorkel or dive in the turquoise waters beneath the stern. That afternoon you'll partake in any number of watersports that strike your fancy, such as wakeboarding, waterskiing, or kayaking. You are of course allowed to just sit back and hang on the top of the Tiger Blue, as well.
On day three, set aside your sea legs with a hike to the peaks of Wayag. Here you'll survey the limestone outcrops from above and get a great opportunity to photograph your ship from a bird's-eye-view. After lunch, snorkel, dive, or enjoy any other activity before a bonfire on the beach at sundown.
Days 4, 5
ALJUI BAY TO ATLAS PEARL FARM
The next day you'll do something none of your friends ever have—cross the equator underwater while you snorkel or dive with gigantic manta rays. You'll then sail to Aljui Bay, home to some of the best night-diving in the whole of Raja Ampat.
On day number five you'll jump ship to learn how cultured pearls are made. Then, go on a sight-seeing journey to take in the limestone cliffs, rocks, and pinnacles, all the while watching out for dolphins and exotic birds. You get to select the afternoon's fun, whether it be more snorkeling, diving, or any other watersport. That evening will consist of cocktails and a BBQ on the beach.
Day six is a micro-adventure in Pulau Pef, a place with small inlets, bays, and crystal-clear lagoons—the perfect setting for kayaking. Paddle up to ancient mangrove trees whose roots reach right into the water, marvel at pre-historic hand paintings on the limestone cliffs, and snorkel beneath overhangs to find pygmy seahorses and the endemic walking shark. That afternoon after a lunch aboard the Tiger Blue, you'll sail to Yang Efo to dive with turtles, stingrays, and schools of snapper and fusilier fish.
Days 7, 8
On your final full day, you'll go trekking into the jungle before dawn. Soak in the feels and the smells of the rich ecosystem while listening for the red bird of paradise in the branches overhead. Afterwards, dive at Meoscon, then snorkel one last time with manta rays. That night you'll sail back to where you started—Sorong. The next day you'll enjoy one final breakfast aboard the Tiger Blue before disembarking and heading home.
WHY GO ON THIS TRIP
Enjoy a week aboard the ultimate floating base camp, the Tiger Blue
You design your itinerary, choosing from snorkeling, diving, kayaking, waterskiing on an almost daily basis
Look out for wildlife like birds of paradise, komodo dragons, manta rays, and dolphins
Sail through some of the 1,500 islands that make up Raja Ampat in Indonesia's West Papua province
Enjoy BBQs on nearly deserted beaches
Hike high above limestone cliffs to see the and photograph the boat from above
Take over the entire boat or go as a couple
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