Journey to The Majestic Equatorial Shores of Raja Ampat- A Secret Retreats journey -
This journey has been personally designed by Tresno Seery (CEO of Silolona Sojourns) who continues the mission started by his mother Patti – who was actively involved with the rich and vibrant cultures of the Dani and Asmat peoples of West Papua since moving to Indonesia in 1983. Silolona is a traditional hand crafted vessel that speaks of the history of the Spice Trade and embodies the spirit of the Indonesian Archipelago.
Highlights of the Journey:
- Cruising on a luxury Phinisi sailing ship
- Visiting the Raja Ampat Archipelago
- Seeing the richest marine diversity on the planet
- Experiencing the regions unique traditional cultures
Just off the northwestern tip of the island of New Guinea, the remote Raja Ampat archipelago comprises a unique labyrinth of more than 1,000 islands spread over a vast expanse of calm turquoise seas - startlingly beautiful both above and below the water. ‘Raja Ampat’ translates as ‘four kings’, describing the four main islands of Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta and Misool. The archipelago has the highest recorded marine biodiversity on the planet and is home to the world’s richest reefs, offering a staggering diversity of experiences to those privileged few lucky enough to sail her waters.
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Your Journey Day by Day
After an alfresco breakfast on deck, dive down to the shallow sandy bottom and wait for the giant mantas to pass overhead circling back again and again, or swim with these gentle giants at the surface, as they glide by graceful and mysterious. In the late afternoon, trek through the forest of Sawingrai village on Pulau Gam, guided by a local Papuan, to catch a glimpse of the mating rituals of the elusive and ethereal Red Bird of Paradise.
Dine under a starry sky, then the Silolona will sail North-West towards the Wayag archipelago.
Aljui Bay is also known for its underwater abundance of unique crustaceans, including zebra crabs and Coleman’s shrimps riding on fluorescent colored fire urchins. Under the Cendana jetty enjoy an incredible muck dive or snorkel to see dozens of stonefish, ornate ghost pipefish and frogfish. Now acclimated and attuned to the rhythm of the tides and life onboard, snorkel or scuba the varied coral gardens of the richest reefs known to mankind. Paddle through the uninhabited islets and turquoise waters surrounding Pulau Fam, kayak the perfect white sandy circle of tiny Pulau Yeben.
Ask the Secret Retreats Concierges for recommendations to continue your trip perhaps in Misool, Bali or Jakarta.
Journey to The Majestic Equatorial Shores of Raja Ampat
The total price includes:
Accommodation in Twin sharing staterooms (maximum 1 additional child below 6yo per stateroom)
All meals, snacks, bottled water & refreshments (excluding alcohol)
Shore excursions as outlined on the itinerary; entrance fees and permits at our seasonal home ports
Transfers to/from shore to the ship
Services of English-speaking expedition leader
Service of the Crew
Use of all water sports equipment including sea kayaks, dive equipment including wetsuits for certified divers, snorkel equipment, water skis, wake board, swept- wings towing toy and fishing gear.
The total price does not include:
Crew and guide gratuities
En-route accommodations at stopover cities at the beginning and end of your trip
International airfare; domestic airfare; excess baggage fees
Passport, visas or airport departure fees
Entry permits, ports and handling fees outside our seasonal bases
Alcoholic beverages; cultural program cost; PADI dive certification courses
All government taxes, telecommunication costs for satellite phone & email charges.
We reserve 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.
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