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. The 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; Tomolol Bay, where various caves reveal stalactites, prehistoric cave paintings and a mysterious jellyfish lake; Batanta 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 and puts a bit more emphasis on seeing birds of paradise.

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 are also AdventureSmith favorites 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.

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