looking down at an indonesia archipelago scattered around turquoise water with a small ship traveling in the distance on the Spice Islands and Raja Ampat cruise
Men in red loincloths and red headbands with tall brown feathers march in order beside a stone fort on a sunny day during the Spice Islands & Raja Ampat small ship cruise in Indonesia.
Petroglyphs of red, beige & orange as seen on the Spice Islands & Raja Ampat small ship cruise in Indonesia.
West Papuan tribesman sits with a wooden drum in front of a weathered wood-plank wall during the Spice Islands & Raja Ampat small ship cruise in Indonesia.
Two divers survey colorful yellow coral in bright blue waters during the Spice Islands & Raja Ampat small ship cruise in Indonesia.
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Asia / Pacific Indonesia Cruise

Raja Ampat & Spice Islands

On this Indonesian trip to the center of the Coral Triangle experience a world seen by very few. This 14-day voyage aboard 120-guest Coral Adventurer begins in Darwin, Australia, and spends 4 days in the nature lover’s paradise of Raja Ampat, with additional time exploring the historic Spice Islands and culturally-rich West Papua.

Raja Ampat harbors more than 75% of the world’s coral and fish species, offering a dynamically bright reef system for quite possibly the best snorkeling in the world, making it mandatory to get in the water or aboard the glass-bottom boat as many days as possible on this itinerary, to witness the natural wonders of the area. This itinerary includes snorkeling through Tomorol Cave, hiking up to see breathtaking views of karst islands and searching for birds-of-paradise.

SCUBA dive (additional cost) with highly qualified, experienced and popular dive instructors who provide an outstanding service to all guests. Dive instructors patiently guide those who have never dived before through a resort dive program and expertly guide certified open-water divers to quality dive sites. A comprehensive range of dive equipment, including wetsuits, is provided.

The Spice Islands also offer incredible snorkeling, but the highlight is certainly the islands’ unique history. With the entire world’s supply of nutmeg and mace between the 12th and 15th centuries, the Spice Islands have drawn explorers from all corners of the world, infusing this area with colonial sights and artifacts traded from faraway cultures. This itinerary offers a tour through a nutmeg plantation, a village tour highlighting remnants of Dutch colonization and experiences of local flair through traditional dances.

The last few days of this Coral Triangle cruise is spent searching for whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua, and exploring traditional villages to learn about the unique way of life and interesting customs of the local people.

This Indonesia cruise departs from Darwin, Australia, and finishes with a chartered flight back to Darwin from Biak, West Papua. This itinerary also operates in reverse, embarking in Biak following a charter flight from Darwin. An alternative 16-day West Papua. Raja Ampat & Micronesia itinerary travels farther north to explore Micronesia, including Palau and Yap, before disembarking in Guam.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Indonesia cruises and Indonesia trips.



Itinerary

Raja Ampat & Spice Islands Itinerary

The main 14-day Raja Ampat & Spice Islands cruise begins in Darwin, Australia, and sails northbound to end in Biak, West Papua, Indonesia.

Route map of main Spice Islands & Raja Ampat small ship cruise, operating between Darwin, Australia and Biak, West Papua, Indonesia, with visits to Banda Neira, Spice Islands, Molana & Saparua Islands,Seram Island, Misool, Kofiau Island, Wayag Island, Cenderawasih Bay & Kwatisore Village.
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Day 1
Embark Darwin, Australia

This afternoon at 4:30pm board Coral Adventurer at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf, where there is time to settle in before our 6:00pm departure. In the evening, join your fellow travelers, the Captain and his crew at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks in anticipation of what promises to be a remarkable journey discovering Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
At Sea

Spend the day at leisure as you cross the Timor Sea towards Banda Neira. Join the Expedition Staff in the ship’s lounge for an interesting introduction to the journey, and the many experiences to be had over the coming eleven days.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 10
Exploration of Spice Islands & Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Throughout this expedition, the expedition team may make changes to the itinerary in order to maximize the experience. Visiting these remote communities is subject to approval of the local landowners. Below are the key destinations the ship aims to visit in the Spice Islands and Raja Ampat.

Banda Neira, Spice Islands

The Banda archipelago was once the world’s only source of nutmeg and has attracted merchants for at least 2,000 years as highly sought-after goods such as cloves, textiles, batik and rice were moved through Banda. On the approach to Banda Neira, admire the photo-worthy spectacle of Moluccan paddlers propelling kora kora canoes. Snorkel and dive over the nearby lava flow reef system or explore ashore and enjoy local tea and snacks on the waterfront. Later, explore Fort Belgica, built in 1611. Join the locals for a traditional dance and music performance before enjoying a glass of bubbles as the sun sets over the fort.

Hatta Island, Spice Islands

This morning, continue to explore Banda Neira on a guided tour, before visiting a local nutmeg plantation to gain a fascinating insight into the spice that started it all. Alternatively, snorkeling over the nearby lava flow system will reward with spectacular colorful coral and fish species. After lunch, cruise to nearby Hatta Island within the Banda Archipelago to enjoy exceptional snorkeling and diving just 16 feet from shore with turtles, dolphins and plenty of fish. Stroll through the village, and visit a pepper and nutmeg plantation.

Molana Island & Saparua Island, Spice Islands

Start today at uninhabited Molana Island. This historic island is home to unique vegetation and wildlife, including Pacific monitor lizards, Moluccan scrubfowl and coconut crabs. Here, possibly snorkel and dive over the beautiful corals surrounding the island. After a refreshing morning, be welcomed at nearby Saparua by singing school children. Experience a day of rewarding cultural connection meeting the local people and visiting the 17th century Fort Duurstede to witness a thrilling war dance.

Sawai Village, Seram Island, Spice Islands

Sawai Village on Seram Island is one of the oldest villages in the Maluku Islands. Simple homes built on stilts line the shore. Spend the day swimming in the crystal-clear waters. This is the final stop before journeying to Raja Ampat.

Misool Island, Raja Ampat

The first stop in Raja Ampat is at Misool. Raja Ampat’s name means Four Kings for the four main islands: Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool, in an archipelago of over 1,500 islands known for spectacular turquoise lagoons and magnificent rock formations. Today, explore Balbulol Lagoon, peppered with conical-shaped islets that rise from the peaceful waters. Swim and kayak amongst the islands in this beautiful lagoon, before spending time at Yapap, considered one of the best natural pools in the world. At Yapap, the sea has such clarity that grains of sand and coral reefs on the seabed are visible from the surface. Later, visit heart-shaped Dafalen Love Lake, or climb to the summit to view the lake from above.

Kofiau Island, Raja Ampat

At Kofiau Island be welcomed by dancers on traditional boats who lead all ashore to Deer village to board longboats to Awat village and attend the traditional Sasi Opening Ceremony. Sasi is a traditional ceremony to preserve the ecosystem and is a very important way the local people protect their environment. After lunch, snorkel and swim, with the potential to go ashore to visit other villages.

Aljui Bay, Raja Ampat

Known for an incredible diversity of tropical fish and coral species, Aljui Bay is one of the best diving and snorkeling destinations in the world. Spend the morning exploring the colorful underwater environment, searching for unusual coral formations and spotting marine species. Over a satisfying lunch, cruise to Kawe to celebrate crossing the equator! Go ashore to see the equator marker and then visit an abandoned tin mining settlement. There may be a final opportunity for a refreshing dip in the warm tropical waters before returning to the ship.

Wayag Island, Raja Ampat

More Raja Ampat treasures await today while exploring the magnificent waterways and lagoons of Wayag Island by Xplorer tender vessel and Zodiac. Take in the otherworldly natural beauty of many karst islands topped with emerald foliage surrounded by sparkling blue sea and white-sand beaches. Enjoy time to swim in the clear water, kayak around the gumdrop islands and stroll the white-sand beaches. After lunch, an energetic hike up to famed Pindito Peak rewards with panoramic views over the island. Alternatively, continue swimming and snorkeling.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
At Sea

Leaving Raja Ampat, enjoy a luxuriant, relaxed day at sea as the ship makes her way towards Cenderawasih Bay.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 12 - 13
Exploration of West Papua, Indonesia

Throughout this expedition, the expedition team may make changes to the itinerary in order to maximize the experience. Visiting these remote communities is subject to approval of the local landowners. Below are the key destinations the ship aims to visit in West Papua.

Roon or Auri Island

Depending on the weather and conditions, today enjoy either Roon Island or Auri Island. Located in the Teluk Cenderawasih National Park, these islands are picturesque and remote. At Roon Island, have the chance to snorkel or dive on the wreck of a Japanese Zero fighter plane. The wreck has become a marine habitat for corals and many species of fish. At Auri Island, enjoy beach activities.

Cenderawasih Bay & Kwatisore

The biodiversity hotpot of Cenderawasih Marine Park attracts a significant population of whale sharks, the biggest fish in the sea. This is one of the few places where it’s possible to swim with this endangered species, as they are drawn to the fisherman’s bagans. If nature allows, snorkel beside the whale sharks. This is a true once-in-a-lifetime experience. Later, visit Kwatisore village to meet the local people and learn about West Papuan culture, music and lifestyle.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Disembark Biak, West Papua, Indonesia

After an early morning arrival into Biak at 7:00am, disembark to visit the historic Binsari Caves before joining the 12:00pm noon charter flight from Biak to Darwin (additional cost).

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations as booked; all meals; house beer and wine during lunch and dinner service; 24-hour tea and coffee; captain’s welcome and farewell drinks; access to islands, marine and national parks; guided tours in tender vessels; services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions; port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities.

Exclusions

Airfare; charter flights; transfers; hotels; entry visas or travel permits; optional scuba diving costs (contact AdventureSmith for pricing); insurance of any kind; items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The main Raja Ampat & Spice Islands cruise begins in Darwin, Australia (DRW), and ends in Biak, West Papua, Indonesia (BIK), with a charter flight from Biak to Darwin on the final day of the itinerary. Plan flights to arrive to Darwin before the 4:30 embarkation on Day 1. Plan flights to depart Biak after disembarkation at 8:30am on the final day of the itinerary (charter flight available). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

An optional, added-cost, post-cruise charter flight from Biak to Darwin ($850 per person in 2023) is available and must be pre-booked through your Adventure Specialist, who can provide additional details such as luggage weight limits.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, land treks, diving (added cost), snorkeling, village tours and visits to historical sights.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Coral, Promenade and Explorer Deck categories. Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a sole use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Reverse Raja Ampat & Spice Islands Itinerary

The reverse 14-day Raja Ampat & Spice Islands cruise begins with an optional charter flight from Darwin, Australia, to Biak, Indonesia, then sails southbound back to Darwin.

Route map of reverse Spice Islands & Raja Ampat small ship cruise, operating between Biak, West Papua, Indonesia & Darwin, Australia, with visits to Banda Neira, Spice Islands, Molana & Saparua Islands,Seram Island, Misool, Kofiau Island, Wayag Island, Cenderawasih Bay & Kwatisore Village.
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Day 1
Embark Biak, West Papua, Indonesia

Take an optional charter flight from Darwin, Australia, to Biak, Indonesia (additional cost), and visit the historic Binsari Caves before boarding the ship this afternoon at 4:00pm. Have time to settle in before the 6:00pm departure. In the evening, join fellow travelers, the captain and crew at the captain’s welcome drinks in anticipation of what promises to be a remarkable journey discovering Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 3
Exploration of West Papua, Indonesia

Throughout this expedition, the expedition team may make changes to the itinerary in order to maximize the experience. Visiting these remote communities is subject to approval of the local landowners. Below are the key destinations the ship aims to visit in West Papua.

Cenderawasih Bay & Kwatisore

The biodiversity hotpot of Cenderawasih Marine Park attracts a significant population of whale sharks, the biggest fish in the sea. This is one of the few places where it’s possible to swim with this endangered species, as they are drawn to the fisherman’s bagans. If nature allows, snorkel beside the whale sharks. This is a true once-in-a-lifetime experience. Later, visit Kwatisore village to meet the local people and learn about West Papuan culture, music and lifestyle.

Roon or Auri Island

Depending on the weather and conditions, today enjoy either Roon Island or Auri Island. Located in the Teluk Cenderawasih National Park, these islands are picturesque and remote. At Roon Island, have the chance to snorkel or dive on the wreck of a Japanese Zero fighter plane. The wreck has become a marine habitat for corals and many species of fish. At Auri Island, enjoy beach activities.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
At Sea

A day on board to relax and take in the island scenery as the ship cruises toward Raja Ampat.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 12
Exploration of Raja Ampat & Spice Islands, Indonesia

Throughout this expedition, the expedition team may make changes to the itinerary in order to maximize the experience. Visiting these remote communities is subject to approval of the local landowners. Below are the key destinations the ship aims to visit in Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands.

Wayag Island, Raja Ampat

More Raja Ampat treasures await today while exploring the magnificent waterways and lagoons of Wayag Island by Xplorer tender vessel and Zodiac. Take in the otherworldly natural beauty of many karst islands topped with emerald foliage surrounded by sparkling blue sea and white-sand beaches. Enjoy time to swim in the clear water, kayak around the gumdrop islands and stroll the white-sand beaches. After lunch, an energetic hike up to famed Pindito Peak rewards with panoramic views over the island. Alternatively, continue swimming and snorkeling.

Aljui Bay, Raja Ampat

Known for an incredible diversity of tropical fish and coral species, Aljui Bay is one of the best diving and snorkeling destinations in the world. Spend the morning exploring the colorful underwater environment, searching for unusual coral formations and spotting marine species. Over a satisfying lunch, cruise to Kawe to celebrate crossing the equator! Go ashore to see the equator marker and then visit an abandoned tin mining settlement. There may be a final opportunity for a refreshing dip in the warm tropical waters before returning to the ship.

Kofiau Island, Raja Ampat

At Kofiau Island be welcomed by dancers on traditional boats who lead all ashore to Deer village to board longboats to Awat village and attend the traditional Sasi Opening Ceremony. Sasi is a traditional ceremony to preserve the ecosystem and is a very important way the local people protect their environment. After lunch, snorkel and swim, with the potential to go ashore to visit other villages.

Misool Island, Raja Ampat

The first stop in Raja Ampat is at Misool. Raja Ampat’s name means Four Kings for the four main islands: Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool, in an archipelago of over 1,500 islands known for spectacular turquoise lagoons and magnificent rock formations. Today, explore Balbulol Lagoon, peppered with conical-shaped islets that rise from the peaceful waters. Swim and kayak amongst the islands in this beautiful lagoon, before spending time at Yapap, considered one of the best natural pools in the world. At Yapap, the sea has such clarity that grains of sand and coral reefs on the seabed are visible from the surface. Later, visit heart-shaped Dafalen Love Lake, or climb to the summit to view the lake from above. This is the final stop before journeying to the Spice Islands.

Sawai Village, Seram Island, Spice Islands

Sawai Village on Seram Island is one of the oldest villages in the Maluku Islands. Simple homes built on stilts line the shore. Spend the day swimming in the crystal-clear waters.

Molana Island & Saparua Island, Spice Islands

Start today at uninhabited Molana Island. This historic island is home to unique vegetation and wildlife, including Pacific monitor lizards, Moluccan scrubfowl and coconut crabs. Here, possibly snorkel and dive over the beautiful corals surrounding the island. After a refreshing morning, be welcomed at nearby Saparua by singing school children. Experience a day of rewarding cultural connection meeting the local people and visiting the 17th century Fort Duurstede to witness a thrilling war dance.

Hatta Island, Spice Islands

This morning, continue to explore Banda Neira on a guided tour, before visiting a local nutmeg plantation to gain a fascinating insight into the spice that started it all. Alternatively, snorkeling over the nearby lava flow system will reward with spectacular colorful coral and fish species. After lunch, cruise to nearby Hatta Island within the Banda Archipelago to enjoy exceptional snorkeling and diving just 16 feet from shore with turtles, dolphins and plenty of fish. Stroll through the village, and visit a pepper and nutmeg plantation.

Banda Neira, Spice Islands

The Banda archipelago was once the world’s only source of nutmeg and has attracted merchants for at least 2,000 years as highly sought-after goods such as cloves, textiles, batik and rice were moved through Banda. On the approach to Banda Neira, admire the photo-worthy spectacle of Moluccan paddlers propelling kora kora canoes. Snorkel and dive over the nearby lava flow reef system or explore ashore and enjoy local tea and snacks on the waterfront. Later, explore Fort Belgica, built in 1611. Join the locals for a traditional dance and music performance before enjoying a glass of bubbles as the sun sets over the fort.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
At Sea

A day on board to relax and enjoy reminiscing over the highlights of Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands, as the ship sets sail for the return journey to Australia.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Disembark Darwin, Australia

Today arrive into Darwin at Fort Hill Wharf at 10:30am, and upon clearing customs and immigration, disembark at 12:00pm to begin travel home or onward to other adventures.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations as booked; all meals; house beer and wine during lunch and dinner service; 24-hour tea and coffee; captain’s welcome and farewell drinks; access to islands, marine and national parks; guided tours in tender vessels; services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions; port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities.

Exclusions

Airfare; charter flights; transfers; hotels; entry visas or travel permits; optional scuba diving costs (contact AdventureSmith for pricing); insurance of any kind; items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The reverse Raja Ampat & Spice Islands cruise begins in Biak, West Papua, and ends in Darwin, Australia. For the optional charter flight from Darwin to Biak on Day 1, plan flights to arrive to Darwin anytime prior to Day 1. Otherwise, plan flights to arrive to Biak ahead of a 4:30pm embarkation on Day 1. Plan flights to depart Darwin anytime after 12:00pm noon on the final day of the itinerary. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

An optional, added-cost, pre-cruise charter flight from Darwin to Biak ($850 per person in 2023) is available and must be pre-booked through your Adventure Specialist, who can provide additional details such as luggage weight limits.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, land treks, diving (added cost), snorkeling, village tours and visits to historical sights.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Coral, Promenade and Explorer Deck categories. Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a sole use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

West Papua, Raja Ampat & Micronesia Itinerary

The alternative 16-day West Papua, Raja Ampat & Micronesia cruise operates northbound from Darwin to Guam, adding time to explore farther north, in Micronesia.

Route map of West Papua, Raja Ampat & Micronesia small ship expedition cruise from Darwin to Guam.
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Day 1
Embark Darwin, Australia

Board the ship at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 8:00am. Settle into your cabin and relax as the ship sets sail across the Arafura Sea. This evening, join the captain’s welcome drinks and meet the crew and fellow guests as the sun sets.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Days 2 - 15
Exploration of West Papua, Raja Ampat & Micronesia (+ Days at Sea)

This is an expedition itinerary covering remote regions. The captain and expedition team may make changes to the daily schedule when necessary to maximize guest experience. Below are the highlight destinations of the voyage. Below are the key destinations the ship aims to visit.

This voyage includes 3 full sea days and 8 half sea days. During this time, relax on deck and enjoy onboard presentations from guest lecturers, plus workshops and demonstrations.

Banda Neira

The Banda archipelago is the historic heart of the spice trade and was once the world’s only source of nutmeg until the mid-19th century as Portuguese, Dutch and English fought for control over the spice trade. While approaching and entering the Zonnegat channel, witness a thrilling spectacle as Moluccan rowers in traditional kora kora canoes greet the ship and escort her into the harbor. Go ashore to be welcomed by the nutmeg dance of the local school students, before touring the historic township. Spend time snorkeling and diving over the nearby lava flow reef system and trying local foods along on the waterfront. Explore Fort Belgica, built by the first Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) in 1611. Join the locals for a traditional dance and music performance before enjoying a glass of champagne as the sun sets over the fort.

Kitikiti Waterfalls, Mommon Peninsula

Visit the mesmerizing Kitikiti Waterfall, which flows out of the lush jungle and falls directly into the ocean. Enjoy the chance to swim under this truly memorable waterfall, feeling the chilled fresh water meeting the warm ocean water and explore the surrounding crystal clear lagoons by snorkeling or kayaking. Delve deeper into this pristine landscape by Xplorer cruise in search of hidden lagoons or on a rainforest walk and spot exotic birds such as hornbills and birds of paradise along the way.

Misool, Raja Ampat

Arrive at Misool, one of the four largest islands of Raja Ampat. Visit Balbulol Lagoon, an almost landlocked inlet populated with conical-shaped islets undercut at sea level that rise from turquoise waters like Christmas Trees. There is time to swim and kayak amongst the islands in this beautiful lagoon, as well as to explore the island by Xplorer tender vessel and beachcombing. Embarking on a hike here will lead to a higher viewpoint to experience the amazing rock island formations. Also enjoy a Sasi Laut ceremony, a traditional custom of Raja Ampat communities to preserve the ecosystem and effectively protect marine species by limiting fishing during a designated period.

Wayag, Raja Ampat

More Raja Ampat treasures await today. Explore the scattered karst beehives of the Wayag Islands. This natural treasure is nature at its most vibrant both above and below the water, with emerald karst islands rising from the brilliant turquoise water. Explore the magnificent waterways and lagoons by Xplorer and Zodiac with time to swim in crystal clear waters and walk on white-sand beaches amongst the many islands. The coral reefs here provide exceptional diving and snorkeling, with many vibrant corals and tropical fish species to discover. After lunch, there is an opportunity for an energetic hike up to famed Pindito Peak, which rewards with panoramic views over the island and its spectacular lagoon.

Sorong, Raja Ampat

Sorong is the ship’s departure point from the Indonesia region. Lush mountains covered with forest surround the town and fishing a is major part of the local economy. Here, go ashore to visit the Sorong Nature Conservation Park to see the big old trees planted by the Dutch many years ago. Also be welcomed by the Moi Tribe, the owners of the land, who are culturally unique from other peoples in the surrounding regions. Enjoy demonstrations such as the making of the traditional Papuan handwork bag and a tour of a dragonfruit plantation. Later, enjoy a relaxing guided walk through the forest to look for birds.

Tobi (Helen Reef), Palau

Enjoy a true expedition stop at the small island of Tobi, home to around 30 people who live a traditional lifestyle. Meet the local people, who speak their own language of Tobian as well as some English; and enjoy snorkeling, swimming and beachcombing from the beach at Helen Reef. The island is known as a nesting site for lesser-crested terns and green sea turtles.

Sonsorol, Palau

Isolated Sonsorol Island is one of the 16 States of Palau and is home to a population of between 25 and 65 people who are culturally and linguistically related to the Yap and Caroline Islands. Learn about their subsistence lifestyle disconnected from the modern world while visiting the village, and dive and snorkel the fringing reef and coral gardens.

Koror, Palau

Koror is the main state of the Republic of Palau, as well as the main island. Koror City is home to about half of the country’s population. The land mass of Koror is not large, with hundreds of islands and islets of volcanic and limestone reef construction that present a stunning vista of craggy forested islands surrounded by emerald seas. Snorkeling and diving at Neco or Carp Island will reveal the underwater wonders to be discovered here. Later, go ashore in Koror, where there may be options to visit the Belau National Museum or Etpison Museum, which celebrates and educates about Palauan culture.

Koror is the main state of the Republic of Palau, as well as the main island. Koror City is home to about half of the country’s population. The land mass of Koror is not large, with hundreds of islands and islets of volcanic and limestone reef construction that present a stunning vista of craggy forested islands surrounded by emerald seas. Snorkelling and diving at Neco or Carp Island will reveal the underwater wonders to be discovered here. Later, go ashore in Koror, where there may be options to visit the Belau National Museum or Etpison Museum, which celebrates and educates about Palauan culture.

Yap, Yap State

Learn about Micronesian Yap Island’s ancient monetary system of stone money, where limestone discs were quarried and carved into coins known as Rai, which can be as large as 13 feet or as small as 4 centimeters in diameter. There is an opportunity to visit the Yap Living History Museum to learn about Micronesian people and their time-honored customs and culture, as well as snorkel and dive the lagoon with its coral reefs and abundant marine life.

Ulithi, Yap State

Snorkel and dive from some of Koror’s palm-fringed beaches on a truly deserted islet in a remote part of the world. Enjoy the tropical vista of white-sand beaches, colorful coral reefs home to sea turtles, coconut crabs and sea birds. There is also an opportunity to visit the Ulithi Turtle Project and the vibrant community village.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Disembark Guam, Micronesia

The voyage ends in the U.S. island territory of Guam with its significant WWII sites and cultural traditions of Indigenous Chamorro people that blend with the island’s Spanish colonial heritage. Disembark the ship at 8:00am and bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All excursions and sightseeing with the expedition team; use of Xplorer tender vessel, Zodiacs and kayaks; use of snorkeling & Scuba equipment; daily lectures and briefings; all meals, chef-prepared on board; selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner; captain’s welcome and farewell events; 24-hour coffee and selection of teas; all entrance fees to national parks and ports; tips and gratuities.

Exclusions

Airfare; transfers; hotels; entry visas or travel permits; insurance of any kind; items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases; scuba diving (AUD80-110 per person, per dive in 2023, contact your Adventure Specialist for details).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The alternative West Papua, Raja Ampat & Micronesia cruise begins in Darwin, Australia (DRW), and ends in Guam, Micronesia (GUM). The cruise operator recommends arriving before embarkation day and planning flights to depart a day or more after disembarkation, in case of unplanned schedule changes. In general, plan flights to arrive to Darwin before the 8:00 embarkation on Day 1. Plan flights to depart Guam after disembarkation at 8:00am on the final day of the itinerary. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, land treks, snorkeling, cultural tours and visits to historical sights. Scuba diving is offered at an additional cost (see Exclusions).

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Coral, Promenade and Explorer Deck categories. Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a sole use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Listed prices for this trip are based on foreign currency exchange rates and may vary. USD pricing will be calculated at the time of final payment based on the market conversion rate plus a 1% banking conversion fee of total invoiced amount. Please contact AdventureSmith for current pricing.

Mar 19 - Apr 01, 2023
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Aug 22 - Sep 06, 2023
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Launched in 2019, the 120-guest Coral Adventurer Australian expedition ship offers a wine cellar, open galley, private balconies and efficient ship-to-shore operations.

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