12 Days 11 Nights Itinerary
There are however certain constants on every cruise which are:
• Three times dives/day of minimum 1-hour duration
• One sunset/night dive (unless we have to cover a serious amount of miles overnight)
• Activities during the surface intervals such as:
- scenic rides through lagoons and coves in our tenders
- trekking to breathtaking viewpoints
- visits of secluded perfect beaches
- excursions to traditional villages
- Nature Exploration
- water activities such as wakeboarding and kayaking
Based upon that, here is a potential itinerary for an 11 nights /12 days cruise from Sorong (West Papua) back to Sorong (West Papua). This is just to give you a general idea and is subject to change due to weather and other conditions. Popular dive sites are named. We do however have our secret spots as well, which you will learn about during the cruise.
Day 1: Embarkation
Arrival with plane to Sorong. You will be picked up by crew members at the airport. Embarkation in the port of Ambon. A general orientation follow.
Day 2: Dampier Strait
After an initial general dive briefing we take you on an easy check dive. To get used to the gear again, to get the weights right, to make sure your camera housings are not leaking. Two more relaxed dives will prepare you for the diverse and lush diving and snorkelling that lies ahead of you.
Day 3: Yanggelo
‘Mayhem’ is an action packed dive which we will hit when there is enough current to keep the fish life going without being to challenging for the divers.
Outside the mangroves of Yanggelo we three more very attractive dive sites to show you.
Day 4: Jef Fam
The hard coral heaven that expects us at ‘Batu Burung’ is one of a kind. Towards the end of the dive, our guides will introduce you to a huge Giant Clam, that is estimated to be more turn 80 years old.
We have several more dive sites to pick from over the day and in the afternoon we invite you to climb the 312 stairs that lead up to a stunning viewpoint. Around sunset, we will witness many hundred of Fregatte Birds returning to a little rock where they all sleep together.
Day 5: Wofoh
The diving around Wofoh is spectacular and yet hardly any liveaboard goes there. Which we appreciate a lot.
Day 6: Alyui
The bay of Alyui is home to some of the most spectacular macro diving in all of Raja Ampat. Be prepared for a magical experience. At some point during the day we will visit the pearl farm of Atlas South Sea Pearls, who produce some of the world’s best pearls and get a tour.
Day 7: Kawe
Eagle Rocks is known for being a Manta Ray cleaning station. We do one or two dives here in the morning to head north afterwards. Right before crossing the equator we do one more dive at another secret spot of ours. Again good potential for Manta Ray encounters but also beautiful coral and great fish life. After crossing the equator we enter the island group of Wayag. The view down from Mt. Pindito is probably the signature photo of Raja Ampat.
Day 8: Wayag
We spend one more day in paradise. Early in the morning we climb Mt. Pindito to enjoy the breathtaking view. Afterwards we will go diving. In the afternoon we take you on a speedboat ride through this maze of islands to end up at a perfect beach. A memorable experience for sure.
Day 9: Mansuar / Arborek
It’s time for more close encounters with the majestic Manta Rays of Raja Ampat.
‘Manta Sandy’ is one of the most popular dive sites out here and therefore we avoid. Just because we know about even better spots where we will take you.
In the afternoon we will dive the jetty of the small island of Arborek. The pillars are covered in soft coral and all around we find very attractive macro life. Afterwards we will go and visit the little village here on the island.
Day 10: North Batanta
The northern coast of the island of Batanta gives us several opportunities for excellent dive sites to pick from. Beautiful coral reefs, more Manta opportunities or rather some critter diving?
For sunset we will pull into a bay where Hornbills come in to sleep.
Day 11: Dampier
Towards the end of the week and the end of the cruise for some other liveaboards it can get a bit busy here. We don’t like that and therefore move away to some sites less dived yet very attractive. A WW 2 plane wreck. ‘Larry’s Promise’. Wruzwarez Slope. There is many possibilities. And to conclude our in-water activities we aim to snorkel with feeding Mantas. On our way back our crew will keep an eye out onto the ocean for you and alert you in time for whale and dolphin encounters. Which are quite common here. As long as you are on the watch out. and we are…
Day 12: Disembarkation in Sorong
Depending on your flight schedule, our crew will check your luggage in for you in advance so you can rest on board and let us shuttle you to the airport when your plane is ready to leave.