Indonesia's Raja Ampat
DURATION:8 Days/ 7 NightsREGION:AsiaSHIP:Aqua Blu
Translated to mean 'Four Kings', Raja Ampat captivates with the enigmatic beauty of its limestone karst island clusters, spawned out of legendary myth and continuing to bewilder and enthrall explorers with dramatic landscapes that shelter secret lagoons, bays and beaches. In between excursions to discover the world’s most biodiverse environments, Raja Ampat offers the chance to find that one perfect private hideaway out of thousands. To put it simply, every day is a National Geographic moment right before your eyes.
Raja Ampat’s world-class wildlife excursions are both on the ground and underwater. It is here that famous 19th century naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace had stumbled upon species of the the bird of paradise that exist nowhere else but in this region on Earth. Catching sight of the otherworldly beauty of the Wilson’s bird of paradise and the Red bird of paradise and their mesmerising behavior is arguably one of life’s most rewarding wildlife experiences. These winged wonders live alongside 350 other bird species, including forest kingfishers and king parrots
Meanwhile, Raja Ampat’s many beaches are often the nesting ground for turtle species including the Pacific leatherback, the largest of all living turtle species on Earth, while the world’s most extensive network of mangrove forests support populations of dugong and juvenile fish. Raja Ampat is also a designed a Marine Protected Area (MPA) by the Indonesian government.
Departing from the port of Sorong in West Papua, over seven magical nights you will experience the very best of this remarkable destination aboard the luxuriously-appointed expedition yacht Aqua Blu. Fully-refurbished in 2019, Aqua Blu accommodates just 30 travellers and you will enjoy outstanding accommodation in your very own Design Suite while savour memorable culinary experiences representing the very best of Indonesian fare.
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Operated by: Aqua Expeditions
The fully-redesigned Aqua Blu sets the stage for the greatest luxury cruise expeditions in Asia's Coral Triangle. Presenting a brand-new cruise experience in the pristine East Indonesian Archipelago, Aqua Blu is a long-range explorer yacht sailing the region’s most prized destinations, including Komodo National Park, Spice Islands and Raja Ampat on unforgettable seven and 12-night expedition itineraries.
With a grand legacy as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle and later as the private yacht of a European aristocratic family, Aqua Blu is a compelling maritime statement. A 2019 refurbishment overseen by Dutch yacht design maestro Cor D. Rover brings the vessel to world-class cruising specifications. Expeditioners can expect to embrace an distinguished sense of history and seafaring evolution when they set foot on this one-of-a-kind cruise ship. Inside the four-deck, 15-suite Aqua Blu, Cor has tastefully paired with a brass-and-ivory interior theme with generous and inviting indoor and outdoor social spaces, including a sun deck.
Faster, further, greater safety and comfort — Aqua Blu’s naval pedigree makes it the perfect candidate to navigate East Indonesia’s vast seas. Having attained the highest international classifications (RINA, SOLAS, ISM) in safety, the vessel is additionally equipped with Quantum Zero Speed stabilisers for optimal comfort at rest or while sailing.
Your cruise price includes:
- Accommodation in selected Design Suite for 7 nights aboard Aqua Blu
- All meals while on board
- Premium selected wines and beer, non-alcoholic drink
- Excursions with knowledgeable local guides
- Group transfers between vessel on recommended flights
- Use of snorkelling equipment and wet suits
- Scuba diving
- All available non-motorised water sports
- Internet connection (intermittent depends on locations)
Your cruise price does not include:
- Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended - SAVE 25% off SureSave insurance when purchased with your expedition)
- Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone charges and souvenir purchases
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Please note: This cruise is sold in USD
The itinerary is subject to change due to weather, river water levels and any other event affecting the operation of the vessel.
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A 25% single supplement occurs for sole use of a Design Suite.