Jewels of Raja Ampat
DURATION:10 Days/ 9 NightsREGION:AsiaSHIP:Ombak Putih
The Raja Ampat archipelago straddles the equator off the extreme northwestern tip of the Papua province of Indonesia. Described as the ‘Last Paradise on Earth', Raja Ampat is one of the most noteworthy ecological niches on the planet, on a par with the Great Barrier Reef and the Galápagos Islands. Marine biologists have established that Raja Ampat is home to 70% of the known coral species. Many of
the fish, corals and crustaceans that live in these waters are found nowhere else on Earth. Yet, while the below-surface world is reminiscent of a living kaleidoscope, the above-surface views are among the most stunning that you are likely to behold in a lifetime. During this ten-day expedition, travel on a far-reaching exploration of what is without a doubt one of the least visited adventure destinations on our planet.
Operated by: Sea Trek
The Ombak Putih is a traditional Indonesian schooner custom built from ironwood by Buginese ship builders in Batulicin, Kalimantan. Her keel was laid in 1995, and she was officially launched in 1997. In early 2015, the Ombak Putih was the subject of a major interior refit. Working with the unique heritage this vessel represents, her transformation is a conservation exercise back to authenticity, using only the best traditional materials, shaped by highly skilled Indonesian craftsmen.
The Ombak Putih is 42 metres long, and provides accommodation for up to 24 guests in 12 comfortable cabins. With approximately 400 square metres of public space divided over two main decks, the Ombak Putih offers both open and covered space in abundance, allowing for privacy and serene relaxing. All cabins are located below deck and offer private en suite bathrooms, portholes, individually controlled air conditioning, and ample storage space including safety deposit box.
Led by Captain Feri, his 14 dedicated crew members hail from all regions of Indonesia and are sure to make your expedition memorable.
Note: Expeditioners will meet the Ombak Putih in Sorong, West Papua. It is recommend that you to fly to Makassar (Sulawesi) one day in advance of the start date, and then take an early morning flight from Makassar to Sorong. Please note that airfares to and from Sorong are not included.
Your cruise price includes:
- 9 nights accommodation aboard Ombak Putih
- Tea, soft drinks, juices, coffee and mineral water
- All meals on board
- Touring as described in the itinerary
- Professional cruise directors
- Outdoor sleeping facilities
- Complimentary snorkelling equipment and two sea canoes
- Transfer to / from Sorong Airport to the ship
Your cruise price does not include:
- Flights to and from Indonesia
- Pre- and post- cruise accommodation
- Pre cruise flight from Makassar to Sorong (ask us for a quote)
- Guide and crew gratuities (suggest $5 per person per day)
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended - ask us for a quote today)
- Alcoholic beverages onboard (BYO is possible - ask us for details)
A note from the operator regarding gratuities:
On your final day on board, you will have an opportunity to discretely contribute to a collective ‘captain and crew’ tip fund, which will be distributed equally among the crewmembers.We believe that between US$ 5-10 per cruising day is an appropriate amount (i.e. seven-day cruise = $70 total, not per crew member). However, this is just a suggestion and remains entirely up to the judgment and discretion of the guests. We discourage tips to individual crew members at any time, (except during cases of exceptional service). Tipping of your tour leader is welcome and at your discretion.