Raja Ampat, a land of glittering blue waters and strange rock formations, is part of the Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua, the Indonesia’s second easternmost province. The region is home to endemic and rare bird species, including the exquisite Wilson’s bird of paradise. More than 600 species of corals (nearly 75% of all known species of reef-building corals) and 1,500 species of tropical marine fish (about 50% of all known species) can be found in this region, owing to many different underwater habitats that range from shallow seamounts and reef flats to swift channels and deep drop-offs.
Aqua Expeditions highly experienced river pilots and the most rigorous cruise ship standards ensure smooth travel and safety on the waters of the Indonesian Archipelago.
Note: This itinerary is for reference only. It is subject to change, due to weather and other conditions.
Arrive at Sorong to a warm welcome. Board Aqua Blu and cruise to Gam Island as the sun sets.
Embarkation time: 8:00 am
Recommended Flight: Jakarta to Sorong, Garuda Indonesia – GA682*
Awake to the beauty of Gam Island. Early morning trekking at Gam and Waisai. Tour Kabui and Karst in the afternoon on tenders or visit a local village and bat cave on foot.
Rise in the morning to birdsong and explore the soft sandy coastline of Cape Kri on foot before a short cruise to a dive site that holds the world record for species spotted in a single 90-minute dive. Snorkeling is also highly rewarding. Sail to Arborek Island for dinner.
Watch the magnificence of Pulau Wayag’s limestone islets and lagoons unveil before your eyes as the sun rises. Climb to the top of Mount Pindito for a bird’s eye view of the stunning surroundings and attempt to spot rare birds of paradise before making the lagoons and reefs your home for the day. Arrival at Aljui bay and round off with dinner by the sea.
Visit a pearl farm in Aljui Bay before cruising to Pulau Pef and Yangello for snorkeling and watersports in the afternoon. Explore hidden lagoons and karst limestone islets aboard our tenders or kayaks. Arrive at Dayang Island for dinner.
Embark on a morning trek with our guides to look for birds of paradise in the lush forest. Dayang island is known for plenty of marine life, especially manta rays. Snorkeling is excellent at Wai along the bordering reef systems. For adventurous divers, explore the sunken wreckage of a WW2 P47D fighter plane and the beautiful reefs and sea-mounts of Tapok.
Arrival in Birie, a group of islands, bays and lagoons that lie just off the coast of north Batanta. Discover mangrove-fringed bays and plenty of wildlife en route to the spectacular waterfall in Batanta mainland is a must. Ship will cruise eastwards towards Sorong during dinner.
Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast onboard in Sorong before your outbound flight.
Disembarkation time: 6:30 am
Recommended Flight: Sorong to Jakarta, Garuda Indonesia – GA683
2019 Saturday Departures: Dec 14, 21, 28
2020 Saturday Departures: Jan 4, 11, 18, 25 Feb 1, 8, 15 Dec 12, 19, 26
2021 Saturday Departures: Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Feb 6, 13, 20, Dec 11, 18, 25
|Price Per Person in Double (USD): 2019 & 2020||Category 1 Bridge & Forecaste Decks (25-31 SQM)||Category II Main and Lower Deck (22-32 SQM)||Category III Main & Lower Decks (12-14 SQM)||Charter Rates - Normal Season||Charter - Peak Season: Jan 4, 19 & Dec 26, 2020|
|7 Nights - Saturday Departures||10,675||9,625||7,525||258,000||286, 650|
|12 Nights - Saturday Departures||16,475||14,850||11,600||398,000|
|USD Per Person in Double||Category 1 Bridge & Forecaste Decks (25-31 SQM)||Category II Main and Lower Deck (22-32 SQM)||Category III Main & Lower Decks (12-14 SQM)||Charter Rates - Normal Season||Charter Rates - Peak Season: Jan 2, 18 & Dec 25|
|7 Nights - Saturday Departures||10,955||9,870||7,700||265,000||293, 930|
|12 Nights - Saturday Departures||16,900||15,200||11,870||408,000|
There is plenty of room on the Aqua Blu to get together or to get away. There are indoor and outdoor bars and indoor and outdoor dining areas. You can relax in the lobby lounge and bar or take in the views on the observation deck. The ship is complete with an outdoor jacuzzi with lounge day beds, a library, exercise zone and spa. There is also complimentary internet (subject to location).
On board are diving equipment, kayaks, stand up paddleboards for passengers to explore independently. We also offer 2 Alson Flash tenders and 2 Zodiac RIB rescue boats for sports and discovery.
The ship was converted from a British Navy vessel to a private luxury yacht in 2006 and refurbished to join the exquisite Aqua Expeditions fleet in 2019. The vessel is powered by 2 660hp Lister Blackstones and develops a cruising speed of 12 knots. Electricity at 220V and 110V is supplied by 2 Volvo Penta 225 KW generators.
There are 15 Design Suites over 4 decks in three categories:
Cat 1: 25 - 31 sq meters or 269 ft sq (min)
Cat 2: 22 - 31 sq meters or 237 ft sq (min)
Cat 3: 12 - 14 sq meters or 129 ft sq (min)
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