ASMAT CRUISE ON MUTIARA LAUT

Duration: 13N / 14D

Route Estimation: 840 Nm (1,555 km)

Departs: Timika     Disembarks: Ambon

Mutiara Laut Introduction

 

A classically styled schooner with all the modern conveniences expected in a land-based resort, Mutiara Laut offers guests the comfort of a hotel in the farthest reaching Indonesian islands. Ideal for extended journeys at sea, Mutiara Laut was purposely built for exploring areas beyond the reach of traditional travel, whilst providing all the comforts of home.

Private charters include exclusive use of her seven cabins, all meals, excursions and activities. Mutiara Laut can accommodate up to 18 guests, while groups of 6-10 will be equally comfortable.

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Asmat Itinerary Summary

 

This itinerary takes charter clients on an incredible adventure over two weeks, covering indigenous cultures, incredible marine wildlife and ending in the historical Spice Islands.

The journey begins in Timika, on the west coast of Papua, close to where the Asmat people live, as they have for thousands of years. Charter clients will have the rare experience of witnessing a primitive culture living in harmony with nature.

The journey will progress through Triton Bay, dubbed a ‘mini Raja Ampat’ where it is possible to swim with whale sharks. Stopping in southern Raja Ampat, charter clients will see distinctive karst formations, and snorkel or dive the most biodiverse marine habitat in the world.

Onwards to the Spice Islands, the latter portion of this epic journey takes charter clients to a region so geographically isolated, it has seen little changes since the Age of Discovery.

Please note that this is a sample itinerary and all private charters are individually tailored to each client’s preferences. The possibilities are endless.

ASMAT ITINERARY

Activities: Asmat Tribal Life, Snorkeling with Whale Sharks, Southern Raja Ampat & The Historic Spice Islands

Day 1 – Timika

 

Arrive in Timika in the early morning. Mutiara Laut’s crew will be awaiting at the airport to assist with luggage and escort clients to Mutiara Laut.

Immediately after boarding and the safety briefing the Captain will call to lift the anchor and we will set sail to Agats. Once underway, guests will have a chance to relax after a long journey, familiarize themselves with the yacht and enjoy dinner and drinks on deck.

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Days 2 & 3 – Agats

 

We will arrive at Agats, the capital of the Asmat region, where we will remain for the next two days in order to explore the Asmat heartland. The swampland and mangroves cover much of the southern coast of Papua. Mutiara Laut will be surrounded by dozens of war canoes and the air will be filled with shrieks and shouts expressing a heartwarming welcome to the honored guests from overseas.

Moving through on local longboats, we will visit various Asmat villages located along river banks, an area completely unexplored until the 1960s and home to former headhunters. We will see traditional Asmat longhouses, called ‘Jeu’, and view the exquisite woodcarvings for which the Asmat tribe is famous.

After two memorable days in the Asmat region, we will lift our anchor to set sail for Triton Bay, just over 200 nautical miles to the north-west.

Day 4 – Sailing Day

 

We will sail north along the coast of Papua. When the winds are favorable, Mutiara Laut will hoist her majestic sails and recreate the feeling of exploration in the old days. When conditions allow, we will stop for swims before continuing west.

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Day 5 – Triton Bay

 

Because of its out-of-the-way location, Triton Bay is has remained off the radar of tourism, but is certainly one of the most beautiful and undisturbed places in Asia. The scenery is magnificent; tall cliffs, limestone outcrops separated by narrow channels, secluded beaches, and turquoise waters form the perfect pirate’s den.

Triton Bay has been called a miniature Raja Ampat with one exception – whale sharks congregate here regularly. We will use our tenders to explore the area and possibly swim with whale sharks known to frequent local fishermen outposts.

If time permits we may also visit the village of Lobo, which is at the foot of a 914m (3000 ft) cliff. We will end the evening in a protected cove with a BBQ party on the beach to commemorate the long journey and exciting day’s activities.

 

Day 6 – Kaimana

 

On our way to the small town of Kaimana, we make a stop at the Namatote village to view cliff paintings and other pictorial signs left by ancient inhabitants on the cliff galleries. In Kaimana we will spend a few hours in the center of town to experience urban Papua. West of Kaimana we sail miles along a coastline of uninhabited, towering mountains with thick jungles.

Here, in complete wilderness, a roaring river cascades down the jungle-clad mountains and crashes right on the white-sand beach. Plenty of lobsters inhabit the rocky waters around Kiti Kiti, which we can use for a fresh dinner onboard.

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Day 7 – Sebakor Bay

 

We arrive at Karas Island in the bay of Sebakor. We will visit local villages or laze around on one of the secluded beaches. Then we proceed to the district center of Fakfak where we disembark to explore the city. This is the only spot on the route for the crew to provision fresh supplies.

Day 8 – Fakfak

 

As our journey leads us through remote areas we need to be open to the unexpected. This extra day will be used for transit, or allowing an improvisational snorkeling or a water sports day.  We know from experience to keep our schedule flexible in order to absorb any potential setbacks due to weather or unforeseen delays, as are common at sea, especially over the course of two weeks on a long journey such as this one.

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Day 9 – Pisang and Daram

 

As we depart Fakfak on course for Misool we will be entering Raja Ampat, world renowned for the highest density of marine biodiversity on the planet and equally spellbinding above water. We will stop at one or two of the Valsche Pisang Islands where white sand beaches await.

 

Days 10 & 11 – Misool

 

We will set foot on the coastline of Misool. Dotted with numerous uninhabited islets and fringed by white sand beaches and coral reefs, it is an excellent location to spend our morning snorkeling or scuba diving. After some stops we sail onward to the east-coast of Misool.

Misool is one of Indonesia’s most beautiful places with an atypical landscape due to ‘karst dissolution.’ The chain of islands feature hundreds of coves and lagoons, high cliffs, limestone overhangs, narrow channels and inlets, caves and jagged rocks, as well as countless shaded beaches. The reefs are mostly untouched with many underwater caves waiting to be explored.

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Day 12 – Seram

 

During our sail back the next day we will have plenty of opportunities to admire the coastline of Seram in search for small coves and inlets where we will meet local fishermen and visit villages. Due to the remoteness of this area, wildlife is abundant. Rare birds and butterflies live in tropical forests and huge schools of dolphins and whales swim through its crystal clear waters.

The evening features a beach BBQ when guests can reminisce about their adventures thus far and lament that time as passed all too quickly.

Day 13 – Banda Neira

 

Once the headquarters of the Dutch VOC, the world’s first corporation, the island is now a nice but sleepy one with a rich history under the smoke of the active Gunung Api volcano. This tiny island inspired seafarers like Magellan and Colombus to set sail into unchartered waters with little chance of returning alive, for the sake of glory and a chance to gain incredible wealth from the spice trade.

As we stroll through the ancient capital of nutmeg and mace, it’s clear to see that the past is still alive here. It is a place where time stands still, just like the Dutch canons do, still aimed at the entrance of the bay.

Many historical buildings remain and are still in use, while others lay in ruins or are being restored with the help of international heritage foundations. One of the oldest and still-operating nutmeg plantations provides the history and harvest process of the spice once considered to be worth its weight in gold.

The fit and ambitious can climb the summit of Gunung Api before dawn to experience an unforgettable sunrise with a spectacular view of the nine Banda Islands.

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Day 14 – Ambon

 

All good things come to an end, and so must our remarkable journey. After a breakfast spent reminiscing about the voyage, we will escort guests to the airport in Ambon with an invitation to return for another exceptional journey through Indonesia’s archipelago aboard Mutiara Laut.

 

CRUISE GALLERY