Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

Optimal Season: October – March

An Equatorial Garden of Eden

Explore enchanting emerald islands in Raja Ampat where ancient cultures live on the frontier of the most extraordinary marine habitat on Earth.

Charter a yacht to Raja Ampat and immerse yourself in thriving rainforests and learn the ancient ways of tribes in sync with nature. Plunge into the depths where the Pacific collides with the Indian Ocean to discover what National Geographic calls ‘Ultramarine’ and a Raja Ampat diving experience second to none.

Aerial view of Raja Ampat's emerald green islands where only private yacht charters go
Raja Ampat’s emerald green islands are captivating to the senses..
Raja Ampat’s emerald green islands are captivating to the senses..

Hidden Treasures for Intrepid Explorers

The earliest record of visitors to West Papua is from a Portuguese navigator’s notes in 1526. Over subsequent centuries, as the Spice Trade boomed, ships continued to sail through the Raja Ampat islands. However, despite their natural splendor, the beautiful landscape lacked natural resources for colonization and fortuitously remained untouched.

Local people have since maintained their ancestral ways of life, offering visitors the opportunity to witness a close version to what the first naturalists discovering the islands would have experienced. On a yacht charter, you will have a chance to re-trace Sir Alfred Russell Wallace’s steps to catch a glimpse of the crimson bird-of-paradise. Try kayaking along the intricate coastline buzzing with exotic wildlife and discover ancient drawings in natural grottos decorated with stalactites.

Simple wooden hut at the sea built by natives of West Papua, a region of Indonesia ideal for private yacht charters
Visit islands largely untouched by the passage of time.
Visit islands largely untouched by the passage of time.

The Kingdom of Coral

Raja Ampat’s hundreds of islands stretch over 40,000km2 which is about the size of Switzerland. Countless dive sites vary from underwater alien worlds where soft coral grows in mangroves to cave systems and underwater peaks that gather swarms of pelagic fish in fierce currents.

This is the heart of the coral triangle, the most biodiverse marine region on earth, where Raja Ampat divers observe wildlife ranging from the smallest pygmy seahorse to the largest whale shark and everything in between. Even for snorkeling, one can find brightly colored soft corals close to the surface that when illuminated by natural sunlight make for a feast for the senses.

Vibrant coral reef with small fish surrounding it, captured during a yacht charter in Raja Ampat
Dive or snorkel in the heart of the coral triangle and see one-of-a-kind underwater wonderland.
Dive or snorkel in the heart of the coral triangle and see one-of-a-kind underwater wonderland.

Sun Bleached Sands at the Border of the Rainforest

Cruising through Raja Ampat’s fabled islands on a yacht charter, one’s eyes are bound to wander to the bright white shorelines caressed by hues of the turquoise sea. Framed against rich green backdrops of lush rainforest teeming with exotic wildlife, the landscapes are straight out of a pirate story where buried treasures await on shore.

Set up a private beach club for the day and enjoy the sensation of a castaway on a paradise island, but with a full bar and music. As sunset approaches, prepare for a BBQ of epic proportions and enjoy the show as the sky lights on fire in a display of fantastical colors.

Untouched white sand beach with a palm tree by the turquoise sea in Raja Ampat, a yacht charter destination
Explore the most remote and pristine white sand beaches.
Explore the most remote and pristine white sand beaches.

How to get to
Raja Ampat

Sorong is the logistics hub for West Papua’s growing marine tourism industry including liveaboard charters and a few small resorts. The domestic airport SOQ is a short ride from the port, from where you will connect with your yacht charter and depart for the treasures awaiting in Raja Ampat.

The bustling port city has little to offer to thrill-seeking or conservationist-minded adventurers, but is an access point to some interesting cultural excursions in the surrounding regions of the Bird’s Head Peninsula.

Small boats anchored at sunset in Sorong, a yacht charter gateway to Raja Ampat
Embark on your dream yacht adventure from Sorong, West Papua.
Embark on your dream yacht adventure from Sorong, West Papua.

Yacht Charters in Raja Ampat

To discuss planning a private yacht charter in Raja Ampat, please get in touch and we will gladly design a custom adventure according to your preferences paired with the most suitable yacht.

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