RAJA AMPAT ON MUTIARA LAUT

Duration: 7N / 8D

Activities: Water sports, experiencing nature and wildlife

Day 1 – Sorong, West Papua

 

Fly into the bustling port town of Sorong. After a brief car transfer to the harbor, Mutiara Laut awaits just a tender ride away. Upon being welcomed aboard by the friendly crew and settling into your cabin, receive a safety briefing and tour of the yacht’s amenities.

Mutiara Laut will then fill her sails and head west for Ayemi on East Batanta Island. Admire the beautiful landscape passing by as lunch is served..

Arriving at Ayemi in the afternoon, take your first dip into the clear, turquoise waters. Ayemi is the ideal spot for water skiing, wakeboarding or taking a leisurely paddle around the island.

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Day 2 – Sapokren Island

 

Rise before the sun to start the the day with a trek beginning in Sapokren village. Follow in the steps of the famous naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace in the hunt to spot the exceptional Red Bird of Paradise. Trekking early allows rare sightings of the birds’ intricate courtship dance as dawn breaks over the jungle. On the return trek, the village will be awakening with morning activities, a great chance to experience an authentic community living at the edge of Raja Ampat’s natural splendor.

After a short cruise to Manta Sandy with lunch served on board, you will have the opportunity to dive or snorkel amongst giant manta rays, drift in currents to observe them for extended periods as they congregate in this special part of the park.

Day 3 – Blue Water Mangroves

 

Take a kayak or paddleboard through the mangroves, a great way to enjoy striking views of the crystal-clear turquoise waters and the reefs below. The sea gardens in this area hold 75 percent of all known species of corals and ornate fish in the world. Enjoy some leisurely exercise while marveling at the largest variety of marine life on Earth.

After some peaceful paddling, relax on the powder white sand of a private beach while sipping cocktails. The crew will set up a bbq and bar while guests admire tranquil vistas.

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Day 4 – Daram Island

 

Mutiara Laut will anchor in a secluded bay engulfed with pristine, white sand beaches. Cool down with a swim or snorkel in the translucent waters to take in the colorful reefs and lively fish below the surface.

Daram island is home to a turtle nesting sanctuary. Take a paddleboard around the bay and admire the bountiful habitat. If the timing aligns just right, you might be able to spot a turtle or hatchling on one of the untouched beaches.

 

Day 5 – Farondi

 

Farondi is another stop on Mutiara Laut’s itinerary where snorkelers and divers alike will delight in sights below the surface. Take a tender ride through a nearby lagoon where karst pinnacles rise from emerald seas. The sounds of jungle birds in the distance act as a reminder that this part of the world has remained entirely untouched by development.

Take a dip below the surface for a dive where distinctive seascapes display natural art formations. The diversity of sea life will amaze even the most seasoned diver. Experience lush gardens in yellow and red coral formations inhabited by schools of fish, critters and the occasional reef shark. The more adventurous can descend into the Farondi cave and swim out the other side.

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Day 6 – Tomolol Cave

 

A highlight of any charter to Raja Ampat is a swim through Tomolol’s alluring dome-topped cave. Mutiara Laut’s tenders will take you to the heart of the bay to swim, snorkel or float while gazing up at the spacious cave dotted with impressive stalactites. The courageous can swim or paddle through the dark waters to the opening on the other side.

One of the most striking sites in Raja Ampat, Tomolol is also a sacred site to locals. The cave’s surroundings feature prehistoric paintings of human and animal palm prints.

Day 7 – Misool

 

Dotted with endless uninhabited islands edged by white sand beaches and coral life, Misool is a marine sanctuary where life beneath the surface thrives. Renowned for its world-class dive sites and an abundance of biodiversity, Misool’s underwater topography will astound with its vast variety of corals, pinnacles, caves, swim-throughs, seamounts, and lagoons.

Misool has but one traditional village that can be accessed by a trek through lush jungle. Those willing to embark on the journey will be rewarded with meeting locals and learning about their traditional village life.

Embracing nightfall, savor one last sleep on board, lulled by gentle waves.

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Day 8 – Sorong, West Papua

 

After a final breakfast on board, bid farewell to the ship and her crew as the tenders deliver you back to port for a transfer to the airport.

 

RAJA AMPAT GALLERY