RAJA AMPAT ON TIGER BLUE

Duration: 7N / 8D

Activities: Water sports, experiencing nature and wildlife

Day 1 – Sorong to Mioskon Island

 

Fly into Sorong, the gateway to Raja Ampat, to board Tiger Blue in the morning for an early departure. Once welcomed aboard, enjoy a relaxing breakfast while waiting for all passengers to arrive.

The crew will pull anchor and head northwest into the national park for around six hours of cruising. Use this time to relax, unwind, sleep, or enjoy the breathtaking views as you sail out into the archipelago.

Tiger Blue will arrive at Mioskon Island in the late afternoon. Known for clear, turquoise waters inhabited by an abundance of sea life, this is an ideal site for a first check dive or snorkeling session.

Tiger Blue will remain anchored in front of Mioskon in preparation for the following day’s activities.

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Day 2 – Mansour Island

 

Start the day with a dive at Mioskon island which offers a stunning display of reefs teeming with marine life.

Tiger Blue will then head further west for a short 1.5 hour cruise to the next bay at Mansour Island. Dive the house reef in front of Yenbuba island and expect possible wobbegong sharks, reef sharks, sweetlips, and groupers along a slight slope in front of the village.

After a short surface interval, divers will get ready to explore one of Raja Ampat’s most well-known dive site, Cape Kri. Renowned for a world-record spotting of 374 various fish species on a single dive tank, this is the heart of biodiversity. Non-divers will have the opportunity to explore the brilliant corals from the surface while snorkeling amongst the vast congregations of marine life.

Back on Tiger Blue, savor a world-class dinner as the sun dips into the ocean.

Day 3 – Arborek Island

 

As the sun rises, Tiger Blue will pull anchor and start cruising for Arborek Island, an idyllic example of an village living at the edge of one of the most beautiful reefs in the world.

From Arborek, it is just a short cruise on the tenders to Manta Sandy for snorkeling with manta rays in a light current.

In the afternoon, dive or snorkel the Arborek Jetty, right in front of the village, to see high concentrations of fish, critters and giant clams close to 100 years old. The shallow water makes for great visibility and vibrant displays of pink corals against schools of bright blue and yellow fish.

For an afternoon stroll, step onto the island to get a glimpse at life in a local village and learn about the work done by the Barefoot Conservation, a volunteer marine biology and conservation organization.

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Day 4 – Penemu Viewing Station

 

From Arborek, Tiger Blue will cruise for about two hours to the well-known dive site Melissa’s Garden. Here divers can expect to see reef sharks and massive congregations of fish with the hope of encountering pygmy seahorses. The second dive at My Reef is where the hunt for the elusive pygmy seahorses continues.

Next, board the tenders for a short ride to Penemu, one of Raja Ampat’s most iconic sights. After a trek up stairs built into rocks which lead to a viewing platform, take in the views of the emerald star-shaped lagoon adorned with karst pinnacles rising from the sea.

Before retreating back to Tiger Blue, cool down with a refreshing swim in the aquamarine lagoon. Once guests are back on board, Tiger Blue will set course for a four hour cruise to Wofoh Island.

 

Day 5 – Wofoe Island

 

Awake to a view of an uninhabited island with a bright white beach, all yours for the day. The first dive and snorkel are around the island at Black Forest where large varieties of sea fans resemble an underwater forest and a plethora of fish make their home on the sandy bottom.

Take the stand up paddleboards or kayaks to explore the island or go wakeboarding in the turquoise waters Throughout the day, the crew will have been setting up a private beach for you to enjoy, complete with a BBQ and fully stocked bar. Enjoy lunch under a canopy on the the comfort of Tiger Blue’s beanbags. Later in the afternoon, the crew will set up a beach bonfire for cocktail hour.

After sunset and dinner, the crew will raise anchor and cruise for five hours toward Yangafoe, where the next day’s adventures await.

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Day 6 – Yangafoe to Yen Besar

 

Tiger Blue will anchor at the edge of mangroves and rainforest in bright turquoise water, providing a postcard view. The first dive is at Citrus Ridge where currents can bring together large schools of fish, including barracudas. Then, cruise over to Mike’s Point for the next, more advanced dive location in some currents, offering an intriguing underwater topographical landscape of overhangs and giant boulders.

A short cruise over to Yen Besar is where you’ll have the opportunity to take the kayaks for a paddle at the edge of the jungle. Miles away from civilization, only the calls of birds amongst the canopy can be heard.

Day 7 – Blue Magic and Sardine’s

 

The most epic dive sites have been saved for the final day of diving. Sardine Reef is known for having some of the highest concentrations of fish in the world which might even black out the sunlight when they swirl in balls just below water’s surface.

Blue Magic is where divers begin with a negative entry to 20 meters and hope for encounters with oceanic manta rays with wingspans of up to six meters.

As the trip comes to a close, gather around the dining table to exchange stories and photos as Tiger Blue sets sail back to Sorong. The final dinner will be an epic feast. Enjoy one more comfortable night’s sleep before returning home.

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Day 8 – Sorong, West Papua

 

Back at the bustling port of Sorong, relish a final breakfast onboard before a short tender ride ashore and transfer to the airport.

 

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