Trip titleRaja Ampat Sailing Expedition
ValidityValidity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019
IntroductionWelcome to the archipelago with the richest marine biodiversity on Earth. Made up of 1,500 small islands that house 550 species of coral, 1427 fish species and more than 700 types of mollusks, Raja Ampat is a place where mere snorkelling feels (and looks) like deep-sea diving. It's very remote, which means a delightful lack of other visitors. Think clear turquoise waters, a kaleidescope of corals ... Read more
Physical preparationNo particular level of physical fitness is required for our sailing trips, although you should be reasonably agile and enjoying good health. Please keep in mind that there are a number of shore excursions on your trip. This involves boarding a small zodiac from the yacht. Disembarkation at some locations will be at steps or a small pier, whilst at other locations you may be required to disembark o... Read more
Joining pointFave Hotel
Joining point instructionsYou can make your way to the joining point hotel at anytime. Check-in is a 2pm however if you arrive earlier the hotel reception can store your bags until your room is available. An arrival transfer and pre/post accommodation is available and these services can be booked through our sales team.
There are no direct international flights into Sorong however there are connections through Jakarta (J... Read more
Important informationThis is an expedition trip in a remote region. While we have researched the trip and have a set itinerary the beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we are flexible on the day's itinerary. The itinerary is subject to change and may vary depending on weather and berth availability. Your ski... Read more
Group leaderOn your Raja Ampat sailing expedition you will be accompanied by one of our highly trained skippers, a cook and 2 crew members. Your skipper's role involves taking charge of the sailing, organising the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics, safety of the vessel and safety for all passengers on board. All skippers have extensive sailing miles experience and hold ... Read more
Travellers that are able and confident swimmers will be able to enjoy swimming & snorkelling off the boat, but please always note the skipper's advise and instructions on when and where to swim and what precautions to consider.
Travellers that are not able to swim are certainly welcome on this trip, but you will be required to wear a life jacket when we are sailing.
Travellers who ... Read more
CommunicationsYou will be travelling to a very remote region so you must be prepared to be without mobile phone or internet for most of this trip - for some people this is a blessing, for others it could be viewed as a nightmare!
Believe us when we say that it may take a couple of hours or even a day [where you will still check your phone just in case we've been wrong and there is a secret WIFI signal to be fo... Read more
Passport holders for most nationalities are permitted to enter Visa Free for up to 30 days for tourism purposes. Please check with your relevant consulate or embassy.
Entry requirements: presentation of onward or return tickets, passport which is valid for at least 6 months. Visitors on Visa-free Short Visits must enter AND exit from certain airports and seaports in Indonesia including... Read more
Why we love itWith an extraordinary biodiversity, Raja Ampat is one of the few places on the planet where you will see such a wide range of marine life in their natural habitat
Is this trip right for youThe beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we are flexible on the day's itinerary. The itinerary is subject to change and may vary depending on the weather and sea conditions. Your skipper will make the final call to ensure your safety at all times
As the majority of this trip takes place... Read more
Not all medications available over the counter or by prescription in your home country are available in other countries. Some may be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by a doctor. Always carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating what the medicine is, how much you take and that it's for personal use only.
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Food and dietary requirementsSPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
If you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies you must advise us at the time of booking. We will endeavour to accommodate all requests but please note that as we have limited refrigeration and storage space on board the yachts and for the most part of the trip we will not have easy access to shops or supermarkets.
Vegans, coeliacs or those with speci... Read more
Money mattersThe official currency of Indonesia is the rupiah (IDR). There are money exchanges and ATM machines available at the airport and all major towns. ATMs are the easiest and safest way to access cash, although we also recommend that you bring and carry some cash in a major currency for when ATMs can not be accessed. USD notes older than 2000 series, as well as foreign currency notes that are old, torn... Read more
What to takeSUGGESTED PACKING LIST
Space on board the vessel is very limited - for your own comfort and safety, luggage should be kept to an absolute minimum. The use of a backpack, soft sports bag or duffle bag is recommended - we highly recommend you do not travel with a hard suitcase. If you are travelling with a larger bag or suitcase you can leave these bags at your hotel [usually for a small fee]. This ... Read more
Climate and seasonalRaja Ampat spans the equator which means it does not have 4 season like it's northern or southern neighbours. The islands have a tropical climate and what is best described as mirco climates - where one island could be experiencing thunderstorms and another bright sunny days. If it does run the showers are usually short and sharp with blue skies following.
The average day time temperatures are 32... Read more
A couple of rulesYour skipper is very capable with years of experience at the helm, so it goes without saying that when he directs you to do something or asks you not to do something you take notice and heed his request. All decisions made by the skipper are made with the safety of his passengers and crew in mind.
We do not allow cliff jumping on our tours as it is a dangerous activity and against I... Read more
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While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local re... Read more
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Accommodation notesThe boat operating your Raja Ampat sailing trip is a 10 passenger tri-maran. The design is based on the traditional Melanesian outrigger canoe. It has 9 cabins, 8 single and 1 twin/double for a total capacity of 10 plus crew. There are 2 bathrooms as well as a salt water shower. The cabins are all located off a central communal area and can be closed off by sliding concertina doors.
Unlike tradit... Read more
Transport notesThe boat is 24m long [79ft] with a span of 12m [39ft] and draft of 90cm. The boat is very stable, and seasickness is minimal and the boat whilst enduring water slap, does not roll, so glass bottles can sit on a table undisturbed for long sea passages. The boat comes equipped with solar panels and 2 tenders and has a separate plumbing system for salt water, drinking water and shower water.
Safety ... Read more
Travel insuranceTravel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more
Your fellow travellersThe bonus of our sailing adventures are that they are small groups, a maximum of 8 - 11 travellers (with the average number of travellers 7). However when you add in a Skipper and the fact you will be eating, sleeping and lounging about together for up to 9 days in the confines of a monohull you may need to call on some patience, maybe some headphones but above all a sense of humour.
Most travel... Read more
Itinerary disclaimerFor sailing trips the itinerary will be subject to change depending on weather conditions. Your skipper will make the final decision to ensure safety at all times. Generally daily sailing time would not exceed 6 hours.
Please note that we will endeavour to sail at all times but there may be times during the trip that we will use the sails and motor or just the motor.
AccommodationHotel (1 night),overnight boat (6 nights)