Private Raja Ampat cruise
A privately chartered cruise to discover the rich marine life and beautiful islands of the Raja Ampat archipelago
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- Luxury private Raja Ampat cruise
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
In Indonesia’s West Papua province, the Raja Ampat archipelago is surrounded by some of the richest and most biodiverse waters in the world. Over 1,500 islands, cays and shoals surround the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo – known collectively as the Four Kings.
You’ll explore this beautiful part of the world on a private luxury yacht, weaving through the turquoise waters that are dotted with lush forested limestone cliffs. Discover pristine white sand beaches, hidden coves and wild mangrove forests while admiring the tropical birds and butterflies that flit through the skies.
Under the sparkling water, another world exists – one of colourful schools of fish, beautifully ornate coral reefs and elegant marine mammals. You’ll have the opportunity to swim, snorkel and kayak through this incredible environment – one which is almost undisturbed by humans.
This itinerary is based on four people aboard the yacht. The length of the itinerary can be amended should you wish to spend longer exploring these beautiful islands.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer from Sarong airport to the harbour to boat your private yacht
Private yachts in Raja Ampat
- Three en suite cabins accommodating up to ten guests
- Expert seven-man crew including private chef and diving instructor
- Wi-Fi (when signal is available from land)
- Fishing, snorkelling and diving equipment
Mantra is a brand new 31 m (102 foot) phinisi schooner, designed in a classical style that draws upon the great vessels of the Bugis tribe who once commanded the waves in Indonesia. Combining a traditional feel with modern technology, Mantra’s three en suite guest cabins are fitted with light teak wood and patterned furnishings, accommodating a maximum of 10 guests. Each cabin offers a queen size bed and one or two additional single beds, with private bathrooms and air-conditioning for the utmost comfort. The spacious sun deck’s daybeds and sun loungers are ideal for taking in some of the astounding views across the Indonesian archipelago with a cocktail in hand. For those in search of more active pursuits, guests can dive and snorkel among the thousands of coral reefs or head to shore to take in the local environment and cultures, with highlights including spotting Komodo dragons in Komodo National Park, visiting local villages in Alor, picnicking on deserted islands in the remote Maluku archipelago or exploring the pristine reefs and mangroves in Raja Ampat. An expert Indonesian crew of 7 includes a Western cruise director and diving instructor, and a private chef. Itineraries are flexible, so speak to our travel designers now to create your perfect private Indonesian yacht cruise.
- Three en-suite cabins
- Wraparound deck
- Bar and lounge
- A crew of six including cruise host, private chef and a dive master.
Mischief is a 30ft expedition yacht, its design based on that of a traditional phinisi sailing ship used during the days of the spice trade. Spacious and elegant, the vessel features three en-suite cabins positioned above the deck. Large windows allow plenty of natural light and means guests can enjoy the wonderful views while cruising through the emerald waters. Cabins feature natural teak floors and a sophisticated colour scheme of cream with flashes of red. The wraparound deck offers 360 degree views of the water and the islands, and the large, airy lounge and bar area is perfect for congregating in the evenings with a drink. A combination of Indonesian and Western dishes are served on board. There is snorkelling and diving equipment as well as two sailing dinghies, a windsurfer, wakeboard and waterskiis and two stand up paddleboards for when you simply can’t resist diving into the refreshing water.
- One cabin
- Open-air dining and sleeping areas
- Living and dining room
- TV Lounge
Step aboard this luxury cruise where just you and your loved one can enjoy a romantic and indulgent voyage all to yourselves in a truly breathtaking setting. With just one exclusive cabin, the attentive staff are the only other people you will share the Alexa with, promising you complete privacy. Spend your days on board enjoying your wonderfully romantic cabin, lounging on deck and pampering yourself with spa treatments. Meanwhile, off-board you can discover the extraordinary diving sites of Indonesia, visit remote islands with waterfalls and fish for your supper, before settling down to a delicious seafood barbecue on an idyllic, candle-lit beach. Please enquire directly with our team of Southeast Asia travel designers for a detailed itinerary and departure dates.
- Three en-suite cabins
- Crew of ten including a chef and dive instructor
- Private terrace
- Teak decks for sunbathing
- Dining room
- Lounge area
Amanikan is a 32-metre Phinisi coastal-cruiser and custom built in the traditional Indonesian spice trade vessel style with all the modern amenities. The two main cabins are spacious with large beds, private outside space and all the contemporary comforts. The third cabin is smaller and with two single beds or one king size bed with a semi private sundeck. All cabins have ocean views, air conditioning and are en-suite with double vanities, showers and separate toilets. Large teak decks are furnished with sun loungers and a spacious dining area is perfect for taking in the soaking up the sun, al fresco dining and generally enjoying the passing scenes. The Amanikan is perfect for a private charter for couples or families. Please speak to our Indonesia travel designers for more information on Amanikan’s sailing routes and options.
On arrival at Sorong airport, you will be met and transferred to the harbour to board your luxury vessel. Once you have met the crew and settled in, the yacht will set sail for Raja Ampat’s southernmost islands. Stop en route at Senapan Island where you can enjoy a swim and indulge in dinner served on deck under the stars.
This morning, you’ll awake to the sound of tropical birds calling from the depths of the jungle. Mioskon Bay is a spectacular spot where you can spend the morning snorkelling in the mangroves, or kayaking across mirror still waters, hugging the verdant rocky coastline. Famed for its abundant fish life and vibrant coral slopes, the Kri peninsula offers some of the most exquisite underwater vistas in Raja Ampat. Here, you can dive or snorkel at world-class sites such as Cape Kri , Sardine Reef and Mike’s Point, where vibrant soft and hard coral reef provide shelter for veils of colorful reef fish, turtles, sharks and even manta rays. Nearby, the island of Mansuar is home to an interesting church, and you can head ashore for a glimpse of local culture.
For the next two days, the yacht will cruise the interminable green island maze that comprises the most visually stunning scene in Raja Ampat – the Wayag Islands. This postcard-worthy tropical paradise provides a magnificent backdrop for watersports. Kayak, paddleboard or cruise at water level on the tender, exploring hidden coves in the shadow of Wayag’s sheer limestone peaks.
You can climb the renowned island peak behind the anchorage for a full panoramic view of the azure waterways through the rock formations, and finish the hike with a swim at the dazzling white sand beach below. One evening, you will be treated to a magnificent fresh grill on a deserted stretch of beach at sunset, complete with a blazing campfire, comfortable cushions and cocktails.
A cluster of rocky limestone domes makes up the Penemu Islands. Draped with tiers of green vegetation, the islets encircle a shallow green bay and a walking trail along the rocky hills that leads to a look out with magnificent views of the lagoon, its outlying islands, and the ocean beyond. From here, you can travel out to some of the most celebrated snorkelling and diving sites in the area, where turtles float over intricate coral gardens and Manta rays meet large schools of game fish congregating in nutrient-rich currents. Take to a paddleboard or a kayak and enjoy the waters at your own pace, or jump on the tender and cruise out to deeper channels, where you might spot one of the local pods of dolphin, or perhaps some migrating whales.
Rise at the crack of dawn for the best chance of sighting a rare red bird of paradise. Your cruise director will accompany you to the island of Gam, where the curious local children will wander with you to the foot of a jungle-clad hill. Hike around 45 minutes to reach the bird-watching platform and keep your eyes and ears open for signs of this elusive, beautiful bird. Return to your yacht for a well-earned breakfast and take in the statuesque mushroom islands of Kabui Bay, marking the entrance to a narrow channel of water through which strong currents run with each tide – the famous Passage. The channel is framed by limestone cliffs and green vegetation and below, offers a rare glimpse at what is effectively a salt water river, shrouded with soft corals, fans and sponges. Nearby, the southern edge of Gam has quiet waterways leading through mangroves where you can glide through narrow inlets in the tender, exploring the jungle. You may be lucky and see a bloom of stingless moon jellyfish, making for an enigmatic swimming experience.
In the 1700s, William Dampier reached the northwestern tip of Papua and travelled with the rising tide into the great channel that now bears his name. The Dampier Strait conveys massive quantities of seawater, forcing currents to flow parallel to the equator where most currents flow north and south. Dampier’s tidal surges carry planktonic feasts that attracts manta rays near Arborek Island. Spend time diving or snorkelling over the sandy bottom and wait for the mantas to pass, swooping past with curious eyes in an elegant underwater ballet. After lunch onboard, head ashore to Arborek village.
Communities in Raja Ampat primarily make their living from sustainable fishing and pearling, with around 18 villages in the region, all of which are very small. Arborek has a population of under 200, with very hospitable people creating handicrafts from sea pandan leaves including hats, string bags and carvings. Another beautiful day in Raja Ampat ends with cocktails on deck as the sun melts into the horizon.
The island of Batanta offers fantastic bird watching and jungle scenery. Here, you can enjoy your final day in Raja Ampat with a trek to the local waterfall and a swim in the pool below or underneath the falls’ cave, and observe some of the most spectacular birds and butterflies inhabiting the jungle. This evening’s anchorage affords the chance to settle in for a spectacular island sunset, serenaded by myriad of local bird life, such as Blythes hornbills, palm cockatoos, egrets and various sea eagles returning to roost for the evening.
The yacht will set sail early this morning towards Sorong. After a farewell breakfast, you will be escorted to the harbour by your yacht’s crew, and onwards to the local airport to catch your flight home.
Private transfer to Sarong airport
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