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Raja Ampat Snorkeling & Paddlling Cruise, Katharina 8 Days Sailing Adventures

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Raja Ampat Snorkeling & Paddlling Cruise,  8 Days Sailing Adventures

The Raja Ampat archipelago consists of some 600 Islands and islets that straddle the equator in the area off the “Birds Head” – the Doberoi Peninsula, the extreme north-western tip of the Papua province of Indonesia. The name Raja Ampat literally means ‘the Four Kings’ and dates back to the time that the islands were ruled from the North Moluccan sultanates of Ternate and Tidore (In those days each of the four larger islands in the group, Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta and Misool used to have an independent “raja”). Most of the islands have rugged and steep coastlines and are covered with virgin rain forest.

The larger islands are lightly populated, but most others are uninhabited by humans. Until the turn of the century the name Raja Ampat was still completely absent from Indonesian travel brochures. Trailblazing diving expeditions undertaken by some adventurous souls have put the archipelago on the map and nowadays Raja Ampat has become world famous as one of the most noteworthy ecological niches on the planet, on a par with the Great Barrier Reef and Galapagos.

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Raja Ampat Snorkeling & Paddlling Cruise,  8 Days Sailing Adventures

Raja Ampat Snorkeling & Paddlling Cruise, Sorong - Raja Ampat - Wigeo - Wayag - Sorong

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The Raja Ampat archipelago consists of some 600 Islands and islets that straddle the equator in the area off the “Birds Head” – the Doberoi Peninsula, the extreme north-western tip of the Papua province of Indonesia. The name Raja Ampat literally means ‘the Four Kings’ and dates back to the time that the islands were ruled from the North Moluccan sultanates of Ternate and Tidore (In those days each of the four larger islands in the group, Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta and Misool used to have an independent “raja”). Most of the islands have rugged and steep coastlines and are covered with virgin rain forest.

The larger islands are lightly populated, but most others are uninhabited by humans. Until the turn of the century the name Raja Ampat was still completely absent from Indonesian travel brochures. Trailblazing diving expeditions undertaken by some adventurous souls have put the archipelago on the map and nowadays Raja Ampat has become world famous as one of the most noteworthy ecological niches on the planet, on a par with the Great Barrier Reef and Galapagos.

Marine biologists have concluded that Raja Ampat is home to seventy percent of the known coral species on the planet. Many fish, corals and crustaceans that live in these waters are found nowhere else on earth. However, apart from the reefs, this area also has some of the most stunning top-side views in the world. During this 10 day cruise we will take you on a thorough exploration of what is without a doubt one of the least visited but most memorable adventure destinations on our planet. You do not need to be a diver to be able to experience that this is the global epicenter of marine diversity. You do not need to be a seasoned birdwatcher to see the bird life that brought Alfred Russel Wallace to this region over a century ago. We certainly hope to witness the display dance of the dazzling red bird of paradise, to hear the shrieks of the crested cockatoo and the flapping of the wings of passing hornbills….

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Day to Day Itinerary

DEPARTURES: Day 1 Your flight arrives in the Papuan port town of Sorong, the gateway to Raja Ampat. From the airport we transfer you to the harbor where the Ombak Putih is waiting at anchor. Once settled into your cabin, your cruise director will familiarize you with the vessel’s facilities and safety procedures. Ready to start our adventure, we weigh anchor and set a southerly course for the Misool archipelago, stopping for a refreshing swim along the way. We enjoy dining al fresco on the main deck while meeting the other passengers and crew and watching the sun set on our first day at sea. Day 2 This morning we awake to sunrise over the picturesque chain of islands that makes up the Misool archipelago. The landscape is typical of ‘karst dissolution,’ of a great number of tiny islets whose bases over time have been eroded by the relentless motion of the tides. We spend the day making the most of all that this marine wonderland has to offer us, exploring the region’s unique topside and unique underwater features. We can test out our paddling skills in the sea kayaks, watch for birds perched on the rocks, or just sit back and take in the magnificent landscape. After a full day of island hopping through this archipelago, the Ombak Putih will spend a quiet night at anchor in Misool’s Tomolol bay. Day 3 A swim through Tomolol’s mysterious dome – topped cave is undoubtedly one of Raja Ampat’s more memorable activities. After an early breakfast our tenders will take us in to the heart of the bay to see this partially submerged cave where it is possible to swim, snorkel or just float while gazing up at the cavernous grotto adorned with spectacular stalactites. The more adventurous can swim or paddle through the dark waters to reach the other mouth of the cave. After returning to the ship, we spend the rest of the afternoon using our tenders to explore this impressive maze of karst islands replete prehistoric cave paintings and mysterious skull Cairns. Our vessel cruises north overnight to the island of Batanta. Day 4 After our days of marine exploration, the jungle-clad island of Batanta offers us a change of scenery and a chance to stretch our legs on an adventurous trek in the island’s interior. We anchor at the foot of Arefi Village nestled on the northern coast of the island, where we will find local guides to escort us through the mangrove waters to our trek starting point. A short trek along the riverbed leads us to the first of two jungle waterfalls complete with a refreshing pool for cooling off. The fit and adventurous may choose to continue the uphill climb along the rocks to where a second, larger cascade awaits. After leaving the wilderness behind us, we find a nearby spot to swim and snorkel before moving north to the island of Waigeo. Day 5 This morning we awake off the coast of Waigeo Island in the mouth of Mayalibit Bay. After breakfast will take the dinghies to visit Lopintol Village where we will find one of the villagers to guide us on a morning spelunking expedition. We hope to visit two very dramatic and contrasting caves that highlight the fascinating underground formations of the karst landscape. After lunch we freshen up with a well earned swim and snorkel before heading to Sapokren Village on the southwest tip of Waigeo island. and meet with a local NGO leader to discuss illegal logging, community development and (hopefully) what a new FFI project is doing in these areas. Day 6 This morning we follow in the footsteps of famous naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace in a quest to spot the remarkable Red Bird of Paradise, one of the species Wallace was most anxious to collect. Those keen to see these unique birds will wake up before sunrise for a pre-dawn trek in to the forest. We hope our efforts pay off and we are fortunate to catch sight of the bird’s elaborate display as dawn breaks over the forest canopy. After our jungle trek, we turn our attention from the skies to the seas as the Ombak Putihs makes it’s way through the Dampier strait, home of some of Raja Ampat’s premier reefs. With a bit of luck, we hope to snorkel with some of the larger marine life attracted to the strait’s nutrient- rich currents. We end our day in front Arborek Village, where we can easily circumnavigate the tiny island by foot and get a sense of the Asai culture that is still kept alive by the villagers living on this tiny isolated island. Day 7 Another full day of adventure awaits us along the convoluted Western coast of Waigeo. We begin the morning by exploring Wofoh, three island gems linked together by stretches of pristine coral reef. We may use the tenders or kayaks to navigate the islands, put your newly acquired fish identification skills to use in exploring this vibrant reef or just relax on the beach. In the afternoon we move northward to Aljui bay, home to the Cendanda Pearl Farm, on of the larger producers of high quality seawater pearls in the region. Pearling is an important industry throughout Indonesia and the farms can often be seen in the waters of Raja Ampat and may grant us permission to visit their facilities and explain the pearling process that we have seen along our journey. In the evening make our way across the equator to the northern hemisphere on our journey to the islands of Wayag. Day 8 Few areas in Indonesia can lay claim to such unsurpassed natural splendor of Raja Ampat’s Wayag islands. The beauty of these picturesque karst spires are perhaps only equaled by the brilliant vibrant reefs and marine life that lay below. These islands was cut into a series of coves and lagoons, narrow channels and inlets, caves and jagged rocks as well as several sandy shaded beaches, Raja Ampat at it’s best. For those sure of foot, there are some spectacular, yet nearly vertical, climbs that are rewarded with spectacular panoramas. We spend a quiet night at anchor. Day 9 The Wayag islands are Raja Ampat at it’s best, and we take the opportunity to make the most of this unique region for one more morning, exploring the maze of mushroom-shaped islands and swimming and snorkeling. In the afternoon set our compasses to cross back into the southern hemisphere on our way back to mainland Papua. In the evening we will have our farewell dinner with captain and crew. Day 10 By morning we have made our way back to the harbor of Sorong. After a final filing breakfast to send you on your way, we bid farewell to the Ombak Putih and her crew. Our tenders will take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.

MSY Katharina Specification

Katharina Vessel Description Katharina Vessel Description The Katharina is a traditional Indonesian “Phinisi” built in 1995 in Kalimantan using the best grades of iron wood . Her slim hull was originally being planned for commercial sailing before we spotted her in the making and fitted her as a cruising vessel. Not only is the Katharina very elegant on the water, she is also fast becoming a classic yacht as very few of these original designs remain. Katharina’s overall length is 40 meters, providing comfortable accommodation for up to 14 guests in 6 cabins located below deck . All cabins offer all necessary amenities including private bathrooms, individually controlled AC and storage space including a safe. Led by Captain Iwan, the Katharina is catered for by an all Indonesian crew of 12, dedicated to make your stay aboard truly memorable Safety and Seaworthiness The vessel is fitted with all internationally required safety and communication equipment such as SSB and VHF radios, life jackets, life rafts, and satellite telephone. Apart from that we carry an extensive first aid kit, Defibrillator (AED) and emergency oxygen supply. Experienced navigators consider it an axiom that the seaworthiness of a vessel depends on the seaworthiness of the crew. Our ship has a well seasoned all licensed Indonesian crew of twelve. We have have multiple first aid trainings per year and drills are done on a regular basis according to the Marine Safety Codes.
Services Profile Spacious twin shared cabins with twin bunk beds or double bed Each cabin has a private bathroom with toilet and hot shower Washbasin and soap toiletries in your cabin Cabins have individually controlled air conditioning Towels and beach towels that are regularly changed each cabin has an individual minisafe for valuables and travel documents Free tea, coffee and mineral water Excellent food and snacks (vegetarian food on request) A selection of wines, cold beer and other alcoholic drinks are for sale Outdoor sleeping facilities Unlimited use of our snorkeling equipment and 2 sea canoes Television, DVD and music centre in lounge
Katharina Technical Specifications Construction: Kalimantan Indonesia Registry: Indonesia Length over Deck: 30,5 meters Length over all: 40 meters Beam: 8,60 meters Draught: 3,50 meters Engine: 6 cyl. Mitshubishi s6B 280Hp Marine engine Rig: Gaff rigged ketch – 600 m2 sails, 2 mains, two tops, three jibs Cruising speed: 7-9 Knots Top speed: 10-12 Knots Voltage: 220 volts Tenders: 2 one with 40 hp yamaha and one with 15hp yamaha Decks: 1 main deck, 1 sun deck, 1 cabin deck Cabins: 6 Capacity: 12 guests Water capacity: 4000 Liter Fuel Capacity: 9000 Liter Watermaker: Aqua whisper capicity 2000 liters per day Auxiliary Power: 2 generators, and emergency DC system
Navigation: Furuno gps Furuno radar with 2nd gps and chart plotter Furono echosounder Max sea computer baed navigation system VHF and sbb radios Sattelite phones Epirb emergency Beacon Paper charts and manual utilities Safety: 2 x lifeboat capacity 25 people. liferings with lights 40 lifejackets with lights fire alarm system Fire extinguishers Fire pump Emergency mobile fire pump Extensive first aid kits Defibrillator (AED) Medical oxygen supply
 

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Q. Is this tour offers Diving? A. No this cruise is a leisure cruise, offers themed excursion and unlimited snorkelling opportunity. Q. How can I arrange my flights to and from starting/end port ? A. Please inform us that you would like us to arrange the domestic air tickets for you Q. How can i get from Airport to The boat and vice versa ? A. Once you arrive at starting port/end port of cruise, transfer to and from airport is include in the service. Q. How much cash do i need to carry in this cruise ? A. Since this is a full board cruise, during the cruise you may only need money (cash in local currency) when you are purchasing souvenir. You may also needs to pay your bar bill (alcoholic drinks are not included in the service) after the cruise, you can also pay onboard the ship using Credit Card (Visa & Master Card only) Q. What is Included in this cruise ? A. Full board meal, english speaking guide service, free flow coffee and tea, use of our water activities equipment (snorkel, fins, goggles, sea canoe), Limited laundry. Q. What is not included ? A. Personal expenses, Alcoholic drinks consumed from boat bar during the cruise, domestic airfares (unless mentioned included). Q. Do I Need Travel Insurances? A. Your cruise tour purchased from allaboutbali.com may include your worldwide travel insurance, please Look at the product description. Q. What about safety precaution and medic ? A. Crew of the boat are certified for the Basic Safety Training, and they are also regularly train for medical first aid officer. Q. What about emergency support ? A. The boat office and allaboutbali.com monitors movement of thenbboat and regularly receiving report from boat captain, should there is something emergency support needed, Theres hould be a plan already, even for an airlift emergency evacuation. Q. What time will the boat leave port, in case i only get the latest fllight to be in the starting port ? A. Depends on the itinerary program, if you are arriving late, you may missed the morning attraction, boat leave at 12.00 noon, so guest able to have lunch onboard the ship. Please arrange your ticket by consulting us to assure you are not missing any program by arriving the latest. Q. What time the boat will arriving at the end port? A. Boat will arrive early morning and depend on the itinerary whether we have morning program/attractions or not, if not we will then transfer you directly from boat to the airport for your return flight. Q. Are domestic flights sometime delay and cancelled ? A. Though nowadays air transport departure and arrival time has been increasing in term of quality, but there is always possibility of weather-caused delay. There you could missed your connecting flight. Please have at least one day stay in Bali /Jakarta before connecting to your Int'l flight. Please also consult us whether travel insurance is included in the tour you purchased from www.allaboutbali.com IF This does not yet cover what you would like to ask us before you make purchasing, please contact support on the next tab in this page. Thank you.

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