Itinerary

8 Days/7 Nights North Raja Ampat (Wayag)

Potential Schedule for 8 days / 7 nights in Raja Ampat Islands

Day One: Sorong
When you arrive at Sorong Airport our crew will be waiting for you in the arrival hall, after collecting your luggage we will escort you to the harbour where our tender boats will take you out to the Pearl of Papua where our friendly crew will greet you with a cold refreshing towel and drink. This will be followed by cabin allocation and boat orientation. When all guests are on board the Cruise Director will give you a presentation about the Pearl of Papua and diving recommendations. Depending on departure time they maybe an opportunity to have a check dive just outside Sorong Harbour. Lunch and dinner will be served during the sail out to Raja Ampat (08hrs)
 
Day Two: Dampier Strait
The guests’ first dive is a check dive, Mioskon Island is a great place to do this and still be a world class dive. Here the guests can get comfortable with their equipment, buoyancy and refresh some basic skills. The Dampier Strait area has some of the most action packed diving in Raja Ampat and guests can see fish, fish and more fish but it is also the area where the saying ‘No Current = No Fish’ originated from. There are many dive sites to choose from but Cape Kri, Chicken + Sardine Reef, Mikes Point and Mioskon are definitely on the schedule
 
Day Three: Penemu Islands
Fantastic examples of Raja Ampats diversity. The Penemu Islands are presently a new Marine Protected Area (WWF). We shall dive at Reef Bayanggan, Melissa’s Garden which has probably the best complete coral coverage you will ever see and Kerunemo Adik. After your third dive we will take you on a tour of The Hidden Bay (includes a trek up Penemu Hill for the amazing views of The Hidden Bay)
 
Day Four: Kawe Islands and Aljui Bay
After your tour of The Hidden Bay we set of for a 12hr drive up to the north of Raja Ampat and dive around the Kawe Islands and Aljui Bay. The entire Aljui Bay has been leased out by Atlas Sea Pearls and the dive sites include White Arrow, Tear Drop Corner and the infamous Cendana Pearl Farm Jetty. It is also possible to tour the pearl farm
 
Day Five: Yanggefo
After a 12hr drive back down to the south / middle of Raja Ampat we will dive at Yanggefo. Here we will dive Mayhem, Citrus Ridge and Gam Ridge followed by some snorkelling in the mangroves looking for the Archer Fish and seeing the unique corals that grow in front of the mangroves (normally corals grow 100m plus away from the mangroves), followed by a night dive at either of the ridges, we will overnight in the mangroves
 
Day Six: Arborek
Our morning dives are at Manta Sandy where there is a manta ray cleaning station and we see both Black / White and the all Black Manta Rays come to be cleaned. This famous site now has a line of dead coral where guests line up and watch the show. Third dive is a beautiful coral / fish dive close to Arborek Island where guests can also have a sun set walk on the beach before the fourth / night dive at the village jetty
 
Day Seven: Dampier Strait
Finishing off your great trip with two shallow dives around Sardine and Chicken Reef before returning to Sorong     
 
Day Eight: Sorong         
After breakfast the Cruise Director will escort the guests to either the airport / hotel and will assist with checking in. Sorry to say that your Pearl of Papua Raja Ampat trip has come to an end and we look forward to welcoming you onboard again.
     
Notes:
*Cruising itineraries and daily programs are subject to change due to weather / sea conditions and dive site / anchorage availability. Every effort will be made to complete the program as planned and the Cruise Director will update the guests at meal times*                         
* We strongly advise you to bring your own dive equipment for comfort and familiarization and that The Pearl of Papua has a strict NO GLOVE POLICY
Please Note That All Guests Must Have Dive Accident / Evacuation Insurance

8 Days/7 Nights South Raja Ampat (Misool)

Potential Schedule for 8 days/7 nights in Raja Ampat Islands

Day One: Sorong
When you arrive at Sorong Airport our crew will be waiting for you in the arrival hall, after collecting your luggage we will escort you to the harbour where our tender boats will take you out to the Pearl of Papua and our friendly crew will greet you with a cold refreshing towel and drink. This will be followed by cabin allocation and boat orientation. When all guests are on board the Cruise Director will give you a presentation about the Pearl of Papua and diving recommendations. Depending on departure time there may be an opportunity to have a check dive just outside Sorong Harbour. Lunch and dinner will be served during the sail out to South Raja Ampat (12hrs)
 
Day Two, Three, Four, (Misool Islands)
One of the many fascinating diversities of Raja Ampat, with some of the most amazing land scapes imaginable, deep mangroves to ravines and canyons, the Misool Islands have been shaped by the powerful forces of nature, underwater the vibrant variety of colour of the hard corals / soft corals / fish species is wonderful. Diving at the Boo Windows, Nudi Rock, Goa Farundi and Magic Mountain (Reef Bayangan) are just some of the awesome sites you can see
 
Day Five: Penemu Islands
More great examples of Raja Ampats diversity. The Penemu Islands very recently became an Marine Protected Area and we spend most of our time here in the M.P.A. Melissa’s Garden has probably the best complete coral coverage you will ever see and no visit to these islands is complete without seeing the Hidden Bay
 
Day Six: Arborek
The morning dives are at Manta Sandy where we regularly see the Black / White and the all Black Manta Rays come to cleaned. This famous site now has a line of dead coral where guests line up and watch the show. Third dive is a beautiful coral / fish dive close to Arborek Island where guests can also have a sun set walk on the beach before the fourth / night dive at the village jetty
 
Day Seven: Dampier Strait
Finishing off your great trip with two shallow dives in the Dampier Strait which has some great action packed fish dives, like Cape Kri and Blue Magic. After your busy diving schedule has come to a sad end we will have a lazy afternoon on Pulau Pasir (Sand Island) before returning to Sorong
 
Day Eight: Sorong         
After breakfast the Cruise Director will escort the guests to either the airport / hotel and will assist with checking in. Sorry to say that your Pearl of Papua Raja Ampat trip has come to an end and we look forward to welcoming you on board again.

9 Days/8 Nights Raja Ampat (South - North Raja Ampat)

Potential Schedule for 9 Days/8 Nights Raja Ampat (South – North Raja Ampat)

Day One: Sorong

Arrive at Sorong Airport. Our crew will be waiting outside the arrival hall, they will escort you to the Pearl of Papua. After a 15 minute ride you will be onboard the vessel, cabin allocation and ship orientation wil l take place before departure, take this time to familiarize yourself with the facilities and make yourself comfortable. Lunch and dinner will be served while heading towards Raja Ampat National Park. Sorong to Misool is roughly a twelve hour journey.

Check Dive at Pulau Matan, time permitting .

Days Two, Three, Four and Five: Misool

Misool is one of the most fascinating areas of Raja Ampat. It contains some of the most amazing underwater seascapes imaginable – deep ravines and canyons give way to unsurpassed coral coverage and unrivaled color. Don’t be surprised if you encounter Gorgonian Sea Fans exceeding 3 meters in diameter! That said, while the reefs are tru ly breathtaking down in Misool, remember to check the blue every now and again as it is quite common to encounter oceanic manta rays, reaching up to seven meters in length, on many dives. Brace yourself, the diving is about to get incredible .

One of the dives, Magic Mountain, is a fairly reliable cleaning station for oceanic manta rays. Because of this we will dive the site twice in order to afford you the best opportunity to encounter these gentle giants.

Day Two: Daram – Misool

Dive 1: The Candy Store
Dive 2: Andiamo
Dive 3: Andy’s Ultimate
Dive 4: Daram

Day Three: Boo – Misool

Dive 1: Magic Mountain
Dive 2: Magic Mountain
Dive 3: Boo Rocks
Dive 4: Boo Window

Day Four: Fiabacet – Misool

Dive 1: Tank Rock
Dive 2: Nudi Rock
Dive 3: Whale Rock
Dive 4: Yelit Kecil

Day Five: Farondi – Misool

Dive 1: Anchovies Dive 2: Goa Farondi

Upon completing our second dive of the day, we will begin the long journey from Misool to Penemu (fourteen hours).

Day Six: Penemu to Arborek

Spread over nearly 700 square kilom eters of ocean, just above the midway point on Raja Ampat’s north -south axis, Penemu ’s vivid coral gardens revel in the nutrient rich water brought forth from the Dampier Straits .

After having fun drifting with current at My Reef and Melissa Garden, you will climb Penemu. It is a mere 318 wooden -steps to the breathtaking view of Raja Ampat’s limestone karsts.

From here Pearl of Papua will head towards Arborek where you will complete your final dive of the day and have the opportunity to explore an authentic village and interact with locals.

Dive 1: My Reef
Dive 2: Melissa’s Garden
Climb Penemu
Dive 3: Mayhem
Village Walk

Day Seven: Dampier Straits

The Dampier Straits contain some of Raja Ampat’s most action packed dives.

There are a number of wonderful si tes in the area, many of which are exposed to and best -dived when the current is running . Encounters with various sharks, Bumphead Parrotfish, schools of barracuda, Oceanic Triggerfish, and Big -Eyed Trevally are quite common. The sheer number of fish is li terally astounding. At times shoals are so thick the sunlight is practically blocked out.

Finally, what better way to end your diving expedition than to have a barbeque on an uninhabited island? The crew will prepare a wonderful meal for you to enjoy as you watch thousands of fruit bats begin their journey to neighboring islands in search of food .

Dive 1: Blue Magic
Dive 2: Cape Kri
Dive 3: Mike’s Point
Barbeque at Mioskon

Day Eight: Dampier Straits

We can’t get enough of Dampier Straits ! Today you will dive at Chicken Reef and Sardine Reef, these dive spots offer an unforgettable diving experience where you may spot huge schools of fishes being stalked by barracuda and trevally . And if you’re lucky even a few manta rays!

After completing your second dive of the day, the Pearl of Papua will begin her return voyage to Sorong. It is roughly a seven hour journey. Upon arriving in Sorong you will have the opportunity to purchase some souvenirs for your family and friends.

Dive 1: Chicken Reef Dive 2: Sardine Re ef

Day Nine: Sorong

After breakfast, prepare for disembarkation. Official check out time is 10 AM . From here you will be transferred to your next destination . Your diving journey has ended and we certainly look forward to welcoming you onboard again .

11 Days/10 Nights Raja Ampat (Misool - Penemu Island)

Potential Schedule for 11 days/10 nights in Raja Ampat Islands

Day One: Sorong
When you arrive at Sorong Airport our crew will be waiting for you in the arrival hall, after collecting your luggage we will escort you to the harbour where our tender boats will take you out to the Pearl of Papua and our friendly crew will greet you with a cold refreshing towel and drink. This will be followed by cabin allocation and boat orientation. When all guests are on board the Cruise Director will give you a presentation about the Pearl of Papua and diving recommendations. Depending on departure time they maybe an opportunity to have a check dive just outside Sorong Harbour. Lunch and dinner will be served during the sail out to South Raja Ampat (12hrs)

Day Two, Three, Four, Five: Misool
One of the many fascinating diversities of Raja Ampat, with some of the most amazing land scapes imaginable, deep mangroves to ravines and canyons, the Misool Islands have been shaped by the powerful forces of nature, underwater the vibrant variety of colour of the hard corals / soft corals / fish species is wonderful. Diving at the Boo Windows, Nudi Rock, Goa Farundi and Magic Mountain (Reef Bayangan) are just some of the awesome sites you can see

Day Six: Fam and Penemu
More great examples of Raja Ampats diversity. The Penemu Islands very recently became an Marine Protected Area and we spend most of our time here in the M.P.A. Melissa’s Garden has probably the best complete coral coverage you will ever see and no visit to these islands is complete without seeing the Hidden Bay
Day Seven: Wayag (Northern Hemisphere)
After your tour of The Hidden Bay we set of for a 12hr drive up to the north of Raja Ampat and dive around the Kawe Islands and Aljui Bay. The entire Aljui Bay has been leased out by Atlas Sea Pearls and the dive sites include White Arrow, Tear Drop Corner and the infamous Cendana Pearl Farm Jetty. It is also possible to tour the pearl farm

Day Eight: Yanggefo
After a 12hr drive back down to the south / middle of Raja Ampat we will dive at Yanggefo. Here we will dive Mayhem, Citrus Ridge and Gam Ridge followed by some snorkelling in the mangroves looking for the Archer Fish and seeing the unique corals that grow in front of the mangroves (normally corals grow 100m plus away from the mangroves), followed by a night dive at either of the ridges, we will overnight in the mangroves

Day Nine: Arborek
The morning dives are at Manta Sandy where we regularly see the Black / White and the all Black Manta Rays come to cleaned. This famous site now has a line of dead coral where guests line up and watch the show. Third dive is a beautiful coral / fish dive close to Arborek Island where guests can also have a sun set walk on the beach before the fourth / night dive at the village jetty
Day Ten: Dampier Strait
Finishing off your great trip with two shallow dives in the Dampier Strait which has some great action packed fish dives, like Cape Kri and Blue Magic. After your busy diving schedule has come to a sad end we will have a lazy afternoon on Pulau Pasir (Sand Island) before returning to Sorong

Day Eleven: Sorong
After breakfast the Cruise Director will escort the guests to either the airport / hotel and will assist with checking in. Sorry to say that your Pearl of Papua Raja Ampat trip has come to an end and we look forward to welcoming you onboard again.

Notes:
Cruising itineraries and daily programs are subject to change due to weather / sea conditions and dive site / anchorage availability. Every effort will be made to complete the program as planned and the Cruise Director will update the guests at meal times
We strongly advise you to bring your own dive equipment for comfort and familiarization and that The Pearl of Papua has a strict NO GLOVE POLICY
Please Note That All Guests Must Have Dive Accident / Evacuation Insurance

8 Days/7 Nights Cenderawasih Bay

Taman Nasional Cenderawasih Bay Marine National Park consists of 20 habitable Islands and many more uninhabitable smaller islands. The Park is 14,000 sq. kilometres and consists of about 1⁄4 of the Cenderawasih Bay.

Day One: Manokwari
When you arrive at Manokwari (Rendani Airport) our Cruise Director / Dive Manager will be waiting for you outside the arrival hall, after collecting your luggage we will escort you to the harbour where our tender boats will take you out to the Pearl of Papua and our friendly crew will greet you with a cold refreshing drink. This will be followed by cabin allocation and boat orientation. When all guests are on board the Cruise Director will give you a presentation about the Pearl of Papua and diving recommendations. After Lunch you will have your check dive at Pulau Mansinam immediately after the dive we will depart to Pulau Roon and dinner will be served on route.

Day Two: Pulau Roon
Tanjung Ayami is a sloping reef with huge slabs of rock and Pulau Auri is a cluster of small islands with a similar topography but Groovy Passage is a sloping reef but has no slabs of rock.
Dive 1. Tanjung Ayami ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (huge blocks of rock & hard / soft corals)
Dive 2. Pulau Auri ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (huge blocks of rock & hard / soft corals)
Dive 3. Groovy Passage ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (fan corals, soft corals, sponges, turtles, Cenderawasih endemic Caitlin’s dottyback / Pictichromis caitlinae)
Dive 4. Groovy Passage ‘MACRO’

Day Three: Mangguar
Tanjung Mangguar is a cape on the main island of Papua. There are several small islands formed from volcanic rock making interesting dives, with slopes, walls, small caves, cut backs and overhangs.
Dive 1. Tanjung Mangguar ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (soft corals, whip corals, fusiliers, snappers, reef sharks, rays)
Dive 2. Rock’n’Roll ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (soft corals, whip corals, fusiliers, snappers, reef sharks, rays)
Dive 3. Kwatisore ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (whale sharks)
Dive 4. Lemon Slope ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (Cenderawasih endemic Epaulette Shark / Hemicyllium galei)

Day Four: Kwatisore
Welcome to Kwatisore, the high light of diving in Cenderawasih. This is where you shall see whale sharks , normally they are seen on their own when they are feeding and when they are not
feeding they live ut here we see them together (adults and juveniles) below the bagans (fishing platforms). Originally when the locals brought up their nets in the early morning catching millions ikan puri (small bait fish) the whale sharks followed the nets and were seen sucking on the nets. This is strange behaviour for the world’s largest fish which normally only eats plankton is truly unique to Kwatisore, it is believed that they get nutrients and oils from the bait fish. So now liveaboards buy the bait fish from the bagan fishermen and then we ask them to slowly throw them back in (on top of the whale sharks), then the whale sharks swim around taking the bait fish in their mouths but the bait fish come back out again via their gills. The whale sharks stay within 10m of the surface so it is really easy to snorkel with them.
Dive 1. Bagan ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (whale sharks)
Dive 2. Bagan ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (whale sharks)
Dive 3. Lemon Slope ‘MACRO / WIDE ANGLE’ / (Cenderawasih endemic Epaulette Shark / Hemicyllium galei)

Day Five: Tridacna Atoll
Small caves, cut backs, overhangs, this area is where we can find some of the best hard corals in the Cenderawasih Bay National Park.
Dive 1. Tridacna Wall ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (hard corals, sponges, fan corals, endemic fusiliers) Dive 2. Spag Point ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (hard corals, barrel sponges, vase corals, jacks, barracuda,
surgeon fish)
Dive 3. Boomerang Atoll ‘WIDE ANGLE / MACRO’ (hard corals) Dive 4. Boomerang Atoll ‘MACRO / WIDE ANGLE’

Day Six: Pulau Purup
A group of small islands / islets close to mainland Papua.
Dive 1. PP1 ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (hard corals, fusiliers, snappers, Cenderawasih endemic Damsel Fish / Chysiptera pricei)
Dive 2. PP2 ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (hard corals fusiliers, snappers, red tooth trigger fish, reef sharks)
Dive 3. PP3 ‘WIDE ANGLE’ (elephant ear sponges, fan corals, whip corals, fusiliers, Cenderawasih
endemic flasher wrasse / Paracheilinus walton)

Day Seven: Sungai Omi
Black quartz sand beach mixed with small stones and here there is a small river that enters the sea creating different bottom marine life.
Dive 1. Tanjung Mupi ‘MACRO’ (Cenderawasih endemic mantis shrimps / Odontodactylus) Dive 2. Sungai Omi ‘MACRO’ (nudibranchs, estuarine sea horse)
(Rhincodon typus)
in more than 1,200 meters below the surface of the water. B

Day Eight: Manokwari
After breakfast the Cruise Director will escort the guests to either the airport / hotel and will assist with checking in. Sorry to say that your Pearl of Papua trip has come to an end and we look forward to welcoming you on board again.

Notes:
*Cruising itineraries and daily programs are subject to change due to weather / sea conditions and dive site / anchorage availability. Every effort will be made to complete the program as planned and the Cruise Director will update the guests at meal times*
* We strongly advise you to bring your own dive equipment with dive torch for comfort and familiarization. The Pearl of Papua has a strict NO GLOVE POLICY and ALL DIVERS MUST HAVE DIVE INSURANCE*

11 Days/10 Nights Cenderawasih Bay

Check in Manokwari Airport – Check Out Manokwari Airport. West Papua province, Indonesia

We will concentrate in the north of Papua and bounce between Manokwari -Nabire and Manokwari. Highlight : dive the whale sharks, the best of the Cendrawasih National Park, the wrecks of Manokwari, unexplored small Islands around and whale shark feeding spot at Kwatisore Nabire as main attraction.

Please choose the morning flight as it is give us more time to travel in leisure. Flight from Jakarta to Manokwari served by Garuda, Sriwijaya and Lion Air.

Day One: Manokwari
When you arrive at Manokwari Airport our crew will be waiting for you in the arrival hall, after collecting your luggage we will escort you to the harbour where our tender boats will take you out to the Pearl of Papua and our friendly crew will greet you with a cold refreshing towel and drink. This will be followed by cabin allocation and boat orientation. When all guests are on board the Cruise Director will give you a presentation about the Pearl of Papua and diving recommendations. Depending on departure time they maybe an opportunity to have a check dive around Manokwari. Lunch and dinner will be served during the sail out to Manokwari and Nabire.

Day Two,
We are still in the Manokwari areas whereas we can sample the site choice will be around Butsiuri Reef, Maruni and Tanjung Mupi.

Day Three – Four- Five
We head out down to southern area where we can have a maximum of 4 dives a day to include night dives around Yembekiri island, Roon Island and Mangguar. Dive at Weka’s point might surprise you with abundant of pelagic fishes also worth to mention colorful and rich Tanjung Mangguar and BenMon Wall. We may have anchor and have a night dive Napenyaur Village

Day Six and Seven
We arrived at Kwatisore and will spend most of the days diving with the Whale Shark. As it is shallow dive you may also have snorkeling in between your dive interval. The whale sharks are swimming at shallow waters above between 4-10 meters. For some other variation and alternatives apart of the whaleshark we can sample diving at Kwatisore Beach and Kwatisore home Reef.

Day eight

Pulau Roon Dive 1 Groovy Passage
Dive 2 Pulau Auri
Dive 3 Tanjung Ayami
Dive 4 Pulau Roon (NorthPoint)

9 Yembekiri Dive 1 Tanjung Cidi
Yali Ali Dive 2 Tanjung Kalung
P. Purup Dive 3 Purup 1
P. Purup Dive 4 Purup 2

10 Warkopi Oni

Dive 1 Sungai Omi
Dive 2 Sungai Omi

We will sail up North passing by Manguar, Ripon and Yambekiri islands.
Most of our diving, other than on Manokwari’s excellent WWII wrecks, was within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, Indonesia’s largest. This park is huge, half again larger than Raja Ampat. The area somewhat confined. This means that less current moves through Cenderawasih’s waters, and therefore there’s less recruitment of marine larvae than in a place like Raja. This isolation has blessed Cenderawasih with a number of very colorful endemic species. Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that many normally deep-dwelling fish species are found here in relatively shallow water. This topsy-turvy reefscape, along with the presence of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, prompted Dr. Gerald Allen to call Cenderawasih “ the Galapagos of Indonesia’s Reefs”. We will dive with the whale shark.
Day Eleven

After breakfast, prepare for disembarkation. Be ready to leave the boat and you will be transferred to Manokwari Airport for you next destination

* Sailing itineraries and daily program are subject to change due to weather and sea conditions, availability of safe anchorage, government regulations and other factors, Every effort will be made to carryout the program as planned, Program changes may take place during the cruise to take advantage of local cultural events, to adapt to sailing conditions, or in response to other factors.