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Various dates available

Whale Sharks and Birds of Paradise

From £4771 Per person

Deposit Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
This is a discovery of the wonders of land and sea. Explore amazing coral reefs and meet whale sharks, or venture through jungles looking out for the stunning birds of paradise.
Clear
Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Individual
Difficulty
No experience required
Nights onboard
9
Vessel type
Traditional Indonesian Pinisi made from Ironwood
Vessel length
42 metres
Skipper
Yes
Crew
Total crew of 14
Berth Style
24 guests in 12 cabins All cabins offer creature comforts and necessary amenities: Spacious twin-share cabins with twin bunks or double beds Each cabin has a private bathroom with toilet and hot shower Washbasin and toiletries provided in your cabin Eac
Insurance Required
Yes

Swim, paddle and kayak under magnificent waterfalls, explore fantastic coral reefs and even meet whale sharks!

9 nights: Various dates January - December  2020 & 2021

Fr $5,900/ £4,771 per person*

*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

This is an action-packed trip where you'll get the opportunity to explore the most incredible spots, both, on land, and under the sea. You will be exploring jungles looking out for the beautiful birds of paradise as they perform their spectacular mating dance ritual. Then we shall take to the sea to discover, waterfalls and hidden caves with tremendous stalactites and stalagmites and ancient cave paintings said to be between 3,000 and 5,000 years old.

The marine life which can be found on this adventure is simply outstanding, from tropical fish zipping around the colourful reefs, the stingless jellyfish, and of course the gentle giants of the sea - the whale shark!

The whole vessel is available for charter. Please enquire for details. 

Sorong To Kaimana

DAY 1

– You will be met at the airport or your hotel by your SeaTrek tour leaders and taken directly to the boat. Once settled into your cabin, we will weigh anchor and head out on our adventure.

– We will have lunch as we are underway and stop for your first snorkel and swim amongst the coral gardens in the afternoon.

– After sunset drinks, we will sit down together for dinner and then meet the crew. It’s an early start the next day, so an early night is recommended.

DAY 2

– Before dawn we will be ferried to a local village, where local guides will take us on a trek through the jungle in the hope of finding the beautiful Wilson’s Bird of Paradise perform is mating dance ritual upon the forest floor. On our way back to the boat we will be accompanied by the sounds of the jungle coming to life and we will be sure to spot a number of bird species along the way.

– After a well-earned late breakfast, we will spend the remainder of the day enjoying snorkelling, swimming and exploring the reefs and islands of the local area by kayak and paddleboard.

DAY 3

– Today is our second and final early morning wake up as we head off to see the Red Bird of Paradise, this time high in the canopy of the rainforest. Extremely extroverted show-offs, these birds dance and squawk their way around the trees trying to impress the female of the species, making for an incredible show.

– After returning to the ship and breakfast it will be time for some snorkelling on some of Raja Ampat’s most spectacular reefs in the Dampier Strait. If the tides are in our favour we might get to see some of the area’s larger species of marine life, which are attracted by the currents in these nutrient-rich waters.

– We will end the day at a local inhabited island, where the village kids will show us around their beautiful village and then perform some local folk dances for us.

– We will weigh anchor before dinner, enjoying sunset cocktails on the back deck as we cruise south.

DAY 4

– Today we wake up in southern Raja Ampat at the island of Misool, a picturesque archipelago of forest-covered limestone islets just teeming with coral reefs that has adventures aplenty on offer.

– We will swim through a massive and ancient sea cave, adorned with giant stalagmites and stalactites. We will then journey to a small, secret lake inhabited by thousands of stingless jellyfish, where we will snorkel among them.

– After lunch, we will explore the area by ship’s tenders, going in and out of the many bays and inlets looking for birds, and also stopping to see some prehistoric cave paintings said to be between 3,000 and 5,000 years old.

DAY 5

– Today we will have a relaxing day of snorkelling on the reefs, exploring the inlets and local areas by paddleboard and kayak, or swimming and sunbathing from the white sand beaches of this beautiful piece of paradise.

– After a full day of fun and relaxation, we will head east for our overnight cruise to our next destination.

DAY 6

– We will wake up off a small group of picture-perfect islands, where we will spend the morning exploring the beaches and crystal clear waters and vibrant reefs with our snorkels.

– We will then cruise in the direction of the mainland of Papua, where we will visit a local village and meeting the residents, who will welcome us into their village, sharing with us their way of life which consists of fishing and growing nutmeg.

– Back on the boat, we will continue southeast overnight, enjoying dinner and sunset drinks along the way.

DAY 7

– We wake up off the coast of Papua to a most serene and primal scene of a jungle waterfall where a roaring river surrounded by virgin rainforest pours into the sea.

– Here we will swim and play in the waterfall and the sea as we take in this most tranquil tropical scenery. We will also have the chance to snorkel through the corals on a nearby reef.

– Later in the day, we will continue our journey east, stopping off late afternoon for another swim and snorkel on our way to see the whale sharks of Triton Bay.

DAY 8

– Triton Bay is a place of unsurpassed natural splendour, where time and tides have sliced the limestone landscape into tall cliffs and numerous islands separated by lagoons and narrow channels. It is also home to fishermen who collect baitfish and keep them in nets attached to specially built platforms, also known as ‘bagans’. It is these and their fish that attract whale sharks.

– We will head out in the tenders to see if the sharks are around, and if we are lucky, we will spend a couple of hours in the water with these magnificent creatures.

– After lunch, we will explore the bays and limestone outcrops aby tender, kayak, and paddleboard as well as swim and snorkel from the beautiful white-sand beaches.

– This evening we will have a beach BBQ with the crew, with singing and dancing late into the night.

DAY 9

– We will spend the morning cruising through the undisturbed coves, caves, and lagoons before heading north through the Namatote Passage, where there is an impressive collection of ancient cave paintings high up on the cliffs.

– The afternoon will be filled with more snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and paddling as we relax amidst the beauty of the surrounding jungle-covered islands.

– We will spend our final evening on the ship resting at anchor and enjoying a farewell dinner with our captain and crew.

DAY 10

– In the morning, we will find ourselves at anchor in the harbour of Kaimana, and after an early breakfast, our tenders will take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.

Kaimana To Sorong

DAY 1

– On the first day of your adventure, you will be met at the airport by your SeaTrek tour leader and taken directly to the boat, which will be at anchor in the bay.

– After you have settled into your cabin, we will weigh anchor and serve lunch as we head off on our adventure in the direction of Triton Bay, stopping off for a refreshing swim and snorkel along the way on the first of many beautiful coral reefs we will encounter during our cruise.

DAY 2

– We will spend the morning cruising through the undisturbed coves, caves, and lagoons before heading north through the Namatote Passage, where there is an impressive collection of ancient cave paintings high up on the cliffs.

– The afternoon will be filled with more snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and paddling as we relax amidst the beauty of the surrounding jungle-covered islands and cliffs.

DAY 3

– Triton Bay is a place of unsurpassed natural splendour, where time and tides have sliced the limestone landscape into tall cliffs and numerous islands separated by lagoons and narrow channels. It is also home to fishermen who collect baitfish and keep them in nets attached to specially built platforms, also known as ‘bagans’. It is these and their fish that attract whale sharks.

– We will head out in the tenders to see if the sharks are around, and if we are lucky, we will spend a couple of hours in the water with these magnificent creatures.

– After lunch, we will explore the bays and limestone outcrops by tender, kayak, and paddleboard as well as swim and snorkel from the beautiful white-sand beaches, before heading west later in the day for an overnight crossing.

DAY 4

– We wake up off the coast of Papua to a most serene and primal scene of a jungle waterfall where a roaring river surrounded by virgin rainforest pours into the sea.

– Here we will swim and play in the waterfall and the sea as we take in this most tranquil tropical scenery. We will also have the chance to snorkel through the corals on a nearby reef.

– Later in the day, we will continue our journey west, stopping off late afternoon for another swim and snorkel on our way.

DAY 5

– After breakfast we will visit a local village and meeting the residents, who will welcome us into their village, sharing with us their way of life which consists of fishing and growing nutmeg.

– Late morning and through lunch, we will cruise to a small group of picture-perfect islands, where we will spend the afternoon exploring the beaches and crystal-clear waters and then top it off with a long snorkel over the vibrant reefs.

– Late afternoon we will weigh anchor and head west for the Raja Ampat National Park.

DAY 6

– Today we wake up in southern Raja Ampat at the island of Misool, a picturesque archipelago of forest-covered limestone islets just teeming with coral reefs that have adventures aplenty on offer.

– We will swim through a massive and ancient sea cave, adorned with giant stalagmites and stalactites. We will then journey to a small, secret lake inhabited by thousands of stingless jellyfish, where we will snorkel among them.

– After lunch, we will explore the area by ship’s tenders, going in and out of the many bays and inlets looking for birds, and also stopping to see some prehistoric cave paintings said to be between 3,000 and 5,000 years old.

– We will have a beach BBQ with the crew as we dance and sing our way through the night before spending a quiet night at anchor.

DAY 7

– Today we will have a relaxing day of snorkelling on the reefs, exploring the inlets and local areas by paddleboard and kayak, or swimming and sunbathing from the white sand beaches of this beautiful piece of paradise.

– After a full day of fun and relaxation, we will head north for our overnight cruise to the island of Waigeo for the first of our bird of paradise encounters.

DAY 8

– Waking before dawn we will be ferried to a local village, where local guides will take us on a trek through the jungle in the hope of finding the beautiful Wilson’s Bird of Paradise perform is mating dance ritual upon the forest floor. On our way back to the boat we will be accompanied by the sounds of the jungle coming to life and we will be sure to spot a number of bird species along the way.

– After a well-earned late breakfast, we will spend the remainder of the day enjoying snorkelling, swimming and exploring the reefs and islands of the local area by kayak and paddleboard.

DAY 9

– Today is our second and final early morning wake up as we head off to see the Red Bird of Paradise, this time high in the canopy of the rainforest. Extremely extroverted show-offs, these birds dance and squawk their way around the trees trying to impress the female of the species, making for an incredible show.

– After returning to the ship and breakfast it will be time for some snorkelling on some of Raja Ampat’s most spectacular reefs in the Dampier Strait. If the tides are in our favour we might get to see some of the area’s larger species of marine life, which are attracted by the currents in these nutrient-rich waters.

– We will end the day at a local inhabited island, where the village kids will show us around their beautiful village and then perform some local folk dances for us.

– This evening during our journey south, we will have a final night celebration dinner and party with the crew.

DAY 10

– This morning we will be anchored off a white-sand beach on a small tropical island, where we can swim, paddleboard and kayak.

– After lunch on board we will say farewell to our crew and tour leaders and head to the airport for your onward journeys.

  • Professional cruise directors
  • Outdoor sleeping facilities
  • Complimentary snorkelling equipment and two sea canoes (add SUP)
  • Free tea, soft drinks, juices, coffee and mineral water
  • Excellent food and snacks (vegetarian and special menus on request)
  • Television, DVD and music centre in the lounge
  • Dining in spacious air-conditioned lounge
  • Teak wooden furniture in lounge, cabins and on deck
  • Spacious sun and semi-covered decks
  • Mooring fees
  • Visits to restaurants, museums, galleries etc during the trip
  • Fine selection of wines, beer and spirits for sale
  • Travel to and from the vessel (including internal/domestic airfares)
  • Open to beginner sailors.
  • Open to families.
  • Open to solo travellers.

Fly to Domine Eduard Osok Airport, Sorong / Utarom Airport, Kaimana, West Papua

Fly from Utarom Airport, Kaimana, West Papua / Domine Eduard Osok Airport, Sorong

Sorong To Kaimana

DAY 1

– You will be met at the airport or your hotel by your SeaTrek tour leaders and taken directly to the boat. Once settled into your cabin, we will weigh anchor and head out on our adventure.

– We will have lunch as we are underway and stop for your first snorkel and swim amongst the coral gardens in the afternoon.

– After sunset drinks, we will sit down together for dinner and then meet the crew. It’s an early start the next day, so an early night is recommended.

DAY 2

– Before dawn we will be ferried to a local village, where local guides will take us on a trek through the jungle in the hope of finding the beautiful Wilson’s Bird of Paradise perform is mating dance ritual upon the forest floor. On our way back to the boat we will be accompanied by the sounds of the jungle coming to life and we will be sure to spot a number of bird species along the way.

– After a well-earned late breakfast, we will spend the remainder of the day enjoying snorkelling, swimming and exploring the reefs and islands of the local area by kayak and paddleboard.

DAY 3

– Today is our second and final early morning wake up as we head off to see the Red Bird of Paradise, this time high in the canopy of the rainforest. Extremely extroverted show-offs, these birds dance and squawk their way around the trees trying to impress the female of the species, making for an incredible show.

– After returning to the ship and breakfast it will be time for some snorkelling on some of Raja Ampat’s most spectacular reefs in the Dampier Strait. If the tides are in our favour we might get to see some of the area’s larger species of marine life, which are attracted by the currents in these nutrient-rich waters.

– We will end the day at a local inhabited island, where the village kids will show us around their beautiful village and then perform some local folk dances for us.

– We will weigh anchor before dinner, enjoying sunset cocktails on the back deck as we cruise south.

DAY 4

– Today we wake up in southern Raja Ampat at the island of Misool, a picturesque archipelago of forest-covered limestone islets just teeming with coral reefs that has adventures aplenty on offer.

– We will swim through a massive and ancient sea cave, adorned with giant stalagmites and stalactites. We will then journey to a small, secret lake inhabited by thousands of stingless jellyfish, where we will snorkel among them.

– After lunch, we will explore the area by ship’s tenders, going in and out of the many bays and inlets looking for birds, and also stopping to see some prehistoric cave paintings said to be between 3,000 and 5,000 years old.

DAY 5

– Today we will have a relaxing day of snorkelling on the reefs, exploring the inlets and local areas by paddleboard and kayak, or swimming and sunbathing from the white sand beaches of this beautiful piece of paradise.

– After a full day of fun and relaxation, we will head east for our overnight cruise to our next destination.

DAY 6

– We will wake up off a small group of picture-perfect islands, where we will spend the morning exploring the beaches and crystal clear waters and vibrant reefs with our snorkels.

– We will then cruise in the direction of the mainland of Papua, where we will visit a local village and meeting the residents, who will welcome us into their village, sharing with us their way of life which consists of fishing and growing nutmeg.

– Back on the boat, we will continue southeast overnight, enjoying dinner and sunset drinks along the way.

DAY 7

– We wake up off the coast of Papua to a most serene and primal scene of a jungle waterfall where a roaring river surrounded by virgin rainforest pours into the sea.

– Here we will swim and play in the waterfall and the sea as we take in this most tranquil tropical scenery. We will also have the chance to snorkel through the corals on a nearby reef.

– Later in the day, we will continue our journey east, stopping off late afternoon for another swim and snorkel on our way to see the whale sharks of Triton Bay.

DAY 8

– Triton Bay is a place of unsurpassed natural splendour, where time and tides have sliced the limestone landscape into tall cliffs and numerous islands separated by lagoons and narrow channels. It is also home to fishermen who collect baitfish and keep them in nets attached to specially built platforms, also known as ‘bagans’. It is these and their fish that attract whale sharks.

– We will head out in the tenders to see if the sharks are around, and if we are lucky, we will spend a couple of hours in the water with these magnificent creatures.

– After lunch, we will explore the bays and limestone outcrops aby tender, kayak, and paddleboard as well as swim and snorkel from the beautiful white-sand beaches.

– This evening we will have a beach BBQ with the crew, with singing and dancing late into the night.

DAY 9

– We will spend the morning cruising through the undisturbed coves, caves, and lagoons before heading north through the Namatote Passage, where there is an impressive collection of ancient cave paintings high up on the cliffs.

– The afternoon will be filled with more snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and paddling as we relax amidst the beauty of the surrounding jungle-covered islands.

– We will spend our final evening on the ship resting at anchor and enjoying a farewell dinner with our captain and crew.

DAY 10

– In the morning, we will find ourselves at anchor in the harbour of Kaimana, and after an early breakfast, our tenders will take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.

Kaimana To Sorong

DAY 1

– On the first day of your adventure, you will be met at the airport by your SeaTrek tour leader and taken directly to the boat, which will be at anchor in the bay.

– After you have settled into your cabin, we will weigh anchor and serve lunch as we head off on our adventure in the direction of Triton Bay, stopping off for a refreshing swim and snorkel along the way on the first of many beautiful coral reefs we will encounter during our cruise.

DAY 2

– We will spend the morning cruising through the undisturbed coves, caves, and lagoons before heading north through the Namatote Passage, where there is an impressive collection of ancient cave paintings high up on the cliffs.

– The afternoon will be filled with more snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and paddling as we relax amidst the beauty of the surrounding jungle-covered islands and cliffs.

DAY 3

– Triton Bay is a place of unsurpassed natural splendour, where time and tides have sliced the limestone landscape into tall cliffs and numerous islands separated by lagoons and narrow channels. It is also home to fishermen who collect baitfish and keep them in nets attached to specially built platforms, also known as ‘bagans’. It is these and their fish that attract whale sharks.

– We will head out in the tenders to see if the sharks are around, and if we are lucky, we will spend a couple of hours in the water with these magnificent creatures.

– After lunch, we will explore the bays and limestone outcrops by tender, kayak, and paddleboard as well as swim and snorkel from the beautiful white-sand beaches, before heading west later in the day for an overnight crossing.

DAY 4

– We wake up off the coast of Papua to a most serene and primal scene of a jungle waterfall where a roaring river surrounded by virgin rainforest pours into the sea.

– Here we will swim and play in the waterfall and the sea as we take in this most tranquil tropical scenery. We will also have the chance to snorkel through the corals on a nearby reef.

– Later in the day, we will continue our journey west, stopping off late afternoon for another swim and snorkel on our way.

DAY 5

– After breakfast we will visit a local village and meeting the residents, who will welcome us into their village, sharing with us their way of life which consists of fishing and growing nutmeg.

– Late morning and through lunch, we will cruise to a small group of picture-perfect islands, where we will spend the afternoon exploring the beaches and crystal-clear waters and then top it off with a long snorkel over the vibrant reefs.

– Late afternoon we will weigh anchor and head west for the Raja Ampat National Park.

DAY 6

– Today we wake up in southern Raja Ampat at the island of Misool, a picturesque archipelago of forest-covered limestone islets just teeming with coral reefs that have adventures aplenty on offer.

– We will swim through a massive and ancient sea cave, adorned with giant stalagmites and stalactites. We will then journey to a small, secret lake inhabited by thousands of stingless jellyfish, where we will snorkel among them.

– After lunch, we will explore the area by ship’s tenders, going in and out of the many bays and inlets looking for birds, and also stopping to see some prehistoric cave paintings said to be between 3,000 and 5,000 years old.

– We will have a beach BBQ with the crew as we dance and sing our way through the night before spending a quiet night at anchor.

DAY 7

– Today we will have a relaxing day of snorkelling on the reefs, exploring the inlets and local areas by paddleboard and kayak, or swimming and sunbathing from the white sand beaches of this beautiful piece of paradise.

– After a full day of fun and relaxation, we will head north for our overnight cruise to the island of Waigeo for the first of our bird of paradise encounters.

DAY 8

– Waking before dawn we will be ferried to a local village, where local guides will take us on a trek through the jungle in the hope of finding the beautiful Wilson’s Bird of Paradise perform is mating dance ritual upon the forest floor. On our way back to the boat we will be accompanied by the sounds of the jungle coming to life and we will be sure to spot a number of bird species along the way.

– After a well-earned late breakfast, we will spend the remainder of the day enjoying snorkelling, swimming and exploring the reefs and islands of the local area by kayak and paddleboard.

DAY 9

– Today is our second and final early morning wake up as we head off to see the Red Bird of Paradise, this time high in the canopy of the rainforest. Extremely extroverted show-offs, these birds dance and squawk their way around the trees trying to impress the female of the species, making for an incredible show.

– After returning to the ship and breakfast it will be time for some snorkelling on some of Raja Ampat’s most spectacular reefs in the Dampier Strait. If the tides are in our favour we might get to see some of the area’s larger species of marine life, which are attracted by the currents in these nutrient-rich waters.

– We will end the day at a local inhabited island, where the village kids will show us around their beautiful village and then perform some local folk dances for us.

– This evening during our journey south, we will have a final night celebration dinner and party with the crew.

DAY 10

– This morning we will be anchored off a white-sand beach on a small tropical island, where we can swim, paddleboard and kayak.

– After lunch on board we will say farewell to our crew and tour leaders and head to the airport for your onward journeys.

Temperature in this sailing area varies little (27° to 33° Celsius year-round) with mostly blue skies and light winds. We suggest you bring the following:

Light cotton/ linen clothes, including a pair of long trousers for visits in the villages

Water shoes (boots or plastic shoes)

Hiking shoes

Camera

A plastic / waterproof bag for your camera when disembarking

High protection suntan lotion

A hat

Insect repellent

Dive/ snorkelling equipment if you have your own (there is plenty on board)

A sweater for cool evenings