The Raja Ampat archipelago consists of some 600 Islands and islets that straddle the equator in the area off the north-western tip of the Papua province of Indonesia. This archipelago is considered to be the richest reef in the world, along with having incredible birdwatching that includes the elusive birds-of-paradise. The name Raja Ampat literally means ‘the Four Kings.’ Most of the islands have rugged and steep coastlines and are covered with virgin rainforest. 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 the Galapagos Islands. 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.
During this 8 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’ll have the opportunity to fully appreciate this remote part of the world by snorkeling to discover the breathtaking underwater landscape, kayaking to explore the islands and hiking to through the jungle to uncover remarkable views of the surrounding islands.