Raja Ampat Sailing Expedition
from $3595
Duration: 8 Days
Welcome to the archipelago with the richest marine biodiversity on Earth. Made up of 1,500 small islands that house 550 species of coral, 1427 fish species and more than 700 types of mollusks, Raja Ampat is a place where mere snorkelling feels (and looks) like deep-sea diving. It's very remote, which means a delightful lack of other visitors. Think clear turquoise waters, a kaleidescope of corals and reef fish, and, perhaps best of all, some of the friendliest locals you'll ever meet. Come and sail the isles of Raja Ampat, the tropical paradise you’ll be telling friends about for years to come.
  • With an extraordinary biodiversity, Raja Ampat is one of the few places on the planet where you will see such a wide range of marine life in their natural habitat
  • Located in the great Coral Triangle between the Indian and Pacific oceans, Raja Ampat offers a snorkelling experience like no other. We’re talking views on par with those of a diver's
  • The reefs of Raja Ampat are in a perfect condition, with many giant corals, purple corals, and sea squirts, hard coral tables, deer antler corals, green and brown moose antler corals
  • The people of Raja Ampat are lovely and welcoming, not to mention model conservationists and artisans. Join them in their culture for a day at the delightful Arborek Tourist Village
  • Half the fun of this trip is the boat you’ll be sailing in - in the style of a traditional Melanesian outrigger
Day 1 Location: Sorong (West Papua)
Welcome to Raja Ampat, whose name means 'Four Kings'; legend has it that a woman found seven sacred eggs and four future kings hatched from them. Located at the 'beak' of West Papua's Bird's Head Peninsula (or Doberai Peninsula), Sorong is where our trip begins. It's the largest town in West Papua and the gateway to the islands of Raja Ampat (Pulau Raja Ampat). We have no activities included for tonight, so perhaps take the opportunity to join fellow travellers for dinner. You might like to sample the street food along the waterfront, opposite the Marina Mamberamo. Those arriving earlier should check out Stone Hill for a panoramic view of the town – it's dotted with remnants of Dutch colonial houses and is the perfect spot to watch the sunset. Also consider visiting Sapta Ratna Pagoda, a local Buddhist temple; the best time to visit is late afternoon when it's cooler, and you can climb to the top for a beautiful panoramic sunset (to get there catch a becak, cycle rickshaw, or taxi, or simply make the one-hour walk). Those after a more relaxing option can head to Tanjung Kasuari (15 minutes by taxi from the hotel). Since Sorong is a port town, fresh seafood is abundant and you can buy fresh fish and have it barbecued in front of you. Tomorrow we head off early to the port to catch the 9 am ferry to Waisai. Our local guide will be waiting for you in the hotel foyer at 8.20 am.
Day 2-6 Location: Palau Raja Ampat
Sit back and relax as we begin our sailing adventure around Raja Ampat's delightful islands. The following itinerary for the next few days won't be 100 % set in stone. We'll keep a flexible approach to what we visit and when, based on weather and other factors. Half the fun of sailing, of course, is the spontaneous element and the fact that each day is unique. See the ‘Further Reading’ section below for more background information on Raj Ampat. The itinerary will loosely run as follows: Pulau Waigeo We'll catch the 9 am morning ferry to Kota Waisai, on the island of Waigeo, the capital of the Raja Ampat Regency. In Waisai we climb aboard our new home for the next seven days – the Big Kanu. Based on a traditional Melanesian outrigger canoe, the trimaran is the perfect vessel for sailing the shallow waters of the archipelago. Kabui Bay Our first stop is an enchanting location. Scattered throughout Kabui Bay are karst formations, many of which rise dramatically from the sea and are covered in thick tropical vegetation. Some have wooden jetties which allow easy access for a closer look. Kabui Bay also offers clear turquoise waters full of colourful corals and schools of fish, which make for great snorkelling or paddleboarding. There's a 5-kilometre mangrove river leading deep into the heart of a limestone karst forest with sorts of weird tress that burst out of the water – a far cry from your average muddy mangrove swamp. We tie up alongside one of the many limestone towers here, using a disused deck overnight. It's quite an amazing feeling atmosphere in this place. Anyone for for some yoga in the morning? Pulau Gam Famous for its white sandy beaches and pristine forests, Gam offers calm, shallow waters that were made for snorkelling. Take a stroll along the beach or, better yet, trek to one of the higher points of the islands for some birdwatching. A highlight of Gam is to visit a local village and meet the friendly people there. The religion of the islands is Lutheran, so you might see the odd church dotted about the place. When we dock at the jetty or wander into town we'll be met by a welcoming party of curious kids. It's refreshing to step inside the village and experience the beautiful simplicity of life here; in can be infectious and make one question the needless complications of life back home. Pulau Wayag Wayag is the Raja Ampat poster child – if you see an image of Raja Ampat it's probably of this place. Here we have a little circular beach spot where most other boats dare not go, and can set up our own dining table among the trees on the edge of the white sandy beach (about six metres from the boat). We'll light a fire, settle in, and spend two days dining and exploring from this gorgeous anchorage. Those up for some strenuous exercise (and not afraid of heights) can tackle the steep hike through thick vegetation and be rewarded with sweeping views of the area. Alyui Bay If you thought the snorkelling was good up to this point, it's about to go above and beyond. Snorkellers here get an underwater experience that’s almost on the level of diving. Enjoy a mosaic of the most colourful corals, reefs and fish, tassled wobbegongs, Raja epaulette sharks (walking sharks), Pewter’s angelfish and perhaps seahorses. Large black corals, unique to the bay, occur much deeper elsewhere but in Alyui Bay nearly reach the surface. These special corals, their name owing to the dark colouration of their flexible and spiny skeleton, often have lightly-colored polyps, with some especially beautiful white colonies resembling wispy, snow-dusted saplings. Snorkellers will also likely see an abundance of sea slugs in the shallow waters of the bay, with the some of the more colourful (and relatively easy to see) sponge- and sea squirt-eating varieties often spotted along the current-swept walls. Pulau Arborek A small island you can walk around in less than an hour, Palau Arborek is home to the Arborek Tourist Village – a friendly, hospitable community known for its handicrafts. Noken, a traditional Papuan woven string bag, is one such handicraft. The locals are extremely welcoming and proud of their efforts in formulating regulations and their own conservation region, leading the way in community based marine conservation. You can snorkel straight off the beach here. As you swim along the pillars of the jetty you'll see huge schools of fish and coral, and at low tide you might be able to join the local women as they look for sea cucumbers. Dampier Strait The Strait is the large passage of water between the islands of Gam & Waigeo in the north and Batanta in the south, taking its name from the English explorer-adventurer William Dampier who first charted the area in the 17th century. The Dampier Strait is where the Indonesia Throughflow runs – an ocean current that delivers upper ocean waters from the north east Pacific Ocean to the south west Indian Ocean (where most currents flow north to south). It’s the largest movement of water in the world. The current brings an abundance of plankton and streams of other nutrients to the reefs, resulting in an amazing diversity of coral and fish. Pulau Friwen As you approach the small island of Friwen, don't be surprised if you're met by a welcoming party of children. Join them on the tree swings or go for a wander through the small village. We’ll have another chance to interact with the locals on the small island of Friwen. The islands have beautiful beaches on the northern shore, but it's the Friwenbonda to the south that is the real attraction. The Friwenbonda is a limestone tower located 500 metres from Friwen and separated by a deep channel. The cliffs of the north coast plunge into the ocean and create the Friwen Wall, a spectacular snorkelling site, home to huge coral fans of yellow, red and purple that sway in the current. Depending on the current, you can be dropped off at one end so the current takes you to the other. ***The beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we are flexible on the day's itinerary. The itinerary is subject to change and may vary depending on the weather and sea conditions. Your skipper will make the final call to ensure your safety at all times*** FURTHER READING: The beauty of Raja Ampat is breathtaking and unsurprisingly this is one of the most important areas of marine biodiversity in the world. Due to its unique location, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Coral Triangle as it is known, is home to massive coral colonies and is one of the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world. Scientists are constantly discovering new species and drawing new conclusions in Raja Ampat. These advances include the discovery that the coral around Raja Ampat is more resilient to fluctuations in water temperatures. This allows the coral larvae to be swept into the Indian and Pacific Oceans to replenish other reef ecosystems. So it’s not surprising that diving in Raja Ampat is one of the island’s most sought-after activities, and certainly the most beautiful. In May 2007, the government of Raja Ampat regency created 7 Marine Protection Areas (MPA's) and that has since been increased by another 5. The MPA's were set up to ensure the long-term health of the marine ecosystems and now cover 45% of Raja Ampat’s coral reefs and mangroves. This area is around 35,000 square kilometres of incredible scenery and marine life.
Day 7 Location: Friwen – Waisai
As our sailing adventure draws to a close, we make our way slowly back to Waisai. There will be time for one last swim and a snorkel before we find a quiet bay in which to moor for the night.
Day 8 Location: Sorong
We have a final breakfast on board, then say ‘Selamat tinggal’ to the crew and get ready to board the 9 am ferry back to Sorong. The ferry journey (approximately 2 hours) should have you back in time for mid- to late-afternoon flights.
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Trip title

Raja Ampat Sailing Expedition

Trip code

TSSD

Validity

Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2021

Introduction

Welcome to the archipelago with the richest marine biodiversity on Earth. Made up of 1,500 small islands that house 550 species of coral, 1427 fish species and more than 700 types of mollusks, Raja Ampat is a place where mere snorkelling feels (and looks) like deep-sea diving. It's very remote, which means a delightful lack of other visitors. Think clear turquoise waters, a kaleidescope of corals and reef fish, and, perhaps best of all, some of the friendliest locals you'll ever meet. Come and sail the isles of Raja Ampat, the tropical paradise you’ll be telling friends about for years to come.

Style

Original

Themes

Expedition,Sailing

Transport

Overnight boat

Physical Rating

3

Physical preparation

No particular level of physical fitness is required for our sailing trips, although you should be reasonably agile and enjoying good health. Please keep in mind that there are a number of shore excursions on your trip. This involves boarding a small zodiac from the yacht. Disembarkation at some locations will be at steps or a small pier, whilst at other locations you may be required to disembark on the beach. This can involve having to wade ashore a short distance through shallow water. A degree of agility will be required for this. There are many opportunities to go snorkelling on our sailing trips.  Confident swimming skills are required to take part in this activity.

Joining point

Swiss-Belhotel Sorong

Jl. Jendral Sudirman ,

Sorong

INDONESIA

Phone: 62 951 321199

Finish point

Sorong

Sorong

INDONESIA

Important information

This is an expedition trip in a remote region. While we have researched the trip and have a set itinerary the beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we are flexible on the day's itinerary. The itinerary is subject to change and may vary depending on weather and berth availability. Your skipper will make the final call to ensure your safety at all times. PASSPORT DETAILS: Please provide full passport details at time of booking including exact name as per passport, date of birth, nationality, place of issue and issue and expiry dates as these are essential for booking services on this trip. If not available at time of booking, we must have these details a minimum of 16 days prior to departure. Passport details provided must match the passport that is being used for travel. DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: Dietary requirements are required at the time of booking so that any included meals can be properly catered for.

Group leader

On your Raja Ampat sailing expedition you will be accompanied by one of our highly trained skippers, a cook and 2 crew members. Your skipper's role involves taking charge of the sailing, organising the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics, safety of the vessel and safety for all passengers on board. All skippers have extensive sailing miles experience and hold a 'yacht master offshore license' or higher. They have been carefully selected and undergone intensive training of each itinerary they sail. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect your skipper to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. Your chef will prepare tasty local cuisine meals using the best of the local fresh produce available. In Sorong you will be met by a local leader who will accompany you to Waisai. Once in Waisai they will hand you over to the boat crew. At the end of the sailing component you will be dropped off at the ferry terminal in Waisai where you will once again meet your local leader who will return to Sorong with you on the ferry. If you need assistance booking a taxi to the airport or returning to the hotel they can assist you.

Safety

WATER SAFETY: Travellers that are able and confident swimmers will be able to enjoy swimming & snorkelling off the boat, but please always note the skipper's advise and instructions on when and where to swim and what precautions to consider. Travellers that are not able to swim are certainly welcome on this trip, but you will be required to wear a life jacket when we are sailing. Travellers who are inexperienced swimmers please let the skipper know so they can advise you of whether the planned snorkelling activity is 'easy', 'moderate' or 'experienced'. Snoreklling vests and life rings are available on board.  PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY: While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION: Alcohol abuse will not be tolerated onboard for safety reasons. The availability and consumption of alcohol on our sailing trips will be up to the skipper's discretion.

Diving: We do not offer diving as a part of our sailing program and due to Intrepid's internal safety policy our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking this activity. If you wish to dive you will need to organise this yourself and also extend your stay as the scheduled itinerary does not allow time for diving.

TERRORISM: Many governments advise to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia, including Bali, Surabaya, Jakarta and Lombok, because of the high threat of terrorist attack. See travel advisories from your country of residence for further information. CIVIL UNREST AND POLITICAL TENSION: Political rallies, protests and demonstrations occur regularly and can turn violent with little notice. Avoid all public gatherings of this nature and follow the advice of local authorities. PETTY CRIME: Sorong is a relatively safe city however it is best to be on your guard when out in crowds, on public transport and walking at night. You should be vigilant for thieves on motorbikes targeting pedestrians or at restaurants. Credit card and ATM fraud can occurs in Indonesia. Monitor your transaction statements and tell your bank when you'll visit Indonesia so your cards won't be blocked. Only use ATMs within controlled and secure areas such as banks, shops and shopping centres. SCAMS: All types of gambling are illegal in Indonesia. Travellers have lost large sums of money in card game scams run by organised gambling gangs, particularly in Bali. TAXIS: Only use officially licensed taxi companies you can book by phone, from inside an airport or at stands at major hotels. In Sorong at the end of the trip you can ask the leader to organise a taxi for you to either the hotel or the airport.

Communications

You will be travelling to a very remote region so you must be prepared to be without mobile phone or internet for most of this trip - for some people this is a blessing, for others it could be viewed as a nightmare! Believe us when we say that it may take a couple of hours or even a day [where you will still check your phone just in case we've been wrong and there is a secret WIFI signal to be found] but after that you will embrace the time away from your electronic toys. Please ensure you pass on the emergency contact to your family and friends in case there is a need from them to contact your during the trip. Our skippers have satellite phone and radios however these are only to be used in a true emergency on board the boat.

Visas

INDONESIA: Passport holders for most nationalities are permitted to enter visa free for up to 30 days for tourism purposes. Please check with your relevant consulate or embassy. Entry requirements: presentation of onward or return tickets, passport which is valid for at least 6 months. Visitors on visa-free short visits must enter AND exit from certain airports or seaports in Indonesia including: Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta Airport), Bali (Ngurah Rai Airport), Yogyakarta (Adisucipto Airport) and Surabaya (Juanda Airport). This currently excludes entry and exist from Lombok (Bandar Udara International Airport). Visa-free short visits cannot be extended and cannot be transferred to another type of visa. Some nationalities are required to obtain a visa on arrival, or in advance. Citizens of countries who aren't on the visa on arrival or visa-free lists are required to apply for a visa in their home country before travelling to Indonesia. Nationals of all countries planning to stay for more than 30 days in Indonesia have to obtain an appropriate visa at an Indonesian consulate or embassy before their arrival in the country. PASSPORTS Local laws require that you must always carry identification. We recommend taking a clear photocopy of your passport photo page and photo of your visa (after arriving), to carry with you.

Why we love it

With an extraordinary biodiversity, Raja Ampat is one of the few places on the planet where you will see such a wide range of marine life in their natural habitat

Located in the great Coral Triangle between the Indian and Pacific oceans, Raja Ampat offers a snorkelling experience like no other. We’re talking views on par with those of a diver's

The reefs of Raja Ampat are in a perfect condition, with many giant corals, purple corals, and sea squirts, hard coral tables, deer antler corals, green and brown moose antler corals

The people of Raja Ampat are lovely and welcoming, not to mention model conservationists and artisans. Join them in their culture for a day at the delightful Arborek Tourist Village

Half the fun of this trip is the boat you’ll be sailing in - in the style of a traditional Melanesian outrigger

Is this trip right for you

The beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we are flexible on the day's itinerary. The itinerary is subject to change and may vary depending on the weather and sea conditions. Your skipper will make the final call to ensure your safety at all times As the majority of this trip takes place on a sailing boat, you’ll need to feel comfortable with moving about the vessel, including the use of stairs. With that said, sea legs come naturally to some but not so much for others. Your friendly crew will be able to help with the effects of sea sickness if needed. A zodiac is used to transport passengers from the boat to the mainland, with landings taking place at jettys (dry landings) as well as on beaches (wet landings). Zodiacs can sometimes be awkward to climb in and out of, but a sense of humour and can-do attitude is all you need. This is an adventure on board a a boat designed along the lines of traditional outrigger canoes, this means living spaces, cabins, bathrooms and showers need to be shared with other passengers. Sleeping quarters can be quite compact, but you will be spending the majority of your time above board in the open air. Time on the water also means time in the sun. Remember to pack sun protection, such as sun screen and a hat, and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. See ‘Essential Trip Information’ below for a full packing list. Please note that smooth sailing is dependent on the weather, so itinerary changes may occur at the last minute if the weather becomes unfavourable. If any changes are made, you can trust in your knowledgeable skipper to choose an alternative route or activity.

Health

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION: Not all medications available over the counter or by prescription in your home country are available in other countries. Some may be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by a doctor. Always carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating what the medicine is, how much you take and that it's for personal use only. MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES: Several mosquito-borne illnesses occur in Indonesia, including malaria, dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis. The risk of infection remains low. Protect yourself against mosquito-borne illnesses by taking measures to avoid insect bites, including using insect repellent and wearing long, loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing. Speak to your doctor about prevention and vaccinations before you travel. RABIES: Rabies is a risk throughout Indonesia, especially in Bali. Avoid direct contact with dogs and other animals, including monkeys. Don't feed or pat them. This includes monkeys in popular markets, tourist destinations and sanctuaries where you may be encouraged to interact with them. If bitten or scratched, immediately use soap and water to wash the wound thoroughly. Seek urgent medical attention. Pre-exposure vaccine is available but receiving rabies vaccine prior to travel does not preclude the need for post-exposure medical evaluation and additional doses of rabies vaccine. There is a shortage of rabies vaccine in Indonesia and if you are bitten by an animal you should consider travelling to a 3rd country or your country of origin for treatment. POISONING FROM ALCOHOLIC DRINKS: There are known cases of poisoning from alcoholic drinks contaminated by harmful substances, most recently in Bali and Lombok. Drink only at reputable venues, avoid home-made alcohol and seek urgent medical attention if you suspect poisoning. PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES: Do not consume any non-prescription drugs in Indonesia, including magic mushrooms. They are highly dangerous and illegal. Indonesia carries high penalties, including the death penalty.

Food and dietary requirements

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS If you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies you must advise us at the time of booking. We will endeavour to accommodate all requests but please note that as we have limited refrigeration and storage space on board the yachts and for the most part of the trip we will not have easy access to shops or supermarkets. Vegans, coeliacs or those with specific meal requirements might choose to supplement meals with supplies bought from home, e.g. protein bars, dried fruits and so on. PLEASE NOTE: We are travelling in a remote region that does not have the convenience of shops or supermarkets. With limited space and refrigeration on on board most of our meals will be supplemented by fish caught or traded with local fisherman.

Money matters

The official currency of Indonesia is the rupiah (IDR). There are money exchanges and ATMs available at the airport and all major towns. ATMs are the easiest and safest way to access cash, although we also recommend that you bring and carry some cash in a major currency for when ATMs can not be accessed. USD notes older than 2000 series, as well as foreign currency notes that are old, torn, worn or damaged notes can't be changed in Indonesia. Departure tax from all Indonesian airports, both domestic and international, is included in the price of your flight ticket. RAJA AMPAT Once you arrive in the islands there will be no access to banks or ATM's. We suggest that you withdraw all the funds you think you will need for the trip before you leave Sorong. There is an ATM in Waisai however if for some reason you cannot access funds here there is no other access in the islands. There are ATM's at Jakarta, Bali and Makassar airports and money exchange booth is open during daytime business hours. If you arrive in Sorong at early morning/mid afternoon you can exchange money at a bank. Banks will exchange most of the main currencies, AUD/NZD/GBP/EUR/CAD or USD but you should ensure they are clean, crisp notes and for USD the notes should not be older than 2006. SPENDING MONEY There is no meal included in the first night so you should allow approx $10 for a meal [less if you head out to the markets]. Once in the islands your only expenses will be any souvenirs you may want to purchase from villages we visit, your bar tab and tips for the crew. DRINKS Alcohol is available on board but you can expect to pay more than you would in Bali or Lombok. A tab will be set up for each traveller on board and the bill finalised at the end of the trip. There are no credit card facilities on board so your tab must be paid in cash. Approximate prices: Soft drinks IDR 30,000 Local beer IDR 50,000 Wine - 250ml glass IDR 75,000 Single shot of spirits + soft drink IDR 95,000 TIPPING While tipping is not a traditional part of Indonesian culture it is common in Bali and becoming more common as tourism increases in other parts of Indonesia, particularly when you have experienced excellent service. If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - may be appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, and inspires excellent service. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader. The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers: Tips should be paid in the local currency however we have used USD below so get an idea of what to tip. Hotels / Restaurants: US$0.50-1 for porters and restaurant staff Local guide: US$1-2 Skipper and crew: US$2-3 EMERGENCY FUNDS: We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.

What to take

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST Space on board the vessel is very limited - for your own comfort and safety, luggage should be kept to an absolute minimum. The use of a backpack, soft sports bag or duffle bag is recommended - we highly recommend you do not travel with a hard suitcase. If you are travelling with a larger bag or suitcase you can leave these bags at your hotel [usually for a small fee]. This is only applicable if you are returning to the same hotel at the end of the trip, if you aren't, it will be your own responsibility to make your own way back to collect your luggage. If you are leaving a bag at a hotel or in a locker do not leave cash, credit cards, passports or any irreplaceable belongings behind. Daypack [a smaller back pack that you can take with you on island excursions] Comfortable clothing for warmer temperatures [shorts, t-shirts, light long sleeved tops and pants] A fleece or warmer jumper for the evenings or early mornings A light rain coat or poncho Comfortable shoes [trainers or walking shoes are sufficient for most trips] Sandals or thongs/flip flops/jandals Sunscreen [bio degradable and waterproof if available] and lip balm [to combat the effects of wind burn] Sunhat [that can be secured as it can get windy out on the water] Swimming costume Rash vest [for sun protection while snorkelling and swimming] Bio-degradable shampoo, conditioner and soap Dry bag Beach Towel Sarong Pegs [so you can hang your swimming costume or towel out to dry] Insect repellent [for island visits] Adaptor/electrical plug Camera/GoPro Earplugs Batteries [if you do not have rechargeable camera batteries] Please ensure you travel with all required medicines, pain killers and toiletries that you may need while in on this sailing trip. You are travelling to quite a remote destination and will not have immediate access to pharmacies and even then they may not stock your required medication. Special Items required for this trip - There are many opportunities for snorkelling during this trip. Diving masks, snorkels and fins are provided onboard the yacht and are for use by all passengers. Some passengers choose to bring their own, however this is a personal choice. - Beach towels are provided however you may want to bring your own or a sorong as there are no laundry facilities on board. - Reusable water bottle - During our trip, we are usually sailing and anchoring in sheltered waters. However, it is possible we may encounter some movement in open waters - if you are prone to motion sickness, and you might wish to bring some preventative medication.

The locals of Raja Ampat follow are Christians of the Lutheran faith. Although there are no restrictions on clothing when walking through the village or visiting a church we suggest, as a sign of respect, that you wear shorts and t-shirts. When you are on the beach or swimming bathing suits are fine.

Climate and seasonal

Raja Ampat spans the equator which means it does not have 4 season like it's northern or southern neighbours. The islands have a tropical climate and what is best described as mirco climates - where one island could be experiencing thunderstorms and another bright sunny days. If it does run the showers are usually short and sharp with blue skies following. The average day time temperatures are 32 celcius and night time average 25 celcius. It can feel hotter due to the humidity with sits around 85%. The waters of Raja Ampat match the air temperatures with the average temperature 28 celcius. 

A couple of rules

Your skipper is very capable with years of experience at the helm, so it goes without saying that when he directs you to do something or asks you not to do something you take notice and heed his request. All decisions made by the skipper are made with the safety of his passengers and crew in mind. CLIFF JUMPING We do not allow cliff jumping on our tours as it is a dangerous activity and against Intrepid policy. WATER SPORTS Kayaks and stand-up paddle boards are available for use. If you are not a confident swimmer we highly recommend that you use one of life jackets available on board. Other water sports are available as optional activities. As we have not personally risk assessed these activities your skipper cannot recommend one operator over another. If you partake in an optional activity please ensure you have the correct insurance cover for that activity (this includes hiring a moped or motorbike - with most insurance policies you need to pay an excess to be covered for these activities) Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol while travelling, we encourage responsible drinking and expect that you’ll abide by the local laws regarding alcohol consumption. The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronising sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips. By travelling with us you are agreeing to adhere to these rules. You must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited, and you also agree to travel in accordance with our Responsible Travel Guidelines. The decision of the group leader is final on all matters likely to affect the safety or well-being of any traveller or staff member participating in the trip. If you fail to comply with a decision made by a group leader, or interfere with the well-being or mobility of the group, the group leader may direct you to leave the trip immediately, with no right of refund. We may also elect not to carry you on any future trips booked. If you feel that someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your tour leader or local guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency contact number detailed in the Problems and Emergency Contact section of this Essential Trip Information.

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Emergency contact

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/ While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager. You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete. For issues with your arrival transfer or pre/post tour accommodation please contact our Indonesian Office on +62 813 3715 5533. In the case of genuine crisis or emergencies related to the sailing component of your trip please contact +62 813 3715 5533.  Intrepid's local Operator: +62 81337 1555 33

Responsible travel

Our Responsible Travel Policy outlines our commitment to preserving the environment, supporting local communities, protecting the vulnerable, and giving back to the places we travel. All our trip leaders, suppliers, and staff are trained on these principles and are core to us delivering sustainable, experience-rich travel. Explore the different parts of our Responsible Travel Policy by visiting: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/responsible-travel Raja Ampat is part of Indonesia and in Sorong the locals Muslim and on the islands the locals follow the Lutheran religion. While both are used to western style tourism, please remember to respect the islands, its community and beliefs. Never sunbathe nude or topless, cover up away from the beach (no bikinis), avoid excessive displays of affection in public, and in Sorong expect early-morning prayer calls from the mosques.

The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed more than AU $6 million to over 100 community organisations since 2002. Did you know that tourism is one of the biggest contributors to the global economy, making up 1 out of every 10 jobs? That’s why we support local projects that create meaningful jobs and give people the skills they need to work in the destinations we take you to. And it’s why we exist – to make it easy for travellers to give back to the communities and places they’ve been in an effective and meaningful way. Intrepid Group covers all administration costs, every cent goes directly to the projects. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information about the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or visit our website: http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

Accommodation notes

Hotel 1 night, overnight boat 6 nights The first night of your trip will be accommodated at a hotel in Sorong. Check-in time is 2pm however as many of the flights to Sorong arrive early morning the hotel reception has luggage storage and will allow guests to use the swimming pool while they wait for their room. If there is availability the hotel will also allow an early check-in for a competitive rate. The hotel has laundry facilities and items will be returned the same day if dropped off by 9am. Free WIFI is available on request. The sailing part of this trip is accommodated on board a 10 passenger tri-maran. The design is based on the traditional Melanesian outrigger canoe. It has 9 cabins, 8 single and 1 twin/double for a total capacity of 10 plus crew. There are 2 bathrooms as well as a salt water shower. The cabins are all located off a central communal area and can be closed off by sliding concertina doors. Electricity on board is 220v in most cabins with universal adaptors. There are also 12v USB ports which can be used to charge phones and cameras.  The 12v USB power is available 24 hours a day whereas the 220v power is available 70% of the time. Unlike traditional catamarans, the cabins and communal areas are located at water level so no one is below decks. There are big, swing opening hatches and windows which allow a cool breeze to blow through the saloon. 

Transport notes

The boat is 24m long [79ft] with a span of 12m [39ft] and draft of 90cm. The boat is very stable, and seasickness is minimal and the boat whilst enduring water slap, does not roll, so glass bottles can sit on a table undisturbed for long sea passages. The boat comes equipped with solar panels and 2 tenders and has a separate plumbing system for salt water, drinking water and shower water. Safety wise, it has a VHF radio, radar, satellite EPIRB [linked to Canberra, Australia], auto pilots are SIMRAD and Navonica based and a 20 person liferaft. There is a crew of 4, a skipper, chef, host and engineer. If you want to assist on-deck no experience is necessary, but getting to know some 'sailing language' might help to get you into the spirit of the adventure. ** Time spent sailing on this trip is highly dependent on weather conditions and at your skipper's discretion. ** Port - left Starboard - right Bow - front of the boat Stern - rear of the boat Deck - outside, upper area of the boat Hull - the main part or body of the boat Mainsail - the large sail attached to the mast and boom Mast - the big vertical pole that supports the mainsail Boom - the big horizontal pole attached to the mainsail, coming off the rear of the mast (swing from side to side) Jib, headsail, genoa, foresail - smaller sail near the front of the boat Sheet - ropes used to control the sails Lines - other ropes on the boat (ropes are never called ropes on yachts) Trim the sails - adjust the position of the sails when the wind changes strength or direction Tiller or wheel or helm - used to steer the boat Helmsman - person steering the boat Running - sailing with the wind Tack - turning the bow of the boat when sailing through the wind Jibe - turning the stern of the boat when sailing through the wind Figure-eight knot - the stopper: often used at the end of lines to stop them getting away. Bowline (knot) - strong and dependable knot that is commonly used Clove Hitch (knot) - not as secure it is often used to attach an object to a line

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader. If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php

Your fellow travellers

The bonus of our sailing adventures are that they are small groups, a maximum of 8 - 11 travellers (with the average number of travellers 7). However when you add in a Skipper and the fact you will be eating, sleeping and lounging about together for up to 9 days in the confines of a monohull you may need to call on some patience, maybe some headphones but above all a sense of humour. Most travellers come away from our sailing adventures saying it was a the trip of a lifetime and that they have made lifelong friends..............we're sure you will too! PARTICIPATION: You don't need to hold a recreational skippers ticket or any sailing experience at all to join this trip however you may be called on to help around the boat, help keep the bathrooms and galley clean by emptying the bins and overall keeping the communal areas free and available for your fellow travellers.

Itinerary disclaimer

For sailing trips the itinerary will be subject to change depending on weather conditions. Your skipper will make the final decision to ensure safety at all times. Generally daily sailing time would not exceed 6 hours. Please note that we will endeavour to sail at all times but there may be times during the trip that we will use the sails and motor or just the motor. ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour.

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night),overnight boat (6 nights)

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