2019 Raja Ampat Group Trip
Join Bluewater Travel's Katie Yonker for the most incredible, biodiverse diving in the world!
February 25 - March 8, 2019
Sorong to Sorong Route
Lower Deck Cabin - $4,829 pp
Upper Deck Cabin - $5,079 pp
*Prices exclusive of harbor/marine park fees, fuel surcharge and nitrox. Read the package details here
Trip Overview - The jewel-like islands of Raja Ampat are caressed by a convergence of swift nutrient-rich currents. Here the pulse of marine life thrives from the sea floor to the surface where the kaleidoscope of corals can start in less than a meter of water. There are sites that are so pristine and packed with growth, that a photographer is hard-pressed to find a spot to place a steadying finger. Exotic sea life and macro critters abound of course, and photo opportunities border on overwhelming. But at the end of the day, the most memorable moments for us are what can rarely be captured in digital format: the incredible experience of drifting along miles of exquisite reef brimming with hues and activity, the likes of which few have ever experienced.
Amira was built with locally grown timber by indigenous craftsmen using ancient Pinisi boat building traditions. She is equipped with a state of the art navigation system, security and rescue equipment, and technology. With a length of 52 meters Amira offers comfortable cabins, all equipped with natural lighting and ensuite bathrooms. There is an indoor restaurant, indoor lounge, outdoor lounge, outdoor dining/seating area, spacious camera room, and a large dive deck area with individual gear storage space and rinse tanks for gear and dedicated camera rinse tanks.
Marine Life to Photograph - Raja Ampat has one of the highest numbers of fish species of anywhere on the planet. Here are just a few examples of marine life you're likely to see: wobbegong sharks, jacks, barracuda, Napoleon wrasse, trevally, bumphead parrotfish, pygmy seahorses, batfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, barramundi cod, and a good variety of nudibranchs.
If you look a little deeper when the current picks up, you can see reef sharks at most sites, especially at places like Blue Magic and Sardines. These are also prime locations for schooling fish, which tend to gather when the current is running. At such times, it’s not unusual to be surrounded by clouds of fusiliers and surgeonfish in mid-water, while legions of sweetlips completely obscure large coral heads below.
February/March Conditions - Average Raja water temperatures in Feb/Mar are in the low to mid 80s. A full 3mm wetsuit is recommended.
Read the reviews on diving Raja Ampat here
✓ 11 nights double occupancy cabin accommodations
✓ Up to 4 dives per day, including night dives.
✓ Full board meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, coffee, tea, juice, and, water
✓ Tanks, weights, weight belts
✓ Use of ENOS (Electronic Rescue and Locating System)
✓ Local Sorong transfers on the start/end dates of the trip
✓ All offered excursions
✗ Port and harbor fee ($100) **
✗ Raja Ampat marine park and local fee ($130) **
✗ Distance/fuel fee ($165) **
** These fees are compulsory and will be added to your invoice and prepaid.
✗ Dive insurance - we recommend DAN!
✗ International and domestic airfare to/from Raja Ampat
✗ Alcoholic beverages and beverages in bottles/cans
✗ Nitrox, optional ($160)
Trip Schedule - The itinerary can be variable and will be planned according to the direction of the trip leader and cruise director on board. They will have a good idea at that time of the conditions at the various locations. A typical itinerary would include the following locations.
> NORTH: Dampier Strait, Kri, Gam, Arborek, Waigeo, Aljui, Fam Islands, Batanta
> SOUTH: Misool, Boo, Fiabacet, Daram, Wayil, Warakaraket
About Amira - The vessel has been designed with plenty of indoor and outdoor space: a large sundeck, upper deck with outdoor seating area, a main deck with a covered lounge, indoor restaurant, TV/lounge area, computer room, and a lower deck with a camera room and spacious dive deck.
See more about the Amira here.
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