Last Eden on Earth, Raja Ampat is an iconic gem of Indonesia’s natural wonderland. Embarking on a cruise in this paradise provides a thrilling experience among thriving biodiversity and mind-blowing landscapes. Reconnect with the original virgin world and make the time stand still.
Here are some of our classic itineraries. We realised them thanks to our experience at sea. And we publish them for our readers to get a more accurate vision of what Konjo Cruising Indonesia has to offer (highlights, main activities…) in the described location. For special charter requests, we will personnalise these itineraries to fulfil our clients’ wishes. In case of individual bookings, they will be readjusted in accordance with the schedule and the route of vessel you selected.
Our crossings are designed for you to explore two areas at once. Including few days in Raja Ampat liveaboard, our 2021 Expeditions are giving you the opportunity to go further, and reach under-known locations. A good way to discover two different ecosystems, each of them having their own specificity.
Raja Ampat – The Four Kings – is located on the Northwest side of West Papua. Sitting astride the Equator, the archipelago encompasses 1500 islands stretching over 46.000 km2. Compared to a resort sojourn, cruising the area aboard an elegant Phinisi is the best way to appreciate the sumptuousness of this far flung paradise.
Immaculate white sand beaches are edged by untouched mangroves with a dense forest backdrop, a real haven for the local fauna. Toucans, cockatoos, colourful parrots and lorries screech around the canopy, trying to compete with the Paradise Bird beauty. Local marsupials (Couscous) and crawling coconut crabs silently watch the visitors enthralled by the stunning biodiversity. This vibrant environment is warmly protected and beloved by the local Papuan tribes. The numerous authentic villages are always welcoming to visitors for an immersion into their traditional lifestyle.
But the most iconic view is the drowned karst lagoons. Millions of years ago, Raja Ampats’ limestone sugar loafed outcrops emerged from the middle of the sea, pushed up by the tectonic movement, creating the most stunning and unique natural lagoons imaginable. Mostly uninhabited and relatively unaffected by modern human activity, they provide protected anchorages for the cruising yachts and some breathtaking landscapes for the visitors. Let the endless maze of Raja Ampat karst lagoons slowly glide by.
World-renowned marine biologists (such as Gerry Allen) and respected organisations such as Conservation International (CI), all claim that Raja Ampat underwater biodiversity is unrivalled. It hosts more than 1508 species of fish, 537 species of corals (75% of the total world species), and 699 mollusc species.
Myriads of tropical kaleidoscopic fish, turtles, schooling barracudas, trevallies and various kinds of sweetlips hover around its rich waters. Enjoy the encounter of an elusive reef shark, or blink at an impressive oceanic manta ray, merely armed with a single mask and snorkel.
Its stunning seascapes attract the best wide-angle underwater photographers and passionate scuba divers from all around the world. Endless underwater ridges offer some of the most dramatic topography one can dive in this planet. Pinnacles and steep walls are fully packed with huge gorgonians and colourful soft coral. Other current exposed seamounts and sandy slopes are bristled with life, while protected pristine coral gardens offer a haven for snorkelers.
Sea mammals are also a common sighting. Take delight in watching a playful pod of dolphins at the bow of your yacht, or be lucky to catch a glimpse of a whale. Cruising Orcas have already been spotted too.
Raja Ampat is a sharks and rays sanctuary. All the reef sharks are represented, adding to them the special wobbegong and walking sharks. Keep on eye into the blue to see Pelagic like tunas and spanish mackerels hunting around. The two different species of manta rays can be seen in Raja Ampat liveaboard. And when baitballs of silversides congregates around Misool, the whole area seems to be under steroids. Squadrons of Mobulas and other predators work themselves into a frenzy, while feeding on them.
In between the whole diving destination that you can find around the Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat National Park is a must-see for see lovers and passionate scuba divers.
In 10 nights or less, you will have to choose between exploring the Northern part of Raja Ampat (with the iconic Wayag), or cruising south to Misool. Both are passing trough The Dampier Strait, heart of the archipelago. 12 nights would be a minimum to explore the whole archipelago.
There are numerous Raja Ampat liveaboard and Yachts operating from November to April. Nataraja and Wisesa are operating all year long. Here is the non exhaustive list of our main partners.
Konjo Cruisig Indonesia offer leaded off the beaten path expeditions. Most of them are including Raja Ampat. Those are crossings and allow you to visit remote areas, and discover 2 destinations in the same trip. Halmahera, Triton bay or the Banda sea have some hidden gems to be unveiled.