Experience the best of Indonesia overland and underwater on our 15 day snorkel and wilderness safari. Travelling through the heart of the coral triangle highlights include encounters with manta rays and turtles, exploring some of the richest reefs found anywhere on the planet and remote snorkeling sites back dropped by stunning scenery. Enroute we’ll take time to explore topside wonders from visiting volcano peaks to jungle trekking and beach time on idyllic islands far from civilization.
We’ll be based from 5 different resorts split between Northern Sulawesi and Western Papua (Raja Ampat). Whilst no two days will be the same our snorkeling days usually involve a morning or an afternoon session with a variety land tours included over the 2 weeks.
This tour is fully guided by a member of the Snorkel Safari Asia team
The star shaped island of Sulawesi is located in central Indonesia and east of Borneo. It offers a wide range of contrasting snorkel oppertunities, all of which are easily accessible. North Sulawesi includes the Bunaken Marine Park which consists of 5 different islands. The visibility is generally very good and you can expect beautiful snorkeling over fields of colourful corals.
East of Sulawesi the Gangga Island has soft coral covered pinnacles and branching corals in abundance. Siladen Island offers easy access to the neighboring highlands of Bunaken Marine Park.
A day or two out of the water to see Sulawesi topside is a must. The Minahasa Highlands comprise of a number of active volcanoes with stunning vistas out to the neighboring islands alongside lakes and traditional townships.
There are few locations on Earth which parallel Raja Ampat for sheer diversity of marine life. This is reef perfection combined with awe inspiring congregations of fish life and truly stunning topside vistas.
Siladen Resort and Spa is set around a large pool, with bungalows dotted around the garden and beachfront, each with ensuite facilities, air conditioning and private patio. The resort faces west towards Manado Tua, and we will be treated to gorgeous sunsets daily.
Meals include a variety of local and international fare prepared by professional chefs. Meals are served at a beachfront restaurant, tables are available under the rooftop or outside under the trees. The beach bar serves a variety of beverages and is a wonderful place to meet before dinner for a drink after a long day of snorkeling. The full-service spa offers a wide variety of treatments by experienced therapists.
We then spend one night in the Novotel in Manado, the perfect rest stop after a day exploring some of the regions topside beauty.
Gangga Island Resort
From here we move to another small island getaway, Gannga Resort. The thirty wooden bungalows are set along the white sandy beach backing onto beautiful gardens. Each air-conditioned bungalow has an en-suite bathroom, television, minibar and private veranda.
The infinity pool is a fantastic place for sunbathing and relaxing, and the restaurant, lounge and bar areas are comfortable and welcoming. There is a healthy lush house reef on the doorstep, ideal for snorkelling.
Buffet breakfast is served in the morning, and lunch and dinner are a la carte, with the exception of “BBQ nights” held on the beach twice a week, which are buffet style. The cuisine is a variety of local and international flavours, with the menu changing daily.
Botanica Nature Lodge
We spend our last night in Sulawesi in a gorgeous jungle eco resort Botanica Nature Lodge, the ideal location to enjoy some of the Islands lakes, volcanic hikes and natural beauty. This lodge offers en-suite rooms with private balconies and beautiful views.
Papua Paradise Eco Resort
We then fly to West Papua, to Sorong. From here we transfer by speedboat to a spectacular corner of the world- Papua Paradise Eco Resort. Situated in the heart of Raja Ampat, Papua Paradise Resort offers 26 waterfront stilted en-suite bungalows overlooking a long stretch of house reef and backed by lush jungle white sandy beach.
The Seaview Restaurant serves a variety of European and Indonesian cuisine on an elaborate buffet. Meals are prepared using homegrown veggies, and other locally sourced produce wherever possible.
The resort is built over a huge and healthy house reef, available for snorkelling at any time. The array of coral and fish species here is simply staggering. One can also see “walking sharks” in the evening right off the shore in the shallows. Other inhabitants include is mandarin fish, bamboo and reef sharks, wobbegongs, and manta rays with an occasional dugong. Raja Ampat snorkeling will not disappoint. With some of the liveliest reefs in the world, sightings of schooling fish, manta rays, turtles, eels, and sharks including the elusive wobbegong are common.
24 October - Arrive Manado - Siladen Island Resort
27th October - 31st October - Gangga Island Resort - 4 nights
Land Price - US$4,895 / £4,075 per person
Single Supplement - US$600 / £500 per person
The tour starts in Manado and ends in Jakarta. In terms of the flights, you would need to do one of the following:
1. Via Singapore There are direct flights from Singapore to Manado and also from Jakarta to Singapore with Singapore Airlines.
2. Via Jakarta Regular flights from Jakarta to Manado and from Sorong to Jakarta
There are many flight options leaving from the UK to Indonesia's two major airports - Bali, Denpasar (DPS) and Jakarta (CGK), all of which fly indirectly via Singapore (SIN), Dubai (DXB) or Hong Kong (HKG) with an average travel time of 15-17 hours. From the US flights also route indirectly via Hong Kong (HKG) or Tokyo (HND) with an average travel time of 18-22 hours.
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