11 nights
Duration
Oct, Nov, Dec
Month
16 People
Max Group Size

Join us as we explore the amazing reefs of Raja Ampat by Liveaboard. Raja Ampat comprises of a vast network of islands and the best way to experience the whole area – from the north’s Dampier Straight to Misool in the south – is by liveaboard. We have chosen this to explore it via an iconic wooden sailing yacht built in the local Indonesian style known as a phinisi liveaboard.

From Sorong we will head south towards Misool. Misool’s small surrounding islands are soft coral paradises. The abundance of stunning snorkeling sites and the natural beauty of limestone, jungle clad islands, means we will have no shortage of places to explore. Misool can be divided into many areas where we can spend the whole day at a selection of amazing snorkeling sites. We will then slowly head north to the Dampier Strait for the last part of the tour.

The region has so much to offer – with spectacular soft corals swaying in the water and sea fan forests that have to be seen to be believed. We can expect several reef sharks as well as wobbegong (carpet) sharks, and Epaulette (walking) sharks. We hope to see oceanic and reef manta rays as they come to be cleaned and feed on the plankton on the surface. Turtles (green and hawksbill) abound too, along with schooling fish like jacks, barracuda, and all the brightly coloured reef fish we find in the area including butterfly, angel, trigger, parrot, surgeon, sweetlips fishes and more.

This snorkeling safari is escorted by a Snorkel Venture team member.

 

Marine Life Guidemarine life guide Raja ampat

Misool snorkel safari map

Day 1 - Arrive in Jakarta

Arrive into Jakarta International Airport (CGK) and check into the Jakarta Terminal Hotel and relax until the group meets for a late-night check in for the flight to Sorong.

Day 2 - Jakarta to Sorong, Board the Coralia

Fly Jakarta to Sorong. The Coralia crew will be there to greet us and take us by car to the harbor for boarding. After our welcome, orientation and safety briefings, we will be shown to our cabins so that we can settle in before our evening meal.

Coralia Liveaboard in front of islands


Day 2 - 10 - Onboard The Coralia

Each day begins with a “small” breakfast before starting a site briefing for our first snorkel session of the day. Each snorkel session will run for 60 – 75 minutes. The Coralia will take us as close to the sites as possible, sometimes we will board the smaller zodiac boats and get dropped in the shallows. All the snorkel sessions have surface boat support, and you can jump on a tender and return to the boat if you prefer a shorter snorkel session. There will also be local guides and your tour leader in the water on all snorkels, pointing out interesting things to see and assisting with whatever you may need. They will also enter the water to do a current check and decide if our plan should be altered slightly or if we will snorkel in that spot. If there is current, we will always move with it, never fighting against the water. The zodiacs can always pick us up down current at the end of the snorkel.

Aerial view of islands and reef in Raja Ampat

After our snorkel we will return to our boat and dry off. There will be dry towels waiting on the dive deck for us. A full hot breakfast will then be served. After breakfast we hit the water again for another snorkel session on a nearby site. We return to the main boat for a delicious lunch (either served buffet style or plated, usually 2 courses). After a little break to allow our food to digest, we prepare for the third snorkel session of the day. Afterwards, there is usually a snack and hot beverage served (you will not go hungry on this cruise!), before we enter the water for a later afternoon or evening snorkel, depending on the conditions and sites in the vicinity. Dinner is a 3  course meal, mostly a la carte. One evening we will have a big barbecue. There will always be additional snacks such as cookies and a fruit bowl throughout the day.
Evenings are spent looking through fish ID books, reviewing the days photos and sightings, chatting in the spacious lounge or enjoying the night sky from the deck. Water, coffee, tea and soft drinks are complimentary aboard Coralia. This is also a selection of beer, wines and spirits available for purchase.
We will offer 3 – 4 snorkel sessions a day. You are not obliged to participate in them all.
Large school of fish over coral reef
We will offer night snorkeling when suitable. The reef completely transforms at night, when many fish creep into crevices and sleep, while others come out to hunt. This is the best item to see the walking sharks, octopus out and about, squids hunting in small squads, corals feeding, eels and rays hunting etc.
On some days we might have a little land excursion visiting a nice viewpoint or another point of interest.
All this from the beautiful and comfortable Coralia, while eating great food and relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Day 11 - Final day of snorkeling

Final day of snorkeling with 2 scheduled snorkel sessions- before sailing back towards Sorong. We spend the night onboard.
Split shot of coral reef below and raja ampat islands above

Day 12 - Disembark and return to Jakarta

After breakfast we bid the crew farewell and head to the airport in Sorong for our flight back to Jakarta.
The tour ends upon arrival in Jakarta where we bid farewell to our new friends.
Please speak to a member of our team if you would like to extend your time in Indonesia, either for more snorkelling or land tours.

With Coralia’s length of 48 metres, her decks are spacious and offer plenty of spots to enjoy the view, dine, sunbathe or simply relax.  The sun deck is at the very top and the airy main and upper decks feature each an outdoor dining and a leisure area with plenty of cozy sofas and loungers.

If you prefer to cool down a bit, you can do so in the air-conditioned lounge and restaurant on the main deck. There is a spa on the top deck for massages too! There is free WiFi for our guests on board, depending on the local cell phone reception. Please do not reply on being able to get online during this trip. If we have signal it is likely to be slow and spotty.

cabin on coralia liveaboard
2 Double Cabins Lower Deck

This beautiful boat offers 8 cabins in total. Each  is air-conditioned, non-smoking, and has a spacious private bathroom with warm freshwater showers, towels and hairdryer. Environmentally friendly, natural soap and shower amenities are provided free of charge.

cabin on coralia liveaboard
Two Twin Cabins Lower Deck

In the cabin itself there is a double or twin side by side beds, a sofa, working desk and closet.  A safety box, regular and USB charging stations provide further comfort.

cabin on coralia liveaboard
4 Master Cabins Main and Upper Deck

The four master cabins on the main and upper deck additionally feature each a private balcony, sun chair and outside sofa, where guests can indulge in the tropical scenery and never miss a sunrise or sunset.

The crew to guest ratio is 1:1 so expect outstanding service from the experienced team.

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    Tour Dates 2022 | 12 – 23 November (11 nights)

    US$6800.00 per person – Master Cabin

    US$6450.00 per person – Deluxe Lower Cabin

    Tour Dates 2023 | 14 – 26 March (12 nights)

    US$7400.00 per person – Master Cabin

    US$7050.00 per person – Deluxe Lower Cabin

    How to book your place

    Initial deposit to secure your booking $400 per person

    12 Months before departure interim payment of $600 per person

    6 Months before departure interim payment of $1000 per person

    Balance due 3 months before departure

    Includes:

    • 1 Night in a standard room in The Jakarta Terminal Hotel
    • Internal flights in economy class with 40lbs checked luggage Jakarta – Sorong – Jakarta
    • Group transfers
    • 10 nights (2022)/ 11 nights (2023) on board the Coralia Liveaboard including all meals, snacks, water, sodas, tea and coffee.
    • 3 – 4 guided snorkel sessions for 8 and a half days (2022)/ 9 and a half days (2023)
    • Accompanied by a member of the Snorkel Venture team

    Excludes:

    • Snorkel gear rental
    • Gratuities and sundries
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Port fees, fuel surcharge and marine park fees ($250 subject to change)
    • Travel and health insurance
    • Spa services
    coralia liveaboard with sails up and crew
    Aerial view of Raja Ampat Islands
    sunset on coralia liveaboard
    cabin on coralia liveaboard
    school of batfish in coral reef
    school a chevron barracuda
    octopus standing up
    coralia liveaboard table setting with islands behind
    Large school of fish over coral reef
    Split shot of coral reef below and raja ampat islands above
    Lagoon in Raja Ampat
    large school of fish in front of orange sea fan
    close up of crocodile fish
    two batfish beneath island
    Vast coral reef with snorkelers above
    snorkeler on the surface with islands behind and coral below
    lion fish with sun behind
    guest recieving massage from liveaboard staff
    coralia liveaboard sun deck
    snorkeler swimming through overhang in reef
    coralia liveaboard with sails up and crew