Join us on this extraordinary snorkel safari as we explore one of the world's most iconic tropical snorkeling destinations, Raja Ampat. We'll spend 7 nights based at the stunning Papua Explorers Resort, located in the heart of the Raja Ampat archipelago. Within just a few minutes of the resort are a range of snorkeling sites which play host to some of the most diverse marine habitats found anywhere on the planet. Expect truly pristine coral gardens packed with hard and soft corals that carpet the islands all the way up to the surface. Masses of fish life explode from the reefs with good chances of swimming next to bigger fish such as manta rays, reef sharks and schools of barracuda and jacks.
While this area can have some strong currents, which bring in the nutrient rich water that helps keep the reef alive and healthy, our local guides will chose protected sites, or appropriate times to enter the water to avoid being in a current. If we are ever in a current, we will always float with the water and not try to swim against it. One needs to be comfortable in the water with some upper body strength to climb back up the ladder onto the boat.
This tour is accompanied by a Snorkel Venture guide and is exclusively for snorkelers.
This group tour is exclusively for snorkelers. All tours are accompanied by two Snorkel Venture guide as well as local guides who are all well versed in the marine life and the reefs. Staff are available to help with water entry and exits, and all snorkel sessions have boat surface support to ensure our safety.
Raja Ampat is a group of islands in the north eastern corner of Indonesia. It's name comes from a local myth known as “The Four Kings”. These 4 kings are island groupings called Misool, Salwati, Waigeo, and Batanta which as a collective comprise over 1,500 minor islands. The range, diversity and abundance of reefs found here is truly staggering.
Topside the scenery is breathtaking - limestone outcrops drenched in dense tropical rain forest, white sand beaches shaded by palm trees all set among turquoise waters. This is snorkeling paradise.
Beneath the surface swarms of small fish such as damsels, fusiliers and anthias mill about on the reef flats, while not too far away the large schools of tuna, trevally and mackerel congregate. Batfish, surgeonfish and barracuda aggregate around jettys and reef points, while angel and butterflyfish decorate both the reef flats and jagged coral towers that are home to abundant marine life. Expect fields of soft corals like you've never seen them before, hard coral reefs are healthy and abundant as well.
Papua Explorers Resort is located on the edge of the Dampier Strait, in the central region of the national park. Here nutrient rich water flow, attracting an abundance of marine life large and small. We'll spend our days snorkeling a variety of habitats from shallow fringing reefs to sea mounts, walls and manta cleaning stations. With sites in such close proximity we can comfortably offer 3 -4 snorkeling sessions per day with the added option of a fabulous house reef with easy access.
This is the pinnacle of marine life diversity within the Coral Triangle. At its most recent count in 2011 the region of Raja Ampat was recognized to contain 1427 reef fishes, over 600 coral species (75% of the world’s coral species can be found here), not to mention the pelagic life that is abundant in the area.
Spacious fiberglass speedboats with enough room to easily store snorkeling equipment. The boats do not have a toilet onboard but do offer a full canopy for sun protection and a ladder to help exit the water. Average distance from the resort to the site is about 20 minutes.
21st November 2020
Arrive Jakarta. Overnight Jakarta Hotel
22nd November 2020
Fly Jakarta to Sorong. Transfer to Papua Explorers Resort
22nd - 29th November 2020
7 nights Papua Explorers Resort
29th November 2020
Fly Sorong to Jakarta
Papua Explorers Resort
The water bungalows blend traditional Papuan style with the comfort of modern design features. They are built by using local, natural materials collected from the surrounding villages. All bungalows are equipped with en-suite toilet and shower, hot water, ceiling fan, mosquito net, working desk and a comfortable seating area. The spacious veranda with direct access to the sea, allows you to enjoy the sun and sea in your own privacy.
You will never miss a sunrise or sunset with the unique, round shape of the restaurant. On offer is traditional Indonesian cuisine as well as international comfort foods – all freshly prepared by the kitchen team.
The resort has some kayaks available for guests to use and also offers a wide range of land tours to local villages, other islands and bird watching. There is a resident yoga teacher and 2 free classes are offered per week with more available on request. The spa offers a full range of treatment options in an open air relaxing setting.
Price per person: 3595 USD per person 2020 / 3795 USD per person 2021
Single person supplement: 600 USD
How to book your place?
Initial deposit to secure your booking $400 per person
6 Months before departure interim payment of $1000 per person
Balance due 3 months before departure
To join our Raja Ampat Snorkel Venture:
There are many flight options leaving from the UK to Indonesia's capital airport - Jakarta (CGK), Garuda Airlines now fly directly with other indirect options via Singapore (SIN), Dubai (DXB) or Hong Kong (HKG) with an average travel time of 13 hours direct or 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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Have looked for a just-snorkeling company for a long time and Snorkel Venture is it. Quality and attention to detail are important and Snorkel Venture makes the grade on both. Rebecca, Feb. 2020
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