14 nights
Duration
Sep, Oct, Nov
Month
16 People
Max Group Size

Experience the best of Indonesia overland and underwater on our 15 day snorkel and wilderness safari through North Sulawesi and the fabled Raja Ampat. Traveling through these iconic areas the highlights should 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. En-route 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 3 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 and an afternoon session with a variety of land tours included over the 2 weeks.

As with all of our group safari’s this tour is fully guided by a member of the Snorkel Venture team and will assist with everything from start to finish.

 

Marine Life Guidemarine life guide Raja ampat

North Sulawesi to Raja Ampat snorkel safari map

Day 1 - Arrival at Siladen Resort

Upon arrival at Manado International Airport (MDC), you will be met by a Siladen Resort staff member who will accompany you to the resort, which takes about 60-90 minutes, first by car and then by boat. Here you will check in, meet your tour leader, have a resort orientation and briefing, and then relax and enjoy the facilities until dinner where we will all meet and eat together.

Dinner is usually served under the large trees on the beach.  Meals are mostly buffet style, prepared under the guidance of an international chef and include several courses of both Indonesian and Western origin.


Day 2 - 5 - Snorkeling from Siladen Resort

Each day will start with a buffet breakfast followed by a snorkel site briefing and a snorkel. Each in water session will last 60- 90 minutes. The snorkel sites are about 10 – 25 minutes from the resort. We will return in time for lunch and then have some time to relax before our afternoon snorkel.  Evenings can be spent in the lounge looking at Fish ID books, having a beverage at the bar, enjoying a massage at the spa or simply relaxing on your veranda.

One morning will be spent out on the boat looking for the local super-pod of dolphins, often found mingling with melon-head whales.

The resort can cater for most dietary restrictions, but please let us know if you have any in advance so that they can procure the ingredients.


Day 6 - 8 - Siladen Island - Manado - Papua Paradise Resort, Raja Ampat

After checking out of Siladen Resort, we journey to mainland Sulawesi with a lunch stop along the way, and drive towards Tangkoko National Park. Here we will trek in the hopes of finding Tarsiers and Black Macaques, among other animals before enjoying a traditional dinner and then heading to our inn for dinner and the evening at leisure.

The following morning, after breakfast, we travel towards Mount Mahawu where we will go for an hour-long walk around the crater rim. Here we can enjoy stunning views of Manado Tua and Bunaken Islands. We then have an opportunity to see (and smell) a steaming colorful sulphuris lake. We then travel to Manado City where we check into the Novotel, have dinner and relax.

After the hotel’s excellent buffet breakfast, we head to the airport for our flight to Sorong. Upon arrival we meet a representative from Papua Paradise Eco Resort and transfer to the resort by boat. Here we check in, have a snack and orientation, house reef snorkel if time allows, and then group dinner. Meals are served in the Seaview Restaurant, which overlooks the house reef. A variety of Western and Indonesian dishes are served on the extensive buffets. Almost everything is either home made or purchased form local producers in nearby villages.

The resort can cater for dietary restrictions, but please let us know in advance so that they can procure the ingredients.


Day 8 - 14 - Snorkeling from Papua Paradise Eco Resort

Our days here will start with a delicious breakfast buffet followed by a briefing and snorkel session, lasting up to 1.5 hours, accompanied by local guides. We then return to the resort for lunch and some down time before heading out for an afternoon snorkel. The house reef is incredible and well worth several visits. Some days we may go to two snorkel sites in the morning, with snacks for in between sessions on the boat, and then plan house reef snorkeling for after lunch or night snorkels.
Night snorkels are highly recommended as the house reef is a completely transformed at night, when all the nocturnal creatures come out, like octopus, cuttlefish, squids, crabs and, walking sharks, which can be found in the very shallow water. The corals also look completely different as many feed during the night so their polyps come out. This can be very beautiful to witness.
One morning we will head out early to a nearby island for a short trek to see if we can find the Birds of Paradise and even possibly see them doing their mating dance and showing off their amazing plumage. Another day will be spent out on the boats all day, as we tour the FAM Islands, have packed lunch on the boats, and 3 snorkel sessions. The exact days for these outings will be decided according to the weather.

Day 15 - Transfer to Jakarta via Sorong

We leave the resort on a morning boat transfer, in time to get our flight from Sorong to Jakarta where we bid farewell to our new friends. Tour ends here.

 

We will spend the first part of the tour at a wonderfully secluded resort on a small island in the heart of Bunaken National Park, Siladen Resort.

Siladen Resort

Siladen Resort and Spa is set around a large pool, with bungalows dotted around the manicured 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 sunset views.

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.

Gardenia Country Inn

We spend one night in a gorgeous inn, set in beautiful gardens- Gardenia Country Inn. This is the ideal location to enjoy some of Sulawesi’s lakes, volcanic hikes and natural beauty. This lodge offers rooms with ensuite bathrooms,  private balconies and beautiful views.

Novotel Manado

We then spend one night in the Novotel in Manado, the perfect rest stop after a day exploring some of the regions topside beauty. Located close to Manado Airport, the hotel allows us to get a good night’s rest before traveling to Sorong the following morning.

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.

Aerial view of papua paradise resort and house reef

The resort is built over a huge and healthy house reef, available for snorkeling 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 mandarin fish, bamboo and reef sharks, wobbegongs, and manta rays. Raja Ampat snorkeling will not disappoint- the colors, variety of species of fish and coral and overall reef condition is simply stunning. 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.

Resort Guide

Snorkel Boats

Siladen and Papua Paradise snorkel boats

Siladen Resort: Large wooden boats complete with covered gear up area and sun deck. Marine toilet and fresh water bins for equipment and cameras are onboard all boats. Average travel time from the resort to the sites is twenty minutes. Exit the water via ladders on the side of the boat.

Papua Paradise: 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.

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Tour Dates

2021: $5,760 / £4,595 per person (Twin/Double Share)

Sulawesi & Raja Ampat Safari | 23 Oct – 6 Nov | 1 Female Twin Share Available

Sulawesi & Raja Ampat Safari | 13 – 27 Nov | FULL


2022 $5,960 / £4,765 per person (Twin/Double Share)

Sulawesi & Raja Ampat Safari | 4 – 18 March | Available

Sulawesi & Raja Ampat Safari | 14 – 28 October | Available


Single Supplement – US$800 per person


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

Includes:

Domestic flights in Economy Class with 20KGs of luggage allowance Manado- Sorong – Jakarta
Group transfers throughout
Accommodation and full board (all meals)
Services of Snorkel Venture guide throughout
Entrance fees, Tangkoko National Park fees & Bunaken Marine park fees
20 x Snorkel sessions including island tours and excursions
Dolphin watching trip
Full day trip to Fam Islands

Excludes:

International flights (booking available on request)
Snorkeling equipment
Tips
Travel insurance
Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, laundry and general sundries
Spa services
Raja Ampat Marine park fees (paid locally) – US$100

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Aerial view of Siladen Island
Aerial view of Raja Ampat Islands
Aerial view of Raja Ampat Islands
Baby turtle on the surface
large school of fish in front of orange sea fan
View of sunset from papua paradise restaurant
giant clam with sunset behind
Reef manta cleaning on reef
Aerial view of papua paradise resort and house reef
Sun burst of coral reef and mangroves
school of batfish in coral reef
View of pool and bar at Siladen Resort
Two green sea turtles with black background
manta ray feeding on the surface
cuttle fish with mangroves and blue sky above
Food options at Siladen Resort
colorful soft coral in raja ampat
snorkeler on the surface with islands behind and coral below
Green sea turtle swimming over coral reef