14 nights
Duration
Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
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.snorkeler floating above green sea turtle

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.Aerial view of Siladen IslandDinner 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.

The snorkeling in Bunaken National Park is really quite amazing. Currents are mild, the reefs are vibrant and expansive, and marine life is in abundance. The reefs are typically characterized by hard coral plateaus which start right at the shoreline and fan out around the island gently slope to about fifteen feet at the deepest end before they abruptly drop off into a wall. The area has done well with its conservation measures and its robust population of sea turtles is a testament to this fact. On any one snorkel you can expect to see a dozen or so different turtles paddling around.

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.

Black crested macaque monkey

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 at their extensive buffets. Almost everything is either homemade or purchased from 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 anywhere from 60-90 minutes, and are always accompanied by local guides. We then return to the resort for lunch and some downtime before heading out for an afternoon snorkel.The house reef is incredible and well worth several visits. It is accessed via the resort’ss own private pier which has an easy to climb ladder for a comfortable entry and exit.  The house reef is pretty spectacular and usually ends up being one of the highlights of the trip as the reef just in front of the resort is home to juvenile blacktip reef sharks, schools of fish, vibrant corals, and loads of cool critters. The beauty of the house reef is that you can snorkel it any time you want.

Large school of fish over coral reef

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. On this day we will have a packed lunch on the boats, and enjoy 3 snorkel sessions before heading back to the resort. The exact days for these outings will be decided according to the weather.
The snorkeling accessible from the resort is highly varied and arguably some of the best in Raja Ampat. In this Dampier Straight region, you will find a multitude of beautiful coral reefs with each offering something different. Some may be situated around unique topography with shallow swim-throughs, while others may just extend for hundreds of meters in every direction.  This area is also very popular with the manta rays as there are certain bays and islands where are known to feed and clean at different times of the day. We will also take the opportunity to meander through the famous mangroves where the mangrove tree roots seem to be an extension of the coral reef below.

The marine life is just as diverse as the types of snorkeling sites, the shallow reef tops are a great place to enjoy the rhythmic pulse of the colorful reef fish and admire the determination of the hawkbill sea turtles as they forage for the sponges at the base of corals. In the blue you never know what you might find, but you can count on larger schools of jack fish, batfish, and the odd tornadoes of barracudas. On other sites we might get lucky with some cleaning or feeding manta rays. This area has the highest species count of anywhere in the world so really, everywhere you look you’re bound to find something truly amazing.
Night snorkels are highly recommended as the house he reef completely transforms at night when the nocturnal creatures come out to hunt. Some night snorkeling highlights typically include eels, cuttlefish, octopus, squid, crabs, shrimps, and even a walking shark that is endemic to the area…. the list is long.

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.

Aerial view of papua paradise resort and house reef

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.

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.

On this page you will find our Tour Dates & Pricing (see below contact form), a Booking Form and Details of Payment schedule including deposit and final balance. If you have any further questions please complete the form and we will reply within 24-48hrs.


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    Tour Dates

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

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

    Sulawesi & Raja Ampat Safari | 14 – 28 October | I female share and one room available

    Sulawesi & Raja Ampat Safari | 29 October – 12 November| Available


    2023 $6,160 per person (Twin/Double Share)

    Sulawesi & Raja Ampat Safari | 7 – 21 May | Available

    Sulawesi & Raja Ampat Safari | 22 October – 5 November | Available


    2024 $6,360 per person (Twin/Double Share)

    Sulawesi & Raja Ampat Safari | 2 – 16 March | 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

    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