The Wildiaries Experience


Raja Ampat, The Last Paradise

From $5730.00 * USD

Available between February 26, 2018 — March 09, 2018

Duration of tour 12 days 11 nights

These are all SMALL GROUP tours

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Book before June 30 and get US$120 cash back.
10% non-diver discount applies.







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Nothing will prepare you for the experience of Raja Ampat. Because of its rich seas and unique wildlife, it’s been called the ‘Galapagos’ of Asia. Alfred Russel Wallace’s visited here as he amassed his own parallel theories of evolution that fed into Darwin’s. It deserves the reputation. It is one of the most amazing places on Earth. 

It's also one of the world’s least explored destinations and there aren’t many of these left on our planet. Tourism started here with the Pindito and its Captain helped delineate the marine protected areas that put a halt to many of the destructive fishing practices that occurred here years ago.  

Being at the epicentre of the Coral Triangle, a third of the world’s hard corals originate here. Rugged limestone islands emerge from the ocean, surrounded by coral reef, where animals normally seen much deeper, congregate near the surface. Mantid Shrimps, with their impossibly brutal bullet-like punch, wander in metre-deep water. Ornate Lionfish wait for schools of anchovy to pass within striking distance and Gorgonian fans cling to rocks near the surface, filtering passing plankton thrown up from vertical walls of coral and colourful sponges.      

Nearby, the Pacific Ocean spills into a deep ocean canyon a few miles wide, situated between the walls of two of the largest islands, Batanta and Waigeo. Here Sperm Whales live, the largest toothed predator on Earth, ever. Schools of thousands of dolphins, of several species, share space with Short-finned Pilot Whales. Pods of Dwarf Spinner Dolphins bow-ride Bryde’s Whales (a large tropical baleen whale) and Manta Rays congregate to mate and feed.   

On the surrounding mountain tops, Red Birds of Paradise, found only here, dance among the branches of rainforest trees, presenting wildly quilled tails and feathery adornments to attract mates. Flocks of Blyth’s Hornbills, in their hundreds, gather to roost at night on deserted islands and Eclectus Parrots, Palm Cockatoos and Pinon Imperial Pigeons seek out fruiting figs in the canopy.    

The Pindito was the first vessel of its kind to take tourists into Raja Ampat. Built and crewed jointly by a team of Indonesians and its Swiss owner, many of the crew have been working on board for over 10 years. It is a very homely and naturally, everything runs like clockwork! Almost all the boats you see are dark-stained wooden ships. Piratical in nature, they cut an ominous shape looming on the horizon at sunset. The oldly-world feel about these islands is something to be treasured.  

Raja Ampat is a truly exceptional destination and somewhere that leaves an unusually vibrant impression on anyone who goes there.

Testimonials

We have seen stunning scenery, visited breathtaking locations, climbed a mountain, seen birds of paradise, been surrounded by beautiful reef fish and all sorts of other marine wildlife. One of the overriding memories will be of the crew of the Pindito: warm, generous and welcoming.”

– Tim Harvey, Sea Turtle Foundation

The presence of naturalists on board with presentations of what we were seeing and thus helping us learn more about the water world we were experiencing made this trip unique. While the kind of wildlife trip is not uncommon for land based learning, the sea based that we had with Wildiaries beats anything else of which I have knowledge. It was truly a unique experience and one worth repeating.”

– Susan, US

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The only liveaboard dive boat operating in Raja Ampat with over 20 years experience. In continuous operation since 1992 under owner Edi Frommenwiler, the MV Pindito's crew is unmatched for it's knowledge and experience in Indonesia. The MV Pindito launched operation in the Banda Sea and quickly expanded her routes to include Raja Ampat. The 124-foot MV Pindito is a surprisingly quiet, Pinisi motored schooner, with 8 spatious double occupancy cabins (6 with double beds, 2 with twin beds), each with individually controlled air-conditioning and complete en suite facilities. This vessel and its team are a part of Raja Ampat history. 


Details

Includes

  • Expert guides on hand 24/7
  • Continual wildlife-watching and interpretation, plus zodiac excursions.
  • Transfers from/to airport Sorong to/from the MV Pindito
  • Accommodation in a double or twin bed cabin with en-suite shower bath, toilet and AC
  • Full board including all soft and alcoholic drinks on board (excluding wine)
  • Up to 2 dives per diving day and one down or night-dive (no diving on departure/arrival day) + NITROX fillings for whole cruise
  • Multilingual guides

Price

From $5730.00 * USD

PRICE is in $US. Note, a 10% non-diver discount applies. 

Twin share, per person in a cabin with double or twin beds.

PAYMENT TERMS

  • The deposit payable is 20% of the total cost (to be calculated at the time of booking, based on current exchange rate).
  • Invoices will be valid for 10 days, or may be subject to a variation in price due to exchange rate fluctuations.
  • Non-refundable full payment will be requested on or before 60 days before travel. 
  • The deposit is non-refundable.
  • Any prices displayed in $AU will be calculated at time of quoting based on the current $US exchange rate.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate documentation including visas relevant to your travel. 
  • We strongly recommend you take out private travel insurance before paying your deposit. 

EXCLUDES

  • Flights to and from Sorong (approx AU$1,200 rtn)
  • Any pre/post tour accommodation and meals.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Emergency rescue costs (local/international).
  • Personal tips and gratuities (we recommend about US$120 per person)
  • National Park fees (we ask for US$120 towards park fees and villages)
  • All expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone bills etc.
  • Bank transfer charges (directly paid to your bank).

Available between February 26, 2018 — March 09, 2018

Duration of tour 12 days 11 nights

Our licensed travel agent can arrange all travel to and from tour locations. We can also arrange fully-guided options as well as tailoring packages for families and groups travelling together.

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