Whale Sharks and Birds of Paradise of West Papua - 10 days

Individual Private Tour - Tour Details & Information, Tour Code: SI-SOQ-02

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Begin of Tour Sorong (Irian Jaya/West Papua) - Sapokren (D)

Ombak Putih © Sea TrekOmbak PutihYour flight will arrive in the West Papuan port town of Sorong, the gateway to Raja Ampat. From the airport we will transfer you to the harbor where the Ombak Putih or Katharina will be waiting at anchor. Once settled into your cabin, your cruise director will familiarize you with the vessel's facilities and safety procedures. Ready to start our adventure, we will weigh anchor, leave the harbor behind, and enter the fascinating region of Raja Ampat, home to unique bird life and the most biodiverse coral reefs in the world. The following tour description is not fixed. Your captain and cruise director will make changes (due to weather and tides) to provide you with a unique experience.

Day 2: Sapokren (B/L/D)

While it is still dark, our tenders will ferry those of us who are feeling fit and adventurous to the village of Sapokren, where a local guide will take us on a challenging trek into the forest in the hope of seeing the Wilson's bird of paradise. The male is red and black with a yellow mantle on his neck, light green mouth, rich blue feet and two violet tail feathers. The featherless crown is turquoise, ornamented with double black crosses. If we are lucky, we may be able to observe the male dancing from a distance of just five meters. Before the dance, he will clear the ground from any leaves or other obstacles that may disrupt his performance. On our way back to the boat, accompanied by the sounds of the jungle coming to life, we will be sure to spot a number of bird species along the way. We will spend the remainder of the day resting from the morning’s activities and enjoying the waters and reefs of Raja Ampat.

Day 3: Sapokren - Arborek (B/L/D)

Today will present another opportunity for keen birdwatchers, as we rise early and walk into the forest on a pre-dawn quest to spot the remarkable red bird of paradise, one of the species that Wallace was most anxious to collect. With a little luck and the help of our knowledgeable guides, we might catch sight of this rare bird's elaborate courtship display as dawn breaks over the forest canopy. After returning to the ship, we will turn our attention from the sky to the sea as the Ombak Putih makes her way through the Dampier strait, home of some of Raja Ampat's premier reefs. If the currents are in our favor, we might see some of the area's larger specimens of marine life, which are attracted to the strait's nutrient-rich waters. We will end the day by mooring off Pulau Arborek in front Arborek Village. Here, we can easily circumnavigate the tiny island by foot and gain a sense of the Asai culture, which is still kept alive by the villagers living in this isolated place.

Day 4: Arborek - Tomolol Bay (B/L/D)

This morning we will wake to see the sun rise over the picturesque chain of islands that makes up the Misool archipelago. The topography is typical of 'karst dissolution', featuring a great number of tiny islets whose bases have been eroded over time by the relentless motion of the tides. A swim through Tomolol's mysterious dome-topped cave is undoubtedly one of Raja Ampat's most memorable activities. After an early breakfast, our tenders will take us into the heart of the bay to see this partially submerged cave where it is possible to swim, snorkel or simply float while gazing up at the cavernous grotto adorned with astonishing stalactites. The more adventurous can swim or paddle through the dark waters to the other mouth of the cave. After returning to the ship, we will use our tenders to explore more of this impressive maze of karst islands, both above and below the surface, complete with mysterious skull cairns in sea-cave cemeteries, and prehistoric 'petroglyph' cave paintings, estimated to be anything from 3,000 to 5,000 years old and depicting various human figures and huge human palms, fish, flowers and plants, tools and vessels. We will then spend a quiet night at anchor.

Day 5: Tomolol Bay - Pisang Islands (B/L/D)

Today we will have a relaxing day in Misool. We will spend the day maximizing everything that this fascinating area has to offer by marveling at both the marine wonderland under the water and the magnificent landscape above the surface. We can test out our paddling skills in the sea kayaks, watch for birds perched on the rocks, or just sit back and take in the glorious scenery. After a full day of island hopping, the Ombak Putih will begin her overnight journey.

Day 6: Pisang Islands - Tanjung Papisol (B/L/D)

This morning we will explore the Pisang Islands. These tiny gems isolated in the vast waters of the Ceram Sea offer us a chance to relax and enjoy the sparkling white-sand beaches, clear waters, and vibrant reefs before making our way to the shores of West Papua. Here we will follow the shoreline until we reach the village of Sipitnanam. After visiting the village and meeting the residents, who spend their days fishing the nearby waters and tending their nutmeg plantations, we will continue south along the coastline through the night.

Day 7: Tanjung Papisol - Triton Bay (B/L/D)

Today we will wake up to the beautiful sight of Kitikiti waterfall. Here, in the wilderness, a roaring river cascades down the jungle-clad mountains and crashes into the sea below. We can swim under the waterfall and explore the extraordinary reefs nearby before rounding Cape Papisol to the Karawawi region, where we will stop to refresh ourselves before journeying on to Triton Bay.

Day 8: Triton Bay (B/L/D)

Triton Bay is a place of unsurpassed natural splendor, where time and tides have sliced the limestone landscape into tall cliffs and numerous islands separated by lagoons and narrow channels. It is also home to fishermen who keep masses of bait fish in nets that attract a migratory group of whale sharks, which we may have the chance to swim and snorkel with. We can’t make any promises, as we don’t have these wild animals on a leash, but fingers crossed we will. We will also spend our time swimming from secluded beaches, snorkeling the vibrant turquoise waters and kayaking amongst the rocky outcrops. We can also enjoy watching the bird life from the comfort of our tenders as we explore this extraordinary maze of karst islands, before visiting the village of Lobo, which is a friendly place at the foot of a 1000-metre-high cliff.

Day 9: Triton Bay - Kaimana (B/L/D)

We will make the most of our last morning in Triton Bay by cruising through the undisturbed coves, caves, and lagoons before heading north through the Namatote Passage. Namatote's cliffs are also well known as a gallery of prehistoric art, boasting an impressive collection of cave paintings, glyphs and pictorial signs left by ancient nomads high upon the rock walls. We will spend our final evening on the ship resting at anchor and enjoying a farewell dinner with our captain and crew.

Day 10: Kaimana - End of Tour Kaimana (Irian Jaya/West Papua) (B)

In the morning, we will find ourselves at anchor in the harbor of Kaimana. After a final, hearty breakfast, we will say goodbye to the Ombak Putih and her crew. Our tenders will take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.

Hotels, Rates & Information

Hotels for this Tour
(Changing the hotels according to your wishes is no problem!)
LocationComfort Hotels
SapokrenOmbak Putih/ Katharina
ArborekOmbak Putih/ Katharina
Tomolol BayOmbak Putih/ Katharina
Pisang IslandsOmbak Putih/ Katharina
Tanjung PapisolOmbak Putih/ Katharina
Triton BayOmbak Putih/ Katharina
KaimanaOmbak Putih/ Katharina
Options Comfort
Rate per person EUR 7.105
USD 7,750
Based on individual private tour, min. 2 travellers in double/twin room
Changing or adapting this tour to match your personal needs, interests and wishes is, as always, possible. Please contact us! Group rates (closed groups only, min. 4 Pax) on request.
Single Supplement On Request
Single Traveller EUR 12.785
USD 13,955

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Information, Services, Remarks

Sorong (Irian Jaya/West Papua) / Kaimana (Irian Jaya/West Papua)

Hotel/Airport Transfers:

Transfers are inclusive from and to above mentioned airports and hotels of the immediate area.

Services (included):

Private tour
English speaking guide
Air-conditioned car with driver
Accomodation: DBL room hotels (or similar)
Transfers, Entrance fees as per itinerary
Meal Plan as stated:
9x Breakfast 8x Lunch/Lunchbox 9x Dinner

Not included

Own expenses
Additional services (marked 'optional' above)
Programme not mentioned above
Season Surcharges
Domestic Flights
Fuel Surcharge (ca. EUR 400,- p.P.)

Best Season(s):

October - March
Season for : November - December

Important Remarks:

Min. 2 Persons. Single traveller rates on request.
Important information for traveler: Outside of highly touristic regions like Bali there is only a limited touristic infrastructure available. Regular flight connections, restaurants and hotels (all classes from simple to high end) are limited. Flight cancellations and delays are quite common. Please don't expect amenities like warm water, air-conditioning and even comfortable beds at all hotels and homestays during the round trip. This applies especially outside of bigger cities.

Tour travels from and to Sorong. Please refer to schedule. Several domestic flights are required. Air fare is not included. Modifications from itinerary are possible.
Schedule 2024
11.11.2024 - 20.11.2024 Kaimana – Sorong Katharina
23.11.2024 - 02.12.2024 Sorong – Kaimana Ombak Putih
05.12.2024 - 14.12.2024 Kaimana – Sorong Ombak Putih
Schedule 2025 ca. EUR 7.220,- p.P.
23.01.2025 - 01.02.2025 Kaimana - Sorong Katharina
30.10.2025 - 08.11.2025 Sorong – Kaimana Katharina
23.11.2025 - 02.12.2025 Sorong – Kaimana Ombak Putih
05.12.2025 - 14.12.2025 Kaimana – Sorong Ombak Putih
Important information: All programmes and transfers by boat are on seat-in-coach base (group). You may be in a small group with other people.
Please pay attention to the Travel Information provided.
When travelling islamic countries there can be interference during the month of Ramadan, other high holidays and fridays.
Volcanism: The Sunda Islands and the Sunda Archipelago are of volcanic orgin and show high volcanic activity. Accrodingly it may be possible that tours, routings and activities (especially those involving or near volcanoes) need to be altered in case of high activity or order by the government.
This tour is not soutable for people with reduced mobility. If you are unsure if you meet the requirements please contact us! We will try to find a solution for your individual needs.