April 5-16, 2019
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Welcome to Raja Ampat, the Realm of the Four Kings!
Located in the heart of the Coral Triangle offshore from the north western tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula on the vast island of Papua, lies the pristine Raja Ampat National Park. Quoted by many as being divings final frontier, Raja Ampat casts a spell on all who visit: crusty sea salts, novice divers, photographers and scientists alike.
The national park is huge covering over 50,000 sq km comprising of four main islands: Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool. Alongside the main islands, the park also boasts literally hundreds of karst limestone islands and islets that pop up from the deep blue sea giving the impression that they have been carefully placed by a landscape designer.
Raja Ampat boasts an astounding variety of marine habitats, which translates to wildly different diving experiences, from pelagic drift dives to magical muck sites. There are some that are even unique to Raja Ampat, such as clear water mangrove forests with brilliant coral gardens growing right next to them. The area has hundreds of potential dive sites and exploration is still continuing. On every trip there are chances for new and amazing discoveries in one of the world’s last underwater Edens. Exciting topside diversions are on offer too: thrilling speedboat rides around the enchanting lagoons, exploring cathedral-like caves, hunting for the elusive “Birds of Paradise” or the chance to visit the local aquaculture centers of working pearl farms.
Raja Ampat is all about diversity – not only diversity of species, but also of dive sites. There are some areas where soft corals and sea fans dominate, others with amazing diverse hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, drop offs, caves, black sand, white sand…Then there are the fish, lots of them, in more shapes and sizes than anywhere else in the world. Not only are there loads of fish, but all the levels of the food chain are well represented – from pygmy seahorses to top predators. In many places brightly colored soft corals can be found close to the surface which, illuminated by natural sunlight, make these dive sites spectacularly colorful. The reefs in Raja Ampat just buzz with life.
Accommodations: The Dewi Nusantara
The Dewi Nusantara is a three masted wooden schooner and is the perfect platform that delivers modern comforts and outstanding service to adventurers exploring this remote outpost of civilization. It is 191 feet in length and features a lounge area, dive/dining deck, sundeck and camera area.
The lower deck is the main cabin area with four Deluxe
Staterooms on the port side and four on starboard. These air conditioned staterooms are all individually designed by Bruno Helgen, a french top interior designer. On entering each of the Staterooms you will be surprised by its sheer size (20 square meters), unique color setting and beautiful carvings.
The curved shapes of the furniture and bathroom wall refer the feminine character of the ship, she is after all the Goddess of the Archipelago…
All Deluxe Staterooms are adaptable for either twin or double use. Each has its own en-suite bathroom, reading lights, 220V power points, hanging storage for clothing and a comfortable desk.
Check out the Dewi Nusantara website for photo & video galleries.
Click here for the Dewi Nusantara handbook.
Group air to Sorong (We might need to get ourselves to a connecting city such as Houston, Chicago or LAX. We’ll have those details as soon as air becomes available.)
Depending on arrival and departure times, a hotel stay may be necessary
Airport transfers (Sorong)
11 nights accommodations onboard the Dewi Nusantara (double occupancy)
All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
Park fees and up to 4 dives per day
Use of tanks, weights and belts
Trip cost per person (estimate until group air becomes available):
$9,800 per diver - Deluxe Stateroom (double occupancy)
$10,800 per diver - Master Stateroom (double occupancy)
A $500 deposit per person due at sign-up. $1500 payment due June 15, 2017 and Nov. 15, 2017. $1500 payment due Jan. 15, 2018 and June 15, 2018. Balance will be due Nov. 30, 2018. All payments are nonrefundable unless we can fill your space. We recommend the purchase of trip insurance to protect your investment. Dive insurance, such as Divers Alert Network (DAN) is required.
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strongly recommend travel
Valerie Elliott at (314) 469-8722
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for questions or additional information.
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