Surreal Raja Ampat

Journey and set sail off to one of the most visually-stunning and spectacular islands-regency in the world, the surreal realms of Raja Ampat on an incredible and exclusive experience onboard the Rascal to witness the extraordinary marine biodiversity, truly awe-inspiring geology away from the nuisances of the modern world. 

HIGHLIGHTS

Stay in luxury and exclusivity on board the beautiful Rascal

Enjoy an immersive and personalized experience of Raja Ampat

Marvel at the stunning marine biodiversity 

ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVE SORONG / MIOSKON

Arrive at Sorong Domine Eduard Osok Airport where you will be warmly greeted and welcome for a short transfer to the pier for boarding onto the Rascal. Lunch is followed by a cruise to Mioskon. This 6 hour cruise takes us past many spectacular, untouched islands, including Batanta and Kri, as we leave behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Mioskon Bay is teeming with lush jungle, home to a variety of birds. The mangroves, on paddleboards, kayaks or by snorkelling, provide endless hours of exploration. Dinner will be served on board. If in season, catch sight of a blue whale or two. 

Overnight: Rascal 

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

DAY 2: MIOSKON / KABUI BAY

Awake to the views of Mioskon and Waigeo, where there is a range of islands to explore and dive. Not a diver? We can visit the local villages and trek into the tropical rainforest to try and spot the famous birds of paradise as Waigeo is a haven for some of the world’s rarest birds. We then cruise to Kabui Bay and take a tender tour of Kabui Passage, a narrow channel nearly one nautical mile long, separating the islands of Gam and Waigeo, mangrove wetlands and the tropical forest vegetation above cast a mystical emerald green hue on the corals, whilst the air rings with the jungle cries of its fauna.

Overnight: Rascal

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3: KABUI BAY / YANGGEFO

Today, we cruise to Yanggefo, hugging the Waigeo coastline, passing local fishing villages through the Dampier Strait. Upon arrival at the magnificent Yanggefo, we will enjoy a tender tour to explore this spectacular mangrove paradise boasting an abundance of flora and fauna or dive at one of the local dive sites teeming with sea life. Dinner will be served on board before we spend a tranquil night in this peaceful wilderness.

Overnight: Rascal

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4: YANGGEFO / ALJUI BAY

Awake to the cries of the many colourful species of birds that have made this area their home. Dive or enjoy watersports in the famous Citrus Ridge before we set course for Aljui Bay, set amongst a cluster of islands in the sheltered western bay of Waigeo. The 3-hour cruise enables us to stop by the wonderful white sand beaches of Wofu for a relaxing beach set up with games for the energetic travellers amongst us. Arriving in Aljui, either dive or just relax and soak up the stunning views from the deck. With its dazzling array of creatures, Aljui offers coral walls full of seemingly electrifying fire clams, tiny shrimp and crabs, and a colourful assortment of nudibranch. The nearby jetty offers a fantastic opportunity to spot macro creatures such as ghost pipefish, blue-ringed octopus, and bobtail squid, while the pearl farm offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see how pearls are extracted from their mother.

Overnight: Rascal

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5: ALJUI BAY / KAWE & EQUATOR ISLANDS

We set course for Kawe and the Equator Islands, located right across the Equator. The island of Kawe forms an amazing coral network with its myriad of tiny islands. The currents attract shoals of fish and guests might even get the opportunity to snorkel with reef sharks. Take a tender tour zig-zagging the Equator Islands for a truly unique experience before we anchor for the night. 

Overnight: Rascal

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6: KAWE & EQUATOR ISLANDS / WAYAG

Having spent the night on the Equator, we cruise to the picturesque Wayag for an afternoon dive, snorkel, kayak or paddleboard in the magnificent turquoise blue lagoons. Comprising a series of undulating limestone cliffs topped with lush vegetation, the lagoon is strewn with beautiful islets. We climb Mount Pindito to absorb the breathtaking view, remembering our cameras for a truly rare and stunning aerial shot. We return to Rascal for an adventurous diving session, followed by a tender tour or kayak around this amazing area, keeping a lookout for patrolling black tip sharks. 

Overnight: Rascal

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7: WAYAG / YANGGEFO & ARBOREK VILLAGE

We set course for Yanggefo and back to the overnight shelter of the mangroves. A short cruise takes us to Arborek Village, where we experience the generous hospitality of the locals and the simplicity of life on this tiny island, with its population of only 197. Here, we see exceptional local handicrafts made from sea pandan leaves such as hats and noken (string bags). We can also snorkel or dive with Manta rays at Manta Sandy. 

Overnight: Rascal

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8: YANGGEFO & ARBOREK VILLAGE / DEPARTURE SORONG

After breakfast, and depending on flight times, we depart to Kri and onto Sorong where the crew bid farewell before guests are transferred to the airport. 

Meals: Breakfast 

HOTELS

Rascal, Rascal Voyages

The Rascal is a 30 metre hand-crafted ironwood and teak yacht designed especially for cruising the Indonesian archipelago. Built by the region’s most reputable phinisi shipbuilder, the traditional phinisi hull architecture has been reinvented and fitted with all the mod cons to create an innovative and luxurious onboard experience. Each of our five unique en suite, above deck, air conditioned cabins offer spacious 2.2m ceiling heights and hand-crafted interiors designed by the renowned Charles Orchard of iBal Designs. The well-appointed cabins come equipped with flat screen TV’s, Sonos music systems and universal electric sockets. Spacious en suite bathrooms with tailor-made fittings and abundant hot water ensure there is no compromise on comfort or space throughout.

The Details:

* Available only on Private Charter

* Minimum 5 nights voyage (flexibility on customization) 

* Maximum guest capacity up to 10 persons

* All meals, non-alcoholic drinks, park and harbour fees, fuel & crew are included

* Diving equipment, alcoholic beverages, special dining are on request basis and can be added

* Private exclusive charters starts from USD$9,350 per night for the entire boat

What we love about the Rascal

* Delightful casual atmosphere

* Warm vibes, cheerful and welcoming crew

* Surprise, surprise and more surprises for some astonishing snacking stops in stunning settings

* Superb crew to guest ratio offering an intimate experience

* Perfect sized boat for a small family group and friends 

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