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RAJA AMPAT / 6 Nights
22/28 March 2018


Destination: Raja Ampat


Departure: Sorong – Arrival: Sorong


Cruise ID: CRS-0418-TR


Raja Ampat Cruise

DISCOUNT 20%

Normal Price $ 5,940,00/Pax

ONLY NOW $ 3,240,00/Pax

Marine Park & Port Clearance Fee $ 150.00/Pax


Terms & Conditions:

Booking Period: Until 16th March 2018

BOOKING FORM

 

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY


Day 1: Embarkation

After boarding Tiaré you’ll embark on the journey of a lifetime about 12 o’clock from Sorong into the waters of Raja Ampat. Raja Ampat means ‘Four Kings’, referring to the 4 main islands of Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, Misool (there are actually over 1,500 small islands). Most of Raja Ampat is protected by the Indonesian government so you can expect pristine corals and an abundance of sea life. Of course visibility can vary depending on the weather conditions, but water temperatures stay around 27-30°c (81-86°f).

Day 2: Yenbuba

The first two dives of the day are at Yenbuba Jetty. With crystal clear water and coral reefs makes Yenbuba one of the best diving spots in Raja Ampat. Besides butterfly Fish and coral fish, you may encounter some baby sharks as well even in the shallow water of Yenbuba.

Your afternoon and night dives are at Arborek Jetty. In the shallows the jetty posts are covered in soft corals and further down you’re likely to see pipefish and cuttlefish.

Watch local children jumping off the jetty and smiling for your cameras and even join in the fun! On the reef giant clams nestle in the pulsing soft corals and at search for blue ringed octopus, hermit crabs, skeleton shrimp and flatworms. At night you might even be able to hear toadfish croaking.

Between dives you will have the chance to visit the village on Arborek Island to discover the very traditional way of life these island people live. Bring along some little presents like writing or colouring supplies or hair accessories for the kids of the village and you’ll see them light with smiles like you’ve never seen before.

Days 3, 4 & 5: Gam & Pianemo

On days 3, 4 and 5 you’ll be in the Gam or Pianemo areas diving the many extraordinary sites there.

Between Gam and Yanggelo Islands, Citrus Ridge offers gorgeous white sand contrasting the yellow and orange corals that teem with glassfish, sweetlips and batfish. Moving on to Takat Yanggelo (north & south) you’ll see similar species as well as huge schools of snappers, barracuda and fusiliers. Dive with black and white tip sharks at Wobbegong and also have a search for the tricky blue ringed octopus.

Still between the 2 islands, Mangrove Ridge is a ridge extending out from Yanggelo covered in black corals and huge sea fans. Explore the shallows of the mangroves where many species of juvenile fish, cardinal fish and archerfish hide in the roots of the trees.

You’ll then head to Pianemo, an island west of Waigeo with a selection of dives sites, the most famous being Melissa’s Garden. Shallow hard coral reefs here are home to hundreds of anthias dance and also sea snakes. The long, submerged seamount at Takat Pianemo has a beautiful coral garden sloping to where where schools of fish hang out in the currents. Have a peek inside the large cup corals where Wobbegong sharks like to sleep, and visit Pianemo Wall, My Reef and Harto’s Reef for more incredible sights.
At Penemu Island you will also have the chance to stop and climb to the highest point of the island to admire the entire lagoon from above.

Day 6: Dampier Strait

The Dampier Strait, located between Waigeo and Batanta Islands is known to have some of the most nutrient-rich and spectacular diving in Raja Ampat. The currents passing through the strait make for the perfect diving situation and you can expect to see incredible corals housing just about every species of fish as well as prized macro subjects like the recently discovered Pontohi pygmy seahorse.

Sardine Reef is a popular dive spot, which ironically isn’t home to any sardines. However, you will see a stunning reef covered in huge sea fans, soft corals, enormous orange elephant ear sponges and schools of fusiliers, surgeonfish, trevallies, rainbow runners, sweetlips and bannerfish. In fact, at this site the fish are so abundant you may hear the unique sound of “fish thunder” – the surprisingly loud sound of a large number of fish moving in synchronisity. Other dives in Dampier Strait include Chicken Reef, Kerupiar Island and Friwin Bonda.

Dives over these 3 days will also include Cape Kri, which holds the impressive record of 374 fish species identified during one 90-minute dive, Otdima Reef and Blue Magic. This is a submerged seamount where you may encounter giant manta rays. Saonek Jetty or Jembeser Jetty are ideal for night dives; you’ll have the chance to see bobtail squid, octopus, stargazers, ghost pipefish, toadfish and lots of nudibranchs at these sites.

If you’d also like to see some of the incredible animal life above water, take a hike in the jungle to see Papua’s famous Birds of Paradise. There will be an extra charge for this tour and it is dependent on the weather and all of the guest’s preferences.

Depending on the weather conditions and flight times the next day, the last full day of the cruise will include 1 or 2 dives at one of the above sites. After the dives you’ll cruise back to Sorong.

Day 7: Disembarkation

Say goodbye to your crew over one last Tiaré breakfast and then head on to the airport in Sorong for your outbound flight.

 

Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

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RAJA AMPAT / 11 Nights
9/20 March 2018


Destination: Raja Ampat


Departure: Sorong – Arrival: Sorong


Cruise ID: CRS-0418-TR


Raja Ampat Cruise

DISCOUNT 20%

Normal Price $ 5,940,00/Pax

ONLY NOW $ 4,752,00/Pax

Marine Park & Port Clearance Fee $ 150.00/Pax


Terms & Conditions:

Booking Period: Until 6th March 2018

BOOKING FORM

 

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY


Day 1: Embarkation

After boarding Tiaré you’ll embark on the journey of a lifetime about 12 o’clock from Sorong into the waters of Raja Ampat. Raja Ampat means ‘Four Kings’, referring to the 4 main islands of Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, Misool (there are actually over 1,500 small islands). Most of Raja Ampat is protected by the Indonesian government so you can expect pristine corals and an abundance of sea life. Of course visibility can vary depending on the weather conditions, but water temperatures stay around 27-30°c (81-86°f).

Days 2-5: Misool

Misool Island, one of the ‘Four Kings’ is in the south of Raja Ampat and is surrounded by a multitude of smaller islands to the southeast.  The sites in this area are famous for their colourful soft corals and sea fans swaying in the warm waters of the reef. You’ll dive for 3 days in the Misool area, including Boo Windows, Yuliet and Romeo, Fiabecet, Wayilbatan, Daram Area, Pele and Sagof/Wagmab/Farondi Areas. You’ll encounter an incredible range of sea life during these dives, from turtles, reef sharks, pygmy seahorses, mantas, barracudas and everything in between!

Day 6: Pianemo

On day 6 you’ll move on to Penemu, an island west of Waigeo with a selection of dives sites, the most famous being Melissa’s Garden. Shallow hard coral reefs here are home to hundreds of anthias dance and also sea snakes. The long, submerged seamount at Takat Penemu has a beautiful coral garden sloping to where where schools of fish hang out in the currents. Have a peek inside the large cup corals where Wobbegong sharks like to sleep, and visit Penemu Wall, My Reef and Harto’s Reef for more incredible sights.

At Penemu Island you will also have the chance to stop and climb to the highest point of the island to admire the entire lagoon from above. 

Day 7: Wofoh & Aljui Bay

Expect 4 incredible dives today in Wofoh and Aljui Bay. Your first 2 dives are at Wofoh Black Forest, which is named after the deep ridge covered in large bushes of black corals, and is quite a unique sight. This shallow reef is covered in large purple soft corals, leather corals and healthy staghorn hard corals. Search the site’s wall for nudibranchs and even Wobbegong sharks resting on the many ledges.

Your 3rd and 4th dives will be in Aljui Bay on the west of Waigeo Island in an area also known as Sel Pele. This area has  a pearl farm, which we can organise tours to, but also has two jetties at the pearl farm that have created great artificial reefs for amazing diving. Underneath the pearl farm you can find wobbegong sharks, stonefish, hundreds of schooling scads, ghost pipefish, juvenile batfish and plenty more. At Channel Island and White Arrow the walls and slopes full of soft corals and sea fans make the perfect home for pygmy seahorses and a huge variety of nudibranchs. To end the day on a high your night dive at Cendana Fuel Jetty is probably the best of the whole cruise. Search for velvet fish, ghost pipefish, waspfish, coconut octopus, Helmut flying gunnards and even the incredible walking shark.

Day 8: Gam Island

Today you will either visit the Gam Island area. Some of the possibilities for dive sites are Citrus Ridge offering gorgeous white sand contrasting the yellow and orange corals that teem with glassfish, sweetlips and batfish. Moving on to Takat Yanggelo (north & south) you’ll see similar species as well as huge schools of snappers, barracuda and fusiliers. Dive with black and white tip sharks at Wobbegong and also have a search for the tricky blue ringed octopus.

Still between the 2 islands, Mangrove Ridge is a ridge extending out from Yanggelo covered in black corals and huge sea fans. Explore the shallows of the mangroves where many species of juvenile fish, cardinal fish and archerfish hide in the roots of the trees.

Day 9: Manta Sandy & Arborek

The first two dives of the day are at Manta Sandy, well-known to divers as it is one of the most consistent spots for finding congregating mantas. It is easy to spend a whole dive observing these majestic animals as they somersault through the water while being cleaned by several species of wrasse and even butterfly fish. They also come to feed on plankton carried along by the currents, so can be seen on the surface as well. With a bit of luck you’ll witness the unforgettable sight of a ”manta train”, where half a dozen or more mantas glide around feeding. Your afternoon and night dives are at Arborek Jetty. In the shallows the jetty posts are covered in soft corals and further down you’re likely to see pipefish and cuttlefish.

Watch local children jumping off the jetty and smiling for your cameras and even join in the fun! On the reef giant clams nestle in the pulsing soft corals and at search for blue ringed octopus, hermit crabs, skeleton shrimp and flatworms. At night you might even be able to hear toadfish croaking.

Between dives you will have the chance to visit the village on Arborek Island to discover the very traditional way of life these island people live. Bring along some little presents like writing or colouring supplies or hair accessories for the kids of the village and you’ll see them light with smiles like you’ve never seen before.

Days 10-11: Dampier Strait

The Dampier Strait, located between Waigeo and Batanta Islands is known to have some of the most nutrient-rich and spectacular diving in Raja Ampat. The currents passing through the strait make for the perfect diving situation and you can expect to see incredible corals housing just about every species of fish as well as prized macro subjects like the recently discovered Pontohi pygmy seahorse.

Sardine Reef is a popular dive spot, which ironically isn’t home to any sardines. However, you will see a stunning reef covered in huge sea fans, soft corals, enormous orange elephant ear sponges and schools of fusiliers, surgeonfish, trevallies, rainbow runners, sweetlips and bannerfish. In fact, at this site the fish are so abundant you may hear the unique sound of “fish thunder” –  the surprisingly loud sound of a large number of fish moving in synchronisity. Other dives in Dampier Strait include Chicken Reef, Kerupiar Island and Friwin Bonda.

Dives over these 2 days will also include Cape Kri, which holds the impressive record of 374 fish species identified during one 90-minute dive, Otdima Reef and Blue Magic. This is a submerged seamount where you may encounter giant manta rays. Saonek Jetty or Jembeser Jetty are ideal for night dives; you’ll have the chance to see bobtail squid, octopus, stargazers, ghost pipefish, toadfish and lots of nudibranchs at these sites.

If you’d also like to see some of the incredible animal life above water, take a hike in the jungle to see Papua’s famous Birds of Paradise. There will be an extra charge for this tour and it is dependent on the weather and all of the guest’s preferences.

Depending on the weather conditions and flight times the next day, the last full day of the cruise will include 1 or 2 dives at one of the above sites. After the dives you’ll cruise back to Sorong.

Day 12: Disembarkation

Say goodbye to your crew over one last Tiaré breakfast and then head on to the airport in Sorong for your outbound flight.

 

Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

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RAJA AMPAT / 11 Nights
10/21 December 2017


Destination: Raja Ampat


Departure: Sorong – Arrival: Sorong


Cruise ID: CRS-2917-TR


Raja Ampat Cruise

PAY 2 FOR 3

Price $ 5,720,00/Pax

Tax/Park & Port Fee $ 150.00/Pax


Terms & Conditions:

  • Promo is only for Triple Cabin
  • Pay 2, the 3rd person is cruising for FREE
  • The 3rd person is entitled to pay the Park & Port Fee
  • This promo is only valid for DIRECT BOOKING with Tiare Cruise. Please e-mail us direct to reservation@tiarecruise.com and mention “Pay 2 for 3” in the e-mail subject.

Booking Period: Until 4th December 2017

BOOKING FORM

 

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY


Day 1

After boarding Tiaré you’ll embark on the journey of a lifetime about 12 o’clock from Sorong into the waters of Raja Ampat. Raja Ampat means ‘Four Kings’, referring to the 4 main islands of Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, Misool (there are actually over 1,500 small islands). Most of Raja Ampat is protected by the Indonesian government so you can expect pristine corals and an abundance of sea life. Of course visibility can vary depending on the weather conditions, but water temperatures stay around 27-30°c (81-86°f).

Days 2-5 

Misool Island, one of the ‘Four Kings’ is in the south of Raja Ampat and is surrounded by a multitude of smaller islands to the southeast.  The sites in this area are famous for their colourful soft corals and sea fans swaying in the warm waters of the reef. You’ll dive for 3 days in the Misool area, including Boo Windows, Yuliet and Romeo, Fiabecet, Wayilbatan, Daram Area, Pele and Sagof/Wagmab/Farondi Areas. You’ll encounter an incredible range of sea life during these dives, from turtles, reef sharks, pygmy seahorses, mantas, barracudas and everything in between!

Day 6

On day 6 you’ll move on to Penemu, an island west of Waigeo with a selection of dives sites, the most famous being Melissa’s Garden. Shallow hard coral reefs here are home to hundreds of anthias dance and also sea snakes. The long, submerged seamount at Takat Penemu has a beautiful coral garden sloping to where where schools of fish hang out in the currents. Have a peek inside the large cup corals where Wobbegong sharks like to sleep, and visit Penemu Wall, My Reef and Harto’s Reef for more incredible sights.

At Penemu Island you will also have the chance to stop and climb to the highest point of the island to admire the entire lagoon from above. 

Day 7

Expect 4 incredible dives today in Wofoh and Aljui Bay. Your first 2 dives are at Wofoh Black Forest, which is named after the deep ridge covered in large bushes of black corals, and is quite a unique sight. This shallow reef is covered in large purple soft corals, leather corals and healthy staghorn hard corals. Search the site’s wall for nudibranchs and even Wobbegong sharks resting on the many ledges.

Your 3rd and 4th dives will be in Aljui Bay on the west of Waigeo Island in an area also known as Sel Pele. This area has  a pearl farm, which we can organise tours to, but also has two jetties at the pearl farm that have created great artificial reefs for amazing diving. Underneath the pearl farm you can find wobbegong sharks, stonefish, hundreds of schooling scads, ghost pipefish, juvenile batfish and plenty more. At Channel Island and White Arrow the walls and slopes full of soft corals and sea fans make the perfect home for pygmy seahorses and a huge variety of nudibranchs. To end the day on a high your night dive at Cendana Fuel Jetty is probably the best of the whole cruise. Search for velvet fish, ghost pipefish, waspfish, coconut octopus, Helmut flying gunnards and even the incredible walking shark.

Day 8

Today you will either visit the Gam Island area. Some of the possibilities for dive sites are Citrus Ridge offering gorgeous white sand contrasting the yellow and orange corals that teem with glassfish, sweetlips and batfish. Moving on to Takat Yanggelo (north & south) you’ll see similar species as well as huge schools of snappers, barracuda and fusiliers. Dive with black and white tip sharks at Wobbegong and also have a search for the tricky blue ringed octopus.

Still between the 2 islands, Mangrove Ridge is a ridge extending out from Yanggelo covered in black corals and huge sea fans. Explore the shallows of the mangroves where many species of juvenile fish, cardinal fish and archerfish hide in the roots of the trees.

Day 9

The first two dives of the day are at Manta Sandy, well-known to divers as it is one of the most consistent spots for finding congregating mantas. It is easy to spend a whole dive observing these majestic animals as they somersault through the water while being cleaned by several species of wrasse and even butterfly fish. They also come to feed on plankton carried along by the currents, so can be seen on the surface as well. With a bit of luck you’ll witness the unforgettable sight of a ”manta train”, where half a dozen or more mantas glide around feeding. Your afternoon and night dives are at Arborek Jetty. In the shallows the jetty posts are covered in soft corals and further down you’re likely to see pipefish and cuttlefish.

Watch local children jumping off the jetty and smiling for your cameras and even join in the fun! On the reef giant clams nestle in the pulsing soft corals and at search for blue ringed octopus, hermit crabs, skeleton shrimp and flatworms. At night you might even be able to hear toadfish croaking.

Between dives you will have the chance to visit the village on Arborek Island to discover the very traditional way of life these island people live. Bring along some little presents like writing or colouring supplies or hair accessories for the kids of the village and you’ll see them light with smiles like you’ve never seen before.

Days 10-11

The Dampier Strait, located between Waigeo and Batanta Islands is known to have some of the most nutrient-rich and spectacular diving in Raja Ampat. The currents passing through the strait make for the perfect diving situation and you can expect to see incredible corals housing just about every species of fish as well as prized macro subjects like the recently discovered Pontohi pygmy seahorse.

Sardine Reef is a popular dive spot, which ironically isn’t home to any sardines. However, you will see a stunning reef covered in huge sea fans, soft corals, enormous orange elephant ear sponges and schools of fusiliers, surgeonfish, trevallies, rainbow runners, sweetlips and bannerfish. In fact, at this site the fish are so abundant you may hear the unique sound of “fish thunder” –  the surprisingly loud sound of a large number of fish moving in synchronisity. Other dives in Dampier Strait include Chicken Reef, Kerupiar Island and Friwin Bonda.

Dives over these 2 days will also include Cape Kri, which holds the impressive record of 374 fish species identified during one 90-minute dive, Otdima Reef and Blue Magic. This is a submerged seamount where you may encounter giant manta rays. Saonek Jetty or Jembeser Jetty are ideal for night dives; you’ll have the chance to see bobtail squid, octopus, stargazers, ghost pipefish, toadfish and lots of nudibranchs at these sites.

If you’d also like to see some of the incredible animal life above water, take a hike in the jungle to see Papua’s famous Birds of Paradise. There will be an extra charge for this tour and it is dependent on the weather and all of the guest’s preferences.

Depending on the weather conditions and flight times the next day, the last full day of the cruise will include 1 or 2 dives at one of the above sites. After the dives you’ll cruise back to Sorong.

Day 12

Say goodbye to your crew over one last Tiaré breakfast and then head on to the airport in Sorong for your outbound flight.

 

Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

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RAJA AMPAT / 11 Nights
13/24 October 2017

 


Destination: Raja Ampat


Departure: Sorong – Arrival: Sorong


Cruise ID: CRS-2517-TR BIS


Raja Ampat Cruise

Original Price $ 5,720,00/pax

Now $ 4,576,00 – Discount 20%

Tax/Park & Port Fee $ 150.00/Pax


Booking Period: Until 09 October 2017

BOOKING FORM

 

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY


Day 1

After boarding Tiaré you’ll embark on the journey of a lifetime about 12 o’clock from Sorong into the waters of Raja Ampat. Raja Ampat means ‘Four Kings’, referring to the 4 main islands of Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, Misool (there are actually over 1,500 small islands). Most of Raja Ampat is protected by the Indonesian government so you can expect pristine corals and an abundance of sea life. Of course visibility can vary depending on the weather conditions, but water temperatures stay around 27-30°c (81-86°f).

Days 2-5 

Misool Island, one of the ‘Four Kings’ is in the south of Raja Ampat and is surrounded by a multitude of smaller islands to the southeast.  The sites in this area are famous for their colourful soft corals and sea fans swaying in the warm waters of the reef. You’ll dive for 3 days in the Misool area, including Boo Windows, Yuliet and Romeo, Fiabecet, Wayilbatan, Daram Area, Pele and Sagof/Wagmab/Farondi Areas. You’ll encounter an incredible range of sea life during these dives, from turtles, reef sharks, pygmy seahorses, mantas, barracudas and everything in between!

Day 6

On day 6 you’ll move on to Penemu, an island west of Waigeo with a selection of dives sites, the most famous being Melissa’s Garden. Shallow hard coral reefs here are home to hundreds of anthias dance and also sea snakes. The long, submerged seamount at Takat Penemu has a beautiful coral garden sloping to where where schools of fish hang out in the currents. Have a peek inside the large cup corals where Wobbegong sharks like to sleep, and visit Penemu Wall, My Reef and Harto’s Reef for more incredible sights.

At Penemu Island you will also have the chance to stop and climb to the highest point of the island to admire the entire lagoon from above. 

Day 7

Expect 4 incredible dives today in Wofoh and Aljui Bay. Your first 2 dives are at Wofoh Black Forest, which is named after the deep ridge covered in large bushes of black corals, and is quite a unique sight. This shallow reef is covered in large purple soft corals, leather corals and healthy staghorn hard corals. Search the site’s wall for nudibranchs and even Wobbegong sharks resting on the many ledges.

Your 3rd and 4th dives will be in Aljui Bay on the west of Waigeo Island in an area also known as Sel Pele. This area has  a pearl farm, which we can organise tours to, but also has two jetties at the pearl farm that have created great artificial reefs for amazing diving. Underneath the pearl farm you can find wobbegong sharks, stonefish, hundreds of schooling scads, ghost pipefish, juvenile batfish and plenty more. At Channel Island and White Arrow the walls and slopes full of soft corals and sea fans make the perfect home for pygmy seahorses and a huge variety of nudibranchs. To end the day on a high your night dive at Cendana Fuel Jetty is probably the best of the whole cruise. Search for velvet fish, ghost pipefish, waspfish, coconut octopus, Helmut flying gunnards and even the incredible walking shark.

Day 8

Today you will either visit the Gam Island area. Some of the possibilities for dive sites are Citrus Ridge offering gorgeous white sand contrasting the yellow and orange corals that teem with glassfish, sweetlips and batfish. Moving on to Takat Yanggelo (north & south) you’ll see similar species as well as huge schools of snappers, barracuda and fusiliers. Dive with black and white tip sharks at Wobbegong and also have a search for the tricky blue ringed octopus.

Still between the 2 islands, Mangrove Ridge is a ridge extending out from Yanggelo covered in black corals and huge sea fans. Explore the shallows of the mangroves where many species of juvenile fish, cardinal fish and archerfish hide in the roots of the trees.

Day 9

The first two dives of the day are at Manta Sandy, well-known to divers as it is one of the most consistent spots for finding congregating mantas. It is easy to spend a whole dive observing these majestic animals as they somersault through the water while being cleaned by several species of wrasse and even butterfly fish. They also come to feed on plankton carried along by the currents, so can be seen on the surface as well. With a bit of luck you’ll witness the unforgettable sight of a ”manta train”, where half a dozen or more mantas glide around feeding. Your afternoon and night dives are at Arborek Jetty. In the shallows the jetty posts are covered in soft corals and further down you’re likely to see pipefish and cuttlefish.

Watch local children jumping off the jetty and smiling for your cameras and even join in the fun! On the reef giant clams nestle in the pulsing soft corals and at search for blue ringed octopus, hermit crabs, skeleton shrimp and flatworms. At night you might even be able to hear toadfish croaking.

Between dives you will have the chance to visit the village on Arborek Island to discover the very traditional way of life these island people live. Bring along some little presents like writing or colouring supplies or hair accessories for the kids of the village and you’ll see them light with smiles like you’ve never seen before.

Days 10-11

The Dampier Strait, located between Waigeo and Batanta Islands is known to have some of the most nutrient-rich and spectacular diving in Raja Ampat. The currents passing through the strait make for the perfect diving situation and you can expect to see incredible corals housing just about every species of fish as well as prized macro subjects like the recently discovered Pontohi pygmy seahorse.

Sardine Reef is a popular dive spot, which ironically isn’t home to any sardines. However, you will see a stunning reef covered in huge sea fans, soft corals, enormous orange elephant ear sponges and schools of fusiliers, surgeonfish, trevallies, rainbow runners, sweetlips and bannerfish. In fact, at this site the fish are so abundant you may hear the unique sound of “fish thunder” –  the surprisingly loud sound of a large number of fish moving in synchronisity. Other dives in Dampier Strait include Chicken Reef, Kerupiar Island and Friwin Bonda.

Dives over these 2 days will also include Cape Kri, which holds the impressive record of 374 fish species identified during one 90-minute dive, Otdima Reef and Blue Magic. This is a submerged seamount where you may encounter giant manta rays. Saonek Jetty or Jembeser Jetty are ideal for night dives; you’ll have the chance to see bobtail squid, octopus, stargazers, ghost pipefish, toadfish and lots of nudibranchs at these sites.

If you’d also like to see some of the incredible animal life above water, take a hike in the jungle to see Papua’s famous Birds of Paradise. There will be an extra charge for this tour and it is dependent on the weather and all of the guest’s preferences.

Depending on the weather conditions and flight times the next day, the last full day of the cruise will include 1 or 2 dives at one of the above sites. After the dives you’ll cruise back to Sorong.

Day 12

Say goodbye to your crew over one last Tiaré breakfast and then head on to the airport in Sorong for your outbound flight.

 

Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

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RAJA AMPAT / 11 Nights
11/22 November 2017

Want to see the Wobbegong sharks?


Destination: Raja Ampat


Departure: Sorong – Arrival: Sorong


Cruise ID: CRS-3117-TR


Raja Ampat Cruise

Original Price $ 5,720,00/pax

Now Only $ 4,300,00 /Pax

(in triple sharing cabin)

Tax/Park & Port Fee $ 150.00/Pax


Booking Period: Until 6 November 2017

BOOKING FORM

 

Have You Encountered The Wobbegong Sharks?

Woebegone shark

Some of you may be familiar with this fascinating marine mammal already which belongs to shark family member. They are found in shallow temperate and tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean and eastern Indian Ocean, chiefly around Australia and Indonesia, although one species the “Japanese wobbegong” occurs as far north as Japan. Wobbegongs are bottom-dwelling sharks. They spend much of their time resting on the sea floor. Most species have a maximum length of 1.25 m (4.1 ft) or less. Wobbegongs are well camouflaged with a symmetrical pattern of bold markings which resembles a carpet. Because of this striking pattern, wobbegongs and their close relatives are often referred to as carpet sharks.

In Indonesia, Wobbegongs can be found in the well reserved national park of Raja Ampat. Diving here, you can expect pristine corals and an abundance of sea life starting from turtles, pygmy seahorses, mantas, barracudas to the Wobbegong Sharks.

Tiare allows you to discover Raja Ampat for as low as USD 4,300 for 11 Nights on 11-22 November 2017. Quota is limited to 3 people in 1 triple sharing cabin.

 

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Day 1

After boarding Tiaré you’ll embark on the journey of a lifetime about 12 o’clock from Sorong into the waters of Raja Ampat. Raja Ampat means ‘Four Kings’, referring to the 4 main islands of Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, Misool (there are actually over 1,500 small islands). Most of Raja Ampat is protected by the Indonesian government so you can expect pristine corals and an abundance of sea life. Of course visibility can vary depending on the weather conditions, but water temperatures stay around 27-30°c (81-86°f).

Days 2-5 

Misool Island, one of the ‘Four Kings’ is in the south of Raja Ampat and is surrounded by a multitude of smaller islands to the southeast.  The sites in this area are famous for their colourful soft corals and sea fans swaying in the warm waters of the reef. You’ll dive for 3 days in the Misool area, including Boo Windows, Yuliet and Romeo, Fiabecet, Wayilbatan, Daram Area, Pele and Sagof/Wagmab/Farondi Areas. You’ll encounter an incredible range of sea life during these dives, from turtles, reef sharks, pygmy seahorses, mantas, barracudas and everything in between!

Day 6

On day 6 you’ll move on to Penemu, an island west of Waigeo with a selection of dives sites, the most famous being Melissa’s Garden. Shallow hard coral reefs here are home to hundreds of anthias dance and also sea snakes. The long, submerged seamount at Takat Penemu has a beautiful coral garden sloping to where where schools of fish hang out in the currents. Have a peek inside the large cup corals where Wobbegong sharks like to sleep, and visit Penemu Wall, My Reef and Harto’s Reef for more incredible sights.

At Penemu Island you will also have the chance to stop and climb to the highest point of the island to admire the entire lagoon from above. 

Day 7

Expect 4 incredible dives today in Wofoh and Aljui Bay. Your first 2 dives are at Wofoh Black Forest, which is named after the deep ridge covered in large bushes of black corals, and is quite a unique sight. This shallow reef is covered in large purple soft corals, leather corals and healthy staghorn hard corals. Search the site’s wall for nudibranchs and even Wobbegong sharks resting on the many ledges.

Your 3rd and 4th dives will be in Aljui Bay on the west of Waigeo Island in an area also known as Sel Pele. This area has  a pearl farm, which we can organise tours to, but also has two jetties at the pearl farm that have created great artificial reefs for amazing diving. Underneath the pearl farm you can find wobbegong sharks, stonefish, hundreds of schooling scads, ghost pipefish, juvenile batfish and plenty more. At Channel Island and White Arrow the walls and slopes full of soft corals and sea fans make the perfect home for pygmy seahorses and a huge variety of nudibranchs. To end the day on a high your night dive at Cendana Fuel Jetty is probably the best of the whole cruise. Search for velvet fish, ghost pipefish, waspfish, coconut octopus, Helmut flying gunnards and even the incredible walking shark.

Day 8

Today you will either visit the Gam Island area. Some of the possibilities for dive sites are Citrus Ridge offering gorgeous white sand contrasting the yellow and orange corals that teem with glassfish, sweetlips and batfish. Moving on to Takat Yanggelo (north & south) you’ll see similar species as well as huge schools of snappers, barracuda and fusiliers. Dive with black and white tip sharks at Wobbegong and also have a search for the tricky blue ringed octopus.

Still between the 2 islands, Mangrove Ridge is a ridge extending out from Yanggelo covered in black corals and huge sea fans. Explore the shallows of the mangroves where many species of juvenile fish, cardinal fish and archerfish hide in the roots of the trees.

Day 9

The first two dives of the day are at Manta Sandy, well-known to divers as it is one of the most consistent spots for finding congregating mantas. It is easy to spend a whole dive observing these majestic animals as they somersault through the water while being cleaned by several species of wrasse and even butterfly fish. They also come to feed on plankton carried along by the currents, so can be seen on the surface as well. With a bit of luck you’ll witness the unforgettable sight of a ”manta train”, where half a dozen or more mantas glide around feeding. Your afternoon and night dives are at Arborek Jetty. In the shallows the jetty posts are covered in soft corals and further down you’re likely to see pipefish and cuttlefish.

Watch local children jumping off the jetty and smiling for your cameras and even join in the fun! On the reef giant clams nestle in the pulsing soft corals and at search for blue ringed octopus, hermit crabs, skeleton shrimp and flatworms. At night you might even be able to hear toadfish croaking.

Between dives you will have the chance to visit the village on Arborek Island to discover the very traditional way of life these island people live. Bring along some little presents like writing or colouring supplies or hair accessories for the kids of the village and you’ll see them light with smiles like you’ve never seen before.

Days 10-11

The Dampier Strait, located between Waigeo and Batanta Islands is known to have some of the most nutrient-rich and spectacular diving in Raja Ampat. The currents passing through the strait make for the perfect diving situation and you can expect to see incredible corals housing just about every species of fish as well as prized macro subjects like the recently discovered Pontohi pygmy seahorse.

Sardine Reef is a popular dive spot, which ironically isn’t home to any sardines. However, you will see a stunning reef covered in huge sea fans, soft corals, enormous orange elephant ear sponges and schools of fusiliers, surgeonfish, trevallies, rainbow runners, sweetlips and bannerfish. In fact, at this site the fish are so abundant you may hear the unique sound of “fish thunder” –  the surprisingly loud sound of a large number of fish moving in synchronisity. Other dives in Dampier Strait include Chicken Reef, Kerupiar Island and Friwin Bonda.

Dives over these 2 days will also include Cape Kri, which holds the impressive record of 374 fish species identified during one 90-minute dive, Otdima Reef and Blue Magic. This is a submerged seamount where you may encounter giant manta rays. Saonek Jetty or Jembeser Jetty are ideal for night dives; you’ll have the chance to see bobtail squid, octopus, stargazers, ghost pipefish, toadfish and lots of nudibranchs at these sites.

If you’d also like to see some of the incredible animal life above water, take a hike in the jungle to see Papua’s famous Birds of Paradise. There will be an extra charge for this tour and it is dependent on the weather and all of the guest’s preferences.

Depending on the weather conditions and flight times the next day, the last full day of the cruise will include 1 or 2 dives at one of the above sites. After the dives you’ll cruise back to Sorong.

Day 12

Say goodbye to your crew over one last Tiaré breakfast and then head on to the airport in Sorong for your outbound flight.

 

Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

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RAJA AMPAT / 11 Nights
25 November/6 December 2017


Destination: Raja Ampat


Departure: Sorong – Arrival: Sorong


Cruise ID: CRS-2817-TR


Raja Ampat Cruise

Original Price $ 5,720,00/pax

Now $ 4,576,00 – Discount 20%

Tax/Park & Port Fee $ 150.00/Pax


Booking Period: Until 17 November 2017
 
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Day 1

After boarding Tiaré you’ll embark on the journey of a lifetime about 12 o’clock from Sorong into the waters of Raja Ampat. Raja Ampat means ‘Four Kings’, referring to the 4 main islands of Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, Misool (there are actually over 1,500 small islands). Most of Raja Ampat is protected by the Indonesian government so you can expect pristine corals and an abundance of sea life. Of course visibility can vary depending on the weather conditions, but water temperatures stay around 27-30°c (81-86°f).

Days 2-5 

Misool Island, one of the ‘Four Kings’ is in the south of Raja Ampat and is surrounded by a multitude of smaller islands to the southeast.  The sites in this area are famous for their colourful soft corals and sea fans swaying in the warm waters of the reef. You’ll dive for 3 days in the Misool area, including Boo Windows, Yuliet and Romeo, Fiabecet, Wayilbatan, Daram Area, Pele and Sagof/Wagmab/Farondi Areas. You’ll encounter an incredible range of sea life during these dives, from turtles, reef sharks, pygmy seahorses, mantas, barracudas and everything in between!

Day 6

On day 6 you’ll move on to Penemu, an island west of Waigeo with a selection of dives sites, the most famous being Melissa’s Garden. Shallow hard coral reefs here are home to hundreds of anthias dance and also sea snakes. The long, submerged seamount at Takat Penemu has a beautiful coral garden sloping to where where schools of fish hang out in the currents. Have a peek inside the large cup corals where Wobbegong sharks like to sleep, and visit Penemu Wall, My Reef and Harto’s Reef for more incredible sights.

At Penemu Island you will also have the chance to stop and climb to the highest point of the island to admire the entire lagoon from above. 

Day 7

Expect 4 incredible dives today in Wofoh and Aljui Bay. Your first 2 dives are at Wofoh Black Forest, which is named after the deep ridge covered in large bushes of black corals, and is quite a unique sight. This shallow reef is covered in large purple soft corals, leather corals and healthy staghorn hard corals. Search the site’s wall for nudibranchs and even Wobbegong sharks resting on the many ledges.

Your 3rd and 4th dives will be in Aljui Bay on the west of Waigeo Island in an area also known as Sel Pele. This area has  a pearl farm, which we can organise tours to, but also has two jetties at the pearl farm that have created great artificial reefs for amazing diving. Underneath the pearl farm you can find wobbegong sharks, stonefish, hundreds of schooling scads, ghost pipefish, juvenile batfish and plenty more. At Channel Island and White Arrow the walls and slopes full of soft corals and sea fans make the perfect home for pygmy seahorses and a huge variety of nudibranchs. To end the day on a high your night dive at Cendana Fuel Jetty is probably the best of the whole cruise. Search for velvet fish, ghost pipefish, waspfish, coconut octopus, Helmut flying gunnards and even the incredible walking shark.

Day 8

Today you will either visit the Gam Island area. Some of the possibilities for dive sites are Citrus Ridge offering gorgeous white sand contrasting the yellow and orange corals that teem with glassfish, sweetlips and batfish. Moving on to Takat Yanggelo (north & south) you’ll see similar species as well as huge schools of snappers, barracuda and fusiliers. Dive with black and white tip sharks at Wobbegong and also have a search for the tricky blue ringed octopus.

Still between the 2 islands, Mangrove Ridge is a ridge extending out from Yanggelo covered in black corals and huge sea fans. Explore the shallows of the mangroves where many species of juvenile fish, cardinal fish and archerfish hide in the roots of the trees.

Day 9

The first two dives of the day are at Manta Sandy, well-known to divers as it is one of the most consistent spots for finding congregating mantas. It is easy to spend a whole dive observing these majestic animals as they somersault through the water while being cleaned by several species of wrasse and even butterfly fish. They also come to feed on plankton carried along by the currents, so can be seen on the surface as well. With a bit of luck you’ll witness the unforgettable sight of a ”manta train”, where half a dozen or more mantas glide around feeding. Your afternoon and night dives are at Arborek Jetty. In the shallows the jetty posts are covered in soft corals and further down you’re likely to see pipefish and cuttlefish.

Watch local children jumping off the jetty and smiling for your cameras and even join in the fun! On the reef giant clams nestle in the pulsing soft corals and at search for blue ringed octopus, hermit crabs, skeleton shrimp and flatworms. At night you might even be able to hear toadfish croaking.

Between dives you will have the chance to visit the village on Arborek Island to discover the very traditional way of life these island people live. Bring along some little presents like writing or colouring supplies or hair accessories for the kids of the village and you’ll see them light with smiles like you’ve never seen before.

Days 10-11

The Dampier Strait, located between Waigeo and Batanta Islands is known to have some of the most nutrient-rich and spectacular diving in Raja Ampat. The currents passing through the strait make for the perfect diving situation and you can expect to see incredible corals housing just about every species of fish as well as prized macro subjects like the recently discovered Pontohi pygmy seahorse.

Sardine Reef is a popular dive spot, which ironically isn’t home to any sardines. However, you will see a stunning reef covered in huge sea fans, soft corals, enormous orange elephant ear sponges and schools of fusiliers, surgeonfish, trevallies, rainbow runners, sweetlips and bannerfish. In fact, at this site the fish are so abundant you may hear the unique sound of “fish thunder” –  the surprisingly loud sound of a large number of fish moving in synchronisity. Other dives in Dampier Strait include Chicken Reef, Kerupiar Island and Friwin Bonda.

Dives over these 2 days will also include Cape Kri, which holds the impressive record of 374 fish species identified during one 90-minute dive, Otdima Reef and Blue Magic. This is a submerged seamount where you may encounter giant manta rays. Saonek Jetty or Jembeser Jetty are ideal for night dives; you’ll have the chance to see bobtail squid, octopus, stargazers, ghost pipefish, toadfish and lots of nudibranchs at these sites.

If you’d also like to see some of the incredible animal life above water, take a hike in the jungle to see Papua’s famous Birds of Paradise. There will be an extra charge for this tour and it is dependent on the weather and all of the guest’s preferences.

Depending on the weather conditions and flight times the next day, the last full day of the cruise will include 1 or 2 dives at one of the above sites. After the dives you’ll cruise back to Sorong.

Day 12

Say goodbye to your crew over one last Tiaré breakfast and then head on to the airport in Sorong for your outbound flight.

 

Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

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BANDA SEA / 7 Nights
Ambon – Ambon


Destination: Banda Sea


Departure: Ambon


Arrival: Ambon


Banda Sea Cruise

 

Sample itinerary 7 Nights


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Day 1

Board the Tiaré and get settled in before departure around 12pm. Straight into diving the reefs around Ambon where spectacular coral and unique rock formations make for the perfect conditions for schooling fish. There are 3000 known species and experts speculate far more than that uncataloged around Ambon. This diversity is incredible considering the healthiest Caribbean reefs have at most 20% of this number. You’ll dive Ambon Harbor close to the Pier, where some of the best muck dives in the world will hopefully reveal the rare Ambon Scorpionfish. There is also a shallow pristine wreck covered in hard and soft corals to explore.

Day 2, 3 & 4

For 3 days you’ll be diving around Banda Neira which is dominated by a 640 meter active volcano. These islands are famous for being the centre of the spice trade for the Dutch but are now also well-known for the incredible diving. The east and north sides of the islands are home to a wide variety of pipe fish, frog fish and juvenile fish of every kind living in the calm waters. You’ll also dive arounf the pier where the largest mandarin fish you’re ever likely to see swim happily around. Depending on the wether conditions and currents you may dive Suangi Island, the Banda Lava Flow, Batu Kapal, and Next Village. You can also take time away from diving to trek up Gunung Api.

Day 5

Moving on to Nusa Laut, you’ll dive over beautiful hard and soft corals in this extremely healthy reef. There is plenty of life here with tons of fish including schooling jacks, grey reefs and bumpheads. Leopard sharks and dugongs have also been spotted here so if you’re lucky you’ll get the chance to see them as well.

Day 6

Four dives today will include the famous Ambon Pertamina Wreck and Laha. The Pertamina wreck has tons of soft corals and a really incredible of fish swimming through the wreck. Laha is a fantastic muck dive where you may see recently discovered creatures like new species of frog fish, rinophias, the incredible mimic octopus, and zebra crabs.

Day 7

Still in Ambon you’ll dive twice today. The sites for today will be decided depending on weather conditions and currents.

Day 8

After breakfast on board it’s time to check out and leave the Tiaré behind at Ambon.

 

Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

 

 


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BANDA SEA / 8 Nights
Ambon – Ambon


Destination: Banda Sea & Raja Ampat


Departure: Ambon


Arrival: Ambon


 

Banda Sea Cruise

 

Sample itinerary 8 Nights


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Day 1

Board the Tiaré and get settled in before departure around 12pm. Straight into diving the reefs around Ambon where spectacular coral and unique rock formations make for the perfect conditions for schooling fish. There are 3000 known species and experts speculate far more than that uncataloged around Ambon. This diversity is incredible considering the healthiest Caribbean reefs have at most 20% of this number. You’ll dive Ambon Harbor close to the Pier, where some of the best muck dives in the world will hopefully reveal the rare Ambon Scorpionfish. There is also a shallow pristine wreck covered in hard and soft corals to explore.

Day 2, 3 & 4

For 3 days you’ll be diving around Banda Neira which is dominated by a 640 meter active volcano. These islands are famous for being the centre of the spice trade for the Dutch but are now also well-known for the incredible diving. The east and north sides of the islands are home to a wide variety of pipe fish, frog fish and juvenile fish of every kind living in the calm waters. You’ll also dive arounf the pier where the largest mandarin fish you’re ever likely to see swim happily around. Depending on the wether conditions and currents you may dive Suangi Island, the Banda Lava Flow, Batu Kapal, and Next Village. You can also take time away from diving to trek up Gunung Api.

Day 5 & 6

Moving on to Nusa Laut, you’ll dive over beautiful hard and soft corals in this extremely healthy reef. There is plenty of life here with tons of fish including schooling jacks, grey reefs and bumpheads. Leopard sharks and dugongs have also been spotted here so if you’re lucky you’ll get the chance to see them as well.

Day 7

Four dives today will include the famous Ambon Pertamina Wreck and Laha. The Pertamina wreck has tons of soft corals and a really incredible of fish swimming through the wreck. Laha is a fantastic muck dive where you may see recently discovered creatures like new species of frog fish, rinophias, the incredible mimic octopus, and zebra crabs.

Day 8

Still in Ambon you’ll dive twice today. The sites for today will be decided depending on weather conditions and currents.

Day 9

After breakfast on board it’s time to check out and leave the Tiaré behind at Ambon.

 

Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

 

 


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BANDA SEA & RAJA AMPAT / 8 Nights
Ambon – Sorong


Destination: Banda Sea & Raja Ampat


Departure: Ambon


Arrival: Sorong


 

Banda Sea & Forgotten Island Cruise

 

Sample itinerary 9 Nights


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Day 1

Board the stunning Tiaré, your home for the next 8 nights in Ambon and be ready to depart around 12pm. You’ll be diving in the area around Ambon, including famous Ambon Pertamina Wreck and Laha. The Pertamina wreck has tons of soft corals and a really incredible of fish swimming through the wreck. Laha is a fantastic muck dive where you may see recently dicovered creatures like new species of frog fish, rinophias, the incredible mimic octopus, and zebra crabs.

Day 2

Moving on to Nusa Laut, you’ll dive over beautiful hard and soft corals in this extremely healthy reef. There is plenty of life here with tons of fish including schooling jacks, grey reefs and bumpheads. Leopard sharks and dugongs have also been spotted here so if you’re lucky you’ll get the chance to see them as well.

Day 3

The Banda Islands may be famous for historical forts and nutmeg plantations, but they also offer some of the most incredible diving in Indonesia. If you love sea fans, you’re in for a treat at Batu Kapal. You’ll also have the unique experience of diving the lava flow, which since the last eruption in 1988 has become a stunning coral garden. You’ll see how nutrient-rich the waters are here by the schools of surgeon fish, banners and so many more reef species. Also, the mandarin fish found here under the pier are some of the biggest you’ll ever lay eyes on.

Day 4

Traveling around 60 miles south of the Bandas, Manuk is home to some of the largest schools of barracuda in the Banda Sea. The healthy reefs are also home to turtles, sea snakes and a variety of sharks. Visibility is great, so photographers will love diving here.

Day 5

Southeast of Hatta Island is Karang Hatta, where the dive sites are some of the closest to the 6000 metre deep Banda Trench. This means the chance of seeing large pelagic like white tip reef sharks, hammerheads, grey reef sharks, barracuda and tuna is much higher. In the shallows hard corals swarm with life as well, especially the edge of the reef where the currents starts to hit.

Day 6

Koon Island off the coast of Seram is a dive with a huge concentration of fish. One site is even called Too Many Fish where, depending on the current, the amount of schooling fish can be almost unbelieveable. You’ll explore this area and choose the best spots depending on the weather conditions and currents. The channels around Seram offer plenty of great dives to choose from.

Day 7

On day 7 you will arrive in Missol in the southern part of Raja Ampat. Your first stop is at Pulau Pele where Kaleidoscope Reef is as amazing a dive as the name suggests. Fans, colourful soft corals, a wide variety of reef fish and dancing anchovies make this an unforgettable morning dive. Later in the day Wayilbatan offers a dive in the mild currents between 2 small islands. This passage is filled with fans, soft corals and bommies, sweet lips and turtles carried on the current. In the late afternoon the light at Pulau Boo a perfect dive thanks to 3 holes in the middle of the wall where the light creates beautiful effects.

Day 8

Still in Missol you’ll dive Fiabacet – one of the most famous dive sites in the area. It doesn’t look like much from the surface but under the water the soft corals and the forest of fans are incredible! You’re likely to trevalleys, jacks and mackerel, as well as juvenile grey reef sharks that are making this protected area home.

Day 9

After breakfast on board it’s time to check out and leave the Tiaré behind at Sorong.

 

Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

 

 


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RAJA AMPAT / 8 Nights
Sorong – Sorong


Destination: Raja Ampat


Departure: Sorong


Arrival: Sorong


 

Raja Amat Cruise

Sample itinerary 8 Nights


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Day 1

After boarding Tiaré you’ll embark on the journey of a lifetime about 12 o’clock from Sorong into the waters of Raja Ampat. Raja Ampat means ‘Four Kings’, referring to the 4 main islands of Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, Misool (there are actually over 1,500 small islands). Most of Raja Ampat is protected by the Indonesian government so you can expect pristine corals and an abundance of sea life. Of course visibility can vary depending on the weather conditions, but water temperatures stay around 27-30°c (81-86°f).

Days 2 

The first two dives of the day are at Manta Sandy, well-known to divers as it is one of the most consistent spots for finding congregating mantas. It is easy to spend a whole dive observing these majestic animals as they somersault through the water while being cleaned by several species of wrasse and even butterfly fish. They also come to feed on plankton carried along by the currents, so can be seen on the surface as well. With a bit of luck you’ll witness the unforgettable sight of a ”manta train”, where half a dozen or more mantas glide around feeding. Your afternoon and night dives are at Arborek Jetty. In the shallows the jetty posts are covered in soft corals and further down you’re likely to see pipefish and cuttlefish. Watch local children jumping off the jetty and smiling for your cameras and even join in the fun! On the reef giant clams nestle in the pulsing soft corals and at search for blue ringed octopus, hermit crabs, skeleton shrimp and flatworms. At night you might even be able to hear toadfish croaking. Between dives you will have the chance to visit the village on Arborek Island to discover the very traditional way of life these island people live. Bring along some little presents like writing or colouring supplies or hair accessories for the kids of the village and you’ll see them light with smiles like you’ve never seen before.

Day 3, 4, & 5

On days 3, 4 and 5 you’ll be in the Gam or Penemu areas diving the many extraordinary sites there.

Between Gam and Yanggelo Islands, Citrus Ridge offers gorgeous white sand contrasting the yellow and orange corals that teem with glassfish, sweetlips and batfish. Moving on to Takat Yanggelo (north & south) you’ll see similar species as well as huge schools of snappers, barracuda and fusiliers. Dive with black and white tip sharks at Woebegone and also have a search for the tricky blue ringed octopus. Still between the 2 islands, Mangrove Ridge is a ridge extending out from Tangelo covered in black corals and huge sea fans. Explore the shallows of the mangroves where many species of juvenile fish, cardinal fish and archerfish hide in the roots of the trees. You’ll then head to Penemu, an island west of Waigeo with a selection of dives sites, the most famous being Melissa’s Garden. Shallow hard coral reefs here are home to hundreds of anthias dance and also sea snakes. The long, submerged seamount at Takat Penemu has a beautiful coral garden sloping to where where schools of fish hang out in the currents. Have a peek inside the large cup corals where Wobbegong sharks like to sleep, and visit Penemu Wall, My Reef and Harto’s Reef for more incredible sights. At Penemu Island you will also have the chance to stop and climb to the highest point of the island to admire the entire lagoon from above.

Day 6, 7 & 8

The Dampier Strait, located between Waigeo and Batanta Islands is known to have some of the most nutrient-rich and spectacular diving in Raja Ampat. The currents passing through the strait make for the perfect diving situation and you can expect to see incredible corals housing just about every species of fish as well as prized macro subjects like the recently discovered Pontohi pygmy seahorse.

Sardine Reef is a popular dive spot, which ironically isn’t home to any sardines. However, you will see a stunning reef covered in huge sea fans, soft corals, enormous orange elephant ear sponges and schools of fusiliers, surgeonfish, trevallies, rainbow runners, sweetlips and bannerfish. In fact, at this site the fish are so abundant you may hear the unique sound of “fish thunder” – the surprisingly loud sound of a large number of fish moving in synchronisity. Other dives in Dampier Strait include Chicken Reef, Kerupiar Island and Friwin Bonda. Dives over these 3 days will also include Cape Kri, which holds the impressive record of 374 fish species identified during one 90-minute dive, Otdima Reef and Blue Magic. This is a submerged seamount where you may encounter giant manta rays. Saonek Jetty or Jembeser Jetty are ideal for night dives; you’ll have the chance to see bobtail squid, octopus, stargazers, ghost pipefish, toadfish and lots of nudibranchs at these sites. If you’d also like to see some of the incredible animal life above water, take a hike in the jungle to see Papua’s famous Birds of Paradise. There will be an extra charge for this tour and it is dependent on the weather and all of the guest’s preferences. Depending on the weather conditions and flight times the next day, the last full day of the cruise will include 1 or 2 dives at one of the above sites. After the dives you’ll cruise back to Sorong.

 

 

Day 9

Say goodbye to your crew over one last Tiaré breakfast and then head on to the airport in Sorong for your outbound flight.

 

Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.

 

 


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