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Raja Ampat Archipelago by Liveaboard

Dive in to the epicenter of global marine biodiversity on our snorkeling focused liveaboard trip to Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Named a National Geographic Tour of a Lifetime in 2010!

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  • Raja Ampat is at the heart of the Coral Triangle and considered by many to be the best marine destination on Earth.
  • Travel comfortably aboard a traditional Indonesian schooner with spacious common areas and two tenders with sturdy dive ladders.
  • Explore fish-filled walls and soft coral gardens. Nudibranchs abound!

This special journey through Raja Ampat, Indonesia was named one of National Geographic Traveler's 50 Tours of a Lifetime in 2010!

Located in Indonesia's West Papua Province, the Raja Ampat Archipelago is at the heart of the most biodiverse marine region on Earth—the Coral Triangle. Largely unexplored by scientists until recently, new marine species are being discovered here on a regular basis. Coral reefs in Raja Ampat are not only the world's most biodiverse, but they are also some of the most pristine. More than 500 species of coral and more than 1,300 species of fish have been recorded here.

Our trip takes you on an exploration of this remote archipelago aboard a 134-foot motored schooner. Selecting ideal snorkeling sites daily, we will immerse ourselves in diverse and unique marine habitats, exploring multiple islands. Morning excursions will provide opportunities to see the equally diverse bird life, including the magnificent Red Bird of Paradise, Kingfishers, and Sea Eagles.

We snorkel along mushroom-shaped rock islands, which harbor miles of hard and soft corals. In addition to snorkeling in aquamarine waters, we also explore some of the larger islands of the region including Waigeo whose lush green forest is inhabited by many variets of bird and animal life. We enjoy strolling along white sand beaches, and at Gam Island there is a possibility to see the magnificent Bird of Paradise.

With daily diverse snorkeling opportunities, combined with a mix of island exploration, this is one of the best remote snorkeling expeditions possible. Combine with our Bali to Komodo Cruise and save $500 per traveler!

Trip Dates & Cost

2016: October 21–30. From $6,795 per person.* Note: There is only one berth available in a shared cabin (for a male traveler) remaining on this departure.

* Single supplement fee $925 (limited quantities available). Trip prices do not include international airfare. Get $500 off the trip price when booked in combination with our Bali to Komodo Cruise. Click here for our full expedition terms and conditions.

"World-class snorkeling in the most biodiverse marine environment on Earth."

- Gary Nielsen, 2012 traveler

"This is a wonderful way to experience snorkeling, and I would come again as soon as possible!"

- Deborah Sheppard, 2012 traveler


Wayne Sentman is our director of conservation travel programs and an Oceanic Society naturalist since 1988. He is an experienced guide with a diverse background in marine mammal, seabird, and marine debris research. Wayne also co-teaches undergraduate field programs in Kenya on human-wildlife conflict and on the use of social media and art to raise public participation in conservation. He recently received a Master's in Environmental Management from Harvard University.

Joy Marzolf is a lifetime ocean lover and avid scuba diver who is a naturalist and education coordinator at the Mass Audubon Society. For more than 10 years Joy has assisted with marine animal stranding teams, and she is also on the boards of the Boston Sea Rovers and the New England Aquarium Dive Club. She is an experienced guide, as well as a wildlife photographer and photography teacher.

Pete Oxford works in some of the world’s most pristine and remote wildlife and cultural destinations as a full-time professional photographer. His images have appeared in major magazines including National Geographic, Time, Outdoor Photographer, and Smithsonian, and have been featured ten times in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. Pete and his wife Reneé also lead expeditions to some of the world’s richest cultures and most biodiverse areas of our planet.


Day 1-2: USA - Jakarta
Depart USA, cross dateline; arrive in Jakarta and overnight in hotel.

Day 3: Jakarta - Sorong
Continue to Sorong, West Papua.

Day 4-10: Exploring Raja Ampat Archipelago
Explore the islands of Batanta, Penemu, Waigeo, Gam, Mansuar, and Kiri both above and below the surface.

Day 11: Sorong - Jakarta
Debark Sorong, West Papua, transfer to airport for flight to Jakarta and overnight.

Day 12: Jakarta - USA
Transfer to airport fly to USA.


Raja Ampat cruise ship

Our expedition takes place aboard Sea Safari VIII, a 23-passenger, 134-foot-long motored pinisi Buginese schooner that features twelve air-conditioned cabins, each with their own complete en suite facilities. The ship's common saloon is air-conditioned and offers a comfortable setting where participants can enjoy the library and socialize. It is spacious and attractive with large surrounding windows that allow continuous views of the spectacular outdoor topography.

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