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Raja Ampat to the Forgotten Islands

Experience a range of spectacular marine habitats on this 12-day exploration that begins in Raja Ampat, Indonesia and ends in the remote Forgotten Islands of the Banda Sea.

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Overview

Join us for a 12-day snorkeling and diving focused expedition in the heart of the Coral Triangle region aboard a boutique liveaboard with just 7 staterooms. Experience a range of spectacular marine habitats on this exploration that begins in Raja Ampat, Indonesia and ends in the Forgotten Islands of the Banda Sea, one of the more remote and exotic destinations in Indonesia. Our adventure begins as we explore the iconic fish- and coral-rich reefs around the Dampier Strait of Raja Ampat. From here we travel south to Misool, a haven for manta rays and sharks, before continuing on to the volcanic Banda Islands.

About Raja Ampat, Indonesia and Nearby Islands

Located in the heart of the Coral Triangle, Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago and the nearby island groups are the greatest tropical marine destinations on Earth. Since scientific studies began here in 2001 more than 1,400 fish species and 75 percent of the world’s coral species have been found including many that are new to science, earning it the nickname, “the species factory.” Every foray into the water reveals a wondrous world of staggering diversity, from coral reef ecosystems to blue water mangroves and deep-water habitats.

Oceanic Society has been bringing travelers to this special region since 2011. Encompassing over 40,000 km2 these largely uninhabited areas are best explored by ship, and we’ve planned six unique liveaboard experiences over the next three years to help you take advantage of our extensive local knowledge. Learn more about the ships we use and browse our upcoming expeditions on the pages that follow.

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Naturalist

Dalton Ambat is based in Bali and has helped guide Oceanic Society's Indonesia snorkel programs for the last 8 years. He is an experienced snorkel guide and a PADI certified master scuba dive trainer who has logged more than 10,000 dives and trained more than 1,000 students. Dalton has worked across the entire coral triangle region and is an expert naturalist with a keen eye for the macro critters. In 2016 he also participated in our marine debris sampling survey cruise from Bali to Komodo.

Steve Trott is a marine zoologist and the projects development manager at Watamu Marine Association in Kenya, an organization that promotes sustainable tourism, community based waste management, and marine conservation. Steve’s current focus is on finding innovative solutions to the growing marine debris problem while providing financial benefit to coastal communities in Africa.

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Accommodations

© Pete OxfordOur expedition takes place aboard the Damai I, a boutique Indonesian liveaboard that was custom-built for snorkeling and diving throughout the Coral Triangle. With an overall length of 40 meters (130 feet) and a beam of over 8 meters (26 feet) the vessel has 7 staterooms with a choice of single cabins, twins, doubles or two spacious master cabins. With sizes ranging from 18sq. meters for the single cabin to +40sq. meters for the master cabins, all are furnished with either queen or king sized beds, ensuite toilets and showers. The vessel has been designed with three large deck areas for relaxing in both the sun or shade and for enjoying relaxing massage and spa treatments.

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