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Yacht Experiences

MARINE CONSERVATION IN RAJA AMPAT

Raja Ampat is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful island chains in the world. With forested peaks, powder-white beaches and azure waters, these islands are a true taste of paradise. Meet with the conservationists and aid them in protecting the manta ray population of this region for a truly rewarding yacht experience.

When to go:
October – April

Land in Sarong Airport where you will transfer to your waiting yacht. Once aboard, cruise towards Batanta Island, the smallest of Raja Ampat’s four main islands, for an introduction to the natural splendour of the reef and the rainforest.

Visit the spectacular white sand beaches of Kawe Island and snorkel above kaleidoscopic coral, encountering an abundance of vibrant marine life. Join Pelorus guides from the Manta Trust and learn how to identify individual manta rays. Here you will assist in a worldwide conservation and research project that aims to prevent the loss of manta ray populations by monitoring the factors that affect migration and diving behaviours.

Journey to the jewel of Raja Ampat, the Wayag Archipelago. Lead by an expert Pelorus guide, climb one of the many island peaks to be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Take time to appreciate the incredibly rich marine life with guided diving trips and paddleboarding adventures and join local conservation rangers to feed the Blacktip Reef Sharks.

Explore the spectacular Tomolol Bay on Misool Island, a maze-like paradise that bristles with hundreds of small karst formations. Pelorus has negotiated with the local village leader to gain special access to explore the mystical Thousand Temple Islands. Visit unexplored sacred temples, remote pearl farms, and deep stalactite caves among wondrous landscapes that few have been privileged to see before.

Far from Modern Life

Cruise to Kiti Kiti, a beautiful bay with a powerful waterfall that cascades directly into the sea. While it has long been used by locals to replenish their water supplies, you can use it for an invigorating natural shower, or snorkel to find undiscovered species endemic to this region. Relax and unwind on the beach or choose to explore the rainforest for the chance to spot a tree kangaroo.

Head towards Triton Bay, a remarkable region that extends for many miles into the jungle. Only partially explored by marine scientists in 2006, the area remains to this day virtually unexplored. Far from modern life, the forest-fringed bay is scattered with castle-like islands of karst limestone speckled with orchids. Here you will find an abundance of flora and fauna from insect-eating Nepenthe flowers to parrots and hornbills. The bay not only supports the corals and reef fish deep in the jungle but also provides a safe spot for sharks, turtles and Bryde’s whales to nurture their young.

In Namatota, a truly authentic experience awaits. Visit the charming village of “Maimai”, where you will ask the chief for his permission to swim with the whale sharks. Here you will have a rare opportunity to encounter these majestic animals in their natural habitat. As you swim, keep an eye out for sperm whales too, as they are often spotted in this area.