Snorkeling Raja Ampat!

Raja Ampat: Heart of the Coral Triangle!

The Bird's head Peninsula Seascape, Raja Ampat, resides in the heart of the Coral TriangleRaja Ampat, or four kings, is located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua (the western portion of New Guinea, politically associated with Indonesia). The four kings refer to the four main islands, Salawati, Waigeo, Batanta, and Misool, though legend has it that the name actually refers to four men that were hatched from four of seven eggs found by a woman (the three other eggs hatched to reveal a ghost, a woman, and a stone). Each man lived on one of the four islands where they eventually became king. Legends and myths aside, one fact remains: This region has an unusually high variety of marine life and is recognized as the world’s center of marine biodiversity.

Dozens of surveys by the world’s leading scientists have found that the region possesses over 600 species of corals (nearly 75% of all known species of reef-building corals) and more than 1500 species of tropical marine fish (about half of all known tropical marine fish). The astoundingly high level of marine life is due, in part, to Plate Tectonics, high amounts of water that flow through the region, and a variety of marine habitats that are found in the area. Pristine reef flats, secret bays, swift channels, deep drop-offs, shallow seamounts, mangroves, marine lakes, and protected coral gardens are but a sample of the types of marine habitats that can be found in the roughly 50,000 square kilometer area of Raja Ampat.

Along with the four main islands, Raja Ampat has over 1500 breathtaking islands and islets that offer a scenic backdrop to the unspoiled underwater wilderness. The majority of the islands, especially the smaller islands and islets are made of limestone and the main islands are mostly volcanic in origin with deposits of limestone and sandstone. Dense jungle and rainforest dominate much of the hilly, craggy terrain, making perfect habitats for over 350 species of birds including parrots, hornbills, and birds of paradise.

We wrote our snorkeling itinerary to take advantage of the huge diversity of marine life that abounds in Raja Ampat, from tiny neon gobies to large reef mantas. Whether we float blissfully above a shallow protected reef or get whisked along a fringing reef, each day we will snorkel in a variety of marine habitats that makes Raja Ampat such a special destination. Though our main focus will be on the incredibly rich underwater world, we will have opportunities to view rare or endemic birds, summit dramatic rock islands for incredible views, and relax on idyllic white-sand beaches – but not too long because we have a lot of snorkeling to do. We have guided over 30 snorkeling tours to this region and have come to know more than just a few islands and snorkel sites, largely unknown to other operators, that have some of the best reefs and scenery that Raja Ampat, the Heart of the Coral Triangle, has to offer!

ITINERARY

Map of tour route for the WWF raja ampat snorkeling tripOur snorkeling tour begins and ends in Jakarta, Indonesia. One round trip, internal flight (Jakarta-Sorong-Jakarta). Upon our arrival in Sorong, we will board our boat and cruise towards our first destination within the Raja Ampat archipelago. Please note that although we visit many of the islands and island groups in the sample itinerary below, each of our departures is unique and that weather, tides, and opportunities to explore all play a role in the decisions about our daily schedule as well as the overall itinerary.

Day 1: Jakarta / Bandara International
Meals provided: D
Meet in Jakarta, Indonesia at our group hotel, the Bandara International, for the tour orientation and welcome dinner. As is often the case with our internal flight, we will depart for Sorong in the late evening, thus our ‘overnight’ will be in transit to Sorong. Overnight Bandara International

Day 2: Sorong / Transfer to Live-aboard boat*
Meals provided: B,L,D
Fly to Sorong and transfer to our liveaboard boat. Boat orientation and lunch before we depart for our snorkeling adventure into the islands. While we do not plan to have the chance to snorkel today, if time and weather permits, we will give it our best. Overnight Live-aboard boat*: Mermaid, Gaia Love, Pindito

*For our 2021 season, we use each of these boats.

Day 3 – 9: Batanta / Penemu / Waigeo 
Meals provided: B,L,D
What makes Raja Ampat truly special is the access snorkelers have to an amazing diversity of habitats. On Batanta Island we will visit several shallow coral gardens that contain a mind-blowing diversity of hard and soft corals in every shape and color imaginable. Schools of fish number in the thousands and if we look closely out into the blue, a manta ray or dugong may be swimming by!

The Fam islands, Penemu being the largest, offer us the chance to drift snorkel along incredibly healthy, colorful walls where huge schools of fusiliers, unicornfishes, surgeonfishes, snappers, rabbitfishes, and sweetlips crowd along the edges while the current passes by. In the afternoon, we have our choice of several incredible snorkel sites located in quiet lagoons where we can lazily snorkel the day away. Penemu Island is also home to some of the most stunning topside scenery in Raja Ampat. We’ll have a chance to take a dinghy tour through the network rock islands and finish the tour with the chance to walk up 400 stairs for the ultimate in panoramic views!

Waigeo and Gam are home to some of the most diverse snorkeling in the world. The high number of habitats around both islands results in an amazingly high diversity of marine life with everything from vibrant nudibranchs and tunicates, to wobbegong sharks and manta rays. Intimate narrow passages where brisk water movement supports a dazzling amount of bizarre and colorful life along the shallow edges of the islands, protected lagoonal reefs where a mixture of juvenile and adult reef fishes play amongst the tangle of staghorn coral thickets, blue-water mangroves, and seaward reefs that attract an enormous variety of reef fish. The seaward reefs along Kri and Mansuar are simply some of the best Raja Ampat has to offer. Huge schools of snapper, bumphead parrotfish, barracudas, unicornfishes, plus the thousands of reef fishes make this a must-do for fish-loving snorkelers. Look out for sharks and turtles as they are common sightings as well.

As always, weather and tides will help us plan our daily itinerary and with dozens of visits to Raja Ampat, we have developed quite an extensive list of places we want you to see. The challenge for us (and we are always up to it) is trying to show you it all during our time in the islands! Overnight Mermaid, Gaia Love, Pindito

MERMAID (Dec 2 – 12, 2021)

Day 10: Dampier Strait / Wanilu
Meals provided: B,L,D
We spend the morning into the early afternoon snorkeling reefs on the south side of Waigeo near Wanilu. Sea Fan Alley gives us the chance to snorkel with huge sea fans that grow in only a few feet of water! In the mid afternoon, we cruise back to Sorong

Day 11: Sorong / Jakarta
Meals provided: B,L,D
Disembark for our connection to Jakarta. Continue with International flights or extensions.
Meals provided: B

GAIA LOVE (2022 departures)

Day 10: Waigeo
Meals provided: B
We will continue to snorkel upon more of the reefs and explore more of the areas around Waigeo and Gam.

Day 11: Dampier Strait / Wanilu
Meals provided: B,L,D
We spend the morning into the early afternoon snorkeling reefs on the south side of Waigeo near Wanilu. Sea Fan Alley gives us the chance to snorkel with huge sea fans that grow in only a few feet of water! In the mid afternoon, we cruise back to Sorong

Day 12: Sorong / Jakarta / Bandara
Meals provided: B,L,D
Disembark for our connection to Jakarta. Check in to our group hotel, the Bandara. Farewell dinner at the hotel. Overnight Bandara

Day 13: International flights or extensions
Meals provided: B

PINDITO (Nov 8 -20, 2021)

Day 10-11: Waigeo
Meals provided: B
We will continue to snorkel upon more of the reefs and explore more of the areas around Waigeo and Gam.

Day 12: Dampier Strait / Wanilu
Meals provided: B,L,D
We spend the morning into the early afternoon snorkeling reefs on the south side of Waigeo near Wanilu. Sea Fan Alley gives us the chance to snorkel with huge sea fans that grow in only a few feet of water! In the mid afternoon, we cruise back to Sorong

Day 13: Sorong / Jakarta / Bandara
Meals provided: B,L,D
Disembark for our connection to Jakarta. Check in to our group hotel, the Bandara International. Farewell dinner at the hotel. Overnight Bandara International

Day 14: International flights or extensions
Meals provided: B

Departures

Nov. 8 – 20, 2021 ←Click to request a booking
Accommodations: Pindito
Guides: Brian Magnier, TBD
Length: 14 days

Prices and Payment schedule:
$7600 USD per person, double occupancy
$10,000 USD per person, single occupancy

Reservation deposit: $500 USD
March 31, 2021: $3500 USD / $4500 single
June 1, 2021: $3600 USD / $5000 single

Dec 2 – 12, 2021 ←Click to request a booking
Accommodations: Mermaid I
Guide: Brian Magnier
Length: 11 days

Prices and Payment schedule:
$7700 USD per person, double occupancy
$8700 USD per person, single occupancy

Reservation deposit: $500 USD
Nov 30, 2021: $3500 USD
Aug 1, 2021: $3500 USD / $4500 single

Feb 8 – 20, 2022 ←Click to request a booking
Accommodations: Gaia Love
Guides: TBD
Length: 13 days

Prices and Payment schedule:
$TBD USD per person, double occupancy
$TBD USD per person, single occupancy

Reservation deposit: $500 USD
July 1, 2021: $TBD USD
Oct 1, 2021: $TBD USD

Back-to-back combination with: Misool, Jan 27  – Feb 8, 2022

Dec 10 – 22, 2022 ←Click to request a booking
Accommodations: Gaia Love
Guides: TBD
Length: 13 days

Prices and Payment schedule:
$TBD USD per person, double occupancy
$TBD USD per person, single occupancy

Reservation deposit: $500 USD
May 1 1, 2022: $TBD USD
Aug 1, 2022: $TBD USD

Back-to-back combination with: Misool, Nov 28  – Dec 10, 2022

Tour cost includes:
-Accommodations throughout tour dates
-All meals on days 2 through 11(12/13)(dinner on day 1 – breakfast on day 13(14))
-All internal transfers including international arrival and departure transfers
-Non-alcoholic beverages
-All snorkeling and park fees
-All gratuities

Tour cost does not include:
-Round-trip international airfare (Please contact us with recommendations for routes or referrals to any of the several travel agents we currently work with)
-Additional hotel accommodations and meals as a result of travel outside of the program dates
-Visa requirements including payments
-Alcoholic beverages
-International departure taxes
-Extra / overweight baggage fees
-Trip insurance (recommended; (we recommend Travel GuardWorld Nomads, or Travel Insure)
DAN insurance (required unless personal insurance program has worldwide emergency evacuation services)
-Additional accommodations while on tour in the event of flight schedule changes or events of force majeure
-Any required COVID-19 tests
-Any required quarantine or flight changes due to a positive COVID-19 result

Cancellation policy:
91 – 150 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
90 days or less prior to departure: 100% of tour cost

Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information


Accommodations

For our 2021 season, we use three of the finest live-aboard boats in Indonesia to host us on our snorkeling activities in Raja Ampat, Gaia Love, Mermaid I, and M/V Pindito. In Jakarta, we stay at the Bandara International near the airport.

gaia love - coral triangle adventuresThe Gaia Love is a modern 40 meters steel hull vessel build from the ground up in Batam, Indonesia. It is purpose built to sail and explore the far reach regions of Indonesia and complies with class requirements of BKI (Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia). Designed with a modern contemporary look with an emphasis for diving in comfort, she accommodates up to 20 guest in 10 spacious ensuite rooms; six on the upper deck and five on the lower deck. Each room averages in size of approximately 20 square meters, individual air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms with hot water. Upper deck rooms will feature an additional private outdoor balcony. Gaia Love has a total of 4 decks (lower, main, upper and top/sundeck). A lounge, restaurant and camera room is located on the main deck. In the lounge is an entertainment center, pantry and all the facilities and little creature comforts to make your stay most comfortable. At the rear is a large dive deck that can accommodate up to 28 divers, so there is lots of space for guest to move around. On the dive deck is also eleven large rinse tanks of various sizes, for camera setups of all sorts. A boat deck is slightly aft of the dive deck where two 5.5 meters diving skiffs will always be ready and easy for divers to board. The sundeck features a bar for evening gatherings and relaxation under the stars. If you prefer to dine outdoors, this will be the perfect area to enjoy your meal. Sufficient shelter is available here as well as unshaded areas for those who wish to soak up some sun. Safety is top priority for us, hence, Gaia Love has a very well equipped wheelhouse from up-to-date navigation equipment to advance communication systems, life rafts, life vests, EPRIB, fire protection and fire fighting systems. An additional back up RIB is stored on the top deck, easily and swiftly deployable by a one ton crane, should it be needed. For more info about the Gaia Love click here.


 

Mermaid 1 is a vessel chartered by Coral Triangle AdventuresThe Mermaid I is a 28 meter, double engine steel motor yacht. She comfortably holds 15 guests in one master state room (king bed), one single and four deluxe cabins (king or twin beds), and two budget cabins (double/twin beds) below deck. The master, single, and deluxe cabins have ensuite bathrooms, refrigerators and, except for the budget cabins, panoramic sea view windows. All cabins have TVs, DvD access, bathrobes, toiletries, and loads of fluffy towels. There is a wide stern dive platform with two exit ladders and fresh water showers. Delicious Thai, Indonesian, and western meals are served in our “Sawasdee Restaurant” with large windows to enjoy the views. Our salon is equipped with a large flat screen TV/DvD and a full selection of marine life books. There are also two outside decks, one shaded with outside seating and the fabulous sundeck with sunshade plus cushioned sun beds. For more information about the Mermaid I click here.


MV Pindito a vessel chartered by Coral Triangle AdventuresThe M/V Pindito is a traditional Indonesian, wooden motor sailing vessel, (referred to as a Pinisi), that measures 124 feet long and has a beam of 29 feet. She was built in 1992 by Edi Frommenwiler and completely refitted in 2006 with a new camera room, sun deck, and upgrades to the cabins and salon. She has eight cabins (two designed for twin share accommodations), each with their own shower, sink, toilet, and individually controlled air conditions. All cabins have continuous power (220 volts). Meals are prepared by expert chefs and are a fusion of western, asian, and Indonesian dishes. A large flatscreen TV and a complete library of marine life books, music CD’s and DvD’s round out the list of amenities on board. The boat is equipped with three active (and one standby) zodiac tenders, each with their own ladder for easy entry back into the boat. As a bonus, Balinese-style or aroma-therapy massage services are available throughout the trip. For more information about the M/V Pindito click here.


 

Bandara International Hotel is the only 5-star hotel located close to the Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The hotel offers 208 spacious rooms and suites with a tropical resort ambiance. For the dining experience, the hotel has two restaurants offering some of the finest Indonesian and International cuisine, one lounge for drinks and casual dining, and a pool bar. The hotel also has ten function rooms to host meeting events. For wellness activities, Club Bandara includes a newly equipped gym, sauna, steam, hot and cold Jacuzzi, four swimming pools include private ladies pool and jogging track, and Spa Bandara offers 5-star massage and relaxation services.

Located only 3 km and from Soekarno Hatta International Airport, the hotel provides 24-hours complimentary airport shuttle service at 30-minute intervals. The Bandara International Hotel is within 15 minutes of the Soewarna Business Park and Golf and the nearest shopping center.


Departures

Nov. 8 – 20, 2021 ←Click to request a booking
Accommodations: Pindito
Guides: Brian Magnier, TBD
Length: 14 days

Prices and Payment schedule:
$7600 USD per person, double occupancy
$10,000 USD per person, single occupancy
Reservation deposit: $500 USD
March 31, 2021: $3500 USD / $4500 single
June 1, 2021: $3600 USD / $5000 single

Dec 2 – 12, 2021 ←Click to request a booking
Accommodations: Mermaid I
Guide: Brian Magnier
Length: 11 days

Prices and Payment schedule:
$7700 USD per person, double occupancy
$8700 USD per person, single occupancy

Reservation deposit: $500 USD
Sept 15, 2021: $3500 USD
Jan 1, 2022: $3500 USD / $4500 single

Feb 8 – 20, 2022 ←Click to request a booking
Accommodations: Gaia Love
Guides: TBD
Length: 13 days

Prices and Payment schedule:
$TBD USD per person, double occupancy
$TBD USD per person, single occupancy

Reservation deposit: $500 USD
July 1, 2021: $TBD USD
Oct 1, 2021: $TBD USD

Back-to-back combination with: Misool, Jan 27  – Feb 8, 2022

Dec 10 – 22, 2022 ←Click to request a booking
Accommodations: Gaia Love
Guides: TBD
Length: 13 days

Prices and Payment schedule:
$TBD USD per person, double occupancy
$TBD USD per person, single occupancy

Reservation deposit: $500 USD
May 1 1, 2022: $TBD USD
Aug 1, 2022: $TBD USD

Back-to-back combination with: Misool, Nov 28  – Dec 10, 2022

Tour cost includes:
-Accommodations throughout tour dates
-All meals on days 2 through 11(12/13)(dinner on day 1 – breakfast on day 13(14))
-All internal transfers including international arrival and departure transfers
-Non-alcoholic beverages
-All snorkeling and park fees
-All gratuities

Tour cost does not include:

-Round-trip international airfare (Please contact us with recommendations for routes or referrals to any of the several travel agents we currently work with)
-Additional hotel accommodations and meals as a result of travel outside of the program dates
-Visa requirements including payments
-Alcoholic beverages
-International departure taxes
-Extra / overweight baggage fees
-Trip insurance (recommended; (we recommend Travel GuardWorld Nomads, or Travel Insure)
DAN insurance (required unless personal insurance program has worldwide emergency evacuation services)
-Additional accommodations while on tour in the event of flight schedule changes or events of force majeure
-Any required COVID-19 tests
-Any required quarantine or flight changes due to a positive COVID-19 result

Cancellation policy:
91 – 150 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
90 days or less prior to departure: 100% of tour cost

Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information


What to Expect and Bring

WHAT TO EXPECT

The islands of Raja Ampat straddle the equator, though most of them reside in the southern hemisphere. As an equatorial island archipelago, weather year round is hot and humid, with nearly daily rain showers occurring in the early morning or late afternoon. Daytime temperatures hover around 86º F (30º C) and  do not fall much at night. Water temperatures average around 82º F (28º C), though cooler temperatures may occur if persistent rains cause a thin layer of cool freshwater on the surface. Currents around the islands of Raja Ampat may be strong. While we plan our snorkel session around the slack tides, we also have several sites where having water movement is an advantage. These drift snorkels allow us to cover large tracks of reef without having to swim too hard. Our snorkel sessions are 100% boat supported and two dinghies will be there at all times to assist anyone for whatever reason.

There will be opportunities to visit beaches for nature walks as well as the chance to climb (staircases) up to the top of the islands for incredible panoramic views. The beach walks only require loose fitting clothes and foot protection that can get wet (e.g., sandals or neoprene booties). Our summit hikes require sturdy foot wear, though the hike is climbing a series of constructed stairs.

Please read more about our daily schedule here.

WHAT TO BRING

The following list is a suggestion of things to bring and applies to almost all of our trips (specific items on a particular departure will be noted on the departure information).

-A good fitting mask, snorkel, and set of fins. If your equipment is brand new, please try it out in the pool. Determining the fit and function of your equipment in the pool includes doing several laps with all of your equipment on. Doing several snorkel dives is also very beneficial. It is also important to clean your new equipment, especially your mask. Cleaning procedures for your mask include light scrubbing with toothpaste or dishwasher soap to remove the light layer of silicon that is used to preserve the mask during shipping and storage. All areas of the mask, both inside and out, need to be addressed. Doing this greatly reduces the chances of having your mask fog. Not doing this, even when using mask de-fogger, usually results in a fogged mask.

-A wetsuit, rash guard, diveskin, or any type of clothing that can be used for thermal and/or protection form the sun. We suggest bringing a full 3mm wetsuit and some type of core insulation like a vest or shirt made of 1 – 2 mm neoprene (e.g., Lavacore or Sharkskin shirts or vests). These items will not only provide thermal protection but protection from the sun as well. For those who feel that a 3mm suit may be too warm, please consider a full body skin or rash guard to ensure protection from the strong sun. With regards to thermal protection, remember the saying: it is better to have and not need, than to need and not have. One that note…

-Head protection in the form of a wetsuit hood, a cap, or even a bandana. Anything that can keep the sun off of your head is extremely important. It is the most exposed part of our bodies when we are floating on the surface.

-Biodegradable sunscreen lotion. Okay, this is a tricky suggestion. Even many biodegradable sunscreen lotions have been shown to harm and even kill tiny larvae (baby marine life ranging from fish to all types of invertebrates especially coral). It is fine to wear on land, but we highly discourage the use of sunscreen lotions in the water. Having a full wetsuit or skin will do the job of protection from the sun much better than lotions and the suits also help with thermal protection. It is truly a win-win for everyone and the marine environment.

-Casual, lightweight, tropical clothing
-Sunglasses (and a spare in case you lose your main pair)
-Comfortable footwear such as active sandals (Teva, Keen, Merrell, etc.)
-Hats. We cannot stress the importance of a hat in the tropics!
-All of our boats provide items like shampoo, soap, towels, etc. We bring this up because these items represent added weight and if they leak, less-than-fun times during the unpacking stage of the trip.

Other items that may be considered:
-Lightweight rainwear to protect from the occasional afternoon shower
-Binoculars

Departures

Nov. 8 – 20, 2021 ←Click to request a booking
Accommodations: Pindito
Guides: Brian Magnier, TBD
Length: 14 days

Prices and Payment schedule:
$7600 USD per person, double occupancy
$10,000 USD per person, single occupancy

Reservation deposit: $500 USD
March 31, 2021: $3500 USD / $4500 single
June 1, 2021: $3600 USD / $5000 single

Dec 2 – 12, 2021 ←Click to request a booking
Accommodations: Mermaid I
Guide: Brian Magnier
Length: 11 days

Prices and Payment schedule:
$7700 USD per person, double occupancy
$8700 USD per person, single occupancy

Reservation deposit: $500 USD
Sept 15, 2021: $3500 USD
Jan 1, 2022: $3500 USD / $4500 single

Feb 8 – 20, 2022 ←Click to request a booking
Accommodations: Gaia Love
Guides: TBD
Length: 13 days

Prices and Payment schedule:
$TBD USD per person, double occupancy
$TBD USD per person, single occupancy

Reservation deposit: $500 USD
July 1, 2021: $TBD USD
Oct 1, 2021: $TBD USD

Back-to-back combination with: Misool, Jan 27  – Feb 8, 2022

Dec 10 – 22, 2022 ←Click to request a booking
Accommodations: Gaia Love
Guides: TBD
Length: 13 days

Prices and Payment schedule:
$TBD USD per person, double occupancy
$TBD USD per person, single occupancy

Reservation deposit: $500 USD
May 1 1, 2022: $TBD USD
Aug 1, 2022: $TBD USD

Back-to-back combination with: Misool, Nov  28  – Dec 10, 2022

Tour cost includes:
-Accommodations throughout tour dates
-All meals on days 2 through 11(12/13)(dinner on day 1 – breakfast on day 13(14))
-All internal transfers including international arrival and departure transfers
-Non-alcoholic beverages
-All snorkeling and park fees
-All gratuities

Tour cost does not include:
-Round-trip international airfare (Please contact us with recommendations for routes or referrals to any of the several travel agents we currently work with)
-Additional hotel accommodations and meals as a result of travel outside of the program dates
-Visa requirements including payments
-Alcoholic beverages
-International departure taxes
-Extra / overweight baggage fees
-Trip insurance (recommended; (we recommend Travel GuardWorld Nomads, or Travel Insure)
DAN insurance (required unless personal insurance program has worldwide emergency evacuation services)
-Additional accommodations while on tour in the event of flight schedule changes or events of force majeure
-Any required COVID-19 tests
-Any required quarantine or flight changes due to a positive COVID-19 result

Cancellation policy:
91 – 150 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
90 days or less prior to departure: 100% of tour cost

Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information

Departures

2021

MV Pindito a vessel chartered by Coral Triangle AdventuresNov. 8 – 20, 2021 ←Click to request a booking
Accommodations: Pindito
Guides: Brian Magnier, TBD
Length: 14 days

Prices and Payment schedule:
$7600 USD per person, double occupancy
$10,000 USD per person, single occupancy

Reservation deposit: $500 USD
March 31, 2021: $3500 USD / $4500 single
June 1, 2021: $3600 USD / $5000 single

 

Mermaid 1 is a vessel chartered by Coral Triangle AdventuresDec 2 – 12, 2021 ←Click to request a booking
Accommodations: Mermaid I
Guide: Brian Magnier
Length: 11 days

Prices and Payment schedule:
$7700 USD per person, double occupancy
$8700 USD per person, single occupancy

Reservation deposit: $500 USD
Sept 15, 2021: $3500 USD
Jan 1, 2022: $3500 USD / $4500 single

 

2022

gaia love - coral triangle adventuresFeb 8 – 20, 2022 ←Click to request a booking
Accommodations: Gaia Love
Guides: TBD
Length: 13 days

Prices and Payment schedule:
$TBD USD per person, double occupancy
$TBD USD per person, single occupancy

Reservation deposit: $500 USD
July 1, 2021: $TBD USD
Oct 1, 2021: $TBD USD

Back-to-back combination with: Misool, Jan 27  – Feb 8, 2022

gaia love - coral triangle adventuresDec 10 – 22, 2022 ←Click to request a booking
Accommodations: Gaia Love
Guides: TBD
Length: 13 days

Prices and Payment schedule:
$TBD USD per person, double occupancy
$TBD USD per person, single occupancy

Reservation deposit: $500 USD
May 1, 2022: $TBD USD
Aug 1, 2022: $TBD USD

Back-to-back combination with: Misool, Nov  28  – Dec 10, 2022

 

Tour cost includes:
-Accommodations throughout tour dates
-All meals on days 2 through 11(12/13)(dinner on day 1 – breakfast on day 13(14))
-All internal transfers including international arrival and departure transfers
-Non-alcoholic beverages
-All snorkeling and park fees
-All gratuities

Tour cost does not include:
-Round-trip international airfare (Please contact us with recommendations for routes or referrals to any of the several travel agents we currently work with)
-Additional hotel accommodations and meals as a result of travel outside of the program dates
-Visa requirements including payments
-Alcoholic beverages
-International departure taxes
-Extra / overweight baggage fees
-Trip insurance (recommended; (we recommend Travel GuardWorld Nomads, or Travel Insure)
DAN insurance (required unless personal insurance program has worldwide emergency evacuation services)
-Additional accommodations while on tour in the event of flight schedule changes or events of force majeure
-Any required COVID-19 tests
-Any required quarantine or flight changes due to a positive COVID-19 result

Cancellation policy:
91 – 150 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost; 90 days or less prior to departure: 100% of tour cost. In any event of cancellation we will endeavor to find a replacements. In the case we find replacement guests we may be able to offer a partial refund or may transfer some or all payments to another departure.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information

Trip Reports


snorkeling over reefs in raja ampat
  From the rare and bizarre to the beautiful and breathtaking, the animals seen on this trip were incredible. In
cuttlefish in Raja Ampat
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Coral whip goby photographed by coral triangle adventures while snorkeling in Indonesia
  I really enjoy the challenge of trying to take photos of colorful tropical fishes while snorkeling and free-diving. It
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  After a short flight from Port Moresby to Rabaul, located on the northeastern tip of the island of New
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  Coral Triangle Adventures began 2019 with a bang on a snorkeling trip to one of our most beloved areas
Panoramic view of the islands in Raja Ampat - coral triangle adventures
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nembrotha kubaryana, Raja Ampat Indonesia, Coral triangle adventures
  Setting up marine life 'themes' on our snorkeling tours is something we've been doing for many years. Whether it
manta rays gliding over reefs in Raja AMpat, photographed by coral triangle adventures
  Do I begin with how awesome our group of snorkelers were or how fantabulous the actual snorkeling was during
Juvenile ocellated parrotfish taken in Raja Ampat, Coral Triangle Adventures
  Snorkeling in Raja Ampat gives us the chance to see not only a huge diversity of adult reef fishes,
Choclate chip sea stars in Raja Ampat, Indonesia
  Another superlative CTA excursion through the very heart of the Coral Triangle! We are just back from our latest