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Cruising through Paradise - Indonesia's Raja Ampat Islands

Tour Code: IDN02

A 14-day holiday, including a 9-night cruise, around the remote and beautiful Raja Ampat islands in the far east of Indonesia in search of cetaceans, coral reefs and birds.

14 days from £6995(inc flights) Land Only Price: £6095 SRS: £0

We begin with a flight to Sorong on the western tip of of Papua, and just offshore lies the archipelago of Raja Ampat – more than 1,500 precipitous, jungle-clad islands surrounded by turquoise waters. Boarding our home for the next nine days, the MV Mermaid I, we will travel by day and anchor early each evening, keeping our itinerary very flexible as we meander through the archipelago enjoying the dolphins, whales, flying fish, seabirds and breathtaking scenery. We will make land visits, going in search of birdlife amongst the islands' superb forests, and each day we'll snorkel over pristine reefs, discussing what we've seen each evening with our expert tour leader Dr Chas Anderson. Then after dark, we will enjoy stunning views of the night sky!.

  • Includes a 9-day cruise aboard the exclusively chartered MV Mermaid I
  • Snorkel over pristine coral reefs each day
  • Spinner, Spotted & Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins all possible
  • Look for Pilot Whale & Sperm Whale plus False Killer & Killer Whales
  • Chance of rarer cetaceans such as Bryde's & Omura's Whales
  • 3,500+ species of fish recorded in Raja Ampat
  • Look for the stunning Red Bird-of-paradise
  • Enjoy stunning views of the night sky
  • Led by renowned marine biologist Dr Chas Anderson.


All meals included once on board MV Mermaid I. Lunches and dinners are not included in Sorong.


For this cruise we have exclusively chartered the 14-passenger 'MV Mermaid I', a 28-metre motor-yacht featuring seven en suite and air-conditioned guest cabins. In Sorong we stay in a comfortable tourist hotel (all rooms are en-suite).

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Depart UK

Day 2 In flight

Day 3 Sorong

Days 4/12 Cruising through Raja Ampat

Day 13 Disembark and depart Sorong

Day 14 Arrive UK

Indonesia is a country of superlatives. It is the largest archipelago in the world, comprising over 17,000 islands, with a stunning variety of cultures and the most diverse marine-life anywhere in the world. Following the success of our incredible wildlife cruise from Bali to Komodo, we are delighted to offer a new cruise on board MV Mermaid I around the stunning islands of Raja Ampat in the far east of Indonesia.

We begin with a flight to Sorong on the western tip of the great island of Papua. Just offshore lies the archipelago of Raja Ampat, a collection of more than 1,500 precipitous, jungle-clad islands, with whitesand beaches, secret lagoons and surrounded by luminous turquoise waters. Boarding our exclusively chartered vessel, MV Mermaid I, we will spend the next nine days exploring these coral-rich waters, travelling by day and anchoring early each evening. Keeping our itinerary very flexible, we will meander through the archipelago and take our time to enjoy the dolphins, whales, flying fish, seabirds and, of course, the breathtaking scenery.

During our lazy days at sea, the region’s cetaceans will be our main focus, and we are likely to see several species of whale and dolphin during our cruise. Whilst nothing is certain in the world of whalewatching, possibilities include Spinner, Spotted and Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins, Pilot Whale, Sperm Whale and both False Killer and Killer Whales, as well as rarer, little-known species such as Bryde’s and Omura’s Whales. We will make time for snorkelling each day; over 3,500 species of fish have been recorded in Raja Ampat — enough to keep even the most avid snorkellers enthralled! Many of the islands remain cloaked in forest and are home to a wealth of fantastic birdlife, so we will also enjoy some island visits and, in particular, make a special effort to find the stunning Red Bird-of-paradise.

At the end of each day we will relax, reflect on our sightings and discuss the bewildering diversity of reef animals with our expert tour leader and marine biologist, Dr Chas Anderson. Then after dark, far from the city lights, we will enjoy stunning views of the night sky before retiring to bed.


Raja AmpatSpinner DolphinsHawksbill TurtleRaja Ampat reefAnemonefishRaja AmpatBryde's WhaleSperm Whale flukePantropical Spotted DolphinsSpinner DolphinRainbow LorikeetsWhite-bellied Sea EagleSulphur-crested CockatooRaja AmpatPianemo, Raja AmpatMV MermaidSaloonDeluxe CabinMaster StateroomStandard Cabin

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Wed 4th March 2020 - Tue 17th March 2020



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Visiting: Indonesia

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