- Duration 13 days
- Difficulty 2/5
- Group Size 12
Indonesia: Raja Ampat to Halmahera
6 – 18 March, 2024
Indonesia, is a string of volcanic islands with some of the last frontiers of unspoilt snorkeling and dive sites. Discover the hidden beauty of these wonderful shallow reef areas with some of the highest diversity and ‘fishiest’ areas of the Coral Triangle adjacent to Raja Ampat. From the surface we have the chance to see passing pods of pilot whales and dolphins in one of the region’s most important areas for cetaceans. While cruising from Raja Ampat to Halmahera we will explore the many islands of this spectacular World Heritage Site, with the opportunity to engage in a whole host of activities such as: visits to remote villages, snorkeling on beautiful coral reefs, searching for giant manta rays, whale and dolphin watching, searching for endemic birds and rare endemic fish. This is a purpose-designed snorkeling trip with the idea that finding good snorkeling on a dive site can be frustrating. Raja Ampat and Halmahera are quite simply two of the best, most pristine and most bio-diverse marine habitats anywhere on the planet. They are truly spectacular. We are also able to offer limited diving at some of the snorkel sites to certified guests. There will also be ample time for swimming, as well as simply enjoying the stunning scenery and the pleasure of cruising across the tropical seas on our splendid, traditionally built pinisi ship, the Damai II.
In collaboration with The Oceanic Society.
PRICE TBA Per person sharing in Master cabins
PRICE TBA Per person sharing in Twin cabins
Arrival: Sorong, Indonesia, 6 March, 2024. Trip begins (We will organize the flights from Jakarta to Sorong)
Departure: Ternate, Indonesia, 18 March, 2024. Trip ends (We will organize the flights from Ternate to Jakarta)
Arrival Time: TBA
2 Master cabins
4 Twin bed cabins
- Accommodation on a shared cabin basis.
- All meals unless otherwise stated.
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure.
- One Pete Oxford Expeditions trip leader.
- One local tour leader.
- Round trip international airfare to Jakarta.
- Internal airfare within Indonesia, Jakarta to Sorong returning to Jakarta from Ternate. We will book these flights & invoice you.
- Travel insurance – highly recommended.
- Early check-in or late check-out in hotels.
- Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, internet and alcoholic beverages.
- Park and harbor fees (+-US$225 pp).
- Gratuities to the guide and crew.
- Diving fees.
- Any COVID 19 related costs.
A Day 1, March 6th, 2024: Sorong; board the Damai II
After arriving in Sorong the only thing we know for sure is that we have to be in Ternate, Halmahera on the 18th of March. The rest is basically up to us! It will be pretty incredible. We will have local experts on board and make our choices based on weather, currents and group interest. The boat is classic, comfortable and fun, the snorkeling is absolutely world class and the area, scenery and people are amazing. Underwater the corals and fish are so diverse and colourful that they are dazzling.
There are 10 times more species of coral than in the Carribbean! There are soft corals, sea fans, tunicates, sponges, crinoids, hard corals. It is a three-dimensional wonderland creating homes for crustaceans, sea urchins, sea stars, molluscs, from tiny intricate nudibranchs to massive giant clams! Among the molluscs are a whole suite of cuttlefish and octopus – my favourites!
There are incredibly more than 1500 species of fish, ranging from tiny jewels, the anthias, in bright synchronous clouds above the coral, to a whole range of brightly coloured wrasse and parrotfish. There are tangs, snappers, sweetlips, moray eels, unicornfish, stunning clownfish living in huge anemones, schools of barracuda, maybe some sharks and all the way up to giant manta rays.
There are mangroves, clear water mangroves, an other-worldly experience where the dense root systems are strewn with soft corals, harbouring archerfish and upsidedown jellyfish.
We will hopefully find some sea snakes which are very laid back but fabulous. We will go ashore, visit some locals, look for whales and dolphins, do some bird watching and so it goes on.
Finally, after a thorough exploration of Halmahera and Raja Ampat we have to leave – only to start missing it already!
L Day 13, March 18th, 2024: Departure from Ternate
We will depart to the airport in Ternate for our flight to Jakarta and then the onward international flights home. The trip ends in Ternate.
Discover the world with an experienced traveler
Photographer | Owner | Trip Leader
Pete is a trained marine zoologist and renowned underwater photographer. He has visited Indonesia many times since he first explored the archipelago as a backpacker and has previously led, or co-led, multiple trips together with the Oceanic Society. He is an ardent conservationist working more and more on marine conservation issues. Pete compares the diversity on the Indonesian reefs to that of the Ecuadorian Amazon, another destination he is particularly familiar with. He is especially excited, on this itinerary, to offer ample interaction with local indigenous tribes. It is a true expedition and although we have a schedule to guide us, we will take every opportunity to maximize our fun.