Indonesia: Raja Ampat & Asmat Villages

November 3, 2016

Overview:

Embark on an incredible expedition of Indonesia: Raja Ampat & Asmat Villages. Highlights include: Snorkel or dive the Raja Ampat archipelago, home to more than 1,200 species of fish and 600 species of coral. Spend two exhilarating days in the Asmat—here you are greeted by elaborately decorated “warriors” paddling intricately carved canoes, and are invited to learn about their unique culture. Tour West Papua’s breathtaking coastline and meet the seafaring tribes who populate its shores. Search for resident birds and wildlife such as flashy birds of paradise, pink-spotted fruit doves, eclectus parrots, sulpher-crested cockatoos, helmeted friarbirds, and flying foxes. Visit fascinating cultural and historical sights on Ternate Island, long fought over for its bounty of cloves. Aboard the 100-Guest Caledonian Sky.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1-2: Depart USA
Day 3: Singapore, Singapore
Day 4: Singapore / Manado, Indonesia / Embark Caledonian Sky
Day 5: Bunaken National Marine Park / Siladeng Island
Day 6: Ternate
Day 7-9: Raja Ampat
Day 10: Mommon Peninsula
Day 11: Aiduma Island
Day 12: At Sea / Agats, Papua
Day 13-14: Asmat Villages
Day 15: At Sea
Day 16: Thursday Island, Australia
Day 17: At Sea / Expedition Stop
Day 18: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / Disembark / Brisbane, Australia
Day 19: Brisbane / USA
*Optional Post-Voyage Extension: Papua New Guinea

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

Indonesia: Raja Ampat & Asmat Villages

November 3, 2016

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1-2: Depart USA
Board your independent flight to Singapore. Lose a day crossing the International Date Line.

Day 3: Singapore, Singapore
Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel, with the afternoon at leisure. Gather at the hotel this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Singapore / Manado, Indonesia / Embark Caledonian Sky
This morning return to the airport for your flight to Manado. Upon arrival enjoy a city tour visiting the open air produce market and the North Sulawesi Provincial Museum where a local guide presents the history of the region. This afternoon board the Caledonian Sky.

Day 5: Bunaken National Marine Park / Siladeng Island
The phenomenal biodiversity of Bunaken has been protected as a national park since 1991 and its crystal-clear waters offer some of the best snorkeling and diving in Indonesia. Spend the morning here, exploring the reefs and drop-off walls adorned with myriad soft corals. Dense schools of blue-striped and yellow-tailed fusiliers are some of the 100 species of fish you may spot here. After lunch, visit Siladeng Island for additional snorkeling and diving opportunities.

Day 6: Ternate
Tiny volcanic Ternate is situated just west of Halmahera. This island was once, along with its neighbor Tidore, the only source of cloves in the world. Caught between the tug of the Dutch and Portuguese for its spicy riches, Ternate offers fascinating cultural and historical sites including two impressive forts. After a stop at the local market, enjoy a traditional cultural performance.

Day 7-9: Raja Ampat
More than 1,500 karst limestone islands make up the majestic archipelago of Raja Ampat. The marine environment here, known as the Bird’s Head Seascape, is heralded as the most biodiverse on earth and includes 75 percent of all known coral species and more than 1,220 types of reef fish. Spend three days enjoying this unsurpassed coral wonderland and the abundant marine life that calls it home. Birders go ashore to look for species such as the red bird of paradise, sulphur-crested cockatoo, beach kingfisher, varied honeyeater, spice imperial pigeon, and singing starling in the dense forests.

Day 10: Mommon Peninsula
The spectacular Mommon Peninsula is covered in forest, often veiled in wisps of cloud. A strong river empties into the sea as a beautiful waterfall and, if tides permit, you may land on a small nearby beach. Snorkeling and diving reveal huge and colorful soft corals fed by channels teeming with fish.

Day 11: Aiduma Island
This afternoon the ship drops anchor off Aiduma Island for snorkeling and diving in the aquamarine waters. Dazzling soft coral “forests” teem with colorful reef fish, including dinner plate-sized blue-ring angelfish, six-bar angelfish, and lionfish.

Day 12: At Sea / Agats, Papua
Ten thousand square miles of mangrove forest, bamboo, and sago palms have long sheltered the Asmat region from outsiders. At high tide the ship enters the shallow channel of the Flamingo River to anchor for the night near the village of Agats, the regional capital of the Asmat.

Day 13-14: Asmat Villages
A remote riverine world is revealed as Zodiacs carry you along narrow waterways lined with the entwined branches of thick mangrove forests, home to Torres Strait imperial pigeons, sulphur-crested cockatoos, and bright red lorikeets. As you make your way upstream, villagers—whooping and chanting in elaborate warrior gear and war paint—paddle vigorously toward you in intricately carved canoes. You are escorted ashore, where enthusiastic welcomes await. A walk along elevated wooden boardwalks leads to a cathedral with superb carvings, and museum with displays of ancestor poles, drums, body masks, shields, daggers, and skulls; a reminder that cannibalism was practiced by the ancestors of some villagers. Asmat woodcarvings are known for their powerful lines and coarse, expressive motifs, and are widely considered by collectors and scholars to be among the world’s finest. With our anthropologist helping you to communicate, you have the opportunity to purchase carvings directly from village artisans.

Day 15: At Sea
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea and attend informative lectures as you sail into the Torres Strait.

Day 16: Thursday Island, Australia
Australia’s northernmost point, Thursday Island lies in the strategic Torres Strait. Settled in the late 19th century, its early fame rested on pearling by Japanese fishermen. During WWII, Australian and American troops were stationed at the base here. Explore the small sleepy town and take in the sweeping view from Green Hill Fort, built in 1893, then return to the ship for lunch. There is free time this afternoon to explore on your own.

Day 17: At Sea / Expedition Stop
Attend lectures today recapping your experiences.

Day 18: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / Disembark / Brisbane, Australia
This morning disembark in Port Moresby and enjoy a short city tour. After lunch board your flight to Brisbane and check in to our airport hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 19: Brisbane / USA
Board your independent flight, arriving in the USA the same day.

Optional Post-Voyage Extension: Papua New Guinea

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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Indonesia: Raja Ampat & Asmat Villages

November 3, 2016

Rates:

November 3, 2016
Category 1: $14,980 per person
Category 2: $16,180 per person
Category 3: $16,980 per person
Category 4: $17,880 per person
Category 5: $19,180 per person
Category 6: $21,280 per person

*Above rates are per person, based on double occupancy.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

– All gratuities; accommodations in our hotels and on board the Caledonian Sky as outlined in the itinerary; all onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Not Included:

– All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above); e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Deposit & Payments

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

Reservations

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

November 3, 2016 (optional Papua New Guinea pre-voyage extension)