Raja Ampat Islands Itinerary
Secluded and serene, Raja Ampat is a region that matches incredible natural beauty with adventure. The archipelago consists of 1,500 untamed islands, an endless array of unspoiled white-sand beaches, and stunning aquamarine waters. Bottom line, Raja Ampat offers everything for yacht charter guests: Solitude, amazing beaches, world-class diving, island hopping, and a true sense of adventure. Explore all of Raja Ampat’s sights on this 7-day yacht charter.
Day 1 – Sorong
Located on the western tip of New Guinea, Sorong is the ideal launching off point for Raja Ampat. Your charter experience begins after arriving at Sorong Airport. You’ll be met by a charter representative, before transferring to the harbor. Enjoy a glass of champagne, as you tour your home for the next week. After getting settled, you’ll set sail to Mioskon Island in the Dampier Strait. Known for its impressive reef, placid mirrored waters, and jungled trails, Mioskon Island provides a beautiful introduction to Raja Ampat.
Day 2 – Kri Peninsula
Wake up to the sound of tropical birds in Misokon Bay, and take in your surrounds over a morning latte. Before heading out, enjoy another dip in the aquamarine waters, or snorkel in the nearby mangroves. In the early afternoon, set sail for the iconic and stunningly beautiful Kri Peninsula. Kri, a hub of ecotourism in Raja Ampat, is home to some of the world’s best diving spots like Cape Kri and the Sardine Reef. Here, you’ll be welcomed by a wide range of marine species, including turtles, reef sharks and rays. In the afternoon, choose to stop at nearby Mansuar Island, which is home to an historic church, an accessible inland lake, and amazing beaches.
Day 3 & 4 – Wayag Islands
Visitors to the Wayag Islands get to see one of Raja Ampat’s most recognizable sights: The tiny karst islands, jetting out of the turquoise and deep blue waters. Explore this stunning oasis over the next two days. The Wayag Islands are an idyllic destination for watersports. Paddleboard or kayak in the narrow channels between the jungled karsts; a tender cruise is a must, as well. Or climb the peak on Piaynemo Island for 360-degree views. During your stay, you’ll find plenty of untouched sandy beaches, perfect for a sunset picnic.
Day 5 – The Passage and Gam
Continue your exploration Raja Ampat in the morning on the island of Gam. Gam is a haven for red bird-of-paradise, and many yacht charter guests stop here for a short hike to catch a glimpse of these rare birds. Enjoy breakfast onboard, while in route to Waigeo. Kabui Bay – and its photogenic mushroom-shaped islands – is along the way. You’ll also see The Passage, a river-like stretch of seawater created by tiny barrier karst islands. It’s a one-of-a-kind sight. In the afternoon, explore the mangroves around Gam by tender. A network of narrow inlets allow guests to jet through the jungle, an awe-inspiring adventure.
Day 6 – Arborek & Batanta
Discover two of the Dampier Strait’s most beautiful islands on your return to Sorong. Arborek is a gem. Blanketed by white-sand beaches, the island offers a blissful haven for a beach picnic or quick swim. Yet, the real draw is Arborek’s snorkeling. During charter season, currents in the strait draw in a natural bounty of plankton, and with it an abundance of marine wildlife. Manta rays are a common sight, putting on a spectacular underwater display. Your journey ends in the waters off Batanta Island. Choose to visit the island’s iconic waterfall before dusk, or enjoy sunset cocktails on board taking the incredible scenery.
Day 7 – Return to Sorong
You’ll depart early in the morning, on your return voyage to Sorong. Enjoy a chef-prepared breakfast, while you sail, before being transformed to Sorong’s international airport.