Raja Ampat – Indonesia April 20th – 27th 2019

Overview

Dates of trip

April 20th - 27th 2019


Getting to Raja Ampat

Many airlines fly to Jakarta (recommended) or Singapore from all over the world. If you are planning a non-stop over itinerary, you should fly from any European or world wide destination on April 19th to Jakarta or Singapore with British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Qatar, Emirates, Eithad, Singapore Airlines, Alitalia and then continue to Sorong with Batik air, Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air . In case you want to have a stopover in Jakarta or Singapore you should organize your departure April 17th or before. At your arrival at the airport in Sorong meet our local agent (or your instructor) with Swimtrekking sign. Breakfast and transfer to Jakarta harbour where we will depart with a boat to reach Agusta Island (approximately 2 hours cruise).


Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a Papuan Cottage on a full board basis, twin share/double bedrooms. The Papuan Cottages are about 32 square meters with a rectangular plan, are built in a traditional Papuan style, wood and leaves and decorated very simply. They do not have air conditioning. They have separate beds (that can be joined for a double). The private bathroom has a shower, but only with water at room temperature. The Papuan Cottages are more isolated than cottage De Luxe and Superior, but equally comfortable with other services in the structure. By paying a supplementi it will be possible to upgrade your accommodation to Cottage Superior and Cottage De Luxe .


Food

Breakfast and dinner will be served every day at the Resort Restaurant. Packed Lunches will be a selection of sandwiches, fruit and snacks and will be offered at the end of the morning swim exploration. The restaurant with superior furnishings, is composed of a large wooden structure with load-bearing girders without internal support poles. There is a spacious lounge with armchairs and wooden sofa handmade in Bali. The cuisine is carefully prepared with two experienced chefs in preparing traditional dishes from Indonesian and Italian which will therefore not miss our fantastic food but they’ll also appreciate the tasty Indonesian cuisine, obtaining with this mix a varied catering with excellent quality. The kitchen can cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets but please ensure you inform us of your dietary requirements on booking.


Equipment/Clothes
Each participant should bring a waterproof jacket, walking shoes/sandals, sun hat and sun glasses. They will also be given a wetsuit, fins, mask and snorkel. Each Swimtrekker will tow a Barkino during swims. This allow swimmers to carry anything they'll find useful. An under water waterproof camera is a must for a Swimtrekking holiday.


Temperatures and conditions

April: air temperature is between 26° and 31°; sea temperature is between 29° and 30°.


Fees

€ 1995 (7 nights) minimum 5 participants.
Club membership 2019: € 30
Flights: € 1000 return (estimate price from any European destination).


What's included

7 nights (according to the program) at Agusta Resort (Agusta Island) with full board accommodation (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner) in a Papuan Cottage (based on twin share/double); daily swimtrekking expeditions and excursions guided by qualified Swimtrekking Instructors; 2 daily boat transfers to reach the swim locations near the Resort; 4 swim-excursions in the Raja Ampat archipelago over 12 miles distance from the Resort; all return transfers (from the airport to Sorong port - return and from Sorong port to Agusta Resort - return); 1 Swimtrekking Instructor every 5 participants; Marine Park tax; Permit of stay; Swimtrekking t-shirt and swim hat, equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit and barkino); ASD Swimtrekking insurance (only for swimming activities).


What's not included

All international flights to and from Indonesia; all internal flights in Indonesia; Banks commissions; any optional activity; other travel insurances.


 

Raja Ampat – Indonesia April 20th – 27th 2019

Experience an incredible swim adventure in one of the most remote and beautiful destinations on earth. We will be exploring the sublime scenery of steep, jungle-covered islands, scorching white-sand beaches, hidden lagoons, spooky caves, weird mushroom-shaped islets and pellucid turquoise waters of Raja Ampat in Indonesia.

Equipment

Swimtrekking involves the use of specifically designed equipment. One swimmer out of two will tow a light weight, water tight barkino during coastal swims. This is attached to the swimmer by a harness worn around the waist. Barkinos allow swimmers to carry drinking water, aqua shoes, lunch, spare equipment and anything else you will find useful for the days adventure as well as being a visible piece of safety equipment. In addition to this Swimtrekking will provide all guests with wetsuit, fins, mask and snorkel. These items allow you to freely explore your underwater environment whilst giving you the personal protection required. Guests are free to bring along their own equipment or wetsuit.

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Raja Ampat

You will find a pristine paradise where Mother Nature and warm friendly people welcome you with all the exceptional wonders in Raja Ampat, the islands-regency in West Papua Province. With all the spectacular wonders above and beyond its waters, as well as on land and amidst the thick jungles, this is truly the place where words such as beautiful, enchanting, magnificent, and fascinating gets its true physical meaning. Situated off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on Papua, the most eastern Island of the Indonesian Archipelago, Raja Ampat or literally meaning ‘The Four Kings’ is an archipelago  comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool. The name Raja Ampat itself is believed to derived from a legend where a woman found seven eggs, with four of them hatch and become the kings of the four main islands, while the other three  became a woman, a ghost, and a stone. For underwater enthusiasts, Raja Ampat definitely offers the some of the world’s ultimate experience. The territory within the islands of the Four Kings is enormous, covering 9.8 million acres of land and sea, home to 540 types of corals, more than 1,000 types of coral fish and 700 types of mollusks. This makes it the most diverse living library for world’s coral reef and underwater biota. According to a report developed by The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International, around 75% of the world’s species live here! Raja Ampat’s sheer numbers and diversity of marine life and its huge pristine coral reef systems are a scuba dream come true – and a fantastic site for swimtrekking too. There are a lot of swimming spots to choose from in this vast waters. Among these are at the Kabui Passage (the very narrow passage between Waigeo and Gam Island crossed by renowned British explorer, Alfred Russell Wallace in 1860), around the Arborek Island’s Dock, Sawandarek, Yenbuba, Friwen Wall, and many-many more. While its underwater splendors are beyond exceptional, the landscape above the surface is equally breath-taking. As if it was carefully designed and placed with such aesthetic, the rock islets amidst the clear blue water and bright blue sky in Piaynemo offers some of the most spectacular sceneries on the face of the earth. Looking down from the top of the hill, it almost as seems that Mother Nature painted her finest artwork and offers a glimpse of paradise. Further at Wayag Island, you will also find an amazing rock islets formation in an even bigger scale. The incredible wildlife of Raja Ampat does not stop underwater. Amidst the many thick jungles within the islands, ones can still find various bird species including the spectacular Cendrawasih or the bird of Paradise. There is also an endemic species of cuscus, the Waigeou cuscus or Waigeou spotted cuscus (Spilocuscus papuensis) which is a species of marsupial in the family Phalangeridae. With all its spectacular wonders inland, on the shore, and beyond the waters, and distinct serene ambience that you rarely find anywhere else on earth, Raja Ampat truly offers the ultimate experience ones can only dream of.

Dates of trip

From April 20th to April 27th (7 night program) 2019

About the trip

Start point: Agusta Resort April 20th
Start time: according to the flight arrival.
Finish point: Agusta Resort April 27th
Finish time: 06.00

Swimtrekking program Raja Ampat

Day 1 (April 19th)

Departure from any European airports with Qatar, Emirates, Eithad, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Alitalia. Best itinerary should be flying to Jakarta – Sorong or to Singapore – Sorong departing April 19th and arriving April 20th without stopover. In case of stop over it will be better to depart April 17th. Internal flight from Jakarta to Sorong should be with Batik air, Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air .

Day 2 (April 20th)

*Airport pick-up – meet local agent (or your instructor) with Swimtrekking sign
*Breakfast and transfer to Jakarta harbour where we will depart with a boat to reach Agusta Island (approximately 2 hours cruise)
*Arrival in Augusta Island, check in and accommodation in the traditional Papuan Cottage built with wood and leaves and decorated very simply (they do not have air conditioning). By paying a supplement you can stay in a different style of accommodation like Cottage Superior or Cottage De Luxe
*Lunch at Agusta Resort restaurant
*In the afternoon safety briefing and first swim around Agusta Island
*Dinner at Agusta Resort restaurant.

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Days 3 (April 21st)

Swimtrekking

*7.00 Breakfast and briefing Agusta Resort
*8.00 Pack up your essentials for the day before heading out for the morning swim. Boat transfer to our starting point of the day (within 12 miles from the Resort)
*9.00 Once on the shoreline we kit up before beginning our morning adventure (approximately 3 hours of Swimtrekking)
*12.00 We’ll stop off on a white sandy beach for lunch, after which you have time to spend exploring the inland wilderness if possible or time off to relax
*14.00 Once lunch has settled and everyone is ready to cool off in the water again, we continue our sea adventure (approximately 2 hours of Swimtrekking)
*16.00 At the end of the daily expedition the boat will take us back to Agusta Island
*19.30 Dinner at Agusta Resort .

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Day 4 (April 22nd)

Batanta waterfall excursion

*7.00 Breakfast and briefing Agusta Resort
*8.00 Boat transfer to Batanta island

This waterfall is located Batanta Island, one of the four major islands of the Raja Ampat about 1 hour boat ride from our resort and approximately 30 minutes of walking. This wonderful waterfall is waiting for you in the heart of the tropical forest. Watch out for many colorful butterflies of different sizes along the way, led by the chirping of birds will welcome you on your path until you come to a small pond with a waterfall of fresh water, where you can take a refreshing bath and try the crayfish. The adventurous can descend the waterfall by abseil (safety equipment are provided by the resort).

*12.30 Packed lunch in Batanta Island
*16.00 At the end of the excursion boat transfer back to Agusta Island
*19.30 Dinner at Agusta Resort .

Days 5 (April 23rd)

Painemo Lagoon excursion

*7.00 Breakfast and briefing Agusta Resort
*8.00 Boat transfer to Painemo Lagoon

These islands are the very definition of this enchanted paradise. Black rock pinnacles covered with lush vegetation emerging from the deep turquoise of ‘water. Located about one hour by boat from Agusta Island, in the small archipelago you can admire some of the most beautiful coral gardens of the Raja Ampat, Melissa garden, combined with a breath-taking views of one of the five most beautiful lagoons in the world. 
A fantastic place, both above and below water.

*12.30 Packed lunch in Painemo Lagoon
*16.00 At the end of the excursion boat transfer back to Agusta island
*19.30 Dinner at Agusta Resort .

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Day 6 (April 24th)

Excursion to the Passage

*7.00 Breakfast and briefing Agusta Resort
*8.00 Boat transfer to the Passage

This unique excursion, is located about 1 hour away from Agusta Island, between the island of Gam and Waigeo. It can be described as a tropical river flowing between the two islands for about two kilometers that are traveled by boat. The plankton-rich waters that come through the tides feed a vast wealth of marine biodiversity. Above water the sheer limestone walls make this a lovely place. Suitable not only for divers you can also admire the partially submerged caves with extraordinary colours, or check out the remains of several Japanese soldiers of World War II.

*12.30 Packed lunch in Painemo Lagoon
*16.00 At the end of the excursion boat transfer back to Agusta Island
*19.30 Dinner at Agusta Resort .

Days 7 (April 25th)

Hidden Bay excursion

*7.00 Breakfast and briefing Agusta Resort
*8.00 Boat transfer to Hidden Bay

Hidden Bay is one of Raja Ampat’s gems. With a narrow entrance easy to overlook, once inside a long narrow channel with coral reefs and small sharks is finally splits into a maze of rock islands and side bays. We wander through here for an extremely scenic cruise (definitely get your cameras out!) before stopping at a small isolated jetty for our lunch break.

*12.30 Packed lunch in Hidden Bay
*16.00 At the end of the excursion boat transfer back to Agusta island
*19.30 Dinner at Agusta Resort .

Day 8 (April 26th)

Swimtrekking

*7.00 Breakfast and briefing Agusta Resort
*8.00 Pack up your essentials for the day before heading out for the morning swim. Boat transfer to our starting point of the day (within 12 miles from the Resort)
*9.00 Once on the shoreline we kit up before beginning our morning adventure (approximately 3 hours of Swimtrekking)
*12.00 We’ll stop off on a white sandy beach for lunch, after which you have time to spend exploring the inland wilderness if possible or time off to relax
*14.00 Once lunch has settled and everyone is ready to cool off in the water again, we continue our sea adventure (approximately 2 hours of Swimtrekking)
*16.00 At the end of the daily expedition the boat will take us back to Agusta island where we walk back to the Resort
*19.30 Dinner at Agusta Resort .

Day 9 (April 27th)

End of the 7 night program

*6.00 Check out and boat transfer from Agusta Resort to Sorong
*Once in Sorong transfer to the airport and return flight via Jakarta / Singapore as per your flight itinerary.

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Getting to Raja Ampat

Many airlines fly to Jakarta (recommended) or Singapore from all over the world. If you are planning a non-stop over itinerary, you should fly from any European or world wide destination on April 19th with British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Qatar, Emirates, Eithad, Singapore Airlines, Alitalia and then continue to Sorong with Batik air, Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air . In case you want to have a stopover in Jakarta or Singapore you should organize your departure April 17th or before. At your arrival at the airport in Sorong meet our local agent (or your instructor) with Swimtrekking sign. Breakfast and transfer to Jakarta harbour where we will depart with a boat to reach Agusta Island (approximately 2 hours cruise).

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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in the Papuan Cottage on a full board basis in double bedrooms. The Papuan Cottages are about 32 square meters with a rectangular plan, are built in a traditional Papuan style, wood and leaves and decorated very simply. They do not have air conditioning. Have separate beds (that can be joined for a double). The private bathroom has a shower, but only with water at room temperature. The veranda is always a source sea. The Papuan are more isolated than cottage De Luxe and Superior, but equally comfortable with other services in the structure. Paying a supplementi it will be possible to upgrade the accommodation to Cottage Superior e Cottage De Luxe .

Food

Breakfast and dinner will be served every day at the Resort Restaurant. Packed Lunches will be a selection of sandwiches, fruit and snacks and will be offered at the end of the morning swim exploration. The restaurant with superior furnishings, is composed of a large wooden structure with load-bearing girders without internal support poles. There is a spacious lounge with armchairs and wooden sofa handmade in Bali. The cuisine is carefully prepared with two experienced chefs in preparing traditional dishes from Indonesian and Italian which will therefore not miss our fantastic food but they’ll also appreciate the tasty Indonesian cuisine, obtaining with this mix a varied catering with excellent quality. The kitchen can cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets but please ensure you inform us of your dietary requirements on booking.

Temperatures and conditions

April: air temperature is between 26° and 31°; sea temperature is between 29° and 30°.

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What to bring

On top of your normal clothes you should bring with you: a waterproof jacket, walking shoes/sandals, sun hat, sun cream protection and sun glasses. Waterproof camera (recommended), USB external hard disk to store the upload pictures and videos of the trip, 1 Ikea bag. There are no cash points on the island so be sure that you bring some money for your drinks, etc.
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Point of interest

Arborek village mantas

Among the excursions, one can’t fail to mention, the trip to span Arborek, a very clean and nice village, with many flowers and ornamental plants including a beautiful, gigantic bougainvillea. You can also see a big span football field, a small shipyard where the locals build the typical long boat, the cemetery and some shops not for tourists. This village is located near the famous manta sandy and also has a beautiful pier where in three meters of water snorkelers and divers can meet amazing variety of fish of all colours.

Mios Kon

A small island with a beautiful beach surrounded by a turquoise sea of a thousand shades and populated by thousands of bats resting hanging upside down. Large in size, the wingspan exceeds one meter, are a species not yet classified. On the east side of the island you can see for sure, doing diving or just snorkeling, hundreds of snappers streaked in packs, but each meeting is possible in these waters by tuna and sharks to the great trevally.

Bird watching

The red bird of paradise lives in the nearby hills of the village of Yenwaknor here you can also visit the small village. It is approximately 30 minutes by boat from our resort, followed by a 30 minute hike to get to the bird-watching location to see the endemic Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra). The male birds perform their famous courtship dances to attract females with the first light of day. If you’re a birder or not, this is a show not to be missed. Do not forget to bring your walking shoes!

Important

Average daily swim exploration will be around 5 kilometres. All swims will be guided by qualified Swimtrekking Instructors.

Swimtrekking instructors are responsible for all the organizational aspects and logistics of the trip.

Please remember that programs and daily timetables can be changed or cancelled according to the weather conditions by the instructors.

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