Tailor-Made Holiday

Indonesia - Islands of Raja Ampat with Tiger Blue

Swim with manta ray, search for birds of paradise and kayak around remote islands

8 days

from £4,635pp (excluding flights)

This eight-day Indonesian holiday offers the chance to experience life at sea and on land around the many islands that make up Raja Ampat. Accessible only by boat these stunning islands remain almost undisturbed by humans and hide diverse bird and wildlife, gentle hiking opportunities and world-class diving.

  • Journey amongst the 1,500 hidden islands and bays of Raja Ampat
  • Cross the equator underwater while snorkelling surrounded by huge manta ray
  • Join a dawn search for Birds of Paradise on Yen Beser island

Board Tiger Blue in Sorong before heading out to explore the magical world both above and below the water. Explore the turquoise waters and mangroves by kayak or paddleboard or head underwater in search of marine life from pygmy seahorse to the endemic walking shark as well as manta ray and dolphin. On land, trek to island peaks for panoramic views, witness diverse birdlife, search for ancient hand paintings and spend evenings dining under the star-studded skies.

Why cruise Raja Ampat?

Raja Ampat is an archipelago made up of over 1,500 islands, many of which are incredibly remote, so a cruise is by far the best way to get the best experience.

Guides and specialists onboard Tiger Blue

The crew of Tiger Blue is made up of Indonesian and European members and includes a cruise director, captain and dive master as well as the chef, housekeepers, deckhands and engineers. They are a close team and work together to ensure everyone has the most memorable holiday possible.

Sustainable practices

Tiger Blue has a policy of no single-use plastic on board.

Pre and post cruise suggestions

  • Add on a week’s stay at Misool – the exclusive conservation resort
  • Spend a few days in Bali exploring local markets and cycling through Padi fields
  • Fly to Indonesian Borneo in search of the orangutan

Cruise dates

Tiger Blue offers several fixed departure dates throughout the year.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 4635 £ 800
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what is included

  • 7 nights onboard Tiger Blue
  • All excursions and activities including equipment for water sports and diving
  • All meals and snacks plus all tea, coffee, juices, soft drinks and house beer
  • Personal laundry
  • Return airport transfers

what is excluded

  • Any flights
  • Diving course tuition
  • Gratuities
  • Marine park fees of USD100 per person (paid locally)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Wines and spirits (available at additional cost)

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Sorong to Penemu
On arrival into Sorong airport transfer to Tiger Blue which will be moored 30-60 minutes from the airport. Settle in and enjoy your first meal on board before sailing overnight to Penemu.

Raja Ampat is as remote as you get - closer to West Papua than anywhere else. The name translates as ‘Four Kings’ referring to the four main islands of Salawati, Batanta, Waigeo and Misool, which are in turn surrounded by approximately 1,500 wild islands with pristine beaches and sheer

limestone cliffs plunging into aqua seas.

Above water, the islands’ cultural heritage is diverse, with prehistoric cave paintings and relics from

the era of the Four Kings who once ruled here. Intrepid visitors can trek through the jungle, learn about traditional kampong life in local villages, visit a sea turtle rookery and explore the coastal mangroves by sea kayak.


You will be staying at Tiger Blue, full board and house beverages

Day 2

Secret Bay to Wayag
After breakfast, head off snorkelling or diving before a leisurely lunch. In the afternoon, choose between wakeboarding, water-skiing, kayaking or relaxing on board. Later take the tender to visit a secret bay and embark on a short trek on foot which ends in a blaze of colour at sunset. Overnight sail to Wayag.


You will be staying at Tiger Blue, full board and house beverages

Day 3

Wayag and Bonfire on the Beach
Climb the peaks of Wayag to survey the limestone outcrops from above - an iconic vista of lush greens and turquoises. After lunch spend time snorkelling, diving or any other water sports before a cocktail party on the beach beside a roaring bonfire, underneath a star-studded sky.


You will be staying at Tiger Blue, full board and house beverages

Day 4

Kawe to Aljui Bay
Set sail early in the morning to Kawe. Cross the equator underwater while you snorkel, or dive surrounded by huge manta rays. After lunch, sail to Aljui Bay, home to the best night-diving in Raja Ampat. Enjoy a relaxed dinner on board.


You will be staying at Tiger Blue, full board and house beverages

Day 5

Pearl Farm and Wofoh
This morning learn how cultured pearls are made at the Atlas pearl farm. After lunch, explore the bay with a boat tour taking in limestone cliffs and rocks, pinnacles, dolphins and exotic birds. Snorkelling, diving and water sports are available for the remainder of the afternoon, before cocktails and a barbecue on a peaceful beach. Sail overnight to Pulau Pef.


You will be staying at Tiger Blue, full board and house beverages

Day 6

Pulau Pef
Pulau Pef's small inlets, bays and crystal-clear lagoons make the ideal setting for kayaking. Surrounded by huge ancient trees, paddle right up to the mangrove roots and search for pre-historic hand paintings on the limestone cliffs. Snorkel or dive any range of habitats from caverns and overhangs to hard and soft corals, keeping an eye out for pygmy seahorses and the endemic walking shark. After lunch, sail to Yang Efo to dive or snorkel with turtles, stingrays and schools of snapper and fusilier fish before sailing overnight to Yen Beser.


You will be staying at Tiger Blue, full board and house beverages

Day 7

Yen Beser
Before dawn breaks, set off on a trek in search of the rare red birds of paradise, which perform an elaborate courtship display as the sun rises. Puffing up their feathers, vibrating and buzzing, the birds also tip upside down to show off their long tail feathers, which form a heart around them. Continue exploring the jungle, observing endemic trees and rich fauna. Dive at Meoscon, pause for lunch then relax on a short sail before snorkelling again with manta rays. Overnight sail to Sorong.


You will be staying at Tiger Blue, full board and house beverages

Day 8

Disembarkation in Sorong
After breakfast, pack and prepare to disembark, returning to the airport by tender and car.

Accommodation

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Tiger Blue

Tiger Blue

With the ability to take you to remote and hard to reach islands, Tiger Blue, is a meticulously appointed and beautifully crafted traditional timber Phinisi - a traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing ship historically and still widely used for local transportation within the Indonesian archipelago....

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