Raja Ampat

Described as the ‘Last Paradise on Earth’, Raja Ampat National Park straddles the Equator off the northwestern tip of Indonesian Papua, in the heart of the Coral Triangle. Raja Ampat is a globally-significant biodiversity hotspot, presenting a wealth of marine life, wildlife and exotic bird life, with hornbills, parrots, and many different bird-of-paradise species, as well as a vibrant culture and network of local villages. It’s not surprising that the famed naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, did extensive fieldwork here during the 19th century. Because of Raja Ampat’s size, the best way to see it is by ship, with the traditional wooden pinisi boats of Indonesia being the most popular for cruising the many islands of Raja Ampat. Many of the fish, corals and crustaceans that live in these waters are found nowhere else on Earth, making Raja Ampat an exceptional snorkelling destination. Dolphins, dugong, manta rays, whales and cuscus can also be seen, and the splendour of Raja Ampat’s rainforests, white-sand beaches, deep-water lagoons and underwater world is astounding.  

 

Cruises Related to Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat Action and Adventure

On this action-focussed cruise through Raja Ampat, you’ll trek through jungles to spot birds of paradise, float with stingless jellyfish, explore caves, lagoons and waterfalls, and snorkel and paddle in search of large marine life.
Nov thru Dec 2018
10 days / 9 nights

Jewels of Raja Ampat

Starting and ending in Sorong, West Papua, we will take you on a cruise through the natural splendour of Raja Ampat, home to the most bio-diverse coral reefs in the world, as well as a unique birdlife that includes the birds of paradise.
Jan 2018 thru Feb 2019
10 days / 9 nights

Jewels of Raja Ampat 2019

Starting and ending in Sorong, West Papua, we will take you on a cruise through the natural splendour of Raja Ampat, home to the most bio-diverse coral reefs in the world, as well as a unique birdlife that includes the birds of paradise.
Nov 2019 thru Jan 2020
10 days / 9 nights

Raja Ampat Action and Adventure

On this action-focussed cruise through Raja Ampat, you’ll trek through jungles to spot birds of paradise, float with stingless jellyfish, explore caves, lagoons and waterfalls, and snorkel and paddle in search of large marine life.
Dec 2019
10 days / 9 nights

Papua's Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise I

This ten-day cruise follows in the footsteps of Alfred Russel Wallace and offers plenty of culture and snorkelling, with potential exciting encounters with whale sharks, manta rays, and birds of paradise in their natural habitat.
Oct thru Nov 2018
10 days / 9 nights

Papua's Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise II

Led by naturalist, Alexander Reeuwijk, this cruise honours Alfred Russel Wallace, the co-founder of the theory of evolution. We will explore, on land and underwater, what captivated Wallace about this part of the world, including the beautiful birds of paradise.
Nov 2018
10 days / 9 nights

Kingdoms of Coral, Karst and Cloves in association with ASA

Historian and seafaring expert, Jeffrey Mellefont, leads us though the spectacular marine landscapes of Raja Ampat – home to karst spires, birds of paradise, and the world’s most bio-diverse coral reefs – to the clove plantations of the fabled Sultanate of Ternate.
Jan 2019
12 days / 11 nights

Wallace Trails & Sails with Dr. George Beccaloni

This expert-led cruise from Ambon to Sorong honours Alfred Russel Wallace – 19th century British naturalist and co-founder of the theory of evolution. We will explore, on land and underwater, what captivated Wallace about this part of the world, including the birds of paradise.
Oct 2018
12 days / 11 nights

Papua's Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise II

Led by naturalist, Alexander Reeuwijk, this cruise honours Alfred Russel Wallace, the co-founder of the theory of evolution. We will explore, on land and underwater, what captivated Wallace about this part of the world, including the beautiful birds of paradise.
Nov 2019
10 days / 9 nights

In Search of Wallace and His Living Treasures with Dr. George Beccaloni

In the company of Wallace-expert, Dr. George Beccaloni, we will voyage in the wake of the legendary naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, through Raja Ampat in search of the extraordinary birds of paradise en route to the clove-scented island of Ternate.
Jan 2020
12 days / 11 nights

Wallace Trails & Sails II

This expert-led cruise from Ambon to Sorong honours Alfred Russel Wallace – 19th century British naturalist and co-founder of the theory of evolution. We will explore, on land and underwater, what captivated Wallace about this part of the world, including the birds of paradise.
Nov 2018
12 days / 11 nights

Articles Related to Raja Ampat

Swimming with Whale Sharks

https://seatrekbali.com/blogs-awards/detail/swimming-with-whale-sharks
Swimming with whale sharks is one of the most amazing and tranquil experiences you will ever have in your life. Read on to hear what it can do for you through the eyes of one who knows.

Paradise takes many forms on this Indonesian archipelago.

https://seatrekbali.com/in-the-press/detail/paradise-takes-many-forms-on-this-indonesian-archipelago-
HIs goal was to trace Wallace’s journey through the four main islands of Raja Ampat and find his beloved birds-of-paradise. Along the way, Mark Johanson would discover a startlingly virgin archipelago that remains little changed in the 150 years since Wallace left.