RAJA AMPAT, INDONESIA • OCTOBER 13 - 22, 2018

ABOUT RAJA AMPAT

Raja Ampat is situated off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya). It is the most eastern Island of the Indonesian Archipelago, Raja Ampat, or literally meaning ‘The Four Kings’ is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 jungle-covered 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.

According to Conservation International, the marine life diversity in the Raja Ampat area is the highest recorded on Earth. Diversity is considerably greater than any other area in the Coral Triangle composed of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and East Timor. The Coral Triangle is the heart of the world's coral reef biodiversity, making Raja Ampat quite possibly the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world.

The high marine diversity in Raja Ampat is influenced by its position between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as coral and fish larvae are more easily shared between the two oceans. There are an estimated 1,508 fish species, 537 coral species (75% of all species that exist in the world, and 699 mollusk species. The variety of marine life is staggering.

Diving Raja Ampat will take your breath away.

FACTS

Country: Indonesia
Continent: Australian
Best Time: October to April
Precipitation: October to November is the dry season
Air Temperature: 80° - 88° F
Water Temperature: 82° - 86° F
Capital Island: Waisai
Time: UTC+09:0
Total Islands: 1,500
Population: 49,048 (2014)
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (USD 1 = 13,000 IRD)
Electricity: 220V

 

THE GAIA LOVE

The Gaia Love is a modern 132 feet steel/40 meter steel hull vessel built in Batam, Indonesia. Designed with a modern contemporary look with an emphasis for diving in comfort, she accommodates up to 22 guest in 11 spacious ensuite rooms. Each room is approximately 20 square meters/215 square feet, has individual air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms. Upper deck rooms feature an additional private outdoor balcony.

Gaia Love has a total of 4 decks (lower, main, upper and top/sundeck). A lounge, restaurant and camera room are located on the main deck. In the lounge are an entertainment center, bar and all the facilities and little creature comforts to make your stay most comfortable. Photographers and videographers will appreciate the large well-appointed camera room, complete with ample storage and multiple stations.

At the rear is a large dive deck that can accommodate up to 28 divers, so there is lots of space to move around. On the dive deck are also 11 large rinse tanks of various sizes, for camera setups of all sorts. A boat deck is slightly aft of the dive deck where two 18-foot/5.5-meter diving skiffs will always be ready and easy for divers to board.

The top deck features a bar for evening gatherings and relaxation under the stars. If you prefer to dine outdoors, this will be the perfect area to enjoy your meal. Sufficient shelter is available here as well as areas for those who wish to soak up some sun.

Gaia Love has a very well equipped wheelhouse from up-to-date navigation equipment to advanced communication systems, life rafts, life vests, EPRIB, fire protection and fire fighting systems. An additional back up RIB is stored on the top deck, easily and swiftly deployable by a one ton crane, should it be needed.

Type: Motor Yacht (M/Y) • Year Built: 2016 • Length: 132 feet /40 meters • Beam: 33 feet/10 meters • Cruising speed: 10 knots • Number of passengers: 22

THE CABINS

UPPER DECK CABINS

• Approx. 20 sq.m (215 sq.ft)
• Private bathroom
• Fresh hot and cold water shower
• Independently controlled air-conditioning system
• Private balcony with sliding glass doors
• Flat panel TV with 30+ On Demand movies

 

• Cabin 6: 1 Queen bed
• Cabin 7: 1 Queen bed
• Cabin 8: 2 Super Single beds
• Cabin 9: 1 King bed
• Cabin 10: 2 Super Single beds
• Cabin 11: 1 King bed

LOWER DECK CABINS
• Approx. 20 sq.m (215 sq.ft)
• Private bathroom
• Fresh hot and cold water shower
• Independently controlled air-conditioning system
• Flat panel TV with 30+ On Demand movies


• Cabin 1: 1 King bed
• Cabin 2: 1 King bed
• Cabin 3: 2 Super Single beds
• Cabin 4: 2 Super Single beds
• Cabin 5: 2 Super Single beds


GAIA LOVE TECH SPECS

Hull Type: Marine Steel
Engine: 2 Yanmar 829 bhp
Generator: Two Kohler 80kw Power System
Fresh Water: 52,000 L
Desalination: 2 Spectra 2,800 Gallons/day system
Vetus Bow thruster
Max Speed: 12 knots

Fuel Oil Capacity: 66,000L
Range: 6,570 Nm
Furuno Open Array Radar
Simrad AutoPilot
Icom Marine VHF Radios
HF SSB GMDSS Radios
Icom GMDSS Air Band Radios

Garmin GPS Chart Plotter
Navtek
Echo Sounder
Satellite Phone
Satellite Broadband
Simrad Global Positioning System Compass
EPRIB

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THE DIVING

In the south of Raja Ampat is the island of Misool. Be wowed by the profusion of colorful soft corals and sea fans. Expect to encounter both the oceanic and reef mantas. Towards the western tip of Misool, be intrigued by one of the world’s most stunning mangroves.

Located in central Raja Ampat is Dampier Strait (which flows between Waigeo and Batanta), where nutrient-rich ocean currents create an incredible underwater environment. Everything which makes for a wonderful dive can be found here. Home to iconic dive sites Cape Kri and Blue Magic, be surrounded by schools of fish and the unique thrill of “fish thunder” – the loud booming sound made when a large number of fish move rapidly through open water. Further west is the island of Arborek, known for its jetty dive and cleanliness. Traveling north west of Dampier Strait is the Penemu Islands famous of its hard coral gardens and stunning lagoon view.

Northern Raja Ampat covers the islands of Weigeo, Kawe and Wayag. Visit the pearl farm of Aljui Bay in between exploring the pearl farm’s jetties famous for its unique critters and sleeping woobegongs. West of Waigeo, the rocks and seamounts in the Kawe area are truly singular as they actually sit on the equator. Kawe is one of the few places in the world where you can travel between the northern and southern hemispheres while diving! Yet, this is not the only reason to be excited about this dive. A combination of currents and feeding stations in this area combine to draw in a profuse amount of fish life, as well as huge mantas.

Cruising even further to the north, we visit the Wayag area. This isolated, uninhabited area sprinkled with verdant limestone islands, bordered by slivers of white sandy beaches and palm trees, represents what people usually have in mind when they think of paradise. The only thing to rival the landscape here is the diving. It is truly spectacular, with extensive and untouched hard coral reefs. As the majority of Wayag’s islands have yet to be explored, it is very likely that many more dive sites will be found in this still remote area. Other attractions includes ancient rock paintings and caves off the island of Misool and the rare crimson bird of paradise on Waigeo.

DIVING CONDITIONS

DEPTH: 15' - 130'
VIS: 30' - 99'
CURRENTS: Light - Strong
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate - Advanced
WATER TEMP: 80° F - 85° F
DIVE SITES: 200+

SAMPLE ITINERARY

OCTOBER 13th: NIGHT 1
Arrive in Sorong. Transfer to Gaia Love

OCTOBER 14th: NIGHT 2
Dive Day 1: 3-4 dives

OCTOBER 15th: NIGHT 3
Dive Day 2: 3-4 dives

OCTOBER 16th: NIGHT 4
Dive Day 3: 3-4 dives

OCTOBER 17th: NIGHT 5
Dive Day 4: 3-4 dives

OCTOBER 18th: NIGHT 6
Dive Day 5: 3-4 dives

OCTOBER 19th: NIGHT 7
Dive Day 6: 3-4 dives

OCTOBER 20th: NIGHT 8
Dive Day 7: 3-4 dives

OCTOBER 21st: NIGHT 9
Dive Day 8: 3 dives

OCTOBER 22nd: NIGHT 10
Disembark Gaia Love by 10am. Transfer to airport.

**PLEASE NOTE** The dive sites visited are subject to weather conditions and local seasonal knowledge and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.


PACKAGE INCLUDES

10 days / 9 nights aboard the Gaia Love
8 days diving
Up to 4 dives per day
Night Dives
Nitrox
Tanks • Weights/belt
Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner • Snacks
Wine* • Sodas • Tea • Coffee
Land Tours
Group airport transfers in Sorong
Government goods & services tax
Parties & Surprises!

LOWER LEVEL CABIN PACKAGE (DOUBLE OCC) COST $4,895
OCEAN VIEW SUITE PACKAGE (DOUBLE OCC) COST $5,395

Available on a first-come first-serve basis

EASY PAY PLAN
With Reservation $1,000
January 13, 2018 $2,000
June 13, 2018 Balance

Prices subject to change
AIRFARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Private Transfers not included
Gratuities not included 

PACKAGE EXCLUDES
International flights • Transit Hotel (if applicable) • Raja Ampat Port and National Marine Park Fee (≈$150)
Alcoholic beverages • Equipment Rentals • Departure Tax (if applicable) • Fuel Surcharge (if applicable)
Travel insurance (recommended) • Dive insurance (required) • Crew gratuities • Massages and on board spa treatments • On-board Wi-Fi

We require DAN or equivalent dive accident and evacuation insurance and strongly recommend dive trip/travel and equipment insurance.
There are no refunds for lost days of diving due to weather or equipment issues.


GETTING THERE

Domestic Airport: Ambon (AMQ), Denpasar / Bali (DPS), Jakarta (CGK), Makassar / Ujung Padang (UPG), Manado (MDC), Sorong (SOQ)

International Airport: Denpasar / Bali (DPS), Jakarta (CGK), Makassar / Ujung Padang (UPG), Manado (MDC)

Routes: International in bound flights into Indonesia will have to be through Jakarta, Bali or Manado.

SAMPLE FLIGHT ITINERARY AS OF AUGUST 14, 2017
COST $1050 ROUNDTRIP (2018 FLIGHTS ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE)

11 HOUR LAYOVER : Transit hotel available. See below

24 HOUR LAYOVER : Transit hotel available. See below

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Outbound: Thursday, October 12th. Check In 1:00pm. Check Out 10:00pm
Return: Monday, October 23rd. Check In 2:00pm. Check Out 12:30pm

Room types: Superior (≈$57 Double Occ), Deluxe (≈$68 Double Occ), Deluxe Plus (≈$78 Double Occ), Premier (≈$78 Double Occ) and Junior Suite (≈$124 Double Occ).

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