Where Raja Ampat Islands – Papua/Indonesia

When Year round - 11-night trips

Dewi Nusantara
The DEWI NUSANTARA was built by a master ship builder in the jungles of east Borneo under close inspection of Guido who designed the ship and managed the building from start to finish. With her launch in May 2008 she raised the bar for luxury liveaboards in Indonesia. Keywords in her design are elegance and comfort with no expense spared. The hull and rigging are inspired by the 3 mast schooners that sailed the Atlantic Ocean of the mid 1800’s. Besides the beautiful lines of these majestic ships their strength of construction was at the base of DEWI NUSANTARA’S design.

The Raja Ampat archipelago encompasses nearly ten million acres of land and sea off the north-western tip of Indonesia’s West Papua Province. Named after the four sultans who presided there, Raja Ampat is considered the world's bull's-eye for coral biodiversity. It is home to more than 1,000 species of fish, 101 of which were previously unknown in Raja Ampat and four that are new to all of Indonesia, 537 species of coral species, which is more than half the world’s total, as well as about 700 species of molluscs.

With her length of 190 feet and beam of 40 feet the DEWI NUSANTARA offers deck and stateroom space second to none: 8 Deluxe state rooms of each 215 square feet and 1 Master Suite at the stern of the ship of 455 square feet all with unique color settings and artwork. The lounge/restaurant of nearly 1000 square feet offers all comfort one can wish for. The interior was designed and build by the well known French designer, Bruno Helgen who succeeded brilliantly in making guests feel at home.

The service and amineties you can expect are at the five star level. Just to mention a few signature services: at no time will you have to carry your own gear, fluffy warm towels and a shoulder/neck massage after each dive, early morning coffee or warm coco in your room and lots more!

Whether you prefer macro photography or big fish action, this area is for you. The big fish you can expect to see include giant mantas, Mobula rays, huge schools of surgeon fish and barracudas, along with Wobbegang sharks, giant tawny sharks and variety of others. Macro junkies will love the blue ringed octopus, numerous types of pygmy seahorse, ghost pipefish, frogfish, mandarin fish and a huge variety of strange and wonderful crustaceans.

One of the great things about this area is the variety of reefs and their topography. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, ridges, sea mounds, mucky mangroves, lagoons and pinnacles, all of which are affected by varying degrees of current. Due to these currents, Irian Jaya is not really considered a destinations for absolute beginners. The visibility is normally very good in the Raja Ampat Islands, ranging from 20 to more than 40m.

SampleItinerary (13 night trip)
Flights from London or Manchester to Manado via Singapore, UK airport taxes, 1 night stopover in Manado, return flight from Manado to Sorong, 11 nights onboard the Dewi Nusantara, roundtrip airport transfers in Sorong, all meals and beverages (including alcohol),9 1/2 days of diving, 1 night stopover in Manado.

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