Join a small group of SeaCrush reef-friendly divers for Thanksgiving 2023 and dive in stunning Raja Ampat, Indonesia! This fantastic boat will take us to the best dive sites of Raja Ampat North and South (Misool) over nine nights. We'll get to see plenty of pelagic life, an incredibly rich macro life, and healthy coral reefs! We'll sail through breathtaking landscapes such as Penemu in the North (one of Raja Ampat's iconic island formations), or Teluk Cinta in the Misool area (an amazingly beautiful heart-shaped lagoon). We love the spacious diving deck, the relaxing upper deck lounge, and the master cabin's panoramic windows. With only sixteen guests and a one-to-one guest-to-staff ratio, you'll be well tended-to aboard this boat!
This beautiful phinisi ("Indonesian-style ship") has been custom-built in Sulawesi by the Konjo tribe, who have been building ships for centuries. This partner hires and trains locals on as many jobs as possible and is a supporter of Raja Ampat SEA center. The team avoids single-use plastic and only uses reef-friendly detergents and bathroom amenities as well as biodegradable garbage bags. They're setting the bar for sustainability!
This is premium "bucket-list diving," so if you've seen it all, you'll appreciate the natural beauty. Besides diving, there will be several activities such as hiking to viewpoints with spectacular panoramas, kayaking, snorkeling, Stand Up Paddling, and massages.
We'll do up to 4 dives a day in the action-packed dive sites of Dampier Strait in the North, and gorgeous Misool Marine Protected Area in the South:
The Dampier Strait in the North hosts some of the best diving in the area with well-known sites such as Manta Point, Cape Kri, Mioskon, Odtima, Mike's Point, Sardines Reef, Blue Magic, Chicken Reef, Melissa's Garden, Keruo Wall, Hidden Bay, Manta Sandy, Arborek Jetty
Misool Marine Protected Area, has amazing dive sites such as Sagof, Daraam, Boo, Candystore, Magic Mountain, Fiabecet, Wayilbatan, Wedding Cake, Barracuda Rock, etc.
We'll dive on a busy manta cleaning station, reef flats, coral-covered walls, swim-throughs, gentle sea mounts, drift dives, vast hard coral gardens, sea fan forests, placid lagoons, current-raked pinnacles...
On the night dive we'll be doing in Misool, we'll search for the Epaulette, or Walking shark
Finally, in between dives, we'll have time to explore some stunning landscapes, with short hikes leading to breathtaking views of Love Lagoon and Penemu
Take an international flight to Jakarta (CGK), Indonesia, and then a direct flight to Sorong (SOQ). Ask SeaCrush for advice on flights
Plan arriving before 2 pm on the first day. We'll do two dives on the second-last day, so plan to take a flight leaving after 11 am on January 12th
Airport transfers are taken care of in Sorong (SOQ) on the days of embarkation and disembarkation