The Drone photography game jumps up another league to offer a Drone pilots’ a shot at shooting the most spectacular subjects on earth. To do this, you might well ask, well hey, where is the most spectacular drone footage coming from? We here would say that are a few island groups in Asia that come to mind, and the one with the most outstanding visual wow factor is called Raja Ampat, an island chain in Indonesia near Papua, and its cousin island maze called Misool, close by.
What make this so spectacular from drone’s aerial point is view? See our videos here.
Raja Ampat has a series of limestone karst islands bursting out of the water, dripping in equatorial jungle and fringed with amazing aqua lagoons and pristine coral. The melted cake geology is as astonishing as it is inspiring. Just Google Wayag, Raja Ampat. With clear flying conditions around these islands, canyons and mountains, drone pilots are producing some of the most spectacular landscape footage on earth. So we are organising a boat and a team of pilots to come and play at producing their best video and stills each day, based on a boat, as a boat is the only way to access these islands. See our videos here.
So pack your bags and a few battery packs, fly into Bali, then transfer overnight to Sorong to the 9am fast ferry and it into the heart of the Raja Ampat or Misool islands, then let’s get aboard BIGKANU and go. The ferry to Misool is a little longer and the 2 hour Raja Ampat ferry, and the advantage of the fast linking ferry is to max holiday time instead of wasting time on our slower charter boat getting on location. The charter boat BIGKANU will be at the destination ferry wharf already relocated the day before and will ready and waiting. See our videos here.
When you are in the world’s most spectacular marine environment, we also invite you to grab some snorkelling gear and see what’s below the boat. There are more marine critters living in this area that any other place on earth, so its great boat holiday as well. 7 to 11 guests max, likely less, with a crew of four doing the hospitality and boat duties, and off we go. See our videos here.
These islands lay across the equator, and the majority of these waters are sheltered. The boat, a 80foot Aussie founded trimaran, is a super stable platform, with clear aft deck landing pad, and solar and generators purring away to recharge the lithium batteries.
The boat has flat decked, twin alloy tenders, to get pilots into the tighter canyons and lagoons for shots at your direction. See our videos here.
The choice of BIGKANU with it’s shallow draft allows us to tuck into tighter places than most of the heavier more expensive fleet, like those taking dive tours in Raja Ampat and Misool. It’s important to get the take-off boat secured to karst islands front and rear, or alongside jetties, so the return-to-home security sees ‘home’ where it was located on take-off, and for this it’s important to have a boat capable of shallow water anchorages.
The aqua lagoons take on a new dimension when filmed from the air, often buried deep inside limestone canyons, and drone pilots exploring from on high are regularly finding all sorts of new discoveries.
The boat provides all meals, each guest gets a cabin space within the main cabin that slide close with sliding French Louvre bifold walls each night, to give a good balance of privacy without jumping the price up another 40% to hire bigger, fully private cabin boats that are often too big to get in where we need.
The trips are priced at €990 for a 7 Day 6 Nights trip departing Waisai.
Our regular trips focus on Raja Ampat and special trips occassional visit the amazing Misool.
Misool is the world epicentre of endless karst magnificence… a maze of islands that are laced with outstanding coral and a fine sprinkling of Melanesian ‘missionary style’ villages. It has very few resorts, so definitely the definition of frontier photography.
Raja Ampat has its, ‘money shot’ islands spread around, the key one being Wayag, with more karst in Kabui Bay, Pianemo. Raja Ampat has a dozen gorgeous atoll islands, with the usual white sand azure appeal. There are many bays and niches surrounded by quite magnificent equatorial forest, where a most odd mix of seemingly prehistoric palms, monster trees and cycads all happily coexist in a naturalists’ feast. Raja Ampat’s main business is in live-aboard diving, and there are maybe a dozen hidden resorts but many, simple thatched homestays, that while great, bind you to one spot where so much more is worth seeing, leaving those ashore hanging out for a boat.
TOURS OF 7 Days AND 6 Nights €990
16 Nov to 22 Nov 2018
22 Dec to 23 Dec 2018
23 Dec to 29 Dec 2018
6 Jan to 12 Jan 2019
14 Jan to 20 Jan 2019
26 Jan to 8 Feb Booked
17 Feb to 23 Feb 2019
24 Mar to 30 Mar 2019
28 April to 4 May 2019
12 May to 18 May 2019
2 June to 8 June 2019
7 July to 13 July 2019
4 Aug to 10 Aug 2019
1 Sept to 7 Sept 2019
6 Oct to 12 Oct 2019
16 Nov to 22 Nov 2019
22 Dec to 28 Dec 2019
We have monthly tentative dates planned if a trip fills in advance.
These are the tentative departure dates.
21 Oct to 27 Oct 2018
18 Nov to 24 Nov 2018
3 Mar to 9 Mar 2019
28 April to 4 May 2019
25 May to 2 May 2019
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