Hi and welcome to BIGKANU Freedive.
Can we confess why we love freediving? It’s simple. You the people.
Freedivers are a wonderful gang and it’s always great to host oceanic athletes. There is a level of energy around freediving that is exceptionally positive and fun.
BIGKANU specialises in the world's best freedive destination: Raja Ampat.
Bigkanu specialises in Raja Ampat and offers two levels of freediving: a professionally lead Freediver Freaks trip, and a DIY Freediver Light trip.Each monthly €990 trip attracts freedivers who just want to do their own thing, and who do not want training and are happy to grab a tender and a crew member, or a SUP/ kayak, and go explore alone. Its a beautiful world down there, and there is a lot to see in the world's most biodiversity beserk place. Then there are the Freediving Freaks who can appreciate a vital, expert and experienced leader and trainer, and who like to travel with a pure freediving crew.If you wanna' get skinned and weighted, chilled and prepped, and get down, brothers and sisters, you have come to the right gig.The church of the deep has more than one high priest, so depending on your connections and taste, we let each freediver leader run his or her own agenda, while we on Bigkanu look after your above water freedive lodgings. Whilst the Freedive Freaks trips are maybe.
Whilst Freedive Freaks trips are maybe 25% more expensive than a regular DIY free dive trip, they are still as low or lower priced than the few other liveaboard freedive trip in Indonesia...and more enriching than the Komodo trips.
The quality of the training, and smooth flow action down deep are unsurpassed on the BIGKANU's partnered Freedive Freak trips. Best people, best kit, best locations...an unbeatable freedive experience. See our videos here.
RAJA AMPAT and Misool offer freedivers a wonderland of sites and sights. You may have read the biodiversity sales pitch for Raja Ampat, and yes, it’s true, there are more different types of underwater exotica in this area, than anywhere else in the world. As always, some of the best fish life is found where the current is strongest, so BIGKANU with be hovering alongside some fairly famous fishy rock outcrops, aiming to align our dives with an easing of the tide. See our videos here.
Raja Ampat is serviced by an airport at Sorong on the Indonesian Papua mainland. Its costs between $US95 and $US160 to fly from Bali to Sorong, often via hub city like Makassar. We will start from a wharf just south of Waisai, after your arrival at 11.30 on the fast ferry from Sorong, and either stay first or last night at Friwen Island for a dive along the deep wall nearby, and the NW corner of Friwen.
Friwen is a sweet little island where will be using the village jetty overnight, so wander into the village anytime. The next day we will take an ‘African Queen’ rush through the famous swirling passage between Gam and Waigoe, as this 1km ‘river’ is full of some of the most interesting jungle-meets ocean critter, such as the pesky flattop guys that ‘spit’ at their prey in the branches above, and equally mad nudibranch in the eddy bays. It’s like being on a Disney River Cave ride but it’s all real. The channel is about 2 t0 5m deep, flanked by jungle. See our videos here.
Next along the way is a stop to dive the super schools under the wharf at an atoll village called Mutus. The fish density here is so ridiculous, it might as well be in a can. The dozens of atolls and karst islands on the North West side of Raja Ampat and an the entrances of Alyiu Bay are rarely visited and are full of some spectacular and sites and sights. See our videos here.
Heading west we visit the picture postcard Woto Island for dive off, then it’s off to the famous Wayag Islands. Conditions and tides permitting, there are some pretty busy fish congregation spots enroute to Wayag, surrounding oceanic pinnacles and islets. See our videos here.
Wayag itself is one of the world’s most stunning island groups, and it has some fascinating spots to explore, including high flow through lagoons with their bump head families and other oddities… its drift, ride, and do it again 3 times kind of place. Very pretty. See our videos here.
It’s a bit wrong, but the ranger station has a family of white tip sharks trained to play with visitors at Wayag. We often stay here two nights as it’s simply so gorgeous, stern anchored to a trees on a white sand beach, fire burning, our crew dishing up delicacies and passing them ashore from the back deck to our dining table under the pines. Everyone loves it here, and few other boat gets here because of shallows. Raja Ampat is indeed beautiful and being anchored 500m offshore with all the big schooners is not our idea of visiting such beauty. Best to be up close and personal. See our videos here.
Raja Ampat is an endless exploration, and 7 to 10 days will see just a small part. But for example, the oceanic entrance to a bay called Alyui has a wonderful wall dive, and if you can squeeze your boat in, there are two limestone karst islets to tie to, with view on one side of amazingly rich jungle overhanging the beach, and 70m on the other side is stunning limestone cliff with wall dive below it. It’s a freediver’s paradise. See our videos here.
A lot of the dive action, boats and homestays flank both sides of Dampier Straight an sand bars mid channel are busy with Manta chasing boats. Arborek Island sits in the middle of manta cleaning station sandbanks, and is a fun little community to visit, with night divers busy at many of these village wharfs, so bring a simple little dive torch. See our videos here.
And while on the subject of night dives, if we get aligned with a no-moon or cloud cover phase, and we are in the oceanic edges, you may get to experience the bioluminescent sensation of swimming in a group where you see everyone’s outline in a series of phosphorescent dots. The luminescence in RA will respond to either movement, or to a brief illumination with a torch. It’s quite trippy, so just hang onto the weighted rope and go for it.
Enroute to Dampier straight we pass the long island of Yeben, where a magnificent wall and garden of pristine coral really stands out as a remarkable case for saving the oceans. See our videos here.
Nearby is the island of Pianemo, where BIGKANU sneaks through a hole between cliffs, to a fully enclose limestone karst spectacle, probably the most photographed island set in Indonesia, and we dodge the crowds hiding in our own corner, to climb the stairs to the obligatory Raja Ampat ‘mountain’ peak. Not far away by dinghy is one of the most marvellous natural swimming pools on earth called Rufus, a 250m long mid ocean pool surrounded by a limestone wall on all sides, with a tiny entrance gap for our tenders. Diving inside and around the periphery of this island in the Fam Islands groups is quite a treat, and again BIGKANU is one of the few boats exploring this oddity, which from a drone, has rather cute resonance with a certain sexual shape. By the way, if you have not got a drone, consider buying a simple cheap model for these trips. See our videos here.
Unsuspecting beauty can pop up anywhere in Raja Ampat for those knowing where to go, or the lost. And on the subject of beauty, a trip to Misool will make your jaw drop, and that’s our second alternative. The very best spectacle of Raja Ampat is just another day in Misool. To call Misool spectacular is understatement. Misool is about 100nm south of the main Raja Ampat islands, and is not visited by many boats. In our opinion, it’s the best of the best. Here the coral proliferation is ridiculous, and almost nonsensical in terms or where it thrives. Misool is a maze of limestone islands bursting out of the sea floor. The geology here is hard to fathom, as its one massive installation art piece. Misool is at the deep end of marine experience, and it’s not a trip that is often made commercially available to freedivers. It’s a bit longer getting to Missool from Sorong, but it is still worth it. See our videos here.
Bigkanu the boat can be seen here and as you can see it’s a completely different boat. Its light weight and shallow draft are what get this boat to places that all the few other dive boats in Raja Ampat can reach. When you can step off the stern to a beach, or gaze into the coral when strung between to islets, it’s special. We are not keen on using our anchor in Raja Ampat as it can do so much damage, so we are always looking for village jetties, sand apron beaches, or karst islets, to tie bow and stern.
BIGKANU accommodates up to 12 guests in 9 cabins. If you are traveling alone you get your own private cabin. Each cabinn has a bifolding, French louvre wall that slides away by day, open up a big airy main cabin. See our videos here.
Bigkanu offers two levels of freediving fun. The DIY freedive, and the pro team or Freedive Freaks level.Each trip we run, is orientated at mask snorkel and fin to look around, and we look around a lot. So for those not needing free dive tuition and line work, just come on our regular monthly €990 trip. For serious freedivers wanting training and a fabulous leader and challenging depths and sights, join one of our professionally lead trips. We run these expert freedive trips several times each year, and the leaders define each trip's agenda with vitality. On some of the pro trips we embody yoga training as a background. These Freediver Freak trips weigh in about 25% higher shelf pricing but are still priced more competitively than most other freedive liveaboards.
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
To get in contact with a question please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send an sms or Whats Ap to +62 81338317018. If you are happy after a conversation, to secure the booking we please ask a 20% deposit, refundable up to 4 weeks prior to departure, and the rest is please paid when you arrive. See our videos here.