Take a trip to one of the world’s most spectacular island chain and be amazed by what Indonesia’s proudly claim as their most bioactive and beautiful island chain. Indonesia is right about the life there, no where on earth can you find such variety of different living things below the water. But it’s not just below the water where the amazement emanates. See our site dedicated to this trip. Limestone karst erodes like a melting cake, so imagine icing that cake with rich equatorial botany, and cut bays and canyons through it all, and lay it all on carpet of azure blue water for us to explore, and here ladies and gentlemen in lies the reason travellers to Raja Ampat are filling their cameras and drone SD cards to the brim. See our videos here.
Most all boats sailing to Raja Ampat are for divers, but really folks, a snorkel and mask will do the job. So BIGKANU’s monthly trips are all about photography, beach fires, snorkel gawking, with a little wandering around on Stand Up Paddle Boards.
While the dive boats will be anchored 500m offshore BIGKANU will be tied up under the trees, next to the sand, or deep inside a maze of crazy karst towers. See our videos here.
Each one of the many sweet little missionary villages has a welcoming jetty, and for shallow draft boats like BIGKANU, these many jetties deliver unto us, a welcoming party of curious kids each time we pull up overnight. Inside the village, you will likely be struck with the same thoughts so many of us have, wondering why our lives in the city are made so complicated, when the lovely vibe from the whole community in these little Lutheran villages challenges us to rethink our values. See our videos here.
At Wayag, the Raja Ampat poster child, we have a little circular beach spot where most other boats dare not go, where we set up our dining table amongst the trees at the white sand beach edge (6m from the boat), light a fire, and spend two days just dining and exploring from this of this unbelievably gorgeous anchorage, soaking it all in… we have not seen better in 40 years of world cruising.
A deep bay divides the main islands of Gam and Waigeo, and scattered around the end of this Kabui bay are wonderland of limestone karst islets. There is also a 5km mangrove river taking you deep into the heart of a limestone karst forest, where it is not the normal muddy mangroves on display, but a forest of all sorts of weird tress that burst out of the water. We tie up alongside one of the many limestone towers here, using a disused deck overnight. Its quite an amazing feeling here. Anyone for the odd yoga stretch in the morning? See our videos here.
At the head of this bay is a shallow, flowing saltwater ‘passage,’ about 40m wide and a kilometre long, and about 2-4m deep, with crystal clear water, where you can get gently swirled around under the trees, watching the little flat topped fish shoot water at insects on the branches above, as all manner of odd life drift by. It’s a wonderland drift dive, with no tanks needed. Not many boat dare take on this passage as it gets a little funky at times, and our 77ft of BIGKANU trimaran slews sideways though the currents, semi under control, like the African Queen. Really good fun, if a bit mad. See our videos here.
Exiting this passage, we enter a bay of charmed atolls and islets and with names like Mutus and Woto. Woto’s rich jungle and white sand beach challenge Robinson Crusoe to relocate. See our videos here.
A deep green bay, many miles deep called Alyiu, faces out to sea, and while most boat pass this by, BIGKANU has a stunning secret anchorage squeezed between two karst islands on the edge of wall dive, and a beach rich in bursting jungle, Hornbills and Birds of Paradise. Take another boat and you will miss it. See our videos here.
Pianemo islands are a must see for many day visitors, and the big schooner fleet often moors 600m off shore here. BIGKANU on the other hand sneaks through a small gap in the is walls , to anchor tight inside a magic garden of giant mushroom islets, in her own private corner, allowing us to scale the staired mountain climb, free of any other tourists. See our videos here.
The main dive focus is in the Dampier Straight, and here we can pick up a little bit of internet and hang out at island villages like Arborek, and our personal favourite, Friwen, with just 20 homes, two churches, and one of the prettiest beaches in Raja Ampat. Mantas are abundant here. See our videos here.
Across the bay from Friwen Island, anyone willing to wake up before the dawn and trek up a 300m high mountain will get morning glimpses of the famed Bird of Paradise. This was where explorer and Darwin’s mentor, Alfred Wallace, made camp in the late 1800’s as he assembled all the evidence that went on to become Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. As Naturalists ourselves, we never cease to be sucked into the thought challenging vortices of Raja Ampat’s incredible natural richness, and the peacefulness by which all the divergent fish and plant life happily coexist in one of nature’s most outstanding, ’live-and let-live’ communities. We hope you will like it. We love it. See our videos here.
BIGKANU is the perfect boat for this location, and while we do not provide hotel room spaciousness, our price is well below all the bigger boats, and we offer a much more, ‘up close and personal’ experience of Raja Ampat. See our videos here.
Part of the Raja Ampat chain is called Misool, and it is about 100 miles south of the main Raja Ampat playgrounds. Misool is like entering a whole new world. If you have seen photos of Wayag, Raja Ampat’s best, wait until you see Misool!
Very few boats get here, and it’s a shame, as Misool is absolutely jaw dropping in places. Misool covers a big area, and inside the maze of islands that make up this incredible place, you can literally get lost, even on the boat, as the sea charts for this area are useless. The eroded karst sculptures in this area defy belief. It’s the best of the of world’s best mad geology. As for the coral gardens, well, just wait and see.
Misool is not dotted with anything much which is man-made, so this trip is for the connoisseur of all things nature. We urge you to consider buying a cheap drone before coming on this trip, or at least some good camera gear. We are encouraging all aboard to try drone flying in this area, and we can at least show you a few lessons of our boats simple drone. Drone footage from this are never ceases to impress anyone seeing it. See our videos here.
We host Stand Up Paddle board guests as we tour.
SUP trips in Raja Ampat over 7days and 6nights are priced at $US 1190
We include all meals and non-alcoholic drinks of course, and exclude the transport costs to the boat. The ferry to Waisai is $US 10…and the Misool ferry is also cheap. Flights to Sorong from Bali vary from $US100 to $170.
Included are all meals, snacks drinks ( but not alcoholic drinks) and we invite you to bring your own inflatable SUP or use BIGKANU long board, long distance glider SUPs ( or if you want to make super pace, take our 5m surf ski).
Excluded are the transport costs flying in, and the park entrance fees of $100per person.
TOURS OF 7 Days AND 6 Nights €990
15 December to 21 December 2019
22 December to 28 December 2019
12 January 2020
2 February 2020
9 February 2020
8 March 2020
12 April 2020
10 May 2020
14 June 2020
12 July 2020
9 August 2020
13 September 2020
11 October 2020
8 November 2020
13 December 2020
27 December 2020
3 January 2021
10 January 2021
14 February 2021
7 March 2021
28 March 2021
4 April 2021
2 May 2021
6 June 2021
11 July 2021
1 August 2021
15 August 2021
5 September 2021
3 October 2021
24 October 2021
14 November 2021
26 December 2021