Circumnavigation of New Guinea - Voyage II: Raja Ampat & Asmat Villages

This expedition has no scheduled departures at this time.

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New Guinea is a revelation of exquisite wild beauty, exotic cultures, and incredible underwater vistas. From traditional fishing villages to the mysterious world of the Asmat, discover the beliefs and traditions of ancient cultures that have changed little over the centuries on this Papua expedition. Snorkeling and diving on this voyage is exceptional and includes the Raja Ampat archipelago whose seas, part of the fabled Coral Triangle, are considered to hold the richest variety of marine species on the planet. Naturalists will accompany you throughout this Papua tour to search for the region’s wealth of birds and wildlife during numerous nature walks and Zodiac cruises.

New Guinea with the Asmat expedition highlights:
  • Spend two exhilarating days in the Asmat—here you are greeted by elaborately decorated “warriors” paddling intricately carved canoes, and are invited to learn about their unique culture.
  • Explore the underwater wonders of Raja Ampat archipelago whose seas, part of the fabled Coral Triangle, are considered to hold the richest variety of species on the planet.
  • Search for over 500 species of birds which include a wealth of endemic species including beautiful birds of paradise.
  • Snorkel or dive over pristine corals at Ashmore Reef a fully submerged reef frequented by large pelagics.

Expedition Activities

Diving, Birding, Culture, Snorkeling, Wildlife & Nature

Multimedia

  • Asmat warrior

  • Observing in an Asmat village

  • Azure kingfisher

  • Ashmore Reef

  • Anemonefish

  • Asmat villagers

  • Asmat warrior

  • Eclectus parrot

  • MacCluer Gulf

  • Asmat warrior

Zegrahm Expeditions in Raja Ampat

In April of 2009, our Circumnavigation of New Guinea voyage visited the Raja Ampat Islands off New Guineas northwestern tip. This is a sought after destination for snorkelers and divers as the waters are heralded as the most biodiverse on earth. Thomas Baechtold was the dive master on this voyage and kindly shared his underwater video along with this excellent description of the diving: 'One of the top 5 dives ever!!! There was a tremendous diversity of hard and soft corals but most divers were mesmerized by the sheer masses of fish covering the reef wall. This was the most incredible diversity of marine life we have ever come across. Huge school of fusiliers, anthias, triggerfish, batfish, blacktip reef sharks, barracuda, unicornfish, parrotfish, Moorish idols, and longfin bannerfish.' Video produced by Thomas Baechtold / RawPerspective.com