As avid snorkelers, we were thrilled to explore reefs that only knowledgable guides could have found. The ease with which we were taken to and from the atolls made it simply the best way to enjoy the Indonesian archipelago. Not to be missed!
Indonesia: Raja Ampat & Asmat Villages
- Snorkel or dive the Raja Ampat archipelago, home to more than 1,200 species of fish and 600 species of coral.
- 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.
- Tour West Papua’s breathtaking coastline and meet the seafaring tribes who populate its shores.
- Search for resident birds and wildlife such as flashy birds of paradise, pink-spotted fruit doves, eclectus parrots, sulphur-crested cockatoos, helmeted friarbirds, and flying foxes.
- Visit fascinating cultural and historical sights on Ternate Island, long fought over for its bounty of cloves.
- Save 5% when you combine with Faces of Melanesia!
The all-suite, 100-guest Caledonian Sky is a spacious, yet intimate, expedition vessel. Refurbished in 2012, her beautifully designed public spaces include a single-seating dining room, a large lounge with piano, elegant bar, enclosed panoramic viewing deck, sun deck, library, and small gym. All suites have an ocean view and feature a sitting room, en suite bathroom, flat screen television, spacious wardrobes, and dressing table. The Caledonian Sky carries a fleet of Zodiacs, available for accessing remote shorelines and islands and is equipped to offer scuba diving.
From spectacular lowland rainforests on the coastal plains to 15,000- foot-high peaks, Papua New Guinea is rightly called “the land of the unexpected.” The lush green canopy of the tropical rainforest is home to 38 species of the ornately plumaged bird of paradise and over 2,700 species of orchids. Explore the fascinating culture and villages along the Karawari River, and the spectacular flora, fauna, and unique culture of the highlands from our lodge perched high on Mount Kuta.
Trip Preparation: Gear Up!
Long days in the water in the Raja Ampat archipelago and exploring Bunaken National Marine Park cry out for comfortable swimwear—these UPF 50-rated swim pants can be worn alone under strong sun, in cool water, or as a thermal base layer. They’re quick-drying when you’re out of the water and a soft brushed nylon inner layer feels great against your skin.