Day 1: Embarkation. Followed by our safety briefing and lunch.
Day 2 & 3: We begin the adventure in the Dampier Strait of Raja Ampat. We spend the day diving on lively reefs, pinnacles, and slopes. Now in the center of Raja Ampat, we begin to see a higher frequency and number of species of sharks including the wobbegong shark (carpet shark) hiding and camouflaging under the coral. Raja Ampat is famous for its marine life concentration and diversity. Home to an abundance of macro critters, schooling fish and pelagics, as well as several species of rays. Making our way through Gam island and onto the Fam islands, we have the beautiful mangroves and panoramas of lush green tree-covered islands.
Day 4 – 6: We continue our adventure to the south of Raja Ampat in the area surrounding the big island of Misool. Misool is full of vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life. Giant gorgonian fans on the reef walls play host to a variety of pygmy seahorse species. The area is comprised of countless limestone islands, which give shelter to an array of reef-dwelling fish. Pelagic species can be seen patrolling along the reefs, which are abundant with a rainbow of healthy soft and hard corals. There are pinnacles, ridges, reefs, and small islands to explore, making this area sought after by most who venture this far. If you’re lucky you may encounter the endemic Raja Ampat Epaulette Shark (walking shark) or Manta Ray. Misool is very remote and in this area many times we have the reefs to ourselves. We spend days 4, 5, and 6 diving around Misool.
Day 7: We sail overnight to Pulau Pisang. This area is affected by strong currents, fueling the growth of beautiful reefs. There are three islands to dive this day, Pulau Pisang, and the two smaller islands known as Batuanyer Kecil, which are home to a wide variety of schooling fish and healthy corals.
Day 8: We sail overnight to the south side of Pulau Bacan. The south coast of Pulau Bacan has a variety of dive sites ranging from black sand macro to coral-covered walls, and current swept corners. Today will be an exciting day to explore this relatively untouched area.
Day 9 & 10: We arrive in the Patientie strait to challenge the currents surrounding Pulau Kusu and the Saleh islands. Beautiful coral reefs, sharks cruising the currents, and schooling fish await in this area. Currents can be strong at times and sites are chosen dependent on sea conditions.
Day 11: Today we dive in the Goraichi islands. Rich in healthy coral reefs and abundant marine life, these islands provide many interesting dives to explore.
Day 12: We sail overnight, arriving at Pulau Tifore today. An island in between Halmahera and Sulawesi is home to beautiful coral reefs and an abundance of fish including a large resident school of Barracuda.
Day 13: We explore some of the lesser-dived sites on the outside of Lembeh Island today. Two dives, and then we sail to our final destination, Solitude Lembeh Resort. After lunch and the final debrief, the tranquility of our resort awaits you. Disembarkation in the afternoon.