Mutiara Laut in Raja Ampat takes you on an incredible journey to one of Earth’s most unparalleled and biodiverse regions. A region where mysterious lands and legends meet an unrivaled underwater paradise. Embarking on a yacht charter in Raja Ampat on Mutiara Laut offers a diverse array of activities that caters to all tastes and preferences, including world-class diving, snorkeling, birdwatching and hiking. This Raja Ampat cruising itinerary offers something for everyone, promising an unforgettable holiday experience in the Last Paradise.
Mutiara Laut is a masterful creation. The yacht blends the style of a classic, 18th-century North Atlantic schooner with elements of the traditional Indonesian Phinisi. Built in 2009 and completely refitted in August 2023, Mutiara Laut is a thoroughbred sailing yacht and was purposely designed and rigged to have true sailing capabilities. She features 7 well – appointed cabins with all modern amenities, spacious indoor and outdoor spaces and a crew of up to 18.
Often referred to as “The Four Kings”, Raja Ampat comprises a vast network of islands, with Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool being the main ones. The region’s pristine waters boast an unmatched concentration of marine biodiversity, showcasing vibrant corals and an abundance of marine life. From sea turtles and manta rays to reef sharks and colorful coral gardens, the underwater world of Raja Ampat is a pure delight. Above water, Raja Ampat enchants explorers with stunning landscapes, iconic viewpoints and extraordinary wildlife.
A yacht charter itinerary in Raja Ampat combines the unique experience of navigating the ocean while marveling at the extraordinary beauty of the destination. This combination creates the perfect environment to unwind your soul and reconnect with nature. Cruising through the pristine waters of Raja Ampat will awaken the explorer in you. Discover the abundance of marine life, jump in the kayak, or simply relax on board while watching the sun set over one of Mother Nature’s masterpieces.
Upon arrival at Sorong airport, you will be met by the crew and transferred to the harbor. After a brief introduction and safety briefing, you will settle in your cabin while the yacht departs and your adventure begins. After your first lunch onboard Mutiara Laut, there might be time for a check dive or snorkeling session. During sunset, unwind with a fresh cocktail or nourishing cup of tea. Tonight’s dinner will be served under the star-lit sky of Raja Ampat – The Last Paradise.
Wake up to the sweet calls of tropical birds and the soothing sound of the waves. You will have the opportunity to jump in the waters of Mioskon Bay for an extraordinary snorkeling experience or opt for navigating the close by mangroves with a kayak. Renowned for its vibrant marine life and stunning coral slopes, the Kri Peninsula presents an unparalleled diving experience within Raja Ampat.
Rise early and seize the opportunity to spot the rare Bird of Paradise. This bird species is endemic to Indonesia and can only be found here. The cruise director will take you on a hike through the lush jungle leading to a birdwatching platform, where you can spot the rare species and other beautiful birds. After a nourishing breakfast, you can marvel at the picturesque mushroom island fo Kabui Bay or enjoy a relaxed swim. The Passage is one of the most unique dive sites in Raja Ampat and features a thriving ecosystem with countless rare and unique creatures inhabiting its waters.
Today you will explore the stunning island of Penemu. A collection of limestone domes adorned with verdant foliage. These captivating isles enclose a shallow bay and a scenic trail meandering through rocky hills, leading to a breathtaking view point that unveils exceptional views of the surrounding islands and ocean. Nearby, some of the most outstanding snorkeling and dive sites in the area can be found. Dive into nutrient-rich waters teeming with an abundance of marine life, from graceful sea turtles and manta rays to thriving coral gardens and bustling schools of fish.
The Wayag Islands are the iconic landscape of Raja Ampat. The lush green peaks emerging from the azure waters create a captivating maze that seems too beautiful to be real. The area is the perfect backdrop for water activities such as kayaking or snorkeling. In case you don’t feel like getting into the water, the serene beaches provide the perfect opportunity for a stroll. The island’s viewpoint is the perfect spot to watch the sun sinking into the horizon. Wayag is a place where you will connect with nature in the most beautiful way.
Today, Mutiara Laut anchors in Wofoh. Here, two islands are linked together by stretches of unsullied coral reef. Begin your underwater adventure with a mesmerizing dive amidst a shallow coral garden, or opt for a more thrilling experience along a vibrant, life-filled wall. Kayaking and paddleboarding in the tranquil, current-sheltered waters, invite you to embrace the serene beauty and tranquility of this enchanting stop on your journey in Raja Ampat.
Arborek is where the graceful mantas feast on plankton and perform their unique dances. The sandy bottoms around Arborek Island are filled with marine life and offer excellent diving or snorkeling opportunities. After a delicious lunch, you will venture ashore to explore Arborek village, one of only 18 small villages found throughout Raja Ampat. Visiting the villages rewards you with a glimpse into the vibrant culture preserved in such an isolated realm. Expect to be warmly greeted by many children, who are always willing to pose for photographs.
A new day of discovery awaits at Mansuar Island. Wake up in the sublime area of Yenbuba Bay and start your day with a snorkeling or diving session in the crystal-clear waters. Encounter turtles, mantas and many more sea creatures. In the afternoon, you will visit Yenbuba village overlooking Kri Island. The Yenbuba jetty is another famous snorkeling spot and features a vast coral garden that stretches in all directions. Later this day, you will have time to unwind your soul and enjoy another stunning sunset as Mutiara Laut continues her voyage to Batanta Island.
Today you will explore the natural beauty of Batanta Island, the smallest of the 4 main islands of Raja Ampat. After breakfast, you set out on an island trek to the northern coast to cool off at two beautiful waterfalls. The trek takes you through lush vegetation and along riverbeds. On your way, you have the chance to spot endemic birds and exotic wildlife. After lunch, you head to Dayang Island. The afternoon is dedicated to relaxation and water activities. Enjoy your last sunset in Raja Ampat surrounded by the sounds of the rainforest and ocean. Then Mutiara Laut starts an overnight sail to Sorong.
Day 10 marks the last day of your Raja Ampat cruise itinerary. After a final nourishing breakfast on deck, the crew will assist you in disembarking Mutiara Laut and transfer you back to the airport to catch your flight home.
Please note, this is a sample itinerary. Each yacht charter is different and the detailed day-to-day activities and sites will be tailored to suit your preferences as well as weather and ocean conditions. Private charters offer more flexibility compared to shared cruises. Onboard Mutiara Laut, your Cruise Director will work with you on the detailed planning of your journey.