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Ombak Putih

This beautiful and traditional, Indonesian ‘Phinisi’ schooner has a capacity for 28 guests.

Overview

Offering seasonal cruises through some of the least-explored waters on the planet, the Ombak Putih, meaning ‘White Wave’, is a traditional, Indonesian phinisi schooner. Her shapely curved bow and elegant lines are the embodiment of the centuries’-old handcrafted boat-building skills of the Bugis people from the island of Sulawesi.

Your Cabin

With a maximum capacity for 28 guests, the Ombak Putih presents 12 private, air-conditioned double and twin cabins located below decks, some of which are equipped with a third bed for families traveling with a child.

Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom, ample stowage space, and a large porthole that fills the room with natural light and allows for a glimpse of the tropical surroundings. If the weather is balmy, the crew will set up a bed for you on the Top Deck for a night under the stars.

Life On Board

In between shore excursions and snorkeling trips, life on board is one of pure enjoyment, with top-class service. The vast wooden Main Deck is all about relaxation. From here, you can watch the dramatic volcanoes, breath-taking landscapes and seascapes of Indonesia pass by. You will almost certainly spot flying fish or dolphins cavorting alongside the boat from the cushioned seating at the bow. A canopy-shaded outdoor dining and seating area is where all meals are served.

The spacious, air-conditioned salon includes the ship’s library, a presentation TV, small bar, and coffee station. On the Top Deck, an uncovered bow facing area and a covered viewing area aft of the wheelhouse provide a plentiful supply of benches, loungers, couches and bean bag chairs for reading, napping and socializing.

Delicious Cuisine

Three delicious daily meals are served buffet style, prepared by talented on-board chefs, who pride themselves on being able to create a selection of Indonesian, Western and Asian delights, using only the best quality meat, seafood and fresh produce available. You can expect to feast on the day’s catch of fish, exotic fruits and vegetables from local markets. Snacks are always available, as well as afternoon tea.

Meet The Team

Each Ombak Putih cruise is led by professional, multilingual tour leaders who will escort you in all activities both on land and at sea, answer your questions, provide in-depth daily briefings, and ultimately ensure the smooth running of every aspect of the cruise. Look forward to musical entertainment and some highly attentive service from the crew, whose smiles and friendly personalities offer an even greater insight into the Indonesian way of life.

For Your Safety And Your Water-Based Fun

The 138-foot Ombak Putih is outfitted with up-to-the-minute safety equipment and communications technology, and equipped with high-quality tenders, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkeling gear for water-based fun. The vessel is powered by a reliable “workhorse” engine, which is assisted by sails when and if the wind is cooperating.

Charting a course through some of the more remote corners of the Indonesian archipelago, in search of pristine coral reefs, rare native birds and wildlife, and traditional cultures, the Ombak Putih’s old-world charm will imbue your voyage with a magic that harkens back to the days of the spice traders. The adventure and expert-led cruises are family-friendly, great for groups of friends, and romantic for couples.

Itineraries & Prices

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8 Day / 7 Night - Dances, Dragons and Magical Lakes - Bali to Komodo

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Embarkation

AM: After breakfast in our South Bali hotel meeting point, experience the best that Bali can offer with a tour of East Bali with its deep culture and glorious landscapes. Visit water palaces, ancient villages, see lush rice terraces and jungles and the island's volcanic peaks, and dine on some of Bali’s freshest and most delicious traditional cuisine.

PM: In the late afternoon, you will arrive at your beachside resort in East Bali and have a chance to unwind, swim, or have a snorkeling lesson with your tour guide. In the evening join all your fellow guests for a welcome dinner and drinks in the hotel’s beachside restaurant.

Sleep in the shadow of Bali’s Mt Agung, the mother mountain of all Balinese people, and the most imposing figure on the whole landscape of Bali.

 Ombak Putih's 8-Day Bali to Komodo - Day One - Labuan Bajo
Location
Bali
Day
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Gili Island

AM: Watch a specular sunrise from the beach in front of your resort as hundreds of small traditional ‘jukung’ fishing boats return from their overnight expeditions, as your Ombak Putih comes into view.

PM: Sail across the Wallace Line, the deep-sea boundary that represents the biogeographical separation point between Asia and Australia, where the landscapes, animals and plant life separate into distinctly different groups. Snorkel the magnificent coral gardens of the Gili Islands off the northwest corner of Lombok.

Ombak Putih's 8-Day Bali to Komodo - Day Two - Small Town
Location
Sumbawa Besar
Day
2 / 8

Kawana Island, Mt Rinjani

AM: Wake up off the coast of Kanawa Island under the gaze of Lombok’s towering Mt Rinjani, the largest volcanic peak in Indonesia, and spend the morning swimming, snorkeling and exploring.

PM: Visit a village of the famous Bajao ‘Sea Gypsies’ of Southeast Asia, and see how they live their lives so close to, on and in the water.

Ombak Putih's 8-Day Bali to Komodo - Day Three - Local's Boat
Location
Sumbawa Besar
Day
3 / 8

Saleh Bay, Satonda Island

AM: Wake up early in Saleh Bay, where we will hopefully swim with a group of whale sharks that congregate off the local people’s fishing platforms that sit in the bay.

PM: Swim, snorkel, kayak and paddle board in a deep lake on a volcanic island lake on Satonda Island, whose caldera filled by water from a tsunami caused by a massive volcanic event from the nearby Tambora Volcano, which in 1815 was the largest eruption in recorded history.

Drink sunset cocktails as we float on the current while tens of thousands of giant fruit bats emerge from their forest lair and fly out directly over the boat on their nightly foraging missions.

Ombak Putih's 8-Day Bali to Komodo - Day Four - Trekking on Komodo Island
Location
Sumbawa Besar
Day
4 / 8

Melo, Pink Beach

AM: Step ashore on an active, smoking volcanic island, where local villagers are in the process of building a fifty-plus meter, traditional wooden pinisi boat. Walking around this small village, get a feel for their simple way of life, chat with the locals and maybe buy some handmade textiles as a memento. Snorkel on a colorful and vibrant coral reef above small geothermal fissures where air bubbles are released from the volcanic chambers below the seabed.

PM: After a few hours under sail, spend the afternoon time on a deserted white sand beach on another volcanic island, this time an extinct one. Explore the magnificent coral gardens, hike to the crest of the surrounding hills for a view of the surrounding islands, swim, paddle, kayak and laze away the day before enjoying sunset cocktails on the sand.

Ombak Putih's 8-Day Bali to Komodo - Day Five - Komodo National Park
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Komodo
Day
5 / 8

Komodo National Park, Gili Lawa Darat Island

AM: Wake up in the most northerly part of the Komodo National Park and enjoy a morning of sea-based activities including a fantastic drift snorkel over the reef, kayaking and SUP at Gili Lawa Darat island. Swim with schools of manta rays as they feed on the current and circle the so-called cleaning stations, where small fish remove parasites from their skin. Hover above these giant and noble beasts for as long as you like.

PM: Spend the late afternoon on a local sandbar, where we will enjoy snorkeling, swimming and relaxing on the sand.

Ombak Putih's 8-Day Bali to Komodo - Day Six - Shoreline
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Komodo
Day
6 / 8

Rinca Island, Siaba Island

AM: Visit Rinca Island and go on a trek in search of the ancient Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard. See monkeys, dear, pigs, buffalo, and myriad birds as we walk through the forests and savannah of this large island.

PM: Snorkel at Siaba Island, a favorite hangout of sea turtles, where we will have a chance to swim with these gentle creatures as they cruise along the shallow water of the reef.

Enjoy Indonesian hospitality as your crew hosts a beach barbecue in your honor on a deserted island. On offer is plenty of good food, music, cocktails dancing and frivolity as we dance and sing the night away next to a bonfire under a clear tropical night sky.

Ombak Putih's 8-Day Bali to Komodo - Day Seven - Excursion at Komodo National Park
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Komodo
Day
7 / 8

Disembarkation

AM: Cruise into the harbor as we eat our last breakfast on the boat, before taking a short drive to a traditional local village. Here we will enjoy their hospitality with coffee, betel nut and a highly potent local ‘arak’ (not for the faint-hearted), before being be treated to a selection of traditional dances.

PM: Enjoy a final lunch on the boat before being escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

Ombak Putih's 8-Day Bali to Komodo - Day Eight - Spice
Location
Flores
Day
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8 Day / 7 Night - Dances, Dragons and Magical Lakes - Komodo to Bali

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Embarkation

PM: Upon arrival at Komodo Airport, you will be escorted to your hotel where you can relax by the pool, swim in the sea, and have a chance to brush up on your snorkeling skills with your tour leader.

Gather at sunset for evening cocktails before sitting down to an Indonesian buffet dinner as you get acquainted with the rest of your fellow guests who will be joining you on the cruise ahead.

Ombak Putih's Komodo to Bali - Day One - Komodo Dragon
Location
Komodo - Flores
Day
1 / 8

Komodo National Park, Kalong Island

AM: In the morning we will take a short drive to a traditional local village high up in the hills, where we will be witness to the fast and imposing ‘caci’ whip dance by the local villagers. Here we will enjoy their hospitality with coffee, betel nut and a highly potent local ‘arak’ before (not for the faint-hearted), before being be treated to a selection of traditional dances by their men and women.

PM: By late morning we will be on the boat, and as we enjoy a buffet lunch we will cruise out into the Komodo National Park where we will have our first snorkel amongst the corals.

In the early evening at cocktail hour, we will anchor off Kalong Island to see thousands and thousands of fruit bats emerge from their mangrove homes and fill the sky as they head off to the mainland in search of food.

Ombak Putih's Komodo to Bali - Day Two - Banta Island
Location
Komodo
Day
2 / 8

Rinca Island, Siaba Island

AM: Visit Rinca Island and go on a trek in search of the more Komodo dragons. See monkeys, dear, pigs, buffalo, and myriad birds as we walk through the forests and savannahs of this large island.

PM: Swim with schools of manta rays as they feed on the current and circle the so-called cleaning stations, where small fish remove parasites from their skin. Hover above these giant and noble beasts for as long as you like. Snorkel at Siaba Island, a favorite hangout of sea turtles, where we will have a chance to swim with these gentle reptiles as the cruise along the shallow water of the reef.


Ombak Putih's Komodo to Bali - Day Three - Boat Builder Sumbawa
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Komodo
Day
3 / 8

Gili Banta, Sangean Island

AM: Spend the morning on Gili Banta, a deserted island with a beautiful white sand beach. Explore the magnificent coral gardens, hike to the crest of the surrounding hills for a view of the surrounding islands, swim, paddle, kayak and play.

PM: Cruise across the sea as we get the sails up and set course for Sangean Island, where local villagers are in the process of building a fifty-plus meter, traditional wooden pinisi boat. Walking around this small village, get a feel for their simple way of life, chat with the locals and maybe buy some handmade textiles as a memento. Snorkel on a vibrant coral reef just off the shore filled with fish and marine creatures from all shades of the color spectrum, including a meadow of hundreds of glass eels.


Ombak Putih's Komodo to Bali - Day Four - Komodo Dragon
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Komodo
Day
4 / 8

Satonda Island

AM: Wake up off Satonda Island, an extinct volcano with a brackish lake at its heart, where we will swim, snorkel, kayak, paddle board and explore the surrounding forest if you wish. The lake was created when the crater was flooded by a tsunami caused by a massive volcanic event from the nearby Tambora Volcano, which in 1815 was the largest eruption in recorded history.

PM: Set sail for Moyo Island and take a walk through a village to a jungle waterfall and play with local kids as they take the lead on a rope swing above a cool, deep jungle pool to show us how it’s done.

Ombak Putih's Komodo to Bali - Day Five - Melo Waterfall
Location
Sumbawa Besar
Day
5 / 8

Saleh Bay

AM: Wake up early in Saleh Bay, where we will hopefully swim with a group of whale sharks that congregate off fishing platforms, where local fishermen catch small baitfish and keep them suspended in nets, which attract the sharks.

PM: Spend the afternoon on a nearby beach where we will snorkel, paddle, kayak and explore our jungle surroundings.

Ombak Putih's Komodo to Bali - Day Six - Pink Beach
Location
Sumbawa Besar
Day
6 / 8

Bajao Sea Gypsies

AM: Visit a village of the famous Bajao ‘Sea Gypsies’ of Southeast Asia, and see how they live their lives so close to, on and in the water.

PM: Another relaxing afternoon awaits as we land on a nearby uninhabited island, where once again we will relax and enjoy snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding. Enjoy Indonesian hospitality as your crew hosts a beach barbecue in your honor this evening. On offer is plenty of good food, music, cocktails dancing and frivolity as we dance and sing the night away next to a bonfire under a clear tropical night sky.

Ombak Putih's Komodo to Bali - Day Seven - Satonda Island
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Sumbawa Besar
Day
7 / 8

Disembarkation

AM: Wake up at anchor off the coast of Bali under in the shadow of Bali’s Mt Agung, the mother mountain of all Balinese people, and the most imposing figure on the whole landscape of Bali. Enjoy an early morning swim or snorkel before we say goodbye to the crew and start our tour back to the south of Bali.

PM: Along the way, experience the best that East Bali can offer a tour of its deep culture and glorious landscapes. Visit water palaces, ancient villages, see lush rice terraces and jungles and the islands volcanic peaks, and dine on some of Bali’s freshest and most delicious traditional cuisine, before we bid goodbye at Puri Santrian Hotel as the final drop-off point.

Ombak Putih's Komodo to Bali - Day Eight - Snorkeling
Location
Bali
Day
8 / 8
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10 Day / 9 Night - Jewels of Raja Ampat - Sorong to Sorong

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Disembarkation

AM: Your flight will arrive in the West Papuan port town of Sorong, the gateway to Raja Ampat. From the airport, we will transfer you to the harbor where your boat will be waiting at anchor. Once settled into your cabin, your cruise director will familiarize you with the vessel’s facilities and safety procedures.

PM: Ready to start our adventure, we will weigh anchor and set a southerly course for the Misool Archipelago, stopping for a refreshing swim along the way. We will then dine alfresco on the main deck while meeting the other passengers and crew and watching the sunset on our first day at sea.

Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day One - Sundeck
Location
Sorong - Misool
Day
1 / 10

Misool Archipelago, Tomolo Bay

AM: This morning we will wake to see the sunrise over the picturesque chain of islands that makes up the Misool archipelago. The topography is typical of ‘karst dissolution,’ featuring a great number of tiny islets whose bases have been eroded over time by the relentless motion of the tides. We will spend the day maximizing everything that this fascinating area has to offer by marveling at both the marine wonderland under the water and the magnificent landscape above the surface.

PM: We can test out our paddling skills in the sea kayaks, watch for birds perched on the rocks, or just sit back and take in the glorious scenery. After a full day of island hopping through this archipelago, the boat will spend a quiet night at anchor in Misool’s Tomolo Bay.

Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day Two - Hilltop View
Location
Misool
Day
2 / 10

Karst Island, Island of Batanta

AM: A swim through Tomolo’s mysterious dome-topped cave is undoubtedly one of Raja Ampat’s most memorable activities. After an early breakfast, our tenders will take us into the heart of the bay to see this partially submerged cave where it is possible to swim, snorkel or simply float while gazing up at the cavernous grotto adorned with astonishing stalactites.

The more adventurous can swim or paddle through the dark waters to the other mouth of the cave. We will then move on to the mysterious stingless jellyfish lake, one of only 20 in the world where these amazing creatures exist and swim amongst the many thousands of stingless animals.

PM: After returning to the ship, we will use our tenders to explore more of this impressive maze of karst islands, both above and below the surface, complete with mysterious skull cairns in sea-cave cemeteries, and prehistoric cave paintings, estimated to be anything between 3,000 to 5,000 years old and depicting various human figures and huge human palms, fish, flowers and plants, tools and vessels. Overnight, our boat will cruise north to the island of Batanta.

Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day Three - Forgotten Islands
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Misool
Day
3 / 10

Arefi Village, Wayag

AM: After our days of marine exploration, the jungle-clad island of Batanta offers us a change of scenery and a chance to stretch our legs on an adventurous trek into the island’s interior. We anchor at the foot of Arefi Village, nestled on the north coast of the island, where we will find local guides to escort us through the mangrove waters to the start point of our trek.

PM: A short walk along the riverbed brings us to a jungle waterfall, complete with a refreshing pool for cooling off. After leaving the wilderness behind us, we will find a nearby spot to swim and snorkel before moving north to the islands of Wayag.

Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day Four - Quiet Beach
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
4 / 10

Wayag

AM: Few areas in Indonesia can lay claim to such unsurpassed natural splendor as Raja Ampat’s Wayag islands. The beauty of these picturesque karst spires is perhaps only equaled by the brilliant colors and vibrancy of the reefs and the marine life that flourishes below.

PM: Nature has carved these islands into a series of coves and lagoons, narrow channels and inlets, caves, jagged rocks and shaded sandy beaches. For those who dare, some spectacular but nearly vertical climbs are rewarded with magnificent panoramas. We will spend a quiet night here at anchor.


Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day Five - Snorkeling with Jelly Fish
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
5 / 10

Waigeo

AM: The Wayag islands are Raja Ampat’s best, and we will make the most of this unique region for one more morning, navigating the maze of mushroom-shaped islands, and stopping for swimming and snorkeling.

PM: In the afternoon, we will set our compasses to return to the southern hemisphere and the island of Waigeo.

Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day Six - Dolphin
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
6 / 10

Wofoh, Aljui Bay

AM: Another full day of adventure awaits us along the convoluted western coast of Waigeo. We will begin the morning by exploring Wofoh, three island gems linked together by stretches of pristine coral reef. You can use the tenders or kayaks to navigate the islands or put your newly-acquired fish identification skills to use in exploring this vibrant reef. Or you may prefer to simply just relax on the beach.

PM: In the afternoon we will move northwards to Aljui Bay, home to the Cendanda Pearl Farm, one of the larger producers of high-quality seawater pearls in the region. Pearling is an important industry throughout Indonesia and several farms can be seen in the waters of Raja Ampat, where the farmers may grant us permission to visit their facilities and receive an explanation of the pearling processes that we have seen during our voyage.

Location
Raja Ampat
Day
7 / 10

Penemu, Aborek Island

AM: We will wake up in front of the island of Penemu, a dramatic location with a short hilltop climb to take in the amazing views. After some great snorkeling on the island’s reefs, we will set course for the tiny Aborek Island, where the local children will perform their traditional dances for us.

PM: We can also walk around the village and gain a sense of the Asai culture, which is still kept very much alive by the villagers living in this isolated place. There's a chance that we may get to see some manta rays as we snorkel, but there are no guarantees.

Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day Eight - Turtle
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
8 / 10

Red Bird of Paradise, Dampier Strait

AM: After waking up, before sunrise, we will follow in the footsteps of the famous naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace in a pre-dawn quest to spot the remarkable Red Bird of Paradise, one of the species that Wallace was most anxious to collect. We hope that the efforts of our trek through the forest will pay off, enabling us to catch a rare and privileged sight of the bird’s elaborate courtship dance as the day breaks over the forest canopy.

PM: Whether we spot the birds or not, for sure we will experience a wonderful trek. After lunch, we make our way through the Dampier strait, home to some of Raja Ampat’s premier reefs.

Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day Nine - Misool
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
9 / 10

Disembarkation

AM: After our last breakfast, we will stroll around on dry land at the Doom island with traditional transportation called Becak. During the First World War, Doom island served as an administrative center of Dutch Empire administration in West Papua and continued to become the core of Sorong for some time before the city grew in mainland Papua. During the Second World War, Japanese forces occupied and fortified the island, building a network of tunnels and bunkers. The island was attacked by American and Australian aircraft throughout the war. Following the war, a fishing station was briefly established on the island before it was moved to Manokwari.

After this we will say goodbye to our crew and captain and head to the airport for our onward flights.

Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day Ten - Bird of Paradise
Location
Doom Island - Sorong
Day
10 / 10
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10 Day / 9 Night - Papua's Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise - Sorong to Kaimana

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Embarkation

AM: Your flight will arrive in the West Papuan port town of Sorong, the gateway to Raja Ampat. From the airport we will transfer you to the harbor where the Ombak Putih will be waiting at anchor. Once settled into your cabin, your cruise director will familiarize you with the vessel’s facilities and safety procedures.

PM: Ready to start our adventure, we will weigh anchor, leave the harbor behind, and enter the marine protected area of Raja Ampat, home to unique birdlife and the most biodiverse coral reefs in the world. We will cruise towards the island of Waigeo, stopping for a refreshing swim along the way before watching the sun set on our first day at sea.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day One - Raja Ampat
Location
Sorong - Waigeo
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Sapokren

AM: While it is still dark, our tenders will ferry those of us who are feeling fit and adventurous to the village of Sapokren, where a local guide will take us on a challenging trek into the forest in the hope of seeing the Wilson’s bird of paradise. The male is red and black with a yellow mantle on his neck, light green mouth, rich blue feet and two violet tail feathers. The featherless crown is turquoise, ornamented with double black crosses. If we are lucky, we may be able to observe the male dancing from a distance of just five metres. Before the dance, he will clear the ground from any leaves or other obstacles that may disrupt his performance.

PM: On our way back to the boat, accompanied by the sounds of the jungle coming to life, we will be sure to spot a number of bird species along the way. We will spend the remainder of the day resting from the morning’s activities and enjoying the waters and reefs of Raja Ampat.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Two - Local Children
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
2 / 10

Dampier Strait, Aborek Village

AM: Today will present another opportunity for keen birdwatchers, as we rise early and walk into the forest on a pre-dawn quest to spot the remarkable red bird of paradise, one of the species that Wallace was most anxious to collect. With a little luck and the help of our knowledgeable guides, we might catch sight of this rare bird’s elaborate courtship display as dawn breaks over the forest canopy.

PM: After returning to the ship, we will turn our attention from the sky to the sea as the Ombak Putih makes her way through the Dampier strait, home of some of Raja Ampat’s premier reefs. If the currents are in our favor, we might see some of the area’s larger specimens of marine life, which are attracted to the strait’s nutrient-rich waters. We will end the day by mooring off Pulau Arborek in front Arborek Village. Here, we can easily circumnavigate the tiny island by foot and gain a sense of the Asai culture, which is still kept alive by the villagers living in this isolated place.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Three - Wilson's Bird
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
3 / 10

Misool Archipelago, Tomolo Bay

AM: This morning we will wake to see the sun rise over the picturesque chain of islands that makes up the Misool archipelago. The topography is typical of ‘karst dissolution,’ featuring a great number of tiny islets whose bases have been eroded over time by the relentless motion of the tides. A swim through Tomolo’s mysterious dome-topped cave is undoubtedly one of Raja Ampat’s most memorable activities.

After an early breakfast, our tenders will take us into the heart of the bay to see this partially submerged cave where it is possible to swim, snorkel or simply float while gazing up at the cavernous grotto adorned with astonishing stalactites. The more adventurous can swim or paddle through the dark waters to the other mouth of the cave. We will then move on to the mysterious stingless jellyfish lake, one of only 20 in the world where these amazing creatures exist, and swim amongst the many thousands of stingless animals. 

PM: After returning to the ship, we will use our tenders to explore more of this impressive maze of karst islands, both above and below the surface, complete with mysterious skull cairns in sea-cave cemeteries, and prehistoric ‘petroglyph’ cave paintings, estimated to be anything from 3,000 to 5,000 years old and depicting various human figures and huge human palms, fish, flowers and plants, tools and vessels. 

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Four - Arborek Tribe
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
4 / 10

Misool

AM: Today we will have a relaxing day in Misool. We will spend the day maximizing everything that this fascinating area has to offer by marveling at both the marine wonderland under the water and the magnificent landscape above the surface.

PM: We can test out our paddling skills in the sea kayaks, watch for birds perched on the rocks, or just sit back and take in the glorious scenery. After a full day of island hopping, the Ombak Putih will begin her overnight journey.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Five - Quiet Beach
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
5 / 10

Pisang Islands, Sipitnanam

AM: This morning we will explore the Pisang Islands. These tiny gems isolated in the vast waters of the Ceram Sea offer us a chance to relax and enjoy the sparkling white-sand beaches, clear waters, and vibrant reefs before making our way to the shores of West Papua.

PM: Here we will follow the shoreline until we reach the village of Sipitnanam. After visiting the village and meeting the residents, who spend their days fishing the nearby waters and tending their nutmeg plantations, we will continue south along the coastline through the night.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Six - Manta Rays
Location
West Papua
Day
6 / 10

Kitikiti waterfall, Cape Papisol

AM: Today we will wake up to the beautiful sight of Kitikiti waterfall. Here, in the wilderness, a roaring river cascades down the jungle-clad mountains and crashes into the sea below.

PM: We can swim under the waterfall and explore the extraordinary reefs nearby before rounding Cape Papisol to the Karawawi region, where we will stop to refresh ourselves before journeying on to Triton Bay.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Seven - Turtle
Location
West Papua
Day
7 / 10

Triton Bay, Lobo Village

AM: Triton Bay is a place of unsurpassed natural splendor, where time and tides have sliced the limestone landscape into tall cliffs and numerous islands separated by lagoons and narrow channels. It is also home to fishermen who keep masses of baitfish in nets that attract a migratory group of whale sharks, which we may have the chance to swim and snorkel with. We can’t make any promises, as we don’t have these wild animals on a leash, but fingers crossed we will. 

PM: We will also spend our time swimming from secluded beaches, snorkeling the vibrant turquoise waters and kayaking amongst the rocky outcrops. We can also enjoy watching the birdlife from the comfort of our tenders as we explore this extraordinary maze of karst islands, before visiting the village of Lobo, which is a friendly place at the foot of a 1000-metre-high cliff.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Eight - A Cuscus
Location
West Papua
Day
8 / 10

Namatote Passage

AM: We will make the most of our last morning in Triton Bay by cruising through the undisturbed coves, caves, and lagoons before heading north through the Namatote Passage. Namatote’s cliffs are also well known as a gallery of prehistoric art, boasting an impressive collection of cave paintings, glyphs and pictorial signs left by ancient nomads high upon the rock walls.

PM: We will spend our final evening on the ship resting at anchor and enjoying a farewell dinner with our captain and crew.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Nine - Watching Sunset On Board
Location
West Papua
Day
9 / 10

Disembarkation

AM: In the morning, we will find ourselves at anchor in the harbor of Kaimana. After a final, hearty breakfast, we will say goodbye to the Ombak Putih and her crew. Our tenders will take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Ten - Sunset on Forgotten Islands
Location
Kaimana
Day
10 / 10
1 / 10

10 Day / 9 Night - Papua's Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise - Kaimana to Sorong

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Your flight will arrive in the West Papuan port town of Kaimana. From the airport, we will transfer you to the harbor where the Ombak Putih will be waiting at anchor. Once you have settled into your cabin, your cruise director will familiarize you with the vessel’s facilities and safety procedures.

PM: Ready to start our adventure, we will weigh anchor, leave the harbor behind, and head towards Namatote Passage, stopping for a refreshing swim along the way before watching the sunset on our first day at sea.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day One - Misool
Location
Kaimana
Day
1 / 10

Namatote Passage

AM: Today we will cruise through the Namatote Passage. Namatote’s cliffs are well known as a gallery of prehistoric art, boasting an impressive collection of cave paintings, glyphs and pictorial signs left by ancient nomads high upon the rock walls.

PM: We will then explore the undisturbed coves, caves, and lagoons of Triton Bay, where we will anchor for the night.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Two - Dwarf Spinner Dolphin
Location
West Papua
Day
2 / 10

Triton Bay, Lobo Village

AM: Triton Bay is a place of unsurpassed natural splendor, where time and tides have sliced the limestone landscape into tall cliffs and numerous islands separated by lagoons and narrow channels. It is also home to fishermen who keep masses of baitfish in nets that attract a migratory group of whale sharks, which we may have the chance to swim and snorkel with. We can’t make any promises, as we don’t have these wild animals on a leash, but fingers crossed we will.

PM: We will also spend our time swimming from secluded beaches, snorkeling the vibrant turquoise waters and kayaking amongst the rocky outcrops. We can also enjoy watching the birdlife from the comfort of our tenders as we explore this extraordinary maze of karst islands, before visiting the village of Lobo, which is a friendly place at the foot of a 1000-meter-high cliff.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Three - Green Turtle
Location
West Papua
Day
3 / 10

Cape Papisol, Kitikiti Waterfall

AM: Today we will round Cape Papisol to the Karawawi region, where we will stop to refresh ourselves before journeying on to the beautiful Kitikiti waterfall. Here, in the wilderness, a roaring river cascades down the jungle-clad mountains and crashes into the sea below.

PM: We can swim under the waterfall and explore the extraordinary reefs nearby before continuing north-west along the coastline of West Papua.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Four - Flying Foxes
Location
West Papua
Day
4 / 10

Sipitnanam Village, Pisang Islands

AM: Today we will visit the village of Sipitnanam, where we will meet the residents, who spend their days fishing the nearby waters and tending their nutmeg plantations. From there, we will make our way to the Pisang Islands.

PM: These tiny gems isolated in the vast waters of the Ceram Sea offer us a chance to relax and enjoy the sparkling white-sand beaches, clear waters, and vibrant reefs.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Five - Island Kids
Location
West Papua
Day
5 / 10

Misool Archipelago

AM: This morning we will wake to see the sunrise over the picturesque chain of islands that makes up the Misool archipelago. The topography is typical of ‘karst dissolution,’ featuring a great number of tiny islets whose bases have been eroded over time by the relentless motion of the tides.

PM: We will spend the day maximizing everything that this fascinating area has to offer by marveling at both the marine wonderland under the water and the magnificent landscape above the surface. We can test out our paddling skills in the sea kayaks, watch for birds perched on the rocks, or just sit back and take in the glorious scenery. After a full day of island hopping, the Ombak Putih will spend a quiet night at anchor.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Six - Coconut Crab
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
6 / 10

Tomolo

AM: A swim through Tomolo’s mysterious dome-topped cave is undoubtedly one of Raja Ampat’s most memorable activities. After an early breakfast, our tenders will take us into the heart of the bay to see this partially submerged cave where it is possible to swim, snorkel or simply float while gazing up at the cavernous grotto adorned with astonishing stalactites.

The more adventurous can swim or paddle through the dark waters to the other mouth of the cave. We will then move on to the mysterious stingless jellyfish lake, one of only 20 in the world where these amazing creatures exist and swim amongst the many thousands of stingless animals.

PM: After returning to the ship, we will use our tenders to explore more of this impressive maze of karst islands, both above and below the surface, complete with mysterious skull cairns in sea-cave cemeteries, and prehistoric ‘petroglyph’ cave paintings, estimated to be anything from 3,000 to 5,000 years old and depicting various human figures and huge human palms, fish, flowers and plants, tools and vessels. 

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Seven - Arborek Band
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
7 / 10

Sapokren Village

AM: Waking before dawn we will be ferried to a local village, where local guides will take us on a trek through the jungle in the hope of finding the beautiful Wilson’s Bird of Paradise perform is mating dance ritual upon the forest floor. On our way back to the boat we will be accompanied by the sounds of the jungle coming to life and we will be sure to spot a number of bird species along the way.

PM: After a well-earned late breakfast, we will spend the remainder of the day enjoying snorkelling, swimming and exploring the reefs and islands of the local area by kayak and paddle board.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Eight - Wilson's Bird
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
8 / 10

Dampier Strait, Aborek Village

AM: Today we will follow in the footsteps of the ‘father of biogeography,’ Alfred Russel Wallace by rising early and walking into the forest on a pre-dawn quest to spot the remarkable red bird of paradise, one of the species that Wallace was most anxious to collect. With a little luck and the help of our knowledgeable guides, we might catch sight of this rare bird’s elaborate courtship display as dawn breaks over the forest canopy.

PM: After returning to the ship, we will turn our attention from the sky to the sea as the Ombak Putih makes her way through the Dampier strait, home of some of Raja Ampat’s premier reefs. If the currents are in our favor, we might see some of the area’s larger specimens of marine life, which are attracted to the strait’s nutrient-rich waters. We will end the day by mooring off Pulau Arborek in front of Arborek Village. Here, we can easily circumnavigate the tiny island by foot and gain a sense of the Asai culture, which is still kept alive by the villagers living in this isolated place.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Nine - Village South Maluku
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
9 / 10

Disembarkation

AM: In the morning, we will find ourselves at anchor in the harbor of Sorong. After a final, hearty breakfast, we will say goodbye to the Ombak Putih and her crew.

Our crew members will take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Ten - Dutch Fort Ternate
Location
Sorong
Day
10 / 10
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Aft
Dining
Observation Deck
Rear Observation deck
Aft Deck
Sun Deck
A woman standing on a rear of the boat
A table on the deck
Lounge chairs on the Observation Deck
Sun beds
Chair on the deck
Sun deck

Suites & Cabins

Ombak Putih's Standard Cabin Ombak Putih's Standard Cabin

Standard Cabin

Guests
2
Size
9 m² / 97 ft²
Beds
Double

These rooms feature porthole windows that allow light to flow into the room naturally and allows guests to take in the beautiful scenery. It also comes with private ensuite bathrooms featuring essential amenities like slippers, a basket of toiletries, and a hairdryer.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Ombak Putih deck plan

Features

  • Air conditioning

Equipment

  • Snorkeling gear
  • Stand up paddleboard
  • Kayaks / Canoes
  • Fishing equipment
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details