• Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Trip Dates

An expedition like no other, join scientist Geoffrey Gearheart for a “naturalist’s expedition”, to one of the most remote and exciting corners of our planet.

The focus is not only on seeing and experiencing, but also on understanding the complex natural interactions at play, and the challenges of preserving unique ecosystems.

Because of the positive impact conservation tourism can have in developing countries, part of Geoffrey’s proceeds are used to directly support conservation projects that you visit during the trip, building a relationship between travellers and local conservation heroes that will last for years to come.

Itinerary for 13 May 2019 (please note our 2 June 2019 trip is the reverse itinerary)

Itineraries

AIR/LAND

Day 1

International travel. Arrival Jakarta*. Transfer to Santika Premiere hotel. Dinner at hotel or in the city (optional). Night at Hotel. The official start of the trip. *It is strongly recommended to have an extra 1-day ‘buffer’ at the beginning and (especially) at the end of the trip, due to possible delays (ship, domestic flights, etc.) For instance: arrival in Jakarta one day before Day 1 and departure on Day 21.

LAND/AIR

Day 2

Morning briefing at 09:00 after breakfast. Sightseeing/shopping. 21:30: transfer to airport. 23:55: Jakarta-Sorong flight.

AIR/LAND/SEA

Day 3

Arrival in Sorong at 06:30. Transfer to Putiraja. Safety briefing, lunch and departure for Gam Island. Beginning of cruise. Late afternoon: arrival at Saporkren, Gam Isl. Village visit.

SEA

Day 4

0500: Saporkren forest trek to see Red Bird-of-Paradise. Return to ship at 10:00. Sail to Alyui Bay. Late afternoon/evening: arrival at Alyui Bay. Night snorkelling at Cendana pier.

SEA

Day 5

09:00: snorkelling/SCUBA at Alyui Bay. Cendana pearl farm visit. 14:00: sail to Piai Island. Presentation by Geoff on Piai conservation program Night: green sea turtle patrol at Piai Island.

SEA

Day 6

05:30: Dawn trek around Piai Island. Snorkelling on Piai’s reef. Night: green sea turtle patrol at Piai. Sail to Wayag Sea.

SEA

Day 7

06:00: Sunrise hill climb (optional: organized by Sartika Cruises). 09:00: breakfast then exploration of Wayag aboard the speedboats. Afternoon: snorkeling.

SEA

Day 8

08:00: breakfast then exploration of Wayag aboard the speedboats. After lunch: snorkeling. 17:00: sunset hill climb (optional: organized by Sartika Cruises). Dinner and departure for Vogelkop Peninsula.

SEA

Day 9

Transit to Vogelkop (Bird’s Head) Peninsula. Presentation by Geoff on leatherbacks.

SEA

Day 10

Mid-morning: arrival at Jamursba Medi. Batu Rumah camp visit and birdwing butterflies. Forest walk with Yan Yessa. Late lunch and rest. 16:00: trek from Batu Rumah to Warmamedi Beach (numerous species of endemic birds). Night patrol to see nesting leatherbacks.

SEA

Day 11

09:00: late breakfast. Trek along the river at Batu Rumah. Lunch and rest. 16:00: trek from Batu Rumah to Warmamedi Beach (numerous species of endemic birds). Night patrol to see nesting leatherbacks. Transit to Weyos Bay.

SEA

Day 12

Mid-morning: arrival at Weyos Bay. Landing on Weyos Bay beach (swim from speedboat) and hike up the mountain stream. Picnic en route. Lesser Birds-of-Paradise and many other New Guinea endemic birds, barking deer, pademelon, etc.). Return to ship at 17:00. Sail to Manokwari.

SEA

Day 13

Manokwari. After breakfast: visit to Mansinam Island or snorkelling. Leave for Kwatisore before noon. Rest of the day and night: sailing to Kwatisore.

SEA

Day 14

Sailing to Kwatisore. Early to late afternoon: arrival at the bagans. A few hours swimming with whale sharks. Barbecue at the dive resort. Night visit of a bagan to witness the lifting of the net.

SEA

Day 16

05:00: forest trek to see Lesser Birds-of-Paradise. Late breakfast at around 08:30 and swim with whale sharks. Lunch and more whale sharks. Visit the village of Kwatisore. Night visit of a bagan to witness the lifting of the net.

SEA

Day 17

08:00: quick breakfast and snorkelling around the islets off the Mangguar Peninsula. 10:30: brunch and departure for Roon Island. Mid-late afternoon: arrival at Menarbu Village. Village visit. Departure for Mattas Island after dinner.

SEA

Day 18

08:00 breakfast and snorkelling around Matas Island. Departure for Manokwari at around 10:00. Arrival in Manokwari in the early evening. Last dinner aboard the Putiraja.

LAND/AIR

Day 19

04:30: transfer from ship to land. Taxi to Manokwari airport. 07:40: flight to Jakarta. Arrival in Jakarta at 10:30. Transfer to Santika Premiere hotel in Jakarta. Night at hotel.

LAND/AIR

Day 20

Breakfast at the hotel. End of the trip. International flights in the late afternoon, at the earliest. *It is strongly recommended to have an extra 1-day ‘buffer’ at the beginning and (especially) at the end of the trip, due to possible delays (ship, domestic flights, etc.) For instance: arrival in Jakarta one day before Day 1 and departure on Day 21.
Pricing Name START END SEATS LEFT PAX PRICE
  • West Papua Expedition Triple Share
    Monday
    May 13, 2019
    21 days
    Sunday
    June 2, 2019
    N/A
    $11,500.00
    Per Adult
  • West Papua Expedition Twin Share
    Monday
    May 13, 2019
    21 days
    Sunday
    June 2, 2019
    N/A
    $14,000.00
    Per Adult
  • West Papua Expedition Triple Share
    Sunday
    June 2, 2019
    21 days
    Saturday
    June 22, 2019
    N/A
    $11,500.00
    Per Adult
  • West Papua Expedition Twin Share
    Sunday
    June 2, 2019
    21 days
    Saturday
    June 22, 2019
    N/A
    $14,000.00
    Per Adult