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Kayaking Paradise in Raja Ampat Island – Papua – Indonesia

Raja Ampat is a spectacular tropical paradise. White sand beaches, crystal clear water that is teeming with a huge variety of fish and corals. The area’s reputation for having the world’s highest concentration of marine biodiversity has made it a diving hot spot for sometime.

Raja Ampat is a spectacular paradise, teeming with wildlife above and below the surface. The area has one of the world’s highest concentration of marine biodiversity and is a diving “hot spot”. The paddling is world class and with 1500 limestone islands to explore, the dazzling variety is overwhelming as we cruise through a maze of tiny islands. On this 11 day trip we enjoy 7 days of kayaking and spend 3 nights in local homestays, a fantastic way to experience the local culture and meet the people. We spend two nights in a hotel in Sorong and enjoy 6 nights of wilderness camping. It’s a true expedition in nature, and each day brings exciting new adventures.

We are way off the “tourist” path. With only subsistence fishing by local villagers allowed in the area, the ecosystem is largely undisturbed. Teeming with fish and colourful corals, we’ll snorkel at ever opportunity and take in the wonders of the underwater world. We’ll explore vast subterranean limestone caves, full of incredible stalactites and stalagmites which few people have set foot in. Your two guides will prepare all meals featuring a nice blend of Asian and Western cooking. We’ll serve dinner each night as the sun sets relaxing in one of the most spectacular dining rooms in the world. After 8 days we’ll return to Sorong, and enjoy a hot shower, cold beverage and a soft bed.

Kayaking, although new to the area is world class. With more than 1500 limestone islands to explore your senses will be overwhelmed as you cruise through this island maze. Each island has been sculpted by the wind and the rain into a variety of shapes and sizes.

Based on the island of Waigeo, next to the village of Saporkren, the Kayak4conservation project was founded by the Raja Ampat Research and Conservation Centre (RARCC) directed by expatriate Max Ammer, and is managed by Tertius Kammeyer and Jasmine Togeretz. K4C works together with local communities to support sustainable eco-tourism and community development projects in an effort to help protect and conserve the natural marine wonders of the Raja Ampat National Park.

The K4C team has circumvented Indonesia’s crazy tariffs by building their own kayaks, and work with local accommodation owners to provide a chain of guesthouses placed to take advantage of the best routes for kayaking in Raja Ampat. A not-for-profit venture, Kayak4Conservation provides support and advice to the local people who are establishing the guesthouses and who are working to guide the kayak trips.

Working with the project from its inception was another expatriate and longtime resident of Indonesia, Halim. An accomplished kayaker, Halim was keen to add Raja Ampat to the list of amazing Indonesian kayaking expeditions he had already undertaken and jumped at the chance to be one of the first to paddle out from Kri. Guided by Paulus Sauyai, Halim and paddling partner Sweena headed for the Kabui Passage and eventually decided to make a complete circumnavigation of Pulau Gam. You can see some great photos and read about this first Raja Ampat kayak expedition at Halim’s Playak page.

Raja Ampat sea kayaking trip information
– Kayak4conservation offers a number of scheduled trips of varying lengths.
– You can design your own itinerary, but must always employ a local guide.
– Accommodation is local homestay style.
– Camping gear is available for hire for tours in areas not serviced by homestays.
– 11 single and 4 double sea kayaks are available for rent.

The kayaks: In 2012 Kayak4conservation’s desire to supply top quality boats for kayakers was given a huge boost by Arthur and Tracey Fincham from Kaskazi Kayaks. Kaskazi donated moulds for their Skua sea kayaks and Arthur and Tracey visited to train the K4C Papuan fiberglass team to build the boats at the RARCC.

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