Raja Ampat is known as the most biodiverse area in the world and it is a Marine Park!
It is the home of the majority of the world's reef-building corals; there are over 700 species of mollusks and 1,397 species of fish.
The zone raughly include the area of four islands: Waigeo, Misool, Salawati and Batanta.
There are various types of dives: current, wall, slopes, muck, macro, wide-angle... you choose!
The number of dive sites is incredible! It seems that everyplace you put your head underwater is an amazing dive-site! There are so many of them that it is impossible to visit them all just in one trip. The dive teams choose the sites taking into consideration the period, the waether, the currents, even the moon phase!!
We saw mantas, sharks, napoleon, bat, lion fishes; nudibranches, pigmey sea-horses, live shells, shrimps, cuttlefishes, squids... you name it! All this surrounded bu the most beautiful and colorful corals, gorgonias and sponges!!!
If you are a divers you cannot miss it!
Equipment: As you can see from my introduction page for this destination, we were on board of MSY Seahorse and in Misool eco Resort and both can rent you the equipment if you let them know you need it when you're booking.
The organization the diving is really good: everything is managed perfectly: you just have to enjoy your dives!
We prefer our own, so we brought everything with us.
TREKKING ROUTE FROM ILLAGAVILLAGE
Duration : 17 day/16 nights
Start / End : Timika / Timika
DAY 01 : ARRIVAL IN TIMIKA, Stay at hotel
DAY 02 : CHARTER FLIGHT TIMIKA TO ILLAGA
DAY 03 : TREKKING TO BASE CAMP VIA PINAPA VILLAGE
DAY 04 - 09: TREKKING DAYS TO BASE CAMP
Trekking to Base Camp would take about 7 to 8 hours per day
DAY 10: BASE CAMP CARSTENSZ PYRAMID
Acclimatization day and walking around Base Camp
DAY 11- 12: SUMMIT DAYS
DAY 12 - 15 : TREKKING BACK TO ILLAGA
DAY 16 : ILLAGA - TIMIKA
DAY 17 : TIMIKA - DEPARTURE
1 sun hat (it must shade the eyes and nose)
1 balaclava (wool, polypropylene)
1 wool or fleece hat
1 pair glacier glasses with side protection (and a spare)
1 neck gaiter.
UPPER - LOWER BODY
1 expedition down parka with hood (-20 F)
1 windproof outer jacket with hood (Gore-tex)
1 poly/fleece jacket
1 expedition weight polypropylene shirt
2 lightweight, long sleeve polypropylene shirts
2 heavy polypropylene long underwear (tops and bottoms)
2 t-shirts for lower elevations
1 pair wind/rain pants (with side zips)
1 pair fleece pants (side zipper)
1 long cotton pant for trekking (legs zip off to become shorts)
1 nylon shorts
2 pairs liner gloves (poly thin)
1 pair medium weight fleece gloves
1 pair goretex wind shells for mittens
1 pair wool or fleece mittens
1 pair overmitts.
1 pair of trekking boots (Gore-tex) and 1 quality sport shoes
1 pair of sandals
1 pair insulated super-gaiters
2-3 pair of wool socks and polypropylene socks
3 pairs polypropylene, wool or similar socks.
1 down or synthetic sleeping bag (-20C).
High quality back pack approx. 70-80 liters. Day pack for approach hike and summit day
1 Large duffel bag (7000+cu.in) with lock to be carried to Base Camp.
CARSTENSZ CLIMBING EQUIPMENT
1 pair Jumar
Descenduer figur of eight
2 Carabineer Screw Gate & 5 Snap gate
5 Webbing 1,5 meter
Head Lamp with 3 alkaline battery sets
Sun screen and lip protection (UV rating of 20 SPF or more).
Metal thermos bottle, 1000ml
Camera and film
Pocket knife (mid size)
Book and walkman to spend time in tent
Simple first aid kit. Pee bottle - 1 qt. capacity, wide mouth
Insect repellant coating for hike in clothes.
Copies of relevant documents (maps, directions, itinerary, etc... all in plastic bags).
Journal with pens
Casual clothes for walking around, going to dinner
Small Indonesia dictionary with travel phrases.