North Sulawesi and Raja Ampat snorkel safari

“Spend two weeks in the spectacular coral triangle, viewing incredible landscapes both under and over the water, with a small group of likeminded travellers for company. ”

Highlights

Siladen Island Resort | Explore the Bunaken Marine Park | Food and flower market in Tomohon | Lake Linow | Pulutan pottery village | Gangga Island Resort | Tangkoko National Park | Sorong | Fam Islands

Description of North Sulawesi and Raja Ampat snorkel safari

This small group North Sulawesi and Raja Ampat snorkel safari takes you to some of the best snorkelling spots in the Coral Triangle, where youíll find thriving tropical reefs, plunging walls and a diverse array of marine life, including turtles, sharks and manta rays.

Youíll spend the first part of your trip in Sulawesi, bedding down in three incredible resorts, with easy access to the areaís best snorkelling spots. From here itís on to Raja Ampat, which has the most bio diverse waters on the planet and is breathtaking both above and below the water. Here youíll also take a tour of the Fam Islands and see birds of paradise in the Papau region.

Your tour finishes with a land tour of Sulawesi, where youíll hike up a volcano and visit Tangkoko National Park, which is home to tarsiers and crested black macaques.

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North Sulawesi and Raja Ampat snorkel safari

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

As part of our efforts to preserve the marine environment we will only work with local suppliers who adopt the same conservation practises that we believe in. The Siladen Resort has installed buoys which allows boats to anchor without damaging the coral reef. Local staff and guests are asked to sign the NSWA code of practise which forbids boating malpractice to protect the surrounding reef. The resort also supports and contributes with the creation of artificial reefs in the Bunaken National Marine Park.

The use of plastic containers is limited only to bottled water. The resort is currently installing reusable 19l bottle of drinking water in the guest rooms and in common areas.

Part of your holiday cost is paid as a conservation and marine park fees which contributes to the protection of local wildlife, we'll also provide in depth briefings and enforce principles on how to view wildlife above and below the surface in order that we can reduce the impact of our visit as much as possible.

In terms of consumption we aim to limit the amount of plastic and waste products used whilst on tour - refilling bottled water is highly encouraged, we make a local donation of £15 per original bottle returned at the end of each tour (i.e tour members have only used one bottle for the entire trip). We also encourage tour members to limit their usage of shampoos, laundry and cosmetic/cleaning products during the tour.

Community

All of our local partners have established mutually strong relationships with the local communities, complying with all local rules and regulations such as a minimum wage requirement and fair trade rules.

Our chosen resorts are actively supporting the local communities that we operate in. Siladen resort pay the villagers to participate in beach cleans and also help by sending non-organic waste to Manado city where it can be disposed of properly. The resort also regularly present about marine debris to educate local children.

The Gangga Island resort takes great pride in its social initiatives that have been running for many years now. The property employs 60% local staff and actively improve the health, education and skill development of the people of the island. There has also been the renovation of one of the private schools with a new kindergarten having been built. The resort also pay for the salary of the kindergarten teachers and all of the kindergarten studentsí fees. To help those families who struggle to pay school fees Gangga Island awards scholarships for poor families and single parents to encourage them to keep their children in school. These initiatives are paid for with a portion of the profits from the resort. The community development and education programs run with these donations are explained to the guests on arrival with the option to donate further.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The wildlife we saw

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Really good trip

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