A&K charters Aqua Blu for Raja Ampat exploration

Geoffrey Kent to escort new East Indonesian journey limited to just 24 guests

Aqua Blu yacht

Abercrombie & Kent has unveiled a new luxury small-ship experience through East Indonesia’s Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands, chartering Aqua Expeditions’ Aqua Blu for the 14-day journey. The one-off itinerary will be escorted by A&K Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Geoffrey Kent.

Accompanied by the region’s foremost experts aboard the exclusively chartered expedition yacht, Aqua Blu will unlock 12 sites encompassing untouched islands, secluded bays and unspoiled beaches, revealing this ‘Amazon of the seas’ both in the water and on land.

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“The challenge of wanderlust is the more destinations you see, the more you want to see,” explains Kent. “Ever since my first Inspiring Expedition to Palau, I’ve been planning an even more spectacular ocean adventure to this pristine corner of Indonesia, the most biodiverse marine ecosystem on earth. Now, after years in the making, Raja Ampat & The Spice Islands is possibly my most lavish journey to date.”

After a gala welcome dinner in Jakarta hosted by internationally acclaimed Michelin-starred chef Nicola Russo, guests fly by private chartered jet to Sorong — avoiding the overnight, multi-stop commercial flight other travellers take — to board Aqua Blu. Accompanied by the finest experts for the entire journey — among them the premier specialist on Indonesia’s natural and cultural wonders, Dr Lawrence Blair — guests can swim, snorkel and dive the crystalline waters of the Raja Ampat archipelago, where brilliant corals rise from the surface and schools of tropical fish, manta rays and reef sharks crowd the sea. Other experts onboard include National Geographic contributing photographer Andy Coleman who shares his expertise in a one-on-one virtual coaching session before departure and captures each extraordinary moment throughout the journey.

Guests will find themselves fully immersed in the islands as they join naturalist guides and dive instructors on curated excursions that offer the most exclusive and adventurous experiences, such as:

  • Travel by canoe to Kali Biru, the Blue River, to swim downstream in crystal-clear water under the jungle canopy
  • Snorkel and dive along mangrove-lined shores of Cape Kri in waters that hold the world record for most species sighted in a 90-minute dive
  • Watch the sun rise over Wayag Island’s limestone islets, explore hidden lagoons by kayak and spot reef sharks in the waters off Figure Eight Rock
  • Join the sea life traversing the Marine Superhighway, a renowned aquatic migratory route, and kayak the shallow reefs of Manawoka
  • Explore Tomolol Cave, a spectacular water-carved cave system found in the One Thousand Temples group and see ancient rock art and underground rivers
  • Arrive at Pulau Banda to a greeting party of war canoes, stroll through history on a visit to the Dutch Fort Belgica and learn the history of the spice trade that shaped the region
Geoffrey Kent, A&K Founder and Chairman Emeritus
  • Discover scenic fishing villages on Nusa Laut, looking out for the dugong, the Southeast Asian cousin of the American manatee.

Adventure by Day, Luxury by Night

The centrepiece of this journey is the expedition yacht Aqua Blu featuring suite accommodations spread over five decks, along with an indoor spa and a 25-person crew. Every excursion leaves the boat with no more than 10 guests per guide, ensuring an expert is never far away whether on land or in the water.

The onboard dining experience on this journey is led by Australian restaurateur Benjamin Cross, who created more than 160 recipes served on board. Between and after meals, gather for a drink with fellow guests at the open bar, where each guest’s preferred brands are on hand and top-shelf wines and Champagne are chosen to complement each day’s menu.

Sunbeds aboard Aqua Blu

For travellers seeking a truly immersive and transformative experience, Raja Ampat & the Spice Islands: An Inspiring Expedition by Geoffrey Kent is limited to just 24 guests.

Departing 7 March 2025, the journey is priced from AU$129,500 per person, double occupancy.

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