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Indonesia: Great opportunity to visit the Raja Ampat islands in West Papua this September

By THE SANGIHE / RAJA AMPAT FESTIVAL 2014 RALLY — last modified Apr 14, 2014 12:46 PM
Now in it's third year, this rally run by the Indonesian Government from Davao in the Philippines, offers cruisers great value and an opportunity to visit this stunning cruising area comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals.

Published: 2014-04-10 23:00:00
Topics: Rallies
Countries: Indonesia , Philippines

Indonesia: Great opportunity to visit the Raja Ampat islands in West Papua this September

At anchor in the Raja Ampat Islands: © SV Sloepmouche

Following the success of Sail Morotai 2012, and Festival Derawan 2013 (the rally gets renamed every year), this year's rally departs from Davao, Philippines early September 2014 and cruises around the Raja Ampat islands in West Papua, Indonesia for the month.

Departure Point:

Holiday Oceanview Marina on Samal Island, next to Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines. 07°11’94 N­125°42’ 74 E . See www.HolidayOceanviewMarina.com for exact location and directions on how to get there.

Dates:
It is recommended to arrive in Samal early August 2014 so you can participate in the festivities of Davao's famous Kadayawan Festival.

Start of the rally will be on 3 Sept morning with sailing by Davao City.
6-12 Sept: Sangihe > CIQP and festivities
15-18 Sept: Morotai > Free program
21-25 Sept: Waisai (Raja Ampat) > Festivities and free program

After Raja Ampat, participants are free to sail independantly or to join other rallies. The details of the festivities and precise program will be communicated when local governments have finalised the plan and details.

Costs:
Free registration.
The costs of a CAIT, custom guarantee and other relevant permits are courtesy of the Indonesian Government. Any costs for your Indonesian Visas, Visa Extensions, Port Charges, additional tours, or on-shore accommodation are not included.

Perks:
The Holiday Oceanview marina offers 2 weeks of free in-water dockage prior to the start of the rally.
Invitation to Game party with numerous prizes as well as kick-off party on Samal.
Free festivities (welcome dinner etc.) organised by Sangihe.

To Register:
For those wishing to join, early registration is encouraged.
Please contact Luc sloepmouche@gmail.com as soon as possible for more info.

Take a look at some great images of this cruising area at google.

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