Asmat Tribe

One of the largest tribes in Papua

Papua Asmat Tribe

Inhabitants of the swampy mangroves

The Asmat tribe is an ethnic group of New Guinea. They have inhabited the swampy mangrove forests for thousands of years, a region that covers approximately 25,000 square kilometers, along the South coast of Papua province. It is one of the largest tribes in Papua, their population is estimated to be around 70.000 people, an amount that is divided into a few hundred villages. These villages vary in size, they can hold as few as thirty-five people and in other ones can live as many as two thousand inhabitants.

Inhabitants of the swampy mangroves

Discover the mythic archipelago of the Four Kings

Diving Cruise RAJA AMPAT | 8 Days / 7 Nights

South Raja Ampat & West Waigeo Island, 
Waisai to Waisai

Departures
2022
- 11th
 May
5th June
- 2nd, 11th & 21st Aug
9th & 19th Nov
3rd Dec

Departures 2023:
- 10th Jan
- 3rd & 13th Mar
- 29th Apr
- 23rd May

300$ per day instead of 350$
Total 2399$/person FULL BOARD

Up to 3 dives/day

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Boat Rating *

Global
9.8
Vessel
9.7
Life Onboard
10.0
Activities
9.8
Itinerary *
Boat & Cabin
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Map Cruise Raja Ampat 8 Days 7 Nights

Day 1 : Sorong - Waisai

The adventure starts with your pick-up from Sorong Airport or your hotel, the crew will transfer you to the vessel located in Waisai harbor. Once arrived, you will be offered a welcome drink and right after your check-in, we will lift the anchor. You will have enough time to unpack, set your gear and socialize with others. You will spend your first dinner and night on board.

Day 2 : East Dampier Strait

South Waigeo, Gam Island and the Dampier Strait are a renowned area of Raja Ampat. The Dampier Strait is full of an amazing marine diversity due to the rich currents going through this area. We will start with diving on the East side of the passage at Blue Magic which is an incredible dive site and the best to start your dive liveaboard. In the afternoon, we will go diving to Sardine Reef and Kap Kri where we will have the chance to see some big pelagic! At the end of the day, we will drop the anchor in Yenbuba bay where we might have the time to take a small walk in the streets of this authentic village toward the church.

Day 3 : Mansuar Island

The small village of Saundarek is located on this island but it does not change the fact that this is one of the most abundant area in marine life. We will go diving in the waters from this village and discover the Napoleon wrasse, barracudas and reefs sharks that swim in the area… Later, we will have few opportunities and will decide the dive sites according to the conditions but the idea is either to go diving with Manta rays at Manta Ridge, in the incredible Coral Garden of Mayhem or in Cytrus or Yeben Kecil… Many wonderful dive sites full of diversity. At the end of the day, we will have a tasty BBQ party on Yeben beach!

Day 4 : Pianemo Island

Early in the morning, we will arrive at Pianemo and go dive on its famous Reef where you will enjoy one of the largest populations of pelagic in the area. This site is very impressive, especially when the current is strong, when you can see the most of it. After breakfast, we will go dive on Melissa’s Garden, the most well-known site in the region, famous for its impressive and healthy hard coral reefs. Then, we will dive in Galaxy dive site which offer a large reef with abundant marine life. In the afternoon after your third dive, we will take you to Penemu Island where you can walk up to the famous viewpoint above Pianemo’s star-shaped lagoons. You will also have time to kayak and paddleboard amongst the incredible karst limestone landscape before sunset, dinner and night on board.

Day 5 : Wayag archipelago

Early morning, we planned to do a small trekking to the top of mount Pindito where an astonishing view is waiting for you, probably the best panorama you ever seen… After that, we will organize a dive in the waters next to this island where diversity is optimum. In the afternoon, we will go cruising between the islets with the speed boat and you will be offered to go diving, kayaking or paddling around this wonderful area. Few viewpoints are not to be missed!

Day 6 : Wohof Island

We will drop the anchor in front of this paradisiac island where white sand beach meets walls and stunning corals. We will go diving on the epic site of Edy’s Black Forest, black corals cover this reef with exceptional macro and don’t forget to look around to spot the schools of Trevally… We will also dive on Wofoh wall which is a gentle drift dive that allows you to examine the multicolor corals and the beautiful macro within the rocks: nudibranchs, crabs, shrimps are everywhere in the wall, just look around you to not miss anything!

Day 7 : Dampier Strait

Today is a special day as we need to schedule the dives according to your return flight. Anyway, most probably, we will be able to admire Wobbegong sharks in Mioskon and we will take you to Cape Kri where a record of 374 fish species identified during a 90-minute dive! A muck night dive awaits you at Yenbuba Jetty where we can find bobtail squid, octopus, stargazers, ghost pipefish, toadfish and lots of nudis. Only one or two dives will be possible on the last full day of cruise to match the surface time required for your return flight on the next day. In the evening, we will sail back to Sorong.

Day 8 : Disembarkation in Sorong

After breakfast and the last exchange of photos and memories, it will be time to say bye-bye to the crew, after what we will bring you back to your hotel or to the Airport in Sorong.

* Please note that the itinerary and services mentioned above are subject to be changed if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require the captain or the crew to do so. However, we will always do our best to stick to this program.

Lifestyle

Given the Asmat’s natural environment, a landscape that is practically inhospitable to modern human life, farming was impossible. They subsisted instead on whatever they could collect or hunt from the forests and ocean around them, such as starch from the sago palm, sago grubs, crustaceans, fish, bush meat and the occasional enemy. Their average height is about 172 cm for men and 162 cm for women, they have curly hair and their skin tone is generally black. These characteristics come from being Polynesians descendants.

Their languages belong to the Papuan language family and the central Asmat now even have a written form of their spoken language.

Asmat Lifestyle

Beliefs

The members of this tribe have the belief they arose out from wood, therefore wood is sacred for them. They believe in the existence of a close relationship between trees and humans. Since ancient times, they have carved amazing things from wood, in many types, such as shields, canoes, ancestor poles, sculptured figures, and drums and they have contributed art through their admirably complex culture.

Their wood carving and sculptures are linked with the spirit world, much of their original art is symbolic, representing warfare, headhunting, daily life, their love for nature and warrior -ancestor veneration, therefore their work is not simply a decoration, it must be given the highest regard and appreciation. They have created some of the most wonderful and unique world's wood sculptures, many of them can be found in museums around the world, some are still on display today at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and others are most coveted by international art collectors.

Nowadays, wood carving continues to flourish as a tradition among the members of the tribe, being the woodcarvers of the community always well respected. The Asmat Tribe celebrates its wood carving tradition every year with a cultural festival that gathers all the small villages for an exhibition. They show their skills on weaving, boating, traditional dances, and musical performances. After the 5-day festival, they conclude the exhibition with an open auction of their fine artworks.

Asmat Beliefs

Fierce Warriors

The Asmat were once best known as a cannibalistic tribe in Papua, they were fierce warriors who in the past practiced head-hunting following their culture and belief. The Asmat did not only hunt for skulls, they also worshipped them. The skulls would be modified and decorated, to be later on displayed on their homes. They would also put human skulls under their heads instead of a pillow. Besides being headhunters, they were also hunters for names, as they believed that when they killed a man and ate him, they would take his power and become him. Sometimes a child was given a name only after 10 years of being born, and after its village decided to kill a man from an enemy village nearby. Fortunately, the evil reputation of Asmat has become history, thanks to the work done by missionaries to change this.

Fierce Warriors