The gem of West Papua: Raja Ampat North & South

Why we love it

Raja Ampat has some of the most biodiverse waters in the world. From the first dive to the last you won’t be disappointed. Huge schools of fish, pelagics, unbelievable macro life and spectacular reefs, diving in Raja Ampat is a dream come true. In this liveaboard expedition, you will explore not only the renown sites of the North, but also the most remote sites of Misool, a marine protected area of South Raja Ampat.

Conservation

No plastic bottles used on board. Support of the Misool foundation in Raja Ampat.

Who is it for?

For passionate divers who have seen it all, advanced divers - there are strong currents. Other activities: visit of a local village, going around the lagoons, visit a pearl farm, watch the sunset on stunning scenery

Dive briefing!

Marine life

  • At the heart of the coral triangle
  • hundreds of sites in Raja Ampat
  • 1427 reef fish, over 600 coral species, 75% of the world’s coral species
  • Abundant pelagic life: many species of reef sharks, white and black tips, wobbegong sharks, bamboo sharks, reef mantas at nearby cleaning stations, and majestic oceanic manta in open water.
  • Large schools of tuna, trevally, mackerel. Batfish, surgeonfish, angel and butterflyfish, napoleon wrasse, bumpheads, giant sweetlips, damsels, fusiliers, anthias etc.
  • Magnificent macro with the rare pygmee seahorses.

Dive conditions

  • Season: high season from October to April, when plankton blooms reduce visibility but bring greater numbers of manta rays
  • Currents: strong and changing - some dive sites are not suitable for beginners or anyone that doesn’t feel comfortable in currents.
  • Visibility: nutrient rich water can sometimes mean a reduced visibility: 15 to 20 meters
  • Water temperature: 28 to 30 degrees Celsius
  • Depth: deep and shallow dives

Dive sites

  • It is almost impossible to put together a daily itinerary due to the magnificent diving everywhere you will go. No trip is the same with so many different sites to visit and explore.
  • If there is somewhere in particular you really have your heart set on please discuss with the Cruise Director. The staff will do their utmost to get you there – conditions, ship and your safety allowing.
  • Choose the liveaboard you prefer: 9 days/8 nights or 10 days/9 nights:

9 days/8 nights, 26 dives: Misool area - Sagof Island, Wagma island, Farondi island, Pele Island - Fiabacet island, Farondi Island, Waigeo area - Batanta Island, Dampier Strait, Arborek island, Kawe island, Alyui Bay

10 days/9 nights, 30 dives: Misool area - Sagof Island, Wagma island, Farondi island, Wailbatan island, Warakaret Island, Kalig island, Pele Island - Fiabacet island, Farondi Island, Waigeo area - Batanta Island, Dampier Strait, Arborek island, Kawe island, Alyui Bay, Yanggefo island

The Team

  • Operation in the area since 2001
  • Courses available on board: from Discover Scuba Diving to Rescue Diver
  • Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Indonesian on all trips, and also French on the 10 days/9 nights trip
  • Maximum number of people per guide: 4 guests

Safety information

  • Equipment needed: a long wetsuit, dive computer, surface marker buoy and whistle, a ‘reef hook’ (to use on rock only) and the usual diving equipment.

  • Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend Dive Assure that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.

  • Hyperbaric chamber: in Darwin, Australia or Sulawesi, Indonesia

Prices and Dates

Choose the liveaboard you prefer: 9 days/8 nights or 10 days/9 nights

What’s included?

  • 9 days/8 nights with 26 dives or 10 days/9 nights with 30 dives (depending on the trip you choose)
  • Transfers from/to the airport or hotels to/from the boat within Sorong city limits
  • All meals & snacks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks and drinking water,
  • Tanks, weights, weight belts
  • Diving with experienced Dive masters/Instructors.

What’s not included?

  • Transfers outside Sorong city area to/from the boat - ask us
  • National park/port fees: 200 euros payable on board
  • Fuel surcharges if applicable
  • Nitrox fills
  • Rental equipment
  • Dive courses
  • Crew tips
  • Massages
  • Souvenirs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Any flight or any hotel before/after the liveaboard

Visa, Flights & more!

Visa

  • To be able to enter Indonesia, your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival, you need to have a valid return ticket within 30 days and a full blank page in your passport.
  • Many nationalities are newly eligible to enter and remain in Indonesia without a visa for 30 days. Others need to obtain a Visa on Arrival for 30 days at the major entry points to Indonesia. Visa on Arrival costs USD 35 and it is advisable that you carry the exact amount with you.
  • Please check the current visa policy that applies for your country.

How to get there?

  • Take an international flight to Jakarta or Bali and then via Ujung Padang (Makassar) or Manado to Sorong.
  • Transfers from/to the airport or hotels to the boat within Sorong city limits is included
  • Boarding time is between 7am to 2pm
  • Arrival last day: between 8am and 8:30 am

More…

  • Raja Ampat is subject to malaria. Take necessary precautions to avoid it (cover yourself, have mosquito repellent and take malarone tablets - Lariam has limited effectiveness in this area due to a resistant strain of Malaria and is not recommended)
  • Don’t forget your walking shoes
  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent, a rashguard, a sweater or a light weight jacket