Why we love it
Join a small group of SeaCrush reef-friendly divers in January 2022, and dive in stunning Raja Ampat, Indonesia! This fantastic boat will take us to the best dive sites of Raja Ampat North and South (Misool) over 7 nights. We’ll get to see plenty of pelagic life, a very rich macro life, and healthy coral reefs! We’ll sail through breathtaking landscapes such as Penemu in the North (one of Raja Ampat’s iconic island formations), or Teluk Cinta in the Misool area (an amazingly beautiful heart-shaped lagoon). We love the spacious diving deck, the relaxing upper deck lounge, and the masters' cabin’s panoramic windows. With only 16 guests and a one-to-one guest-to-staff ratio, you’ll be well tended-to aboard this boat!
This beautiful phinisi (“Indonesian-style ship”) has been custom-built in Sulawesi by the Konjo tribe, who has been building ships for centuries. This partner hires and trains locals on as many jobs as possible and is a supporter of Raja Ampat SEA center. The team avoids single-use plastic and only uses reef-friendly detergent and bathroom amenities as well as biodegradable garbage bags. They’re setting the bar for sustainability!
Who is it for?
This is premium “bucket-list diving” so if you’ve seen it all, you’ll appreciate the natural beauty. Besides diving, there’ll be several activities such as hiking to viewpoints with spectacular panoramas, kayaking, snorkeling, Stand Up Paddling, and massages.
Prices and Dates
- 7 nights in a lower deck shared cabin with A/C and en-suite bathroom.
- All meals
- Up to 4 dives a day
- Tanks, weights, and weight belts
- Excursions to Love Lagoon and Penemu
- Transfers from/to Sorong airport on arrival and departure days
- Government taxes
Raja Ampat national park/port fees:
Rental equipment, dive courses
Wine, beers and spirits
Fuel surcharges if applicable
Any flight or any hotel before/after the liveaboard
- At the heart of the Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat is one of the most biodiverse underwater ecosystems of our planet!
- 1427 reef fish, over 600 coral species, 75% of the world’s coral species with vivid colors
- 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 mantas in open water.
- Large schools of tuna, trevally, mackerel. Batfish, surgeonfish, angel and butterflyfish, napoleon wrasse, bumpheads, giant sweetlips, damsels, fusiliers, anthias, etc., and also magnificent macro with the rare pygmy seahorses.
- Season: January is in high season, with oceanic and reef mantas around!
- Currents: can be strong in some dive sites
- Visibility: 15 to 20 m (50 to 66 ft)
- Water Temperature: 28° to 29°C (82° to 84°F)
- Depth: both deep and shallow dives
We’ll do up to 4 dives a day in the action-packed dive sites of Dampier Strait in the North, and gorgeous Misool Marine Protected area in the South:
The Dampier Strait in the North hosts some of the best diving in the area with well-known sites such as Manta Point, Cape Kri, Mioskon, Odtima, Mike’s Point, Sardines Reef, Blue Magic, Chicken Reef, Melissa’s garden, Keruo Wall, Hidden Bay, Manta Sandy, Arborek Jetty
Misool Marine Protected Area, has amazing dive sites such as Sagof, Daraam, Boo, Candystore, Magic Mountain, Fiabecet, Wayilbatan, Wedding Cake, Barracuda Rock, etc
We’ll dive on a busy manta cleaning station, reef flats, coral covered walls, swim-throughs, gentle sea mounts, drift dives, vast hard-coral gardens, sea fan forests, placid lagoons, current-raked pinnacles…
On the night dive we’ll be doing in Misool, we’ll search for the Epaulette, or Walking shark
Finally, in between dives, we’ll have time to explore some stunning landscapes, with short hikes leading to breathtaking views of Love Lagoon and Penemu
- Winner of the 2019 Dive Travel Awards by Dive Magazine UK in the “Best liveaboard” category
- Cruise directors with over 10 years of experience in Indonesia
- Courses available onboard
- Languages spoken: English, Spanish, French, and Indonesian
- Maximum divers per guide: 4
- Equipment Recommended: dive computer, safety buoy, whistle, ‘reef hook’ (to use on rocks only!), and a 3 mm wetsuit
- Insurance: both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend DAN Europe that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
- Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: Darwin, Australia or Manado, Sulawesi - note that there is a chamber in Raja Ampat, but it is not certified or compliant with international standards
Visas, Flights & more!
- Many nationalities are 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 and usually can be extended for another 30 days.
- Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival and have one full blank page
- Must be able to show an onward ticket that departs before your visa expires
- For official entry requirements for your nationality, consult Indonesia’s Directorate General of Immigration
How to get there
Take an international flight to Jakarta (CGK), Indonesia, and then a direct flight to Sorong (SOQ). Ask SeaCrush for advice on flights
Plan arriving before 2 pm on the first day. We’ll do two dives on the second-last day, so plan to take a flight leaving after 11 am on January 12th
Airport transfers are taken care of in Sorong (SOQ) on the days of embarkation and disembarkation
- Raja Ampat is subject to malaria. Even if the risk is limited on board, 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)
- Bring sunscreen, a hat, a rash guard, and some walking shoes