Why we love it
This stunning boat will take you to the best dive sites of Raja Ampat. It is one of the destinations where you'll get to see plenty of pelagic life, a very rich macro life and very healthy coral reefs! Besides spectacular diving, you'll sail through breathtaking landscapes such as Wayag in the North (Raja Ampat's iconic island formations), or Teluk Cinta in Misool area (an amazingly beautiful heart-shaped lagoon). We love the spacious diving deck, the relaxing upper deck lounge, and the masters’ cabins panoramic windows. With 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 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 really 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. Currents can be strong and that may appeal to some folks who enjoy the challenge! Non-divers are welcome and can do several activities such as hiking to viewpoints with spectacular panoramas, kayaking, snorkelling, Stand Up Paddling, and massages.
Prices and Dates
Take note of the different cruise lengths. Longer cruises usually go to Raja Ampat North and South (Misool), while most shorter trips are focused on North Raja Ampat. Ask us for all detailed itinerary!
- 7 to 12 nights in a shared cabin with A/C and en-suite bathroom, depending on the trip chosen
- all meals
- up to four dives a day
- nitrox, tanks, weights, weight belts
- transfers from/to Sorong airport
- government taxes
Raja Ampat national park/port fees:
fuel surcharges if applicable
rental equipment, dive courses
wine, beers and spirits
any flight or any hotel before/after the liveaboard
- At the heart of the Coral Triangle
- 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. and also magnificent macro with the rare pygmee seahorses.
- Season: high season is 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: 15 to 20 m (50 to 66 ft) (nutrient rich water leads to reduced visibility)
- Water Temperature: 28° to 29°C (82° to 84°F)
- Depth: both deep and shallow dives
The Dampier Strait in the North (also known as “Augusta's Strait”) hosts some of the best diving in the area with well-known sites such as: Manta Point, Cape Kri, Mioskon, Odtima, The Passage, Mike’s Point, Sardines Reef, Blue Magic, Chicken Reef, and Hidden Bay, The Passage
Misool, a Marine Protected Area in South Raja Ampat, has amazing dive sites too such as Sagof, Daraam, Boo, Fiabecet, Wayilbatan. You'll dive on a busy manta cleaning station, coral covered walls, reef flats, swim throughs, gentle sea mounts, drift dives, vast hard-coral gardens, placid lagoons, current-raked pinnacles…
Dive sites may change according to local conditions
For trips to Komodo, Maumere, Ambon, Alor, Forgotten Islands & Banda, contact us!
- Winner of the 2019 Dive Travel Awards by Dive Magazine in the “Best liveaboard” category
- Cruise directors with over 10 years of experience in Indonesia
- Courses available on board: from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster
- Languages spoken: English, Spanish, and Indonesian on all trips
- Maximum divers per guide: 6
- 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 Dive Assure 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) and then a direct flight to Sorong (SOQ).
- If coming from Bali (DPS), you'll have to make a stop at Ujung Padang (UPG) or Manado (MDC) on your way to Sorong (SOQ).
- 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. )
- Bring sunscreen, a hat, a rash guard, a sweater or a light-weight jacket, some walking shoes