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. On this liveaboard expedition, you will explore not only the renowned sites of the North, but also the most remote sites of Misool, a marine protected area of South Raja Ampat.
Supporters of the Misool Foundation in Raja Ampat. No plastic bottles used on board.
Who is it for?
For passionate divers with lots of experience - take notice of the strong currents! Other activities: explore local villages, snorkel/kayak clear lagoons, visit a pearl farm, and let’s not forget the gorgeous sunsets against the changing scenery
Prices and Dates
Choose the liveaboard you prefer: 9 days/8 nights or 10 days/9 nights
- 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.
- Transfers outside Sorong city area to/from the boat - ask us
- National park/port fees: payable on board
- Fuel surcharges if applicable
- Nitrox fills
- Rental equipment
- Dive courses
- Crew tips
- Alcoholic beverages
- Flights or hotels before/after the cruise
- 75% of the world’s coral species
- 1,400+ reef fish species
- 600+ coral species
- White and Black tips
- Wobbegong sharks
- Bamboo sharks
- and various Reef Sharks
- Reef Mantas at nearby cleaning stations
- 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
- Magnificent macro with the rare Pygmy Seahorses
- 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: 15 to 20 m (50 to 66 ft) (nutrient rich water can lead to reduced visibility)
- Water Temperature: 28° to 30°C (82° to 86°F)
- Depth: deep and shallow dives
- 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
- Operating 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 divers per guide: 4
- Equipment Recommended: 3 to 5 mm long wetsuit, dive computer, surface marker buoy (SMB), whistle, and a ‘reef hook’ (to use on rocks only!)
- 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)
- 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
- 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 rash guard, and a sweater or light-weight jacket