Raja Ampat can be enjoyed year round, but the best time to visit is between September and April. Contact us to book a date that suits you.
Raja Ampat is a Marine Park which is world renowned for being the epicentre of marine biodiversity. Spectacular scenery both above and below the water make this heritage area unique and a bucket list item for both divers and lovers of nature.
- Includes & Excludes
- Diving Highlights
- Raja Laut
- Destination Information
- Return airport transfers
- Ferry to Waisai
- 7 Nights’ accommodation on Luxurious Liveaboard
- 6 Days Diving
- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
- All Tea, Coffee, Bottled Water & Afternoon Snacks
- 1 cocktail party on a local island (weather permitting)
- Tanks & Weights
- Free Nitrox
- Marine Park & Port Fees
- Flights and airport taxes (Approx. R 28 900 JNB – Sorong Return)
- Optional stopovers
- Personal travel, baggage and diving insurance
- Alcoholic and drinks not specified
- Wi-Fi (USD 25 per week)
- Hire of dive equipment other than tanks and weights
- Tips/Gratitude’s (USD 150 pp – divided amongst the crew)
Prices may vary according to season, please contact us to get a quote based on your preferred travel dates
Please note the following:
- Prices are subject to change in the event of price increases, airfares, exchange rate fluctuations and availability.
- The exact price can only be confirmed at the time of final invoicing and final payment due date. If you would like to secure your price to avoid any fluctuations we will provide you with a final invoice (calculated at the exchange rate at time) and payment will need to me made in FULL within 24 hours of receipt of the invoice.
- The tour package has been quoted on a sharing basis and an additional single supplement fee will be charged for singles.
Where is the raja ampat?
The Raja Ampat archipelago, part of the Coral Triangle, located at the northwest corner of Indonesia's West Papua province, encompassing 40,000 km² of land and sea and including a series of more than 1,500 islands which surround the main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo.
Arrival in SorongOn arrival in Sorong – collect your luggage and check through customs. Transfer on a ferry to Waisai where the liveaboard will be waiting for you. After the arrival briefing on the Liveaboard, the afternoon is spent unpacking, preparing dive equipment, relaxing and overnight. Please Note: You will need to be at Sorong before 09h00 on the day of arrival in order to make the ferry to Waisai. If you are flying from South Africa you will need to overnight on the island of Java in Indonesia prior to your flight to Sorong. Please contact us to arrange flights and/or stopovers that best suit you.
Raja Laut LiveaboardSpend the next few days discovering some of the best diving in Raja Ampat: Highlights may include, but are not limited to: Central Section - dives including Gam: Mayhem, Dalam and Citrus Ridge Penemu: Barracuda Point, My Reef, Melisa's Garden and Galaxy Arborek: Arborek Jetty, Manta Sandy and Lolasi Cape Kri Area: Cape Kri, Chicken Reef, Sardine Reef, Blue Magic, Mioskon and Mike's Point Northern Section - dives including Wayag: Pelagic Rock, Figure 8 Rock and the world-famous Wayag Lagoon Kawe: Eagle Rock and Black Rock Aljui Bay: Pearl Farm Jetty, White Wall, Teardrop and Waterlogged
Transfer to Sorong AirportYou end your itinerary at Sorong where you will check out after breakfast and transfer to Sorong airport for your flight home.
Diving Highlights and Bucket List Dive Sites:
Spectacular scenery both above and below the water make this heritage area unique and a bucket list item for both divers and lovers of nature. Emperor requires that you have 30 logged dives to join this trip and an advanced certification it is recommend.
There are many dive walls with slopes that are covered in soft and hard corals. You will find various crabs, sea spiders, clams, shrimps, and sea urchins amongst the corals as well as an assortment of reef fish. South Penemu has a fantastic pinnacle covered in soft corals and anemones of all different colours. The pinnacle is home to large schools of fusiliers, jack fish, and batfish. Giant trevallies are also spotted here along with snappers, and rainbow runners. In the shallower parts, there will be larger groups of sweetlips and lionfish, as well as many other reef fish of the area.
Cape Kri Area
You will find an abundants of marine life at this drift dive over an underwater ridge. You will find everything from butterflyfish — chevron, vagabond and saddled — to sweetlips, turtles, sharks and bumphead parrotfish.
A great spot to look for a variety of critters under a dock at a working pearl farm. Look for multiple octopuses — starry night, white-V, coconut and blue-ringed, to name a few — bobtail squid, walking sharks, pegasus sea moths, clown frogfish, wobbegongs, stonefish, pipefish and more.
Black Rocks, off Waigeo’s western neighbour, Kawe, is easily spotted by a group of jagged rocks slicing through the swells. Here, sea fans, soft corals and fish all compete for your attention when the current is running.
Arborek is one of the best dive spots with the characteristic number of school fish or fish that swim together. On Arborek Island many small dive spots are suitable for novice divers who do not have a license. From its name, this is the favorite place to meet mantas, aka stingrays.
Stepping onboard this ‘schooner style’ inspired yacht, built from tropical hardwood, you will experience a truly regal sense of sailing the Indonesian seas; freedom, style and comfort. She comfortably accommodates 12 guests in 6 cabins (3 double bed cabins, 3 twin bed cabins), each with ensuite, mini safe, individually controlled air-conditioning and fan.
On the same level as the cabins is a lounge area, fully air-conditioned with a flat screen TV, movie, music & book library, board games and mini-bar. On the teak upper deck are multiple beds for lounging, both in the sun and shade and a central dining table where meals are served alfresco under an awning. Diving is done from two large RIBs to get you to the perfect dive spot every time.
Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia and spoken widely through the islands. Bahasa Indonesia has developed rapidly incorporating Javanese terms, Jakarta dialect, as well as many English and Arabic words into its vocabulary
7 hours ahead of South Africa
Raja Ampat lies on the equator and so enjoys a year-round day length of about twelve hours (6.30am to 6.30pm) Air temperatures are also reliably constant with a daytime average maximum of 31°C and a nightly minimum of 25°C.
The ocean is warm year-round, with an average surface temperature of 29°C
2 pin plugs using 220 volts AC 50Hz
VISA AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
- The Indonesian Government extends a 30 day Visa on Arrival (VoA) to South African nationals which can be obtained when entering Indonesia through international Airports Jakarta and Bali. At Manado Airport a Visa can only be obtained at a cost of 35US$.
- Valid departure ticket from Indonesia within 30 days of arrival. Immigration officials are entitled to check.
- IDR (Indonesian Rupiah) cash for excess baggage charges.
- Fees can only be paid in IDR Rupiah. No other currencies or Credit Cards are accepted. Rates vary from IDR 30 000 to IDR 50 000 per kilo. Stipulated allowance is typically between 10 – 20 kg p/p. It is always worth mentioning that you are carrying diving equipment, occasionally the fee becomes negotiable.
- Upon arrival you will need to complete a Passenger Arrival Card before passing through Customs Passport Control.
- An airport tax of Rp150 000.00 ($15) is levied by airports to departing passengers on international flights and Rp40 000.00 ($5) for those on domestic routes. Payable in US Dollars.
The Liveaboard believe that tips should be on a voluntary basis depending on the quality of your service from the guides and the crew. You will find an envelope in your cabin and the general recommendation is $150 per person. Please feel free to leave what you think is acceptable and it will be equally shared between the guides and crew.
Recommended: Hepatitis A, Typhoid
Raja Ampat is a low risk Malaria Zone however it is advised you take the proper precautions against malaria. The following anti-malaria drugs are considered safe with diving: Doxycycline or Malarone. Meflaoquine (Lariam) is NOT recommended with diving. Good preventative measure includes DEET (mosquito repellent spray) and long armed/legged clothing during the evening times. If you are unsure about any health matter please consult your doctor prior to your trip.
STAYING IN CONTACT
Wifi is available onboard, however, this is limited and dependent on the signal strength. SIM cards are available to purchase in the airport with a data package
WHAT PAYMENT METHOD IS ACCEPTED
The currency is the Indonesia Rupiah is also called IDR
All prices are in US dollars when onboard, but we accept in cash Euros, US Dollar, UK Sterling Pounds, and IDR Rupiah. Payments in other currencies than USD will be converted at the current exchange rate. Visa and MasterCard will be charged in USD. A 3% surcharge applies for credit card transactions.
WHAT TO BRING
Proof of dive insurance and dive certification card.
Passport valid from 6 months from the time of entry
One full empty page in your passport in which to put the Visa on Arrival sticker.
- Generally, light clothing such as shorts and T-shirt should be enough. Most often it is hot and sunny with fine clear blue skies. However, the northwest monsoon can bring occasional brief but heavy downpours. You may want to bring along a waterproof jacket just in case.
- The Liveaboard requires that you have 30 logged dives to join this trip. If you are an Open Water Diver, some dives are below 18m therefore we recommend having advanced experience to maximise your enjoyment from the trip.
- All diving is made from zodiacs to give precise entry and exit points. Currents can vary from really gentle to extremely strong. Inexperienced and beginner divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience.
- Wetsuit: 3mm long or shorties are suitable for most of the dive sites.
- Certification must be presented as well as a log book and dive insurance
- Safety: Every diver needs to be equipped with a diving computer, SMB and drop line which is to be deployed at the end of each drift dive after completing the safety stop
- Alcohol Consumption: If alcohol is consumed in between dives by an individual then they will be required to refrain from diving for the remainder of the day
- Flying After Diving: A minimum surface interval of 18 hours must be allowed prior to flying or going to altitude
- Decompression Chamber: Raja Ampat is an extremely remote region and medical support services in the event of a serious diving accident are extremely limited. Note; There is a hyperbaric chamber in Manado. Note that specialist flights that maintain the patient at sea level pressures are required. Such flights are extremely expensive and usually require upfront payment. Please be sure that your dive insurance is comprehensive & up to date before departing on your diving trip. Always follow safe diving practices at all times