Raja Ampat Dive Liveaboards


Our Raja Ampat diving liveaboard experiences offer divers (and snorkelers) one of the best tropical reef experiences on the planet.

Raja Ampat's incredible fish and coral diversity was discovered by Dr Gerry Allen - a marine scientist who has worked with the Aqua-Firma team on reef surveys in elsewhere in Indonesia. His surveys at Raja Ampat, on behalf of Conservation International, suggested that the marine life diversity in the area is the highest recorded on Earth. With 1,309 fish species and around 600 hard coral species, nowhere else can rival these waters for coral reef diversity and health; seemingly resistant to the warming effects of the surrounding sea water. To put the scale of Raja Ampat's diversity into perspective, the area contains 75% of the world's coral reef species which is more than 10 times the number of corals found in the Caribbean. These waters are also home to some of the strangest looking fish, including wobbegongs, or carpet sharks, which entice their prey using their front whisker lobes. Other unique and interesting species include pygmy seahorses, manta rays, dugongs, whales and dolphins.

Dive Sites

Throughout our liveaboard experiences you will encounter a wide range of diving conditions and topography including steep drop offs, underwater pinnacles, sea mounts, mangroves, lagoons and the wrecks of Second World War ships and planes.

Formally known as Irian Jaya, Raja Ampat translates as 'Four Kings' referring to the four main islands in the archipelago: Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo. It also includes the far western part of Indonesian New Guinea. Above the water the islands are a mesmerizing green appearing as little green rainforest pinnacles surrounded by a vivid turquoise border of water. Raja Ampat and West Papua are still one of the world's remaining wilderness areas who's ecological and cultural secrets are only just being revealed. Sustaining these hugely important terrestrial and marine ecosystems is extremely important for the future prosperity of our oceans and rainforests, acting a an important refugia for the creatures and plants which inhabit the region.

The key to the diversity and pristine reef conditions found in Raja Ampat is the area's relatively small human population and lack of infrastructure. This is a real diving frontier and therefore relatively less visited providing a unique diving and snorkeling experience. Raja Ampat can easily be combined with other diving destinations in Indonesia such as Komodo, Sulawesi, Bali and the second most diverse pat of the archipelago: the Derawan group of islands. For more information please Contact Us.

Diving Conditions

The visibility and exceptional health of the coral reef in Raja Ampat makes it the ideal location for underwater photography. The best diving takes place between 5 - 40m with visibility ranging from 10-30m. Current strength ranges from weak to moderate and is particularly strong during spring tides and in the channels between close islands. Surface conditions are predominantly flat and calm with water temperatures ranging from 27 - 30°C. Raja Ampat is ideal for intermediate and advanced level divers who have some experience of currents and exercise good buoyancy control so that contact with corals can be avoided.

When to Go

The best time to dive at Raja Ampat is between the months of October - April when incidences of wind and rain are lowest.

Beyond Raja Ampat

Our Indonesia team has many years of experience working, diving, sailing and studying the reefs, cultures and wildlife of the Indonesian archipelago; a depth of knowledge which enables us to provide you with unique insights and experiences that go well beyond the normal scope of dive travel. Whether you want us to make your travel from dive location to dive location as smooth as possible, or you would like to explore something of the country's spectacular volcanic scenery, wildlife and cultures, please call us for an introduction to tailor made travel in Indonesia.

Itinerary

Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option A

This luxurious liveaboard carries just 15 guests in comfortable cabins. A purpose built dive deck provides a wide platform, two exit ladders and fresh water showers. Onboard you will find the restaurant which has large windows, saloon with extensive library, a shaded outdoor seating area and sundeck with cushioned sun beds.

Day 1: Embark in Sorong

You will embark in Sorong this afternoon

Days 2 - 4: Misool

Heading south, you will explore the Misool area including Sagof Islands, Wagma and Farondi islands; Wailbatan and Warakaret Island, Kalig, Pele Islands

Days 5 - 8: Fiabacet and Farondi Islands

Now heading north, you may explore Batanta Island, Waigeo Island, the Dampier Strait and explore above and below water at Alyui Bay

Day 9: Dampier Strait

Your final dives will be in the Dampier Strait, before heading back to Sorong this afternoon

Day 10: Disembark in Sorong

Disembark in Sorong this morning for your onward travel arrangements

Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option B

This comfortable liveaboard carries 16 guests in 9 cabins. Onboard you will find a wide stern dive platform with two exit ladders and fresh water showers, a huge dive deck with individual gear storage boxes and camera table. The spacious saloon is well equipped with large windows, a bar with tea and coffee facilities and entertainment area including a library with a wide selection of marine life books, there is also a separate dining area and two sundecks.

Day 1: Embark in Sorong

You will embark in Sorong this afternoon

Days 2 - 4: Misool

Heading south, you will explore the Misool area including Sagof Islands, Wagma and Farondi islands; Wailbatan and Warakaret Island, Kalig, Pele Islands

Days 5 - 7: Fiabacet and Farondi Islands

Now heading north, you may explore Batanta Island, Waigeo Island, the Dampier Strait and explore above and below water at Alyui Bay

Day 8: Dampier Strait

Your final dives will be in the Dampier Strait, before heading back to Sorong this afternoon

Day 9: Disembark in Sorong

Disembark in Sorong this morning for your onward travel arrangements

Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option C

This comfortable liveaboard carries 16 guests in 8 cabins. Onboard you will find a spacious, air conditioned salon and dining area, shaded sun deck with lounge and deck chairs, camera room and a tender and dive deck with fresh water showers.

Day 1: Embark in Sorong

You will embark in Sorong this afternoon

Days 2 - 7: Exploring Raja Ampat

You will spend these days exploring Raja Ampat. Expect to make up to 22 dives on a 7 night itinerary.

Day 8: Disembark in Sorong

Disembark in Sorong this morning for your onward travel arrangements

Raja Ampat Sailing Yacht: Option A

This 'schooner style' yacht carries just 12 guests in 6 air conditioned, en-suite cabins. She is comfortably furnished with an air conditioned lounge and the teak upper decks are equipped with sunbeds and dining area. All diving is done from two large RIBs. She will travel using a combination of both motor and sails (weather permitting).

Day 1: Embark in Waisai

You will embark in Waisai this afternoon

Days 2 - 7: Diving in Raja Ampat

You will spend these days exploring the central and northern sections of Raja Ampat

Dive sites can include: Barracuda Point, Manta Sandy, Blue Magic, Eagle Rock and Wayag Lagoon.

Day 8: Disembark in Sorong

You will disembark this morning for your onward travel arrangements

Dates

18 Sep 2019 - 02 Jan 2020 - from US$ 3,290

Sorong - Sorong (7 nights)
Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option C
10 nights from $4,700pp

12 - 19 Nov 2019 - from £ 2,250

Waisai - Sorong (7 nights)
Raja Ampat Sailing Yacht: Option A

23 Nov - 22 Dec 2019 - from € 3,600

Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong (10 nights)
Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option A

03 Dec 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 - from £ 2,890

Waisai - Sorong (9 nights)
Raja Ampat Sailing Yacht: Option A

12 - 20 Dec 2019 - from € 3,000

Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong (8 nights)
Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option B

23 Dec 2019 - 01 Jan 2020 - from € 3,600

Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong (10 nights)
Christmas in Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option A

31 Dec 2019 - 08 Jan 2020 - from € 3,000

Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong (8 nights)
Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option B

02 - 21 Jan 2020 - from € 4,100

Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong (10 nights)
Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option A

02 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 - from US$ 3,395

Sorong - Sorong (7 nights)
Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option C
10 nights from $4,850pp

09 Jan - 13 Feb 2020 - from € 3,500

Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong (8 nights)
Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option B

26 Feb - 16 Mar 2020 - from € 4,100

Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong (10 nights)
Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option A

09 Mar - 13 Apr 2020 - from € 3,500

Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong (8 nights)
Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option B

10 - 19 Apr 2020 - from € 4,100

Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong (10 nights)
Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option A

17 Sep 2020 - 01 Jan 2021 - from US$ 3,395

Sorong - Sorong (7 nights)
Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option C
10 nights from $4,850pp

23 Nov - 22 Dec 2020 - from € 4,100

Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong (10 nights)
Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option A

13 - 22 Dec 2020 - from £ 2,890

Waisai - Sorong (9 nights)
Raja Ampat Sailing Yacht: Option A

15 - 23 Dec 2020 - from € 3,500

Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong (8 nights)
Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option B

23 Dec 2020 - 01 Jan 2021 - from € 4,100

Sorong - Raja Ampat - Sorong (10 nights)
Christmas in Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option A

24 Dec 2020 - 02 Jan 2021 - from £ 2,890

Waisai - Sorong (9 nights)
Christmas in Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat Sailing Yacht: Option A

02 Jan - 01 Apr 2021 - from US$ 3,430

Sorong - Sorong (7 nights)
Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option C
10 nights from $4,900pp

18 Sep 2021 - 02 Jan 2022 - from US$ 3,430

Sorong - Sorong (7 nights)
Raja Ampat Motor Yacht: Option C
10 nights from $4,900pp

Please refer to the 'Itinerary' section for vessel details

What is included:
- All diving
- All meals and snacks onboard
- Selected drinks (water, tea, coffee)
- Tanks, weights, fills and guides
- Use of Nitrox on Motor Yachts A & B

Prices exclude
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Port and park fees
- Potential fuel surcharge (please contact us for details)
- Use of Nitrox on Sailing Yachts A & B and Motor Yacht C
- Crew gratuities
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic flights
- Dive kit rental
- Visas
- Items of a personal nature
- National Park entry fees
- International departure and arrival tax

Activity Level
Drift dives with strong currents

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