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Raja Ampat Scuba Diving Liveaboard 08 Days 07 Nights

Raja Ampat, or ‘four kings’ as it translates from Indonesian, consists of over 1562 beautiful tropical islands, yet it takes its name from 4 of the larger islands, Batanta, Waigeo, Salawati, and Misool. It is critically acclaimed to be one of the best places on our planet to dive, due to both the above and below surface offerings. There isn’t really a low season for Raja Ampat, however during June and July there tends to be higher levels of precipitation, this reflects in our Raja Ampat scheduling.

When you ‘Google’ paradise, turns out you may well be viewing images of some of the limestone cliff formations located in Wayag, or the infamous sea gypsies that base their homes on stilted wooden platforms, overhanging idyllic white sand beaches scattered throughout the region. When you finally dive in, you will find passing Hammerhead sharks, majestic giant manta rays, graceful whale sharks, playful dolphins, the list goes on. Meanwhile don’t forget to keep an eye on the reefs and corals, sponges, soft corals, shrimps, crabs and countless nudibranchs and hundreds other invertebrates. If all of those things don’t grab your attention, the highest concentration of marine life ever surveyed on one dive was here. 75% of all coral species in the world are found within these waters, there is no equivalent in the terrestrial world. This the heart of the Coral Triangle and there is nothing, anywhere, like this. This is it – the centre of marine biodiversity on our planet. Every divers ‘bucket list’ gets ticked off upon their first visit, then they come back time and time again, and see even more. Its tantamount to pioneer diving, where new species are being discovered regularly, and you could well be the first to view one of them. This is the end of the rainbow

Our ‘Raja North’ charter is a breathtaking example of what the regency has to offer, customised to fit into a tight schedule.

Departing from Sorong, we will cruise to the picturesque white sands of Pulau Wai, followed by a sunset cruise to the ranger station based in the north of Batanta. Groot Fam is next on our list, thriving with the life carried from the falling tides of the Dampier Straight.

North again, to Wayag, where striking topography meets mass underwater diversity, and current laden sloping walls. Surface intervals in Wayag can be as spectacular as the dives, dramatic jagged limestone cliffs rupture the surface, which tower over tiny dome shaped rocks that scatter the areas turquoise waters.

Overnighting south towards Gam, we visit the world renowned ‘Passage’ dive site and its awe inspiring surrounds. From Gam we enter the Dampier Straight in search of giant manta rays, and colossal schools of pelagic fish.

8 Days 7 Nights Dive Liveaboard on La Galigo Phinisi Luxury Schooner
Start/End : Sorong/Sorong
Approximate number of dives: 22

Itinerary:
Day 01 : Airport Sorong-Harbor-Wai Island check dive
Day 02 : Dive Batanta Island 3-4 dives
Day 03 : Dive Groot Fam Islands 3-4 dives
Day 04 : Dive Kawe Islands 3-4 dives Day
05 : Dive Wayag Islands 3-4 dives
Day 06 : Dive Gam Island and Bay 3-4 dives
Day 07 : Dive Manta Sandy and Dampier Strait 3-4 dives. Sail to Sorong ( Depending on your flight but recommend you to stay overnight after this trip
Day 08 : Sorong- Airport

Rates per person in US Dollar:
– Deluxe: $ 2299
– Master: $ 2599
– Suite: $ 3099

INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE PRICE

• Hotel transfers to and from Sorong Harbour on the first and final day of your cruise, from a local hotel in Sorong.

• Ferry transfers to and from Sorong Harbour to La Galigo on the first and final day of your cruise.

• All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages (based on fair usage and consumption)

• Diving services including tanks, weights, air fills, guides and dive tenders.

• Land excursions, Ranger fees excluded.

• Internet connection, dependant on signal (generally very limited to Sorong area), for e-mail and general browsing.

• Video / photo package of your tour

NOT INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE PRICE

• Flight tickets

• Travel, dive and repatriation insurance

• Visas and fees

• Airport taxes and extra baggage fees

• Airport to hotel transfers

  • Port and Marine Park fees
  • Raja Ampat tags (approximately $100 USD)
  • Rangers fees (on-land activity)

• Dive rental equipment

  • Nitrox – prices USD per person

• $10 a tank payable onboard for all charteres

 

Raja Ampat Scuba Diving Liveaboard 10 Days 09 Nights

Raja Ampat or ‘Four Kings’, is the name given to these islands and comes from a local myth. The four major islands found here are Waigeo, Misool (which is home to ancient rock paintings), Salawati, and Batanta.

Underwater enthusiasts flock to this region because it offers the world’s best marine sights. Two days earlier, some of these travelers had been at a deafening corner of a tourist trap in Bali. Once they took their flight to the bird head of the island of Papua everything changed as they embarked on a diving tour of a lifetime. In the Raja Ampat islands, divers can explore vertical underwater walls. The thrill of drift diving is another great challenge. These are the awesome experiences you will find in Raja Ampat.

Meanwhile, on this tour several divers were well equipped and looked advanced. The territory within the islands of the Four Kings is enormous, covering 9.8 million acres of land and sea, home to 540 types of corals, more than 1,000 types of coral fish and 700 types of mollusks. This makes it the most diverse living library for world’s coral reef and underwater biota. According to a report developed by The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International, around 75% of the world’s species live here. When divers first arrive here their excitement is palpable. It’s common to hear people praise God as they take in the remarkable scenery. Others prefer to remain in silence taking in the overwhelming sight of so many islands with crystal clear water that softly brushes over the white sandy beaches.

Raja Ampat located in the heart of the coral triangle, Raja Ampat islands had become one of the richest marine life destination. Here you can see a wide range of species in fish, corals and birds. For you who likes to go out with nature, this place is one spot you would not miss. We are offering our trip packages to discover and explore all of these places.

Snorkeling
As part of our main excursions program, we will explore by snorkeling a wide area of various snorkeling sites. To snorkel all of the nicest reef as we pass along while enjoying the excursion. Most of the snorkeling sites are shallow to moderate deep, typically the reefs is found on a slope ranging from 0 – 30 meters with good visibility and current. There are mangroves with crystal clear water and have corals growing, also walls and patch reefs. Snorkeling the area will offer you an unlimited exploration and discovery.

Diving
Ampat has lots of world class dive sites, on our trip we will take you to dive and explore some of these dive sites. On our excursions as we pass this dive sites we give the opportunity for you who is interested to go diving. To organize the diving we are working with the local dive center which have experience and professional crew. The dive sites are manageable and good for all level of divers. The reefs are well protected, ranging from 0 – 30 meters deep. Housing plenty kinds of fish and creatures and also aircraft wrecks, these diving will take you to see one of the best reef wonders.

Land Tour
Along the coast we will visit villages and people with their traditional culture and craftman. Going culture and exploring the landscape filled with tropical forests and reefs is another type of excursion we offer. Another program is to spot several kinds of birds which is endemic in Papua. Spotting the birds in their habitat and going for an easy treking to the local waterfall.

Our transportations for the trip
Boat
One wooden boat will be our main transportation,

Specification :
Length x Width : 19m x 4.5m
Built : 2014 Sulawesi
Engine : 2 x 4 Cylinders Diesel Engine (one for backup)
Generator : 1KW
Facility : Sun & Canopy Deck, Main Room Accommodation, Kitchen, Bathroom + Toilet

Longboat
For organizing daily excursions and snorkeling trip we provide one fiberglass longboat canoe for tender, the boat is towed and ready for the whole trip.

Specification :
Length x Width : 7m x 1.5m
Engine : 1 x 25hp
outboard engine Capacity : 8 pax + 2 crews

Kayak
For daily run around, and for you who likes to travel and snorkel more distances,
Specification : Length : 2.5m
Capacity : 100kg / 1 person
Type : Closed deck Units : 2 pcs

Snorkeling:
Raja Ampat have so many sites to snorkel with and we are taking you to the best snorkel sites on our excursions. Science have declared that Raja Ampat have a unique underwater life, and during the trip you will get the chance to experience different type of snorkel sites, from white sandy beaches to open sea, snorkeling mangrove reefscoral garden mangroves, bays, caves and channels all have beautiful and unique underwater life. Snorkeling under the forest reefs and snorkeling with the pelagic like mantas, and if you are lucky you could expect to snorkel with whales and dugong.

On our trip you will get the experience to explore all this snorkeling sites. Most of the snorkel site is white sandy beaches with reef slope ranging from 1 – 30 meters, the reefs are alive and abundant with many kinds of fish. With visibility average 30m year round, by snorkeling you can already enjoy a wide range of underwater view in every snorkel sites. We also sometimes likes to take advantage of the currents flowing along the reefs, with this current you can just snorkel and relax with longer range of coral reefs along the beach to explore and the chance to see more big fishes.

If you like you can also go snorkeling the sites in the evening, this can be done while we park our boat close to an island or village. Snorkeling in the evening is also interesting, you can get the chance to see different life on the reefs. Please bring your underwater lamp if you also plan to snorkel in the evening.

How to get there
There are several ways to get to Raja Ampat, this depends on where you are coming from, and each entry ports have their own advantages.
To fly to Raja Ampat there 4 international airports available in Indonesia, this is Jakarta, Makasar, Bali and Manado.
These airports are easily accessible from all parts of the world.
The good entrance is through Singapore, and from here you can fly direct to either of the airports with several direct fligths. Please contact your travel agents for the best routes.deserted island

Visa
You can obtain your visa on arrival for USD 25 for 30 days, if you want to stay longer than 30 days, you need to get visa from the Indonesia Consulate embassy as this cannot be issued on arrival.

Travel Permit
When entering Papua we provide you with travel permit (free) which will be issued by the local police station, pleaseprepare the following requirements :
-2 copies pass fotos
– 2 copies of passport id and arrival visa stamp PIN

Personal Identification Number
A regulation setup by the local government, conservation organizations and other stakeholders for managing tourism in Raja Ampat. Each tourist is required to buy an entrance PIN which is valid for one year at USD 100.- (Rp. 1.000.000,-). The fund will support several programs organized by the government and the stakeholders.

Health
As we are located near the equator, sun protection is necessary. Insect repellant is needed for protection to common insects. Malaria is present in Papua, please refer to your physician for the best prevention.yuyu

Climate
Average weather is good yearround, there is no rainy seasons. There will be couple of time rainfall everyweek during the whole tear period with average distribution highest on July. Month June and July is considered rainy seasons in Indonesia. The period June = July and December – January will be a bit windy and the rest of the period will be steady. The seas will be very smooth during the non wind period and visibility average 20 – 30 meters. Water temperature from 26 – 28 Celcius, air temperature 31 – 33 Celcius. Practicalities To make things easier and enjoyable, below is some stuff which you might consider to have on the trip, snorkel sets, headlamp, binocular, hammock, trekking sandals and underwater torch.

WONDERFULL RAJA AMPAT ISLANDS SNORKELING PARADISE TOURS

Itinerary:
10 Days 9 Nights – Northern/Southern Raja Ampat ex Sorong
Arrive in Sorong, stay overnight in a hotel and prepare for departure early the next morning, this will be on your own and we help you to book the hotel in Sorong.

ITINERARY:
Day 1 – Sorong – Kabuy bay
Snorkeling : Friwenbonda island and Batu lima islandcoconut tree Day

2 – Kabuy bay – Bat island / Batangpelle island
Snorkeling : Passage / Cave, Hidden bay and Bat island

Day 3 – Bat island / Batangpelle island – Balakbalak island – CI Station (Wayag island)
Snorkeling / Trekking : Balakbalak island, Jetty CI station Day 4 – Fullday Wayag island, snorkeling and trekking

Day 5 – Wayag island – Mayafun island – Fam island
Snorkeling : Mayafun island and Fam island

Day 6 – Pyanemo – Fam island
Snorkeling and trekking : trekking Pyanemo island and snorkeling Melisa garden, Anita garden and Jetty Arborek ( visiting village )

Day 7 – Gam Island Snorkeling : Yenbraimuk, Yeben island, Mikes point

Day 8 – Gam Island – Manswar island Snorkeling : Manta point/Manta sandy,Cape Manswar, Jetty Sawandarek

Day 9 – Manswar island – Kri Island Snorkeling : Agusta island, Merpati Island, Cape Kri, Koh island, Jetty Yenbuba

Day 10 – Kri Island – Sorong ( leave in the early morning / trip finished at Sorong )

RATE: USD 2.600/PERSON/MINIMUM 4 PERSON FOR GUARANTEE DEPARTURE

Rate included:
– Airport pick up and transfer in Sorong
– 3 meals a day
– Sleeping on the deck or camping during the trip
– Refreshment ( Coffee, Tea and Mineral Water )
– English speaking guide
– Tours as per itinerary

Rate excluded:
– Hotel in Sorong
– Porters
– Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
– PIN for Raja Ampat
– Donation at the villages
– Any entrance fees in the islands
– Laundry
– Any personal expenses

 

Raja Ampat Scuba Diving Liveaboars West Papua Indonesia

Welcome aboard: Mikumba Ratu Laut Phinisi

Raja Ampat, Indonesia, otherwise known as the “Four Kings” is a stunning archipelago consisting of over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals creating diverse underwater landscapes. A Raja Ampat diving safari is all about diversity, both of dive sites and marine life and the best way to experience the most of the region is by dive liveaboard, which offer trips to the northern and southern islands combined. At least 75 percent of all coral species can be found in Raja Ampat, divers can expect a range of topography from soft corals and sea fans, to hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, deep drop offs, caves, black sand and white sand.

Dives with manta rays, sea turtles, sharks, cuttlefish, pipefish, various seahorse species and massive schools of reef fish are the norm, plus the delightful wobbegong sharks and epaulette sharks inhabit these waters too. Our Raja Ampat liveaboard itineraries typically depart from Sorong, reachable by domestic flight from Jakarta, Manado, Makassar or Ambon. Each of our dive itineraries offers something a little different and it is the exceptional diversity of Raja Ampat which promises vastly different diving experiences each time you enter the water.

Scuba divers are still discovering amazing dive sites but the highlights of any trip would include dives in the Dampier Strait such as Manta Sandy and Cape Kri, as well as dives at Misool and the Fiabacet chain of islands in the far south, plus Gam and Yangeffo and the atmospheric Arborek Jetty.

It is possible to dive Raja Ampat all year round, however the majority of our liveaboard holidays run between October and June, allowing for the yachts to also offer trips in the Komodo National Park. The water temperature remains constant between 26-29C.