The Raja Ampat itinerary combines the best dive sites of Dampier Strait, Fam, Mansuar and the awesome dive sites of Misool, the best diving area of Raja Ampat. The great highlights are the manta cleaning station near Mansuar and the huge schools of fish near Farondi.
The Dampier straight separates the Birdhead Peninsula from Waigeo and Mansuar. The name comes from the Dutch colonial times. It refers to the shape of the peninsula on the map, but it is also a paradise for many rare bird species.
Here the Pacific Ocean meets the Halmahera Sea, with an explosion of marine life as a consequence. With regular strong currents, big fish feel especially comfortable. Manta rays, reef sharks, different schools of mackerel, tuna and barracuda, dolphins and whales.
The night dives under the Arborek or Cape Mansuar jetty is a favorite spot with peculiar creatures such as wobbegongs, Epaulette sharks (walking sharks), nudibranchs, pipefish, seahorses, frogfish, scorpionfish, and the list goes on.
Misool is the southeast of the four big islands of the Raja Ampat archipelago. At the same time, it is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. The rich variety of reefs are also not to be overlooked with vertical walls, slopes, dry rocks, caves, and lagoons; some covered with hard corals while the others are covered with brightly colored soft corals. Also renowned as the center of pygmy seahorses and gorgonians, everywhere you go you will be amazed by the profusion of marine life that Raja Ampat has to offer you.
Day 1: Arrival/Boarding/Departure
For all itineraries, the flight arrival times are in the morning and afternoon. We highly recommend guests overnight the day before departure at a local hotel then guests will be picked up at 12 pm upon checkout (on day of charter departure) and transferred to the yacht as long as guests are staying in the vicinity of where the yacht docks.
Day 2-10: Diving Days
Raja Ampat Dive Sites
- Batanta: North Batata, Algae Patch
- Arborek: Manta Sandy, West Mansuar, Arborek Jetty
- Penemu: Melissa’s Garden, Keruo Channel, My Reef
- Dampier: Mioskon, Sardines Reef, Blue Magic, Friwinbonda, Nudis Rock, The Passage, Batu Lima, Friwonda, Cape Kri, Chicken Reef, Cape Mansuar
- Misool: Magic Mountain, Boo Windows, Nudi Rock, Barracuda Point, Tank Rock, Whale Rock, Three Sisters, Killer Cave, Farondi Wall
Day 11: Check out at 8 am.
Raja Ampat or ‘Four Kings’, is the name given to these islands and comes from a local myth. Located in the heart of The Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat is known to have the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world. The main areas offering itineraries for liveaboard scuba diving are: Raja Ampat, and Triton Bay. If you haven’t experienced the diving in this area, it is fantastic due to the diversity and abundance of marine life. The area of the Four Kings is comprised of over 1500 islands and home to 600 types of corals, 1,500 fish species and over 600 types of mollusks.
Sample itineraries and maps are for illustrative purposes only. The exact route and sites visited are subject to change based on local regulations, guest experience, weather, and logistics, and are at the Captain’s discretion.
Dinner is served onboard the last evening of the charter. On the morning of check out and departure from the yacht in Sorong, guests are provided complimentary entrance to the MEC (Misool Filling Station), a restaurant/cafe resting place in Sorong while waiting for a flight when departing. They offer complimentary snacks, drink, Wi-Fi, comfortable armchairs in ac room, luggage storage and porterage from and to the taxi.
** Passport Requirement
The Indonesia National Park Authority requires each guest’s passport information 7 days prior to departure to process a required diving permit. Your passport information will be taken from the GIS and sent to the yacht. Failure to complete this within this time frame will result in being denied permission to dive on the charter start date.