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    • Pre-historic Painting
    • World-class Diving
    • Liveaboard
    • Multi cultural
    • Sugarloaf mountain
    • Seafood
    • BBQ on the beach
    • Manta Ray
    • Bird of Paradise
    • Wreck diving
    • Exploring the bat caves
    • Trekking to discover waterfalls
    • Snorkelling
    • Watching the Sea Ghost

Cruise to Raja Ampat

The culture of Raja Ampat is diversified, like most of Indonesia, there is a fusion of ethnic groups, religious beliefs, languages and amazing cuisine. The English language is not yet widely spoken across this region and many communicate in their native language which is derived from Papua or Bahasa Indonesia. It is important that visitors are sensitive in regards to the local people when walking around the island and in the villages. Visitors are warmly welcomed and whilst not mandatory it is greatly appreciated.  

Typical food of Raja Ampat offers guests a wide array of incredible spices and flavour and some of the main ingredients are cassava, sago and rice. If you are interested in trying a local dish the main menu would be a breakfast of bananas, plantains or yams often fried in a dough and then served hot, for lunch it might be a rice based meal served with vegetables and fish or perhaps a soup made with local herbs, and dinner is commonly similar to lunch as many meals across Indonesia feature rice. The local food is one of the best ways to connect with the destination. 

The highlight of Raja Ampat is of course – mother nature! Here in the remote jungle islands in the far east you can really marvel at the landscape, the fresh air and the unbelievably clear waters. It is difficult to explain just how vast the islands really are; exceeding 9.8 million hectares of land. The area is known for its rich diversity on both land and sea, but also, its rich hospitality where visitors are commonly met with a traditional welcome dance. Sailing throughout Raja Ampat is where just a few tourists will ever go, a special expedition for anyone who journeys through here. A friendly paradise that will have you never wanting to leave.

Can I rent a bareboat in Indonesia ?

No, unfortunately, the government does not allow bareboat. In some way, it is safer for you, as the maps are not always accurate in these remote areas. The captain with his crew will show you the best places.

Where is Raja Ampat?

Raja Ampat is located in the North-West of Indonesia in the province of Papua. It must not be mistaken to Papua New-Guinea in the west of the same island which is a separate country.

The Raja Ampat archipelago straddles the Equator and forms part of Coral Triangle which contains the richest marine biodiversity on earth.

When to visit Raja Ampat?

The best time to visit Raja Ampat is between November to May during the dry season.

The average temperature are between 25-32° C

How to reach Raja Ampat?

Flight info presented here is aimed at international travellers seeking the quickest route to Raja Ampat from outside Indonesia and so ignores flights to Sorong from airports not serviced by international flights (Ambon, Jayapura etc).

Domine Eduard Osok Airport – SOQ

Sorong’s airport is Domine Eduard Osok (IATA code: SOQ) not Jefman Airport as some sources report. Jefman is an older airport (originally built by the Japanese during World War II) on an island off Sorong.

  • There are no international flights into Sorong
  • There are no direct (non-stop) flights from Bali to Sorong

From outside Indonesia:

Via Jakarta or Surabaya:

  • Lots of airlines fly from Southeast Asian hubs to Jakarta and Surabaya.

Via Makassar:

Via Manado:

Note that these are merely the most convenient entry points for international travellers bound for Sorong. There are other international airports in Indonesia, but to the best of our knowledge, none of those offer non-stop flights to Sorong. (Correct us if we’re wrong about that!)

From inside Indonesia:

    • Use TravelokaTiket.comTiket2Indonesia or Skyscanner to check availability of flights from your departure point
    • Many international credit cards do not work on Indonesian websites. Most guests report they have no trouble paying by card on Garuda’s website. Nusatrip.com sells Indonesian domestic flights and is worth a try if you have problems.
  • If you want to experience sea travel in the archipelago, here’s Indonesia’s Pelni ship schedules.

Direct flights to Sorong

As Raja Ampat tourism grows, so do the number of flights available to Sorong. We used to publish a table of airlines and their flight times here, but the last few years’ growth in the available options has made it impractical for us to keep those up to date.

Instead, here’s a list of links to the airlines that fly direct (no stops) to Sorong from the most convenient international airports mentioned above. This information was current in March 2018. We recommend searching one of the flight aggregators linked above to quickly find available flight dates and times from the Indonesian airport that best that suits you.

Jakarta to Sorong (CGK-SOQ): GarudaXpressSriwijaya (Nam Air)Batik AirAir Asia

Surabaya to Sorong (SUB-SOQ): Batik Air

Makassar to Sorong (UPG-SOQ): GarudaXpressSriwijayaBatik Air

Manado to Sorong (MDC-SOQ): GarudaNam AirLion (Wings Air)

How do I get to the boat?

If you arrive in Labuan Bajo for the Komodo or in Sorong for Raja Ampat, both have an international airport. A driver and the cruise director will be waiting for you at the exit of the airport and bring you to the marina. From there a dinghy will bring you on board.

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