CRUISE TO RAJA AMPAT

Explore West Papua

The last paradise

Sometimes referred to as the Last Paradise, with pristine beaches, rainforest-covered mountains, incredibly healthy reefs with amazing diving; you can be sure to fall in love with this distant region of Indonesia while on a cruise to Raja Ampat

A secluded yet accessible island

Traveling to Raja Ampat is best accessed by the major city of Sorong. You may go by flight via Jakarta or Surabaya. You can then make your way to the port and transfer from Sorong Harbour by Ferry to Waisai, the main city on the island of Waigeo.

This is the gateway for you to enter the islands of Raja Ampat. The remote location makes it even more beautiful than you could imagine. In addition, The only true way to explore Raja Ampat is by boat.

Rediscover the ocean

Firstly, Raja Ampat is consists of around 1500 small islands and is a place where you can get lost in nature. Most notably, It is one of the most impressive scuba diving locations. Consequently, diving here is a unique experience due to how untouched the island is. The opportunities for scuba diving here are endless. That is to say, there are always new spots to discover.

Get in touch with nature

Raja Ampat remains one of the least visited tourist destinations in Indonesia.

Most importantly, the highlight of Raja Ampat is of course – mother nature! You can marvel at the landscape, the fresh air, and the clear waters. It is difficult to explain just how vast the islands really are; exceeding 9.8 million hectares of land.

Experience the true island life

The culture of Raja Ampat is diverse, like most of Indonesia. A fusion of ethnic groups, religious beliefs, languages, and amazing cuisine. The English language is not yet widely spoken across this region. Hence they communicate in their native language which is a blend of Papua and Bahasa Indonesian.

However, it is important that you are sensitive to the local people when walking around the island and in the villages. Tourists should be comfortable covering up their knees and shoulders. For example, you may do this by using a beautiful authentic sarong to cover swimwear.

Furthermore, it’s rich with impeccable courtesy, and visitors are often met with a traditional dance.

Cruise to Raja Ampat for a once in a lifetime experience

In short, to cruise Raja Ampat is unique. It is a special expedition for anyone who journeys through there. A friendly paradise that will have you never wanting to leave!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

Can I rent a bareboat in Indonesia, for a cruise in Raja Ampat ?

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 for 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 the 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 travelers seeking the quickest route to Raja Ampat from outside Indonesia. Therefore this 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 travelers 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 the 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.

Listing of available sites to visit for direct flights

Instead, here’s a list of links of 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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