How to get to Raja Ampat

      We have a few suggestions for you to get to each destination dependant on where you are coming from. If you need any assistance or advice with booking flights or a hotel, please contact us via info@lagaligoliveaboard.com.

      Our team has many years of travel experience around Indonesia.
      Below we have advised the most direct route for you to get to where La Galigo departs from. These are not necessarily the cheapest options, and it may be necessary to overnight in a local hotel to catch ongoing flights. We have also recommended a few hotels, all of which the owners have personally stayed in to ensure their quality for the area.
      With all our trips, we highly recommend arriving and staying in the town located where La Galigo departs from the night prior to your trip beginning. Domestic flights in Indonesia can be unpredictable and are often subject to delays.

      Raja Ampat

      General Advice – Within Asia itself, Singapore is a great place to start your journey into Indonesia to get to Raja Ampat. Check out flights with Silk Air to Manado. From Manado it may be necessary to overnight there to catch a short flight to Sorong, where La Galigo will be waiting for you in the harbour.
      From Europe – The quickest route we have found is to take a flight using Singapore Airlines to Changi international airport in Singapore. From there we would recommend using Silk Air which will provide you with a direct flight to Manado in Indonesia. From Manado there is a short flight to Sorong, the entrance point to Raja Ampat.
      From the Americas (West Coast) – United Airlines and their partners can fly you from the west coast of the Americas to Manado in Indonesia with around 2 transits. A short flight with NAM or Wings Air will bring you to Sorong where you can board the vessel.
      From the Americas (East Coast) – At the time of compiling this information, China Southern were offering a flight from NY to Jakarta with 1 stop over. From Jakarta the fastest route to Sorong (Raja Ampat) would be to take a direct flight using Xpress Airlines.
      From Asia – Dependant on where you are flying from will depend on where we would recommend a flight from. Generally speaking, Singapore is a good place to access Raja Ampat due to the fact you can reach Manado easily using Silk Air. A short layover and short flight will take you to Sorong in Indonesian Papua from where you will embark the boat.
      From Australia – A flight from Perth to Bali is short and inexpensive, however we would recommend booking a onwards flight to Jakarta where it is possible to save yourself the time and effort of several transits. Check out Xpress Air from Jakarta, they currently offer a direct flight to Sorong. From the east travel times vary, but we would still recommend flying through to Jakarta and following the above advice.

      Recommended Hotels


      Swiss-Bellhotel Sorong – $$ – Located just a 10-mintue drive from Dominique Eduard Oso Airport in Sorong, The Swiss-Bellhotel Sorong offers an outdoor pool, on-site restaurant and free WiFi access in all areas of the property.
      Although probably a little overpriced, the food is some of the best in Sorong, and it is about as comfortable a hotel you will find in the area.
      Royal Memberano hotel – $ – Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Royal Mamberamo Hotel offers accommodation in Sorong. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.
      More than fine for an evening, some of the cheaper rooms have no windows, breakfast is below average, but hey, rooftop bar!

      Recommended Hotels
      $ – Cheap and cheerful
      $$ – Mid range comfort
      $$$ – More luxury = more money


      The Crown Plaza – $$$ – The Crowne Plaza is a luxurious hotel located within the Singapore Changi International Airport. It offers stylish accommodation with an outdoor landscaped pool, a fitness centre and 2 restaurants.
      A personal favourite of mine. High quality service and facilities make this a regular stop off for me. I would stay here longer if it wasn’t such a distance from the centre of Singapore.
      Ambassador Transit Hotel – $$ – The Ambassador transit hotel in Terminal 3 offers accommodation in Singapore’s airport, and is great for a short layover. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV with cable channels.
      I haven’t stayed at this particular hotel yet, but friends who have say it’s a decent option for catching an onwards flight the next day, and that the staff are very friendly and helpful.


      Novotel Manado Golf Resort & convention centre – $ – Pampering spa treatments, grass tennis courts and a golf course are provided at Novotel Manado Golf Resort & Convention Center, a 4-star property just 15 minutes’ drive from Sam Ratulangi Airport. An outdoor pool, free wired internet and 24-hour room service are also available.
      Great for a short stopover due to how close it is to Manado airport. Even if you’re not a golfer, it’s other facilities are good enough to make you feel that you haven’t overspent to stay here.
      Sintesa peninsula hotel – $$ – The Sintesa Peninsula Hotel offers rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows featuring views of the mountain and nearby islands. It provides free Wi-Fi and has an outdoor pool and fitness centre.
      A charming older hotel, one of the finest in the area in terms of food and service, however, it is in need of an update. If you can look beyond the old carpet and faucets, it is genuinely a nice place to stay.


      Swiss-Bellin hotel airport – $ – Featuring an on-site spa and wellness centre, Swiss-Belinn Airport in Jakarta offers comfortable and relaxing accommodation with free WiFi access in all areas of the property.
      Close proximity to the airport and good value for money, I regularly stay there for comfort, but mainly convenience.
      FM7 Resort hotel Jakarta airport – $$ – Located 2 km away from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, is the 4-star FM7 Resort Hotel Jakarta. It features an indoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a free airport shuttle upon request.
      This place is large, you might have to take a golf cart to get breakfast dependant on your room number, but it’s worth it, quality food and comfortable after a long flight.


      Harris hotel Tuban – $ – This property is 4 minutes walk from the beach. A 5-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport and Tuban Beach, HARRIS Hotel Tuban Bali offers free WiFi around the property as well as in the room and parking. The hotel has an outdoor pool, spa, a cafe and a bar. Free airport transfers are provided.
      Cheap and simple, yet very close to the airport, and all bookings include airport transfers for free. The food isn’t great, but there are plenty of other options within walking distance.
      Novotel Bali Ngurah Rai Airport – $$ – This property is 10 minutes walk from the beach. Novotel Bali Ngurah Rai Airport is conveniently located in Bali Denpasar International Airport with direct access to the international departure and domestic arrival sections. Featuring an outdoor pool, the hotel is set in Kuta, 1.3 km from Tuban Beach and 2 km from Waterbom Bali. Free WiFi can be accessed throughout the property and the front desk is available 24 hours to assist guests.
      This is a new hotel and a very welcome addition to Bali airport. I recently stayed here for the first time landing from an International flight…..30 minutes from luggage pick up to a comfy bed…..more please! Good tasty food, friendly staff, solid facilities.