Travel and Activities
- Pick up between 6-7am
- Embark 8am
- Arrive back to Sorong harbor early hours of morning
- Disembark after breakfast, up until 11am
- Transfer to Airport or Hotel
- Recommended Hotel: SwissBel
- Raja Ampat is the bees knees in the world of scuba diving. It is quite simply the cream of the crop in the diving world!
- According to the Conservation International Rapid Assessment Bulletin and their more recent 2006 scientific surveys, the marine life diversity in West Papua is considerably greater than all other areas sampled in the coral triangle of Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea.
- Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small isles, cays and shoals surrounding the 4 main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo.
- After your first morning awaking in paradise, you will spend the day at the muck diving kingdom of Batanta, exploring dive sites such as ‘diversity’.
- An overnight trip south will take us to Misool in the morning. There, the vivid reefs are a divers dream destination.
- Then, we will head north of Misool and take a day diving at Kofiau, relatively unexplored by other dive liveaboards. Being an exposed oceanic island, visibility is generally excellent, and Kofiau’s fish diversity is astounding, housing an incredible 284 species, the highest count in Raja Ampat.
- From Kofiau, we will cross the open sea to explore the south of Gam and the entrance to the Dampier straight, the regular hangout for giant mantas.
- We will pass the straight, diving some of the area more famous sites, including Cape Kri and Sardine.
- 3 to 4 dives per day
- Night dives included
- Dive guides on board
- Arborek Village visit. We will take you on a tour of the peaceful little island of Arborek. Stroll through the sandy streets and meet the friendly locals. The girls and boys of the village will get together to display their dance, playing their home made instruments and singing along. You can buy some hand made goods from the women in the village such as woven bags and hats.
- Bintang Lagoon visit and hike. We will take you to the stunning Bintang Lagoon or “Little Wayag” in central Penemu. This is a spot where you can get some great landscape photos of Raja Ampat’s famous emerald mushroom islands, that rise straight out of the sea. Locals sell an arrangement of handmade goods and refreshments at the base of the hike. This is also a great place for a spin around the bases of the limestone islands in our tender.
- Aljurie Bay pearl farm. Nestled in a beautiful little bay that makes great sunset scenes, is the Aljurie Bay pearl farm. We will take you on a land excursion here to see how the farm operates, in its own little slice of heaven hidden away from the world. This is also your chance to purchase some pearls straight from the farm.
- Mioskon Island beach BBQ and bonfire. We set up quite the show on Mioskon island for our guests. Swinging hammocks, bean bags on the sand, bamboo flares, a cozy bonfire and a delicious beach barbecue are all a part of what we do here. The crew will serve you drinks and play you live music as you kick back and relax. Watch out too for the thousands of bats that take off from the island every sunset.
- Wayag is the picture perfect image of Raja Ampat. The hills are green and numerous, the water is a bright azure and extremely refreshing. Hike to the top of one of the hills with us to get a once in a life time photograph of the lagoon below. Follow this up with a leisurely kayak around the calm waters of the protected islands. In the afternoon, we will visit the ranger station in the east of Wayag. The ranger station is home to a large congregation of black tip reef sharks that will swim right up around your feet, as you wade in the waters by the jetty.
- Prices are per diver based on occupancy in the chosen cabin
- All rates include taxes
- Please make sure you check the visa and/or immigration requirements for your nationality
- Trip cancellation insurance recommended
- Children above 12 y. o. are accepted aboard La Galigo. During the cruise, children remain under the responsibility of their parents. Parents are required to ensure that the children respect all safety procedures, listen to all safety briefings, and do not disturb the peace and quietness of the other passengers, or the effective management of the cruise.
- To partake in any scuba diving activity with La Galigo, you must hold a certification from a recognised scuba diving society such as SSI, CMAS, BSAC, PADI or similar. It is the client’s responsibility, as a certified diver, to respect and follow the guidelines given by the La Galigo guides and instructors, and to follow the regulations stipulated by their certification agency.
- Clients are solely responsible to provide a diving medical statement or physicians medical dated within the last 12 months, certification card and log book. Ignoring the directions given by the guides, or not presenting certification card, log book or valid medical paperwork may cause a limitation or disqualification from scuba diving during the trip. The divers accept their responsibility to be technically capable of participating in the activity of scuba diving and fully accept the risks associated. We reserve the right, for safety reasons, and at the discretion of the La Galigo guides, to refuse access to one / several / all dives if the diver does not have the necessary competence to participate safely.
- We require all divers to provide us with a copy of their diving insurance that includes medical evacuation
- Diver must wear a dive computer
- Maximum depth: 35 m
- All meals, non packaged snacks, coffee and tea, and post dive refreshments.
- Diving services including tanks, weights, smb rental, reef hook rental, air fills (non nitrox), guides and dive tenders.
- Hotel or Airport transfers to and from Sorong Harbour / Labuan Bajo on the first and final day of your cruise, from a local hotel in Sorong / Labuan Bajo.
- Land excursions
- Ferry transfers to and from Sorong Harbour / Labuan Bajo to La Galigo on the first and final day of your cruise
- Airport to hotel transfers
- Flight tickets
- Visas and fees
- Airport taxes and extra baggage fees
- Travel, dive and repatriation insurance
- Alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, spirits
- Soft Drinks and packaged snacks
- Staff gratuities (preferred in local currency)
- La Galigo Merchandise
- Book now, pay later:You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.
- Raja Ampat / Komodo tags or other marine protected area tags or anchorage charges.
- Port, Ranger and Marine Park fees.
- We charge the following additional fees to cover Indonesian national marine park fees, local area access fees, harbour fees, anchorage fees, and land based activities that require donations.
• Raja Ampat: $180 per person per trip.
• Komodo: $150 per person, per trip.
• Wakatobi: $30 per person per day.Raja Ampat national park tags are valid for 1 year, you will receive your tag onboard the vessel. If you still have a valid tag, please contact us directly for a discounted price for this fee. (This is only available when booking direct with La Galigo). You will be required to bring your old tag along to show to the authorities when they board the vessel. Failure to do so may result in a fine of up to $5000 as dictated by the port authorities.La Galigo will organise all park fees for its customers, which are payable in local currency onboard the vessel.
We recommend that for comfort you bring your own personal dive equipment, including exposure suit (wetsuit/ rash guard), mask, snorkel, regulators and gauges, BCD, dive computer, safety markers, torch, and fins. Dive equipment is available to rent if you require, please make La Galigo aware at least 60 days prior to departure on the ‘Guest data sheet’ if you require rental.
Full equipment rental per day:
• $30, includes: BCD, Regulators, Wetsuit, Torch, Computer, Fins & Boots, Mask & Snorkel, Safety Marker Buoy (SMB) with reel, and Reef Hook.
Individual item equipment rental per day:
• BCD – $10
• Regulators – $10
• Wetsuit – $5
• Dive torch – $5
• Computer – $5
• Safety Marker Buoy with reel – $0
• Mask, Fins with Boots & Snorkel – $0
• Reef Hooks – $0
Above water, the topography of Raja Ampat is characterised by lush green jungles covering rocky limestone karst cliffs. Below water the area is known for stunning submerged pinnacles in the south, and fantastic walls and slopes in the north. Average depths of the sites is normally around 23m with the most shallow sites 18m and the deepest 30m.
Some of the hazardous wildlife to look out for in Raja Ampat include scorpion fish, lion fish, blue ring octopus and cone shells. Another hazard, particularly to those of you coming from the cooler climates, is dehydration. Don’t get too carried away, remember to keep them fluids up. Currents can be particularly strong at dive sites such as The Passage, Kaleidoscope, Eagle Rock and Changu, just to name a few. Sites such as Cape Kri, are also known to have down currents regularly experienced. For this reason we recommend that diving in Raja Ampat should be undertaken by experienced divers.
We honestly could not choose between a macro camera set up or a wide angle camera set up for Raja Ampat. This area is absolutely teeming with life, which makes fantastic subjects for both styles of photographers. Expect to see Oceanic Mantas, Reef Mantas, Reef Sharks, Tuna, Trevally, Jacks, Barracuda, Barramundi, Sweet Lips, Snapper, Damsel Fish, Butterfly fish, Angle Fish, Batfish, Trigger Fish, Nudibranchs, Octopus, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Robust Gosht Pipefish, Tasseled Wobbygong Sharks, Raja Ampat Walking Sharks, Denis Pygmy Seahorse, Bobtail squid… the list go’s on and on.
We always recommend guests bring their own BCD and regs, as being comfortable in your own gear is priceless. We do however stock all the gear that is required for divers to rent a full kit. Most people are comfortable enough in a 3mm shorty wetsuit, as the water temperature very seldom changes from 28-29 degrees celsius all year round. Some people do prefer a full body wet suit for skin protection. We recommend that guests bring their own computer, to keep track of your dive data, some of our trips reach up to 40 dives. A great dive torch for our night dives is also a strong recommendation. Reef hooks and SMB’s are recommended due to the currents in the area, although we will provide you these safety devices free of charge for the duration of your trip if you do not have them.
Itinerary: Raja Ampat South 9 Days / 8 Nights
DAY 1: Sorong / Waisai / East Dampier Strait.We will collect you from the airport or your hotel between 6 & 8am for an 9am departure from Sorong to Waisai via the ferry. Our friendly staff will accompany you on the 2-hour ferry ride to Waisai where La Galigo will await you. After a refreshing welcome drink, and a short introduction to the facilities of our ship, the diving schedule, and the tour program, we set sail for our first day, which will include a refresher dive for all divers onboard.
Check-out dive site: Will vary depending on the conditions at the time. We take you to a nice and easy dive site with that will introduce you to the wonder of Indonesian diving, shallow soft sandy bottom, amazing muck critters, clear warm water…. yep the travel time was worth it. We relax for our first Dinner together to get to know your fellow passengers and crew and overnight cruise to the central Dampier Strait.
DAY 2: Central and Eastern Dampier Strait.
DAY 3: Mansuar Island and Batanta.Today we head westbound on the Dampier Strait towards Sawdenrek jetty. This is a great little jetty dive full of amazing fish life and corals. For dive 2 we head south to the island of Batanta. Here we will dive Dayam (manta point). We only dive twice today as we will start the long-haul cruise down to Misool in the south straight after the second dive. The afternoon can be spent relaxing and listening to the “La Galigo House Band” play a few tunes.
DAY 4: Goa Farondi Region, Misool.After the long haul south, we will arrive in Misool around late morning to midday. In the Goa Farondi area we will do two afternoon dives plus a night dive. This area is well known for its Mobula rays and amazing swim throughs and water filled caves.
DAY 5: Daram IslandWe will do 3-day dives plus a night dive here. Daram is one of the areas less frequented by liveaboards in Misool due to its location, however, it is home to what many consider one of the finest dive sites in the world, ‘Candy store’. Quite often we will do it more than once if our guests agree/request, but there is also many of the other sites located around Daram which are amazing in their own right.
DAY 6: Jamur Boo Region, Misool.We wake up a little further south but still in Misool. Today we will be doing 3-day dives plus a night dive. As always, the dives sites are condition dependent, but some of the sites we like to visit around this area are Boo Rocks, Boo Window and the renowned Manta Haven of Magic Mountain.
Day 7: Central Misool.
DAY 8: Goa Farondi Región, Misool.This morning the sun rises once again against the sheer cliffs of Goa Farondi. We will have two more great morning dives here starting a bit earlier than normal before the boat starts off around mid-morning for the long haul back to Sorong. Please note that this is a large crossing and if the weather is rough we may have to only do one dive to leave enough time to cruise back to Sorong.
Day 9 Disembark La Galigo at SorongFrom 08:00 we will be anchored in Sorong in preparation for disembarkation, however, guests may stay onboard until 11am for breakfast with us!